This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Syria, Turkey, US, Coroanvirus, Russia, Ansarallah, Yemen, Iraq, Greece, Mediterranean, Assad, Israel, Coronavirus, Jordan, Cyprus, France, China, Beirut, Lebanon, India.

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Syrian President says Turkey and US suffering from political illusions

Published 2020-08-12 23:48:22 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, said in a speech to the members of the new Syrian People’s Assembly on Wednesday, that the political initiatives have turned America and Turkey into political jokes. The Syrian President explained , “Despite sincere efforts by Iran and Russia to push political initiatives to solve the Syrian crisis, thanks to the United States and its agent Turkey and their representatives in the dialogue, they have transformed the initiatives into political illusions.” “Nevertheless, we still believe in the need to support political initiatives, despite our knowledge that the other side is governed… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey, US


Russia plans to make 5 million coronavirus vaccines per month

Published 2020-08-12 22:22:37 by News Desk in World-News

Russia plans to make 5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine per month in December-January, Director of the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gintsburg told reporters on Wednesday. “According to the schedule, [enterprises] are expected to reach their full capacity in December or January. <…>The capacity should be about 5 million per month, maybe even more. If that is the case, the entire country will be provided with the appropriate drug within a year,” he said. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia had registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. According to Health Minister… Read on ->

Tags: Coroanvirus, Russia


Russian Su-27 intercepts US military aircraft for 2nd time in 24 hours

Published 2020-08-12 21:34:13 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) –  A Russian fighter jet scrambled after two U.S. military aircraft approached the Russian border over the Black Sea, so that no violation of the state border was allowed, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center (NDCC) said on Wednesday. “Russian airspace control systems detected two air targets approaching the Russian state border over neutral waters of the Black Sea. To identify and classify targets, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District was scrambled,” the statement says. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the targets as the U.S…. Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, US


Ansarallah forces on the verge of eliminating Al-Qaeda/ISIS pocket in central Yemen

Published 2020-08-12 21:16:22 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces are on the verge of scoring a decisive victory against the Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organizations in central Yemen. According to the latest reports from the front, the Ansarallah forces have captured several areas inside the Al-Bayda Governorate over the last 24 hours, including a number of hilltops and observation points. The success by the Ansarallah Movement has put them in position of eliminating this terrorist salient near the Dhamar Governorate. At the same time, the Ansarallah forces are also advancing near the Marib Governorate… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Iraq summons Turkish ambassador, demands immediate withdrawal of forces

Published 2020-08-12 20:58:50 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, against the background of what it described as “the continuous breaches and violations of the Turkish Army.” In particular, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs slammed Ankara over the attack on the Iraqi border guards in the Erbil Governorate. As a result of this bombing, at least two soldiers and one officer from the Iraqi Border Guards were killed. The memorandum, which was delivered by the Undersecretary of the Ministry Ambassador Abdul-Karim Hashem to the Turkish… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Turkey


Greece warns Turkey of its intention to respond to any provocation in Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-12 20:42:38 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Wednesday, his country’s intention to respond to any provocation in the eastern Mediterranean. The Prime Minister said that, in response to Turkey’s deployment of its fleet to the region, Greece deployed its fleet there as well and put the armed forces “on alert.” According to the AFP, the Prime Minister added that he hopes cool heads will prevail in the eastern Mediterranean, “so that we can initiate an honest dialogue.” Tensions rose between Turkey and Greece on Monday, following Ankara’s deployment of the “Uruj Reis” seismic survey ship… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey


Syrian President explains reasons for Israeli airstrikes and US economic siege

Published 2020-08-12 20:14:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, explained the reason for the repeated Israeli attacks on the city of Deir Ezzor and the role of the “Caesar Act” that targets the Syrian economy. In a speech delivered today to the newly elected Syrian People’s Assembly, the President said, “The Israeli attacks on Deir Ezzor came to facilitate the movement of ISIS terrorists.” The airstrikes referenced by the Syrian President are the late night attacks carried out by enemy aircraft near the Iraqi border. The Syrian President then turned his attention to the U.S. Caesar Act, which… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Israel, Syria, US


Jordan to close border with Syria amid spike in coronavirus cases

Published 2020-08-12 18:18:44 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Jordan announced the closure of the Jaber Crossing between the Hashemite Kingdom and Syria, starting tomorrow, Thursday. According to the Jordanian news site, Al-Maqar, the Minister of Interior, Salameh Hammad, decided today, Wednesday, to close the Jaber border center between Jordan and Syria, starting tomorrow, for a period of a week. According to the site, the decision came after recording a number of coronavirus cases among workers at the border center. On Wednesday, Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz chaired a meeting at the Ministry of the Interior for the Committee to Organize and Follow Up… Read on ->

Tags: Coronavirus, Jordan, Syria


War of words: Greece blasts Turkey over eastern Mediterranean maneuvers

Published 2020-08-12 17:59:40 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Greek Ministry of Defense condemned Turkey’s continued provocations in the eastern Mediterranean region and its violation of the country’s maritime borders. The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday that “the ships of the Turkish Navy were at a distance of 60 nautical miles south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which constitutes a violation of the maritime borders,” explaining that the Greek naval fleet is in the area to monitor Turkish activities. Meanwhile, the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmaz said in a tweet that the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey


Syrian President hit by blood pressure drop during speech

Published 2020-08-12 17:43:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was hit by a slight pressure drop in his blood pressure while speaking before the People’s Assembly representatives. In a statement, the Syrian Presidency said, “At half past six in the evening … on the national media and the platforms of the presidency on social media … you will follow the speech of President Bashar Al-Assad in front of the members of Parliament.” They continued: “The speech paused for a few minutes due to a slight pressure drop that afflicted the president before returning to resume the speech normally.”… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


France deploys warplanes to Cyprus amid tension with Turkey

Published 2020-08-12 17:30:05 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Cypriot media announced the arrival of two French Rafale fighters, in addition to a C-130H support plane, to the island of Cyprus, in what they said was a French message addressed to Turkey. The “Defense-Point.Gr” news portal, which specializes in military affairs in Greek, said that France, by sending the three military aircraft, sent a clear message to Turkey. It reported that the two French fighter and support aircraft landed yesterday afternoon at the Andreas Papandreou Air Base in the Paphos region and will remain on the island for several days, within the framework… Read on ->

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Tags: Cyprus, France, Turkey


China tests new air-to-surface missiles: video

Published 2020-08-12 16:21:34 by News Desk in World-News

New footage from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) shows Z-10A attack helicopters of the PLA Ground Force engaging in a live-fire drill, complete with what appears to be a new type of missile, according to a recent report from The Drive. The footage, republished to YouTube on August 6, shows the attack choppers firing on a number of armored vehicle targets. https://youtu.be/pBhsC37tD5I The Drive’s Thomas Newdick speculated in a Tuesday article that the weapon is likely a “fire-and-forget” missile, meaning it does not require additional guidance after being launched and is capable of striking its target without being in the… Read on ->

Tags: China


Lebanon resumes work at Beirut Port for first time since explosion

Published 2020-08-12 16:10:53 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Port of Beirut gradually resumed work on Monday, with the aim of securing goods for the local markets, a week after a massive explosion that left over 170 dead and 4,000 more wounded. The Minister of Economy in the Lebanese caretaker government, Raul Nehme, announced, through his Twitter account, that ” there are 12 cranes out of 16 operating in Beirut Port.” He continued, “The port is now working to unload the ships, and merchants come to take their goods from the port.” On Wednesday, Nehme announced the size of flour stocks in his… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


India deploys attack choppers to contested border region with China

Published 2020-08-12 15:45:08 by News Desk in World-News

India has deployed fighter jets, transport aircraft, and thousands of additional troops to the Ladakh region to counter movement by the People’s Liberation Army. The two Asian giants have failed to reach a consensus on disengagement in Pangong Tso and Depsang Valley after six rounds of military-level talks. Boosting its air combat capability in the Ladakh region, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed locally-developed armed helicopters carrying 70mm guns, unguided rockets, cluster bombs, and other weaponry. “In light of the prevailing situation on the border, two Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) have been deployed for operations at high altitude (Leh… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


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