US Threats of Force Against Damascus ‘Seriously Alarms’ Russia

Senior Diplomat : US Threats of Force Against Damascus ‘Seriously Alarms’ Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday that Moscow is alarmed by the threats of using force against Damascus coming from some countries, including the United States, stressing that this runs counter to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401.

"We are seriously alarmed by the reports that amid the overall increase in the rhetoric against Damascus and anti-Russian rhetoric in Washington threats are heard again of using force, which is unlawful," the diplomat stressed, TASS reported.

"They are searching for pretexts and this fully runs counter to the meaning and content of the UN Security Council Resolution 2401," he added.

The diplomat noted that Western partners who have recently voiced great concerns over the humanitarian situation in Syria need to fully comply with the UN Security Council’s decisions, stressing that "A different behavior will mean that the US and its allies violate the UN Security Council Resolution 2401."

On February 24, the United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote approved Resolution 2401 demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population in need.

Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said Moscow "supported this document because it spurs the Syrian conflict sides to end hostilities as soon as possible, to implement previously agreed decisions on the issue and to engage in negotiations on general de-escalation and on introduction of long humanitarian pauses throughout the country’s entire territory."

The diplomat stressed that the ceasefire could not be applied to operations against terrorist organizations in Syria, and counter-terrorism missions would continue.

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Syria’s East Ghouta militants hold civilians hostage, plan ‘chemical’ provocations – Russian MoD
Militants in East Ghouta, who continue to hold civilians hostage and to shell Damascus in breach of a humanitarian pause, may stage a provocative chemical attack, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria has warned.

The leaders of militant units controlling the East Ghouta suburb of Damascus might be “preparing a provocation that will involve the use of chemical weapons,” Maj. Gen. Yury Yevtushenko said in a briefing on Sunday, citing intelligence obtained by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

Just hours after the warning, reports emerged that several people in East Ghouta suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas, conveniently supported by images from the White Helmets group, known for its unique ability to appear at the right place just in time to film civilian suffering, which is later pinned on the Syrian government forces. For their virtuoso work, the controversial UK-backed NGO, also known as the Syria Civil Defense, were even awarded a Hollywood Oscar, despite being plagued by allegations of having ties with terrorists.

The allegations of Damascus’ involvement in yet another chemical attack on civilians coincide with the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, which does not apply to members of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), al-Nusra or any other terrorist organization. Following prolonged and heated debates at the UN, in which Russia insisted that the resolution’s text be altered so that Damascus is not painted as the sole party to blame for the violence, the resolution was unanimously adopted on Saturday.

However, the militants in control of East Ghouta have completely disregarded the humanitarian pause, having unified their command to continue harassing the local population and shelling Damascus. “The situation continues to deteriorate in East Ghouta where Jaysh al-Islam, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Rahman, and Fajr al-Ummah Brigade set up a united coordination center,” Yevtushenko said.

The Russian Reconciliation Center noted that the militant groups impede provision of humanitarian aid to East Ghouta and block civilians from leaving the suburb, basically keeping hundreds hostage, including women and children.

“Despite the statements made by Jaysh Al-Islam about reconciliation, the mortar shelling of Damascus continues from the territory controlled by the formations of this group,” the Russian military spokesman said, noting that, over the past 24 hours, at least 31 shells were fired from East Ghouta into residential districts of Damascus. On top of the widespread damage caused by the attacks, at least 13 civilians and one Syrian soldier were injured.

The terrorists also tried to stage a car bomb attack near the town of Qaboun, a suburb of Damascus, an attempt foiled by Syrian armed forces. According to the Russian military, the explosives-laden vehicle came from the areas controlled by Failak Ar-Rahman and al-Nusra militants.

For over a week the Syrian government forces have been carrying out operation Damascus Steel, to clear East Ghouta of illegal Islamist units that have been terrorizing the locals for years, and who have rejected any initiatives to lay down their arms and leave the area. As tensions continue to run high in East Ghouta, despite the agreed ceasefire, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria urged the warring parties to “stop any combat actions and armed provocations.”

This is not the first time that reports of a chlorine gas attack have emerged from the enclave on the outskirts of the Syrian capital. Previous incidents allegedly occurred in January, just before various factions of Syrian society gathered for the Syrian National Congress in Sochi, Russia. The US Secretary of State at the time used the reports to blame Russia for all the chemical weaponry-related incidents in Syria, regardless of who actually conducted it. The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the insinuations as a “massive propaganda attack” aimed at undermining efforts for a peaceful settlement in Syria.

The US has repeatedly warned that it may conduct more direct air strikes against Syrian forces if chemical weapons are used in the country. Last April President Donald Trump ordered Tomahawk missile strikes on Shayrat Airbase, in response to a chemical attack in Idlib, which the US, without a single shred of evidence, immediately pinned on President Bashar Assad. French President Emmanuel Macron also promised to “strike” Syria if any evidence emerges that chemical weapons are being used against civilians.

Russia has repeatedly drawn the international community’s attention to incidents involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and has consistently called for independent and impartial investigations into the matter. Last month Moscow again proposed a mechanism to replace the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose mandate expired in November. Previously, JIM handled UN investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria but, according to Russian officials, has failed to produce objective reports on chemical attacks, including the April incident in Khan Shaykhun. Instead, Moscow has been proposing to establish an objective investigative mechanism to probe all allegations of chemical attacks in Syria “based on impeccable and irrefutable data,” rather than on cherry-picked facts and accounts by partisan sources.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Nations Security Council held discussions Thursday on the situation in Syria's conflicting enclave of Eastern Ghouta, but failed to agree on a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in the war-torn country.

The UN Security Council was to vote at 11:00 a.m. local time (1600 GMT) Friday on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria, diplomatic sources said Thursday night, Xinhua reported.

The resolution, drafted by Kuwait and Sweden, demands "a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria for all military operations except those directed at the ISIL, ... al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front" for 30 days to allow aid deliveries and evacuations of the critically sick and wounded in besieged areas.

The Security Council met Thursday afternoon to discuss the situation in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, but failed to reach an agreement on the draft as members were divided over the text.

Swedish UN Ambassador Olof Skoog said on Thursday that he hoped the Council could vote on the resolution, while Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said he proposed to amend the text for "it to be realistic."

A UN resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by China, Russia, the United States, Britain or France.

Syria Slams Western Silence on Fatal Terrorist Attacks against Damascus Civilians

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria’s UN envoy denounced the US and Europe for their silence on the carnage of civilians in Damascus by the terror groups operating in Eastern Ghouta, saying it is “unacceptable” to endanger the lives of eight million in the capital in order to protect a few thousand terrorists in its suburbs.

Bashar al-Ja’afari was speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, press tv reported.

After losing most of the Syrian territories under their control, foreign-backed militant groups, including the notorious Al-Nusra Front, are now largely concentrated in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, an area they have been using to launch deadly mortar attacks on the capital.

Syrian government forces have been pounding terrorist positions in the area to liberate it and free a large number of civilians struggling there with malnutrition and lack of basic medical supplies.

The US and its allies accuse Syrian forces of killing civilians in its aerial campaign against militant positions in Eastern Ghouta, a claim sharply rejected by Damascus and Moscow, which backs the anti-terror operation with its air force.

Ja’afari further said the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta, which have been designated as terror organizations by the Security Council, have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells on a daily basis, killing and injuring hundreds of its residents.

He expressed surprise that the US, along with its European and Persian Gulf Arab allies, has remained silent about the deaths of civilians in the capital in the terror attacks from Eastern Ghouta.

The eight million citizens of Damascus, Ja’afari said, are under constant threat by a few thousand terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, and yet the Western countries are more concerned about the well being of those terrorists than that of the civilians in the capital.

He said the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting ISIL in Syria, has moved from the proxy war to direct aggression against Syria in order to achieve what the terrorists failed to achieve.

He complained that the UN has turned a blind eye to the coalition’s crimes, including its complete destruction of the Northeastern city of Raqqa under the pretext of fighting ISIL.

Also, he said the world body is ignoring more than a month of Turkish aggression on the Afrin district in Northern Syria as well as Israel’s repeated attacks on the Syrian territory.

Al-Ja’afari said the instances of the UN’s failure to call the aggressors to account “stress that this international organization suffers a professional and ethical crisis through adopting the stances of states which support terrorism in Syria and denying the right of the Syrian government to defend its citizens.”

In remarks after the session, Syria’s ambassador said accusations by the United States, Britain and France − which he called the “three musketeers” − that the Syrian government was indiscriminately bombing civilians were completely false.

He accused them of ignoring rocket attacks by rebels in eastern Ghouta that have killed scores in Damascus.

Syrian Army Advancing Rapidly in Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to strike the Al-Nusra terrorists in Eastern Ghouta on Sunday and drove them out of several regions.

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and imposed control over the small towns of Harazma, Hawsh Salehiyeh, al-Zariqa and al-Nashabiyah and Tal (hill) Farzat South-East of Eastern Ghouta.

Also, the army men destroyed terrorists' tunnels and trenches in Otaya Farms in Eastern Ghouta.

The Army men have also advanced against terrorists in Hawsh al-Zawahara settlement and captured some of the key points.

The Syrian media outlets reported earlier today that the army has started an attack against the Al-Nusra Front terrorists in Harasta region.

They added that the army men, backed up by the artillery units, stormed terrorists' positions in al-Ajmi neighborhood in Harasta and the farms near the town.

The sources said that the army started their operation from the direction of al-Zariqah, the Air Defense Battalion Base and Harazma region and seized control over several regions near the air-defense base.

The English-language website of the AMN said that the army has advanced against the terrorists in a region between Harazma and Tal (hill) Farzat, taking control over several points near the air-defense battalion base.

In the meantime, a military source pointed to the ongoing collapse of the terrorist front after the army men crossed the terrorists' defense lines, including entanglements in al-Zariqah flank in Eastern Ghouta, adding that the terrorists are on retreat.

Also, the Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported the army's advances against the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, adding that the terrorist groups had fired 15 rockets at residential areas in al-Dhahiyah neighborhood in Damascus city earlier today and the assault came in reprise.

On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council in an unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population. Yet, the UN resolution has excluded the ISIL, Al-Nusra and other Al-Qaeda groups from the ceasefire.

The initial draft, prepared by Kuwait and Sweden, stipulated that the ceasefire must begin 72 hours after the resolution is passed.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri declared on the sidelines of a forum in Tehran on Sunday that Tehran and Damascus will remain committed to the 30-day UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria.

Yet, he reminded that "the ceasefire does not include certain parts of Damascus outskirts which are held by terrorists and the purge operation will continue in them".

He noted that the Western front and supporters of the terrorists insisted on the ceasefire, but the UN Security Council resolution was eventually modified by the friends of Syria and fight against the infamous terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front continues.

General Baqeri explained that certain regions have been specified for people to continue their daily life, adding that "the entire Syrian territories will be cleansed in the next few months".

Russian Air Force Preparing to Provide Back up for Syrian Army Operation in Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Air Force is to provide support for the Syrian Army troops' imminent operation against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, its defense ministry said amid reports on the dispatch of hundreds of fresh Syrian soldiers and military equipment to the region.

The Russia-run Humeimim airbase quoted the defense ministry as saying that the Russian warplanes are to provide back up for the Syrian Army's operation against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta.

In the meantime, local sources said that a large number of the Syrian Army elite forces have been dispatched to Eastern Ghouta.

They added that hundreds of fresh army men, tens of tanks and military vehicles have left their base in Qatna in Western Damascus for Eastern Ghouta to join their comrades' operation.

Another field source pointed to the 30-day truce agreement in Syria, and added that the army has sent more forces and military hardware to Eastern Damascus to give crushing response to any violation of ceasefire in the region.

Local police reported on Saturday that a civilian was killed and 60 more were injured after almost 70 rocket shells fired by the terrorist groups targeted residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its countryside, in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that the terrorist groups fired a rocket on Salahuddin area in Roknulddeen neighborhood in Damascus, killing one civilian and injuring tens others, some of them are in critical situation, in addition to causing severe material damage to public and private properties.

Seven other civilians were injured in another attack on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar regions in Damascus city, the source said.

The terrorist groups' mortar units positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood, injuring a civilian, while another shell landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that a rocket attack by terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta caused massive material damage to the ICU at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus, damaging medical equipment in the hospital, cars parked in the area, and surrounding houses.
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UNSC unanimously passed the resolution

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, has urged the Security Council to apply the humanitarian ceasefire deal agreed unanimously on Saturday to the whole of Syria – including Afrin.

“The ceasefire must include the whole of Syria including Afrin,” Jaafari told the chamber.

Asked by Rudaw's Majeed Gly whether the resolution would include Afrin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said it includes the whole Syria.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed the resolution, drafted by Kuwait and Sweden, after it gained the support of the Syrian government’s ally Russia. Moscow had previously used its veto to block the resolution.

The ceasefire was originally intended to come into force within 72 hours. This was dropped from the final draft after Russian Ambassador Nebenzia said such a time frame would be unrealistic.

The resolution now says the ceasefire will come into effect “without delay.” The word “immediate” was also dropped, in relation to the delivery of humanitarian aid and evacuations.

The final resolution states that all sides must “cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival.”

The Syrian governments' bombardment of Eastern Ghouta has killed 492 civilians in the past week, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, drawing international outcry.

The agreed resolution calls for a ceasefire throughout Syria with the exception of military operations against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the al-Nusra Front.

The focus of the draft resolution was on violence in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian government is heavily shelling rebel-held areas. Because of the al-Qaeda presence in Idlib, Damascus will be able to continue its operations in the region.

There was no specific mention of Afrin, however.

Operation Olive Branch began on January 20 when Turkish forces launched a military incursion into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria. Turkey believes the ruling Kurdish groups in Rojava, northern Syria are “terrorists,” a charge the groups deny.

The Turkish advance on Afrin has made slow progress. Most of the fighting has been concentrated along the mountainous frontier.
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US and Russia exchange jabs after UN Security Council adopts Syria ceasefire resolution
After days of tense behind-the-scenes negotiations, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution proposing a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, but Russia and the US did not present a united front.

“It would be naïve to think that internal Syrian questions can be solved by a resolution,” said Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia following the vote, adding that Moscow had “supported the intentions” behind the document, but that no ceasefire was possible “without agreement from warring parties.”

Nebenzia criticized the “occupying ambitions” of the US-backed coalition, and said that foreign-backed militias bore responsibility for the humanitarian crisis that the resolution, adopted by 15 votes to none, was written to address.

He also reiterated earlier accusations that the West was conducting a “propaganda campaign” against the government forces in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, where fighting has intensified over the past week.

Nebenzia called for the world to pay equal attention to humanitarian suffering in other flashpoints around the country, and pointedly mentioned that the ceasefire does not preclude forces inside Syria from targeting “Islamic State, Al Nusrah and other extremist organizations.” Both Moscow and Damascus earlier said that Eastern Ghouta, which is besieged by government forces, and is under bombardment, is a stronghold for several terrorist groups.

In an equally adversarial speech, US envoy to the UN Nikky Haley slammed Russia for “obstructing the voting” on the resolution, which was submitted on Tuesday, and demanded its immediate implementation.

"The Syrian people should not have to die waiting for Russia to organize instructions from Moscow or discuss it with the Syrians," said Haley. The US envoy added that Washington was “deeply skeptical that the Assad regime will comply” and pointed out that “credibility of the UN Security Council is at stake.”

While undisguised tension was palpable around the table, and no side outlined a ceasefire plan, Sweden, which put forward the resolution, said that “medical evacuations and UN humanitarian convoys are ready to go.”

According to the UN, almost 400,000 people remain in Eastern Ghouta, which is controlled by two Salafist factions, Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, and Faylaq al-Rahman, another Islamist group that is identified with the Free Syrian Army.

The district, which consists of urban and rural settlements, was designated as a de-escalation zone by the Russia, Turkey and Iran-backed Astana talks last year, which stipulated that civilians must be able to freely leave its territory, and humanitarian aid should be allowed inside. But the militant groups have refused to down arms, and the standoff has once again spiraled into open confrontation.
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Well-Informed Source Discloses US Plan to Transfer ISIL to Eastern Damascus

Well-Informed Source Discloses US Plan to Transfer ISIL to Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Syrian Human Rights Network Ahmad Khazem revealed on Saturday that the US forces have been trying to transfer a number of ISIL terrorists and other militants to Eastern Ghouta to battle against the Syrian Army and slow down its advances.

Russia's Ria Novosti news agency quoted Khazem as saying that the US military is gathering a large number of gunmen from ISIL and other terrorist groups deployed in Idlib and other regions to Eastern Ghouta to join battle against the Syrian Army.

Ria Novosti further said that the US forces are to deploy the terrorists to al-Tanf base in Southern Homs and later send them to Eastern Ghouta to prevent the Syrian Army's cleansing operation in the region.

It went on to say that residents in Damascus city and its outskirts have informed the Syrian Human Rights Network of terrorists' brutal measures in Eastern Ghouta and have called for filing a complaint against the militant groups in local and international courts.

Local sources in Hasaka in Northeastern Syria confirmed last week that the US helicopters conducted heliborne operations in the village of Tuwaimin, 50km Northeast of al-Shadadi, in Southern Hasaka.

The sources said that 4 militants, including an ISIL security commander, were evacuated from the region in the operations.

The area where the operation took place is still occupied by the terrorist group.

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Arab Daily: British Diplomatic Cable Unveils US Plots to Disintegrate Syria

Arab Daily: British Diplomatic Cable Unveils US Plots to Disintegrate Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Lebanese newspaper wrote that it has gained access to an email from the British embassy in the US which reveals Washington's 5-paragrapth plan to disintegrate Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper wrote on Saturday that the US officials along with their western allies have decided to implement a detailed plan to disintegrate Syria and prolonge the war in the country by continued deployment on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates.

In a somewhat familiar but precise English, Benjamin Norman - a diplomat in charge of the Middle East at the British Embassy in Washington - reports in a confidential diplomatic telegram of the first meeting of the "Small American Group on Syria" (United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Jordan), held in Washington on January 11, 2018.

In this five-page TD, he reveals the details of the "Western strategy" in Syria: partition of the country, sabotage of Sochi, framing of Turkey and instructions to the UN Special Representative Staffan de Mistura who leads the negotiations of Geneva. A Non Paper (8 pages) accompanies this TD in anticipation of the second meeting of the "Small Group". It was held in Paris on January 23, mainly devoted to the use of chemical weapons and the "instructions" sent by the "Small American Group" to Staffan de Mistura.

Hugh Cleary (Head of the Near and Middle East Department of the Foreign Office ), Jérôme Bonnafont (Director ANMO / North Africa and Middle East at the Quai d'Orsay), David Satterfield (US Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East) and Jordanian Nawaf Tell and Saudi Jamal al-Aqeel attended the January 11 meeting in Washington. The American opened the meeting, stating that a second meeting would be held in Paris on January 23.

David Satterfield confirmed that President Trump has decided to maintain a large US military presence in Syria, despite the victory over the "Islamic State Organization" (Daesh); the cost of this maintenance being set at $ 4 billion annually. He said that this US military presence should prevent any resurgence of Daesh but, above all, to prevent the Iranians from what he called as settling permanently and imposing themselves in the search for a political solution". Thirdly, he insisted that the first meeting of the "Small Group" should also provide "material and political support for Staffan de Mistura to" consolidate the Geneva process ".

All the participants welcomed this development very positively in order to "make substantial progress in Syria during the year 2018" and "respond to the propaganda of a Russian victory". Then, the participants insisted on the "Russian desire to achieve a political solution" that was to be used to make the "Small Group" objectives "more operational".

The United States noted that they would no longer participate in the Astana meetings, having reduced "their participation to a very low level, to emphasize their commitment to Geneva"; in definitive terms, it was decided to "draw a conceptual line on Astana to return to Geneva". They then felt that so far "Geneva remained a failure, despite the efforts of Staffan de Mistura". They were very cautious about including the ceasefire in the Geneva talks: "the truth is that we just do not have the ability to prevent the regime from nibbling the pockets of the opposition. remaining in Idlib and East of Ghouta ".

TD reports great progress "made by the opposition over the last few months," pointing out that "it will still need to be more flexible to ensure that the Regime does not leave Geneva (...) while the Americans do not support the assumption of a transitional government as provided for in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 ".

The text adds that "it would still be useful for the opposition to stop agitating this assumption all the time ...". It was also agreed that "the opposition had to be more flexible and stop agitating the bogeyman of a transitional government without changing the final goal of partitioning Syria and leaving Bashar al-Assad.

The French representative - Jérôme Bonnafont - posed the problem of a possible participation of Bashar al-Assad in future elections. David Satterfield responded that "the goal was to create conditions and institutions that would allow elections that Assad could not win."

Satterfield added that "there is no flagrant reason" to prevent Assad from being a candidate. Under these conditions, it was mainly a question of testing Russia's intentions, especially so that it could "get the regime to discuss a new constitution, free elections under the control of the United Nations, and the creation of an environment likely to favor these two processes".

Unrestricted agreement of all members of the "Small Group" meeting to "no longer be satisfied with Lavrov's honeyed words, in order to put Moscow under pressure". For Satterfield, it is about getting the Russians to let Assad go, "through meetings of the Security Council and a broad public communication campaign," believing that the announced re-election of Vladimir Putin positively undermined the Russian position.

One of the conclusions of this first meeting of the "Small Group" is perfectly clear: "to reinvigorate Geneva so that Sochi becomes irrelevant"; France demanding more "transparency on the Russian position". But it is still not to oppose "frontally" in Sochi "with the advantage of gathering a significant share of the Syrian civil society", to bring back the "most positive contributions to Geneva, to renew and relaunch this format of Geneva.

The Saudis warned of a "risk of fragmentation of the different opposition groups and asked for help to maintain the cohesion of the opposition." Satterfield replied that their representatives should "be more involved in finding a political solution rather than enjoy great salaries and long stays in pleasant hotels." France supported this remark by emphasizing "communication". In this regard, the British TD makes the following comment: "Unfortunately, the Fifth French Republic is not intended to finance this effort," British representatives recalling "that the communication of the opposition was funded in the first place by ... the United Kingdom ".

David Satterfield then explained that the Turkish opposition to the "Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)" prevented the Kurds from participating in Geneva. While understanding Ankara's position, he stressed that "we could not ignore a group that controlled a third of Syria (SIC) and took the largest part in the fight against Daesh ".

He explained that "Americans were seeking to establish multi-ethnic leadership in northeastern Syria to dilute the hegemony of the YPG." On the other hand, it was necessary to impose the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces, mainly Kurdish and under American control) in the process of Geneva.

Comment from the TD author: "I understand that the United States will appoint William (Bill) Roebuck, their former ambassador to Bahrain, as the SDF Special Representative. I will follow, but it is worth remembering - according to the separate discussions we had, for example with Fiona Hill - that relations between the United States and Turkey are already bad and unlikely to improve. As a result, Americans are not in the best position to do - solo - the big job with SDF and Ankara.

The objective is clearly defined: "to get Staffan de Mistura to accept in Geneva a tripartite structure incorporating the opposition, Assad and the SDF".

Moreover, the Deputy Secretary of State indicates that a "Non-Paper - Reviving the Syrian Political Track in Geneva - will be communicated to Staffan de Mistura before the meeting of January 23 in Paris," in order to put the Russians at the foot of the Wall ". This document includes: "a political road map, the elements of a constitutional reform, the UN election supervision structure and guidelines for the establishment of a peaceful environment".

For their part, the Jordanians called the session "Small Group" of "meeting publique most secret of all time." And the author of the TD concludes: "For the moment, we must keep a group consisting only of the United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The next to be invited should be Egypt and Germany (for whom we have pleaded). Turkey should also join the group, but the discussion with it may be poisoned by the Kurds, which will make it more difficult to neutralize Astana. It is therefore not urgent to integrate these last three countries."

The concluding comments of this TD speak volumes about the future of Western strategy in Syria. The three key conclusions underscore "a real reaffirmation of US leadership behind the scenes ...". The second perspective is to "keep the pressure on Russia, even if Russia can not convince Moscow to let go of the regime as we had hoped." In this regard, "we must continue - what we are already doing - to denounce the horrible humanitarian situation as well as the Russian complicity in the campaign of bombing civilian targets." Finally, concludes the author of TD, "the Americans told me how much they appreciated our contribution and our support in recent months as they were finalizing their strategy."

This does not augur a forthcoming crisis in Syria in a context marked by four major developments of the most worrying. 1) The United States has decided to strengthen and diversify their nuclear posture. The Pentagon has announced that it will develop miniaturized tactical nuclear weapons "to adapt to new international threats". Iranian President Hassan Rohani responded: "How can anyone speak of world peace and at the same time announce that he is developing new nuclear weapons for his main enemies?"

2) NATO Defense Ministers agreed on 14 and 15 February in Brussels on the outline of a new overhaul of the Atlantic Alliance command structures. This "adaptation - the largest since the end of the Cold War", according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, is proposed by the US military. It aims to make the Alliance more effective in a high-intensity crisis. Clearly, it is "better to deter and respond to new threats from certain states, first and foremost Russia."

3) In the aftermath of the destruction of an Israeli fighter in Syrian airspace, and while Israeli police demand the indictment of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu for corruption, Tel-Aviv accuses Iran of establishing itself in Syria and threatens to multiply its military operations. This is not the first time that the Israeli prime minister - who refuses to resign - is using the resurgence of regional tension to consolidate his personal power and his alliance with the extreme right of the country.

4) Finally, Washington's military support for the Kurds in Syria continues to provoke the Ankara era. The crisis of confidence is consumed and the Turkish-American axis is on the brink of rupture. Second NATO contingent, the Turkish army had to accompany the conservative and anti-Western turn after the failed coup of July 2016. Mission has been given to a general with conservative and Islamist tendencies to restructure the derailed Turkish army by the purges. [Description: [​IMG]]

Ultimately, the British TD perfectly reflects the Western strategy in Syria: to sabotage the Sochi peace efforts, to add two new wars to the Syrian crisis: that of the Turks against the Kurds and those of the Israelis against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah. "The Americans have never admitted their military defeat in Syria and do not want to let go and especially their main strategic objective," said a senior French diplomat, "that of a dismantling of Syria, the type of one who has been driven to Iraq and Libya. Their desire is to arm the Kurds to control the oil areas of eastern Syria in order to influence the political and economic reconstruction of the country. Peace is not for tomorrow.

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US Takes Steps to Resume Plutonium Pit Production for Nukes

US Takes Steps to Resume Plutonium Pit Production for Nukes
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) called for a tenfold increase in the levels of "plutonium equivalent" material stored at a New Mexico nuclear facility to allow for the resumption of plutonium pit production. The call alarmed nuclear watchdog groups.

If approved, the increased production of plutonium pits - the core of nuclear weapons - would occur at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear weapons facility, the NNSA said on Thursday, Al-Jazeera reported.

It would raise levels of "plutonium equivalent" material stored at Los Alamos from 38.9 to 400 grams.

The NNSA made the call in an environmental assessment review, a study on the impact of a particular project that is meant to show compliance with US environmental regulations.

The public will now have 30 days to comment on the environmental assessment.

Pits, named after the hard centres found in fruits such as peaches or plums, are "critical" to nuclear weapons, according to the NNSA. They are about the size of a grapefruit.

The Department of Energy plans to increase plutonium pit production to 30 pits annually until 2030 when the number will be ramped up to 80. Pit production was stopped in 2011.

Cost to the budget and environment

Watchdog groups expressed concern over risks to the environment and budgetary requirements needed for the increase.

Nuke Watch New Mexico, a group that tracks environmental and budgetary oversight in US nuclear weapon facilities, questioned the need for the increase in a statement provided to Al-Jazeera.

The US already has "some 15,000 pits" stored at a facility in Texas, the group said.

Nuclear Watch Director Jay Coghlan said that instead of an increase, "there should... be a programmatic review of all aspects of expanded plutonium pit production, including the inevitable cost overruns, nuclear safety problems, and contamination."

The expanded amount of radioactive materials has already required a $2m upgrades for facilities at Los Alamos, which recently reopened after a three-year closure over safety concerns.

The US President Donald Trump administration, which has taken an aggressive stance towards the use of nuclear weapons, requested an additional $210m for continued plutonium management at Los Alamos, according to the Los Alamos study group.

The group also warned that increasing plutonium pit production to 80 cores annually is estimated to cost roughly $8bn more.

The pit holds the radioactive materials - either uranium, plutonium, or a mixture of both depending on the type of weapon - which reach critical mass after the detonation of other explosives, causing a nuclear blast.

In 1992, the Rocky Flats Plant, which produced replacement pits for the US nuclear stockpile, closed on the orders of then-President George H.W. Bush.

The closure came after Rockwell International, the company contracted to run the site, was found to have violated work safety and environmental laws.

The NNSA recouped its losses in 2007 when New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory became capable of producing the pits following upgrades to the facility.

Nuclear tensions

The Los Alamos Study Group Director Greg Mello said the Trump administration is using ongoing tensions with Russia to justify spending on the nuclear stockpile.

The two nations were nuclear adversaries during the Cold War when the Soviet Union and the US rushed to produce equivalent levels of warheads in a policy known as "mutually assured destruction."

In the late 1980s, the US and USSR had between 30,000 and 40,000 nuclear warheads.

The two countries signed the international Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1968, which aims to limit the spread of such arms.

Following the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the US and Russia undertook a disarmament campaign.

The US currently holds roughly 6,600 nuclear warheads, while Russia's stockpile sits at 6,800, according to estimates from the Federation of American Scientists, an anti-proliferation group.

The US does not produce "new" nuclear weapons, but existing warheads undergo extensive and costly "life extension" upgrades, resulting in a modernised arsenal.

Mello said in a statement that the US government should respect the environment and its own budget by employing "NPT-compliant disarmament for a change, not assuring mutual destruction forever."

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Terrorist Groups Continue Shelling of Residential Areas in Damascus

Terrorist Groups Continue Shelling of Residential Areas in Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- A civilian was killed and 60 more were injured after almost 70 rocket shells fired by the terrorist groups targeted residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its countryside, in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement, local police reported on Saturday.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that the terrorist groups fired a rocket on Salahuddin area in Roknulddeen neighborhood in Damascus, killing one civilian and injuring tens others, some of them are in critical situation, in addition to causing severe material damage to public and private properties.

Seven other civilians were injured in another attack on Bab Touma and Ish al-Warwar regions in Damascus city, the source said.

The terrorist groups' mortar units positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Sheikh Raslan area in Bab Touma neighborhood, injuring a civilian, while another shell landed in Bab al-Salam area, causing only material damage.

The source added that a rocket attack by terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta caused massive material damage to the ICU at the Medical Surgery Hospital in Baghdad Street in Damascus, damaging medical equipment in the hospital, cars parked in the area, and surrounding houses.

Earlier, the source told SANA that the terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also fired mortar shells and rockets on the neighborhoods of Mezzeh 86, Barzeh, al-Joura, al-Qaboun, causing material damage to houses and properties.

The Police said also that a number of shells landed in al-Assad residential suburb and its vicinity, causing only material damage to properties and infrastructure.

Three shells were landed on al-Homsi neighborhood in Jaramana city, causing only material damage, the source added.

SANA went on to say that the Syrian Army's artillery units retaliated and ponded the areas from which the shells were launched, inflicting losses on the militants.

Syrian Army Specifies Safe Corridor for Civilians' Evacuation from Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army has specified a safe corridor for evacuating civilians from terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta as the pro-government forces are preparing for an imminent operation, army officers declared on Saturday.

The source said that the army has called on civilians in terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta to use a newly-set up safe corridor to move towards regions that are under the government forces' control.

The army's helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over residential areas in Eastern Ghouta and urged civilians to leave the terrorist-held regions.

In the meantime, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced that the terrorists in Eastern Damascus are preventing people from leaving the region.

The Russian center said on Friday that militants in Eastern Ghouta continue to hinder civilians' evacuation from the controlled areas.

"Situation in Eastern Ghouta has been exacerbated. Illegal armed formations has been denying citizens the right to freely exit the controlled areas. Most of the civilians badly need urgent medical aid," the center's statement read.

Eastern Ghouta is one of Syrian de-escalation zones, established during the Astana talks, with Russia, Iran and Turkey serving as guarantors of the agreements.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian capital of Damascus and its suburbs subjects to shelling by insurgents.

"The Syrian capital is subject to sustained provoking shelling. Over the last 24 hours, 33 mines have been fired by insurgents from Eastern Ghouta targeting various regions of Damascus and settlements nearby. Civilian casualties and destructions have been reported," according to the statement.

The servicemen of the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation are proceeding with the implementation of their tasks in Syria. Since the military campaign in the country is over, the center's employees are now focused on the withdrawal of civilians from the de-escalation zones and helping the refugees to return home.

Earlier, Russian military reported that critical humanitarian crisis was underway in Eastern Ghouta, saying that appeals to illegal armed groups to cease resistance and surrender arms were unsuccessful and that the peace negotiations in the region were torpedoed.

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Misinformation Campaign Intensifies by Advocates of Ghouta Terrorists

Misinformation Campaign Intensifies by Advocates of Ghouta Terrorists
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supporters of terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus are attempting to cause international outcry against the Syrian government through a misinformation campaign that includes falsifying realities and trying to fool the audience by fake news and images.

"They show the photo of a child who has been killed in the Saudi bombing in Yemen and claim her to be a child slain in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus," Hossein Morteza, a reporter of the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel, wrote on his twitter page on Saturday.

"She has been killed by bin Salman and you cry for her tears and say that she is in Ghouta?" he asked addressing those who have released the image.

Meantime, the Lebanese social media activists released the images of the terrorists deployed in Eastern Ghouta to mock at alleged concerns by those Arab and western states who claim to be worried about the lives of those innocent children who are in the region, asking if by children, they mean these sweethearts.

"Come and save the Ghouta children. Each of them is sweeter than another!" they wrote.

Meantime, army officers declared on Saturday that they have specified a safe corridor for evacuating civilians from terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta as the pro-government forces are preparing for an imminent operation.

The source said that the army has called on civilians in terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta to use a newly-set up safe corridor to move towards regions that are under the government forces' control.

The army's helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over residential areas in Eastern Ghouta and urged civilians to leave the terrorist-held regions.

The army has illustrated a map of rapid access to the safe corridor and necessary instructions, calling on civilians to use the safe corridor in al-Wafedin camp to reach government-controlled regions.

In the meantime, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced that the terrorists in Eastern Damascus are preventing people from leaving the region.
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Taliban Kills At Least 18 Afghani Soldiers During Assault on Military Base

Taliban Kills At Least 18 Afghani Soldiers During Assault on Military Base
TEHRAN (FNA)- A new deadly Taliban attack took place amid two explosions which have shaken the country, which is struggling to put an end to terrorists violence.

Around 18 soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack; the radical movement targeted a military base in the province of Farah in the West of Afghanistan, according to Tolo News, citing the representative of the provincial council Dadullu Kani, RIA Novosti reported.

The attack occurred on Saturday at 2:00 am in the Bala Buluk district. In addition, the militants captured a large number of weapons.

"Last night a big group of militants attacked an army base in the Bala Buluk district of Farah. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers; two soldiers were wounded. We have sent more reinforcements to the area," Defense Ministry Spokesman Daulat Wazir said.

The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated noticeably in recent months. The radical Taliban movement, which had previously seized considerable territory in rural areas of the country, has launched an offensive against large cities. Additionally, the influence of Daesh has increased in the country.

Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government security forces fighting the Taliban. The instability has persisted in the country since the United States launched a military operation on October 7, 2001, to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks.

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Moscow Calls on Ukraine's Western 'Patrons' to Stop It from Destroying Itself

Moscow Calls on Ukraine's Western 'Patrons' to Stop It from Destroying Itself
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the so called law on Donbass reintegration. Moscow considers this step as equal to scrapping the Minsk peace accords.

By signing the law on Donbass reintegration, Poroshenko finally confirmed Kiev's intention to solve the conflict in the region by force, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, Sputnik reported.

"On February 24, 2018, a scandalous law on the so-called 'reintegration of Donbass' came into force. Thus, in Kiev, they finally confirmed their commitment to a military solution of the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. By signing the law, Poroshenko actually crossed out the Minsk Agreements," its statement read.

The law shows that Kiev is not seeking direct dialogue with the authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), according to the Ministry.

"The law sets up the conditions for the forcible occupation of the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions that are not controlled by Kiev, legalizes the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces against civilians," the statement said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed hope that Kiev's Western "patrons" would be able to persuade Kiev to avoid the implementation of the plan that could destruct "Ukrainian statehood" and might have unpredictable consequences for the stability and security in Europe.

Kiev launched a military operation in the East of Ukraine in 2014, after local citizens refused to recognize the new government that came to power in what they considered a coup.

In 2014, within the framework of the Minsk peace accords, Ukraine pledged to provide certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions with a special status.

Despite the 2015 ceasefire deal signed between the conflicting parties in Minsk brokered by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, the so-called Normandy Format, the situation in the region remains tense.

Donbass Reintegration Law

On January 18, Ukraine's legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, voted to approve a second draft of the bill "On the peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions." Poroshenko signed it into law on February 20.

The law labels Russia as an aggressor state, and refers to areas within the Donetsk and Lugansk regions that are not controlled by Kiev as temporarily occupied territories.

The President is given the right to use the armed forces inside the country without the consent of parliament, including for the recapture of territories in the East of the country. For this purpose, a joint operational headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being created to control all armed forces and military-civilian administrations in the conflict zone.

In the final version of the approved law, all references to the Minsk Agreements were removed from the text of the document.

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今の注目戦闘地域は、@アフリン、Aシリアとイスラエルの国境地域、Bダマスカス近郊の東グータ です。

















シリア東グータのテロリスト掃討作戦 12


シリア危機も満7年 ダマスカス東部に政府軍が大攻勢

“We're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home,” Trump said on Friday, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. “We’re not there for any other reason and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”


もし事実なら、RTの見出し通りに‘Get ISIS and go home’: Trump bucks Pentagon & State Dept. on ultimate US goal in Syria  マッチスやティラーソンを跳ね下したことになります。

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Seoul defies WTO ruling, vows to keep ban on Japan’s Fukushima seafood

Seoul defies WTO ruling, vows to keep ban on Japan’s Fukushima seafood
South Korea vows to maintain its restrictions on Japanese seafood imports and appeal the WTO’s ruling against additional radiation tests and bans on fishery products introduced in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Fukushima nuclear disaster

In 2015, Tokyo filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging South Korea’s import bans that were introduced on certain fish caught in Japanese waters over fears of radiation following the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima power plant in March 2011. In its official complaint, Japan also challenged additional testing and certification requirements placed by Seoul on Japanese fish caught from eight prefectures near Fukushima.

On Thursday, the WTO ruled in Japan’s favor, claiming that while South Korean practices were initially justified, they now violate the WTO’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreement. “By maintaining the product-specific and blanket import bans on the 28 fishery products from the 8 prefectures and the 2011 and 2013 additional testing requirements on Japanese products, Korea acted inconsistently with Article 2.3, first sentence of the SPS Agreement and, as a consequence with Article 2.3, second sentence,” the ruling said.

South Korea on Friday refused to bow to the WTO ruling due to public health and safety concerns, announcing that it will challenge the ruling while maintaining the current level of restrictions.

“The Korean government will appeal to safeguard public health and safety,” the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a release. “Regardless of the decision, the current import ban will be put in place until the WTO’s dispute settlement procedure ends.”

Japan’s minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ken Saito, called Seoul’s disobedience regrettable. “Japan will respond accordingly so that our position will be accepted by the Appellate Body as well. We will also call on South Korea to sincerely and promptly correct their measures,” he said at a news conference.

Twenty-four nations across the globe still have some import limitations on Japanese seafood products. Originally, 46 nations adopted protective measures but over time have eased their restriction practices to allow Japanese imports. Despite the ban on Fukushima products, South Korea has imported 708,566 tons of seafood from Japan since March 2011, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. South Korean authorities returned only around 0.03 percent of those imports, asking for additional radiation level tests.

‘Fukushima fish ends in garbage’: Radioactive fears blight Japan’s seafood industry
Due to radiation fears, Fukushima Prefecture fishermen have to dump most of their catch. Two years into the nuclear disaster, the world is growing weary of Japan’s seafood, with South Korea even banning Japanese fish and seafood imports.

Fish has traditionally not only been an integral part of Japanese food culture, but also one of its prized exports. In 2011, before the Fukushima disaster, Japan maintained one of the world's largest fishing fleets and accounted for almost 15 percent of global catches, according to Forbes.

However, there are serious concerns now, although the industry seems to be on a slow, but sure recovery route.

The concerns mainly arise over catches made in the waters close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant. After it was established that the hydraulic system at the Fukushima nuclear power plant was severely irradiated, fears grew that the contamination could spread into the Pacific.

“There is significant contamination in the bottom segment, especially in the pond and the river system, where we can find a very high amount of radioactive cesium accumulated,” Yamashike Yosuke, Environmental Engineering Professor at Kyoto University, told RT.

Many Japanese seafood firms are under threat as there are five prefectures possibly affected by contamination in the sea, accounting for almost 40,000 tons of fish per year, RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports from Soma, a coastal town in the Fukushima prefecture.

Fish factories around the Fukushima prefecture now have to take radiation measurements.

“We’re taking samples from every catch we make and if we ever find even the slightest trace of radiation, we’ll destroy the whole catch. So far there has been none, this fish is safe,” Akihisa Sato assured RT, a worker in a fish laboratory in Soma, Japan.

But Japanese fishermen can’t convince customers that their fish is safe, even though the authorities insist they're doing their best to show they've got a grip on the problem. In September, South Korea became the first country to ban seafood imports from Japan.

“The situation is pretty much under control. We’ve built fences [so as] not to let polluted ground waters leak into the ocean,” maintained Youshimi Hitosugi, a Fukushima nuclear plant operator in TEPCO’s Corporate Communications Department.

But despite lab workers assurances that the fish was free of any harmful particles and TEPCO standing firm that the nearby waters are clear of radiation, Yaroshevsky learnt that most of the seafood he personally saw at the port of Soma will never make it to the shelves of fish markets or restaurant tables.

“Most of the fish caught within the 30 kilometer radius is thrown into the garbage because it is radiated. And TEPCO is paying to local fishermen for it, so that they’re happy and keep silent on that. Some of it though makes it to stores, but only locally,” economist Hirokai Kurosaki revealed to RT.

So far work hasn’t stopped in Soma, despite the port being in the heart of the area ravaged by the 2011 tsunami and just a few kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant heavily contaminated by radiation. Seafood of all shapes and sizes continues to land in Soma several times a day, only to end up being thrown away.
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Philippines summons US envoy to clarify ‘threat to democracy’ black mark on Duterte

Philippines summons US envoy to clarify ‘threat to democracy’ black mark on Duterte
The US envoy in Manila has been summoned in anger and the Phillipines' embassy in the US told to give an "accurate picture" of their country to US intelligence, after a report flagged the Filipino leader as a threat to democracy.

Last week, the US intelligence community, in their Worldwide Threat Assessment report, listed President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who continue to pose a “threat” to democracy and human rights. The assessment suggested the 72-year-old leader could “suspend” the country's constitution and impose nationwide martial law. It also accused Duterte of using social media to spread government views and to counter online criticism of the government.

The tiny mention of Duterte in the 28-page report struck the heart of the Philippine administration. Taking it as an insult, Manila summoned the US ambassador to the Philippines on Thursday to explain the US intelligence assessment and to preserve a thaw in relations witnessed under Trump.

After US Ambassador Sung Kim “explained the nature of the report” to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the two countries “discussed shared interests and possibilities for expanding our partnership,” the US embassy said in a statement. The US side confirmed its commitment to collaboration and reaffirmed the “strength of the broad and deep bilateral relationship.”

Following the meeting, the Philippine side urged its embassy staff in the US to contact members of the intelligence community to provide them with “accurate” picture of Duterte’s reforms in the country.

“Medialdea instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs, through our Philippine embassy in Washington, DC, to coordinate and engage with the US agencies involved in the writing of the assessment,” presidential palace spokesman Harry Roque said, following Thursday’s meeting. “Medialdea further directed our embassy officials and staff in the US to provide the latter accurate information on the realities happening on the ground in the Philippines.”

Following the publication of the US intelligence report, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo defended the Philippine president, saying his policies are only targeting “criminal elements, drug lords [and] corrupt government officials.”

“An autocracy is not prevalent, as they would like everyone to believe. Our media are still able to broadcast and print what they want, ‘fake news’ included. Our judiciary and the courts are functioning as usual. Our legislature remains independent and basic services are still being delivered,” Roque noted on Wednesday. “There is no revolutionary government or nationwide martial law, which US intelligence officials are saying that the President might declare or impose.”

Duterte declared martial law in the southern part of the country last year, in response to a siege in Marawi which was conducted by a militant group linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. Martial law in that area has been extended through the end of 2018.

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‘Get ISIS and go home’: Trump bucks Pentagon & State Dept. on ultimate US goal in Syria

‘Get ISIS and go home’: Trump bucks Pentagon & State Dept. on ultimate US goal in Syria
President Donald Trump appeared to dash the hopes of interventionists and contradict his own administration officials, by declaring that US troops’ mission in Syria is limited to defeating ISIS and doesn’t include regime change.

“We're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home,” Trump said on Friday, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. “We’re not there for any other reason and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”

While Trump did not hesitate to call the Syrian government “a humanitarian disgrace,” criticizing Russia and Iran for their involvement, his comments implied the US military also had no business in Syria beyond the 'ultimate' goal of defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

“Ultimately, there has to be a political settlement,” said Turnbull, noting that Australian troops in the region have been focused on training the Iraqi military and not so much on Syria.

The two leaders were answering a question from a US reporter who wondered what they intended to do about the East Ghouta crisis. The suburb of Damascus is held by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and has seen heavy fighting over the past two weeks.

Trump’s position might be news to his Cabinet officials, however. US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who has been an outspoken advocate of regime change in Syria, is currently championing a Security Council resolution proposing an emergency ceasefire in the area, following the militants’ claims of civilian casualties and atrocities uncritically echoed in Western media.

The resolution’s objective was to blame the Syrian government for the escalation of violence in order to, yet again, promote regime change, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference in Serbia on Thursday. Lavrov added that the militants in Ghouta belong to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda and a terrorist group that is not covered by the ceasefire overseen by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined defeating IS ‒ and Al-Qaeda ‒ as only one of the five goals the US was pursuing in Syria. The others? Curbing Iranian influence and eliminating weapons of mass destruction, ending the civil war and creating conditions for safe return of refugees, as well as ensuring a peaceful transfer to a “post-Assad leadership.”

In Tillerson’s vision, the majority of Syrian people will peacefully vote out President Bashar Assad in a free election. The Obama administration and its allies had repeatedly insisted that “Assad must go,” which the Trump administration has alternately agreed and disagreed with.

In December, a Pentagon spokesman acknowledged the presence of almost 1,800 US troops in Syria, and said they will remain there for “as long as we need to.”

Unlike the Russian forces, who are in Syria on the invitation of the country’s officially recognized government, the US forces are operating without any kind of mandate under international law. Some lawmakers have even questioned their continued presence under US law, as the Trump administration continues to rely on authorizations from 2001 and 2002 to use military force (AUMF), passed by Congress to allow President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan and Iraq in the name of fighting terrorism.

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日本の雨はどこでもミネラルたっぷり 体に良いかは知らないが



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我が家では昨夏NHKを、今年1月で新聞も解約し、情報源はネットになったのですが、 情報選択の基準が違う安全派の夫の認識はたいして変わりません。

正月に集まる親族も気にする者は皆無・・・ 子孫繁栄を願っていた祖父母・両親には申し訳ないけれど、わが一族もどうなることやらです。

いつの間に、こんなに認識度に差ができるのか? 考え方が違えば親子・兄妹の間柄でも「ヒトはヒト。自分は自分」。

お元気と思っていたご近所でも、昨年9月、10月、12月、今年2月と6か月間に4人亡くなられました。 今までそんなにたて続けに亡くなる事はなかったと思いますが、60代1名、80代3名、ご高齢の方が多いので、皆さん、お歳だから仕方ないと受け止められています。

個人的にはもう今までの価値観、国に対する考え方などまったく変わってしまい、以前のようなのほほんとした生活には二度と戻れないと思っています。 (現在大型犬、保護猫多数いますが、全員見送れるか?が気掛かりです)
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