This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Golan, Syria, Beirut, Aegean, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Venezuela, Maduro, UAE, US, ISIS, Russia.

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Azerbaijani forces use white phosphorus over Karabakh: video

Published 2020-10-30 22:39:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani forces reportedly used white phosphorus munitions over the Karabakh region on Friday, amid the ongoing escalation inside this disputed territory. Based on video footage released from Karabakh, the Azerbaijani forces fired the white phosphorus munitions over the forests of this region. The white phosphorus can be seen falling on trees in this forested area of Karabakh, which sparked fears of potential fires. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ZRgHbTiKA Azerbaijan has yet to comment on these allegations of white phosphorus use; however, since the video emerged on Friday evening, several users have shared the footage on a number of… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Hezbollah leader issues first comments on France attacks

Published 2020-10-30 21:31:39 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, strongly condemned the attack in Nice, stressing that Islam rejects such actions, while it was considered that Muslims could not bear any offense to the Prophet Muhammad. Sayyed Nasrallah said in a speech delivered on Friday evening on the occasion of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad: “The incident in Nice is strongly condemned by Muslims from all their different locations in France, Europe and everywhere, and this incident is rejected by Islam and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as being based on Islam,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon


Syrians of occupied Golan Heights send aid to people affected by forest fires

Published 2020-10-30 21:08:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Tartous Governorate received two aid convoys on Friday, one provided by the people of the occupied Syrian Golan and the other by the people of Damascus to support those affected by the fires in the governorate. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted the lawyer, Rasha al-Hallah, who supervises the aid campaign provided by the people of the occupied Syrian Golan: “The aid is an expression of the solidarity of our people in the occupied Golan with their families in the homeland, especially in the provinces that have been affected by the fires, and… Read on ->

Tags: Golan, Syria


Large protest held in Beirut over caricatures of Prophet Muhammad: video

Published 2020-10-30 20:52:48 by News Desk in Lebanon

The escalation between Paris and Muslim countries occurred earlier this month after the brutal killing of French history teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October by a radicalised teenager for displaying caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in class. The incident was followed by a gruesome assault in Nice this week that claimed the lives of three. A mass demonstration calling to respect Islam and its Prophet Muhammad hit the Lebanese capital after numerous Muslim countries and organisations slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for criticising Islamism and urging to “free Islam in France from foreign influence and strengthen control on the mosques’… Read on ->

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Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Unusual photo surfaces of ‘indestructible’ table surviving missile strike

Published 2020-10-30 20:35:40 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, shared a photo on Friday of a missile attack on the Tartar region of the country. Hajiyev called the Smerch missile image the “photo of the day”, claiming that it will be decommissioned. In the photo shared by Hajiyev, the Smerch missile is seen fully intact after it crashed through a table and penetrated the ground. https://twitter.com/HikmetHajiyev/status/1322196229128921091?s=20 However, the photo raised a lot of eyebrows and accusations of photoshop after users were baffled by the fact that the missile penetrated the table, but… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan


Moment Armenian troops ambush Azerbaijani special forces: video

Published 2020-10-30 19:55:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) released a new video on Friday that showed their troops ambushing a special operations unit of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. According to the Artsakh Defense Army, the video shows the “neutralization of a subversive group of #Azerbaijan by the #Artsakh Defense Army Units.” In the video, the enemy troops can be seen traveling down an undisclosed road in Karabakh, when they are ambushed by the Artsakh Defense Army. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7EinZyrb4U No further details were released by the Armenian Ministry of Defense nor the Artsakh Defense Army.

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Powerful earthquake hits Aegean coasts of Greece and Turkey

Published 2020-10-30 19:43:26 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – A powerful earthquake was reported in the eastern Mediterranean on Friday, causing significant damage to several areas, including the densely populated Turkish city of Izmir. The number of injured in the Izmir earthquake, which struck the Aegean Sea, rose to 419, as search and rescue operations continued to recover the rest of the victims. The country’s Emergency and Crisis Agency said that the victims of the earthquake, which also caused a partial tsunami, had risen to 12 people. https://youtu.be/J3q-URD8ep0 The 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck 17 kilometers from the coast of the city of Safri Hisar in… Read on ->

Tags: Aegean, Greece, Turkey


Lebanon and Israel complete 3rd day of negotiations on maritime borders

Published 2020-10-30 19:06:44 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Lebanese and Israeli authorities conducted third round of negotiations to demarcate the maritime borders between the two countries. The negotiations were held at the United Nations’ headquarters in southern Lebanon and was mediated by the United States. According to the National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon, “the two delegations entered the conference room separately, and the Lebanese delegation carried compelling maps and documents showing points of disagreement and Israel’s violation of the Lebanese right to annex part of Block 9,” noting that “the Lebanese negotiating side adheres to Lebanon’s rights in every… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Armenia releases new video of captured Syrian mercenary in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-30 18:56:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Artsakh Defense Army announced on Friday, the arrest of a Syrian citizen “who fought alongside Azerbaijan.” The official media center, via its channel on Telegram, said: “The ADA units in Karabakh arrested another terrorist,” adding: “The initial questioning leaves no room for any doubt that there are terrorists on the Azerbaijani front.” The statement indicated that the prisoner’s name, “the radical,” is “Muhrad Muhammad al-Khayr, of Syrian origin.” https://twitter.com/naghdalyan/status/1322139778838659073?s=20 Prior to this, Azerbaijan and Turkey both denied the presence of foreign mercenaries in their ranks and instead, accused Armenia of using foreign fighters. On… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


‘Venezuela can legally purchase weapons from Iran if needed’: FM

Published 2020-10-30 15:30:08 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, said that his country can legally purchase weapons from Iran if necessary, referring to the lifting of the arms embargo imposed on Tehran. “Caracas will continue to establish comprehensive relations with Tehran in various fields such as trade, energy, cooperation in agriculture, livestock, auto industries and military industries, which date back to the presidency of Hugo Chavez and increased during the presidency of Nicolás Maduro,” the minister said in a statement published by Iran’s Fars news Agency. Arreaza added, “In the field of military-technical cooperation, the purchase of… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, Venezuela


Karabakh Republic announces death toll reaches 1,166 after month of fighting

Published 2020-10-30 15:16:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The administration Karabakh Republic announced that death toll for their armed forces has reached 1,166 after more than a month of clashes. On Thursday, the Republic said that 47 other soldiers have died in the fighting with Azerbaijan, bringing the total death toll among Armenian forces in the region to 1,166 since the outbreak of fighting on September 27. This list is the second during the day that the administration of the Karabakh Republic published, as the first report said that 51 Armenian soldiers were killed in action. Armenia previously announced that the Azerbaijani forces… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Venezuela’s largest oil refinery was ‘attacked’: Maduro

Published 2020-10-30 15:02:27 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed that an “attack” targeted the largest oil refinery in Venezuela, and held “terrorist groups” linked to the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, responsible for this attack. On Wednesday, the Bolivarian Republic’s President said during a conference in Caracas that the Amway refinery in northwestern Venezuela “was attacked with a powerful weapon” on Tuesday noon. Without explaining the impact of the attack on oil production, nor the weapon that was used, Maduro asserted that it was the work of “a terrorist group of Juan Guaidó”, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition. In… Read on ->

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela


US to move forward with sale of 50 F-35 fighters to UAE: report

Published 2020-10-30 14:47:00 by News Desk in Gulf, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – White House sources revealed to Reuters this week that  U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has informed Congress of its intention to sell 50 F-35 fighters to the UAE. Reuters quoted sources as saying “The White House has informed Congress that it intends to sell 50 F-35 fighters manufactured by Lockheed Martin to the UAE.” For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on this news, saying: “We all face a common threat.” It is noteworthy to mention that members of the Israeli cabinet have been split on the topic, with some approving the move… Read on ->

Tags: UAE, US


Azerbaijani forces approach strategic city amid push to Karabakh capital

Published 2020-10-30 14:31:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The President of Karabakh announced on Thursday that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are within a few kilometers of the strategic city of Shusha. The Karabakh President, Arayik Harutyunyan, said in a video posted on Facebook that “the enemy is a few kilometers away from Shusha, five kilometers maximum.” Shusha is located about 15 km from the provincial capital, Stepanakert, the main city in this mountainous region, and on a road linking the Karabakh region with Armenia. “In the coming days, the situation on the front must be reversed and the enemy punished directly at the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Armenia has ‘indisputable evidence’ Turkey sent Syrian mercenaries to Karabakh: FM

Published 2020-10-30 14:10:08 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said that Yerevan has compelling evidence that Turkey has sent militants from Syria and Libya to Karabakh. The minister said in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik Agency: ” There are factual and indisputable evidence of the existence and continuation of Turkey sending foreign terrorist fighters from Syria and Libya (to Karabakh).” He continued: “This is confirmed by the intelligence data of the countries participating in the chairmanship of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the reports received from the conflict zone itself.”… Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Syria, Turkey


US seeks to forfeit Iranian missiles and oil seized in Persian Gulf

Published 2020-10-30 14:00:25 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Department of Justice released a statement on Thursday that said it has filed a civil complaint regarding shipments of Iranian missiles that the U.S. Navy seized from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Arabian Sea. John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division, said that the complaint relates to complex plans prepared by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to ship weapons to Yemen and fuel to Venezuela secretly, adding that these two countries pose major threats to the security and stability of their region, according to the Department of Justice’s website…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Azerbaijani forces destroy Smerch missile launcher: video

Published 2020-10-30 13:42:08 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense released a new video on Friday that showed their forces destroying a Smerch missile launcher near the Karabakh region. “The launch position of the Smerch missile launcher belonging to the Armenian Armed Forces, which fired on civilians and civilian infrastructure in the city of Barda, was discovered by our units,” the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense’s statement began. They added: “On October 29, at about 15:18, the enemy’s Smerch rocket launcher was destroyed by the precise fire of our units. We present a video of the destruction of the mentioned system.”… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Iran installs T-72 engines to beef up Chieftain tanks: photos

Published 2020-10-30 13:25:58 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Iran has made new changes to the Chieftain tanks that are currently in their arsenal, the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported this week. The most significant change to these combat vehicles is the replacement of the L-60 engine with the 840 hp. The 840 hp engine comes from the Russian-made T-72S tanks, which are currently in the arsenal of the Iranian Armed Forces. The old two-stroke engines are often criticized for significant shortcomings that appeared during operations. As it turns out, they are not well equipped to work in desert conditions and overheat a lot…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Heavy ISIS attacks prompt new Russian strikes over central Syria

Published 2020-10-30 13:14:03 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) continued their heavy attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) this week, targeting a number of sites between the Hama, Al-Raqqa and Homs governorates. According to a field source in the Hama Governorate, the Islamic State sleeper cells have been targeting several sites between the Ithriya and Al-Sa’an areas, prompting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to move reinforcements to this front to quell the terrorist activity. These Islamic State raids have also resulted in several casualties within the ranks of the Syrian Army, as the hit-and-run attacks last for only a… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia, Syria


Azerbaijan hands over remains of Armenian soldiers killed in Karabakh

Published 2020-10-30 12:26:06 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Assistant President of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev said on Thursday that Baku has delivered to Yerevan 30 bodies of officers and soldiers of the Armenian Armed Forces, in addition to two elderly citizens of Armenia. “About 30 bodies of the Armenian army and armed forces’ officers remaining on the battlefield were handed over to the Armenian side, in addition to two elderly citizens of Armenia,” Hajiyev said at a press conference. Hajiyev continued, “The handover took place today in the Karabakh-Tovuz region.” Hajiyev claimed that the Armenian side did not initially express any desire to… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


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