This is a summary of 14 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hariri, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen, Hasakah, Syria, Hamas, Israel, Qamishli, Idlib, Iraq, PKK, Aoun, US, IDF.

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Special Tribunal finds 1 defendant guilty, acquits remaining over Rafic Hariri assassination

Published 2020-08-18 17:02:09 by News Desk in Lebanon

In February 2005, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed when a huge truck bomb blew up in Beirut. Hariri, a billionaire construction tycoon, was Prime Minister from 1992 until 1998 and again between 2000 and October 2004. A Hezbollah supporter has been found guilty on all counts by a Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands but three other men have been acquitted. ​On February 14, 2005, Mr Hariri and 21 others were killed when a truck bomb as he drove through downtown Beirut. More than 200 people were wounded. Salim Ayyash, 56, has been convicted on all… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Hezbollah, Lebanon


Turkey more concerned with Russia than Egypt in Libya: Presidency

Published 2020-08-18 16:42:28 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that his country does not want to enter into a confrontation with any country in Libya, expressing his belief that Egypt can play a constructive role in Libya. Kalin expressed his country’s support for the idea of ​​disarming the cities of Sirte and Al-Jafrah, noting that this step would be useful to end the clashes, adding that “if the legitimate Libyan government approves the disarmament of Sirte and Al-Jafrah with conditions that can be accepted, then we support them, but this step must be fair and transparent, for these… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Russia, Turkey


Iran begins large-scale modernization of T-72 tanks: photos

Published 2020-08-18 16:22:39 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Iran has begun the large-scale modernization of the Russian T-72S tanks. Work is underway in the Tanker Plant in the area of ​​the city of Doroud (Lorestan Governorate) to modernize these tanks, as the Iranian Armed Forces continue to strengthen their forces. The Minister of Defense, Major General Amir Hatami, recently visited the military facility and was briefed on the ongoing work progress. As shown in the photos published by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the tanks were equipped with new towers with a higher level of protection. https://twitter.com/imp_navigator/status/1293872652524949506?s=20 Dynamic protection is also installed…. Read on ->

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Tags: Iran


Ansarallah leader says negotiations with Saudi Arabia reached dead end, war to continue

Published 2020-08-18 16:09:46 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, launched a verbal attack against the Saudi-led Arab Coalition and the government of Yemeni President ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi. Houthi said during an interview on Al-Jazeera: “The mediation efforts led by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, with Saudi Arabia have reached a dead end.” The Ansarallah Movement leader accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of obstructing the peace in Yemen by launching attacks, while making peace with Israel at the same time. He pointed out that what happened with Saudi Arabia did not… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Saudi, Yemen


Protests held against US forces for killing Syrian soldier

Published 2020-08-18 15:43:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Two demonstrations were held in the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Tuesday to protest the U.S. presence in northeastern Syria and demand justice for the killing of one Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier in the Al-Qamishli countryside. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), one of the demonstrations was held in the town of Tal Al-Dahab, which is where the soldier was killed by the U.S. Coalition forces on Monday. The second protest was held at the Justice Palace in the large city of Qamishli, which is located near the Turkish border. The participants chanted slogans… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Israel unveils new force to fight Hezbollah and Hamas

Published 2020-08-18 15:19:32 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Israeli army revealed the date of the formation of the “Shabah Unit 99” and the details of its tasks, which were previously announced by the Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi. The Israel-based Walla newspaper reported, “The unit will fight against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and it is multi-tasked and designated to cross the border and attack deep into enemy territory in several fronts,” noting that the army has established a new and developed ground maneuver system for the new division. The unit consists of infantry forces, combat engineers, elite… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


New photos show aftermath of US attack on Syrian Army post

Published 2020-08-18 14:52:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – On Monday, the U.S. Coalition forces and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) exchanged gunfire in the northern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to the Syrian Arab Army, their checkpoint at the town of Tal Al-Dahab was targeted by a U.S. Coalition helicopter, in addition to gunfire from their ground troops. As a result of this incident at the Rasho checkpoint, at least one Syrian Arab Army soldier was killed and two others were wounded. As shown in the new photos released by Sputnik, the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoint suffered significant damage due to the incident… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Qamishli, Syria


Update: International Tribunal delivers verdicts for Rafic Hariri assassination

Published 2020-08-18 13:57:05 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The International Tribunal for Lebanon delivered their verdicts for the Rafic Hariri assassination, which took place on February 14th, 2005, in Beirut. The sentencing session was attended by Rafik Hariri’s son, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and the family of the former MP and Minister Basil Fuleihan, who spent time with Hariri. The members of the court and the attendees began the session by observing a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Beirut Port explosion. Judge David Ray, while reading the summary of the verdict, said that the court relied… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Lebanon


International tribunal says no evidence Hezbollah or Syrian leadership were behind Rafic Hariri assassination

Published 2020-08-18 13:45:17 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced their findings after a long investigation into the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. According to the Tribunal’s findings, there was no direct evidence that leaders of Hezbollah or Syria had anything to do with the assassination of Rafic Hariri. Furthermore, the Tribunal said the assassination was likely carried out for political reasons, but they were unable to find any evidence that Hezbollah’s leadership was behind the assassination. The Tribunal described the relationship between Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Rafic Hariri as being positive. Hariri’s… Read on ->

Tags: Hariri, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria


Russian Air Force launches first attack this month over northwestern Syria

Published 2020-08-18 13:13:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their first strikes of the month over northwestern Syria, targeting a number of areas inside the Idlib Governorate. According to reports from northwestern Idlib, the Russian Air Force targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies in the western part of the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday. The reports said the Russian Air Force concentrated their strikes on the positions of the jihadist groups behind Monday’s attack against the Turkish military patrol in the Idlib Governorate. During the Turkish military’s patrol along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway), their… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


PKK claims Turkish helicopter shot down along Iraqi border

Published 2020-08-18 12:56:51 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The “popular defense forces” of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) issued a statement on Monday that it claimed their troops had shot down a Turkish helicopter along the Iraqi-Turkish border strip. The Media Center of the “Kurdistan People’s Defense Forces” (HPG) issued a statement about the recent operations carried out by the Karela forces in the Haftanin area against the Turkish Army, confirming that it shot down a Turkish helicopter and injured another and forced it to withdraw. Theye stated that the Kurdistan People’s Defense Forces carried out a military operation on the 16th of… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey


Lebanese President says it’s ‘impossible’ that Hezbollah caused explosion at Beirut Port

Published 2020-08-18 12:34:09 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – The Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, ruled out on Monday that the Beirut Port explosion was caused by a warehouse filled with Hezbollah’s weapons. President Aoun indicated in an interview with the Italian “Corriere della Sera”, as reported by Reuters, that the investigation will include all possibilities despite his assurance that the explosion was not caused by a weapons warehouse belonging to Hezbollah. The Lebanese President said that Hezbollah was not storing weapons at the port, which was indicated by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah, earlier this month. In response to the newspaper’s question about… Read on ->

Tags: Aoun, Hezbollah, Lebanon


US Coalition issues statement about clash with Syrian Army

Published 2020-08-18 12:22:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition has denied launching any raids on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Al-Qamishli countryside, despite reports of a helicopter opening fire on the SAA troops in Tal Al-Dahab. According to the U.S. Coalition, their troops opened fire on the Syrian Army’s checkpoint in self-defense. “The coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces, while conducting a routine security patrol related to anti-ISIS operations near the village of Tal Al-Dahab in Syria, encountered a checkpoint belonging to the forces loyal to the Syrian regime, and after obtaining safe passage from the forces… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


IDF grounds Black Hawk chopper fleet over series of malfuncions

Published 2020-08-18 11:34:31 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is blocking its Black Hawk helicopter fleet from all non-operational flights as the military looks into a recent pattern of “technical malfunctions” – one of which involved the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief. “The commander of the Air Force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, decided to ground the fleet of Yanshuf [Black Hawk] helicopters from training and transport activities following a number of technical malfunctions that occurred in the helicopters’ motors in the past two months,” read an IAF statement obtained by the Times of Israel. While the choppers are normally relied on for routine transportation… Read on ->

Tags: IDF


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