This is a summary of 22 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, US, Iran, Jerusalem, Palestine, Haftar, Libya, Turkey, Raqqa, Russia, India, US. China, Makhlouf, Aleppo, Latakia, Daraa, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Abyan, Yemen, Qatar, Venezuela, Damascus, China, Tripoli, Soleimani, Egypt, Sinai, Deir_Ezzor, ISIS.

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US ‘Caesar Bill’ sanctions to only affect Syrians in gov’t areas: envoy

Published 2020-05-23 23:42:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – William Roback, the U.S. envoy to the regions of northern and eastern Syria, confirmed that “Caesar Bill” for Syria would exclude SDF and militant-held areas of Syria. Roback said during his meeting with the “Democratic Self-Administration” in Kobane (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab) on Saturday that what is related to the penal law within the framework of Caesar’s law will exclude the areas of self-administration and there will be joint work and coordination within the framework of U.S. support programs. This new bill will further economic blockade on the millions of people living inside the government areas…. Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Qassem Soleimani was planning to ‘start the liberation of Jerusalem’ before his assassination: report

Published 2020-05-23 22:39:56 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Iranian media published a video about the last activities of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani. In a report released by the Fars News Agency, they said: “This is how the martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani personally supervised and was keen to deliver weapons to Palestine,” without providing further details. https://twitter.com/alyhijazyy/status/1263598965670502400?s=20 Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah ‘Ali Khamenei said the late Quds Force commander was one of the main catalysts in arming the Palestinian forces. He said, “The Americans planned to keep the Palestinians vulnerable so that they do not dare to speak about… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Jerusalem, Palestine


Libya’s Haftar says all Turkish soldiers are legitimate targets

Published 2020-05-23 22:17:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, called for targeting every Turkish soldier and every mercenary on Libyan soil, considering that they are legitimate targets. Haftar ordered both officers and commanders on all axes and soldiers to continue the fighting, saying, “You are fighting a holy war that is open on all fronts.” He continued, during an audio recording directed at officers and soldiers of the General Command and carried by the Libyan Gateway to the Center, “You are fighting a comprehensive war in which there is nothing but victory, as… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Turkey


US building new military bases in Syria’s Raqqa amid Russian expansion

Published 2020-05-23 22:04:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military has sent a large number of reinforcements to the Al-Raqqa Governorate recently to strengthen their presence in the region and rebuild installations they withdrew from last year, a tribal source told Sputnik Arabic. “A military convoy of the American occupation forces made up of 50 trucks entered on Saturday afternoon (May 23), Syrian territory coming from Iraq, accompanied by military helicopters, through the illegal Al-Walid Crossing,” the source said. The tribal source said the “American military experts recently visited the villages of Hazima in northern Raqqa, Al-Karamah in eastern Raqqa, and the… Read on ->

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Tags: Raqqa, Russia, Syria, US


US provoking conflict between China and India: analyst

Published 2020-05-23 21:19:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The U.S. is pushing for a conflict between China and India after a recent confrontation between the two world powers along the Line of Contact between the them. Quoting the Southern Asia expert, Andrei Volodin, Sputnik News reported that the latter pointed out how the recent statements by the U.S. Ambassador to India has been seen as an attempt by Washington to increase the tensions between the two countries. “The statement (by the American ambassador) is just one example. Moreover, this statement obviously fits into the Trump administration’s current general strategy to discredit China as… Read on ->

Tags: India, US. China


Rami Makhlouf slights Syrian ministry by paying money to his own charity

Published 2020-05-23 20:34:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf announced that he had transferred about a billion and a half Syrian Pounds to the Al-Bustan Charitable Association (funded by Makhlouf) and others “to continue providing humanitarian services.” Makhlouf said that he had “not forgotten his duty towards his family” despite “the difficult circumstances we are going through”, referring to the current conflict with the government that led to him being banned from traveling and withholding his money, as a guarantee of payment for the 130 billion Syrian Pounds he owes for his company’s license. Makhlouf funds the Al-Bustan Charitable Society,… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria


US military successfully tests laser that can destroy enemy aircraft: video

Published 2020-05-23 20:19:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military released a video clip documenting its experience with a new laser weapon, which it said could destroy enemy aircraft. The army tested its weapon on a target course by pointing a laser beam at it from the amphibious ship “Portland”. The test video was posted by the American Pacific Fleet Press Service. https://youtu.be/pGbbBOgrP5k A source in the U.S. Department of Defense told CNN that during the test a “high-energy laser class” was used, but the source did not specify the laser power. CNN later quoted the International Institute for Strategic Studies as… Read on ->

Tags: US


Strategic M-4 Highway to be reopened for first time in years

Published 2020-05-23 20:00:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – A senior Russian military official at the Qamishli International Airport told RT Arabic that next Monday, the strategic M-4 International Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) linking northeastern Syria and the interior and coastal areas will be reopened. This road, with 80 km of the roadway under the control of Syrian factions loyal to Ankara  in the Ras Al-Ain region, will be designated for the movement of civilians and the commercial movement. The official, who asked not to be named, added that every day there will be Russian patrols except Friday, to track the movement of the road… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Latakia, Syria


Syrian military seizes massive weapons cache in Daraa: video

Published 2020-05-23 19:29:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently seized a massive weapons cache in the Daraa Governorate that was left behind by militants in the Houran Valley. The captured weapons include heavy and medium machine guns, tank shells, thermal rockets, RPGs, assorted bombs, medium machine guns, machine guns, assault rifles, binoculars and assorted ammunition. A security source told Sputnik Arabic that the importance of the locals who helped them find this large weapons cache in rural Daraa. https://youtu.be/JJUDn8mZ_9E A security source confirmed to Sputnik’s correspondent that the weapons were found in cooperation with the people during search… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Israel paid ‘heavy price’ in Lebanon because of Hezbollah: ex-IDF chief

Published 2020-05-23 18:51:34 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), General Gadi Eisenkot, sat down for an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper on Saturday to discuss the 20th anniversary of the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. In his interview, General Eisenkot said that Hezbollah had succeeded in its strategic goal with the Israeli army, which was to remove Israel from Lebanon through a guerrilla war and war of attrition campaign against the IDF. Eisenkot affirmed that Hezbollah had succeeded, through a series of sophisticated military operations, in embarrassing the Israeli army and causing… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


High-ranking Saudi-backed commander killed in southern Yemen

Published 2020-05-23 18:22:52 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – A high-ranking commander from the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army was killed this week while fighting against the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council in the Abyan Governorate of southern Yemen. According to pro-government media, the commander of the 153rd Brigade of the Yemeni Army, Brigadier General Mohammad Salih Al-Aqili, was killed during clashes with the Southern Transitional Council. Al-Aqili is considered one of the most prominent military leaders in the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. According to media sources, Al-Aqili, who was leading the government forces at the Sheikh Salem Front, was killed in clashes in… Read on ->

Tags: Abyan, Yemen


Rouhani to Qatar: If US attacks fuel tankers, Iran will retaliate

Published 2020-05-23 18:13:16 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, that if the United States causes any problem for Iranian tankers in the Caribbean or any other region, it will be reciprocated. Rouhani said during a telephone conversation with Bin Hamad, as reported by RT Arabic: “Iran was not the initiator of any conflict, but it will defend its legitimate right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Rouhani told the Qatari leader that Iran is ready to respond should the U.S. target these five tankers, which are en route to the South… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Qatar, US, Venezuela


Libyan Army shoots down 5th Turkish aircraft in last 72 hours: photos

Published 2020-05-23 17:59:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft near the Qurayyat area, south of the capital, Tripoli, last night. Local activists released pictures they said showed the wreckage of the Turkish plane. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2922055364578672&id=804247663026130 The army said in a statement via Facebook that their air defense platforms have been able to shoot down five Turkish aircraft  since last Thursday. The statement pointed out that two planes were targeted in the city of Tarhuna on Thursday evening, in addition to a plane near Al-Qurayyat and another in the Abu Ghraib area south… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


First Iranian tanker to reach Venezuela in next 24 hours: report

Published 2020-05-23 17:39:47 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Iranian state television reported on Saturday that five tankers are heading to Venezuela, loaded with 1.053 thousand barrels of fuel. They pointed out that the first tanker is scheduled to arrive in Venezuela on Sunday, while the remaining four are still sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. The fuel tankers, which have been identified as the Petunia, Faxon, Fortune, Forest, and Clavel, all entered the Atlantic Ocean’s waters earlier this week after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. According to data from maritime tracking services, the Fortune was last monitored in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Syria rehabilitating fuel stations all along Aleppo-Damascus Highway

Published 2020-05-23 17:31:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The motorway between Aleppo and Damascus, also known as the M-5 Highway, is witnessing a process of rehabilitation of fuel stations spread along it, which were looted and destroyed by militants during the course of the war. In the city of Aleppo, the production of fuel pumps for these stations is increasing, a source told RIA Novosti. “Our company has been present in the market for more than a hundred years, and it is unique to Syria. Before the war we used to export our products to other Arab countries. Our equipment is the best… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria


US may conduct first nuclear weapons test in nearly 30 years

Published 2020-05-23 17:21:40 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Washington Post, citing informed sources, reported this week that the United States has discussed the possibility of conducting its first nuclear test since 1992. According to the publication, this issue was raised last Friday at a meeting of U.S. officials from departments and ministries concerned with national security issues, during which no agreement was reached on conducting the nuclear test. One official told the newspaper that discussions were still ongoing, while another another source said that “it was finally decided to take other measures in response to the threats by Russia and China, but… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia, US


Libyan special forces capture key city south of Tripoli

Published 2020-05-23 16:29:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The special forces of the Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that they have tightened control over the city of Mazda in the western mountain region, south of the capital, Tripoli. A spokesman for the special forces, also known as Al-Sa’iqah (Arabic for “thunderbolt”), in the the LNA, Miloud Zoui said on Friday that the 23rd Company of the 1st Battalion, after entering Mazda, is working to secure the eastern and western gates of the city after expelling the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces from it. The… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Israel foiled Qassem Soleimani’s major plan in Syria: ex-IDF chief

Published 2020-05-23 16:15:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The former Chief of Staff for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), General Gadi Eisenkot, commented on the 20th anniversary of the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, which took place on this date in 2000. During his interview with the publication, Israel Hayom, the ex-IDF chief said that his country managed to foil a major plan by the late Quds Force commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, in Lebanon and Syria. The former IDF chief stated that General Soleimani was planning to build airbases in Syria, and brought 100,000 Shiite youth from Pakistan… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Soleimani, Syria


Egyptian Army kills 21 militants in 2 simultaneous attacks

Published 2020-05-23 15:58:12 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced that 21 militants were killed in two simultaneous attacks in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that “information was available to the National Security Sector about the presence of a group of terrorist elements on a farm in North Sinai, which served as a headquarters for accommodation and training and planning for the implementation of hostilities and for them to pay a number of their elements to focus on a house in the Bir al-Abd area to carry… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sinai


Two ISIS leaders killed in US Coalition raid in eastern Syria

Published 2020-05-23 15:42:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The international coalition against the terrorist organization ISIS announced on Friday that two leaders of the aforementioned group’s leaders were killed after a joint operation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria. In a statement released on Friday, the coalition said: “On May 17, the Syrian Democratic Forces raided an ISIS position in Deir Ezzor Governorate, and during the operation, two ISIS commanders, Ahmed Issa Ismail Al-Zawy and Ahmed Abd Muhammad Hassan al-Jughaifi, were killed during the operation.” The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), at the same time, accused the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, ISIS, Syria


Lebanese Army closes 5 illegal Syrian border crossings

Published 2020-05-23 15:34:46 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army announced on Friday, the closure of five illegal crossings used for smuggling between Lebanon and Syria. In a statement, the army indicated that it closed five illegal crossings used for smuggling by placing concrete blocks and lifting earthen berms. The statement said that a unit from the army arrested two people in the Hermel area, seized a truck and a pick-up truck loaded with foodstuffs on the Lebanese-Syrian northern border, and another person was arrested while smuggling a Hyundai car to Syrian territory, as well as seizing a pick-up truck with two… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


US threatens Iranian tankers with ‘imminent use of military force’: Venezuela

Published 2020-05-23 15:15:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, tweeted on Friday that the U.S. military is threatening the five Iranian tankers that are en route to the Bolivarian Republic. Moncada stated in his tweet that he had notified the U.N. Security Council and its Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the “threat of imminent use of military force by the United States against Iranian vessels carrying Venezuelan-directed gasoline”. The Venezuelan envoy then said in another tweet that an “armed attack on tankers, exercising free trade and navigation between sovereign nations, is a crime of aggression”. Moncada… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


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