This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Turkey, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Pompeo, Idlib, Syria, Russia, Mediterranean, Iran, US, Venezuela, Qatar, China, Hmeimim, Jableh, Latakia, PJAK, Egypt, Sirte, Israel, Palestine, Hama, Algeria, Morocco.

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Libyan Army says 5 Turkish warships are positioned along Libyan coast

Published 2020-06-24 23:53:38 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesperson, Ahmad Al-Mismari, said in his weekly press conference, that “there were air flights between Turkey and the airports in Matija and Misrata, during which soldiers and mercenaries were transported,” and that they are “continuing until now.” Mismari said that in addition to these flights, “there are five Turkish warships we have recorded off the coast of Libya.” The LNA spokesperson accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of working for the intelligence services of other countries that he did not name, and that he (that is, Erdogan) was not working… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


US will help Lebanon if gov’t moves away from Hezbollah: Pompeo

Published 2020-06-24 23:13:31 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is ready to support the Lebanese government if it implements real reforms. According to Reuters, Pompeo said on Wednesday: “Washington is ready to help Lebanon if the government works in a way that does not make it hostage to the Lebanese armed group (Hezbollah).” “If the Lebanese government shows its willingness to take such measures, the United States and the entire world will help in the recovery of its economy again,” he told reporters. Lebanon is facing an acute financial crisis, which reports indicate is… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Pompeo


Jihadist civil war intensifies as Al-Qaeda linked group reaches Idlib city

Published 2020-06-24 22:42:38 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The situation around Idlib city has gotten worse over the last few hours, as the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group has reached the outskirts of the administrative capital. According to the latest reports, the Hurras Al-Deen group managed to seize more ground from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra) after a day of intense clashes at the western axis of Idlib city. The Hurras Al-Deen group is now attempting to capture the last checkpoints at the western outskirts of Idlib city, as they inch closer to entering the administrative capital. Tensions have been recently running high… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian special forces attack allegedly repelled by Turkish-backed militants

Published 2020-06-24 22:11:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – An alleged attack by the Russian special forces on Wednesday was repelled by the Turkish-backed “National Liberation Front” (NLF) in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib. According to the claim, the Russian special forces attempted to infiltrate the militant defenses at the Beinin axis, but were repelled after clashing with the NLF. https://twitter.com/alwataniaTahrer/status/1275681628497551365?s=20 Neither the Russian Ministry of Defense nor their Reconciliation Center in Syria have corroborated these claims. In the past, the Turkish-backed militants have made similar claims, but allegations often turn out to be hyperbolized or untrue. The Russian military has conducted very… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Heavily-armed Russian warship enters Mediterranean as Idlib offensive approaches: photos

Published 2020-06-24 22:01:01 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 24 hours, a heavily-armed Russian naval vessel has entered the eastern Mediterranean after transiting the Bosphorus Strait. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Admiral Makarov warship, which is part of the Black Sea Fleet, transiting the Bosphorus Strait on Wednesday and entered Mediterranean waters. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1275694426615173121?s=20 The ship’s destination is currently unknown; however, with the recent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) buildup in southern Idlib, it is likely to provide support to the government forces. According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria


US sanctions captains of 5 Iranian tankers that delivered oil to Venezuela

Published 2020-06-24 21:45:40 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday, the imposition of sanctions on the captains of five Iranian tankers, which transported about 1.5 million barrels of Iranian oil to Venezuela. Pompeo stressed, during a press conference today, that the United States remains committed to its support for the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury affirmed the imposition of sanctions on five people linked to the “Maritime Fleet of Shipping Lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Earsel Group) and the National Iranian Carriers Company. The U.S. Secretary… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


Qatar calls on countries to respect sovereignty of Libya

Published 2020-06-24 21:19:45 by News Desk in Gulf, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Qatar stressed the need to respect the sovereignty of Libya and its refusal to interfere in its affairs, calling on all parties to implement the Skhirat Agreement for a settlement in Libya and the success of the political process. The Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said during the ministerial meeting of the Arab League on Libya that Qatar “affirms the need to respect the sovereignty of states, not to interfere in its internal affairs and not to advocate one party against another for personal goals and interests.” He also… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Qatar


China warns of potential naval clash over mass US buildup in Asia-Pacific region

Published 2020-06-24 20:45:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that the U.S. military is deploying an “unprecedented” number of its forces in the Asia-Pacific region, increasing the risk of an accidental naval clash between China and the United States. “The U.S. military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region is unprecedented,” said Wu Shixun, president of the National Institute of South China Sea Studies, a government research center, noting that “the possibility of a military accident or accidental shooting has begun to increase.” He said , “If a crisis erupts, the consequences for bilateral relations will be catastrophic.” Wu… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Turkish air bridge to Libya intensifies as new offensive approaches: photos

Published 2020-06-24 20:25:34 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Turkish air bridge to Libya has recently intensified, as Ankara pushes more weapons to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Turkish Air Force’s Erkilet based 221st Squadron A400 turboprop transport plane traveled from Ataturk International Airport to unknown destination in Libya. https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1275796446412001280?s=20 The plane, which is likely carrying various weapons, is traveling to the North African nation amid a new push by the Government of National Accord forces to capture the strategic port-city of Sirte. Over the course of week, the Government of National Accord has… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Turkey


Joint Russian-Syrian air defenses downed jihadist drones attacking their largest base in Syria

Published 2020-06-24 19:20:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced that two drones were shot down near the Russian Hmeimim Airbase in Latakia on Monday evening. The head of the center, Alexander Sherpetsky, said in a statement on Tuesday, that the Russian air defenses spotted around 22:30 P.M., Monday, drones that approached the Hmeimim Airbase and the city of Jableh in the Latakia countryside. He added that the Russian and Syrian air defense systems shot down two combat planes, which were fired by the jihadists. The Russian center confirmed that there were no losses or damages, noting… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Jableh, Latakia, Russia, Syria


Turkish soldier killed in cross-border clashes with Iran

Published 2020-06-24 19:10:59 by News Desk in Iran, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced in a statement on Wednesday that a Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded in the southeastern part of the country after they came under fire from the Iranian side of the border. The statement did not say who shot the soldiers. The ministry indicated that the soldiers were on a reconnaissance and observation mission along a border town in the Hakkari province of southeastern Turkey when the shooting took place. Turkey has been fighting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on its borders with Syria and Iraq… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, PJAK, Turkey


Libyan military leader calls on Egypt to intervene if Turkish-backed forces capture Sirte

Published 2020-06-24 19:02:22 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – Aqila Saleh, Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, announced that the Libyan people will formally ask Egypt to intervene with military forces if the necessities of maintaining Libyan national security and Egyptian national security require. He stressed that “the Libyan people ask Egypt to intervene to protect our common national security if the militias cross the red line in Sirte and Al-Jafra.” He continued: “We trust that Egypt will not let us down and will not abandon us and will not leave us unjust or an enemy that wants to attack the Libyan people,” considering that:… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sirte, Turkey


Pompeo says its up to Israel to decide West Bank’s future

Published 2020-06-24 18:52:35 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was up to Israel to make decisions on whether to include parts of the occupied West Bank. Pompeo told reporters that the expansion of Israeli sovereignty was a decision “made by the Israelis.” With the deadline set by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 1 to start the annexation plan, Reuters said the cabinet of U.S. President Donald Trump began discussions on Tuesday on whether to give Netanyahu the green light for the annexation plan, which was condemned by the Palestinians and the U.S.’ Arab allies…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Pompeo


US sends powerful message to Iran, Venezuela as warship sails near Caracas

Published 2020-06-24 18:23:56 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Naval Command in the southern region announced on Wednesday, that a warship belonging to it sailed near the Venezuelan coast, hours after an Iranian tanker was docked in the port of Caracas. According to the Southern Command’s official website, the U.S.S. Nitze sailed in an area outside Venezuelan territorial waters, which extends for approximately 12 nautical miles from its coast. “Today, while peacefully operating in the Caribbean Sea, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) conducted a freedom of navigation operation, contesting an excessive maritime claim by Venezuela,”… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


First scenes from Israeli attack over Hama last night

Published 2020-06-24 15:35:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The semi-official Syrian newspaper, Al-Watan, published the first scenes of the destruction left by the Israeli strikes in the Hama countryside this morning. The photos published by the Syrian newspaper on its official Facebook page show the great destruction caused by the raids on some installations, buildings and structures in the Al-Salamiyah District of Hama. https://www.facebook.com/alwatan.sy/photos/a.519121438146479/3140668595991737/?type=3&theater The Syrian newspaper did not state the name of these buildings, the location, or the total number of losses from these strikes. https://www.facebook.com/alwatan.sy/photos/a.519121438146479/3140668559325074/?type=3&theater At approximately 12:45 A.M. (local time) last night, the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Israel, Syria


Algeria begins building new military base opposite of Moroccan army camp

Published 2020-06-24 15:17:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Algeria has begun the construction of a strategic military base on the western border of the country, opposite a Moroccan military base. Quoting unnamed military sources, Al-Shorouk reported yesterday evening that the Algerian high authorities decided to build a strategic military base in a location close to the Moroccan base. The newspaper confirmed that this strategic decision by Algeria comes in response to the decree of the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saadeddine El-Othmani, in mid-May to allocate a land of 23 hectares, in the border region of Jaradah, to build a military base for the Royal… Read on ->

Tags: Algeria, Morocco


At least 16 Venezuelan tankers stuck at sea

Published 2020-06-24 14:56:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Documents for the Venezuelan national oil company, PDVSA, and shipping data showed that tankers carrying about two months of Venezuelan oil were are at sea. Washington is tightening sanctions to stop Venezuela’s oil exports and depriving the government of President Nicholas Maduro of its main source of revenue. There are at least 16 tankers carrying 18.1 million barrels of Venezuelan oil stuck at sea in different regions of the world because of buyers’ reluctance to receive penalties, according to Refinitiv Icon. This amount is equivalent to nearly two months worth of production at the current… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Jihadist civil war turns ugly as Al-Qaeda linked group seizes several sites in Idlib

Published 2020-06-24 14:44:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A jihadist civil war is ongoing in the Idlib Governorate this week, as two of the strongest factions are in a struggle for power. A new report from the Idlib countryside confirmed that violent clashes broke out yesterday afternoon between the Hurras Al-Deen and Ansar Al-Tawhid groups on the one hand, and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) on the other. These clashes were heavily concentrated on the western outskirts of Idlib city, which has recently witnessed increased tensions between the jihadist groups over the last few days. The reports indicated that the Hurras Al-Deen and Ansar… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli airstrikes target several Syrian military site in Hama: video

Published 2020-06-24 14:24:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday morning that its air defenses had responded to an Israeli attack against a number of its military sites in the Hama countryside. The Syrian Ministry of Defense said, in a statement posted on its website by a military source, that “at 00:45 A.M. (local time), the Israeli enemy carried out a new air aggression targeting several sites belonging to the Syrian Army in Al-Salamiyah and Al-Saburah in the Hama countryside.” The Syrian Ministry of Defense added that “immediately after the discovery of hostile missiles, the air defense… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Israel, Syria


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