The Daily Brief 2020-05-22

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This is a summary of 24 AMN articles on the following subjects: ISIS, Russia, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Hezbollah, Iran, Nasrallah, Syria, Homs, Pompeo, Saudi, US, China, India, Pakistan, Zarif, SAA, SDF, Libya, LNA, Venezuela, Tarhouna, Ansarallah, Yemen, Makhlouf, Turkey, Khashoggi.

Categories covered in this brief: World-News, Middleeast, Palestine, North-Africa, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Gulf, Yemen, Turkey

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Russian forces kill 6 ISIS fighters in special operation

Published 2020-05-22 22:20:14 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) - The National Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Russian Republic of Dagestan has announced the death of 6 militants that were preparing to carry out attacks on security and police personnel in Dagestan. "As part of an anti-terrorist operation in the Khasavyurt region of Dagestan, information was received about a group of armed criminals consisting of 6 individuals, in a forest north of the village of Goksov, intending to commit terrorist crimes," the National Counter-Terrorism Committee of Dagestan said. "When attempting to arrest them, the criminals showed resistance by using automatic weapons and grenades, so they were... Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, Russia



Jordanian-Israeli peace agreement can only be cancelled through war: ex-official

Published 2020-05-22 22:07:13 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) - Retired Israeli diplomat, Ilan Baker, who participated in drafting the peace agreement with Jordan, said that the Kingdom has no legal capacity to cancel the agreement with Israel unless it fights a war with it. He explained in a document issued by the "Jerusalem Center for Public and State Affairs" in Israel that "the peace relationship between the two countries is stipulated in Article 2 of the peace treaty, and includes mutual recognition of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the political independence of both parties." "The peace treaty does not have an expiration date, and... Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Palestine



Egypt to possibly acquire Russian radar system capable of tracking hypersonic missiles: report

Published 2020-05-22 21:54:13 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) - Russia's Rosoboronexport announced that they are planning to export their new radar 59H6-TE, which is able to track hypersonic targets, to foreign customers in the near future. According to RT Arabic, who cited military experts, these radar stations are becoming more common because many countries have hypersonic weapons. Russian military expert Yuri Knutov confirmed to RT that this radar is capable of tracking these hypersonic missiles, which makes this system highly desired in the market. Among the countries inquiring about this system are the North African nations, Egypt and Algeria, RT Arabic reported. The expert... Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Russia



Syria and Iran thwarted the US-Israeli plans to destroy them: Hezbollah leader

Published 2020-05-22 21:39:03 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) - The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, touched on a number of topics during his Quds Day speech, including the war in Syria and the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In his speech on Friday, Sayyed Nasrallah touched upon the tightening of the siege against Iran, saying: "In the American-Israeli plan, Iran is the largest and most prominent weight of the axis of resistance and is the center of gravity. During the past year there was a bet on toppling the regime in Iran or changing the behavior of the regime by Trump.... Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Nasrallah, Syria



Syrian Army launches operation to secure oil fields: video

Published 2020-05-22 18:10:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces conducted an operation to secure the main roads between Hama and Deir Ezzor, as well as between Raqqa and Homs as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has been increasing its activity in the country. The footage filmed approximately 90 kilometres (56 miles) south-west to the city of Raqqa on Wednesday shows the SAA soldiers and military vehicles during the operation. "We came to complete the mine-clearing operation in the countryside of the Syrian semi-desert, connected to the countryside of Salamiyah, the countryside of Homs, and the countryside of Raqqa,"... Read on ->

Tags: Homs, ISIS, Syria



Pompeo accelerated arms sales to Saudi Arabia via 'state of emergency': report

Published 2020-05-22 17:44:53 by News Desk in Gulf

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) - CNN stated that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assigned the parties concerned to find a way to justify the "state of emergency" announced last year to accelerate the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. The network quoted four informed sources as saying that this decision, which concerns an eight-billion-dollar deal, shocked diplomats at the State Department A State Department official described the behavior as "very trampic", saying: "It appears that they had a plan to play and were looking for a justification for it." The official pointed out that ministry officials informed the Office... Read on ->

Tags: Pompeo, Saudi, US



US seeks to build strong front of Asian nations against China

Published 2020-05-22 16:10:54 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) - The United States has proposed building a partnership with its Pacific and Indian allies as one of the strategies to confront China amid escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. The White House and the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday that the report, "The United States' Strategic Approach to China" prepared by the department, was submitted to the U.S. Congress under the National Defense Approval Act. Washington has described several times in the report that Beijing practices harmful behavior, referring to what it considers to be Chinese economic and security threats. The report suggested that... Read on ->

Tags: China, India, US



Pakistani passenger aircraft crashes in residential neighborhood

Published 2020-05-22 15:52:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirmed that its passenger plane with 107 people on board crashed today while trying to land at Karachi Airport. The company spokesman told reporters that the Airbus A320 was carrying 99 passengers and an eight-person crew to Karachi from Lahore when it crashed near Jinnah International Airport. The stricken flight bears the number PK-8303. https://twitter.com/faziljamili/status/1263770877788815360?s=20 The plane crashed into residential homes in the inhabited Model Colony area, adding to concerns about casualties not only among passengers but also among locals. It has not been revealed yet whether there were any survivors... Read on ->

Tags: Pakistan



Iran is closely monitoring US movements, ready to strike anywhere in the world: commander

Published 2020-05-22 15:38:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) - The commander of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said on Friday that his country will respond conclusively to any "American error in the calculations and at any point in the world." "We oversee the movements of enemies, including the U.S. military, in the region and the world," said the Iranian chief of staff, stressing that "no one should be allowed to flex their muscles to target the security, independence, and territorial integrity of Iran, and the threat of revolution and the Islamic regime in Iran." The Iranian Defense... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US



Syrian gov't accuses US of kidnapping citizen via air operation

Published 2020-05-22 15:20:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) - The state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) accused the U.S. military of recently kidnapping a Syrian citizen during an air operation in the eastern part of the country. According to the SANA report, the U.S. forces arrested a person from the village of Al-Shuhail in southeastern Deir Ezzor and transported him to a base via helicopter this week. "During the past hours, helicopters belonging to the American Coalition forces carried out a landing on Al-Shuhail village after surrounding the village by Qasd (SDF) groups and kidnapped a person from his house in the village's Al-Shabaka... Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US



Pompeo accuses Iranian FM, Supreme Leader of 'echoing Hitler's call for genocide'

Published 2020-05-22 15:05:06 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) - The war of words between the U.S. and Iran continued on Friday, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Supreme Leader, Ayatollah 'Ali Khamenei, of "echoing Hitler's call for genocide" against the Jewish people. "Incredible that @JZarif and Iran's Supreme Leader are echoing Hitler's call for genocide. This depravity should dispel any notion the regime belongs in the community of nations," Pompeo's tweet began. "We stand with Germany and Israel against the oldest & most vile form of hatred, and say #NeverAgain," he would add. Pompeo's... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Pompeo, US, Zarif



ISIS makes a comeback: Terrorist group launches several attacks across Syria

Published 2020-05-22 14:51:20 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) - The month of May has witnessed a resurgence in Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) activities across Syria, with the terrorist group launching constant attacks against both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Over the course of May, the Islamic State has taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis to launch attacks on installations, economic sites, and military posts, often engaging in brief battles before disappearing into the vast Syrian desert. Most recently, the Islamic State has carried out a string of attacks inside the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Homs and the Al-Jazeera region... Read on ->

Tags: ISIS, SAA, SDF, Syria



LNA repairs 4 warplanes for 'largest air campaign in Libyan history'

Published 2020-05-22 13:55:02 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) - The spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, revealed that the Libyan Air Force planes are preparing to launch intense airstrikes after repairing four warplanes that were damaged during the war. "The technical teams of the Libyan Arab Air Force were able to maintain and repair four warplanes that were long suspended from service," Al-Mismari said in a press statement. "Now wait for the impressive results of these aircraft, it is time to use them with full firepower," he added. On Thursday, Al-Mismari said today that the Turkish government... Read on ->

Tags: Libya, LNA



Jordanian PM threatens to reconsider relations with Israel over West Bank annexation

Published 2020-05-22 13:40:02 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) - Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz said that the Hashemite Kingdom will not accept unilateral Israeli measures to annex Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, "and we will be forced to reconsider the relationship with Israel." Al-Razzaz stressed that "His Majesty was clear, decisive and in harmony with the Jordanian constants, which he reiterates repeatedly in any international forum that talks about global peace and security." "The king always reminds the international community, that without a just solution to the Palestinian issue preserving the rights of the Palestinian people, we should not talk about peace... Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Jordan, Palestine



Venezuela showcases military might ahead of Iranian tanker arrival

Published 2020-05-22 13:24:19 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) - The Venezuelan military announced on Thursday that it will conduct a missile test pending the arrival of Iranian oil tankers, which are supposed to deliver fuel to Venezuela amid increased tensions with the United States. "We have witnessed military exercises on the island of La Orchila with missile tests with utmost accuracy to defend our waters and our coasts," Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro said in an interview with the Supreme Military Command. The experiments were carried out in the framework of the "Bolivarian Shield", the permanent deployment that was ordered last February. The opposition leader,... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Venezuela



Libyan Army shoots down 2nd Turkish aircraft over strategic town

Published 2020-05-22 13:03:18 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) - The Military Information Division of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that their air defense forces shot down a Turkish aircraft in the Libyan city of Tarhouna. According to the LNA, their air defense forces shot down the Turkish aircraft while it was preparing to bomb their positions inside this strategic city in western Libya. "The air defense platforms of the armed forces are in these moments shooting down a second plane, a Turkish plane, in the city of Tarhuna, which tried to raid the sites of... Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Tarhouna



Yemen's Ansarallah says forces are ready for operations against Israel

Published 2020-05-22 12:27:50 by News Desk in Middleeast, Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) - The Ansrallah Movement leader, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, affirmed his steadfast stance in supporting the Palestinian people and the group's permanent readiness for all options against Israel. According to the official media wing of the Ansrallah forces, Al-Houthi said that "the Israeli contribution to the battle against the Yemeni people is prominent, clear and declared." He said in a speech on the occasion of "Quds Day" that "it is in the interest of Israel that the forces of aggression strike us in Yemen." Houthi stressed the steadfast and principled position and the religious and moral commitment... Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Israel, Yemen



Syrian ministry issues travel ban on Rami Makhlouf

Published 2020-05-22 12:06:36 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) - A Syrian court has decided to temporarily ban the travel of businessman Rami Makhlouf, according to a copy of the decision published on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Justice on Facebook. Makhlouf, the cousin of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad , and one of the wealthiest wealthy Syrians, was involved in a major row over money the government says is owed on his telecom company, SyriaTel. The decision to issue the travel ban was based on a request by the Ministry of Communications to ensure Makhlouf pays $185 million in treasury dues from... Read on ->

Tags: Makhlouf, Syria



China will fight back against US attempts to oppress them: report

Published 2020-05-22 11:48:59 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) - During a press conference last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stern warning to China about interferring in Honk Kong's affairs. On Friday morning, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, fired back the U.S., stating that China opposes foreign interference in this special administrative region. The spokesperson said that China is seeking cooperation and dialogue with the U.S., but he pointed out that Beijing will not hesitate to fight back if Washington attempts to oppress them. The day before, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported, citing sources that Beijing was... Read on ->

Tags: China, US



Large cyber attack against Israel conducted from Gaza, Turkey, North Africa

Published 2020-05-22 11:26:34 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) - Israeli media revealed on Thursday that the cyber attack on thousands of Israeli sites was carried out by a group of hackers from the Gaza Strip, Turkey and North Africa. Initial reports indicated that Iran was behind the attack, in light of the recent escalation against the background of an Israeli attack that disrupted an Iranian port last week, in response to an Iranian disruption of an Israeli water system. Ronin Bergman, a military and intelligence affairs analyst, told Ynet News, that the group referred to consists of 9 hackers, who are gathered by an... Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Turkey



Turkish-backed forces vow to capture entire country

Published 2020-05-22 11:09:10 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) - Mohammad al-Qiblawi, spokesman for the Libyan Foreign Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA), announced Thursday that the government's goal is to extend security control over all of the country. Al-Qablawi pointed out that "the government aims to manage the political process with the believers in a democratic civil state." For its part, the forces affiliated with the GNA announced earlier, full control of the city of Al-Asaba, southwest of the capital, Tripoli, after clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Prior to the capture of... Read on ->

Tags: Libya



Family of Jamal Khashoggi pardon his killers

Published 2020-05-22 10:55:34 by News Desk in Gulf, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) - The family of Jamal Khashoggi announced their intention to pardon their father's killer, Salah Khashoggi, the son of the late journalist, said through his account on Twitter, according to Saudi official TV. https://twitter.com/salahkhashoggi/status/1263613366247075841?s=20 Salah Khashoggi wrote: "On this virtuous night of this holy month, we will recall the words of God Almighty in his noble book (and a bad reward like it, so whoever is pardoned and righteous, he will reward him for God does not love the oppressors)." He added: "Pardon for the one who killed our father, may God have mercy on him,... Read on ->

Tags: Khashoggi, Saudi



China announces 'major strategic achievements' in battle against coronavirus

Published 2020-05-22 10:39:18 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) - Chinese Prime Minister Li Kiqiang announced that his country has made "major strategic achievements" in fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus, which appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan. He said at the opening session of the National People's Congress, on Friday: "We, the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation, have remained united during a very difficult period, and we have built a great wall of solidarity." "We achieved a decisive victory in the defense of Hubei Province and its capital, Wuhan, whose residents were quarantined for two and a half months." He continued: "At... Read on ->

Tags: China



Iran is withdrawing troops from Syria because of coronavirus: US envoy

Published 2020-05-22 10:25:57 by News Desk in Iran, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) - The U.S.' special envoy for Iranian affairs, Brian Hook, said that Tehran now had increasing motives to withdraw from Syria, with the outbreak of the coronavirus that "destroyed" Iran. Hook said in an interview with Foreign Policy magazine on Thursday evening: "The Trump administration believes that Iran has increased incentives now to withdraw from the multi-billion dollar military campaign in Syria, as the outbreak of the Corona virus has destroyed the country (Iran) ... The United States has witnessed displacement Tactically to the Iranian forces from Syria." It should be pointed out that Iran has... Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Syria, US


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