This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, US, Deir_Ezzor, Syria, Lebanon, China, Erdogan, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey, Iraq, UN, Pompeo, Russia, Taji, Gaza, Palestine.

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Iran issues official response to ‘largest US seizure of Iranian fuel’

Published 2020-08-16 23:58:42 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said onSaturday, that “the ships that the United States seized and claimed to be Iranian were not Iranian and did not carry Iran’s flag.” Rouhani said, during the meeting of the National Committee to Combat Coronavirus, “This lie was to cover up the shame inflicted on the United States in the Security Council after rejecting its draft resolution to extend the embargo on Iran,” the Mehr News Agency reported. The Wall Street Journal quoted American officials as saying that “the U.S. government has seized for the first time ships that it… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Syrian tribesmen expel US-backed forces from Deir Ezzor town

Published 2020-08-16 23:47:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The Al-Baggara Tribe expelled fighters loyal to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from all their points in the village of Jadeed Baggara in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor on Saturday. According to Sputnik Arabic, the Al-Baggara Tribe members were able to expel the SDF-aligned fighters after armed clashes with them in southeastern Deir Ezzor. Sputnik quoted local tribal sources in Deir Ezzor as saying that violent clashes broke out between the members of the Al-Baggara Tribe and the SDF loyalists after the latter attacked residents in the village of Jadeed Baggara. As a result… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Iran is ready to ‘meet Lebanon’s weapons needs’: MoD

Published 2020-08-16 23:30:27 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Iranian Defense Minister Muhammad Hatami said on Sunday, “we are ready to meet Lebanon’s weapons needs, but the choice remains with them.” “You will see next week. Trump intends to reimpose international sanctions against Iran on the occasion of the Iranian Defense Industries Day,” he declared. “The dear Lebanese people are our friends and we have helped them during the resistance and we help everyone who resists Israel’s injustice, and given the good conditions we enjoy in producing weapons, we are ready to meet Lebanon’s weapons needs, but the choice remains with them,” he added… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Lebanon

Chinese warplane now capable of dropping most powerful non-nuclear bomb

Published 2020-08-16 22:47:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – China now appears to have some very large non-nuclear weapons to arm its growing fleet of modern Xi’an H-6K bombers. According to the National Interest website, the Chinese Air Force has tested a new huge bomb similar to the massive one used by the U.S. Air Force, also known as “the mother of all bombs” (MOAB). The Chinese bomb, considered the most powerful non-nuclear munition in China, can help Chinese forces bomb caves, tunnel complexes or forest hideouts in preparation for any air attack. The Chinese company, Norinco, released a promotional video in December 2018,… Read on ->

Tags: China

Turkey sends more ships to Mediterranean after Erdogan issues scathing warning to Greece

Published 2020-08-16 22:29:25 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – On Sunday, Ankara issued a notice to seafarers around the southwest coast of Cyprus, informing them that Turkish ships will continue drilling for oil and gas in the region. According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, the exploration vessel “Yavuz” will resume its duties in the designated area, from August 18 to September 15, according to the NAFTEX notice issued today. The Yavuz is scheduled to operate side by side in the region, with the ships “Artgrel Bay”, “Osman Bey” and “Orhan Bey”. The notice stressed that sailors should not approach the area during the aforementioned… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey

Iraq to send massive fuel shipment to Lebanon

Published 2020-08-16 22:20:27 by News Desk in Iraq, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail announced the transfer of 30 tankers with quantities amounting to more than one million liters of fuel to Lebanon, as they help the country recover from the explosion that devastated the capital city, Beirut, on August 4th. The Iraqi News Agency quoted the Minister of Oil as saying, “The new shipment of gas comes within the assistance provided by the government and the Iraqi people to the Lebanese people, based on the directives of the prime minister and the government to stand by the brothers after the disaster from… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Lebanon

Iran boasts of ‘unprecedented defeat’ of US on international stage

Published 2020-08-16 22:05:53 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced that the United States suffered in its draft resolution to extend the arms embargo against Iran by an “unprecedented defeat” at the U.N. Security Council by a score of 2-13. During his press statements, Zarif said , “We witnessed an unprecedented defeat for America in the Security Council with the voice of only one country besides America, as this matter should not be forgotten, and educating public opinion, whether in Iran or the rest of the world in these circumstances.” Zarif considered what was said about the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, UN, US

Syrian presidency reveals conditions for direct talks with US

Published 2020-08-16 21:43:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian presidency revealed on Saturday, Damascus’ conditions for talking to the Americans. The Syrian presidential advisor, Buthaina Shaaban, said in statements to the Al-Mayadeen channel: “It is not possible to give up our land and our country, and it is not possible to talk with the occupier until after his departure from Syria; from our land.” Shaaban explained, “The targeting of Syria is due to the central role of Damascus in the region and the axis of resistance, and that President Assad’s link between terrorism and the Caesar Act and the United States and… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

US reveals fate of proceeds from allegedly seized Iranian tankers

Published 2020-08-16 21:24:16 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, revealed the fate of Iranian gasoline revenues from oil tankers seized by the U.S., which were bound for Venezuela. Pompeo said, “The proceeds of Iranian gasoline sourced from oil tankers bound for Venezuela can be paid as compensation to the American victims of Iranian state terror.” He explained that “if gasoline revenues are confiscated in American courts, they can go to the American state-sponsored terrorist victims fund instead of the terrorists’ hands.” On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department said that the United States had seized four Iranian fuel… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo, US

Turkish Special Forces snipers were ordered to shoot Syrian Army soldiers on border: Zaman

Published 2020-08-16 21:13:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – During his trial, a Turkish officer said that in 2016, Turkish Special Forces snipers received orders from their commander to target Syrian Arab Army soldiers in the border area between the two countries. The Turkish newspaper, Zaman, reported on Saturday, that these statements came from the non-commissioned officer, Darwish Tash, during his trial on charges of being involved in the events of the failed coup attempt in Turkey in mid-July 2016. The newspaper quoted the officer as saying in his defense, during a court session, that the Turkish Special Forces were obliged to carry out… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Watch: Moment Russian Su-27 intercepts US military aircraft

Published 2020-08-16 21:04:09 by News Desk in World-News

Earlier Saturday, the Defence Ministry’s National Defence Management Center reported that an Aerospace Forces Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet had been scrambled to intercept a Lockheed EP-3E Aries II as it approached Russia’s maritime borders in the Black Sea. Russia’s Defence Ministry has released footage of the August 15 interception of a US Navy reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea. The video, filmed from inside the cockpit of the Russian jet shows the US turboprop aircraft in flight, its US NAVY markings clearly visible, with the Su-27 flying steadily several hundred meters away from the US plane. The MoD reported… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, US

Two rockets target Iraqi base hosting US troops

Published 2020-08-16 10:13:05 by News Desk in Iraq

In March, dozens of rockets were fired at Taji camp, an Iraqi base located to the north of Baghdad where the US and coalition troops are stationed. Three coalition personnel, including two US citizens and one UK national, died as a result, and 14 others were injured. Two rockets fell inside Iraq’s Taji military base that hosts US-led coalition troops on Saturday, the state-run news agency reported, quoting a statement by the military. No casualties have been reported. Taji Camp, a military base located to the north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, has been stationing US and coalition troops. It has… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taji

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza for 2nd time in past 24 hours

Published 2020-08-16 09:58:30 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – On Saturday evening, Israeli warplanes bombed several sites inside the Gaza Strip, claiming they belonged to the Hamas Movement. According to reports, the Israeli army aircraft raided multiple targets belonging to Hamas in the heart of the Gaza Strip, claiming to respond to the launch of incendiary helium balloons towards the Israeli settlements. According to Palestinian activists, the Israeli strikes resulted in the hospitalization of six civilians in the Gaza Strip. These latest airstrikes by the Israeli Air Force come just a day after they launched a number of strikes over the northern region of… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Palestine

Greek Navy allegedly hunting Turkish subs in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-16 09:36:41 by News Desk in World-News

Last week, Athens demanded that Ankara “immediately end” its “illegal” drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean, and warned that it would “defend its sovereign rights” if necessary. Ankara proceeded with its drilling operations after Greece and Egypt signed an agreement laying claims to maritime areas also claimed by Turkey and Libya. Turkish submarines have intensified operations off the Greek coast in the Aegean Sea, with one of them reaching an area near the Cape of Sounion, a major tourist hotspot about 50 km southeast of Athens, Greek defence publication Army Voice has reported. According to unconfirmed reports cited by the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

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