This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Lebanon, China, India, Antifa, US, Libya, Tripoli, UK, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, ISIS, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Hasakah, Assad, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Daraa, Sweida, Austria, Hezbollah, Jordan, Makhlouf, Iran, Venezuela, Ansarallah, Yemen.

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Video footage of fierce border confrontation between Lebanese and Israeli forces

Published 2020-06-02 22:27:10 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Lebanese and Israeli armed forces were involved in a brief border standoff after the latter reported that someone attempted to enter their territory from Lebanon. According to the reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed its tank to the border area, when they were confronted by a Lebanese Army units that was armed with RPGs. UNIFIL forces arrived at the scene to deescalate the situation, but found themselves in between the guns of both the Lebanese and Israeli armed forces. https://twitter.com/alliiii27/status/1267871538658893827?s=20 No gunfire was exchanged, but the brief confrontation was reminiscent of a previous… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


India won’t back down to China along disputed border: DM

Published 2020-06-02 20:01:03 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – India is not willing to back down to any Chinese threats along disputed Land of Actual Control (LAC) border, the Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. In his first public comment since the recent border conflict broke out between China and India, Singh said that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) violated his country’s territorial integrity and forced a border standoff. “Our policy is very clear that we will not hurt [the] self-respect of our neighbors, but I assured the nation that the government would not let anyone hurt India’s self-respect as well”,… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


War hawk senator calls for US military to show ‘no quarter’ to ‘Antifa terrorists’

Published 2020-06-02 19:47:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The right-wing U.S. Senator Tom Cotton called on the U.S. military to be deployed to cities to suppress the protests against police brutality and racism. Following up on U.S. President Donald Trump’s attack against Antifa, Cotton called on the U.S. military to confront these ‘terrorists’. “Anarchy, rioting, and looting needs to end tonight,” Cotton, the freshman senator from Arkansas, said on Twitter Monday morning. “If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let’s see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they’re facing off with the 101st Airborne Division. We need to have zero… Read on ->

Tags: Antifa, US


Israeli and Lebanese troops nearly come to blows along border: photo

Published 2020-06-02 19:26:30 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Israel’s Channel 12 news reported on Tuesday that the Lebanese Armed Forces and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) nearly came to blows along the border during a brief encounter. The channel reported that two Israeli tanks arrived at the Lebanese border, and confronted some members of the Lebanese Army, who were armed with RPGs. https://twitter.com/N12News/status/1267832557917405189?s=20 The channel mentioned that this confrontation came after some people infiltrated the border from the Lebanese side. For his part, Israeli army spokesman said , “In the context of strengthening activities on the Lebanese border after the recent infiltration attempts, a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Turkish-backed forces launch big assault in southern Tripoli

Published 2020-06-02 19:16:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces launched a big assault in southern Tripoli on Tuesday, as they attempted to capture several areas from the rival Libyan National Army (LNA). According to reports from southern Tripoli, the GNA forces launched a number of attacks along the Al-Ramlah axis, resulting in heavy clashes with the Libyan National Army. The reports said the GNA forces were able to achieve some progress along the southern Tripoli front, putting them within striking distance of the Tripoli International Airport near Al-Ramlah. The pro-GNA media has reported that the Turkish-backed… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tripoli


UK warns China over Hong Kong, demands they back down

Published 2020-06-02 18:55:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The United Kingdom has warned China against taking a step that could set its course back and cannot be reversed with regard to Hong Kong, saying that Beijing should back down and fulfill its international obligations towards the former British colony. “The ball is in the court of the Chinese government, and it has to decide its options,” Dominic Raab, the British Foreign Secretary, told parliament on Tuesday. “They can cross a critical line and violate the autonomy and rights of Hong Kong residents, or they can step back and understand the concerns of the… Read on ->

Tags: China, UK


Russia reveals new weapons deal with NATO member Turkey

Published 2020-06-02 18:17:53 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The head of the Russian Federation for Technical Military Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, revealed on Tuesday that Turkey has requested a billion dollars worth of arms from Russia. Shogayev indicated in an interview with the Turkish Ecoturk TV that the Russian defense export portfolio with Turkey is estimated at about one billion dollars. He noted that negotiations on the delivery of the second system of S-400 to Turkey are in the advanced stage, and Moscow is awaiting the final decision from Ankara. “Given the current restrictions regarding the coronavirus, predicting the date of the conclusion of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Iraqi forces reveal locations of high-ranking ISIS commanders

Published 2020-06-02 18:08:58 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Tahsin Al-Khafaji, confirmed on Tuesday, that the Iraqi army obtained information confirming the presence of high-ranking leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organiation inside the region that witnessed the second phase of Operation “Heroes of Iraq” in the Kirkuk Governorate. Al-Khafaji said: “The access of the army forces to terrorists’ phones during the operation and the information we obtained inside the additions that were found confirms the presence of some prominent leaders of the terrorist organization inside this region, and therefore the process of maintaining pressure… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Syrian soldier confronts US forces, tells them to get out of Syria: video

Published 2020-06-02 17:55:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – A reporter from Sputnik Arabic in the Al-Hasakah Governorate obtained a video clip showing a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier challenging a U.S. patrol in the Tal Tamr area and demanding immediately leave Syria. The soldier, who is from the 154 Special Forces Regiment of the the Syrian Arab Army stationed at the Al-Dandara village checkpoint, was filmed confronting the U.S. military and pressuring them to turn around. The video clip showed the Syrian soldier putting his arms up his chest while speaking to the American soldiers in the English language, addressing them: “We hate… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Sudan attempts to ease tensions with Ethiopia over border issues

Published 2020-06-02 17:45:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Sudan sent a message to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, calling for commitment to the importance of establishing a solid base for cooperation with Egypt and Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam. In its message, Sudan also demanded that the parties concerned be encouraged to refrain from any unilateral measures that might affect regional and international peace and security. The Sudanese representatives stressed the need to refrain from causing grave dangers to other countries and to peacefully settle disputes over the dam. The Sudanese government had rejected a proposal from Ethiopia to sign a partial… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Sudan


Russian military shows off tank capabilities in various battlefields: video

Published 2020-06-02 16:09:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip showing the great combat capabilities of the country’s army tanks in various battlefields. The clip shows the high capabilities and agility of Russian tanks to pass the most difficult roads, and their ability to dive and cross the water obstacles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWKIg8_zEq4

Tags: Russia


Turkish-backed forces fight one another in northeast Syria

Published 2020-06-02 16:01:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed factions once again clashed with one another in northeastern Syria over the control of goods that were looted by their forces. According to reports from northeastern Syria, the Turkish-backed militants were engaged in heavy clashes in the Abu Rasin region of Al-Hasakah, which resulted in casualties among these groups. A field source told the Syrian Arab News Agency that the “fighting broke out between terrorist groups affiliated with the (Sultan Murad, Al-Hamzah and Sharqiya) terrorist organizations supported by the Turkish regime at the Bab al-Khair axis and Umm Ashba in the Abu Rasin… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey


US Air Force’s F-35 stealth fleet returns to Middle East

Published 2020-06-02 15:39:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A U.S. Air Force squadron of F-35 stealth fighters have returned to the Middle East to begin a new deployment, the Air Force Times reported. According to the report, the F-35 squadron of the 388th and 419th fighter wings at Hill Air Force Base in Utah deployed to Al-Dhafra Airbase in the United Arab Emirates on May 20, the 388th. “The deployment of pilots from the 421st Fighter Squadron, as well as maintainers from the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, marks the third time in about 12 months that F-35s from Hill’s 388th and 419th have… Read on ->

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Tags: US


Watch: Syrian special forces intercept US military convoy as children pelt vehicles with rocks

Published 2020-06-02 15:13:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army soldiers prevented an American convoy from passing through a military roadblock in the countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week. According to Sputnik Arabic, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Special Forces Regiment prevented a convoy of U.S. military vehicles from passing through the village of Al-Dardara in the Tal Tamr District. The report said that the Syrian Army blocked the U.S. convoy, which consisted of at least four armored vehicles, from passing through their checkpoint along a road near Al-Dardara in northwestern Al-Hasakah. A Syrian Arab Army officer told Sputnik: “Initially,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Turkish ship delivers tanks to Libya amid mass build up: LNA

Published 2020-06-02 14:56:38 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari, accused Turkey of shipping military vehicles to the Libyan port-city of Misrata, which is under the control of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its allied militias. “A Turkish cargo ship was detected suspiciously moving M60 tanks owned by a Turkish company named (CIRKIN),” Mismari said on his official Facebook page. Mismari said that the ship arrived at the Misrata port on “May 28 at 10:55 A.M.,” pointing out that “it is suspicious that the ship’s movement coincided with Turkish frigates that were close to it.”… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


New Syrian governors of Homs, Daraa, Hasakah, Quneitra announced

Published 2020-06-02 14:40:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad participated in a ceremony on Tuesday to swear in Bassam Mamdouh Barsik as governor of Homs , Muhammad Tariq Ziad Krishati as governor of Al-Quneitra, Marwan Ibrahim Sharbak as governor of Daraa, and Ghassan Halim Khalil as governor of Al-Hasakah. President Assad met with the new governors and provided them with his directions, stressing the importance of the role of governors, as they are in direct contact with citizens, local councils and municipalities, and this gives them the ability to know the best that can be done to develop the… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Armenian forces shoot down Israeli-made drone: video

Published 2020-06-02 14:25:48 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.)- The Armenian forces shot down an Israeli-made drone in April that belonged to the Azerbaijani Army in the disputed Karabakh-Nagorno region. However, while the incident reportedly took place in April, the video footage of the Armenian forces shooting down this Israeli-made drone was recently released via social media. According to the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, “on the presented video frames you can see how a rocket hits an unmanned aerial vehicle in just a few moments, which indicates that the drone was flying at a short distance and was at low altitude.” Per the video, the Armenian… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel


US-made missiles and massive weapons cache seized by Syrian Army in southern Syria: video

Published 2020-06-02 13:26:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces uncovered a massive weapons cache in southern Syria this week while combing through the areas previously controlledby the militant forces. According to reports, the Syrian military found anti-armor missiles, a large number of shells and machine guns, among them American-made ones, more than half a million rounds of varying caliber, and hundreds of kilograms of hashish In a statement to a SANA reporter, a source in the competent authorities indicated that “through follow-up and as part of operations to clear the areas liberated from the remnants of the terrorists, large quantities… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Sweida, Syria


US military convoy intercepted by Syrian Army, villagers in northeast Syria

Published 2020-06-02 13:12:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and villagers in the northwestern countryside of Al-Hasakah intercepted a U.S. military convoy that was trying to travel through the Abu Rasin region of the governorate. According to local reports, the Syrian Arab Army and locals from the Abu Rasin region blocked a U.S. military convoy that consisted of eight vehicles from traveling through this area of northeastern Syria. The reports said the U.S. military was forced to turn around and find another route to their intended destination. No further details were released at this time. Today’s interception by the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Russian Navy to get major boost with dozens of new warships

Published 2020-06-02 13:04:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Admiral Nikolai Yefmenov, Commander of the Russian Navy, stated that his forces will acquire 35 ships of various classes by the end of 2020. According to him, the marine military flag will be raised on the nuclear-powered missile submarine cruiser “Knyaz Vladimir” and the frigate “Admiral Kasatunov’s fleet,” according to the Russian newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda”. From the summer until October 30, 2020, the Russian navy will be present in all of the world’s oceans, in addition to training in the Arctic and testing new military equipment. In addition, the work of nuclear submarines in the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Austrian Parliament designates Hezbollah as terrorist entity, Israel applauds decision

Published 2020-06-02 12:47:05 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Austrian Parliament made the decision this week to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. This move officially bans the Lebanese organization’s political wing from operating inside the central European nation. The Israeli Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision of the Austrian Parliament to take additional punitive measures against Hezbollah. “This is an important decision,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said, “I call on the Austrian government to adopt its parliament decision and join Britain, Germany and the Netherlands by declaring Hezbollah a terrorist organization.” The Israeli media had reported that the Austrian Parliament had made… Read on ->

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Tags: Austria, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Iraqi military kicks off big operation against ISIS

Published 2020-06-02 12:38:31 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul, a spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, announced the start of the second phase of the operation to pursue ISIS operatives in the northern province of Kirkuk. He said in a press statement today, Tuesday: “Under the guidance of the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, I carry a blessing for God, this Tuesday morning, the second phase of the operation for the Iraqi heroes to search the southwestern areas of Kirkuk, in the separating… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


Jordan thwarts two potential ISIS terrorist attacks

Published 2020-06-02 12:24:05 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.)- Jordan’s General Intelligence Department thwarted two terrorist plots targeting its building in Zarqa, and one of its stationed patrols, and the accused were arrested in late February, Al-Rai revealed this week. According to the newspaper, the defendants planned their terrorist operation for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), and they were following the organization’s versions to strengthen their resolve and consolidate their ideas with them. According to the attorney of the State Security Prosecution, the two defendants face charges of conspiracy with the intention of carrying out terrorist acts and promoting the ideas of a terrorist group.

Tags: ISIS, Jordan


Rami Makhlouf says coming days in Syria will be ‘decisive’

Published 2020-06-02 11:38:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf said that the coming days will be decisive, pointing out that the situation should not reach the point of requesting a judicial guard to defend the company he owns. Makhlouf wrote on his Facebook page after he listed “transgressions” from his point of view committed against him and his company, SyriaTel: “All that I mentioned is nothing but a notification from us to those involved in order to instruct the cessation of all these transgressions.” He continued that, despite agreeing to pay the amounts, “an amount of 13.4 billion Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria


Iranian soldier killed in border clash with unknown group

Published 2020-06-02 11:23:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – An Iranian soldier was killed in an armed clash with a drug smuggling gang in the Kerman province, in the southeastern part of the country, the Fars News Agency reported. The police chief of Kerman province, Abdul-Ridha Naziri, said that two police patrols “saw last night while they were observing the Mahan-Bam Road, crossing a group of vehicles for the armed drug smugglers gang,” adding that “the smugglers opened fire towards the policemen, killing one of them, and wounding others”. He pointed to the gunmen managed to escape, taking advantage of the rugged terrain of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Lebanon denies adopting US-led Caesar Law sanctions against Syria

Published 2020-06-02 11:02:07 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – On Monday, the media office in the Presidency of the Lebanese Council of Ministers denied the news that the government had adopted the U.S.-led Caesar Law sanctions. The Presidency of the Council of Ministers said in a statement: “Some media outlets reported about the distribution of the Caesar Law on American sanctions during the cabinet session, and on the government’s adoption of this law.” They added: “The truth is that the government is studying the impact of this law on Lebanon, and the margins in which the government can operate without negative repercussions on the… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Venezuela’s Maduro vows to make historic visit to Iran

Published 2020-06-02 10:52:52 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday that he plans to make an official visit to Iran soon to sign a number of documents, including in the energy and military fields. Maduro said on Twitter: “I will go soon to Iran as soon as the epidemiological conditions allow us to participate in the Iranian-Venezuelan high-level government committee, to sign agreements and documents on cooperation in the fields of energy, finance, military, agricultural, technological, and scientific, as well as in the field of health care.” Bahram Amir Ahmadiyan, the Iranian expert on international and geopolitical issues,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Joint Yemeni forces inflict heavy losses on Ansarallah troops in Hodeidah

Published 2020-06-02 08:15:32 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The joint Yemeni forces affiliated with the government announced on Monday evening, the killing and wounding of several Ansarallah fighters in clashes in the Hodeidah Governorate. The Giants Brigades operating within the strength of the joint forces stated, on its site, that “the Houthis carried out a wide attack from the south and east sides towards Wadi Dhami and the farms bordering on Hays, and from the north and west sides towards the Khokhah line, Wadi Nakhla and Beit Bish.” They said that “the joint forces lured the Houthi elements and suddenly pounced on them… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


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