Russian Il-76 airlifter lands at the Khmeimim Air Base in March 2016 (Courtesy: AFP)

This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Libya, Russia, Sirte, Baltic, NATO, Idlib, Syria, Erdogan, Turkey, Iran, North_Korea, Iraq, Taji, US, IRGC, Wassouf, Hama.

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Egyptian Air Force intercepts 2 Russian military aircraft en route to Libya: report

Published 2020-06-14 22:01:12 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Egyptian Air Force intercepted two Russian military aircraft that were en route to Libya this past weekend, Avia.Pro reported on Sunday. “The Egyptian military for the second time in the last 48 hours intercepted a Russian military plane flying from the Khmeimim airbase to the Libyan national army airbase in Libya,” the publication said, pointing out that “the reasons for the denial of the passage of Egyptian airspace by the Russian military side are still unknown, however, the last time, according to the audio recording of the radio interception, the ban on entering Egyptian… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Russia


Libyan Army sends massive force to Sirte to fend off Turkish-backed offensive: photos

Published 2020-06-14 21:45:59 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has pushed additional military reinforcements to the city of Sirte in preparation for a new attack by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. The media center of the Libyan National Army’s “Al-Karamah” operations room tweeted that the “Thunderbolt 302 Battalion” had moved to western Sirte for the new battle. The media center published photos showing a large convoy of dozens of military vehicles carrying equipment and personnel towards Sirte. https://twitter.com/Media_center_ly/status/1272143446556491778?s=20 Meanwhile, a local military source confirmed to Russia’s Tass News Agency that the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


Russian military exercises to deliver crushing missile strikes in response to NATO exercises

Published 2020-06-14 21:17:55 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Russian Army carried out extensive exercises to deliver massive missile strikes from its Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region on the borders of Western Europe, in response to NATO exercises in the nearby Baltic Sea. “As part of the pre-planned combat training activities for the Baltic Fleet forces in the Kaliningrad region, tactical missile systems,Iskandar, carried out live exercises to launch incendiary conventional missile attacks,” the Russian Army’s Directorate of Orientation in the Western Military Region told reporters. The Russian Army confirmed that these live combat drills were carried out “in response to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Baltic, NATO, Russia


Rare US drone strike kills 2 foreign jihadist commanders in Idlib

Published 2020-06-14 21:04:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Two commanders from the Hurras Al-Deen group were killed on Sunday, when a drone struck their positions in the Idlib Governorate. According to the preliminary reports, the two leaders, Bilal Al-Sanani (Yemeni national) and Qassam Al-Urdoni (Jordanian national), were killed by a U.S. Coalition drone in the Idlib city. The drone strike targeted the vehicle carrying both men and their associate, Mohammad Al-Ahmad, who was seriously wounded as a result of the U.S. Coalition attack. The attack appears to have been carried out by a U.S. ninja drone, as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Turkey’s Erdogan calls for unified ‘Islamic economic system’

Published 2020-06-14 20:37:56 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the implementation of the “Islamic economic system”, which rejects the “profit and interest” system, pointing out how the Islamic banks that survived the recent economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We call for the application of the Islamic economic system that rejects the interest system,” Erdogan said in a speech during the International Conference on Islamic Economy and Finance, adding, “We call for partnership so that it is the only system of the economy.” He stressed that “Islamic banks that rely on profit and loss for all… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Russia to test upgraded Ka-52 military chopper with new weapons

Published 2020-06-14 20:11:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Russia plans to test the updated Ka-52M “Alligator” helicopter that will be installed with new weapons, according to the government procurement portal. The National Center for Helicopter Engineering has published information on the purchase of equipment for the manufacture and testing of two Ka-52M helicopters. These models were created on the basis of mass production of the Ka-52 helicopters. The modified aircraft includes new navigation and target navigation systems, as well as a fire control system and a communications system. In addition, it will be equipped with a new cruise missile. Its name is now… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iran to unveil ‘dozens’ of new weapons to showcase military prowess

Published 2020-06-14 18:03:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.)- On Saturday, the Iranian Ministry of Defense announced that it will soon unveil dozens of new military products on “Defense Industries Day.” The Assistant Secretary of Defense, Brigadier Saeed Habanaan, told a military committee that on the 40th anniversary of the “sacred defense”, Iran’s “defensive achievements will be unveiled on Defense Industry Day next August 21.” He added, “The aim of this meeting is to coordinate the organization of the 40th anniversary ceremonies in the best possible way at the country level, especially at the level of the armed forces and the Ministry of Defense.” For… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Sister of North Korean leader vows to take ‘next step’ against South

Published 2020-06-14 15:53:19 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The first vice-chairperson of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee, Kim Yo-jung, the younger sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed to take a “next step” toward South Korea. In a statement issued on Saturday, and published by the official Korean Central Agency in the country, Kim Yo-jung said, commenting on the issue of the publications they send from North Korean defectors from the territory of South Korea: “Throwing their dirt into our holy area, at the same time demonstrating an insult to the absolute reputation of the main companion, who is a… Read on ->

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Tags: North_Korea


Libyan Army restructures forces to combat Turkish intervention

Published 2020-06-14 15:39:01 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Saturday, the restructuring of the main military operations room. In a statement published by its spokesperson, Ahmed Al-Mismari, the leadership indicated that after the successes of the Libyan Army in the battle to “liberate the capital, Tripoli, the Turkish intervention came alongside the Al-Wefaq government to turn the war against terrorism in Libya into an international war.” The statement continued: “In order to protect the civilian population and to avoid casualties, we left the cities and we will… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Iraqi base hosting US forces comes under attack

Published 2020-06-14 10:59:56 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Joint Operations Command in Iraq announced last night that the Taji Airbase was targeted by missiles from an unknown entity. The leadership said in a press statement: “Despite our previous warnings to those who are trying to mix cards by tampering with security and threatening our heroic security forces by targeting their camps, but these parties launched Saturday Katyusha rockets from the main street opposite the Al-Nasr facility north of Baghdad.” They said that “the two missiles landed inside the Taji camp without losses.” The leadership indicated that “this bombing is a message that… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taji, US


Egypt seeks to acquire Russian weapon that will block Turkey in southern Mediterranean

Published 2020-06-14 10:49:23 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Egyptian military is seeking to acquire the Russian super-defense system, dubbed the “Bastion”, where news confirmed that Egypt wants to secure its coasts and gas fields in the Mediterranean. A military source confirmed to RT Arabic that the armament contracts between Egypt and Russia in 2015 included the Bastion system, which has a maximum range of 300 km. The source noted that Egypt’s acquisition of these systems is a logical matter that fits into the framework of a comprehensive development plan for the Egyptian Navy that will include access to modern defense systems along… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Turkey


Iran’s IRGC intercepts boat in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-06-14 10:35:48 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran announced on Saturday, the seizure of a boat carrying a large amount of drugs and some weapons in the Gulf waters. “The Revolutionary Guard’s Navy monitored a boat in the Gulf waters carrying a large amount of drugs on board,” said Admiral Ali Azami, commander of the Fifth Naval Zone of the Revolutionary Guards Navy in the Gulf waters. Al-Azami said that the Revolutionary Guards’ naval personnel stopped the boat and seized 840 kilograms of opium and 48 kilograms of heroin, noting that “Kalashnikov rifles were also… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Syrian Air Force destroys foreign jihadist convoy in southern Idlib

Published 2020-06-14 10:19:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – During last night’s attack on southern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) reportedly destroyed a jihadist convoy that was traveling through the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. According to reports, the Syrian Air Force targeted a convoy consisting of foreign jihadists from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and the Hurras Al-Deen group, as they attempted to travel between the towns of Deir Sonbol and Al-Baraa. As a result of this attack by the Syrian Air Force, several jihadists were killed and wounded, while a number of vehicles were destroyed. This attack was reportedly carried out by… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


US military aggressively chases Russian forces after driving through northeast Syria checkpoint

Published 2020-06-14 09:52:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Russian and U.S. forces were involved in another skirmish in northeastern Syria after the former refused to stop at American checkpoint in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports, the Russian military police, consisting of eight vehicles, refused to stop at a U.S. checkpoint along a road between the cities of Tal Tamr and Al-Qamishli. The U.S. military responded by sending four vehicles to chase the Russian forces in an attempt to stop them from traveling through the village of Al-Baydar in northwestern Al-Hasakah. However, the U.S. military was unsuccessful in their aggressive attempt to… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Syrian singer George Wassouf announces coronavirus infection

Published 2020-06-14 09:27:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian singer, George Wassouf, revealed the fact that he tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) Wassouf, known as “Sultan Al-Tarab”, published on Saturday evening his message via his official Facebook page, confirming that he was in good health after a short stint with the coronavirus. Wassouf explained that he “received many calls from his close associates after rumors of his deteriorating health appeared,” calling on all media to verify its information before publishing it, and to rely only on the information he publishes on his official page. Press reports have previously speculated that Wassouf’s… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Wassouf


Russian warplanes launch biggest attack in months over northwest Syria

Published 2020-06-14 09:06:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a powerful attack over northwestern Syria last night, as their warplanes heavily targeted sites belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hurras Al-Deen group. According to a field report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force, with support from the Syrian military, unleashed several airstrikes over the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, hitting a number of jihadist positions along the southern Idlib front-lines. The report said the Russian Air Force carried out several of their strikes over the front-line town of Al-Baraa, which has become the headquarters for the… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Russia, Syria


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