The Daily Brief 2020-07-22

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This is a summary of 15 AMN articles on the following subjects: Egypt, Erdogan, Libya, Turkey, Iran, Russia, Syria, Greece, Mediterranean, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hasakah, US, Raqqa, Khamenei, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, China, Aleppo.

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

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Turkey will not allow ‘reckless action’ in Libya: Erdogan

Published 2020-07-22 15:02:30 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will not allow any reckless action in Libya, recalling the Libyan National Army’s setbacks that forced it to retreat from the capital, Tripoli. Erdogan’s comments came during a valuation meeting for the performance of the “government of the presidential system” in the past two years, where he said, “We are following some developments during the recent period, so nobody is reckless, because we will not allow that either,” the Anadolu Agency reported. “We do not submit to anyone’s permission, either with regard to geological survey ships or… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Erdogan, Libya, Turkey

Russia denies Bolton’s claims about not needing Iran in Syria

Published 2020-07-22 14:50:21 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Moscow has responded to former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton’s claims about Russia not needing Iran in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Bolton’s claims, saying that President Vladimir Putin is not in the habit of discussing such matters behind his partners’ back. “[Bolton] had no grounds to quote President Putin because Putin has never said anything of the kind,” Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his visiting Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as quoted by the Tass News Agency. “It is against our traditions and principles, the more so it… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria

Greek military placed on ‘high alert’ over Turkey’s moves in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-07-22 14:31:30 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Greek military has been placed on high alert, following Turkey’s move to begin seismic surveys south of the island of Kastellorizo, Ekathimerini reported on Wednesday. According to the Greek publication, Turkey’s research vessel, Oruc Reis, will be conducting these seismic surveys until August 2nd. The report said Greece views this move by Turkey as a dangerous escalation in the eastern Mediterranean, prompting the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to warn of new sanctions against Ankara and further turmoil in NATO. “The imposition of sanctions by the EU against Turkey will be a one-way street…. Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Mediterranean, Turkey

Egyptian military intervention in Libya will be limited to border region: MP

Published 2020-07-22 13:45:51 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – An Egyptian Minister of Parliamenttold Sputnik Arabic in an interview  that the parliament’s approval to send forces outside the country is limited to the western region. “This is the first time in the history of Egypt that the highest authorities, especially the President of the Republic, the Supreme Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, are constrained by the need to request from Parliament, the authorization to allow the armed forces outside the borders, and Parliament has responded due to the presence of threats, whether on the western side in Libya or south due to… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya

Iran discloses results of investigation in explosion at military base

Published 2020-07-22 13:21:12 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The e Iranian government revealed on Tuesday, the result of the investigation into the explosion, which occurred, last month, at the Parchin military base, east of the capital, Tehran. The Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabe’i, said at a news conference, as reported by the Tasnim Agency, that “the explosion, which occurred at the Parchin military base, east of the capital, Tehran, was not the result of an act of sabotage.” “The explosion at the Parchin military base was not a result of sabotage, but an accident, and the damage was not significant,” he added, without… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Armenia claims ‘significant losses’ in Azerbaijani ranks after failed attack

Published 2020-07-22 13:05:05 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that their armed forces foiled an attempt by the Azerbaijan military to infiltrate their border positions. “Today, at 22:30 the special units of the Azerbaijani armed forces launched a new attack in the direction of the Armenian ‘Anvakh’ (Fearless) border position,” the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense Shushan Stepanyan said, as quoted by the Public Radio of Armenia. However, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense contrasted these claims, stating that there wa no attack from their forces on Tuesday. “There was no new attack in that direction… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan

Turkey plans to increase its forces in Libya if Egypt enters: Zaman

Published 2020-07-22 12:40:48 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Turkey-based Zaman newspaper quoted informed sources in the Turkish government as saying that a military and diplomatic plan has been prepared to deal with the Egyptian parliament’s decision to send troops to Libya. According to their sources, the Turkish newspaper said that Ankara “is closely watching the consequences of the Egyptian parliament’s decision.” It also quoted Turkish sources as saying that Ankara “is ready to respond to any attack on its forces present in Libya, whatever the party that carried out the attack.” Their sources stressed that if “Egypt sends military forces to Libya,… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Libya, Turkey

US soldier killed in car accident in northeast Syria

Published 2020-07-22 12:27:59 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Coalition forces in Syria announced the death of a member of the joint task force from “Operation Inherent Resolve” in the northern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate. The statement first confirmed that the U.S. soldier’s death was not due to any enemy contact. “A service member with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve died in Syria, 21 July. Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact. The incident is under investigation.” However, later in the day, RT Arabic cited the Operation Inherent Resolve’s media wing as… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria, US

Syrian military kills several ISIS terrorists in southern Raqqa

Published 2020-07-22 12:17:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a new attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the southern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate this week. According to a field report from southern Al-Raqqa, the Islamic State attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the historic Rusafa area, which prompted the latter to deploy reinforcements and their air force to help fend off the terrorist assault. The report said the Syrian Arab Army was able to inflict heavy losses in the ranks of the Islamic State ranks, while also foiling the terrorist group’s assault on Tuesday…. Read on ->

Tags: Raqqa, Syria

Iranian Supreme Leader warns US of ‘reciprocal blow’ over Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Published 2020-07-22 12:05:00 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – While receiving the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kazemi, the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran has never interfered and will never interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs. “We expect to implement the decision to remove American forces from Iraq whose presence is destabilizing there,” the Iranian guide said, adding: “Iran opposes anything that weakens the Iraqi government.” Furthermore, the Iranian Supreme Leader told the new Iraqi premier that the Islamic Republic has not forgotten about the U.S.’ assassination of the Quds Forces’ commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, on January 3rd in Baghdad. “The… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Khamenei, US

Hezbollah fighter killed in Israeli attack on Syria

Published 2020-07-22 11:49:33 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – On Tuesday evening, Hezbollah mourned one of its fighters, who was killed by an airstrike launched by the Israeli Air Force in the southern suburbs of Damascus. According to Al-Mayadeen TV, Hezbollah mourned the death of Ali Kamal Mohsen, after he was killed in the Israeli raid on Tuesday evening. Previously, the Syrian Ministry of Defense announced that 7 soldiers were wounded and some material damage was caused by the missile strikes launched by Israel on southern Damascus. A source from the Syrian military said their air defense forces were able to intercept some of… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Egyptian Army kills 18 terrorists in North Sinai: video

Published 2020-07-22 11:32:23 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian Armed Forces succeeded in thwarting an attempt by terrorists to attack a security post in the Bir al-Abd area, which is located in the northeastern part of the country. According to the website “Akhbar El-Yom”, the armed forces carried out this operation “within the framework of the continuous efforts undertaken by the armed forces in combating terrorism in North Sinai and securing all strategic directions of the state.” They cited the armed forces as saying: “Our forces succeeded in thwarting an attack attempt by the Takfiri elements on one of the security posts… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt

Turkey will remain inside Syria until people are free: Erdogan

Published 2020-07-22 10:38:17 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday  that his country’s forces will remain in Syria until its people are free. “They are now holding elections … the so-called elections,” Erdogan said, during a speech in Ankara, which was quoted by Anadolu News Agency, referring to Sunday’s parliamentary elections. “Until the Syrian people enjoy freedom, peace and security, we will remain in this country.” Erdogan criticized those claiming to be advanced in democracy, for their silence about “forcing Syrian citizens to vote in parliamentary elections ,” as he put it. Erdogan had said in a… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey

China practices airstrikes on ships as US carriers drill nearby

Published 2020-07-22 09:46:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – While two US Navy carrier strike groups drilled in the South China Sea last week, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) jets practiced anti-ship attacks nearby. For weeks, several US aircraft carriers have carried out drills in waters near China, including in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. However, last week, Chinese forces decided to stage their own drills, holding live-fire exercises in which PLAAF jets rehearsed how they would carry out strikes against enemy warships in the region. The drills involved JH-7A and J-16B naval strike aircraft, which fired more than 3,000… Read on ->

Tags: China, US

19th-century cathedral reopened in Aleppo after suffering damage due to war

Published 2020-07-22 02:16:37 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – A two-century-old Maronite Catholic cathedral has been reopened to the public for the first time in several years. According to the Vatican, the Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah was reopened to the public after suffering extensive damage due to attacks by the jihadist forces in Aleppo. The Vatican said the cathedral’s restoration was largely financed by the pontifical foundation, “Aid to the Church in Need”, which helps rebuild damaged churches. Maronite Archbishop, Joseph Tobij of Aleppo told Vatican News the restoration and re-opening of the cathedral have both a symbolic and practical meaning. “It’s a… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

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