This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Daraa, Syria, China, India, Egypt, Libya, Sisi, Hasakah, Turkey, Iraq, PKK, Iran, IRGC, Aleppo, Socotra, Yemen, Venezuela, UAE, LNA, Sirte, US, Russia.

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First photos from bus bombing in eastern Daraa

Published 2020-06-20 16:41:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bus was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) while traveling through the eastern countryside of the Daraa Governorate on Saturday. According to a report from eastern Daraa, the Syrian Army bus was blown up while it was traveling along the Kahil-Sahwah Road. The report said that the bus was carrying approximately 40 Syrian Army soldiers, when it was targeted by the roadside bomb. As a result of the attack, at least eight Syrian Army soldiers were killed and another two dozen were wounded. The wounded soldiers were taken to… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


War of words: China and India trade accusations over border violations

Published 2020-06-20 16:26:21 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, India and China exchanged accusations about border violations in the Ladakh region. According to Reuters, India has accused China of establishing a construction site “on the other side directly from the Line of Actual Control,” a name known for the demarcation of the border between the two countries. The report said China rejected India’s request to halt the construction project, which further antagonized New Delhi. The agency quoted the Indian government statement as saying that “the country will not allow any unilateral changes to the disputed borders.” In the same context, Chinese Foreign… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


Sisi visits Egyptian Air Force base near Libyan border: video

Published 2020-06-20 16:15:47 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian media published a video of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inspecting the air force during a visit to the western military region. Sisi reportedly urged his air force to be fully prepared to implement any mission to protect Egypt, whether inside or outside the border. He expressed his happiness to the inspectors of the western military region about the efficiency of the Egyptian armed forces. “A large part of the armed forces is ready to carry out any tasks,” noting that what he saw “was something great and reflects Egypt’s ability.” He stressed that… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sisi


Several Syrian Army soldiers killed bus bombing in eastern Daraa

Published 2020-06-20 15:55:21 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Dozens of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were targeted by a roadside bomb in the eastern countryside of the Daraa Governorate on Saturday. According to a report from the governorate, a bus carrying 40 soldiers was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was travelling along the Kahlil Al-Sahwa Road in eastern Daraa. The report said that at least eight soldiers were killed and 23 more were wounded. The wounded have since been transferred to Busra Al-Sham National Hospital and Izraa National Hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack. Free… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Turkish-backed militants attack Syrian Army troops in northeast Syria

Published 2020-06-20 15:39:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northeastern region of Syria on Saturday. According to reports from northeastern Syria, the Turkish-backed militants opened fire on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the Tal Tamr countryside, resulting in a fierce clash in this region of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The reports did not specify why the Turkish-backed militants targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s positions; however, the clashes have since died down after this morning’s battle. Since the Turkish-backed forces captured Ras Al-‘Ayn, they have repeatedly violated the ceasefire… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey


Turkey struck ‘700 PKK targets’ in northern Iraq: MoD

Published 2020-06-20 15:20:32 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Turkey announced on Saturday, the results of “Operation Tiger Claw”, which was launched in northern Iraq earlier this week. According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, his country’s armed forces struck “700 PKK targets” since its launch in northern Iraq. Akar pointed out, as reported by the Anadolu Agency, that “the Turkish Armed Forces stormed and destroyed the dens and hideouts of terrorists over their heads in the framework of the military operation.” He said, “Since the beginning of the operation, about 150 caves and a large amount of ammunition were controlled and more than… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey


IRGC commander says Iran will ‘surprise’ enemies with new long-range missile system

Published 2020-06-20 14:45:40 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran said that it will “surprise the enemy soon with a new long-range air defense.” The commander of the air defense forces of the IRGC, Brigadier General Reza Shebaan, in an interview with the state-owned Fars News Agency, said: “In the levels of air defense, we have national systems that have passed very successful tests.” This came during a response to a question about the recently published photos of the marine version of the Khorad-3 missile system , adding: “Even today we were able to cross from this… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Unknown drone strike targets motorcycle in northeast Aleppo

Published 2020-06-20 14:14:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A new drone strike was reported on Saturday in northeast Aleppo, marking the second time this week that an attack like this has been carried out in northern Syria. According to pro-opposition activists, the unknown drone struck a motorcycle near the city of Al-Bab, which is currently under the control of the Turkish-backed militants. Following the strike, an identification card was found among the debris; it belonged to Ahmad Darwish of Al-Dabiq. Darwish was reported dead, as was the other passenger who was riding on the targeted motorcycle. No one has claimed responsibility for this… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


UAE-backed forces capture historical island in Yemen

Published 2020-06-20 13:59:05 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – On Saturday, the U.A.E.-backed Southern Transitional Council took control of the last camps of the Yemeni government forces on the historical island of Socotra in the southern Yemen. According to the latest reports from the island, Southern Transitional Council forces “stormed the Special Forces Command camp in Hadibo, the center of Socotra governorate, after clashes escalated at dawn this morning, and ended with its control, and seized its weapons, ammunition, equipment and mechanisms.” . This came after the STC forces took control of the headquarters of the local authority, the office of the governor Ramzi… Read on ->

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Tags: Socotra, Yemen


Another Iranian ship is en route to Venezuela despite US warnings

Published 2020-06-20 12:55:15 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Another Iranian oil tanker is en route to Venezuela, as the Islamic Republic continues to defy the U.S.’ warnings about delivering petrol to the South American nation. According to the Washington Post, the Iranian ‘Golsan’ fuel tanker is en route to Venezuela and is expected to dock soon. In particular, the article claimed that the Golsan will reach the Venezuelan coast by either Sunday or Monday. At the same time, Russ Dallen, the head of the Miami-based investment company, was cited as saying that this Iranian ship is not only carrying fuel to Venezuela, but… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Libyan Army will be ‘victorious’ against ‘Turkish invaders’: LNA spox.

Published 2020-06-20 12:40:34 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) will be ‘victorious against the “Turkish invaders” that are aiding the Government of National Accord (GNA), the LNA’s spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari said on Friday, as reported by Asharq Al-Aswat. Mismari’s comments were said to have been the first made since a Turkish government delegation traveled to Tripoli to meed with the GNA about the ongoing conflict. The LNA spokesperson said that Turkish delegation traveled to the Libyan capital to “reap the spoils” of the North African nation. Mismari said the Libyan National Army would resist the “takfiri militias and Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Iran produces ‘dozens of missiles in honor of each martyr’: Iranian commander

Published 2020-06-20 12:18:29 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The commander-in-chief of the Iranian army, Major-General Abdul Rahim Mousavi, said on Friday that any ban will not be able to undermine Iranian ingenuity, and made it clear that they would continue to increase their missile arsenal. Mousavi, in a message addressed to the commander of the naval force, Admiral Hussain Khanzadi, expressed his appreciation for the successful implementation of the “brave Ramadan martyrs” combat maneuvers, through the efforts of the naval cadres, the cooperation of the Ministry of Defense and the support of the armed forces, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency …. Read on ->

Tags: Iran


UAE-backed forces score big advance in several parts of southern Yemen

Published 2020-06-20 12:00:51 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Southern Transitional Council announced that its forces have made significant progress in confrontations with the Saudi-backed Yemeni army, which is affiliated with the exiled President Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi, in the Abyan Governorate of southern Yemen. The spokesman for the fourth military region and the Abyan front for the forces of the Southern Transitional Council, Muhammad al-Naqib, said that his forces carried out a large attack and from several axes at the Shaqra Front (Khanfar Directorate), which lasted for approximately six hours. He said that “since the first hours of the attack,… Read on ->

Tags: UAE, Yemen


Massive Libyan Army convoy reaches Sirte for showdown with Turkish-backed forces: video

Published 2020-06-20 11:23:19 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – A massive Libyan National Army (LNA) convoy was filmed this week heading to the Sirte front-lines from a major showdown with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. According to the Libyan National Army, their forces deployed to the western countryside of Sirte, where they later took up positions along the front-lines with the Government of National Accord forces and their allies. A video showing the massive military convoy heading to Sirte was released on RT Arabic’s YouTube channel on Friday; it showed hundreds of vehicles and a large number of soldiers making their… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, LNA, Sirte


US threatens UAE with sanctions if they help Syria

Published 2020-06-20 10:58:15 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The U.S. special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, renewed his warning to the U.A.E. about the sanctions they will face they continue efforts to normalize relations with Syria. Jeffrey said in a press conference held on Friday, that the U.A.E. may be subjected to sanctions under the newly approved “Caesar Act” in the U.S. Congress. The U.S. envoy noted that “the U.A.E. knows that the United States strongly opposes the normalization of Abu Dhabi’s relations with the Assad regime.” Responding to a question about the U.A.E.’s efforts to open its embassy again in Damascus, Jeffrey… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, UAE, US


Egypt conducts military drills at new base in Red Sea

Published 2020-06-20 10:37:03 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces announced a military exercise with the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, within the scope of operations of the Southern Fleet in the Red Sea at the new Bernese military base. The Egyptian Army said that one of their naval units, the French frigate (Suez) and the Spanish frigate (SANTA MARIA), carried out a maritime transit training at the Bernese Naval Base in the scope of operations of the Southern Fleet in the Red Sea. https://www.facebook.com/EgyArmySpox/photos/a.219625808168409/2004923846305254/?type=3&theater They explained that the training included planning and implementation of a number of important activities, including… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt


US to test F-35 jet against Russian S-400 system in Syria: media

Published 2020-06-20 10:13:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Under the title, “U.S. is confident that the F-35 is capable of destroying the S-400 in Syria”, Victor Sukerko wrote in the Russian publication “Svobodnaya Pressa” about the U.S.’ intention to test their F-35 against the Russian S-400 system in Syria. According to Sukerko, “apparently, the American promotion of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is not going well in the global market, as long as they decide to sacrifice it, and put it in the range of the Russian S-400 air defense system.” The journalist points to the U.S.’ upcoming F-35 test in Israel,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Iran reveals new details about the downing of the US drone last year

Published 2020-06-20 09:32:13 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – On the first anniversary since the downing of the American MQ-4C plane by an Iranian missile, the Fars Agency has published new information about this operation carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Based on this information, along with the MQ-4C, which took off from the Al Dhafra base in the UAE, there was a P-8 naval patrol aircraft and MQ-9 drones present during the downing. After take off, the MQ-4C flew towards the Strait of Hormuz and then reportedly violated Iranian airspace before continuing towards southeastern Iran. The Iranian air defense forces then… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


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