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This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Natanz, France, Macron, Russia, Turkey, Hmeimim, Syria, US, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Erdogan, Libya, Mediterranean, Homs, LNA, Sirte, Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Germany, Egypt, Greece.

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IRGC ‘identified person responsible’ for explosion at nuclear facility: media

Published 2020-07-23 16:14:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – A Persian-language news site stated on Thursday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards obtained information identifying the person who caused the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility on July 2nd. According to the news site “Iran Watch”, “Ershad Karimi, who was a contractor for many years and responsible for launching the uranium enrichment course at the Natanz nuclear plant in the central Isfahan province, is the person involved in the bombing.” The news site said that “Ershad Karimi detonated the centrifuge hall with his team, and caused great damage to the country’s nuclear industry as well… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Natanz


France’s Macron slams Turkey and Russia over moves in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-23 15:56:13 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday, condemned Turkey’s “breach” of the sovereignty of both Greece and Cyprus, stressing the need to punish anyone who violates the eastern Mediterranean sea borders. Macron said, in a joint press conference with his Cypriot counterpart in front of the Elysee Palace: “Cyprus can confirm France’s support for it, and Turkey’s breach of the sovereignty of Cyprus, as well as Greece, is condemned, and anyone who violates the eastern Mediterranean sea borders must be punished.” Macron said that “Russia and Turkey are interfering for their interests in the eastern Mediterranean… Read on ->

Tags: France, Macron, Russia, Turkey


US military aircraft penetrated Syrian airspace, approached Russian base: media

Published 2020-07-23 15:24:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A U.S. military aircraft reportedly penetrated Syrian airspace via the eastern Mediterranean this week and approached the Russian Hmeimim (var. Khmeimim) Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh. According to the Interfax News Agency, a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft entered Syrian airspace and approached the Hmeimim Airbase and flew south towards the Tartous Naval Base, which is also used by the Russian military. This U.S. military aircraft reportedly flew less than 20 km away from the Hmeimim Airbase, which is the closest approach that the American armed forces have made since the Russian… Read on ->

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Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria, US


Azeri President calls for all ‘occupied lands to be freed’ from Armenia

Published 2020-07-23 15:07:30 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Azeri President Ilham Aliyev called for a tougher stance against neighboring Armenia, following a week-long battle along the border. In a statement posted on his website and translated by Bloomberg, Aliyev said, “we don’t need any partial resolution because that would be temporary.” Aliyev’s moved away from Azerbaijan’s previous stance of gradual resolution over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, as the Azeri President called for all areas to be retaken from Armenia. “The issue needs to be resolved fully. All the occupied lands must be freed without exception.” On July 12th, clashes broke out along the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Israeli army carries out military drills along Lebanese border amid heightened tensions

Published 2020-07-23 14:51:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon reported that the Israeli army is conducting live ammunition training at the southern Lebanese border, at a time when the Israeli army announced sending military reinforcements to the area. According to the agency, an Israeli tank fired 14 shells near a farm in Bastara, a village in the occupied Sheba’a Farms area. This comes, while the Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, stated that “due to the assessment of the situation, it was decided to send a certain infantry reinforcement to the northern military command.” For its part, the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Erdogan boasts of Turkey’s ‘historic achievements’ in Syria, Libya, Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-23 14:12:58 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the skill of his country’s armed forces, saying that it allowed Ankara to make “historic achievements” within its borders and outside. This came in a message that Erdogan wrote in the visitors book during his visit on Thursday, accompanied by members of the Supreme Military Shura Council to the shrine of the founder of the Turkish Republic, President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the capital, Ankara. “The Commander Ataturk, we are members of the Supreme Military Shura Council, and on the occasion of the 2020 meeting we stand in your… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Libya, Mediterranean, Syria, Turkey


US ‘Ninja Bomb’ allegedly used again in Syria: photos

Published 2020-07-23 13:50:16 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – New reports out of the Middle East allege that the use of the US’ sword-carrying Hellfire R9-X “ninja bomb” has increased in recent weeks, and that it was most recently used in a Monday attack on alleged terrorists in northern Syria. The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday that an R9-X missile struck a small, white truck the day prior and killed several individuals near Azaz, Syria. Images uploaded to social media by independent outlet Islamic World News showed what is believed to be the remaining wreckage from the scene. https://twitter.com/A7_Mirza/status/1285561135484284928?s=20 Though little is known about… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Russia’s largest electronic intelligence base discovered in Syria: media

Published 2020-07-23 13:38:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – The location of Russia’s “largest electronic intelligence base” in Syria has been discovered in the Homs Governorate, the publication, Avia.Pro, reported on Thursday. “The Russian military, on the territory of the Syrian province of Homs, deployed an electronic reconnaissance station, which collects data on the location of any air defense systems deployed in Syria, military aircraft and communications complexes,” the Russian online publication said. “The existence of such a complex of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Syria became known only now, which is likely due to the growing confrontation between Russia, Turkey… Read on ->

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Tags: Homs, Russia, Syria


Israeli army sends reinforcements to Lebanese border amid fears of Hezbollah retaliation

Published 2020-07-23 13:27:30 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, the Israeli army announced that it has decided to send military reinforcements to its border with Lebanon amid fears of a retaliatory attack from Hezbollah. “Given the assessment of the situation, it was decided to send a specific infantry reinforcement to the northern military command on the border with Lebanon,” Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee tweeted this morning. The army statement did not reveal any further details about the reason for the move, or the size of the reinforcements that Israel intends to send to the border area. This comes after a… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Mysterious rise in explosions inside Iran not related to sabotage attacks: FM

Published 2020-07-23 11:39:04 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Iran confirmed on Thursday, that the recent explosions and fires inside the country are not related to sabotage operations or cyber attacks. According to the Fars News Agency, who quoted the statements of the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, reported that “the country’s infrastructure is subject to thousands of cyber attacks daily and most of them are thwarted.” However, Mousavi pointed out that these cyber attacks are not responsible for the recent rise in explosions and fires across the Islamic republic. Mousavi continued, “The Iranian defense system is thwarting most of these attacks, and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Libyan Army upgrades air force in preparation for Sirte battle: LNA

Published 2020-07-23 11:25:24 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has revealed that it has upgraded its air force and prepared its ground troops to confront a potential Turkish attack on their positions in Sirte. In a press conference held on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmad Al-Mismari, told the audience, “our Air Force has increased the efficiency of its fighters, and our ground forces are ready.” “We believe that the solution will be in the hands of the Libyans and it will be quick, and everyone will make concessions. The military solution must remain… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Sirte


Russian and Turkish forces complete entire M-4 Highway patrol for first time

Published 2020-07-23 11:10:48 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – The joint Russian-Turkish patrol managed on Wednesday to reach the last point on the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia), which links the provinces of Latakia and Aleppo through the Idlib Governorate. This is the first time that Russian patrols have reached the last point of the international highway, according to the agreement that was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 5th in Moscow. Previously, the Russian and Turkish troops were blocked by jihadist forces, primarily Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and protesters from villages around the M-4… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Syria


Hezbollah is preparing to respond to Israel killing its member in Syria: analyst

Published 2020-07-23 10:44:45 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – A Lebanese media analyst close to Hezbollah revealed that the latter “does not hide where and how its  operatives are martyred, and that they  began preparing to respond to the assassination of one of its leaders two days ago by a raid targeting Syrian territory.” The director of the Lebanese media center, Salem Zahran, tweeted on Wednesday: “Last year’s incident when Hezbollah responded to the Aqraba raid by targeting a military vehicle on the way Aviveem barracks, the killing and wounding became valid. My assessment of the preparation for the response has begun and the… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Syria


Libyan Army shoots down Turkish unmanned aircraft over Sirte

Published 2020-07-23 10:04:29 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Thursday that its defense forces shot down a Turkish-made drone over the strategic city of Sirte. The Libyan Army Air Force officer, Mahmoud Al-Marghani, said that Turkey “this morning, a Turkey flew a drone from one of its bases in Misrata  towards the city of Sirte to target Libyan Army’s positions.” Al-Marghani added that “the air defense media targeted the plane before it reached any Libyan Army site, and it was shot down near the western coast of the city of Sirte.” The city of Sirte, which was… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte, Turkey


Russian Air Force intercepts US and German military aircraft: video

Published 2020-07-23 09:46:17 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the air defense forces of the Black Sea and Baltic Sea fleets intercepted two American and German reconnaissance aircraft while flying near the southern and western borders. The National Center for Defense Department of the Ministry confirmed in a statement that the air defense systems of the Russian military monitored on Wednesday, the flight of two American reconnaissance aircraft Boeing B-8A Poseidon and Lockheed U-2s over the waters of the Black Sea, in addition to the flight of another Lockheed B-3S Orion of the German Air Force over… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Russia, US


Armenia must abandon its hostility and withdraw from occupied Azerbaijani lands: Turkey

Published 2020-07-23 09:28:18 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Turkish National Security Council called on Armenia “to abandon its hostile positions and withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.” According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, this came in the final statement of the Turkish National Security Council meeting, which was held Wednesday, chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The agency added that “the Turkish National Security Council strongly condemned the aggressive behavior of Armenia, which has occupied Azerbaijani lands for many years.” Earlier, Erdogan said that Ankara could not leave “brotherly Azerbaijan” alone in the face of Armenian attacks. The Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey


Turkey defies Greek, Egyptian threats to continue drilling in Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-23 07:54:33 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Turkey is determined to continue protecting its rights and interests under international law with regard to drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, the country’s National Security Council said in a press release following a session on Wednesday, as quoted by the Turkish Presidency’s press service. “Our absolute determination regarding the protection of our rights, ties, and interests emanating from international law in the Eastern Mediterranean was underlined [during the session]”, the press release read, adding that “the initiatives … of countries and actors that disregard the presence and rights of the Turkish community in [Cyprus]… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece, Turkey


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