ずくなしの冷や水

2019年07月10日

イラク政府の汚職体質は改まらないようだ

シリア内戦問題、ISIS問題を通じてイラクの政治事情についても少し情報に触れることがありましたが、イラク兵をはじめとして服装などが他国に比べてアメリカナイズされています。典型が帽子とサングラス。

ISISがモースルに最初の本部を置きました。バグダーディがモースル アル・ヌーリ大モスクで演説をしました。ISISに協力することはカネになったんです。イラクにはそういう協力をする人が少なくなかった。

バグダーディの消息についても、イラクの政府内部関係者とされる人も含めて盛んにかく乱情報を流しました。かく乱情報を流させたのは、米国サイドです。イラク軍の中に米軍に通じる人たちが相当数いるらしく、毅然とした対処をしなかったためにボランティア軍ができたのだと思います。米軍はこれを目の敵にしましたが、当然です。ISIS掃討に関して米軍の制止を聞かなかったわけですから。米軍のイラク内駐留についてもイラク国内には推進派がいるとされます。

イラクの国防大臣だったでしょうか、物資調達に関する国家議員による介入を批判したため命を狙われ、結局議会の決議で辞任せざるを得なくなりました。その辺はシリアと全く違うところだと思います。

7か月前の選挙の後首相に任命されたAdil Abdul-Mahdiに対する攻撃が強まっているようです。背景や理由はよくわかりません。

Adil Abdul-Mahdi氏は、欧州に留学し、欧州で暮らしていた期間が長いようです。こういう人が選ばれるということは、利害関係者が与しやすしと考えているからですね。



次のニュースは、イラク軍の将校がCIAのエージェントにイラク軍の基地の場所などを緯度経度で教えていた、その音声を傍受したというものです。米軍、イスラエル軍に空爆される恐れありとしています。この将校、銃殺刑になってもおかしくない。でも、これまでの例からするとこういう米軍やCIAに通じた兵士は少なくない。情報組織も同じのようです。

アルジャジーラの記事は、ISIS支配下でISISに役務や労務を強いられた元公務員が、訴追されて死刑になる人もいることが書かれています。

aljazeera 2019/7/10
Iraq government employees face prosecution for working under ISIL
From teachers to doctors, those forced to serve during ISIL's occupation of Iraq face up to 20 years in prison. by Tessa Fox

Mosul, Iraq - As the city fell to the occupation of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) five years ago, many doctors in Mosul's public hospital ripped off their scrubs and fled.
Labeeb, a doctor himself, was unable to join his colleagues in their escape as he had just reached the hospital with his wife who was showing complications in her pregnancy.
"There were lots of gunshots... The doctors even left their patients and ran away," Labeeb, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, told Al Jazeera in an interview last month.

His wife needed a caesarean section though the anaesthetist had already fled, leaving her to bear a child with a birth defect at 8pm on June 9, 2014 - the same day ISIL took over the city.
"My child was about to die. It was a tough time. It forced me to stay in the hospital and witness everything," he said.
Labeeb, employed by the Iraqi government, is one of the hundreds of government employees under investigation for working under ISIL, also known as ISIS.
As the group occupied the city, it began building its administration from the foundations of the existing Iraqi government workforce.

Mosul's Old City remains largely in ruins two years after ISIL defeat
It was the blueprint the armed group set up across all the territories it controlled. At its peak, ISIL employed thousands of teachers, doctors and various civil employees, even down to municipality drivers.

Considering Labeeb remained in Mosul to care for his wife and newborn child, ISIL took advantage of his expertise.
As Human Rights Watch (HRW) has pointed out in various reports, including Flawed Justice - Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq, all civil employees are subject to investigation and prosecution under the government's blanket system for dealing with ISIL affiliates under its counter-terrorism law.

Forced to work
Within a month after the birth of his child, Labeeb received a phone call informing him to meet in a cafe in Mosul to discuss going back to work.
"I felt shocked because I didn't know who they were," he said.
His number was obtained by ISIL from the Nineveh government employment records.

English teacher Younis Muawiyah, 35, a government employee at Mosul High School since 2008, fell into the same position as Labeeb when the armed group seized control of the city.
"At first they sent me a message saying: 'You should come into the school because we need you.' I didn't answer them. I ignored it at first," Muawiyah said.

"The second day they sent me another message: 'You should come otherwise we'll punish you.'"
Muawiyah reluctantly went back to work, teaching a class of 150 ISIL children.
"They learned English in order to know what their enemies, such as the US, said," he added.
There are no exact numbers of government workers currently prosecuted or facing investigation under the counter-terrorism law, though HRW has documented charges against a "wide range" of individuals.

Salim Muhammed Noori, chief judge of Nineveh Court, told Al Jazeera it was difficult for a government employee to work for ISIL.
He said people did not have to stay in Mosul when ISIL came. "A lot of important people left the city," Noori added.

Harsh sentences
The Iraqi justice department has an investigation division that looks into the cases of those who worked for ISIL, gathering written witness statements and evidence.
HRW said only in a handful of cases has the court questioned witnesses or called them in to give evidence.
Considering many arrests are based on names provided to the security forces from ordinary civilians, there are cases where feuds between people have resulted in someone's name being submitted as an act of revenge, residents told Al Jazeera.

Muawiyah said, due to false witness accounts, there were many people in prison who did not work with ISIL.
"If I hate you, I can go to the police station and say this person worked with ISIL. You're innocent but you'll stay in prison until they check, and after that the government just says 'sorry'," Muawiyah said.

Noori confirmed this version of Iraqi "amnesty".
"If somebody is sent to prison because they killed someone then afterwards we find the person is not dead - they get out of prison," he explained.
HRW also highlighted charges are often based on confessions extracted under duress.

Labeeb continued working for three years under ISIL rule, even after the Iraqi government cut salaries in mid-2015, and the group offered no payment.
He worked at the Mosul Oncology Hospital, in which ISIL's leadership used the basement as a hiding place and patients and workers as human shields from air raids, Labeeb explained.

He was instructed not to examine female patients, but he refused their order.
"ISIL couldn't punish doctors because numbers were very few and they needed us, so they would only say bad things to us," Labeeb said. He said his constant refusal to follow ISIL's orders led to the investigation against him to be dropped by Iraqi authorities.

"The intelligence says I didn't join ISIL. It was proved I was innocent," Labeeb said. "I tried to get away from them as much as I could, so I didn't interact with them. Others may have had direct contact with them, [so they are] the people who are in danger now," he added.

In the Nineveh Counter-terrorism Court, under which the Mosul region falls, if someone is found guilty of a killing in the name of ISIL they are sentenced to death by hanging.
The minimum sentence given for someone who joined ISIL, including those who worked under the group, is 15 to 20 years in prison.

Noori said each case is carefully considered, but he acknowledged it was not an easy task.
"While ISIL never had any human rights and did so many bad things to the Iraqi people, [we have] guarantees to protect these suspects," he said.

Granting amnesty
For those convicted in Iraqi courts, some may be entitled to release under the General Amnesty Law.
For this to be possible, the person convicted would have to provide evidence showing they joined ISIL against their will and did not commit a serious offence.

Belkis Wille, HRW's senior Iraq researcher, said it is difficult for people to prove they were forced to work for the armed group because the bar has been set so high.
"The government would argue that you should have stayed at home, because by then you aren't working for the Iraqi government any more. So why did you continue to work," Wille said.
Even though this law exists, and would benefit the government workers forced to work under ISIL, HRW found the majority of judges handing counter-terrorism cases are not applying it.
HRW detailed a senior counter-terrorism judge in Nineveh who expressed his refusal to apply the law "because he thought no one who provided any support to ISIL deserved an amnesty".
It is also noted a senior judge recommended the death penalty for a man who was a cook for ISIL fighters.

Wille said there should be broad amnesty applied to people who are not linked to violent crimes.
"Particularly for those in government functions that helped keep the rights of people in that area, so people could continue to have access to water, electricity, et cetera," Wille said.
The way prosecutions are being handled are misguided and not helping the future of Iraq, she added.

"There's no comprehensive transitional justice action plan where prosecutions play a key role in helping to heal wounds and foster reconciliation," Wille said.

FARSNEWS2019/7/6
Hezbollah Releases Audio Files of Iraqi Officer's Phone Coordination with CIA against Hashd Al-Shaabi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's Hezbollah popular group released a series of audio files revealing phone talks and Whatsapp chats between a senior Iraqi officer in al-Anbar province and the US spy agency, CIA, against Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces).

The audio files disclosed contacts between Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of al-Anbar operations in the Iraqi army, with a CIA agent who is an Iraqi national.

The CIA agent asked al-Falahi to provide him with the geographical coordinates of the existing military bases at the borders between Iraq and Syria "to be attacked by the US and Israeli air forces".

He also told al-Falahi to meet with "the US army and intelligence service commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq.


During the conversations, al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military bases in al-Anbar to the agent.

Hezbollah described the audio files as documents showing al-Falahi's "plot against the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi and resistance forces ", warning that his spying for the CIA and Israeli Mossad spy agencies has endangered Iran's national security.

Iraqi security sources disclosed in 2016 that Washington was exerting pressure on the Baghdad government to end Hashd al-Shaabi's partnership in war against ISIL and dissolve the militia army that has the lion share in the war on terrorism in the country.

"The US government has conveyed the message to the Iraqi government through its diplomats that there is no need to Hashd al-Shaabi forces and their role should come to an end," a senior Iraqi source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA at the time.

A senior member of the Iraqi parliament revealed last month the US plots and attempts to dissolve Hashd al-Shaabi with pressures on Iraq's government after the popular forces regained control over Iraq's borders with Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Odai Awad as saying that the US was pressuring Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to force him act against Hashd al-Shaabi.

He referred to the US embassy's contacts with the ISIL commanders, and said certain regions in Iraq are showing allegiance to the ISIL again in a way that a number of Iraqi security commanders have compared the situation to the situation in 2014.

Awad said that the US pressures started after Hashd al-Shaabi forces retook control over the Iraqi-Syrian borders, adding that at present, some measures are being adopted against Hashd al-Shaabi on the political and international scene in a bid to disturb the public opinion in freed areas.

FARSNEWS2019/7/9
Ba'ath Party Spying on Hashd Al-Shaabi for US
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iraqi security expert warned that members of the dissolved Ba'ath party are collecting intel for the US in Western Iraq, mainly through spying on Hashd al-Shaabi forces.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Moa'ayed al-Ali as saying on Tuesday that members of Ba'ath party have infiltrated into the Iraqi security bodies in Western Iraq.

He added that they collect intelligence on security units and Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq and relay the intel to the US forces.

Al-Ali said that the number of Ba'ath party members has increased in Western Iraq, warning that some have managed to be appointed to security posts in the region through bribery.

Last week, Iraq's Hezbollah popular group released a series of audio files revealing phone talks and Whatsapp chats between a senior Iraqi officer in al-Anbar province and the US spy agency, CIA, against Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi.

The audio files disclosed contacts between Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of al-Anbar operations in the Iraqi army, with a CIA agent who is an Iraqi national.

The CIA agent asked al-Falahi to provide him with the geographical coordinates of the existing military bases at the borders between Iraq and Syria "to be attacked by the US and Israeli air forces".

He also told al-Falahi to meet with "the US army and intelligence service commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq.

During the conversations, al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military bases in al-Anbar to the agent.

Hezbollah described the audio files as documents showing al-Falahi's "plot against the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi and resistance forces ", warning that his spying for the CIA and Israeli Mossad spy agencies has endangered Iran's national security.

RUDAW2019/6/17
Iraq PM feels the heat as Shiite heavyweights blast leadership
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi could find himself in hot water after a major Shiite bloc in the Iraqi parliament and the highest Shiite religious authority both launched scathing attacks on his leadership, seven months since he took office.

Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the fatwa that led to the establishment of Shiite paramilitaries Hashd al-Shaabi, the Shiite Marja Ali al-Sistani criticized Abdul-Mahdi over his failure to fill top posts in his cabinet, tackle corruption, and improve public services.

Disputes between Iraq’s parties have left the top jobs at the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense unfilled, the Marja lamented in his Friday sermon, read by his representative Ahmed al-Safi.

“Corruption still remains rampant in the institutions, and the state hasn’t met that with clear practical steps to limit it and hold those involved accountable,” he said.

“Administrative bureaucracy, lack of employment opportunities, and an acute shortage of essential services, except for some late improvement, cause suffering for the people.”

Failure to address these issues could lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group (ISIS), he warned.

Sistani’s criticism prompted Sayirun, the biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament led by firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, to demand Abdul-Mahdi appear before MPs.

“We find ourselves obligated to invite the head of the Council of Ministers and his cabinet to appear before the Council of Representatives to present a thorough and detailed report the rate of completion of the governmental program and explain the hurdles that have prevented its implementation,” Hassan al-Aquli, head of the Sayirun alliance parliamentary bloc, told reporters Saturday.

When he took office, Abdul-Mahdi pledged to complete the foundations of the federal state and its democratic republican system, promote the rule of law and strengthen security, invest in water and other essential infrastructure, and strengthen the economy and public services.

Iraqis are “disappointed” with the current conditions, Aquli said, speaking in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf. The PM must provide MPs with figures showing progress is being made and evidence he is tackling corruption, he added.

Abdul-Mahdi established the Supreme Anti-Corruption Council in January to fight graft. Iraq is ranked by Transparency International as among the world’s most corrupt countries.

In March 2019, while appearing before parliament, Abdul-Mahdi identified cases of corruption in 40 different sectors of the state, including oil, border controls, customs, electricity, prisons, pensions, and IDPs, among others.

Aquli said little progress has been made.

The government is not performing “at the required level”, he said. “This is a fact we have to admit.”

The Hikma Front, led by Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, announced on Sunday it will officially become the parliament’s first opposition bloc as a result of growing discontent with Abdul-Mahdi’s government.

As an independent technocrat, Abdul-Mahdi does not have a party or bloc in parliament.

Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi security analyst, said in a Facebook post Sunday: “The future of ousting or continuing the government of Adil Abdul-Mahdi depends on the success of countering the complaints” of his critics, “especially countering the coalition’s MPs from holding the government on its failure to implement its programs and promises.”

The PM has already said he has no plans to resign, but has conceded parliament could oust him.

Changing the prime minister is solely within the constitutional authority of parliament, Abdul-Mahdi told reporters in his weekly press conference on Wednesday. However, “there is no fight in the parliament towards this direction,” he added.

Removing Abdul-Mahdi could undermine Iraq’s already shaky recovery, as local and foreign leaders warn of an ISIS resurgence.

Moreover, the uptick in US-Iran tensions could spill over into Iraq and further undermine its hard-won stability.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:57| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

在米英国大使がトランプを酷評した電報が漏洩 辞任へ 英政府内の陰謀説

SPUTNIK 14:00 10.07.2019(updated 14:02 10.07.2019)
UK Ambassador to US to Resign Amid Scandal Over Leaked Cables
American President Donald Trump earlier slammed the UK ambassador to the US as a "very stupid guy" following the leak of British Embassy's cables, which revealed that the envoy had called Trump "inept and "incompetent".

SPUTNIK2019/7/7
UK Ambassador to US Calls Trump ‘Inept,’ ‘Incompetent’ in Memos – Report
In cables to the UK Foreign Office, the British ambassador to Washington provided a particularly “candid,” “unvarnished” and “honest” assessment of the Trump administration. The UK Foreign Office says that’s the way it likes it to be.

UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, in cables to the Foreign Office, reportedly acknowledged that US President Donald Trump is “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” CNN reported Saturday. The leaked cables were originally published by The Daily Mail.

In the cables, dating from 2017 to today, the ambassador warned his bosses that Trump’s “career could end in disgrace” and described conflicts within the administration as “knife fights,” the report says.

“We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the ambassador said in one memo.

The diplomat disclosed that while talking to the US president “you need to make your points simple, even blunt.”

In a more recent memo, Darroch referred to US policy on Iran as “incoherent” and “chaotic,” arguing that Trump’s decision not to retaliate for a downed spy drone was motivated by his focus on the 2020 re-election. During his 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to get out of foreign wars and bring every American soldier fighting in foreign wars home.

“[It is] unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon” as “this is a divided administration,” the memo reads.

Speaking to CNN, an undisclosed UK Foreign Office source confirmed the leaked cables were authentic.

"The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country. Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities," the official said.

Darroch claimed that Trump has a habit of consulting with friends outside of the White House on policy issues. Many of those ‘friends’, the ambassador writes, were “cultivated” by London and therefore could be used to manipulate the president.

“You want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer,” the ambassador wrote home. “So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.”

It would not be far-fetched to assume that the publication of his statements could spell the end the ambassador’s tenure in Washington.

According to CNN, there is a possible explanation to the diplomatic scandal, as the leak has been made public as the UK Conservative Party elects a new prime minister to replace outgoing Theresa May.

The most likely candidate is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a hardline Brexiteer. If Johnson takes the UK away from the EU, he will need to negotiate a new trade agreement with the US, and will arguably require a like-minded ambassador, according to the CNN report.

UK Brexit party leader Nigel Farage has already called on the Darroch to step down.

“The sooner he is gone the better,” Farage, a long time proponent of Trump’s, said, according to The Daily Mail.

RT2019/7/7
UK envoy to US worries ‘dysfunctional’ Trump is one twitch away from Iran war, leaked memos show
US President Donald Trump’s erratic policies regarding Iran could lead to war at the slightest provocation, the UK’s American envoy has been warning his London superiors in internal memos leaked to media.
(略)
The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.
The oldest files go back to 2017 and the most recent ones were penned just last month, including a dispatch from June, 22, in which Darroch shares uncensored insight into the erratic policies his country’s top ally is pursuing in regards to Iran.

He talks about Trump’s recent claim that he called off at the last moment a strike against Iran in retaliation to Tehran downing an American drone.

Trump at the time tweeted he did so because he was told around 150 Iranians would die if he went ahead with the strike – but Darroch’s internal memo ascribes the decision to the president’s 2020 re-election optics.

(略)

JNN/TBS 2019年7月8日(月)15時13分
英大使の米大統領「無能」報告報道、トランプ氏不快感示す
イギリスの駐米大使がアメリカ・トランプ大統領を「外交的に無能だ」などと本国に報告したと報じられ、トランプ氏も不快感を示すなど、波紋が広がっています。
 イギリスのメール・オン・サンデー紙は6日、極秘の公電の内容を入手し、ダロック駐米大使がトランプ氏について「外交的に無能」「不安定」などと本国に報告していたと報じました。ダロック大使はさらに、「ホワイトハウスは機能不全で、トランプ氏は不名誉なかたちで職を降りるだろう」とも伝えていたということです。
 「彼はイギリスの役に立っていない。我々は彼のことをあまり好きではない」(アメリカ トランプ大統領)
 トランプ氏は7日、こう不快感を示しましたが、これに先だって、イギリスのハント外相は「政府の意見とは一致しないが、大使は率直な意見を述べることが仕事だ」とダロック大使を擁護。イギリス外務省は情報漏洩の調査を始めるとしていますが、米英に亀裂が走っています。(08日14:25) JNN/TBS

RT2019/7/10
‘Political hit job’? Disgraced UK envoy victim of govt intrigue, Scaramucci tells RT
UK ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, whose leaked criticism of President Donald Trump has rendered him persona non grata, was the victim of a “hit job” by someone in the Foreign Office, a former White House official told RT.

“Someone wanted to embarrass him and knock him out of that post,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Afshin Rattansi, the host of RT’s Going Underground.

Because of Trump’s “predictable” response to the embarrassing leaks – which called his administration “dysfunctional,” “inept,” and “incompetent” – Darroch will most likely not receive a term extension, even though he is “very well liked in Washington,” Scaramucci said.

Give me 11 days inside the Foreign Office, I could figure out who’s doing it and we’d have to send him out.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

フォロワーの多いブログにも報道倫理規定を デンマーク教育大臣

SPUTNIK10:15 10.07.2019
Denmark Prepares Social Media Regulation Following Popular Blogger's Suicide Note
Influencer Fie Laursen's suicide note received 30,000 comments and 8,000 likes and was available to the public for an entire two days until removed by the blogger herself.

Influencers and bloggers who have thousands of followers on social media must adhere to press ethics rules, Danish Minister of Children and Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil of the Social Democratic Party has stated.

Her announcement came in the wake of a recent scandal, in which popular blogger Fie Laursen, who has over 330,000 followers on Instagram, published a suicide note. The letter, which received 30,000 comments and 8,000 likes, was publicly available for two days before being removed by Fie Laursen herself.

According to Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, similar incidents must not occur in the future.

“All journalists are familiar with the press ethics rules that, for example, that one must be careful about talking about suicide in the public space. When managing popular blogs with hundreds of thousands of followers, I think we can make the same demands. Had Fie Laursen known these rules, she would hopefully have pulled the brakes before publishing the letter”, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil told the newspaper Berlingske.

According to the minister, a specially appointed board should be tasked with observing that the rules are being followed and authorised to remove posts that presumably violate press ethics.

“The blogs must have a duty to designate, say, three people who must have the password for the blog or profile. These people can then remove a post if they believe it violates the press ethics even though it was the blogger has posted it”, the minister explained. According to her, this is a necessity, since some influencers now have a larger followship than established media.


Whether individuals and media outlets comply with press ethics rules is assessed by the Press Board, which may express criticism and ask for rectification. The minister suggested that the limit for press ethics responsibility may be drawn at about 5,000 followers.

Vibeke Borberg, lawyer at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, argued that imposing editorial responsibility on bloggers may be a tough task. Borberg also warned against equating established news media with social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

“The significant difference is that ordinary media work on the basis of editorial and journalistic methods, to which the press ethics rules apply. Social media, on the other hand, are just a platform where users post that something of completely different nature. It is rather of a form of communication than it a news platform”, Vibeke Borberg explained.

Conservative politician Mette Abildgaard denounced the suggestion.

“'Dear suicidal girl. You may be punished for violating editorial standards for your public suicide note'. Wow, how sympathetic”, she tweeted.

“This is called socialism... You say you want to protect the weakest, but in the end it is always the weakest that are hit”, another user chimed in.

By contrast, The Danish Bloggers Union welcomed a debate on blogging rules. According to its chairwoman, Lisbeth Kiel, the organisation is currently preparing an ethical code, in which, she hopes, many web personas will volunteer. According to her, advertisers can help push the trend in the right direction by investing their money with the bloggers who meet the ethical requirements.

One of Denmark's most popular bloggers, Sarah Louise Christiansen, the author of the fashion and lifestyle blog Sarahlouise.dk, agrees that more rules are needed in her profession.

“I believe bloggers and influencers should have greater responsibility for what we can and can't do. We have so many people who look up to us and listen to us. So we have a huge power. The truth is, there are people who follow the influencers blindly, and it's mega scary. So I totally agree, of course we should have tighter rules”, Sarah Louise Christiansen told Danish Radio, describing bloggers as “neither journalists, nor ordinary people”.

23-year-old Fie Cecilia Laursen is a Danish blogger, YouTuber, author, reality star, and photo model. Her suicide note published this past weekend was immediately reported to Instagram, while her family also struggled to get it removed. Instagram later parried that the letter was kept on purpose out of consideration for Laursen's health and very life.
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日本はホルムズ海峡航行安全に関する軍事同盟に引き入れられるでしょう

Washington Plans to Create Coalition to 'Ensure Freedom of Navigation' off Iran, Yemen - US General

Iranian officials have earlier blasted the US over the Gulf buildup, calling the superpower's military presence in the Mideast the "weakest in history".

Washington has developed a plan to create an international military coalition that would safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford said.

"We're engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab," he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

"And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we'll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that'll support that," Dunford added.

Earlier, US Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said the Navy would not rule out sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group through the Strait of Hormuz if doing so was found to be necessary. The strait is a strategic narrow body of water is separating the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea.

The sharp escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States began in May 2018, when US President Donald Trump announced Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Last month, on the one year anniversary of Trump's announcement, Iranian leaders said the country would suspend some of their voluntary commitments under the nuclear deal, citing the other signatories' apparent inability to withstand US pressure.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

元アルヌスラがトルコの年内解体の方針に反発

トルコがシリア軍のイドリブ侵攻を食い止めようとロシアに停戦などを申し入れているようですが、ロシアはテロリスト強硬派の元アルヌスラが軍事停戦ラインを守らないことなどを理由に挙げて空爆攻撃続行。イドリブの実効支配を続けたいトルコは、やむを得ずアルヌスラの年内解体の方針を出しますが、アルヌスラがこれを受け入れません。それはそうですよね。解体した後は彼らはトルコから打ち捨てられることになります。

トルコとの交渉が不調に終わったロシアは空爆を強化しています。G20でプーチンとエルドアンが会談し、エルドアンが米国の圧力を跳ね返してS-400導入を進める中でも、シリアの現地では戦いが続いています。

※ razan @urfavsyrian氏の2019/7/10のツイート
Turkish backed terrorists captured my neighbors nephew today who is a Syrian soldier in Northern Lattakia, beheaded him, and then posted his severed head as a profile picture on Facebook after stealing his phone.
I’m out of words... like I’m speechless. Literally shaking.

※ Alaa Ebrahim @Alaa_Ebrahim_tv氏の2019/7/10のツイート
An officer is killed in today's fighting; the attackers then behead him&using his smartphone take a picture of severed head making it his profile picture on Facebook. Hours later picture is still there 4everyone who once knew him to see it.
I guess it's just another day in #Syria

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Tahrir Al-Sham Opposing Its Dissolution in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists have voiced their strong opposition to being dissolved by the yearend as proposed by Turkey as part of Ankara plan to annex Idlib to other areas under its control in Northern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted media sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying that Tahrir al-Sham will not agree to its dissolution under any conditions.

The sources pointed to reports on Turkey's plan to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham and annexing Idlib province to other areas known as Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield in Northern Aleppo, and said that these reports are at a time while Ankara is trying to bring itself out of the current situation and it is trying to reinforce the Syrian dissidents in line with its expansionist policies.

They, meantime, noted that Tahrir al-Sham is a pressure lever for Turkey to achieve its long-term goals, and said that Ankara considers Tahrir al-Sham as its strategic partner and it will not victimize its under any agreement.

The sources also said that because Tahrir al-Sham has gained control over the entire Idlib province and Ankara's order to other terrorist groups to obey Tahrir al-Sham, Ankara does not intend to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Syrian dissident sources claimed that "Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo".

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.

Reports said earlier this month that differences between Russia and Turkey had increased amid the Syrian army's air and ground offensives against the terrorist groups' positions and moves in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

Also, al-Watan newspaper reported in June that Turkey ordered Tahrir al-Sham to reinforce strategic military positions in Jbal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib province after it turned down Russia's demand for withdrawing militants from the region.

It wrote that with an aim to confront the Syrian Army in Northern Hama, Tahrir al-Sham has sent large volumes of its military equipment to al-Jolmeh to North of Mahradeh.

"Turkey's intelligence body has asked Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Northern Syria to reinforce its defense lines, including 50 towns and villages up to the city of Ariha in Aleppo-Lattakia international highway as clean-up operation by the Syrian and Russian armies in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib is imminent," al-Watan quoted local and opposition sources in Idlib as saying.

The sources reiterated that Turkey's operations room in Shir Mughar region in Jabal Shahshabou in Northern Hama where terrorists are constantly supported in terms of weapons, ammunition and intelligence has warned terrorists that the Syrian army might soon capture Jbal Shahshabou which overlooks Sahl al-Ghab in Northwestern Hama and towns to the South of Idlib and then advance towards Jabal al-Zawiyeh.

The newspaper also further quoted the sources as saying that Russia had recently asked Turkey to make terrorists retreat from Jbal Shahshabou region in Northwestern Hama and Kabani town in Northeastern Lattakia which are regarded as the Southern and Western gates of Idlib, but Ankara has strongly turned down the demand.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Youm news website quoted media activists in Idlib province as saying that after supplying advanced weapons to terrorists, Ankara has ordered them to launch new attacks in Northern Hama to recapture the town of al-Saqilbieh.

FARSNEWS2019/7/7
Russia Increases Airstrikes on Terrorists in Idlib Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying that the Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's operations in provinces across Syria.

Idlib

The Russian Air Force has increased its airstrikes against the terrorists in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria, media reports said.

The Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over terrorists' centers in Hama and Idlib provinces this week after a relatively quiet end to the month of June, the Arabic-language al-Masdar News quoted Russian Army source as saying.

The source said the recent rise in Russia's military activities comes just days after collapsed ceasefire talks with the Turkish Armed Forces with regard to the situation in Northwestern Syria.

The Russian Air Force pounded several military positions of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Jeish al-Izza South-West of Idlib province.

The Russian Air Force pounded the terrorists' supply line from the town of Khan Sheikhoun to the Sahl al-Ghab.

FARSNEWS2019/7/6
Ankara after Annexing Idlib Province to Occupied Territories in Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara is attempting to take the preliminary steps for the political and military occupation of Idlib and annexing it to other areas occupied by the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo, Syrian dissident sources claimed on Saturday.

The Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as saying on Saturday that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.

They added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the region.

The sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways.

Meantime, the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security missions, they said.

Based on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never materialized.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Norway Reportedly Detects Radioactive Leakage From Soviet Sub in Arctic (Photo)

SPUTNIK2019/7/9
Norway Reportedly Detects Radioactive Leakage From Soviet Sub in Arctic (Photo)
The sinking of the Komsomolets in 1989, which killed 42 seamen, is one of the most tragic stories of the Soviet Navy.

Norwegian researchers claim to have detected radioactive leakage from the Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets, which sank in Arctic waters in 1989.

On Monday afternoon, water samples were taken from the submarine's ventilation pipe. While two samples found no leakage at all, a third one indicated a level of radioactivity 100,000 times higher than in ordinary seawater, national broadcaster NRK reported.

“The results are preliminary. We will examine the samples more thoroughly when we get home. The levels we have found here are 100 bq per litre”, Researcher Hilde Elise Heldal at the Institute of Marine Research explained.

The joint Russian-Norwegian expedition to measure radioactive leakage from the Komsomolets started on Saturday, when the Norwegian research vessel G.O. Sars departed from a quay in Tromsø.

As the submarine lies at the depth of 1,700 metres, collecting seawater and seabed samples is considered challenging. Therefore, researchers used the Norwegian-built remotely controlled mini-submarine Ægir 6000, which also took photographs of the spot, one of which was subsequently released by the Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (DSA).

Heldal said she is not very surprised at the findings, since a 2007 Russian expedition also found radioactive emissions from the sunken submarine.

Previous Norwegian surveys also found elevated concentrations of the radioactive cesium-137 in the seawater around the wreck during the period 1991-1993. Norway has been surveying radioactivity around the Komsomolets every year since 1990.

“It is important that the monitoring continues, so that we have updated knowledge of the pollution situation in the area around the wreck. The surveillance helps to secure the consumer's confidence in the Norwegian fishing industry”, researcher Hilde Elise Heldal at the Institute of Marine Research explained.

The Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets sank on 7 April 1989 after a fire broke out in the machine room. The submarine sank southwest of Bjørnøya Island in the Norwegian Sea, and 42 of the crew of 69 died. The rest were picked up by fishing boats after a several hours' ordeal in the ice-cold water.

The Komsomolets rests at the depth of 1,700 metres with a nuclear reactor and two torpedoes.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:24| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分?

米国がイランの経済妨害を強め、両者の応酬がさらに激化しています。ホワイトハウスが「(核の)取引が成立する前でさえ、イランがその条項に違反していたことは疑いようがない」と述べて失笑を買っています。
イスラエルとサウジ、UAEが親密度を強めています。UAEとサウジは、ペルシャ湾をはさんで戦闘行為が始まることを恐れています。イスラエルはイランと砲火を交える構えを見せていますが、イスラエルは全域がイランの弾道ミサイルの射程圏。イランの国会議員が米国とイランの戦闘が拡大したらイスラエルは余命30分と述べてイスラエルに改めてショックを与えました。

Tehran Warns US That American Bases Are ‘Within the Range' of Iranian Missiles
On Tuesday, Iran’s Minister of Cultural and Social Affairs Hossein Nejat warned that Iran could obliterate US aircraft carriers in the Gulf if the US attacks Iran, further increasing tensions between the two countries.

"American bases are within the range of our missiles ... Our missiles will destroy their aircraft carriers if they make a mistake," Nejat warned. "Americans are very well aware of the consequences of a military confrontation with Iran."

According to al-Masdar News, Nejat also added that war is not on “Trump’s agenda” and that the US president wants to “drag Tehran to negotiate through the maximum pressure.”

“Iran has put Israel’s security at risk and now it is troubling Saudi Arabia, America and Israel. Tehran is fighting the war at the enemy’s borders and not on its borders,” Nejat continued, the agency reported.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made similar remarks, warning Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes. The Israeli official's statement comes one week after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, indicated that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan,” Sputnik reported.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria,” Netanyahu said at an Israeli Air Force base Tuesday.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been high ever since the United States pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, despite Iran's continued compliance with the agreement by not pursuing a nuclear weapons program, as attested to by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The US pullout prompted the deal's other signatories, including Russia, China and several European powers, to scramble to try and salvage it. Following the pullout, the US reimposed a series of sanctions that had been lifted against Iran under the terms of the JCPOA. Additionally, Washington has continued to introduce new sanctions against Tehran.


SPUTNIK2019/7/9
Netanyahu Warns Iran It is Within Range of Israeli Warplanes
This comes after Iranian MP Mojtaba Zolnour warned last week that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Referring to Tehran's threats to destroy Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Iran that it is within range of Israeli warplanes.

"Iran recently has been threatening Israel's destruction. It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria", Netanyahu said during his public remarks at an Israeli Air Force base on Tuesday.

“Our planes can reach any area in the Middle East, including both Iran and Syria”, the tweet reads.

The remarks come after Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, warned in last week's interview with the Tehran-based Arabic language news TV network al-Alam that if the US attacks Iran, “only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan”.

Earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told the Herzliya Conference that the Jewish state is bracing itself for its possible military involvement in the event of an escalation in the political standoff between Iran and the US.

He singled out “mistaken calculations by the [Iranian] regime” that he claimed may bring about a “military conflagration” in the Middle East region.

“We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios”, Katz pointed out.

This comes amid frozen relations between Israel and Iran, with the Jewish state repeatedly accusing Iran of establishing a permanent military presence in Syria.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been conducting airstrikes against what they have claimed were Iranian military targets in Syria, while Tehran argues that it has only been sending military advisers to Damascus to help it fight terrorism.

Iran, which denies Israel's right to exist, has also ramped up its stern rhetoric against Israel, promising to wipe it off the political map.

RT2019/7/2
'Tactical' rapprochement: Top Israeli diplomat visits UAE for 1st time, talks 'common enemy' Iran
Yisrael Katz has visited the UAE for the very first time, discussing everyone’s favorite bogeyman - the “Iranian threat” - with an “unnamed official.” But is Tehran scary enough to cement ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states?

Katz, the Israeli minister of foreign affairs – and intelligence – visited Abu Dhabi over the weekend. It was the first time the Jewish state’s top diplomat set foot on UAE soil, albeit as part of a UN-led Climate Meeting.

The diplomat used the opportunity to meet an unnamed senior local official to discuss growing ties between the two countries, economic cooperation and the ever-trendy “Iranian threat.”

“I am excited to stand here in Abu Dhabi and to represent the interests of the State of Israel vis-à-vis the Arab Gulf states,” Katz said. “This is a significant step up in the relations between Israel and the states in the region.”

Even though it was not a state-level visit, it’s still “quite an unprecedented step, showing that the relationship has gone quite far,” believes Dmitriy Maryasis, senior fellow with the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies.

“The Iranian issue is definitely the base of their relationship, it’s always easier to unite against a common enemy,” Maryasis told RT.

Tactically, the Sunni countries of the Persian Gulf and Israel turned out to be on the same side regarding the relations with Iran – both of them perceive it as a threat.

The Iranian “threat” – real or imaginary – is not the only thing that brings together Israel and the Gulf States. The Arab monarchies have apparently also “grown wary” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Maryasis believes, since it’s hard to imagine that such a “threat” would bring them together some 20 years ago. Still, the improving relations appear to be a tactical move and might not last.

“I see no strategy there, it’s a purely tactical thing. If the situation changes, the relations between Israel and these countries might change as well,” Maryasis warned.

The bonding between Israel and the Gulf States, many of which don't recognize Israel as a country, is unlikely to reach a high-profile formal level.

“Since the Palestinian issue exists, no one would dare to establish high-level political contacts with Israel over ideological and internal policy issues,” Maryasis said, bringing back the example of Egypt. Signing the peace treaty with Israel back in 1979 ultimately cost then-President Anwar Sadat his life.

While the Gulf States and Israel have quite a vast field to cooperate on – Tel Aviv possesses advanced irrigation technologies and the Arab nations have money to spend on them – prospects of their economic cooperation are still quite murky, Maryasis believes. Aside from political issues, the very unstable situation in the region is likely to derail any major infrastructure projects, such as the ambitious “Tracks to Peace” plan, promoted by Katz.

The plan envisions the construction of a railroad from Israel to Oman, which would provide infrastructure and access to the Mediterranean for the Gulf Arab states. Security risks would likely prevent the project from getting from paper into reality, just as they doomed the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline, which ceased to operate after being repeatedly blown up by terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

RT2019/7/2
Israel ‘preparing’ for military involvement if US-Iran tensions erupt into confrontation
Amid escalating tensions in the region, Israel has said it is preparing for possible military involvement in a confrontation between the US and Iran.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz warned an international security forum on Tuesday that the situation might be brought out of the “gray zone” and into the “red zone” of “military conflagration” if Iran makes any “mistaken calculations.”

Israel, Katz said, “must be prepared” for such an escalation and continues to “devote itself to building up its military might” in the event that it would have to “respond to escalation scenarios.”

The comments came after a senior Iranian lawmaker warned on Monday that if the US attacks Iran, Tehran will respond and “only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan.”

The two nations frequently exchange threats and Israel has previously threatened to take military action against Iran to prevent it from making nuclear weapons, though Tehran has denied it is trying to produce the bombs.

Israel has been a major supporter of US President Donald Trump’s aggressive “maximum pressure” policy against Iran, including the economic sanctions Washington has used to strangle the country’s economy. Katz predicted that the “economic war” on Iran would be successful despite the lack of enthusiasm for it shown by Europe and other powers − a source of frustration in Washington.

Tensions between the US and Iran has been mounting for months, with the US accusing Tehran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in June. Iran later shot down an American spy drone which it said had entered its airspace, prompting Trump to consider a military strike which he backed away from at the last minute.

Washington accused Tehran of "playing with fire" on Monday after it announced that it had breached uranium enrichment limits under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump abandoned the deal last year, calling it a “disaster” and the “worst deal ever” but expected Tehran to remain compliant. The White House also alleged on Monday that Tehran had violated the terms of the deal before it even existed.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:14| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

UAEはイエメンの兵隊を引き揚げ イランと米国の緊張激化で

FARSNEWS2019/7/9
UAE Withdraws Troops from Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates announced it is reducing the number of its troops fighting as part of a Saudi-led military coalition which presses ahead with a years-long atrocious military aggression against the impoverished Yemen.

A senior Emirati official during a press briefing in Dubai on Monday claimed that the withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi was shifting from a military strategy to a peace plan in Yemen, Yemeni News reported.

"We do have troop levels that are down for reasons that are strategic in (the Red Sea city of) Hudaydah and reasons that are tactical" in other parts of the country, he said.

"It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing," the official added.

Meanwhile, an official from Yemen's former Saudi-backed government told AFP that UAE troops had "totally vacated" the military base in Khokha, located South of Hudaydah.

He went on to say that the UAE had withdrawn part of its heavy artillery from Khokha but was still overseeing the military situation in Yemen's West coast.

The Yemeni official also claimed that Emirati troops vacated a military post in Sarwah, West of Marib province, and pulled back the Patriot missile system that was previously deployed in the area.

Western diplomatic sources announced in late June that the UAE was scaling back its military presence in Yemen as worsening US-Iran tensions “threatened security closer to home”, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has been unsuccessful to this day, and reports have revealed cracks in the coalition in the form of differences between Hadi and the UAE, which has reportedly gained oversized influence in southern Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi − yet to play out in full display − could have major consequences for the Saudi-led coalition, which has for more than four years been fighting a war it hoped to finish in a matter of weeks.

In May, the UAE reportedly deployed dozens of Southern separatists on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea as divisions grew in the Saudi-led coalition over Abu Dhabi’s military build-up on the strategic island.

Citing sources close to Hadi, the Middle East Eye news website earlier reported that Hadi was angry at Emirati forces for acting “like an occupation power” in Yemen.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.

According to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

Save the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished nation.

France, the United States, the Uinted Kingdom and some other Western countries have faced criticisms over arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose aggression against Yemen has affected 28 million people and caused what the United Nations calls “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world". According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
Dissident Syrian Analyst: Iran's Downing of US Drone Displays Washington's Power Decline
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian dissident analyst underlined that Iran's downing of a US spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz showed that Washington's power has decreased and will sustain a heavy damage in any possible war against Tehran.

"What happened over the Strait of Hormuz's sky was not theatrical but it displayed the decline of the US power," Ayad al-Ja'afari wrote in the Arabic-language Geiroon news website close to the Syrian dissidents on Saturday.

He referred to US President Donald Trump's threat to launch war and genocide against Iran, and said such a war will not be limited to Iran but will affect the entire US troops deployed across the region and will inflict damages on Washington way greater than the Vietnam war.

Al-Ja'afari advised the Americans to avoid such a war more than Iran, and said they are not ready for heavy damage and tolls as their fleets of warships and bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq are within the range of Iranian missiles.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a US Navy RQ-4A global Hawk drone that had entered Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf region to gather intelligence on June 20, using Sevom Khordad indigenous surface-to-air missile system.

FARSNEWS2019/6/29
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has withdrawn large numbers of troops from the embattled country of Yemen allegedly in fear of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, according to a report.

The withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi wanted to have forces and equipment "on hand" following recent tensions in the Persian Gulf region, Reuters cited four unnamed Western diplomats as saying on Friday.

The tensions come after the United States ratcheted up its rhetoric against Iran, announcing the deployment of additional troop deployments to the Persian Gulf region in order to counter an unspecified "threat" from Iran in early May.

A week later, four oil tankers were sabotaged in the UAE sea-port of Fujairah. Earlier this month, two other oil tankers were damaged by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.

On Wednesday, the UAE announced there is no "clear, scientific and convincing" evidence to assign blame for the attacks, splitting with the United States and Saudi Arabia which held Iran responsible without any foundation.

The UAE's split came after Iran shot down a multi-million dollar US spy drone for violating its airspace, which surprised American military officials as well as the country's allies in the region.

Speaking of the recent tensions and the UAE withdrawal, one Western diplomat said the Arab country had effectively withdrawn "a lot" of its forces in the past three weeks.

However, confirming only "some troop movements" from Yemen, an unnamed senior Emirati official claimed that Abu Dhabi was not seeking to withdraw from the country and was committed to the Saudi-led military "coalition".

The official declined to provide further information on the number and location of the troop movements.

The troop withdrawal comes as the Saudi-led coalition has recently come under much pressure from Yemen's Houthi movement and armed forces.

In the past two months, the Yemeni forces have launched an array of missile and drone attacks on vital Saudi facilities, including oil installations, airports and air defense batteries in response to incessant Saudi-led strikes on the country.

Marking an improvement in Yemen's air defense capabilities, Yemeni forces have also managed to shoot down an increasing number of Saudi drones flying over the impoverished country.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Houthis.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.







posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治