This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Kurds, Oil, USA, Syria, Deir_Ezzor, Black Sea, Russia, SU-27, Belarus, Brussels, Cyprus, EU, Anti-Missile, International Law, Lavrov, Iran, China, Taiwan, Greece, Turkey, Explosion, Iraq, Autonomous, Navy, RAF, UK, Space, Spaceforce, Spy, Europe, Hezbollah.

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US may work out Oil deal with Syria’s Kurds – Trump

Published 2020-09-18 23:48:15 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

The United States may work out a deal on Syrian oil with local Kurds and withdraw the troops that guard the reserves, US President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday. “We will make a determination. We will probably be dealing with the Kurds on the oil. We’ll see where it all ends up and will be out,” Trump said during a White House briefing. 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. Trump first announced… Read on ->

Tags: Kurds, Oil, USA

US-Led coalition deploying Bradley fighting vehicles to Northeast Syria – Spokesman

Published 2020-09-18 23:26:44 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

The US-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia) plans to deploy Bradley fighting vehicles to northeast Syria to protect its troops, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a press release on Friday. “CJTF-OIR plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria to ensure the protection of Coalition forces and preserve their freedom of movement so they may continue Defeat Daesh operations safely,” Marotto said in the release. Source: Sputnik

Tags: Syria, USA

Syrian tribe attack US-backed forces in eastern Deir Ezzor

Published 2020-09-18 23:04:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – Violent clashes erupted between members of the Syrian Al-Akidat Tribe and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), after civilians, including women, were killed when the latter opened fire with their machine guns on a boat in the Euphrates River, which was carrying citizens trying to reach the areas controlled by the Syrian government to receive free treatment in its hospitals. According to Sputnik Arabic, who quoted local sources in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, the Al-Akidat Tribe’s forces managed to capture a number of the SDF’s sites along the eastern Euphrates after clashes with light… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Again! Russia’s Su-27 intercepts US Patrol Aircraft over Black Sea – Defense Ministry

Published 2020-09-18 22:27:42 by Newsdesk in World-News

Russian fighter jet Su-27 was scrambled to escort a US patrol aircraft over the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center said on Friday. “Russian airspace control systems detected an air target approaching the Russian state border over neutral waters of the Black Sea … a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District was scrambled. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as an aircraft base patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon of the US Navy and escorted it over the Black Sea,” the statement says. After the turn of US… Read on ->

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Tags: Black Sea, Russia, SU-27, USA

Cyprus continues to hinder sanctions against Belarus – Sources in Brussels

Published 2020-09-18 21:49:55 by Newsdesk in World-News

Cypriot representatives at a meeting of the EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper II) have refused to endorse the imposition of planned sanctions on Belarus, sources in Brussels told Sputnik on Friday. EU countries must unanimously agree in order to apply sanctions on another country, and Cypriot representatives have refused to endorse the introduction of punitive measures against Minsk. Cyprus has previously called on the bloc to take action against Turkey over its provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Two sources in Brussels confirmed to Sputnik that the deadlock at Friday’s Coreper II meeting was caused by Cyprus. On September… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, Brussels, Cyprus, EU

US’ EU-deployed Anti-Missile Systems can be used for offensive purposes – Russia’s Lavrov

Published 2020-09-18 19:11:41 by Newsdesk in World-News

The United States’ anti-missile systems, already deployed in Romania and currently underway with deployment in Poland, might be used not only for their declared defensive purposes but also as an offensive weapon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Sputnik on Friday. “There are many alarming trends. One way in which such destabilizing factors manifest is, of course, the US’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the already officially declared intention to deploy such missiles not only in Asia but apparently in Europe as well. At least the anti-missile systems that are now deployed… Read on ->

Tags: Anti-Missile, EU, Russia, USA

Russian General Staff notes growing incidence of scrambling aircraft over Black Sea

Published 2020-09-18 18:53:36 by Newsdesk in World-News

The frequency of Russian fighter jets scrambled to accompany foreign aircraft over the Black Sea has increased by 21 percent year-on-year, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said. “The number of flights of fighter jets from the air force on duty increased by 21 percent compared to last year,” Rudskoy said at a briefing. Thus, 27 Russian fighter jets were scrambled to protect the airspace over the Black and Azov seas in September, and anti-aircraft missile systems were put on combat alert, Rudskoy added. The period of stay for NATO warships in… Read on ->

Tags: Black Sea, Russia

Russia alarmed by global trends of revising Int’l Law after Second World War – Lavrov

Published 2020-09-18 18:16:16 by Newsdesk in World-News

Russia has concerns about the post-World War 2 trends in world politics which pursue a revision of norms of international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Sputnik on Friday. “We are very worried about what is going on now in this sphere – the sphere of world history and the history of Europe. Historical aggression is unfolding which is aimed at revising the contemporary foundations of international law that developed after World War 2 in the form of the United Nations and its charter’s principles. It is precisely these foundations that are being undermined,” Lavrov… Read on ->

Tags: International Law, Lavrov, Russia

Lavrov confirms Russia’s readiness to promote dialogue between US, Iran

Published 2020-09-18 17:28:39 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, World-News

Iran has repeatedly indicated readiness to establish an equitable dialogue with the United States, and Russia is ready to provide assistance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sputnik in an interview, stressing that sanctions on the Middle Eastern country will never “work out.” “Iran has declared readiness for dialogue many times, and it is still ready for dialogue, which certainly cannot be based on the ultimatums that the US side puts forward from time to time,” Lavrov said. “We will be ready to contribute to the establishment of this dialogue. Jointly with European nations and the People’s Republic of China,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Russia, USA

China shows force during US envoy visit to Taiwan

Published 2020-09-18 17:13:30 by Newsdesk in World-News

The People’s Republic of China sent 18 military planes, including fighter-jets, over the Taiwan strait in a show of force, during a closed-visit of the US envoy to Taiwan. This comes after deteriorating relations between China and the United States, as US lawmakers have recently introduced a bill to end the one-China policy. Under Secretary of State, Keith Koch, visited Taiwan to discuss economic growth and energy independence and met with various business leaders in the country. The Defense Minister of Taiwan confirmed the news, stating that the Chinese military flew two strategic-bombers and 16 fighter-jets over the strait in… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan, USA

Provocation against Greece – Turkey holds new Navy exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

Published 2020-09-18 16:59:06 by Newsdesk in World-News

The Turkish naval forces held surface and air defense fire exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean amid escalating tension with Greece over drilling activity in the region, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Friday. “Our TCG GEDİZ Frigate successfully performed its surface and air defense fire practice under the activities of operational readiness in eastern Mediterranean Sea on 17 September 2020,” the ministry said on Twitter. Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean have been brewing for many months around Turkey’s exploration for gas in waters that Cyprus and Greece claim as their exclusive economic zones. The situation was exacerbated this summer, as… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Lavrov says Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria implemented, yet not at desirable pace

Published 2020-09-18 16:42:36 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sputnik on Friday that the Russian-Turkish agreements on the Syrian conflict settlement were being implemented, although not fast enough. “The land that is controlled by terrorists is gradually narrowing and, first of foremost, this concerns the de-escalation zone in Idlib. Russian-Turkish agreements — including the need to distinguish between members of the armed opposition who are open to dialogue with the government, from terrorists who have been recognized as such by the UN Security Council — are being gradually implemented, although not as quickly as we would like. But our Turkish colleagues are committed… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Russia, Syria, Turkey

US-Kurdish oil deal breaks International Law – Russian Foreign Minister

Published 2020-09-18 16:20:49 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

The oil deal between the United States and Syrian Kurds is a blatant breach of international laws, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sputnik. “There have recently been statements of illegal US group in the east of Syria, which signed a deal that allows a US oil company to extract hydrocarbons on the Syrian sovereign territory — in the most outrageous breach of all possible principles of the international law,” the minister said. Washington actions east of the Euphrates river are stoking tensions with the Kurds’ issues, the minister said. “The situation on the eastern bank of the Euphrates is… Read on ->

Tags: Lavrov, Syria, USA

Ammunition blast hits Iraqi military base in northern Saladin province

Published 2020-09-18 16:03:01 by Newsdesk in Iraq, Middleeast

An ammunition explosion has stricken the Iraqi-based Majid al Tamimi military facility, formerly known as the Speicher operating base, in the northern province of Saladin, the Iraqi Security Media Cell, which provides official information on security incidents, said on Friday. “The blast of an ammunition container with various explosive devices occurred at the Majid al Tamimi ‘Speicher’ base. The reason for the explosion was poor storage conditions, according to the Saladin Operations Command,” the service said in a statement. No casualties have been reported as a result of the incident. The official Iraqi News Agency reported that the explosion took… Read on ->

Tags: Explosion, Iraq

US Navy orders new robot-controlled unmanned surface ship – Lockheed Martin

Published 2020-09-18 06:06:21 by Newsdesk in World-News

The US Navy has ordered plans to be drawn up for the construction of a large, unmanned surface ship, Lockheed Martin said in a press release. “Lockheed Martin will provide a study for a proven, integrated and capable payload ship, able to patrol for extended durations, as part of the US Navy’s Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) competition,” the release said on Thursday. Lockheed Martin said in the release that it is partnering with the Vigor Works Company in Portland, Oregon, to build the vessel. The $7 million design, to be delivered within a year, will use a commercial ship … Read on ->

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Tags: Autonomous, Navy

Royal Air Force says UK fighters intercepted 2 Russian military jets over North Sea

Published 2020-09-18 04:08:17 by Newsdesk in World-News

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) said its fighters had intercepted two Russian military planes over the North Sea. “RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled for the third time in six days today. This time they intercepted Russian military aircraft operating over the North Sea near UK airspace,” RAF wrote on its Twitter page on late Thursday. The RAF airbase of Lossiemouth said that the two intercepted planes were Tu-142 anti-submarine jets. Russian strategic and long-range aircraft regularly carry out flights over the Arctic region, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly said that… Read on ->

Tags: RAF, Russia, UK

US plans to launch hundreds of Satellites to ensure ‘Resilience’ – Space Agency Chief

Published 2020-09-18 03:42:28 by Newsdesk in World-News

The United States is on track to launch hundreds of satellites into Low Earth Orbit in successive waves, or tranches in the next six years to ensure a resilient communications, sensor and weapons targeting system that cannot be disrupted, US Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear told a space engineers conference. “[We are] coming up with hundreds of satellites that do those missions that talk directly to a  weapons platform,” Tournear told the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AscentX Conference on National Security Space on Thursday. “We are getting tied closely with the Army, the Navy and the… Read on ->

Tags: Space, Spaceforce, USA

Russia spotted 44 foreign spy jets close to national airspace over past week – Reports

Published 2020-09-18 03:19:35 by Newsdesk in World-News

The Russian Armed Forces detected 44 foreign jets that were engaged in reconnaissance activities close to Russia’s airspace last week, the military’s official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Friday. A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled five times to intercept foreign aircraft. The foreign jets had been prevented from illegally entering Russia’s airspace, the newspaper said. Within this period of time, Russia has also spotted 10 unmanned aerial vehicles, which were carrying out reconnaissance missions near the Russian borders. Source: Sputnik

Tags: Russia, Spy, USA

Sci-fi threat – Space Command says US must be ready to prevent attacks from space

Published 2020-09-18 02:08:08 by Newsdesk in World-News

US Space and Cyber Forces must be able to disrupt adversaries’ efforts disrupt to terrestrial forces through their own space forces, US Space Command Chief Architect Michael Dickey told the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AscentX Conference on National Security Space. “[US space-based military assets must] be able to disrupt adversaries’ attempts to disrupt terrestrial forces through their own space forces,” Dickey told a panel at the conference on Thursday. Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear told the conference that the goal of the US Space Forces would be to establish US space dominance in what he called… Read on ->

Tags: Spaceforce, USA

Hezbollah caches explosives across Europe claims US Diplomat

Published 2020-09-18 00:01:38 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, World-News

US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales on Thursday accused Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese movement, of stockpiling across Europe ammonia nitrate – an explosive fertiliser that destroyed the port in Beirut. “Today the US government is unveiling new information about Hezbollah presence in Europe. Since 2012 Hezbollah has established caches of ammonium nitrate throughout Europe. Today I can reveal that some caches has been moved from Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland,” Sales said during a webinar. “I can also reveal that significant ammonium nitrate caches have been discovered and destroyed in France, Greece, Italy. We have reasons to… Read on ->

Tags: Europe, Hezbollah

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