This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Russia, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Sirte, Iraq, US, Palestine, PIJ, Iran, Israel, Netanyahu, China, UK, IRGC, Tripoli, Masyaf, Misrata, India, Pakistan, Aleppo, Turkey.

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Egypt may acquire advanced Russian radar system capable of tracking hypersonic missiles

Published 2020-06-07 23:47:10 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Egypt may acquire the Russian “Resonance-Ne” radar, which is characterized by its accuracy and breadth, in addition to the “Protivnik-GE 3D” radar, RT Arabic reported on Sunday. Citing satellite imagery, the RT report discussed presence of the radar near an Egyptian coast last year during a military exercise. The radar allows the detection and identification of various air targets from long distances, and is capable of detecting an aerial target such as a fighter jet at an altitude of 10,000 meters at a distance of 350 km. This radar system can track up to 500… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia


Syria preparing to reopen tomb of Caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz

Published 2020-06-07 23:20:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Endowments is preparing to reopen the tomb of the Umayyad caliph Omar bin Abdul-Aziz, following the completion of repairs that were done to the site recently. In a press interview, the director of the Endowment of Aleppo, Muhammad Rami Al-Obaid, said during a visit with a specialized team from the Endowment Department responsible for the rehabilitation of the shrine: “After the liberation of the eastern town of Deir Al-Sharqiyah from the abomination of terrorism, the Directorate began to raise the damage left by terrorist organizations at the shrine to return as… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkish-backed offensive in Sirte turns disastrous despite initial success

Published 2020-06-07 23:05:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The battle for the port-city of Sirte appears to be all but over after the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces suffered heavy losses trying to retake all of the areas they lost this year. The Government of National Accord forces began the offensive on Saturday by storming several areas under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA). Backed by heavy strikes from Turkish drones, the GNA was able to capture Al-Washaka and several other areas after an intense battle with the Libyan National Army. However, these advances would be short-lived, as a… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


Over 40 US trucks enter Syria with materials to expand military bases: video

Published 2020-06-07 21:03:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – A large convoy of trucks was seen entering eastern Syria on Sunday from neighboring Iraq. According to RT Arabic, the trucks entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate via the Al-Waleed crossing, which links to Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate. The reporter pointed out that the convoy, which includes about 40 trucks, crossed the Al-Waleed border crossing with Syria and crossed points of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the city of Qamishli, where they later made their way south towards the Deir Ezzor Governorate. The convoy carried building materials for U.S. bases located in northeastern Syria and included fuel… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, Syria, US


US military aircraft spotted near Russia’s main base in Syria

Published 2020-06-07 20:45:27 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – A U.S. Navy Poseidon P-8A anti-submarine warplane was spotted conducting reconnaissance flights near the Hmeimim Airbase near the Syrian coast. According to the Interfax Agency, the American plane took off from the Sigonella Airbase in Sicily, and flew towards the Syrian coast at an altitude of 6,000 meters and about 40 kilometers west of Hmeimim Airbase. The U.S. military aircraft later turned around and returned to the Sigonella Airbase in Sicily. It is noteworthy to mention that American anti-submarine planes are conducting periodic flights over the eastern Mediterranean waters, and are approaching the two Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Late leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad buried in Damascus

Published 2020-06-07 19:40:27 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The former leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Shalah, was buried on Sunday in the Syrian capital. According to a local report, the late PIJ leader was previously hospitalized in Beirut before his death. Born in 1958, Shalah spent most of his life fighting for the Palestinian cause and later became the leader of the PIJ. During his time as leader of the PIJ, Shalah oversaw the operations of the organization from its headquarters in Damascus. Shalah was considered one of the closest Palestinian leaders to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, as his group… Read on ->

Tags: Palestine, PIJ, Syria


Senior official says Trump’s request to negotiate is victory for Iran

Published 2020-06-07 19:22:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, said that the return of Iranian oil tankers showed the effectiveness of the the Islamic Republic’s resistance strategy. Shamkhani published a new tweet on Sunday morning, during which he affirmed that “the Iranian tankers are on their way to return home after successfully completing their mission, which means that the active resistance strategy was effective.” Shamkhani continued that “the fools who sought to besiege us are suffering from the embargo resulting from Iran’s aggression,” while commenting on the request of the U.S. President,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Large US military convoy enters Syria from Iraq

Published 2020-06-07 18:32:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – A large U.S. military convoy entered Syria from neighboring Iraq, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday. SANA reported that “the American occupation forces introduced Sunday through the illegal Al-Walid crossing in the Al-Hasakah Governorate to the Syrian lands a convoy loaded with equipment and logistical materials consisting of 50 trucks and transporters with fuel tanks accompanied by a number of Hummers armored vehicles in a new violation of international laws and norms.” The agency noted that during the past few months, American forces have brought thousands of trucks loaded with military and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Netanyahu urges world to impose ‘crippling’ sanctions against Iran

Published 2020-06-07 16:10:04 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world countries to impose “crippling” sanctions against Iran, reiterating his pledge not to allow Tehran to possess nuclear weapons. Netanyahu said at the start of the cabinet session today: “The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed during the weekend that Iran has refused to allow IAEA inspectors to visit secret sites where Iran has conducted secret military nuclear activities.” He continued: “Iran is also violating its obligations systematically with regard to concealing nuclear sites and enriching fissile materials. There are other violations. I believe it is high time, and I… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu


Western powers lead new anti-China alliance

Published 2020-06-07 15:59:51 by News Desk in World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The U.S. and its western allies are forming a new anti-China alliance to combat the Asian nation’s influence throughout the world. According to Sputnik, the new group, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, consists of eight countries from across the world, including three U.N. Security Council members. The report said the group will be comprised of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and the rest of the European Union. In a statement, the group said that it aims to, “construct appropriate and coordinated responses, and to help craft a proactive and… Read on ->

Tags: China, UK, US


Iran’s IRGC successfully tests new missile systems: report

Published 2020-06-07 14:46:09 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on Sunday that the Tabas and Mersad systems have been able to destroy air targets with complete success. According to the Tasnim Agency, the air defense exercises between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard units and the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran continued, pointing out that the”surface-to-air missiles struck the enemy’s virtual targets and were completely destroyed.” The Revolutionary Guard’s mid-range TPS missile system also tested its readiness during the maneuvers by launching missiles towards targets, which destroyed the enemy’s virtual targets. Spokesman for the “Wilayat 97” maneuvers,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Israeli military showcases strength along Syrian border in new exercise

Published 2020-06-07 14:02:18 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) conducted military exercises in several settlements in the Upper Galilee region, near the Syrian border on Sunday. The Hebrew-language Channel 7 reported that the Israeli military exercises would take place in the settlements of Journ, Shlomi, the village of Zar’ayt , and Al-‘Aramashah in the Upper Galilee region. The channel confirmed on its website that the military exercises will begin this morning, and will continue until next Thursday, during which the residents will feel an active movement of military vehicles and vehicles, which was emphasized by the channel. They indicated… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria


Turkish-backed forces seize Russian-made Mi-35 chopper: video

Published 2020-06-07 13:26:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces reportedly captured a Russian-made Mi-35 military chopper that was left behind by the Libyan National Army (LNA). In the video, the Mi-35 chopper can be seen being transported by the Government of National Accord to an unknown area around Tripoli. While the Libyan National Army has not commented on the authenticity of the video, it does appear that they lost military equipment during their retreat from Tripoli and its surroundings. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1268655649115779072?s=20 The Government of National Accord forces managed to advance at several fronts around Tripoli last week,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


Israel used new F-35 jets to attack western Syria: Chinese media

Published 2020-06-07 12:18:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – In a report released on Saturday, the Chinese publication Sohu News reported that Israeli F-35 jets carried out the attack over western Syria last week. “Recently, Israel dispatched another F-35 fighter jet, which launched overnight air strikes on Syrian territory, and destroyed the Iranian missile base in Hama province, northern Syria,” the publication said Citing sources, the Chinese publication reported that the U.S.-made F-35 jet launched the air attack, which targeted the scientific research facility in the city of Masyaf. It should be noted that the Israeli Air Force has targeted the scientific research facility… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Masyaf, Syria


Libyan Army bombs Turkish-backed military convoy: video

Published 2020-06-07 11:43:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) air force bombed a large Turkish-backed military convoy that was traveling along northern Libya this past weekend. According to reports, the Libyan Air Force bombed the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) troops along a highway in northern Libya, resulting in the destruction of several vehicles. The video (below) shows an attack by the Libyan National Army, which was likely part of their airstrikes between the cities of Sirte and Misrata in northern Libya. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1269519055276453890?s=20 The Libyan National Army and Government of National Accord forces have been trading heavy strikes… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Misrata, Sirte


Pakistani Army shoots down Indian spy plane near disputed border

Published 2020-06-07 11:25:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Pakistani Army announced on Saturday that it shot down an Indian spy plane after it entered the country’s airspace in the Khanjar sector, which is located on the dividing line in Kashmir. The army said in a statement published by the official Pakistani News Agency, that the plane violated Pakistani airspace and was carrying out a spying mission. They stated that the Indian plane, a small surveillance plane, flew 500 meters over Pakistani territory, in violation of the air agreement between the two sides. The Pakistani forces described the matter as “provocative” and “a… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Syrian Air Force launches heavy strikes on jihadist bases near Turkish border

Published 2020-06-07 11:12:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched heavy strikes on the jihadist bases near the Turkish border on Saturday. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Air Force heavily targeted bases and dens belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) in western Aleppo. The airstrikes reportedly spread to the Idlib and Hama governorates, where the warplanes targeted jihadist trenches and hideouts in areas like Jabal Al-Zawiya and the Al-Ghaab Plain. Despite the presence of Turkish air defense systems near the city of Idlib, the Syrian Air Force… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Turkish-backed forces suffer heavy losses in first attack on key Libyan city

Published 2020-06-07 10:46:25 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces launched a big offensive to capture the port-city of Sirte and several towns nearby. Backed by Turkish drones, the GNA forces scored a quick advance to start off the offensive, as their troops reportedly captured several areas and entered the city of Sirte. However, hours later, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that they had managed to drive back the GNA forces, posting a video of their troops in control of the areas that were previously reported as lost. The LNA said their troops killed… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


Turkey claims Antifa cooperates with ‘terrorists’ in Syria

Published 2020-06-07 10:23:48 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The head of the communication department in the Turkish presidency, Fakhraddine Alton, said that the U.S.-based Antifa group is ‘cooperating’ with terrorist organizations in Syria. “We saw the true face of Antifa, which relies on violence all over the world and has ties to terrorist groups in Syria,” Alton said in the clip. Alton claims Antifa supports the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey classifies as a ‘terrorist’ group that is aligned with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). He expressed “Turkey’s concern about the threat that this organization and its relations with terrorist groups… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Libyan Army shoots down 2 Turkish drones near strategic city

Published 2020-06-07 10:07:30 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Saturday that their air defense forces shot down two Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) near the port-city of Sirte. According to the Libyan National Army’s official Facebook page, their forces shot down two Turkish drones that were aiding the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in the Al-Washaka area, west of Sirte. For its part, the Military Information Division of the National Army pointed out that “the army thwarted the attempt by the Turkish-backed reconciliation forces and mercenaries to storm the city of Sirte, earlier in the day.”… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte, Turkey


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