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This is a summary of 13 AMN articles on the following subjects: Greece, Turkey, UAE, Saudi, Yemen, Russia, Syria, Iran, Hasakah, US, Libya, Sirte, ISIS, Lebanon, Cyprus.

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UAE sends 9 military aircraft to Greece as tensions with Turkey intensify

Published 2020-08-27 23:50:32 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 P.M.) – The Greek General Staff announced on Thursday, the arrival of nine military aircraft from the United Arab Emirates to the Soda base as part of joint exercises with the Greek armed forces. According to the statement of the Commission: “These exercises are the result of brilliant relations and cooperation between the two countries, and also the personal contact of the leaders of the armed forces of the two countries.” The statement added, “To conduct joint exercises, the relevant bodies of the Greek General Staff and the UAE General Staff worked together, and communications at the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey, UAE


Saudi Arabia announces interception of ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Published 2020-08-27 23:37:49 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – On Thursday evening, the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Arab Coalition forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched at the city of Najran in the southern part of the Kingdom. The spokesman for the Arab coalition forces, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, said, “The joint coalition forces were able – thank God – this evening (Thursday) to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile launched by the terrorist Houthi militia.” He added that the missile was fired “at the city of Najran, in a systematic and deliberate manner, to target civilian objects and civilians.” No further details were… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Yemen


Russian Ministry of Defense gives explanation for vehicle chase of US forces in Syria

Published 2020-08-27 23:33:15 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the American attempt to prevent the passage of a Russian patrol in Syria violated existing bilateral agreements in this regard. “In violation of existing agreements, the U.S. military tried to prevent the Russian patrol. In response, the military police of the Russian armed forces took the necessary measures to prevent the accident and continue to carry out the mission,” the Russian Defense Ministry statement said. Several videos were posted on Wednesday, showing an attempt to intercept American vehicles by the Russian military. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Iran announces launch of smart biometric system that tracks movements of people

Published 2020-08-27 21:50:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The Coordinating Assistant to the Commander of the Iranian Border Guard, Brigadier General Hassan Asad al-Lahi, announced the launch of a biometric system, the first of its kind in the country. According to the Fars News Agency, Iran has launched the first biological measurement system in the country on its southern borders, in the southeastern province of Khurasan. Lahi noted in the ceremony of operating the system that this achievement came as a result of the continuous emphasis on the importance of intelligence work by the commander of the border guards. Regarding the capabilities of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russia says not possible to talk of ceasefire in Syria due to actions of terrorists

Published 2020-08-27 21:41:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Russian presidential envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said that it is not possible to talk about a ceasefire in Syria due to the actions of terrorist groups. Lavrentiev told reporters, “Everyone notes the stability of the situation in Syria in terms of commitment to the ceasefire, despite the presence of provocations, but it has become much less.” The Russian envoy continued, “We cannot talk about a ceasefire now, bearing in mind the need to continue combating terrorist organizations, unfortunately their numbers are increasing. In these circumstances, it is difficult to talk about the reconstruction… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


New footage of Russian Tsar Bomba, world’s most powerful nuclear bomb

Published 2020-08-27 21:26:09 by News Desk in World-News

Just days before the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s first atom bomb test in 1949, Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has released rare and clear footage of the 1961 test detonation of Tsar Bomba, the most powerful weapon ever created by humans. The 30-minute documentary published by Rosatom on August 20 chronicles the fateful day in October 1961 that the Soviet Union detonated a 50-megaton nuclear weapon on a remote Arctic island. Known simply as “Product 202,” the bomb’s colossal size and power earned it the moniker “Tsar Bomba” – the king of bombs. To give an idea of… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


Water begins to finally return to over 1 million people in Al-Hasakah

Published 2020-08-27 20:59:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Syrian government announced that water has begun to arrive to the city of Hasakah in the northeastern part of the country this evening. According to the governor of Al-Hasakah, Ghassan Khalil, water has begun to reach the city from the Alouk station, and explained in statements carried by the official media that this was done after operating 17 wells and three pumps, filling the main reservoirs in Al-Hama. Khalil added that the arrival of drinking water to the city from the station took place “after the Syrian efforts and the parliamentary and international pressure… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


‘No other territory can be controlled by Syrian regime’: US envoy

Published 2020-08-27 20:48:38 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Special Representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, said that the Syrian authorities under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad will not be able to achieve any new gains on the ground by military means. Jeffrey said, in a statement made on Wednesday during a visit to Ankara: “The military phase of this conflict must end. No other territory can be controlled by the regime.” He said, “The regime must return to the negotiating table and deal with the rest of the international community. This is our priority. Today and tomorrow we will talk about… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Turkish-backed Libyan forces claim troops were attacked west of Sirte

Published 2020-08-27 19:39:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Sirte and Al-Jafrah Operations Room of the Turkish-backed  Government of National Accord announced that Libyan National Army (LNA) forces targeted their troops in the early hours on Thursday morning with more than 12 rocket-propelled grenades. The GNA described this as a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement announced on Friday. The Sirte and Al-Jafrah Operations Room promised that it would not hesitate to respond to such actions, according to what was decided by field operations. In turn, the Libyan National Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Mismari, denied these allegations, pointing out that the LNA… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte


US soldiers wounded during Russian chase in northeast Syria

Published 2020-08-27 19:27:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The United States announced on Wednesday, that an incident had occurred between Russian and American forces in Syria, saying it violated protocols to avoid collision. The White House said that the incident that occurred in Syria between the forces of the two armies was caused by the Russian side and led to casualties among the American army, stating: “The American army does not want the escalation, but it has the full right to defend itself.” The spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, John Ullyot, accused the Russian army of violating the rules to avoid… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Lebanese security bust Syrian ISIS member planning terrorist operations

Published 2020-08-27 19:14:56 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The General Directorate of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces announced on Wednesday, the arrest of a Syrian national belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh), who was planning to carry out terrorist operations in Lebanon. The directorate said in a statement that “within the framework of the Preventive Security Action Plan adopted by the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces, especially in terms of following up and prosecuting persons suspected of belonging to terrorist organizations, and as a result of careful monitoring, the division was able to determine the identity of a Syrian person. He… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Lebanon, Syria


Iran used Russian radar system to track US F-35s after Qassem Soleimani assassination: report

Published 2020-08-27 19:04:50 by News Desk in Iran

The US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in early January exacerbated the already tense relations between Tehran and Washington in place since the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Deputy director-general of the Russian research centre Rezonans Alexander Stuchilin has argued that a radar system produced by his company helped the Iranian Army track US F-35 stealth fighters following the death of a top Iranian general in an American drone attack at the beginning of this year. “In early 2020, this [Rezonans-NE] system identified the US F-35s and steadily tracked them”, Stuchilin… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, US


Turkey slams France over deployment of warplanes to Cyprus

Published 2020-08-27 02:40:48 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry considered that “the landing of French military aircraft in the Republic of Cyprus under the pretext of conducting maneuvers violates the 1960 Treaty.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that, with this step, France “seriously encourages Greece, which is responsible for the tension in the eastern Mediterranean, to escalate the tension further.” The ministry confirmed that Turkey “will thwart all attempts by those who seek to exclude Ankara and Turkish Cyprus, in the eastern Mediterranean.” The Greek Ministry of Defense announced that Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus will hold military exercises from… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Turkey


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