This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Libya, Sirte, Turkey, Iran, Raqqa, Syria, Idlib, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, ISIS, US, China, India, Modi, Russia.

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‘Mother of all battles’ in Libya is close: military expert

Published 2020-07-03 21:56:39 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Commenting on the visit of Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his chief of staff to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the Egyptian military expert Major General Samir Ragheb said that the matter suggests that the battle in Sirte is approaching. Ragheb said in statements to the RT Arabic that there are several indicators that suggest that the battle for Sirte is approaching. According to Ragheb, the upcoming Turkish-backed operation is one the most important battles in the Libyan conflict, as he called it “the mother of battles”. Ragheb pointed out that the nature of international… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Sirte, Turkey

Iran announces they have found out cause of nuclear reactor blast

Published 2020-07-03 21:17:28 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – A spokesman for the General Secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Kivan Khosravi, announced that the authorities have conducted investigations into the explosion that took place at the Natanz nuclear facility. Khosravi said today, Friday: “The technical and security investigations conducted by the concerned authorities have reached the cause of the incident at the Ahmadi Roshan nuclear complex in Natanz, which occurred Thursday morning.” He said that the investigation team studied the “assumptions about the cause of the incident carefully and the main cause of it has been identified.” He continued: “Given… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Watch: Large Syrian Army convoy enter northern Raqqa

Published 2020-07-03 19:27:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – A large Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy entered the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate this week to help strengthen the front-lines in the ‘Ayn ‘Issa District. According to a field source, the Syrian Arab Army troops were accompanied by Russian military personnel, who also deployed to the ‘Ayn ‘Issa District, which is located north of the administrative capital. The Syrian Army reinforcements were said to have later deployed to the front-lines in ‘Ayn ‘Issa, where they helped strengthen the front-lines in the face of the Turkish-backed militant forces. The ‘Ayn ‘Issa front has… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Syrian Army and Turkish military trade attacks in southern Idlib

Published 2020-07-03 19:14:43 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish military traded attacks on Thursday after an intense exchange between the SAA and militant forces in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. According to reports from southern Idlib, the Syrian Army was attacked by the Turkish military after they struck the militant forces near the latter’s observation post north of Kafr Nabl. A source from the Syrian Army said they did not purposely target the Turkish military during their strikes on the jihadist forces in the Al-Bara’a area; however, following their attack, they were the recipients of a barrage of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Turkey ‘will do whatever is necessary’ to help allied Libyan forces: DM

Published 2020-07-03 18:37:01 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who is in Tripoli, said that his country “will do whatever is necessary for our Libyan brothers in accordance with President Erdogan’s instructions.” In Libya, Akar met Libyan and Turkish soldiers at the Military and Security Training and Cooperation Center in the capital city. Akar’s trip came as a surprise, as he reportedly arrived accompanied by the Turkish Chief of Staff on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “The Turkish Minister of Defense is on a visit to Libya to continue the existing cooperation in closer coordination.” Turkey has… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Ansarallah forces launch big attack on Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-07-03 18:22:55 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Friday that their aircraft targeted several areas inside southern Saudi Arabia. According to the Ansarallah forces, their drones targeted the operations room at Najran Airport and the King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait with drones. The Ansarallah-aligned spokesperson for the armed forcessaid: “The Air Force, with God’s help and virtue, was able to carry out a large operation this afternoon towards Khamis Mushait and Najran with a large number of (Qassef 2 K) aircraft, targeting the operations and control room at Najran Airport, arms stores and aircraft at the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Israeli military simulates war inside Lebanon

Published 2020-07-03 17:35:00 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – An Israeli newspaper revealed this week that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had conducted military exercises in preparation for the war with Lebanon. According to Channel 7, the Israeli Defense Forces conducted military exercises at the Taslim Base in the Negev Desert region. The military exercise reportedly simulated a war inside Lebanon, likely against the armed forces of Hezbollah.   The news site said they spoke with an IDF officer from 188th Brigade, who explained that his military forces were training in a possible confrontation with Lebanon, in the middle of a village that… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Iraqi forces seize 5 ISIS hideouts, including underground base

Published 2020-07-03 17:11:39 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – On Friday, the Iraqi security forces seized five hideouts and arrested several terrorists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), as they were hunted down on the second day of the Tarmiyah operations, north of the capital. Al-Sumaria TV quoted the commander of the Baghdad operations, Lieutenant General Qais al-Muhammadawi, as saying, “Today, during the second day of Tarmiyah operations, five hideouts were seized, one of which was underground, containing three rooms inside the terrorist headquarters, and inside it there are explosive devices.” “The explosive devices were dismantled, and the terrorists who were there were arrested,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS

Iranian Defense Chief warns US: We are watching all of your activities

Published 2020-07-03 16:43:01 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.)  – Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said that the his nation’s armed forces are monitoring all U.S. activities against his country at various political, economic and social levels. Hatimi, in a statement made during his visit to the home of former Defense Minister Major General Musa Namjo, pointed out that “American anti-Iranian activities at various political, economic and social levels aim to break the resistance of the people and destabilize the security of the country, but the U.S. will be defeated by the Iranian people this time. It happened in previous times,” he said. He stressed… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

China responds to Indian Prime Minister’s visit to disputed border

Published 2020-07-03 16:09:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – Responding to the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the border area between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that no party should participate in measures leading to an escalation of tension. The Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed on Friday that China and India should work to enhance coordination to support peace in their border region. Modi visited today the Ladakh region in the northern Himalayas after weeks of tension between the Indian and Chinese forces over the disputed borders there, which led to deadly clashes between the two countries. The… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Yemen’s Ansarallah forces vow to launch more attacks in Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-07-03 15:16:28 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, said they would continue to target Saudi Arabia, without harming the civilians inside the Gulf nation. In statements to the Yemen-based Al-Masirah TV, Sare’a said, “We exercise our legitimate right to defend our people, and we will not stand idly by while we see our people killed by raids and blockades.” “Our sources confirmed that the fourth deterrence balance process was accurate and hit its targets with high accuracy and confused the Saudis and their allies, the Americans,” he said. “We will continue… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen

Israel introduces new military intelligence unit

Published 2020-07-03 14:16:07 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation “Makan” revealed on Friday, the inauguration of the new Israeli intelligence contingent that will be called “Unit 9900”. The broadcaster noted that the army launched the “visual intelligence” committee, which uses artificial intelligence technology to analyze and integrate information during the war, and the Israeli army has indicated will provide the combat forces with an intelligence and visual image of the battlefield from its computers. Makan pointed out that the intelligence unit, with its ability to use artificial intelligence technology to analyze and integrate intelligence information, collects its intel from a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel

Indian Prime Minister visits disputed border region with China after clashes

Published 2020-07-03 14:06:56 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the disputed Ladakh region of the northern Himalayas on Friday, after weeks of tension between his nation and China over the backdrop of a border clash. Officials said Modi flew to the area after weeks of Indian and Chinese forces clashing over the disputed border area, which led to heightened tensions between the two countries. Pictures released by ANI showed Moody having met the Indian forces at a base in the Nimo District of Ladakh, as he was accompanied by Army Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat, and army… Read on ->

Tags: China, India, Modi

US doesn’t rule out military action against Iran over arms embargo: envoy

Published 2020-07-03 13:49:18 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The United States is considering the use of military action against Iran if it means preventing the Islamic Republic from attaining a nuclear bomb and other powerful weapons, the U.S. special envoy to Tehran, Brian Hook, told Israel’s Channel 13 this week. “We’ve made very clear, the President has, that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, and the military option is always on the table,” Hook said. According to Hook, U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. ​“I think the Israeli people and the American people and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Will India attack China with new Russian weapons?

Published 2020-07-03 13:24:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – On Friday, a Chinese newspaper published a report on the possibility of India taking military steps towards China on the disputed border between the two countries and weapons that the Indian Army might use in the conflict. The Chinese newspaper “Soho” reported that India may use modern Russian weapons in its confrontation with China through the use of the new Russian “Armata” tank. The Chinese newspaper indicated, based on military information, that India has concluded urgent military agreements with Russia to receive additional weapons and military equipment, including new ones, including modern Armata tanks, Su-30… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Large Turkish military convoy enters Idlib amid Syrian Army buildup

Published 2020-07-03 13:11:28 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has sent another convoy through the Kafr Lousen crossing that links the Hatay Province with Idlib. According to opposition reports, the Turkish military sent another large convoy to Idlib, deploying several commandos and their armored vehicles to different parts of this governorate in northwestern Syria. The arrival of the Turkish military convoy comes at the same time that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to buildup its forces in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib. Since the Sochi Agreement was put in place on September 17, 2018, the Turkish military has been… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Iran warns US and Israel after big explosion at nuclear reactor

Published 2020-07-03 12:57:15 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Hours after the Natanz nuclear facility was destroyed, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) published an article in which it alluded to the involvement of enemy states, including Israel and the United States, in the incident. The agency said: “If there are indications that hostile countries cross Iran’s red lines in any way, especially Israel and the United States, then Iran’s strategy to confront the new situation should be reviewed intensely.” The IRNA report stated that anonymous accounts on Israeli social media claimed that they  were responsible for “sabotage attempts.” The BBC language channel,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, US

Russia’s new S-500 air defense system is capable of hitting hypersonic missiles in space: commander

Published 2020-07-03 12:46:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The commander of the Russian Air Force, General Sergei Surovkin, confirmed that the S-500 missiles are capable of hitting hypersonic missiles in space. He said in an interview with “Al-Najma Al-Hamra” channel: “The characteristics stipulated in the S-500 air defense system enables it to intercept and drop hypersonic targets.” He continued: “This is in addition to its ability to address dynamic targets and ballistic missiles … There is no match for these missiles in the world.” The Air Force Commander indicated that a fully integrated space defense system would be deployed in Russia by 2024…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia

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