A U.S. Navy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), and a U.S. Air Force F-35A of the 58th Fighter Squadron participate in a training sortie together on 21 May 2014.

This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: US, JAS 39 Gripen, Russia, SU-35, Sweden, Ansarallah, Yemen, Lebanon, Sanctions, Aleppo, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Iran, ISIS, Libya, Gold, UK, Venezuela, Erdogan, Iraq, Hezbollah, Israel, Belarus, EU, Lukashenko, S-400, SU-27, Afghanistan, Taliban, M4, Assad, Trump, China, Debt, USA, Daesh.

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US reveals mysterious advanced fighter jet of the future

Published 2020-09-17 20:27:23 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A few days ago, the U.S. Air Force unveiled a new military fighter jet that successfully bypassed design, manufacturing and covert testing processes. America secretly tested the prototype of the new fighter, which, according to American media, is still “kept secret, and no one knows detailed information about it.” The Popular Mechanics publication said that the fighter had already flown, breaking new records during tests. https://twitter.com/defense_news/status/1305894338317221891?s=20 The newspaper noted that the U.S. Air Force must now think about how to purchase the new fighter in its constant pursuit of modern weapons, ICBMs and new bombers…. Read on ->

Tags: US


Video: Watch as Russian SU-35s forces Swedish fighters to back off its strategic bombers

Published 2020-09-17 20:06:38 by Newsdesk in World-News

The pilots of two Russian supersonic strategic-bombers Tu-160 filmed an encounter between Russian Su-35s and Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighter-jets over neutral waters of the Baltic. The SU-35s were deployed to provide cover for a planned eight-hour flight of two Russian Tu-160 strategic-bombers. During the encounter, the Su-35s forced the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen to back off its strategic bombers to ensure the safety of its crew due to their close proximity, risking the health of crew members due to turbulence. https://youtu.be/dxZGM_wp-Uc

Tags: JAS 39 Gripen, Russia, SU-35, Sweden


Anasrallah forces announce new drone attack on Saudi airport

Published 2020-09-17 19:52:58 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni armed forces announced on Thursday, September 17th, that a drone targeted the Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia. According to the report, the Ansarallah forces targeted the Abha Airport using their domestically-made Samad-3 drone. The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’a, said in a statement via his Twitter account: “The air force conducted an attack with a Samad-3 drone on a military target at Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.” “This targeting comes in response to the escalation of the air aggression and its continuous siege,”… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


US government sanctions Lebanese companies

Published 2020-09-17 19:44:32 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

The United States has announced new sanctions targeting several Lebanese companies for their alleged links to Hezbollah. Among the blacklisted companies is Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction, which has several recycling contracts with the Lebanese government. In addition, the US government added Hezbollah Executive Council Sultan Khalifa Asaad to its OAFC list of sanctioned individuals. Prior to today’s announcement, the US also added two former ministers to its blacklist last week. US Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, justified the sanctions and accused Hezbollah of “exploitation of the Lebanese economy and manipulation of corrupt Lebanese officials”. The recent move by… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Sanctions


Russia rejects Turkey’s proposal to handover Syrian cities to them

Published 2020-09-17 19:37:15 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – Russian and Turkish army officials met on Wednesday to discuss the situation inside Syria, where both countries currently have a large military presence. According to a source in Damascus, the two sides discussed a number topics, including the ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate and the Turkish presence in areas controlled by the government. The source said Turkey rejected the Russian proposal to handover their observation posts, which are currently surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). He added Turkey proposed a plan that would require the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to withdraw from Tal Rifa’at… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Greece resumes contact with Turkey

Published 2020-09-17 19:20:28 by Newsdesk in World-News

Following days of escalating tensions in the Mediterranean Sea, Greece has officially resumed forms of high-level contact with Turkey according to Greek government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas. The move comes after Turkey has withdrawn one of its survey vessels from an area that Greece considers within its own boundaries. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that discussions resumed due to Ankara’s “determination and firm stance,” as reported in the Daily Sabah on Wednesday. Last Tuesday, the President of the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen, also issued a statement in support of Greece, promising the Unions full solidarity to… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


US threatens to punish any country, company that deals arms to Iran

Published 2020-09-17 19:17:32 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – President Donald Trump’s administration pledged on Wednesday, to impose “full” U.S. sanctions on any international arms company that does deals with Iran as soon as the United Nations arms embargo on Tehran is extended. The warning came from the U.S. envoy on the Iran file, Elliott Abrams, during a press briefing hours after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will return to the international organization next week to try to re-impose sanctions on Iran. The U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. attempt on August 14 to extend an international embargo… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Libyan Army kills emir of ISIS in southern Libya

Published 2020-09-17 19:06:00 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced the killing of the emir of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in Libya, Abu Abdullah, in a specific operation west of Sabha. According to Mismari, the LNA received information about an Islamic State terrorist cell in the neighborhood Kafi of Sabha, pointing out that the “116th Infantry Battalion clashed with the group in a battle that lasted seven hours straight.” He said, “The battle ended with the elimination of nine terrorists and the arrest of two women, one from Benghazi named Sana Abdul-Hadi… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Libya


UK Court of Appeal to hear Venezuelan gold case

Published 2020-09-17 18:41:27 by Newsdesk in World-News

The UK Court of Appeal will hear Venezuela’s Central Bank’s case against the Bank of England, which holds the country’s gold, from September 22-24, lawyers who represent Venezuela told Sputnik on Thursday. “Following the granting of a full appeal against the High Court’s Judgment in the Banco Central de Venezuela’s (“BCV”) claim against the Bank of England, it has been confirmed that the English Court of Appeal will hear the BCV’s Appeal from Tuesday, 22nd September to Thursday, 24th September,” Zaiwalla & Co, the London-based law firm representing the BCV, said in a written statement sent to Sputnik. On July… Read on ->

Tags: Gold, UK, Venezuela


France is led by ‘ambitious but incapable’ Macron: Erdogan

Published 2020-09-17 18:36:34 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the policies of French President Emmanuel Macron were “flawed,” stressing that his country “would do the best for its interest in the eastern Mediterranean.” Erdogan said in a speech delivered his meeting with the heads of the AKP branches in the Turkish states, as quoted by the Anadolu Agency: “If we assume that Turkey has dispensed with everything, will France get rid of the confusion policy that this ambitious, but incapable (Macron) led to it and adopt rational policies?” The Turkish president referred to his country’s determination to… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Turkey


Iraq evacuates 3 large containers of highly dangerous materials from port

Published 2020-09-17 18:13:25 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Iraqi Border Ports Authority evacuated 3 containers loaded with highly dangerous materials at the northern port of Umm Qasr. The Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported on Thursday that the containers that were evacuated at the northern port of Umm Qasr belong to the Ministry of Electricity. The Border Ports Authority confirmed in a statement that the containers were evacuated in the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Electricity, and a committee formed for this purpose from the security authorities and operating at the border crossing. The statement added that “the evacuation process… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Israel announces arrest of citizen accused of communicating with Hezbollah, IRGC

Published 2020-09-17 17:56:05 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Israeli Shin Bet security service announced the arrest of an Israeli citizen of Arab descent on charges of communicating with Iran’s Quds Force and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in addition to the arrest of a number of other persons suspected of being involved in working within a cell headed by that citizen. A Shin Bet statement, published by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, stated that “within the framework of joint activity by the General Security Service, the Israeli Police and other security authorities, recently, and after continuous intelligence activity, the activity of… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Lebanon


Lukashenko facing exclusion and sanctions

Published 2020-09-17 17:30:06 by Newsdesk in World-News

After Juan Guaido has been recognized as the “interim-president” of Venezuela by the United States and its allies, experts have made the claim that a similar scenario could be applied all over the world. The next in line is Belarusian President Lukashenko, as EU lawmakers have suggested to no longer recognize him as president of the country in November. Members of the European Parliament have also demanded to impose sanctions on Lukashenko. With 574 to 37 votes and 82 abstentions, the European Parliament rejected the official election results in Belarus with an overwhelming majority. While the European Parliament’s vote is… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, EU, Lukashenko


Watch: US Apache choppers circle Russian military convoy in northeastern Syria

Published 2020-09-17 16:49:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition forces are apparently changing their strategy when confronting Russian troops in Syria after a recent provocation resulted in American troops suffering injuries in the northeastern part of the country. In a new incident this week, U.S. military choppers were seen circling a Russian army convoy in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, following an apparent encounter with American ground troops. The video, which was shared by the RusVesna.SU YouTube channel, showed the U.S. choppers quickly approaching the Russian vehicles and circling them on a roadway in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRnhDApujbM&feature=youtu.be “Two American combat helicopters AH-64… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Russia’s east military district to get S-400, Buk-M1-2 Missile Systems by 2020 end- Shoigu

Published 2020-09-17 16:26:25 by Newsdesk in World-News

Two surface to air missile regiments of Russia’s Eastern Military District will receive S-400 missile systems, while two surface to air missile battalions will be equipped with Buk-M1-2 missile systems by the end of the year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday. “By the end of the year, the district will receive over 500 units of new and modernized equipment. This will enable us to re-equip 14 divisions. Two surface to air missile regiments will receive the S-400 systems, while two surface to air missile battalions will receive the Buk-M1-2 systems,” Shoigu told the Defense Ministry. The military and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, S-400


Iranian security chief warns US forces seeking military adventurism will be ‘sent to the cemetery’

Published 2020-09-17 16:22:55 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani has pushed back against US President Donald Trump’s recent threat that any response to an Iranian attack “will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude”. In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, the security chief pledged that forces mulling military adventurism against Iran will be “sent to the cemetery”, reminding Washington about the Islamic Republic’s effective defence against Iraq’s invasion of the country in the 1980s. ​Donald Trump had tweeted his threat on 14 September after reports cited unnamed American officials as claiming that Iran was hatching plans to assassinate US Ambassador to… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Russian Fighter intercepts two US Bombers over Bering Sea – Russian Defense Ministry

Published 2020-09-17 15:58:19 by Newsdesk in World-News

A Russian fighter intercepted on Thursday two strategic bombers of the US Air Force over the Bering Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “On September 17, Russia’s airspace control means detected, above the neutral waters of the Bering Sea, two aerial targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation. A MiG-31 fighter from the Pacific Fleet’s air defense forces on duty was scrambled to identify the targets and prevent the border violation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the aerial targets as the US Air Force’s two B1-B strategic bombers… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, SU-27


Taliban attacks in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province leave 8 Officers Killed – Source

Published 2020-09-17 15:38:05 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

The Taliban Islamist movement has attacked three police posts in the eastern province of Nangarhar, leaving eight officers killed and four more injured, a source told Sputnik on Thursday. The incidents took place in Nangarhar’s Khogyani district last night, according to the source. The militants have also taken three police officers as their prisoners. The security posts collapsed as a result of the attacks. The attacks occurred amid the Saturday launch of the intra-Afghan peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha. The negotiations became possible after the government and the Taliban had successfully completed a long-awaited prisoner exchange arrangement. Source:… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban


The important role of Russia’s Military Police on the M4 highway – Syria

Published 2020-09-17 15:24:58 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

Russian military police stationed in Syria have escorted more than 50,000 civilians and 26,000 cars on the M4 highway since its opening to civilian transport on May 25, 2020, a Sputnik correspondent reported. “We have been here for two and a half months, accompanying these convoys. At this section of the route we did not have any major incidents. But there were suspicious cars, motorcycles,” Sergey Krivoshey, deputy battalion commander for military and political work, told reporters. When spotting suspicious vehicles, the police report this to the command and take security measures – they put up additional checkpoints and security… Read on ->

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Tags: M4, Russia, Syria


Turkey refuses Russian proposal to withdraw from observation posts in Syria: report

Published 2020-09-17 15:17:25 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Russia’s RIA Novosti agency reported that the ongoing consultations between Moscow and Ankara regarding the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idlib is discussing the level of the Turkish military presence there. The agency quoted a Turkish source as saying that during a meeting held at the Turkish Foreign Ministry, a Russian technical delegation presented proposals on reducing the number of observation points for the Turkish army in Idlib, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement in this regard. The source added, “After the Turkish side refused to withdraw its observation posts… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Syria issues first response to Donald Trump’s claim about assassinating Bashar Al-Assad

Published 2020-09-17 15:01:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Damascus described the political behavior of the American administration as “weak-hearted” and said that it is “nothing but a bandit system,” in the first official comment on the U.S. President’s statements about his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Regarding what Trump said earlier this week that he “discussed the assassination of President Bashar al-Assad with the former defense minister,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the statements of the “head of the American administration” about targeting Assad “clearly show the level to which the American administration’s reckless political thinking and behavior has descended, and it only… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria, Trump


The European Union sends a strong message against Turkish provocations

Published 2020-09-17 04:41:38 by Newsdesk in World-News

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sent a strong message towards Ankara following further provocations against Greece. “Turkey is and will always be an important neighbor. But while we are close together on the map, the distance between us appears to be growing,” she said during her speech at the European Parliament. The strong stance of the European Union comes after renewed Turkish provocations against Greece, following a dispute over gas and drilling rights in the Mediterranean Sea. “Yes, Turkey is in a troubled neighborhood. And yes, it is hosting millions of refugees, for which we… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Greece, Turkey


China’s Ultimatum for the US economy

Published 2020-09-17 04:21:56 by Newsdesk in World-News

According to Xi Yunyang, Professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China could be ready to dump the entire US debt in case of a military confrontation between both countries. “Under normal circumstances, China will gradually sell Treasuries and reduce its balance sheet to about $ 800 billion. But in the event of an extreme scenario, for example, a military conflict, China can sell the entire US national deb,” he added in an interview with the Global Times. While this is an unofficial declaration, it is a threat for the United States and could plunch the world into… Read on ->

Tags: China, Debt, USA


Latest Turkish move ‘fuel further tensions’ with Greece

Published 2020-09-17 04:00:21 by Newsdesk in World-News

Turkey’s latest decision to extend the navigational telex off the coast of Cyprus is a further provocation against Greece. The drilling activities by the Turkish ship “will fuel further tensions and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean,” according to the spokesperson for external affairs of the European Commission, Peter Stano. The move seems like the ultimate provocation, while it seemed that both countries were open to deescalate the situation in the Mediterranean Sea and open up new forms of dialogue. Earlier this month, Turkey agree to withdraw its research vessel Oruc Reis, which was seen as an important step by the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Minnesota man charged with providing material support to Islamic State – Justice Dept.

Published 2020-09-17 00:36:12 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

A resident of the US state of Minnesota has been charged with providing support to the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), the Department of Justice announced in a press release. “Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has been charged by indictment with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (IS), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” the release said on Wednesday. Al-Madioum was detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and recently transferred into FBI custody and then returned to Minnesota, the Justice Department noted. “On June 23, 2015, Al-Madioum, a native… Read on ->

Tags: Daesh, ISIS


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