This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pompeo, US, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, France, India, Assad, IRGC, Idlib, Latakia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Libya, Ansarallah, Yemen.

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US forces block Russian military from important border triangle in northeast Syria

Published 2020-07-29 23:06:31 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – The mini Cold-War in northeastern Syria has recently intensified, following the U.S.’ move to block the Russian military from the strategic border triangle area, which links Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. According to the latest reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the U.S. forces have setup blockades in the Al-Malikiyah District, which is located near Iraq’s Mosul Governorate and Turkey’s Sirnak Province. This area is incredibly important because it would provide the Russian military police access to a major crossing with both Turkey and Iraqi-Kurdistan. Previously, the only way for people living in Syrian government areas to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Iran unveils newly upgraded missile: photos

Published 2020-07-29 22:50:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran conducted a large-scale military exercise, dubbed the Great Prophet 14, in the Strait of Hormuz this week. Among the published pictures from the Great Messenger maneuvers was the upgraded Fateh missile, which was fired from a platform that had previously not been used. This solid fuel missile, apparently from the ‘light’ missile generation, is fired from inside a capsule, the first time that such a platform has been used to launch ballistic missiles. Based on these pictures, the ballistic missile showed great accuracy in hitting its target… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Pompeo says sanctions are meant to end Syrian war after sanctioning Assad’s son

Published 2020-07-29 21:57:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that his country imposed new sanctions on Damascus, saying it came as part of Washington’s efforts to stop the “brutal war.” “Today we continue our campaign of sanctions designed to force Bashar al-Assad and his regime to cease their brutal war against the Syrian people and implement the political solution called for by UNSCR 2254,” he tweeted on Wednesday. Pompeo added that his country’s pressure is also aimed at “implementing the political solution called for by Security Council Resolution 2254. This is the only credible path… Read on ->

Tags: Pompeo, Syria, US

Israeli newspaper claims intelligence knows what ‘basement’ Nasrallah is hiding in

Published 2020-07-29 21:35:28 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – A Hebrew-language newspaper alleged on Tuesday that the Israeli military intelligence, Aman, knows what the ‘basement’ the Secretary-General of the  Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, is hiding in. According to the Israel-based newspaper, the Israeli intelligence service knows the basement where Nasrallah’s is hiding, but Israel itself does not have the answer to the most important question, which is “what next”. The newspaper claimed that the two countries, Lebanon and Israel, are in a state of high alert, and each of them is awaiting the occurrence of an operation, noting that  Nasrallah can press a button… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon

US was provoking military response from Iran over interception: official

Published 2020-07-29 21:01:45 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Tehran accused the U.S. of attempting to provoke a military response from Iran by intercepting the civilian aircraft over Syria last week. According to the Iranian Young Journalist Club (YJC), who quoted the director of the Iranian Presidential Office, Mahmoud Wadhi, as saying: “The recent hostile action by the United States towards the civil Mahan aircraft is ridiculous and stems from a great weakness.” He continued, “These irrational and very bizarre measures for a country claiming to be a superpower are a sign of their weakness and despair in front of the Iranian… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US

New Rafale fighters arrive in India: video

Published 2020-07-29 20:31:42 by News Desk in World-News

India bought 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in 2016 under an $8.7 billion deal. The delivery is expected to be completed by the first half of 2021. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has posted a video on his Twitter feed capturing the moment when one of the Rafale fighter jets from France lands at Ambala Airbase in Haryana, India. In the video, the aircraft is seen successfully touching down on the airstrip. Earlier in the day, the minister announced that five Rafale jets had landed safely at the air base, which, according to him, marks “the beginning of… Read on ->

Tags: France, India

Syrian President meets with high-level Russian delegation

Published 2020-07-29 20:18:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received the special envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Vershinin, and the accompanying delegation. Lavrentiev conveyed to President Assad, and through him to the Syrian people, President Putin’s congratulations on the success of the recent elections of the Syrian People’s Assembly, “which confirms the support of the Syrian people to the state’s approach to achieving stability and improving living conditions,” according to what the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said in a statement. During the meeting, they discussed developments in… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Russia, Syria

Watch: Iranian warplanes attack enemy targets near Strait of Hormuz

Published 2020-07-29 19:56:08 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran conducted several air operations from their warplanes on Wednesday, as they demonstrated their aerial capabilities during the Great Prophet 14 exercises. In particular, the IRGC’s warplanes were filmed attacking hypothetical enemy targets near the Strait of Hormuz, while receiving support from their missile units. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday launched the second day of the final stage of a military exercise in southern Iran. The U.S. has criticized these latest military exercises, especially because of their location near one of the most important… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

US bases in Middle East were on high alert over Iranian missile fire: report

Published 2020-07-29 19:37:20 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

The first batch of Rafale fighter jets are set to arrive in India’s Ambala Air Base on Wednesday afternoon after covering the 7,000 kilometers from France. The jets were stationed overnight at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. The same air base houses US and French troops and aircraft. An alert was sounded at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) late Tuesday after intelligence indicators hinted at an incoming “Iranian missile possibly headed that way”. The Rafale fighter jets bound for India were also at the UAE base as part of an overnight… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

US sanctions Bashar Al-Assad’s son and 1st Armored Division

Published 2020-07-29 19:11:08 by News Desk in Syria

On 17 June, the sanctions against Syria were expanded, a total of 14 additional people were affected, including the spouse of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Asma Al-Assad, and his sister Bushra Al-Assad, as well as 21 organisations. The US has imposed new sanctions on Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad’s son Hafez, three individuals, and 10 entities, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Washington has also sanctioned the First Division of the Syrian Arab Army, according to the Treasury. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said on Twitter that Washington is continuing its campaign to force Assad’s “regime to cease… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Syria

Syrian Army launches powerful attacks across northwestern Syria

Published 2020-07-29 18:16:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – For the fifth day in a row, the Syrian Armed Forces have unleashed a powerful barrage of artillery and missiles towards the positions of the jihadist rebels in northwestern Syria. According to a field report from the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army, alongside the Republican Guard, began the day by heavily targeting the strategic hilltops around the town of Kabani in the Jabal Al-Akrad region. The Syrian Army would follow up this attack on Kabani by striking several sites nearby, including trenches and posts belonging to the jihadist rebels of the Turkestan Islamic Party… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Latakia, Syria

Iran releases satellite photos of largest US base in the Middle East

Published 2020-07-29 18:03:36 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force on Wednesday released images of the Al-Udeid Base in Qatar, which hosts thousands of U.S. troops, taken by Iran’s newly-launched satellite, Nour-1. The images taken through the mosaicing method by the Nour-1 satellite, which was launched successfully on April 22, are high resolution and show the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle-East in Qatar, which hosts nearly 13,000 American forces. The IRGC’s satellite images of the Al-Udeid Airbase come against the backdrop of the allegations made by U.S. Space Commander Gen. Jay Raymond on April 26 that… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

US, Turkey conduct naval drills in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-29 17:50:29 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that it has conducted naval exercises with the American forces in the Mediterranean Sea. The Turkish Defense Ministry said, in a statement via Twitter that the frigate Kemalreis of the Turkish Navy participated alongside the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the exercises. The Turkish Defense Ministry also released pictures of the exercises.

Tags: Turkey, US

Several Russian air defense personnel spotted in Syria’s Homs

Published 2020-07-29 17:34:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A number of Russian air defense personnel were spotted in Syria’s Homs Governorate, as reported by Avia.Pro, who cited a Telegram channel’s new video. “Russian air defense systems are deployed not only at military facilities of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, but also in a number of other regions of the Arab Republic. As it turned out, on the territory of the Syrian province of Homs, at least one air defense division of the RF Armed Forces was deployed, which is armed with short and medium-range weapons,” they said. The Russian publication cited… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Jordan summons Azerbaijani ambassador in tit-for-tat move

Published 2020-07-29 17:20:30 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Azeri Ambassador, Rasim Radaev, against the backdrop of a statement issued by his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included reference to the summons of the Jordanian Ambassador in Baku on Monday. The Jordanian News Agency, Petra, reported that the ministry conveyed to the Azerbaijani Ambassador its surprise at the issuance of such a statement and the implication of calling the ambassador at the time that the ambassador of the kingdom “was informed that the meeting was for a discussion and not a summons.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Azerbaijan, Jordan

Watch: Iranian ballistic missiles fired from underground sites

Published 2020-07-29 17:09:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired ballistic missiles from underground platforms during the second day of the massive ‘Great Prophet-14’ military drills in the southwestern part of the country on Wednesday. The successful firing of ballistic missiles fully hidden in camouflage deep under the ground is an important achievement that could pose serious challenges to enemy intelligence agencies, the Fars News Agency reported. In the final stage of the IRGC’s drills, which took place in the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC Aerospace Force’s drones attacked a… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Iraq: New photos show significant damage to military aircraft after rocket attack

Published 2020-07-29 16:47:10 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Iraqi media released photos that were said to show a severely damaged Iraqi military plane, after three Katyusha rockets hit the Taji Airbase north of Baghdad on Monday. The images circulated show that the aircraft was severely damaged, including large holes in the structure of the aircraft as a result of the rocket strikes. On Monday, the Iraqi Security Media Cell announced that an Iraqi army plane was badly damaged after three Katyusha rockets hit the Taji Airbase. The cell’s statement said: “The heroic camp of our Iraqi army was attacked,… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Libyan Army restores 2 Soviet-era air defense systems

Published 2020-07-29 16:32:46 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – A local Facebook page in Libya announced that the Libyan National Army (LNA) had succeeded in rehabilitating two S-200 (SA-5) air defense systems. In this context, it was reported that the two air defense systems were brought into service and that they were “stored in the air defense camp south of the city of Al-Abyar, and they are in excellent condition.” During the Qaddafi era, Libya purchased in 1986 the Soviet-made S-200 air defense systems against the backdrop of the severe tension with the United States, which reached the degree of clash off the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Iran launches ballistic missiles from underground base

Published 2020-07-29 16:11:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced the launching of ballistic missiles from underground bases towards imaginary naval targets in the Gulf waters on the second day of the final stage of the Great Messenger’s maneuvers. The last stage of the Great Messenger maneuver also showcased the Revolutionary Guards using its Su-22 jets to destroy targets at the Faror Island in the Persian Gulf. Iran also demonstrated its new drones in an attack on the enemy’s hypothetical targets and the destruction of the predefined locations. For his part, the Assistant Commander of the Revolutionary Guards… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

New Rafale jets escorted by Russian fighters as India strengthens forces after clash with China: photos

Published 2020-07-29 15:56:41 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Five French Rafale fighters entered Indian airspace this week and they were spotted alongside Russian fighters, as they are scheduled to land at an Indian military base to formally join their air forces. According to the Times of India, the French Rafale fighters were escorted by the Russian-made jets to the Indian military base, where they were welcomed for their induction into the armed forces. The official page of the Indian Air Force published pictures of the Rafale fighters, which it said were in Indian airspace, noting that it included five fighters and that they… Read on ->

Tags: France, India, Russia

Ansarallah forces announce defection of entire battalion loyal to Yemeni president

Published 2020-07-29 15:39:01 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – One of the leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Muhammad al-Bukhaiti, announced on Tuesday, the defection of an entire battalion from the forces of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and its return to Sana’a with its leader. Bukhaiti tweeted: “The entire battalion with its commander returns to the homeland,” without revealing the name of the battalion and its overseer. If true, this would be another blow to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, which is currently trying to regain large parts of the country that under the control of the Ansarallah forces. Since the start of the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

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