This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Libya, Sirte, Assad, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Iraq, Qamishli, US, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Soleimani, Armata, China, India, Israel, Venezuela.

Categories covered in this brief: North-Africa, Iran, Syria, Middleeast, Turkey, World-News, Iraq, Gulf, Yemen

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Turkish-backed Libyan forces announce military zones for next operation

Published 2020-07-09 18:01:48 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Turkish-backed Sirte and Jafra liberation operations room, Al-Hadi Drah, announced that Abu Gurayn, Buwairat Al-Hassoun, and Al-Wasaka are now military zones that are strictly forbidden to enter and leave. These developments come amid expectations that a battle may break out in Sirte and Al-Jafra between forces affiliated with the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and Egyptian-backed Libyan National Army (LNA). The Egyptian government has already warned the GNA about attempting to capture Al-Jafra and Sirte, declaring these two areas as a “red line” for Cairo. On Wednesday, the Secretary-General of… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


Syria’s Assad hails new military agreement with Iran

Published 2020-07-09 17:45:24 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed his satisfaction with the results of the meetings between the Syrian and Iranian sides and the signing of the military and technical cooperation agreement between the two countries, which embodies the level of strategic relations. During his meeting today, Thursday, President Assad and the Chief of Staff for the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri and his accompanying delegation in Damascus, said that the military and technical cooperation agreement between the two countries, which embodies the level of strategic relations between Syria and Iran, comes as a result of… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iran, Syria


Egypt to challenge Turkey with large-scale exercise near Libyan border: media

Published 2020-07-09 16:49:08 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian media announced that the Egyptian Army is preparing to implement a military maneuver near the Libyan border called “Decisive 2020”, which is a response to Turkey’s announcement about a new exercise n the Mediterranean. The Egyptian channel “Cairo and People” (Al-Qahira w Al-Nas) said in a post on Twitter, that the Egyptian armed forces, with their main branches, are carrying out the Decisive 2020 maneuver at the western border, and this means that the maneuvers are close to Libya. The Egyptian military maneuvers come one day after the Turkish naval forces announced that… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey


Russia’s new S-500 air defense system is able to protect against meteorites

Published 2020-07-09 16:21:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – In terms of technical development, Russia’s S-500 (Prometheus) air defense system is 15-20 years ahead of similar Western systems, Sputnik reported, citing Fox. The site wrote that the Russian S-500  air defense system is capable of destroying satellites, supersonic missiles and other threats in the sky and space. “In other words, the Prometheus system” that can destroy most targets”is 15-20 years ahead of its Western counterparts.” In 2019, Chinese experts predicted that the S-500 would become one of the most advanced combat systems in Russia, and possibly even worldwide. According to Sputnik, the system has… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iraq declares its right to respond to Turkey’s attacks along northern border

Published 2020-07-09 15:24:44 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday, the fact that there is no coordination between Iraq and Turkey regarding military operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), announcing Iraq’s options to respond to the Turkish bombing if it continues. The official spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Al-Sahaf, in a press statement said: “We condemn and reject in the strongest terms the provocative unilateral military attacks by Turkey. We emphasize the lack of coordination with the Iraqi government.” Sahaf pointed out that “these actions will contribute to increasing the pace of escalation… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey


Watch: Iran transports submarine to naval port

Published 2020-07-09 15:10:06 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A video of the land transport of the Iranian submarine from the 877 “Baltus” project appeared on the Internet. The 72-meter submarine was filmed being transported to Bandar Abbas naval base in the southern part of the Islamic Republic. https://twitter.com/o_gilvi/status/1280765412544860160?s=20 Project 877 Balthus is a series of Soviet and Russian diesel and electric submarines, built between 1982-2000. The submarines are built to achieve duel wins, and are distinguished by their low sound and complete detection tools and powerful weapons. Iran currently has three Baltus submarines.

Tags: Iran


Syrian Army intercepts US military convoy near Qamishli, refuses to give access to road

Published 2020-07-09 14:51:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Earlier this week, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unit intercepted a U.S. military convoy that was attempting to bypass their forces in the Al-Qamishli countryside. According to a field report from the Al-Qamishli countryside, the U.S. military convoy attempted to bypass the Syrian Army’s checkpoint, but were blocked by the forces at the post. The report said the Syrian Army troops at the checkpoint refused to give way to the U.S. military convoy and repeatedly demanded they turn around and find another route in northern Al-Hasakah. No clashes were reported between the two parties; however,… Read on ->

Tags: Qamishli, Syria, US


Iranian group reveals details about explosion at nuclear facility

Published 2020-07-09 14:22:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Andeshah Sazan Institute for Strategic Studies in Iran has revealed the results of ongoing investigations into the incident at the Natanz nuclear facility. “The ongoing investigations in the incident that occurred at the Natanz facility confirm the absence of any air attack from outside the country and across the Iranian border,” the institute’s president, Saadallah Zaraei, said in an interview with the Iran’s Al-Alam TV. “The explosion occurred from inside the facility either because of a cyber attack or a sabotage action,” Zaraei said. Regarding an Israeli role in the blast inside the Natanz… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Saudi-led Coalition destroys 2 Ansarallah boats off Yemeni coast

Published 2020-07-09 14:10:51 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Arab Coalition announced on Thursday, the “targeting and destruction of two remote booby-trapped boats, posing an imminent threat to international navigation by Yemen-affiliated Ansarallah group.” The spokesman for the Coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that “at 03:20 A.M. today, the joint forces command of theCcoalition carried out a qualitative operation to target and destroy two legitimate military targets belonging to the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia 6 km south of the Salif port in Shkala.” He continued that the ships posed “an imminent threat to the shipping lanes and world trade and a… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Russia accuses HTS of preparing chemical weapons attack to blame Syrian gov’t

Published 2020-07-09 13:58:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) was planning provocations in Idlib to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons. The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, Admiral Alexander Sherpetsky, said in a press statement on Wednesday: “According to the information of the Reconciliation Center from locals, gunmen from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist organization are planning to make provocations,” in the city of Idlib, “and accusing the government forces of using chemical weapons.” He continued: “The militants have already made 15… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Qassem Soleimani was ‘bloodiest terrorist in the world’: US State Dept.

Published 2020-07-09 12:59:45 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department blasted the recent U.N. report, which said their assassination of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, violated international law. According to the U.S. State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, the late commander of the Iranian Quds Force was “the bloodiest terrorist in the world.” Ortagus slammed the U.N.’s report, saying that “it lacks integrity and tendency and undermines human rights by giving it a passport to terrorists.” “It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani, US


Ansarallah forces to capture strategic oil fields to take largest share in Yemen’s political settlement: analyst

Published 2020-07-09 12:49:34 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Saudi-backed forces in Yemen are about to lose the only administrative capital that is fully under their control, as the Ansarallah Movement continues to seize ground in the strategic Marib Governorate. According to Ahab Abdel-Qader, a member of the International Commission for the Resolution of Diplomatic and Political Disputes, the Ansarallah forces are preparing to seize the imperative oil fields of Marib, which would be a devastating loss for the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. Abdel-Qader told Sputnik Arabic on Wednesday that “the Houthis (Ansarallah) will be able to extend their military influence over the whole… Read on ->

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Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Real battle in Libya is between people and ‘Turkish invaders’: LNA spox.

Published 2020-07-09 12:31:21 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major-General Ahmad Al-Mismari, said on Wednesday that the real battle taking place in Libya is between the people and the “Turkish invaders”. According to Mismari, Turkish is preparing its allied forces, the Government of National Accord (GNA), to launch a new offensive against the Libyan National Army. Mismari said that Turkey has plans to extend its control over all of western Libya and is supplying militias to reach the southwest. He explained that Turkey wants to reach the Petroleum Crescent in order to control Libya’s most vital… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey


Egypt, India, China could be first buyers of Russian ‘Armata’ tank

Published 2020-07-09 07:45:31 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – Russia has announced its willingness to export the modern T-14 Armata third-generation tank, as this will cause intense competition in the arms market, Sputnik News reported. The agency pointed out that Russia has finally decided to export the tank, as said by the Russian Federal Service for Technical Military Cooperation Dmitry Shogayev on July 6th. The agency said that the T-14 Armata is the first third-generation tank in the world, pointing out that the Russian Defense Ministry contracted 132 units of Armata unique armored vehicles including T-14 tanks and heavy T-15 infantry fighting vehicles, as… Read on ->

Tags: Armata, China, Egypt, India, Russia


Entire Israeli military unit in quarantine amid suspicion of coronavirus outbreak

Published 2020-07-09 07:19:05 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Hundreds of Israeli soldiers were quarantined on Wednesday, on suspicion of having been in contact with a soldier who was infected with the coronavirus. The Israel Today newspaper said on its website that all the soldiers of the Nahshon unit were quarantined at an army base in the occupied Golan Heights. They pointed out that some of the soldiers participated in a party in which a soldier was infected with the coronavirus, which led to their quarantine, but after examining them, it became clear that some of others were also infected. Israel Today quoted a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Venezuelan warplanes shoot down unknown aircraft with US registration number

Published 2020-07-09 06:34:55 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Venezuelan army announced on Wednesday, that its fighters shot down an unknown plane with an American registration number after it penetrated the airspace of Venezuela. The Venezuelan Armed Forces said in a brief statement published on Twitter that the “leadership of the aerospace defense forces spotted on the night of July 8th, in the country’s airspace, a plane with a registration number from the United States have been neutralized according to the law by Tiranna war” . The leadership indicated that the plane was smuggling drugs across the country’s airspace. The Venezuelan leadership released… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela


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