This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Hasakah, Syria, US, Greece, Latakia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Coronavirus, China, India, Iran, Tehran, Israel, Pompeo, Soleimani, IDF, Idlib, Kurds, Mediterranean, NATO.

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‘We expect a Turkish attack at any time’: Libyan Army

Published 2020-07-10 20:10:50 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army spokesman, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said at a press conference this week that his forces are prepared for any provocation by the Turkish forces, especially near the city of Sirte. “We expect a Turkish attack at any time,” the Libyan National Army’s spokesperson said, pointing out that their forces are highly motivated, especially after receiving support from several Arab nations. Among the nations supporting the Libyan National Army against the Government of National Accord (GNA) and their Turkish backers is neighboring Egypt, who has already amassed their forces along their western border. Turkey… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey

Watch: Syrian Army confronts US armored convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-07-10 19:39:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers prevented an American military patrol from crossing two points along the M-4 Highway (Hasakah-Raqqa) in the northeastern region of Syria. According to a field source, the Syrian Arab Army confronted the U.S. armored convoy, which consisted of three vehicles, outside the village of Mansef Al-Tahtani, which is located near the strategic town of Tal Tamr. A Syrian army officer with the rank of First Lieutenant reportedly confirmed to the Sputnik News Agency that they intercepted the U.S. convoy at both Mansef Al-Tahtani and Al-Dardara, which is where an important bridge… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

Greece slams Turkey’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Published 2020-07-10 19:26:52 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Athens considered the decision issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque and open it to visitors to pray is “an open provocation to the civilized world.” “Today’s decision (about the Hagia Sophia museum) that came as a result of President Erdogan’s political will is an open provocation to the civilized world that recognizes the unique value and ecumenical nature of the memorial,” Greek Culture Minister Lina Mindoni said on Friday. The Turkish Anadolu Agency indicated that Erdogan issued a formal decision to convert the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Russian military helps return water to 1 million people after Turkish-backed forces shut it off

Published 2020-07-10 18:06:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The contacts made by the Russian forces operating in Syria with the American and Turkish parties led to the return of drinking water to Al-Hasakah after the latter shut it off to more than one million people in the governorate. The Director General of the State Water Corporation in Al-Hasakah Governorate, Mahmoud Al-Okleh, confirmed the restart of operation of approximately 20 drinking water wells to feed the governorate, after the success of efforts and contacts made by the Russian forces with the American and Turkish sides. Al-Okleh told Sputnik Arabic that the pumping station in… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Egyptian military showcases elite fighter jets along Libyan border: video

Published 2020-07-10 17:56:06 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces launched their large-scale “Decisive 2020” military exercise along the Libyan border this week. During the exercise, the Egyptian Armed Forces showcased their elite fighter jets, which carried out exercises along the border. According to military experts, the Russian-made MiG-29 fighters displayed their advanced and unique technology during the drills. The Egyptian fighters were able to use the technique of refueling in the air, as the fighters were able to supply each other, which is an unusual method, as it is customary to supply the fighters through the giant planes that are… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Libya

Erdogan signs decree to turn historic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

Published 2020-07-10 17:40:12 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a decree to turn the historic Hagia Sophia site back into a mosque. On Friday, a Turkish court overturned a government decree in 1934 to transfer the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum. The court stated, according to the Anadolu Agency, that the decree is illegal, noting that Hagia Sophia’s deed describes it as a mosque and cannot be changed. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier suggested that the mosque be restored to the UNESCO World Heritage site, a focal point for both the Byzantine Christian and… Read on ->

Tags: Turkey

Syrian Army foils jihadist attack in northern Latakia, launches counter-attack near Turkish border

Published 2020-07-10 17:15:13 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack in the northern countryside of Latakia on Friday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along one of several hilltops in the Jabal Al-Turkmen region. According to the Syrian Arab Army, their troops engaged the jihadist faction, which was believed to be the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), in the Jabal Al-Turkmen region, killing and wounding a number of the militants during the attack. Friday’s attack by the jihadist rebels comes at a time when tensions between the latter and the Syrian Army are at a month-long high in northwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Turkey replaces destroyed air defenses at Libyan base with Ukrainian system: report

Published 2020-07-10 16:59:23 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 p.m.) – Turkey allegedly replaced its destroyed air defense system at the Al-Watiyah Airbase with Ukrainian equipment they recently acquired, the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, reported on Friday. “Turkey has replaced the MIM-23 Hawk systems destroyed by Mirage 2000 fighters with the Soviet S-125,” Avia.Pro said. According to Avia.Pro, the Turkish military has deployed the modernized S-125 to the Al-Watiyah Airbase in order to prevent future strikes by the Libyan National Army (LNA) and their allies. “The modernized Soviet S-125 air defense systems acquired by Turkey a few days ago from Ukraine have already been deployed in Libya,”… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey, Ukraine

Egypt offers to make every effort to help Lebanon through ongoing crisis

Published 2020-07-10 16:32:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun received a message on Friday from his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on the latest situation and bilateral relations between the two countries. The official page of the Lebanese Presidency wrote on Twitter, “President Aoun received a letter from his Egyptian counterpart, which was conveyed to him by the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Lebanon, Dr. Yasser Alawi, on bilateral relations between the two countries.” In the message, the Egyptian President affirmed, “Egypt’s keenness on Lebanon’s stability and prosperity, and the readiness to make every effort that could… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Lebanon

Syria records highest daily number of coronavirus cases since outbreak

Published 2020-07-10 16:25:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Health announced 22 new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, which is the highest daily rate of infection since the outbreak of the virus in the country. The ministry said in a statement on Friday: “22 cases of coronavirus were recorded for people in contact with the virus, bringing the total number of recorded infections to 394, of which 126 cases were cured, and two deaths were recorded, raising the number of deaths from the virus to 16.” On July 5th, the Ministry announced that 20 cases were recorded, which… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Syria

US to deliver 5 Apache choppers to India amid heightened tensions with China

Published 2020-07-10 16:14:54 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – India has urged its military equipment suppliers to expedite the delivery of weapons systems, as tensions along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control have escalated since April. The US, France and Russia have agreed to supply military systems within three months once an order is placed, say government sources. Boeing, which had been contracted to produce Apaches for the Indian Air Force, has announced that all five of the multi-role helicopters have been delivered. The attack helicopter, in addition to its enhanced ability to shoot ‘fire and forget’ anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles, rockets… Read on ->

Tags: China, India, US

Syrian Army intercepts US armored convoy in Hasakah: photos

Published 2020-07-10 16:06:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles in the Al-Hasakah countryside, forcing it to turn around. According to a field source in Al-Hasakah, the incident occurred near the village of Mansef Al-Tahatani, which is located near the strategic town of Tal Tamr. Furthermore, the Ba’ath Battalions of Al-Hasakah said that “a checkpoint for the 154th Regiment of the Syrian Army intercepted three armored vehicles for the American occupation,” prompting them to turn around. As shown in the photos released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) above, the SAA… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iran denies reports of explosion in western Tehran

Published 2020-07-10 14:06:45 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Iranian authorities have denied reports about an explosion that allegedly took place in the province of Tehran late on Thursday, the broadcaster IRIB reported on Friday, citing the head of one of the local cities. “There was no explosion in the city of Qods, or even in [neighbouring] Garmdareh”, the city’s governor, Leila Vaseghi, said, adding that the reason for a power outage was a malfunction in one of the local hospitals that lasted for around five minutes. According to several news outlets, a number of Iran’s military and training sites are located in… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Tehran

Israeli forces on ‘high alert’ over fears of Iranian retaliation: Channel 13

Published 2020-07-10 13:43:57 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Hebrew-language Channel 13 reported this week that the Israeli Armed Forces had raised its state of alert in the northern region near the Lebanese border, fearing Iranian retaliation for the nuclear facility explosion. According to the Channel 13 report this morning, Israel decided to raise the state of alert in the northern region facing both Syria and Lebanon, fearing Iranian retaliation for what was attributed to Israel as the reason behind the recent bombings at the Natanz nuclear reactor. The news channel quoted the commander of the 13th Regiment of the Golani Brigade, Lt…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon

Will the Chinese J-31 ‘Ghost Fighter’ be able to compete with the F-35?

Published 2020-07-10 13:31:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Experts expect that the Chinese “Shenyang J-31” will make rapid progress in the international market in the future, and it could also steal the lights from the American F-35 According to the website, “National Interest”, the head of a leading Chinese defense company boasted several years ago that the Chinese J-31 stealth fighter can definitely shoot down the F-35 Lightning fighter. Citing Lin Zooming’s, president of China Aviation Industry (AFIC), interview on state TV, National Interest said that he strongly believes the J-31 will be able to shoot down an F-35 in a dogfight. Lin… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Syrian Army intercepts another US military convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-07-10 13:18:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has intercepted another U.S. military convoy this week after obstructing a previous one near the city of Al-Qamishli. According to a field report from northeastern Syria, the Syrian Army intercepted the U.S. military convoy as it was attempting to bypass their checkpoint near the village of Mansef Al-Tahtani. The report said this incident on Friday occurred near the strategic town of Tal Tamr, which is jointly controlled by the Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in western Al-Hasakah. No clashes took place between the two forces and the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Pompeo defends assassination of Qassem Soleimani despite UN report

Published 2020-07-10 12:41:39 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the recent U.N. report that accused Washington of violating international law with the assassination of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, on January 3rd. Pompeo described the results of the United Nations as wrong, stressing that his country was transparent about the international legal framework for the strike against Soleimani. The Secretary of State stressed that the United States is ready to continue to defend its diplomats, its military, and all Americans. Pompeo said that the airstrike on the convoy of Soleimani’s convoy had become a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, Soleimani, US

Israeli forces arrest three people attempting to cross Lebanese border

Published 2020-07-10 12:25:53 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces announced on Friday, the arrest of three people along the Lebanese border, after they captured trying to cross the technical fence. The announcement came through the spokesperson of the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, who tweeted: “In the hours of last night, IDF troops monitored three suspects trying to cross the fence on the border with Lebanon, where they were monitored until the IDF forces arrested them and interrogated them in the field. ” Adraee confirmed, in the same tweet, that “the IDF will continue to work to prevent any attempt to… Read on ->

Tags: IDF, Israel, Lebanon

Iranian FM warns ‘severe repercussions’ await perpetrators nuclear facility blast

Published 2020-07-10 11:55:02 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi stressed that severe repercussions would be awaiting the perpetrators of the Natanz nuclear facility incident, if it was masterminded by an external entity. Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabei also announced that his country would respond appropriately in the event that the sabotage of the Natanz nuclear site was caused by an external attack. The Iranian Atomic Energy Commission announced that the incident, which occurred in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility last Thursday, occurred in a unit for the production of centrifuges of the advanced generation, and damaged… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Turkey moved 3 advanced missiles, tanks into Libya: LNA

Published 2020-07-10 11:27:09 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesperson, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said on Thursday that his forces are ready for any military action. During his phone call with Sada Al-Balad, Mismari said that the dreams of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in controlling Libyan oil are illusions and will not be fulfilled. He said that there are attempts to make the other side in Libya responsive to the Cairo initiative, but they started to mobilize their forces and prepare a broad military operation until they reached the main goal, and to achieve Erdogan’s dreams of controlling… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Washington feared an Iranian attack in the US after Soleimani’s assassination: magazine

Published 2020-07-10 11:05:22 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Leaked documents revealed that the U.S. authorities feared an Iranian attack within American soil after Washington ordered the assassination of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad on January 2nd. The online publication, National Interest, quoted a leaked intelligence report as saying that security officials in Washington expected an Iranian retaliatory operation on American soil, in response to the U.S.’ assassination of Soleimani. Although Washington classifies Iran as the largest supporter of terrorism in the world, the military operations carried out by the forces loyal to Tehran have been concentrated, since 1980,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Syrian Army moves heavy firepower to southern Idlib as military amasses

Published 2020-07-10 10:46:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has continued to amass troops along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines, as they move both military personnel and heavy weapons to this axis. According to a field source in Idlib, the Syrian Army has been sending reinforcements to the Jabal Al-Zawiya front from several neighboring governorates. The source said that in addition to the military personnel, the Syrian Army is also moving their heavy weaponry to the front-lines in southern Idlib, which has already been used over the last 48 hours. Among the heavy weaponry moved to southern Idlib over the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Russia supports peace talks between Syrian gov’t and Kurdish parties

Published 2020-07-10 10:15:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Russia confirmed that it supports dialogue between the Kurdish forces and the Syrian authorities on the future of Syria, stressing that the Syrian Kurds are an integral part of the people of this country. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said at a press conference on Thursday that for hundreds of years, Syria was a country in which peaceful societies coexisted in different ethnic and religious groups. Zakharova explained: “We are certain that such historical traditions must be preserved and fully pursued. We proceed in our position that the Syrian Kurds are an integral… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Syria

Iran can produce nuclear bomb in 6 months: intel officer

Published 2020-07-10 10:01:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 a.m.) – iran has become just a few months away from producing its first nuclear bomb, thanks to its relatively enriched uranium, an intelligence officer told the online publication, Elaph, on Thursday. Elaph quoted the unnamed senior intelligence official as saying that Iran has 140 kg of uranium enriched by 4%, and it needs only 6 months to complete enrichment to more than 90%. The intelligence source said Iran would be able to produce its first nuclear bomb, if it chose to, noting that success in that depends on the absence of errors or any interference with… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Egyptian MoD calls on forces to maintain highest level of combat readiness to face threats

Published 2020-07-10 09:33:00 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.)  – The Egyptian Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Mohamed Zaki, urged the Egyptian Armed Forces to maintain the highest level of combat readiness to face any possible threats. This came during his observation of the main stage of the strategic maneuver “Decisive 2020”, which was carried out by the formations and units of the Western Military Region, in cooperation with the main branches of the Egyptian Army, which lasted for several days within the framework of the combat training plan for the formations and units of the armed forces. At the end of the maneuver, Zaki… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Lebanon does not intend to negotiate with Iran for fuel: minister

Published 2020-07-10 09:08:08 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Lebanese Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday that Lebanon does not intend for the time being to negotiate with Iran to import fuel, which is in stark contrast of what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said during his televised speech. Ghajar said, as reported by Reuters, referring to talks with the Iraqi government about possible fuel supplies, that there are no plans at the moment to negotiate with Iran to import fuel and that the current discussions are with Iraq. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “importing oil… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

Turkey unhappy with US plans to implement military training program in Cyprus

Published 2020-07-10 08:52:53 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – Turkey announced its disapproval over the U.S. plans to make the International Military Education and Training (IMET) available to Cyprus, claiming that it does not help the Mediterranean island’s current division. “It is obvious that steps disregarding the balance between the two sides will not help create an atmosphere of trust on the Island, and ensure peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Wednesday, as quoted by the Greek publication Ekathimerini. According to Ekathimerini, Aksoy added that the U.S. decision will “lead to strengthening the intransigent attitude… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, NATO, Turkey, US

Powerful blast hits western Tehran as Iran witnesses more mysterious explosions

Published 2020-07-10 07:29:29 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The official IRIB news agency of Iran, quoting online reports, said that an explosion was heard, on Friday morning (local time), west of the capital, Tehran. IRIB did not provide any additional information about the cause of the explosion or possible losses, according to the reports. The Mehr News Agency said that the pioneers of the communication sites reported that a sound was heard in the Qumdara and Al-Quds areas, west of the capital. It is noteworthy to mention that Iran has witnessed a number of mysterious explosions in the past few days. A huge… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Tehran

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