This is a summary of 12 AMN articles on the following subjects: Israel, Assange, Trump, Wikileaks, Japan, Aleppo, Syria, Turkey, Bashir, Sudan, ISIS, Palmyra, US, Egypt, NATO, Haftar, Libya, LNA, Misrata, Tripoli, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan.

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Israeli moon landing fails after spacecraft loses communication

Published 2019-04-11 23:52:17 by News Desk in Middleeast

Israel’s private spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the Moon on Thursday after being hit with problems during descent, denying the Jewish state a place in the elite club of nations that mastered a lunar landing. “Small country, big dreams,” the engraving on the spacecraft’s body read, but those dreams weren’t destined to come true. Beresheet’s engine stopped working around 10 kilometers from the surface, with the vehicle crashing into the Moon at a speed of over 130 meters per second. Beresheet, which is Hebrew for the biblical phrase “in the beginning,” could have also become the first private spacecraft to land on the… Read on ->

Tags: Israel


Breaking: Trump says he ‘knows nothing about Wikileaks’ after arrest of Assange

Published 2019-04-11 20:05:28 by News Desk in World-News

US President Donald Trump, who said he loved WikiLeaks during his election campaign, tried to distance himself from the arrest of Julian Assange, which was carried out by Britain on the request of the US. Speaking to journalists in the Oval Office on Thursday, hours after the arrest of Assange in London, Trump said: Trump was far less reluctant to speak about the transparency site in 2016, when it played a major role in the US presidential election after it published a number of documents leaked from the Hillary Clinton campaign. Then-candidate Trump called the work of the site “amazing” and said… Read on ->

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Tags: Assange, Trump, Wikileaks


Japan grounds F-35 fleet after warplane goes missing

Published 2019-04-11 19:52:35 by News Desk in World-News

Japan has 13 operational F-35s, with nearly 150 more on order. The planes are based with the 302nd Squadron at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori, northern Japan. A Japan Air Self-Defence Force spokesman has confirmed to Sputnik that one of its F-35s has gone missing with one pilot said to be on board. “It disappeared from radars,” the spokesman said, adding that a search for the plane is underway. Earlier, Japanese national broadcaster NHK reported that an air force F-35A disappeared from radar screens during a routine training flight. According to the military, ground control lost contact with the plane at around 7:27 pm on Tuesday, about 135 km northeast… Read on ->

Tags: Japan


Fierce clashes erupt in northern Aleppo between Turkish-backed rebels and Kurdish forces

Published 2019-04-11 19:31:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke out in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, today, after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Kaljibrin. According to reports from northern Aleppo, the Turkish-backed rebels unleashed heavy gunfire and artillery shells towards the YPG’s lines; this prompted a response from the latter. The tensions between the YPG and FSA have recently increased in the northern countryside of Aleppo, especially after the Turkish military sent reinforcements to the Jarabulus and Manbij front-lines. With the Turkish elections out of… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


Military council to rule for two years after Bashir forced out (video)

Published 2019-04-11 19:05:45 by News Desk in World-News

Sudan will enter a state of emergency for three months and a transitional military council will be formed to rule the country for a two-year period, Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Ouf announced in a statement on state TV in Khartoum on Thursday. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s thirty-year rule came to an end on Thursday when Sudan’s military seized power and placed the ousted president under and placed house arrest. The Sudanese Defence Minister stated that al-Bashir was being kept in a safe location and declared a three-month state of emergency, a one-month curfew, the closure of airspace, ports… Read on ->

Tags: Bashir, Sudan


Syrian Army convoy disappears along Palmyra Highway, ISIS ambush suspected

Published 2019-04-11 18:46:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – For the second time this month, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy has disappeared along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor convoy. According to a report from eastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army’s command in Palmyra lost contact with the convoy after it departed from the aforementioned city to Deir Ezzor. The Syrian Army sent a search party to find out what happened to the convoy; however, they were unable to find any trace of the vehicles or soldiers. A military source told Al-Masdar this afternoon that the Syrian Army’s high command believes the convoy was ambushed by… Read on ->

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Tags: ISIS, Palmyra, Syria


Assange has been arrested ‘in relation to a US extradition request’ – lawyer

Published 2019-04-11 18:31:32 by News Desk in World-News

A lawyer for whistleblower Julian Assange has confirmed that he has been arrested partly in relation to a request for extradition from the United States. Writing on Twitter, Jen Robinson said Assange’s arrest in London was “not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. In a further tweet, Robinson said the US warrant “was issued in in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” in early 2010. WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account also tweeted that Assange has been arrested “for extradition to the United States for publishing.” It was in 2010 that Assange… Read on ->

Tags: Assange, US


Egypt withdraws from Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ group

Published 2019-04-11 09:10:17 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Egypt has reportedly withdrawn from U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Arab NATO” initiative following President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to Washington. According to the Reuters News Agency, Egypt has made the decision to withdraw fro the U.S.-led “Middle East Security Alliance”, which has been dubbed “Arab NATO”. This NATO-like group that has been formed by the U.S. administration is composed of a number of Arab states, including Jordan, the United Arab Emirtes, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. Furthermore, sources from Reuters said the Egyptian authorities were partially motivated by uncertainty over President Trump’s re-election and… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, NATO


Breaking: Sudanese President allegedly deposed after army coup

Published 2019-04-11 08:51:36 by News Desk in Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has allegedly been deposed after a military coup in the capital city of Khartoum. According to Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, the Sudanese Army members have declared that President Omar Bashir had been removed from all positions amid reports of a coup in the African country following weeks of anti-government protests. The media outlet cited sources as saying that the military personnel planned to announce the creation of a military council which would govern the country during a transition period that might last for up to one year. Furthermore, there are reports that the Sudanese Army has seized… Read on ->

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Tags: Bashir, Sudan


Haftar forces shoot down rival Libyan warplane near strategic port city

Published 2019-04-11 08:31:43 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has shot down a military aircraft en route from the city of Misrata, an official representative of the military announced. “The reports have just emerged that the Libyan National Army shot down a military aircraft that departed from Misrata,” LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said during a news conference in Benghazi on Wednesday. It remains unclear whether the jet belonged to the Government of National Accord (GNA) or a foreign force. This comes after earlier in the day a Libyan National Army (LNA) source told Sputnik that the Government of National Accord (GNA) aviation was targeting Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s LNA… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, LNA, Misrata, Tripoli


Hezbollah leader slams US for designating IRGC as terrorist group

Published 2019-04-11 00:53:48 by News Desk in Lebanon, Iran

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah conducted a televised speech on Wednesday in commemoration of the Wounded Resistance Fighters Day. The speech touched on several topics, but the primary focus appeared to be the recent U.S. designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist group”. “You are living witnesses… After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, this day was devoted a day for the Guards of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I announce this day a tribute to the wounded of the resistance, (…) a tribute to prisoners; prisoners who were and are still in captivity.” “What we have… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon


Taliban allegedly shoots down US B-52 heavy bomber

Published 2019-04-11 00:31:29 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

Taliban* militants have claimed they shot down a US B-52 heavy bomber, Syrian news site Muraselon reports. The incident purportedly took place when the aircraft was departing from the Shawrab Airbase in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “Mujaheddin (a militia fighter) of the Islamic Emirate targeted a US B-52 bomber with heavy weapons today early morning in Lar area in the Washir district of Helmand Province,” a spokesman for the Taliban was quoted as saying. The B-52 is said to have crashed after the strike, killing all of its crew. Both Afghan and US authorities are yet to comment on the matter. On 8 April, three US service members were killed in a car bomb attack on… Read on ->

Tags: Afghanistan


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