This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey, US, Syria, Tanf, Marib, Yemen, Raqqa, Hamas, Haniyeh, Hezbollah, Nasrallah, Saudi, Libya, Tripoli, Aleppo, Idlib, Baghdad, Iraq, Soleimani, Hasakah.

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Iran issues first statement about alleged Israeli attack on nuclear facility

Published 2020-07-07 15:51:21 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Center for Public Diplomacy and Information of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has commented on the news of an explosion at the site of the Reza Nejad nuclear facility. The center said in a statement, as reported by Sputnik Arabic on Tuesday, that “anti-revolutionary elements have published in the media, allegations of an explosion at the Shahid Reza Nejad nuclear complex in the city of Ardakan in the province of Yazd (central Iran), but this is not true.” “The satellite imagery that was released was not related to this complex. There was no explosion,”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Turkey tests new S-400 system on US-made aircraft: report

Published 2020-07-07 15:38:13 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Turkey has conducted tests with the Russian S-400 air defense system using American-made fighter jets. According to the website Fighter Jets World, the Russian-supplied S-400 system, which are located at Murted Air Force Base, have been tested on American F-16 Viper and F-4 Phantom II fighters. The newspaper said that the aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the Murted Airbase and near the radars to detect high-speed air targets. They indicated that the tests will extend until November 26, adding that the Turkish army has not revealed the results of the tests. An agreement… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey, US


Syrian Army ambushes militants infiltrating from US-controlled zone

Published 2020-07-07 15:28:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out an ambush in southern Syria on Tuesday, as they monitored a group of militants that were leaving the U.S.-controlled Al-Tanf Zone for the government areas in Homs. According to a report from the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Army ambushed the group of militants that infiltrated from the Al-Tanf Zone towards Al-Bishri Mountain. The report said the Syrian Army managed to kill three of the militants, while arresting three others and seizing their weapons. Meanwhile, north of the Al-Bishri Mountain, the Syrian Army clashed with a group of Islamic… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Tanf, US


Ansarallah forces continue march towards strategic city in northern Yemen

Published 2020-07-07 13:30:17 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces resumed their offensive inside the Marib Governorate on Monday, as their troops inched closer to the strategic administrative capital, which is under the control of the Saudi-backed Islah forces. According to reports on Monday, the Ansarallah forces managed to capture the Halhalan Valley inside the contested Majzar District of the Marib Governorate. Furthermore, the Ansarallah forces also captured several points inside the Midghal District after a fierce battle with the Islah fighters. For the Islah forces, losing the administrative capital of Marib would be devastating, especially since they lost the neighboring Al-Jawf… Read on ->

Tags: Marib, Yemen


In pictures: General Suheil Al-Hassan makes surprise trip to Raqqa front-lines

Published 2020-07-07 13:08:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The prominent commander of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), Major-General Suheil Al-Hassan, made a surprise trip to the Al-Raqqa Governorate on Monday. The long-time officer reportedly traveled from western Syria, via helicopter, to the Al-Raqqa Governorate, where he met with several soldiers while touring a number of military sites. General Al-Hassan was photographed by the Anna News Agency meeting with soldiers in the Al-Raqqa countryside and touring the area. https://twitter.com/StasSwanky/status/1280202641759506433?s=20 Monday’s visit to the Al-Raqqa Governorate marked the first time during the nine-year-long Syrian War that the Syrian Army commander has… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Israel was behind the attack on the Iranian nuclear facility: ex-DM

Published 2020-07-07 12:47:54 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The former Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said on Monday evening that a senior official in the security services told him that Israel is responsible for the bombing that occurred in Iran last Thursday at the Natanz nuclear facility. In an interview with the Israeli Army Radio, Lieberman said he had confirmation of the attack on the nuclear facility, but he did not provide any details. Earlier this week, the New York Times had quoted an informed “Middle Eastern intelligence official” as saying that ” Israel is responsible for the attack.” The NYT source reportedly… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Hamas leader sends message to Hezbollah’s Nasrallah

Published 2020-07-07 12:36:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) –  The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, Ismail Haniyeh, sent a message to Hezbollah’ Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday about the decision to annex the West Bank and the “deal of the century”. In his message , Haniyeh warned of “the dangers facing the Palestinian cause and the region as a result of these plans,” and called for uniting the ranks and efforts to address these risks, the Iran-based Tasnim Agency reported. This came during a visit by a Hamas delegation headed by the movement’s representative in Lebanon, Ahmed… Read on ->

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Tags: Hamas, Haniyeh, Hezbollah, Nasrallah


Member of Saudi royal family passes away

Published 2020-07-07 12:19:08 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul-Aziz passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 95. A group of princes and citizens mourned the late prince, among whom was Prince Sattam bin Khalid Al-Saud, who tweeted in honor of his uncle. https://twitter.com/sattam_al_saud/status/1280293683703750656?s=20   Prince Khalid bin Saud is the ninth son of King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who assumed power after the death of the founding king in 1953. Prince Khalid bin Saud retired from government at the age of 69 and lived in Saudi Arabia until his death early Tuesday morning at the… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi


Turkish-backed forces vow to retaliate after Libyan Army destroys air defenses

Published 2020-07-07 11:51:16 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have vowed to retaliate against the Libyan National Army (LNA), following the latter’s attack on the Al-Watiyah Airbase last Thursday. The spokesman for the GNA forces, Muhammad Qanunu, said that the airstrikes that hit the Al-Watiyah Airbase were carried out by foreign aircraft, in support of the Libyan National Army and their leader, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Libyan political analyst, Ibrahim Belqalsem, said that targeting the Al-Watiyah Airbase was a very serious development in the proxy war on the North African nation’s soil. Belqalsem suggested that it… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli, Turkey


Iran reveals plan to strengthen air force amid ‘enemy threats’

Published 2020-07-07 11:27:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – On Monday, the Iranian Army announced the supply of warplanes in proportion to the threats they face from their enemies, stressing that “commitment and specialization are the two wings of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic.” Quoting the Assistant Army Commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Hussein Daders, Al-Alam reported that the latter said during the launch of the Ilyushin simulator ceremony that “the cadres of the air force of the army is making efforts to develop the defense capabilities of the country,” asserting that “our pilots today enjoy professional and religious commitment.” Daders considered that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Turkish aircraft continue to stalk Syrian Army forces after recent clashes in Idlib

Published 2020-07-07 10:59:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Turkish Air Force continues to stalk the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in northwestern Syria amid increased tensions along the southern front of Idlib. According to a field source in southern Idlib, the Turkish Air Force’s reconnaissance drones have repeatedly flown over the Syrian Army’s positions in northwestern Syria, prompting the latter to remain on high alert for any potential attack from Ankara’s allied militants. In the past, the Turkish military drones have attacked the Syrian Army’s positions in Idlib and Aleppo; however, since the March 5th agreement Moscow Agreement, Ankara has refrained from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Unknown gunmen assassinate Hisham Al-Hashemi near Baghdad

Published 2020-07-07 10:35:59 by News Desk in Iraq

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – An Iraqi security source said on Monday that gunmen riding two motorcycles shot  security expert, Hisham Al-Hashemi, in the Zayouna area, east of the capital. According to the source, “Al-Hashemi died after being transferred to the hospital,” without giving further details. For its part, the Ministry of Interior said that the gunmen opened fire on Hashemi with silencer pistol near his home in Zayouna, They noted that the security forces cordoned off the scene and began searching for the perpetrators who had fled. Hashemi, who was born in 1973, graduated from the College of Administration… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq


Syrian Tribal Council calls to ‘liberate Syria from US and Turkish occupation’

Published 2020-07-07 10:00:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The elders of Syrian Tribal Council called on the sons of the tribes from all components of the Syrian island to join the ranks of the popular resistance to “liberate the sacred soil of Syria from the American and Turkish impurity.” The Council stressed in a statement released by Al-Watan on Monday evening that the people need expel the U.S. forces and “join the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army to complete the liberation of Syria’s soil and rid it of a state of terrorism and chaos.” The statement described the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


US assassination of Qassem Soleimani violated international law: UN

Published 2020-07-07 09:33:12 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The U.N. Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, considered that the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was a violation of international law. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said in a report on Monday that the U.S.’ targeting of Soleimani had violated the United Nations Charter, noting that the latter had failed to provide sufficient evidence of a scheme to target its interests. “General Soleimani was responsible for Iranian strategy and military actions in Syria and Iraq. But in the absence of a real imminent threat to life, the course of action taken by… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, US


Unidentified aircraft bombs Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria

Published 2020-07-07 00:10:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – On Monday, an unidentified aircraft carried out a raid on the positions of the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria. According to reports from northern Syria, an unidentified aircraft, possibly belonging to the U.S. Coalition, bombed the sites belonging to the Turkish-backed forces in the Al-Raqqa Governorate. The first airstrike was said to have targeted the outskirts of Hammam Al-Turkman in the countryside of Tal Abyad, which is controlled by forces loyal to Turkey. The second airstrike targeted a neighboring area, but it caused limited damage and no casualties. The third raid targeted the village of Abu… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Raqqa, Syria


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