This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: German, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Syria, US, Assad, Iraq, Kazemi, Hasakah, Euphrates, Palmyra, Hama, Latakia, Iran.

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German defense chief accidentally reveals sensitive information eastern Mediterranean feud

Published 2020-08-26 23:00:19 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer mistakenly revealed during an informal meeting of European Union defense ministers on Wednesday, sensitive information about the dispute between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean. During the meeting in Berlin, the German Defense Minister responded to a question by the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, about the success of the talks between the two countries (Turkey and Greece), but Kramp-Karrenbauer apparently was not aware that her microphone was still connected, according to The Associated Press. As a result of this error, Kramp-Karrenbauer revealed to all attendees, including… Read on ->

Tags: German, Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey


‘What happened yesterday in southern Lebanon is sensitive’: Nasrallah on Israeli attack

Published 2020-08-26 22:16:14 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said in a statement on Wednesday, that what happened in southern Lebanon on Tuesday evening is a sensitive and important matter, noting that he will not comment on it at the present time. In a speech that Nasrallah addressed to the wounded members of his organization and their families, stating that Israeli aircraft bombed sites belonging to Hezbollah: “What happened in southern Lebanon yesterday is an important and sensitive matter for us, but I will not comment on it now, and I will leave that for some time… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Up close footage of Russian army chasing US forces in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-26 21:59:41 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Russian army attempted to intercept U.S. military vehicles that were attempting to travel through the Al-Malikiyah District of Al-Hasakah. According to a field report from Al-Hasakah, the Russian army troops encountered the U.S. military along one of the main roads leading to the Iraqi border; this resulted in the Russians attempting to cutoff the American troops from the roadway. Up close video footage from the incident showed Russian army vehicles and an Mi-8 chopper surrounding the U.S. military vehicles in a tense moment near Al-Malikiyah city. https://twitter.com/200_zoka/status/1298599945868578819?s=20 In a report released by… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Israeli minister opposes selling ‘even one screw’ of F-35 to any Middle Eastern country

Published 2020-08-26 19:29:00 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Iraeli Minister of Settlements Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi stated that Israel opposes selling “even one screw” of advanced aircraft to any country in the Middle East, including the UAE. Hanegbi, who belongs to the Likud Party and is considered one of the closest allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with Israeli Radio 103 FM on Tuesday: “We oppose selling even one screw from one (stealth) plane to any country in the Middle East. Regardless of whether peace is between us and her or not. ” He continued, “This is our position, and… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


New Iraqi PM sends message to Syrian President

Published 2020-08-26 18:48:42 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Presidency of the Syrian Republic announced on Wednesday, that President Bashar Al-Assad has received a message from the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, on “strengthening cooperation between the two countries.” The presidential statement stated, “Al-Assad received a message from Al-Kazimi, which was transmitted by Faleh Al-Fayyad, the prime minister’s envoy, and head of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq.” It said: “The message centered on strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, continuing consultations and coordination on developments in the political and security situations in the region, efforts to combat terrorism and enhancing border security… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Iraq, Kazemi, Syria


Turkey says Kurdish administration is to blame for water crisis in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-26 17:50:24 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – The Turkish Anadolu Agency published a detailed explanation in which it said that the Syrian government narrative about the water crisis in Al-Hasakah is incorrect. The state-owned agency said that all reports blaming Turkey for cutting off the water to Al-Hasakah are wrong, claiming that they have details about the real perpetrators. The agency denied all these accusations against the Turkish government, stressing that the real perpetrator is “the Autonomous Administration controlled by terrorist organizations affiliated with the PKK organization.” The agency indicated that the Autonomous Administration did not allow the return of electricity to… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey


Greece defies Turkey’s threats to hold large-scale Mediterranean exercise

Published 2020-08-26 17:33:02 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Greek Ministry of Defense announced that Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus will hold military exercises from Wednesday to Friday to the south of the island of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean, as tensions between Athens and Ankara continue to escalate. The ministry said in a statement: “Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy have agreed to deploy a joint presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, within the framework of the Quartet Cooperation Initiative (SQAD)”. The sources indicated that these exercises will take place between August 26 and 28 to the south of the Greek island of Crete… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Russian military constructs new bridge to allow Syrian Army to cross Euphrates

Published 2020-08-26 17:23:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Russian forces in Syria announced that they have erected a mobile bridge over the Euphrates River in Syria, to cross military vehicles in Deir Ezzor, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). A spokesman for the Russian forces in Syria stated that the site was chosen to erect the bridge over the Euphrates River, taking into account the depth and strength of the current, noting that “more than four and a half meters (depth) – is a dangerous level, meaning that the floating bridge may not remain at the water’s edge. It can… Read on ->

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Tags: Euphrates, Russia, Syria


Lebanon takes first measure after Israeli strikes along southern border

Published 2020-08-26 17:05:57 by Leith Aboufadel in Uncategorized

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Supreme Defense Council in Lebanon announced on Wednesday, to file a complaint with the UN Security Council against the Israeli raids on Lebanon. The Supreme Defense Council said in a statement: “We condemn the Israeli aggression that took place yesterday night and instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to submit a complaint to the Security Council in this regard.” They said that “it constituted an explicit attack on Lebanese sovereignty and a threat to the climate of stability in that region, especially as the Security Council is considering renewing the functions of the UN… Read on ->

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Israeli defense chief posts satellite image of historic Syrian city

Published 2020-08-26 16:56:23 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz released a satellite image of the Syrian city of Palmyra, taken by the Israeli military monitoring satellite. Gantz pointed out via his Twitter account, that the Israeli satellite “Horizon 16″ took a satellite image of the archaeological ruins in Syria.” https://twitter.com/gantzbe/status/1298244447583559680?s=20 On July 6, Israel announced its success in launching the reconnaissance satellite into space in its first experiment in this field. “The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Space Administration in the Directorate of Research and Development and the Space Industries Authority have succeeded in launching the reconnaissance satellite… Read on ->

Tags: Palmyra, Syria


Jihadists launch heavy attack on Syrian Army stronghold in Hama

Published 2020-08-26 15:58:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stronghold of Joureen from their positions in the Jabal Al-Akrad region of northeastern Latakia on Wednesday. According to field reports from the Hama Governorate, the jihadist rebels of either Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) or the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) fired several missiles towards the town of Joureen, resulting in a number of explosions near the Syrian Army’s headquarters in the area. The jihadist attack lasted for several minutes on Wednesday before the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Latakia, Syria


Watch: Russian army chases US military in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-26 15:40:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Russian army was filmed on Tuesday, chasing U.S. military vehicles traveling through the Al-Hasakah countryside in northeastern Syria. According to field reports from northeastern Syria, Russian army vehicles, along with one of their choppers, was seen chasing U.S. military vehicles near the border-city of Al-Malikiyah in the eastern part of Al-Hasakah. At least two videos of the incident were released on Wednesday, both showing the Russian army attempting to intercept the U.S. military vehicles in the Al-Hasakah countryside. https://twitter.com/Ibra_Joudeh/status/1298564797060055040?s=20 As shown in the longer second video, the Russian helicopter can be seen circling the… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Israel claims strikes against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon

Published 2020-08-26 15:16:40 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Israeli army said, at dawn on Wednesday, that its planes bombed the sites of Hezbollah, after firing from Lebanon towards its forces. The army said, in a statement published by its spokesman Avichay Adraee, that its forces were not injured during the incident. He pointed out that the Israeli forces fired dozens of light and smoke bombs in the area. Adraee continued, “Military helicopters and another aircraft raided terrorist targets belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in response to the incident.” He added that “Hezbollah reconnaissance sites were targeted in the border area.” The… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon


Iran announces first move against US for seizing 4 fuel tankers

Published 2020-08-26 15:01:35 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Iranian authorities announced that they have filed a complaint with the International Shipping Corporation against the United States for the latter’s seizure of ships transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela. Jalil Islami, vice president of the Iranian Shipping and Ports Corporation, said, “The corporation has lodged a complaint with the International Maritime Organization against Washington for stopping ships carrying Iranian fuel exported to Venezuela,” according to the Iranian Mehr agency . He added that “Iranian fuel and oil derivatives should be exported, according to government policies,” noting that “Tehran seeks in order for… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Erdogan warns Greece of taking ‘path to ruin’ over maneuvers in Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-26 14:44:46 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made an emergency visit to both Athens and Ankara to meet with his counterparts to try to soothe tensions in a dispute over who owns potentially-oil and gas-rich areas of the eastern Mediterranean. The same day, naval forces from both Greece and Turkey held drills off Crete. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emphasized that Ankara would make “no concessions” to Greece in the Mediterranean, warning Greece against any provocations, and emphasizing that his country would take ‘what it deserves’ in the Mediterranean, as well as the Aegean and Black seas. “We will… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Israeli forces fire over 20 phosphorous shells towards southern Lebanon: Al-Manar

Published 2020-08-26 00:54:14 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV reported on Tuesday evening, that the Israeli army had launched more than 20 phosphorous shells towards the southern border of Lebanon The channel reported a “Zionist attack on Lebanese territory with more than 20 incendiary phosphorous shells in the vicinity of the road between the towns of Mays al-Jabal and Hula and the surrounding of the town of Aitaroun and the hills of Kafr Shuba,” and said that a fire broke out near the border with Israel. Meanwhile, the Israeli army announced a “security incident on the Israeli-Lebanese border,” adding that “some… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


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