This is a summary of 11 AMN articles on the following subjects: Iran, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Sinai, Iraq, Russia, Ansarallah, Yemen, Idlib, Syria, US, Turkey, Pentagon, UAE.

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Iran to enhance explosive power of missile warheads: DM

Published 2020-03-28 13:51:35 by News Desk in Iran

Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says Iran is planning to increase the explosive power of its missile warheads and boost their speed. Announcing defense projects for the current Persian calendar year which started last week, Hatami said Iran’s ground-to-ground missiles have reached ultimate accuracy, adding there is work underway to upgrade their impact. The work includes “increasing the explosive power of warheads by enhancing their payload”, he said. “There are also very good research programs on their speed, maneuverability and agility,” Hatami added. The minister also outlined Iran’s plans to unveil air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) this year. Cruise missiles,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Israel attacks several areas inside Gaza

Published 2020-03-28 13:27:27 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

On Friday, Israel struck Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip following what was claimed by the IDF to be “rocket fire at Israeli civilians”, according to a statement. Thousands of people sought protection in bomb shelters over the rocket fire, IDF said. Earlier, IDF tweeted in Hebrew that rockets and tanks were used in the attack. ​A tweet reads: “IDF aircraft and tanks attacked military posts and infrastructure used for the underground activities of the Hamas terror organization in northern Gaza Strip. The attacks were carried out in response to rocket fire launched from Gaza toward Israeli territory earlier this… Read on ->

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Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine

Egyptian Army kills 16 terrorists in northern Sinai

Published 2020-03-28 13:14:28 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Egyptian Army carried out a successful military operation in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. According to a military report from this front, the Egyptian Army killed 16 militants and destroyed a number of vehicles in the southern part of the Sheikh Zuweid area The spokesman for the Egyptian Army pointed out that combing operations and pursuing terrorist elements are ongoing at this time, stressing that the armed forces and police will continue their efforts to eliminate terrorists and uproot its roots.

Tags: Egypt, Sinai

US military ordered to prepare for ‘destruction’ campaign against Iranian-backed forces

Published 2020-03-28 13:03:18 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat resources in Iraq, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials claiming to be familiar with the directive. According to the report, last week, the US Department of Defence issued a secretive directive to “prepare a campaign to destroy an Iranian-backed militia group that has threatened more attacks against American troops”. Kataib Hezbollah and “Iranian paramilitary forces – members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” are named possible targets of planned escalation. US President Donald Trump, when reportedly made aware of the initiative during a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Russia’s S-500 system will be deployed this year after successful tests

Published 2020-03-28 12:34:47 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Russian military completed its tests for the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system, the TASS News Agency reported. According to the publication, the testing for the S-500 system went through the launcher, missile defense locator, the chassis for the combat control station, as well as transport units for the radar early warning system. The S-500 “Prometheus” refers to the new generation of ground-to-air air defense systems in the Russian military’s arsenal. The S-500 is a universal complex with a long-range, high-altitude interception system and increased missile defense potential. T he system is capable of hitting… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Ansarallah forces capture important military camp in northern Yemen

Published 2020-03-28 11:44:47 by News Desk in Yemen

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – The Ansarallah forces have scored a new advance in northern Yemen after resuming their assault in the Marib Governorate this week. According to Ansarallah-affiliated media, their forces launched a heavy attack this week on the strategic Kofal Camp near Marib city. The Ansarallah forces managed to crack the main line of defense for the Saudi-backed troops, resulting in the capture of the Kofal Camp and the subsequent retreat of the latter to Marib city. With Kofal Camp under Ansrallah control, it appears only a matter of time before the Saudi-backed Islah forces concede the entire… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Battle for Idlib to continue as Syrian Army, militants trade heavy attacks

Published 2020-03-28 11:10:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate is nearing its end, despite the prospect of a six-kilometer-deep safe zone and the temporary end to hostilities between the warring parties in northwestern Syria. On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militants would resume their attacks against one another, as both parties traded artillery and light arms fire in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of the Idlib Governorate. According to reports from this front, the militant forces began the day by firing several artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions around the Kafr Nabl area…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

US plans to transfer cargo to Syrian militants disguised as aid to refugees: Russian military

Published 2020-03-28 10:37:03 by News Desk in Syria

The Rukban camp, which houses up to 25,000 refugees is located in the US-controlled zone around its unauthorised military base at Al-Tanf, making it almost impossible for humanitarian workers to access the area. “The American side cynically seeks to take advantage of the situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus and is putting pressure on the UN leadership to bring ‘humanitarian aid’ to the Rukban refugee camp under the guise of diagnostic tools to feed controlled militants”, the interagency coordinating headquarters of Russia and Syria said in a joint statement on Saturday. The military stressed that the disastrous situation in… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Turkish military sends US-made air defense system to Idlib: video

Published 2020-03-28 09:46:07 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – On Friday, a number reports surfaced about the Turkish military transporting a U.S.-made air defense system to the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria. According to these reports, the Turkish military sent a U.S.-made MIMi-23 Hawk medium-range air defense system to the Idlib Governorate on Friday. Following these initial reports, video footage of the Turkish military transporting this air defense system through the Idlib Governorate was released on social media by opposition activists. The deployment of this U.S.-made air defense system this week marks the second time this month that the Turkish military has transported… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

US military ordered to plan for major escalation with Iran in Iraq: report

Published 2020-03-28 01:46:47 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The Pentagon has ordered the U.S. military to remain on high alert for a major escalation in Iraq, the New York Times (NYT) reported on Friday. According to the NYT article, the Pentagon ordered U.S. military commanders to plan for an escalation and prepare for campaign to destroy the “Iranian-backed militia group that has threatened more attacks against American troops.” However, while some Pentagon officials are bracing for a confrontation, others are not so sure that the U.S. should commit to such a campaign at this time. “But the United States’ top commander in Iraq… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Pentagon

UAE Crown Prince expresses support to Syria in phone call with Syrian President

Published 2020-03-28 00:19:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad received a phone call on Friday from the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the latter expressed his solidarity and support to the the leader of the Arab Republic. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan reiterated his support and solidarity to President Assad as the Syrian Arab Republic combats the coronavirus (COVID-19) illness that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). In turn, the Syrian leader appreciated the Emirati position and described it as humane, vowing… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, UAE

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