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This is a summary of 26 AMN articles on the following subjects: EU, Human Rights, Sanctions, Gaza, Israel, Germany, Nord Stream, Russia, F-35, UAE, Barguzin, Military, Forbes, Georgia, DPRK, USA, Explosion, Iraq, Space, Venus, AH-64, Apache, Syria, China, Iran, Pompeo, Chios, Greece, NATO, Turkey, Assad, US, Hasakah, Idlib, Libya, Trump, Bahrain, IRGC, Baghdad, CRAM, Greenzone, Cyberwarfare, Hacking, Veterans, Arctic, F-22, Nusra.

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EU’s new sanctions on human rights under development – Spokesperson

Published 2020-09-15 21:59:39 by Newsdesk in World-News

The new global EU sanctions regime for human rights violations, the creation of which was launched in 2019, is currently under development, EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy Nabila Massrali told Sputnik. Earlier in the day, speaking to members of the European Parliament, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell proposed naming the emerging European global sanctions regime on human rights after Alexey Navalny, similar to the United States’ Magnitsky list. “Following the statement by Josep Borrell in December 2019, which reflected the political agreement of the foreign ministers, regulations are currently being prepared for the EU’s global human… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Human Rights, Sanctions


Video: Sirens Sound in Southern Israel After 2 Rockets Fired From Gaza

Published 2020-09-15 21:14:52 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

Rocket warning alarms went on in the southern Israel cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod close to the border with the Gaza Strip to warn civilians about possible airstrikes on Tuesday, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. “Sirens sounded in Ashkelon and Ashdod,” the military said, adding that two missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip, and one of them got intercepted. Meanwhile, Israel’s national medical emergency service, Magen David Adom, said that two people were lightly injured by glass fragments and four others were in a state of shock following the incident. Throughout August, the Gaza-controlling Hamas movement… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel


The Kremlin gives Germany a tough ultimatum

Published 2020-09-15 20:11:37 by Newsdesk in World-News

Political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko believes that the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry about a possible deterioration in relations with Germany due to the incident with Navalny is an ultimatum. Russia had been sidelined from the investigation in the Navalny poisoning case, despite requests for cooperation. Now the Kremlin is requesting the proper information to the case and should Berlin fail to provide it, Russia would perceive it as a gross and hostile provokation. Moscow and Berlin had a quite healthy relationship in the past, as compared to the relationship it had with other western nations. Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Nord Stream, Russia


US Congress to protect Israel Military Advantage amid promised F-35 sale to UAE – Pelosi

Published 2020-09-15 19:52:16 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, World-News

Congress will work to ensure that Israel maintains its qualitative military advantage in the Middle East following United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) stated intention to purchase F-35 fighter jets from the United States, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday. “As we learn more about the full details of both agreements, questions remain – specifically, regarding the commitment that the UAE has received from the Trump administration to purchase American-made F-35 aircraft. The US Congress, on a bipartisan basis, will be watching and monitoring to ensure that Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge in the region,”… Read on ->

Tags: F-35, Israel, UAE


The new deadly train of the Russian Armed Forces

Published 2020-09-15 19:42:59 by Newsdesk in World-News

The Russian military and its engineers are developing a new and deadly train for its armed forces in the country. The rocket train named “Barguzin” is based on the experience of Soviet engineers who designed similar armed trains, which then struggled with camouflage and the weight of missiles. However, the problems of the past are no longer, modernized technology would allow Russian engineers to create an actual functioning and useful armed military train, ready for action whenever it is needed. When the project was resumed, it had to be put to a halt again in 2017 due to financial turmoil… Read on ->

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Tags: Barguzin, Military, Russia


Georgian Air-Defense getting ready to “bloody” up Russian Air-Force – Forbes

Published 2020-09-15 19:07:12 by Newsdesk in World-News

Georgia has entered a new agreement with Israeli firm Rafael to modernize its air-defense systems and make the Russian Air-Force “bleed”, according to Forbes contributor David Axe. It has been 12 years since Russian troops have defeated their Georgian counterparts in South Ossetia, back then, Georgia was still equipped with a Soviet air-defense system, including older systems such as the S-125M. It is unknown how much the deal between Georgia and Rafael is worth and what weapons systems the defense company will work on, however, it is assumed that it will include radars and surface-to-air missiles.  The war in 2008… Read on ->

Tags: Forbes, Georgia, Russia


Pompeo says hopeful for breakthrough with N. Korea, diplomatic work ongoing behind scenes

Published 2020-09-15 18:31:55 by Newsdesk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday he is still optimistic that the United States can have North Korea agree to denuclearize. “As for North Korea… we did have hopes that we could make further progress and Chairman Kim [Jong Un] would go in a different direction, but I’m still optimistic,” Pompeo said during a discussion at the Atlantic Council. “It’s gone quiet publicly, but there’s still lots of work going on.” Pompeo said work continues among the United States, Japan and South Korea, including some efforts with North Korea, to try to find opportunities for cooperation and… Read on ->

Tags: DPRK, USA


Explosive device detonates on Baghdad highway used by US Diplomats – Reports

Published 2020-09-15 17:29:16 by Newsdesk in Iraq, Middleeast

An explosive device detonated in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad at one of the entrances to the so-called carefully guarded green zone on the highway used by US diplomats, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported on Tuesday. According to the broadcaster, the explosion took place near a mosque next to the bridge in front of the entrance to the carefully guarded “green zone” of Baghdad, on the highway leading to the street of the Baghdad International Airport, which is used by US diplomats. The preliminary data has established that no one was injured as a result of the incident, and the entrance… Read on ->

Tags: Explosion, Iraq


Watch: Russian S-400 system takes out enemy missiles

Published 2020-09-15 17:01:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – Crews of missile teams and the S-400 System Command Center (Triumph) of the Leningrad Air Force and Air Defense Union conducted combat launches of guided missiles at air targets for training. The exercises were held in Astrakhan province at the Acholuk training field. But first, the missile regiment made a joint march from the Pskov region to the work sites of the training ground, crossing more than 2,000 kilometers. The Western Military District press service stated that during the exercises they had repelled an intense missile strike in conditions of active jamming. The MiG-29SMT fighters,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Russia’s Roscosmos to work on Venera-D mission to Venus without US – Executive Director

Published 2020-09-15 16:59:24 by Newsdesk in World-News

The Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos has decided to work on the Venera-D research mission to Venus without the United States, Executive Director for Science and Long-Term Programs Alexander Bloshenko said on Tuesday. It was previously expected that Russian orbital and landing platforms, as well as a small US research station, would be launched to Venus as part of this mission. “A decision has been made to implement the Venera-D mission, which involves landing and orbital platforms, as an independent national project without broad international cooperation,” Bloshenko said, as quoted by Roscosmos. The Roscosmos official also expressed the belief that… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Space, Venus


Pictures: US helicopter makes emergency landing in northeast Syria.

Published 2020-09-15 16:44:56 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

An American AH-64 Apache attack helicopter made an emergency landing near the area of Tel Hadad in the east of Hasakah on Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Coalition reported. It is unclear what caused the incident, however, the SDF acting under the leadership of the United States has denied previous claims of a crash, specifying that an emergency landing occurred in the area with no casualties reported. A large number of US Army military vehicles arrived at the scene of the emergency. There are no further details of the incident as of yet. The attack helicopter does not show any visual damage… Read on ->

Tags: AH-64, Apache, Syria


US vows to prevent Iran from acquiring Russian and Chinese weapons

Published 2020-09-15 16:41:40 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States will prevent Iran from acquiring Russian and Chinese weapons, despite the fact the international arms embargo on Iran expires on October 18. According to Asharq Al-Awsat, Pompeo told “France Inter” radio on Tuesday: “Nothing has been done so far to enable the extension of this ban, and therefore the United States assumed its responsibilities,” referring to the differences between Americans and Europeans in this regard. He added, “We will act in this manner. We will prevent Iran from acquiring Chinese tanks and… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Iran, Pompeo, Russia


Threat of war? Turkey demands Greek demilitarization of Chios

Published 2020-09-15 16:09:00 by Newsdesk in World-News

While Greek and Turkish military representatives will meet for the third time under NATO brokered talks on Tuesday, the threat of military escalation between both nations continue to rise. Following growing tensions between both nations, the Turkish Navy issued a navigational warning demanding that Greece completely demilitarizes the island of Chios. The warning was issued on Monday evening. The Navy’s office for Hydrography and Oceanography is claiming that Greece is violating the 1923 Lausanne Peace Treaty. The office of the Turkish Foreign Ministry reiterated the claim and called for the demilitarization of 16 islands near the Turkish coastline. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Chios, Greece, NATO, Turkey


Trump admits he considered assassinating Bashar Al-Assad in 2018

Published 2020-09-15 16:02:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that he discussed assassinating Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in 2018, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins reported on Tuesday. “I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it,” Trump said, calling former Defense Secretary James Mattis “highly overrated”. However, in 2018, the U.S. President denied that he considered assassinating the Syrian President after he accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of using chemical weapons in Douma. The U.S. did launch a powerful attack on Syria after accusing the Syrian government of… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria


Suspected US drone strike kills foreign leaders of jihadist group in Syria

Published 2020-09-15 15:53:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A suspected U.S. drone targeted a four-wheel drive vehicle carrying Tunisian and Yemeni leaders of the Hurras Al-Deen terrorist group in central Idlib on Monday. According to reports, the vehicle was traveling though the Al-Qusour neighborhood of Idlib, when it was struck by what is believed to be a ‘Ninja’ drone. The drone reportedly fired four missiles at the vehicle, destroying it completely and killing all of the people inside. At least two foreign leaders, Sayyef Al-Tunisi (Tunisian national) and Abu Hamza Al-Yemeni (Yemeni national), were killed in the attack. The U.S. Coalition has not… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Russian T-14 Armata vs. T-90 tank: video

Published 2020-09-15 15:33:31 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The program “Military Use” on the Zvezda channel devoted its new episode to the new T-14 Armata tank. While filming at the training ground in Nizhny Tagil, there was a f “duel” between the T-14 Armata and the T-90M tank, the publication reported. The T-14 used the supersonic Ataka missile to hit the target, and the T-90M used the 9M119M (Infar) missile and at the time of the tests, rain began to fall, and the target was very difficult to see. However, both tanks hit targets with the first shot. However, the T-14 did so… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Russian jets launch biggest attack in months over northwestern Syria

Published 2020-09-15 13:50:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their biggest attack since March of this year over the northwestern region of Syria, as their warplanes hit a number of sites inside the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday. According to a field source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched several airstrikes over the northern region of Idlib, hitting a number of targets belonging to the jihadist forces. The military source in Hama said the Russian airstrikes primarily targeted the area around the town of Ma’arat Misreen, which is located north of the administrative capital of the Idlib… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


US chopper allegedly crashes in northeastern Syria: SANA

Published 2020-09-15 12:50:50 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A U.S. military chopper allegedly crashed in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this afternoon, while conducting a flight over the village of Tal Haddad, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) claimed. According to the state-owned news channel, the helicopter crashed over Tal Haddad and a contingent of U.S. military vehicles quickly surrounded the scene. Update (1:20 P.M.) – U.S.-led Coalition denies the SANA report about a military chopper crashing near the village of Tal Haddad.

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US


Russian warplanes launch major attack on northern Idlib

Published 2020-09-15 12:05:32 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a major assault on the northern region of Idlib this morning, hitting a number of sites south of the Turkish border crossing. According to preliminary reports from northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force, backed by its reconnaissance aircraft, heavily bombarded the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, with some claims of a jihadist military camp destroyed. No further details have been released at this time. Tuesday’s attack by the Russian Air Force marks the first time this month that they have launched any airstrikes inside the northwestern region of Syria. The Russian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

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Libyan Army kills 3 foreign ISIS fighters, including Australian national

Published 2020-09-15 11:45:42 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that four Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) had been killed in clashes with a military detachment in the southern city of Sabha. Units of the 116th Infantry Brigade and units of the 160th Infantry Battalion of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces moved after receiving information about the movements of a terrorist group inside a residential neighborhood in the city of Sabha in the Abdul Kafi neighborhood, and succeeded in storming the terrorist group’s hideouts and eliminating a number of its members, and hunting down the remnants of this group that fled… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Trump warns Iran that any attack will face retaliation ‘1,000 times greater in magnitude’

Published 2020-09-15 11:25:42 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that any Iranian attack against the U.S. people will face a response 1,000 times stronger. Trump said in tweets on Twitter, “According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani, which was carried out for his planning a future attack, murdering U.S. Troops, and the death & suffering…” The American president issued a strong warning to Iran, saying, “any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump


Iran’s IRGC warns Bahrain of ‘severe consequences’ for agreement with Israel

Published 2020-09-15 11:02:24 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards commented on the normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain, accusing the latter of betraying the Palestinian cause. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard said in a statement carried by the Fars News Agency, “the ruler of Bahrain must wait for severe revenge against the Mujahideen of Jerusalem and the Muslim people and the jealousy of this country.” The Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s statement stated that “the shameful act carried out by the Al-Khalifa and the ruling client regime in Bahrain to establish relations with the Zionist entity, which was carried out against the will… Read on ->

Tags: Bahrain, Iran, IRGC, Israel


Video: Rocket attacks on Baghdad’s Green zone intercepted by CRAM air-defence

Published 2020-09-15 03:04:24 by Newsdesk in Iraq, Middleeast

The CRAM air-defense system intercepted a rocket fired at Baghdad’s green zone on Tuesday morning. https://twitter.com/i/status/1305636880462090241 The counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defense system is an effective and rapid-fire set defense system used to detect and destroy artillery, rockets and mortar rounds. It is noteworthy that the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, which includes government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions, has recently been exposed to a series of Katyusha rocket attacks.

Tags: Baghdad, CRAM, Greenzone, Iraq


Personal information of more than 46,000 US veterans exposed in cyber attack

Published 2020-09-15 02:31:09 by Newsdesk in World-News

The personal information of more than 46,000 US veterans has been exposed in a cyber attack on the Veterans Affairs computer systems in Virginia.  The computer systems under attack were used to send payments to medical providers, according to officials.  Officials at Veterans Affairs have already notified the affected individuals and have described the damage as limited, but potentially concerning for those exposed. The group of hackers gained access to financial information and diverted payments through social engineering techniques from the VA offices. A series of such attacks has occurred over the past few years often targeting personal information of… Read on ->

Tags: Cyberwarfare, Hacking, USA, Veterans


US to deploy soon 150 Fifth generation F-35, F-22 combat aircraft in Arctic – Senator

Published 2020-09-15 01:36:41 by Newsdesk in World-News

The US Air Force will soon be deploying its greatest concentration of fifth generation, supersonic and stealth combat fighters in the world in the Arctic based in Alaska, US Senator Dan Sullivan, who represents the state, told a Woodrow Wilson Center Polar Institute podcast. “We will have over 150 fifth generation stealth supersonic fighters located in Alaska,” Sullivan said. The senator pointed out that the force would be composed of both F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and F-22 Raptors. Sullivan also said the development of Nome in Alaska as the first US deep sea port within the Arctic Circle would serve… Read on ->

Tags: Arctic, F-22, F-35


Settlements in Syria’s Aleppo, Idlib Provinces come under shelling from Nusra terrorists

Published 2020-09-15 01:15:35 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

Militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (banned in Russia) shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, Rear Adm. Alexander Grinkevich, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing. “Two settlements were shelled – Bala in Aleppo province and Mellaja in Idlib province – from the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization,” Grinkevich said. He said the 92nd joint Russian-Turkish patrol took place in Al Hasakah province. Grinkevich said the Russian military police continued patrols in the Manbij district of Aleppo province along two routes…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Nusra, Syria


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