This is a summary of 27 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Sudan, Iran, Syria, US, India, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, Iraq, Hezbollah, Israel, Tehran, Hasakah, Idlib, Saudi, Mediterranean, Russia, Ghaani, IRGC, Abbas, Palestine, Pompeo, Latakia, Britain, Turkey, Greece, Soleimani, Daraa.

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Sudanese forces arrest dozens of mercenaries en route to Libya

Published 2020-06-28 22:28:20 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Sudanese security forces arrested dozens of individuals who were on their way to Libya to work as mercenaries. The spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces, Brigadier Jamal Jumaa, announced that a joint security force managed to arrest 122 spoilers, including 8 children who were going to work as mercenaries in Libya. Brigadier-General Jumaa said that 72 of those arrested will face charges under Article 5 / H of the Emergency Law related to “attacking the Katrum camp, belonging to the Revolutionary Awakening Council, buying weapons, child soldiers, inciting against the state, provoking… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sudan


Quds Force commander’s visit to Syria indicates new escalation is coming against US forces: expert

Published 2020-06-28 20:54:18 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBAON (8:30 P.M.) – Syrian political and military expert, Alaa Al-Asfari, said that the coming period may witness a Syrian and Iranian escalation against the United States in Syria. Al-Asfari told Sputnik Arabic Radio on Sunday that the visit of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Ismail Ghaani, to the Syrian city of Albukamal indicates a new escalation is coming. Al-Asfari said that “the visit of the commander of the Quds Force to Syria came at the request of Tehran,” noting that Damascus had agreed to receive the Iranian commander. The Syrian expert continued, “The visit of the Iranian Quds… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


Pakistani Army shoots down Indian quadcopter in Kashmir

Published 2020-06-28 20:34:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Pakistani Army announced on Sunday that their forces shot down an Indian spy drone that entered their territory along the Line of Control. According to Major General Babar Iftikhar, director general of army’s media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations, their air defense forces shot down the Indian quadcopter inside the Hot Spring sector of the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. “The quadcopter had intruded 850 meters on Pakistan’s side of the LoC. This is ninth Indian quadcopter shot down by Pakistan Army troops this year,” Iftikhar said. No further details were… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


India deploys air defense system along disputed border with China

Published 2020-06-28 19:57:36 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Tensions between China and India are at a decade-long-high following a number of deadly clashes along the disputed border region that separates both countries. According to a new report that has surfaced this past weekend, India has deployed a quick-reaction air defense system to the Ladakh region, as both super powers continue to beef up their forces along the disputed border. “As part of the ongoing build-up in the sector, the air defense systems of both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the sector to prevent any misadventure by the… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


US State Department accuses Hezbollah of trying to silence Lebanese media

Published 2020-06-28 18:10:49 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department accused Hezbollah of trying to silence the Lebanese media, against the backdrop of a decision by a judge to prevent the media from publishing statements from the American ambassador to Beirut, Dorothy Shea. “Just thinking about using the judiciary to silence freedom of expression and freedom of the press is ridiculous and pathetic,” the State Department said in a statement, adding: “We stand with the Lebanese people and against the control of Hezbollah.” On Saturday, the Judge of Urgent Matters, Mohammad Mazeh, issued a decision to “prevent any Lebanese or foreign… Read on ->

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Tags: Lebanon, US


New airstrikes reported in eastern Syria after Iranian commander visits

Published 2020-06-28 17:40:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – An airstrike was reported over the eastern region of Syria last night amid claims of a new Israeli attack on the Iranian forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to the claims, an unknown warplane bombed the area around the border-city of Albukamal, which is where the Iranian forces and their allies are currently based. The Jerusalem Post, in turn, said, citing informed sources, that an Israeli air raid targeted military sites in Albukamal on Saturday night, just hours after the arrival of the commander of the Quds Force, General Ismail Ghaani. Furthermore, the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Lebanese Foreign Ministry summons US ambassador

Published 2020-06-28 17:12:20 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese media reported on Sunday that the Lebanese Foreign Ministry sent a special summons to the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, in light of the related events that took place on Saturday. LBCI reported that the Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti summoned the American Ambassador to the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beirut. According to the LBCI sources, the minister will even meet the American ambassador tomorrow, Monday, at three in the afternoon to inform her that, according to the Vienna Agreement, an ambassador may not interfere in the internal affairs… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, US


No truth to US participation in arrest of Kataeb Hezbollah fighters: media

Published 2020-06-28 16:55:03 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi government announced on Sunday, its refusal to condone any acts outside the law by Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah, who was involved in a number of attacks against the U.S. forces. Sky News Arabia quoted a private Iraqi source, who revealed that the U.S. forces had not participated in a raid and arrest of members of Kataeb Hezbollah, despite initial reports. The raid, which took place missile a manufacturing workshop in the Dora area, south of Baghdad, resulted in the arrest of 14 Kataeb Hezbollah fighters. The source stressed that “Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Iran’s IRGC showcases new weapons to ‘surprise’ world: video

Published 2020-06-28 16:28:58 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards unveiled its “latest advanced weapons which included anti-armor, anti-fortification, and missile launchers.” The head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Self-Sufficiency and Research Organization, Brigadier General Ali Kohestani, announced, in statements to the Tasnim News Agency that three new weapons were produced in the organization, stressing that they will ‘surprise’ the world. He continued: “These weapons were designed and produced by the Revolutionary Guards’ ground force specialists, and they have successfully passed all of their tests. There are two of these weapons ready for delivery to industry for mass production.” He… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Iran and Hezbollah are pushing Israel to the brink: Lieberman

Published 2020-06-28 15:25:56 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The former Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah are pushing Israel to the brink. In an interview with Maariv on Friday, the former Israeli Defense Minister had expressed his concern about Iran possessing enriched uranium, which he said is eight times the permitted amount according to the nuclear agreement, and that a month ago Iran successfully launched a spy satellite into orbit. Lieberman reported that Hezbollah is now building a precision missile factory in honor of the late Iranian Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, which is pushing Israel to… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria


New satellite images surprise about explosion in Iran: media

Published 2020-06-28 13:24:05 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 P.M.) – Satellite images released on Saturday revealed new details about the explosion east of Tehran, which occurred last Friday in an area that includes a sensitive military site. The pictures showed, “The explosion came from an area near Khojir, where analysts believe it is hiding an underground tunnel network and missile production sites,” according to the Associated Press. Furthermore, the pictures showed the presence of hundreds of meters of burnt lands, which had not appeared in previous pictures of the area taken weeks before the accident, about 20 km east of downtown Tehran. https://twitter.com/sentineltribune/status/1276883993254912000?s=20 It also… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Tehran


Lebanese judge bans US ambassador from making media statements

Published 2020-06-28 12:50:21 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The Judge of Urgent Matters in Soor (var. Tyre), Mohammad Mazeh, issued a decision prohibiting the American ambassador to Lebanon from making media statements and preventing any Lebanese media outlets from taking a permit for her in this context. The U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea said on Friday that “the Lebanese do not suffer from Washington’s policy but rather decades of corruption”, stressing that “Washington is one of the biggest supporters of Lebanon.” In an interview with Al-Hadath, Shea pointed out that “Washington has grave concern from Hezbollah in Lebanon, which we classify as… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, US


US-backed forces take control of several Syrian gov’t buildings in Hasakah

Published 2020-06-28 12:35:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized control of a number of government buildings, institutions and headquarters in the city of Hasakah, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. The SANA report said the SDF used force to take control of the Syrian General Administration of Grains in Ghuweiran neighborhood, the construction of the General Company for Hasakah Electricity and the Sports City, part of the youth housing buildings, the Syrian Informatics Association, the Directorate of Industry, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, the traffic branch and the Registry Directorate Civil and Commercial Bank and expelled… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Israel simulates potential missile attack in military exercise

Published 2020-06-28 12:16:28 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – An Israeli newspaper revealed that the Israeli army was conducting a massive military exercise that simulated a precision missile attack on a major civil. Citing the commander of the evacuation and rescue brigade in the Israeli Home Front, Colonel Yossi Pinto, Ynet News reported that Israel had undertaken a maneuver to prepare for The newspaper reported that 500 Israelis were summoned by the evacuation and rescue units through helicopters and military transport aircraft to simulate missile attacks on residential buildings. They pointed out that the Israeli military maneuver simulated destruction and devastation, which Israel had… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Jihadist civil war in Idlib results in heavy losses for militant groups

Published 2020-06-28 11:50:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The ongoing jihadist civil war in Idlib has proven costly, as new reports reveal heavy losses for all parties involved. According to reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Hurras Al-Deen have lost dozens of fighters in the nearly week-long civil war in the western outskirts of Idlib city. In addition to the heavy losses to personnel, the two jihadist groups have also redeployed several of their fighters to the western outskirts of Idlib city, as they continue to trade attacks. Despite the Hurras Al-Deen group’s initial advances west of Idlib city, they have struggled in… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Saudi Border Guard fires on 3 Iranian boats: report

Published 2020-06-28 11:35:32 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Saudi Border Guard announced on Saturday, that they had detected three Iranian boats that entered their territorial waters, noting that they forced them to turn around. According to reports, “several warnings were issued to the Iranian boats, after which warning shots were fired.” “Iranian boats retreated after the warning shots were fired at them,” adding: “We will not allow any violations in the territorial waters of Saudi Arabia.” The Border Guard spokesperson said: ” Maritime border guards patrolled three Iranian boats after entering Saudi waters, where they were immediately followed up and repeated warnings… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


US is worried about Russian submarines in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-06-28 11:13:28 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa, Admiral James Foggo, expressed concern about the presence of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean. Foggo indicated that modern Russian diesel submarines are equipped with a Kalibr missile system, which is capable of hitting “any capital of Europe or Africa.” “This indicates the need for a permanent and highly efficient marine presence in European waters,” according to the American website “Stars and Stripes”. The admiral also indicated that Russian submarines in Crimea and Syria’s Tartous Governorate greatly enhanced Moscow’s position in the region. According to Foggo,… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria, US


First image of Quds Force commander visiting Syria

Published 2020-06-28 10:50:33 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, Ismail Ghaani, recently visited Syria to meet with his forces and inspect the eastern part of the country. Ghaani reportedly gave a speech to the Iranian-backed forces in the Albukamal area of Deir Ezzor and commended them for their sacrifices in the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). The successor of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, also spoke to the forces about Israel and the United States, accusing them of supporting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. https://twitter.com/SEPAHCYBERY/status/1276863939452821506?s=20 Ghaani’s visit… Read on ->

Tags: Ghaani, Iran, IRGC, Syria


Mahmoud Abbas refuses Mike Pompeo’s phone call: report

Published 2020-06-28 10:15:26 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A new report released this weekend revealed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) refused to receive a phone call from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Quoting high-ranking sources in the White House, the Haaretz newspaper reported that Mahmoud Abbas refused to receive a phone call from Pompeo, who wanted to discuss the ongoing issues over the Israeli annexation plans. The newspaper confirmed that the phone call, rejected by the Palestinian President, came within the framework of the supposed meetings in the White House with the participation of President Donald Trump, the Israeli Prime… Read on ->

Tags: Abbas, Israel, Palestine, Pompeo


Syrian Army hammers northern Latakia in retaliation for attack on Hmeimim Airbase

Published 2020-06-28 10:03:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack on the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this weekend, targeting several sites under the control of the jihadist rebels. According to a military report from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army and Republican Guard repeatedly struck the jihadist positions in the Jabal Al-Akrad and Jabal Al-Turkmen regions, using heavy artillery and missiles to weaken the militant defenses. The attack by the Syrian Arab Army primarily targeted the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, who the military blamed for the… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria


British ambassador blames Hezbollah for Lebanon’s problems

Published 2020-06-28 09:45:29 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The British Ambassador to Beirut, Chris Rampling, expressed his belief that the current path of Lebanon is worrying and that the long-awaited economic reforms are more important than ever. Rampling said in an interview with Independent Arabia that Britain expects the government and the International Monetary Fund to agree on a clear framework before the program. He made it clear that external financing will not flow and will not be a product for the Lebanese people in the absence of comprehensive economic reforms implemented by the Lebanese authorities. The ambassador emphasized the necessity for the… Read on ->

Tags: Britain, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Russian warplane intercepts 3 US military aircraft over Black Sea: video

Published 2020-06-28 09:24:43 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip of a Russian Su-30 fighter jet intercepting U.S. military spy plane over the international waters of the Black Sea. The footage shows the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, the strategic reconnaissance plane RC-135 and the U.S. Air Force KS-135 refueling plane being intercepted by the Russian Su-30 aircraft over the Black Sea waters. https://youtu.be/tvSyDoUEmds The Russian Ministry of Defense announced earlier that the Air Defense Forces had detected at the appropriate time U.S. spy planes as they approached Russian territorial waters, and the Su-30 fighter of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


First Turkish soldier killed during operation in Iraq

Published 2020-06-28 09:04:45 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the killing of a Turkish soldier during clashes in northern Iraq. The ministry said in a statement, “The soldier was killed during clashes with terrorists in the Operation Zone (Operation Tiger Claw), and that two terrorists were neutralized in the clashes.” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, on his Twitter page, offered his condolences to the family of the soldier. Ankara carried out two separate operations in northern Iraq against the bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) last week in response to what it said was the increasing attacks by… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey


Greece warns Turkey they are ready for ‘all possibilities’

Published 2020-06-28 08:47:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Greek government has warned Turkey of its willingness to defend its national interests in any possible escalation between the two parties. Greek Deputy Minister of Defense, General Alkiviadis Stefanis, in a press statement on Friday, accused the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, of making threats towards Greece, while inviting Ankara to hold dialogue with Athens. “There are various levels and ways to deal with that, and Mr. Akar chooses this method, and he threatens us on the one hand and invites us to negotiate on the other hand … We are ready for… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Iran’s Quds Force commander makes first visit to Syria since Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-06-28 08:03:27 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported that the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, Ismail Ghaani, recently visited the Albukamal area in eastern Syria. Tasnim confirmed on Saturday that Ghaani visited the areas of operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in Albukamal, where he delivered a speech, in which he held the United States and Israel responsible for establishing and supporting ISIS, describing them as “two criminal regimes whose conspiracies have not ended yet.” The commander of the Quds Force, according to the agency, also touched on the American internal agenda,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Soleimani, Syria


Syrian President grants amnesty to 50 prisoners in Daraa

Published 2020-06-28 07:36:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Center for Reconciliation between the Warring Parties in Syria, affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, announced that 50 people have been released under a presidential amnesty in the city of Daraa. “Thanks to the work of the first administration of the reconciliation center in Daraa, and under the guidance of President Bashar al-Assad, 50 people were released from prison based on requests previously submitted by citizens to the operational group of the reconciliation center. … in Daraa,” the center said, as quoted by Russia’s Sputnik News Agency. The center pointed out that none… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria


Iran’s IRGC unveils ‘amazing’ weapons at military ceremony: photos

Published 2020-06-28 06:52:09 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, Iran unveiled four of its most recent military achievements for its armed forces, which the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Hussein Salami, described as “amazing”. In a speech during a visit to the exhibition, prior to the display of these military equipment, Salami said: “What foreigners say about extending the arms embargo has no effect on the country’s defense capabilities, and we will witness the unveiling of amazing systems in the near future.” In a special ceremony, the Revolutionary Guard’s Self-Sufficiency Foundation in the showed the amphibious armored personnel carrier “Makran”,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


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