This is a summary of 26 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Syria, Libya, Russia, Deir_Ezzor, Sweida, Idlib, Iran, US, Qamishli, Iraq, Kurdsitan, China, India, Daraa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Marib, Yemen, France, Macron, Turkey, Ansarallah, Saudi, Maduro, Trump, Venezuela, Houthi, Bolton, Baghdad, Hmeimim.

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Update: Suspected Israeli attack causes several Syrian Army casualties in eastern Syria

Published 2020-06-23 23:11:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – A suspected Israeli Air Force attack on eastern Syria this evening has left several casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar. According to the source, the heavy missile strikes on the military sites in Deir Ezzor and Al-Sweida caused at least a half dozen casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Army. The source said the total number of casualties is likely to increase, as two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in the Al-Sweida attack. If the Israeli Air Force was behind this… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Heavily-armed Russian sub heads to Mediterranean, possibly Libya or Syria: video

Published 2020-06-23 22:52:14 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – A heavily-armed Russian submarine was monitored on Tuesday, transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 has entered Mediterranean waters, armed with Kalibr cruise missiles. While the destination for the Russian submarine is still unknown, it is likely to deploy to the coast of either Syria or Libya. Typically, when these heavily-armed submarines head to Syria, they often carry out attacks against enemy forces. With reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Syria

Syrian air defenses confront hostile missiles in eastern Syria

Published 2020-06-23 22:36:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – At approximately 9:55 P.M. (local time), the Syrian air defenses were activated in central Syria after several hostile missiles targeted a number of sites in this desert region. According to a military source, the missiles targeted Tal Al-Sahen in Al-Sweida and  Kabajab in Deir Ezzor. The source saiid the Syrian air defenses managed to intercept several of the missiles, with some of the projectiles managing to hit their targets. He would add that the missiles were fired from the Al-Sukhnah region of Homs, but did not specify if they were fired. As of now, there… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Sweida, Syria

Jihadist groups involved in fierce battle with one another in Idlib

Published 2020-06-23 21:32:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Heavy clashes were reported this evening in the Idlib Governorate, when members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Hurras Al-Deen opened fire on one another near the administrative capital. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the two jihadist groups traded gunfire in the western outskirts of the administrative capital. No information has been released about the total number of casualties. Some opposition activists are now reporting that the Hurras Al-Deen group, which has several foreign jihadists, is preparing to storm the administrative capital, which is mostly under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. Hay’at… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iran releases video of IRGC missile downing expensive US drone

Published 2020-06-23 20:18:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Over the weekend, Iran released a video showing the moment an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) missile brought down a U.S. spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz. According to official state media, the IRGC’s Khordad-3 air defense system successfully brought down the U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk drone while it was flying over Iranian airspace. The incident nearly resulted in a U.S. retaliatory attack, as American President Donald Trump contemplated green lighting military strikes against Tehran. In the video released over the weekend, Iran shows how the Khordad-3 managed to bring down the U.S. drone… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Syrians villagers and US military clash in Qamishli, American flag set on fire: video

Published 2020-06-23 19:40:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Syrian villagers in the Al-Qamishli countryside intercepted a U.S. military convoy that was attempting to pass through the area this week. Residents of the village of Farsouk, in southeast Al-Qamishli, intercepted a military convoy,  consisting of eight armored vehicles, and forced them to retreat. The residents said that they prevented a convoy from passing through the village, and skirmishes occurred with the American soldiers, while some of them burned the American flag. Local sources confirmed to RT Arabic that the soldiers threw a sound bomb at the people to disperse them. In the video released… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria, US

Iran’s IRGC vows to respond to any terrorist movements in Iraqi-Kurdistan

Published 2020-06-23 19:22:19 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guard said on Tuesday during military exercises at Iran’s western border with Iraq, that it would respond to any terrorist movements launched from Iraqi-Kurdistan. The commander of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces, Major General Muhammad Bakbar, said that some terrorist groups are infiltrating into Iranian Kurdistan from the Kurdistan region of Iraq, noting that Iran will respond to any terrorist movements launched from Iraqi-Kurdistan. Bakbar called on officials in Iraqi-Kurdistan and those he called “our friends in the Iraqi government,” to control more on the Iraqi side of the border and prevent… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Kurdsitan

Up close footage of Indian and Chinese forces fighting along border region

Published 2020-06-23 18:41:28 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A new video was released on Monday that showed the Indian and Chinese forces fighting along the disputed border between the two countries. In the video released by NDTV, the Chinese and Indian troops can be seen engaging in a fist fight in the Ladakh region, with several soldiers exchanging punches in this mountainous area. The Chinese and Indian forces were involved in a deadly clash in the Ladakh region last week, resulting in dozens of soldiers being killed or wounded on both sides. The Indian military announced that 20 of their soldiers were… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Syrian Army uncovers large arms cache with western-made weapons

Published 2020-06-23 18:25:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces, in cooperation with locals, uncovered a large cache of weapons and medical equipment in the southern part of the country. According to reports, the Syrian Armed Forces uncovered the weapons cache while combing through the territories that were previously controlled by the militant groups. “During the combing of the remaining areas that the army freed from terrorism in the southern region to secure them in order to preserve the lives of civilians and in cooperation with honorable families, large quantities of weapons and ammunition were found, including dozens of ammunition boxes… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Egypt won’t allow Libya to fall to terrorist militias: FM

Published 2020-06-23 17:07:41 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV that his country will not stand idly by as Libya falls to “terrorist militias”. Shukri said in the interview: “We have repeatedly warned about the danger of the spread of terrorism in Libya.” He continued: “Libya and its people will not be controlled by terrorist militias.” He pointed out that “the transfer of mercenaries and terrorists destabilizes Libya,” while not directing blame to any country. During the emergency foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday on Libya, he stated that the Secretary-General of the League… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Ethiopian forces launch new attack on Sudanese military camp: report

Published 2020-06-23 16:18:48 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Sudanese media reported that the Sudanese armed forces responded to a new attack by the Ethiopian forces, which took place in the Alao area, in the locality of Al-Fashqa. The reports said the Ethiopian armed forces attacked the Sudanese military with mortars, killing one corporal and wounding four others. The attack shifted this time from Al-Amra to Al-Takrai after the Ethiopian forces carried out a military attack yesterday targeting the Anfal camp, east of Sundus, in the locality of Al-Qalabat Al-Sharqiyyah. This latest string of attacks comes at a time when tensions are high… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Sudan

If Egypt requests help in Libya, Syria will defend country: FM

Published 2020-06-23 15:47:12 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Tuesday that Damascus confirms its support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and for Cairo’s initiative on the Libyan situation. The Syrian diplomat said during a press conference in Damascus today that his country supports the institutions that have been established in eastern Libya and confirm its concern for the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan lands. The Syrian Foreign Minister affirmed that Damascus “stands with the Arab brothers in Egypt in order to defend their national security and Arab national… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Libya, Syria

Ansarallah forces score new advance amid new push to capture strategic Yemeni city

Published 2020-06-23 15:24:21 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored a new advance in northern Yemen on Tuesday after launching a powerful attack to capture the city of Marib. According to reports, the Ansarallah forces were able to capture several sites from the Saudi-backed troops, as they expanded their presence in the Al-Kassara and Sirwah districts. A senior commander in the Saudi-backed Yemeni Army was killed during battles in Marib on Tuesday, the Sputnik News Agency reported. A source told Sputnik that the Ansarallah forces made progress during the attack and killed the head of operations for the third military zone… Read on ->

Tags: Marib, Yemen

Turkey is ‘playing a dangerous game’ in Libya: Macron

Published 2020-06-23 14:46:47 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that Turkey was “playing a dangerous game” in Libya, noting that he had conveyed this position to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier. According to the Reuters News Agency, Macron said: “I had an opportunity to clearly say to President Erdogan that I believe that Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya,” noting that this “contradicts its commitments made during the Berlin conference.” Macron added that he discussed the Libyan crisis with U.S. President Donald Trump. It is noteworthy to mention = that the participants in… Read on ->

Tags: France, Libya, Macron, Turkey

Ansarallah forces detail ‘largest operation’ against Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-06-23 14:31:08 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Yahya Sare’a, announced the implementation of “Operation Fourth Balance of Deterrence” against Saudi Arabia, which he described as the largest offensive operation in Gulf kingdom. According to the spokesperson, the Ansarallah forces “targeted the Ministry of Defense and Intelligence, Salman Air Force Base and military sites in Riyadh, Jizan and Najran.” Sare’a said the operation used a large number of ballistic missiles and drones, including their Quds and Zulfiqar models. He continued that the armed forces will carry out more operations against Saudi targets until the siege… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Israel will help Gulf nations confront Iran: Israeli intel chief

Published 2020-06-23 14:09:35 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his country’s intelligence ability and cooperation with the Gulf states in confronting Iran, and pledged Israel’s support to neighboring countries in confronting Iranian ambitions. In an interview with the Elaph newspaper, Cohen said that Israel is ready to provide every piece of information that would stop the Iranian attacks on the Gulf states, and that cooperation is taking place in this regard, without revealing more than that. The Israeli minister stressed the importance of Israel standing in the front-lines with the United States to confront Iran, and claimed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel

Syrian Army strikes jihadist defenses after attack on Russian airbase

Published 2020-06-23 13:45:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck the jihadist rebel defenses in southern Idlib on Tuesday, following an attack on Hmeimim Airbase and coastal city of Jableh by these militant groups. According to reports from the Idlib front, the Syrian Arab Army struck several sites under the control of the jihadist rebels, including their trenches in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The reports said the Syrian Army primarily concentrated their artillery and rocket fire on the jihadist posts and trenches near the town of Al-Baraa, which has become the main headquarters for the militants near the Jabal… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey will not back down if Egypt enters Libyan War: official

Published 2020-06-23 13:18:42 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A senior Turkish official confirmed told Reuters on Monday that Egypt’s warning that it might interfere directly in Libya would not deter his country from supporting its Libyan allies. “Al-Sisi’s statements are unfounded … Turkey and Libya will not deviate from their resolve,” the Turkish official said, asking to remain anonymous. He continued: “The Government of National Accord, with the support of Turkey, continues to prepare to take control of the strategic coastal city of Sirte, which was captured by Khalifa Haftar forces last January, and the Al-Jufra region towards the south.” For his part,… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey

Sudanese military repels attack by Ethiopian forces along border

Published 2020-06-23 12:55:33 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Sudanese Armed Forces announced on Monday that it repelled an attack by Ethiopian forces at the Anfal site in the eastern bank of the Atbara River, specifically in the Al-Fashqa area. A statement posted by the armed forces on its Facebook page, indicated that it “responded to an attack by some components of the Ethiopian forces at the Anfal site, and the aggressors suffered great losses, and returned them in their wake.” The statement added: “The armed forces affirm their right to defend their lands by all legitimate means and will remain vigilant and… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Sudan

Venezuelan President expresses readiness to meet Donald Trump

Published 2020-06-23 12:05:57 by News Desk in World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has expressed his willingness to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, noting that any conversation between them should be based on respect. “As I met Joe Biden, we talked long with a spirit of respect … I am ready to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump with respect when it is necessary,” Maduro told the Venezuelan AVN news agency. The Venezuelan president met US Vice President Joe Biden in 2015. Maduro made the remarks, commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was ready to meet Maduro to discuss “giving up… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Trump, Venezuela

Ansarallah forces to release important statement about attack on Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-06-23 11:50:15 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The spokesperson for the Ansarallah forces, Yahya Sare’a, announced on Tuesday that his movement will release an important statement about last night’s attack on Saudi Arabia. In a tweet posted on his Twitter account, Sare’a said an important statement will be issued in the coming hours regarding the attack in Saudi Arabia. Sare’a is referring to the heavy attack on two Saudi Arabian cities, Najran and Jizan, that was carried out by their forces. The Saudi-led Arab Coalition has already accused the Ansarallah forces of carrying out last night’s attack. They said their air defenses… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Houthi, Saudi, Yemen

Trump was worried about striking Russian forces in Syria: Bolton

Published 2020-06-23 11:35:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said President Donald Trump was concerned about possible losses among Russian military personnel if a U.S. strike was launched against Syria in the April of 2018. Bolton, in his memoirs about his work in the White House, described the meetings that took place in the White House after a chemical attack in Syria, which Washington blamed on the Syrian government. Bolton said Trump was worried about accidentally hitting the Russian forces while their missiles targeted the Syrian government installations and troops. “Trump was concerned about possible Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Russia, Syria, Trump, US

US not seeking to remove Assad, but to ‘change his behavior’: envoy

Published 2020-06-23 10:39:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Special Envoy of the United States to Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, said on Monday, that his country is not asking Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to step down, but rather wants him to “change his behavior.” According to reports, Jeffrey said that the United States does not insist on the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or the withdrawal of Russia from the Arab Republic. “We are not saying that Assad should leave, we are saying that Assad and his government should change their behavior, ” Jeffrey said during an online conference at the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

New rocket attack targets Baghdad Airport area

Published 2020-06-23 10:06:59 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A security source said on Monday that a Katyusha rocket landed near the Baghdad International Airport last night. According to reports, the the Iraqi army confirmed in a statement that a missile landed in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport. The army added that the Katyusha missile had been launched from a village to the west of Baghdad, but had caused no significant damage. No one immediately claimed responsibility. The Green Zone and the Baghdad Airport have been targeted by missiles on two occasions in the last week, as the perpetrators of these attacks continue… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Ansarallah forces launch big missile attack on Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-06-23 09:37:06 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, announced that the Ansarallah forces launched three ballistic missiles and eight booby-trapped drones towards Saudi Arabia last night. Al-Maliki said in a statement quoted by Saudi Arabia’s Sada News Agency: “The Houthi terrorist militia supported by Iran on Monday evening (22 June 2020) launched (8) (booby-trapped) drones towards civilian institutions and civilians in the Kingdom. The Coalition – praise be to God – intercepted and destroyed them ” The statement continued: “The Houthi terrorist militia also launched, on Tuesday morning (23 June 2020) (3)… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Jihadists launch powerful attack on largest Russian airbase in Syria

Published 2020-06-23 08:45:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels along the Idlib-Latakia axis launched a powerful attack on the Hmeimim Airbase last night, prompting the Syrian and Russian forces to activate their air defenses. According to reports from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian and Russian air defenses were activated at the Hmeimim Airbase and an SAA garrison near Jableh after the jihadists tried to strike the installation and its surroundings with a plethora of missiles. Local sources in Jableh city said they were awoken by  heavy explosions that were caused by the the interception of jihadist missiles over the Syrian coast… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

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