This is a summary of 22 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Palestine, Syria, Hama, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, US, Libya, Pompeo, Russia, Iran, Hasakah, Haftar, Ukraine, Idlib, China, Venezuela, Saudi, LNA, Sirte, Iraq, Soleimani.

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Palestinian-led forces take the fight to ISIS in Syrian desert region: video

Published 2020-06-10 23:44:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Palestinian-led Jerusalem Brigade (Liwaa Al-Quds) has been conducting a wide-scale combing operation against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the vast Syrian desert region recently. Backed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Jerusalem Brigade has been eliminating Islamic State hideouts and dens, while also clearing areas believed to harbor Islamic State sleeper cells in the Badiya Al-Sham region between the governorates of Homs, Damascus, and Deir Ezzor. Thus far, the operation has proven successful, as the Jerusalem Brigade has forced the Islamic State terrorists to either surrender themselves, fight, or flee further into this… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Palestine, Syria


Watch: Syrian Army launches counter-offensive against jihadists in northwest Hama

Published 2020-06-10 23:05:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a counter-offensive against the group of jihadists that stormed their positions in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Monday. According to a field source nearby, the Syrian Arab Army launched a counter-offensive near the town of Tanjara in the Al-Ghaab Plain following a brief infiltration by the Hurras Al-Deen group in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate. The source said the arrival of reinforcements, coupled with the participation of the Russian Air Force, helped drive back the jihadist rebels. The Russian Reconciliation Center said the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Greece and Egypt prepare to block Turkish expansion in Mediterranean

Published 2020-06-10 22:42:45 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Italian Nova News Agency announced that the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, will visit Egypt on June 18 to resume negotiations with the Egyptian authorities on the agreement to demarcate the maritime borders between the two countries. According to the agency, after signing an agreement to designate the exclusive economic zones between Greece and Italy, Dendias announced, in statements on Tuesday (June 9th), that he would visit Egypt to obtain a similar result. According to the statements of the Greek Foreign Minister, the agreement reached on Tuesday between Italy and Greece to designate the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece, Turkey


US military will not remain in Syria permanently, no timetable set for withdrawal

Published 2020-06-10 22:12:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The head of the U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKinsey, stressed that the United States does not intend to remain permanently in Syria, but no timetable has been set for the withdrawal of troops from the country. “I don’t know how long we will stay in Syria, but it is clear that we will not be there forever,” McKinsey said at a video conference at the Middle East Institute in Washington. “At some point, we will have to leave. It will be a political decision, and we are ready to comply with this when it… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, US


Egyptian Army commander inspects readiness of military along Libyan border

Published 2020-06-10 22:00:03 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces announced that the Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces, Mohamed Farid, met a number of commanders, officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers in the western military region near the Libyan border. Lt. Gen. Mohamed Farid, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces, conveyed a message to the forces from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Mohamed Zaki, to the men of the Western Military Region. The Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces has praised the protectors of the western border and their efforts in carrying out their tasks assigned to them,… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya


Pompeo calls on Libyans not to allow ‘Russian intervention’

Published 2020-06-10 21:46:10 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on all Libyan parties to return to the dialogue table and unite their efforts to prevent any other country, primarily Russia, from interfering in their country. Pompeo said during a press briefing held on Wednesday: “The time has come for all Libyans from all sides to act so that Russia or any other country cannot intervene and violate Libya’s sovereignty to achieve its gains.” He praised the decision of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Pompeo, Russia


Greek Navy intercepts Turkish ship en route to Libya

Published 2020-06-10 20:46:16 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – According to media sources, the Greek Navy intercepted a Turkish cargo ship suspected of being “loaded with weapons and ammunition” off the Libyan coast. The sources pointed out that the Greek ship participating in the “Ireni” maritime operation, which is headed by Italy, spotted a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Libya with “weapons and ammunition” on it, while it was not known who was anchored in the western ports of Libya. For its part, the Turkish media said that the Greek navy intercepted a Turkish commercial cargo ship accompanied by a Turkish frigate… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Libya, Turkey


US B-52 strategic bomber loses hypersonic missile in mid-air

Published 2020-06-10 18:23:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Aviation Week magazine reported that the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 strategic bomber lost a hypersonic missile during a flight recently. According to the magazine, the hypersonic missile was created within a program called “The concept of air-breathing weapons” (HAWC). The magazine said the missile accidentally separated from the plane, but was soon destroyed in the air. The magazine noted that the accident occurred during a test of an air swarm at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and its causes are still under investigation.

Tags: US


Preparing for war: Iran builds mock US naval fleet to destroy in military exercises

Published 2020-06-10 17:48:44 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, a number of  satellite images showed a large aircraft carrier anchored in an Iranian port with a squadron of combat aircraft. The photos shown show a life-size aircraft carrier, much like the aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy Fleet, anchored off Iran’s southern coast. The aircraft carrier photographed by the lenses is about 650 feet (198 meters) long and 160 feet (48 meters) wide. According to Fox News, Iran built this “imaginary” model with the aim of conducting military exercises with live fire for a possible war in the region in light of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Syrian Army intercepts US military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-06-10 17:31:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – In the context of the growing rejection of the U.S. presence east of the Euphrates, the residents of the village of Al-Dardara and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted an American military convoy in the Tal Tamr countryside of Wednesday. According to reports, the Syrian Army and the villagers refused to let the U.S. military convoy pass the checkpoint and forced them to turn around near the village of Al-Dandara in western Al-Hasakah. The reports did not specify how long the standoff lasted; however, the location of this incident was the same as the previous… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Turkey rejects Egypt’s peace agreement in Libya because it ‘saves’ Haftar

Published 2020-06-10 17:03:24 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu stressed Ankara’s rejection of the “Cairo Declaration” for a settlement in Libya, describing it as an attempt to save Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar after the losses he suffered on the battlefield. “The endeavor for a declared ceasefire in Cairo is dead in its infancy. If a ceasefire is to be signed, it should be across a platform that brings all the parties together,” he told the Hurriyet newspaper on Wednesday. “We do not see the call for a ceasefire to save Haftar as pure or we can believe it,” he… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Haftar, Libya, Turkey


Iran arrests 6 people over downing of Ukrainian aircraft

Published 2020-06-10 16:45:42 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday, the arrest of six people so far in the case of shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane in January. “The judiciary of the Armed Forces has so far arrested six people as part of investigations into the incident of the downing of the Ukrainian plane,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported, quoting the judiciary spokesman, Gholam Hussein Ismaili. They continued: “Concerning the file of the Ukrainian plane, teams of experts conducted investigations about the accident,” stressing that the families of the victims can submit complaints to the judiciary…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Ukraine


Turkey builds up forces in Idlib to challenge Syrian Army

Published 2020-06-10 16:27:17 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Turkey revealed its intention to increase its military strength in Syria, under the pretext of responding to the attacks of the “Syrian regime”, and announced that it is continuing its initiatives as a pivotal country in Idlib, and its adherence to not losing the gains it achieved there. This came in a statement published by the Presidency of the Republic of Communication, on Tuesday evening, on its official account on Twitter under the title “Why is Idlib important for Turkey?”, accompanied by a video prepared for Idlib. In its statement, the Presidency of the Republic… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Chinese media reveals Russian T-14 Armata’s performance in Syria

Published 2020-06-10 15:24:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Military experts from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Center for International Studies in China have concluded that combat tests for the T-14 Armata tanks in Syria have given them international acclaim. According to the Chinese publication, People’s News, experts pointed out that the Syrian climate and landscapes with complex terrain created ideal conditions for testing the strength of weapons and equipment. The Chinese experts said: “Given that the militants use anti-tank missiles, it turned out that the decision to test the latest Russian tank in these conditions was very successful.” The decision to… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia, Syria


US Air Force intercepts Russian warplane along border region

Published 2020-06-10 15:11:25 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 fighters escorted a Russian Tu-95MS missile carrier near the Russian-American maritme border. According to a statement issued by the Russian Defense Ministry, four Russian Air Force strategic Tu-95Ms bombers carried out a periodic flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Chukchi Sea, in addition to the North Pacific, indicating that the flight took 11 hours. The fighters continued to take off from airports in Chukchi Province, and at one stage of the flight, F-22 fighters from the United States… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


IRGC commander boasts about oil delivery to Venezuela after US threats

Published 2020-06-10 15:02:14 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hussein Salami, said that the U.S.’ status as a superpower is fading, indicating that the movement of Iranian fuel tankers from the Gulf to Venezuela was the largest display of Iran’s power. Salami said at the ceremony of introducing the new commander of the Imam Hussein University of the Revolutionary Guards: “We are preparing to guard the revolution that is cutting back the enemies, and thanks be to God we are witnessing today the early and rapid demise of our great enemies, especially America…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


Saudi Arabia speaks out for first time about reopening embassy in Syria

Published 2020-06-10 14:36:51 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, stressed on Wednesday, the need for Syria to return to the Arab League. Al-Muallami said in an interview with RT Arabic that the relations between Riyadh and Damascus can be restored simply any day and any moment if the Syrian crisis ends and the factions of the Syrian people agree on the future directions in the country. https://youtu.be/7VQW09Xdgd8 On the possibility of opening the Kingdom’s embassy in Damascus along the similar lines of the United Arab Emirates,… Read on ->

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Tags: Saudi, Syria


Libyan Army recaptures several areas near Sirte despite Turkish airstrikes

Published 2020-06-10 14:23:40 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) counter-offensive west of Sirte has proven successful thus far, as their forces managed to retake several sites that were previously seized by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). According to the Libyan National Army, their forces retook the Jarif Valley, Al-Qubayah village, and a number of points around the western axis of Sirte. The Libyan National Army was able to achieve this success in the western countryside of Sirte, despite being heavily targeted by the Turkish Air Force’s attack drones. Much of the LNA’s success can be attributed to… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Sirte


Jihadists suffered over 30 casualties in failed northwestern Hama attack: Russia

Published 2020-06-10 14:04:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The jihadist attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northwestern countryside of Hama resulted in over 30 casualties for the militants, the Russian Reconciliation Center announced. “On June 8, militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group attempted to seize the settlement of Tanjara in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone,” Rear Adm. Alexander Shcherbitsky , the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center said. The attack, which was actually carried out by the Hurras Al-Deen group, was carried out on the morning of June 8th and was temporarily successful after they… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Russia, Syria


Scores of Turkish-backed fighters killed in devastating attack by Libyan Army

Published 2020-06-10 04:08:56 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s air force launched a massive attack overnight on a military convoy belonging to the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. According to the Libyan National Army, their air force bombed a big GNA convoy near the city of Abu Ghryan, resulting in heavy losses for the latter. The Libyan National Army said several GNA fighters were killed and wounded during their attack near Abu Ghryan, including a number of Syrian mercenaries. In addition to the heavy losses to military personnel, the Libyan National Army’s attack also resulted in the destruction… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Russia to US: Get out of Syria, go deal with your ongoing issues

Published 2020-06-10 03:02:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 A.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry called out the U.S. State Department this week for attempting to dictate Syria’s affairs while facing their own domestic issues. In regards to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker’s recent comments about Russia’s presence in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. should get out of Syria and deal with its own issues. “It seems that he [Schenker] does not know what he was speaking about. His remarks went beyond good and evil. They are stupid remarks,” a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The professional level in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Alleged photo surfaces of Quds Force spy with Qassem Soleimani before his assassination

Published 2020-06-10 00:33:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – An Iranian news agency published a picture showing the leader of the late leader of the Quds Forcs, Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, with the man accused of spying on the Iranian commander for the CIA and Mossad. Commenting on the photo, the agencywrote: “The man behind Soleimani and Mohandis is Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of providing information about the whereabouts and movement of the commander of the Quds Force.” https://twitter.com/HamediHami/status/1270409899969822720?s=20 For their part, the Media Center of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Soleimani


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