This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, India, Libya, Sirte, UAE, Yemen, Pakistan, Russia, US, Idlib, Syria, Iran, Israel, Homs, Iraq, PKK, Turkey, Egypt, ISIS, Lebanon, IRGC.

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China denies holding any captured Indian soldiers

Published 2020-06-19 17:46:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang announced Friday that there are currently no Indian soldiers in custody in the country. Lijiang told a news conference, “According to my information, at the present, the Chinese side has no [military] representatives from the Indian side.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman did not specify if there were any prisoners before. An Indian publication quoted a security source earlier that claimed China released ten Indian soldiers who were captured during the border clashes three days ago. Earlier this week, the Indian and Chinese forces clashed along the disputed… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Libyan Army sends more reinforcements to Sirte for major battle: video

Published 2020-06-19 17:36:12 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Benghazi has deployed more forces to the front-lines west of Sirte, as the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces prepare to launch another big attack. Videos posted on local news sites showed frames of four-wheel-drive vehicles armed with anti-aircraft guns, military vehicles, communication vehicles and artillery heading to the western part of Sirte on Friday. In this context, it is reported that the 128th Infantry Battalion of the LNA also sent reinforcements to the contact lines west of the city of Sirte. While… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

UAE-backed forces launch offensive on Yemeni island

Published 2020-06-19 16:41:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – On Friday, the U.A.E.-backed Southern Transitional Council forces stormed Hadibo, the center of the historical Socotra Island. A source in the local authority of Socotra governorate told Sputnik Arabic that forces loyal to the Transitional Council, including defectors from the Yemeni army, launched an attack on military and security forces in the Haybak area at the western entrance to the city of Hadib, the center of Socotra, after which they managed to advance and control the security headquarters. He added that the forces of the Transitional Council advanced to the vicinity of the Hadibo Security… Read on ->

Tags: UAE, Yemen

Indian and Pakistani forces exchange heavy fire along disputed border

Published 2020-06-19 16:11:53 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Friday, Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged heavy gunfire and targeted each other’s positions along the Line of Control that divides Kashmir. The two sides exchanged fire at the Nowshera sector of the Line of Control in the border area of ​​Kupwara, about 222 km southwest of the city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir. So far, there have been no reports of casualties from the clashes on the Indian or Pakistani sides.   Source: Xinhua

Tags: India, Pakistan

Russia releases footage of warplanes intercepting US bombers

Published 2020-06-19 15:44:35 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of their warplanes intercepting a U.S. bomber over the Sea of ​​Okhotsk Under the video, the Russian Ministry of Defense wrote: “The air defense forces spotted the B-52N bomber in the eastern military zone and escorted a pair of them over the neutral waters of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.” They added that to intercept the U.S. bombers, they used their Su-30, Su-35 and MiG-31 fighters. The interception as carried out in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, US

Syrian Army strikes jihadist gathering in southern Idlib

Published 2020-06-19 15:34:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck the jihadist positions in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Friday after monitoring the latter’s movements in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. According to a field report from the front, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted a gathering point near the town of Al-Baraa, which has become the primary stronghold for the jihadist forces in the southern part of the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The report said the Syrian Army’s attack managed to force the jihadists to disperse from the area after inflicting casualties within the ranks of the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Indian army mass deploys troops to disputed border after battle with Chinese military: video

Published 2020-06-19 15:16:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Indian army mass deployed troops to the Ladakh region this week after one of the deadliest battles with the Chinese military since the 1967 conflict. According to reports, the Indian army deployed these troops to the Ladakh region amid a large-scale military exercise by the Chinese forces near the disputed border. A video posted by RT on Wednesday showed a large number of Indian troops heading to the Ladakh region, despite claims by both Beijing and New Delhi about deescalating the tensions along the border. On Monday, the Indian and Chinese armies clashed… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Watch: Iranian navy destroys targets with new cruise missiles

Published 2020-06-19 14:56:33 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – A video was released this week showing the Iranian navy launching cruise missiles against targets at sea. According to the Iranian army press service, long-range cruise missiles were launched in exercises aimed at fighting targets on the surface of the water. The army service added that cruise missiles struck virtual targets at a distance of 280 km. The weapons were launched from the country’s coast and from sea. The tests were conducted in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The video, which was accompanied with the report, shows Iranian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Israel creates new military unit to expand intelligence capabilities

Published 2020-06-19 14:47:09 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Israeli Army created a new military unit to collect accurate intelligence and espionage. According to the Hebrew-language Channel 7, the Israeli Army announced the launch of a new hovercraft contingent affiliated to the “9900” unit of the Military Intelligence Corps, which is responsible for collecting geo-visual intelligence. They emphasized that the hovercraft or drones unit will collect accurate intelligence information in high accuracy, whether in the night or day hours, and it is a unit that decodes optical and accurate mapping. Channel 7 said on its website that the Israeli Army is trying to… Read on ->

Tags: Israel

Never before seen footage of Iranian missile system that shot down US drone

Published 2020-06-19 13:56:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a never before seen video of the domestically-made Khorad missile system, which brought down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz last year. The footage shows some of the stages of research that led to the system’s development, as well as pictures of its transfer to some southern regions along the Gulf waters.   The Revolutionary Guards presented the system to the public near the tourist site of the “Persian Gulf Martyrs”, west of Tehran. The IRGC shot down the Global Hawk drone while it was… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syrians hold large demonstration against Caesar Act in Homs: photos

Published 2020-06-19 13:34:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Several Syrians participated on Thursday in a large demonstration against the U.S.-applied “Caesar Act”, which is a new set of sanctions that are meant to force regime change in the Arab Republic. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the demonstration took place at Martyrs Square in the administrative capital of the Homs Governorate. The demonstrators waived the Syrian national flag, along with photos of President Bashar Al-Assad and signs against the U.S.-imposed sanctions. “They also expressed anger and condemnation of the U.S. hostility towards the free peoples, affirming that the fake humanity of… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Syria

Turkish military blows up alleged PKK site in northern Iraq: video

Published 2020-06-19 13:06:29 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense published on Friday, a video of the moment a commando participating in Operation “Tiger’s Claw” blew up a target in northern Iraq. The ministry indicated via its official Twitter account that their forces destroyed shelters, hideouts, and sites belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The ministry attached its leaflet to a video that monitors the moments when those targets were hit by their forces. Operation Tiger Claw was launched last Wednesday in northern Iraq against the elements of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and other organizations that Ankara… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey

Russian warplanes intercept US bombers in tit-for-tat move

Published 2020-06-19 12:44:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that its fighters intercepted on Friday, American bombers while flying in a border area between the two countries over the Sea of ​​Okhotsk in the Arctic. The National Center for the Defense Administration of the Ministry confirmed that Russian military observers detected two American B-52H bombers flying over international waters. The center stated that Russian Su-30, Su-35 and MiG-31 jets accompanied the two American bombers, noting that the Russian border had not been breached. The center pointed out that Russian aircraft overflights were carried out in strict accordance with… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Egypt outperforms Israel and Turkey in new military power rankings: photo

Published 2020-06-19 11:47:29 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Egyptian Army outperformed the Turkish and Israeli armies in the ranking of Global Fire Power, as it ranked first as the strongest army in the Middle East and North Africa for this year. The Egyptian Army’s reached the top ranking after Turkish military was rated the most powerful force in all of the Middle East and North Africa in 2019. The strength of the Egyptian Army was distinguished by the strength of its land, sea, and air forces in the number of missile systems and other equipment, as Egypt has worked during the recent… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel, Turkey

Iran will soon develop hypersonic missiles: commander

Published 2020-06-19 11:22:39 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Navy, Admiral Hussain Khanzadi, announced that the Islamic Republic is close to obtaining hypersonic missiles, and that the production of these weapons is on the agenda. Khanzadi said: “The engines of the naval forces of the army missiles will undergo inevitable changes and should withstand more heat for a long time.” “We will definitely have changes for the refueling systems and the marine navigation system in the marine force.” He continued: “We have succeeded in achieving missile production with a range of 300 km, and we will soon reach more… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Decisive battle brewing in Libya as Turkish-backed forces seek to capture oil fields

Published 2020-06-19 10:46:40 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has pushed a large number of reinforcements towards an axis east of the city of Misrata, under the supervision of Nis Boukhamada, commander of the special forces. According to reports, the Libyan National Army is preparing to square off against the Turkish-backed Governorate of National Accord (GNA) forces east of Misrata, as the latter attempts to seize several important petroleum sites. The Libyan National Army announced on Wedneday that the area extending from Wadi Jarif to Al-Washaka to the west is considered a “military… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Qassem Soleimani’s assassination did not change Iran’s stance on Syria

Published 2020-06-19 10:02:02 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – Iranian Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri stated on Thursday that the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani did not change the Islamic Republic’s pro-Syrian policies. According to the Fars News Agency, Jahangiri’s comments came during his first phone call with the new Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous on Thursday. “Iran will not hesitate to take any action to ease the pressures imposed on Syria,” Jahangiri told Arnous . He added, “The assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani has not brought about any change in Iran’s pro-Syrian policies.” The Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous had discussed with… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Egypt condemns Turkish and Iranian military operations in Iraq

Published 2020-06-19 09:36:13 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – In a statement issued by its Foreign Ministry, Egypt condemned the “Turkish and Iranian military interventions” in northern Iraq. The Ministry considered that these “interventions and hostilities” represent “a continuation of the series of repeated violations against brotherly Iraq, in violation of all international covenants and covenants that provide for respect for the sovereignty of states and the adoption of principles of good neighborliness.” The statement stressed, “Egypt totally rejects any interference affecting the sovereignty of any of the brotherly Arab countries, taking into account the consequences of those actions in deepening the instability in… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey

Watch: US forces encircle Russian military vehicle in northeast Syria

Published 2020-06-19 08:51:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – A new video has surfaced of the U.S. Armed Forces encircling a Russian military vehicle in northeastern Syria and forcing it to stop. In the video, the U.S. forces can be seen encircling the Russian BTR-80 vehicle as it was attempting to conduct a patrol along a roadway near the Al-Qamishli District in the Al-Hasakah District. The video’s date is not known; however, over the last 24 hours, there have been reports of U.S. and Russian troops engaging one another in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The most recent incident that is known happened in the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Turkey plans to establish more bases in northern Iraq

Published 2020-06-19 08:11:25 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – A senior Turkish official told Reuters that Ankara intends to establish more temporary military bases in northern Iraq, after it intensified its strikes on Kurdish fighters there. According to the report, the unnamed Turkish official, who requested anonymity, confirmed that Ankara started operations after talks with the Iraqi authorities in order to remove the fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from its borders and target their logistical capabilities. He added: “The plan is to establish temporary bases in the region, to prevent the use of purified areas for the same purpose again … There… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey

Lebanese Army arrests wanted ISIS leader near Syrian border

Published 2020-06-19 07:42:15 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Lebanese Army Command announced the arrest of a wanted Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader near the Syrian border on Thursday. “The patrol of the Intelligence Directorate in the town of Arsal raided the house of the named (J.H.) and arrested him along with a number of people, for heading a group affiliated with ISIS and participating in the fight against the army in Arsal,” the army said in a statement released by MTV Lebanon. The statement indicated that the arrested ISIS leader was “wanted for several arrest warrants for various crimes, including contact with terrorists,… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Lebanon, Syria

Iran unveils new cruise missile to showcase naval strength in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-06-19 07:05:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Iranian Navy unveiled a new cruise missile during their large-scale drills in the Persian Gulf on Thursday. The navy of the Iranian army conducted naval exercises to commemorate the “Martyrdom of Ramadan Heroes” in the North Indian Ocean and the Sea of ​​Oman, during which they launched short and long-range cruise missiles made by the Ministry of Defense, which destroyed their specific strategic objectives over a distance of 280 km, as the extent of this Missiles are subject to increase.” During these exercises, “the Bahr-Bahr missiles were launched in short and long ranges simultaneously… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

NATO to investigate Turkey’s interception of French warships in Mediterranean amid increased tensions

Published 2020-06-19 04:17:00 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has announced an investigation into Paris’s allegations of a Turkish naval ship’s harassment of a French frigate in the Mediterranean. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, according to Reuters news agency: “The alliance will conduct an investigation into French allegations that the Turkish navy did not respond to a call from a member country requesting inspection of a ship in the Mediterranean earlier this month.” “A number of allies touched on the incident (at sea) in the Mediterranean during the meeting,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference after a… Read on ->


IRGC Navy seizes two ships in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-06-19 03:42:35 by News Desk in Iran

On Wednesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced the arrest of two fishing vessels in the regional waters of Japhar and Kanark. “The Imam Ali Naval Unit of the Sea Corps of the Revolutionary Guards stopped two fishing vessels that had anchored in the waters of the Japhar and Kanark regions and committed a flagrant violation by entering the 12-mile zone, and they were practicing prohibited trawl fishing,” the public relations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards naval force said in a statement, as quoted by the Fars News Agency of the Islamic Republic. The statement said that “these two ships were… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

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