This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hasakah, Syria, Colombia, Venezuela, Iran, US, ISIS, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Raqqa, Ansarallah, Yemen, Akkar, Lebanon, China, India, Libya, Sirte, F35, Morocco, Mediterranean, Damascus, Iraq.

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Turkey promised Russia they would re-pump water to Hasakah: governor

Published 2020-08-24 21:02:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The governor of Al-Hasakah, Major General Ghassan Halim Khalil, confirmed that they are in constant contact with Russia, as they are the only mediator between them and Turkey. According to Khalil, the Turkish authorities promised to re-pump the water from the Alouk Station to Hasakah city and its surroundings. The governor pointed out that the Russian forces were working behind the scenes to pressure Turkey to restore the water flow to the over one-million people that were affected by their move to block the supply to Al-Hasakah. Approximately eleven days ago, the Turkish forces and… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Colombia preparing an attack against Venezuela: CEOFANB commander

Published 2020-08-24 20:28:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The commander of the Venezuelan Army Operation Command (CEOFANB), Admiral Remigio Ceballos, said on Saturday that Colombia is preparing to launch an attack on Venezuela, the Orinoco Tribune reported, citing the Twitter account of the CEOFANB leader. “We are in the presence of a Colombian government that has attacked Venezuela the most in all of our history. What the Venezuelan people have done is receive continuous attacks by the Colombian government,” Ceballos wrote on his Twitter account, as quoted by Orinoco Tribune. Furthermore, Ceballos posted a video showing the Colombian Defense Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo,… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela


Iran soon to be in possession of sound barrier-breaking missiles: commander

Published 2020-08-24 20:04:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Navy, Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said that Iran will soon obtain sound barrier-breaking missiles. During his introduction to a number of the new commanders of the naval fleet in southern Iran, Khanzadi said that the missile group is the most important guarantee of the country’s security and power. He added, “In light of the high concerns of the people of the country, we have been able to manufacture Qadir missiles with a range of 300 km and the Iranian cruise missile, which was called ‘Abu Mahdi’ and has a range of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Syria accuses US of green lighting Turkey’s move to cutoff water to 1 million people

Published 2020-08-24 19:51:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Syrian government condemned the recent move by Turkey and its allied militants to cutoff the water supply to over one-million people in the Al-Hasakah Governorate nearly two weeks ago. According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Turkey move to cutoff the water supply constitutes a “war crime”, while further accusing the U.S. of approving this measure. According to a statement issued by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on its Facebook page: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, in the strongest terms, the ongoing crime committed by… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Watch: Russian intelligence forces thwart ISIS recruitment operation for jihad in Syria

Published 2020-08-24 19:34:12 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Russian Federal Security Services revealed that it had thwarted the activity of a cell recruiting militants for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), who were planned to be transferred to Syria to fight in its ranks there. The operation to thwart the work of this secret terrorist cell took place in the republics of Tatarstan and Dagestan, and the Tyumen region in northern Russia. The Russian intelligence arrested the organizer of this dangerous cell. He admitted during his interrogation that he had recruited and transferred citizens from Russia and other CIS countries to Syria to fight… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria


Turkey to hold naval exercise near Greek island in new show of force

Published 2020-08-24 19:24:42 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish media said on Monday that the Defense Ministry announced the implementation of a naval exercise tomorrow, Tuesday, south of the Greek island of Crete. The Turkish move came after Athens announced that it would conduct military maneuvers in the disputed areas with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. Earlier, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar expressed his condemnation of Greece’s announcement of holding air and sea military exercises on August 25 and 27 in the eastern Mediterranean. Akar said that the implementation of these exercises in the area where the Turkish research ship “Uruj Rais,… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Iran needs missiles to contain US and Israel: MoD

Published 2020-08-24 18:13:13 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said that Iran needs missiles to contain the United States and Israel, and Tehran will not use its capabilities for other purposes. According to the Iranian minister, the United States has repeatedly repeated, in recent years, a possible military scenario against Iran and Israel, in what he considered: “(Under these circumstances) we must be prepared to respond to any potential aggression. In recent years, we have faced such actions repeatedly and responded to them immediately.” As examples of Tehran’s response, the minister cited a U.S. drone that was shot down… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, US


Russia kicks off new tests for cutting edge S-500 system

Published 2020-08-24 17:55:30 by News Desk in World-News

Russia has begun tests of its advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile systems, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuriy Borisov told journalists at the Army-2020 forum. The official added that a light configuration of the systems already exists and its parts are already being purchased for mass production. The S-500 Prometey (“Prometheus”), also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M”, is a universal system for long-range and high-altitude interception with increased missile defence potential. The weapon’s main tasks will include combating medium-range ballistic missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles if they are in close proximity. The cutting-edge defence system was tested by the air defence troops in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Azerbaijan claims Armenian military commander captured along border

Published 2020-08-24 16:57:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense announced that its armed forces had foiled an attempt by the Armenian army along their border on Monday. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry issued a statement saying: “Our armed forces thwarted an attempt by the Armenian army to carry out sabotage acts on the front line between the two countries.” The statement added, “The Armenian forces were forced to withdraw after suffering losses in the region. Also, the Azerbaijani armed forces captured an Armenian military commander with the rank of first lieutenant, who was supervising a reconnaissance squad.” The Armenian Ministry of… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Russian and Syrian armies send reinforcements to Raqqa after ISIS launches new attacks

Published 2020-08-24 16:35:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian armies sent a convoy of reinforcements to the Raqqa-Hama administrative border this week, following a string of attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization near the historical Al-Rusafa area. According to a field source with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the reinforcements came shortly after the Islamic State launched two attacks in the Al-Rusafa area and Al-Salamiyah District of Hama. While the Al-Rusafa attack was repelled by the Syrian Army, the Islamic State’s ambush near Al-Salamiyah resulted in a number of soldiers killed. Since late July, the Islamic State has… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Raqqa, Russia


Watch: Iran Defense Minister gets acquainted with Russian S-400 as arms embargo expires

Published 2020-08-24 15:37:56 by News Desk in Iran

With the United Nations arms embargo on Iran set to expire in October, US officials and media have speculated that Tehran may buy Russian military hardware, including the S-400, once UN restrictions are lifted. Iran already has some advanced air defence capabilities of its own, including a system which downed a $220 million US drone in 2019. Iranian Defence Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami has inspected the S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) air defence system during his visit to Russia for the ARMY-2000 military expo outside Moscow. Footage of the visit, which took place Sunday, shows Hatami and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Russia


US forces attempt to block Russian convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-24 14:04:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – For the first time this month, the U.S. forces have attempted to block a Russian military convoy in northeastern Syria. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, a U.S. contingent attempted to obstruct a Russian convoy’s movements by setting up a roadblock east of Qamishli city. The reports said the incident lasted for a short while and did not result in anyone getting hurt. In the past, the U.S. and Russian forces have attempted to intercept one another’s patrols in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, often resulting in their vehicles going off road. However, a recent confrontation… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


ISIS nearly wiped out from central Yemen after successful Ansarallah offensive

Published 2020-08-24 13:38:48 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) reign over parts of central Yemen is coming to a swift end, as the Ansarallah forces sweep through the last remaining areas under the terrorist group’s control. According to the latest reports from the front-line, the Ansarallah forces are pressing into the last areas held by the Islamic State forces, while also attempting to capture the remaining sites out of their control in the Al-Bayda Governorate. The Islamic State’s defeat in central Yemen will play an important role for the Ansarallah Movement, as they are currently trying to close-in on the… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, ISIS, Yemen


Iran developing new air defense systems: MoD

Published 2020-08-24 13:16:16 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, revealed that his country has given priority to developing air defense systems domestically due to the difficulties it faced in transferring the Russian S-300 system as a result of international sanctions. Hatami said in an interview with Sputnik: “We did not sit idly by and in order to meet the needs of our armed forces, we expanded research, for example in the field of air defense, and after the imposition of sanctions on us, obstacles appeared during the transfer of (S-300) systems to the country.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Suspected suicide bombing reported at Syrian refugee camp in northern Lebanon

Published 2020-08-24 12:52:04 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – A person blew himself up while the Lebanese security forces besieged him in a Syrian refugee camp in the Akkar region of northern Lebanon, the Al-Jadeed TV reported, citing a correspondent nearby. Al-Jadeed TV said that the explosion caused a number of dead and wounded, which occurred during a raid by the strike force in the Information Branch. The report said a Syrian man blew himself up in a small room inside the Al-Fotouh area that is located between Khirbet Daoud and Al-Bireh in Akkar. The mayor of Khirbet Daoud explained that the explosion was… Read on ->

Tags: Akkar, Lebanon


India ready for military action if talks with China fail: media

Published 2020-08-24 12:14:54 by News Desk in World-News

India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has clearly signaled a military option to deal with transgressions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Ladakh if talks between the two armies and the diplomatic option do not yield the desired results along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control. The Hindustan Times quoted General Rawat as saying that “transgressions along the LAC occur due to differing perceptions about its alignment. Defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions from turning into intrusions”. Signalling a move by the Indian Army, he said: “A whole-of-government… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


Turkish-backed forces using ceasefire to launch big offensive in Libya: LNA

Published 2020-08-24 11:49:01 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – The spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, said that the ceasefire declared by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) was misleading the public opinion, saying that the latter and Turkey are preparing to launch an attack. Mesmari said, in a press conference held on Sunday, that the initiative of the President of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, is “misleading the local and international public opinion” and aims “to cover up their true intentions about the situation in Libya.” He considered that the recent military move confirms that… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


New video showcases F-35s remarkable flight capabilities

Published 2020-08-24 11:19:25 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The F-35 ran into some problems when it was first built; however, newer versions continue to add improvements to the plane and its capabilities. According to National Interest, the F-35 was distinguished by its superior capabilities, firepower and stealth characteristics, but the recently published video highlights other advantages of the plane. A video posted by Captain Andrew shows the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in a series of dramatic air maneuvers conducted at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. https://youtu.be/SeYYyPjJd1g The video begins with Olson’s performance as a presentation that travels smoothly into a tight… Read on ->

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Tags: F35, US


Morocco refuses normalization of relations with Israel

Published 2020-08-24 11:00:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Morocco has rejected any normalization of relations with Israel, after Tel Aviv announced the normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates. Reuters reported that the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saad Eddine El-Othmani, refused to normalize his country with Israel. In front of a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, Othmani stressed that “Morocco rejects any normalization with the Zionist entity because that strengthens its position in continuing to violate the rights of the Palestinian people.” Morocco believes that a two-state solution is necessary with the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Morocco


Iran announces delivery of new Abu Mahdi cruise missiles

Published 2020-08-24 10:40:10 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Navy, Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, announced the delivery of the Iranian long-range cruise missile, which was dubbed the “Martyr Abu Mahdi”, to their forces. On Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Khanzadi as saying that it will be “a great event” once the Martyr Abu Mahdi missile is delivered to the Iranian Navy. In a statement from the port-city ​​of Bandar Abbas, while presenting a number of the new commanders of the naval fleet in the southern part of the country, Khanzadi said: “The missile group is the longest… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Turkey announces new measure that may increase tension in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-24 10:16:59 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Turkey said on Sunday that its vessel, “Uruj Rais”, for oil exploration and exploration, will carry out a seismic survey in a disputed area in the eastern Mediterranean until August 27. According to Reuters, this step may lead to an escalation of tension in the region, where there are severe differences between Turkey and Greece, members of NATO on the sovereignty of oil and gas resources in this area. The two sides adopt conflicting views on the extension of the continental shelf of each of the two countries in the waters covered by the islands,… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Turkey


Massive explosion at gas pipeline knocks out Syria’s electricity: video

Published 2020-08-24 09:54:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M) – A powerful explosion rocked the Damascus countryside last night, causing a disruption to the electrical output to the people of Syria. According to state-owned Al-Ikhbaria TV, “a huge explosion at the Arab gas pipeline caused an electrical blackout to all of Syria.” A video released by Al-Ikhbaria showed the flames all over the area of the explosion, which was located between the towns of ‘Adra and Al-Dumayr. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=622545535323870&extid=7mexGjWD4gnG711m   According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Minister of Electricity, Muhammad Zuhair Kharboutli, said that an explosion occurred at the Arab gas pipeline between… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Syria


Iranian official says nuclear facility explosion was caused by ‘sabotage operation’

Published 2020-08-24 09:31:10 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kalmundi, said that the explosion at the Natanz facility was caused by a sabotage operation. According to Al-Alam TV, Kalmundi said that the investigations into the blast indicated that foul play was involved. The Iranian official further stated that his country had never said, “It will not allow the IAEA to inspect its facilities.” However, he indicated that this would happen when the IAEA stopped making these allegations. Iran witnessed an explosion in a building belonging to the Natanz nuclear plant. Three Iranian officials, who… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Iraq interested in buying Russian weapons and warplanes, including Su-57

Published 2020-08-24 09:11:39 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq is interested in purchasing infantry vehicles from Russia and in boosting Baghdad-Moscow military ties, Imad Al-Zuhairi, the military inspector for the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, said on Sunday. “Iraqi Ministry of Defense [wishes] to be hand by hand with the Russian government and with the Ministry of Defense of Russia in air defense and infantry forces,” he said on the sidelines of the Army-2020 defense industry forum near Moscow. “Yes, that is right,” the official said when asked if Iraq wants to purchase infantry vehicles from Russia. He also said that Iraq wants to boost military cooperation with Russia… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia


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