This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Italy, Haifa, Israel, Palestine, Syria, US, China, Taiwan, Russia, Damascus, Daraa, Lebanon, Gargash, UAE, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Libya, LNA, Iran, Venezuela, Turkey, Norway, Mediterranean, California, Washington, Pompeo, Trump.

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Egypt is preparing for massive military deal with European country

Published 2020-06-01 18:41:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Italian newspaper “La Republica” announced that the government in Rome is preparing to approve the largest military deal with Egypt that includes frigates and missile launchers, in addition to the Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. The newspaper said that the huge deal includes two frigates “Frame Bergamini”, which were dedicated to the Italian Navy, in addition to four other frigates that will be built specifically for Egypt. The newspaper pointed out that the deal includes 20 missile launchers, 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters, multi-taskers, 24 Airmake M-346 light combat aircraft, advanced training, a reconnaissance and radar imaging… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Italy

Israel reports major fire reported in port-city of Haifa

Published 2020-06-01 18:22:11 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Israeli police said in a statement on Monday that the authorities were fighting a major fire south of the city of Haifa and closed a number of roads, noting that “there is no danger to residential areas.” According to a police statement, the latter “is cooperating with the Fire and Rescue Authority to fight the fire advancing along Road No. 70 in the Tel Keshish area, and is organizing traffic to alternative roads and closing a number of major roads due to the intensity of smoke.” No one has been harmed by the fire… Read on ->

Tags: Haifa, Israel, Palestine

US-made gas-filled balloon found in southern Syria: photo

Published 2020-06-01 18:02:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The U.S. allegedly attempted to set fire to the agricultural lands of Al-Sweida in southern Syria on Monday after it was revealed that an American-made gas balloon was seen entering this region. According to the pro-government Sham FM channel, the balloon was found between the villages of Sahwa Balata and Rasas in rural Al-Sweida. “A balloon was discovered within the agricultural lands between the villages of Sahwa Balata and Rasas in the southern countryside of Sweida, and it turned out to be American-made and contained gas used to ignite fires where it warned of exposure… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Ready for war? Largest Chinese base has full-scale model of Taiwan’s presidential palace

Published 2020-06-01 17:10:56 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Satellite photos released over the weekend revealed the presence of a full-scale model of the Taiwanese presidential palace at a Chinese military base, The Drive reported. In the satellite photos, the images revealed that China’s Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, which is the largest of its kind, has a replica of Taiwan’s presidential palace so that the the soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) could conduct storming exercises. While conducting urban warfare in mock towns is standard procedure for most militaries, the replica of the Taiwanese presidential palace appears to have a more nationalistic… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Taiwan

Russian military conducts special operation against terrorist group: video

Published 2020-06-01 16:46:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee announced the neutralization of armed men during a special operation in the city of Songja, Ingushetia Republic. On Saturday, security services in the Russian republic of Ingushetia received information about the presence of a group of armed criminals in a non-residential building on the outskirts of the city of Songa. When the gunmen were asked to surrender, they returned fire, and were killed. The Commission stated that “the bodies of the gunmen, as well as weapons, ammunition and explosive devices, were found at the site of the clash.”  … Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Syrian Army seizes massive weapons cache with US-made guns in southern Syria: photos

Published 2020-06-01 16:16:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons cache while combing through the formerly militant-held areas of southern Syria on Monday. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Arab Army seized a plethora of weapons, including 23mm machine guns, assault rifles including US-made M-16 rifles, night-vision and regular binoculars, communication devices, anti-tank missiles, RPG rounds, and hundreds of kilograms of hashish. The items also included more than half a million rounds for machine guns and assault rifles, as well as anti-tank landmines. The SANA report released several photos to showcase the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Daraa, Syria

US ambassador lectures Lebanon on corruption, blames Hezbollah for problems

Published 2020-06-01 15:56:36 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The American Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, indicated that there is no economic or financial blockade against Lebanon, pointing out that the U.S. economic sanctions target terrorist organizations and those who support them financially. Shea followed this statement by announcing that there is another round of sanctions that will affect those involved in corruption, but these sanctions do not deprive Lebanon of trade and investment, because the basis is that these sanctions do not allow the spoilers to penetrate the financial system. The American ambassador continued in an interview with the Lebanese channel OTV: “Hezbollah… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, US

UAE minister tells Israel to stop talking about annexing Palestinian lands

Published 2020-06-01 15:32:19 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Anwar Gargash, asked Israel to stop talking about annexing Palestinian lands, considering that any unilateral move by Tel Aviv would represent a strong blow to the peace process. Gargash wrote in a tweet via his Twitter account: “The continuous Israeli talk about annexing Palestinian lands must stop.” He explained that the Israeli unilateral move also would “undermine the right to Palestinian self-determination and serve as a rejection of the international and Arab consensus towards achieving stability and peace.” The veteran diplomat has… Read on ->

Tags: Gargash, Israel, Palestine, UAE

Ansarallah drones attempt to bomb southern Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-06-01 14:14:12 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The command of the joint forces of the Arab Coalition announced the interception and shooting down of two  drones allegedly launched by the Ansarallah forces towards the Khamis Mushait region in southwestern Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the Arab Soalition, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, said today on Monday, “Today, Monday, coalition forces intercepted and shot down two drones fired by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia towards civilian areas in the city of Khamis Mushait.” Maliki pointed out that “the Houthi militia continues to violate international humanitarian law by launching drones and deliberately targeting civilians, as well… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Libyan Army score new advance after launching counter-offensive: video

Published 2020-06-01 13:45:35 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Ater conflicting reports about the fate of the city of Al-Asaba, Libyan sources announced on Monday afternoon that the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar regained control of the city after a fierce battle with the forces of the government of reconciliation. Videos began to surface on social media this afternoon showing the Libyan National Army (LNA) inside the city of Al-Asaba, despite claims by the Government of National Accord of still controlling the area. In the two videos that surfaced in the last few hours, the Libyan National Army can be seen celebrating inside… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, LNA

Russian naval fleet to receive advanced hypersonic missiles

Published 2020-06-01 12:59:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, Admiral Alexander Moisev, announced that the fleet will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to enhance its combat power. Moisiev said in an interview with “Krasnaya Zvezda”: “More than 180 weapons and military equipment adapted for use in the harsh arctic conditions will be provided to the ground forces that protect and control the coasts. The new weapons, including weapons, will continue to be tested.” “The hypersonic missiles will allow the combat fleet capacity to be increased qualitatively,” he continued. Admiral Moiseev stressed that “work to strengthen air defense… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Iran vows to ship more fuel to Venezuela despite US threats

Published 2020-06-01 12:46:13 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday that the country will continue its oil shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more. Mousavi said in his weekly press conference: “Iran is exercising its right to free trade with Venezuela, and it is ready to send other ships if Caracas requests more supplies from Iran.” Iran recently sent a fleet of five tankers to Venezuela, the largest oil-producing country in South America, which is suffering from a shortage of gasoline. The fleet of tankers carried a total of 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and oil derivatives… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela

Libyan Army retakes city from Turkish-backed forces

Published 2020-06-01 12:27:35 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, have recovered the city of Al-Asaba in the Western Mountain after a short battle with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. While there has not been any official confirmation from the Libyan National Army, the reports from the LNA activists on the ground indicated that the city has been cleared, adding that they are preparing to attack the city of Gharyan. The Government of National Accord forces captured Al-Asaba on May 21 during a massive attack on the Libyan National Army’s positions…. Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Chinese military progress is ‘real’ and potential threat to US: Pompeo

Published 2020-06-01 12:15:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the military progress of the Communist Party of China is real and represents a potential threat to the United States. Using his Twitter account, Pompeo shared a Fox News video with his tweet, which showcased the Chinese military’s advancements. Pompeo stressed that President Donald Trump will always keep them in a position to protect the American people. “The Chinese Communist Party’s military advances are real. Our @DeptofDefense is doing everything it can to make sure it understands this threat. President @realDonaldTrump will always keep us… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Norway receives new batch of F-35 stealth fighters

Published 2020-06-01 12:01:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Another batch of F-35 Lightning II fighters arrived at the Ireland Air Force Base in Norway, according to the Norwegian Air Force Command. According to the website, “Bulgaren Meltari”, the total number of aircraft coming to Norway has increased to 18, and seven other Norwegian F-35s have been deployed so far at the Luke Air Force Base (Arizona), where they are used to train the Norwegian Air Force personnel and technicians. In 2018, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced the selection of the second F-35 Lightning aircraft in a tender to supply the country with… Read on ->

Tags: Norway

New Syrian MiG-29 jets will help Russia protect eastern Mediterranean: analyst

Published 2020-06-01 11:44:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – In the midst of the events taking place in Syria and the region, the Russian-Syrian military cooperation is being strengthened through new weapons deliveries and supplies. On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) received a new batch of MiG-29 jets that were recently modified in Russia before they were handed over at the Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia. According to a Syrian military source, these planes are more effective than their previous generation and they carried out their flight from the Hmeimim base to  military airports across the country. “Starting on the first of… Read on ->

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Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

US National Guard deployed to Washington, 11 states amid nationwide protests: video

Published 2020-06-01 10:52:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The United States witnessed a night of popular demonstrations, accompanied by riots and confrontations between security forces and protesters, despite the imposition of a curfew in the country’s largest city. In large cities like New York and Washington D.C., along with ten U.S. states, the authorities have decided to deploy National Guard forces. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on his Twitter account Saturday night: “The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles overnight to support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city. This comes in… Read on ->

Tags: California, US, Washington

Syrian Army prepares for major operation in Daraa after cordoning off town

Published 2020-06-01 10:25:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch a new operation in the town of Tafas after another round of peace talks failed. According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th, 5th, and 7th divisions have cordoned off Tafas, despite protests from the residents inside the town. The reports say the militants inside of Tafas have refused to surrender their weapons and will not agree to leave the town under a deal to transfer them to either rural Idlib or Aleppo. The Syrian Army was previously supposed to launch an operation in Tafas, but… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Pompeo explodes over Iran’s criticism of US treatment of African-Americans

Published 2020-06-01 09:40:44 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, over the latter’s recent remarks showing solidarity with the African-American community after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Pompeo criticized Iran’s policies in a number of areas related to human rights, addressing the Iranian Foreign Minister in a tweet on Twitter, saying, “Iran executes homosexuals, kills women with stones, and annihilates Jews.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif previously posted a tweet on Twitter: “Some people do not think black lives are important,” expressing his solidarity with the Black Lives… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US

Two tankers leave Venezuela for Iran after delivering fuel

Published 2020-06-01 09:05:55 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Two Iranian tankers, after delivering fuel to Venezuela as part of a fleet of five tankers, set sail on the way back to Iran, according to Refinitive Icon data on Sunday. The first two tankers that emptied fuel last week left the ports of the Venezuelan State Oil Company (PDVSA) this past weekend. The indicated that the Fortune carrier sailed on its way to Bandar Abbas port in Iran on Sunday, and it is scheduled to arrive in July, while the Forrest tanker sailed from Kardon refinery on Saturday before closing the satellite signal. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela

Secret Service moves Trump to underground bunker in White House: NYT

Published 2020-06-01 08:48:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The New York Times quoted well-informed sources as saying that White House Secret Service agents had transferred U.S. President Donald Trump to an underground bunker that was previously used during terrorist attacks. This came after tensions escalated outside the walls of the White House by protesters over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25th. “Mr. Trump spent Sunday out of sight, even when some of his campaign advisers recommended that he deliver a televised address at the national level, before another night of possible violence. The building was empty, as some… Read on ->

Tags: Trump, US

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