This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: North_Korea, Hasakah, Iraq, Syria, Iran, IRGC, US, Idlib, Germany, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Israel, Mossad, Libya, Russia, ., Venezuela, Tarhuna, Armata, Deir_Ezzor, Makhlouf, ISIS, NorthKorea.

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Watch: Kim Jong-un smoke and joke amid rumors of his death

Published 2020-05-02 23:44:34 by News Desk in World-News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was seen inaugurating a fertiliser plant in Sunchon, north of Pyongyang, in a footage released by the state news agency KCNA on Saturday, after weeks of rumours about his death. At the inauguration ceremony which reportedly took place on Friday, the leader appeared in good health and cheerful while cutting the plant’s red ribbon and visiting the facilities in his first public appearance in weeks. Kim was accompanied by officials including his sister, Kim Yo-jong. The speculations about his death was sparked by a CNN report, which claimed he had been in “grave danger” after… Read on ->

Tags: North_Korea

US expands military base in northeast Syria as reinforcements enter from Iraq: video

Published 2020-05-02 23:11:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military is expanding their base in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday. Citing local sources, the monitor reported that the U.S. military is expanding their base in the Istrahat Wazir area of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The monitor released several pictures from the site, showing the expansion by the U.S. Coalition forces. At the same time, the SOHR reported that as many as 30 trucks from the U.S. Coalition entered northeastern Syria from neighboring Iraq. While not much detail was given, the U.S. Coalition forces likely entered… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Iraq, Syria

Iran will pursue US warships in Persian Gulf: Navy Chief

Published 2020-05-02 21:42:55 by News Desk in Iran

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy chief has said a recent incident with US forces in the Persian Gulf happened as they entered a drill area despite despite having been warned in advance not to approach it. Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said US forces will be pursued in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman. “They had entered our training area while it had already been announced that drills would be held there…hence, they were ordered to leave,” he said. Last month, the US Navy Central Command alleged that 11 IRGC vessels had “harassed” up to six US ships… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC, US

Large explosion rocks southern district in Idlib city

Published 2020-05-02 21:15:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – A powerful explosion has been reported in the heart of Idlib city’s southern district this evening, opposition activists reported from the administrative capital. According to the reports, a big explosion hit the large Al-Qusour District, causing a shock wave throughout the city. The cause of the explosion is unknown and there have been no reports of casualties as of yet.  

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Hezbollah prevented ISIS from reaching Europe: Iranian official to Germany

Published 2020-05-02 20:58:06 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – An Iranian official said this weekend that it was the blood and sacrifices of Hezbollah that prevented Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists from reaching European capitals. “The German government’s actions against the Lebanese people by designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization violates international laws and violates the right to self-determination, which is a legal basis in human rights law,” the constitution spokesman for the Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhadai, said, as reported by Lebanon’s Al-Ahed News. The Iranian official criticized the German government for claiming to defend human rights, while supporting the designation of Hezbollah as… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon

Mossad provided Germany intel about Hezbollah that led to terrorist designation: Israeli media

Published 2020-05-02 20:09:44 by News Desk in Lebanon, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – An Israel-based channel reported on Saturday that the Israeli Mossad provided its German counterpart with new information about Hezbollah’s operations. According to the Hebrew-language Channel 12 News, reported, the Mossad provided Germany with new information about what it claimed were “terrorist operations on German soil,” which prompted the latter to declare the party a “terrorist organization.” Channel 12 confirmed that this important information related to figures in Hezbollah working in the field of trade and who are laundering money for the party, and transferring hundreds of millions of Euros to Hezbollah bank accounts. The news… Read on ->

Tags: Germany, Hezbollah, Israel, Mossad

Libyan Army scores direct hit on Syrian mercenaries: video

Published 2020-05-02 19:24:43 by News Desk in North-Africa, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A group of Syrian mercenaries were killed recently when the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an attack on their positions inside the capital city of Tripoli. In the video shared on social media, a group of Syrian mercenaries are seen inside a building in an undisclosed part of Tripoli. Moments later, the group of Syrian mercenaries are hit by the Libyan Army, resulting in the death of a number of the militants. The Syrian mercenaries were first transported to Libya from Turkey after Ankara reached an agreement with the Government of National Accord (GNA)… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Syria

Show of force: Russian military blocks US convoy in northeast Syria

Published 2020-05-02 18:08:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Russian military has blocked a U.S. Coalition convoy from accessing a roadway in the northeastern region of Syria, a field report said from the Al-Hasakah Governorate on Saturday. According to the reports the U.S. Coalition’s convoy attempted to bypass a Russian military checkpoint in the Al-Qamishli countryside; however, the Russian military refused to allow them access to the roadway. No further details were given regarding the incident. The Russian and U.S. forces have repeatedly blocked one another from accessing different sections of the roads around Al-Qamishli, leading to a small Cold War-like environment. Both… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria

Iran warns US of ‘harsh response’ if arms embargo is extended

Published 2020-05-02 16:43:05 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Iranian government said it had informed Washington that an extension of the U.S. arms embargo would “face a severe response.” According to Iranian state media, government spokesperson, Ali Rabei, said at a press conference on Saturday that “we have informed the United States of America and Europe that the extension of the international community’s arms embargo against Iran is inconsistent with previous agreements and will face a harsh response.” Rabiei stressed that this procedure “will have serious repercussions on the nuclear agreement and beyond the nuclear agreement, and will have negative repercussions on the… Read on ->

Tags: ., Iran

Syrian Army launches powerful attack across southern Idlib front-lines

Published 2020-05-02 16:22:43 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – For the second day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has heavily attacked the jihadist front-lines in southern Idlib, as they intensify their strikes against the enemy forces. According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army launched several artillery strikes and missiles towards the jihadist defenses, hitting their positions along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines. In particular, the Syrian Arab Army reportedly concentrated their attacks on the militant lines near the towns of Al-Bara’ and Al-Fateera. These two aforementioned towns have been repeatedly targeted by the Syrian Arab Army, as… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iran denies fixing Venezuelan oil industry for gold

Published 2020-05-02 15:25:36 by News Desk in Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has released a statement rejecting what it calls “baseless” US allegations about the nature of cooperation between Tehran and Caracas and condemning the US efforts to destroy the Venezuelan economy, topple its government, and the president. In the statement the ministry argued that these claims only served as a pretext for future pressure on the Latin American state and to prevent it from restoring the country’s oil refineries. The latter it said had been crippled by “cruel” US sanctions, causing fuel shortages in the country with the largest-known oil reserves. US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela

Iranian media denies high-ranking general killed in Israeli attack on Syria

Published 2020-05-02 14:35:19 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Iran’s Young Journalists Club (YJC) interviewed a military official on Saturday regarding the alleged death of Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force. In the interview, the YJC asks if the Iranian official if the reports about Brigadier General Hajizadeh being killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria were true. “Nothing has happened to General Hajizadeh”, the Iranian official told YJC, pointing out that this was spread by foreign news agencies. In particular, the news was first claimed by Syrian opposition media, but was spread without any proof…. Read on ->

Tags: Iran, IRGC

UN-recognized Libyan GNA fighters vow to ‘kill every woman’ in strategic city: video

Published 2020-05-02 13:50:50 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) forces are attempting to capture the strategic city of Tarhuna in the northwestern region of Libya. However, despite repeated attacks, the Government of National Accord forces have been unable to crack the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) front-lines at Tarhuna. These repeated failures appear to have infuriated the GNA forces, as their troops recently filmed themselves promising to “kill every woman in the city.” “And I swear we will not leave even a woman there (Tarhuna),” the militant says in the video. The Libyan National Army has accused… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tarhuna

Russian media claim new Armata tank was destroyed in Syria

Published 2020-05-02 13:07:17 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – A Russian publication alleged that the new T-14 Armata tank was destroyed during a combat mission in Syria. According to The Reporter, the Armata tank was destroyed a jihadist anti-tank missile during their counter-offensive in northwestern Syria this year. Citing information from eastern media, The Reporters alleges that five Russian tanks were sent to Syria in order to be tested on the battlefield. During its deployment in northwestern Syria, however, a counter-attack was launched by the jihadist rebels, resulting in one tank being destroyed and two more being damaged. However, despite this claim by The… Read on ->

Tags: Armata, Syria

US military shoots dead Syrian civilian in east Deir Ezzor: SANA

Published 2020-05-02 12:37:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – A Syrian citizen was shot dead by the U.S. military near the Conoco Oil Field in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Saturday. Citing local witnesses, SANA said that American soldiers deliberately shot a civilian because his car veered off the highway near the Conoco Oil Field, which led to his death immediately. No further details were released by SANA regarding this alleged incident. The U.S. Coalition has not commented on these allegations from the Syrian state-owned media. Since their emergence in eastern Deir Ezzor, the U.S…. Read on ->

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Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Ex-Green Beret was behind failed coup attempt against Venezuelan President: AP

Published 2020-05-02 12:13:29 by News Desk in World-News

The AP news agency has quoted several unnamed sources as saying that a group of about 300 “heavily armed volunteers” unsuccessfully tried to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a “private coup” that was allegedly funded by US billionaires. The sources referred to former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau’s alleged involvement in the operation which was reportedly led by Cliver Alcala, ringleader of the Venezuelan military deserters. He is now in prison in the US over drug-related charges. As for Goudreau, he retired in 2016 and is currently at the helm of Silvercorp USA, a private security firm located near his… Read on ->

Tags: US, Venezuela

Syrian ministry responds to Rami Makhlouf’s video: details

Published 2020-05-02 11:52:49 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology confirmed that it is proceeding with the collection of treasury funds, after a widely-circulated video recorded by businessman Rami Makhlouf protesting his claim about 130 billion Syrian Pounds. The Regulatory Authority for Communications and Post, which is affiliated with the Ministry, responded to what Makhlouf mentioned in the video, and explained that “the amounts required to be paid by cellular companies are amounts due to the state in accordance with clear and existing documents, and were calculated based on the work of specialized committees in financial, economic, technical,… Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria

After US mocked Iran’s satellite, American newspaper reveals frightening conclusion

Published 2020-05-02 11:34:00 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – In a new article posted on the Wall Street Journal, the publication revealed Iran’s satellite launch opened the door to developing ballistic missiles with a range of U.S. soil. The newspaper considered that the satellite led to the statements of the commander of the air-space force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Amir Zada, who said a day later that “Iran has become a superpower.” The article stated that Iran is now able to use technology that could be developed into missiles with a range of Europe and the United States. The newspaper… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Watch: Front-line footage of Iraqi forces engaging ISIS terrorists

Published 2020-05-02 10:52:10 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – On Saturday morning, a video clip showed members of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq tracking down ISIS terrorists in the Salaheddine Governorate. In the video filmed by a member of the PMF, dozens of their fighters appear at dawn in the Samarra district of Salaheddine Governorate as they attack and pursue the ISIS terrorists who launched a large-scale attack against their forces from four axes last night. The Popular Mobilization Forces said in a press statement last night that “strong confrontations waged by the PMF forces against ISIS gangs in the Balad and Machishafa… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, ISIS

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance since rumors of death: photos

Published 2020-05-02 10:08:44 by News Desk in World-News

Kim Jong Un, the 36-year-old leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) dispelled weeks of Western rumors that he had died or been overthrown, appearing at a public ceremony on April 30 in the industrial city of Sunchon. Citing a report by Chosun Central Broadcasting, a DPRK state television station, Seoul-based Yonhap reported early Saturday morning that on Thursday, Kim attended the completion ceremony of a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, an industrial city of roughly 300,000 just north of Pyongyang. “The completion ceremony of the Sunchon Infertilizer Factory, which stands out as the main fertilizer production base, was… Read on ->

Tags: NorthKorea

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