国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年09月19日

ロシア軍はIl20の撃墜事件を深刻に受け止めている プーチンはネタニヤフ電話会談の内容を補足発表

ロシア軍にとってイリューシン20の撃墜事件は手痛い失策となったと管理人は見ています。兵士の個別の判断によるものではなく、組織的な手落ちがあったとみられます。イスラエルによる戦闘開始の通告が1分前だったためロシア側は対応する時間が取れなかったと言っているようです。しかし、イスラエルのジェット機は海上を飛んできており、ロシア軍はその動きを把握しています。イリューシン20は高度5千mから着陸すべく降下中だったとされています。

イスラエル機がミサイルを撃ち、シリア側が必死に迎撃する中でイリューシン20を着陸させるのは危険が多すぎます。結果論ですが、イスラエルの攻撃場所よりも離れた場所に移動するようなことはできなかったのかと素人は考えます。



事件のあった日に開催されたロシア軍の大会同とみられます。ショイグ、ゲラシモフら最高幹部が緊急に集まっています。



ここまでしなければ、国民の怒りを抑えられない。ロシア軍はよくやってきましたが、イスラエルの陥穽にはまってしまいました。プーチンは当初事件をプレイダウンしようとするかのような印象がありましたが、国民の間には極右政党もありますし、ユダヤ人もいます。ユダヤ人はロシア人から白い目で見られることを恐れるはずです。

クレムリンのプレスサービスがプーチン・ネタニヤフの間の電話会談の内容を補足して流しています。内容的に対イスラエルで厳しさを増しています。


2018年09月19日
ロシア・イスラエル関係はどうなるか

FARSNEWS2018/9/19
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, on September 17 at about 23:00 Moscow time (GMT + 3) contact was lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane that was returning to the Hmeymim airbase above the Mediterranean Sea, 35 km off the Syrian coast. It specified that the Il-20 disappeared from the air traffic control radars during the attack of four Israeli F-16 planes on Syrian facilities in the Lattakia Governorate.

The Russian Defense Ministry later reported that the plane had been downed by the Syrian air defense systems. According to the defense ministry, the Israeli pilots used the IL-20 as a shield, putting it under the attack of the S-200 missile system. It was said that the Israeli flight control devices and the F-16 pilots "could not but see the Russian plane as it was coming in for a landing at an altitude of 5 km". That said, they intentionally carried out this provocation, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov added, noting that Russia regarded Israel’s actions as hostile.

AMN2018/9/18
Russian MoD warns Israel of ‘response’ after Il-20 aircraft crash
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said he warned his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that “actions” such as the downing of Russian aircraft over Syria will not be left unanswered, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday.

“Today we informed our Israeli colleagues, in particular I, informed Israeli defence minister [Avigdor Lieberman] that we would not leave such actions without a response,” Shoigu said.

Earlier on Tuesday the Russian Defence Ministry stated that a Russian Il-20 jet was downed by the Syrian Air Defence Forces after an Israeli F-16 used it as cover during its missile attack on Syrian targets. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked Syrian targets near the Latakia city on Monday evening, after approaching them from the Mediterranean Sea.

In a statement, the Israeli Defence Forces denied responsibility for the downing of the plane: “Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.”

FARSNEWS2018/9/19
Russian President Stresses Israeli Air Forces’ Operations Violate Syria’s Sovereignty
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli air forces’ operations in Syria are conducted in violation of that country’s sovereignty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following Monday’s incident with a Russian plane that was downed in Syria, killing 15 servicemen.

"Putin pointed to the fact that such operation of the Israeli air forces are conducted in violation of Syria’s sovereignty. In this case, the Russian-Israeli agreements on incident prevention were not observed either. As a result, the Russian plane came under fire from Syrian air defense systems," the Kremlin press service noted, TASS reported.

According to the Kremlin press service, the Russian president "called on the Israeli side to avoid such situations".

The Israeli prime minister offered his condolences over the death of 15 Russian servicemen who were onboard the downed Ilyushin Il-20 plane.

"Benjamin Netanyahu promised to provide detailed information on the activities of the Israeli air forces over the Syrian territory on that day for the purposes of meticulous investigation of the tragedy, and the commander of the Israeli air force will bring it to Moscow shortly," the report said.

The conversation was initiated by the Israeli side.

The Russian defense ministry said earlier that a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 plane that was flying back to the airbase at Syria’s Hmeymim crashed over the Mediterranean Sea late on Monday. According to the defense ministry, four Israeli F-16 fighter jet were delivering airstrikes on Syrian targets in the Latakia governorate at the moment. The ministry said the Russian Il-20 was shot down by Syria’s air defense over the Mediterranean Sea because Israel’s F-16 fighter jets used it as a cover, since the Israeli command centers and the F-16s’ pilots could not but see the Russian plane, which was approaching the runway from an altitude of five kilometers. Fifteen Russian crew members died.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシア・イスラエル関係はどうなるか

大変興味深い記事です。イドリブ決戦のけん制について米国が前面に出ていましたが、イスラエルは直接行動に出ました。やはりイドリブのハードラインテロリストのスポンサーはイスラエルです。

RT2018/9/18
Will Russia-Israel ties suffer after downing of Il-20 military plane off Syrian coast?
Moscow and Tel Aviv have long enjoyed fairly good ties despite the turmoil in the Middle East but these relations are at risk as Russia blames Israel for the downing of its warplane off the Syrian coast and the death of its crew.

Although the plane was technically shot down by a Syrian missile, Russia made it clear who it blames for the tragedy, saying that Israeli pilots used the Russian Il-20 as cover.

The Middle East is historically a place of bitter rivalries. Tensions soared after the Arab Spring brought more havoc to an already-complex region, riddled with competing interests and the clashing ambitions of various actors, large and small. Nevertheless, Russia and Israel had always managed to maintain good relations.

This year alone President Vladimir Putin met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times, and on each occasion the media got few details from closed-door discussions. Through delicate, behind-the-scenes diplomacy Moscow maintained close, working relations with Israel. The fact that Israel is one of the closest allies of the US was never an issue for Moscow. Russia itself kept developing ties with Turkey and Iran, Israel’s arch-nemesis, while managing to address Israel’s concerns.

For Russia, Israel is not only an important, geopolitical partner with presumed nuclear capabilities, situated in the heart of the world’s most turbulent region, it’s also home to about 1.3 million people born in post-Soviet countries. This large diaspora plays a significant role for Russia when it tailors its approach to Tel Aviv.
ダイアスポラは、イスラエルの外に住むユダヤ人。旧ソ連諸国生まれの130万人のユダヤ人がおり、これらの者はロシアがテルアビブへのアプローチを調整する際に重要な役割を持つ。

Even the war in Syria, where Israel – in the hope of curbing Iranian influence – supported and armed controversial anti-government militants, didn’t result in a serious crisis in relations with Russia.

Over the course of the conflict, the IDF had conducted numerous airstrikes against targets in Syria and even launched missiles at Syrian jets. Each attack was strongly condemned by both Syria and Russia who had been pointing out that any military incursion into the country without government and UN approval is illegal. Moscow’s lack of a more robust reaction was part of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with Israel, said Gevorg Mirzayan, an expert with the think-tank ‘Russian council for international affairs.’ ロシアとイスラエルの間の紳士協定

But the raid on Latakia and the collateral damage in the form of a downed Russian military plane can inflict grave damage on relations between Israel and Russia. Moscow may perceive it as a violation of this agreement or even a premeditated demonstration that Russia’s help to rebuild Syrian air defenses poses a threat to Russia itself, the expert told RT. “Israel takes a serious risk here, because it needs this gentlemen’s agreement more than we do, especially now that the war winds down.”

Israel stands firmly against any strengthening of Turkish and Iranian grips over the region, so its recent actions may be an attempt to remind everyone that the Syrian crisis has other stakeholders involved. Just the day before the tragic incident with the Russia plane, Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached a settlement on the situation around Idlib, the last militant stronghold beyond the control of the Syrian government.

Russia possesses plenty of direct and indirect ways to hurt Israeli interests, if it chooses to pursue such options, says Sergey Balmasov from the Institute of the Middle East. After the incident Moscow will “almost certainly” finalize the delivery of the S-300 anti-aircraft system, which it sold to the Syrian side earlier. It may go as far as to provide Russian troops to man those systems, the expert suggested: “Russia’s decisions will affect how comfortable the Israeli Air Force would be in Syrian airspace.”
ロシアは、イスラエルの反対でS300のシリアへの引き渡しを延期していました。

Other options range from covertly supplying Russian arms to parties that Israel sees as its enemies, like Iran or Lebanon’s Hezbollah, threatening to shoot down any Israeli plane approaching Syrian airspace or even attacking military targets in Israel proper, the experts suggested. Of course, such an escalation would benefit neither Israel nor Russia, and the ball is now in Israel’s court to prevent it.

The two sides are probably discussing the incident unofficially at this stage. But how much of any explanations or apologies Israel may offer to Russia would go public is a different matter altogether. The fact that Russia went public with its accusations so quickly “shows how much Russia is outraged with the irresponsible actions” of the Israelis, told RT Nikolay Surkov from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations.
ロシアは半日強でイスラエル非難の公式声明を出し、イスラエル大使を外務省に呼び、国防大臣ショイグとプーチンがイスラエルのカウンターパートに電話しています。

Mirzayan said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could stop the situation from festering by publicly acknowledging a mistake and offering compensation. If Israel “keeps silence, disclaims responsibility for this or blames the Syrians, the consequences may be grave for Israel,” he said. So far the IDF said the responsibility for the “regrettable” loss of the Il-20 is not theirs, but Syria’s, Iran’s and Hezbollah’s.

イスラエルは、プーチンとの電話で弔意を示したとされますが、責任はシリアにあるとも主張しています。プーチンは偶然の連鎖の結果だとダウンプレイしていますが、乗員15人が死亡しており、ロシア国内世論はそれでは収まらないはずです。

ロシア国内にはユダヤ人も多く、プーチンは大変難しい状況に置かれています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年09月18日

ロシア軍機撃墜でロシアが反応 シリアが撃墜?!

RT2018/9/18
Russia ‘reserves right to response’ after saying Israel's actions led to downing of Il-20 by Syria
The Russian military has accused their Israeli counterparts of causing Syrian air defense forces to shoot down a Russian Il-20 plane. The air defenses were responding to an air raid by Israel on Latakia.

READ MORE: Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile after attacking Israel’s F-16s used it as cover – Russian MoD

The Israeli Air Force launched their surprise night attack on Latakia in a way that put the Russian plane in harm’s way, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. The ministry said Israel must have known that they were setting up the Russian plane to be hit by a Syrian counterattack, but failed to either change their approach to targets in Syria or give Moscow enough time to move the Il-20 to safety.

According to the Russian military, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria on Monday night, approaching from the Mediterranean Sea at a low altitude. The Il-20 was on patrol in the same area, and was shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile that was launched in response to the Israeli attack.

“We consider these provocative actions by Israel as hostile. Fifteen Russian military service members have died because of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military. This is absolutely contrary to the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership,” the statement said. “We reserve the right for an adequate response.”

Map of the incident on September 17 in Syria provided by the Russian defense ministry.

The statement also updated the death toll arising from the incident. Earlier, the Russian military said there had been 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. A search and rescue operation off the Syrian coast is underway.

Israel has yet to offer any public comment on the Monday night raid, which is in line with its usual policy. Israeli officials earlier acknowledged that the country’s air force has attacked hundreds of targets in Syria, which they linked to Iran, over recent years.

Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack – MoD
The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

On Monday evening, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region,” it said.

The military said that the French Navy’s frigate ‘Auvergne,’ as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area during the Israeli operation.

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said.

The Russian ministry said the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, but this did not stop them from executing “the provocation.” Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came just a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,” the statement said.

The statement gives a larger death toll than earlier reports by the Russian military, which said there were 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. It said a search and rescue operation for the shot-down plane is underway.

A later update said debris from the downed plane was found some 27km off the Latakia coast. The search party collected some body parts, personal possessions of the crew, and fragments of the plane.

Israel did not comment on the reports about the air raid in Syria, which is consistent with its usual policy on such matters. Israeli officials earlier acknowledged hundreds of airstrikes conducted in Syria over the past years. Israel claims its interventions are necessary to fight the Iranian presence in its neighboring country.

RT2018/9/18
Russia to Israel: ‘You are to blame for downing of Il-20 and death of crew’
Russia formally complained to Israel about its air raid on Monday, which led to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane off Syria coast. Russia laid the blame for the loss of live “squarely on the Israeli side”.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on the phone about the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane on Monday night. He relayed Moscow’s position on the incident, which blames the Israeli military for setting up the Russian plane to be shot down by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli air raid, an official statement from the Russian military said.

Shoigu reiterated that Israel failed to notify Russia of the impending attack in a way that would give the Russian military to move the Il-20 out of harm’s way. Instead the warning came one minute before the Israeli F-16 fighter jets launched their attack.

“The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,” the Russian minister said. “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

Earlier the Russian defense ministry said the Israeli jets used the bigger Russian plane as a cover during the attack on targets in Syria. The ministry said the Israelis must have known that they were putting the Russian plane at risk, but neither changed their battle plan nor gave a warning to the Russians in time to move the Il-20 to a safe area.

The Israeli government has not publicly commented on the incident so far.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:26| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

仏フリゲート艦 ロシア軍機不明に関与していないと否定 イスラエルのミサイルまたは戦闘機に

※ TRT World Now認証済みアカウント @TRTWorldNowの2018/9/18のツイート
UPDATE: France not involved in the disappearance of a Russian military aircraft over Syria –– French military spokesperson

※ TheAnonJournal @TAPAlerts氏の2018/9/18のツイート
BREAKING ALERT: Syria is now corroborating with Russia, saying Israeli fighter jets shot down military plane carrying 14 Russian officers.

※ Nebojša Malić @NebojsaMalic氏の2018/9/18のツイート
Nebojša MalićさんがRyan Browneをリツイートしました
US military apparently believes there is AA artillery with 35km reach... Missiles, maybe, but artillery? Bogus.

※ Ryan Browne認証済みアカウント @rabrowne75氏の2018/9/18のツイート
The US military believes that Syrian anti-aircraft artillery accidentally shot down a Russian maritime patrol aircraft Monday while the Syrian regime was attempting to shoot down a barrage of Israeli missiles targeting locations in Latakia, a US official tells CNN

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/18のツイート
Now the US is claiming it was Syrian Artillery that shot down the Il-20 and not missiles, because ppl pointed out #Syria's missile system is jointly controlled by #Russia. But there is no such thing as artillery with a 35km range that can reach. The lies are getting stupider.

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/18のツイート
#Syria and #Russia unified their air defence system, Russian jets appear as friendly and are impossible to shoot down. Meanwhile, #Israel sent a barrage of missiles into Latakia near the #Russia-n Base not caring that a Russian aircraft was in the way.

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/18のツイート
BREAKING: US government and Media in full Damage control after #Israel shot down a #Russian jet. They admit that Israel sent a barrage of missiles over the Russian airbase but try to shift the blame to #Syria. They try to shift the blame to protect #israel from repercussions!

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/18のツイート
Recall: #Israel has threatened to Attack #Russia if it defends #Syria in the past. It's no surprise they would shoot down a #Russia-n Jet while bombing Latakia.

※ Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/18のツイート
#Russia believes it may have been #France that shot down one of it's aircrafts but acknowledges it could be #Israel as they were firing at the same time.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国はロシア軍機をシリアが誤って撃墜したとしている

※ Sun 18th September 2018, 12:48 am
Updated: 18th September 2018, 5:52 am
SPY PLANE VANISHES Russian military plane with 14 on board ‘accidentally shot down’ in Latakia during Syria missile strike and disappears from radar

The Russian Defence Ministry reported losing contact with the Il-20 aircraft carrying 14 crew members at around 8pm last night

A RUSSIAN spy plane that disappeared from radar off the Syrian coast is believed to have been accidentally shot down during a missile strike.

A report given to Sputnik said: "On September 17, at about 11 p.m. Moscow time [20:00 GMT], the communication with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost when it was over the Mediterranean Sea, some 35 kilometres from the Syrian coast, on its way back to Hmeimim airbase."

US officials have reported the Syrian army shot down the Russian plane while trying to thwart an alleged Israeli airstrike.

Syrian state media said air defences intercepted and downed missiles targeting areas in the city of Latakia.

Military sources reported missiles came from the direction of the sea in an hour-long attack.

The official SANA news agency said the Technical Industry Institution in the state-controlled city had been targeted, adding it isn't known who fired the missiles.

Russian radars registered missiles launched from a French frigate and recorded four Israeli jets over Syria at the time of the attack, Russia Today reports.

The Israeli military refused to comment on claims they were behind the attack on Syria.

Personnel at Hmeimim airbase are now carrying out a search and rescue operation to locate the Russian aircraft.

This comes hours after Turkey and Russia agreed to establish a buffer zone in the Idlib province of Syria.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

仏フリゲート艦 ロシア軍機を撃墜か

RT2018/9/17
Russian military plane with 14 on board disappears during Israeli strikes on Latakia
A Russian military Il-20 aircraft with 14 service members on board went off the radars during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact” with the aircraft on Monday evening, during the attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia, said the MOD. The plane was 35 kilometers off the coast of Syria when it vanished.

Russian radars also registered the launch of missiles from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on the evening of September 17.

Fourteen people were on board the plane at the time of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway.

The Ilyushin 20 (IL-20) surveillance turboprop plane is an Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) platform, equipped with a wide range of antennas, infrared and optical sensors. The aircraft's SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) and the plane's satellite link allows the Russian military to monitor Syrian skies in real time.

An hour-long attack on Latakia began around 10 pm local time, and targeted a power station as well as two facilities belonging to the Syrian military. Syrian officials said the attack was “foreign” and came “from the sea,” but could not initially confirm rumors that Israel was behind it. Seven people were injured in the attack, according to Syrian officials.

While the Russian military said it recorded four F-16 Israeli jets over Syria at the time of the attack on Latakia, the IDF has refused to comment on the report.

Despite the fact that Israel rarely acknowledges striking specific targets inside Syria, earlier this month the IDF admitted to hitting at least 202 “Iranian targets” in the country. Overall, Israel has launched 792 bombs and missiles at Syria since 2017, arguing the strikes were necessary to prevent Iran from setting up bases in the country in order to stage attacks against the Jewish state.

As Israel continues to claim the right to intrude into Syria, despite repeated condemnations from Damascus, France had said that it will join the US-led campaign to strike Syria again if there are reports of chemical weapons use.

Over the last few weeks, Moscow has been beating drums about the false-flag chemical attack that is being prepared by the notorious White Helmets and jihadists in Idlib province in order to frame government forces. Such a provocation, the Russian military argues, will be used to trigger a US-led attack against Damascus.

The attack on Latakia came just hours after Russia and Turkey negotiated a partial demilitarization of the Idlib province, which is the last remaining stronghold of anti-government militants, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (also known as the Jabhat Al-Nusra).

RT2018/9/17
Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syria’s coast in Mediterranean

Russian airspace control systems have registered missile launches from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

The French Navy’s newest frigate, FS Auvergne, fired rockets around 8pm GMT Monday, the Russian military said. “Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne,” the ministry’s statement read. The Auvergne is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria.

Auvergne is a 'European multi-purpose frigate' (FREMM) which entered the service of the French Navy in February this year. Prior to its official commissioning, the Aquitaine class warship witnessed deployment across the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The launch was detected around the same time as air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact” with a military Il-20 aircraft during an attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia. Fourteen people were on board the plane at the time of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway.

The IDF has refused to comment on the report. Despite the fact that Israel rarely acknowledges striking specific targets inside Syria, earlier this month the IDF admitted to hitting at least 202 “Iranian targets” in the country.

As tensions over Idlib rise, Turkey and Russia on Monday agreed to establish a “demilitarized zone” between militants and government troops as part of an effort to clear the remaining jihadists from Syria.

RT2018/9/17
Syrian port city Latakia 'attacked by missiles from sea' – local media
Syrian air defenses have engaged missiles targeting the area of Latakia, a city in the coastal province that is the home of Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base. Seven people were reportedly injured in the attack.

According to the state SANA news agency, the attack targeted the Technical Industries Agency headquarters in Latakia, owned by the Syrian military. Reports from the area refer to “powerful explosions” heard in the city. According to Syrian military sources, the strikes also targeted a power station and an aluminum factory.

The attack began around 10 pm local time. Photos posted on social media show tracers and missile plumes streaking across the night sky above Latakia, as well as several explosions.

Air defense activity was also reported in Homs and Tartous provinces, where Russia maintains a naval base.

Syrian media report that a “number of missiles” have been shot down. Multiple reports from the area speak of an attack by missiles launched from drones. It is unclear whether only the Syrian air defense batteries have been engaged, or if the Russian air defenses around Khmeimim are taking part as well.

Seven people were injured in the attacks, Ahmad Kazem of the Syrian Human Rights Network told RIA Novosti.

Multiple local reports have accused Israel of launching the strikes, but there has been no independent confirmation of that. Another possibility suggested by local media is that the drone attack came from the jihadists in Idlib. SANA reported the missiles targeting Latakia came “from the sea,” citing military sources.

The attack comes just hours after Russia and Turkey negotiated a partial demilitarization of the Idlib province, which is the last remaining stronghold of anti-government militants, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (also known as the Jabhat Al-Nusra).
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:00| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Putin & Erdogan agree Idlib demilitarized zone to avert new Syria crisis

RT2018/9/17
Putin & Erdogan agree Idlib demilitarized zone to avert new Syria crisis
Russia and Turkey have agreed a “demilitarized zone” between militants and government troops in Syria’s Idlib, President Vladimir Putin said after hours-long talks with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on solving the crisis.

“We’ve focused on the situation in the province of Idlib, considering presence of large militant groups and their infrastructure there,” Putin said at a press conference after the talks.

We’ve agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15-20km wide, with full withdrawal of hardline militants from there, including the Jabhat Al-Nusra.”

As part of solving the deadlock, all heavy weaponry, including tanks and artillery, will be withdrawn from the zone before October 10, Putin said. The zone will be patrolled by Turkish and Russian military units.

Before the end of the year, roads between Aleppo and Hama, and Aleppo and Latakia must be reopened for transit traffic, he said.

The agreement has received “general support” from the Syrian government, according to Putin.

AMN2018/9/17
Putin and Erdogan agree to establish demilitarized zone in Idlib
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib after their short meeting in the Russian port-city of Sochi.

The Russian and Turkish leader agreed that they will have a demilitarized zone that separates the Syrian government forces and rebels inside of Idlib; however, they did not specify the exact location of this dmz.

This agreement comes just days after the Turkish military began moving their troops from the Hatay Province to Syria’s Idlib Governorate.

Both leaders did not mention the Hama, Latakia, and Aleppo governorates, where there is still a considerable number of jihadist rebels still active.

AMN2018/9/17
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said on Monday evening that there will be no military operation inside the Idlib Governorate.

For weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been building up their troops around the Idlib Governorate in preparation for a large-scale operation.

However, it appears this offensive will now be limited to the areas around the Idlib Governorate and some towns inside of it.

Following his announcement on the military operation, Shoigu then touched on the recent agreement between the Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The memorandum on the Idlib demilitarized zone will be agreed upon with the Syrian government in the next few hours,” Shoigu added.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

これは面白い対決になりそうだ

マッテオ・サルヴィーニのことはよく知りませんが、ミラノ大学を卒業後ずっと政治に携わってきていて経験は豊富です。事実上の首相。イタリアは、北アフリカからの難民の上陸地点となっており、リビアやチュニジアからゴムボートにあふれんばかりの人々が地中海を渡ってきます。フランスは、リビア攻撃で主要な役割を果たしましたのでその後のリビアの混乱が今の難民危機を招いたとイタリアの難民政策を批判するEU、フランスに反論しています。AMN 2018-09-15の記事はまさにこの点を取り上げています。

フランスがシリアに陸上部隊を送り込んでいることがばれ、フランス政府が動揺しています。イタリアにはシリア難民は上陸していませんが、バルカンなどの国々はイタリアの肩を持つでしょう。フランスはさらに形勢不利となりました。

次の日本語訳の記事をお読みください。
どうやって、目をそらすことができますか?  地中海難民危機

RT2018/9/17
‘Allez, allez, allez’: Luxembourg FM disrupts Salvini’s speech on migrants during EU meeting
Italian and Luxembourg ministers engaged in a bitter argument during an EU meeting over the union’s immigration policies. Italy’s Matteo Salvini referred to migrants as “slaves,” resulting in angry exchanges.

The verbal stand-off happened on Friday in Vienna. Salvini, the interior minister and leader of the anti-immigration Lega Nord, was describing how his country’s perception of undocumented immigrants from across the Mediterranean differs from that of Luxembourg.

“Perhaps in Luxembourg there are these needs [to support an ageing workforce with immigrants],” he said, according to footage of the exchange. “But in Italy, there is a need to help children have more children, not acquire slaves to replace the children we are not having.”

Salvini said he would respond to this opinion respectfully and reiterated the argument. Asselborn, who became quite agitated, exclaimed:

“In Luxembourg, sir, we have dozens of thousands of Italians! They came as migrants, they worked in Luxembourg, so you in Italy would have money for your children,” he said, adding “Merde alors (goddammit)!”

The verbal sparring between the two officials continued after the meeting, albeit indirectly. Asselborn denounced Salvini in an interview with Spiegel Online at the weekend, saying he was using “the methods and tone of the fascists from the 30s” against immigrants, accusing him of a calculated provocation during the meeting.

Salvini hit back on Sunday on social media.

“The Socialist minister of the fiscal paradise of Luxembourg calls me a ‘fascist’ today after comparing our Italian emigrant grandparents to today’s illegal migrants and after interrupting my speech,” he tweeted. “If he likes immigrants so much, he can have them all, we’ve already received too many in Italy.”

While the EU no longer receives as many people fleeing from Middle East and North Africa as it did at the peak of the 2015 crisis, the issue remains a thorny one. Italy, which is among the primary destinations for migrants, elected an unlikely coalition of left and right politicians united by an anti-immigration stance to lead it this year. This brought the country into the club of eastern European nations like Hungary and Poland, who have been resisting Brussels’ plan to redistribute asylum-seekers among EU members according to quotas.

RT2018/9/14
‘Wash your mouth out’: Italy’s Salvini hits out at top EU official over ‘little Mussolinis’ remark
Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini fired back at top EU economic official Pierre Moscovici, telling him to “wash his mouth out” following Moscovici’s remark on the spread of “little Mussolinis” in Europe.
Moscovici, the European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, voiced his fear over the rise of right-wing forces in some countries, comparing the situation to the WWII era.
“Fortunately there is no sound of jackboots, there is no Hitler, (but maybe there are) small Mussolinis. That remains to be seen,” he told reporters in Paris on Thursday.


(45歳)

(60歳)


‘Brussels only understands language of money, not values’ – Italian Deputy PM Salvini to RT

Matteo Salvini news

もう一人渦中の人 (55歳)


難民問題を突き詰めていくとこういう話になります。
AMN 2018-09-15
Italy blames France for Gaddafi’s downfall and migrant crisis
In Rome, the responsibility for the influx of migrants is laid on France, which persuaded NATO countries to get rid of Gaddafi. As a result, Libya is now torn apart by rival factions and an ongoing conflict between its two governments.

“It is clearly now undeniable that this country (Libya) finds itself in this situation because someone, in 2011, put their own interests ahead of those of the Libyan people and of Europe itself,” Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta wrote on Facebook. “France, from this point of view, is partly to blame,” she added.

Italian parliamentary speaker Roberto Fico was even more explicit, pointing to “a serious problem that has come from France.”

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini also chimed in, blaming former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for unleashing the war in Libya and the present government for adding fuel to the flames of the Libyan conflict.

Italians are filled with nostalgia each time they recall the time when Rome and Tripoli signed an agreement to allow Italian companies to extract oil in Libya.

The Gaddafi government was holding back the flow of migrants to Europe and the country’s GDP was the second biggest in Africa and the first among the Arabic-speaking states of the Maghreb.

In Rome, the emphasis is that the decision to overthrow Gaddafi was made without taking into account the views of Italy.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:07| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2018年09月17日

戦場にはスマホに銃

ヒズボラの指揮者


トルコ傘下の戦闘員指揮者



まだ電源が入っていて画面が明るくなっています。

スマホの情報が生死を分けることもあったでしょう。若い人が何千人、何万人と死んでいっています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:14| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

マレーシア航空MH17撃墜事件 ミサイル番号から1986年製でウクライナが保有

RT2018/9/17
Serial numbers of missile that downed MH17 tells it was produced in 1986, owned by Ukraine - Russia

FARSNEWS2018/9/17
Russia: Serial Numbers of Missile That Downed MH17 Show It Was Produced in 1986, Owned by Ukraine
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian military said the serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile which downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986, adding that the projectile was owned by Ukraine.

There are two serial numbers found on fragments of the missile, which shot down the passenger airliner in June 2014 according to an international team of investigators led by the Netherlands. The numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile, RT reported.

The Russian military on Monday said they had traced them to a missile which had the producer serial number 8868720.

Speaking to journalists, Gen. Nikolay Parshin showed a document trail of the Buk missile. According to the documents, some of which have been declassified for the presentation, it was produced at a military plant in Dolgoprudny in the Moscow region in 1986.

The missile was shipped from the plant on December 29, 1986 and delivered to military unit 20152 located in what is now Ukraine. It is now called 223rd anti-aircraft defense regiment of the Ukrainian armed forces, the report added.

The unit took part in Kiev's crackdown on rebels in Eastern Ukraine in June 2014, the general stressed.

The evidence disproves the accusations by Ukraine and some other parties, which claim that a missile fired by a launcher, secretly delivered from Russia, was responsible for the downing of MH17, the Ministry of Defense report said.

All the materials have been sent to the Dutch investigators, the Russian military added.

The Russian military also challenges video footage used by the UK-based group Bellingcat, which calls itself a citizen journalism organization, to back its allegations about the delivery of the Buk launcher from Russia. The Defense Ministry showed a video clip with some of the footage, highlighting inconsistencies, which it said proved that the footage had been manipulated to place images of the launcher into background which were not in the original.

The Bellingcat investigation was featured in the latest update by Dutch prosecutors involved in the MH17 investigation, prompting the Russian military to study it in detail, they stated. The Russian video showed an example of how an Abrams tank can be shown to be carried by a trailer in the streets of Ukraine in the same way.

The third part of the presentation was what the Russian officials called a record of intercepted communications of Ukrainian officials discussing, in 2016, the risk of flying through restricted airspace over Ukraine. Among a barrage of complaints one phrase says unless the restrictions are respected "we'll f***ing f**k up another Malaysian Boeing".

The Russian military say the complaints came from Col. Ruslan Grinchak, who serves in a brigade responsible for radar control of the Ukrainian airspace. His unit tracked the MH17 flight in 2014, so he may have information which is not publicly available about the disaster.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov, who hosted the briefing, said that Ukraine failed to provide radar data from its stations to the Dutch investigators. He also suggested that archive documents from the Ukrainian unit, which received the Buk missile back in 1986, would be of use to the probe, unless Kiev claims that they are no longer available. He stressed rules are in place which mean that such documents should still be stored in Ukraine.

The Russian military added that they had no evidence to disprove a scenario, involving the Ukrainian rebels capturing the missile from the Ukrainian army, but pointed out that Ukrainian officials publicly denied anything like this had ever happened.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, falling in the rebel-held part of the country. The crash claimed the lives of 283 passengers and 15 crew members, most of them Dutch nationals. Russia was blamed by Western media in the first days after the tragedy, even before any evidence had been collected on the ground.

The Joint Investigation Team, which is lead by the Netherlands, includes Ukraine, but not Russia. Moscow believes that the investigation is biased, failing to obtain all necessary evidence from Ukraine and relying on questionable sources while ignoring evidence provided by Russia, which doesn't fit the theory favored by Kiev and its foreign sponsors.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トルコは右往左往というしかない トルコのリゾート刑務所構想

米英仏は、シリアで化学兵器が使われればシリア軍を攻撃すると繰り返しています。

ロシアは、シリア軍・情報機関の協力を得てテロリスト・ホワイトヘルメットの化学兵器(塩素ガス)にかかわる動きを入念に追い、随時把握した動きを公開しています。

シリア軍は、テロリストの中の化学兵器偽旗作戦の責任者を捕らえようと追っている模様で、責任者のテロリストがトルコに逃げました。

米国は、シリア周辺に攻撃態勢を取り、ロシアが対抗して地中海で大規模演習。ロシアはシリアに新鋭対空防衛機器を供与。シリア南部では、ロシアが米軍支配下のルクバン難民キャンプにいるテロリストを精密兵器で攻撃すると通告、米軍が追加の部隊を送り込み、演習も実施。

これはロシアの情報収集用艦船。周りの小型艦船は何らかの役割を持つのでしょう。アンテナが高いです。


トルコは、言うこととやることがまったく異なり、シリア北部に部隊を追加投入。テロリストにシリア軍の攻撃に反撃するよう指示し、または呼び掛けています。

下の記事によれば、エルドアンが国際社会に向けてイドリブの攻撃をやらせないように呼び掛けたとのことです。トルコは先週テヘランでロシア、イラン首脳と会談しています。トルコが兵力増強して、シリア軍と対峙、対戦したいなら仕方がないというロシア、イランの姿勢でしょうが、この辺はベテランの政治家同士の会談ですから、本音の話は出ていないはずです。

エルドアンはイドリブで戦闘が始まるとトルコに安全保障上の問題が生ずるとしています。避難民やテロリストがトルコに流入するためですが、テロリストを集め組織したのはほかならぬトルコです。

イドリブからテロリストが掃討されるとクルドの力が強くなり、トルコへの攻撃が強まることを警戒しているのでしょう。エルドアンにとってシリアへの軍隊派遣は、何の成果もなく犠牲者を出しただけで終わる、最悪の結果とならないように動いていますが、それはもう避けられないのでは。

ロシア、シリア軍は、イドリブのテロリスト拠点を居住地から離れたところにあるものからピンポイントで攻撃しています。地下要塞はバンカー爆弾で破壊。

今の世界の注目点は、いつシリア軍がイドリブへの地上軍侵攻を開始するかです。ロシアのスポークスマンは、知らないと答えています。

今の状況は、ロシアが2年前に参戦した直後と同じような動きです。ロシアは、攻撃目標を洗い出して一つずつつぶしていきました。ドローンやミサイルの製造拠点、司令本部などを攻撃しています。テロリストに対する威圧効果ははなはだしいものがあります。これらの攻撃によりテロリストの士気が低下します。

オランダの政府は、国会議員への手紙でもうすぐアサドが勝って戦争が終わると書いたとか。でも、落ち着くまでにはまだ一山も二山もありそうです。

テロリストがエルドアンにイドリブから引き揚げたらトンネルを使ってトルコの国境近くの町レイハンルを我が物とすると警告しています。

トルコはロシアを通じてシリア軍のイドリブ侵攻を数日遅らせるよう要求しています。その間にハードコアのテロリストと「穏健な」反政府勢力を区分けするといっています。トルコは、イドリブに「穏健な」反政府勢力を温存したいと狙っています。クルドに対抗するためです。「穏健な」反政府勢力など存在せず、みなテロリストです。

エルドアンが9/17急遽プーチンに会うことになりました。

FARSNEWS2018/9/16
Turkey Plans to Force Europe Make Concessions Using Terrorists in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara plans to transfer senior Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group commanders to Turkey to use their repatriation to the European and regional states as a leverage to receive concessions from them in future, Syrian media said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying on Sunday that Turkey has set up a 'resort prison' at bordering areas in Hatay and Antakiyeh provinces and has transferred a number of low-ranking Tahrir al-Sham commanders who want to leave 'Jihad' and survive to these places after the recent meeting between the Iranian, Russian and Turkish leaders in Tehran.

The report said high-ranking Tahrir al-Sham commanders and Horas al-Din and Turkistani terrorists will most likely not allow Turkey to complete its plan as Ankara has been encouraging some notorious terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham to retreat to the said border areas in a bid to show that Tahrir al-Sham is no more present in Idlib.

The sources said that Ankara wants to use the low-ranking terrorist commanders who are in the country's resort prisons in other areas of clashes as a leverage to pressure the western and regional states.

Earlier reports this month had revealed Turkey's demand from Damascus, via Russian channels, again to further delay the army's military operations in Idlib.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted informed Syrian sources as saying that Ankara has asked the Syrian army's command center, with Moscow's mediation, to provide the country with more time to separate those who it calls as "moderate dissidents" from Tahrir al-Sham and the ISIL terrorists.

Based on the report, the Turkish side has admitted dispatch of military equipment to several regions of Idlib province in the past few days, saying that if Tahrir al-Sham rejects leaving the regions occupied by the "moderate dissidents", it will use military power against them. Turkey has not mentioned where the terrorists could retreat to after leaving Idlib.

The sources said that if Syria and Russia agree with Turkey's demand, it will be the last deadline given to Ankara to act upon its undertakings based on the Astana conference.

Earlier reports said that Damascus has extended its deadline for two days upon Turkey's demand to delay military operations in Idlib province.

RT2018/9/14
Erdogan to meet Putin on Monday for Syria talks – Turkish FM
“President Erdogan will meet with Mr. Putin on Monday,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a televised press conference on Friday. The meeting will take place in the Russian resort city of Sochi, a senior Turkish official told AFP. Cavusoglu was speaking at a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart. Ankara is working to achieve a ceasefire in Syria’s rebel-held northwest and is ready for cooperation to fight terrorist groups in the Idlib area, according to Cavusoglu.

こんなニュースも
AMN2018/9/14
YPG to help Syrian gov’t recapture Idlib – Turkish Foreign Minister
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu penned a response to a New York Times op-ed that was released last week.
Cavusoglu stated in the response that the U.S. should reassess who they consider their ally, while also claiming that the Washington-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) had struck up an alliance with the Syrian government to retake the Idlib Governorate.
“New reports suggest that the Y.P.G., a terrorist group operating from Syria that has received arms and aid paid for by American taxpayers, has forged an alliance with Mr. Assad and is sending troops as part of a deal brokered in July to help him recapture Idlib from the rebels,” he wrote.
This is not the first time that a Turkish official has made this allegation; however, the YPG continues to deny Ankara’s claims.
Furthermore, there have been no signs that the YPG is in fact preparing to participate in the upcoming Idlib offensive.

FARSNEWS2018/9/12
Syrian Sources: Ankara Asks Damascus for More Delay in Idlib Operations
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian sources revealed Turkey's demand from Damascus, via Russian channels, again to further delay the army's military operations in Idlib.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted informed Syrian sources as saying on Wednesday that Ankara has asked the Syrian army's command center, with Moscow's mediation, to provide the country with more time to separate those who it calls as "moderate dissidents" from Tahrir al-Sham (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and the ISIL terrorists.

Based on the report, the Turkish side has admitted dispatch of military equipment to several regions of Idlib province in the past few days, saying that if Tahrir al-Sham rejects leaving the regions occupied by the "moderate dissidents", it will use military power against them. Turkey has not mentioned where the terrorists could retreat to after leaving Idlib.

The sources said that if Syria and Russia agree with Turkey's demand, it will be the last deadline given to Ankara to act upon its undertakings based on the Astana conference.

Earlier reports said that Damascus has extended its deadline for two days upon Turkey's demand to delay military operations in Idlib province.

An Arab media outlet reported on Monday that the Turkish Army had dispatched more military equipment to Hama and Idlib provinces amid the Syrian Army's preparation for its major anti-terrorism operation in Northwestern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported that the Turkish army forwarded a military convoy, comprising of several tanks and missile launch-pads to its truce-monitoring posts in Northern Syria via Kafr Losin crossing at Turkey-Syria border.

In the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a military convoy, consisting of tens of vehicles, military hardware, ammunition and Turkish soldiers, arrived in Northern Syria via Bab al-Hawa crossing at Turkey-Syria border in a move to reinvigorate the Ankara army's military capabilities.

Also, field sources reported that the Turkish army has dispatched a large volume of military equipment to its border with Northern Syria.

Field sources reported that the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units and aircraft have been pounding terrorists' positions in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib to pave the way for an imminent large-scale operation in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

AMN2018/9/12
Syrian rebel threatens Erdogan against ‘selling Idlib’
With the Syrian Army continuing to amass troops and military hardware in southern Idlib, militants occupying the province are seemingly beginning to panic, warning Ankara against giving Damascus the greenlight to launch its long-awaited offensive in northwestern Syria.

A militant from an unspecified group stationed in Idlib has issued a threat to Turkish President Recep Tayyip, warning that militants in northwestern Syria have dug a tunnel stretching into Turkey’s Hatay province.

He went on to explain that in the event of Erdogan “selling Idlib”, militants will use the tunnel to cross into Turkey, to potentially carry out attacks against civilians and security forces.

“Reyhanli [a town in Hatay province] is behind me. As you know, us [militants] from Ghouta are good are digging and since you’ve built a 960-kilometer border barrier… We want to tell you: if you sell Idlib or other opposition-held areas, we’re going to buy Reyhanli from you. I won’t give you more details, but this is your warning,” the militant said in video footage circulating on social media.

The video was published just days after a trilateral summit in Tehran, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, to discuss the situation in Idlib, ahead of the Syrian Army’s impending offensive.

Although the presence of Turkish forces in Idlib could complicate Damascus’ plans to retake the province and risk direct military confrontation between Turkey and Syria, the Syrian government has insisted it will liberate Idlib even if Erdogan does not withdraw his forces.

Wary of the recent summit, the militant is seemingly warning Erdogan against pulling out of Idlib and withdrawing support to the various Islamist militant groups in the Idlib Governorate.

The area is the last major bastion for non-SDF militants and its liberation by government forces would further cement the Syrian government’s victory over terrorists and the survival of Syria as a secular state.

AMN2018/9/11
In an article published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to take action to prevent an attack on Idlib, the last rebel enclave in Syria, and warned that “the entire world stands to pay the price” otherwise.

On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Defense Department may be mulling the idea of striking Russian or Iranian military forces aiding the Syrian government if they were to launch an assault on Idlib. The report added that the United States would specifically decide whether to strike Russian air defense installations.

Russia Says Has to React to Aggression as Terrorists Entrench Positions in Idlib
A Pentagon official told Sputnik that the United States is prepared to take action in response to any alleged chemical weapons use in the Syrian province of Idlib, however, did not confirm media reports about possible US strikes against Iranian or Russian forces.

“Syria, Russia and Iran should know that the United States and the rest of the world are watching very closely and will take appropriate action if there is a new slaughter in Idlib,” Pentagon spokesperson Commander Sean Robertson told Sputnik on Monday.

The commander said the United States is closely monitoring the situation in Idlib and has engaged the Russian government and military at the most senior level to make clear that the United States and its partners will respond swiftly to any verified chemical weapon use in the province or elsewhere in the country.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to maintain their dialogue focusing on the conflict in Syria and the situation in the country’s Idlib de-escalation zone, following the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in Tehran.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:49| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ハサカでISISが米軍を攻撃? 米軍兵士が死亡

FARSNEWS2018/9/16
US Army Suffers Casualties in ISIL's Offensive in Northeastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of US soldiers were killed and wounded after ISIL targeted their column in Hasaka city on Sunday, a Lebanese media outlet reported.

The Arabic-language al-Manar News Network reported that a number of US army soldiers were killed or wounded in an ISIL attack on their convoy in Hasaka city in Northeastern Syria.

It further said that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has put its gunmen on alert after the ISIL attack, adding that an increasing number of SDF militants are defecting the Washington-backed group.

Elsewhere, the news network said that people in the village of al-Tayaneh in Zebyan region in Hasaka demonstrated against the SDF's brutal measures in the region.

On Saturday, a number of SDF were killed after a bomb went off at their base in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Syria.

A bomb went off at a base of the SDF-affiliated Military Police in Moshfa al-Amal Square, inflicting a number of casualties on the militia group and civilians.

In the meantime, a number of civilians, including a child, were killed in a blast in al-Hakamah Street in Manbij two days ago.

No one has thus far claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The report came as the SDF continues arresting young people under a forced recruiting plan in Manbij.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリア軍の装備がピカビカに

FARSNEWS2018/9/17
Syrian Army Dispatches More Military Convoys to Idlib Battlefield
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army sent more troops and equipment to the Northwestern parts of the country to reinvigorate its combat capabilities for an imminent major operation in Idlib province. [VIDEO]





AMN2018/9/16
Zero hour approaches northern Latakia as Syrian Army prepares to kickoff long-awaited offensive
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is set to launch their long-awaited offensive in northern Latakia in the next few days, a military source told Al-Masdar News this evening.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and Republican Guard have been given the green light to begin this offensive in Latakia’s Jabal Al-Akrad and Jabal Turkmen regions.

The source said the offensive will be launched from at least three axes, with the primary focus being the key town of Kabbani, which overlooks the northern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain.

Also participating in this upcoming offensive will be the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Local Defense Forces (LDF).

The Syrian Army and their allies will be facing off against a large number of jihadist rebels from groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).

In addition to these groups, the Syrian Army may come across the Turkish military, as they currently have a non-agreed upon observation post along the northern slope of Jabal Al-Akrad.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:08| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシアがアルタンフで精密攻撃兵器を使うと宣告して米軍が慌てている

ロシア軍がイドリブへの空爆を開始しましたが、精密兵器を使っています。戦闘機から投下する爆弾も落下位置を入力されているようです。爆撃の画像を見ると広い地域にポツンポツンと煙が上がっており、一つの攻撃個所の面的広がりは狭いです。

精密兵器は、そのような誘導式の爆弾、あるいは地中海の艦船から発射される巡航ミサイルということになりますから、飛行中に撃ち落とすのは難しくなります。巡航ミサイルの高度は高くありませんし変則的なルートを通ることも可能です。

米軍がそれらに備えてヘリコプターを飛ばしたり演習をしてみてもどうなるのでしょう。傘下のテロリストに避難をさせるのか、ロシア軍は衛星で米軍とテロリストの動きを眺めています。ロシア軍は、米軍の施設は攻撃対象から外すでしょうから米軍の非難も説得力を持ちませんし、テロリスト擁護が前面に出てくる可能性もあります。米軍は激しく反応です。とうとうテロリストの訓練を始めたことが外部者にもわかるようになっています。

FARSNEWS2018/9/17
US Forces, Affiliated Militants to Leave Al-Tanf Base in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow and Washington have held talks to end the presence of US forces and affiliated militants in al-Tanf base at the borders with Iraq, sources said, adding that their withdrawal is imminent.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted informed sources as saying on Monday that the Russian and American officials are negotiating the withdrawal of the US forces from al-Tanf region in the bordering triangle of Iraq-Syria-Jordan.

They added that the US and Russian officials are in talks over the final stages of the agreement, noting that plan is to come into effect in the next few days.

The sources underlined that closure of al-Rakban camp which hosts over 80,000 civilians and their return to their villages and towns in different parts of Syria is also included in the agreement.

They said that based on the agreement, thousands of terrorists, trained and supported by the US, will also leave al-Tanf for Idlib, adding that most of their commanders have earlier left the region.

According to the report, members of Jeish Maghawir al-Thawra, Ahmed Abdou and Asoud al-Sharqiyeh terrorist groups are stationed in al-Tanf region in addition to the US, British and Norwegian forces.

An Arab media outlet had reported last Tuesday that the US Army troops, including a hundred marines that have just arrived in the region, are training terrorists in the US-run al-Tanf base in Southern Homs.

The Arabic-language Qatar 21 news website quoted commander of Maqawir al-Thowrah terrorist group, affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), as disclosing that the US marines are training his forces in al-Tanf base at border with Iraq.

The website further said that a large volume of the US's military equipment has also arrived in al-Tanf.

AMN2018/9/17
US-backed group agrees to leave Tanf region for northern Aleppo
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – A US-backed rebel group has reached an agreement with the Russian Reconciliation Center to leave the Tanf region for northern Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Quraytayn Martyrs Brigade has reached an agreement with the Russian Reconciliation Center to leave the Tanf region for the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

The SOHR report said that the rebel group will be evacuated from the Tanf region alongside their family members that are present in the Rukban Refugee Camp.

The rebel group will also be allowed to keep their military vehicles and weapons, which is different from most factions that are evacuated.

The Quraytayn Martyrs Brigade and their family members will be evacuated through the Syrian government’s territories until they reach the areas of the Aleppo Governorate that are controlled by the Turkish-backed rebels.

With the departure of the Quraytayn Martyrs Brigade from the Tanf region, only one rebel group remains in this large desert area controlled by the US forces.


FARSNEWS2018/9/11
US Starts Training Terrorists in Al-Tanf Base in Southern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army troops, including a hundred marines that have just arrived in the region, have started training terrorists in the US-run al-Tanf base in Southern Homs, an Arab media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language Qatar 21 news website quoted commander of Maqawir al-Thowrah terrorist group, affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), as disclosing that the US marines have launched training his forces in al-Tanf base at border with Iraq.

The website further said that a large volume of the US's military equipment has also arrived in al-Tanf.

News sources had announced last week that over a hundred US marines were dispatched to Syria to implement a drill using real ammo.

On Sunday, over 100 US Marines were sent as reinforcements to the military base in al-Tanf in Syria after Russia allegedly revealed intentions of launching precision strikes on an area under the US-led coalition’s control.

While the official statement by the Pentagon did not mention that the reinforcements had been sent as a precautionary measure to the alleged threats, chief Central Command spokesman, Captain William Urban, said that the troops flown to the area would conduct multiday drills using live ammunition, Task & Purpose reported.

“Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces and conduct rapid exfiltration,” Task & Purpose cited him as saying.

According to the report, US officials tackling the Syria issue have recently claimed that “the administration is now resolved to stay in Syria longer than President Donald Trump previously indicated”, purportedly referring to POTUS’s March speech, when he suggested that the United States would leave the war-torn country “very soon”.

The news came on the heels of a CNN report about Moscow’ s alleged warnings of an impending attack on militants in the area protected by US troops.

The media outlet’s report also claimed that US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford were aware of the latest intelligence, adding that US troops in Syria “have the right of self-defense if they are attacked and would not need to ask permission from higher levels of the government before acting”.

“The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war. However, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition or partner forces,” CNN quoted an anonymous insider.

The Russian Ministry of Defense hasn’t commented on the claims so far.

Slightly over a week ago, Syrian government forces captured two militants near Palmyra, claiming that they were members of the Lions of the East group, the Russian Defense Ministry announced. They also confessed that they had been trained and armed by American instructors in a camp near the al-Tanf military base.

Following the statement, Sputnik reached out to a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve who dismissed the aforementioned allegations as “malign propaganda”, adding that “there is no terrorist camp within the al-Tanf de-confliction zone, which runs in a 55k diameter around the Coalition’s al-Tanf Garrison”.

The US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against what it referred to as Daesh targets in Syria without either a UN mandate or Damascus’ authorization. Currently, some 2,000 US troops are said to be deployed in the war-ravaged country. The Syrian government considers their presence illegal. Syrian authorities, meanwhile, officially asked Russia to assist the country’s forces in fighting terrorist groups operating on the territory of the Mideast country.


RT2018/9/9
Pentagon sends marines for snap live-fire drill in Syria as ‘strong message’ to Russia – reports
More than 100 US marines flew to southeast Syria for a snap live-fire exercise, sending a “strong message” to Russia not to conduct operations near the US base, two Pentagon officials told Fox News.

The marines were deployed via assault helicopter to Al-Tanf military base, located in Syria’s Homs Province, which borders Iraq. The drill includes air assaults, supported by artillery barrages.

“Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces and conduct rapid exfiltration,” said spokesman for the US Central Command, Captain William Urban.

Urban stressed that the US “does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria.”

The drill was launched after the US Army reported that Moscow had issued two warnings that it is planning to conduct operations against militants in the area. The use of the wording “precision strikes” in one of the notes had “sparked alarm with US commanders,” CNN reported on Friday, citing its own sources in the Pentagon.

Russia had repeatedly stated that it considers the US military outposts in Syria to be illegal, since they were not authorized by the Syrian government. Moscow has suggested that the US is using the Al-Tanf base to get a foothold in the country. “During the existence of the base, we don’t know of a single US operation against IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS] in the area,” the Russian Center for Reconciliation reported last week.


CNN Updated 2037 GMT (0437 HKT) September 7, 2018
US begins military exercise in Syria in response to Russian military threats
(CNN)More than 100 US troops began an unexpected exercise in southern Syria on Friday in direct response to a series of Russian military threats, according to a US defense official.
The exercise was detailed in a statement from the US Central Command but did not mention that the command ordered the exercise specifically after a September 1 warning from Russia that it was going to enter a restricted area of southern Syria where US troops are located, the official said.
The exercise, which may last for several days, involves US troops flying into the coalition's At Tanf garrison by assault helicopter and conducting live fire drills.

"Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces and conduct rapid exfiltration," said Capt. William Urban, the chief Central Command spokesman. The exercise is specifically designed for Russian and regime units in the area to see the activity and understand US capabilities, defense officials say.

Russia on Thursday, via a note, had warned the US for the second time it was going to attack the At Tanf area to go after militants there. But the second warning specified Moscow would use "precision strikes," according to Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman. The use of the wording "precision strikes" in a written note to the US sparked alarm with US commanders that the Russians are signaling their intent to strike with aircraft firing precision weapons, or missiles launched from Russian ships in the Mediterranean, US defense officials tell CNN.
Attacking with those types of weapons in a specific campaign against the US protected area at At Tanf would be a significant escalation in the sporadic violence in the area. The Pentagon has been unusually public in disclosing the potential Russian threat, in hopes that its statements will warn the Russians off the area.
The first Russian warning came via the US Russian deconfliction line that has been used for the last several years to ensure both sides have visibility on what is happening in the area. In turn, the US used the deconfliction line to tell the Russians the ongoing US military activity is an exercise.
"The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war. However, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition or partner forces, as we have clearly demonstrated in past instances," Robertson said.
The exercises come as the Trump administration continues to deliver increasingly strident warnings over an assault on Idlib.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned Friday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and Iran carry out an assault on Idlib, "the consequences will be dire."
"The United States has been very clear," she said at a UN Security Council meeting, "with Russia and with the broader international community: we consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria."

CNN's Zach Cohen and Richard Roth contributed to this report
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:51| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Qatari Paper: UAE Still Supporting ISIL

FARSNEWS2018/9/16
Qatari Paper: UAE Still Supporting ISIL
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UAE is still supporting the ISIL terrorists in Iraq under the cover of funding reconstruction of al-Nuri great mosque in Basra, a Qatari paper reported.

The Arabic-language al-Raya newspaper reported on Sunday that the UAE continues its multi-million-dollar financial and arms support to the terrorist groups in Iraq despite claims that it has allocated the same amount of money to a project to rebuild al-Nuri mosque.

The Qatari daily added that the UAE and Saudi Arabia both pursue destructive policies in Iraq.

The UAE announced that it will fund the rebuilding of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, which was last year destroyed by the ISIL in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Abu Dhabi is known as one of the countries which has supplied the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria with weapons and money along with Saudi Arabia.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

スクリパル父子殺人未遂事件現場近くのレストランで二人に体調悪化

スクリパル父子の殺人未遂事件に続いて、前回名前の挙がったレストランZIZZIから大聖堂に近い場所にあるイタリアンレストランPrezzoで具合の悪くなった人が二人発生。警察が現場を立ち入り禁止にしたということですから、薬物汚染の可能性を疑っています。

折しも、英国によって容疑者と名指しされたロシア人男性二人がRTのインタビューで潔白を主張、ソールスベリーに行ったのは大聖堂やストーンヘンジを見物するためだったとしたため、この大聖堂観光を推奨していた旅行ガイドのサイトがからかいにあつてそのページを閉鎖する騒ぎになっています。旅行ガイドの勧めで観光に行った先で無実の罪を着せられてしまう、確かにこれはたまりませんよね。

2018/9/17
Police cordon off Salisbury restaurant & street after 2 people fall ill
Salisbury police have placed a Prezzo restaurant on lockdown and cordoned off the surrounding roads after two people fell ill there.



Police were called to the area on Sunday evening following the incident involving a man and a woman at the Italian cuisine chain, Wiltshire Police wrote on Twitter.



“As a precautionary measure, the restaurant and surrounding roads have been cordoned off while officers attend the scene and establish the circumstances surrounding what has led them to fall ill,” the statement said.

Both patients were treated at the scene and were conscious, the BBC reported citing the South Western Ambulance Service.

The scare comes in wake of media reports surrounding the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury this March. The UK immediately pinned the blame on Russia for the incident. In September, UK police named the suspects behind the poisoning as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and released their photos. The men then gave an interview to RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, where they said they had been wrongly accused by the UK. Although they claimed they went to Salisbury as tourists and suggested that more CCTV footage would prove that, London was quick to denounce the interview as a blow to the “public’s intelligence.”

Russia has repeatedly denied any claims of involvement in the Skripal case. On Saturday, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Petrov and Boshirov are not linked to the Kremlin or the Russian President Vladimir Putin in any way.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:21| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

今のタンクは川を渡ることができる

Russian tanks breach river during Vostok 2018 exercises


こちらは各国が参加して行われた競技会の際の画像。水から抜けると後部から盛大に水蒸気を噴き上げます。


かなりの急斜面です。


砲身が細いです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:57| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2018年09月16日

US, French special forces take part in SDF’s east Deir Ezzor offensive

RT2018/9/16
French army in Deir ez-Zor? Photo shown by media raises questions about France’s role in Syrian war
A French army vehicle spotted in a photo taken in Deir ez-Zor province has led to questions about the extent of Paris’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The image was reportedly shared by the US military on social media.

The vehicle in question is a wheeled armored personnel carrier equipped with a turret, which resembles the French army’s Aravis infantry mobility vehicle. It can be seen in the background of the photo, which purportedly shows US troops lending support to Syrian armed groups fighting Islamic State in the eastern province.

France 24 journalist Wassim Nasr was the first to draw attention to the picture. He said it was released by the US Special Ops Joint Task Force in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, before being promptly removed – possibly at the request of French authorities.

France is part of the US-led coalition in Syria, and has been actively participating in the aerial campaign in the region. Notably, it was involved in a joint airstrike with the US and the UK in April following an alleged chemical attack on Douma, a then rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

The French government, however, has never said that it has troops on the ground in Deir ez-Zor.

But, the military vehicle in the photo has to be French, according to Nasr. “We know for sure that it is a French vehicle because of its mark – it is an Aravis,” he said, adding that “only the French Army and the Saudi Army” have such vehicles, and that the Saudis are not known to be present in Deir ez-Zor.

He also said that similar vehicles have been seen in Syria on “numerous occasions”, in the territories controlled by US-backed militants, such as Manbij. The journalist said that the picture was taken in August of this year.

While France 24 reported on the issue, neither the French Army nor the US military have commented so far.

The US Defense Secretary James Mattis, however, told Congress in late April that France had sent special forces to Syria, and “reinforced’ Washington in its fight against Islamic State, but didn’t go into further details. Deir ez-Zor province is one of the few remaining areas of the country where ISIL still maintains a presence.

RT could not independently verify the authenticity of the photo reported to have been shared by the U.S. military.

AMN2018/9/26
US, French special forces take part in SDF’s east Deir Ezzor offensive (photos)
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. and French special forces were recently photographed taking part in the Syrian Democratic Forces’ ongoing offensive in east Deir Ezzor.

The Coalition forces are reportedly providing the SDF with logistical and artillery support, as the latter attempts to capture the last areas occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS) in
Below are a number of photos that were taken by the AFP News Agency recently:

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:35| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US sanctions 'bill from hell' targeting Russian debt could backfire on Western allies – analyst

RT2018/9/16
US sanctions 'bill from hell' targeting Russian debt could backfire on Western allies – analyst
The proposed US sanctions targeting Russian bonds, OFZs, will likely hurt not only Moscow, but also numerous holders of such bonds in the West, an analyst has said.

The measure was proposed by a group of US senators lead by Republican Lindsey Graham. The senator said he planned a “sanctions bill from hell” to punish Russia because "the current sanctions regime has failed to deter Russia from meddling in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections."

But the US Congress is unlikely to pass the bill, which includes restrictions on Russian sovereign debt transactions, experts tell RT.

“Cracking down on seven largest Russian state banks, the way it is described in the US bill, is unlikely. How will these banks and companies working through them settle on debt and contractual obligations in dollars with Western counterparties?” according to Peter Pushkarev, chief analyst at TeleTrade.

The US sanctions threat has sent yields on 10-year benchmark OFZ bonds soaring to two-year highs of 8 to 9 percent in August and September, while their price plunged almost 10 percent below their nominal value.

According to Pushkarev, sanctions targeting Russian debt bonds are unlikely and are only a part of an election campaign before the midterm elections in the US Congress this year.

In any case, Russia has no dire need to issue additional $7.5 billion in bonds this year like it has planned. “The Central Bank's gold and foreign exchange reserves grew by $75 billion in a year, which is 10 times more than it could borrow with the OFZs. Moreover, oil prices remain high, which means Russia could wait for more than a year before issuing more OFZs,” Pushkarev said.

The Russian Finance Ministry has been canceling the recent OFZ options not because of lack of interest, but because it is not interested in paying inflated yields on the bonds, Pushkarev said. “The equation is simple: what is unprofitable for the Ministry of Finance, is profitable for investors.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:45| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トランプが近くマチス国防長官を更迭する可能性

FARSNEWS2018/9/16
Trump May Soon Sack Mattis
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump has reportedly “soured” on Defense Secretary James Mattis – arguably the most important moderating force in the administration – and might dismiss the Pentagon chief after the midterm elections, according to reports.

The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times on Saturday published accounts of the increasingly frayed relationship between Trump and the retired Marine general whom the president used to revere.

Citing multiple administration and congressional officials, the reports noted that Mattis may either step down or be fired ahead of the upcoming elections in November due to growing differences with Trump on a number of fronts.

The president is looking to replace the Pentagon chief with someone "who would be more vocally supportive than Mr. Mattis, who is vehemently protective of the American military against perceptions it could be used for political purposes", the Times reported.

The report added that Trump appears resentful of unflattering comparisons between him and the four star general.

Trump has reportedly stopped calling Mattis “Mad Dog” and has instead begun calling him “Moderate Dog” behind closed doors, according to another report by Politico.

White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNBC that the reports were all “completely untrue”.

The reported fray in the relationship could have been escalated by the latest political book to rock Washington --- Fear: Trump in the White House by veteran journalist Bob Woodward. The book attributes several quotes to Mattis that are highly critical of Trump.

In one instance, Woodward writes that Mattis vented his frustration to a group of confidants, saying Trump appeared to have an understanding of “a fifth or sixth grader". The Pentagon chief, however, has rebuked the book as "fiction" and a "product of someone's rich imagination".
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:51| Comment(0) | 国際・政治