This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Russia, Raqqa, Syria, Iran, Khamenei, UAE, Gulf, Saudi, Yemen, Fairuz, Lebanon, Macron, Netanyahu, Natanz, ISIS, Turkey, Gaddafi, Libya, Hama, Greece, China, India, Damascus.

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Israel unveils new laser defense system: video

Published 2020-09-01 15:56:44 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – On Sunday, Israeli police unveiled a new laser system designed to intercept incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip. This system is designed to operate alongside aircraft without blocking the airspace. Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli army announced it had bombed targets in Gaza, in response to the incendiary balloons launched. https://youtu.be/djDrcgRbJgA   Sources: RT, AP

Tags: Israel


Open for business: Russia offers its Su-57 stealth fighter to foreign clients

Published 2020-09-01 15:37:42 by News Desk in World-News

Russia offers its fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export, the foreign demand is likely to skyrocket after the Russian Armed Forces’s order is fulfilled, says Rostec aviation complex’s Industrial Director Anatoly Serdyukov. “It is unlikely that there will be a significant demand until we ship enough machines in our own army. […] So, our number one goal is to ship the pale to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we offer this machine to the foreigners, we conduct our advertisement campaign,” Serdyukov said, without specifying what countries exactly may become potential buyers. In May 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Russian military reinforcements head to key town in Al-Raqqa

Published 2020-09-01 15:27:02 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – A number of Russian military personnel were seen making their way from Latakia to the Al-Raqqa Governorate this week, as they strengthen their presence near the Turkish border. According to a field report from Aleppo, the Russian Armed Forces sent reinforcements to the town of ‘Ayn ‘Issa and its surrounding area on Monday. The report said the Russian military was transporting personnel and equipment to their checkpoints and bases in this region of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. The Russian military has increased their presence in the Al-Raqqa Governorate over recent months, bringing with them fresh troops… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria


Iranian Supreme Leader accuses UAE of betraying Islam

Published 2020-09-01 15:03:25 by News Desk in Gulf, Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, slammed the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday over their normalization agreement with Israel. The Iranian Supreme Leader described the UAE’s move as a betrayal to Islam and the Arab and Palestinian people. “The UAE betrayed the Islamic world, the Arab nations, the region’s countries and Palestine. Of course, this betrayal won’t last long,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the directors and heads of the Education Ministry via a video conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Fars News. “The UAE rulers opened the door of the region to the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Khamenei, UAE


Saudi King names new commander of Arab Coalition in Yemen

Published 2020-09-01 14:42:47 by News Desk in Gulf, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued an order assigning the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Mutlaq bin Salem bin Mutlaq Al-Azima, with the task of leading the Arab coalition forces in Yemen. The following is an overview of the new commander’s resume, via the Saudi Press Agency: Al-Azima obtained a Bachelor of Military Sciences specializing in armored vehicles from the King Abdulaziz War College, and completed his military education by obtaining a Master’s of Military Sciences from the Command and Staff College of the Armed Forces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, then a… Read on ->

Tags: Gulf, Saudi, Yemen


Legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz meets with French President: photos

Published 2020-09-01 14:28:37 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The legendary singer and cultural icon, Fairuz, met with French President Emmanuel Macron this week at her house in Lebanon. Macron, who is currently on a state visit to Lebanon, announced last week that he would be meeting with Fairuz during his visit to Lebanon on Monday, August 31. https://twitter.com/FayrouzOfficial/status/1300721848888504321?s=20 The French President is expected to meet with former Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, at Central House (Beit Al-Wasit) to discuss domestic matters. Macron previously visited Lebanon after the Beirut Port explosion on August 4th.

Tags: Fairuz, Lebanon, Macron


Netanyahu says peace agreement with UAE does not entail sale of F-35s

Published 2020-09-01 14:05:21 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE does not include the U.S. sale of F-35 fighters to the Emirates. “This issue was not part of the agreement, and the Americans also recognized that. Our position has not changed,” Netanyahu said at a press conference he held on Monday about an Israeli delegation’s visit to the Emirates. He added that U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said during his visit to Israel on Sunday that “the United States is fully committed to Israel’s qualitative and military superiority” in… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Netanyahu, UAE


Iran prepares to strengthen defenses nuclear facility after July explosion

Published 2020-09-01 12:48:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Iran announced on Tuesday, its intention to “establish two new buildings in which security and safety considerations are taken into account at a very high level,” following the explosion at the Natanz nuclear plant in July. “Iran will start constructing two buildings that respect the highest safety standards, taking into account the security conditions instead of the building that was destroyed in the explosion of the Natanz nuclear plant,” Behrouz Kamalandi, the spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Authority, said in an interview with the Iranian newspaper “Resalat”. The Iranian official emphasized that “there is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Natanz


Russia to deploy additional Su-35 jets to Syria: media

Published 2020-09-01 12:30:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces are allegedly deploying additional Su-35 jets to its largest airbase in Syria, the publication, Avia.Pro, reported on Monday. According to the article, the Russian Aerospace Forces is deploying “at least three additional Su-35S fighters” to the Khmeimim (Hmemim) Airbase in Syria’s Latakia Governorate. “A few hours ago it became known that the Russian Aerospace Forces intend to transfer several additional Su-35S fighters to Syria, which are planned to be used to strengthen the Russian military group in this Arab republic,” Avia.Pro reported. “At the moment, it is known that the fighters… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria


Top ISIS leader in Turkey has been arrested

Published 2020-09-01 12:15:38 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The state-owned Anadolu Agency quoted the Turkish Interior Minister as saying that the “Emir of ISIS in Turkey” had been arrested, and dangerous plots were uncovered. “A senior leader in ISIS has been arrested,” Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu tweeted on Tuesday morning Soylu thanked the Turkish security teams who managed to arrest the alleged emir. No further details were released at this time.

Tags: ISIS, Turkey


Gaddafi supporters rally in support of family on anniversary of rise to power: video

Published 2020-09-01 11:09:22 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:55 A.M.) – Libyans gathered last in a number of cities and villages in the northwestern and southern part of the country to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the “Al-Fateh Revolution” the event that brought the late leader Muammar Gaddafi to power in 1969. The videos showed, in particular, that several residents in many cities took to the streets to celebrate this anniversary, carrying green flags and pictures of Gaddafi and his sons, including Khamis Gaddafi, who was killed during the events of 2011. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3357259991035231&extid=NHEs8gNb16FC2GpR Supporters of Gaddafi also fired fireworks in cities such as Al-Sayan, Al-Ajilat, Bin… Read on ->

Tags: Gaddafi, Libya


Syria: Massive fire sweeps through western Hama – video

Published 2020-09-01 10:57:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Monday, firefighting teams managed to control a massive fire that swept through the Al-Ghab region of Hama. Local sources from the region said that the fire is now in the cooling stage after the firefighting and civil defense personnel were able to extinguish the flames, and cordon off the fires in Ain al-Krum, specifically in the Mashta al-Shalahma area. The sources confirmed that the losses were limited to the materials, as the fire consumed some olive trees in the area in addition to the burning of a car, and a farmer’s cow died after… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Syria


Greece is ready to spend more money to support armed forces amid escalation with Turkey

Published 2020-09-01 10:28:33 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Greek Finance Minister expressed his country’s readiness to spend part of its cash reserves to support its armed forces this year, after years of implementing austerity policy in defense spending. During the decade-long debt crisis that began in late 2009, Greece slashed its defense spending under the terms of three bailouts, and exited its third bailout in August 2018. In an interview with Alpha TV, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said that his mission includes “supporting the deterrence force of the armed forces.” The minister stated that the Ministry of Finance “will do everything possible… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Russian and Turkish forces carry out first joint military exercise in Syria

Published 2020-09-01 10:06:42 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that soldiers from Russia and Turkey carried out their first joint exercise in Syria, in which they were trained to target armed groups that reject reconciliation. The director of the Hmeimim Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Major General Alexander Greenkiewicz, said, “Today, in the area of ​​the town of Tarnabah in the Idlib Governorate, the first joint exercise was carried out for units of the Russian military police and the Turkish armed forces.” He continued, “The training included joint fire targeting of sabotage groups affiliated with armed… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


India orders 6 multi-barreled missile launchers to be deployed along Chinese border

Published 2020-09-01 09:54:36 by News Desk in World-News

The Pinaka multi-barrel guided weapons system is capable of destroying a target measuring 900 square metres, as it can dump 7.2 tonnes of high explosives onto a target 80 km away in 48 seconds, with an accuracy of 25 metres. In order to provide firepower to India’s 1.3 million-strong army, the Indian defence ministry has signed a $380 million deal with Tata Power Company, Larsen & Toubro and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd to procure six Pinaka rocket systems, comprising 114 launchers, to deploy along China’s border. “These Six Pinaka Regiments will be operationalised along the Northern and Eastern Borders of… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


US will prevent Iran from receiving Chinese weapons: Pompeo

Published 2020-09-01 09:43:25 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States intends to prevent arms trade between China and Iran. Pompeo said in a statement to WMAL-FM, “One of the countries that wants to sell weapons to Iran is China, and it will make big money because of that. I am convinced that China will buy some systems from Iran. We must prevent this from happening.” Pompeo continued that if China violated the U.S. sanctions against Iran, Washington would force it to “take responsibility.” The U.S. Secretary of State indicated that he expects to re-impose… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran


Watch: Syrian Army intercepts Israeli missile over Damascus

Published 2020-09-01 09:29:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – At approximately 11:20 P.M. (local time) on Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired several missiles towards the southern part of Damascus. According to a field source in Damascus, the Syrian air defenses were quickly activated after several missiles were tracked coming from the Jabal Al-Sheikh region along the Lebanese border. While the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to shoot down several of the missiles, some of the projectiles did manage to hit their intended targets in southern Damascus. Video footage of the Syrian Army intercepting the Israel missiles was captured by locals in… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


Israel launches heavy attack on southern Damascus from Lebanese border

Published 2020-09-01 03:04:45 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a new attack on the southern part of Damascus, prompting the Syrian Air Defense units to confront these projectiles around the capital. According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli Defense Forces fired several missiles from the Jabal Al-Sheikh region along the Lebanese border, targeting the southern and southwestern part of Damascus on Monday evening. The source said the Syrian Air Defense forces confronted the missiles and managed to shoot some of them down, while some others hit their intended targets in southern Damascus. Meanwhile, the Syrian Ministry… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria


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