A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria

This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Jordan, Syria, US, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Turkey, Soleimani, China, Hama, ISIS, Hezbollah, Idlib, IDF, Mediterranean, Ansarallah, Yemen.

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US jet took off from base in Jordan to intercept Iranian airliner in Syria: media

Published 2020-07-26 22:03:35 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – New details about the U.S.’ interception of Mahan Air plane have been released by the Iranian media this week, including the origin of the American jets that were involved. According to Al-Alam TV, the U.S. F-15 jets took off from the Azraq Airbase in Jordan and intercepted the Iranian airliner in the Homs Governorate on the night of Thursday, July 24th. The Al-Alam report stated that this base is the same one that was used by the drone that  carried out the assassination of the late commander of the Quds Force, Major General Qassim Soleimani,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Jordan, Syria, US


Israeli drone crashes during mission inside of Lebanon

Published 2020-07-26 20:49:12 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli army confirmed that one its drones had crashed inside Lebanese territory. In a brief statement, the military said it was not afraid of intelligence information leaking from the plane in this incident. “A little while ago, during the activity of IDF forces on the Lebanese border, an Israeli drone crashed in Lebanon … There is no fear of information leaking, ” said Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee tweeted on Sunday. Previously, the Lebanese Army reported that as many as 20 Israeli military aircraft entered Lebanese airspace via the country’s southern border… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Russian Navy successfully tests Tsirkon hypersonic missile

Published 2020-07-26 19:56:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the results of the tests of the hypersonic “Tsirkon” missile, which was launched from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov on Sunday. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that “the experimental tests conducted by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, confirmed the unique tactical and technical characteristics of this missile in terms of the range and accuracy of the launch, as well as its velocity of hypersonic.” The Russian Defense Ministry indicated that the tests of the Tsirkon missile, which is hypersonic, were “successfully completed”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue2fwdbgY3E Russian President Vladimir… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Iran intends build massive railway linking Persian Gulf to Mediterranean: MP

Published 2020-07-26 19:20:39 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – In a statement to the Fars News Agency on Sunday, Minister of Parliament, Mohebati Yousefi, stressed the need to quickly start implementing a project linking Iran, Asia and the Mediterranean Sea via Syria and Iraq, pointing out that this would reduce the duration of the goods transport operation by three days. The Iranian parliamentarian indicated that the project will link the Persian Gulf through the port-cities of Basra (Iraq), and Latakia (Syria). The Iranian parliamentarian stressed the necessity of the rapid implementation of this project, as it has significant economic returns, in terms of transporting… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria


Iran reveals details of US interception of airliner over Syria

Published 2020-07-26 18:43:58 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Iranian authorities announced on Sunday that they have determined the base used by the U.S. forces to intercept the Mahan Air plane that was flying over Syria on Thursday, July 24th. In an interview with Iranian state television, the Special Assistant to the Head of the Iranian Shura Council for International Affairs, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, said that the Islamic Republic has determined the base used by the U.S. fighter jets to intercept the Mahan Air flight. “The Iranian authorities have revealed more than 90% of the details of this incident, including the base from… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


Turkey signs military cooperation agreement with Libya’s neighbor: Russian think tank

Published 2020-07-26 17:36:49 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – A Russian think tank reported on Sunday, that Turkey has allegedly concluded a military cooperation agreement with a country bordering Libya. According to Eurasia Political Studies website, “Katehon”, who quoted private sources in the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey had signed a military cooperation agreement with the country of Niger, which is located at the southern border of Libya. The site indicated that this agreement between Turkey and Niger will strengthen Ankara’s control in the region, as the latter will support African countries, especially the Sahel countries, to be more effective in the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Niger, Turkey


Netanyahu vows to not allow Iran to establish itself along Israel’s borders

Published 2020-07-26 16:22:32 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Syria

Earlier this week, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the country’s armed forces were stepping up security measures on the northern border on the heels of an escalation unfolding on the frontier with Lebanon and Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning announced that Israel is “following a consistent policy that does not allow Iran’s military to be established along our northern border”. “We cannot undermine our security and we cannot threaten our citizens. We will not suffer a blow to our forces. Along with the defence minister and the chief of staff, I… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Iraqi forces seize Katyusha rockets north of Baghdad

Published 2020-07-26 16:15:18 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Iraqi security forces found a stack of Katyusha missiles buried underground, with 20 rockets inside, in the Salaheddine Governorate. The Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement that “within the sequence of Iraq’s fourth-stage of their operation, the task force within Salaheddine sector found the underground hideout of Katyusha rockets with more than 20 missiles inside.” The Baghdad Operations Command had announced earlier this month that a missile had been found that was similar to the one that targeted the government green zone in the center of Baghdad. Furthermore, the Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Iran announces production of new film on Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-07-26 16:04:46 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 P.M.) – The director of the Iranian Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations, Amir Mousavi, said that the production of a film about the commander of the Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, provides an unparalleled model of resistance. On Sunday morning, the Fars News Agency quoted Mousavi as saying that Iran’s initiative to hold the 16th International Film Festival of Resistance is a unique step that, through art and film making, has created a  link between resistance, public opinion and artists. Mousavi explained that the international festival of resistance films can record the resistance of… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Soleimani


China is looking to build new type of aircraft carrier

Published 2020-07-26 14:48:44 by News Desk in World-News

Rumors are swirling that the Chinese navy is looking to build a new type of warship. A recently leaked request for proposals (RFP) points to an amphibious assault ship with an electromagnetic aircraft catapult and arresting gear. In a request for proposals posted on July 19 and subsequently leaked on social media, the project is referred to only as “Project XX6,” but observers have been calling the ship the “Type 076.” Judging from some of the details included in the RFP, the Type 076 will be much like the Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD), of which China has already… Read on ->

Tags: China


Suspected ISIS group launches surprise attack on town in eastern Hama

Published 2020-07-26 14:33:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – An unknown group launched an attack on the small town of Al-Seen in the Al-Salamiyeh countryside of Hama last night. According to reports, the group, which is suspected to be the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), attacked Al-Seen last night, killing one person and the town’s cattle before burning the area down. Furthermore, there were reports that the group also stole vehicles and supplies from the townspeople before fleeing to an unknown area. Armed groups carry out attacks from time to time in the Hama countryside, which has since prompted the redeployment of troops from the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, ISIS, Syria


Israeli forces will remain on high alert over potential Hezbollah attack: Maariv

Published 2020-07-26 14:21:20 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Ministry of Defense estimated that their military forces will remain on high alert for quite awhile. The Hebrew-language newspaper, Maariv, reported this morning  that the Lebanese Hezbollah is continuing to search for weaknesses in an attempt to carry out an operation directed against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The newspaper reported that during the weekend, discussions took place in the assessment of the situation in the General Staff and the Northern Command of the Israeli army due to the increased tension in the area, through which additional reinforcements were sent to the Lebanese… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


New satellite images reveal Russian involvement in ground and air operations in Libya: Africom

Published 2020-07-26 13:33:52 by News Desk in North-Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The U.S. military’s Africa Command (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday, July 24th, of the Russian presence in Libya. “U.S. Africa Command has mounting evidence that Russia, through the Wagner Group, continues to position military equipment in Libya capable of conducting kinetic operations there,” the Africom statement began. According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of Russia’s Wagner Group, a private military company that has been accused of working of directly with Moscow in several countries, including Syria and Libya. “Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, US


Newly deployed Syrian Army troops begin heavy bombardment of Idlib front-lines

Published 2020-07-26 13:01:55 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The newly deployed 25th Special Mission Forces Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have already begun their heavy bombardment of the southern Idlib front-lines. According to reports from nearby Hama, the 25th Division unleashed a flurry of artillery and missiles strikes on the jihadist defenses in a number of areas along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines, including the villages of Al-Bara’a, Al-Fatirah. The 25th Division, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other units of the Syrian Army, heavily targeted the jihadist fortifications and posts that were constructed along these front-line villages in southern Idlib…. Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria


Israeli forces fire several smoke bombs along Lebanese border: video

Published 2020-07-26 12:43:24 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a number of smoke bombs along the Lebanese border and occupied Sheba’a Farms region. According to reports from the border, the IDF launched several smoke shells along the hilltops that overlook Lebanon’s Nabatieh Governorate. These smoke shells were followed by a number of Israeli aircraft, mainly drones, that penetrated into Lebanese airspace to conduct reconnaissance flights along the border region. The Lebanese Broadcast Channel (LBCI) posted a video on Sunday morning that showed the moment that the Israeli Defense Forces began launching the smoke shells along the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, IDF, Israel, Lebanon


Turkish Air Force in action during eastern Mediterranean exercises: video

Published 2020-07-26 12:26:14 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – On Saturday evening, the Turkish Ministry of Defense published a video clip of its military exercises in the eastern Mediterranean region, amid heightened tensions over the Libyan crisis. The Ministry of Defense tweeted that “Turkish fighters carried out training exercise in the eastern Mediterranean last Thursday, July 23,” without providing further details. https://twitter.com/tcsavunma/status/1286982715452129282?s=20 Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Turkish presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, said earlier, that his country wants to share all natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean fairly, pointing out that Turkey will not accept letters that include a threats. He said that “sending Egyptian… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Turkey


Yemen’s Ansarallah forces express readiness to participate in Iranian response over US interception of airliner

Published 2020-07-26 12:05:49 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Yemen’s Ansarallah Movement issued a statement expressing its readiness to participate in any Iranian response to the U.S. interception of the Iranian airliner over Syrian airspace last week, which resulted in the injury of a number of passengers on the flight from Tehran to Beirut. In a statement published by the Iranian state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Anasrallah political office slammed the U.S. interception of the Mahar Air flight, stating that “the ongoing persistence of violating Syrian sovereignty is an aggressive approach and barbaric behavior of a criminal regime that transcends all international… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Iran, Yemen


Syria and Lebanon will bear responsibility for any attack against Israel: MoD

Published 2020-07-26 10:54:39 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, warned on Saturday evening, that Lebanon and Syria bear the direct responsibility for any attack emanating from their lands. The Hebrew-language Channel 13 TV on Saturday evening quoted Gantz as saying that he warns the two countries against a reaction or offensive operations against Israel, at a time when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been placed on high alert in the Northern Region. Gantz ‘s comments came in response to the report presented to him by the Chief of the General Staff, General Aviv Kochavi, and the head… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


Iranian forces announce dismantling of ‘armed separatist cell’

Published 2020-07-26 10:10:39 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Iranian security forces announced the dismantling of an armed separatist cell in the southwestern Khuzestan Province. The commander of the Khuzestan Internal Security Forces, Brigadier Haider Abbas Zadeh, told the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the cell included 3 elements and was active in the city of Mahshahr, south of the province. The commander explained that “the armed cell had carried out, on Wednesday of last week, simultaneous shooting towards the house of the commander of the mobilization forces (Al-Basij) and one of the prominent members of the headquarters of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


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