This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Damascus, Syria, Tartous, China, India, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Guaido, Israel, Venezuela, Russia, Beirut, Azerbaijan, US, North_Korea, Trump, Libya, Sirte, Deir_Ezzor, Palestine, PLA, Armenia, Hezbollah, Taiwan.

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Syrian train carrying grain completes first trip trip in 9 years from Tartous to Damascus: photos

Published 2020-08-08 19:28:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – For the first time in nine years, a Syrian train carrying grains completed the journey from Tartous Port to Damascus. According to Al-Ikhbariya, the train transported the grains from the Port of Tartous to Al-Sabinah in the Damascus countryside. This successful transport via train is an important step for the Syrian government, as it allowed to transfer a large amount of grain in a shorter amount of time than usual.

Tags: Damascus, Syria, Tartous

Comparison of new Indian Rafale jets and Chinese J-20 stealth fighters

Published 2020-08-08 18:48:50 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Five French-made Rafale fighters joined the Indian Air Force last month in a major deal involving 36 fighters, to be fully delivered to India by 2022. The Rafale fighters arrived, in light of repeated tensions between the Chinese and Indian armies, which placed the new fighters at the Ambala Air Base in the Indian state of Haryana. The Times of India newspaper said that India was amassing these planes to be operational near the Chinese border in light of the tensions between the two countries. The newspaper pointed out that France sped up the delivery… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Two Lebanese citizens killed in Iranian capital

Published 2020-08-08 18:29:26 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Fars News Agency quoted activists on Saturday as saying that a Lebanese citizen was killed with his daughter on Pasdaran Street, northeast of Tehran, while opposition sites reported that he was a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Fars News reported that Mariam Daoudi was killed, along with her father Habib Daoudi, after they were shot by gunmen on a motorcycle. The Iranian news site quoted sources that stated five bullets were fired by the gunmen at the Lebanese citizens while they were on Pasdaran Street, and that four bullets hit Mariam and Habib, while… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Lebanon

Turkey resumes projects in eastern Mediterranean despite conflict with Egypt, Greece

Published 2020-08-08 18:05:52 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, that his country has resumed exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean, noting that Greece has not complied with its commitments related to exploration for energy resources in the region. After Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia Mosque, Erdogan said: “We have started excavation work again … I don’t think we are obligated to talk to those who do not have rights in the areas of maritime powers.” He added that a “seismic” survey ship had been sent to the region to carry out its duties. The ship… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Greece, Turkey

Juan Guaido to restore Venezuelan ties with Israel within days: newspaper

Published 2020-08-08 17:38:41 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 P.M.) – The Israeli media reported on Saturday, that “the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, will work to resume relations with Israel after 11 years of estrangement caused by former President Hugo Chavez,” following the 2009 Gaza conflict. According to the online newspaper Israel Hayom, the Venezuelan opposition leader “will seek to resume relations with Tel Aviv again.” The newspaper said, “Guaidó has appointed a Venezuelan of Jewish origin, who is Rabbi Pinchas Brenner, who led the Jewish community in Venezuela for years, as an ambassador to Israel, and in preparation for this step, a… Read on ->

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Tags: Guaido, Israel, Venezuela

Russia warns Israel against launching more strikes in Syria

Published 2020-08-08 17:25:35 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday about Israel’s airstrikes that targeted Syrian soil on August 3rd. “On the evening of August 3, the Israeli Air Force launched strikes on the positions of the Syrian military in response to an alleged attempt by unknown persons earlier that day to plant an explosive device near the dividing line in the occupied Golan Heights. At the same time, the Israelis, as expected, placed all responsibility for the incident on the Syrian side. According to incoming reports, observation posts, anti-aircraft guns, objective control systems, as well… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria

Satellite photos show ship that carried explosive cargo sunk at Beirut Port

Published 2020-08-08 17:04:13 by News Desk in Lebanon

Photos have emerged of the abandoned ship that transported the volatile cargo that exploded in the port of Beirut, Lebanon. The New York Times has published satellite images of the submerged hull of the ship, the MV Rhosus, on the northern edge of the port. According to the newspaper, the 86-metre-long single-deck vessel, flying a Moldovan flag and owned by Cyprus-based businessman Igor Grechushkin, began sinking in February 2018 after years of being stranded in the port. ​The ship was carrying 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate – commonly used as an agricultural fertiliser – from Georgia to Mozambique in… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish and Azerbaijani forces showcase military might in exercises: video

Published 2020-08-08 16:31:54 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Turkish state-owned Anadolu News Agency reported on Friday that Turkish and Azerbaijani forces are continuing their joint air exercises in Azerbaijan. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said that fighters from Turkey and Azerbaijan carried out various missions by flying day and night as part of the exercises. They added that the fighters carried out missions such as search and rescue activities and the destruction of ground targets, noting that the fighters also carried out interception, guarding and attack missions. The exercises, which started on July 29, have been held in the capital,… Read on ->

Tags: Azerbaijan, Turkey

Over 40 Syrians killed in Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-08 16:21:26 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon announced that the number of Syrians killed by the Beirut Port explosion has reached 43. According to Al-Watan, the Syrian Embassy in Beirut announced: “43 Syrian martyrs as a result of the Beirut explosion, in an infinite toll.” U.N. bodies have warned of a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon following the explosion that occurred in the port of the capital last Tuesday, which killed more than 150 people and injured more than 5,000 others. So far, the Lebanese government’s investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by a shipment of 2,750… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, Syria

Iran takes first action against US over interception of civil airliner in Syria

Published 2020-08-08 15:30:37 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Iranian authorities sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Security Council regarding the interception of a civil airliner by U.S. fighter jets in Syria last month. Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Majd Takht Rawanji, said in the statement, as reported by the Tasnim Agency: “An Iranian Airbus passenger plane belonging to the Mahan company that was heading from Tehran to Beirut on July 23 faced sudden interception and offensive behavior by two American F-15 fighters while it was flying. Iranian passengers were flying in the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US

Paula Yacoubian and 3 Kataeb MPs resign from Lebanon’s Parliament

Published 2020-08-08 15:18:59 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Minister of Parliament Paula Yacoubian and the Kataeb Party members announced their resignation from the Lebanese Parliament on Saturday, following the explosion that devastated the Port of Beirut, leaving more than 150 people dead and over 5,000 wounded. According to the official media wing of the Kataeb, their three MPs, led by Samy Gemayel, president of the party, announced their resignation after attending the funeral of Nizar Nazarian. The Kataeb bloc consists of 3 deputies: Samy Gemayel, Nadim Gemayel, son of the former Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel, and Elias Hanakish. Samy Gemayel has been one… Read on ->

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Tags: Lebanon

Israeli army chief claims Iranians killed in IDF attack in southern Syria

Published 2020-08-08 14:12:48 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – On Friday evening, the Israeli Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, revealed the nationality of the cell that the Israeli army targeted last week in the occupied Syrian Golan. Israeli media quoted Kochavi, during his meeting with the Magellan unit, as saying that “the cell that the army targeted in the Golan is Iranian,” pointing out that the “Israeli army will continue to work to prevent the establishment of this axis on the northern front. ” He added, “The army will continue to act against all other sectors, and attempts to manufacture precision missiles, and we… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria

Massive fire sweeps through Lebanese mountain region: video

Published 2020-08-08 14:00:23 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The National News Agency in Lebanon reported on Friday evening that a massive fire broke out in the Jabal Mashgarah area. The agency reported that the army, civil defense and locals rushed to scene of the fire, despite the difficult conditions due to the ruggedness of the area. They added that the fire expanded due to the winds, noting that the flames reached many homes on the outskirts of the town from Jabal Mashgharah near Al-Mansheya neighborhood in Al-Haret Al-Fawqa, in addition to the old oak trees. The people of the region appealed to… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

Trump says if he wins election he will make deals with Iran, North Korean ‘very quickly’

Published 2020-08-08 13:03:47 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, that if he wins the elections, Washington will quickly enter into agreements with Iran and North Korea. “If and when we win, we will make deals with Iran very quickly, we’ll make deals with North Korea very quickly,” Trump said during a press conference in the U.S. state of New Jersey. He added: “If I hadn’t won the 2016 elections, our country would be at war with North Korea now.” Relations between Iran and America have been strained since Donald Trump took office and withdrew from the nuclear… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, North_Korea, Trump, US

Turkey offers to rebuild Beirut Port after explosion

Published 2020-08-08 12:44:26 by News Desk in Lebanon, Turkey

Late on Tuesday, a powerful explosion took place at the port of Beirut, killing at least 154 people and injuring about 5,000, per the latest estimates. Turkey is ready to help rebuild the port of Beirut, which has been destroyed by a massive blast, Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay said. Turkey’s port of Mersin, on the Mediterranean, is ready to assist the port of Beirut, he added. Beirut was severely hit by the massive explosion late on 4 August, with over 150 people killed and some 5,000 others injured, according to the latest data provided by the country’s Health Ministry. According… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, Turkey

Russian air defense system deployed to strategic Libyan city: video

Published 2020-08-08 11:51:52 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – A new video widely shared on social media shows a Russian air defense system being moved into a strategic city in Libya. According to the video, the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 system can be seen being transported near the strategic port-city of Sirte, which is where both the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have been amassing troops for several weeks. In this instance, however, the Pantsir-S1 system is being deployed by the Libyan National Army, who is currently backed by a number of foreign countries, including Egypt, Russia, and the United… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Russia, Sirte

Arab tribesmen clash with US-backed forces in eastern Syria

Published 2020-08-08 11:38:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Tensions are on the rise in eastern Deir Ezzor, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have found themselves as the recipients of  attacks launched local Arab tribesmen near the border of Iraq. According to a report last night, the Al-Akidat tribesmen attacked members of the Syrian Democratic Forces near the town of Dheban  in eastern Deir Ezzor, resulting in a series of clashes that lasted for a short while. The clashes reportedly spread to a number of areas in eastern Deir Ezzor, including the town of Al-Latawah. Some reports said that the Syrian Democratic… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Five hours into Beirut Port investigation, first arrest was ordered

Published 2020-08-08 11:21:36 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The public attorney in Lebanon, Ghassan El-Khoury, ordered the arrest of the Director General of Customs, Badri Daher, against the backdrop of the Beirut Port explosion, which killed dozens and injured thousands. According to the National News Agency, after an investigation that lasted more than five hours concluded, El-Khoury gave the signal to arrest Badri Daher and keep him under investigation, and to pursue investigations into the circumstances of the Beirut Port explosion. The agency also reported that the former Director General of Customs, Shafiq Marei, and the director of Beirut Port, Hassan Quraitem, had… Read on ->

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Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Syria commemorates highly-decorated commander of Palestine Liberation Army

Published 2020-08-08 10:27:37 by News Desk in Palestine, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A large motorcade carrying the remains of Major General Mohammad Tariq al-Khadra, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Palestinian Liberation Army, was seen in Damascus on Friday, as it made its way to the final resting spot for the highly-decorated officer. According to a source in Damascus, the funeral procession began at the Tishreen Hospital, where General Khadra was pronounced dead at the age of 79 this week. The funeral procession would then travel across the city of Damascus before reaching the general’s final resting spot at the Dahdah Cemetery on Baghdad Street. The motorcade… Read on ->

Tags: Palestine, PLA, Syria

Armenian Su-25 jet flew ‘within striking distance’ of Azerbaijani forces: Russian media

Published 2020-08-08 10:09:53 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Armenian Air Force deployed one of their fighter jets to an area where the Azerbaijani military was present along the border recently, the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, reported on Friday. According to the Russian publication, the Armenian Air Force deployed its Su-25 jet within striking distance of the Azerbaijani forces, following an attack by the latter on Armenian drone within its airspace. “According to sources, the reason for raising the combat aircraft of the Armenian Air Force into the sky was the attack of the Azerbaijani military on a reconnaissance drone located in the airspace… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Russian Iskander missiles ‘crush’ enemy defenses: video

Published 2020-08-08 09:04:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Russian channel “Zvezda” published a video of the launch of “Iskander-M” missiles during a special operational exercise in the Kapustin Yar training ground in Astrakhan province. The footage shows the preparation of the system’s crews for firing, as well as the firing of a missile at the virtual enemy targets. During the exercise, the crew trained to change the position of the systems to combat readiness. The missile strikes were carried out as part of the reconnaissance and striking systems based on the target-setting data received in real time from the Orlan-10 drones. According… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Russian Su-35 jets scramble to intercept US strategic bomber

Published 2020-08-08 08:48:31 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Russian National Defense Monitoring Center announced on Friday, that three Russian Su-35 fighters intercepted a U.S. strategic bomber over the waters of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk in the western Pacific. The statement read: “Three Sukhoi (35S) fighters of the Air Defense Forces of the Eastern Military Region took off alternately, in order to intercept the aircraft.” The statement said that Russian combat aircraft “have identified the aircraft as an American-made B-1B bomber belonging to the U.S. Air Force.” It noted that the Russian aircraft sorties were carried out in strict accordance with international rules…. Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Hezbollah leader denies group had any weapons at Beirut Port

Published 2020-08-08 08:36:42 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The General-Secretary of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, denied in a televised statement on Friday, that his organization had any weapons at the Port of Beirut, against the background of the big explosion that occurred last Tuesday. Nasrallah said that Hezbollah does not have any weapons at the Port of Beirut, ‘categorically’ denying that his party has any “weapons, rockets, guns, bombs, bullets or a nitrate warehouse.” Regarding the allegations of some media outlets that the party has weapons at the Beirut Port, Nasrallah stressed that “none of that at all, neither now nor in the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Taiwan deploys F-16 jets with anti-ship missiles amid China’s island invasion exercise

Published 2020-08-08 08:23:51 by News Desk in World-News

Taiwan’s Republic of China Air Force launched two multirole F-16 fighters fitted with anti-ship missiles from Hualien Air Force Base this week following reports that forces from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would be holding drills simulating the capture of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, which Beijing calls the Dongsha Islands. The Dongsha Islands are located in the northern part of the South China Sea, a body of water which contains many contested islands and reefs claimed by several nations, including China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines. The South China Sea is believed to contain large amounts of… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan

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