This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aleppo, Syria, Iran, Russia, Belarus, NATO, Turkey, Hasakah, Beirut, Lebanon, Idlib, Israel, UAE, China, Gaza, Chora, Istanbul, Libya, Armenia, Erdogan.

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Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG forces in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-08-22 16:38:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched a new attack in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Saturday, a source told Al-Masdar News from the administrative capital. According to the source, the Turkish military utilized their artillery launchers to target the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the key town of Tal Rifa’at in northern Aleppo. The source said there were no casualties reported from the Syrian Arab Army, nor have they responded to this latest attack by the Turkish Armed Forces in the Aleppo countryside. The Turkish military has sporadically targeted… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Military cooperation between Russia and Iran ‘will reach new levels’

Published 2020-08-22 16:08:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The military cooperation between Iran and Russia is constantly accelerating and “will reach new levels” in the future, the Islamic Republic’s ambassador to Moscow, Kazem Jalali, has said. The envoy noted that as part of this work, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Khatami had arrived in Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart and a number of other high-profile defence officials. Jalali went on to praise the Kremlin’s efforts to defend the upcoming removal of the global UN ban on weapons sales to Iran, which is set to expire in the middle of October 2020 and is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia


Lukashenko deploys Belarusian military Lithuanian border after NATO movements

Published 2020-08-22 15:44:59 by News Desk in World-News

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday that putting the army on combat alert and deploying troops on the country’s western borders was his main decision in 25 years. The statement was made after Lukashenko arrived at a military training area near the western Belarusian city of Grodno earlier in the day for an inspection ahead of planned military drills. He earlier warned of the threat of an outside invasion into the country’s west aiming to annex the Grodno region. During the Saturday inspection, the Belarusian president bemoaned the fact that instead of dealing with pressing economic issue, he now… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, NATO


Syria calls for intervention to stop ‘Turkish crime against 1 million Syrians’

Published 2020-08-22 15:33:24 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian government called on the United Nations on Friday to immediately intervene to stop “the Turkish crime against a million Syrians in the Al-Hasakah Governorate” of northeastern Syria. The permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said, in a telephone call with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, that “the Turkish aggressive behavior to cutoff drinking water to Hasakah is a war crime and a crime against humanity.” Guterres responded to al-Jaafari’s message by confirming that he will do his best to immediately discuss this with the Turkish… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Turkey


Watch: Russian MiG-31 reach edge of space

Published 2020-08-22 13:50:37 by News Desk in World-News

The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor considered to be one of the fastest planes in the world. And this video by the Russian Air Force shows the aircraft can also reach maximum heights, moving on the fringes of the atmosphere like it is no big deal. The TV channel of the Russian Defence Ministry Zvezda has released a video of a MiG-31 fighter jet performing military drills in the stratosphere. The footage shows the aircraft rising into the sky, depicting the drills from the pilot’s POV, as the interceptor flies on the edge of space, while giant clouds float… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Demonstration held against US forces in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-22 13:25:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – A new demonstration was held in the Al-Hasakah Governorate village of Al-Bajariyah on Saturday, demanding the U.S.-led Coalition withdraw from Syria. According to reports, the demonstration was attended by dozens of villagers, who not only called for the U.S.-led Coalition’s withdrawal, but also, condemned their attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint earlier this week. The attack that was carried out by the U.S.-led Coalition targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoint inside the town of Tal Al-Dahab. A source in the Al-Qamishli countryside said that the U.S. and Syrian forces exchanged gunfire at the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Syria informs UN chief of dire situation in Hasakah caused by Turkish-backed groups

Published 2020-08-22 13:07:24 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, called on the international organization to intervene to end the suffering of the residents of the Syrian city of Hasakah as a result of the Turkish authorities decision to obstruct the water supply to over 1 million people. In a phone call with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Dr. Al-Jaafari briefed him on the tragic situation in the city of Hasakah and its environs, as a result of the Turkish regime’s move to shut off the water supply from the Alouk station…. Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Two more arrests made in connection to Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-22 12:45:11 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Two new arrests have been made in connection to the August 4th explosion at the Port of Beirut, the AFP reported on Friday. Citing a judicial source, the AFP report said, “Judge Fadi Sawan today interrogated the defendant, Hanna Faris, and the defendant, Eng. Naela Al-Hajj, and issued two arrest warrants against them.” Fares holds the post of director of the Beirut region in the customs administration, and Al-Hajj is responsible for the company that undertakes the maintenance work of ward number 12, where the explosion occurred. Thus, the number of those issued arrest warrants… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Russian Air Force destroys jihadist underground drone factory in Idlib

Published 2020-08-22 12:22:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – On August 18th, the Russian Air Force carried out a powerful attack over the Idlib Governorate, striking the positions of the jihadist rebels near Jabal Khaybah. According to Anna News reporter, Oleg Blokhin, the Russian Air Force specifically targeted an underground factory and warehouse belonging to the jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), in the Idlib Governorate town of Haranbush. Blokhin reported that the underground factory was used by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to produce drones and other types of weapons, including suicide belts. https://twitter.com/0legblokhin/status/1296537673876766720?s=20 The Russian Air Force’s attack came in retaliation for the several… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Russia to unveil new anti-drone system

Published 2020-08-22 12:06:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Deputy Director General of the Russian State Corporation “Rostec”, Vladimir Artyakov, announced on Friday, that the companies belonging to Rostec will present at the military-technical forum “Jeremiah 2020” a new set of anti-aircraft systems. Artyakov said, in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik that a number of companies will present their new anti-aircraft systems, along with a number of other weapons. The exhibition will feature the new “COBOL-PRO” portable anti-aircraft drone system. This system affects the drones in a certain vicinity, that is, the area is covered with a kind of dome. Ross Electronica will… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


UAE to potentially purchase laser defense system from Israel: newspaper

Published 2020-08-22 11:28:59 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – An Israeli newspaper said on Friday that the UAE is interested in purchasing the “Light Blade” system used by the Israeli army, and made by the Israeli company, “OptiDefense”. According to Israel Hayom, the UAE is considering the purchase of the Light Blade system to boost its defensive capabilities. The newspaper said the Light Blade system “aims to counter the threat posed by balloon-strapped incendiary and explosive devices, as well as drones launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel.” The newspaper added that representatives from the UAE reached out to Israeli parties that played a… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, UAE


Rare satellite image captures Chinese submarine entering hidden cave base

Published 2020-08-22 11:01:42 by News Desk in World-News

A recent satellite photo managed to capture a Chinese submarine entering a cave base on Hainan Island, at the northern end of the South China Sea. On Tuesday, a photograph of the sea outside of Yulin Naval Base by private Earth-imaging company Planet Labs captured an unusual scene: a large submarine positioned just outside the mouth of the cavernous Chinese citadel. The photo was first posted on social media by Radio Free Asia, a US government-funded media outlet that is part of the US Agency for Global Media. In the image, a submarine flanked by two small surface vessels sits… Read on ->

Tags: China


Syrian gov’t rushes water tanks to Hasakah after Turkish-backed forces cutoff supply to 1 million people

Published 2020-08-22 09:56:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Syrian government rushed several tanks of drinking water for the people of Al-Hasakah on Friday, where some neighborhoods have been without water for up to 20 days. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian government had installed several tanks to alleviate the suffering of the people of northeast Syria “as a result of the Turkish occupation forces and their terrorist mercenaries continuing to commit the crime of cutting water to more than a million civilians in Al-Hasakah for the ninth consecutive day.” The Turkish-backed factions had stopped pumping water from the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Israel forces strike Gaza for 11th day in a row

Published 2020-08-22 09:46:43 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Israeli army announced the bombing of several sites in the Gaza Strip last night, marking the 11th day in a row that they have hit the region. “The IDF tanks bombed military sites belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire from the Strip towards Israeli territory last night,” the Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, said on Twitter. According to Palestinian activists, the Israeli forces heavily bombarded several areas in Gaza last night, causing a number of powerful explosions that shook the region. Local activists… Read on ->

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Tags: Gaza, Israel


Russia preparing to showcase its Tornado rockets for first time ever

Published 2020-08-22 09:17:44 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Technodynamics, a Russian high-tech company, announced that it will unveil for the first time during, the “Tornado S” rocket launcher to all the attendees of the Jeremiah 2020 exhibition. The Tornado S rockets are guided by satellites, which helps its projectiles with its overall accuracy. According to Igor Nasenkov, General Manager of Technodynamics, you can straighten each Tornado S rocket toward a specific goal. The shell weighs more than 800 kg and it has a range of more than 100 km. The rocket can  penetrate a 140 mm steel shield. The Jeremiah 2020 will kick… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Turkey to convert another historical church into mosque

Published 2020-08-22 08:56:33 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – On Friday, the Turkish Religious Affairs Administration confirmed that the Chora Monastery in Istanbul will be converted into a mosque for prayer. A representative of the administration told Russia’s Sputnik, “this building, which was stationed in it until 2019, a museum and its affiliated institutions, will be handed over, according to a presidential decree, to the Department of Religious Affairs of our circuit.” It is noteworthy to mention that the Chora Monastery is a Byzantine church in Istanbul, which was converted 74 years ago into a museum, and it is one of the oldest surviving… Read on ->

Tags: Chora, Istanbul, Turkey


New ceasefire announced in Libya, Sirte and Al-Jafra to be demilitarized zones

Published 2020-08-22 08:39:13 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – On Friday, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli, announced a unilateral ceasefire in all Libyan territories, and called for Sirte and Al-Jafrah to be demilitarized zones. The Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord issued a statement saying: “Based on its political and national responsibility, and the current situation imposed by the country and the region, and the pandemic conditions, the President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord issued instructions to all military forces to immediately cease fire and all combat operations in all… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Armenia unveils new ‘Dragon’ suicide drone: video

Published 2020-08-22 08:15:00 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – A video clip appeared on the website VK this week, showing the Armenian military testing a new drone. The video shared by the Armenian Video Portal showed the new ‘Dragon’ drone patrolling in the Nagorno Karabakh region. The Dragon operates as a kamikaze drone, with an operating range of 100 km and maximum speed of 200 km/hr. https://twitter.com/301_AD/status/1296159869641392129?s=20   “A new type of attack drone is being tested. This is another achievement from the Armenian military industry,” the Armenian Minister of High-Tech Industry, Hagop Archakyan, said about the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is not… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia


Turkey announces largest discovery of natural gas in Black Sea

Published 2020-08-22 07:56:57 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Friday, that Turkey has achieved the largest discovery of a natural gas reservoir in the Black Sea. The Turkish President pointed out that the natural gas reserves that were discovered in the Black Sea amount to 320 billion cubic meters. Erdogan stressed that energy is of great importance in achieving national independence, in addition to being a major component of development. Erdogan expected other discoveries not only in the seas, but also on the Turkish mainland. He said, “We do not have the slightest external dependency in the… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


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