Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks

Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks
Russia has reminded the US that its presence in Syria is illegal after the coalition struck pro-government militias. Washington however reserved the right for “defensive” attacks to achieve peace “from a position of strength.”

The US presence in Syria is “actually illegal,” the Russian Ambassador to the UN reminded his Western counterparts on Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. “Nobody invited them there,” Vasily Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that a hard fought for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by US actions.

On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor province in retaliation for what they described as an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia unit was advancing against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists near the former oil processing plant of al-Isba, when it suddenly came under massive air strikes. At least 25 militiamen were injured in the attack, the Russian MoD noted, clarifying that pro-government troops targeted by the coalition did not coordinate their operation with the Russian command.

The US, however, maintains that the militia attacked the SDF. The Pentagon said Syrian forces moved “in a battalion-sized unit formation, supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.” The battle which lasted over three hours, the US claims, began after 30 artillery tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF unit’s location.

“At the start of the unprovoked attack on Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers, coalition aircraft, including F-22A Raptors and MQ-9B Reapers, were overhead providing protective overwatch, defensive counter air and [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] support as they have 24/7 throughout the fight to defeat ISIS,” Air Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told Military.com.

“Following a call for support from Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, a variety of joint aircraft and ground-based artillery responded in defense of our SDF partners, including F-15E Strike Eagles,” he said in a statement Thursday. “These aircraft released multiple precision-fire munitions and conducted strafing runs against the advancing aggressor force, stopping their advance and destroying multiple artillery pieces and tanks.”

Damascus called the attack a “war crime,” while the Russian military asserted that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that the US military presence in Syria poses a dangerous threat to the political process and territorial integrity of the country, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the strike another violation of Syria’s sovereignty by the US.

The US, however, remained unmoved, promising to continue to support the US-allied forces in Syria at any cost. “We continue to support SDF with respect to defeating ISIS... ISIS is still there, and our mission is still to defeat ISIS,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday. “We will continue to support them. Our goal is to ensure that our diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength, with respect to the Geneva process.”

“They [US] constantly assert that they are fighting international terrorism there, but we see that they go beyond this framework,” Nebenzya told the UNSC. He warned the US-led coalition members that it is “criminal” to engage the only forces “who actually fight” international terrorism in Syria.
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F1構内ライブカメラ レンズかレンズの前のガラスが汚れているのではないでしょうか。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:13| Comment(2) | 福島原発事故

2017/12人口動態 東京西部 ワースト上位進出顕著 八王子市相模原市が町田市を猛追

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小選挙区  主要都市 出生率変化率 死亡率変化率 短期指数 長期指数    総合指数
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神奈川14 相模原市 0.96 1.08 -0.12 -0.22 -0.33
千葉8 柏市 0.98 1.09 -0.11 -0.21 -0.32
東京24 八王子市 0.94 1.07 -0.13 -0.19 -0.32
静岡6 沼津市 0.93 1.06 -0.14 -0.17 -0.31
神奈川5 戸塚区 0.93 1.01 -0.08 -0.23 -0.30
神奈川11 横須賀市 0.94 1.05 -0.11 -0.19 -0.30
神奈川13 大和市 0.97 1.05 -0.09 -0.21 -0.30
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静岡5 富士市 0.96 1.10 -0.14 -0.15 -0.30
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神奈川16 厚木市 0.97 1.04 -0.07 -0.22 -0.29
新潟6 上越市 0.93 1.05 -0.11 -0.17 -0.28
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埼玉12 熊谷市 0.95 1.04 -0.09 -0.15 -0.24
栃木5 足利市 0.80 0.88 -0.09 -0.15 -0.24
千葉3 市原市 0.93 1.05 -0.12 -0.12 -0.24
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東京21 日野市 0.95 1.04 -0.09 -0.14 -0.23
千葉2 八千代市 0.95 1.02 -0.07 -0.15 -0.22
神奈川4 鎌倉市 0.94 1.00 -0.07 -0.16 -0.22
東京19 西東京市 0.92 1.02 -0.10 -0.12 -0.22
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神奈川18 宮前区 0.95 1.04 -0.09 -0.13 -0.22
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福島5 いわき市 0.99 1.07 -0.09 -0.13 -0.21
山形3 鶴岡市 0.94 1.00 -0.06 -0.15 -0.21
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埼玉4 新座市 0.94 1.01 -0.07 -0.14 -0.21
静岡4 清水区 0.93 1.03 -0.11 -0.10 -0.21
秋田1 秋田市 0.97 1.04 -0.08 -0.13 -0.21
栃木3 那須塩原市 0.80 0.92 -0.12 -0.09 -0.21
茨城4 ひたちなか市 1.01 1.07 -0.05 -0.15 -0.21
山梨2 笛吹市 0.95 1.04 -0.09 -0.11 -0.21
埼玉6 上尾市 0.99 1.04 -0.04 -0.16 -0.20
埼玉5 北区 0.97 1.03 -0.06 -0.14 -0.20
群馬2 伊勢崎市 0.97 1.04 -0.07 -0.14 -0.20
千葉5 市川市 0.95 1.00 -0.05 -0.15 -0.20
埼玉7 川越市 0.96 1.01 -0.04 -0.16 -0.20
茨城2 神栖市 0.96 1.03 -0.07 -0.12 -0.20
群馬3 太田市 0.97 1.03 -0.06 -0.13 -0.19
神奈川7 港北区 0.95 1.05 -0.09 -0.10 -0.19
群馬5 渋川市 0.98 0.99 0.00 -0.19 -0.19
福島3 須賀川市 0.98 1.02 -0.05 -0.14 -0.19
神奈川1 磯子区 0.97 1.02 -0.05 -0.14 -0.19
山形2 米沢市 1.00 1.04 -0.04 -0.15 -0.19
神奈川2 港南区 0.99 1.02 -0.03 -0.16 -0.18
神奈川12 藤沢市 0.96 1.03 -0.07 -0.11 -0.18
栃木4 小山市 0.80 0.87 -0.07 -0.11 -0.18
福島4 会津若松市 0.98 1.02 -0.05 -0.13 -0.18
群馬4 高崎市 1.01 1.03 -0.02 -0.15 -0.18
埼玉3 越谷市 0.95 0.99 -0.05 -0.13 -0.18
千葉13 鎌ケ谷市 1.03 1.02 0.01 -0.19 -0.18
埼玉13 春日部市 1.01 1.05 -0.04 -0.14 -0.17
千葉12 木更津市 1.00 1.05 -0.05 -0.12 -0.17
秋田3 横手市 0.96 1.00 -0.03 -0.14 -0.17
山形1 山形市 0.96 1.01 -0.05 -0.12 -0.17
茨城7 古河市 0.99 1.04 -0.05 -0.12 -0.16
新潟1 中央区 0.99 1.01 -0.02 -0.14 -0.16
東京9 練馬区 0.96 1.05 -0.08 -0.08 -0.16
静岡8 中区 0.98 1.02 -0.04 -0.12 -0.16
茨城6 つくば市 0.96 1.00 -0.04 -0.12 -0.16
栃木1 宇都宮市 0.90 0.91 -0.01 -0.14 -0.15
埼玉1 見沼区 1.00 1.03 -0.03 -0.12 -0.15
静岡3 磐田市 0.98 1.06 -0.08 -0.08 -0.15
神奈川3 鶴見区 0.95 1.03 -0.08 -0.07 -0.15
茨城1 水戸市 1.00 1.01 -0.01 -0.13 -0.15
東京13 足立区 0.96 1.03 -0.06 -0.08 -0.14
東京16 江戸川区 0.99 1.04 -0.05 -0.09 -0.14
新潟4 三条市 0.95 1.00 -0.05 -0.09 -0.14
東京18 府中市 0.96 1.02 -0.06 -0.08 -0.14
埼玉14 三郷市 0.98 0.99 -0.01 -0.12 -0.13
神奈川10 川崎区 0.96 1.05 -0.09 -0.04 -0.13
東京6 世田谷区 0.93 1.04 -0.11 -0.01 -0.12
山梨1 甲府市 1.00 1.05 -0.05 -0.06 -0.10
東京22 調布市 0.98 1.02 -0.04 -0.06 -0.10
千葉7 流山市 1.01 1.03 -0.01 -0.08 -0.09
山梨3 甲斐市 1.01 0.99 0.02 -0.10 -0.08
東京17 葛飾区 0.98 0.99 -0.02 -0.06 -0.08
東京11 板橋区 0.95 0.99 -0.04 -0.03 -0.06
東京15 江東区 0.95 1.02 -0.07 0.02 -0.05
東京4 大田区 0.97 0.99 -0.02 -0.02 -0.04
東京8 杉並区 0.96 0.98 -0.03 0.06 0.03
東京10 豊島区 1.00 1.01 -0.01 0.06 0.05
東京14 墨田区 1.01 1.03 -0.02 0.10 0.07
東京7 中野区 0.98 1.06 -0.08 0.16 0.08
東京5 目黒区 1.00 0.99 0.01 0.08 0.09
東京12 北区 0.96 0.98 -0.02 0.13 0.10
東京3 品川区 0.96 0.97 -0.01 0.12 0.12
東京1 新宿区 0.97 1.00 -0.03 0.14 0.12
東京2 文京区 0.98 0.94 0.04 0.21 0.26


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クルドの戦略は失敗するだろう シリアの国土荒廃を招く





Syrian Army allows massive YPG convoy to travel to Afrin from their lines
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allowed a massive convoy of fighters from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to travel through their lines in order to reach the Afrin region.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the YPG convoy went through the town of Menbeij to the government lines, where they were freely allowed to use the roads to the Afrin region.

The Syrian government is opposed to the Turkish military’s incursion in Afrin and has agreed to allow the YPG and their allies to send supplies and reinforcements to this front in order to fend off the attackers.

Below are several photos of this massive YPG convoy that traveled through the government’s lines on Monday:

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トルコがアフリンに続いてイドリブに進軍を表明 ロシア、イランと首脳会談へ


Erdogan: Turkey’s Syria op will move to Idlib after mission completed in Afrin
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to take Ankara’s Syria operation to Idlib after completing the current mission in Afrin, where they are targeting Kurdish militants.

"We want our Syrian brothers and sisters to return to their land, and now we want to do the same in Idlib what we have done in Afrin,” Erdogan said.

It’s not the first time the Turkish leader has stated that the campaign against Kurdish militia in Syria could actually spread beyond Afrin.

“Our heroic soldiers…are making history today in Afrin. And they will make history tomorrow wherever there are terrorists along our borders,” the Turkish President said late last month.

On January 20, the Turkish General Staff officially declared the start of the military campaign in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, calling it ‘Operation Olive Branch’. Ankara launched airstrikes against Kurdish positions, with Turkish troops advancing into the Kurd-held territories. The Turkish armed forces are supported by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – an Ankara-backed paramilitary opposition group which consists mainly of Syrian Arab and Syrian Turkmen groups, which hold the territories in Afrin.

The Turkish General Staff said last week that as many as 899 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish militias – which they said included the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants and Islamic State (IS, former ISIS) terrorists – were “neutralized” since the launch of Operation Olive Branch.

Formed as an armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the YPG rapidly expanded during the Syrian civil war. The group also fought against IS and received backing from the US-led coalition, which supplied them with weapons.

In a telephone conversation earlier on Thursday, Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situation in Syria. They agreed to hold another three-way summit on Syria with Russia, Turkey and Iran; a source in Erdogan’s administration said. The event is expected to take place in Istanbul.

Erdogan and Putin have also discussed the need to expedite the establishment of observation posts in the de-escalation zone of Idlib governorate, Turkish media report.

In early October, Turkish military forces were deployed to Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones located there. The proposal to establish the zones, championed by Russia, was finalized in September at a round of Syrian peace talks in Astana.

The first three-way summit between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran, which was aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria, took place in the southern Russian resort of Sochi in November.

Iranian, Russian, Turkish Presidents to Hold Trilateral Meeting in Istanbul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents are due to convene in Istanbul to discuss the latest regional developments, specially in Syria.

The Turkish and Russian leaders agreed Thursday to hold a trilateral meeting with Iran on Syria, in Istanbul, Anadolu news agency quoted a presidential source as saying without declaring an exact date for the trilateral meeting.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin discussed Syria, particularly Afrin and Idlib, during their phone conversation, said the source who called for anonymity.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reiterated his country's opposition to the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to the presence of foreign forces on Syrian territories without the permission of the country's government and nation," President Rouhani said.

Tensions between Turkey, US Enter New Stage
TEHRAN (FNA)- Sources reported arrival of a delegation of senior American Generals in Manbij military base to increase support for the Kurdish forces while Turkey has underlined the necessity for immediate withdrawal of the US forces from the region.

News websites affiliated to the terrorists confirmed that a helicopter carrying high-ranking US Generals, including General Paul E. Funk, the commander of the third armored division, Colonel Ryan Dillon, the spokesman of the US-led coalition, and General James Jarrard, has landed in the US base in West of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

They added that the visit is aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Kurdish forces as their main ally in the region.

General Funk has stressed that the US forces will remain in Manbij despite Turkey's repeated demands for their withdrawal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barrack Obama of not fulfilling the promise they'd made to Ankara to compel the Kurdish fighters from Manbij in Syria's Aleppo province.

"Obama deceived Turkey on the issue of the Syrian Kurdish militants in Manbij, and Trump follows the same path. Trump told us that they cannot stay there and head East from the Euphrates. He acknowledged that the Arabs are the real rulers of Manbij. But what he promised was not fulfilled," Erdogan told Turkish journalists, returning to Turkey after an official visit to the Vatican and Italy, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

He warned the US once again to withdraw from the Syrian city of Manbij, saying that Turkish forces aim to return the city “to its true owners”.

Speaking at a meeting of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that countless terrorists had been “rendered inactive” by the recent Turkish offensive in Afrin.

Vowing that the operation would continue, he mocked Washington's criticisms, saying “When are you going to finish with us asking the question, when did you finish your operations in Afghanistan? When did you finish your operations in Iraq? It's been 18 years."

He described the American military presence in Syria as opportunistic, saying that Washington had “calculations against Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia” now that ISIL has been largely defeated.

Erdogan also vowed that Turkey would develop its defense sector and reduce reliance on foreign-made defense systems.

Russia: Situation in Syria's Afrin Provoked by US Actions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said the situation in Syria's Afrin has been provoked by the actions of the United States among other things and may lead to further destabilization of the region.

“Ankara assured us that the efforts made by the Turkish troops do not contradict the work that Turkey is conducting and will continue to conduct in the area of political settlement in Syria… At the same time, the developments of the situation in Afrin, provoked by the actions of the United States among other things, can lead to even greater destabilization in this region,” Syromolotov told Sputnik in an interview.

The diplomat noted that Afrin had become another hotbed of tension, adding that Ankara and Washington had opposing interests in the region.

“The interests of the United States and Turkey in the region are increasingly diverging. In fact, the NATO allies have already wound up on opposite sides,” Syromolotov said.

Turkey’s Operation ‘Olive Branch’ kicked off mid-January from air and ground around the area of Afrin in Syria's Aleppo to oust the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that Turkish offensive in Afrin is part of Ankara's strategy based on supporting terrorists.

The Syrian government has condemned the “brutal Turkish aggression” against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, rejecting Ankara’s claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.
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シリアでの米国の狙いは資源の制圧 ISISとの戦いではない


True US goal in Syria is control over resources, not fighting ISIS – Russian MoD
The US-led coalition’s attack on pro-government forces in Syria has again proven that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” instead of fighting terrorism, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The MoD was referring to an incident which took place on Tuesday in Deir Ez-Zor province, as a Syrian militia unit was moving against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The operation was prompted by a surge in shelling of the positions of Syrian government forces in the area over the past few days, attributed to the covert activities of IS terrorists, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

A unit of the pro-government militia was conducting a reconnaissance search mission on February 7 near the former oil processing plant of Al-Isba. While there, “the militiamen came under a surprise mortar and MRLS shelling, and were attacked by helicopters of the US-led ‘international coalition.’”

As a result, 25 members of the pro-government unit were injured. Initial media reports, citing unnamed US officials, suggested that some 100 Syrian soldiers had died in the assault by the coalition forces.

The US Central Command earlier called the attack on Syrian militiamen “self-defense,” claiming that the troops allegedly launched an “unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters.”

The US version of events, however, raises “lots of questions,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Following the incident, the Russian military talked to the coalition through the established communication channels, with the latter stating that Al-Isba was under the control of SDF and US troops. The immediate cause of the incident, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, was the fact that the militia unit acted on its own, without consulting Russian advisers first.

The case exposes a greater problem, however, as according to the MoD the attack by the coalition “once again proved that the true goal of the continuous illegal presence of US forces in Syria is already not the fight against ISIS international terrorist group, but the capture and control of the economic assets belonging solely to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Damascus has decried the attack as a “war crime” and a “crime against humanity,” SANA reports, citing a letter to the UN issued by the Foreign Ministry. The US-led coalition is illegal and should be disbanded altogether, the ministry stressed.

“We demand [the international community] condemn this massacre and hold the coalition responsible for it,” the ministry said, adding that this is not the first time the US-led coalition has targeted Syrian government forces.

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the US-led coalition’s presence on its soil, calling it an act of blatant aggression and violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Damascus has also urged the UN to press the US to leave, especially following the successful defeat of the main IS forces. The US, however, has stated that it may remain in Syria indefinitely to counter what it describes as Iranian influence and to secure “post-Assad leadership” for the country.

Recent developments indicate that the US might be effectively shifting towards partitioning Syria altogether, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned earlier on Wednesday.

“It’s very likely that the Americans have taken a course of dividing the country. They just gave up their assurances, given to us, that the only goal of their presence in Syria – without an invitation of the legitimate government – was to defeat Islamic State and the terrorists,” Lavrov stated.

“Now, they are saying that they will keep their presence until they make sure a steady process of a political settlement in Syria starts, which will result in regime change.”

US-Led Coalition Hits Syrian Troops Again, Kills +100 Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ezzur province in retaliation for what it called an “unprovoked” attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers”.

The US military is claiming that so-called anti-ISIL coalition forces repelled a threatening Syrian Army-led attack consisting of five hundred troops – backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars – late on Wednesday and early on Thursday against positions of Arab and Kurdish militias at energy fields near the town of Khasham on the Eastern shore of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzur province.

“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) mission,” the Central Command said.

The retaliatory attack was carried out after Syrian “pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,” the coalition claimed.

The US-led coalition has also firmly stressed its “non-negotiable right to act in self-defense”, since its service members are embedded with the “partners” on ground in Syria.

According to reports, more than 100 pro-government forces have been killed in the airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition in Syria's Deir Ezzur.

Damascus had announced in mid-June that the US-led coalition bombers have shot down one of its fighter jets during a mission in Raqqa province. The warplane was carrying out operations against ISIL in the countryside of Raqqa when it was targeted.

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

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, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Bashar al-Assad government involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

Also on May 18, the US-led coalition struck pro-Assad forces near al-Tanf in the area of an established de-confliction zone. The coalition air raids occurred near al-Tanf, where US' and British special operations forces have been training militants near the border with Iraq and Jordan.

On June 6, the Pentagon announced the coalition conducted a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the de-confliction zone with Russia and posed threat to its personnel. The force comprised of a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers. At least two Syrian servicemen were killed and more than 15 injured as a result of the attack.

On June 8, the US-led coalition bombed pro-Damascus forces near al-Tanf in the area of a de-confliction zone following an alleged attack by a combat drone resulting in no coalition forces' casualties. It was the third attack by the coalition on Damascus' allies in the area, as the coalition targeted a drone and trucks with weapons.

Furthermore, on September 16, 2016 US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian Army near the Deir Ezzur airport, killing nearly 100 people.

According to several reports, the US plans to keep its troops in Syria long after the defeat of ISIL. Washington has been justifying its deployment of ground troops in Syria, which violates the embattled nation’s sovereignty, by citing the need to fight ISIL.

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon said early December that US forces will stay in Syria indefinitely, while there is no legal justification for Washington presence in the county which has endured a deadly six-year conflict and partial occupation by ISL, as it had admitted that the United States has 1,720 troops in Syria.

"We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," he added.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Washington has long been accused of colluding with Daesh to provide safe passage and logistic support to the members of the militant group in conflict zones. The United States has maintained its military presence in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIL, but Washington has armed and funded various militant groups which fighting against Damascus government and its allies.

Coalition: We will defend ourselves and our partners
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – With coalition forces and their allies in Syria coming under fire in Deir ez-Zor and at the receiving end of threats out of Ankara, the spokesperson for the global alliance stressed that they have the right to defend themselves and will not hesitate to do so.

The events of Wednesday night show that “our stance is very clear that we will defend ourselves and our partners. If there’s any thoughts of doing this again in the future, I hope that they would think twice about doing that – whoever it may be,” Col. Ryan Dillon told Rudaw TV on Thursday.

He was speaking about coalition airstrikes on forces that had attacked a known SDF headquarters in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

The United States estimates more than 100 pro-Syrian regime forces were killed, a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Dillon stressed, however, that their mission remains the war against ISIS. “We do not have a fight with pro-regime forces. Our fight is continued to focus on ISIS,” he said.

On Wednesday, Dillon was in Manbij with the commanding general of all coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk.

He described the trip as a “routine visit,” but acknowledged that it comes at a time when Turkey has directly threatened the coalition forces and their SDF allies in the area.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to “foil games along our borders, starting from Manbij.”

Coalition forces are stationed in the Manbij area to prevent clashes between Turkey and their proxies and the Kurdish-led forces.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has said that “American soldiers in YPG uniforms” could become targets.

Funk’s timely trip was an opportunity “for him to say to our troops and to media that were in the area that we always have the inherent right to defend ourselves against any threat, whether that be ISIS or anything else,” Dillon explained.

The general’s message for the soldiers stationed at the Manbij outpost was one of reassurance that the coalition is backing them, “despite some of the rhetoric and some of the talks that have been in the news lately,” Dillon added.

In Afrin, where Turkey’s military operation against the YPG has been underway for nearly three weeks, Dillon said the coalition is not conducting operations, but they are watching the situation closely to see how it could affect the war against ISIS.

The YPG-led SDF is fighting “every single day to defeat ISIS elements” in the Middle Euphrates River Valley of eastern Syria, Dillon said, noting that the terror group remains the biggest threat to the Middle East and the world.

“So, as anything that happens in Afrin distracts from the fight against ISIS, it is very much a concern to the coalition,” he said.
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US threatens N. Korea with sanctions & force, but war could claim 1mn lives – Moscow
Washington continues to strangle Pyongyang with sanctions and threatens to impose more restrictions, but a potential regional conflict could claim up to 1 million civilian lives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“We are seeing how the United States every time attempts both to tighten the sanction screws [on North Korea] and to threaten it with the use of force,” Lavrov said Wednesday during a forum in Sochi.

“I very much hope that [the war] scenario, which according to the experts’ estimates could claim the lives of up to 1 million people or even more, won’t be carried out,” the minister added.

Lavrov also expressed hopes that Washington “will, at least, consult with the countries that would be affected, primarily the governments of South Korea and Japan.”

“The use of power in this region would be catastrophic,” Lavrov predicted.

The minister’s remarks followed US Vice President Mike Pence’s bellicose warning made earlier in Japan. Pence said the US will roll out its “toughest and most aggressive” economic sanctions against Pyongyang before the end of the Winter Olympics.

Despite Russia repeatedly warning against provoking the North with military maneuvers in the region, Washington insists on its right to conduct joint activities with Seoul and Tokyo.

In mid-January, the US and Canada hosted a Vancouver meeting on the Korean deadlock, excluding major mediators and the North’s immediate neighbors Russia and China, merely inviting Moscow and Beijing to assess the results at the end of the talks. Officials from both countries called the summit “unacceptable.” China’s Foreign Ministry said the meeting would only “create divisions” and “harm joint efforts” to resolve the crisis.

While the 20 foreign ministers at the Vancouver meeting agreed to further pressure Pyongyang with more unilateral restrictions in addition to the UNSC sanctions, Moscow and Beijing said the attendees failed to offer an alternative to their “double freeze” plan. The proposal was rejected by Washington in summer 2017 and again during the summit in Canada.

The Russia-China “double freeze” plan would involve the US ceasing its military drills in the region, while North Korea would halt its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Moscow: US to Bear Responsibility for Results of New Anti-Korean Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow is deeply disappointed by the latest US statements on the possibility of new "aggressive" sanctions against North Korea, such intentions create an atmosphere of tension amid signs of dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang.

"The US Administration has once again put in question the labored groundwork for political and diplomatic movement forward [in settling the North Korean crisis]. Thus it will bear the responsibility for the possible outcomes of this," Ryabkov told Sputnik.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States would soon roll out its "toughest and most aggressive" round of economic sanctions to ensure the denuclearization of North Korea.

"These statements seem to us deeply disappointing, they once again create an atmosphere of tension in relation to what can happen in the short term," he also said, commenting on the statement.

The Foreign Minister noted that the statement was particularly regrettable given the resumption of dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang.

"Right now, when there seems to be relative calm and signs that Pyongyang and Seoul will continue direct dialogue at the political level, the US side is opposing it and in fact showing a lack of interest in ensuring that these processes of enhancing exchange of views between the North and the South continued on the Korean peninsula," Ryabkov stated.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula sharply deteriorated in 2017, after North Korea conducted a series of missile launches, as well as a nuclear test.

In December, the UN Security Council, at the initiative of the United States, introduced new international sanctions against Pyongyang, which became the most stringent yet in the 21st century. The resolution provides serious restrictions on the supply of fuel and other goods to the DPRK, and all countries of the United Nations were instructed to send North Korean labor migrants home.

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New Research Shows Police Killing Vulnerable People With Tasers
TEHRAN (FNA)- Vulnerable groups of people, including the elderly, pregnant women, and people with heart conditions, make up half of the Taser deaths caused by US police, according to a new investigation by Reuters.

People who could be classified as ‘vulnerable’ comprise more than half of the 1,028 cases identified by Reuters in which people died after being shocked by Tasers. Out of these, 245 people had a heart condition and 643 people were drunk or high on drugs, RT reported.

Nearly a third of the US population can be considered a ‘vulnerable’ group and are at greater risk of death or injury from Taser shocks, the Reuters report found. Stun guns are used by police to immobilize targets by delivering a painful electric shock.

Axon Enterprise Inc, the Arizona-based company which produces Taser guns, warns against using them on “higher risk populations.”

These people should be targeted “only if the situation justifies an increased risk” of injury or death, the company said.

Since 2005, more than 60 percent of the 1,028 people who died in police confrontations involving Tasers were either drunk or on drugs, according to data collected by Reuters. People who are intoxicated by drugs face higher risks of medical consequences from Tasers’ electrical current.

Since 2001, there were 19 incidents of women stunned while pregnant, with at least 11 of these followed by a miscarriage, according to Reuters.

In 2009, pregnant women were designated a “higher risk population”, by Axon Government authorities do not track miscarriages or other problems linked to pregnant women stunned by Tasers.

Tasers are unregulated as police weapons and there is no national system monitoring their use.

Moreover, there is a “disturbing racial disparity” in the use of Tasers on African Americans compared with white populations, according to a memo published in September 2017 from the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). The memo is addressed to the San Francisco Police Commission.

It cites figures reported by Amnesty International indicating that African Americans are disproportionately killed by Tasers in the United States.

The memo also highlighted research showing that Taser use by police can contribute to the “sudden death of people with mental conditions.”

However, police officers maintain that stun guns are a safer and more efficient alternative to firearms.

“There have been instances where we have saved a person’s life by using this piece of equipment,” Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told Reuters.
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US May Be Preparing New Military Actions in Syria

Russian Ambassador: US May Be Preparing New Military Actions in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Ambassador to Damascus Alexander Kinshchak said it is possible that the US is preparing a new military action against Syria in order to undermine the progress in the political settlement.

"In recent days, the topic of the use of sarin and chlorine by government forces in East Ghouta and Idlib has been actively revitalized. Given the sad experience of Khan Sheikhoun, it cannot be ruled out that in this way a new force action is being prepared against Syria in order to support the defeated militants and undermine the positive progress in the political settlement process that emerged after the successful holding of the Congress of the Syrian national dialogue in Sochi," he added, Sputnik reported.

Russian Ambassador to Syria stressed that the United States is trying to push for new anti-Syria sanctions in the United Nations, which would violate its sovereignty.

According to him, it is very revealing how the joint mechanism of the UN-OPCW investigation "dealt" with the terrorist attack in Khan Sheikhoun, which "simply wrote the conclusions under the dictation of Western countries, not giving a damn about the obvious facts and materials that refuted the scheme, that "Bashar Assad is to blame for everything".

The West is using the Syrian chemical dossier in the campaign against Russia, any positive changes in the situation are unlikely, Kinshchak said.

"For the West, this is an important card in its consistently anti-Syrian, and now also an anti-Russian game. [It is] a tool for constant pressure on Damascus and its allies, primarily Moscow. A tool to manipulate the world public opinion through the demonization of 'Bashar Assad's criminal regime.' A proven and fairly effective way to influence impressionable ordinary people who are brainwashed by all leading Western media,” he added.

"It is concerning that Washington's rhetoric in this regard is becoming more belligerent. It seems that they do not proceed from specific incidents involving the use of poisonous substances, but from rumors, more precisely − from deliberately spread disinformation,” Kinshchak underlined.

The ambassador noted that any positive changes in the situation around chemical dossier were rather unlikely.

"Tell you straight up, the situation is very tense. Any changes for the better apparently can hardly be expected. Moreover, as the government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces are liberating new territories from terrorists, the situation around the chemical dossier is only heating up,” Kinshchak underscored.

According to the UN-OPCW report, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is allegedly responsible for the use of sarin in Idlib, while Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group is responsible for the use of sulfur mustard in Umm Hawsh.

Russia has slammed the document, stating that the report looked more like an unprofessional document, and was based mostly on assumptions and the selective use of evidence.

After the report's release, the Russian Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Industry and Trade have presented a report on chemical attacks in Syria, debunking all three main points in the document, which allegedly prove Damascus' involvement in the incident.

The new accusations against the Syrian government come amid the US-led coalition's military operation in Syria. The alliance consisting of more than 60 states since 2014 without an official request from Damascus or UN approval.

The coalition has been repeatedly accused of killing civilians and evacuating militantsfrom Syrian war zones.

Russian Top Brass Blast Al-Nusra Front as Tool of Powers Riled by Moscow’s Victories
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) have become a tool in the hands of one or more countries displeased with Moscow’s role in the liberation of Syria.

"Jabhat al-Nusra units, affiliated with Al-Qaeda remain the main source of instability in Syria, particularly in the Idlib area," the statement read, TASS reported.

"Members of this terror group, who have been receiving weapons and financial support, seek to disrupt the peace process in de-escalation zones, driving out the moderate opposition’s units," the Russian Defense Ministry added.

According to the statement, all this confirms the concerns that terrorists from the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda have become a servile tool in the hands of one or more technologically developed countries that are dissatisfied with Russia’s leading role in the liberation of Syria from the ISIL.

Russia’s aerospace group monitors the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria where Turkey has not deployed its observation posts yet, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Russian aircraft regularly monitor the de-escalation zone of Idlib, where Turkey has not yet deployed its observation posts under the assumed commitments," Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated.

He recalled that after the Syrian army with the assistance of Russia’s aerospace group had regained control of the country’s territory from the ISIL, the bulk of Russia’s contingent returned home.

"Currently, the main tasks of the Russian forces in Syria are the monitoring of the ceasefire in the de-escalation zones and assisting the Syrian people in returning to a peaceful existence," Konashenkov said.

He added that in the de-escalation zone, Russian military police units were monitoring and enforcing the cessation of hostilities.

According to earlier reports, a Russian Sukhoi-25 jet was shot down by a man-portable missile over the de-escalation zone of Idlib while conducting a ceasefire monitoring mission. Its pilot, Major Roman Filipov, ejected himself only to be surrounded by terrorists on the ground. After a shootout with the attackers on the ground, Filipov blew up himself with a hand grenade. On February 6, he was awarded the title of the Hero of Russia posthumously.

Four de-escalation zones have functioned in Syria since the middle of last September - Eastern Ghouta (a suburb of Damascus), in the South of the country, near Homs and also in the Idlib Governorate and some parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama.
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SDF Increases Pressure on Civilians in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) suppressed the civilians and looted their properties in Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Western Deir Ezzur confirmed on Thursday that the Kurdish forces have closed the road linking between their controlled regions and areas under the Syrian army's control, blocking the civilians' traffic in the area.

Meantime, reports said that the Kurdish forces in the town of Merkada in Southern Hasaka and the town of al-Sour in Northeastern Deir Ezzur have looted properties in trade zones.

Also, on Wednesday, local sources had reported that severe tensions erupted between the SDF and tribal people in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The sources said that people in the village of al-Shahil stormed the SDF centers and captured nine of the Kurdish fighters after one of the villagers was reportedly killed by the SDF.

The villagers have called for the handover of the murderer.

The SDF has put its forces on alert following the unrest.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish sources announced that almost 1,028 Kurdish forces have been killed during Operation Olive Branch in Afrin in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

The Turkish Army General Staff announced in a statement on Thursday that its forces along with militants supported by them have killed 29 Kurdish fighters during military operations in Afrin in the past 24 hours.

It added that 1,028 Kurdish forces have been killed since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20.

Meantime, 2 Turkish soldiers were also killed in the Kurdish forces' mortar and anti-tank missile attacks in Southwest of the town of Bolbol.

A media outlet reported on Wednesday that a sum of 9 Turkish Army men and Ankara-backed militants were killed and several more wounded in clashes with the Kurdish militias in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish army men and their allied militant groups suffered nine casualties in clashes with the Kurds in Shiheh region.

Hawar news added that the Kurdish fighters killed or wounded a number of the Turkish soldiers and allied militants in clashes near the village of Shikhourzeh and managed to destroy a military vehicle and seize a large volume of arms and ammunition.

The Kurdish fighters also destroyed a military vehicle of the Turkish army near the village of Humman in Jandariseh region, Hawar news said, adding that the entire Turkish soldiers on board were killed.

SDF Continues Forced Recruitment in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish forces recruited a large number of civilians in different regions in Raqqa province, forcing them to join the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources said on Thursday as tensions between the Kurds and the Turkish army in Afrin intensify.

The sources in Northern Raqqa reported that the Kurdish forces have detained over 1,500 young people from the towns and villages of the region with the aim of recruiting them for fight against the Turkish army and its affiliated militants.

They also underlined increased recruitment activities by the Kurds in the region, adding that a large number of teachers in Salouk and Tal Abyadh regions in Raqqa province have been transferred to Khorous base in South of the town of Ain al-Arab (Kobani) in Eastern Aleppo.

Local sources in Hasaka province had confirmed earlier this month that the Kurdish forces have arrested a large number of civilians in Mabrouga camp near the town of Ra'as al-Ein, forcing them to join the SDF fighters.

In the meantime, scores of civilians were arrested by the SDF for the same purpose in the neighborhoods of al-Nashwa and al-Naseriyeh in Hasaka city.
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