This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: North_Korea, South_Korea, HTS, Syria, Turkey, Russia, Iraq, US, Aleppo, Libya, Iran, IRGC, Idlib, ISIS, China, Pompeo, Sweida, Aden, UAE, Yemen, Hasakah, Pakistan, Saudi.

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Kim Jong-un is ‘alive and well’: adviser to South Korean President

Published 2020-04-26 21:57:52 by News Desk in World-News

Moon Chung-in, senior foreign policy advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, has dismissed mounting rumours regarding North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s health, saying as far as Seoul is aware, he’s doing just fine. “Our government position is firm,” Moon said, speaking to CNN on Sunday. “Kim Jong-un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.” Rumours regarding Kim’s well-being began swirling last week, after he missed public celebrations of the anniversary of the birthday of Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and founder of North Korea,… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, South_Korea

Turkish drone strikes jihadist rebels in Idlib after attacks on military post

Published 2020-04-26 21:42:25 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) reportedly carried out attacks on a vehicle carrying members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday. In a report released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the monitor cited an incident on Sunday when a Turkish drone hit a vehicle belonging to HTS near the town of Al-Nayrab; this resulted in the death of at least two members of the jihadist group. The Turkish drone strike came in response to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s attack on the Turkish military’s observation posts… Read on ->

Tags: HTS, Syria, Turkey

Russian paratroopers make historic 10,000 meter airdrop: video

Published 2020-04-26 18:51:26 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense posted a new video on Sunday that showed its paratroopers carrying out a record breaking airdrop. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the paratroopers carried out a record breaking 10,000 meter airdrop near Franz Josef Land, a Russian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. In an interview with Zvezda TV, the Ministry of Defense said the airdrop was a trial for new parachutes and navigation systems, as well as other gear for Arctic conditions. In the video, the fully-equipped members of the airborne forces are seen jumping out of the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

US, Iraq to negotiate American withdrawal from country: report

Published 2020-04-26 16:23:40 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – A spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf, confirmed on Sunday that Iraq and the United States will discuss next June the setting of timetables for the complete withdrawal of American forces from the country. Major General Khalaf said, in a statement with the Iraqi Al-Sabah newspaper, that “the decision to conduct negotiations comes in accordance with the decisions of the Iraqi Council of Representatives for the exit of the American forces, and that is with the agreement of the Iraqi and American parties, and that the security relationship… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, US

Warhawk US Senator says he will be ‘shocked’ if North Korean leader isn’t dead

Published 2020-04-26 16:10:57 by News Desk in World-News

Following the emergence of unconfirmed reports about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un allegedly either being dead or in a vegetative state, US Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he’d be quite surprised if these rumors don’t turn out to be true. Speaking with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, Graham argued that despite the closed nature of North Korea, the country’s leadership would eventually have to address these speculations. “It’s a closed society. I haven’t heard anything directly, but I’ll be shocked if he’s not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don’t let rumors like this go forever or go… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea, US

Turkish-backed militants clash in eastern Aleppo, several casualties reported

Published 2020-04-26 15:47:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Two Turkish-backed militant factions clashed in eastern Aleppo this weekend, resulting in several casualties for the parties involved. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the clashes broke out near the Abu Al-Zendayn Crossing in the city of Al-Bab on Saturday. The clashes reportedly took place between armed groups loyal to the Sultan Murad militant faction, which is one of the largest rebel forces in northwestern Syria. “Observatory activists have documented the death of a members at a nearby checkpoint due to clashes with another group of ‘Sultan Murad’,” the monitor reported. “The… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Libyan Army attacks Turkey’s main base in Libya

Published 2020-04-26 15:01:50 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a heavy attack on the Mitiga Airbase in Tripoli on Sunday, targeting several sites inside this strategic installation that houses several Turkish military personnel. According to a field report from Tripoli, the LNA heavily targeted the Mitiga Airbase with artillery shells and rockets, causing a number of explosions that could be heard throughout the capital. “The Haftar terrorist militias continue to bomb the Grad rockets at Mitiga Airport and the residential neighborhoods in its vicinity,” the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces announced this afternoon. The Mitiga Airbase is… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Iran’s IRGC to receive new stealth drone with 2,000km range

Published 2020-04-26 14:39:41 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will take delivery of an undisclosed number of stealth drones, Colonel Akbar Karimloo revealed on Sunday. According to Karimloo, the IRGC will receive the new Fotros stealth drone, which was first unveiled in November of 2013. In a conversation with the Tasnim News Agency, Karimloo said that the drones would be delivered sometime ‘in the near future’, with the decision to accept the unmanned aerial vehicle into service based on extensive meetings with the ministry of defense, as well as an evaluation of its features. The Fotros is a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

Protesters pelt Turkish soldiers with rocks in Idlib as they clear M-4 Highway

Published 2020-04-26 14:19:04 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Army dispersed a protest along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) on Sunday after the participants refused to remove their barriers along the road. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the protest was held at the town of Al-Karamah, which is located in the eastern countryside of Idlib. “Syrian Observatory activists have confirmed that widespread discontent is prevailing in the area where ‘Al-Karamah sit-in’ is held in the eastern countryside of Idlib on Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4),” the SOHR report said. The report continued that the Turkish Army removed soil barriers… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

British warplanes carry out first strikes over Iraq this year

Published 2020-04-26 13:28:37 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The British government announced that it had carried out its first air raid against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist organization in Iraq since last September. Al- Sumaria TV channel quoted the British government, in a briefing to it, as saying that “the RAF forces carried out a successful air raid using two Typhoon fighters on April 10 against anti-ISIS forces in an area Tuz Khurmato.” It reported that the operation “led to the death of a number of ISIS fighters from the battlefield and the further deterioration of the organization .” They continued that the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq, ISIS

US deploys F-35 jets to airbase after Russian aircraft approach airspace

Published 2020-04-26 12:55:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The U.S. military has deployed its new F-35 jets to an airbase in the state of Alaska, following several close approaches by the Russian Air Force in the northern Pacific. According to the Russian news site, Military Review, the U.S. deployed its F-35 jets to the Eielson Military Base in Alaska, as they strengthen their forces near their Pacific front. “It became known that the Pentagon abandoned the idea of ​​closing the Eielson Airbase in Alaska. This is a US Air Force military facility in which F-16 fighter jets, as well as KC-135 Stratotanker refueling… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

China’s Wuhan sends medical supplies to New York

Published 2020-04-26 12:14:17 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A plane carrying medical supplies took off from the central China city of Wuhan on Saturday and made its way to New York City, which has been one of the U.S. cities most affected by this virus. According to the Xinhua News Agency, the city of Wuhan sent medical supplies to New York after Ali Baba founder, Jack Ma, who works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), organized the shipment. China’s Southern Airlines carried nearly 20 tons of medical supplies to New York, providing necessary medical equipment like masks and gloves. A source at… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft: video

Published 2020-04-26 11:10:08 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, published a video  on Saturday of a Turkish-made aircraft that had been shot down in Wadi Dinar. Wadi Dinar is located near the city of Bani Walid, which is about 180 km from Tripoli. In the video,the debris from the Turkish-made drone can be seen and soldiers from the Libyan National Army surround the downed aircraft. The Turkish aircraft was likely shot down by one of the Libyan Army’s Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defense systems, which have been used on several occasions against the… Read on ->

Tags: Libya

Iran’s space program poses threat to world: Pompeo

Published 2020-04-26 10:45:18 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new attack against Iran, stressing that its space program is not of a peaceful nature and poses a threat to the world. Pompeo described Iran’s continued insistence over the years that its space program is peaceful and civil, as “allegations that the administration of President Donald Trump has never trusted.” He continued: “The launch by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which is on the list of foreign terrorist organizations, is a military satellite this week, confirming what we have said repeatedly, which is that Iran’s space… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pompeo

Syrian security forces carry out big operation in southern Syria

Published 2020-04-26 10:32:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, Syria’s Internal Security Forces and the competent authorities carried out a security operation in the city of Salkhad in the Al-Sweida Governorate of southern Syria. Quoting an official from the ISF, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the purpose of the operation was to “end the security chaos” there. SANA stated that the operation “resulted in the arrest of a number of outlaws who are wanted for murder, kidnapping, robbery, and confiscating quantities of weapons and ammunition they were in possession of,” and said that the operation was carried out with the… Read on ->

Tags: Sweida, Syria

US Space Force commander calls Iranian satellite ‘tumbling webcam’

Published 2020-04-26 10:07:25 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The commander of the U.S. Space Force, General Jay Raymond, believes that the Iranian military satellite, “Noor-1”, is useless from an intelligence standpoint. The general posted a tweet on Saturday that admitted that the U.S. is tracking the Iranian satellite, but said he was unimpressed by the device. “@US_SpaceCom continues to track 2 objects @PeteAFB’s @18SPCS associated w/#space launch from Iran, characterizing NOUR 01(#SATCAT 45529) as 3U Cubesat,” he tweeted. “Iran states it has imaging capabilities—actually, it’s a tumbling webcam in space; unlikely providing intel,” he added. Iran had announced on Wednesday that it had… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

UAE-backed forces take control of largest airport in southern Yemen

Published 2020-04-26 09:43:16 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The forces of the Southern Transitional Council announced at dawn on Sunday, their control over the sovereign installations in the temporary capital, Aden, in southern Yemen. The UAE-backed forces in Aden announced on their official Facebook page, “The Storm Brigade took control of government facilities in Aden, including banks, ports and the airport.” They said that “this step comes as part of the implementation of the directions of the leadership of the Southern Transitional Council.” The Southern Transitional Council stated that “decisions to control all government headquarters and departments in all governorates of the south… Read on ->

Tags: Aden, UAE, Yemen

Turkish military attacks Syrian Army troops in northeast Syria

Published 2020-04-26 09:16:07 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military and their allied militants carried out a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeastern region of Syria. According to a field report from northeastern Syria, the Turkish military and their allied militants from the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA) attacked on Saturday the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the town of Tal Tamr. The report said the Turkish military and their allied militants repeatedly struck the Syrian Army’s positions around Tal Tamr, with some of the shells landing in residential areas. The attacks caused material damage to the… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, Turkey

Pakistan showcases military might in large-scale naval drills: video

Published 2020-04-26 08:46:42 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Pakistani Navy test fired on Saturday a variety of anti-ship missiles in the North Arabian Sea from surface vessels, and from fixed wing and rotary wing platforms. The navy, in a statement, said that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the missiles being fired. This “successful demonstration of a missile firing is testament to the Pakistan Navy’s operational capability and military readiness”, the spokesperson said while emphasising that Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said on the occasion that Pakistan Navy is fully capable of responding to enemy hostilities. The… Read on ->

Tags: Pakistan

UAE-backed forces declare ‘self-administration’ over southern Yemen

Published 2020-04-26 08:21:00 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Southern Transitional Council in Yemen declared a state of emergency in all governorates of southern Yemen as of midnight on Saturday. A statement from the transitional government said: “In light of the continued obedience and intransigence of the Yemeni government in carrying out its duties, and harnessing the resources and property of our people in financing corruption activities and transferring them to the accounts of corrupt abroad, in addition to its reluctance and its evasion of the implementation of the related Riyadh agreement, with an incomprehensible silence, there is no justification for the siblings… Read on ->

Tags: Saudi, UAE, Yemen

New US Space Force tracks Iran’s satellite in orbit: report

Published 2020-04-26 04:09:18 by News Desk in Iran

The United States says it has tracked Iran’s successful launch and the entry into orbit of its first military satellite. On Wednesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had successfully launched and placed the country’s first military satellite, dubbed Nour-1 (Light-1), into orbit. The satellite was launched via the Qassed (Carrier) satellite carrier during an operation that was staged in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran’s sprawling central desert. The satellite was placed into orbit 425 kilometers above Earth’s surface. Iran’s IRGC has, for the first time, launched and successfully placed into orbit a military satellite. Following the announcement, US Air… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

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