This is a summary of 16 AMN articles on the following subjects: Pakistan, Iran, US, Caspian, Russia, Iraq, Syria, Soleimani, Assad, Lebanon, Aleppo, Idlib, France, Israel, Macron, Beirut, Libya, Tripoli.

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‘A landmark achievement’: Pakistan tests new surface-to-surface ballistic missile – video

Published 2020-01-23 23:09:18 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan has once again tested Ghaznavi, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can carry a range of warheads, including nuclear ones, with an operating range of 290 km. This is the missile’s second successful launch. The test was a part of field training exercises on both day and night combat readiness. Pakistani state media said the launch was witnessed by top military officials, and that its success demonstrated “a very high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the weapon system”. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed the launch as a “landmark achievement”. The Ghaznavi ballistic missile,… Read on ->

Tags: Pakistan

Iran slams US official’s threat to assassinate Soleimani’s successor

Published 2020-01-23 22:58:50 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry slammed the US’ policy of “targeted and governmental terrorism” after an American diplomat threatened Quds Force commander Esmail Ghaani with the same fate as his assassinated predecessor, Qassem Soleimani. “These words are an official announcement and a clear unveiling of America’s targeted and governmental terrorism,” ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Iranian state media on Thursday in response to threats made against Ghaani by US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook. Mousavi called on the international community to join him in condemning the thuggish statement from the American. “If Ghaani follows the same path of killing Americans [as… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Over 30 Russian naval warships to hold drills in Caspian Sea

Published 2020-01-23 22:24:03 by News Desk in Middleeast

The crews of Caspian Flotilla ships and vessels have taken to the sea to practice combat assignments of eliminating a notional enemy force, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Thursday. “The crews of the missile ships Dagestan and Tatarstan, the small artillery ships Astrakhan, Volgodonsk and Grad Sviyazhsk, the landing boats and minesweepers of the Flotilla have deployed to the Caspian Sea ranges to practice planned combat training assignments,” the press office said in a statement. Over 30 combat ships and support vessels of the Flotilla, more than 200 items of combat and special hardware, about… Read on ->

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Tags: Caspian, Russia

US troops block Russian military convoy from reaching Iraq border: video

Published 2020-01-23 20:14:01 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – American troops stopped a Russian convoy in Syria from reaching the border of Iraq, and reportedly escorted the convoy to the main road. The incident reportedly took place near the border-city of Al-Malikiyah, which is located near Iraq’s Nineveh (var. Ninawa) Governorate.

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria

Russia air defense system may already be in Iraq: photo

Published 2020-01-23 19:58:18 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A new photo graph posted by the alleged Iraqi Air Defense Command indicated that the Middle Eastern country may have already received a long-range Russian air defense system, the aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Thursday. “A photograph that appeared a few days ago, apparently posted by the Iraqi Air Defense Command, may indicate that this Middle Eastern country has already received Russian long-range air defense systems. This is indicated by the images of the radar, as well as a radar grid having a coverage radius of the order of 300-350 kilometers,” Avia.Pro reported. While the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia

US warns Iran’s Quds Force commander could face same fate as Qassem Soleimani

Published 2020-01-23 18:36:36 by News Desk in Iran

The US will assassinate Quds Force Commander Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani if he targets Americans, US special representative for Iran Brian Hook has warned. “If Ghaani follows the same path of killing Americans then he will meet the same fate,” Hook said, speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, a London-based Arabic newspaper, in an interview published Thursday. According to the US diplomat, President Trump has made it very “clear that any attack on Americans or American interests will be met with a decisive response, which the president demonstrated on January 2”. Hook also said he believed that “the Iranian regime” now “understands… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Soleimani

US and EU mull imposing new sanctions against Syrian President

Published 2020-01-23 18:18:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – U.S. Special Envoy to Syria James Jeffrey indicated on Thursday that new sanctions could be imposed against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad US envoy James Jeffrey said Washington was “considering imposing new sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad . ” Jeffrey said on Thursday that the United States and its European allies will discuss next week in Brussels the possibility of imposing new sanctions on the government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Jeffrey said: “I will go to Brussels next week to talk about sanctions and other economic issues related to continuing pressure on the… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Fake Lebanese Foreign Minister account spreads false reports of Walid Muallem’s death

Published 2020-01-23 17:40:05 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A Twitter account claiming to be the new Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hatti spread a false report on Thursday that alleged Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was dead. The account, which has since been identified as fake, said the Syrian Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of Muallem, despite virtually no reports from any official government ministries. Following the claim, a source from the Syrian Foreign Ministry confirmed to Al-Masdar that all reports about Muallem’s death were false and that Lebanon denied this account belonged to Hatti. Shortly after the claim, the Twitter account posted that… Read on ->

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Tags: Lebanon, Syria

Russian and Syrian forces continue large-scale attack across Aleppo

Published 2020-01-23 17:26:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian forces continued their large-scale attack across southern and western Aleppo on Thursday afternoon, as their warplanes and choppers struck several areas under the control of both Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-backed militants. According to a field source, the Syrian and Russian warplanes primarily concentrated their strikes on the jihadist-held areas in Rashiddeen and the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (M-5). The field source pointed out that more than 80 airstrikes have been launched inside the Aleppo Governorate on Thursday, with the majority being conducted by the Russian Air Force. At the same… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Moment the Syrian military blows up sniper nest in western Aleppo: video

Published 2020-01-23 16:28:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military blew up a dilapidated building in the western outskirts of Aleppo city that was used by the jihadist rebels to snipe army personnel. In the video that was captured from afar, the Syrian Air Force drops a bomb on the building, destroying it completely so that it can no longer be used by the jihadist rebels. For years, the jihadist forces have used snipers in western Aleppo to impede the Syrian Army’s advances and harass soldiers posted up in the area. The constant sniping and large network of tunnels in western… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Russia claims 40 Syrian soldiers killed in jihadist attack

Published 2020-01-23 16:15:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Russian Reconciliation Center announced that the Syrian forces left their positions in the de-escalation zone in southeast Idlib as a result of an alleged attack on their positions by the jihadist rebels. The center claimed that about 200 gunmen from the Turkestan Islamic Party, backed by 20 cars, tanks and two armored vehicles, attacked the positions of the Syrian forces yesterday evening. The report alleged that the Syrian Army was heavily bombarded by the jihadist forces, who also deployed attack drones to strike the military’s positions. The center added, “During the attack by the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Macron says denying Israel statehood is anti-Semitism

Published 2020-01-23 15:57:51 by News Desk in Middleeast

French President Emmanuel Macron said denying the right of the Israeli state to exist is an act of anti-Semitism, during a joint press conference with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Wednesday. “Anti-Zionism, when it is the denial of Israel’s existence as a state, is an anti-Semitism,” Macron said. “We will continue with the same determination and will fight, as I’ve already committed to, against anti-Semitism, racism, all hate speeches that are dividing our society and denying its foundings,” the French president added. Macron was in Jerusalem to attend the largest-ever gathering commemorating the Holocaust and fighting present-day anti-Semitism…. Read on ->

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Tags: France, Israel, Macron

US bombers with nuclear capabilities deployed to Indian Ocean amid tensions with Iran

Published 2020-01-23 14:18:09 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

US officials announced earlier this month that the Pentagon would be sending six B-52H Stratofortress long-range bombers to Diego Garcia, a strategic British territory south of the Arabian Sea, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran over the assassination of a senior Iranian commander. The US Air Force has completed the flyover deployment of the fourth and fifth B-52H bombers to Diego Garcia, with a sixth en route through the western Mediterranean after passing the Strait of Gibraltar, monitoring data cited by aircraft trackers and analysts suggests. A day after the 4th and 5th B-52H Stratofortress headed for Diego Garcia,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Breaking: Massive attack launched by Russian, Syrian forces in Aleppo

Published 2020-01-23 07:30:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have launched a massive attack over the Aleppo Governorate this morning, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) prepares to launch their new offensive around the city. According to a military source from the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division, Russian and SyAAF warplanes are primarily focusing on the southwestern and western outskirts of Aleppo city. The source said most of the airstrikes have hit the Rashiddeen 3 and 4 suburbs, Kafr Hamra, Layramoun, and Al-Zahra’a (quarter). He would add that the Syrian Armed Forces are awaiting the green light from… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Clashes rage in Beirut as protesters reject new government: video

Published 2020-01-23 04:41:26 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 A.M.) – Demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Beirut on Wednesday in protest against the country’s new government. Footage shows police forces deploying water cannons and tear gas on protesters who responded with laser pointers, rocks and other projectiles. The new cabinet was presented to president Michel Aoun on Tuesday after months of political deadlock. On Saturday, more than 200 people were injured after protests turned violent in Beirut with police using tear gas and water cannons.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish-backed Libyan forces close main airbase after LNA imposes no-fly-zone

Published 2020-01-23 04:25:27 by News Desk in North-Africa

The international airport of Mitiga of the Libyan capital of Tripoli has been closed, and the flights have been moved to the city of Misrata, the airport’s press service said. “We are informing you about the suspension of air traffic until a further notification and moving flights to the international airport of Misrata starting from Thursday, 23 January”, the press service wrote on a Facebook page. On Sunday, parties to the Libyan conflict and multiple international actors gathered in Berlin for a conference to discuss how to resolve the long-standing armed conflict. The participants agreed to push for a political… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli

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