Iran's nominated Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session to discuss the president's proposed cabinet in Tehran on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Iraq, China, India, Latakia, Syria, US, ISIS, Russia, Israel, UAE, Beirut, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Baghdad, Basra, Hasakah, France, Libya, Macron, Saudi, Idlib, Mediterranean, Crimea.

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Iranian defense chief comments on retaliatory attack against US forces in Iraq

Published 2020-09-05 21:13:53 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, revealed new details about the targeting of the Ain Al-Assad Base on January 8th of this year. Quoting Hatami, the Mehr News Agency reported that the general said Iran’s missile capabilities proved the enemy forces were sensitive to its power. Hatami said that the U.S. Army had experienced these Iranian missiles this year, when dozens of its soldiers were diagnosed with concussions following the strikes on the Ain Al-Assad Base. He added that the U.S. forces were not able to respond to that, noting that “the satellite… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Chinese military ‘likely’ to deploy its equivalent of S-300 system along Indian border: Sina

Published 2020-09-05 20:53:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Sina News Agency reported on Saturday that the Chinese military is likely going to deploy its equivalent of the Russian-made S-300 system along the border with India. Citing a Forbes article about the development of two positions along the Indian border, the online publication reported that the Chinese military will likely move in their Hongqi-9 air defense system, which is equivalent to the S-300 and U.S.-made Patriot System. “It is difficult to know what types of weapons will be there, but the Hongqi-9 air defense missile is most likely to be deployed, which is… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Massive fires engulf Syria’s western region

Published 2020-09-05 20:14:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – Syria is witnessing an increase in temperatures of up to 11 degrees higher than the average, which contributed to the occurrence of a number of large fires in several areas in Latakia, Hama and Homs. According to the agency Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), temperatures are 9 to 11 degrees higher than average in most areas, which is leading to wide-spread fires. In addition to the high temperatures, the General Directorate of Meteorology predicted in its bulletin this morning that the weather will be between clear and partly cloudy in general, and hazy and dusty… Read on ->

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Tags: Latakia, Syria

Iran is developing long-range cruise missiles: MoD

Published 2020-09-05 19:20:11 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced that the Islamic Republic is in the process of manufacturing winged air-launched missiles with a range of more than a thousand kilometers. On Saturday, the Fars News Agency quoted Hatami as saying, in an interview with the newspaper: “In the maritime domain, we have begun the manufacturing of naval and anti-naval missiles with a range of more than a thousand kilometers, on land with a range of about 1,400 kilometers, and in the field of cruise missiles, which are launched from the air .. the range will… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

US forces stuck in Syria with no strategy but to ‘keep the oil’: report

Published 2020-09-05 18:37:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – In a new article released this week, Newsweek cited an unnamed senior U.S. intelligence official as saying that the ongoing American strategy in Syria is a ‘clusterf**k’ as the next presidential election approaches in November. While “both candidates vow to end the ‘endless wars’ waged by their predecessors”, as Newsweek points out, the U.S. currently has no strategy for Syria. According to the article, the U.S. “doesn’t have a strategy [on Syria]” other than “to ensure an enduring defeat” of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and to occupy Syrian oil fields. The situation becomes more complicated… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Syrian-Russian attacks pierce through ISIS defenses in central Syria

Published 2020-09-05 17:58:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian and Russian armed forces managed to inflict heavy damage on the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts and bases in central Syria this weekend. According to a field report from the city of Palmyra (Tadmur), the Russian and Syrian armed forces, backed by their air forces, were able to eliminate several Islamic State terrorists, while also destroying several of their sites between Al-Sukhnah and Al-Shoula. The report said the Russian and Syrian armed forces utilized reconnaissance aircraft to identify the Islamic State targets and then the ground troops and their air assets managed to carry… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria

‘We firmly oppose the sale of F-35s to UAE’: Israeli intel chief

Published 2020-09-05 17:32:56 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – On Friday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen announced that Israel will firmly oppose the sale of F-35 fighters and other advanced weapons to the United Arab Emirates. Cohen said, “We are against that, we will not agree to any sales contract … and we will act against selling any weapon that would harm Israel’s qualitative military superiority, including the F-35.” The minister’s comments came as the media reported that Israel and the UAE were ready to attend the signing ceremony of the normalization agreement in Washington within the next ten days. Cohen endorsed Netanyahu’s statements… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, UAE

Lebanese Army disposes of over 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at Beirut Port

Published 2020-09-05 17:21:00 by News Desk in Lebanon

The Lebanese Army has completed the disposal of more than 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate found at the entrance to the port of Beirut, the site of a massive blast in early August, according to the army’s statement obtained by Sputnik on Saturday. “A 4.35-tonne batch of ammonium nitrate discovered a few days ago in the port of Beirut has been disposed of”, the statement said. Four warehouses storing the dangerous chemical were discovered by the Lebanese military near entrance number nine earlier this week. The powerful blast in the port of the Lebanese capital that took place on 4… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkey to hold large-scale ‘Mediterranean Storm’ exercise with Northern Cyprus

Published 2020-09-05 17:08:16 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that the leadership of its peace forces in Cyprus and the leadership of the security forces in the Republic of Northern Cyprus will launch maneuvers from September 6th to 10th in Northern Cyprus. According to Anadolu Agency, the Turkish Ministry of Defense’s statement said that the “Mediterranean Storm” maneuvers, which are organized annually, aim to develop mutual training, cooperation and work together between the forces of the two countries. The statement continued that “Turkish air, land and sea forces are participating in the exercises.” The statement added… Read on ->

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Tags: Cyprus, Turkey

Iraqi forces kickoff 2 new operations in Basra and east Baghdad

Published 2020-09-05 14:41:55 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Commander of Iraq’s Basra Operations, Major General Akram Saddam, announced on Saturday, the launch of a military operation with the participation of various military and security forces to put an end to the tribal disputes and organized crime in the governorate. Saddam said that a curfew was not imposed during the operation that began at dawn to disarm the tribes, put an end to tribal disputes and organized crime and protect the people, indicating that each house will be allowed to keep one weapon. At the same time, similar military operations were launched in… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Basra, Iraq

Large Turkish military convoy heads to northeast Syria amid rumors of new offensive

Published 2020-09-05 14:26:35 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A large Turkish military convoy was observed heading to the northeastern region of Syria on Friday, amid rumors of a new offensive inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate. According to reports, the large Turkish military convoy was seen heading to the border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn, bringing with them heavy weapons and vehicles for the rumored attack on Al-Derbasiyeh and Abu Rasin. The Turkish military convoy reportedly entered Ras Al-‘Ayn and made their way to the villages of Dawoudiyeh and Bab Al-Khayr, which are located in the northwestern region of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. At the same time,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria

Macron has ‘gone crazy’ over Syria, Libya and eastern Mediterranean: Turkey

Published 2020-09-05 12:42:32 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşolu said that French President Emmanuel Macron has “went crazy” in view of the developments in the Libyan and Syrian arenas and on the maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu said,as quoted by RT: “In Libya, France supported Haftar and made a huge mistake … Things changed, balances changed, Haftar was defeated and Macron went crazy.” Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he also said that Turkey had dispelled French hope that Haftar would take control of the Libyan capital by providing military support to the Government of National Accord and… Read on ->

Tags: France, Libya, Macron, Syria, Turkey

US expresses concern after incident with Russian military causes accident in Syria

Published 2020-09-05 12:16:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Friday that the United States has expressed its concern to Russia about an incident in Syria in which a number of American soldiers were injured when a Russian military vehicle collided with their vehicle. According to the Reuters News Agency, O’Brien said during a press conference at the White House: “The matter was communicated to them (Russia) very clearly, it was done at the appropriate level.” Last week, the United States announced an incident between Russian and American forces in Syria, saying it violated protocols to avoid… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US

US hails Saudi Arabia’s decision to open airspace for Israeli-UAE flights

Published 2020-09-05 11:40:22 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The U.S. authorities welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow flights between the Emirates and Israel to cross its airspace. “The U.S. welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow flights between the #UAE and #Israel to fly over its territory. This is another important step in the realization of President Trump’s vision,” the National Security Council (NSC) tweeted on Friday. According to the statement, “This is another important step in realizing President (Donald) Trump’s vision.” Last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia announced its approval of a request from the United Arab Emirates to allow the passage… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel, Saudi, UAE

Russian, Turkish armies simulate battle against armed groups in Idlib

Published 2020-09-05 11:21:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The deputy head of the coordination center in the de-escalation zone of Idlib, Yevgeny Polyakov, announced that the Russian and Turkish soldiers had conducted a joint training that simulated repelling attacks by armed groups on military convoys. He pointed out that the training was aimed at formulating a joint position on emergency situations that may arise during the conduct of joint patrols on the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway). Russian and Turkish forces were trained to cooperate and coordinate during their patrols, and to summon support in case the patrol was attacked, including actions during the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Turkey’s ‘aggressiveness’ has led ‘explosive’ situation in Mediterranean: Cyprus

Published 2020-09-05 11:07:36 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Cypriot President condemned Turkey’s “aggressiveness” and called for talks to resolve the dispute over maritime borders and gas exploration rights, warning that the escalation threatens to destabilize the entire region. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP): “There is aggression, with an intention to actually control the entire region. So we are witnessing increasing tension, and the resulting situation is very explosive and raises concern.” Anastasiades said that his fragmented island is facing a “very dangerous situation” and condemned Ankara for its “provocations” and “violations of international law” that… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Mediterranean, Turkey

US soldiers ask Syrians if they have heard of Mia Khalifa: video

Published 2020-09-05 10:52:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Social media users shared a video clip this week, showing a group of American soldiers in Syria asking men about the former pornstar, Mia Khalifa, who has since left and condemned the industry. Activists said that the video was published by an American soldier in Syria on the Chinese platform, TikTok,, in which he and a number of his companions asked Syrians about the former pornstar. The video published by the Task and Purpose website said that an American soldier in Syria broadcast the video through his TikTok account, before deleting it. A caption… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Several Russian jets rush to intercept 3 US aircraft after approaching Crimean Peninsula

Published 2020-09-05 10:16:03 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday it had scrambled eight fighter jets after it detected three US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers over the Black Sea. In just the latest incident involving US bombers flying close to Russian airspace, a slew of Russian fighters were sent to meet three B-52 strategic bombers over the Black Sea on Friday. “In order to prevent the US Air Force planes from violating Russian airspace, 4 Su-27 fighters and 4 Su-30 fighters from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District were raised over the Black and Azov Seas,” the National Defense… Read on ->

Tags: Crimea, Russia

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