This is a summary of 25 AMN articles on the following subjects: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Idlib, Russia, Syria, Iran, Sanctions, Trump, USA, US, Spaceforce, France, Iraq, Maduro, Pompeo, Venezuela, Egypt, Israel, IRGC, Afghanistan, Taliban, Uruzgan, Lebanon, Shia, China, Black Sea, Nuclear, Belarus, Lukashenko, Colombia, Farc, Chemical Attack.

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Turkey warns Armenia to ‘stop playing with fire’

Published 2020-09-21 22:28:29 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense issued a warning to the Armenian authorities on Monday, following the killing of an Azerbaijani soldier along the border. In a tweet via their official account, the Turkish Ministry of Defense called on the Armenian authorities to immediately stop “playing with fire.” “Armenia, which illegally occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, has now violated the ceasefire in the Tovuz region and a heroic Azerbaijani soldier has been martyred,” the ministry said. The Turkish defense added, “We extend our condolences to all Azerbaijani brothers and sisters. Armenia must stop playing with fire immediately!” On Monday,… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey


War between Syrian gov’t and opposition is over: Russia

Published 2020-09-21 22:08:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, considered that the military confrontation between the Syrian government and the opposition in the country has ended, noting that there are only two hotspots in Syria, namely Idlib and the areas east of the Euphrates. Lavrov said, in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, whose text was published on the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday: “I recently returned from Damascus, where I visited with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Yuri Borisov, who held talks on prospects of economic cooperation, while I discussed with colleagues political situations…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Trump signs order to sanction entities, persons who assist Iran’s weapons trade – O’Brien

Published 2020-09-21 20:28:23 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to severely sanction nations, companies and individuals for selling or supplying Iran with weapons, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Monday. “The President signed just moments ago in the Oval Office an executive order this morning, which will resolve in severe economic sanctions for those nations, corporations and individuals who contribute to the supply, the sale or the transfer of conventional arms to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” O’Brien said. The executive order also seeks to prevent Iran from exporting conventional arms to rogue regimes and bans the export of weapons… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Sanctions, Trump, USA


Iran’s fighting a ‘bloodless war’ against the US: official

Published 2020-09-21 19:07:20 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – An Iranian official said on Monday that his country is currently involved in a “bloodless war” against the U.S., as the two foes continue to combat one another at a diplomatic level. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, said that the United States is waging a war against Iran, imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s exports of crude oil. The Iranian minister said, “Today, Iran is still fighting a war. America launched a war against Iran without bloodshed.” On Sunday, Zanganeh called on member states of the Organization… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Moscow regrets US taking steps to militarize space – Russian Foreign Ministry

Published 2020-09-21 19:05:10 by Newsdesk in World-News

Moscow regrets that the United States is taking steps to militarize space; measures are needed to prohibit any deployment of weapons there, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said on Monday. “We saw and heard statements, unfortunately, of US representatives and their allies that they would like to do something in terms of the military use of space. We believe that, of course, we need a document that would give us international legal guarantees that weapons of any kind will not be put into orbit,” Vershinin said during an online press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya news agency. “In this… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Spaceforce, USA


US announces sanctions on Iran’s Ministry of Defense – Pompeo

Published 2020-09-21 18:42:14 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, along with the country’s Defense Industries Organization, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “Today, I will take the first action under this new executive order by sanctioning the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, and Iran’s Defense Industries Organization and its director,” Pompeo said. Russia had previously called out the United States for the restoration of sanctions against Iran. “The facts are that the UN Security Council did not take any action that would lead to the restoration of old sanctions… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Sanctions, USA


Iraq intends to buy weapons from France

Published 2020-09-21 18:31:18 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Monday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will ask France during his upcoming visit to France to buy weapons from them. The minister said that “there is a French desire to strengthen relations with Iraq, matched by an Iraqi desire to strengthen relations with them.” Hussein added that “there are economic projects that have been put forward and have obtained initial approval, so that French companies implement these projects in order to help Iraq, and they are projects that deal with infrastructure, services, and others that deal with the… Read on ->

Tags: France, Iraq


US sanctions Venezuela’s Maduro over UN arms embargo on Iran – Pompeo

Published 2020-09-21 18:29:06 by Newsdesk in World-News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for allegedly defying the United Nations arms embargo imposed on Iran. “We’re also sanctioning the previous president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro,” Pompeo said in a press conference. “For nearly two years, corrupt officials in Tehran had worked with the illegitimate regime in Venezuela to flout the UN arms embargo.” Venezuela has increased ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran in recent months due to increased sanctions against both countries. Iraq also supplies Venezuela with fuel, engineers and other material to help the country bridge its… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Pompeo, Venezuela


US military expert talks about war scenario with Russian military

Published 2020-09-21 18:26:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – In an article in the National Interest magazine, the American military expert, Chris Osborne, evaluated the United States’ chances in the event of a ground war with Russia. The writer pointed out that the Russian armed forces have 12,000 tanks, which is twice what the United States has, stating that the data presents several possibilities in a wide-scale ground war. The expert considered that the prediction of the likely outcome of the collision is complicated by the absence of data on the technical modernization of the T-72B tanks. Osborne also stressed that Russia is a… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Money for Venezuela’s poor ends up on Swiss bank account

Published 2020-09-21 17:39:45 by Newsdesk in World-News

The FinCEN files are the latest leaks to steer up trouble within the financial world, revealing a corruption scandal worth more than $2 trillion enabled by the US financial system. Just like the Panama papers, the latest scandal reaches every country in the world and Venezuela is no exception. The files revealed that more than $22 million have been diverted from ‘Mision Che Guevara’ to the Swiss Bank account of the Ceballos family. ‘Mision Che Guevara’ is a state funded mission to develop projects for the poorest in Venezuela. In this case, $22 million had been diverted from a construction… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Turkey announces readiness to cooperate with Egypt, Israel in energy field

Published 2020-09-21 17:37:17 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin expressed Ankara’s wish to hold a conference for the Mediterranean countries on energy, pointing out that his country is ready to cooperate with Egypt and Israel in the energy field despite differences with them. “We welcome the Mediterranean conference on energy, and our political differences with Israel and Egypt do not constitute an obstacle to cooperation with them in the field of energy,” Kalin said in an interview with the Turkish “Demir Oren” agency . He said, “(Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan will raise again during his meeting with (German… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Israel, Turkey


IRGC commander reveals Iran’s first plans after arms embargo is lifted

Published 2020-09-21 16:48:43 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that “canceling the sanctions will pave the way for the export of military equipment,” stressing that Iran is self-sufficient and does not need abroad to meet its armament needs. The Commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s Space Forces, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on the sidelines of the ceremony honoring one million veteran fighters participating in the sacred defense phase, as reported by Tasnim Agency, that “the program of the Islamic Republic of Iran will not witness any change from the previous one. Today, we are self-sufficient and… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC


Twenty-Five Afghan policemen dead after attempt to break Taliban siege in Uruzgan – Source

Published 2020-09-21 16:42:31 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

Twenty-five Afghan policemen have been killed while attempting to escape the Taliban siege in the central province of Uruzgan, a source in the Gizab district told Sputnik on Monday. The heavy fighting has been ongoing in the district for several days, with the Taliban having seized a number of nearby areas. The confrontation comes against the backdrop of Kabul-Taliban peace talks, which started in Qatar on September 12. “Last night [late on Sunday], policemen wanted to get out of the encirclement of Taliban in the ‘Kandogak’ area of Gizab district and tried to escape the Taliban siege but on the… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban, Uruzgan


Lebanon’s Supreme Islamic Council responds to Maronite Patriarch’s criticism of Shiite leadership

Published 2020-09-21 16:28:15 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Supreme Islamic Shiite Council in Lebanon condemned what was issued by the country’s religious authority against the Shiite Islamic community, and what it described as “sectarian incitement that stirs up strife and distorts the facts and slanders a sect.” The council’s statement read: “The Supreme Islamic Shiite Council denounced what was issued by a large religious authority against the Shiite Muslim community, and for what the discourse descended into from sectarian incitement that stirs up strife and distorts the facts and slanders a sect that has provided its best youth and energies in the… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Shia


Iranian Foreign Minister to visit Moscow on Thursday – Russian Foreign Ministry

Published 2020-09-21 16:19:06 by Newsdesk in World-News

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Moscow on September 24 and have a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department and special presidential representative for Afghanistan, told Sputnik on Monday. “Yes, he [Zarif] is coming. His consultations with Sergey Lavrov are planned for September 24,” Kabulov said. “They will discuss the usual issues — bilateral relations, Syria, JCPOA, other regional issues,” he added. According to Kabulov, the ministers will discuss potential lifting of arms embargo. Source: Sputnik

Tags: Iran, Russia


Russia’s Nebenzia slams US unilateral moves to reinstate Iran sanctions as illegitimate

Published 2020-09-21 16:00:53 by Newsdesk in Middleeast

The United States has not launched the procedure for reinstating the UN sanctions on Iran, which is envisioned by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and therefore any further unilateral restrictions against Tehran will be illegitimate, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told Sputnik in an interview. On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that all the previously scrapped UN sanctions against Iran were being reinstated after the US triggered a 30-day snapback mechanism under Resolution 2231. “The regime of Iran sanctions was canceled five years ago when the [UN Security] Council adopted Resolution 2231, which… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Sanctions


Russia registers 5 ceasefire violations in Syria in past 24 Hours – Defense Ministry

Published 2020-09-21 15:42:46 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has recorded five ceasefire violations in the country in the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has registered no breaches, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission reviewing issues related to violations of the ceasefire has registered five cases of firing in the provinces of Aleppo (3), Latakia (1) and Idlib (1). The Turkish side has registered no cases of firing,” the ministry said in its daily bulletin. In addition, the Russian military has held humanitarian operations in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Israeli warplanes stalk Syrian-Lebanese borders

Published 2020-09-21 14:37:00 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Israeli warplanes were spotted on Monday, carrying out sorties along the Syrian-Lebanese border, prompting the Syrian air defenses to raise their alert level. According to a field report from Damascus, the Israeli warplanes approached the Arab Republic’s borders from the occupied Golan Heights before turning around towards the southern region of Lebanon. The Israeli warplanes were once again seen near the border region shortly after the previous flyby; however, they once again turned away towards southern Lebanon. At the same time, local Lebanese news outlets have reported similar information, but with Israeli overflights in the… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria


Azerbaijani soldier killed in border clash with Armenian military

Published 2020-09-21 13:50:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – On Monday, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced that the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been tense and led to the death of an Azerbaijani soldier as a result of mutual exchange of hostilities. According to the statement of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, an exchange of fire with the Armenian forces resulted in the death of the soldier. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense also accused the Armenian forces of opening fire on his country’s forces. They said, “As a result of another provocation of the enemy in the direction of Tovuz on… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


China simulates attack on large US base in Pacific: video

Published 2020-09-21 13:36:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Chinese Air Force released a “simulated video of an attack by H-6 bombers with nuclear capabilities on the Anderson Air Force base on the U.S. island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean,” as regional tensions continue to escalate. The 2-minute and 15-second video shows the H-6 bombers taking off from a desert air base in unknown location. In the middle of the video, a pilot is shown pressing a button to launch a missile at a coastal runway, whose name has not been revealed, but satellite images show a close resemblance to the Anderson… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Over 20 Black Sea fleet ships take part in Kavkaz-2020 Drills – Russian Defense Ministry

Published 2020-09-21 04:59:46 by Newsdesk in World-News

More than 20 combat ships of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet have participated in the initial stage of the Kavkaz-2020 military drills, the Russian Defense Ministry informs. “As part of the Kavkaz-2020 command post exercise, over 20 ships and boats of the [Black Sea] Fleet are performing tasks at sea,” the ministry said. The first stage of the drills involves overcoming minefields and performing anti-submarine missions. Earlier this month, the Defense Ministry informed that Russia had invited servicemen from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Iran to participate in the Kavkaz-2020 military exercises. Representatives from Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan,… Read on ->

Tags: Black Sea, Russia


Russian lawmaker says US arms control ultimatum raises questions of desire to negotiate

Published 2020-09-21 04:37:41 by Newsdesk in World-News

The United States’ continued attempts to exert pressure on Russia during arms control talks through the issuing of ultimatums raises questions of Washington’s desire to negotiate with Moscow, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, told Sputnik on Sunday. Earlier in the day, US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant that the New START treaty, the only remaining arms control agreement between Washington and Moscow, would not be extended unless an arms control memorandum was agreed between the two countries first. “The approach of setting… Read on ->

Tags: Nuclear, Russia, USA


Russia, Belarus looking to activate integration ‘Road Maps’ – Union State Secretary

Published 2020-09-21 04:21:24 by Newsdesk in World-News

Russia and Belarus are looking to boost activity to implement a series of integration “road maps,” State Secretary of the Union State of Russia and Belarus Grigory Rapota told Sputnik on Sunday, adding that a planned high-level meeting later in September will give this process added impetus. “After they [the road maps] were prepared, there was a pause due to various circumstances … As of right now, it was proposed to intensify our activities on some of the road maps, although this decision has not yet been made. We have a meeting of the high-level group this month, and perhaps… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, Lukashenko, Russia


Deadly clash between FARC and Venezuelan military

Published 2020-09-21 03:55:20 by Newsdesk in World-News

The Venezuelan military clashed with members of the “new” FARC militant group in Apure, near the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday. According to military reports, four soldiers and as many as fifteen FARC members were killed in the conflict. Following the ratification of the Colombian peace deal on October 2, 2016, several members of the militant groups have split from the newly formed political party and rejoined forces mainly focused on the illegal narcotics trade. While clashes near the Venezuelan-Colombian border between various militant groups and gangs are common, the extend of the casualties on Sunday were unusually high. While the… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Farc, Venezuela


Militants planning to stage chemical weapon attacks in Syria’s Idlib – Russian Military

Published 2020-09-21 03:35:27 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, Syria

Militants in the Syrian province of Idlib are planning to stage chemical weapons attacks in two villages as a ploy to frame the Syrian armed forces, Rear Adm. Alexander Grinkevich, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing on Sunday. The Russian armed forces have received notice that militants from the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia), are planning the provocative attacks. “In the coming days, terrorists plan to stage attacks in the settlements of Ariha and Basames in order to accuse… Read on ->

Tags: Chemical Attack, Syria


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