US Prevents Implementation of Military Agreement between Lebanon, Russia

Paper: US Prevents Implementation of Military Agreement between Lebanon, Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Lebanese newspaper reported that Washington has barred implementation of a military agreement between Beirut and Moscow.

"Washington has managed to prevent a military agreement between Lebanon and Russia," a Russian diplomatic source told the Arabic-language al-Jomhouriyah newspaper on Tuesday.

He added that the draft of the agreement was written in February after several joint meetings between the Russian and Lebanese officials, saying that the agreement included 10 paragraphs, the most important of which was exchange of military experiences between the two armies, support for the Lebanese army and providing the ground for Lebanon to receive loans to purchase Russia-made weapons.

Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper reported in July that the agreement came after then-Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s September 2017 visit to Moscow, which took place before elections that designated him prime minister once again. In Moscow, Hariri called for Russian support for the Lebanese Army and increased cooperation between the two states.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the agreement – approved by President Vladimir Putin – would call for Lebanon to temporarily open air and sea facilities to the Russian military, but a Lebanese official denied this, it added.

The official also denied that the Russians offered a credit line in the agreement for the Army to purchase Russian weapons, according to Daily Star.
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Assad sent secret letter to Obama about Golan Heights – Kerry

Assad sent secret letter to Obama about Golan Heights – Kerry
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad sent his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama a secret letter about the resumption of peace talks on the occupied Golan Heights, John Kerry said, as reported by the Haaretz.

According to the Haaretz article, Obama then conveyed the secret letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The newspaper referred to Kerry’s recently published book titled Every Day is Extra, in which he, in particular, explained that “Assad asked me what it would take to enter into serious peace negotiations, in the hope of securing the return of the Golan Heights, which Syria had lost to Israel in 1967.”

“I told him that if he were serious, he should make a private proposal. He asked what it would look like. I shared my thoughts. He instructed his top aide to draft a letter from Assad to President Obama,” Kerry wrote.

He noted that in the letter, Assad specifically called on Obama to support renewed peace talks with Israel, signaling “Syria’s willingness to take a number of steps in exchange for the return of the Golan from Israel.”

Shortly after the meeting with Assad, Kerry visited Israel and shared the information with Netanyahu, who Kerry said “was surprised that Assad was willing to go that far, significantly further than he’d been willing to go [previously].”

Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the Six Days War in June of 1967.

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HTS captures ISIL’s chief of assassination operations in Idlib
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham announced on Monday that their security forces had captured a high ranking Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) commander in the Idlib Governorate.
According to the jihadist group’s media wing, HTS’ security forces captured the Islamic State’s chief of assassination operations in the Idlib Governorate.

えっ、えっ? ですが、次の情報もあります。


Two senior rebel commanders assassinated in Syria’s Idlib
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – More rebel fighters are assassinated in Idlib as the Syrian Army amasses forces to storm the jihadi-held province.

The bodies of two senior Ahrar al-Sham commanders were found somewhere in Nahlaya town, south of Idlib city.

Abu Wassef al-Askari and Abu Maria al- Idari; two filed commanders from Ahrar al-Sham movement were shot in the head two days after they were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

Powerful explosion rips through rebel-held town near Turkish border
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – A powerful explosion ripped through the rebel-held town of ‘Azaz in northern Aleppo, today, after car bomb was detonated outside of a mosque.

According to local activists, the car bomb was detonated outside the Maytham Mosque in ‘Azaz.

At least three people were killed as a result of this bombing, with another dozen or so wounded, the activists added via social media.

No group has claimed responsibility for this latest bombing.


BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Another explosion has been reported from rebel-held northern Syria, today, after a car bomb was detonated inside Idlib city.
According to pro-opposition activists via social media, a bomb was detonated from Kia Rio inside Idlib’s city-center.
No casualties have been reported as of yet.
No group has claimed responsibility for this attack.
This is the second car bombing to target a rebel-held city in northern Syria, today, with the first taking place in ‘Azaz.

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US service member in Afghanistan killed in 'insider attack' - NATO

Moscow, Kabul Agree to Postpone Peace Conference
TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow said on Monday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have agreed to postpone a peace conference on Afghanistan that was planned for September.

The peace conference was set to take place in September in Moscow, but during a phone call with Lavrov, Ghani proposed postponing it due to the need to develop Afghanistan’s consolidated position on this issue, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, published on its official website, Anadolu Agency reported.

"The president of the IRA [Islamic Republic of Afghanistan], supporting in principle the idea of a Moscow meeting, proposed postponing it due to the need to develop Afghanistan’s consolidated position on this issue, taking into account the ongoing personnel changes in the leadership of the Afghan ruling bloc," it said.

Lavrov and Ghani agreed to set a new date for the meeting through diplomatic channels.

In the official statement from Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was said to have hailed Moscow for its efforts for peace in Afghanistan, but also emphasized that any talks must be an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.

“In the telephonic conversation, the president of the country hailed the efforts made by Afghanistan’s regional and international friends, especially the Russian Federation towards lasting peace in Afghanistan and said that the peace plan which was presented at the second Kabul Process conference had been outlined in consultation with various segments of society and with the support of the international community and the plan has defined all basic principles for sustainable peace in the country,” it noted.

“In the telephonic conversation, it was decided to postpone the Moscow conference so that the two countries can coordinate on further preparations and effectiveness of the process,” it added.

Afghanistan Will Not Attend Peace Talks in Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Afghan foreign ministry announced that Kabul will not attend multinational peace talks hosted by Russia early next month, a decision that could make Moscow reconsider its plan to invite the Taliban.

"The peace process definitely needs to be carried out under the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. We will not participate in the Moscow talks," Sibghat Ahmadi, the spokesman of Afghanistan's foreign ministry, said, TOLOnews reported.

Ahmadi also told Sputnik on Thursday that "we are not going to attend [the Moscow conference]… The peace process should be led by Afghanistan only, only by the Government of the Republic of Afghanistan".

Ahmadi added that it was an independent decision that had nothing to do with Washington.

The spokesman also said that the government already had its own peace council that was working on negotiations with the Taliban.

"Of course we will lead the peace process, but by the way, we have very close relations with Russia and Russia is a big country and a powerful country in the region and one of our friends. And we have very good relations with Russia," Ahmadi concluded.

Separately, an Afghan official working with the foreign ministry in Kabul told Reuters news agency that the government had "decided against attending the Moscow conference", noting that they will "hold direct talks" with the Taliban, without the direct involvement of foreign powers.

The Taliban movement has accepted Russia's invitation to attend the Moscow format of Afghan reconciliation talks scheduled for September 4. Russia has invited 12 countries, including the United States, to the talks, but Washington has declined the invitation. It is unclear whether the Afghan officials' statements on Wednesday will affect Moscow's decision to invite the Taliban.

It comes after the Taliban militant group’s leadership has reportedly rejected the call by the government for a ceasefire during Eid Al-Adha, according to Khaama Press.

In June, the militant group observed a government ceasefire for the three-day Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. The ceasefire, the first in more than 15 years, ended after the Taliban rejected the government’s offer to extend it beyond three days.

Moscow: Russia Registers Helicopters, Delivering Arms to Afghan Militants
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that Moscow registered unidentified helicopters that were delivering weapons to Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) and other militants in Afghanistan.

"We draw attention again to the flights of unidentified helicopters in the north of Afghanistan, delivering weapons and ammunition to local Daesh militants and Taliban fighters, who are cooperating with the Daesh terrorist group. According to the statements by the Afghan media and local residents, such flights have recently been recorded in the province of Sari-Pul," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday, Sputnik reported.

She also noted that neither the Afghan military nor the NATO forces address those flights, which are carried out close to the borders of the Central Asian countries.

"There is a question – who is behind those flights, who provides weapons for the terrorists and creates their bases close to the Southern borders of the CIS countries, and why does this occur in Afghan airspace controlled by NATO forces?" Zakharova added.

The information on the issue comes on the threshold of the Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan, which are slated to be held in September.

※ The Moscow Times Aug. 22 2018 - 09:08
Taliban to Take Part in Moscow Talks on Afghanistan in September
The Taliban plans to take part in Afghanistan peace talks in Moscow on Sept. 4, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on Tuesday.

Lavrov's ministry said in a statement that Russia had invited 12 countries, including the United States, to international talks, which come as Moscow is taking a more prominent role on Afghanistan.

Moscow supported an Afghan government offer of a three-month ceasefire, and regretted that the Taliban rejected the offer on Monday, the ministry said.

Foreign Ministry official Zamir Kabulov was cited by Interfax on Monday as saying Moscow had invited the Taliban, which is banned in Russia and considered a terrorist organisation.

Abdul Kayum Kuchai, Afghanistan's ambassador in Moscow, welcomed the Taliban's involvement in the talks, the RIA news agency reported.

Russia conducted international talks on Afghanistan in April last year, but the United States did not attend, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Massive missile attack launched at Presidential Palace in Kabul
At least a dozen missiles have been fired in Kabul, with some targeting the Presidential Palace and diplomatic zone in the capital of Afghanistan. The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani was speaking at an Eid prayer ceremony.

The attack on the palace and the diplomatic zone occurred early on Tuesday, according to Tolo news. The outlet said, citing officials, that at least 12 missiles exploded in the area, adding that locals say there might have been more than 20.

The first rocket hit somewhere near the presidency, the second near a NATO compound and the US Embassy in Kabul, AP reported citing a police official. Black smoke was seen rising from the buildings as military helicopters were flying above the city, where clashes are reportedly ongoing.

Two people were wounded, AFP reported citing an interior ministry spokesman.

The area where the rockets hit is one of the most secure parts of Kabul, where embassies and Afghan government buildings are located. The quarter is heavily fortified, surrounded by high cement blast walls.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but it comes just two days after Ghani declared a ceasefire with the Taliban ahead of Eid celebrations.

But on Monday the group ambushed three buses, kidnapping the passengers, in an apparent violation of the ceasefure that was supposed to have taken effect.

Afghan security forces have reportedly freed nearly 150 people kidnapped by the Taliban on Monday.

The group is still holding some military personnel hostage.
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US, French forces carry out archeological excavations in Syria’s Raqqa

US, French forces carry out archeological excavations in Syria’s Raqqa
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – American and French forces began excavations in an archeological hilltop near the northern city of Raqqa, local activists reported.

A local activist released a photo which purportedly features heavy machineries for the US-led coalition in al-Mansoura hilltops of Raqqa western countryside.

Mohab Nasser, originally from the city of Raqqa, said that similar excavations have been underway for months in the west and northwest countryside of Tabqa; particularly near Ja’bar, Al-Jarniyah and al-Kreen.

AMN hasn’t yet been able to verify this claim.

The eastern and northeastern region of Syria – commonly known as al-Jazeera – is home for several ancient civilizations and therefore rich in antiquities and artifacts.

The Islamic State, which at one stage controlled most of the area, has made a fortune from illegally selling antiquities in black markets.
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