This is a summary of 19 AMN articles on the following subjects: France, Turkey, Russia, Syria, Bahrain, Israel, Aleppo, Macron, Iran, US, Aoun, Beirut, Lebanon, IRGC, Ansarallah, Yemen, Jordan, Hasakah, Tanf, Hama, Latakia, Zarqa, Saudi.

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Turkish Defense Minister on Macron threats: ‘Your statements are greater than your size’

Published 2020-09-11 23:46:40 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar responded to what he described as the threats of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, against Ankara, regarding the tension in the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish Defense Minister said in a statement carried by the state-owned Anadolu News Agency: “Macron’s statements are greater than his size and exceed his limits.” Akar continued, saying: “These statements aim to sow discord among us, but they will not find deaf ears on our people.” The Turkish Defense Minister later sent a message to Greece, in which he said: “We recommend our neighbor Greece not… Read on ->

Tags: France, Turkey


Jihadist group plotting to use poisonous chemicals in new provocation in Syria: Russian military

Published 2020-09-11 23:35:00 by News Desk in Syria

Terrorists from the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia) are preparing provocations with the use of poisonous substances in the southern part of Syria’s Idlib, the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, Rear Adm. Alexander Grinkevich, said at a briefing. “The Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties received information about the preparation of a provocation using poisonous substances in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zoneby the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham,” Grinkevich said. He added that, according to available… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Bahrain follows UAE and normalizes relations with Israel

Published 2020-09-11 23:20:42 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

President Donald Trump has issued a joint statement by the United States, Israel and Bahrain announcing Tel Aviv and Manama’s intention to establish full diplomatic relations. “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!” Trump wrote in a tweet accompanying the statement. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1304464923469193217?s=20 As per the statement, Israel and Bahrain agreed to normalize ties following a telephone conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Donald Trump. “King… Read on ->

Tags: Bahrain, Israel


Israel refuses to comment about attack on Syria’s Aleppo

Published 2020-09-11 16:33:22 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) -The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Friday, following news about a missile attack launched on Syria’s Aleppo at dawn of Friday, that it did not comment on foreign media reports. “We do not comment on reports in foreign news outlets,” the IDF told Sputnik News Agency. In the early hours of the day, the Syrian state-run Al-Ikhbariya broadcaster reported that the country’s air defense systems were repelling an Israeli attack on Aleppo. A Syrian military source then said that the defense systems downed the majority of Israeli missiles. Israel frequently launches strikes on Syria saying… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Israel, Syria


‘Turkey is not a partner in the eastern Mediterranean’: Macron

Published 2020-09-11 16:23:54 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, that European countries will try to work to reach a unified policy on Turkey, pointing to the need to take a strict approach against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in light of the escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. Macron stated during a press conference in Ajaccio, on the southern island of Corsica, that “work will be done to reach a unified European policy on Turkey,” adding that there is a desire to “avoid escalation.” The French President also stressed, in light of tension with Ankara, that his… Read on ->

Tags: France, Macron, Turkey


Iran issues warnings to US drones near Strait of Hormuz

Published 2020-09-11 15:41:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Iranian army said that it issued warnings to U.S. drones that approached the area of ​​maneuvers being conducted east of the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of ​​Oman and the northern part of Indian Ocean, stressing that they turned away after receiving the warnings. Shahram Irani, the spokesman for the “Zulfiqar 99” maneuvers, which began on Thursday morning, said that the army’s air defense forces issued warnings to foreign planes and asked them to stay away from the general area for the exercises. He said that a change in the behavior of the U.S…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


First look at US F-35 disguised as Russian Su-57 jet: photo

Published 2020-09-11 13:38:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The first photo of the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter disguised as a fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, Su-57, has surfaced on the internet. This photo was posted on the Facebook page of an artist named Sean Hampton, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. https://www.facebook.com/SeanHamptonAviationArt/posts/1779807825511391 The veteran U.S. officer revealed that preparing this design for the American fighter came at the request of the army. It is worth noting that the design included even the red stars that were painted on the wings of the plane for perfect match, as in the aviation… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Lebanese President says new fire at Beirut Port may be cause of sabotage

Published 2020-09-11 13:22:27 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that the Beirut Port fire that broke out on Thursday, may be an act of  sabotage or the result of a technical error, ignorance or negligence, stressing the need to know the cause as soon as possible and to hold the perpetrators accountable. “It is no longer acceptable for errors of any kind that lead to such a fire, especially after the disaster caused by the first fire,” he said at the start of the Supreme Defense Council session to discuss the issue of the port fire. The Lebanese President… Read on ->

Tags: Aoun, Beirut, Lebanon


Iran’s IRGC forces carried out ‘largest military operation’ in its history

Published 2020-09-11 12:08:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Iranian Tasnim News Agency revealed on Thursday that the ground forces of the Revolutionary Guards carried out the largest military operation in its history against forces it described as ‘hostile’ on the northwestern borders of the country. Although the agency close to the Revolutionary Guard did not mention the nature, name, and location of these enemy forces, it indicated that the operation led to the disruption of the hostile groups’ bases on the borders. The agency said: “The Revolutionary Guard carried out a series of large-scale operations to destroy a large number of headquarters… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Ansarallah forces claim ‘important target’ hit in Saudi capital

Published 2020-09-11 11:48:26 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Thursday, that it bombed “an important target” in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, after launching a ballistic missile towards the Gulf Kingdom. The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Yahya Sare’a, said on his Twitter account that a “joint military operation” between the Air Force and the missile force was carried out using a Zulfiqar ballistic missile and four Samad 3 drones, without disclosing the nature of the “important target” being targeted. Sare’a stressed that the attack was carried out “in response to the continuous escalation” and “the continuous siege”… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Jordanian Army issues official statement over cause of massive explosion

Published 2020-09-11 11:24:09 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The General Command of the Jordanian Armed Forces issued an official statement regarding what the preliminary investigations indicated about the causes of the explosion, which occurred at dawn on Friday, in an old mortar ammunition warehouse near the city of Zarqa. According to a statement by the Jordanian Army, “An explosion occurred at dawn today, Friday, in an old mortar ammunition warehouse under construction in the Al-Tafih area near the city of Zarqa, which is located in an isolated and uninhabited area.” The statement indicated that “preliminary investigations revealed that the explosion was caused by… Read on ->

Tags: Jordan


Iran unveils 2 new cruise missiles amid heightened tensions with US, UAE

Published 2020-09-11 11:09:36 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Iranian army tested two naval cruise missiles during the second day of “Zulfiqar 99” maneuvers in the southern part of the country. The army said that a Qadir cruise missile hit surface marine targets more than 200 km away and successfully destroyed them. They said that another Nasr cruise missile was launched from a warship and hit surface marine targets. The spokesman for the exercises, Shahram Irani, said that the surface-to-sea missile systems of the navy are deployed all over the country’s southern coasts. The spokesman said that the army possesses different types of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russia strengthens military base near US troops in northeast Syria: photo

Published 2020-09-11 10:54:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Russian military has reportedly strengthened its presence at the Al-Qamishli Airbase in northeastern Syria, a new report said this week. According to Avia.Pro, the Russian Air Force moved a number of helicopters and a cargo plane to the Al-Qamishli Airbase recently, which comes only two weeks after a traffic incident with the U.S. military. “The Russian military is actively using the capabilities of its second airbase in Syria. So, according to satellite images, at the moment, on the territory of the military airfield in the city of Qamishli, there are at least four combat… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Israeli warplanes use US Tanf Zone to bomb Syria again

Published 2020-09-11 10:29:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The U.S. Al-Tanf Zone in southeastern Homs has once again been used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to bomb an area in Syria, a source in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. According to the source, missiles fired from the Al-Tanf area targeted the town of Al-Safira in southern Aleppo, resulting in a number of explosions and at least two deaths. The source said a number of missiles targeted the Scientific Research Lab, with a few managing to hit the facility. He would add that the building suffered damage, but… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Tanf


Watch: Syrian helicopters attempt to put out massive fires over Latakia, Hama

Published 2020-09-11 10:00:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Air Force has been working overtime in the Latakia and Hama governorates to help put out the massive fires that are ravaging the region. In a video released this week, Syrian helicopters from the air force can be seen trying to put out the fires over the Latakia and Hama countrysides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgXZeH0ONnU  

Tags: Hama, Latakia, Syria


Lebanese Army shoots down Israeli drone along southern border

Published 2020-09-11 09:48:13 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Lebanese Army announced on Thursday that its forces shot down a drone belonging to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) over southern Lebanon. According to the Lebanese Army, their forces shot down the IDF drone over the town of Aita Al-Sha’ab in the southern part of the country after it was seen flying over the area. The Israeli army later admitted on Thursday evening that its drone had crashed in Lebanese territory and made it clear in a statement that “there is no fear that the information carried by this plane will leak.” The announcement… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Massive blast at ammunition depot rocks Jordanian city: video

Published 2020-09-11 09:30:05 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – A powerful explosion has rocked the Jordanian city of Zarqa last night, causing shockwaves near the capital of ‘Amman. According to the Sky News Arabia broadcaster, the blast took place in an ammunition depot located in Zarqa. The explosion reportedly caused a huge fire at the site. The Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Odeh Al-Adaileh, confirmed an explosion in a warehouse containing unsuitable mortar bombs, east of the city of Zarqa. Al-Adalieh said that the preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by an electrical contact in the warehouses, which are… Read on ->

Tags: Jordan, Zarqa


Syrian tribe leader reveals 20 Saudi soldiers are deployed in eastern Syria

Published 2020-09-11 08:53:47 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil Jadaan Al-Hafl, the general sheikh of the Akidat Tribe, said in a special statement to Russia’s Sputnik Agency in Al-Hasakah that the sons of the Arab tribes in the eastern Euphrates region are ready for any scenarios, repercussions and developments, with the end of (the month limit) that they gave to the U.S.-led International Coalition. Sheikh Hafl explained that the possible scenarios include several options, the first of which is to hold peaceful demonstrations and sit-ins throughout the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and forcing all young tribesmen to throw away weapons… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria


Israel launches new attack on southern Aleppo

Published 2020-09-11 08:31:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Syrian air defenses confronted hostile missiles that were attempting to target military sites of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), near the southern Aleppo town of Al-Safira. According to a field source in Aleppo city, the Syrian air defense forces tracked the hostile missiles from the U.S.-occupied Al-Tanf Zone, where it is believed an Israeli warplane fired several of the projectiles from. The source said some of the missiles did manage to hit their intended targets, while the others were shot down by their air defense units. In particular, one of the missiles… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


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