This is a summary of 22 AMN articles on the following subjects: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Syria, Hasakah, Hatami, Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Britain, Libya, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Lebanon, China, Haftar, Sirte, US, Norway, Russia, Bushehr, LNA, Tripoli, Latakia, CIA.

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Armenian military shot down 13 Azerbaijani drones: MoD

Published 2020-07-15 23:57:00 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – A representative of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Artsuron Hovanisyan, stated that the Armenian Air Defense Forces have shot down 13 drones belonging to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on July 12th. “Generally, starting on July 12, the Armenian Air Defense Forces shot down 13 drones of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, ten of which were combat and three were reconnaissance,” Hovanisyan told reporters. According to him, this is a high indicator of efficiency of the Armenian Air Defense Forces. On Tuesday, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced intense Armenian shelling of residential areas in the Tuvuz… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Iran vows to defy US sanctions to deliver oil to Syria

Published 2020-07-15 22:51:15 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – Javad Turk Turkabadi, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus, stressed that his country will continue to support Syria’s needs of oil derivatives in the face of the new wave of Western sanctions targeting the two countries. In an interview with Sputnik Arabic, on the sidelines of the (First Conference of Syrian Businessmen and Women) held by the Association of Political Science Graduates over a two-day period in the capital, Damascus, Turkabadi said: “I assure you that we will stand by each other, and the Syrian people stand steadfast alongside their country… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Powerful explosion hits city in northeastern Syria: video

Published 2020-07-15 22:27:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – On Wednesday, an explosion occurred in an ammunition depot belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of Hasakah. According to reports, the explosion, which occurred in warehouse behind Al-Hasakah Gin, was caused by high temperature. Locals reported that the ammunition depot was located near the Musherifah neighborhood, in the northwestern part of the city. The SDF has since imposed a security cordon and closed all roads leading to the site of the explosion in the neighborhoods of Al-Nasariyah, Al-Baitrah, Al-Hayashiya and Al-Musherifah, while hearing the sounds of ambulances that went to the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Iranian Defense Chief boasts of Iran’s military achievements despite US blockade

Published 2020-07-15 21:34:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, stated on Tuesday, as reported by the official Islamic Republic News Agency, that Iran has made remarkable achievements in defense, despite the ongoing U.S. blockade and attempts to reimpose the arms embargo, which is set to expire in October. Hatami specifically touched on the arms embargo, which he said was an attempt by the U.S. to weaken Iran; however, the Defense Minister stated that the Islamic Republic proved it was capable of overcoming this blockade. Describing the U.S. government’s request for an extension of Iran’s arms embargo as… Read on ->

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Tags: Hatami, Iran

Yemen’s Ansarallah forces to unveil new ballistic missile after attack on Saudi Arabia

Published 2020-07-15 21:16:23 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Yemen’s Ansarallah Movement announced on Wednesday that it will unveil a new domestically-manufactured ballistic missile after it hit targets inside neighboring Saudi Arabia. The announcement, which was made by the Ansarallah-affiliated Brigadier General ‘Abdullah bin Amer, said that last week’s missile attack struck a number of sites deep inside of Saudi territory. Among the targets for the Ansarallah missiles was the King Khaled Airport, which is located in the city of Khamis Mushayt. Furthermore, Ansarallah missiles and drones also struck important oil facilities and military sites inside the bordering provinces of Jizan, Najran, and Asir…. Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Syrian Army unleashes largest attack of the month in Idlib

Published 2020-07-15 20:52:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched its largest attack of the month in the Idlib Governorate on Wednesday, as its troops fired several missiles and artillery shells towards the enemy positions in the Jabal Al-Zawiya and Greater Idlib area. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by heavily bombarding the front-line town of Al-Bara’a. Units from the Syrian Army’s artillery teams repeatedly struck Al-Bara’a and its surroundings, resulting in a number of explosions that could be heard throughout the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. Following the attack on Al-Bara’a,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkish drones ‘changed the rules of the game’ in Libya and Syria: British Defense Secretary

Published 2020-07-15 20:22:57 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK should take lessons from other countries, referring to Turkey, which asserted that its drones had changed the “rules of the game” in the region. According to the Ministry’s official site, Wallace’s statements came during a conference for the air and space forces, in which he said that Turkey’s use of domestically-made drones in Libya and Syria were effective. “Look at how Turkey used its domestic aircraft, the Bayrakdar TP-2, in Libya since mid-2019.” He said: “These drones collected information intelligence, performed surveillance missions, and targeted front lines,… Read on ->

Tags: Britain, Libya, Syria, Turkey

Tunisian Prime Minister submits resignation

Published 2020-07-15 19:55:52 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Tunisian media sources reported that Prime Minister Elias El-Fakhfakh officially submitted his resignation on Wednesday to Tunisian President Qais Said, after the latter asked him to resign. According to Tunisian “Mosaique FM” radio, Prime Minister Elias El-Fakhfakh submitted his resignation to Tunisian President Qais Said, after the meeting held today at the Carthage Palace in the Tunisian capital. The radio had reported earlier today that the Tunisian President had met with Tunisian Prime Minister Elias Fakhfakh, Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi, as well as the Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Noureddine Taboubi. The… Read on ->

Tags: Tunisia

Ethiopia starts filling of Renaissance Dam, Egypt reveals next response

Published 2020-07-15 18:57:29 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohammad El Seba’ei, announced the next step that his country will take following the announcement by Ethiopia to start filling the Renaissance Dam. Al-Seba’ei said, according to the online publication Masrawy, that the following action from Egypt is “political and belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” The Ethiopian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Celici Bekele, announced on Wednesday, the filling of the reservoir of the Renaissance Dam, as reported by the official media in Ethiopia. The move comes two days after talks with Egypt… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Ethiopia

Israeli military was placed on high alert, warned residents stay indoors near Lebanese border: media

Published 2020-07-15 18:41:48 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Lebanese media reported on Tuesday night that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were on high alert along the Lebanese border. Citing Israeli media, Al-Jadeed TV reported that the military authorities in the northern region declared a state of public emergency at night in the settlement of Zarzat near the Lebanese border. According to the Israeli media, the Israeli Ministry of Defense asked the residents of the border settlement to stay indoors, close doors, and light external house lamps. In the same context, residents of the southern regions of Lebanon spoke of strange movements on… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Lebanon

China ‘heavy orders’ new J-20 stealth fighter: report

Published 2020-07-15 18:09:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The world’s third operational fifth-generation aircraft, the Chengdu J-20 “Weilong,” has entered mass production, according to insider reports. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has reportedly placed a large order, now that many of the jet’s early problems have been sorted out. According to PLA insider reports, a new version of the J-20, the J-20B, is ready to be fielded by the Chinese military. “Mass production of the J-20B started on Wednesday. It has finally become a complete stealth fighter jet, with its agility meeting the original criteria,” a military source close to… Read on ->

Tags: China

Video footage from Iranian port after 7 ships caught fire

Published 2020-07-15 17:54:46 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Iranian media reported a fire at the southern port of Bushehr on Wednesday, stating that at least 7 ships were ablaze after its spread. According to the Tasnim News Agency, while firefighters are currently putting out the fire, the blaze did not cause any casualties. Video footage of the blast has since been shared on social media and several news channels. The footage shows smoke billowing from a ship after it caught on fire.

Tags: Iran

Libyan Army receives new weapons from Egypt as important battle approaches: photo

Published 2020-07-15 17:45:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces monitored, at dawn on Wednesday, the arrival of military supplies from Egypt to the city of Tobruk in northeastern Libya. In a photo released on Wednesday, the GNA-affiliated Operation Volcano Anger Facebook page showed an image of the alleged weapons transport from Egypt to the Libyan city of Tobruk. The page claims the transport had various weapons and military hardware that were all being handed over to the Libyan National Army (LNA). Previously, on April 8, the media center released photos showing the arrival of a… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Sirte

Lebanon turns east to China for help out of financial crisis

Published 2020-07-15 17:34:44 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – Lebanon is turning east for economic support after the lack of progress in talks with Western and Arab states. According to the Associated Press, Lebanon is seeking to secure investments from China, while dwindling its chances of obtaining the support from the West and the Arabs to overcome its financial crisis. The agency said in a report published today on Wednesday that Lebanon, which had long been an area of ​​competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia, is now at an important point in the escalation of tensions between China and the West, noting that the… Read on ->

Tags: China, Lebanon, US

Russian warplanes intercept US, Norwegian aircraft: video

Published 2020-07-15 17:24:02 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – A group of Russian fighters intercepted American and Norwegian reconnaissance aircraft (R3S Orion) over the Black Sea and the Barents Sea this week. This interception took place on Tuesday, when Russian combat aircraft launched over the Barents and the Black Sea intercepted air targets moving towards the borders of the Russian Federation. In the footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense (with commentary), Russian fighters appear to be intercepting the reconnaissance plane RC-135, the R-8A reconnaissance aircraft and the U.S. Air Force MQ-9A drone over the Black Sea. According to Russian Ministry of Defense,… Read on ->

Tags: Norway, Russia, US

Seven Iranian ships catch fire at Bushehr port report

Published 2020-07-15 17:02:00 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Iran announced on Wednesday that the strong fire that broke out in the southern port of Bushehr, did not cause any casualties. According to the Tasnim News Agency,  the fire affected at least seven ships, and resulted in no casualties. The director of the Crisis Management Office in Bushehr Province, Jahangir Dahqani, said that fire broke out in a floating factory located in the first district of Tengk, one of the southern neighborhoods of Bushehr. “The firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire that affected at least 3 ships,” an Iranian news agency quoted… Read on ->

Tags: Bushehr, Iran

Israeli pilot grounded after using F-35 jet to cause sonic booms

Published 2020-07-15 16:51:27 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – An Israeli Air Force pilot was grounded Wednesday after startling residents of the northern port city of Haifa and the Jezreel Valley by using his F-35 to cause sonic booms, The Times of Israel reported. The incidents reportedly took place at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday night, with the loud explosion-like sounds of the sonic booms, caused by the plane’s rapid acceleration to the speed of sound, reportedly prompting some residents to fear that the country was under attack or that some kind of emergency had occurred. Some residents reportedly took to social… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel

Decisive battle for Sirte will be witnessed in ‘coming hours’: LNA

Published 2020-07-15 15:32:44 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, confirmed that the coming hours will witness a major battle in the vicinity of Sirte and Al-Jafra. In this context, Al-Mesmari pointed out the existence of what he described as “major movements of the Al-Wefaq and Turkish militias” in the vicinity of the two areas. The military spokesman for the Libyan National Army considered that the coming battle “will not only be Libyan, but will involve Arab and foreign parties, because Turkey’s plan threatens… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Sirte, Tripoli

Libyan Army deploys S-300 air defense system near Egyptian border: Sputnik

Published 2020-07-15 13:22:04 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, confirmed on Tuesday that it has taken proactive steps in securing its territory and the Jafra-Sirte air safety zone. According to the Russian website, Sputnik, a major step had been taken along the eastern border areas with Egypt, as the LNA has deployed the advanced S-300 air defense systems to the region. The Sputnik report claimed that the Libyan National Army has deployed S-300 systems in the eastern border region with Egypt to prevent any attacks on its territories. The publication’s sources indicated that… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Iran ready to equip Syrian air defenses with its latest systems

Published 2020-07-15 13:08:02 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Iranian government announced on Tuesday, Tehran’s readiness to equip the Syrian air defenses with Iranian equipment, saying that it held talks in this regard, and it will be considered the first decision after signing the latest agreement between the two countries. “The threat of terrorism in Syria is not over yet and it was confirmed during the visit of the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, to Damascus, that Iran is ready to take the first decision that the military agreement must be signed to strengthen the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Syrian-Russian attack inflicts more than 30 casualties within jihadist ranks: report

Published 2020-07-15 12:56:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The southern and western Idlib fronts witnessed a series of air and ground strikes focused on the locations, headquarters and mechanisms of the jihadist groups responsible for the attack on the Turkish-Russian patrol on Tuesday. According to a field report from Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), with help from Russian reconnaissance planes, unleashed a heavy attack on the jihadist rebel positions in several locations inside this northwestern Syria governorate. The field report said that Syrian ground and air troops specifically targeted the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Latakia, Russia, Syria

Iran executes former Defense Ministry official for allegedly spying for CIA

Published 2020-07-15 12:40:54 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Tehran has executed a former Iranian Defence Ministry official over charges of alleged espionage for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili said on Tuesday. The sentence against Reza Asgari, a retired employee of the ministry’s aerospace sector, was carried out last week, Esmaeili said, as quoted by the Mizan Online news agency, which covers judicial affairs. While supposedly working for the CIA, Asgari had handed over information about Iranian missiles. The death sentence against Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, accused of transferring information about Iran’s military commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed… Read on ->

Tags: CIA, Iran, US

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