This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Erdogan, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, UAE, Libya, Iraq, Iran, IRGC, Soleimani, Netanyahu, US, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Idlib, China, Sirte, France.

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Russian military aircraft crashes during training flight, crew survives: MoD

Published 2020-08-13 23:52:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Russian Defense Ministry announced that an L-39 training plane had an accident in the southwestern Krasnodar region, and that its two crew members escaped injury. “An L-39 training plane had an accident while carrying out a training sortie, and the two-person crew were able to leave the plane by parachute, and were not injured,” the Russian Defense Ministry statement said. The statement indicated that the plane fell over an uninhabited area. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined by the Aviation Safety Committee of the Russian Armed Forces. It is reported… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Greece received ‘first message’ after confrontation with Turkey in eastern Mediterranean: Erdogan

Published 2020-08-13 23:30:50 by News Desk in World-News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Greece got the “first response” from Turkey in the ongoing Mediterranean crisis, hinting at the recent incident between Turkish and Greek frigates. “We said that if you attack Oruc Reis, the consequences would be great. And today, they received the first response”, Erdogan said, speaking in Ankara. The Turkish-Greek tensions escalated this week after Turkey’s Oruc Reis research vessel began exploration drilling in Greek-claimed waters in the Mediterranean on Monday. Earlier in the day, the Greek news portal reported, citing sources, that Greek naval frigate Limnos and Turkish frigate Kemalreis… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey

Palestinian leadership accuses UAE of betraying Al-Aqsa over peace with Israel

Published 2020-08-13 23:20:50 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The Palestinian leadership called on the United Arab Emirates to immediately withdraw from the “shameful declaration of normalization” with Israel, describing it as “a betrayal of Al-Aqsa.” The official spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said that the Palestinian leadership calls for an immediate meeting of the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to reject the announcement of the Emirati-Israeli normalization. He said that “the Palestinian leadership considers the Emirati-Israeli normalization to destroy the Arab Peace Initiative and an aggression against the Palestinian people.” “The Palestinian leadership affirms that… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Palestine, UAE

Watch: Turkish warship reaches Libyan coastal base

Published 2020-08-13 23:10:55 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Libyan accounts posted on social media this week, a video that was said to show a Turkish frigate entering a naval base in the city of Al-Khums, located east of the capital, Tripoli. The footage shows a helicopter escorting the Turkish frigate to protect it as it entered this naval base, located approximately halfway between the coastal cities of Tripoli and Misrata.

Tags: Libya, Turkey

New missile attack reported at Iraqi airbase in Salaheddine

Published 2020-08-13 22:37:23 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Iraqi Security Information Cell reported that a missile strike targeted one of their military bases north of Baghdad. The cell said in a statement that “3 Katyusha rockets fell on Balad Airbase in the Salaheddine Governorate.” The cell said that the preliminary information indicates that there were no significant losses. No further details were released at this time.

Tags: Iraq

IRGC commander vows to harshly ‘avenge martyr Qassem Soleimani’

Published 2020-08-13 22:30:05 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Major General Hossein Salami, vowed on Thursday, to “avenge the blood of the martyr of Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, sooner or later,” stressing that “revenge will definitely be harsh.” Quoted by the Tasnim News Agency, Salami said during a meeting that included senior leaders and officials of the Quds Force, that “by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, the enemies (the United States) created for themselves a source of constant danger and revenge, and that his martyrdom also doubled the jihadist power among the youth of the Islamic world.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Soleimani

Israel backs Greece as tensions increase with Turkey in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-13 22:19:37 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country is looking very seriously at any act of aggression being carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean region, regardless of which party did it, including Turkey. Netanyahu published a new tweet  on Thursday, in which he clarified that he had received the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias. The Israeli premier said that his country is standing by Athens, in light of the crisis between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean. The Israeli Prime Minister pointed out that the visit by Dendias to Israel is… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Israel, Netanyahu, Turkey

Russian Su-27 forces US aircraft to reroute amid another interception incident: video

Published 2020-08-13 21:00:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that an Su-27 fighter jet from the Russian Armed Forces had intercepted two American reconnaissance planes near the Russian border in the Black Sea region. In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said that Russian surveillance means detected two targets approaching the Russian border over the waters of the Black Sea, on Wednesday. The Su-27 fighter belonging to the Air Defense Forces of the Russian Southern Military District took off to identify the two targets, and confirmed that they were two reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 and P-8A Poseidon for the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

Azerbaijani president ‘concerned’ about recent Russian arms shipments to Armenia

Published 2020-08-13 20:39:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed his disapproval of Russian arms supplies to Armenia this week, while holding a telephone meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. on Wednesday. According to the Tass News Agency, Aliyev expressed his country’s “concern about  military shipments from Russia to Armenia.” The press office of the President of Azerbaijan stated: “Ilham Aliyev indicated that the volume of military shipments that were delivered immediately after the armed clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border (in July) from Russia to Armenia using the airspace of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran, exceeded 400 tons, and stressed… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia

Israel successfully tests Arrow-2 interceptor missile system

Published 2020-08-13 20:26:28 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said that Israel successfully tested the Arrow-2 ballistic interceptor missile. The agency of the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement: “The Arrow-2 interceptor successfully took the path set for it and destroyed the target.” The Arrow-2 missile is in addition to a newer system, the “Arrow-3”, at the forefront of an integrated Israeli shield that was built with U.S. support to counter possible missile attacks. The agency noted that the test was conducted in a range of tests in central Israel and over the Mediterranean. “The… Read on ->

Tags: Israel

US to reduce size of forces in Syria, Iraq in order to maintain long-term presence: CENTCOM

Published 2020-08-13 20:14:53 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, announced that his country “intends to reduce its forces in Iraq and Syria in the coming months, in exchange for maintaining a long-term presence.” McKenzie said at a conference that brought him together with several officials, that American and other NATO forces would maintain a long-term presence in Iraq, to ​​help fight terrorism and stop Iranian influence in the country, and he refused to disclose the size of this presence, but other American officials said that the discussions with Iraqi officials are set to resume… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

Suspected US drone strike destroys 2 vehicles in northern Idlib

Published 2020-08-13 20:01:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted two vehicles in the northern countryside of Idlib on Thursday, resulting in their subsequent destruction. According to opposition reports, the drone, which is believed to belong to the U.S.-led Coalition, struck two vehicles near the town of Sarmada, north of the administrative capital of Idlib. The reports from the scene of the attack indicate that both vehicles were destroyed and all passengers were either killed or wounded. No information has been released about the passengers of the vehicles; however, in the past, when the U.S. has targeted Idlib with… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, US

China showcases new H-6 bomber in South China Sea

Published 2020-08-13 19:46:44 by News Desk in World-News

China’s new Xian H-6J bomber has been demonstrated to the public for the first time during drills in the South China Sea, national media reported. According to the Nanfangwang news outlet, H-6G and H-6J bombers have recently carried out multiple flights to participate in exercises in the region. The H-6J jet was showcased for the first time. H-6 is a license-built version of the Soviet Union’s Tupolev Tu-16 strategic heavy bomber. It is designed to carry thermonuclear weapons. On 6 July, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused the United States of trying to undermine the stability in the South… Read on ->

Tags: China

Further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories would have eliminated hope for peace: UAE

Published 2020-08-13 19:34:44 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Thursday, that further Israeli annexation of the Palestinian territories would have destroyed any hopes for peace in the region. In a television interview, after announcing the UAE’s agreement to normalize relations with Israel, Gargash said that the UAE had dismantled a time bomb that was threatening the two-state solution. The Emirati official said that his country wanted to deal with the threats facing the two-state solution, specifically annexation of the Palestinian territories. Gargash stated that his country urges the Palestinians and Israelis to… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, UAE

Libyan Army destroys column of Turkish-backed fighters west of Sirte

Published 2020-08-13 19:19:13 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Libyan News Agency reported that the warplanes of the Libyan National Army (LNA) had struck “enemy targets” southeast of the city of Misrata. The Libyan National Army’s air force reportedly targeted a boat that violated the exclusion zone with “terrorists from the Sarraj militia on board.” The agency quoted identical sources as saying that the raid was south of the Abu Gurayn area, on the road leading to a town in the municipality of Al-Jafra, confirming that the local residents heard the sound of loud explosions from the direction of the town of Wadi… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

French warship, fighter jets deploy to Mediterranean amid growing tensions with Turkey

Published 2020-08-13 19:07:13 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – France announced Thursday that it will deploy two warplanes, and reinforce its presence in the eastern Mediterranean with one of its warships. The French Ministry of Defense said that France will send two Rafale fighter jets and the naval frigate Lafayette to the eastern Mediterranean as part of plans to increase its military presence in the region, amid indications of tension with Turkey, the Reuters News Agency reported. Earlier in the week, French President Emmanuel Macron called on Turkey to stop drilling for oil and gas in disputed waters in that region, which led to… Read on ->

Tags: France, Mediterranean, Turkey

Iranian warships, chopper seize ship in Persian Gulf: CENTCOM

Published 2020-08-13 18:49:31 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Wednesday evening, that Iranian forces, supported by two ships and a helicopter, carried out a military operation in international waters and seized a ship called “Wila.” The CENTCOM account on Twitter said that Iranian forces, accompanied by two ships and an Iranian “Sea King” helicopter, boarded a ship called the Wila in international waters; they allegedly seized the vessel. The U.S. military account also published a video clip that showed a helicopter flying over the ship, and showed people carrying out a landing operation on its deck.… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US

Trump says UAE and Israel reach historical peace agreement

Published 2020-08-13 18:28:43 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

Apart from the UAE, Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries that have reached a peace agreement with the Jewish state, although it maintains official as well as reportedly unofficial ties with other regional powers. US President Donald Trump has announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached an agreement to establish full diplomatic ties in exchange for Tel Aviv halting its plans to annex parts of the West Bank – a move long promised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The latter promised to make an official statement on the peace deal in the coming hours…. Read on ->

Tags: Israel, UAE

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