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ASSAD: Damascus ready to hold dialogue with all who are interested in political settlement in Syria

‘Fight against terrorism in Syria nearing an end’: Putin & Assad meet, discuss political settlement

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad in Sochi where they discussed the political process in Syria. The Russian leader said that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion.

Putin congratulated Assad on the results in the fight against terrorism at a meeting on November 20 in Sochi, where the Syrian president became acquainted with the heads of the Russian military.

The Russian leader discussed the political settlement in Syria with Bashar Assad, saying that he believes it should be under the aegis of the UN, adding that he hopes the international body will take an active part in the process and its final stage.

Assad said that Damascus is interested in the progress of the political solution to the crisis and that the current situation is optimistic in that respect.

He added that he hoped for Russia’s help in ensuring that the Syrians themselves lead the process, with help from the outside, but not “interference.” “We welcome those who are really interested in a political settlement [in Syria], we are ready to have dialogue with them,” Assad said.

Since the start of the Russian operation in Syria in 2015, many areas in the country have been liberated from terrorists, Assad stated. Syrians who had to leave these areas due to the terrorist threat have been able to return home.

Vladimir Putin said that the talks held repeatedly in the Kazakh capital, Astana contributed greatly to the settlement of the conflict. “Due to the Astana talks, we managed to create de-escalation zones, and this, in turn, allowed us to start a real dialogue with the opposition for the first time.”

According to the Russian president, “the problem of terrorism is a global one.” He added that “complete victory over terrorism is still very far away. But as far as our joint fight against terrorists in Syria is concerned, this military operation is really coming to an end.”

Putin said he will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Sochi on Wednesday to discuss the Syrian crisis. Apart from these countries, Russia is working with Iraq, the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan on settling the crisis, he stated. Putin added that on Tuesday he will hold a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump on the topic of Syria.

Assad’s visit to Russia and his talks with the Russian president lasted four hours, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports.

Russia launched its counter-terrorism operation in Syria at the request of Damascus in September 2015. The Russian Air Force has been assisting the Syrian Army in its fight against the terrorists for about two years.

In March 2016, Putin ordered a partial withdrawal and said that the primary objective of the operation had been achieved. The remaining aircraft, however, continue to assist the Syrian Army in its fight against extremists. In November, the Russian Defense Ministry said Islamic State-controlled areas in Syria had shrunk to less than five percent of the country.
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Erdogan’s chief adviser calls for Turkey’s NATO membership to be reconsidered – local media
t is time to reconsider the issue of Turkey’s membership in NATO, Erdogan’s chief adviser, Yalcın Topcu, has stated, according to local media. Turkey has the second largest army in the alliance after the United States.

Tensions between the military bloc and Turkey escalated last week when Turkey’s founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were depicted as “enemies” during NATO drills in Norway. Erdogan said the incident was an attack targeting “Turkey and the Turkish nation.”

“What [NATO] did is a scandal,” the Turkish leader told a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congress in the eastern province of Bayburt on Sunday, Hurriyet reported. “They know that they cannot stop our country, which is why they are putting us on a target board. I hope that those who welcomed attacks against us before now understand the real face of the matter, as Ataturk was also included.”
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South Korean Spy Agency: North Korea May Strike US Mainland with ICBM This Year
TEHRAN (FNA)- The South Korean intelligence service told parliamentarians that the North could possibly develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland by the end of this year.

Yi Wan-young, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee which was briefed by the country’s National Intelligence Service told media about the content of the session on the developments Pyongyang’s military program, presstv reported.

At the briefing, Seoul’s spy agency said there were no indications that the North aimed to conduct another nuclear test for the time being, adding that its informants and analysts were monitoring developments in the North closely, according to the lawmaker.

“The agency is closely following the developments because there is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year under the name of a satellite launch and peaceful development of space, but in fact to ratchet up its threats against the United States,” he added.

However, the intelligence service warned that the Punggye-ri nuclear complex in North Korea appeared to be ready for another detonation “at any time.”

Pyongyang sparked an international outcry in September, when it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test involving a hydrogen bomb. It has also fired two missiles which flew over Japan before landing in the sea.

North Korea has remained defiant in face of international pressure and sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear and missile programs, saying it needs to develop its missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent against plans by the US and its allies to invade the country.

Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence until Washington stops its hostile policy toward the country.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war.
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Moon landing PHOTOS reignite conspiracy theories… again
A UFO conspiracist has uncovered what he believes is proof that the moon landings were fake, although his detective work has drawn criticism.

“Does Astronaut's visor reflection show a stagehand on the Apollo fake Moon set?" is the question posed by Streetcap1, who shared his recent discovery on YouTube.

The photo in question is taken from the Apollo 17 mission, which took place in late 1972. Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 22 hours exploring the surface and were the last humans to walk on the moon.
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Deadly quake hits Iran & Iraq: 140+ killed, over 1,000 injured Live updates

Iran Quake Death Toll Rises to 435

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Pentagon: ISIL Defeated But US Will Still Occupy Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Pentagon regime loudly declares the terrorist group of ISIL has been defeated in Syria, but insists that they intend to remain and occupy the country permanently.

This is a potential major legal issue, because Syria never authorized the US invasion in the first place. US officials always presented the authorization as being UN resolutions supporting the fight against ISIL, but that would no longer apply.

Moreover, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has pointed out that US Secretary of State Tillerson has repeatedly assured him that the “only” US goal in Syria is to fight ISIL. This is adding to international concerns about what the US is actually planning on doing next, now that ISIL has been defeated.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is trying to present this as keeping “ISIL 2.0” from coming into existence. While this is also the pretext for staying and occupying Iraq permanently, there is a major difference between a permanent deployment in Iraq that the US-backed government there supports, and trying to stay and occupy Syria forever despite explicit opposition from the Syrian government and its Iranian-Russian allies.

This raises a fundamental question about US aims in the ongoing war on Syria:

President Donald Trump has apparently sought to limit US involvement in Syria for his own reasons. Yet has been sucked in and struggled to clearly define his objectives in the messy, complicated war. Trump hasn't defined the outcome he seeks. But Secretary of State Tillerson now says President Bashar Assad should have "no role" in governing Syria.

The problem is, President Assad is in his strongest position in several years. With help from Russia and Iran, the Syrian Army has retaken most major cities in the country, while ISIL remains on the defensive due to the Russian bombing campaign.

In addition, power abhors a vacuum, and Syria’s allies would pursue their own strategies independent of the United States. The US never fully came to grips with the fact Iran and Hezbollah played a major role in Syria, and had acquired more influence in Iraq by the time US forces returned than that which the US possessed. The only difference is that Iran seeks peace and stability there. Unlike the United States, Iran has no intention to occupy its neighbors permanently.

Moreover, the US failed to pay full attention to Turkey’s decades-long struggle against its Kurdish separatists, its fear of the political and military emergence of Syria’s Kurds, and its fear of some broader Iraqi Kurdish support of separatism that would involve Turkey’s Kurds as well. Finally, it is unclear that the US ever seriously considered the possibility of Iranian-Russian involvement in Syria - until it happened and saved the country from falling into the hands of foreign-backed terrorists and extremists.

Above all, the base structure the Pentagon regime has built since the regime-change war on Syria began is intended to enable military interventions and wars of choice in the Greater Middle East. In the absence of UN opposition, these bases will make future military actions all too easy to contemplate, launch, and carry out. Today, it seems beyond irony that the target of the Pentagon’s “new” base strategy is no longer ISIL, whose very existence and growth the US owes to the Iraq War and the chaos it created.

The bottom line is that the US-led regime-change war has failed as a strategy; military force and permanent occupation will equally fail as a strategy for controlling post-ISIL Syria, no less affecting regime change. Sadly, this infrastructure of war has been in place for so long and is now so taken for granted that most members of the international community seldom think about it.

They rarely question the usefulness and legality of the US bases in maintaining global peace and stability, or that expanding the base will only perpetuate terrorism and a militarized US foreign policy premised on assumptions about the efficacy of war and military occupation that should have been discredited long ago. Investing in permanent bases rather than diplomatic, political, and humanitarian efforts to reduce violence and terrorism in Syria and across the region is likely to do little more than ensure enduring war.
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‘Arrogant’ Saudi Arabia fails to hurt Hezbollah with Hariri gambit, but won’t stop trying


‘Arrogant’ Saudi Arabia fails to hurt Hezbollah with Hariri gambit, but won’t stop trying
Riyadh’s attempt to assert control in Lebanon and open up a new front against Hezbollah and Iran has brought little return, but substantial reputational damage. But does Saudi Arabia even care about playing geopolitical chess, or does it just want to fling pieces at its adversaries?

The road trip-slash-conspiracy thriller that began with Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation as Lebanese Prime Minister from Saudi Arabia on November 4 is by no means over: Perhaps Emmanuel Macron will help Hariri hold on to his position by mediating the crisis in Paris this weekend, or maybe the trip to France is merely the beginning of his exile. And even if Hariri does return to Beirut to the embrace of sympathetic locals, victimhood is not always the easiest route to retaining power.

Hariri ‘weak’ in reining in Hezbollah

Yet, it is already obvious that whatever Saudi Arabia had in mind when it reportedly took away Hariri’s phone, put him under house arrest, and gave him a speech to read, has not turned out as planned.

“Riyadh wanted to make Hariri resign, and make it look like the work of Hezbollah, while he would appear as the Sunni martyr of Shia machinations, prompting an outpouring of pity for him, and anger against Hezbollah, which would then be subject to international sanctions,” says Marianna Belenkaya, a Moscow-based Middle East analyst.

“The Saudis likely wanted to replace Hariri with his younger brother, Bahaa, who is more easily controlled,” says Ali Al-Ahmed Director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington DC. “But they did it in a macho and arrogant way, and it backfired.”

In the longer term, although he was largely seen as their protege, “the Saudis were displeased with Hariri’s weakness in the domestic arena,” says Alexei Sarabyev, from Moscow’s RAS Oriental Studies Institute. While the prime minister was credited for brokering a solution last year to the 29-month long “presidential vacuum” that paralyzed the country’s institutions, the compromise came at the cost of weakening the Sunni faction, and the appointment of Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, to the presidency. A particular irritant to the House of Saud is the continued cooperation between the Lebanese army and Hezbollah’s militias, which has seen Riyadh’s and Washington’s aid and weapons being funnelled to prop up Bashar Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Hariri’s status was further undermined after the canceled parliamentary election this June following months of wrangling, with the key vote – the first since 2009 – now being moved to May 2018. Sarabyev believes that the final straw for Saudi Arabia may have come in display of acquiescence shown by Hariri during talks with an Iranian emissary in Beirut on November 2.

Nonetheless, Riyadh’s whole scheme was so ham-fisted it seems barely credible that anyone thought that it could work smoothly in the television age, never mind in an era of dozens of competing Arab-language news networks, and millions of tweets (Hariri himself has dismissed the speculation as “lies”).

Cornering Hariri, possibly blackmailing him over his family or Saudi-based business, forcing him to humiliatingly parrot strident anti-Iran rhetoric that sounded like it came directly from the mouth of a Saudi royal, and then wheeling him out again for a disjointed and stiff interview days later were not obvious diplomatic masterstrokes.
Israel and US stay at arm’s length

Donald Trump’s White House is the most anti-Tehran administration in decades, and considers Hezbollah terrorists, but even they could not go with the power play, while most Arab allies decided to sit out the affair.

The early days of the crisis also produced speculation of an uneasy but motivated alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia, with observers suggesting that the Israeli Defence Forces could even invade Lebanon, doing Riyadh’s dirty work for it and weakening Israel’s sworn enemy Hezbollah in one fell swoop. However, events have shown that Israel does not currently desire a repeat of the traumatic 2006 war, or the dismantling of the UN-backed peace deal that has kept hostilities between adversaries at bay, even if it still regards Hezbollah an extension of Iran’s existential threat.

The worst of the impact of the ploy was counter-productively on Lebanon. What better way to turn a divided multi-religious country against you than to show that its leader is a puppet that can literally be made to say anything? Hariri’s resignation has not been accepted by the president, while the foreign minister made a pointed reference that Lebanese politics was “not like trading sheep.” Notably, both the Saudi-aligned politicians and Iranian-backed ones demanded that Hariri returned, and none even humored Riyadh’s assertion that he voluntarily decided to stay away from his own country in the midst of a major political crisis. While before Hariri’s political coalition was falling apart, in the last weeks there have been mass demonstrations in his support.

The Saudis and their close allies – Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain – have doubled down, telling citizens to leave Lebanon, potentially impacting its tourist industry. Lebanese officials have also implied that it is putting behind-the-scenes economic pressure on the country, including preventing a potential joint gas project with Russia.

Its next moves would risk escalating the crisis by a magnitude – calling for Lebanon’s Arab League membership to be withdrawn, or a blockade scenario along the Qatari lines. Another potential measure would be to ban the Lebanese from working in Saudi Arabia, which could deprive the struggling Mediterranean state of up to $8 billion a year in remittances.

On the other hand, if, as Hariri recited in both his recent public appearances, if Hezbollah gives up its weapons, and agrees not to participate in any affairs outside Lebanon’s borders, the conflict will be finished. Arab officials say Hariri himself could be allowed to stay on.

But is the stick or the carrot likely to work?

In all likelihood, no, and this is something Hariri, despite holding Saudi citizenship, and considering the Saudi King to be “like a father,” understands well. Hezbollah is deeply entrenched in all aspects of the country’s society. It has a civilian party, and a militia that matches the national army for capacity, and outstrips it for experience, with recent involvement in the Syrian conflict, as well as its constant battle-readiness for a war with Israel. It is both a part of the state where over a quarter of the population are Shia, and a state-within-a-state that takes over the government’s role in provision of key services in areas that it controls.

“Hezbollah hasn’t been in open conflict with anyone in domestic politics for an extended time,” says Sarabyev. “Their internal policies are nuanced and balanced, and they present themselves as a guarantor of the country’s national security, and the indirect threat from Riyadh is playing into that image, giving them another trump card.”

With its gambit going nowhere, and the passage of time turning the affair into a dangerous charade for no ostensible gain, no wonder that Riyadh is now spitting fury, claiming that “enough is enough.”
Riyadh’s blue-blooded privilege

But to interpret the entire Hariri affair as a failure for Saudi Arabia would be to misread the motivations and behavior of the country that regards itself as the rightful and blue-blooded ruler of the region, unbothered with the opinion of its minions.

After all, did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old who has ruled the country in all but name in the last few years, and could become king even before his 81-year-old father, King Salman, dies, ever care about nuance? When the country started the blockade of Yemen that could turn into the greatest humanitarian catastrophe since the turn of the millennium? When insisting Doha close its TV channels? Or even internally, when he jailed members of his own family, or allegedly offered them to go free if they gave up the majority of their wealth?

Saudi Arabia is trying to assert its power in the region by whatever means possible, whether using hard power, or soft power that threatens to turn into economic or real warfare. In the recent key major conflicts in Iraq and Syria, it is the Shia factions that have come out on top, and the Sunni ones that have been defeated, even if not all were officially endorsed by Riyadh. The oil-rich country, albeit straitened by the recent low hydrocarbon prices, is playing catch-up.

In fact the biggest concern is not the current ineffectual meddling, but the thought that one day Saudi foreign policy may grow less inept and more strategic. When Riyadh creates its own proxy Hezbollah-style movements with grassroots support, and begins to effectively challenge Iran in an ever-growing number of states, then the circus with of the Hariri resignation could come to seem like a fond memory.
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French police use tear gas to disperse protest against slave auctions in Libya (VIDEO)
Hundreds of activists flocked to the Libyan Embassy in Paris on Saturday, outraged with the government’s failure to tackle people smuggling after a CCN report unveiled a network of migrant slave auctions in Libya.

About a thousand people turned up to the protest following calls by several prominent anti-slavery groups and a number of celebrities of African origin, including soccer star Didier Drogba and former Miss France Sonia Rolland.

Carrying signs reading “No to slavery in Libya,” the demonstrators gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy on Saturday afternoon before marching towards the Champs-Elysees, where they were stopped by riot police cordons.

“Free our brothers,” “Let’s liberate Africa,” “We are black, we are human!” the demonstrators chanted.

Clashes broke out as police moved to disperse the protest. Some activists began hurling rocks at police, who responded with tear gas.

A Ruptly crew was on the spot to film as activists attempted to break through metal barriers erected by police.

One person was arrested following the scuffles, AFP reports. Police say the protest was illegitimate, adding that “no damage” resulted from the clashes.

Earlier this week, the Libyan government launched a probe into slave auctions operating in the country, including areas controlled by the UN-backed internationally-recognized Government of National Accord, after CNN showed footage of migrants being sold at a location outside Tripoli.

CNN claims in the report that men were priced at as little as $400, and that auctions are being carried out at many sites across Libya each month.

Libya has become the last stop on the route to Europe for migrants fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries, with the ongoing political chaos allowing people smugglers to thrive in the country, ravaged by civil war.



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US Marine kills elderly civilian in drunk-driving accident in Okinawa, Japan
A US military truck collided with a light vehicle in Okinawa, Japan, killing an elderly civilian, local media reports. The driver, allegedly a member of the US Marine Corps, was drunk at the moment of the crash and is being questioned.

On Sunday morning, the driver of a US military truck reportedly violated traffic regulations, running a red light and crashing into a light vehicle at an intersection in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, according to NHK. The Japanese driver, 61, of the civilian truck was taken unconscious to a local hospital, where he died an hour and a half later.

Okinawa police confirmed initial local media reports that the man who caused the accident was a member of the US Marine Corps, according to AP. The breath alcohol test of the military truck driver showed the level of alcohol three times above the legal limit. The man did not sustain any serious injuries and is now being questioned.

Last year, thousands of American sailors stationed on the island were prohibited from drinking alcohol following a drunk-driving accident caused by a US Marine. The ban was preceded by two other scandals involving the murder and rape of two young Japanese women by US servicemen in Okinawa.

The controversial US military presence on the southern Japanese island often meets stiff opposition from the population and triggers large-scale protests. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has also opposed the US military presence on the archipelago.

There are around 100,000 US personnel in Japan, including 54,000 military personnel, 42,000 dependents, and 8,000 civilian employees of the department of defense. Okinawa hosts half of the military personnel, according to the official website of the US Forces Japan.
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North Africa Facing Threat of ISIL Terrorists Fleeing Iraq, Syria

North Africa Facing Threat of ISIL Terrorists Fleeing Iraq, Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Algerian Foreign Minister Abd-el-Kader Messahel said that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters of the ISIL escaping Iraq and Syria.

"The region is threatened... with the return of foreign fighters," said Messahel, Islam Times reported.

"The signs and reports say the return will be in our region," Messahel said at a news conference in Cairo after a meeting with his Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts, Sameh Shoukry and Khemaies Jhinaoui, over Libya.

After its explosive rise in 2014 and conquest of vast swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, ISIL established a "caliphate" that attracted thousands of foreign fighters.

But a string of losses this year have left the terrorists clinging on to pockets of territory in Iraq and Syria.

ISIL terrorist group draws it inspiration from Wahhabism, the official sect of Saudi Arabia which espouses extremist ideas responsible for the emergence of many other terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabab and Taliban.

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エルドアン NATOにとって敵の協力者とノルウェー人に名指しされて激怒

Turkey Sees ‘International Cooperation’ against Erdogan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday there is an “international cooperation” against the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"This international cooperation reached a level that gave a soldier courage to show the founder and current leader of a NATO country as an enemy target during an exercise," said Bozdag speaking to reporters in Southeastern Sirnak, Anadolu reported.

Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Turkish Erdogan as an "enemy collaborator" during a bloc exercise in Norway.

On Friday, Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital Ankara that a portrait of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was also shown in the ‘hostile leader list’ during the computer-assisted exercise.

"Until now NATO has not seen a scandal like this. Neither the world did," Bozdag said, adding that NATO should take necessary steps that will prevent such incidents in the future.

Bozdag welcomed the removal of those responsible from the incident and the apology of NATO secretary-general. However, he added that those who run NATO also have responsibility to take.

A Norwegian national was removed from the exercise as a consequence of the incident.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen have apologized to Turkey over the incident.
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Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria

Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of betraying Ankara and providing "a lot of dollars" to the Islamic State terrorists. The allegation comes just days after the US acknowledged that it allowed hundreds of armed ISIS militants to escape the besieged Syrian city of Raqqa.

"That's the headline. But what did you do? You paid a lot of dollars to [ISIS]," Erdogan said, as cited by AFP.

It’s not the first time Erdogan has called out Washington for enabling terrorists. Last December, the Turkish president caused quite a stir in the media, claiming that Turkey had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” of the US supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and Kurdish militias, outlawed as terrorist in Turkey.

Erdogan's comments come just days after the BBC revealed on Monday that the US-backed SDF allowed hundreds of ISIS militants to escape Raqqa with the silent approval of their coalition allies that preferred not to intervene. Truck drivers interviewed by the BBC said they were offered thousands of dollars to secretly transport ISIS fighters and “tons of weapons and ammunition” out of the city. At the time of the exodus, neither SDF, nor the coalition acknowledged their involvement in the deal, reportedly struck by local officials mid-October.

When confronted by the BBC, US-led coalition spokesman Col Ryan Dillon admitted that “a Western officer” was present as the deal was being arranged, but “didn’t take an “active part” in the talks, he told the BBC. While the extent of the US involvement in the deal is up to speculation, Dillon noted that part of the agreement was to allow the coalition to screen the “ISIS-aged males” and civilians. However, only four “foreign fighters” were detained by the SDF from some 3,500 people, 300 of which were identified as “potential ISIS fighters,” Dilon said.

Then on Tuesday,Moscow accused US forces of refusing to carry out airstrikes against ISIS convoys retreating from the eastern Syrian city of Abu-Kamal. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that it twice asked the US-led coalition to strike the convoys with the US side “categorically refusing” to do so, the ministry said, attaching photos purportedly showing ISIS convoys leaving the city unhindered.

Aside from sparing the ISIS militants, the coalition warplanes have also been hampering the Russian Air Force’s operation in support of the Syrian military, the ministry claimed, noting that in accordance with the prior agreement the coalition aircraft should not have been flying in the area.

This is hardly the first time Moscow has accused Washington of tolerating ISIS’s presence in Syria. In September, Russia’s Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly proving that US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

The Turkish president also slammed Washington for its ongoing support of Kurdish groups fighting in Syria − despite promises that they would be withdrawn from liberated cities.

"It was a big disappointment for us that America has not kept its promises, to a large extent, since the start of the Syrian crisis," said Erdogan, claiming that the previous US administration pledged to not let YPG fighters to take Raqqa, Manbij and Deir ez-Zor.

"We don't want to enter into the same game in Afrin. A problem that we could solve quite easily together as allies is being dragged out by American intransigence," he added, as cited by AFP.

Disagreements over the status and future of Syria's Kurds have strained relations between Ankara and Washington. Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which is backed by the US-led coalition, as a terrorist organization.

Washington has stressed that while it’s aware of Turkey’s security concerns, its policy of arming the Kurds is “necessary to ensure a clear victory” in Raqqa.

Ankara claims that the US-backed YPG is not fighting ISIS in Raqqa but instead aiming to capture the city and “engaged in regional cooperation” with the so-called caliphate.

More recently, Erdogan has warned that the Turkish military may intervene to close the "terrorist corridor" in Syria's Afrin region, which borders Turkey and is currently controlled by Kurdish groups.
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'Syria chemical weapons probe poisoned by new Russia-US Cold War'

'Fictitious probe, baseless accusations': Russia blocks new extension of Syria chemical inquiry
The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a new resolution on the extension of the UN-OPCW The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia and Bolivia voted against Japan's new draft.

The draft envisioned a "technical" extension of the JIM probe for 30 days, during which the UN would work out proposals on how the probe could go on in a manner that would satisfy all the Security Council members.

"Any extension of the JIM mandate is only possible for us if the fundamental flaws in its work are rectified," Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia commented after the vote.

"There can be no other way after the JIM’s leadership disgraced itself with its fictitious investigation into the sarin use incident in Khan Shaykhun and signed off on baseless accusations against Syria.

"I'm not sure that those who are so fervently condemning Russia now have read the JIM report itself or our comments on it."

The JIM has been investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the April incident in Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province which killed about 100 people. JIM's reports have essentially been backing Washington's outright accusations against the Assad government, made straight away before any hard evidence had been discovered.

Russia has repeatedly criticized the JIM mission for doing a lackluster job, failing to investigate the site of the attack itself and instead relying on unverifiable testimonies of unidentified individuals. It suggests the Khan Shaykhun incident could be the result of an explosion of a chemical agent warehouse stockpiled by militants, or a false flag operation by anti-Assad rebels.

Without an extension, the JIM mandate ends on Friday, after the UN Security Council failed to agree on its extension in the previous session. On Thursday, Russia and the US both put forward rival resolutions on the JIM mission. Russia vetoed the American draft, but its own proposal subsequently failed to gain enough votes.

Russia's UN envoy slammed the US draft as "unbalanced," saying its only goal was to “question the role of Russia in the process of Syrian political settlement.” Moscow's counter-proposal, he argued, was solely “aimed at the extension and qualitative improvement” of the JIM probe.

In reply, the US representative accused Moscow of “undermining” the UN’s ability to prevent chemical attacks in the future.

Well done Russia, time to put those Washington-Jewish-State puppet Japan in their own place. Well done!!!

Japan blocks Russia's UN draft on 30 day extension for the Japanese to apologize to China and Korea for all the war crimes committed by the Japanese in world war two against them.

Japan should be the last country to say anything about warcrimes.

'Syria chemical weapons probe poisoned by new Russia-US Cold War'
The way the OPCW-UN's investigated the chemical incident in Syria is clearly not what the world expects when it sets up an agency to investigate events like this, and wants to be able to rely on it, says Nicolas J. S. Davies, author of Blood On Our Hands.

Russia on Thursday vetoed a US draft resolution at the UN Security Council to extend the work of a joint inquiry into the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack in Syria earlier this year.

RT: Why do you think the US and Russia failed to agree on this issue?

Nicolas Davies: It’s very hard to understand what has gone wrong with the OPCW investigation here. I mean the inspectors didn’t go within a 100 kilometer of the site, presumably because it’s too dangerous for them because that area is controlled by rebels linked to Al-Qaeda. Yet, they trusted the same rebels to gather samples and have custody of all the physical evidence they then examined, which is a complete violation of the OPCW’s rules for handling materials like that and for conducting an investigation.

Then in the report, they issued they seemingly ignored all the contrary evidence that suggested there might have been some other cause for these deaths of 82 people – possibly a bomb hitting another building nearby that was that was storing pesticides – that is one of the theories. But clearly that is not what the world expects of the OPCW or of the UNSC. When the world signs an international treaty and establishes an agency to investigate an incident like this, we expect to be able to rely on it, to conduct its investigations with integrity and to hear from experts from all sides and all points of view. This clearly didn’t happen. There are American experts challenging this … John Gilbert, who used to work for the Defense Department, I believe. So we haven’t had the kind of thorough investigation of this incident that all those ambassadors sitting on the UNSC should be demanding and should expect.

RT: Do you think we’ll ever get to the bottom of what actually happened in Syria following this latest disagreement at the UNSC?

ND: I don’t know. This just seems to be poisoned by what people are calling a new Cold War between the US and Russia. Frankly, the hostility seems to becoming much more from the American side then the Russian side. But it really threatens the whole world. We’ve got the two countries with more of 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world that seem to be on a collision course. At the same time, we have a crisis on the Korean peninsula, where essentially the North Koreans have come to believe that the only way they can keep their own people safe is to develop weapons that threaten the lives of millions of Americans.

We have to acknowledge that this is just a breakdown in the rule of international law, in the world, and this has really developed for the most part since 9/11, and since the US invasions of Afghanistan, and Iraq and serial US acts of aggression against country after country, for which there has been no legal or political accountability whatsoever…
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BBC Raqqa’s dirty secret

Raqqa’s dirty secret

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The'Nimr'Tiger ‏ @Souria4Syrians氏の2017/11/17のツイート
Syrian Army's ISIS hunters capture many ISIS terrorists (many foreigners among them) who were surrounded on Hawijah Kate island North Deir Ezzor City


捕らえられたテロリストの大半は外国人、その指揮者でしょうか、アラビア語で尋問を受けているところでしょう。ISIS HUNTERSの旗があります。このツイッターアカウントは、精鋭部隊のタイガーフォースを応援する意図で作られたようです。





/sg/ SOURIA GENERAL‏ @SyriaGeneral氏の2017/11/10のツイート
(GRAPHIC) Terrorists in #Daraa have send this video to the family of this captive #SAA soldier in which they are clearly torturing him as a blackmail to gain money for his release, definitely a moderate revolution...

こういう画像を見て、勇気が、闘志が奮い立ちますか? 戦争に行きたいと思う人は、今から体力増強に努めないといけませんね。食べ物も日本食などではありませんよ。固いパンに嚙り付かなければならないのです。
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レバノン ロシアとのガスプロジェクトを破棄するよう脅しを受ける

Lebanon suffers intimidation attempts to cancel gas deal with Russia – Lebanese FM
Lebanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil has said that there is currently an anti-Lebanon campaign in the Middle East, aimed at "intimidating" his country and forcing it to give up a joint gas project with Russia.

Beirut has faced certain difficulties in the course of its own efforts to “stabilize the region,” the Lebanese foreign minister said on Friday, ahead of his talks with Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. He revealed that, prior to the current crisis, Lebanon was "almost at a threshold of the first-ever contract to develop shale-gas fields with... Russian companies." However, a campaign to hinder the deal "under various pretexts" is now underway, he claimed.

"Some countries are trying to use certain forces to remove the head of Lebanon," he said.

"The same forces that unleashed the war in Syria and those who are feeding into terrorists are now trying to damage Lebanon," Bassil said in an interview with Interfax news agency. The minister added he would not specify which countries those forces represent.

Stating that a "campaign to intimidate Lebanon" had been launched, Bassil said that Beirut hopes Moscow would intensify its efforts aimed at "providing a balance of forces" in the region. Russia has always played a "great role" in fighting terrorism and de-escalating conflicts, he added.

"We count on further bilateral cooperation, and also on [working] on other issues, including restoring [peace] in Syria," Bassil told Russia's senior diplomat. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow stands for solving Lebanese issues through legal means, but without interference from the outside. Stressing that Russia wholly supports Lebanon's "sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity," the head of the Russian foreign ministry said that "the most important thing" for the Middle-Eastern country is to resolve issues "through dialogue" and considering the interests of all leading political forces.

Earlier this month, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri abruptly resigned in a surprise announcement made during a visit to Saudi Arabia. The politician also accused Iran and Lebanon-based group Hezbollah of a "desire to destroy the Arab world." Riyadh's role in the ongoing Lebanese political crisis remains obscure, but the president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, has stated that Hariri is being "detained" by the Saudis.

Riyadh has said its policy is a reaction to Iranian "aggression," but claimed Hariri's resignation was his own decision. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stated the kingdom had decided to take action in response to what it called the increasingly aggressive behavior of Tehran in the region, particularly in Yemen and Lebanon.

In a new twist this week, plans were revealed for Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France before traveling to Beirut. The Lebanese politician has accepted the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, who insisted it was not an offer of political exile. On Friday, the Elysee Palace announced Macron is scheduled to meet Hariri on November 18.

Beirut hopes Hariri will return to Lebanon after his French visit, Bassil said on Friday. Stressing that "the main task" now is to provide for the politician's safe return without any conditions and restrictions on his freedom, the head of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said that Hariri should make a final decision on resignation while being present in Beirut.

"Some countries are trying to use certain forces to remove the head of Lebanon," the Lebanese foreign minister said on Friday, ahead of his talks with Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.Stating that a "campaign to intimidate Lebanon" had been launched, Bassil said that Beirut hopes Moscow would intensify its efforts aimed at "providing a balance of forces" in the region.

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Russia: US Intel Giving Diplomatic Bank Transaction Details to Media
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia said the country is outraged that the US security services give to mass media data on bank transactions of the Russian diplomatic missions to mass media.

The Russian Foregn Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists at her weekly press briefing that Moscow has also called on the US authorities to stop exerting pressure on the Russian diplomatic missions in the US, Sputnik reported.

Russia is surprised by the claims made by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that the United States is in Syria with the permission of the United Nations, Washington does not have such mandate, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Earlier this week, Mattis said that the presence of the United States in Syria had been approved by the United Nations as Washington was engaged in the fight against the ISIL terrorist group.

“We were surprised to hear US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ statements … that the US armed forces are in Syria with the UN approval. We would like to understand and in order for this question to not remain rhetoric … what specific mandate is this? When was it issued and by whom?” Zakharova said.

However, Russia hopes that the United States will adhere strictly to the agreements reached by the countries’ presidents on fighting terrorism.

Speaking at a briefing, Zakharova said that media outlets were reporting frequently on the United States supporting terrorists, which “cannot be called a fair game.”

“We hope that the US side will adhere strictly to the agreements on fighting terrorism which were recorded in the Russian and US presidents’ joint statement on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Da Nang on November 11,” she told a briefing.
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パキスタン元クリケット選手のイムラン・カーン 選挙に勝利すれば南アジアを揺さぶる可能性


Imran Khan's plan to switch Pakistan from US to Chinese orbit can transform the region
Imran Khan knows that Pakistan desperately needs reform. Should he win the next election, his rise might not just change Pakistan, it may shake up the whole region.

A quarter of a century ago, Imran Khan was one of the greatest and most charismatic sportsmen in the world. He had just led the Pakistan cricket team to their momentous first victory in the Cricket World Cup, converting himself into a national hero in the process.

Khan retired from cricket, and let it be known that he was set on pursuing a second career as a national politician. However, for many years Imran Khan's political career was a litany of humiliating defeats and failure.

Most observers wrote him off completely.

Then, in the 2013 elections, Khan's political party, the PTI (Movement for Justice) made a major breakthrough. It polled strongly among young and middle-class voters in Pakistan’s major cities and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North West Frontier Province). It has been the dominant party in that province’s government for the last five years.

Progress has continued. Mr Khan has a genuine chance of becoming prime minister after the General Election scheduled to be held next year.

Up for grabs

It's time to take him seriously as a front rank politician. And this means asking the question: what kind of a prime minister will Imran Khan be? In which direction will he steer Pakistan? Has he got the authority to do the job?

I will deal first with domestic policy. Imran Khan has positioned himself as a man of deep integrity, intent on ending the corrupt and rapacious culture which has held his country back for the last half century.

Two political parties have dominated Pakistan during this period. One is the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party), formed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1967, which has its power base in Sindh province in southern Pakistan. The second is PMLN (Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz) which dominates Pakistan's second largest province, the Punjab. Both parties have become associated over the years with grotesque levels of political corruption.

Since the start of his political career, Imran Khan has been utterly consistent in treating these two parties as a cartel intent on plundering the assets of the state for their own advantage. To start with Imran has found it very hard to make headway against the entrenched power block. But factors have suddenly swung dramatically in his favor.

Establishment disarray

In the south, the Pakistan People’s Party has collapsed. It has never found a satisfactory replacement for Benazir Bhutto, who was cruelly murdered in mysterious circumstances in the garrison city of Rawalpindi ten years ago next month.

She was replaced by her husband, Asif Ali Zardari. Elected president in a sympathy vote, Zardari left office with a reputation for corruption from which the party has found it impossible to recover.

Meanwhile, the Muslim League is also mired in corruption scandals. PMLN leader, Nawaz Sharif, has been declared disqualified from public office on account of forgery and lying on oath, in the wake of the ‘Panama Papers’ revelations. Other charges hover around his family.

The situation is so serious that the PMLN cannot even agree who will lead it into the forthcoming elections. With both major parties crippled by scandal, the time will never be more favorable for the emergence of a new figure on a mission to clean up Pakistan politics.

Imran Khan will fight on that anti-corruption agenda next year, and this will make him a very credible figure on the domestic front. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, his party has won credit for honesty in government and for progress in education.

Outside influence

I now turn to foreign policy. Here events are also conspiring to help Imran Khan in his tilt for the leadership of his country. For the last 20 years, Khan has campaigned against the power exercised by the United States in Pakistan politics. He has campaigned tirelessly against the murderous use of drones in the Tribal Areas and opposed the CIA's involvement in extraordinary rendition and torture of Pakistan citizens.

This strong moral stance is now paying off. Just as with his domestic anti-corruption campaign, the mood of the country is on his side.

Pakistan was for decades the most important client state of the United States in South Asia. Recently, the US has changed sides and has thrown its weight behind India. This means that Pakistan – whether it wants to or not - is switching sides as well.

Its ties with neighboring China, always strong, have deepened profoundly. There is a risk that Pakistan will have traded one dependent relationship for another – but most Pakistanis seem willing to take it.

To sum up, on the international as well as the domestic front, Imran's analysis has proved timely and wise.
Obstacles to climb

That is why I believe Imran Khan can be the beneficiary of a massive change of sentiment in the upcoming elections. And if he wins power, Khan is capable of proving his country's most charismatic international leader since Bhutto.

This means that through sheer force of personality Imran Khan can transform Pakistan's standing in the world.

The two most recent leaders, Zardari and Sharif, have lacked any charisma. They have never attempted to project Pakistan internationally. They have never explained what their country stood for.

They have given the impression that they take too much interest in striking selfish deals for personal advantage. Imran can transcend all of this.

But one ferocious obstacle stands in Imran’s way. Can he break the grip which the Sharifs and the Bhuttos maintain over Pakistan’s electoral politics?

In the rural areas, elections are not won and lost on the arguments or even the party leaders. They depend on who strikes the best deal with local notables who can deliver the vote.

Five years ago Imran refused to strike the deals. This time around he is doing so. Significantly, local notables are starting to abandon the Sharifs.

This pragmatism makes it easier for him to win the election. But it makes it much more difficult to keep his promises against corruption once the election is won. His other major problem in office will be to establish a relationship with the army – always a major force in Pakistan politics behind the scenes.

These are problems for the future. For the time being the rise of Imran Khan is the most hopeful moment in his country’s democratic policies in half a century. He may win a mandate for the reforms Pakistan desperately needs.
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Netanyahu threatens Israel will 'act alone' against Iran in Syria
Israel will stop at nothing to contain Iran, even if it has to act alone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The PM accused Tehran of plotting to destroy Israel from Syria, where it has been helping fight terrorists at the government's invitation.

“Iran is scheming to entrench itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu claimed as he addressed the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly in Los Angeles via a video conference on Tuesday.

The Israeli leader further alleged that Iran, which serves as one of the guarantors of a ceasefire deal in Syria along with Russia and Turkey, wants to station its troops on the Syrian territory on a permanent basis “with the declared intent of using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.”

Netanyahu, who once branded the milestone nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers a “historic mistake” and a threat to Israeli survival, again lashed out at the universally hailed document, arguing that it will allow Iran to “produce hundreds of nuclear weapons” after “about a decade.”

The PM urged a joint effort of the international community to curb Iran, noting that if allies do not support the Israeli lead, it will not hesitate to act on its own.

“If we stand together we will achieve it,” he said. “But if we have to – we'll stand alone. Iran will not get nuclear weapons. It will not turn Syria into a military base against Israel,” Netanyahu warned.

Netanyahu’s claim that the deal “rescinds all the limitations on Iran’s enrichment capacity,” has been disputed by reports regularly presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s full compliance, the latest such confirmation coming this week. On Monday, a confidential IAEA report, cited by Reuters, reportedly found that Iran did not exceed the limit for enriched uranium stockpiles capped at 300 kilograms, and provided free access for inspection at all nuclear sites. It became the ninth time in a row the UN nuclear watchdog confirmed the Islamic Republic’s conformity with the provisions of the deal.

In his refusal to acknowledge the effectiveness of the deal, Netanyahu is one of a very few world leaders, the others being US President Donald Trump and, recently, French President Emmanuel Macron. Donald Trump notoriously labeled it “the worst deal ever” and refused to recertify Iran’s compliance with the agreement in October. The US Congress now has until mid-December to consider whether to re-impose sanctions on Iran. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of the possibility of amending the nuclear deal with Iran to cover ballistic missile development by the Islamic Republic, drawing ire from Tehran, which insists that its ballistic missile program and nuclear development are two separate issues.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that both the Iranian and Russian military presence in Syria was “legitimate… at the invitation of the lawful government.”

Speaking about a Russia-US-Jordan agreement to withdraw “non-Syrian” military units from the de-escalation zone in south-eastern Syria, Lavrov said that “there was no talk of Iran, furthermore, of pro-Iranian forces.” Syrian President Bashar Assad has recently thanked Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for standing behind his government in the battle against terrorism.

"The Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran are continuing the fight against oppression and aggression and eliminating the threats of terrorism," Assad wrote in a letter in September, as cited by Press TV.

Contrary to Iran and Russia, which have been engaged in the conflict at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government, the US-led coalition is operating in Syria without any international mandate or permission from the authorities. Israel has been launching airstrikes on Syrian territory, either targeting what it claims are Hezbollah positions or in retaliation to stray projectiles that occasionally land into the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights.
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