This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Venezuela, France, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Tripoli, Turkey, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Iraq, US, China, India, PKK, Idlib, NATO, Russia, Israel, Hezbollah, EU, Mediterranean.

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Iran reveals Venezuela paid in full for its oil

Published 2020-05-27 23:48:30 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Iranian ambassador to Caracas, Hajjatullah Sultani, revealed that his country received the value of the gasoline fuel it supplied to Venezuela in full. Sultani said in a press statement today, Wednesday, that the process of supplying gasoline to Venezuela was carried out in accordance with commercial controls and international laws, adding that the sums of the value of gasoline were paid in full. Referring to the dysfunctional mechanisms used in the field of international trade, the Iranian ambassador said, “The most important aspect is that Venezuela and Iran have a special mechanism to pay… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela

France is worried Libya is turning into Syria

Published 2020-05-27 23:35:21 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that a Syrian scenario is being repeated in Libya and the situation is very worrying. “The crisis is getting worse … We are facing the Syrian scenario in Libya,” Le Drian said at a French Senate hearing. He stated that if the warring parties in Libya do not return to the negotiating table, the situation will deteriorate and threaten Europe. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aqeela Saleh, have confirmed the futility of any attempts to resolve the Libyan… Read on ->

Tags: France, Libya, Syria

Lebanese Army remove pipeline used to smuggle fuel into Syria

Published 2020-05-27 23:24:19 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army Command announced that a military unit belonging to the armed forces removed pipelines used to smuggle diesel fuel at the Lebanese-Syrian northern border, in the Al-Beqa’a area. According to the army, approximately 30 meters of pipes were confiscated inside Lebanese territory. This step comes within the framework of the continuous efforts made by the army units to combat smuggling at the Lebanese-Syrian borders, and to control them with all available capabilities.

Tags: Lebanon, Syria

Libyan Army successfully shoots down Turkish suicide drone

Published 2020-05-27 21:48:21 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Wednesday that its air defense forces shot down a Turkish suicide drone that was preparing to attack their troops at the ‘Ayn Zara axis near Tripoli. In a video clip posted on the official Facebook page of the Libyan National Army, Major General Fawzi Al-Mansouri, commander of the Ain Zara axis, reviewed parts of the plane’s wreckage, indicating that it was shot down while trying to attack his forces south of Tripoli. Turkey’s Kargu kamikaze drone first entered service in 2018, but this is one of the first… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

Several drones target southern city in Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-05-27 21:32:17 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Coalition forces in Yemen announced on Wednesday, the downing of drones over the southern city of Najran. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the spokesman for the coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, stated that the forces were able to intercept and shoot down unmanned drones launched by the Ansrallah forces towards city of Najran. The spokesman noted that the Ansarallah forces continue to “violate international and humanitarian law”, by launching drones, and “deliberate” targeting of civilians and “threatening the lives of civilians.” Al-Maliki stressed that these “terrorist hostilities” by using drones are a… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

US denies transferring Patriot defense system to Syria

Published 2020-05-27 21:18:30 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The U.S.-led coalition has denied media reports about transferring their Patriot air defense systems to Syria. “More fake news in Syria. There are no Patriot air defense systems in Syria. In these tweets there is a picture from another country,” the Coalition spokesperson said. The Syrian media had previously reported the transfer of a new convoy of American forces from Iraq to Syria. The U.S. military transported additional equipment and towers for mobile communications [cell phones] to their bases in Al-Hasakah. In turn, the Iraqi satellite channel, Al-Ghadeer, reported that the United States transferred the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Turkey announces death of soldier after attack in western Idlib

Published 2020-05-27 21:05:51 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that one of its soldiers was killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol to monitor the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4) in the Idlib Governorate of northwestern Syria. The ministry said, in a statement reported by Turkish media, on Wednesday: “The killing of a Turkish soldier in an explosion whose cause is unknown, while running a patrol to monitor the road in the Idlib province of Syria.” According to a source in northwestern Syria: “A Turkish soldier was killed and five armed fighters were wounded by an explosive device on… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Satellite images reveal China is dramatically increasing airbase near Indian border: photos

Published 2020-05-27 20:14:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – New satellite images that were obtained by India’s New Delhi Television (NDTV) station showed the Chinese military dramatically increasing their Ngari Gunsa Airbase in the western region of Tibet near the Indian border. According to the NDTV report, the satellite images show major construction being done at this base, which is located just 130 miles away from Pangong Lake, the same area where the Chinese and Indian forces clashed earlier this month. The first image that was posted by NDTV, dated April 6th, 2020, showed a new airstrip with a single, small terminal area. Meanwhile,… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Turkish Air Force bombs northern Iraq region

Published 2020-05-27 19:19:54 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday, the bombing of some areas in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The ministry stated on its official Twitter account that the raid targeted the sites of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and resulted in the neutralization of five members of the group, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization. The Ministry pointed out that the operation was carried out in cooperation with the Turkish Intelligence Service. Iraq has repeatedly demanded that Turkey halt its military operations in the northern part of the country; however, Ankara has objected to Baghdad’s stance and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey

Turkish military convoy comes under attack in western Idlib

Published 2020-05-27 19:01:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, a Turkish military convoy came under attack while traveling along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Higihway) in the western countryside of the Idlib Gvoernorate. According to opposition reports, the Turkish military convoy was driving along the M-4 Highway near the town of Al-Ghassaniyeh along the Hatay Province border, when a roadside was detonated by unknown assailants. The blast wounded two Turkish military personnel, who were later identified as a recruiter and an army officer; they were rushed to a hospital in the Reyhanli District in southern Turkey. One of the Turkish soldiers is reportedly… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Russia flexes might to send message to US, NATO that Syria’s coast is a no-fly-zone

Published 2020-05-27 18:39:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Russian military is no longer tolerating U.S flights near the Syrian coast, as they have now intercepted at least three American planes in the eastern Mediterranean over the last 90 days. According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, the Russian Armed Forces previously tolerated the U.S.’ flights along the boundaries of Syria’s airspace, but given their repeated attempts to test the radar and air defense systems at the Hmeimim Airbase, the Russian Federation believes it is important to remind the Americans that they are not free to operate in these areas. The source… Read on ->

Tags: NATO, Russia, Syria, US

Several Israel soldiers enter southern Lebanon amid air cover

Published 2020-05-27 18:03:53 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Lebanese media reported several violations by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) over the last 12 hours, including illegally crossing the border. The Lebanese El-Nashra News Agency reported, quoting its correspondent, that dozens of Israeli soldiers crossed the technical fence at the town of Aitaroun, which is on the border with Israel. The reporter indicated that the soldiers wandered in the area and inspected the border area and the Israeli fence before withdrawing from the area. The sources also reported that Israeli warplanes overflew the Western Beqaa and Beirut at medium altitude before turning towards… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Russian jets swarm western Idlib as Syrian Army troops strike jihadist positions

Published 2020-05-27 17:49:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force was seen all over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, as their jets buzzed areas like Jisr al-Shughour along the Turkish border. According to a field report from the Idlib Governorate, the Russian Air Force was flying over areas under the control of the hardline militant groups like the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), and Hurras Al-Deen. Some opposition activists claimed that the Russian Air Force launched airstrikes; however, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) source said there were no recorded attacks. At the same time,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

‘Time has come’ to confront US policy of waging wars: Iranian FM

Published 2020-05-27 17:24:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday that said it “time has come” to confront the U.S. policy of waging wars. “Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have been killed in wars caused by utilitarian rationality and the inexhaustible greed of American leaders,” they said in a tweet on their official Twitter page. They added that “the mechanisms of the American war left nothing but massacres, destruction and brutality, and the time has come, coinciding with the commemoration of the millions of lives that have been lost, that the policies of violence and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

US soldiers allegedly wounded in attack by unknown group in east Syria: SANA

Published 2020-05-27 17:12:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Three American soldiers and  five members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were wounded in an attack on a joint convoy of them on the administrative border between the governorates of Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported, citing “local sources”. According to SANA’s sources, a joint convoy of U.S. and SDF personnel was attacked by unknown assailants on Tuesday, as the latter allegedly used machine guns and RPG launchers against them at the Ruwaishid junction. SANA said the eight injured were taken to the American base in Al-Shaddadi,… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, US

Syrian Army aggressively blocks US military’s path in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-27 16:02:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unit prevented an American military convoy from passing towards the village of Al-Dardara in the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Wednesday. According to a report from northeastern Syria, the U.S. military convoy approached the Syrian Arab Army’s positions outside of Al-Dardara. Upon reaching the Syrian Army’s positions, the U.S. military was forced to turn around after the SAA refused to open the road to the American troops. The report said the convoy was comprised of both U.S. personnel and fighters from the Kudish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Wednesday incident marked… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

US ready to conduct first nuclear test in 30 years

Published 2020-05-27 15:53:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – Drew Walter, First Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, said that the United States will be ready to conduct a nuclear test within a few months, if instructed to do so by the President of the country. Defense News quoted the U.S. official as saying that this experiment “can take place with relative speed”, and that its implementation “becomes possible within months, if the president instructs that.” The Washington Post reported on May 22 that the United States was discussing the possibility of conducting its first nuclear test since 1992. According to the Washington Post article,… Read on ->

Tags: US

Hezbollah leader says Israel resorted to attacking Syria after militants failed to overthrow Assad

Published 2020-05-27 15:42:00 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, sat down for an interview on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting Lebanon, Syria, and the region. In an interview with Al-Nour Radio, which is broadcasted by Al-Manar TV, marking the twentieth anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation Day, the Hezbollah touched on the current economic crisis in Lebanon. The Hezbollah leader called on the people and authorities to reach an agreement that will end the crisis and ease the suffering of the Lebanese people. In regards to Syria, Nasrallah said that Israel failed to accomplish its… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

EU to extend sanctions against Syria despite COVID-19 pandemic

Published 2020-05-27 15:20:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – European Union officials have confirmed their intention to extend sanctions against the Syrian government, despite the COVID-19 outbreak across the world. A high-ranking European official told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday that extending the sanctions against the Syrian government “will send a strong message that the current approach, which includes violence, the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the use of chemical weapons, is totally unacceptable,” the TASS News Agency reported. The official, whose identity was not revealed, again called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria. Another official from the European Union’s… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Syria

Russian jet intercepts US military aircraft near Syrian coast: video

Published 2020-05-27 15:11:32 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The leadership of the American 6th Fleet said that two Russian Su-35 fighters intercepted a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean. The U.S. Fleet Command, in a statement posted on Twitter, said that their P-8A Poseidon was in an international airspace when the two Russian Su-35 jets intercepted their aircraft near the Syrian coast. The statement stated that this was the third incident in the past two months. The U.S. Navy released two videos showing how Russian fighters accompanied the American spy plane. Prior to this interception, the U.S. Navy conducted a… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, US

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