This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Marib, Yemen, Syria, Nasarallah, Turkey, Ansarallah, ISIS, Iraq, Iran, Saudi, US, Venezuela, Hasakah.

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First ever video of modernized Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bomber

Published 2020-08-23 16:25:12 by News Desk in World-News

The Tupolev Tu-95 has been part of the air-based component of Russia’s strategic deterrent for decades, and has proven to be a tried-and-true workhorse for the military since its introduction all the way back in 1956. Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has released footage of the maiden flight of a heavily upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MSM (NATO reporting name ‘Bear’) bomber. The video shows the plane preparing for takeoff, its massive turboprop engines hearkening back to a tried and tested aviation engine technology that’s since been abandoned by most designers. The aircraft then lifts off from the ground and conducts aerial manoeuvres… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Hezbollah publishes first photos of downed Israeli drone

Published 2020-08-23 16:15:05 by News Desk in Gulf, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, Hezbollah’s military media published pictures of the Israeli drone that was shot down on Saturday afternoon. The drone was reportedly shot down while it was flying near the Lebanese town of Aita Al-Shaab. Hezbollah said the drone had entered Lebanese airspace was capturing images of the area before it was shot down by their forces. The Israeli army later confirmed that a drone belonging to its forces had fallen over Lebanese territory.  

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Ansarallah forces score major victory as they close in on key Yemeni city

Published 2020-08-23 15:32:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored a major victory on Saturday, when their troops took control of several areas in the western countryside of the Marib Governorate. According to Ansarallah-affiliated media, their forces captured the Mas Camp near the Al-Jawf Governorate’s border, following an intense battle with the Islah militia and Hadi loyalists. Furthermore, the Ansarallah forces managed to capture several hilltops and points northwest of Marib city, giving them control of almost all of the western countryside of the administrative capital. Despite the increased airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition over the last 48 hours, the… Read on ->

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Tags: Marib, Yemen


Russian Air Force launches heavy strikes against ISIS in central Syria

Published 2020-08-23 15:02:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has been hammering the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) positions in central Syria, targeting a number of the terrorist group’s hideouts in the vast Badiya Al-Sham region. According to reports, Russian jets, backed by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), targeted the Islamic State’s positions across the eastern countryside of Homs, resulting in the destruction of the terrorist group’s hideouts near the Deir Ezzor administrative border. The Russian Air Force recently stepped up their strikes in central Syria after the Islamic State carried out ambushes against the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


‘They call on Hezbollah not intervene, but all of these countries interfere in Lebanon’: Nasrallah

Published 2020-08-23 14:21:59 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, conducted a speech this weekend to commemorate the first month of the Islamic calendar and its tenth day (Ashura), which will take place on August 29th. The Hezbollah leader began his speech by saying that “geographical borders do not waive responsibility,” stressing the existence of “bearing responsibility towards every human group whose problems and news we know, and it is our duty to defend our country and our people when they are attacked.” Nasrallah said in his yearly speech to commemorate Muharram, “Can anyone claim that… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Nasarallah


Russia and Turkey reach agreement to supply second batch of S-400s

Published 2020-08-23 13:21:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – Rosoboronexport announced on Sunday that Moscow and Ankara have signed a new contract to supply a second batch of the S-400 missile defense system to Turkey. “The contract has been signed, and we are currently discussing with our partners the method of financial payment for the implementation of this contract,” the general manager of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheyev, said in a press statement during the “Army-2020” exhibition. In turn, the Chairman of the Turkish Defense Industries Board, Ismail Demir, confirmed that Moscow and Ankara had reached an agreement in principle regarding the supply of the second… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Turkey


Watch: Ansarallah operation to eliminate ISIS leader of Yemen

Published 2020-08-23 13:07:08 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – On Saturday evening, the Ansarallah-aligned military media released a video of the security operation that led to the killing of the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in Yemen. The nearly 30-minute-long video shows the operation that led to the eventual killing of Radwan Qinan (nom de guerre: Abu Al-Walid Al-‘Adani) in the Al-Bayda Governorate. The security official also confirmed the killing of a number of ISIS leaders in a qualitative operation in the Qifah area of the ​​Al-Bayda Governorate.   https://youtu.be/J3VJpJgsujQ The Ansarallah forces revealed the details of the security operation that led to… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, ISIS, Yemen


Over 50 U.S. armored vehicles enter northeastern Syria from Iraq

Published 2020-08-23 12:53:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition brought military equipment, logistical materials, and tanks to transport oil to their bases in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, local reports said on Saturday. According to the reports, more than 50 U.S. military vehicles, including a number of tanks, entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate on Saturday via the Al-Walid Crossing that links the country with Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate. The sources indicated that the convoy also includes trucks, tanks, oil and tankers, accompanied by a number of armored vehicles. During the past months, the U.S. military forces have brought thousands of trucks loaded with weapons and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria


Iranian Army commander warns US-Saudi coalition of immediate response to provocations

Published 2020-08-23 12:17:12 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Army said that its forces and the Revolutionary Guard “are ready to thwart any threat, whether from the Americans, the Zionists, or the Saudi-American alliance.” The commander of the Iranian Army’s ground forces, Brigadier General Kumarth Amir Haidari, said that the army and guards are ready to thwart any threat against Iran, indicating that it is an honor and pride for the armed forces to fulfill the orders of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, the Tasnim Agency reported. He pointed out that “it does not matter to the Iranian Armed Forces, whether… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi, US


US Coalition forces announce withdrawal from strategic Iraqi base

Published 2020-08-23 11:38:51 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – On Sunday, the U.S.-led International Coalition announced their withdrawal from the Taji base, north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, pointing out that it had handed over training sites worth $347 million to the Iraqi forces. A statement by the International Coalition said, “The Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve handed over the site occupied by the coalition forces in Camp Taji in Iraq to the Iraqi security forces in a ceremony held on August 23, 2020.” “The site designated for the coalition forces was handed over to the Iraqi side thanks to the successes… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US


Venezuela considers buying Iranian missiles after Colombia’s allegations

Published 2020-08-23 11:05:51 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT,LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday that buying missiles from Iran would be a “good idea”. “Ivan Duque (Colombian President) said that we bought missiles from Iran, but I want to tell him … What a good idea. It never crossed my mind,” Maduro said. The President said, “Padrino, (Venezuelan Defense Minister), let’s talk to Iran to see what it has in terms of short, medium and long-range missiles and if it is possible (to buy) in light of the great relations that bind us with Iran.” Maduro indicated in a government meeting broadcast on… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Water to return to 1 million people in NE Syria after Turkish-backed forces cutoff supply

Published 2020-08-23 10:49:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Syrian government announced on Saturday that it will resupply the Alouk Pumping Station in the northern countryside of Al-Hasakah with an electric current, in preparation for pumping water, ten days after the Turkish-backed militants obstructed the supply to over one-million people. Following Syrian and international diplomatic efforts, Turkey and its allied militants reportedly agreed to allow government workers to repair the Alouk Station, which has been out of commission for ten days due to the latter’s obstruction. The Syrian government stated that electricity reached 9 out of 30 wells in the Alouk station, but… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Hezbollah shoots down Israeli drone along Lebanese border

Published 2020-08-23 10:35:06 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Hezbollah announced last night that its air defense forces had shot down an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon. “The Islamic Resistance shot down an Israeli drone that penetrated Lebanese airspace near the town of Aita al-Shaab,” Hezbollah Media Relations  said in a brief statement. In its statement, Hezbollah added that the Israeli drone “is in the custody of the mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance.” In turn, the Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, confirmed, via Twitter, that an Israeli drone had crashed on Lebanese territory. He said, “Earlier today, during an operational activity by a military… Read on ->

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