国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年07月17日

ヘルシンキ米ロ首脳会談についての報道に見るべきものがない

2018/7/16に行われた米ロ首脳会談についての報道に見るべきものがありません。トランプがプーチンと会って米国内のラスフォビアを煽ってきた勢力がどう出るか。具体的な政治外交案件に踏み込むのはそれからでしょう。
ネタニヤフのプーチンへの働き掛けが徒労に終わるのは目に見えていましたし、イランのベラヤチがプーチンにトランプへの伝言を託したという説も風説に過ぎません。イランがネタニヤフの動きを警戒したことは確かでしょうが。
ドイツ外相のトランプに対する踏み込んだ発言が目立ちます。

FARSNEWS2018/7/16
US President: Ties with Russia Have Never Been Worse Due to Years of Washington Foolishness
TEHRAN (FNA)- Just a few hours before the start of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump harshly criticized Washington's policy toward Moscow and the "Russia probe" against him as damaging bilateral relations.

The US President slammed the actions of his predecessor, saying on his Twitter that Barack Obama didn't properly address reports of the alleged "Russian meddling" in the 2016 Presidential elections, adding that the issue was politically motivated from the very beginning, RIA Novosti reported.

"President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!" Trump tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that the investigation of the alleged Russian interference was one of the reasons behind the worsening relations between Moscow and Washington over the last few years.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!," the President added.

Last week the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian citizens, who allegedly worked for the Russian intelligence service, with involvement in the 2016 presidential elections. They were accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Addressing the statement, Trump told reporters that he may ask his Russian counterpart to extradite people indicted as part of the probe.

The charges were presented just a few days before the long-awaited Putin-Trump Summit in Helsinki, which is set to start on Monday.

The tete-a-tete talks between Trump and Putin in Helsinki will be held for three hours on Monday. The leaders to discuss bilateral ties and various issues on the international agenda. The summit will be their first full-fledged meeting since Trump took office in January 2017, as both Presidents previously met only on the sidelines of the international events.
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Last Group of Kurdish Militias Evacuate Manbij

FARSNEWS2018/7/16
Last Group of Kurdish Militias Evacuate Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- The last group of Kurdish militias left the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after an agreement between the US and Turkish forces, a Kurdish-language media outlet reported on Monday.

Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted one of the commanders of Manbij Military Council affiliated to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as saying that the last group of military advisors of the People's Protection Units (YPG) withdrew from Manbij on Sunday.

Hawar news further said that the YPG military advisors left Manbij after ending their mission that included training, preparing and providing backup for the members of Manbuj Military Council.

The Turkish and American forces had previously agreed on a Road Map for the exit of Kurdish militias from the region.

Media sources affiliated to the dissidents in Syria reported on Thursday that representatives of the Syrian government and a number of officials of the Manbij military council held a meeting on the future of the town.

They added that the two sides conferred on the process to deliver control of a security region in Manbij as well as al-Shahba (Tishrin) dam South-East of the town to the Syrian army forces, noting that it can pave the ground for the army's full control over Manbij.

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2018年07月16日

米国が主導して破壊した国土をシリアの人たちは復興します

※ raedsyrian002 @raedsyrian002氏の2018/7/15のツイート
#التغطية_مستمرة
وزارة الكهرباء
تم إعادة التيار جزئيا إلى عدد من البلدات في ريف درعا التي حررها الجيش السوري قبل أيام
The Ministry of Electricity
The stream was partially restored to a number of towns in rural Daraa, liberated by the Syrian army a few days ago



※ Military Advisor @miladvisor氏の2018/6/7ツイート
Homs-Hama Highway was re-opened today after about seven years of closure.
Maintenance teams ended the restoration works and repaired highway linking #Homs and #Hama provinces, re-opening the 47 km long highway.



この中央にある橋の中ほどから南を撮影しています。下の図は上が南。


FARSNEWS2018/6/7
TEHRAN (FNA)- In 2017, a US-led coalition recaptured Raqqa from Daesh (ISIL or ISIS). US Secretary of Defense James Mattis promised that there would be 'extraordinary efforts' to protect civilians, but a new report by Amnesty International says the strikes had devastating consequences for civilians. [VIDEO]



アレッポ シタデル 古代の城塞です。


モースルにはがれきの中にまだ収容されていない遺体が残っているとされています。




Al-Nuriモスクは、バクダーディが就任直後に演説したところとして知られています。


2017年06月24日
ISISがモースルのアル・ヌーリ大モスクを破壊 ISISの敗北宣言


バクダーディは、空爆で殺害された、生きていて米軍の運営する基地にかくまわれている、イラクのシリア国境近くに潜伏しているなどいろいろな説があります。
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Russia speeds up dumping the dollar from economy

RT2018/7/15
Russia speeds up dumping the dollar from economy
One of Russia’s largest banks, VTB is seeking to decrease the share of US dollar transactions at home as locals are choosing the Russian ruble over the greenback.

“There is one interesting thing I wanted to highlight. Since the beginning of this year, people seem to be less interested in making dollar deposits or taking out dollar loans, compared to ruble-denominated deposits and loans. We believe this to be an important step towards the de-dollarization of the Russian finance sector,” said VTB head Andrey Kostin at a Kremlin meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

According to Kostin, VTB experts have drafted a package of proposals designed to further promote the ruble in international settlements. “I think that we need to create our own financial tools. This would serve as an additional safeguard for the Russian financial sector against external shocks, and would give a new impetus to its development,” Kostin added. The financial tools Kostin mentioned are floating Eurobonds, shares and other derivatives that are now used only in the West.

Russia has been seeking the ways of decreasing the dependence on the US currency after Washington and its allies imposed sanctions against Moscow in 2014. In May, President Putin said Russia can no longer trust the US dollar-dominated financial system since America is imposing unilateral sanctions and violates World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Putin added that the dollar monopoly is unsafe and dangerous for the global economy.

RT2018/7/11
US-China trade war a warm-up for global financial crisis, warns investor Mark Mobius
Expect big problems with the global economy as the trade conflict between the United States and China escalates, predicts veteran investor Mark Mobius.

“There’s no question we’ll see a financial crisis sooner or later because we must remember we’re coming off from a period of cheap money.

“There’s going to be a real squeeze for many of these companies that depended upon cheap money to keep on going,” Mobius said in an interview with Bloomberg.

Mobius expects that the emerging market index MSCI will fall another 10 percent by the end of the year. MSCI is down 16 percent from a January peak. Emerging markets’ currencies have also been on decline lately. The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index has plunged around six percent from a high in late March.

Some developing countries are going to win from a currency depreciation, Brazil and Turkey among them, Mobius says. The investor also named India’s manufacturing, South Korea’s technology, and Brazilian agriculture as winners from the trade war.

US tariffs of 25 percent on $34 billion of Chinese imports took effect on July 6. Beijing has retaliated with duties on the same value of US imports, ranging from soybeans to cars, and has vowed to respond proportionally to any new US tariffs.

In response, US President Donald Trump said the US could impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, while his administration has prepared a new $200 billion list of Chinese products that could be levied with 10 percent tariffs.
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2018年07月15日

US to Set Up Permanent Military Base along Iraq-Syria Border

FARSNEWS2018/7/14
US to Set Up Permanent Military Base along Iraq-Syria Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army is planning to set up a permanent military base along the Iraqi borders with Syria, media reported.

The US army has decided to construct a military base in Western Al-Anbar province of Iraq near the border with Syria, the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh news website quoted Iraqi sources as saying.

An Iraqi source told al-Maloumeh that the US decision comes while the US has already several military bases in different parts of the Western Desert of Al-Anbar province.

"The US intends to set up a military base equipped with state-of-the-art military hardware and systems," he added.

The source reiterated that the US troops are present in Western al-Anbar along Iraq-Syria border in addition to their presence at the train station East of al-Qaem city.

The news comes as the main incentive of the US forces for setting up the military base is not clear.

In a relevant development in late June, a prominent Russian military analyst revealed that "the US is training terrorists in 19 military bases in Syria" in pursuit of its military and political objectives in the country.

Vladimir Kozin, a military expert at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, was quoted by the Arabic website of RT as saying that the US has 19 bases in Syria to train the terrorists.

He added that the weapons, ammunition, fuel and foodstuff needed in these centers are provided by 22 US military bases outside Syria.

Kozin said that the American forces train the terrorists at al-Tanf base in Syria's Badiyeh region in the South, adding that the US army has closed the airspace of this region in a radius of 50km without any agreement with the Damascus government.

He described Washington's military and technical support for terrorist groups as a violation of the UN Charter and agreements to decrease tensions in Syria, and said the US supports the terrorists to maintain its influence on the political and military situation of the country.

Also in June, media sources reported that the US occupying forces were attempting to open different ways to transfer terrorists between al-Tanf, Deir Ezzur and Homs by contacting the tribes in Eastern Syria for cooperation.

The Arabic website of Sputnik news agency quoted tribal sources in Eastern Syria as saying that the US forces transfer the ISIL terrorists from the desert region bordering Iraq to al-Tanf through al-Sukhneh in Homs.

Meantime, one of the prominent tribal leaders in Eastern Syria revealed that Mohannad al-Tala, a US proxy and commander of the so-called New Syrian Forces group in the US base in al-Tanf, has contacted the Syrian tribes, calling on them to open a passage for the terrorists to leave al-Tanf for Deir Ezzur to reach al-Omar oil field.

He added that the US forces fear uprisings by the people in Eastern Syria, noting that one of their goals to approach the tribes is to keep deployment in the region as Washington attempts to win the cooperation of the tribes in Manbij, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur have all failed.

Meantime, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has freed its militant inmates and sent them to the battlefield to attack al-Tanf-Sukhneh road in Homs and open a passageway and the Jordan road to al-Tanf.

The US forces had in the past 10 days been busy with transferring the ISIL terrorists with at least 10 armored trucks and heavy artillery to attack Albu Kamal from Abu Hameseh in Hasaka.
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2018年07月13日

Iranian Envoy Meets Russian President in Moscow

FARSNEWS2018/7/12
Iranian Envoy Meets Russian President in Moscow
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs and President Rouhani's special envoy Ali Akbar Velayati held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday.

During the meeting, Velayati submitted two important messages from Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani to President Putin.

Velayati conveyed the verbal message of Ayatollah Khamenei and the written message of President Rouhani to the top Russian official during a meeting held in Putin's residence Northwest of the capital city of Moscow.

During the meeting, Velayati siad that cooperation between Iran and Russia is more necessary than before due to the fact that the US president is a rebel.

"The present situation is very sensitive; the world is under the influence of a rebel as the president of the US. Thus, the collaborations get more and more necessary. And that's why I'm carrying messages from Iran's supreme leader and president," he added.

Velayati described Iran-Russia ties as strategic, andsaid, "In the past few years, the mutual and regional ties have expanded."

The cooperation in Syria against terrorism and its creators is an example of Tehran-Moscow relations; such relations can only be described in the long run, he said.

"What's more, mutual ties in the fields of defense, politics, economy, security, and nuclear technology are other examples."

Velayati expressed the hope that the discussions with the Russian president and other authorities would result in a turning point in the two countries' strategic ties.

Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were also present in the meeting.

Velayati arrived in Moscow on Wednesday.

The visit was made after Lavrov announced that the major European countries, France, Germany and Britain, have voiced readiness to protect business with Iran independent from the US dollar.

Lavrov said the decision particularly concerns small and medium-sized companies.

He explained that the participants in the Iranian deal have agreed to work out measures to protect the countries’ businesses from US sanctions.

“Everyone agrees that this (US sanctions) is an absolutely illegal and unacceptable policy, but, of course, this can hardly be changed and there will be enough struggle in trade, economic and political spheres,” the minister said.

Last week, EU lawmakers gave approval for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran in an attempt to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

“We are granting the EIB the capacity to invest in Iran if suitable projects are found,” said Siegfried Muresan, a lawmaker from the center-right European People’s Party.

“The Iran deal is good for Europe’s security,” he said, referring to the accord signed by world powers in 2015.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions reinstated on Iran on May 8 included boycott of Iran's crude supplies and bans on transfer of its crude revenues. There is a 180 days interval before these sanctions come into effect. Other US secondary sanctions are reinstated this month.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers. These conditions that were reiterated later by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei later mainly included Iran's guaranteed crude sales and transfer of its revenues back home.

Two months later, the other five powers party to the nuclear deal have failed to satisfy Iran. President Hassan Rouhani voiced his disappointment over a recent package of incentives proposed by the European Union countries to Tehran, and said that the Islamic Republic expected a much better, clearer and explicit stance by the EU.

"Unfortunately, the EU’s package of proposals lacked an operational solution and a specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union," President Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last Thursday.

President Rouhani pointed to US' unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and said, "After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran has been dealing with economic issues and problems in banking relations and oil, and foreign companies that have invested in Iran are skeptical about continuing their business."

The Iranian president, however, said that the package proposed by the three European countries (the UK, Germany, and France) on how they are going to live up to their commitments and cooperation under the JCPOA was “disappointing”.

President Rouhani reiterated that the JCPOA was a mutual commitment, and said, "Iran had expected a clear plan from the three European countries after the two months’ time they have been given to come up with solid guarantees to ensure Iran’s economic interests would continue to be met despite US pullout and reinstatement of sanctions."

The Iranian president, however, said that Tehran would continue cooperation with Europe if the outcome of Friday's Vienna talks would be promising.

“If the process of the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe,” Rouhani added.

But the Vienna talks last Friday among foreign ministers from Iran and the five world powers (Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain) failed to satisfy Iran with senior officials in Tehran complaining that the Europeans had offered nothing new to ensure Iran’s continued merits under the deal.
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クルドがマンビジの支配をシリア軍に引き渡す見込み

FARSNEWS2018/7/12
Kurds Likely to Return Control of Manbij to Syrian Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army is in talks with the Kurds to retake control of the strategic town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo, media reports said on Thursday.

Media sources affiliated to the dissidents in Syria reported that representatives of the Syrian government and a number of officials of the Manbij military council, affiliated to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have held a meeting on the future of the town.

They added that the two sides conferred on the process to deliver control of a security region in Manbij as well as al-Shahba (Tishrin) dam South-East of the town to the Syrian army forces, noting that it can pave the ground for the army's full control over Manbij.

Meantime, earlier reports said that the US and Turkey had agreed on a roadmap to expel the Kurds from Manbij.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted informed sources as saying last Thursday that meetings between the Syrian government and the Kurdish forces have recently increased but they have not yet produced remarkable results.

They added that the Kurds have opted for delivering control of the Eastern Euphrates after Washington withheld its support for the Kurdish militias in Manbij and Afrin.

Meantime, Turkey is preparing for an agreement with the Americans in Eastern Euphrates after its recent elections, which would give the Kurds a hard time if made.

The sources told the Arab paper that the possibility has increased for an agreement between the Syrian government and the Kurds at present as Americans are trying to hinder any such agreement.

FARSNEWS2018/7/12
Media: Kurdish Forces in Hasaka Deliver Control of Key Region to Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army has reached an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retake control of a key neighborhood in Hasaka, media reports said on Thursday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that implementation of an agreement between the Syrian government and the SDF in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria has started with the transfer of the control of occupied regions to the army.

It quoted dissident sources as saying that the SDF has surrendered control of al-Nashweh district in Hasaka city to the Syrian army, adding that the army has set up checkpoints near the region.

The SDF is now required to bring down the flags and slogans of Kurdish parties in the city in line with implementation of the agreement with the army.

Also, during the talks underway between the two sides in the town of al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka, the SDF has proposed to deliver control of the bordering areas with Turkey to the Syrian government.

Al-Watan had also reported on Sunday that the Kurdish militias had agreed to deliver control of oil facilities in Hasaka province to the Damascus government as part of an overall agreement to surrender their regions to the army.

It quoted some opposition sources as disclosing that several government delegations have had meetings with commanders of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that control the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that some Syrian military officers, and governor generals of Raqqa and Hasaka provinces had attended the meetings.

In the meantime, some Kurdish-affiliated sources disclosed that a new agreement has been endorsed by the YPG and the Syrian government based on which the Kurds will hand over oil facilities to Damascus to the sole exporter of Syria's crude oil.

The daily further said that a team of repair and maintenance experts have left Damascus for the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa and entered regions that are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to have meeting with the managing committee of Tabaqa Dam presided by Mohammad Oso.

In the meantime, local sources reported that the Kurdish units have taken photos of their commander Abdullah Ocalan and the group's flags down from Qanat al-Sowis street in Hasaka city.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年07月12日

シリア軍が7年ぶりにダーラア市に入る

FARSNEWS2018/7/12
Syrian Army Enters Dara'a City after 7 Years, Regains Control over 3 Regions
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forces imposed control over three regions after peace agreements with the terrorist groups in Northern Dara'a, field sources said, adding that the army has entered Dara'a city for the first time after 7 years.

The Syrian army entered the town of al-Mozayrab in Northwestern Dara'a on Thursday after reaching an agreement with the terrorist groups, regaining control of the town.

Meantime, the Syrian army units won back control of the towns of Ankhal and Kafr Shams in Northern Dara'a.

Also, field sources reported that the army forces have for the first time entered Dara'a city which has been under the occupation of terrorists since 2011, and hoisted the Syrian government flag over the city's municipality.

They added that the army is expected to win control over the entire city in coming days.

Field sources said earlier today that the terrorists in Dara'a province agreed to return control of several important regions to the Syrian army after sustaining heavy defeats.

The sources in Southern Syria said that the terrorists in Dara'a al-Balad, Tariq al-Sad, al-Makhim-Sukhnah and al-Manshiyeh in Southern Dara'a have agreed with the Syrian army's peace plan.

Based on the agreement, the militants will surrender their weapons and military equipment to the Syrian army and will be granted amnesty by the government, and the terrorists who are opposed to the plan will leave the region.

Meantime, reports in Northwestern Dara'a said that the terrorists in the town of al-Ya'adoudeh have agreed with the peace plan in the region.

The Syrian army has now surrounded the terrorist-held areas in and North-West of Dara'a city.


FARSNEWS2018/7/12
Terrorist Commanders Show Concerns about Peace Plan in Northern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commanders of the terrorist groups in Northern Syria are showing clear signs of concerns over a growing number of militants' who are demanding endorsement of peace with the Damascus government.

Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, the former commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), cautioned on Wednesday against the growing number of the militants asking for the endorsement of the peace plan in Northern Syria, calling for their trial and punishment.

Also, Abdolrazaq al-Mahdi, the Mufti (religious leader) of another terrorist group in Northern Syria, warned of the dire situation in Northern Syria, calling on the militants to unite to stand against the Syrian army's imminent operations in the region.

The Syrian army will soon start military operations in Idlib after fully cleansing Southern Syria of terrorists, reports said.

Relevant reports said on Wednesday that differences and feuds are increasing among the non-Syrian members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at, known as al-Turkistani Party, in Northern Syria amid reports on the Syrian Army's imminent operation in the province.

Militant-affiliated websites disclosed that a fresh wave of defections has been reported among the foreign members of Tahrir al-Sham, known as al-Turkistani Party.

The websites further said that Abu Mohammad Mansour, one of the commanders of al-Turkistani, has seized leadership of the terrorist group in a coup against al-Turkistani's former commander Abu Ibrahim.

In the meantime, a large number of terrorists were killed in heavy fighting between ISIL and Horas al-Din along a road to the village of Hafsarja in Northwestern Idlib.

Field sources said that 220 terrorists, including 144 Syrians affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at and other groups, have been killed in Idlib province since April 26.
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イスラエルがシリアのドローンをパトリオットミサイルで撃墜

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Israeli Military Fires Patriot Missile at Unidentified Drone From Syria - IDF
Relations between Israel and Syria have been strained recently, with Tel Aviv pledging a "harsh response" to any Syrian military operations in the demilitarized zone of the Golan Heights.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have fired an anti-aircraft missile at a drone approaching from Syrian territory, having successfully intercepted the UAV, the army said.

The Israeli officer claimed that the downed drone belonged to the Syrian army and was conducting a reconnaissance mission.

According to the Israeli military's statement, the Patriot launch triggered the sirens in the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley regional councils not far from the border with Syria and Jordan.

RT2018/7/12
Israel strikes Syrian army positions near Golan Heights, vows to ‘decisively protect sovereignty’
Several missiles launched by Israeli aircraft have struck Syrian army positions in the Quneitra Governorate near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in what the IDF called a retaliation for an earlier drone infiltration.

The attack caused “limited damage” at some of the army positions in the vicinity of the towns of Hader and Tell Kurum, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported, providing no further details of the incident.

The IDF soon confirmed targeting sites in Syria, claiming it was their response to a drone infiltration earlier on Wednesday.

“The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today,” the IDF said, posting footage of the strikes. “The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty.”

Noting that the Israeli military is prepared for many different scenarios, the army stressed that it holds the Syrian government “accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDF used a Patriot missile to take down a surveillance drone that allegedly penetrated some 10km deep into the airspace over the occupied Golan. A similar engagement was witnessed on June 24.

Israel has intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria over the last couple of months, despite the conflict winding down, with terrorists and extremist militants controlling ever-decreasing swathes of land and so-called ‘moderates’ joining the state-wide reconciliation process in growing numbers.

Arguing that the Iranian presence in the Arab Republic and its strong foothold on its borders jeopardizes national security, Israel reserved the right to strike Iran-affiliated targets and weapons shipments destined for Hezbollah.

“We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly told Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, adding that Israel will continue to protect its border from air and land.

While the IDF does not comment on every engagement on its neighbor’s territory, previously acknowledged targets by Israel in Syria included weapons storage facilities, logistics sites, and intelligence centers.

The government of Bashar Assad views the Israeli hostility as a violation of the nation's sovereignty, arguing that strikes only help the terrorists on the ground. Damascus also repeatedly denied that the Iranian military has any significant presence in Syria, noting that only the Islamic Republic's military advisers are currently present on the ground.
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Traces of chemical weapons agent found in shrimp in Sweden

RT2018/7/12
Traces of chemical weapons agent found in shrimp in Sweden
Traces of a chemical warfare agent were found in shrimp caught near the Swedish island of Maseskar, where 28 ships with chemical and other weapons were sunk by the allies after World War II, the Swedish National Water Agency said.

“We’re talking about a very low concentration [of chemicals], which isn’t considered dangerous for consumers, but these are substances that shouldn’t be present in the marine environment,” National Water Agency expert Fredrik Lindgren said, in a statement published by the organization’s website. “This is especially serious” due to the intense fishing in the area, he cautioned.

The agency urged a complete fishing ban in the area surrounding the island, which is located in the Skagerrak straits linking the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Swedish and foreign fishing vessels operate in the area in accordance with international agreements.

The substance, identified as diphenylchlorarsine, is likely leaking into the water from decaying bombs aboard the sunken ships, the agency said. The chemical was dubbed CLARK 2 (Chlor-Arsen-Kampfstoff 2) by the Germans, who invented it in 1918. It attacks mucous membranes and lungs, causing sneezing, coughing, headache and vomiting in humans.

Last year, low quantities of diphenylchlorarsine (<1.3 ng/g) were also found in measurements taken from flounder and Norwegian lobsters near the Maseskar island.

Swedish scientists are now warning that traces of the poisonous substance may also be present in Baltic Sea fish, saying that they are planning to expand their research into the matter.

Ships loaded with ammunition and chemical weapons were consigned to the bottom of the North Sea, at a depth of 200m, following World War II. The area near Maseskar has been a source of concern for decades, with numerous inspections carried out after a low concentration of mustard gas was discovered in the water there in 1992.
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'Verging on criminal’: Fury at Telegraph article suggesting PM Theresa May guilty of treason

RT2018/7/11
'Verging on criminal’: Fury at Telegraph article suggesting PM Theresa May guilty of treason
The Telegraph has drawn the ire of MPs and social media users alike over an article it published insinuating UK Prime Minister Theresa May is guilty of treason over her latest Brexit plan.

Cross-party MPs are accusing the outlet of being “shockingly irresponsible” over the article by writer Christopher Howse entitled: ‘Is Theresa May guilty of treason? Plenty of readers think so. Politicians would be wise to listen up’.

Howse explains how the paper has received a storm of letters from angry readers who feel “betrayed” by May’s post-Brexit trade plan agreed at Chequers on Friday. The plan would see the UK sticking to EU rules in order to have a free trade deal with the bloc once Brexit takes effect.

“‘Where are the politicians of principle who will honour the manifesto promises they were elected on,’ asked a reader from Solihull,” Howse wrote of the correspondence.

“Instead we have only traitorous members of the Cabinet who think only of their careers,” the reader added.

Public outcry swiftly poured in through Twitter over the article, with one saying it “verges on criminal” in its broaching of the treason charge.

Other social media users referenced the murder of Jo Cox in 2016 as a reason to deplore such incendiary rhetoric. The Labour MP was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, who was handed a life sentence for the murder.

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Germany Makes Independent Policies, Decisions

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
US President Accuses Germany of Being A Captive of Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump criticized the energy agreement between Berlin and Moscow, saying Russia controls Germany through energy resources.

In a heated exchange with the NATO chief ahead of a summit in Brussels on Wednesday, the US President was fiercely critical of German oil and gas imports from Russia, World News reported.

"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country that we are supposed to be protecting you against. You know, everybody is talking about it all over the world, saying − wait a minute, we are supposed to be protecting you from Russia, but why do you pay billions of dollars to Russia for energy? Why our countries in NATO, namely Germany, are having a large percentage of the energy needs paid to Russia and taken care of by Russia?" Trump said at a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

"… I think it is something that NATO has to look at, I think it is very inappropriate," the US President added.

The US President lashed out at Germany, calling it "a captive" to Russia and stressed that Berlin "only makes Russia richer".

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not,” Trump said.

“I think it is a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany about it. On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent (on defense) … And I think that is inappropriate also,” he added.

Stoltenberg conceded that there was disagreement between NATO allies over a natural gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russia, but stressed that the organisaton's strength is that "despite these difference we have always been able to unite around our cause to protect and defend each other".

Washington has previously warned it could impose sanctions if the project goes ahead.

“I think it is unfair,” Trump said, adding that other presidents has raised European defence spending levels in the past but he is intent on dealing with it, and “we can’t put up with it".

In recent days, European President Donald Tusk repeated his own criticism and opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project, which Germany and other supporters, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have defended as a commercial project with no political subtext.

Speaking outside NATO headquarters after the breakfast, Stoltenberg insisted that despite Trump’s tendency to use “direct language”, NATO allies “all agree” on the need for more spending and said he expects “open and frank discussion” during the summit.

The US President has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, often railing against Washington spending more money on defence than other member states.

Trump's criticism might put further strain on the relationship between the Western allies, especially following last month's turbulent G7 meeting.

Dozens of NATO leaders are set to meet in Brussels on for what is likely to be a stormy summit.

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
Merkel Responds to Trump Accusations: Germany Makes Independent Policies, Decisions
TEHRAN (FNA)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to US President Donald Trump accusations of Russian influence, stressing that Berlin makes independent policies and decisions.

“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union," the Chancellor stated on Wednesday, without mentioning Trump’s comments specifically, World News reported.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in Eastern Germany," Merkel said.

"Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to NATO and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States," she told reporters.

Trump is set to meet Wednesday with Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime US ally is “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia”.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Trump will reiterate his public criticism of Merkel during their pull-aside on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump fumed during a Wednesday meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that a Russian natural gas pipeline project in Germany is “very inappropriate” as he criticized European countries’ contributions to the mutual-defense alliance.

The US President has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, often railing against Washington spending more money on defence than other member states.

Trump's criticism might put further strain on the relationship between the Western allies, especially following last month's turbulent G7 meeting.

Dozens of NATO leaders are set to meet in Brussels on for what is likely to be a stormy summit.

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イラク首相 国際的な足並みの乱れはISISの活動再開につながる

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
Iraqi PM: Intl Differences on Syria May Result in Resuming Daesh Activities
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said on Tuesday that international differences on Syria pose a threat to the region as they may result in a resumption of activities of the ISIL terror group.

"The differences on Syria pose a threat of resumption of activities of the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terror group and threaten the Iraqi borders," Abadi said while aired by official Iraqi television.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the Iraqi troops had achieved significant progress in eliminating remaining Daesh forces in the provinces of Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahuddin.

In December 2017, Abadi announced the victory over the Daesh group but later admitted that further struggle with the terrorists was needed.

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2018年07月11日

近くイドリブの決戦が始まる


上の画像は2018/4に東グータからイドリブに退出したテロリストです。
シリアの壮年男性は、テロリストも政府側の関係者もギラギラしたにらみつけるような目をしています。それでなくては生きていけないのですね。
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次は、Ivan Sidorenko @IvanSidorenko1氏の2018/7/7のツイート
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Syrian - Jordan Border
#Nassib #Nasib #Naseeb Border Crossing
#Tiger_Forces #Tigers_Men
Taha Regiment
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Air Force Intelligence
手(チョキ)
Alongside Syrian Correspondents.
に付されていた画像です。7/7にシリア・ヨルダン国境のナシブ国境通過点を攻めていたシリア軍がここをテロリストの支配から解放し、テロリストは包囲され支配地をシリア軍に明け渡しました。大変大きな転換点です。これでシリア南部のテロリストは総崩れとなりました。

FARSNEWS2018/7/11
Russia Calls on Militants in Dara'a to Join Reconciliation Plan, Not to Leave for Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- A terrorist commander claimed on Wednesday that the Russian forces advised them to lay down arms and endorse the reconciliation plan in peace talks in Southern Syria, adding that the Russians have warned that militants in Idlib will face the same fate their comrades in Dara'a have, a media outlet reported.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted Abu Ali Mahamid, a commander of the Free Syrian Army, as telling militant-affiliated websites that the Russian forces had advised them in peace talks not to leave Dara'a for Idlib as Idlib's fate will be similar to the militant-held region in Southern Syria.

"Russians said that the military operation will be kicked off against terrorists in Idlib in September," Mahamid told to the websites, according to al-Watan.

In the meantime, one of the members of Dara'a City Military Council said that the Russian forces had told them in reconciliation talks that none of the militant commanders in Dara'a will face legal prosecution if they endorse the peace agreement with Damascus.

Other militant commanders in the council were quoted as saying by al-Watan that the military operation in Idlib will be possibly launched from Lattakia province.

Meanwhile, other media activists disclosed that Jordanian officials have allowed Southern Syria terrorist commanders to enter Jordanian territories along with their families.

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, meanwhile, reported that almost 1,000 terrorists and their family members will soon exit Dara'a province according to an endorsed peace agreement.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported last week that the Russian and Syrian warplanes staged a heavy bombing on terrorists' movements amid a heavy offensive of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at and the terrorists of Horas al-Din against the government forces' positions in Souran township in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

It said that the warplanes further struck terrorists' positions in the villages and towns of Skeik, al-Tamanna, Ma'arkaba and Lahaya in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib, weakening the combat and supplying capacities of the terrorists in al-Latamina region.

The report went on to say that the army later dispatched more troops to the battlefield and gained back lost lands from terrorists in Souran region.

At least 35 terrorists were killed or wounded in the failed attack of the terrorists and in the bombardments.

Several terrorist groups, including Jeish al-Izzah, Horas al-Din and Tahrir al-Sham are operating in Northern Hama regardless of the presence of Turkish troops' monitoring points.


FARSNEWS2018/7/7
TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups were forced to agree with the Syrian Army's reconciliation terms to hand over the remaining regions under their control in the Eastern countryside of Dara'a city after the fall of Nasib border-crossing to the government forces on Saturday.
この国境通過点近くに立つシリア軍兵士です。エリート部隊タイガーフォースに属しています。まだ若そうです。とても格好いいです。持っているのはカラシニコフの最新式ライフルでしょうか。スコープ付き。彼は優秀なスナイパーのはずです。

7/7の解放当日にプレスを入れています。なんで女性記者がこの兵士とツーショットを?

記者のほうが体格が良い!

まあ、この兵士なら写真を撮りたくなるのも分かりますね。

FARSNEWS2018/7/9
Syrian Army Aborts Israel's Logistical Back up for Tahrir Al-Sham
TEHRAN (FNA)- A timely offensive by the Syrian army stopped Israel's move to supply logistical support to Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group in Southwestern Quneitra.

The Syrian army's artillery and missile units staged heavy fire on Tahrir al-Sham's positions and moves in al-Alam square, Rawihineh and the road linking Naba'a al-Sakhrah to Southwestern Quneitra and the nearby areas on Monday.

Several positions and military vehicles of terrorists were smashed and a number of militants were killed and wounded.

Field sources said that Tahrir al-Sham was moving towards the de-escalation zone with Israel to receive military aid from the Israeli army when it came under attack by the Syrian army.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Israeli troops targeted a position of the Syrian Army troops in the Southwestern province of Quneitra to assist Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at terrorists that have suffered a heavy defeat in battle with the government forces, a media outlet reported.

Al-Mayadeen news network reported that the Israeli troops opened heavy fire at one of the positons of Tahrir al-Sham in Khan Arnaba region in Northern Quneitra after the government forces repelled a heavy offensive of Tahrir al-Sham in the region.

Al-Mayadeen further said that the Israeli attack did not leave any human casualties.

It went on to say that the terrorist groups in Quneitra had attacked the army stronghold in al-Ba'ath, Jaba and Tal Koroum regions before the Israeli troops launched their attack.

Al-Mayadeen further said that over 30 terrorists were killed or wounded in the militants' failed attack on the army positions in three flanks near al-Ba'ath.

Meanwhile, field sources reported that Israeli troops launched artillery attack on Syrian army in Quneitra, adding that the Tel Aviv army forces transferred the wounded members of the terrorist groups from the Quneitra battlefield to occupied territories in Bariqa border region in Israel to treat them in their hospitals.

The sources went on to say that Israel has increased its backup for terrorists in recent weeks when Tahrir al-Sham intensified attacks on the safe villages and townships in Quneitra province.

Analyst: End of Dara'a Battle Triggers Syria's Ultimate Battle to Liberate Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian analyst said the army's major success in Dara'a operation in Southern Syria means that the battle of all battles will soon start in the Northwestern province of Idlib where around 50,000 terrorists have been cornered.

Nadhal al-Saba'a told the Arabic website of Sputnik news agency on Monday that the Syrian army's control over al-Nasib passageway in Dara'a province was a major and epoch-making victory bringing the government troops much close to the end of battle in Southern Syria.

He referred to the peace agreement between the Syrian army and terrorist groups in Southern Syria, but reminded that ISIL terrorists at the borders with Golan region have been excluded from the agreement, adding that a bloody battle is expected in the region.

Al-Saba'a said that the Syrian government's control over Dara'a and the end of battle in Southern Syria will trigger the massive military operations in Idlib against over 50,000 terrorists with extremist thoughts.

He added that the operations to liberate Idlib will be a major and hard battle, specially because the terrorists will have no escape route.

The Syrian army continued military operations in Western Dara'a on Monday, winning back control over four new regions and several points in the bordering areas with Jordan.

The army units imposed control over 27 bordering checkpoints (No 36 to 62) in military operations West of al-Nasib passageway.

They also continued military operations West of Dara'a city after taking control of the town of Kharab al-Shaham, imposing control over the air defense hill area.

The army troops also cleansed al-Tabariat region, the village of Zizoun and the town of Tal Shahab in Northwestern Dara'a from the terrorist groups.

Meantime, field sources referred to the imminent evacuation of those terrorists who oppose the peace plan from Dara'a, and said that the Syrian army has provided the ground to transfer hundreds of militants and their family members from the region.
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ラブロフがモスクワでヨルダンの外相と会談

FARSNEWS2018/7/5
ラブロフがモスクワでヨルダンの外相と会談しています。ヨルダンがシリアに課している制裁に言及されていますが、シリア南部からテロリストを追い出すと、難民救済問題が緊急の課題となりヨルダンが影響を受けかねないことが会談の背景にあると見られます。

最初に記事を読んだとき、テロリストの逃げ道確保かとも思いましたが、そちらのほうが本当の議題でしたね。
近くイドリブの決戦が始まるに引用しましたが、
Meanwhile, other media activists disclosed that Jordanian officials have allowed Southern Syria terrorist commanders to enter Jordanian territories along with their families.
The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, meanwhile, reported that almost 1,000 terrorists and their family members will soon exit Dara'a province according to an endorsed peace agreement.
とあります。シリア南部のテロリストは壊滅必至ということになりテロリスト支援国がヨルダンに受け入れを要請した。ヨルダンとしてはテロリストを追ってシリアが攻め込んできては困る。難民も流入する、対応が大変だ。何か保証が欲しいということでヨルダンの外相がモスクワに駆け込んだという図式です。笑えます。

※ Russia: US Can Rarely Separate Terrorists, Opposition in Southern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the US can rarely separate terrorists and opposition in Syria's Southern de-escalation zone.

"We have also pointed out the need for the implementation of agreements on the southern de-escalation zone, deals which were reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan on all aspects, including the continuation of the uncompromising struggle against terrorists from ISIL and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, which control about 40 percent of the Southern de-escalation zone," Lavrov said after a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Moscow, Sputnik reported.

The allegations made by Western media outlets and politicians about ethnic cleansing during anti-terrorist campaigns in Syria's Eastern Ghouta and Eastern Aleppo were false, the Russian diplomat added.

"As for Eastern Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta, we recall outcry in Western media outlets and Western political circles regarding violations of international law, and even ethnic cleansing campaigns during the offensives to liberate these areas from terrorists. All this turned out to be lies," Lavrov stated.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, it was unrealistic to expect Iran to leave Syria and stop playing a role in the region, becoming self-isolated.

"It is clear that this is absolutely unrealistic and that it will not be possible to solve regional problems without the participation of its key countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and many others," Lavrov stressed.

According to Lavrov, he raised the issue of lifting unilateral sanctions against Syria at talks with his Jordanian counterpart.

"Russia has also repeatedly noted the need to remove all unilateral sanctions imposed by the Western countries against the Syrian Arab Republic, sanctions that prevent from ensuring normal economic, infrastructure conditions for return of refugees," Lavrov told a press conference.

Russia’s Top Diplomat Warns against Politicizing International Aid to Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said all international players should provide humanitarian aid to Syria without attempting to politicize the issue.

"We are certain that all international players who have such opportunities should provide assistance in tackling these issues in Syria without trying to link this aid to some politicized conditions," he told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday following talks with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, TASS reported.

"Russia has repeatedly pointed to the need to remove unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria by Western countries, the sanctions that prevent the creation of normal economic infrastructure conditions for refugees’ return," Lavrov noted.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Russia and Jordan see eye-to-eye about the need to provide humanitarian aid and take measures, which will facilitate and expand the delivery of relief aid.

"To create favorable conditions for refugees’ return in the liberated areas, large-scale international assistance aimed at restoring the socio-economic infrastructure and creating new jobs is required," he added.
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MP no-show raises questions over UK’s concern about Amesbury ‘Novichok poisoning’

RT20187/10
MP no-show raises questions over UK’s concern about Amesbury ‘Novichok poisoning’
The alleged Novichok poisoning in Amesbury stirred up a whole new wave of anti-Russia hysteria, and yet when it came to the Home Secretary’s parliamentary updates on the case, the chamber was surprisingly empty.

Sajid Javid had called for a COBRA emergency meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the investigation into the incident, yet when he addressed the Commons just a couple of hours later to brief MPs - which he claimed authorities were “taking incredibly seriously” - there was only around 40 MPs in attendance. That compares to 650 when the chamber is full.

Addressing a near-empty Westminster hall, Javid stood up in the House of Commons to say he was confident “the whole house would join me in wishing them full and swift recovery”.

Most of the Cabinet seemed to have better things to do than attend a briefing on the circumstances surrounding the apparent poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, who were allegedly exposed to Novichok on July 1. Sturgess died in hospital on July 8 and Rowley remains in critical condition.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who in an impassioned statement in the immediate aftermath of the poisoning said “all of my thoughts today are with the victims and with the people of Amesbury and Salisbury”, was nowhere to be seen.

Boris Johnson, who was still Foreign Secretary at the time, was also missing, as well as Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. The public responded to the apparent indifference of the MPs on Twitter, with some suggesting “Conservative squabbles” came above “national interest.”

A lot of government members were missing from the chamber because the Conservative 1922 parliamentary committee - which includes all Tory backbenchers - was taking place at the same time as the Home Secretary’s Amesbury update.
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Sinking ship? Spate of resignations could mean game over for Theresa May government

RT2018/7/10
Sinking ship? Spate of resignations could mean game over for Theresa May government
With Brussels increasingly impatient for a deal on Brexit and a NATO summit planned for Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a domestic crisis of confidence − and humiliation on the world stage.

Adding to her troubles, May must play host to US President Donald Trump on Friday amid what are expected to be massive protests against his visit.

In an interview with RT, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said he had “never known such uncertainty in all my time in politics” and called the situation within the Conservative Party “absolutely chaotic” after three cabinet ministers resigned in quick succession between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Asked if anyone could bridge the gap on Brexit thinking between the two warring sides (those who want a ‘hard’ Brexit and those who prefer a ‘soft’ Brexit), Livingstone was doubtful. “It just isn’t possible. There is no one person on either side who can unite the Tory party around this issue,” he said.

Brussels is increasingly frustrated with May’s inability to deliver any kind of certainty on Brexit, and it hasn’t been shy about showing it. On Monday, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said Brexit represented the “biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations” and warned that it was still “very far” from being resolved.

Just a few days ago, the embattled May, whose popularity has been waning in recent months, hammered out a compromise with her cabinet during an all-day meeting at Chequers − the premier’s official country residence. Media pundits were optimistic that some progress had finally been made in negotiations and hailed the outcome as a success for May − but it did not last. Many of her critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, quipped that it took May’s government two years to come up with a Brexit plan − and just two days to destroy it.

May had tried to score a win with Ireland and Brussels by going for the ‘soft’ Brexit option, which they had favored, in part, as a way to prevent the reimposing of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which could put the North’s peace process and the Good Friday Agreement at risk − but Brexiteers in her cabinet didn’t seem overly concerned with the Ireland issue and pushed ahead for a harder Brexit anyway.

Amidst the chaos over Brexit and cabinet resignations, Dawn Sturgess’ death in Amesbury from a deadly nerve agent set off another round of Russia-bashing in UK media, with journalists, politicians and commentators pointing the finger at Moscow and suggesting that the country was under a Russian attack.

Before he quit, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was a no-show at Monday morning’s meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee − a meeting which was set up to discuss Sturgess’ death.

This begs the question: if there was real concern within the British government that the country was under attack by Russia, why would the foreign minister use that moment to resign? If the country was under attack, would Theresa May’s cabinet really be imploding at this precise moment?

The obvious answer is ‘no,’ and the reality is that Johnson is far more concerned with his own political future than he is with phony allegations of Russian attacks on Britain. Speaking to RT, journalist and political analyst Neil Clark, said that Johnson clearly wants to use the Brexit chaos to replace May and thinks now is the time to do it.

“Boris Johnson is a very, very ambitious politician. He wants to be prime minister, I don’t think there’s any secret about that − and I think he believes now is his time. He thinks, presumably that he can get enough support within the party to challenge Theresa May,” Clark said.

Less crucial, but a diplomatic headache nonetheless, is the issue of what to do if the England team reaches the World Cup final in Russia, which is looking increasingly possible.
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2018年07月08日

クルドがハサカで指導者の写真や旗を降ろす

FARSNEWS2018/7/7
Eastern Syria: Kurdish Militia Willing to Hand over Oil Facilities to Damascus Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish militias have agreed to deliver control of oil facilities in Hasaka province to the Damascus government as part of an overall agreement to surrender their regions to the army, a media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted some opposition sources as disclosing that several government delegations have had meetings with commanders of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that control the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that some Syrian military officers, and governor generals of Raqqa and Hasaka provinces had attended the meetings.

In the meantime, some Kurdish-affiliated sources disclosed that a new agreement has been endorsed by the YPG and the Syrian government based on which the Kurds will hand over oil facilities to Damascus to the sole exporter of Syria's crude oil.

The daily further said that a team of repair and maintenance experts have left Damascus for the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa and entered regions that are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to have meeting with the managing committee of Tabaqa Dam presided by Mohammad Oso.

In the meantime, local sources reported that the Kurdish units have taken photos of their commander Abdullah Ocalan and the group's flags down from Qanat al-Sowis street in Hasaka city.

Al-Watan reported on Monday that the Kurdish militia groups were showing strong signs in their talks with Damascus authorities of their desire to give up their quest for autonomy and surrender the Kurdish-ruled territories to the Central government in return for insignificant demands

Al-Watan daily reported that several meetings were held between senior officials of Damascus government and the Kurdish militias in the town of Qamishli in Northern Syria and also in Damascus.

"Under an agreement held by the two sides, the Kurdish groups have agreed to take a number of actions that also include collecting the entire images of Abdullah Ocalan, one of the founding members of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party, as well as the Kurdish militias' official signs and flags from all their territories," the report continued.

It went on to say that retreat of all Kurdish militias to Hasaka province and erecting joint checkpoints to be run by the Kurds and the government forces across Hasaka province are also among other terms of the agreement.

Other sources said that the agreement endorsed by the Kurds and the army entails several more paragraphs that include the presence of the Kurdish militias among the ranks of the Syrian army, surrender of Tal Kojar and Simalka border-crossing with Iraq and al-Darbasiyeh and Ra'as al-Ein border-crossing with Turkey to the Damascus army and delivering control over oil and gas fields to the Syrian Oil Ministry.

The sources further said that, in return, the Kurds have asked for the start of Kurdish-language courses in the educational program in Kurdish regions and appointment of a Kurdish official to a high post in the Syrian oil ministry.

Al-Watan went on to say that the Kurdish units already embarked on collecting PYD flags and the photos of its leader from streets in Qamishli and Hasaka city.

In the meantime, other Syrian media outlets said that the Syrian Democratic forces' decision to hand over Raqqa city to the army will be the first confidence-building measure between the two sides.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had earlier warned that the Kurdish militias would face the tough option if they prove to be unwilling to resolve their differences with Damascus through talks.

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Get ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT

RT2018/7/7
Get ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT
Tehran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial artery for oil shipments from the Middle East, if Iranian exports are hampered. This will result in a huge loss of global crude supply and soaring prices.

Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Iraq passes through the Strait of Hormuz. It is also the route for nearly all the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from the world’s largest exporter, Qatar.

On Thursday, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said the Strait Of Hormuz will be “for all or for no one,” according to Tasnim News agency. The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, is dedicated to protecting commercial ships in the area.

“The declared nominal throughput capacity of the Strait of Hormuz is about 14 oil tankers per day, or 17 million barrels per day, or about half of the world’s daily crude oil exports. If exports through it stop, the law of supply and demand would double oil prices to $160 per barrel,” Vladimir Rojankovski, investment analyst at Global FX, told RT.

The analyst added that if the Strait is blocked for one or two months, oil traders could panic and buy out all available crude futures, sending prices to $250 per barrel. However, Rojankovski expressed doubt that Iran would do that since the area is highly militarized.

Artem Avinov, leading analyst with TeleTrade, also predicts that oil prices could jump to $250 per barrel if the Strait of Hormuz is blocked by Iran. But he also notes that such a scenario is highly improbable. “I am skeptical about the possibility of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to cut off oil supplies through the Strait of Hormuz for several days or weeks. Even if Iran really acts, we are likely to see a quick economic or military retaliation, which will lead to the lifting of restrictions,” he told RT.

Another RT guest, Mikhail Mashchenko, who is an analyst at investors’ social network eToro, doesn’t believe crude will skyrocket even if a blockade takes place, since Brent never topped $150 per barrel.

He adds that US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is propping up oil prices despite his wish to lower them. “If Trump didn’t try isolate Tehran so actively, investors would not have been buying oil so massively because of fears of a deficit. The fate of the oil market depends on the further actions of the top producers: How much the export from the US will decrease, and how much Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have a lot of unused capacities, will increase production,” he said.
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Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years over Corruption

FARSNEWS2018/7/7

Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years over Corruption
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Pakistani anti-corruption court found former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif guilty of corruption and sentenced him to 10 years in prison and a $10.5m fine, a development that could be a blow to his PML-N party's chances in an upcoming general election.

Judge Muhammad Bashir read the verdict before a packed courtroom in the capital Islamabad on Friday, Al-Jazeera reported.

The case relates to the ownership of four apartments in the upmarket Park Lane neighbourhood of London, capital of the United Kingdom.

Sharif was dismissed as Prime Minister last July over corruption allegations, with the Supreme Court ordering the anti-corruption watchdog to launch proceedings against him and his family.

In 2016, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) leak of 11.5 million legal documents - dubbed the Panama Papers - showed the Sharif family had secured a $13.8m loan in 2007, using the apartments as collateral.

"Today, the anti-corruption court's verdict … has made it clear that these assets, the Avenfield apartments, were acquired through corrupt means," prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi told reporters outside the courtroom.

Following the verdict, a defiant Sharif told reporters in London that he had not been given a fair trial and that he would face his sentence, although he did not specify a date for his return to Pakistan.

Both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are currently in London tending to Kulsoom Nawaz, Nawaz’s wife, who is critically ill and being treated at a hospital there.

Maryam, also a political leader who has taken an increasingly front-line role in the party, was found to be involved in the ownership of a series of offshore companies, in whose name the properties were held.

The court also ordered that the Sharifs' apartments be seized and handed over to the Pakistani government.

Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's brother and President of the PML-N, said the party rejected the verdict and would use all legal and constitutional means to challenge the verdict.

"I believe that the timing of this verdict is an attempt to influence the outcome of the election," Shehbaz, a former chief minister of Northern Punjab state, said at a press conference in the Eastern city of Lahore.

On Friday, Maryam was also found guilty and sentenced to seven years imprisonment and a $2.6m fine. With this verdict, Maryam Nawaz is now disqualified from standing in Pakistan's July general election as a candidate. Her husband Muhammad Safdar was also sentenced to one year in prison and will be disqualified from running in the upcoming polls.

In April, the Supreme Court effectively ended Nawaz Sharif's political career in parliament by banning him from running for public office for life.

Both father and daughter had earlier asked for a delay in the verdict, so that they may have attended the hearing in person, as they did regularly throughout proceedings.

In a tweet after the verdict, Maryam Nawaz said people stood by her father, adding that "well done Nawaz Sharif! You weren't afraid, and you didn't bow down. You gave priority to Pakistan over your own personal interests. The people stand by with you. You will be victorious".

Nawaz told a press conference on Wednesday that he would face whatever punishment the court handed down, stating that "I am not a dictator who will run away from the courts".

Verdicts in two further cases against the Sharif family are still pending.

"I am absolutely ready [to go to jail]," Maryam told reporters earlier this week. stressing that "this is not something to be afraid of".

Separately, top Nawaz aide Fawad Hassan Fawad was arrested during an interrogation by the anti-corruption watchdog in the Eastern city of Lahore on Thursday.

Nawaz and his party’s leaders have termed the corruption cases a witch-hunt, alleging the country’s powerful military wanted him out of power as he had challenged its control over aspects of security and foreign policy.

Pakistan’s military denies any involvement in politics but has ruled Pakistan for roughly half of the 70 years since its independence.

The Sharif family is expected to appeal Friday’s verdict at the Supreme Court.


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