This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Turkey, Hasakah, Syria, Russia, Hama, Egypt, China, Cyprus, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Sirte, Iran, US, ISIS, Ukraine, Idlib, IRGC.

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Libyan Army shoots down Turkish attack drone near Sirte: video

Published 2020-06-08 21:58:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has shot down another Turkish attack drone in northern Libya, as the unmanned aerial vehicle attempted to bomb their forces near the port-city of Sirte. According to reports, the Libyan National Army’s air defenses confronted a Turkish TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle in the western countryside of Sirte, resulting in its downing earlier today. The Turkish drone was attempting to provide support to the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, who have been trying to advance towards Sirte for the past three days.

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Russian military drives through US checkpoint in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-06-08 21:33:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – A Russian military patrol penetrated an American checkpoint in northeastern Syria (east of the Euphrates) this week, as the road war between the two world powers continues. On Monday, a video surfaced of a Russian military patrol speeding past a U.S. checkpoint in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, marking the second time this month that the American forces have attempted to block the Russians from accessing a roadway in northeast Syria. “The Russian military convoy was moving through the northeastern part of Syria, when the American army tried to stop the vehicles and armored vehicles of the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Watch: Russian military’s advanced Strela 10 air defense system in action

Published 2020-06-08 21:17:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense, on its official page on Twitter, published a video showing its advanced “Strela 10” (arrow 10) air defense system in action. According to the Ministry of Defense, the tests were conducted in the Yisk area, which was the designated site for military exercises of the Southern Military District. The Ministry of Defense added that, during the exercises, ground targets and air attacks from a hypothetical enemy were destroyed. The weight of the Strela 10 missile is about 42 kg; it can hit the target at a distance between 0.8… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Syrian Army retakes 2 towns in northwestern Hama after launching counter-attack

Published 2020-06-08 21:03:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has retaken two towns in northwestern Hama that were captured by the jihadist rebels earlier in the day. According to reports from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Army has regained the towns of Al-Manarah and Al-Fatrah after the jihadist rebels overran their positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain region near the administrative border of the Idlib Governorate. The reports said the jihadist rebels from the Hurras Al-Deen group withdrew from these towns after the Russian Air Force unleashed a number of strikes over their positions in northwestern Hama. In addition to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hama, Syria

Egyptian Army reveals truth about moving forces to Libyan border

Published 2020-06-08 19:13:45 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian Army has been accused of moving its forces to the Libyan border to assist the Libyan National Army (LNA) against the Turkish-backed forces. Citing Egyptian Army sources, RT Arabicrevealed that the forces of the northern military zone of the Egyptian army stationed in Alexandria, moved towards the Egyptian-Libyan border to tighten security measures there. The sources confirmed that the 3rd Army is not responsible for securing this area, as it is located in the Suez region and it is its responsibility to secure the borders there, as some of the forces of the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Chinese J-20 stealth fighter gets new update

Published 2020-06-08 19:04:09 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Chinese media announced that the fifth-generation fighter J-20 has acquired a new update. According to the Chinese newspaper, Sina, the Chinese developed the nozzle for the J-20 engine, as the fighter faced some problems with the transmission when flying at supersonic speeds, which led to the inability to conduct complex maneuvers by the pilots. According to the developers, the new upgrade would solve this problem, adding that the combat ability to maneuver was getting better. The J-20A was also named for the upgraded version of the fighter and is equipped with an updated WS-15… Read on ->

Tags: China

Russian warplanes unleash powerful attack on jihadist forces near Turkish border

Published 2020-06-08 18:47:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a powerful attack against the jihadist rebels of the Hurras Al-Deen group after the latter stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions along the Hama-Idlib administrative border on Monday. According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force launched a number of strikes over the jihadist positions, inflicting heavy damage on their equipment and causing several casualties. The source said the Russian warplanes targeted the jihadists in the town of Tanjara, while also expanding their strikes to areas near the Turkish border. These strikes by the Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Turkish presidency infuriated over raising of ‘Byzantine flag’ over mosque in Cyprus

Published 2020-06-08 17:35:39 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Turkish presidency described raising the “Byzantine flag” over a mosque in the Cypriot city of Larnaca, as “showing hatred for Islam and Turkey,” noting that “stopping these attacks is a natural right.” The head of the communication department in the Turkish presidency, Fakhreddine Alton, said on Monday via Twitter that “the suspension of the flag on the Tuzla mosque shows the deep grudge and hatred towards Islam and towards Turkey by the people of the distasteful mentalities that inherited shame and attacks on ideas, beliefs and looting. And genocide in the pages of history… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Turkey

Jihadists launch heavy attack on Syrian Army posts in northwestern Hama

Published 2020-06-08 17:17:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) squared off against a group of jihadist rebels that attempted to infiltrate their positions in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Monday. According to a field report from northwestern Hama, the jihadists of Hurras Al-Deen stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the administrative border of Hama and Idlib. A source from the army said the jihadist attack targeted their positions in the town of Tanjarah, which is located inside the northern region of the Al-Ghaab Plain. The source said the jihadists managed to infiltrate the army’s positions… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria

‘Huge’ Egyptian military convoy heads to border of Libya: media

Published 2020-06-08 14:55:17 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The official page for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord’s operations room said that “a huge Egyptian military convoy deployed to the borders with Libya.” According to the “Volcano Anger” operations room, the Egyptian Army traveled to the Libyan border to support the Libyan National Army, but they did not enter the war-torn nation. They claimed that  mission of these forces is confined only to strengthening “military points between the two countries.” Accounts on social media had published videos that they claimed were a large column of Egyptian tank carriers heading to the border with… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Libya

Israeli president vows to deliver ‘fatal blow’ to Lebanon if Hezbollah attacks

Published 2020-06-08 14:26:25 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – On Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin threatened to deliver a “fatal blow” to Lebanon, and held its government fully responsible, if Hezbollah carries out any activity against Israel. Rivlin said during the 38th anniversary of Israel’s entry into Lebanon’s civil war that “this organization grows from day to day and is provided with weapons with the aim of undermining the state of Israel,” explaining that Israel is determined to hit the dens of terrorism, its perpetrators and those who finance them. He pointed out that “there is no war between Israel and the Lebanese people,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

Libyan Army claims attack on large bus carrying several Turkish soldiers

Published 2020-06-08 14:09:27 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced late yesterday that its aircraft destroyed a “large bus carrying a number of Turkish officers” to the city of Sirte in the along the North African country’s coast. The Military Information Division of the Libyan Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said that the monitoring sources confirmed the killing of these soldiers after the bus was bombed and other targets began to move “recklessly” towards Sirte. They also stated that the nightly air raids destroyed a “full artillery company including three Turkish-made howitzer guns, two tanks and six… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte, Turkey

Israel admits to bombing Iranian forces in 2 countries

Published 2020-06-08 13:27:52 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Israel has admitted to carrying out airstrikes on Iranian and Iranian-backed targets in Syria and Lebanon, following numerous reports of missile attacks that no one has claimed responsibility for in the past few months. The Israeli Air Force commander, Amiram Norkin, said in a video conference that his country has strengthened its airstrikes on Iranian and Iranian-backed targets in Syria and Lebanon. Norkin stressed that “Iran was the target of those strikes, which were aimed at deterring Iranian strategic capabilities in the region,” saying: “The air force operated in larger areas during the time of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Syrian pound drops to catastrophic low as US-led sanctions cripple economy

Published 2020-06-08 13:06:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Pound has dropped to an all-time low as the U.S.-led sanctions continue to hinder the nation’s economy. According to the latest data, 3,100 Syrian pounds trades for $1 (USD), which is a massive drop and lowest in the Arab Republic’s history. The catastrophic drop in the Syrian pound comes at a time when the U.S. implements its Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which is Washington’s harshest sanctions against the Arab Republic since the start of the nine-year-long conflict. The economic situation in Syria has been further exacerbated by the ongoing crisis in neighboring… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Ex-ISIS fighter claims British intelligence recruited him to spy on Russians in Syria

Published 2020-06-08 12:38:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – An ex-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighter alleged that the British intelligence recruited him to collect information about Russian military installations in Syria, the Tass News Agency reported. In an interview with Russian journalists, he indicated that he was recruited after he decided to return to Palmyra. “The British learned about this through intermediaries and said: You will work as a spy. We will help you. Go to Palmyra, we will give you money and phones and provide you with everything you need. The task is to photograph important sites of the Syrian intelligence and the Russian… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria

Iranian Air Force at highest level of readiness: commander

Published 2020-06-08 12:28:14 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Air Force, Brigadier Yousef Qurbani, said on Monday that the Iranian forces are ready to be present in the shortest possible period of time to implement relief and rescue operations, if any problem occurs at any point in Iran. According to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Qurbani said: “Army aviation has reached a point of self-sufficiency in the engineering and technological fields, and even in preparing young and committed pilots and producing helicopter spare parts.” “The Iranian army’s cadres are now at the height of the combat readiness,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Ukrainian MiG-29 jet ‘stolen’ by unknown group: media

Published 2020-06-08 11:52:54 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – A Ukrainian magazine reported that an unknown group stole a MiG-29 fighter, which was undergoing modernization and replacement of spare parts at the Lvov Aviation Repair Factory, where they stole more than 20 pieces and units of the plane. The Ukrainian magazine, “Defense Express”, quoted a spokesman from the factory as saying that the plane arrived at the company in poor condition, and that the General Bureau of Investigation in Ukraine is examining the details of the incident. Currently, all work on the MiG-29 modernization has been suspended, some stolen parts have been found on… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Ukraine

Turkish-backed forces vow to retake all of Libya

Published 2020-06-08 11:46:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.)- Fayez al-Sirraj, the head of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord, called for the “sacrifices” to proceed until the “criminal gangs and mercenaries” are defeated. The official Facebook page of the GNA, “Operation Volcano Anger”, said that Al-Sirraj’s statements came during a call to the head of the field operations room in the Sirte and Al-Jafra regions. The call dealt with “the latest developments in the field of the conduct of military operations, and to determine the readiness of the forces to implement the tasks assigned to them.” The Libyan media reported that Al-Sirraj’s statements represented… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Syrian Army amassing large force in Idlib as offensive nears

Published 2020-06-08 11:28:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been amassing a large force in the southern countryside of Idlib over the last five days, as heavily-armed convoys continue to pour into the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army has been deploying several units from the armed forces to Jabal Al-Zawiya and the northern region of the Al-Ghaab Plain, with most of these troops being assigned front-line rolls. In particular, the Syrian Army has concentrated these troops around the Kafr Nabl axis, which is where they have exchanged heavy… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

IRGC commander threatens to ‘eliminate’ Israel in new speech

Published 2020-06-08 11:12:49 by News Desk in Iran, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Major General Hussein Salami, said that “the geography of the resistance will not forget the name and goals of the former Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Ramadan Shalah, the high, bright, and hope of liberating Jerusalem and removing the cancerous gland (Israel) from the region.” In a telegram message commemorating the former Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad movement, Ramadan Shalah, Salami said: “I am in pain after all the cadres of the Islamic Revolution Guards received with deep sorrow and regret the news… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

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