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This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Aliyev, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Iran, Trump, US, Golan, Israel, Syria, Iraq, ISIS, Nineveh, Bassil, Lebanon, Artsakh, Ethiopia, Tigray, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi, Afghanistan.

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‘If not peace, let it be war’: Aliyev says he won’t negotiate anymore with Armenia on Karabakh

Published 2020-11-17 14:54:39 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Tuesday that there can be no negotiations on Karabakh’s status. “I have repeatedly said that we will not allow the creation of a second Armenian state in the original Azerbaijani lands,” Aliyev said in a speech to citizens broadcast by state TV channel AZTV. He claimed: “I have repeatedly said that the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan cannot be a subject for negotiations,” adding that “Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity,” noting that “if it is not peaceful, then it will be military.” The Azerbaijani president concluded that “there is… Read on ->

Tags: Aliyev, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Trump sought ways to attack Iran’s ‘main nuclear site’ in upcoming weeks: report

Published 2020-11-17 14:05:17 by News Desk in Iran

Donald Trump was reportedly mulling an attack on Iran’s “main nuclear site” in “the coming weeks”, asking his advisors whether he had such an option during a meeting at the Oval office on Thursday, The New York Times reported, citing “current and former US officials”. The advisors, among whom were US Vice President Mike Pence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, reportedly dissuaded Trump from the attack, voicing concerns that it would escalate “into a broader conflict in the last weeks of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump, US


Israeli forces claim several explosives found in occupied Golan, Syria blamed

Published 2020-11-17 13:48:28 by News Desk in Israel, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday morning that their troops uncovered several improvised explosive devices (IED) inside the occupied Golan Heights region. “We just exposed a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near the Israeli side of the Alpha Line on the southern Golan Heights,” the Israeli Defense Forces stated. “We hold the Syrian regime responsible for all events in Syria and will not tolerate any violation of our sovereignty,” they would add. The Syrian Ministry of Defense has yet to respond to these allegations from the Israeli Defense Forces. In general, when… Read on ->

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Tags: Golan, Israel, Syria


Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchange dead in Karabakh

Published 2020-11-17 13:32:29 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, announced that the two parties to the conflict in Karabakh have so far exchanged the bodies of 200 people, who were killed in the recent battles between Azerbaijan and the Artsakh Republic. Maurer said that the ICRC will continue its efforts in this direction, stressing that the priorities of the committee in the Karabakh region are to assist the displaced population, recover the bodies of the dead, as well as visit prisoners in order to prepare for possible negotiations and exchanges. He added,… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


‘Being Al-Qaeda’s number 2 is dangerous work!’ – Newest assassination claim shares common storyline

Published 2020-11-17 13:21:04 by Nick Leon in Iran, Opinion

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – It appears the U.S. and its allies have a thing for killing the second highest ranked commander of Al-Qaeda every few years, the Moon of Alabama revealed in a new post. In an exclusive piece released last week, the New York Times reported that Israel, with help from the United States, assassinated Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, during a special operation inside Iran. “The United States and Israel worked together to track and kill a senior al-Qaida operative in Iran earlier this year, a bold intelligence operation by the two allied nations that came as the Trump administration was… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


Iraqi forces bust 3 would-be ISIS suicide bombers in Nineveh

Published 2020-11-17 12:45:55 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Federal Intelligence Agency in Iraq announced the arrest of three would-be suicide bombers in the Nineveh Governorate. The agency revealed in a press release that “the Nineveh Intelligence was able to arrest three wanted terrorists in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 on terrorism, for their affiliation with ISIS terrorist gangs.” They added, “The suicide bombers worked in the so-called immersion suicide bombers’ battalion, and they admitted their belonging to those criminal gangs.” Since the Islamic State’s defeat in the Nineveh Governorate, the terrorist group has relied on splinter groups and… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Nineveh


Armenian President sacks FM and police commander

Published 2020-11-17 12:30:16 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Armenian President Armen Sarksyan signed a decree on Monday to sack Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. “On the basis of the prime minister’s proposal and in accordance with the article of the Constitution and the law “On the Structure and Activity of the Government” Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan will be dismissed,” says the decree published on the president’s website. On Monday, the president signed another decree on dismissing Commander of the Police Troops and Acting Deputy Chief of Police Gurgen Dallakyan. The president appointed Hayk Babayan to replace Dallakyan, who assumed office in June 2020…. Read on ->

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Tags: Armenia


Gebran Bassil says he will retire from politics if found guilty of corruption

Published 2020-11-17 12:14:28 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, said that he is ready to leave political life if he is found guilty of any corruption charges, against the backdrop of the U.S. sanctions imposed on him for alleged corruption. Bassil posted on Twitter yesterday: “I hope to go with the subject of the accusations to the other and reveal everything, and I will leave the political life if I am found guilty of any corruption charge, and a large country like America that holds every money transfer in the world is it not able… Read on ->

Tags: Bassil, Lebanon


Azerbaijani President wants 30 years compensation from Armenia for ‘damages’ in Karabakh

Published 2020-11-17 11:38:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – For the second time in two weeks, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has demanded compensation from Armenia over the “destruction of infrastructure” in the territories of Karabakh. “The enemy destroyed the entire infrastructure. They will answer for everything in an international court,” Aliyev began. “I said and I want to repeat again that international structures, experts will be involved, all the damage will be calculated, and we will demand compensation for 30 years. These days they destroyed Kalbajar, houses, forests. They will also answer for all this”, he said. Fragments of the president’s speech have… Read on ->

Tags: Aliyev, Armenia, Artsakh, Azerbaijan, Karabakh


Ethiopia gives Tigrayan forces deadline for surrender or else army begins new action

Published 2020-11-17 11:23:44 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The government emergency committee in Ethiopia said on Tuesday that “the National Defense Forces have carried out accurate and surgical air operations outside Mek’ele, the capital of Tigray region,” amid a continuous conflict for nearly two weeks. For his part, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, declared, “The end of a 3-day deadline for the surrender of Tigrayan forces and militias,” explaining that “after this deadline expires, the last decisive law enforcement action will be implemented in the coming days.” The Ethiopian Prime Minister said that “the military operation in the Tigray region to… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Tigray


Azerbaijani President seen through Iranian sniper’s scope on Karabakh border: photos

Published 2020-11-17 10:42:44 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A new set of photos have emerged on social media this week, showing the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev taking pictures near the Iranian-Karabakh border. During Aliyev’s photoshoot, however, Iranian sniper snapped photos of the Azerbaijani President as he stood near Khodaafarin Bridge in the Iranian border region with Karabakh. As shown in the photos below, Aliyev is unaware that he is being watched by the Iranian snipers, who are zoomed into the area. https://twitter.com/Zinvor/status/1328550245622542342?s=20 Neither Azerbaijan nor Iran have commented on these photos. The majority of the Karabakh region is being handed over to the… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Karabakh


Ethiopian forces capture strategic town in Tigray region

Published 2020-11-17 01:33:41 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – The Ethiopian authorities announced on Sunday that government forces have regained control of the strategic city of Alamata from the grip of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. The task force for the management of the state of emergency in the state of Tigray said, in a statement, that “the crushed TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) militants fled, taking about 10,000 prisoners with them.” The media office of the task force said that the retaking of the city of Alamata (located on a strategic road leading to the city of Mikkeli, the state capital) by government… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Tigray


Palestinian President hails Pakistan’s refusal to recognize Israel

Published 2020-11-17 00:57:39 by News Desk in Israel, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised the stance of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue of recognition of Israel, affirming Pakistan’s “consistent and supportive stances of the Palestinian cause.” Abbas said, in a telegram sent to the Pakistani Prime Minister: “We followed with great interest and gratitude your last TV meeting, and your honorable and original statements about the official Pakistani positions that are firm and supportive of the just Palestinian cause.” Abbas continued, “This matter is not new to the brotherly Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the leadership, government, people and history,” noting that… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Pakistan, Palestine


Iran’s ‘hand of friendship is still extended to Saudi Arabia’: FM spox.

Published 2020-11-17 00:46:50 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that “Iran’s hand of friendship is still extended to Saudi Arabia, and we call on its rulers to refrain from directing accusations against Iran.” He pointed out that “Saudi Arabia cannot manage the region through its eagerness to buy weapons, its ignorance of regional and international equations, and suppression of the interior.” He also directed to the Saudi rulers: “Peace cannot be achieved through killing the Yemeni people and cooperating with terrorist groups.” The spokesman added that “the Saudi king’s statements have become repetitive, boring, and… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Saudi


Pentagon anticipates Trump will issue order to withdraw half of US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

Published 2020-11-17 00:26:06 by News Desk in Iraq, World-News

The United States Department of Defense anticipates that President Donald Trump will issue an order as early as this week to cut the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in half by mid-January, CNN reported, citing two US officials. The Pentagon has already issued a “warning order” notice to commanders to start planning the reduction of forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops and 2,500 in Iraq by 15 January, the report said. Earlier this month, shortly before being “terminated” by Trump via Twitter in the wake of the election, then-Defence Secretary Mark Esper sent a classified memo to the… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan, Iraq, Trump, US


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