This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Russia, Iraq, ISIS, Syria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, US, Nasrallah, Netanyahu, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestine, Greece, Libya, IRGC, Aleppo, Hama, Salaheddine, Taji.

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Iran simulates battle with US Navy in Strait of Hormuz: video

Published 2020-07-28 23:37:12 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards blew up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier with missiles during military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, which the United States described as “reckless and irresponsible.” The exercises, which were called “the 14th Greatest Messenger Exercises,” took place in  the Strait of Hormuz, the main sea lane for one-fifth of the world’s oil production, on the basis of an increased tension between Iran and the United States. Video footage of the exercises showed that the Revolutionary Guards’ air and naval forces  preparing to launch an offensive off the southwestern… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Watch: Russian airborne units in action

Published 2020-07-28 19:22:33 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video showing their airborne units in action during a battle exercise. The Russian military units can be seen conducting airborne operations and taking control of the battlefield in a simulated battle that was recently conducted.

Tags: Russia

Iraqi forces thwart ISIS infiltration along Syrian border

Published 2020-07-28 19:12:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON 7:00 P.M.) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) foiled an infiltration attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) along the Syrian border with the Al-Anbar Governorate. “The Popular Mobilization Units thwarted a Daesh group infiltration that used a four-wheel drive vehicle as they entered Iraqi territory near ‘Akashat along the Syrian-Iraqi border. Gunfire was directed towards the vehicle, forcing it to withdraw back to Syria,” the PMU statement said. The Popular Mobilization Units did not release any more information about the incident; however, it is important to note that the Islamic State has repeatedly used this region along… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria

Turkish troops arrive in Azerbaijan for joint exercises in message to Armenia

Published 2020-07-28 18:46:26 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Turkish forces arrived in Azerbaijan on Tuesday to participate in joint military exercises between the two countries, after days of escalation between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies in the Karabakh region. A ceremony was held to receive the Turkish soldiers at the Umit Bridge at the Sidirik border crossing of the Republic of Nakhchivan, after the Turkish force arrived in Baku with a Turkish Air Force plane. The ceremony included the playing of the Turkish and Azerbaijani national anthems, after which Turkish soldiers were stationed in the military units in the capital, Baku and… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey

Column of Israeli tanks deployed to Lebanese-Syrian border amid latest escalation: video

Published 2020-07-28 18:27:39 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – A column of tanks belonging to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were filmed inside the occupied Golan Heights region after the recent escalation in the Sheba’a Farms. Israeli tanks were filmed by RT Arabic, patrolling the Golan region on Tuesday near the Lebanese border, after an exchange of fire on the Sheba’a Farms on Monday. Hezbollah has denied that their forces took part in any clashes or mission, while the Israeli army claims that they foiled a “sabotage operation.”

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

US slams Iran over military drills in strategic Strait of Hormuz

Published 2020-07-28 18:15:27 by News Desk in Iran

At the same time, Washington has repeatedly ignored Tehran’s calls for the US to stop sending its carriers to the Gulf and its warnings that such actions only contribute to the escalation of tensions in the region, not to security. The US Navy has criticised Iran’s military drills that are taking place along the waterways in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, adding that it is monitoring them closely. The American military further called the war games an Iranian attempt “to intimidate and coerce”, without clarifying whom or for what purpose. “We are aware of the Iranian exercise involving… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syria reveals new steps taken after US jets intercepted Iranian airliner

Published 2020-07-28 17:26:23 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Director General of the Syrian Civil Aviation, Bassem Mansour, revealed a step his country has taken after U.S. fighter jets intercepted an Iranian passenger plane last Thursday. Mansour told Iran’s Tasnim Agency that “the plane was in  Syrian airspace and close to the Al-Tanf area while crossing the Civil Air Corridor extending from Iraq through the Syrian lands to Lebanon, and the forces of the so-called U.S.-led aggressive coalition launched an air piracy operation.” The Syrian official pointed out that “exposure to civil aviation is a dangerous precedent and it is  air piracy that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria

Israel’s Netanyahu sends warning to Hezbollah leader

Published 2020-07-28 17:08:38 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “Tel Aviv will do everything in its power to protect its security,” calling on Hezbollah to take this fact seriously. According to the Israeli Broadcasting Channel (Makan), Netanyahu said, during a meeting at the headquarters of the Northern Front, the day after the escalation along the border with Lebanon: “What is happening now is an attempt by Iran and the organizations in its orbit in Lebanon to militarily position themslves in our region,” asserting that “Israel continues to work to thwart the Iranian military position in the region.”… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Nasrallah, Netanyahu

Iranian forces conduct naval operation against mock US aircraft carrier: video

Published 2020-07-28 16:45:18 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Various units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards conducted an exercise to destroy a supposed U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf region. During these maneuvers that began on Tuesday morning, various units, including the navy, conducted a confrontational exercise and supposedly destroyed a mock American aircraft carrier. In this exercise, missile units and speed boats launched heavy fire with rocket launchers and cruise missiles, as well as Revolutionary Guard naval force helicopters launched cruise missiles, to confront and destroy the supposed U.S. aircraft carrier. In one aspect of the exercise, the Helicopter Force and Revolutionary… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Turkish drones used in attack against Armenian military: Russian media

Published 2020-07-28 16:35:33 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – Turkish attack drones were used against the Armenian military near the Azerbaijan border recently, the Russian online publication Avia.Pro reported, citing the Military Observer Telegram channel. The Avia.Pro report said Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 attack drone was used to launch airstrikes on Armenian territory, but the site was unable to provide an exact date and time. “According to Russian sources, the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 attack unmanned aerial vehicles launched air strikes on the territory of Armenia. The exact date and time of the use of Turkish drones remains unknown; however, it is reported that the military… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey

Hamas expresses solidarity with Lebanon and Syria after Israeli attacks

Published 2020-07-28 16:08:30 by News Desk in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Hamas Movement issued a statement commenting on the recent Israeli attacks on Syria and Lebanon over the last ten days. In its statement, the movement stressed “its full support for the right of Lebanon and Syria and the resistance to confront these attacks and respond to them, as resistance is a legitimate right until the end of the occupation and the liberation of Palestine and all the occupied Arab territories.” Hamas’ statement comes a day after the Israeli army announced that it “thwarted a sabotage operation in the Jabal Roos border area with Lebanon,… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria

Video footage of massive fire caused by explosion in western Iran

Published 2020-07-28 15:47:26 by News Desk in Iran

Earlier in the day, Mizan news agency reported a fuel tank explosion at a parking lot in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah that caused a conflagration in the area. Sputnik presents footage of a massive fire that erupted at a parking lot in Kermanshah province in the west of Iran on Tuesday, In the video, flames are seen engulfing trucks parked in the vicinity, with plumes of black smoke rising to the sky as firefighters battle the blaze. The fire reportedly occurred due to a fuel tank explosion, Mizan news agency reported earlier in the day.   Source:… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Turkey to suspend Mediterranean exploration amid talks with Greece

Published 2020-07-28 15:27:34 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday that his country has stopped energy exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean for some time pending talks with Greece. In an interview with CNN Turk, he said, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked to suspend operations as a constructive approach to negotiations. The long-standing tension between the two NATO members escalated during the past week, after the Turkish navy issued a warning notice about conducting seismic surveys in the waters between Cyprus and Crete.   Source: Reuters

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Video: Syrian mercenaries setting up training camp for foreign fighters arriving in Libya – LNA

Published 2020-07-28 14:59:22 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The official spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, released on Tuesday morning, a video clip that he said documents the presence of members of the Free Syrian Army’s “Sultan Murad Brigade” in the Libyan Yarmouk Camp. Al-Mesmari said, “The Syrian Sultan Murad Brigade, which is affiliated with Ankara, is setting up a training camp for them in the Yarmouk Camp in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to train groups of mercenaries.” He continued, “The mercenaries were hastily transferred from Syria to Libya without adequate training to replace the experienced fighters who… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Iran unveils ‘surprises’ during large-scale naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormus

Published 2020-07-28 14:42:45 by News Desk in Iran

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Iran announced the start of the “14 Greatest Messenger”  maneuvers on Tuesday in the Strait of Hormuz, in which some “surprise equipment and weapons” used to target warships from long distances are used. “The Revolutionary Guards are conducting these large and joint exercises with the aim of preserving and enhancing its combat readiness,” Brigadier General Abbas Nilfroshan, spokesman for the exercises said on Tuesday. The Fars News Agency quoted the general as saying: “The operational and final stage of these maneuvers, which was preceded by the preliminary stage in the past days, has already started… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Several dead after ISIS launches big attack against Syrian Army forces near strategic highway

Published 2020-07-28 14:02:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a surprise attack on Tuesday against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in the northeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate. According to a field report from Hama, terrorists from the Islamic State stormed the Syrian Army’s positions near the strategic Khanasser Highway, which links the Hama and Aleppo governorates. The Khanasser Highway was the first major roadway to be reopened after the Syrian Army lifted the siege imposed on the city of Aleppo by Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in 2013. The Syrian Army was able to… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Hama, ISIS, Syria

New blast hits western Iran amid mysterious rise in explosions

Published 2020-07-28 13:32:57 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Over the past few weeks, a series of fires and explosions have hit sensitive Iranian facilities. In early July, a blaze swept through a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, and a blast was reported at a gas storage tank east of Tehran. In mid-July, a fire broke out at a plant producing liquefied natural gas in the city of Fariman. A fuel tank has caught fire after a blast in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, the Mizan news agency reported. “An explosion in a fuel tank occurred in the parking lot of the Dolat… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Powerful explosions reported at second Iraqi airbase

Published 2020-07-28 00:39:42 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – For the second time this evening, an Iraqi airbase has witnessed powerful explosions north of the capital, Baghdad. The latest explosions were reported at the Martyr Majd Al-Tamimi Air Force, which is located in the Salaheddine Governorate, The Iraqi Security Media Cell reported: “At exactly 11:00 P.M. on the evening of July 27th, two explosions occurred at the Martyr Majd Al-Tamimi Air Force Base in the Salaheddine Governorate and civil defense units were able to control the fires that resulted from these two explosions.” They added that they are investigating the explosions, but pointed out… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Salaheddine

Military aircraft ‘severely damaged’ at Iraqi base that houses US Coalition forces

Published 2020-07-28 00:24:56 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The Iraqi Security Media Cell announced on Monday, that an Iraqi army aircraft was severely damaged after three Katyusha rockets hit the Taji camp, north of Baghdad. According to the report, the three Katyusha rockets were fired from the Saba Al-Bour and hit the Iraqi military installation, which also houses the U.S. Coalition forces. The statement saod: “These missiles fell on Iraqi military forces’ sites, where the first missile fell on the 15th Squadron of the army’s aircraft and caused significant damage to one of the army’s aircraft, and the second missile fell on the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taji

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