Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Erdogan, France, Turkey, Bolton, Trump, US, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Soleimani, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Euphrates, Hasakah, Russia, Pashinyan, Algeria, Cyprus, Sudan, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, China, IRGC.

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France threatens Turkey with sanctions: ‘No country has any illusions about Erdogan and his regime’

Published 2020-11-15 23:39:18 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The French Minister of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, revealed that the European Union may impose economic sanctions targeting some sectors in Turkey because of its “hostile” positions on European borders. In an interview with Europe 1 and Les Echoes radio on Sunday, Beaune said that “the imposition of sanctions on some economic sectors is possible”, expressing his regret over the “hostile Islamism” by Turkey at the gates of Europe. He said that “all options are on the table,” including individual sanctions, referring to those that have been taken against some Turkish officials due… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, France, Turkey

Trump blasts John Bolton as ‘one of the dumbest people in government’

Published 2020-11-15 23:16:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump and ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton have been exchanging insults over the last few days, culminating in a Twitter war of words. On Sunday, Trump attacked Bolton over his war hawk policies, while insulting his intelligence. According to Trump, “John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, ‘Gee, let’s go to war.’ Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!” Previously, Bolton tweeted an article that called… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Trump, US

Yemen’s Ansarallah forces appoint new ambassador to Syria

Published 2020-11-15 22:41:56 by News Desk in Syria, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Ansarallah Movement appointed a new ambassador to Damascus, succeeding the previous envoy Nayef Al-Qanis, who was appointed in 2016. The Saba News Agency said that Abdullah Ali Sabri “took the constitutional oath today, Sunday, before the head of the Supreme Political Council in Sanaa, Mahdi Al-Mashat, as ambassador of the Sana’a government to Syria, through video communication technology.” They added: “After the oath was taken, President Al-Mashat spoke to Ambassador Sabri, conveying his greetings to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government, and his wishes for the Syrian people further… Read on ->

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Tags: Syria, Yemen

IRGC leader vows to take revenge on Qassem Soleimani’s killers

Published 2020-11-15 22:25:25 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, reiterated his assertion that his country would take revenge on the killers of the Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani “on the ground.” Salami said during his meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Defense that this revenge has nothing to do with following up the legal process for the killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, saying: “We are sure that the sons of Iraq will avenge the blood of Al-Muhandis.” He indicated that Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis had a decisive role in eliminating ISIS. Salami… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

Rare move: Egyptian warships cross into Turkish waters – video

Published 2020-11-15 22:05:51 by News Desk in Egypt, North-Africa, Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Three warships belonging to the Egyptian Navy crossed the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits, which are under Turkish control, this past weekend. Turkish and international media published footage documenting the moment the “Fateh” and “Alexandria” frigates and the missile boat “Ali Gad Mahmoud Fahmy” of the Egyptian Navy crossed the two maritime corridors. The Egyptian warships were accompanied by the Turkish Coast Guard, who followed them until they left Turkey’s territorial waters. https://twitter.com/Hurriyet/status/1327632380090339328?s=20 The press reports indicated that the Egyptian ships are continuing their voyage toward the Black Sea, where they will participate in the first… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Turkey

Tigray separatist forces strike airport in Eritrean capital as conflict expands

Published 2020-11-15 21:48:16 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Chairman of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, Debretsion Gebremichael, announced on Sunday that his forces bombed the airport of the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, he told the Reuters News Agency. Gebremichael also said that his forces were responsible for the bombing of the Eritrean city of Massawa, pointing out that “his forces are fighting Eritrean forces alongside the Ethiopian forces, on several fronts. This latest escalation comes just days after the Ethiopian Armed Forces launched an attack on the troubled northern Tigray region. The United Nations, along with the African Union and… Read on ->

Tags: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray

Mass exodus of Armenians from Karabakh as Azerbaijani troops move in: video

Published 2020-11-15 21:27:24 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Armenian residents of Karabakh are leaving in masses, as Azerbaijan has given Yerevan another ten days to evacuate the civilians from this region. “The Armenians are leaving their homes, which are to be transferred to Azerbaijan within the framework of the November 9 statement, thereby paying for the defeat of the ADA (Artsah Defense Army),” the Anna News Agency reported from the Karabakh region this past week. “The Russian peacekeepers are moving in the opposite direction, as their task is to ensure the security of those regions of Artsakh that the Armenians have left,”… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Syrian tribe calls for popular resistance against US and Turkish forces

Published 2020-11-15 21:10:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, a Syrian Arab tribe held a meeting in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, as they aimed to close ranks and join forces between the components of society to expel all the armies occupying the Syrian Jazirah region and to continue popular resistance. According to reports, the Tayy tribesmen held the meeting in the town of Jarmouz, which is located near the large city of Al-Qamishli in northern Al-Hasakah. During the meeting, the Tayy tribesmen raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic, while stressing that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is the only legitimate entity… Read on ->

Tags: Euphrates, Hasakah, Syria

Aliyev ‘assures’ Putin that Azerbaijan will protect Christian churches in Karabakh

Published 2020-11-15 20:55:29 by News Desk in World-News

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President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Christian churches and monuments in the territories that came under Baku’s control after the escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh will be protected by the state, according to the statement released by the Azerbaijani leader press service on Saturday. “President Aliyev said that in accordance with the trilateral statement, Christian shrines in the territories returned to Azerbaijan will be properly protected. Christians living in Azerbaijan will be able to use these churches,” the text says. Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia

Ex-Armenian security chief denies accusations of plotting to assassinate Pashinyan

Published 2020-11-15 18:57:21 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – Former Chief of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) Artur Vanetsyan pleaded not guilty on charges of preparing the assassination of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the official’s attorney, Lusine Sahakyan, said on Sunday. On Saturday, Sahakyan said that the former NSS chief was detained on suspicion of plotting the assassination of the prime minister and a coup in the country, calling it “a shameful political persecution aimed at maintaining power.” Vanetsyan has been participating in opposition protests demanding the prime minister’s resignation after Pashinyan signed a joint declaration to put an end to the conflict in… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Pashinyan

Algerian Army reveals Russian ballistic missile for first time: video

Published 2020-11-15 18:40:55 by News Desk in Algeria, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A video clip from the Algerian Ministry of Defense showed the capabilities of the Algerian Armed Forces, including their powerful missile arsenal, which includes Iskander ballistic missiles.  the appearance of the Iskander ballistic missile for the first time in Algeria. In the video, the Algerian Armed Forces showcase their Russian-made Iskander missiles for the first time. This was first reported by the Algerian Al-Nahar newspaper, noting that the missile appeared for the first time during the second minute of the Defense Ministry’s report titled “Only the Land of Algeria.” They continued, “During the video, the… Read on ->

Tags: Algeria, Russia

Erdogan eyes Cyprus conflict after Turkey’s role in Libya, Syria, Karabakh

Published 2020-11-15 18:21:30 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need to “negotiate a two-state solution” in Cyprus, noting that there are “two separate peoples” on the island. On Sunday, Erdogan said, in a speech during a visit to the Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey: “Today, there are two separate peoples and two states on the island of Cyprus, and the two-state solution must be negotiated on the basis of equal sovereignty.” The Turkish president stressed the impatience of Ankara and the Turkish Cypriots regarding what he described as the “diplomatic games” practiced… Read on ->

Tags: Cyprus, Erdogan, Turkey

Azerbaijan grants Armenia 10 extra days to evacuate civilians from Karabakh

Published 2020-11-15 17:53:15 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Hikmat Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president, announced on Sunday, that Azerbaijan has granted Armenia ten additional days to evacuate its residents from the Kilbajar region. Hajiyev said during a televised speech, “With regard to the difficulties faced by the Armenian side and based on the principles of humanism, Azerbaijan decided to grant Armenia ten additional days to withdraw the armed forces and civilians from the Kilbajar region,” noting that the date of handing over the region became November 25 and not as it was agreed upon in November 15. According to him, the Armenian… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Egypt’s elite forces arrive in Sudan for military exercises amid ongoing war between Ethiopia and Tigray separatists

Published 2020-11-15 17:28:04 by News Desk in Egypt, North-Africa, Sudan

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Egyptian military spokesman announced the arrival of air force units and members of its elite Saiqa (Thunderbolt) forces to Sudan to participate in joint military exercises. In a statement on his Facebook account, the military spokesman said: “Units of the Air Force and elements of the Egyptian Saiqa forces arrived at the Marwa Air Base in the brotherly Republic of Sudan to participate in the implementation of the joint Egyptian-Sudanese air training, the Nile Eagles-1.” The statement indicated that this training “takes place for the first time between the two brotherly countries… Read on ->

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Tags: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tigray

Armenian church condemns the desecration of the Holy Savior Cathedral by Azerbaijani forces

Published 2020-11-15 17:13:07 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Armenian Apostolic Church announced its condemnation of the desecration of the Holy Savior Cathedral (Ghazanchetsots) in Shushi after Azerbaijani military personnel entered the city. A statement issued by the Church stated that “On the night of November 9 to 10, after the signing of an agreement on ceasefire and hostilities in Artsakh (the Armenian name of Karabakh) by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, the Azerbaijanis who invaded Shushi in Artsakh descrated the Cathedral of the Holy Christ the Savior, leaving their traces on the outer and inner walls of the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Karabakh

Israel announced airstrikes over the Gaza Strip

Published 2020-11-15 16:59:31 by News Desk in Israel, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Israeli army announced on Sunday morning that it bombed sites in Gaza with helicopters and tanks, which it said was in response to the firing of rockets from the Strip. The army said in a statement that “two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight, and in response, our forces bombed Hamas’ infrastructure and military sites in Gaza.” Earlier this morning, the Israeli army announced that two rockets were fired from Gaza at central and southern Israel. According to Israeli media, explosions were heard on the night of Saturday and Sunday over… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine

Two Chinese aircraft carrier ‘killer missiles’ hit targets in South China Sea: report

Published 2020-11-15 14:02:05 by News Desk in World-News

According to a former PLA colonel, the successful launch of the DF-26B and DF-21D missiles in August is a “warning” to the United States that they should not take any military risk against China. Two of China’s “aircraft-carrier killer” missiles that were launched in August hit a moving ship near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday. When the media first reported about the launches on 26 August, they said that the missiles fell into the South China Sea and no specific target was mentioned. The move came as a response… Read on ->

Tags: China

IRGC forces strike militant group in western Azerbaijan province

Published 2020-11-15 13:51:59 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – On Saturday, the ground forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, backed by its missile and artillery units, targeted the sites of “groups opposed to the Iranian Islamic Revolution outside the national borders.” According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), “These operations came in response to the sinister actions of the groups opposing the Iranian Islamic Revolution, confirming the fall of losses and heavy damage to the ranks of the enemies.” The publication published the comments by the Assistant for Operation Affairs at the Hamzah Syed al-Shuhada’s headquarters, who said that “the armed forces’ ability… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

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