This is a summary of 28 AMN articles on the following subjects: Greece, Turkey, Jordan, US, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Salaheddine, China, Wuhan, Aleppo, Russia, Libya, Tripoli, NorthKorea, SouthKorea, Colombia, Venezuela, Palmyra, Makhlouf, ISIS, Idlib, LNA, Israeli Army.

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Turkish warplanes ‘harass’ Greek chopper carrying Minister of Defense

Published 2020-05-03 23:33:13 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Greece condemned on Sunday, what it considered the harassment of a helicopter carrying the Greek Minister of Defense and its army commander by Turkish warplanes in the Aegean Sea. According to the Greek Ministry of Defense the chopper was traveling to a small island in the Aegean Sea when the Turkish warplanes approached their helicopter. Greek Defense Ministry sources said that the incident occurred after Greek fighters intercepted Turkish warplanes in familiar but dangerous exercises by two NATO allies. Defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos and the Army Chief of Staff, General Constantinos Florus, were traveling in… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey


Jordanian soldier mistakenly fires in vicinity of US embassy

Published 2020-05-03 23:21:31 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Jordanian Public Security Directorate announced on Sunday that one of its members mistakenly fired several shots in the vicinity of the American Embassy. In a statement issued on Sunday evening, the Public Security Directorate said: “This evening, while a security official performed the official job in the vicinity of the American embassy, ​​several shots of his weapon came out by mistake.” The statement added that the bullets “hit an external concrete wall and there were no injuries reported,” noting that an investigation had been opened into the incident. Meanwhile, Jordanian media circulated a statement… Read on ->

Tags: Jordan, US


Developing: Israeli warplanes stalk Syrian border from Lebanon

Published 2020-05-03 22:55:33 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – On Sunday, Israeli fighters penetrated Lebanese airspace from the occupied Golan Heights, and carried out reconnaissance flights over the border areas with Syria. According to local reports Israeli planes were seen in the sky above the Arqoub, Hasbaya, occupied Shebaa Farms, and Jabal al-Sheikh (Mount Hermon) mountain range. The reports said that an Israeli drone appeared in the afternoon, coming from the sea and flying in the sky over the buildings of Beirut’s southern suburbs. Since then, Israeli military jets have entered Lebanon and begun flying back and forth from Jabal Al-Sheikh to the occupied… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria


ISIS terrorists launch new attack in central Iraq

Published 2020-05-03 22:10:06 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a new attack in the central region Iraq, targeting the positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) near the Diyala Governorate. According to the PMU, their forces confronted a group of Islamic State terrorists that attacked their positions in the eastern countryside of the Salaheddine Governorate. The PMU said that Islamic State attempted to infiltrate their positions in the Al-‘Ayath area, which is located near the Diyala Governorate’s administrative border. The Islamic State has recently intensified their operations in the eastern part of Salaheddine, prompting the Iraqi security forces… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Salaheddine


There is ‘enormous evidence’ that coronavirus came from Chinese lab: Pompeo

Published 2020-05-03 21:55:14 by News Desk in World-News

There is “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus came from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Despite his criticism of China’s response to the outbreak, Pompeo did not say directly if he thought that the virus had been released on purpose, AFP reported. This comes after the US national intelligence director’s office said earlier this week that they agreed with the scientific consensus that the coronavirus was not genetically modified. They added, however, that they would continue their investigation into how the outbreak… Read on ->

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Tags: China, US, Wuhan


Jihadists block Turkish Army from entering strategic town in Aleppo

Published 2020-05-03 21:27:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The jihadist forces blocked the Turkish Army on Sunday from entering a strategic town in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. According to the monitor, the jihadist group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), blocked a Turkish Army column from entering Daret ‘Izza, which has been a long-time militant stronghold in the western countryside of Aleppo. The SOHR report said that the HTS members previously blocked the Turkish Armed Forces at the Al-Katoura checkpoint, which caused friction between the two parties. Tensions between the jihadists and Turkish Armed Forces have been rising for… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Russia is developing new weapon to destroy enemy satellites: report

Published 2020-05-03 21:01:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. publication, National Interest, which specializes in political and military affairs, wrote an article saying that Russia is developing a new anti-satellite weapon to eliminate hostile satellites or disrupt their work. According to the article, Russian specialists are creating a complex equipped with very small satellites and a small propulsion engine, which will be used during its first stage. The complex also includes a MiG-31 interceptor aircraft. Earlier, journalist Bart Hendricks published an analytical article in which he collected facts unrelated to each other – and included “some pictures, government contracts and information about… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US


Turkish-backed forces bomb strategic airbase near Libyan capital

Published 2020-05-03 20:25:37 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, bombed a strategic airbase in the western countryside of Tripoli, today, the GNA’s official Facebook page announced. “The Air Force carried out 3 airstrikes a short time ago on Al-Watiyah Airbase, targeting the mechanisms and concentrations of the Haftar terrorist militia at the base,” Mohammed Qanunu, a spokesman for the GNA said in a brief statement released by their media center on Facebook. The type of aircraft used by the GNA forces not revealed; however, in the past, they have used both Turkish-supplied drones and Russian-made jets. Libya… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tripoli


North and South Korea trade shots along border area

Published 2020-05-03 19:52:20 by News Desk in World-News

Speaking during the same interview, Pompeo commented on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The US State Secretary said that shots that were fired from North Korea towards the South in the demilitarized zone on Sunday were believed to be “accidental.” “Handful of shots came across from the north, we think those were accidental… South Koreans did return fire. There was no loss of life on either side,” he told ABC’s “This Week”. The incident comes following weeks of speculation in the media about the whereabouts and health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. However, all the rumours were… Read on ->

Tags: NorthKorea, SouthKorea


Russian stealth jets flew ‘unnoticed’ over 6 US bases in Syria and Iraq: media

Published 2020-05-03 19:10:15 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Russian Su-57 stealth jets flew ‘unnoticed’ over several U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported on Sunday. “The Russian Su-57 fighter managed to pass unnoticed over American military airbases in northern Iraq. The incident occurred during the last appearance of a fifth-generation Russian fighter in Syria – according to a source, the Russian combat aircraft followed its own course, and was not transported aboard the An-124,” the publication said. According to Avia.Pro’s sources, since Turkey does not allow Russian combat jets over their territory, the Su-57 could only get to… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Russia, Syria


Venezuela reports attempted naval invasion from Colombia

Published 2020-05-03 18:43:30 by News Desk in World-News

The Venezuelan armed forces and police have thwarted an attempted naval invasion by mercenaries attempting to enter the country by sea from neighbouring Colombia, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol has announced. “We would like to inform and denounce to the national and international community that early this morning, May 3, 2020, a group of terrorist mercenaries coming from Colombia attempted a sea invasion, with the objective to commit terrorist attacks in our country, assassinate leaders of the revolutionary government and to increase the spiral of violence, generate chaos and confusion among the population, and with this, to attempt a new… Read on ->

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela


Satellite images reveal Israeli strikes destroyed 9 bunkers in central Syria: photos

Published 2020-05-03 17:43:07 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Image Satellite International released a new set of satellite photos that showed the aftermath of the Israeli airstrikes on the Palmyra area of central Syria. The images showed the destruction of several sites inside a Syrian military base in the Palmyra area, which is located in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. In the first satellite image shown, the IMI revealed that nine bunkers, approximately 30×10 meters in size, were struck and completely destroyed by the Israeli airstrikes that occurred on April 20th. https://twitter.com/ImageSatIntl/status/1256952602924847104?s=20 The second image released by IMI claims that the Israeli… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palmyra, Syria


China would open fire to force US aircraft to change course from Syrian coast: media

Published 2020-05-03 17:24:47 by News Desk in Syria, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – A Chinese news agency said the Russian military’s decision to intercept two U.S. aircraft along the Syrian coast would have ended differently if it was their air force involved. “According to reports, the Russian military stationed in Syria discovered an air target approaching its military base in Syria on April 19 above the neutral waters of the Mediterranean Sea, after which a Su-35 fighter belonging to the air defense forces of the Russian Khmeimim Airbase took off,” China’s East Day News Agency began. They continued: “Takeoff was made to identify the target, intercept and escort… Read on ->

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Tags: China, Syria


Venezuelan military stifles militant infiltration attempt from Colombia

Published 2020-05-03 17:00:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Venezuelan Armed Forces announced on Sunday that their troops confronted a group of ‘terrorists’ that attempted to infiltrate their territorial waters from Colombia. According to the Venezuelan Ministry of Interior, the unknown group attempted to infiltrate into their territory using a gunboat from Colombia. The Venezuelan military engaged the unknown group in a brief firefight, resulting in the death of some of these militants and the confiscation of their weapons, the Ministry of Interior said. The Ministry of Interior did not provide any information about the infiltrators, but said these militants were heavily armed… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Syrian security forces are arresting my employees: Rami Makhlouf

Published 2020-05-03 16:38:53 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the Syrian President and  business tycoon, announced that security forces began arresting employees of his various companies. He said, “The pressure began in an unacceptable and inhuman way, and the security services began arresting our employees. Was anyone expecting the security services to come to the companies of Rami Makhlouf, the largest supporter and largest server and patron of these devices during the war? But unfortunately, things started to turn in a different way.” He said: “Do you think it is a joke or a game? It is a great… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria


Heavy US Air Force presence over northeast Syria after ISIS prison break

Published 2020-05-03 16:15:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Northeastern Syria is witnessing a heavy presence of U.S. helicopters and military aircraft amid reports of a new Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) prison break in Al-Hasakah. According to reports, the flights are concentrated in the southern part of the city, where the Islamic State terrorists were said to have broken out from the Al-Ghuweiran Prison in the Industrial area of the administrative capital. The reports said that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attempting to restore calm to the area and arrest the Islamic State terrorists that are attempting to escape the Industrial District. Furthermore, the… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US


Iraqi group accuses US of transferring ISIS from Syria to fight them

Published 2020-05-03 16:01:09 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Iraq’s Hezbollah al-Nujaba Movement claims in a new statement that the U.S. is planning to ‘transfer’ senior Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) commanders and other terrorists to Iraq. “Washington is insisting on the implementation of a plot to return the terrorists to Iraq by transferring a large number of ISIS commanders and militants from the eastern Euphrates and other parts of Syria,” the Movement said via a statement from their official account. The statement addressed the “U.S. occupiers”, and said, “We stress that the Islamic Resistance of Iraq is monitoring all your destructive plots to prevent the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria


Southern Idlib battle flaring up as Syrian Army troops launch heavy attack

Published 2020-05-03 15:35:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – It was thought that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) would sit idly while the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) feud with their Turkish-backed allies; however, it appears the armed forces are taking the initiative to weaken the militants along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front. According to a field source in northwest Syria, the Syrian Arab Army struck several areas along the southern Idlib front-lines, Sunday, hitting the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). In particular, the Syrian Arab Army reportedly attacked the militant positions in towns like Al-Bara’,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


ISIS terrorists attempt to break out of large prison in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-03 15:13:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in a prison inside northeastern Syria have attempted to breakout for the second time in two months, local reports said on Sunday. According to the reports, ISIS prisoners at the Ghuweiran Prison (also known as Industrial Prison) reportedly rioted and attempted to breakout of this industrial district of Hasakah city. There are some conflicting reports at this time, with some claiming that the Islamic State terrorists have broken out of the prison, while others saying that the breakout has been foiled by the guards. The Ghuweiran Prison is currently under… Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Syria


Turkish military strikes Libyan Army despite call for Ramadan ceasefire: LNA

Published 2020-05-03 15:00:00 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – In a new interview with RT Arabic in Benghazi, Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, said that LNA forces responded to calls from the international community to declare a ceasefire, to show respect to the holy month of Ramadan. Al-Mesmari confirmed that Turkish artillery, positioned in Mitiga base, continues to shell LNA positions, prompting the armed forces of the LNA to respond to it, also pointing out the violations committed by the Government of National Accord after declaring the ceasefire. “Since yesterday night and since the announcement of the truce,… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA, Turkey


Russian military blocks US convoy in show of force in northeast Syria: video

Published 2020-05-03 14:47:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – A Russian military police unit blocked a U.S. convoy that was attempting to bypass their checkpoint in the Al-Qamishli countryside on Saturday, a field report read. According to the report, the U.S. vehicles approached a Russian checkpoint in eastern Al-Qamishli, when the latter refused to grant them access to the roadway inside this imperative district in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The report added that the U.S. forces had to turn around and use another route to reach their intended destination in the al-Hasakah Governorate. Since this incident, a video has been released from the Al-Qamishli countryside… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia, Syria, US


US deploys B-1 bombers, troops to Guam for ‘China deterrence’

Published 2020-05-03 14:20:18 by News Desk in World-News

The US military has deployed four B-1B heavy bombers and hundreds of troops to its western pacific territory of Guam to carry out “deterrence missions” aimed at Beijing after days of provocative maneuvers near contested territory in the South China Sea. The warplanes and airmen arrived at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam Island on Friday, according to a statement by the US Strategic Command that further noted that three of the B-1B Lancers flew directly to the base, while another diverted to waters near Japan to train with the US Navy. “Four bombers and approximately 200 airmen from the 9th Bomb… Read on ->

Tags: China, US


Five people attempt to infiltrate Israeli border from Lebanon

Published 2020-05-03 13:57:40 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli Armed Forces announced that it arrested five people who had tried to infiltrate from Lebanon into Israel via border fence last night. “During the hours of last night, the IDF forces identified five suspects, as they were trying to infiltrate into Lebanon from Israel, where they were arrested while trying to cross the security fence,” IDF spokesman Avijaa Adraie tweeted. The website Arab 48, quoting an Israeli army spokesman, said that the five who were arrested at the border strip, turned out to be Sudanese asylum seekers, and later they were… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon


Russian military builds up forces in northern Syria as new reinforcements arrive

Published 2020-05-03 13:32:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – A new convoy of reinforcements from the Russian Armed Forces arrived in the Al-Raqqa Governorate this weekend, as the latter continues to build up their troops in northern Syria. According to a field report from the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Russian military sent reinforcements on Saturday and Sunday to the town of Ma’adan and the Al-Hasakah Governorate town of Tal Tamr. The report said the Russian convoy brought both reinforcements and military equipment to Maadan and Tal Tamr. At the same time, the Russian military is conducting joint patrols with the Turkish Armed Forces along the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria


Turkish military launches new attack on Syrian Army defenses in northern Aleppo

Published 2020-05-03 13:10:30 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Sunday. According to a field report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Turkish military launched several artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the key town of Tal Rifa’at. The report said the Turkish military also targeted some areas that are under the control of the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG); however, the majority of the shells landed near the SAA’s positions. A source from the Syrian Army said they did… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria


New details revealed about Mossad agent Eli Cohen: Israeli media

Published 2020-05-03 12:48:59 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Years after his death, Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy that was captured in Syria, is still gaining considerable attention inside Israel. According to the Israeli Broadcasting Authority channel, the Mossad said that among the reasons that led to the arrest of Cohen and revealed his secrets to the Syrians is the negligence of Cohen himself. The head of the Mossad at the time, Gen. Meir Amit, said: “the Mossad did not commit any mistakes with Eli Cohen. He was arrested because he was far too confident. There were some failures on our part, but they… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Israeli Army, Syria


ISIS launches heavy overnight attack in eastern Iraq

Published 2020-05-03 12:30:41 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Three Iraqi police were killed and two others wounded late Saturday night, after an armed attack was carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in the eastern part of the country. The Iraqi security forces said in a statement that members of the terrorist gangs attack the police station in the Al-Fattah district of the Diyala Governorate, killing 3 members of the police forces. The Iraqi security forces said that the terrorist attack resulted in the injury of two members of the police, citing more details to be announced later. Six Iraqi fighters… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS


US supports Israel’s strikes on Iranian sites in Syria: envoy

Published 2020-05-03 12:15:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said that his country supports the Israeli raids on Iranian sites in Syria, pointing to the necessity of the exit of all foreign forces from Syria, except the Russian ones. In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Jeffrey said that Iran has very established footholds in the Syrian state and society, saying: “Arab countries will never be in agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They can claim that they can keep him out of orbit.” On his country’s position on Tel Aviv’s announcement of its transition from “containing… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria, US


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