This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Russia, Iran, IRGC, Trump, Sanctions, Venezuela, Qatar, US, Belarus, NATO, Lebanon, Andre Vltchek, Turkey, Natanz, China, Spying, USA, Syria, Greece, Taiwan, Israel, UNIFIL, Ansarallah, Yemen, India, Rafale, Euphrates, Idlib.

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Watch: Russian S-400 system confront enemy missiles

Published 2020-09-22 21:39:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The S-400 and Pantsir-S systems, along with the Su-30 fighters, repelled an intense air missile strike in Asholuk Square in Russia’s Astrakhan Province during the “Caucasus-2020” military exercise. The three-minute-long video begins with the S-400 and Pantsir-S systems getting in position before confronting the enemy missiles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHt4eOIA8mM

Tags: Russia


Trump boasts on world stage of killing ‘number one terrorist’ Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-09-22 19:33:46 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that his country eliminated the leader of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, because he was “the number one terrorist in the world,” and uprooted Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) from its roots in Syria and Iraq. In his speech to the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said, “We withdrew from the failed Iranian nuclear deal and imposed massive sanctions on the first state sponsor of terrorism, and got rid of the number one terrorist in the world, which is Qassem Soleimani.”… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, Trump


Caracas: Washington cannot prevent us from building relations with Iran

Published 2020-09-22 19:28:19 by Newsdesk in Middleeast, World-News

The Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro reacted with defiance towards new sanctions by the United States, due to a growing relationship between Venezuela and Iran. The Foreign Ministry of Venezuela condemned the announcement of new sanctions against Maduro and described the move as a new aggression against the country. “Caracas rejects and condemns before the international community the new American aggression, and the announcement of unilateral sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, without any reason as part of the ongoing campaign against Iran, Venezuela and the multilateral United Nations system,” the statement of the Foreign Ministry stressed. The statement pointed… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Sanctions, Venezuela


US Space Force deploys to Middle East

Published 2020-09-22 19:18:25 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Army has deployed the first batch of its newly established military branch, the “Space Force”, outside the United States, specifically in the Arabian Peninsula. The Chargé d’Affairs at the United States Embassy in Qatar, Greta C. Holtz, said on her Twitter account on Tuesday, that “Washington has deployed the first group of the space force at Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar. She added: “The deployment of the first group of members of the U.S. Space Force to Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar represents the commitment of the United States and Qatar… Read on ->

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Tags: Qatar, US


Russian strategic bombers fly along Belarusian-NATO borders

Published 2020-09-22 19:12:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Two Russian Tu-160 hypersonic strategic bombers carried out on Tuesday, a flight along the Belarusian border with the Baltic NATO countries and Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday, “On September 22, 2020, within the framework of the active phase of the joint Russian-Belarusian exercise, Slavic Brothers 2020, two Russian supersonic bombers, Tu-160, carrying missiles from Inglis airport made a special flight along the southwestern, western and northwestern borders of the Republic of Belarus. The Tu-160 is capable of carrying up to 12 missiles with a nuclear warhead. These missiles… Read on ->

Tags: Belarus, NATO, Russia


Lebanese Army issues official statement on southern Lebanon explosion

Published 2020-09-22 18:27:40 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Lebanese Army’s official media arm issued a statement on Tuesday, following the powerful explosion that rocked the town of ‘Ain Qana in the Nabatieh Governorate. “On 9/22/2020, at about three o’clock, an explosion occurred in one of the buildings in the town of Ain Qana – al-Tuffah district, and immediately an army force came to the place and began investigations into the causes of the explosion,” the Lebanese Army said, without specifying the cause of the blast. While some reports claim the explosion was the result by a weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah or… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


“Suspicious death” of Russian-born anti-imperialist Journalist in Turkey

Published 2020-09-22 17:51:34 by Newsdesk in World-News

Russian-born film maker and American citizen, Andre Vltcheck, has been found dead in a car in Istanbul during a trip with his wife. According to reports, the 57 year-old investigative journalist rented a car together with his wife Indira, the two then went on to drive from the Black Sea province of Samsun to Istanbul. Once the couple arrived at their hotel in Karaköy, Andre failed to wake up. After a medical team declared the investigative journalist for dead, the police sealed off the street to start with the crime scene investigation. While the investigation is still on-going, the cause… Read on ->

Tags: Andre Vltchek, Turkey


Iran reveals hypothesis for nuclear facility explosion

Published 2020-09-22 17:35:34 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Iranian government revealed one of the strongest hypotheses regarding the explosion at the Natanz nuclear site last July. Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, during a press conference, that “one of the strongest hypotheses regarding the explosion at the Natanz nuclear site is the involvement of internal elements,” stressing that “an act of sabotage has become certain in this case,” according to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA). Rabiei added, “Because of the great complexity in carrying out this sabotage act, there are several security agencies investigating it.” The spokesman for the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Natanz


US Police officer charged with being an intelligence asset for the Chinese government

Published 2020-09-22 16:48:09 by Newsdesk in World-News

The United States has charged a NYPD and US Army reservist on Monday, accusing the man of being an “intelligence asset” for the Chinese government. According to reports, Baimadajie Angwang, who was born in Tibet himself, has agreed to spy on supporters of the Tibetan independence movement in the United States. Angwang has allegedly agreed to work for Chinese intelligence since the year 2018 and provided unnamed handlers of the Chinese consulate in New York with information about dissidents, according to a criminal complaint filed at a Brooklyn court. Following the initial court hearing on Monday, Angwang was denied bail…. Read on ->

Tags: China, Spying, USA


Iran to improve Syria’s defenses: army spox.

Published 2020-09-22 16:35:30 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Iranian army spokesman, Abu Fadl Shikaraji, said that Syria has asked the Islamic Republic to strengthen its defenses. Shikaraji explained in a press statement on Tuesday, that Tehran is sending military experts and advisors to Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, adding that Iran does not have regular military forces in those countries. “The economic conditions do not allow us to give everything to our allies for free, and they sometimes buy some things from us,” the spokesman said. The spokesman pointed out that Iran’s role in the countries of the region is advisory and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria


Turkish deescalation reports false, challenges Greece in the Mediterranean Sea again

Published 2020-09-22 16:29:05 by Newsdesk in World-News

Earlier reports that Turkey has withdrawn its seismic research vessel from the Mediterranean Sea to de-escalate tensions with Greece have been false. The ‘Oruc Reis’ has only docked the port of Antalya to restock on supplies and for maintenance of the research vessel. The ship has now left the port to continue its research efforts in the east Mediterranean Sea, challenging Greece in their claims of natural resources in the territory. Earlier this month, Turkey agreed to withdraw its research vessel Oruc Reis, which was seen as an important step by the European Union, but new reports suggest that the… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Massive explosion rocks southern Lebanon: report

Published 2020-09-22 15:43:43 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked the town of Ain Qana in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, causing a major shockwave across this region of the country. A large fire and significant destruction was photographed in the area, amid the arrival of ambulances and security forces to help the people in the area. https://twitter.com/HoseinMortada/status/1308382840657240065?s=20 The explosion has reportedly taken place at a gas station in ‘Ain Qana, but the source of the blast is unknown. https://twitter.com/4zahri/status/1308376726804848642?s=20 The cause of the explosion is still unknown at this time. More details to come…

Tags: Lebanon


Russian Su-30 jet crashes in Tver Province

Published 2020-09-22 15:04:46 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEABNON (3:00 P.M.) – A Russian Su-30 aircraft has reportedly crashed in the Russian region of Tver on Tuesday. The Russian Ministry of Defense made the announcement about the crash and pointed out that the crew managed to escape to safety. No further details were released regarding the crash.  

Tags: Russia


Taiwan vows to defend itself against Chinese threats

Published 2020-09-22 14:34:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Taiwan announced on Monday, that its armed forces have the right to self-defense and respond to attacks amid “harassment and threats,” in an apparent warning to China, which recently sent several planes across the midline of the Taiwan Strait. A statement by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense stated that it had “clearly defined” the response measures that the island would take, amid “the escalation of harassment and threats from enemy aircraft and fighters.” They said that Taiwan has the right to “defend itself and confront attacks under the approach of not escalating the conflict or… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan


UNIFIL tells Israel to stop violating Lebanese airspace

Published 2020-09-22 14:12:09 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The head of the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon, Stefano Del Col, said that the continuous Israeli overflights over the Lebanese airspace represent a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and Lebanese sovereignty. Del Col called on the Israeli army to stop flying over Lebanese airspace, and said that such continuous violations lead to escalation of tension and could lead to incidents that threaten the cessation of hostilities agreement between Lebanon and Israel. Del Col indicated that UNIFIL has recorded in recent days a large number of Israeli air violations, explaining that the continuous overflights… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, UNIFIL


Iran reveals their transfer of missile, drone information to Yemen

Published 2020-09-22 13:05:11 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, Abu al-Fadl Shikaraji, said that Iran has transferred its technological experience in the defense field to Yemen so that the Yemenis can manufacture missiles and drones themselves. “We transferred the technological experience in the field of defense to them and they have learned to produce missiles, UAVs and weapons in Yemen themselves,” Shikaraji said, as quoted by the Fars News Agency. “It is not like we give them missiles from Iran. We have passed on our experience and knowledge to the Yemeni people,” he continued. This claim by… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Iran, Yemen


India shows off new Rafale fighter jets along border with China

Published 2020-09-22 12:22:22 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – An official in New Delhi announced that the Indian Air Force conducted test flights of the new French Rafale fighters over the disputed border area with China. A senior Indian air force official told AFP, requesting anonymity, that “Rafale combat aircraft conducted sorties to identify our areas of operations, including in Ladakh”, the Himalayan region in northern India on the border with China. The Indian official did not say when the flights began, but an AFP photographer on Monday saw a Rafale fighter flying over Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region. India acknowledges that… Read on ->

Tags: China, India, Rafale


Watch: Russian Su-25 destroys enemy command post

Published 2020-09-22 11:12:12 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has published a video from the military exercises in Kyrgyzstan with the participation of the Russian army showing Su-25 fighters destroying a command post of the supposed enemy with bombs and missiles. The video, which is 42 seconds long, shows the Russian Su-25 jets taking off from their base and making their way to the targeted areas, where they later destroy mock enemy sites. Following the destruction of all enemy targets, the Su-25 jets are filmed returning to the same base they took off from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt6bRD4c-mA   Video courtesy of… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


US defense chief warns Iran they will respond to any aggression

Published 2020-09-22 10:48:33 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that Washington is ready to respond to any future Iranian aggression, after the U.S. State Department announced the imposition of new sanctions on Tehran. In an interview with CNBC, Esper said that “Iran should act like normal countries,” which is something that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously stated. He continued, “We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies and partners to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region.” The U.S. Secretary of Defense added: “We will do this to protect our people and our… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Russia says 2 hotspots remain inside Syria

Published 2020-09-22 10:36:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the military confrontation between the Syrian government and the opposition has ended, and the remaining hot spots are Idlib and the territories east of the Euphrates region, where U.S. forces are stationed. Lavrov said in an interview with Al-Arabiya: “The military confrontation between the government and the opposition has ended. There are only two hotspots, the first being Idlib, whose territory is controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.” “The second hotspot is the eastern bank of the Euphrates, where the illegally stationed American forces joined the separatist forces, and… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Idlib, Russia, Syria


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