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This is a summary of 23 AMN articles on the following subjects: Chechnya, ISIS, Palestine, Syria, China, US, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi, Libya, Tripoli, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Assad, Hmeimim, Taiwan, UAE, LNA, Hasakah, Khamenei, Venezuela.

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Chechen leader transferred to Moscow hospital over suspected COVID-19 case

Published 2020-05-21 21:33:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – A medical source told a correspondent for TASS News on  Thursday that the President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya Ramadan Kadyrov has been transferred to Moscow, on suspicion of being infected with COVID-19. The correspondent reported: “Kadyrov is now under the supervision of doctors and his health condition is stable.” Earlier, Baza Telegram had reported doubts about Kadyrov’s infection and that he had been transferred for treatment in Moscow; however, several reports have since surfaced. For his part, Kadyrov’s assistant, Ahmed Dudaev, indicated that Kadyrov personally supervised the work of the field center to… Read on ->

Tags: Chechnya

Palestinian-led forces in action against ISIS terrorists in eastern Homs: video

Published 2020-05-21 20:45:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa Al-Quds) has been on the offensive recently, as their forces to continue the remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the Badiya Al-Sham region. According to a field report from the Homs Governorate, the Jerusalem Brigade, alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), clashed with Islamic State terrorists in the Badiya Al-Sham region, as they managed to eliminate a number of hideouts belonging to the terror organization in the Jabal Al-Bishri area. In a video released this week, the Jerusalem Brigade can be seen attacking the… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palestine, Syria

US threatens China with strong response over Hong Kong

Published 2020-05-21 20:04:29 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States would have a strong response if China went ahead with a law banning protests in Hong Kong. China has proposed new laws for national security in Hong Kong, aimed at preventing and participating in protests, in a move believed to be a response to the anti-government demonstrations last year. The South China Morning Post reported that the bill would prevent secession, foreign interference, terrorism and all inflammatory activities aimed at overthrowing the central government and any outside interference in the former British colony. Sino-U.S. Relations were further… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Hamas leader thanks Iran, issues warning to Israel

Published 2020-05-21 19:30:39 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail issued a warning to Israel against committing any folly at the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque. On the occasion of the International Day of Jerusalem (Quds Day), which falls on the last Friday of Ramadan, Haniyeh, in a speech, thanked Iran, saying: “We thank Iran for its continuous support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people.” “The Palestinian people and the people of Jerusalem defend their chests and their faith in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Holy City, and we warn the Zionists against committing follies against them,”… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestine

Israel reveals new military plan along Syrian and Lebanese border

Published 2020-05-21 19:09:36 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed a new military plan in the northern region on Thursday. According the IDF’s Arabic spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, Israel plans to strengthen its preparedness in the northern region on the two fronts of Syria and Lebanon to confront scenarios of escalation and even the event of war. Adraee posted tweets on his official account on Twitter during which he confirmed that this plan comes within the framework of conducting work to examine the readiness of command units, in addition to work to organize the field represented by establishing security obstacles… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Saudi Arabia rejects Israel’s plan to annex West Bank

Published 2020-05-21 18:58:56 by News Desk in Gulf, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom’s rejection of Israel’s plans and measures to annex lands in the West Bank and impose Israeli sovereignty over them. The Ministry stressed that the Kingdom condemns any unilateral actions, and any violations of international legitimacy decisions, and all that may undermine the chances of resuming the peace process to achieve security and stability in the region. The Saudi Foreign Ministry reaffirmed the Kingdom’s steadfast stance “towards the brotherly Palestinian people and its permanent standing at its side and supporting its options by establishing an independent Palestinian… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Saudi

Turkish-backed forces score new advance west of Tripoli

Published 2020-05-21 18:36:25 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces announced on Thursday, that it has taken control of the city of Al-Asaba, west of the capital, Tripoli, after a fierce battle with the Libyan National Army (LNA). In a statement released on the official page for Operation Volcano Anger, Colonel Tayyar Muhammad Qanunu, a military spokesman for the GNA said that their forces “regained control of the city of Al-Asaba,” adding that their air force units continue to monitor the situation on the ground. On Monday, the GNA managed to extend their control over Al-Watiyah Air… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

US amasses large aerial force in Japan despite coronavirus crisis

Published 2020-05-21 17:57:33 by Leith Aboufadel in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The United States amassed a large number of U.S. Air Force aircraft on Thursday at the Yokota Air Force Base in Japan, despite the coronavirus crisis. “This shows our enemies, as well as our allies in Japan, the importance of our situation and the importance of demonstrating our ability to carry out our mission,” said Colonel Jason Mills, of the U.S. Air Force. U.S. forces are stationed in Japan to defend its primary ally in Asia against any North Korean attack, and to monitor China’s growing influence in the region, which includes Southeast Asia and… Read on ->

Tags: Japan, US

Russia blames US for resurgence of ISIS in east Syria

Published 2020-05-21 17:27:56 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that ISIS militants began escalating their attacks in northeastern Syria, taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis. “We monitor the deterioration of the situation in the non-government-controlled areas in north-eastern Syria. (ISIS) decided to take advantage of the conditions of the spread of the coronavirus and escalated their aggression,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly news conference on Thursday. She said , “Between 10 and 15 May alone, the terrorists carried out more than 20 attacks against Kurdish forces in the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa,… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria, US

Several Soviet-era fighter jets head to Libya from Syria: report

Published 2020-05-21 16:44:56 by Leith Aboufadel in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – A number of Soviet-era fighter jets left Syria for Libya this week to possibly take part in the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) aerial campaign against the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Bloomberg News reported. According to a Bloomberg News article on Thursday, as many as eight Soviet-era jets departed from Syria and made their way to Libya. Citing Fathi Barshaga, the security chief of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Bloomberg reported that “at least six MiG 29s and two Sukhoi 24s had flown into the east from the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Iranian cyber attackers allegedly target Israel on Quds Day: report

Published 2020-05-21 16:18:47 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – According to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, a number of domestic websites were targeted by Iranian hackers, who interfered with their work. The website Makan News reported that “it was found that Iranian internet pirates attacked the sites on the occasion of the so-called Iranian Quds Day, which caused obstructed work. They also wrote two addresses hostile to the State of Israel.” The website noted that the national cyber agency dealt with these attacks and recommended that browsers refrain from pressing links that were sabotaged. Iran celebrates Quds Day every year on May 21 to show… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Israel, Palestine

Libyan Army to launch largest air campaign in country’s history against Turkish military

Published 2020-05-21 15:59:39 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) is preparing to launch a massive attack against the Turkish military and their allies from the Government of National Accord (GNA), Bloomberg reported on Thursday. According to the report, the Libyan National Army will launch “the largest aerial campaign in Libyan history”, claiming that this attack will target the Turkish military and Government of National Accord forces in the coming hours. At the same time, the Turkish Foreign Ministry warned the Libyan National Army that if they choose to attack any of their interests, they will consider the LNA troops… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Turkey considers Libyan Army ‘legitimate target’ if interests are attacked

Published 2020-05-21 15:12:38 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry warned the Libyan National Army (LNA) against “any attack on Turkish interests. According to the Foreign Ministry, any attack on Turkish interests “by the Haftar forces will have grave consequences.” The spokesman for the ministry said that Turkey, which supports the Government of National Accord (GNA), would consider Haftar’s forces legitimate targets if Turkish interests were targeted, according to Anatolia News Agency. Most recently, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the latest developments in Libya are due to the Turkish military’s intervention inside the North African nation. Akar… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Russian-Syrian relations stronger than ever, Assad rumors unfounded: envoy

Published 2020-05-21 14:49:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Russian ambassador in Damascus, Alexander Yevimov, stressed that the relations between his country and Syria are stronger today than they were at any time in the past, denying all claims about removing Assad. Yevimov said in an interview with the newspaper Al-Watan that these relations are “friendly and strategic in nature, and aim to achieve common goals for the benefit of the Russian and Syrian people.” Yevimov described the rumors and hints currently circulating about the differences in Russian-Syrian relations as having no basis, saying that “those who insist on reading cooperation between Moscow… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Russia, Syria

Lebanese security forces bust massive drug smuggling operation into Turkey

Published 2020-05-21 14:31:18 by News Desk in Lebanon, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese authorities announced on Thursday, that they thwarted a massive operation to smuggle cannabis into Turkey. In a statement, the security forces stated that “after careful monitoring and control, wer were able to arrest two Lebanese nationals,” pointing out that their arrests were made in the  Qabayet Akkar area in northern. According to the security forces, their troops seized a large quantity of hashish, approximately two tons, after searching a truck in the Qabayet Akkar area. The security forces statement added, “By investigating the detainees, they confessed that the amount of narcotics seized with… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Turkey

US military aircraft approaches Russia’s largest airbase in Syria for 2nd time

Published 2020-05-21 13:27:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – For the second time in a week, a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft has been spotted near the Syrian coastal governorate of Latakia in the eastern Mediterranean. According to reports, a U.S. Navy P-9A Poseidon aircraft conducted their flight between Cyprus and Syria before returning back to its home base. The U.S. aircraft was said to have closely approached the Russian military’s Hmeimim Airbase, which is located in the southwestern part of the Latakia Governorate. Unlike previous encounters in April, the Russian Air Force did not deploy its Su-35 jet to intercept the U.S. aircraft in the… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria, US

US sells Taiwan 18 heavy missiles amid increased tensions with China

Published 2020-05-21 13:08:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The United States announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to sell 18 heavy Mk-48 torpedoes to Taiwan in a deal valued at $180 million. The sale of these heavy missiles to Taiwan is expected to anger China amid heightened tensions between the two superpowers over a number of issues, including the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Announcing the deal, the US State Department said: “Supplying Taiwan with these torpedoes serves the economic and security interests of the United States by helping (Taiwan) modernize its armed forces and maintaining a reliable defense capability.” “This deal will also… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan, US

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Israeli envoy accuses Iran of sending advanced weapons to Libya: media

Published 2020-05-21 12:45:12 by News Desk in Iran, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Turkey’s Anatolia News Agency said this that Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Danny Danon, accused Iran in a letter to the Security Council, of sending advanced weapons to “Haftar militias.” The agency quoted Danon as saying, “Iran has violated the Council’s decision to ban sending weapons to this country.” It is noteworthy that the message of the Israeli permanent representative to the United Nations to the Security Council was sent on May 8, on the occasion of Iran’s launch of its “Noor 1” satellite. The Jerusalem newspaper first revealed the news on May… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Libya

Palestinian gov’t refuses UAE aid that was transported to Israel

Published 2020-05-21 12:23:03 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Palestinian government has refused the aid that was transported to Israel by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), RT Arabic reported this afternoon, citing a local correspondent. “The Palestinian government refused to receive Emirati aid without coordinating with them,” the correspondent quoted a government source as saying to RT, noting that “the government considers this method a channel for normalization with Israel.” The UAE announced earlier this week that they were planning to ship aid to Palestine via air transport to Israel; however, this move has been slammed some governments, including the Iranian authorities. Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, UAE

Turkish-backed forces claim 6 Russian-made air defense systems destroyed, LNA deny

Published 2020-05-21 11:38:25 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Military sources affiliated with the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, have denied the claim from the spokesperson for the Al-Wefaq forces about the destruction and capture of several Russian-made air defense systems. According to Sputnik Arabic, LNA sources said that these allegations are “incorrect, and are only lies that the reconciliation forces propagate for their own interests.” The LNA sources were referring to the claims from the spokesperson of the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Colonel Mohammad Qanunu, who said his troops destroyed six Pantsir-S1 air defense… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Tripoli

Heavily-armed US convoy enters Syria to expand base and disrupt Russian operation

Published 2020-05-21 10:55:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – A heavily-armed U.S. military convoy entered northeastern Syria this week to expand one of their bases inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. Citing military sources, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that as many as 30 heavily-armed military vehicles, carrying 200 Marines, entered northeastern Syria. The monitor said that the U.S. military convoy was seen heading to the Istrahat Wazir area, which is where they are currently expanding their base. According to the SOHR report, the U.S. has been dispatching hundreds of Marines to the Al-Hasakah Governorate to disrupt the Russian military’s operation. “The US… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria, US

Iran’s Supreme Leader vows to support anyone willing to fight Israel

Published 2020-05-21 10:35:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah ‘Ali Khamenei, tweeted a response on Wednesday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks that criticized the Islamic Republic’s threats. In his first tweet, Khamenei accused Israel of failing to abide by any treaty, stating that there is no way to handle this situation without force. “The Zionist regime has proven it won’t abide by any treaty & understands no logic except force. The nature of the Zionist regime is incompatible with peace, because the Zionists seek to expand their territories & will certainly not be limited to what they have… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Khamenei

Venezuela to defend Iranian tankers from US threat

Published 2020-05-21 10:03:54 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Venezuelan military will escort and defend the Iranian tankers that are delivering fuel to the Bolivarian Republic when they enter Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Wednesday. During a state television interview, Padrino said the escort would “welcome them in and thank the Iranian people for their solidarity and cooperation,” Reuters reported. Furthermore, Padrino said that the Venezuelan government had been in contact with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami to ensure the safety of the transport. The U.S. sanctions against Venezuela have crippled the South American country’s economy,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

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