This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iraq, Damascus, Israel, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, Belarus, Lukashenko, Latakia, Deir_Ezzor, Iran, US, Russia, Ansarallah, Yemen, Libya, Sirte, Tanf, Hezbollah, Mediterranean, Homs.

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US-led Coalition targeted by roadside bombing in southeast Iraq

Published 2020-09-03 20:01:04 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition was targeted on Thursday by a roadside bomb in the Dhi Qar Governorate of southeastern Iraq, the Iraqi Security Media Cell reported. “An explosion from an explosive device targeted the convoy of logistical support companies for the International Coalition Forces along the highway in the Dhi Gar Governorate, leaving no significant losses,” the statement began. According to the Iraqi security forces, their troops were escorting the International Coalition convoy as it was traveling through the southeastern part of the country. “As the security forces accompanying the convoy monitored suspicious movements of one… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Satellite photos show before and after images of Israeli attacks on Syria

Published 2020-09-03 19:46:10 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have launched two attacks inside Syria in the last 72 hours, causing a number of explosions at two important installations inside the Arab Republic. The first attack targeted the Damascus International Airport and some areas south of the capital. The second attack, which was carried out last night, targeted the strategic T-4 Airbase in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. Israel-based Image Satellite International released before-and-after images of the attacks, showing the extent of the damage at both the Damascus International Airport and T-4 Airbase. As shown in… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Israel, Syria

Lebanese Army discovers over 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near Beirut Port one month after massive explosion

Published 2020-09-03 19:22:29 by News Desk in Lebanon

The Lebanese Army found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut’s port weeks after a huge explosion of the same chemical killed dozens of people and injured a further 5,000 on 4 August, the NNA state news agency reported. According to the army’s statement, quoted by the agency, army engineers were dealing with the chemical. At least 190 people were killed and 5,000 more injured when two explosions rocked the port of Beirut on 4 August, also causing huge damage to several parts of the city. 300,000 people were left homeless. The authorities blamed the explosion on… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish Defense Minister flies in F-16 over Aegean Sea: video

Published 2020-09-03 17:38:52 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar inaugurated the “Year of Flight Training 2020-2021” for the Air Force, by conducting a tour on board an F-16 over the Aegean Sea, between Turkey and Greece. Akar flew an F-16 fighter jet over the Aegean Sea, passing over the Dardanelles Strait where he saluted the Martyrs’ Monument that commemorates Ottoman Turkey’s World War I victory against the Allied forces at Gallipoli. “We will continue the struggle in the spirit of Canakkale, and we will work hard in a manner that befits all our martyrs, especially those who… Read on ->

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Tags: Greece, Turkey

Lukashenko says Belarus deployed half of its army along western border

Published 2020-09-03 17:11:24 by News Desk in World-News

Belarus has been forced to deploy actually a half of its army on western borders due to the tense situation, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday. “You see what is happening in our country. We see what is happening around Russia,” the news agency BelTA quoted Lukashenko as saying at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. “We have been forced to respond, seeing NATO’s unfriendly steps near our borders. There is all the evidence proving that, no matter what excuses they may make: the deployment of US and other units from the depth of their NATO territory… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, Lukashenko

Syrian Army launches heavy attack on jihadist defenses near Turkish border

Published 2020-09-03 16:51:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has hammered the jihadist defenses along the Turkish border region in northern Latakia. According to a field source in Latakia, the Syrian Army fired several missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist positions in the Jabal Al-Turkmen region, hitting the latter’s defenses near the town of Sarraf. The source said the Syrian Army managed to score direct hits on the jihadist positions, which resulted in heavy damage to the latter’s defenses near the Turkish border. The Syrian Army has recently intensified their attacks… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Turkish media publishes video of Greek soldiers on island near Turkey

Published 2020-09-03 16:28:06 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Turkish TRT news channel published a video clip that it said documented the presence of Greek soldiers on the island of Kastellorizo (Meis), which is in violation of the provisions of the Lausanne and Paris agreements on disarming the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. The state-owned TRT network published a video of Greek soldiers on the island of Kastellorizo, which is about two kilometers from the Turkish mainland. They claimed this coincides with the escalation of tension in the eastern Mediterranean region. Two days ago, Turkey confirmed that it would not allow… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

US-backed forces withdraw from eastern Syria town: video

Published 2020-09-03 16:15:39 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew their troops from a town in the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Thursday after a month of turmoil with the Al-Akidat tribesmen in the area. Citing local tribal sources, Sputnik reported that all SDF troops withdrew from the town of Al-Shuhail on Thursday morning, leaving the area fully under the control of the Al-Akidat. The sources pointed out that “the militants of the organization evacuated all the military points and checkpoints that they were controlling in the center of the town of Al-Shuhail.”   This withdrawal came after… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Iran intends to send its astronauts to space for the first time

Published 2020-09-03 15:37:54 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The head of the Geo-Spatial Research Center in the Iranian Ministry of Science, Fathallah Ami, announced preparations to send a person to space. The Mehr Agency quoted Fathallah Ami as saying that Iranian astronauts will be trained in cooperation with an unnamed allied country before they are sent to space. He mentioned Iran’s previous success in sending living organisms to space in 2012, which  was repeated again in 2013 when they sent a monkey to space for 15 minutes, as an example of the Islamic Republic’s technological advances. The agency explained that the launch of… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

US sale of Syrian oil violate international law: Russia

Published 2020-09-03 15:09:24 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

The US troops, jointly with the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, maintain control over a part of northeastern Syria, concentrating around the oil and gas fields in the provinces of Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor. The US oil deal with the Syrian Kurds breaks international law and is used as cover for US illegal policy to undermine Damascus’ peace efforts, Russian and Syria militaries said in a joint statement. The illegal presence of the US and its allies in the northeast of Syria has lead to a plundering of the country’s natural resources and fanned tensions, the statement said. Earlier, State Secretary… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Video footage of new Iranian radar capable of tracking 300 targets simultaneously

Published 2020-09-03 13:12:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces unveiled a new radar system on Wednesday after announcing that they have 27 new military achievements. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the new Kashef-99 radar is a 3D mobile phased array system with a range of 12 kilometres used to detect small aircraft. The new Kashef-99 radar is capable of spotting 300 targets simultaneously. The radar system has been designed and produced at the New Technologies Research Center of the Air Defense Force of the Iranian Army.

Tags: Iran

Turkey issued 2 naval warnings to Russia over live fire drills in Mediterranean

Published 2020-09-03 12:57:33 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – Turkey issued two navigational telexes over the planned Russian live fire drills in the eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Greek publication Ekathimerini reported. According to the publication, Turkey issued the telexes because their vessels are currently conducting seismic surveys in an area near the Greek island of Kastellorizo in the eastern Mediterranean. “Issued by the Turkish navy’s Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography, navtex number 1102/20 announces exercises for September 8-22 covering an area south of Kastellorizo where the Turkish seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis is currently active, but which is outside the Greek continental… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Turkey

Ansarallah forces score new advance to close in on strategic Yemeni city

Published 2020-09-03 12:34:35 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah Movement is steadily advancing on the strategic Yemeni city of Marib, as their forces have seized more ground from the Islah forces and Yemeni army. According to the latest reports from the Marib front, the Ansarallah forces captured the Al-Ammoud area in the Al-Mahliyah region after a fierce battle with the Islah forces and Yemeni army. The Ansarallah forces were able to take control of this area, despite facing heavy resistance from the pro-government troops and powerful airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, who continuously bombarded their units at Al-Ammoud after capturing it…. Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

New video shows Russian S-400 in action

Published 2020-09-03 11:40:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video documenting the training of the Air Defense Forces in Asholuk Square in Russia’s Astrakhan Province. The ministry stated that within the framework of the exercises, the S-400 Triumph system fired aerial missiles at the targets of the supposed enemy, which were simulated by the Strij-M, Favorit and Kaban, as well as Armavir.   Credit: RT

Tags: Russia

Iran to arm naval forces with long-range cruise missiles

Published 2020-09-03 11:14:37 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The director of the Marine Industries Organization of the Iranian Ministry of Defense, Admiral Amir Rastakari, said that the army destroyers will be equipped with a vertical launch system for long-range cruise missiles. Rastakari’s statement came on the sidelines of the exhibition “Renaissance of Parts Industry” at the Ministry of Defense on Thursday, according to the Fars News Agency. Rastakari confirmed that the organization will hand over to the naval force of the Iranian army the destroyer “DNA” on March 20, 2021, adding that “we also hope to deliver the helicopter, Birozan, to the naval… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Turkish-backed forces claim Libyan Army launched missile attack from Sirte

Published 2020-09-03 10:47:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A spokesman for the Sirte and Al-Jafrah operations of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord announced that a Grad missile had been fired at their forces west of the city of Sirte. The GNA said they will respond to these repeated violations, stating that the attack was carried out by the Libyan National Army (LNA), who currently controls Sirte. The Libyan media loyal to the Government of National Accord quoted the spokesman for the Sirte and Al-Jafrah operations, Brigadier General Abdel-Hadi Dara, as saying that the attack was a breach of the ceasefire that was… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

Israeli warplane attacked strategic Syrian military base from US zone

Published 2020-09-03 10:16:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a new attack on Syrian soil this week, targeting a strategic airbase that hosts both Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iranian military personnel. According to a source in Damascus, the Syrian military believes the attack on strategic T-4 Airbase was carried by an Israeli warplane over the Al-Tanf zone that is currently controlled by the U.S. military in southeastern Homs. The attack reportedly activated the Syrian Arab Army’s air defenses in eastern Homs, as they attempted to repel the Israeli missiles that were hitting the T-4 Airbase around 10:20… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Tanf

US rejects any presence of Hezbollah in Lebanese gov’t

Published 2020-09-03 08:15:22 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said that it does not want Hezbollah to be part of the Lebanese government that is set to be formed within days. The U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, told Al Arabiya TV that Washington does not want Hezbollah to be part of the Lebanese government. “The United States cannot work as usual with Lebanon, in light of the threats posed by Hezbollah, and without pledging to undertake reforms in a transparent manner,” she said. But at the same time, she indicated that America is working closely with France… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, US

One of Russia’s most powerful warships will head to Syrian waters

Published 2020-09-03 07:54:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – One of the Russian Navy’s most powerful warships is allegedly planning to deploy to Syria’s territorial waters, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Thursday. According to the publication, the Russian missile cruiser, Moskva (var. Moscow), has deployed to sea for the first time since it was docked for repairs by the navy. Citing sources, Avia.Pro said this missile cruiser will be heading towards Syrian territorial waters to conduct tests and strengthen the Russian military. “The Russian missile cruiser Moskva has gone to sea for the first time since the completion of repairs, and according to… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

Israel bombs strategic Syrian Army base amid 2nd consecutive attack: details

Published 2020-09-03 07:17:47 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – For the second night in a row, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bombed an area of Syria, causing significant explosions after bypassing the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) air defenses. According to a field source in Damascus, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a number of airstrikes on the T-4 Airbase in eastern Homs last night, prompting the Syrian Army to activate their air defenses inside the governorate. The source said that a number of the Israeli missiles managed to hit the base and its surroundings, resulting in powerful explosions that could be heard throughout the eastern… Read on ->

Tags: Homs, Israel, Syria

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