Pilot of downed Russian Su-25 in Syria died fighting on the ground

Pilot of downed Russian Su-25 in Syria died fighting on the ground (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
The pilot of the Russian Su-25 jet shot down over Syria reportedly died fighting as his weapon was found with an empty magazine. He was being considered for a state award, documents found on his person apparently reveal.
The Russian airman killed by militants in the Al-Nusra-controlled area in Idlib province Saturday was identified as Major Roman Filippov, photos posted on the Telegram channel of independent investigative group Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) indicate.
Earlier, the Russian Defense ministry confirmed that the pilot died "during combat with terrorists."
One of the pictures, published on the CIT Facebook page, shows what appears to be a commendation authored by special operations air group commander Lt. Colonel Sergey Aksenov, recommending that a state award be bestowed upon Filippov for completing combat missions in Syria. CIT claims the document was found in the slain pilot's pocket.
Another photo shows the gun Filippov apparently used to fight for his life. A Stechkin machine pistol (APS), standard issue for Russian combat pilots, is seen next to three magazines, one of them empty and two half-empty.
Other photos posted by the group seem to be personal notes from Filippov's time at the Russian airbase in Syria.
Citing a Russian Defense Ministry source, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper confirmed the deceased pilot was Filippov. According to the report, he was a former Ukrainian pilot from the city of Simpferopol in what is now Russian Crimea.
The Russian Defense Ministry has yet to officially release the identity of the deceased. Earlier, it confirmed the pilot had successfully ejected from the aircraft before being killed while engaging terrorists on the ground. Moscow said the jet appears to have been shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD).
Tahrir al-Sham, an extremist group linked to Al-Nusra terrorists, claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier, videos and statements about the Russian pilot appeared on the Twitter account of the Jaysh al-Nasr, a militant group affiliated to the Free Syrian Army.
A video has emerged allegedly showing the rebels posing with the dead body of the pilot.
In retaliation to the downing of the Su-25 jet, the Russian military carried out precision airstrikes targeting the terrorists in Idlib. At least 30 militants are believed to have been killed in the operation, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
During the active phase of its Syria camping that began in September, 2015 and lasted until December last year, Russia has lost several aircraft, both due to technical flaws and in combat.
One of the most high profile incident remains the grounding of a Russian Su-24 bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet in November, 2015. The Russian warplane was conducting sorties against terrorist targets near the Syrian-Turkish border when it was shot down by an air-to-air missile. One of the pilots, Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, was killed by machine gun fire from Turkmen rebels on the ground. Peshkov was posthumously awarded a Hero of Russia medal, the highest honorary title of the Russian Federation.

VIDEO shows precision strikes on militants who downed Russian jet in Syria

Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD
Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

The military conducted “a massive precision weapon strike… on areas controlled by the Al-Nusra [terrorist] group,” the ministry said in a statement.

Moscow confirmed Saturday that a Russian Su-25 jet crashed in Idlib province, probably shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD). The pilot ejected, but was killed by militants on the ground, the ministry said.

Tahrir al-Sham, the extremist group linked to Al-Nusra terrorists, has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian aircraft, according to Reuters.

Earlier, another militant group, Jaysh al-Nasr, which claims affiliation to the Free Syrian Army, also posted videos and statements about the Russian plane on its Twitter account. It said the jet was shot down by some air defense systems.

Commando op underway at crash site to trace MANPAD rocket origin – Russian MP
A Syrian special forces operation is reportedly underway in the area where a Russian Su-25 jet was downed by a MANPAD rocket on Saturday. The goal is to find evidence allowing the weapon to be traced to its origin.
The Russian warplane was downed by a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft rocket, according to the Russian defense ministry. Moscow is very interested in establishing how exactly the weapon system got into the hands of the militant group responsible for attack, Russian MP Vikotor Volodarsky told RIA Novosti.
“The group that had the MANPAD has been destroyed by the Russian Air Force. Now the Syrian commandos are working on the ground. If they find elements of that launcher, we could trace its serial number and establish its origin to the factory in a few days, find out how it got there,” the Russian MP said. He added Russian planes are providing air support to the Syrian troops.
Earlier the US asserted that it did not provide the MANPAD to the group which shot down the Russian plane. “The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told TASS.
The incident happened in a part of Idlib governorate controlled by the jihadist group previously known as Al-Nusra Front, according to the Russian military.

No anti-aircraft weapons sent to 'our' Syrian rebels – Pentagon after downing of Russian jet
The US military has said no anti-aircraft weapons have been shipped to the militias it backs in Syria amid speculation the Russian Su-25 jet downed in Idlib, north-west Syria may have been shot down by a US-made missile.
“The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told TASS. He said the US-led coalition is currently not engaged in any operations in the area where the jet was downed Saturday. He added that the coalition's combat efforts are “geographically orientated on the current fight with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) in eastern Syria.”
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier the jet was attacked from the ground by rebels possibly using a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) in the designated ceasefire zone in Idlib province. The Pentagon will study “the veracity of the statements” put forward by the Russian military to ensure security of its coalition allies, Rankine-Galloway added.
Some Russian legislators and experts interviewed by local media voiced concerns that the weapons may have its origins in the West and then smuggled through a neighboring country to Syria. The deputies urged a thorough investigation to trace the air defense system's origin.
The pilot, identified in some reports as Major Roman Filippov, ejected from the stricken aircraft and parachuted to the ground. It's believed the officer was engaged in a firefight with militants before being killed. Purported images of his personal belongings, including his gun and a recommendation for a state honor, have surfaced on social media. As did footage of militants shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) at the sight of the jet crashing and militants taking selfies with the body of the slain pilot.
The Russian ministry, in cooperation with Turkey, is now trying to retrieve his body. The Tahrir al-Sham extremist group, which has links to the Al-Nusra terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack. However, posts and videos of the downed Russian plane appeared on the social media accounts of the Jaysh al-Nasr militant group which is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.
The US has repeatedly denied it had shipped portable air defense missile systems to the rebels, brushing off Moscow’s concerns in the process. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act enabled the Pentagon to authorize shipments of anti-aircraft weapons to Syrian rebels for it to be used “against aircraft of one side only.”
The Russian Defense Ministry argued that if such weapons are brought into Syria, they could easily fall into the hands of IS and other terrorists.
The Pentagon then denied it had any plans to send the weapons.
The 2018 defense act outlines significant directives pertaining to MANPADS deployment in Syria. Section 1227 of the bill states that in order to provide air-defense systems to the “vetted Syrian opposition,” the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State must first inform the congressional committee; describe in detail the location of the group; its intelligence assessment; the number of devices to be shipped; as well as an “explanation of the purpose and expected employment” of the defense systems.
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過去最大規模の防災訓練 計4400人が参加



@ 画像の1枚目、測定器を持つ人は高性能なマスクをしているようですが、測定を受ける人は簡易なマスク。

A 「原発構内の緊急時対策所」F1で使われたような「免震重要棟」は川内では作られなかったと記憶します。構内にとどまることができる?

B 「今回初めてあった園児の保護者への引き渡し訓練」とありますが、放射性物質の漏洩状況も分からず、見通しも立たないときに園児を迎えに行くのは親子ともに被曝の危険が増します。時々刻々と変わる漏洩状況と見通しを誰がどんな形で提供するんでしょう。

C 「甲状腺被ばくを予防する安定ヨウ素剤については、汚染状況を調べる検査場に到着する前の段階での配布を初めて試みた」とありますが、真っ先に飛んでくるのは希ガスと気体状、粒子状の放射性ヨウ素です。ですから、事故発生、放射性物質漏洩の第一報とともに服用しなければなりません。事業主体や自治体を頼らず自衛が必要です。京都市の北部では安定ヨウ素剤が配布されていると聞きます。

D 「一般住民よりも一段階前に避難を始めるグループホームの避難状況」とありますが、本番でそんなことできるでしょうか。誰がやるのでしょう。年寄りや車いす使用の人もいるでしょうに。

E 画像の2枚目、避難の総合指揮、計画調整はどこがやるのでしょう。事業主体が構内から指揮する? 県や市の体制が伝えられていません。

F 画像の3枚目、避難車両の除染は大事なことです。ですがこれは仮設施設。いざというときに間に合うでしょうか。そして看板を見ると自衛隊が除染業務に当たっているようです。

G 鹿児島県庁の役割が伝えられていません。知事は視察しただけです。原発事故後の県庁の対応は福島県と同じになるでしょう。福島県庁は早期避難に積極的な役割を果たさない面がありました。



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China Reportedly Negotiating Creation of Military Base with Afghanistan

China Reportedly Negotiating Creation of Military Base with Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- The military base will be reportedly constructed in Afghanistan’s Northeastern province of Badakhshan that borders China’s Xinjiang – a restive region with a Muslim Uyghur minority that Beijing views as a potential source of instability.

The Chinese and Afghan officials are discussing the construction of a base in Wakhan Corridor, a remote mountainous strip that is isolated from the rest of Afghanistan, according to Afghan Defense Ministry Deputy Spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh, Sputnik reported.

"We are going to build it (the base) but the Chinese government has committed to help the division financially, provide equipment and train the Afghan soldiers," he said.

However, a Chinese embassy official in Kabul was scarce on providing details on the project, saying only that Beijing was engaged in "capacity-building" in Afghanistan.

The preliminary agreement to build the base was reached during the visit of an Afghan delegation headed by Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami to China in December 2017, according to Fergana News Agency that talked to Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry Representative Dawlat Vazari. During the visit, the sides have discussed the cooperation in the anti-terror fight in the bordering regions.

Chinese authorities are scrutinizing the activities of exiled Uyghur members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a group that has committed dozens of terrorist acts in China.

"The Chinese side fears that the Chinese Uyghurs, who are fighting along with terrorists [in the Middle East], can cross into China through Afghanistan and become a headache for the Chinese authorities,” an unnamed source said to Fergana News Agency.

China's engagement in the base construction comes amid Beijing’s major push for boosting ties with its war-ravaged neighbor. China has mediated rows between Afghanistan and Pakistan and offered to make Kabul a part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor it wants to build with Islamabad.
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Trump's New Nuclear Strategy Draws Blistering Criticism from Arms Control Experts

Trump's New Nuclear Strategy Draws Blistering Criticism from Arms Control Experts
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington arms control groups condemned the new nuclear weapons strategy announced by administration of US President Donald Trump, saying it could raise the risk of nuclear war.

The latest policy was revealed on Friday in a Pentagon policy statement known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), presstv reported.

The new policy, which came largely to counter Russia, effectively ends Obama-era efforts to reduce the size and scope of the US arsenal and minimize the role of nuclear weapons in defense planning.

It also cast China as a potential nuclear adversary, saying the US arsenal is tailored to “prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding” that it could gain advantage by using its nuclear weapons in Asia, or that “any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable.”

the report drew blistering criticism from arms control groups, who said the strategy will reduce US and global security.

“President Trump is embarking on a reckless path − one that will reduce US security both now and in the longer term,” senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists Lisbeth Gronlund stressed.

She said the Trump administration is blurring the line between nuclear and conventional war-fighting.

The science advocacy organization also stated the new report misrepresents the status of China’s nuclear forces.

“The gap between China and the United States is too wide to argue that the United States is lagging behind in any meaningful way. In fact, the exact opposite is true. By any measure, the US arsenal is far superior,” the group said in a statement on its website.

“If the Trump administration were truly concerned about limiting the size and capability of China’s nuclear forces,” She stressed, adding that “it would ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which China signed in 1996, and negotiate a fissile material control treaty, which China supports. Doing so would cap the size of China’s nuclear arsenal.”

Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan anti-nuclear proliferation think tank in Washington, has warned that the US is "on the cusp of a new era of nuclear proliferation."

"This is the great nuclear danger raised by the new" nuclear policy, Blechman added.
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Arab Analyst: US Likely to Use Chemical Weapons in False Flag against Syria

Arab Analyst: US Likely to Use Chemical Weapons in False Flag against Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, warned that Washington's recent allegations that the government in Damascus has used chemical weapons are aimed at justifying its possible future strikes against the Syrian army positions.

"The golden rule which had existed since 7 years ago and the start of the crisis in Syria is that every time the US has felt that its plots in Syria have been foiled, it raised the issue of chemical weapons as a pretext to attack the Syrian army positions," Atwan wrote on Saturday.

He referred to the recent remarks by US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis who claimed that Washington is concerned about the potential use of sarin gas in Syria, a day after the US warned it was prepared to consider military action if necessary to deter, what it called, chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, and said Mattis, meantime, has admitted that there is no evidence to corroborate that the Syrian government has used Sarin.

Atwan also pointed to other US officials' remarks who had claimed that the Syrian government and the ISIL use chemical weapons, and said, "Such comments are dangerous as they put the Syrian government and the ISIL on the same side and raise similar accusations against them and exonerate other (terrorist) groups (than the ISIL) from them."

Sarin is a colorless and tasteless toxin that can cause respiratory failure leading to death.

Accusing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against civilians, the US launched several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last April after a sarin gas attack on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province claimed at least 80 lives.

"We are on the record and you all have seen how we reacted to that, so they would be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical (weapons) convention," Mattis said recently.

This is while the Syrian government has fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013.
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