This is a summary of 23 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, India, Russia, Latakia, Syria, Iran, IRGC, Venezuela, Tehran, Hasakah, France, NATO, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Sirte, US, Lebanon, Baltic, UK, Saudi, Yemen, Iraq, ISIS, Raqqa, Rouhani, Tripoli, Watiyah.

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India approves major deal for 33 Russian fighter jets amid conflict with China

Published 2020-07-02 22:43:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Indian government approved a deal to buy 33 Russian combat aircraft and modernize 59 others, to boost its air power in light of the tension on the border with China. “The purchase of 21 MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi-30 fighters will cost 181.48 billion rupees ($2.43 billion),” the Indian Ministry of Defense said. They added, “The purchase of the aircraft will be in addition to the modernization of 59 other MiG-29s, an attempt to meet the Air Force’s need to increase the squadrons of its combat aircraft.” More than half of the Indian military hardware… Read on ->

Tags: China, India, Russia

Syrian Army launches heavy attack on jihadist strongholds in Latakia

Published 2020-07-02 22:30:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack against the jihadist rebels in northeastern Latakia on Thursday. Led by the Republican Guard and 4th Division, the Syrian Army troops heavily targeted the Turkestan Islamic Party’s (TIP) positions at their strongholds of Kabani and Sirmaniyeh, which are located near the Idlib Governorate axis. According to a field report, the Syrian Army not only targeted these jihadist strongholds, but they also struck the militant positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain and Jabal Al-Zawiya region. These attacks by the Syrian Arab Army have become more prevalent over… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

US seeks to seize Iranian oil destined for Venezuela

Published 2020-07-02 22:16:37 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – U.S. prosecutors will seek to put an end to Iran’s oil deliveries to Venezuela, as they have filed a new suit to seize the contents on these tankers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. prosecutors are targeting the oil from four Iranian tankers, along with the payments between Tehran and Caracas. The U.S. prosecutors allege that these payments made between Caracas and Tehran will help fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who Washington has designated as a terrorist organization. “[These payments] support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Venezuela

Iran reveals new details about nuclear reactor explosion

Published 2020-07-02 21:14:01 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Herhroz Kamalundi, has revealed new details about the nuclear facility explosion. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Kamalundi said that the accident, which occurred on Thursday, happened in one of the halls that was under construction in the yard of the Natanz nuclear site. Kamalundi confirmed that the hall was inactive in terms of radioactive materials, that is, free of nuclear materials, and therefore there was no contamination in it and no injuries were caused. “Unfortunately, some rumors spread about the pollution issue, and this… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Tehran

US military turns the tables in northeast Syria, blocks Russian convoy

Published 2020-07-02 20:57:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military has responded to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) moves to block their forces in northeast Syria by obstructing two Russian patrols in the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Thursday. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah countryside, the first Russian patrol that was blocked by the U.S. forces took place near Al-Dardara Bridge. This high traffic bridge has been the scene of several road obstructions over the last few weeks, as both the Syrian Army and Russian forces have blocked the U.S. military at this imperative site in the Tal Tamr countryside. Meanwhile, later in… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

NATO tensions: Turkey demands France apologize after naval incident in Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-02 20:32:55 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that Turkey is awaiting an apology from France after the naval standoff incident between the two countries in the Mediterranean. According to Reuters, Cavusoglu said that “Ankara expects France to apologize after the incident between the Turkish and French warships in the Mediterranean.” France announced the suspension of its participation in NATO naval operations in the Mediterranean after a confrontation with Turkish warships, and amid escalating tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France accused Turkish warships of hostile behavior after its ships tried… Read on ->

Tags: France, NATO, Turkey

Egypt wants Russia to accelerate its air defense deliveries to Libya amid new Turkish offensive: media

Published 2020-07-02 20:22:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Egyptian and Russian military sites said that Cairo asked Moscow to speed up deliveries of coastal defense systems, specifically the Bastion, to the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to RT Arabic, due to Turkish activity off the coast of Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt is forced to take urgent action. Citing military experts, the report said Egypt plans to accelerate the acquisition of these anti-ship missiles in order to ward off any Turkish naval assault. The sources said that the Bastion system is able to protect the Egyptian coast with a length of more… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Russia, Sirte, Turkey

Syrian Army intercepts 2nd US armored convoy in Hasakah

Published 2020-07-02 20:03:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has intercepted another U.S. military convoy in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week, as tensions between the two forces continue to increase. According to reports, members of the Syrian Army intercepted an American military convoy at the Dardara Bridge, which is located between Tal Tamr and Abu Rasin in northern Al-Hasakah. A field source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that “the army personnel stationed at the Al-Dardara Bridge on the road between Tel Tamr and Abu Rasin in the northern countryside of Al-Hasakah, intercepted an American convoy consisting of… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

First image revealed from nuclear reactor explosion in Iran

Published 2020-07-02 19:17:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization released its first picture of the accident that occurred at a construction site at the Natanz nuclear reactor south of Tehran on Thursday morning. Earlier in the day, Behrooz Kamalundi, a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said in a telephone conversation with state TV that uranium enrichment was continuing at the Natanz nuclear facility despite the accident in one of the facility’s units. He added: “There is no truth to what some hostile media are promoting about the presence of nuclear pollution resulting from the accident.” According to previous… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Tehran

Iranian ships head to Lebanon to break the siege’: media

Published 2020-07-02 18:26:12 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Al-Benaa newspaper reported that “Iranian ships are preparing to head to Lebanon with foodstuffs, fuel and other essentials, within the framework of Iranian support to break the siege imposed by the Americans.” They pointed out that there are “contacts to transfer this aid at the official level” and that it will reach Lebanon within two weeks. Al-Benaa spoke about the expected Iranian aid, while quoting its sources, that “negotiations with the IMF have reached a dead end, especially after the resignation of the Director General of Finance, Alan Bivani, and the sharp differences between… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

British Typhoon jets intercept Russian military aircraft

Published 2020-07-02 17:43:54 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The British Air Force announced on Wednesday, that its Typhoon fighters were sent to intercept a Russian Il-78 refueling plane near the coast of the Baltic Sea. A Royal Air Force statement posted on the website of the British Ministry of Defense said that the Typhoon fighters stationed in Lithuania as part of the NATO mission to monitor the airspace of the Baltic states, were “sent for the fifth time” to intercept the Russian plane near the coasts of the Baltic Sea. The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stressed that Russian warplanes’ flights “fully… Read on ->

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Tags: Baltic, Russia, UK

Saudi-led Coalition accuses Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of smuggling weapons to Yemen

Published 2020-07-02 17:29:06 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Arab Coalition accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard of using international smuggling groups to supply weapons to the armed militias, most notably in Yemen. In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, the Arab Coalition spokesperson, Turki Al-Maliki, said that “Iranian weapons spread destruction and threaten the security of the region,” as he denounced the “Houthi militias that target civilians in Saudi Arabia.” Al-Maliki considered that the Ansarallah Movement’s threats extend to regional and international security, and that “Iran is the first starting point for smuggling weapons to Houthi militias.” On this, Maliki said that “Iran… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi, Yemen

Iraqi forces kickoff new operation to hunt ISIS cells

Published 2020-07-02 17:13:57 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iraqi forces launched a new security operation targeting ISIS cells after receiving accurate intelligence about the terrorist group’s whereabouts. A statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Wednesday said: “On the basis of accurate intelligence information that said there was a terrorist group affiliated with ISIS gangs inside the southeastern part of the Al-Rutbah District in the village of Al-Darameh, as they were intending to attack the forces with indirect fire immediately. A force emerged from the 1st Regiment of the 1st Infantry Brigade and a force from the headquarters of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS

China displays military might in front of Indian troops at disputed border: video

Published 2020-07-02 15:53:19 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Chinese Army carried out intensive military exercises involving many types of weapons along the Tibetan border area with India, after the clashes that occurred between the Indian and Chinese armies last month. The People’s Daily newspaper of China said that the Chinese Army released a video, yesterday, monitoring part of those exercises, in which Chinese tanks showed off their heavy shooting during the training. Artillery units, armored vehicles, and air defense units participated in the exercises, and training was carried out to showcase the storming abilities of infantrymen in some locations with the support… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Egypt to become largest operator of Russian T-90 tanks in Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-02 15:31:29 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – In a report by Sputnik Arabic, the Russian agency said Egypt signed a contract with Russia to supply 400-500 T-90MS tanks to the Egyptian Army, while also allowing them to obtain technologies to produce tanks in Egypt. The report emphasized that this deal will significantly increase Egypt’s military strength in the region, making it the largest operator of the T-90MS tanks. The agency noted that information about this contract has been available since 2017, as Moscow and Cairo signed a set of agreements on the supply of weapons and military equipment worth about $ 3.5… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia

Syrian Army, Russian military convoy rolls into northern Raqqa: video

Published 2020-07-02 15:18:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military convoy entered the town of Ain Issa in northern Al-Raqqa this week, as the SAA and its allies continue to buildup their forces along the front-lines in this governorate. The town of Ain Issa is considered an important area north of the administrative capital, as it serves as a logistical point between Raqqa city and the Tal Abyad crossing. Furthermore, the presence of the Turkish-backed militants north of Ain Issa makes the town an important front-line area for the Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Iran calls for Syrian gov’t to retake all territory

Published 2020-07-02 15:01:31 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Wednesday, that the Syrian government should extend its sovereignty over the entire country, stressing Tehran’s continued support for Damascus. “Iran will continue to support the people and the legitimate government in Syria more than before,” he said during a tripartite summit with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday. Rouhani said: “The war on terrorism will continue until the terrorist groups are completely eliminated from Syria and the region, and while talking about fighting terrorism, Syrian sovereignty must be respected.” He continued: “The… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Rouhani, Syria

Syrian Army intercepts US military patrol in Al-Hasakah: video

Published 2020-07-02 14:47:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) roadblock prevented a U.S. military patrol from completing its operation along a road (Hasaka – Tal Brak) in the eastern countryside of Al-Hasakah on Wednesday According to Sputnik Arabic, elements at a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint stationed in the village of Tal Aswad prevented a U.S. military contingent from crossing over and completing their patrol to Al-Qamishli. The Syrian Army’s move to block the U.S. military patrol comes at a time when several villagers in the Al-Hasakah Governorate have protested the American presence in the Al-Jazeera region. An officer in… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Russian Su-27 jet intercepts US military aircraft for 2nd time over Black Sea

Published 2020-07-02 14:33:55 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The Media Department of the Southern Military District press service announced that the Black Sea Fleet’s Su-27 fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane on Wednesday. “On July 1, 2020, the rotating forces of the Southern District air defense monitored the movements of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea and were accompanied at the appropriate time by Russian fighters. At a significant distance from the Russian border, the approaching air target was accompanied by a continuous means of Russian radar surveillance. ” They confirmed that the Su-27 multi-purpose fighter… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

France withdraws from NATO operation in Mediterranean after Turkish naval confrontation

Published 2020-07-02 14:26:59 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – France on Wednesday, the suspension of its participation in NATO naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea after a confrontation with Turkish warships, amid escalating tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. According to the Associated Press, the French Defense Ministry said that the government sent a message to NATO informing it that it will temporarily suspend its participation in the maritime operation, after revealing the report of the NATO investigators on the June 10 incident. France wants the NATO allies to officially confirm their adherence to “the arms embargo against Libya, which… Read on ->

Tags: France, Turkey

US military establishes new airbase in Syria

Published 2020-07-02 09:00:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The U.S. military has established a new base for its forces in the Al-Yaroubiyah area of ​​Al-Hasakah, as they attempt to increase their presence in the Al-Jazeera region of Syria. According to local sources in the Al-Hasakah countryside, the U.S. military has set up a new airport to reinforce its presence in northeast Syria. The airport is reportedly in the area between the village of Umm Kahif and the grain silos of Tel Alo, which are 8 km south of Al-Yaroubiyah. The sources said military and logistical equipment were brought to the new installation, which… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

Iran is preparing to send another satellite into space

Published 2020-07-02 08:47:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – The head of the Iranian Space Organization, Mortada Barari, announced that his country is about to make a sensing satellite with an accuracy of one meter, to put it in an orbit around the Earth 500-600 km away. The Fars News Agency quoted yesterday evening that the technical characteristics of the satellite “Payam 2”, a type of remote sensing with an accuracy of one meter, has been approved and the budget of its first stage has been paid. He emphasized that the satellite is manufactured by 91 scientists at the Amir Kabir Industrial University, and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Mysterious airstrike hits Libyan airbase controlled by Turkish-backed forces

Published 2020-07-02 03:41:05 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 A.M.) – A mysterious attack was carried out over the Al-Watiyah Airbase in western Libya last night, causing a number of explosions southwest of the capital city, Tripoli. Citing an unnamed source, the Sputnik News Agency quoted the local as saying: “The residents of the city of Al-Rajban and its environs have heard the sound of explosions and flights flying near the Al-Watiyah military base.” The source pointed out that “unknown aircraft bombed sites near the Al-Watiyah military base in the western part of the country with a continued flight over the western mountains.” No entity has… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Watiyah

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