This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Venezuela, EU, Syria, Russia, Tartous, Syria Assad, China, India, Hasakah, US, Soleimani, Makhlouf, Libya, Turkey, Iraq, Idlib, IRGC, Pakistan, ISIS, Raqqa, Canada, Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen, Israel.

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Watch: Venezuela shows off modern fighter jets as it escorts Iranian tanker

Published 2020-05-28 22:58:15 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – The Venezuelan Air Force released a video showing their fighter jets escorting an Iranian fuel tanker through the Caribbean Sea. In the video, the Venezuelan Air Force’s Russian-made Su-30 and U.S.-made F-16 fighters were filmed escorting the Iranian tanker, the ‘Forest’, to the shores of the Bolivarian Republic. According to the Strategic Operations Command, the Venezuelan destroyer, the PO-13, also escorted the Iranian tanker until it reached its destination within Venezuela’s territory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1yCwj4sInc

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


EU extends sanctions against Syria for another year despite COVID-19 pandemic

Published 2020-05-28 22:43:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The European Union decided announced on Thursday its intention to extend its sanctions against the Syrian Arab Republic for a period of one year, until June 1, 2021, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the council affirmed that the decision to keep restrictive measures against “the Syrian regime and its supporters” came in line with the union’s strategy toward Syria, against the background of “the continuation of repressive operations against civilians.” The High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy in the European Union, Joseph Borrell, stressed that these sanctions are directed against those… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Syria


Heavy-laden Russian ship heads to Syria with large number of military vehicles: photos

Published 2020-05-28 22:31:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – A heavy-laden Russian cargo ship was photographed this week heading to the Syrian port city of Tartous to deliver a large amount of military vehicles to the country’s armed forces. According to maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Russian Ministry of Defense owned Oboronlogistika’s heavily-lade Russian flag Ro-Ro Sparta II transited the Bosphorus Strait this week en route for the port of Tartous along Syria’s coast. Isik pointed out that the Russian flag ship was carrying a large amount of cargo, especially military vehicles that will likely be given to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Tartous


Syria’s Assad issues new presidential decree

Published 2020-05-28 21:35:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a new decree on the law regulating universities. In a statement published on his official Facebook page, the Syrian President said that Assad issued Decree No. 125 of 2020 to amend articles 103, 116 and 145 of the executive regulations of the Law on Universities Regulation issued by Decree No. 250 of 2006 and its amendments, and articles on fees specified in Articles 194 And 196 of the same list. They said that the new decree with the amendments included there is a clear and permanent mechanism that… Read on ->

Tags: Syria Assad


China and India brace for potential conflict as satellite images reveal heavy troop movement

Published 2020-05-28 20:26:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that separates India and China has recently taken a turn for the worse, as both nations have beefed up their forces and moved heavy weapons in this border region. A new satellite image taken from the area has further revealed that both sides have upgraded their military bases and began digging trenches near the Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley. In the satellite image, the photo shows the People’s Liberation Army of China moving their heavy vehicles near the Hot Springs Sector, which is only 15 km… Read on ->

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Tags: China, India


Video footage of US military convoy being pelted by children in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-28 20:00:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military was forced to re-route in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, when villagers in the Al-Hasakah Governorate obstructed their path along a main road near the town of Tal Tamr. According to reports, the villagers of Al-Qahira and Dishasha gathered along the road leading to their villages to block the U.S. military from traveling to their intended destination. As a result of this move, the U.S. military was forced to turn around and find another route to take in order to reach their destination inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. While the U.S. military was approaching… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Iran to name warship after Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-05-28 19:49:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Navy, Major-General Ali-Reza Tungsiri, said that Tehran is working on designing a military ship named “Qassem Soleimani” and another one called “Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis”, which will include a platform for the landing and taking-off of helicopters. Major-General Qassem Soleimani was the former commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit in the IRGC, before he was assassinated by the U.S. near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3rd. Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was the Deputy Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) of Iraq; he was assassinated on the same… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani


Rami Makhlouf transfers his ownership in banks, insurance companies to charity

Published 2020-05-28 19:14:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian business tycoon and first cousin of the president, Rami Makhlouf, commented on what was recently circulated about his ownership in banks and insurance companies. Makhlouf said that some pages spread his ownership in banks and insurance companies “to show the size and magnitude of our business, so we thank them for reminding us of this large list of our contributions (praise be to God) in these banking and insurance institutions.” Makhlouf stated that he started the transaction of transferring the ownership of all these shares to Ramak for Development and Humanitarian Projects, and… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria


Turkish intelligence won’t be able to capture Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi: media

Published 2020-05-28 19:05:33 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.)- The Italy-based NOVA News Agency quoted a militia commander in Zintan as saying that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was under close supervision by his men, and that Turkey would not be able to reach him. A military commander named Mohamed Boukra’a, described by the Italian agency as a militia leader from the city of Zintan, commented on the news circulating about the Turkish intelligence agency conducting a search campaign in the western mountain region to arrest Saif al-Islam, saying that the son of the late Libyan leader “is in a safe place that he only knows a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Russian military reaches Syrian, Iraqi, Turkish border triangle for first time ever: video

Published 2020-05-28 18:53:06 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Russian military forces, backed by air cover, traveled from the Qamishli International Airport in Al-Hasakah and along the Turkish border route to the Tigris River to reach the Iraqi border for the first time. The Russian forces toured several border villages, such as Qasr al-Deeb, Zuhairia and Ain Dewar, which are located in northeast Syria, to the northwest of the triple border point, between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The Russian military was able to successfully reach this border triangle which was confirmed by footage that was later released by RT Arabic. https://youtu.be/TqMjYuOg-9U This move by… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, Turkey


Russian warplanes conduct non-stop flights over jihadist positions in west Idlib

Published 2020-05-28 18:39:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Russian Air Force has conducted intensive flights over the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports, the Russian Air Force carried out low and medium altitude flights over western Idlib, with the main focus being the Jisr Al-Shughour District near the Turkish border. A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said the Russian flights are part of a reconnaissance mission to watch the jihadist movements across western Idlib. It is worth noting that this is the same area where the Turkish military was attacked… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Iran amasses its forces in the Persian Gulf to counteract new US coalition

Published 2020-05-28 18:22:23 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami announced Thursday that his country will “reinforce the security belt” in the Gulf, especially in the Strait of Hormuz. Hatimi said in his speech during the ceremony for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy that “preserving the security of this region is at the center of the Iranian Islamic Republic’s attention”, stressing that “the importance of this region is always taken into account when formulating strategic decisions of the country’s foreign policy He stressed that the Gulf’s security belt, especially the vital Strait of Hormuz, will be strengthened. Hatami pointed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


US military convoy pelted with rocks, forced to turn around in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-28 15:25:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – On Thursday, a U.S. military convoy was confronted by several villagers in the northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah, resulting in the re-routing of the vehicles. According to reports, the U.S. convoy was approaching the village of Al-Qahira near the key town of Tal Tamr, when it was confronted by several villagers along the main road in the area. The villagers were comprised of residents from Al-Qahira and Dishisha northwest of Syria, who confronted the U.S. convoy by blocking road and pelting the vehicles with rocks. The U.S. military turned their vehicles around after the incident and… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Iran’s IRGC gets big naval boost amid heightened tensions with US in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-05-28 12:30:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Commander, General Hussein Salami, announced on Thursday that his naval forces have received 112 new warship boats at the Bandar Abbas Port. The commander of the Revolutionary Guards said in a speech on Thursday during the handover ceremony of 112 new attack boats launching Zulfiqar missiles: “These boats will increase the offensive power of the Iranian Navy in the Gulf waters.” He explained that the strengthening of military force is part of the road map, which is being pursued by the Revolutionary Guards, adding that “Iran is seeking to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Turkey steps up efforts in Libya by shipping new weapons, equipment: report

Published 2020-05-28 12:00:44 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Turkey has organized an air bridge to Libya to deliver weapons and equipment to their allies from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the Eurasian Daily reported this week. According to the publication, the Turkish military transport aircraft C-130 (Hercules) have been recently monitored making their way to the North African country . It is reported that these planes are transporting military equipment and fighters from the Syrian opposition factions to Libya. It also landed at the Libyan city of Misrata, which has become the main receiving point for arms shipments from Turkey and… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Chinese aircraft carriers prepare for rare naval drills as US warships enter South China Sea

Published 2020-05-28 11:25:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Chinese Armed Forces are preparing to hold a rare event in the South China Sea, as they have scheduled large-scale naval drills using two aircraft carriers. According to media reports, the Chinese aircraft carrier, Shandong, was spotted leaving its main port around the same time that its sister ship, the Liaoning, was also seen heading to the South China Sea for what is expected to be a massive exercise. This move by the Chinese Navy came at the same time that U.S. warships held a patrol in the South China Sea. The U.S. Pacific… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Russian military reveals who was behind attack on Turkish Army in Idlib

Published 2020-05-28 10:42:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The head of the Russian reconciliation center, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, revealed on Wednesday evening that the terrorist group behind the attack on the Turkish Army vehicle in Idlib was a foreign jihadist faction that is operating inside the governorate. According to Zhuravlev, the Russian military learned that the terrorist group behind the attack was the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). “According to the information received by the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties, the militants of the Turkestan Islamic Party were involved in the attack, which activated IEDs during the movement of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey


Pakistani military shoots down Indian drone along border region

Published 2020-05-28 10:20:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Pakistani military shot down an Indian spy drone that was seen circling the Line of Control area along the Indian-Pakistani border. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan, their military shot down the Indian drone after it penetrated more than 650 meters past the Line of Control. No further details were released about the incident. Prior to the downing of this drone, the Indian Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, alleged that the Pakistani military was operating “terrorist launch pads” from its side of the Line of Control. Singh further claimed that the Pakistani… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Russian, Syrian air forces launch first airstrikes in 2 months

Published 2020-05-28 09:50:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – For the first time in two months, the Syrian and Russian air forces launched airstrikes over the eastern region of the Homs Governorate. According to reports, the Russian and Syrian air forces targeted the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) positions in the Badiya Al-Sham region, which is primarily desert terrain along the administrative border of Deir Ezzor and Homs. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa Al-Quds) launched a heavy attack on the Islamic State’s positions between the towns of Al-Sukhnah… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria


Syrian Army sends reinforcements to Raqqa to confront Turkish-backed groups: video

Published 2020-05-28 09:50:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army deployed reinforcements to the Al-Raqqa countryside this week to confront the Turkish-backed militant groups that have been launching attacks against their troops and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army deployed its 148th Brigade to the ‘Ayn ‘Issa countryside in rural Al-Raqqa. ‘Video footage taken by a soldier’s personal phone showed the 148th Brigade on the way to the Al-Raqqa countryside amid a new build up by the SAA to confront these Turkish-backed groups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8aItSmDH_g The Syrian Arab Army has been dealing with daily attacks from… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Third Iranian tanker arrives in Venezuela as fourth follows closely by: photos

Published 2020-05-28 09:33:18 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The third Iranian fuel tanker reached the Venezuelan coast on Wednesday after making the long journey from the Persian Gulf region. According to reports, the Iranian tanker, the ‘Petunia’, reached the Venezuelan shores on Wednesday morning after entering the territorial waters of the Bolivarian Republic the night before. The Petunia was escorted by the Venezuelan Armed Forces until it was able to dock along the coast of the South American nation. https://twitter.com/ArmadaFANB/status/1265552018946568194?s=20 In addition to the arrival of the Petunia, another Iranian tanker is expected to arrive in Venezuela in the coming days, as the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Venezuela


China accuses Canada of helping US topple tech giant Huawei

Published 2020-05-28 08:15:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Chinese Embassy in Canada stated on Wednesday that the Canadian government is working to support the United States in its efforts to bring down Huawei and Chinese companies active in the field of advanced technologies. The embassy’s comment came after the court’s decision to dismiss the request to release Huawei’s financial director Meng Wanzhou, indicating that the decision could further deteriorate relations between Ottawa and Beijing. A statement by the Chinese embassy said, “Canada is in collusion with the U.S. efforts to topple Huawei and Chinese high-tech companies.” Meng’s lawyers tried to persuade the… Read on ->

Tags: Canada, China


Moment Turkish military comes under attack in western Idlib: video

Published 2020-05-28 07:45:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday, a Turkish military convoy came under attack by a roadside bomb that was detonated by unknown assailants in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, at least one soldier was killed as a result of the attack, while another was hospitalized for minor wounds. The attack reportedly took place near the border town of Al-Ghassaniyeh in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate. It should be noted that Al-Ghassaniyeh is under the control of foreign jihadists from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). A video was released… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Powerful missile strike targets meeting of high-ranking Yemeni defense officials

Published 2020-05-28 07:00:42 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – The pro-government Yemeni media the fate of the Minister of Defense Muhammad al-Muqdashi, Chief of Staff Saghir Aziz, and a number of senior army leaders after a missile attack targeted the “Sahn al-Jin” camp in the Marib Governorate. A local official outlet said the Ansarallah group targeted the camp with a ballistic missile, resulting in a powerful blast at a meeting with high-ranking defense officials. The report confirmed the death of several soldiers, including one of the sons of the chief of the General Staff, and a nephew of him, both of whom are officers,… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Marib, Yemen


Iran establishes new law to confront Israel

Published 2020-05-28 05:18:37 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday informed the concerned authorities in his country that the new law to confront Israeli practices “hostile to peace and security” had entered into force. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Rouhani had informed the ministries of the Interior, Security, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Support of the Armed Forces, the Supreme Council for National Security and the Judicial Authority of the law bearing the name “facing the practices of the Zionist entity hostility to peace and security.” This law, which was approved by the Iranian Shura Council on May… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Libyan Army shot down Turkish ‘kamikaze’ drone: photos

Published 2020-05-28 04:14:56 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it had shot down a Turkish suicide drone on Tuesday after it tried to attack the LNA forces around the ‘Ayn Zara axis south of Tripoli. According to the LNA, their air defense forces were able to shoot down the Turkish kamikaze drone after spotting the unmanned aerial vehicle moving towards their positions. https://twitter.com/KhaledDernah3/status/1265435920230121473?s=20 The Turkish military often uses drones to bomb the Libyan National Army’s positions; however, it is rare to see them use a kamikaze aircraft. In fact, the Turkish-made ‘KARGU’ drone was first introduced in… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Iran changes its tactics in Iraq after Qassem Soleimani’s death: report

Published 2020-05-28 00:16:11 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – According to a new report, there are diplomatic efforts made in secret by Tehran to change its policies towards Iraq after the assassination of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani during a U.S. raid near Baghdad International Airport. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported that the goal of the new methods pursued by Iran is to break the political deadlock in Baghdad, and to accelerate the departure of nearly 5,000 US soldiers from Iraq, according to three senior Iranian officials involved in the process. “Sometimes you should take a step back, monitor and plan based on the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US


Libyan Army denies receiving modern Russian warplanes

Published 2020-05-28 00:02:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Al-Mismari, denied on Wednesday that the military had acquired modern fighters recently. Al-Mismari said that old planes have been repaired by engineers and technicians of the armed forces and returned to service, stressing that they will enter the battles soon with full firepower. In a direct speech, he affirmed that the relocation of his forces had caused great losses among the “reconciliation forces”. Al-Mismari stressed that the Turkish intervention has become larger, and has become a dangerous escalation, explaining that they are ready to address this interference,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Syria


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