This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Haftar, Libya, Sirraj, Hama, Syria, Tripoli, Latakia, Russia, US, Turkey, ISIS, SDF, Iran, Egypt, Israel, North_Korea, South_Korea, Tunisia, Saudi, Greece, Idlib, Negev, Tarhouna.

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Turkish-backed forces refuse to negotiate with ‘war criminal’ Haftar, war to continue

Published 2020-06-04 23:23:57 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Prime Minister of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced on Thursday, his government’s refusal to negotiate with the Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar. Al-Sirraj pledged during a joint press conference in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to “continue the struggle until the enemy is completely eliminated.” He said that “war criminal” Haftar is not a partner in a political process, adding that “he will not give them an opportunity to negotiate after this stage.” “. Al-Sarraj stressed that “the battle continues,” and expressed the determination of the… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Sirraj

Video footage of Syrian Army confronting Israeli attack in Hama

Published 2020-06-04 23:11:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force carried out an attack on western Syria from Lebanese airspace this evening, hitting a research facility near the city of Masyaf. According to a military source near the scene of the attack, the Syrian air defenses were activated after a number of Israeli missiles were tracked from Lebanese airspace. The source said some of the missiles managed to hit the scientific research center, causing some damage to the facility. He was unable to confirm any casualties at this time, as the Syrian civil defense units are still helping put out fires… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Breaking: Israeli Air Force bombs Syria’s Hama research facility

Published 2020-06-04 22:40:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) air defenses confronted suspected Israeli missiles that were fired from Lebanon towards the city of Masyaf in the Hama countryside this evening. According to a military source near the scene, the Syrian air defenses confronted the missiles that were targeting the scientific research lab near the city of Masyaf this evening. The source said that some of the missiles managed to hit the building, causing a big explosion in the Masyaf countryside. As of now, the extent of the damage is unknown and the total number of causalities has… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

Libyan Army says withdrawal from Tripoli due to resumption in peace talks

Published 2020-06-04 22:23:02 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Thursday, the withdrawal of its forces and their repositioning outside the capital, Tripoli, on the condition that the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord adheres to the ceasefire. The spokesperson for the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said in a press statement today: “Based on the approval of the General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces to resume its participation in the Ceasefire 5 + 5 committee supervised by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya … the General Command declares… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

New Russian-supplied MiG-29 jets put to use against jihadists in Latakia, Idlib

Published 2020-06-04 21:45:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The newly supplied MiG-29 jets were put to use on Wednesday and Thursday, as the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) heavily bombarded the jihadist forces in the Latakia, Idlib and Hama governorates. According to the latest reports from the front, the Russian-supplied MiG-29 jets were used to heavily attack the positions of the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) in the Jisr Al-Shughour (Idlib) countryside, the northern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain (Hama, and the northeastern region of Latakia. In particular, the MiG-29 was reportedly used to hit jihadist bases in the fortified towns of Kabani… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Latakia, Syria

US flexes strength in northeastern Syria by intercepting Russian military convoy: video

Published 2020-06-04 20:54:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The U.S. forces in northeastern Syria flexed its strength this week by intercepting a Russian military convoy near the border triangle that separates Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. According to reports, the Russian vehicles were intercepted while traveling from Al-Qamishli to the border district of Al-Malikiyah, which is near the Iraqi border crossing. Video footage of the interception was filmed by the North News Agency, who displayed the brief standoff between the two world powers in the northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah. This interception by the U.S. military comes just days after their troops were blocked… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Turkish-backed Libyan forces capture Russian-made air defense systems: media

Published 2020-06-04 20:40:29 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces captured the Tripoli International Airport on Wednesday after a short battle with the Libyan National Army (LNA) outside of the capital. According to the official Facebook page of the GNA, their forces seized the Tripoli Airport after forcing the LNA troops to withdraw further south of this installation. During the capture of the Tripoli Airport, the Government of National Accord allegedly seized two Russian-made Pantsir-C air defense systems that were left behind by the LNA, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported. “A few hours ago, as part of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Tripoli, Turkey

US, SDF troops prepare for major operation in eastern Syria

Published 2020-06-04 20:03:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing for a major military operation against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday. According to the monitor, the SDF and U.S. Coalition have been mobilizing their troops in the Deir Ezzor countryside, with a large concentration of their forces in the Al-Busayirah area near the Iraqi border. This SDF-led security operation comes at a time when the Islamic State has attempted to resurface in several areas east of the Euphrates River, including the governorates of… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, SDF, Syria, US

Iran releases former US Marine that was detained in 2018

Published 2020-06-04 19:46:05 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Iran has released the former U.S. Marine, Michael White, who has been detained in the Islamic Republic since 2018. The agency quoted U.S. officials as confirming that White boarded a plane from the Swiss government, while Special Envoy for Iran in the administration of President Donald Trump, Brian Hook, accompanied a doctor to the city of Zurich to meet him. White is scheduled to return from Zurich to the United States on a U.S. plane. The mother of the released citizen, Joan White, confirmed that her son was… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Egypt accuses Turkey of transporting thousands of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya

Published 2020-06-04 19:17:48 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

he Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the efforts of the international coalition to combat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) are threatened by the role Turkey plays in recruiting, training and transporting thousands of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, during his participation in a meeting of the coalition called by the foreign ministers of the United States and Italy, that Turkish practices represent a clear violation of international law, Security Council resolutions and the goals that the coalition aspires to achieve. The Egyptian Foreign Minister pointed out that “Egypt is committed to the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Syria, Turkey

From Russia with love: Heavily-laden ship carrying tanks heads to Syria (PHOTOS)

Published 2020-06-04 18:41:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – A heavily-laden Russian ship was photographed this week making its way to Syria to help in the rearming of the Syrian Armed Forces. According to maritime observer, Yoruk Isik, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s ВМФ Project 1171 ЧФ BSF 197th Landing Ship Brigade Tapir (NATO:Alligator) class tank carrying LST Saratov 150 was seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean. As pointed out by Isik, the Russian vessel transited the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas and was making its way to the Port of Tartous in western Syria. The… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Egpyt will acquire elite Russian jets despite US threats

Published 2020-06-04 18:25:06 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Egypt is not backing down to the U.S. threats about acquiring the Russian-made Su-35 jets, as the North African country has vowed to take hold of these aircraft, regardless of Washington’s warnings. According to professor of political science at Helwan University, Maged Botros, said that Egypt has nothing to worry about because prior U.S. threats to countries like Turkey proved fruitless. “The US is bluffing. They have been threatening other countries too, including Turkey who was warned not to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile systems but nothing has happened,” he told Sputnik, pointing out that “Egypt… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Russia, US

Turkish-backed Libyan forces to reveal info about captured Russian citizens

Published 2020-06-04 18:03:21 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Deputy Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Party, Ahmed Maitiq, announced that the Attorney General’s Office in Libya will issue a clear statement in the coming days regarding the fate of Russian citizens detained in the North African country. Ahmed Maitiq arrived in Moscow on Wednesday morning, where he held talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry, and according to him, held “many meetings with representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense as well as the security services.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during his meeting with Ahmed Maitiq, called for the rapid release… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia

Syrian Army rebuilding itself at rapid pace: former Israeli general

Published 2020-06-04 17:49:36 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A former general from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) discussed the issues Israel’s facing across its northern and and eastern borders, especially with the threat of Hezbollah and other paramilitaries in the region. According to the publication, Maariv, the former commander of the IDF reserves, Gershon HaCohen, said that the Israeli army cannot operate on more than one front at the same time, for several reasons, including reducing the number of the reserve forces in the army itself. The Israeli general criticized the Israeli army’s operational ability to fight on several fronts, claiming that it… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Iran’s Rouhani expresses solidarity with US protesters, opposes ‘gospel’ of Trump

Published 2020-06-04 17:21:50 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed the solidarity of the Iranians with the American people, while strongly criticizing the White House’s handling of these protests. “We are in solidarity with the American people, and we strongly condemn the crimes committed against them on the orders of the White House,” Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that “white house masters” made the United States live its worst political and social days in history. Rouhani said that African-Americans and immigrants in the United States are subjected to great injustices. The Iranian president considered that George Floyd, who was killed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Sister of North Korean leader threatens to end military agreement with South over leaflets

Published 2020-06-04 16:43:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A senior North Korean official expressed their country’s dissatisfaction with the dispatch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border in South Korea, waving the possibility of canceling the inter-Korean military agreement. The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Yo jung, first vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, issued a statement on Thursday, saying that North Korea warns of a full withdrawal from the Gaeseong Joint Industrial Complex after stopping the tours to Mount Kumgang, according to the newspaper “Rodong Shinmun” of the ruling Labor Party. She stated that South Korea cannot… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, South_Korea

Israel appoints first female ambassador to Egypt

Published 2020-06-04 16:30:56 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the appointment of Amira Oron as the Ambassador of Israel to Egypt. The Hebrew newspaper, Maariv, confirmed that the appointment of Oron came after the agreement of the Israeli Prime Minister,  Benjamin Netanyahu, with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, to succeed Ambassador David Goffrin who held the position since 2016. The newspaper reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Appointments Committee had previously chosen Oron to fill the same position, in October 2018, but the decision was not endorsed by the government, after the nomination of more than one… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel

Turkish-backed Libyan forces achieve major victory by retaking all of Tripoli

Published 2020-06-04 16:02:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) announced on Thursday, its control of all administrative borders of the capital, Tripoli, including Tripoli International Airport. The spokesman for the forces of the Government of National Accord, Colonel Mohammad Qanunu, said in a statement today, that the forces of their forces have taken control of all the administrative borders of the capital. The official Twitter page for the GNA’s operationpublished a tweet by Colonel Salah Al-Namroush, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense in the Al-Wefaq government, in which he said: “Our forces continued their progress this morning… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

Tunisian parliament fails to pass resolution rejecting foreign intervention in Libya

Published 2020-06-04 15:44:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday evening, the Tunisian parliament rejected the Free Constitutional Party’s (Liberal 16 seats out of 217) resolution that rejects foreign interference in Libya. After the plenary session devoted to discussing the list presented by the Free Constitutional Party bloc and aimed at “the parliament’s rejection of foreign interference in Libya,” the vice deputy of Parliament Speaker Tareq al-Fityi declared that “the list did not win the approval of parliament.” Ninety-four deputies approved the draft regulation, and 68 voted against it. Seven deputies abstained from voting. Passing the bylaw requires that it obtain an absolute… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Tunisia

Saudi Arabia announces death of Prince Saud bin Abdullah

Published 2020-06-04 15:24:32 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 A.M.) – The Saudi Royal Court announced on Thursday, the death of Prince Saud bin ‘Abdullah bin Faisal bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Al Saud. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the prince’s  funeral will be held on Friday in Riyadh. Many princes offered condolences for the death of the Saudi prince, as Turki Al-Faisal Al-Rashid said on his official account:: “He moved to the mercy of God Almighty, the friend and beloved neighbor, His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-‘Abdullah Al-Faisal.” He added: “God and Him gathered us in the Gardens of Bliss, sincere condolences to King Salman bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi

Greek protesters throw Molotov cocktails at US embassy: video

Published 2020-06-04 15:14:39 by News Desk in World-News

reek demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at the American Embassy in Athens, to protest the death of George Floyd in the American city of Minneapolis, and the American flag was burned in another part of the country. The protests in Greece against the United States continue for the second consecutive day. Live footage showed demonstrators throwing at least six incendiary bombs towards the fortified embassy in central Athens. The police responded by firing tear gas and blocking the street leading to the embassy. The protests come under the slogan “black lives are important,” while protesters chanted slogans against racism, authorities policy… Read on ->

Tags: Greece

Syrian warplanes unleash heavy overnight attack on foreign jihadist base

Published 2020-06-04 09:56:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – Syrian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on the positions of the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) in the northwestern countryside of Hama and neighboring Latakia. According to a field source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) unleashed a big attack along the northwestern axis of Hama, hitting a jihadist base inside the town of Al-Sirmaniyeh. The source said the Syrian Air Force would then expand their assault to the Latakia Governorate, where they repeatedly bombed the Turkestan Islamic Party’s positions inside the key mountaintop town of Kabani. He would… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Israel is witnessing mysterious raids on military sites

Published 2020-06-04 09:37:20 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF ) Deputy Chief of Staff, General Eyal Zamir, discussed with the Deputy Inspector General of Police, General Alon Asur, incidents of theft attempts at military training areas, which continue to be targeted by mysterious raids. The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Makan, confirmed said on Wednesday evening that Zamir discussed with Asur about following up on these raids, which they believe have been carried out by the Negev Bedouins. The Makan report stated that the Israeli police were in pursuit of assailants in Bir Hadaj, which is in the Negev Desert. However,… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Negev

Major showdown looming at Libyan Army stronghold after Turkish-backed forces seize Tripoli Airport

Published 2020-06-04 09:06:27 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) suffered a major setback on Wednesday, when their troops withdrew from the Tripoli International Airport outside of the capital city. According to reports from the Tripoli front, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces were able to take control of the international airport after a short battle on Wednesday. At the same time this attack was launched, the Government of National Accord was also storming the area around the strategic city of Tarhouna, which is located southeast of Tripoli. However, with the quick fall of the Tripoli Airport, the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tarhouna, Tripoli

Syrian military begins using new Russian-made MiG-29 jets against enemy forces

Published 2020-06-04 08:29:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Syrian military has begun to use their new Russian-made MiG-29 jets against the enemy forces in northwestern Syria, the Russian Embassy in Damascus stated on Wednesday, and further confirmed by an Al-Masdar source. According to the Russian Embassy’s statement, the Syrian military has already received its second batch of advanced MiG-29 jets, which are also in use by their air force. A Syrian military source had previously said that, in the context of military and technical cooperation between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation , and within a special ceremony held at… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

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