This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Idlib, Syria, Venezuela, Aleppo, Turkey, Libya, Hasaakah, Russia, China, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Palestine, Greece, Aoun, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Haftar, Netanyahu, India.

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Elite US force flexes might in Persian Gulf to send ‘message to Iran’

Published 2020-05-24 22:56:58 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Over the weekend, the U.S. military conducted live-fire drills in the Persian Gulf region amid heightened tensions with the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson, an elite U.S. Marine unit conducted a live-fire drill that was meant to send a strong “message to Iran” in the Persian Gulf region. “In a message to Iran, U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship does some target practice in Persian Gulf with the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit,” Tomilinson said. Tomilinson said the U.S. carried out these drills after… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


New video show Syrian Army preparing for major Idlib offensive

Published 2020-05-24 22:35:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – A new video was released on Sunday by the Anna News Agency, which showed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) engaging enemy forces inside the Idlib Governorate. “The 25th division under the command of General Suheil Al-Hassan (formerly Tiger Forces) needs no introduction. It was the 25th Division that suffered the most bloody battles during the campaign to liberate the M-5 highway in Idlib. Following the results of negotiations in Moscow, the parties to the conflict agreed to observe a ceasefire, but recently terrorists have become more active and began to attack government troops more often…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iranian envoy comments on Trump’s decision to not block tankers to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-24 22:19:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela, Hajjatullah Sultani, commented on U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision not to intercept Iranian oil-laden ships to Venezuela. “We thank God that Trump and his advisers finally understood that if international rules were respected and logical and rational decisions were made, neither they nor their soldiers would have mild brain tremors,” Sultani tweeted He added: “We hope that such logical decisions will continue and respect the rights of peoples in the world, including Iran and Venezuela.” The Iranian embassy in Caracas announced that the first tanker of a fleet of five… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Infighting plagues Turkish-backed groups as ‘dozens’ of casualties reported

Published 2020-05-24 22:03:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported the killing and wounding of a number of militants from the armed factions loyal to Turkey, with the spread of clashes to the Aleppo and Idlib governorates. The agency quoted civil sources as saying that “violent clashes with light and medium weapons broke out between militants in the strategic city of Ariha, which is located along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). According to the same source, “a number of civilians were wounded, a number of fighters were killed and others wounded from the Jabhat Al-Shamiyah group, one of… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Libyan Army claims 13 Turkish drones shot down in 72 hours

Published 2020-05-24 21:47:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Libyan Nation Army (LNA) have made major shifts in the fighting axes during the past 72 hours,” said LNA spokesman, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, on Sunday. In a press conference, Al-Mismari confirmed that “the air defense forces managed to shoot down more than 13 Turkish drones.” He added, “The Air Force began to regain full sovereignty over several Libyan regions,” stressing that “reports of withdrawals carried out by the Libyan National Army are incorrect, but rather re-positioned within military plans.” Libya suffers from a sharp division in state institutions between the east, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


US forces attempt to intercept Russian military in northeastern Syria: video

Published 2020-05-24 21:15:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.)  – A group of U.S. military personnel aboard two armored vehicles tried to intercept a Russian military police patrol on the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Hasakah Highway). A well-informed source in the Russian forces at Al-Qamishli Airport told RT Arabic on Sunday that the incident took place on the international road near the city of Tal Tamr, in the northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah. The source pointed out that two American armored vehicles crossed the road in front of the Russian patrol, which was heading from Tal Tamr to Qamishli, but after a brief conversation, the Russian police units… Read on ->

Tags: Hasaakah, Russia, Syria, US


Watch: Venezuelan Navy protect Iranian tanker in western Atlantic

Published 2020-05-24 19:24:46 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Venezuelan Navy rushed to escort an Iranian fuel tanker that was making its way through the Caribbean Sea to its intended destination within the Bolivarian Republic’s territory. In a video that has been widely shared across YouTube and social media, the Venezuelan Navy can been escorting the Iranian fuel tanker, the ‘Fortune’, as it safely makes its way to a destination off the coast of Venezuela’s mainland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekqnIok_pOI The arrival of the Fortune on Saturday marked the first time that a large flotilla of Iranian fuel tankers have made the journey from the Islamic… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


US and China on the ‘bring of a new Cold War’: Chinese FM

Published 2020-05-24 19:02:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – Tensions between China and the United States are at a 20-year-long high, as the two superpowers continue to accuse one another of destabilizing different parts of the world. In a statement on Sunday, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that the U.S. is pushing the People’s Republic to the “bring of a new Cold War” amid accusations that Beijing was responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak and the situation in Hong Kong. “It has come to our attention that some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Iran to unveil new domestic-made fighter jet ‘in near future’

Published 2020-05-24 18:42:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – In a response to the U.S. sanctions, Iran is seeking to unveil a new domestic-made fighter jet to enhance their military capabilities in the face of Washington’s aggressive actions. According to the Islamic Republic’s Air Force commander, Mohammad Zalbeigi, Iran is creating another domestically-made fighter jet to compliment their previous one that was released in August of 2018. Zalbeigi told the semi-official Mehr News Agency on Sunday that the Iranian Air Force has made “considerable progress in designing various types of aircraft, thanks to the efforts of the IRIAF personnel and knowledge-based companies”. “God willing, we… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Satellite image reveals location of Turkish military’s air defense system in Syria

Published 2020-05-24 18:01:46 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – A satellite image shared on the social media platform, Twitter, this past weekend showed the location of the Turkish military’s air defense system inside Syria. Based on the satellite image, the Turkish military’s air defense system has been deployed to the town of Al-Mastoumah, which is located just south of Idlib city. https://twitter.com/obretix/status/1264296260867063808?s=20 Al-Mastoumah is not only located near the administrative capital of the Idlib Governorate, but its also strategically located along the Idlib-Latakia Highway (M-4 Highway). The location is also located near the city of Ariha, which is expected to be a target for… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Israel anticipates new military confrontation in Gaza: report

Published 2020-05-24 17:35:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 P.M.) – Israel fears a possible confrontation with Hamas, against the background of the decision of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stop coordination with Tel Aviv, including the crossings with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli media reported on Sunday. The Hebrew-language channel, Kan, said in a report that Abbas’s decision to freeze security coordination with Israel regarding the movement in the Karm Abu Salem crossings in the southern part of the Gaza Strip and Beit Hanoun in the north, could place Hamas in a direct confrontation with Tel Aviv. They explained that prior to the decision to… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Palestine


Greece accuses Turkey of seizing its border territory

Published 2020-05-24 17:16:56 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Greek government recently accused Turkey of seizing some of its territory along its eastern border. Turkey responded on Saturday by stating that it would not allow de facto borders after Athens complained to Ankara that Turkish forces had seized land at the course of the Evros River that separates the two countries. A statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, “Ankara informed Greece that the river course has changed significantly for natural and artificial reasons, since 1926 when the borders were established, and that the solution requires technical coordination.” The ministry said, “The dispute… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Lebanon denies reports of President Aoun’s death

Published 2020-05-24 16:58:33 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Rumors circulated on social media has this past weekend, claiming that Lebanese President Michel Aoun had passed away. However, the official National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon denied the authenticity of these reports, pointing out that there is no truth to these rumors. The agency said that some groups on WhatsApp reported the rumor of the death of Lebanese President Michel Aoun. The agency denied that it had published anything of the kind, noting that it had nothing to do with any of these rumors. They would add that the purpose of these rumors is… Read on ->

Tags: Aoun, Lebanon


Libyan Army captures 12 Syrian mercenaries during ambush: video

Published 2020-05-24 16:44:38 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the capture of 12 people, who said they were “mercenaries of Syrian citizenship.” A statement of the Military Information Division of the National Army said on Saturday that “the armed forces targeted a gathering of groups inside the Yarmouk Camp, after placing them in a tight ambush by luring them inside the camp.” The statement said that this targeting “left a large number of dead among the groups, and our units have captured 12 mercenaries who hold Syrian citizenship belonging to these groups.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey


Turkish military commanders visit Syrian border to inspect forces

Published 2020-05-24 16:32:25 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, accompanied by the army leaders, on Saturday, conducted an inspection tour of the military units in the Hatay Province on the border with Syria. He announced in a statement during the tour that, on Saturday, the Special Forces and the Air Force were able to eliminate 13 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Akar was accompanied on his tour by the Turkish Chief of Staff, Yasar Guler, the commanders of the ground forces Umed Dundar, the air force commander Hassan Kucuk Akyuz, and the naval… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Tensions increase in Jerusalem after Israeli police clash with worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque: video

Published 2020-05-24 16:12:24 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Despite attempts by the Israeli police to prevent Muslim worshipers from performing Eid prayers, the people managed to reach the door of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The situation around Al-Aqsa Mosque has been tense since the early morning hours, after the Israeli police confronted the worshipers at the Bab Al-Asbat area in an attempt to prevent them from entering, causing skirmishes between the police and worshipers. https://youtu.be/GHWi9HrSSlk In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians performed Eid al-Fitr prayers in mosques and squares, amid measures to protect the population from the spread of the coronavirus.

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Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine


Turkey claims Europe considers Haftar ‘no longer reliable’

Published 2020-05-24 16:01:09 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The European countries and the United States are allegedly dumping the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Haftar, because they deem him “no longer reliable, Turkish presidential spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, said  on Saturday. He said in a television interview yesterday evening that Turkey is present in Libya according to official agreements and legal frameworks, adding that it “does not bow to the Haftar coup nor to others.” He continued that Turkey is making efforts to get the Libyan people out of the chaos they have been in for ten years, and that… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Iran’s threats of destroying Israel put them at great risk: Netanyahu

Published 2020-05-24 15:50:11 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that the threats Iran’s leadership pose to Israel put the Islamic Republic at great risk. On Sunday, Netanyahu stressed at the start of the first session of the new government that he heads, that the security challenges facing Israel “did not stop, even for a moment, as well as threats.” The Israeli Prime Minister brought up the recent statements made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on the occasion of Quds Day (where he described Israel as a “cancerous tumor in the Middle East”), saying: “You have definitely… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu


Watch: Iranian tanker arrives in Venezuelan territory after long journey

Published 2020-05-24 15:19:39 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The first Iranian fuel tanker, the Fortune, arrived in Venezuelan waters on Saturday after making a long journey from the Persian Gulf. Upon reaching the Caribbean, the Venezuelan Navy sent its PO-13 Yekuana ship to escort the Iranian tanker to safety. https://twitter.com/ConflictsW/status/1264477011239555072?s=20 The Venezuelan PO-13 Yekuana would escort the Iranian tanker through the remaining part of the Atlantic until it reached its intended destination in the Bolivarian Republic. https://twitter.com/ConflictsW/status/1264498162909274117?s=20 Video footage of the Venezuelan Navy welcoming the Iranian vessel was released on social media this morning; it would show the FANB speaking to the tanker’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Indian Army amasses troops along Chinese border amid heightened tensions

Published 2020-05-24 15:02:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – For the second time in a week, the Indian Armed Forces have dispatched a large number of reinforcements to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, following a fierce firefight with the Chinese military nearly two weeks ago. According to the Times of India, the Indian Army sent additional reinforcements to eastern Ladakh on Sunday after Chinese troops allegedly trespassed across the border and stationed dozens of temporary tents. In part of a move described as “requisite counter measures”, the Indian Army has reportedly moved additional infantry battalions to Ladakh. The TOI article said… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


First Iranian tanker enters Venezuelan waters, receives naval escort

Published 2020-05-24 03:12:04 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 A.M.) – The first Iranian tanker has entered Venezuelan territorial waters after making the long journey from halfway across the world. According to the latest data from Marine Tracker, the Iranian tanker, the Fortune, is in Venezuelan territorial waters and very close to its intended destination. The Fortune is currently being escorted by the Venezuelan Navy’s PC-23 Yekuana as it approaches its destination near the island of Tobago in the Caribbean Sea. https://twitter.com/ConflictsW/status/1264269207472136192?s=20 Another four Iranian fuel tankers are expected to reach Venezuelan waters within the next ten days, as the Islamic Republic makes its first large… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


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