Putin: Russia to Continue to Defend Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow will continue to assist Syria in protecting the country’s sovereignty.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that Putin had conveyed a congratulatory message to the Syrian head of state, Bashar al-Assad, on the occasion of the New Year, presstv reported.

In that message, Putin stressed that Russia would “continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy.

Russia started delivering aerial support for Syrian military operations against rampant extremism in September 2015.

Also receiving advisory military support from Iran, the Syrian government gradually retook much of the territory that had been overrun by militants, including those of the ISIL terrorist group.

Earlier in the month, Putin ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing from the country as the ISIL had been defeated.

Moscow, however, will “permanently” retain its Humeimim airbase in Syria’s Lattakia Province as well as its naval facility in the city of Tartus in the Western part of country.

DM: Russia Starts Forming Permanent Groups in Syria's Bases
TEHRAN (FNA)- Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call on Tuesday that Russia has started forming a permanent group in Syria's Tartus and Humymim.

"Last week, the supreme commander-in-chief approved the structure and staff of the main bases in Tartus and Humymim. We started forming a permanent group there," Shoigu said, RIA Novosti reported.

The statement follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise visit to the Humymim airbase in December, and his order to start the withdrawal of the main part of Russian troop contingents in the region back to the places of their permanent location, with the bases in Humymim and Tartus maintaining their operation.

The minister went on by saying that the Russian armed forces are equipped with modern weapons for 59.5%, for serviceability of weapons at 94%. The anti-aircraft defense of the Humymim airbase is ensured by cutting edge S-400 system, while S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, as well as the Bastion coastal missile systems with cruise missiles, cover the Russian Navy base in Tartus.

In his previous statements, Shoigu has specified that the Russian military contingent had already begun the pullout from Syria, noting, however, that the timetable of the withdrawal would be determined by the situation on the ground.

Russia began a two-year long military campaign in Syria in late September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad to fight ISIL, resulting in the clearing out of more than 90 percent of Daesh-held territories, including the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province, and killing of over 54,000 terrorists.

However, Russia continues its humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country, delivering tonnes of aid and providing medical support on a daily basis.
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我々は何のために戦うべきなのか  Patrick Buchanan

What Should We Fight For?
TEHRAN (FNA)- "We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna.

"Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine."

Tillerson’s principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force – "never accept" – came just one day after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pledged to move our embassy there.

How did Israel gain title to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan Heights? Invasion, occupation, colonization, annexation.

Those lands are the spoils of victory from Israel’s 1967 Six-Day War.

Is Israel being severely sanctioned like Russia? Not quite.

Her yearly US stipend is almost $4 billion, as she builds settlement after settlement on occupied land despite America’s feeble protests.

What Bibi Netanyahu just demonstrated is that, when dealing with the Americans and defending what is vital to Israel, perseverance pays off. Given time, the Americans will accept the new reality.

Like Bibi, Vladimir Putin is a nationalist. For him, the recapture of Crimea was the achievement of his presidency. For two centuries that peninsula had been home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and critical to her security.

Putin is not going to return Crimea to Kiev, and, eventually, we will accept this new reality as well.

For while whose flag flies over Crimea has never been crucial to us, it is to Putin. And like Israelis, Russians are resolute when it comes to taking and holding what they see as rightly theirs.

Both these conflicts reveal underlying realities that help explain America’s 21st-century long retreat. We face allies and antagonists who are more willing than are we to take risks, endure pain, persevere and fight to prevail.

This month, just days after North Korea tested a new ICBM, national security adviser H. R. McMaster declared that Trump "is committed to the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

If so, we are committed to a goal we almost surely are not going to achieve. For, short of a war that could go nuclear, Kim Jong Un is not going to yield to our demands.

For Kim, nuclear weapons are not an option.

He knows that Saddam Hussein, who had given up his WMD, was hanged after the Americans attacked. He knows the grisly fate of Moammar Gadhafi, after he invited the West into Libya to dismantle his nuclear program and disarm him of any WMD.

Kim knows that if he surrenders his nuclear weapons, he has nothing to deter the Americans should they choose to use their arsenal on his armed forces, his regime, and him.

North Korea may enter talks, but Kim will never surrender the missiles and nukes that guarantee his survival. Look for the Americans to find a way to accommodate him.

Consider, too, China’s proclaimed ownership of the South China Sea and her building on reefs and rocks in that sea, of artificial islands that are becoming air, missile and naval bases.

Hawkish voices are being raised that this is intolerable and US air and naval power must be used if necessary to force a rollback of China’s annexation and militarization of the South China Sea.

Why is this not going to happen?

While this area is regarded as vital to China, it is not to us. And while China, a littoral state that controls Hainan Island in that sea, is a legitimate claimant to many of its islets, we are claimants to none.

Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan are the other claimants. But though their interests in the fishing grounds and seabed resources may be as great as China’s, none has seen fit to challenge Beijing’s hegemony.

Why should we risk war with China to validate the claims of Communist Vietnam or Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless regime in Manila? Why should their fight become our fight?

China’s interests in the sea are as crucial to her as were US interests in the Caribbean when, a rising power in 1823, we declared the Monroe Doctrine. Over time, the world’s powers came to recognize and respect US special interests in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Given the steady rise of Chinese military power, the proximity of the islets to mainland China, the relative weakness and reluctance to confront of the other claimants, China will likely become the controlling power in the South China Sea, as we came to be the predominant power in the Western Hemisphere.

What we are witnessing in Crimea, across the Middle East, in the South China Sea, on the Korean peninsula, are nations more willing than we to sacrifice and take risks, because their interests there are far greater than ours.

What America needs is a new national consensus on what is vital to us and what is not, what we are willing to fight to defend and what we are not.

For this generation of Americans is not going to risk war, indefinitely, to sustain some Beltway elite’s idea of a "rules-based new world order." After the Cold War, we entered a new world – and we need new red lines to replace the old.

By: Patrick Buchanan

Released by Information Clearing House on December 12, 2017
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Israel Buys Nauru Island's UN Support with $72,000 Gift
TEHRAN (FNA)- Israel has reportedly gifted a sewage treatment system to Nauru two weeks before the tiny island country in the Central Pacific voted for Tel Aviv and the United States at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

In addition to the US, the countries that opposed the resolution were Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. The Israeli regime also voted against the motion.

Israel’s Ynetnews website reported on Thursday that the Foreign Ministry’s Tenders Committee had approved the purchase of a sewage treatment system for Nauru at a cost of $72,000 without a tender.

The committee said Nauru “has close friendly ties with Israel. The president of Nauru appealed to the prime minister, asking to receive aid in the form of a sewage treatment plant, which fits the unique needs of the island.”

“The cost of the deal include all additional expenses, including flights, accommodation and living expenses for the team installing the system, as well as the delivery cost, among other things,” according to Ynetnews.

Israel’s Channel 2 television network reported earlier this week that Netanyahu plans to start a fund granting $50mln to 50 developing states to “encourage them” to vote in favor of Israel at the UN.
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US Army Continues to Rescue ISIL Militants Trapped in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Eastern Deir Ezzur to evacuate a number of ISIL members from the region to Northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Friday.

The sources said that several US helicopters that had taken off from Northern Deir Ezzur were flying over Assad Refugee Camp and later landed near the al-Basel Dam in the Southern countryside of Hasaka city.

The sources said that the helicopters were transferring a number of ISIL commanders that had asked the Syrian Democratic Forces to let them stay in the regions under their control.

The militant-affiliated news websites reported on Tuesday that the SDF imposed full control over Murad oilfield on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzur province and the two small towns of al-Hasyan and Abu Hardoub in the region.

In the meantime, field sources said that the SDF invasion of more oilfields in Eastern Deir Ezzur has increased the possibility of direct confrontation with the army soldiers who mission is mainly capturing control over the energy-rich regions.

Popular Forces Warn US Army Not to Deploy in Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Battalions) group warned the US military forces to leave the Arab country voluntarily or wait for dire consequences.

Kata'ib Hezbollah was quoted by al-Aba news channel as saying in a statement that Washington is attempting to deploy its military forces in Iraq again under false pretexts.

It cautioned the Americans not to think of returning to Iraq or they will be forced to leave the country.

The statement also called on the Iraqi parliament to adopt a firm position against the presence of US forces in Iraq.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Spokesman and a senior commander of Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah popular forces Jafar al-Hosseini warned the US to withdraw its military men from Iraq once the ISIL is fully defeated in the country.

Al-Hosseini made the remarks in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel.

He described the American forces' presence as the biggest obstacle to Iraq's anti-terrorism fight, and called for the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq after the ISIL will be defeated.

Elsewhere, al-Hosseini also revealed that the US, in collaboration with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani, has aided the ISIL in Tal Afar.

"Before the start of Tal Afar operations, the ISIL members were transferred to al-Ayaziyeh region on 11 buses sent by affiliates to Massoud Barzani and key ISIL commanders fled from Tal Afar and al-Ayaziyeh to Nineveh plain in coordination with Barzani and the Americans," he added.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian people in Tehran and other cities across the country underlined in resolutions issued at the end of their gatherings and rallies (held to commemorate the 8th anniversary of mass rallies held on December 30, 2009) on Saturday that they would not allow the US to stir unrests and protests in Iran.

"We invite all people to increase their insight and underline the necessity for keeping united and integrated," the resolutions said.

It also warned against any concessions, regret and accompanying with the demands of the old enemies of Iran, calling on the Iranian officials to double efforts to resolve people's economic problems, including inflation.
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