This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Turkey, Aleppo, Syria, India, Pakistan, Russia, US, Tripoli, Iran, Saudi, Qatar, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Sudan, Damascus, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, China, Taiwan, Venezuela, Baghdad, ISIS.

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Libyan Army shoots down ‘3 Turkish aircraft’ in past 24 hours

Published 2020-05-30 23:19:05 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Saturday that three Turkish aircraft were shot down near the city of Bani Walid, which is 180 km from the capital. The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army said in a statement on Facebook that its air defense platforms shot down three Turkish planes while they were attempting to bomb their positions near Bani Walid. They said that the air defense targeted a Turkish aircraft during the early hours on Saturday morning and was able to shoot it down near the city of Bani Walid. It… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Turkish military launches attack against Syrian Army troops in Aleppo

Published 2020-05-30 22:58:18 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched a fresh attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Saturday morning, targeting the latter’s positions in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. According to reports, the Turkish military launched an unprovoked attack on the Syrian Army’s positions in western Aleppo, which resulted in some material damage, but no casualties. The attack appeared to last for only a short period of time and relied mostly on artillery shells launched from an area near the Turkish border. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed militants traded attacks along… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey

Pakistani Army shoots down Indian drone near disputed border region

Published 2020-05-30 22:37:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Pakistani Army announced on Saturday that its forces shot down an Indian spy quadcopter, which was seen inside Pakistani territory near the Line of Control. According to Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar, the Indian drone penetrated approximately 700 meters into their territory, prompting them to activate their air defenses near the Nekrun Sector.   This is the second time in the last week that the Pakistani military has shot down a spy drone that was flying over its territory. The last time the Pakistani Army shot down an Indian spy drone was… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan

US may send military to Tunisia to counter ‘Russian threat’ in North Africa

Published 2020-05-30 22:22:34 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The U.S. is considering the option of sending troops to Tunisia to counter the “Russian threat” that North African is facing, U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) announced on Saturday, citing a telephone conversation between AFRICOM Commander General Stephen Townsend and Tunisian Defence Minister Imed Hazgui. “As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is a heightened concern. We’re looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistance Brigade,” Townsend said, his comments appearing in an AFRICOM press statement… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Arms supply war heats up: Turkey increases transport flights to Tripoli-based forces

Published 2020-05-30 22:10:26 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Both Turkey and Russia are currently involved in a weapons supply war to rival factions in Libya, despite international calls for a ceasefire among the warring parties. Marine and air traffic websites have recently revealed the increased number of Russian and Turkish flights to Libya amid the intensification of battles between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA). Turkey has been open about their support to the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord, often boasting about their defense agreement with the Tripoli-based forces. Not only has Ankara provided arms and supplies… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Russia, Turkey

Turkish-backed forces score new advance south of Libyan capital

Published 2020-05-30 21:04:09 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Tripoli-based Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have achieved a new advance near the capital city after clashing with the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the GNA’s official Facebook page, their forces scored a big advance south of Tripoli, capturing several sites along the Ramleh axis. The leadership of the “Burqan Fury” operation confirmed on its Facebook page, Saturday, that its Mahjoub brigade were “advancing strongly” at the Ramleh axis and the vicinity of Tripoli Airport, noting that those forces took control of two cars equipped with weapons and destroyed six others… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey

Civilians in northeastern Syria call on Russia to expel Turkish-backed forces: video

Published 2020-05-30 20:53:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Civilians in northeastern Syria have called on the Russian military to expel the Turkish-backed forces occupying their villages inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. In a new video released by RT Arabic, civilians can be seen calling on Russia to expel the Turkish-backed forces that are occupying their villages in the Tal Tamr District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. “About thirty women and ten men from the village of Tal Tawil stood in front of the Russian forces in the city of Tal Tamr, northwest of Hasakah city, in northeastern Syria, asking them to return their villages that… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian military receives advanced MiG-29 jets from Russia

Published 2020-05-30 20:40:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Syria has received from the Russian Ministry of Defense the next batch of advanced and modernized MiG-29 warplanes. A military source quoted by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) stated on Saturday: “In the context of military and technical cooperation between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation, and within a special ceremony held at the Hmeimim Airbase, the Russian side delivered the next batch of advanced and modernized MiG-29 warplanes to the Syrian Arab Army. ” The source added that “the planes, which are more effective than their previous generation, carried out their flights… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Iran condemns racial discrimination against African-Americans in US

Published 2020-05-30 16:14:22 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday condemning the racial discrimination against against African-Americans in the United States. The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s statement called on Washington to respect the voices of the protesters and to halts its violence against them. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has expressed regret for the killing of blacks in America, condemns the deadly racial discrimination in it, and demands that American officials implement justice in such killings,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry wrote tweeted on Saturday. “The voice of the protesters should be heard, so the suppression of the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Watch: Russian jets intercept US strategic bombers

Published 2020-05-30 16:00:56 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – For the second time this week, Russian jets have intercepted a U.S. aircraft over international waters. On Friday, two Russian Su-27 and Su-30SM jets intercepted U.S. B-1B strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, “the U.S. bombers changed their flight course and flew away from the state border of Russia” after the interception. In turn, the U.S. Air Force’s Central Command said it was conducting a long-range flight throughout Europe and the Black Sea region before the interception. The U.S aircraft was being accompanied by… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

US to sell 7,500 precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-05-30 15:53:47 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sell 7,500 precision-guided bombs for approximately $500 million to Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. The Wall Street Journal quoted a source in the U.S. Congress as saying that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee received an initial notification of the supply and sales plan in mid-January. The source explained that if this deal is approved, Saudi Arabia will buy 7,500 “Paveway IV” precision guided bombs from Raytheon Technologies. The source added that the U.S. government will commit… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, US

Qatar complains Gulf blockade threatens security and stability

Published 2020-05-30 15:38:08 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The State of Qatar has directed new criticism of the boycott campaign that its neighbors are waging against it, warning of the dangers it brings to the entire region. This came in a statement sent by Qatar’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, to the UN Security Council, which held yesterday (Thursday) a virtual (remote) meeting on “protecting civilians during armed conflicts.” The Qatari diplomat stated that the Council stressed the importance of conflict prevention, in the context of a commitment to collective action to spare people all over… Read on ->

Tags: Qatar, Saudi

Libyan Army kills leader of Turkish-backed Syrian militant group

Published 2020-05-30 15:36:26 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The leader of the Turkish-backed Syrian “Sultan Murad Brigade” organization, Murad Abu Hamoud Al-Azizi, was killed in clashes in the Libyan capital, according to what the Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army announced via Facebook. In a brief statement, the division said that Al-Azizi was killed in clashes at the airport road hub in the capital, Tripoli. In turn, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that it had documented the killing of 13 fighters among mercenaries from the Syrian factions loyal to the Turkish government in Libya during the past… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Syria, Turkey

Turkey to begin eastern Mediterranean oil exploration despite protests from Greece, Egypt, Cyprus

Published 2020-05-30 15:05:03 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez announced that his country may start exploring for oil in the eastern Mediterranean within 3 or 4 months, in accordance with the maritime border agreement with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). Speaking at a ceremony marking the start of the sailing of the Turkish ship “Fateh” to explore for oil and gas to the Black Sea, Donmez said that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, which requested the permit for exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, will begin operations in areas within the scope of its license after the completion of… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Libya, Turkey

Sudan warns of all-out war with neighboring Ethiopia

Published 2020-05-30 14:21:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Sudanese Army announced on Friday that Khartoum is engaged in continuous diplomatic talks with Ethiopia to limit the tensions on the border, warning of the “outbreak of all-out war” between the two countries. Commenting on the clashes between the two parties yesterday evening, Sudanese army spokesman, Brigadier Amer Muhammad Al-Hassan, said, “The contacts between Sudan and Ethiopia to calm the situation on the border strip have not stopped.” Al-Hassan said: “We wanted to give diplomacy a chance in Khartoum and Addis Ababa, before the outbreak of the all-out war between the two countries.” He… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Sudan

First train trip between Aleppo and Damascus to be launched soon

Published 2020-05-30 13:30:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – he general director of the Syrian Railways Corporation, Najib Al-Faris, stated that 90 percent of the railway linking Damascus and Aleppo has been rehabilitated and repaired, and the first trip between the two cities will be launched within a month or two. “Now we have almost finished repairing about 90% of the railway between the two cities and they have been restored, and within a month or two we will launch the first train, and the journey will take four hours from Aleppo to Damascus or the opposite,” Al-Faris said in an interview with reporters…. Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Damascus, Syria

Israeli forces fire on Lebanese man along border

Published 2020-05-30 13:15:36 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – On Friday, Israeli soldiers fired warning shots at a Lebanese shepherd after he approached the border from the Lebanese side at the occupied Shebaa Farms area. Similar incidents have occurred at the border in recent weeks, with the Israeli army arresting on May 19, two people, who the army spokesman said was looking for work. On May 17, the Israeli army shot a Syrian shepherd inside Lebanese territory, near the Shebaa Farms area, and then took him to one of his hospitals for treatment, while 5 Sudanese who crossed the Lebanese border toward Israel in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Two Russian jets intercept US strategic bombers over sea

Published 2020-05-30 12:45:13 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Two Russian Su-27 and Su-30 military aircraft took off to intercept two U.S. strategic bombers over the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday. A statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that their air defense services of the southern and western military regions revealed the flight of American B-1B strategic bombers over the waters of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea. The statement continued that the fighters Su-27 and Su-30 from the air defense forces in the southern military region took off to intercept American aircraft. The ministry stated that… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Russia to discuss with Syria the handing over of new bases

Published 2020-05-30 12:15:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree authorizing the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to conduct negotiations with the Syrian government with the view of handing over of installations and additional marine areas in Syria. In the decree published on the official portal of legal information on Friday, Putin agreed to the Russian government’s proposal to sign Protocol No. 1 on “the delivery of immovable property and additional marine areas” to the agreement concluded in August 2015 between Moscow and Damascus regarding the deployment of a group of the Russian Air Force in Syria…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Future threat? Egyptian Navy is developing at ‘secret and rapid pace: Israeli media

Published 2020-05-30 11:50:28 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense magazine published an article in which it said that the Egyptian Navy is developing at a secret and rapid pace, explaining that the Israeli Navy is not willing to specify the action it will take to deal with it. The magazine said in its article that the Israeli Army spokesman does not want to respond to this issue, explaining that Egypt continues to strengthen its navy forces by restoring and building bases, and soon Alexandria’s shipyards will launch missiles produced locally, and these weapons are aimed not at fighting terrorism, but rather… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel

Three Iranian soldiers killed in clashes along border

Published 2020-05-30 11:25:19 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Iranian border guards announced on Friday that three of its soldiers were killed in an armed clash in the northwestern district of Sardasht. The social aide to the border guards in West Azerbaijan province, Colonel Muhammad Fakry, said that these three soldiers were killed by “bad guys” while they were implementing a border patrol, vowing to reveal the details of the incident later. For years, Iran has faced Kurdish separatists using bases in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to launch attacks on the territory of the Islamic Republic. These separatist factions are often associated… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Jordan warns of ‘unprecedented danger’ if Israel annexes West Bank

Published 2020-05-30 10:57:03 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi warned Mike Pompeo, and Donique Raab on Friday of the seriousness of Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the occupied Palestinian territories. The Jordanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Al-Safadi, in his call with Raab, “stressed the necessity of an effective and rapid movement by the international community to protect the chances of peace from the unprecedented danger that Israel’s implementation of its decision to annex the settlements, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea in occupied Palestine would represent.” The Jordanian Foreign Minister appreciated the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Palestine

China will attack Taiwan if left no option to prevent independence

Published 2020-05-30 09:21:02 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 A.M.) – In a war of words, two prominent Chinese officials hinted that their country might launch a military attack on Taiwan if it had no other choice to prevent its independence. According to the Reuters News agency, Li Zucheng, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Chinese Central Military Council, said in a speech Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, during a seminar marking the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the “Anti-Secession Law”, that the door is still open to a military operation against Taiwan. He said: “If you… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan

Iran calls for joint defense of Persian Gulf against US and foreign entities

Published 2020-05-30 08:45:41 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – Iranian Defense Minister, Amir Hatami, said that if the Persian Gulf becomes insecure, then it will be insecure for all countries of the region. Hatami said: “Ensuring the security of the Gulf region is a common interest for all the Gulf states, and the countries bordering the Gulf waters are responsible for securing them.” The defense minister added, “The fact that the neighboring countries allow the United States to be present in the Gulf region is a strategic mistake….The foreign countries are the main factor in destabilizing the region and creating crises in it …… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Military researcher reveals truth about rumors claiming Egypt sunk Turkish frigate off Libyan coast

Published 2020-05-30 08:15:43 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 A.M.) – The Egyptian military researcher, Mohammad Al-Kinani, stressed that what is being circulated on social media on the sinking of a Turkish frigate called “Murad Bey” off the Libyan coast, is completely wrong and detailed. He pointed out that the video accompanying this false news pertains to training exercises  for launching anti-ship missiles in which an old ship that has been taken out of service and used as a target for marine gunships is used, and the training is called “SINKEX” by the U.S. Navy. The Egyptian researcher pointed out that there is no Turkish frigate… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey

US ‘secretly’ threatens any country helping Iran deliver fuel to Venezuela

Published 2020-05-30 07:39:43 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The U.S. issued a warning to all countries around the world that they could face harsh sanctions if they help the tankers carrying Iranian fuel for Venezuela. The U.S. special envoy to Venezuela told Reuters that the administration of President Donald Trump has secretly warned other governments, ports, and shipping and insurance companies that they could face severe penalties if they help tankers carrying Iranian fuel to Venezuela, in an effort to deter more Iranian shipments. Elliott Abrams, Washington’s envoy to Venezuela, said that the pressure campaign targeting Iran and Venezuela, which are subject to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela

Iraqi intelligence arrests ISIS commander in Baghdad

Published 2020-05-30 07:15:42 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Interior announced on Friday, the arrest of a terrorist commander from a family that carried out multiple attacks in Iraq. “During a successful qualitative security operation, the intelligence and counter-terrorism directorate of Baghdad, working within the Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of the Interior, managed to arrest an ISIS terrorist leader in the Baghdad belt, and he was previously injured in the events of liberating Mosul,” said a press release issued by the Directorate. According to the Directorate, “the arrest process took place after the formation of a… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, ISIS

Turkey sends stern warning to Greece, Egypt: We will protect our interests

Published 2020-05-30 04:46:14 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that Ankara protects its interests not only on its soil, but also on its maritime borders from its three sides. This came in a Tweet on Friday, after the exploration ship “Fateh” sailed to the Black Sea, to conduct the first excavations, in conjunction with the 567th anniversary of the opening of the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). Erdogan said: “We will not only protect the interests of our country on our 780,000 square km of land, but also on our maritime borders called the Blue Homeland on its… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Turkey

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