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This is a summary of 26 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Turkey, LNA, Idlib, Syria, Erdogan, Libya, Golan, Israel, US, Egypt, Italy, Haftar, North_Korea, South_Korea, Greece, China, Taiwan, Iraq, Taji, Guaido, Venezuela, Iran, Soleimani, Hama, NATO, Baghdad, YPG, Sirte.

Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Turkey, Syria, Middleeast, World-News, Iraq, Iran

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Watch: Russian-made air defense system shoot down Turkish drone

Published 2020-06-09 23:58:55 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – A new video that was released this week showed the moment a Russian air defense system shot down a Turkish drone over Libya. In the video, the Libyan National Army (LNA) can be seen operating their Russian-made Pantsir-S1E system and later downing the Turkish drone over their positions. The drone was likely shot down over the city of Sirte, which the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have been trying to capture for much of the week. https://twitter.com/LastDef/status/1270249418579759104?s=20

Tags: Russia, Turkey


Libyan Army shoots down 2 Turkish drones, 4 in last 24 hours

Published 2020-06-09 23:35:55 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has shot down another pair of Turkish attack drones that were attempting to target their positions in northern Libya this week. According to the Libyan National Army, their air defense forces targeted two Turkish attack drones over the Al-Jarfah region, resulting in their destruction on Tuesday. As a result of this, the Libyan National Army has now shot down at least four Turkish drones near the strategic city of Sirte, in Libya’s northern region. The Turkish military has been trying to provide cover to the battered Government of National Accord… Read on ->

Tags: LNA, Turkey


Jihadists amassing forces in southern Idlib as major battle inches closer

Published 2020-06-09 23:08:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Photos and videos circulated by social media indicated that the terrorists moved a large number of forces on Monday to the Jabal al-Zawiya region in the Idlib countryside. According to the reports, a large number of military and technical vehicles were moved to the southern Idlib front-lines, as many jihadists took up positions near the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions. https://twitter.com/HoseenAdnan/status/1269951635171807232?s=20 After this military build-up, the Syrian Air Force launched intensive raids targeting the militant sites and their movements in the area. The Syrian Air Force and their Russian counterparts have since been conducting sporadic… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Erdogan claims Turkey has no ambition to occupy ‘any inch’ of a foreign country

Published 2020-06-09 22:45:15 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that “Turkey has no ambition to occupy any inch of the territory of Libya or any other country,” stressing that it will continue to provide support to the Libyan people and the legitimate government. Erdogan said, in statements after the presidential government meeting : “We will continue to support the legitimate Libyan reconciliation government at all levels, military and civilian, we seek to achieve peace in Libya, and we have no ambitions for its wealth.” The Turkish President continued: “We have achieved great success in Libya by… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Syria, Turkey


Israeli forces open investigation after losing encrypted radio in occupied Golan

Published 2020-06-09 22:05:33 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Israeli army has opened an extensive investigation into the loss of an encrypted radio device for an officer in a special unit in the occupied Syrian Golan. The Hebrew-language Channel 12 news reported on Tuesday evening that an Israeli civilian had found an encrypted radio device for a high-ranking Israeli officer in the special forces, while he was in or touring the occupied Syrian Golan . The report confirmed that the Israeli army intends to make an investigation against the officer involved in the loss of the encrypted wireless device, which was found, yesterday,… Read on ->

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Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria


Turkey sends missile frigate to Libyan coast: report

Published 2020-06-09 20:03:16 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – According to the conflict monitoring website, Bulgarianmilitary.com, a Turkish military frigate has been deployed to the Libyan coast to help support the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. The website reported that the Turkish Navy dispatched a Category III frigate to the Libyan territorial waters, quoting Turkish sources as saying that the frigate’s goal will be to provide support to the GNA against the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) near the port-city of Sirte. According to the site, the frigate is an updated version of the U.S. Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry Class 1… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Syria responds to offer to ease sanctions after US mocks economic crisis

Published 2020-06-09 18:54:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Syria criticized the statements of the American envoy, James Jeffrey, about the current situation in Syria, stressing that it affirms that the United States is looking at the region with “Israeli eyes”, and it also represents a recognition by Washington of its responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people. An official source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told state-owned SANA, “The intensification of sanctions is the other side of the declared war on Syria after the aggressive project staggered in the face of successive defeats of its tools from terrorist groups,” according… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Russian military comes under attack near Turkish border

Published 2020-06-09 17:46:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria reported that an explosive device was detonated under a Russian military vehicle in the Kobani (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab) area near the Turkish border on Tuesday. The reconciliation center told reporters that “unknown persons this morning tried to block the patrol of the Russian military police” in the area, where “an explosion occurred under one of the patrol vehicles at the last point on its path.” The center added that “no one was injured as a result of the detonation of the improvised explosive device.” No group has claimed… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Alleged video of massive Egyptian Army convoy heading to Libyan border

Published 2020-06-09 17:31:19 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – On Sunday, social media accounts in Egypt shared videos that said were “3rd Army in Egypt is moving west towards the Libyan border.” After the video spread, an Egyptian army hashtag circulated on the Twitter, where it later went viral. The video showed what is believed to be the 3rd Egyptian Army heading west through Sidi Barani with a large group of tanks and armored vehicles. The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed, while no official Egyptian sources have commented so far on the matter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tLbskAZo48 Many pro-GNA accounts have alleged that the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya


Unknown group captures key oil field in southern Libya

Published 2020-06-09 16:28:56 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – An unknown group, led by someone claiming to be Brigadier General Mohammad Khalifa, has captured a key oil field in southern Libya this week. According to the Libyan National Oil Corporation, the unknown group captured the El-Sharara Oil Field after storming the facility on Tuesday. “[Armed men] asked the field manager to stop maintenance operations, unconcerned with the dire consequences act for the facility’s equipment, which may cost the Libyan state and its partners money, time, and efforts, as well as to thwart the efforts to restore oil extraction to earlier levels”, the statement said…. Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Egyptian military to acquire powerful Russian aircraft, Italian warships: photos and video

Published 2020-06-09 15:51:19 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian military is preparing to receive in the coming period a large number of advanced weapons, most notably the Russian Sukhoi-35 fighter dubbed the “Russian Snake” or “Queen of Fighters”. This deal is the most prominent on the scene due to its strength and the opposition of the United States to it, because of the strength of this Russian fighter, which is the most powerful fighter of this type in the world. Reports confirmed that Russia has already begun production of the latest generation of Su-35 fighters for Egypt, according to a contract signed… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Italy, Russia


Haftar will be ‘out of the equation at any moment’ in Libya: Erdogan

Published 2020-06-09 15:25:06 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the leader of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, would be “out of the equation at any moment” in Libya. “According to my point of view and the latest developments, Haftar will be out of the equation in Libya at any moment,” Erdogan told state-owned TRT on Monday. Erdogan claimed that “the successes achieved by the Fayez al-Sirraj government made Haftar weak,” and he considered that “Russia is troubled by this progress.” Commenting on his recent phone call to U.S. President Donald Trump, Erdogan said that… Read on ->

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Tags: Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Russian and Syrian warplanes target Idlib countryside as ceasefire detiorates

Published 2020-06-09 15:13:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces intensified their flights over the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday, as they respond to the latest attacks by the jihadist forces in the Al-Ghaab Plain. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Russian and Syrian air forces launched strikes inside the Hama and Idlib governorates, with the primary target being the militant forces along the front-lines. The report said the Russian and Syrian warplanes heavily target the whereabouts of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), and Hurras Al-Deen, which are the primary jihadist groups in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


North Korea cuts all ties with South amid heightened tensions

Published 2020-06-09 14:29:56 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Korean Central News Agency reported that North Korea cut all ties with its southern neighbor, because the latter’s authorities have brought the inter-Korean relations to an “end point.” “We have come to the conclusion that we no longer have anything to discuss at the negotiating table with the South Korean authorities, which over time is only disappointing,” the agency quoted the North Korean leadership as saying. They confirmed that the authorities in Pyongyang “decided to cut off all communication channels” in South Korea. The agency noted that the decision to cut ties was taken… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, South_Korea


‘Who is Greece to interfere in Turkish affairs’: Erdogan

Published 2020-06-09 14:15:06 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Greece “does not know Turkey’s energy” and should “bind its borders”, warning Athens against interfering in Turkish affairs. He said in an interview with the Turkish state-owned TRT on Monday: “I think that the Greek side does not know Turkey’s energy and potential, so they should know their borders and stand with them.” Speaking of the controversy with Athens about the Hagia Sofia museum in Istanbul, which was a Christian church under the Byzantine Empire, Erdogan said that “the subject of the Hagia Sofia is a human rights… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Taiwanese Air Force intercepts Chinese warplanes in new show of force

Published 2020-06-09 13:56:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Taiwan Air Force sent aircraft to intercept Chinese fighters who approached the island, which Beijing considers part of its territory, while the tensions between the two sides entered a possibly dangerous military dimension. The Taiwan Ministry of Defense said their air force had warned a number of Chinese fighter planes that they had briefly entered its air defense zone in the southwest of the island. The ministry said that the Chinese fighters were the Russian-made Su-30 warplanes, one of the most advanced in China. “The Taiwan Air Force warned the Chinese fighters… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan


Video footage of first moments after US military aircraft crashes in Iraq

Published 2020-06-09 13:36:20 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Media outlets released a video documenting the first moments of the crash of the U.S. S-130 along the runway of Al-Taji Military Airport, north of Baghdad. An Iraqi security source said, yesterday evening, that four U.S. military personnel were wounded  during the crash of an S-130 plane while it was landing at Taji Airport. Video footage of the first moments after crash was released by the Rudaw News Agency earlier this morning: https://twitter.com/rudaw_arabic/status/1270232728382906369?s=20 As many as 16 military personnel were onboard the aircraft during its crash landing, the Iraqi authorities said. In turn, the Pentagon… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taji


Libya’s Haftar made secret visit to Venezuela: Juan Guaido

Published 2020-06-09 13:12:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, said that the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, made a secret visit to Venezuela. A statement issued from the embassy run by the Venezuelan opposition in Washington on Monday said that Guaido had “warned the international community” that Haftar was in Venezuela “under the protection of the Maduro regime”. Guaido condemned what he described as “direct and indirect financing” by the government of Nicholas Maduro for international terrorism, and accused the Venezuelan authorities of trying to “destabilize” some countries. The Libyan National Army leader… Read on ->

Tags: Guaido, Haftar, Libya, Venezuela


Iran to execute Quds Force spy for aiding in Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-06-09 12:58:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Ghulam Hussein Ismaili, announced the death sentence of Mahmoud Ismaili Majd, after he was convicted of espionage for the Mossad and the CIA, RT Arabic reported. The spokesman said that Mahmoud Ismaili Majd, who was sentenced to death, provided information regarding the whereabouts of the late Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, to Israel and the United States. He explained that Majd was working in the Quds Force and was transferring information about the locations of Qassem Soleimani. “Mahmoud Ismaili Majd was providing security information about the Iranian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

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Jihadists suffered heavy losses in failed attack in northwest Hama: Syrian Army

Published 2020-06-09 12:44:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) revealed on Tuesday that the jihadist rebels suffered heavy losses during their failed attack in northwestern Hama yesterday. According to the source, the jihadist rebels suffered more than 20 casualties during the battle, including several foreign combatants near the town of Tanjara in the Al-Ghaab Plain. The source pointed out that the jihadists of the Hurras Al-Deen group frantically retreated after Syrian Army reinforcements arrived and Russian warplanes began to heavily target their positions. He would add that the Hurras Al-Deen group left behind several corpses, which… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Libyan Army issues statement about NATO intervention in Libya

Published 2020-06-09 12:20:22 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Benghazi issued a statement on Monday regarding the military intervention of a NATO country in the North African nation. The statement began: “today and more than ever, it is assured to everyone that Turkey, as a member of NATO, is using its membership to control and occupy Libya without the rest of the NATO countries having any interest in that.” “We must point out to the NATO countries: are they ready today to be involved in a war to support Turkey in its conspiracies? They… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, NATO, Turkey


Unknown group fires missile at Baghdad Airport

Published 2020-06-09 01:32:33 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – The Security Media Cell in Iraq announced on Monday evening that a missile landed in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport. The cell said in a statement, “The missile was launched from the Arab Khudair region, south of the airport area.” They noted that the accident did not result in casualties. They would add that the security forces launched a search operation to find the elements that carried out this attack. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the launch.

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Rioters in US are linked ‘terrorists’ in Syria: Erdogan

Published 2020-06-09 01:15:06 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump that those behind the riots in the United States are linked to the Kurdish units in northern Syria. In a statement to the Turkish presidency on Monday, Erdogan expressed his “fears that the elements behind the violence and looting in the United States are linked to the terrorist organization, the People’s Protection Units – Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operating in northern Syria.” The statement also indicated that Erdogan and Trump discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, including the crisis… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey, YPG


US military aircraft crashes north of Baghdad

Published 2020-06-09 00:55:49 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – An Iraqi security source told Sputnik Arabic on Monday evening that four U.S. military personnel were wounded from the international coalition in Iraq during the crash of an S-130 plane while it was landing at Taji base, north of Baghdad. The Sputnik source said the plane “veered off the runway and hit the concrete barrier [concrete blocks] and suffered an accident.” The source confirmed that “the accident resulted in damage to the plane’s structure .” They revealed that “the accident resulted in the injury of four American soldiers out of the 16 on board.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Libyan Army shoots down 2nd Turkish drone near Sirte

Published 2020-06-09 00:31:27 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has shot down another Turkish drone that was attempting to bomb their positions near the port-city of Sirte. According to the Libyan National Army, their air defense forces managed to shoot down a Turkish drone that was approaching their positions in the western countryside of the port-city. This is the second Turkish drone that has been shot down by the Libyan National Army in the last 12 hours. The previous drone was shot down in the same area as the second unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Turkey has attempted to bomb… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte, Turkey


Russian Air Force swarms western Idlib in powerful response to jihadist attack

Published 2020-06-09 00:19:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force is buzzing through the sky of northwestern Syria this evening, following an attack by the jihadists in the Al-Ghaab Plain region of Hama. According to field source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force is conducting both reconnaissance flights and airstrikes over several areas along the Turkey-Idlib border. The source said the Russian Air Force is primarily concentrating on the area between the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jisr Al-Shughour District; this region is primarily controlled by jihadist groups like the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hurras Al-Deen. Hurras Al-Deen was responsible… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


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