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This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Iran, US, Venezuela, Egypt, Karabakh, Russia, Golan, Erdogan, Assad, Tartous, Idlib.

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Nearly 4,000 Syrian and Libyan militants in Azerbaijan: ex-Armenian ambassador

Published 2020-10-14 23:48:14 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 P.M.) – An Armenian diplomat said that about 4,000 militants loyal to Turkey from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra) and the Sultan Murad Brigade arrived in Karabakh from Libya and Syria to fight alongside the Azerbaijani forces. According to the former Armenian ambassador to Italy, Sarkis Gazaryan, who was present with 100 people at the sit-in organized by the Armenian community in front of the House of Representatives’ headquarters in Rome to demand an end to the “Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression”. “The presence of these anti-Armenian jihadists is dangerous, and even more so if we take into account… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Libya, Syria, Turkey


Several Israeli soldiers wounded in brawl at training base

Published 2020-10-14 23:32:19 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A brawl broke out between two Israeli combat units last week, resulting in a number of injuries within the ranks of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). According to the Jerusalem Post, a violent confrontation broke out between the Givati Brigade and another unit from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Regiment on Sunday at the Har Keren training base. The publication said that the violent brawl resulted in the hospitalization of 21 soldiers at the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba. The injuries were said to have been minor. Citing one eyewitness, the Jerusalem Post said one of the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


US struggling to defend forfeiture of Iranian gasoline bound for Venezuela

Published 2020-10-14 23:16:43 by Newsdesk in Iran

The US government is facing a legal challenge over the forfeiture of the cargo intercepted from four purported Iranian tankers, Bloomberg reported. Washington claims that the cargo on the four intercepted vessels belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), purportedly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dubbed a terrorist organisation in the US, but the ships’ owners reportedly dispute this claim and are challenging the forfeiture. Bloomberg said Mobin International Limited, Oman Fuel Trading Ltd, and Sohar Fuel Trading LLC FZ have all filed for the dismissal of the US forfeiture of their ships cargoes. The Department… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US, Venezuela


Armenia air defense forces shot down an Azerbaijani Su-25 jet: MoD

Published 2020-10-14 22:05:46 by News Desk in World-News

BERIUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – For the second time in the last five days, the Armenian Ministry of Defense has announced that the Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) has shot down an Azerbaijani jet over the Karabakh region. “Azerbaijan used Air Force in the northeastern direction,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Twitter. “The Air Defense units of the Artsakh Defense Army just shot down an Azerbaijani Su-25 attack jet,” they added. The Armenian Ministry of Defense did not release any footage of the alleged downing, which has since been denied by their Azerbaijani counterparts. Following this… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Egypt showcases its most powerful military aircraft: video

Published 2020-10-14 21:53:35 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – A video published by the Egyptian Armed Forces showcased the most powerful fighter jets possessed by the Egyptian Air Force, in celebration of the annual anniversary of the Air Force. In the video, a group of advanced fighters appeared, most notably the Russian-made fighters that Egypt recently acquired from Russia. https://youtu.be/HuO8002leIc Among the fighters that have appeared are the advanced MiG-29 helicopters, the Ka-52 alligator helicopters, and the advanced Mi-24 helicopters.

Tags: Egypt


Iran hit again by missile from Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-14 21:42:19 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A missile fell inside Iranian territory on Tuesday evening, as a result of the battles in the Karabakh region between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Aliyar Rastko, assistant to the governor of the Iranian East Azerbaijan region for security and political affairs, said that the missile fell in the Heris province, 70 kilometers northeast of the city of Tabriz, the center of the region. Rastko confirmed that the missile exploded after it fell on agricultural land, without causing any material or human losses. At least 50 shells have fallen inside Iranian territory, since the start… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Karabakh


Azerbaijan attacks sites inside Armenia in new escalation

Published 2020-10-14 21:23:01 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The armed confrontation between Baku and Yerevan over the Karabakh region witnessed a dangerous escalation on Wednesday, after Azerbaijani forces bombed Armenian military equipment inside the territory of Armenia in a strike they described as preemptive. The Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that “Azerbaijani forces struck military equipment inside Armenian territory, just because it assumed that this equipment might bomb Azerbaijani cities.” The Ministry of Defense warned that “Armenian forces reserve the right to target any military facility in Azerbaijan.” According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani shelling targeted an… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

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Over 30 jihadists killed in powerful Russian-Syrian attack on training camp

Published 2020-10-14 21:11:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Russian Air Force, with help from the Syrian counterparts, launched a massive attack on the jihadist positions in the northwestern region of the country. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force primarily targeted the Jisr Al-Shughour area, hitting sites belonging to hardline groups like the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). The Russian Air Force’s attack reportedly destroyed a jihadist training base, which was monitored by their drones shortly before the aerial assault was unleashed on the site. In a follow-up report on Wednesday, the Sputnik Agency said the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Iran comes under heavy cyber-attack just months after nuclear facility explosion

Published 2020-10-14 21:03:53 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – Iran announced that it had been subjected to a major cyber-attack that targeted on Tuesday, several of its government institutions, without accusing a specific party or country. The Maher Center for Coordination and Relief in Electronic Incidents, affiliated to the Iranian Ministry of Communications and Technology, confirmed on Wednesday, that the large-scale attack targeted two government institutions and led to the interruption of communication with the networks and services of a number of government agencies and institutions. They said, “Iran has succeeded in the recent period to repel and thwart most of the cyber-attacks it… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Azerbaijan claims 8 villages captured in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-14 20:45:09 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Wednesday, that his country’s army has taken control of eight other villages in the Karabakh region after clashes with the Armenian forces. Aliyev posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday: “The Azerbaijani army liberated the following villages: Karadagli, Khatunbolag, and Garakula in the Fizuli district, and the villages of Bolotan, Milikganli, Kemertyuk, Teki and Jasser in the Khojavind region.” The Azerbaijani President did provide further details, nor has their Ministry of Defense released any footage to corroborate their latest claims in the Karabakh claims. The Armenian Ministry of… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Israel reveals secret mission to attack Syrian Army positions near occupied Golan Heights: video

Published 2020-10-14 20:37:42 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Israeli army revealed a “secret operation” that targeted Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions near the occupied Golan Heights last month. According to the Israeli army spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, on the night of September 21, “Israeli forces stormed and destroyed two advanced sites belonging to the Syrian army in the disengagement zone east of the security fence in the northern Golan Heights.” According to Adraee, “the Syrian army was using the destroyed sites for the purpose of routine reconnaissance and security.” A video was also released of the operation, showing the moment the… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria


Turkey’s Erdogan issues first comment on accusations of sending Syrian mercenaries to Azerbaijan

Published 2020-10-14 19:59:19 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denied accusations that Ankara has sent militants from Syria to Azerbaijan in order to fight the Armenian forces in the disputed Karabakh region. During his attendance at the meeting of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary bloc at the parliament headquarters in the capital, Ankara, Erdogan stressed that Turkey does not need to send Syrian militants to Karabakh, explaining that Turkey is capable of providing all kinds of support to Azerbaijan on its own. He continued, “The Syrians do not have a job in Karabakh, they have something… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Bashar Al-Assad visits Syrian region devastated by massive fires

Published 2020-10-14 19:49:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued his tour of the areas ravaged by massive fires on Wednesday, as he traveled to the Tartous Governorate on Wednesday. The page of the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic published on its accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram) news that the Syrian President is now in the town of Meshta al-Helou, which is located in the Safita District of Tartous. The Syrian President had previously visited the village of Ballouran in the countryside of Latakia, one of the areas that suffered from the unprecedented fires in the country, which affected… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria, Tartous


Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of bombing hospital in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-14 19:37:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani military was accused on Wednesday of bombing a field hospital inside the Karabakh region, where they are currently fighting a war against the Armenian forces. In a statement released by the Press Secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, Azerbaijan was accused of targeting a field hospital that treats both wounded soldiers and civilians inside the Karabakh region. “The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan have targeted one of the hospitals in Artsakh were civilians also receive medical treatment. This is a violation of humanitarian ceasefire and gross violation of international humanitarian law,”… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Russian Air Force wipes out jihadist training camp in northwest Syria

Published 2020-10-14 19:30:11 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched a powerful attack over the northwestern region of Syria on Wednesday, as their warplanes zeroed in on the positions of the jihadist groups inside the Idlib Governorate. According to a field report from northwestern Syria on Wednesday, the Russian Air Force concentrated their airstrikes on the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour and its countryside. This part of the Idlib Governorate has the largest presence of jihadist groups inside the country, which has prompted the Russian Air Force and their Syrian counterparts to consistently target the Jisr Al-Shughour area on numerous… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


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