This is a summary of 17 AMN articles on the following subjects: Lebanon, Russia, Syria, US, Israel, Idlib, Iran, Pentagon, Erdogan, Putin, Libya, Netanyahu, Saudi, Iraq, Qamishli, Mediterranean, OPCW, Douma.

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Breaking: Lebanon announces formation of new government

Published 2020-01-21 22:08:25 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Lebanon has announced the formation of a new government that will be led by caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab. According to the Prime Minister, the new government includes Minister of Defense Zeina ‘Akkar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassif Hatti, Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazneh and Minister of Interior Mohammad Fahmi. “Much has been said in my mandate and I decided to remain silent in the face of accusations because I want to work and not argue. I armed myself with the constitution and with a different approach and specific criteria in choosing ministers,” Diab said…. Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

US forces block 2 Russian military convoys in northeastern Syria as tensions increase

Published 2020-01-21 22:04:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces have become more aggressive in northeastern Syria, as they once again blocked two Russian military convoys from bypassing their checkpoints. According to reports, the first Russian convoy was blocked by the U.S. forces at the Tal Baydar Junction, which is located in northern Al-Hasakah, close to the city of Al-Qamishli, the Rojava Network reported. The second Russian convoy was blocked by the U.S. Armed Forces near the border-city of Al-Malikiyah; this is the same area where the American troops blocked the Russians last week. Since the start of the new year,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US

Israeli F-35 accidentally reveals location over secret nuclear facility

Published 2020-01-21 21:43:19 by News Desk in Middleeast

An Israeli F-35 stealth aircraft revealed to the world both its own location and that of Israel’s primary nuclear facility on Monday when it turned on a publicly viewable transponder signal. Deep in the Negev desert of southern Israel lies the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center, also called the Dimona reactor, the center of Israel’s nuclear research and weapons programs. While its location isn’t exactly top secret, it’s impossible for civilians to get close to it; the Israel Defense Forces have even been known to shoot down their own planes when they don’t have permission to fly over Dimona. However,… Read on ->

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Tags: Israel

Jihadists preparing suicide attacks against Syrian Army: Russia

Published 2020-01-21 21:28:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – The head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Major-General Yuri Bornkov, stated that jihadists in Syria have transported 4 car bombs to the Idlib Governorate, which indicates the preparation for suicide attacks. “Information was received from local sources and residents of the Idlib governorate about the transport of 4 car bombs by terrorists to the city of Maarat al-Numan, and this indicates the preparation of illegal armed groups to carry out offensive operations,” Bornkov said. On Monday, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Major-General Yuri Bornkov, announced that terrorist… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

Iranian lawmaker puts $3 million bounty on Trump over Soleimani, US calls it ‘ridiculous’

Published 2020-01-21 20:06:51 by News Desk in Iran

Earlier, an Iranian lawmaker promised $3 million in cash “to anyone who kills” US President Donald Trump as revenge for the January 3 assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander. US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood has condemned remarks by an Iranian MP promising a bounty for President Trump’s assassination, calling them “ridiculous” and calling on the Iranian “regime” to change its tone. “It’s just ridiculous but it gives you a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime and that regime needs to change its behaviour,” Wood said, speaking to reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, Ahmad… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

US showcases new ‘swarm’ drone: video

Published 2020-01-21 19:41:46 by News Desk in World-News

Swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles overwhelming enemies’ defenses with sheer numbers might soon be part of the US combat strategy. Footage of the first flight of one such drone has just been showcased by a Pentagon contractor.   Source: RT

Tags: Pentagon, US

Erdogan discusses new Idlib ceasefire proposal with Putin

Published 2020-01-21 19:08:04 by News Desk in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to help end ceasefire violations in Syria’s Idlib, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, adding that the two presidents had discussed the issue on the sidelines of the Berlin conference on Libya on January 19. “Our president cited statistics to explain how serious the situation was [in Idlib]. He told Putin frankly that ceasefire violations must come to an end. We also made the same appeal to the international community,” the Turkish top diplomat pointed out. On January 10, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced that Ankara… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Putin, Syria

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into Idlib after jihadist attacks: video

Published 2020-01-21 18:37:24 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent reinforcements to the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week after a string of jihadist attacks threatened their positions near the town of Abu Dafna. According to reports, the Syrian Army reinforcements were deployed to the Abu Dafna front, which was previously targeted by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies. While the Syrian Army was able to fend off the attacks, they did suffer at least ten dead and another 15 wounded during their clashes with the jihadist rebels. The absence of their air force… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian fighters abandon Libyan War, flee towards Italy: report

Published 2020-01-21 18:01:02 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Some Syrian fighters that went to fight in Libya have since abandoned the war and fled to Italy, opposition media sites claimed, as cited by Al-Watan. According to the reports, at least 17 of the Syrian fighters have already arrived in Italy after spending a short period of time inside Libya. The reports said that the Syrian fighters intentionally accepted the deployment to Libya in order to later escape into Italy. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), some 2,400 Syrian fighters have already traveled to Libya thus far. Another 1,200 fighters from… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazis, vows Israel will never be ‘defenseless in face of enemies’

Published 2020-01-21 17:47:07 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world to remember the Nazis’ brutal genocide of millions of European Jews, comparing the event with Iran’s nuclear program. “Iran is openly declaring every day that it wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth – and, by the way, Israel today has a population of more than six million Jews,” Netanyahu said, speaking to the US-based Christian broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network in an interview expected to air later Tuesday. The Israeli prime minister recalled that during the Holocaust, “a third of the Jewish people went up in flames; there… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Netanyahu

Saudi UN delegate invites Syrian counterpart to special ceremony amid reports of improving ties

Published 2020-01-21 17:35:48 by News Desk in Gulf, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Saudi U.N. delegate, ‘Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, invited his Syrian counterpart, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja’afari, to a special ceremony held in honor of the Saudi Minister of State, Fahd bin ‘Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Al-Watan reported on Tuesday. According to the Syria-based publication, Dr. Ja’afari attended the ceremony and discussed future ties with his Saudi counterpart. In particular, the report said Mouallimi expressed to Dr. Ja’afari that what has happened between the two countries should pass, stressing the importance of their long-standing brotherly relations before the war. Dr. Ja’afari’s attendance at the ceremony reportedly intrigued several attendees, who also… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, Syria

Iraqi military says missile attack near US embassy launched from southeast Iraq

Published 2020-01-21 17:14:39 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said on Tuesday that the three missiles, which landed near the US embassy in the so-called green zone overnight, had been launched from the southeastern Baghdad district of Al-Zafraniya. “The Baghdad Operations Command found rocket launching sites in the Al-Zafraniya district,” the military said. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered to start an investigation into the incident. Earlier in the day, an Iraqi security said that three rockets had landed in the “green zone” in Baghdad, close to the US embassy, causing no casualties. In December 2017, the Iraqi leadership declared victory over the Daesh*… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Russian military deployed S-400 system near Iraqi border, tracked F-35s: media

Published 2020-01-21 14:32:32 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces have deployed their S-400 air defense system at the Qamishli Airport in northeastern Syria, the Chinese publication Sohu reported on Wednesday. “The maximum detection range of the S-400 air defense radar at the Hmeimim Airbase is only 600 kilometers, which means that the Russian S-400 radar can only detect aircraft over most of the border between Iraq and Syria, but not over the border between Iraq and Iran . The most appropriate explanation is that the Russian Air Force sent the 96L6E radar, located at the Hmeimim Airbase, to the Qamishli… Read on ->

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Tags: Qamishli, Russia

Russian, Syrian naval forces hold joint drills in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-01-21 14:15:31 by News Desk in Syria

The joint Russian-Syrian military exercise on defending international maritime economic facilities was held in the port of Tartus. “Over 2,000 servicemen, seven surface ships and boats took part in the exercise,” commander of the joint drills Alexander Yuldashev told reporters. The military exercise was held on January 18-20. Syrian Navy ships practiced locating mines on the approaches to Tartus, while Pantsir-S missile systems protected the airspace around the port. The Russian-Syrian unit of underwater forces successfully neutralized an ‘enemy’ underwater sabotage group. The Russian Navy base is stationed in the Syrian port of Tartus. The agreement on the base was… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Russia, Syria

US accuses Russia of attempting ‘weaken credibility’ of OPCW over Douma report

Published 2020-01-21 14:06:03 by News Desk in Syria

The US accused Russia of trying to use the UN Security Council meeting “to weaken the credibility of the OPCW and its findings” on the alleged chemical attacks on the Syrian city of Douma in 2018, speaking at the UNSC meeting in New York City on Monday. US acting deputy to the UN, Cherith Norman Chalet, blamed Russia for “brazen disinformation campaign waged in advance of the anticipated release of the OPCW investigation and identification teams’ first report.” “We must defend the credibility and the findings of the OPCW and the UN from disinformation,” she added and emphasised that “the… Read on ->

Tags: OPCW, Russia, Syria

Iraqi Air Force destroys ISIS base in northeast Iraq

Published 2020-01-21 13:53:39 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi Air Force carried out a strategic attack on Tuesday to eliminate an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) base in the Hamrin Mountains. According to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, their F-16 aircraft carried out a precision strike on the Islamic State den after taking off from the Balad Airbase. The airstrikes reportedly targeted the Islamic State’s hideouts in the Wadi Al-Shay region of the Hamrin Mountains. The Hamrin Mountain Chain is located in the Diyala Governorate of northeastern Iraq. The Iraqi security forces continue to search and destroy Islamic State hideouts and bases inside… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Former OPCW inspector blasts chemical watchdog’s ‘sanitized’ Douma report at UN

Published 2020-01-21 13:43:19 by News Desk in Syria

A former OPCW specialist, Ian Henderson, has blasted the chemical weapons watchdog for releasing a “sanitized” report on the alleged 2018 attack in the Syrian city of Douma, claiming it omitted key findings from its own fact-finding team. These details, says Henderson, would have cast serious doubt on whether a chemical attack took place at all. “The findings in the final [Fact Finding Mission] report were contradictory, were a complete turnaround with what the team had understood collectively during and after the Douma deployments,” Henderson said, addressing members of the United Nations Security Council in a recorded video address.… Read on ->

Tags: Douma, OPCW, Syria

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