This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Raqqa, Syria, Turkey, China, India, Assad, Miqdad, Ethiopia, Tigray, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Gulf, Obama, Idlib, Iran, Iraq, Gaza, Palestine, Erdogan, Europe, Hama, ISIS, Morocco, Polisario, IRGC, Ethiopian, Karabakh, US.

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Israeli tank flips over in the Jordan Valley: photos and video

Published 2020-11-22 23:45:39 by News Desk in Israel, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – An Israeli tank overturned today on Sunday, in the northern Jordan Valley, without causing any casualties among the soldiers or civilians. Social networking sites published photos and a video of the tank, which overturned when its driver climbed into a military transport truck. https://twitter.com/OrHeller/status/1330529961694941184?s=20 Citing an informed source, RT Arabic reported, “The investigation proved that the tank driver drove it at a speed higher than what was permitted, and that he chose a wrong angle.” https://twitter.com/OrHeller/status/1330542071938248706?s=20 He added, “The tank was severely damaged due to the accident.” Neither the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), nor the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Turkish drones launch strikes over northern Syria

Published 2020-11-22 23:30:42 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A Turkish attack drone reportedly carried out airstrikes over the northern region of the Al-Raqqa Governorate on Sunday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. According to the report, the Turkish Armed Forces targeted residential areas in the vicinity of ‘Ain ‘Issa, a city located in the northern part of Al-Raqqa that is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The agency quoted local sources as saying that “the Turkish occupation forces targeted residential areas in the vicinity of Ain Issa city, north of Raqqa, with several shells, via a drone belonging to… Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria, Turkey


China allegedly used ‘secret weapon’ against Indian forces: media

Published 2020-11-22 23:19:20 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The British newspaper, Daily Mail, published a detailed report in which it claimed that China had used a new secret weapon against India, during the skirmishes that took place between them on the common borders. According to the newspaper, the Chinese forces used a “microwave weapon” that sends electromagnetic pulses towards the Indian forces last August. The newspaper pointed out that these pulses experienced by the soldiers “turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven, who began to vomit,” and were barely able to march towards the Himalayas to escape. According to the newspaper, the… Read on ->

Tags: China, India


Syrian President appoints Faisal Miqdad as new Foreign Minister

Published 2020-11-22 23:02:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued on Sunday, three legislative decrees to designate Dr. Faisal Al-Miqdad as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Bashar Al-Jaafari as his deputy, and to transfer Ambassador Bassam Al-Sabbagh to the permanent delegation in New York and to accredit him as a permanent representative to the United Nations. The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic published on Facebook a statement saying: “President Al-Assad issues three decrees on 11/22/2020 to designate Dr. Faisal Al-Miqdad as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs… Read on ->

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Tags: Assad, Miqdad, Syria


Ethiopian forces score new advance as they push towards Tigray’s capital

Published 2020-11-22 14:15:32 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – A government commission in Ethiopia said that the national army forces have taken control of the town of Idaga Hamos, 97 km from Mek’ele, the capital of the rebel-held Tigray region. “Our defense forces have taken control of the town of Idaga Hamos on the road from Adigrat to Mek’ele. The defense forces are advancing to take control of Mek’ele, which is the ultimate goal of the operation,” the commission said on Twitter. Earlier in the day, Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigrayans” in Ethiopia, said on Sunday that… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Tigray


Russia releases new map of Karabakh region: photo

Published 2020-11-22 12:06:52 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense released a new map on Saturday, November 21, showing the areas under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. In the map released in the Russian language, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces can be seen in control of over 75 percent of the Karabakh region, leaving only a small portion left outside of their state’s possession. For the Artsakh Republic, all that remains under their control is the capital, Stepanakert, and some other areas outside of the city; these sites currently have a large presence of Russian military police. On November… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia


Barack Obama reveals ‘smartest Gulf leader’ in new book

Published 2020-11-22 11:43:39 by News Desk in Gulf, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama revealed in his new book who he considers the smartest leader in the Gulf region. In his memoirs, which were recently published under the title “A Promised Land”, Obama granted this title to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. He also spoke about the contradiction in his administration’s handling of the protests in 2011 in Egypt and Bahrain, the U.A.E’s position on these events, and Washington’s vision towards them. The former U.S. president indicated that he had persuaded former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down… Read on ->

Tags: Gulf, Obama


Large Turkish army convoy enters northwestern Syria as they setup new posts inside Idlib

Published 2020-11-22 11:19:13 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – A large Turkish army convoy entered northwestern Syria on Saturday, amid reports of the establishment of new military posts inside the Idlib Governorate. According to field reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish army convoy entered the Arab Republic via the Kafr Lousen crossing, as they made their way through the northwestern region of the country. The reports said that the Turkish army, since withdrawing from their observation posts inside the areas controlled by the Syrian Armed Forces, have setup new points inside the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Idlib. They would add that these… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Qassem Soleimani’s successor meets with Iraqi PM as US withdraws troops

Published 2020-11-22 11:03:16 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – On Saturday, Iraqi and foreign media outlets reported that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, met with the Iranian Quds Force commander, Ismail Ghaani, in Baghdad. According to media reports, Al-Kazemi invited Ghaani to visit Baghdad and they met over a breakfast in the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office in the center of the capital, Baghdad. The visit of the Iranian Quds Force commander to Baghdad lasted three days and took place during the middle part of the week The meeting focused on easing tensions between the Iraqi government and factions close to Iran, and Al-Kazemi… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq


Israel launches heavy strikes over Gaza

Published 2020-11-22 10:47:32 by News Desk in Israel, Palestine

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Israeli army announced on Sunday morning that its air force conducted airstrikes on sites in the Gaza Strip, which it said were in response to the launch of a missile towards the city of Ashkelon. The army said in a statement, “Israeli aircraft raided several Hamas targets, hitting sites involved in increasing Hamas’ military strength, including two sites for the production of missile weapons, in addition to underground infrastructure and a training complex belonging to the Hamas naval force.” On Saturday, the Israeli sounded warning sirens in the southern city ​​of Ashkelon, while the… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


Turkey sees itself as part of Europe: Erdogan

Published 2020-11-22 10:34:33 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this past weekend that his country considers itself part of Europe, and at the same time seeks to strengthen relations with the United States on regional and international issues. On Saturday, Erdogan said, in a speech he delivered over a video call to the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) conferences in the states of Kutahya, Afyon Karahisar, Batman and Sarat: “We see ourselves in Europe and not elsewhere, and we aim to build our future with it.” The Turkish President expressed Ankara’s desire to “effectively invest its… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Europe, Turkey


Iran denies reports about 2 Quds Force soldiers being killed in Israeli strikes near Damascus

Published 2020-11-22 10:20:13 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected the authenticity of reports that Iranians from the Quds Force were killed during the recent Israeli raid on Syria. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, all reports about the two soldiers from the Quds Force being killed in the Israeli attack over Damascus are false. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatib Zadeh said: “We do not confirm the killing of Quds Force fighters in the Israeli raid on Syria, and Israel realizes that the time for striking has passed, so it is moving with caution, and there is… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Syria


Ethiopia announces readiness to use full force to capture Tigray capital

Published 2020-11-22 09:52:43 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

In the beginning of November, fighting erupted between the Ethiopian federal government and the rebel TPLF party, which maintains de facto control of the Tigray region in the north. On 21 November, the government announced that they had taken control of the town of Adigrat in the region, and were now heading to Mekelle. The spokesman for Ethiopia’s government military forces said on Sunday that they will “use tanks, artillery” to capture the city of Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region, from TPLF forces. “The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopia, Tigray


Syrian Army gears up for first major offensive against ISIS this year

Published 2020-11-22 09:37:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a major operation against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) after months of back-and-forth fighting in the central and eastern regions of the country. According to reports from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army moved reinforcements from the western part of the country to the northwestern part of the Badiya Al-Sham region, as they prepare for a large-scale combing operation against hte Islamic State. This planned operation comes just months after the Islamic State began targeting the eastern part of the Hama Governorate, a region of Syria that… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, ISIS, Syria


Polisario Front strikes Moroccan military positions behind border wall

Published 2020-11-22 08:43:08 by News Desk in Africa, North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Polisario Front said that it continued to target the sites of the Moroccan forces on Saturday behind the separation wall in the Sahara region. According to the Front’s Sahara News Agency, the Front announced in a communiqué “the implementation of violent attacks that have turned significant parts of the Moroccan wall of shame into hell by the constant bombing of the Lions of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army.” The statement continued, “Yesterday, Friday, November 20, units of our victorious army bombed the enemy’s defensive positions in the Amkala sector.” They added that on Saturday,… Read on ->

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Tags: Morocco, Polisario


Watch: Iranian naval forces seize foreign ship carrying smuggled oil

Published 2020-11-22 08:18:31 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s naval forces detained a ship carrying the Panama flag in the Gulf waters that it said was “smuggling fuel from another ship,” and arrested 10 sailors and confiscated 300,000 liters of fuel. The report did not specify the nationality of the crew members, only detailing there were 10 people on board. The seizure of the ship was captured by state-owned Iribnews agency posted a video that was later shared by RT Arabic on YouTube (see below): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iMVTN32wno Iran, an oil-rich country, has been frequently said to be seizing vessels sailing under… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC


Ethiopian forces capture another town in Tigray region

Published 2020-11-22 07:57:07 by News Desk in Africa, World-News

The fighting in Ethiopia’s north erupted in early November, when the federal government accused the ruling party in the rebel Tigray region of attacking a local military base. The government has launched an offensive in the region in response. The Ethiopian government has taken control of Adigrat, a town located in the Tigray Region, authorities said on Saturday, as quoted by Reuters. Adigrat lies 116 km north from Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Region, and 898 km north of the nation’s capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government is currently pushing its military further into the region to topple rebel forces… Read on ->

Tags: Ethiopian


Sirens sounded in Israeli cities after reports of rocket fire from Gaza

Published 2020-11-22 01:17:15 by News Desk in Israel, Palestine

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on Saturday said that a red alert was activated in the city of Ashkelon, noting that details were under investigation. According to an Israeli military allegation, one rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. According to reports by The Jerusalem Post, witnesses on the scene claimed that explosions could be heard. Channel 13 reported that a rocket “apparently landed in an open area”. ​A tweet reads: “Following the report of a warning, one launch was identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory”. A tweet reads: “An alert was activated in the… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


Russia seeks to prevent further war in Karabakh: MoD

Published 2020-11-22 00:32:10 by News Desk in World-News

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu at a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutiunyan in Yerevan said that Russia intends to prevent further bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh. A fragment of the meeting was published on Saturday on the website of the Prime Minister of Armenia. “Next, I hope there is a lot of work to do on establishing a peaceful life in Karabakh, and from our side, of course, the main goal is to prevent bloodshed. This is the task that our Supreme Commander-in-Chief set before us, and we are certainly committed to it. We… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Karabakh, Russia


US deploys heavy bombers to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Published 2020-11-22 00:20:36 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The U.S. Central Command announced on Saturday, the deployment of the B-52H strategic bombers to its bases in the Middle East. The command said in a statement that the air crew of the B-52H (Stratofortress) of the U.S. Air Force assigned to the Fifth Air Bomber Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, prepared shortly before and set off on November 21 on a long mission to the Middle East to deter aggression and reassure U.S. allies and partners. This mission highlights the U.S. military’s ability to deploy combat air power anywhere in… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US


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