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Use cannabis in Parliament, Labour MP urges (VIDEO)
People should use cannabis on the parliamentary estate to force the government to change the law and help sufferers of serious illness, according to Welsh Labour MP Paul Flynn.

Speaking during a Commons debate on drug policy, Flynn said he had once committed a “terrible crime” by helping the late multiple sclerosis sufferer and medicinal cannabis campaigner Elizabeth Brice – also known as Clare Hodges – to use the drug on the House of Commons terrace.

He said he had brought her a cup of hot water in which she prepared cannabis tea used to alleviate the symptoms of her condition. It was a crime, Flynn said, which could have seen both of them jailed under current laws.

Flynn said that using the Class B drug is the only way to get through to “the common mind of the government.”

“I would call on people, and I know we’re not supposed to do this as members, to break the law,” he told MPs.

“To come here and use cannabis here and see what happens and challenge the government, the authorities, to arrest them and take them in.

“That’s the only way we can get through the common mind of the government, which is set in concrete and the whole laws are evidence free and prejudice rich – let’s see them do that.”

The debate saw Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Norman Lamb renew his call for a liberalized drug policy. He said it would benefit public health to create a proper market for cannabis.

Manchester MP and former nightclub DJ Jeff Smith said legislation is long overdue and that the government had to be careful not to lose the message on drugs.

“Many thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, of ecstasy pills are taken in the UK every week and we can’t pretend that people are taking drugs because it is a terrible, miserable experience, because people won’t believe us,” Smith said.

“It will just destroy the credibility of the message.”

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Tal Afar: ISIL Starts Mass Execution of Own Family Members for Fear of Imminent Operation of Iraqi Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists have started mass execution of their own family members in the town of Tal Afar in Western Nineveh following release of news about the Iraqi forces' imminent operation to liberate the town, a well-informed government official said.

The source said that based on a Fatwa (religious decree) issued by ISIL's Religious Board the ISIL terrorists are executing their own family members in Tal Afar.

The source further said that the ISIL's Religious Board has issued the Fatwa for the mass killing of family members before the start of the Iraqi forces' operation in order not to be exposed and handed over to the army men by the family members in Tal Afar.

The source went on to say that the road connecting Tal Afar to Mosul and Syria's border is controlled by the Iraqi forces and the town is under the pro-government forces' siege, and the Iraqi forces and volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi will storm the central part of Tal Afar in next few days.

A security source in Nineveh province in Northwestern Iraq reported on Sunday that ISIL executed 12 senior commanders that tried to flee the town of Tal Afar.

The source said that ISIL arrested 12 commanders of its forces in Tal Afar and executed them on charges of fleeing the town.

The source added that after their defeat in Mosul and losing a large number of fighters the ISIL's front in Tal Afar has collapsed.

Foreign Commanders of ISIL Paying $20,000 to Human Traffickers While Fleeing Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- A local source in Kirkuk province reported that human traffickers have increased the price for transferring foreign commanders of the ISIL terrorist group from Iraq after the recent victories of the Iraqi forces.

The source said that the fee for the trafficking the foreign commanders of ISIL from the towns Tal Afar and Huweija to Iraq's border has risen to $20,000.

The source went on to say that the hike has come after ISIL's recent defeats in battle against the Iraqi pro-government forces, adding, "A vast wave of immigration is happening among the foreign members of ISIL from Iraq towards the neighboring countries. The fleeing members of ISIL are not capable of leaving Iraq without assistance of human traffickers."

Reports said on Monday that the Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a major Iraqi Shiite resistance movement fighting the ISIL, continued its anti-terrorism operation and managed to impose control over more regions in the Iraq-Syria-Jordan border triangle.

Al-Nujaba forces stormed ISIL's positions in Iraq-Syria-Jordan border triangle and captured al-Hajar and al-Bareka regions Southeast of Homs desert and two main roads to the Syria's desert.

In the meantime, al-Nujaba's missile units opened heavy fire at ISIL's positions and destroyed several armored and military vehicles in Um al-Raml region in Syria' desert.

An Iraqi commander that led the war to retake Iraq’s second largest city said on Sunday that the security operations against the ISIL militants in Mosul left 25,000 militants dead.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, head of the Nineveh Operations at the Joint Operations Command, said in a briefing that more than 25,000 militants were killed over the nine months of battles, including more than 450 suicide bombers, Iraqi News reported.

Iraqi forces destroyed 1247 booby-trapped cars and shot down 130 drones belonging to the group besides more than 1500 diverse vehicles, Yarallah said.

The JOC fought the battle with more than 100.000 government and paramilitary troops, Yarallah added. “The Iraqi army fought a battle that no army in the world had fought,” the commander said.

Only the regions of Mahalabiya, Ayyadia and Tal Afar still witness an ISIL existence, and with their recapture, the province becomes fully liberated, according to the commander.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIL in Mosul on July 9th after Iraqi forces took over western Mosul’s Old City, the birthplace of the ISIL where the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made a sermon proclaiming control over a third of Iraq and Syria.

In a separate statement, Iyad al-Assali, an Iraqi police lieutenant, told Turkish agency Anadolu that security arrested 245 suspected ISIL militants in Western Mosul’s Old City since Iraqi troops took over the medieval area.

Iraqi Forces Arrest Foreign Female Members of ISIL in Mosul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi forces have arrested a number of ISIL's female members with different nationalities in a tunnel in Old Mosul district, a counter-terrorism officer reported.

The Iraqi officer said that a number of non-Iraqi female members of the ISIL terrorist group, including five Germans and some others from Russia, Turkey, Canada and Chechnya have been arrested by the pro-government forces in a tunnel in the Old Mosul district.

The officer added that the captured women that had hidden in the tunnel had their guns and explosive belts.

Media reports said on Sunday that the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) found a massive ISIL base for the production of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) in the liberated city of Mosul as they began scouting out throughout the Northern city.

Most alarmingly, Iraqi troops discovered literally dozens of ready-made armored VBIEDs which, had the battle for Mosul city lingered on any longer, would have undoubtedly have been used against them.

Iraqi troops discovered literally dozens of ready-made armored VBIEDs which, had the battle for Mosul city lingered on any longer, would have undoubtedly have been used against them.

Despite the fact that the VBIEDs were found neatly lined up in an almost production line-like fashion, one crucial element was to the fortune of ISF ordinance disposal teams found to be missing from the vehicles: explosives.

The VBIEDs seized by the ISF appear to be of the latest generation design used by ISIL. The car bombs have welded-on armor plating that shields the vehicle, as much as possible, from incoming fire, giving a would-be suicide driver a better chance of reaching their target.

In most cases, the armored VBIEDs built by ISIL are generally given just enough shielding as to not over-stress the engine of the vehicle used but to still offer decent protection from a range of small arms, including heavy machine guns. Often anti-ISIL forces have to employ anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), RPGs, field guns and tank cannons in order to destroy the armored car bomb.

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Iraqi Official Warns of Imminent ISIL Attacks via Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi Interior Ministry official announced that ISIL sleeper cells are preparing for attacks at several world cities to divert attention from their major setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

The head of Iraqi Falcon Intelligence Cell (FIC), Abu Ali al-Basri told Al-Sabah newspaper that “the Mosul battle showed that the capabilities of the terrorist organization threaten not only Iraq and the region, but also many parts of the world”.

Al-Basri warned of the ISIL’s imminent plans to carry out global attacks, saying that “the terror group has sent sleeper cells from Syria through Turkey to deploy around the world in order to spread terror and chaos, using money paid by extremist clerics who have political goals".

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サウジ、バーレーンなどカタールとの外交関係を断絶、航空便も停止 軍事行動に発展の可能性も
ハッキングとフェイクニュースで中東が混乱? フェイクではないらしい

Not ‘Russian hackers’? WaPo report accuses UAE of orchestrating Qatar media hack
A new report by the Washington Post, citing US intelligence, says there is evidence that the United Arab Emirates coordinated the hacking of Qatar’s state media agency (QNA), which led to the blockade of the Gulf monarchy. Previously, US media, citing the FBI, blamed the attack on “Russian hackers.”

The UAE government planned the infamous May 24 hacking of QNA, states the report citing US intelligence officials who were not named because of the “sensitive” character of the matter.

The reported evidence shows that on May 23, senior UAE officials discussed the implementation of the hack, which saw statements falsely attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, being run by QNA in a text-ticker on-air and on social media. Government Twitter handles were also hacked.

The fake statements, which spoke favorably of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as of relations with Israel, provoke the ire of a number of Gulf states as well as Egypt, and Qatar was effectively cut off from the Arabian Peninsula with a blockade.

Qatari media was immediately banned in several Arab states, despite an official hack announcement issued by Doha within an hour of the initial attack.

The Post’s report states that it “remains unclear” if it was UAE hackers who carried out the attack or if it “contracted” others to hack Qatari media.

The UAE’s envoy to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba, reacted to the post by saying the article was “false” and the country “had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described” there.

He went on to accuse Qatar of “funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi.”

US intelligence agencies declined to comment.

This new report signals an apparent change of tune by the US media, as its earlier reports in June claimed that “Russian hackers” were allegedly to blame for the hack.

A CNN report titled, “US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis,” citing anonymous US officials, claimed that intelligence gathered as part of an FBI investigation into the hack indicated that unnamed Russian hackers could be behind the intrusion.

A banner aired on CNN bluntly stated that “Russians planted false story behind new Mideast crisis,” citing sources.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, denounced CNN’s story, calling it “another lie that was published.” Pointing out the unnamed sources and unverifiable information frequently used in such reports he added that “fake is a fake.”

Both the FBI and the CIA declined to comment on the investigation.

While there is similarly no verifiable proof in the Sunday report by Washington Post, it also cites a recent leak of the UAE’s ambassador’s emails, released by the GlobalLeaks hacking group.

The leaked emails revealed that Otaiba regularly communicated with a pro-Israel neoconservative think-tank called the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). While not providing any concrete details, the exchange suggests the UAE was actively working to undermine Iran’s influence in the region, making use of political, economic and “cyber” tools.

The long-brewing spat between Qatar and its neighbors, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, includes accusations that Doha has been cozying up to Tehran.

The first on the list of 13 sweeping demands that the Gulf states and Egypt placed before Qatar in the form of ultimatum is a complete severing of ties of Iran.

Other demands include stopping the alleged funding of terrorist groups in the region, the termination of the Turkish military presence in Qatar, the shutting down of Al Jazeera and reparations for the damage allegedly caused by Qatari interference.

Washington has been sending mixed signals as regards to the Qatari crisis, with President Donald Trump seemingly taking credit for igniting the fallout in his Twitter posts, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at the same time attempting to negotiate a compromise between the Gulf states in a frantic engagement of shuttle diplomacy.

Trump met with the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders days before the crisis broke out and even discussed countering Iran with a NATO-like regional force. He was visiting Israel when the QNA got hacked.

Putin discussed the crisis with a number of Gulf leaders in a series of phone calls, underlining that it should be resolved through diplomatic means.

It comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity between Moscow, Doha and Riyadh, with a state visit to Russia by the Saudi king expected soon.
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‘If Don Jr’s Russian meeting was nefarious, why did Secret Service allow it?’ – Trump lawyer

President Donald Trump’s legal team insists that the campaign meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was not illegal, did not involve the candidate himself, and contrasts favorably with links between the Clinton campaign and Ukraine.

Jay Sekulow, a senior member of Trump’s legal team, toured all five of the major network’s political talk shows Sunday, defending the administration over the June 2016 New York encounter involving lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin on one side, and Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort on the other.

"Nothing in that meeting that would have taken place, even if it was about the topic of an opposition research paper from a Russian lawyer, is illegal or a violation of the law," Sekulow told Fox News, fending off accusations that the team may have been “colluding” with Russia.

The original email sent to Trump Jr. prior to the Trump Tower meeting, which allegedly lasted less than a quarter of an hour, promised information that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Sekulow said president Trump learned of the meeting only when it was flagged up by a New York Times story earlier this week.

Trump “had no meetings, was aware of no meetings with Russians, was not aware of this one until really right before it all broke,” Sekulow said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

Sekulow added during several interviews that Trump would be “willing to testify” before the Senate on the issue, though, likely, “it wouldn’t come to that.”

The high-profile lawyer and media figure also questioned why the Secret Service – which screens those allowed access to presidential candidates and their associates – let through the two Russian nationals and their interpreter.

“I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me,” Sekulow said on ABC’s This Week program.

Later Sunday, the Secret Service denied that anyone in the room at the meeting was under its protection at the time.

“Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time.”

Sekulow’s Secret Service query echoes an earlier line of attack by the administration, which noted that Veselnitskaya was issued a discretionary visa to enter the United States, an unusual scenario for a supposed agent of a foreign government, as she has been presented.

Sekulow also drew attention to a January Politico article which pointed out that the Ukrainian government attempted to dig up dirt on Manafort’s alleged past links to the Kremlin. Manafort spent years working in Russia as a consultant.

“We can’t act like this is in a vacuum. We know for a fact, as was reported extensively in an investigative journalist piece by Politico, that the Ukrainians were in direct contact with DNC officials and traded information back and forth,” Sekulow told ABC.
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Iranian FM says ISIS, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda get their money & ideology from US allies

The Iranian Foreign Minister has accused Washington’s allies in the Middle East of sponsoring terrorism. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking to CNN, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s apparent anti-Iranian policy in the region.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Zarif said Trump’s stance towards Iran, which includes accusations of Tehran sponsoring terrorism, represented a “misplaced and misguided policy.”

“We know where the terrorists are coming from. We know those who attacked the World Trade Center were citizens of which countries in the region – I can tell you none of them came from Iran,” Zarif said.

The FM added that “none of the people who engaged in acts of terrorism since 2001 came from Iran,” pointing out that “most of them came from US allies.”

Out of the 19 terrorists who hijacked planes on September 11, 2001, fifteen were Saudi Arabian citizens, two were from UEA while the rest were Egyptian and a Lebanese.

“Look at ISIS [Islamic State, IS], look at Nusra [Al-Nusra Front terrorist group], look at Al-Qaeda, look at other terrorist organizations… none of them have anything to do with Iran and all of them receive not only their ideology but their financial assistance, their weapons, their arms from others who call themselves US allies,” Zarif said.

Trump has branded Iran the main sponsor of terrorism during his US presidential campaign.

During his landmark visit to Saudi Arabia this May, the US president said “until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran.”

Following the twin IS-linked terror attacks on the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in early June, which left 14 dead and 42 injured,

Trump went as far to say that it was Tehran’s own fault: “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

Zarif dismissed the US leader’s remarks as “repugnant,” while saying that “Iranians counter terror backed by US clients.”

The US accuses Tehran of supporting various Shia militant groups in the Middle East and North Africa – including Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen.

Iran is also a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom Washington wanted to be removed from power. The CNN interview focused on the “endgame” in Syria, which Zarif believes must come with a ceasefire, without preconditions and Syrians deciding for themselves who they want as a president.

Zarif also rejected claims from a group of senators that Iran has violated the nuclear deal, pointing out that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is the monitoring body in accordance with the deal, has verified that Tehran has been in full compliance with the agreed scaleback of its nuclear program.

Zarif accused Washington of violating its part of the deal by calling other states not to do business with Tehran.
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President Rouhani's brother taken into custody over financial charges

Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, has been sent to prison on Sunday over financial charges.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, Iran's Judiciary spokesman, said during his regular press briefing on Sunday that Fereydoun had been subject to various investigations and some people related to him had been also investigated with regard to financial matters.

The judicial official noted that some other people had been already arrested in this regard and Fereydoun had been asked to post a bail required by court. However, he was sent to jail after failing to secure the bail, Mohseni-Ejei noted.

He added that if Fereydoun could post the bail asked by court, he would go free, because he was not in temporary detention.

When a reporter asked about Fereydoun's charges, the Judiciary spokesman said they were related to financial issues, but had nothing to do with bank arrears.
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Law Professor: Trump Could Resign to Save His Children from Prison

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump could resign over a “constitutional crisis” caused by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and his son Trump Jr. over their interactions with Russia prior to the 2016 election, predicted Philip Bobbitt, a leading professor of law at Columbia University.

Emails released by Trump Jr. show that he met with a Kremlin-based lawyer last summer, along with Kushner and Paul Manafort, the then chairman of the Trump campaign, Islam Times reported.

Trump Jr., had been promised damaging information about his father’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, ahead of meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The president's eldest son, 39, responded by saying, "if it's what you say, I love it;" and set up a meeting with the source, according to the emails.

The Kremlin has denied any knowledge of the meeting and that it knew Veselnitskaya. The president's son has also played down the meeting, which reportedly took place on June 9, 2016 at the Trump Tower.

Bobbitt argues that even though President Trump faces the possibility of impeachment over obstruction of justice or incitement for the violation of a criminal statute, but the “likeliest possibility” is resignation.

“The likeliest possibility is the President’s resignation, as a consequence of the criminal prosecution of his children,” the law professor writes in the Evening Standard.

“Resignation, as remote as it seems right now, might well be a choice the President would make to save his children from prison, and himself from future prosecution,” emphasizes Professor Bobbitt, who is a nephew of former President Lyndon Johnson and a prominent constitutional theorist.

The president has defended his son, calling him a “wonderful young man” and a “good boy.”

“Would the President pardon them?” Bobbitt asks. “If he did, it would seal his impeachment and his own.”

Bobbitt has acted as special adviser to several US presidents since Johnson’s presidency.

Several congressional committees and federal investigators are looking into whether the Trump associates colluded with Russia in a bid to help the Republican billionaire in last year's US election.
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Ex-Agent: CIA Carried out 9/11 Attacks

Ex-Agent: CIA Carried out 9/11 Attacks
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks, a former spy at the agency revealed.

The 79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astounding claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live, Al Waght reported.

Howard says he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.

Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, says he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.

Trained as a civil engineer, Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.”

The New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.

Howard says the World Trade Center 7 operation is unique among his demolitions, as it is the only demolition that “we had to pretend wasn’t a demolition job”. He says he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because

“When you are a patriot, you don’t question the motivation of the CIA or the White House. You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me.” But even he admits that now, looking back, “Something wasn’t right.” “No good has come from this. This isn’t the America we envisioned.”

Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer based in San Francisco, has also been quoted as saying the 9/11 attacks were part of a carefully designed plan by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia to destabilize the West Asia region and push forward a Zionist-Wahhabi agenda, says a counter-terrorism analyst.

Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent has been quoted by Newsweek as saying the US government has covered up secret relations between the CIA and Saudi individuals who may have abetted the plot. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a failed effort to crash into the US Capitol, were Saudis.
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Hundreds of US Military Vehicles Enter Syria from Iraq

Hundreds of US Military Vehicles Enter Syria from Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Arabic-language media sources reported that over 150 military vehicles of the US army crossed Iraq's border into Syria.

The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen news network quoted a well-informed source as saying that over 150 military vehicles of the US army along with their crew crossed the border at Fishkhabour and entered Syrian territories.

The source said that the vehicles were accompanied and backed up by five American Apache military helicopters and non-military vehicles for the first time.

Based on intel, a large number of American, British and Jordanian army men are deployed in Southern Sweida and Dara'a at the border with Jordan (from Tal Shahab to Nasib passageway, al-Ramtha and Khirbet Awad regions) along with a number of British Challenger tanks, nearly 2,300 army men and a number of Cobra and Black Hawk helicopters.

In the meantime, almost 4,000 militants that went under military training in Jordan are deployed in al-Tanf region in Syria.

Local sources in Northeastern Syrian reported on Saturday that a large number of US military vehicles and troops were observed in the different neighborhoods of the Eastern part of Raqqa.

The sources said that a number of the US military vehicles were seen in al-Mashlab neighborhood that was recently captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

In the meantime, the US military helicopters increased flights over Raqqa in recent days.

Meantime, footage released recently revealed that the US was operating an airbase in the Eastern parts of Aleppo near the provincial border with Raqqa.

According to AMN, the footage showed a large US plane taking off and plenty of Humvees protecting the site.

Also, an American flag was hoisted above the airfield which was located in the territory controlled by the SDF.

Meanwhile, Colonel Ryan Dillon, the US-led Coalition Spokesman, confirmed dozens of US military advisors were deployed inside Raqqa city with US marines providing artillery support against the ISIL from the surrounding areas.

He said the troops, many of them special operations forces, were working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role to support Kurdish fighters in battle against ISIL.

"They are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq,” Dillon added.

He stressed that the number of US forces in Raqqa was "not hundreds" and that they had been working closely with SDF fighters since the operations to encircle Raqqa began.

The Pentagon is secretive about exactly how big its footprint is in Syria, but has previously declared that some 500 US special forces are there to train and assist the SDF.

Kurds heavily assisted by US soldiers and bombers – have captured some 35% of Raqqa city despite facing fierce resistance from the ISIL militants.

A Kurdish commander announced early July that the US Army established seven military bases in regions controlled by the Kurds in Eastern Syria.

Siban Hamou was quoted as saying by al-Sharq al-Awsat that the US army established six military airports and a base on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that a modern large airport in Kobani (Ein al-Arab) was the most important one of them.

"The US has set up two airports in Hasaka, one airport in Qamishli, two airports in al-Malekiyeh (Dirik), and one more airport in Tal Abyadh at border with Turkey in addition to a military squad center in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo," Hamou said.

Hamou went on to say that 1,300 forces of the US-led coalition were deployed in the airports and center.

Meantime, other reports declared that the US-led forces have several times transferred the ISIL leaders from Iraq and Syria to other regions by heliborne operations.
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Outrage in Algeria after Saudi Envoy Calls Hamas ‘Terrorist’ Movement
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi regime’s ambassador to Algeria, caused anger after describing Palestinian Hamas resistance movement as “terrorist”.

Speaking in an interview with Ennahar television, Sami Bin Abdullah Al-Saleh was asked if Hamas is a terrorist organization to which he replied, “It’s now categorized….if it seeks to cause and create trouble then of course”, Al Waght reported.

Nasser Hamdadouche, head of the parliamentary bloc of the Movement for Social Peace, criticized the Ambassador’s comments.

“The Saudi ambassador should respect the Algerian people’s sense of the central issue, a doctrinal issue, to the extent of fulfilling the late President Houari Boumediene’s statement that Algeria is with Palestine.”

“We do not want the Algerian state to be involved in these shameful positions towards the Palestinian cause, nor to engage in this attempt to be open to Israel”, he added.

Hamdadouche called on the Saudi ambassador to “withdraw his hostile statement towards the Palestinian resistance and not to use his diplomatic position in Algeria to promote non-Arab and Islamic trends.”

He also called on the Algerian foreign ministry “to call this ambassador, and alert him to the seriousness of these statements on the land of Algeria, statements and positions are not welcome.”

“We expect the Algerian diplomat to summon the ambassador to inform him of the position of Algeria and demand his respect to the Algerian people and their position in support of the liberation of Palestine and Al-Aqsa,” Ahmed Al-Dan, secretary-general of the National Construction Movement, said.

The ambassador is expected to take into consideration the general sentiment of the Algerian people. He’s free on where his country stands, but diplomacy has its traditions that should not be overlooked.

Algerian activists took to social media to criticize Al-Saleh’s comments using the hashtag “of course resistance.”

“Algeria is with Palestine and with resistance. You cannot say the opposite in Algeria,” activist Yemse Meneghi Yahyaoui wrote online.

Algerian blogger Abdel Hamid Kharbashi suggested inviting Hamas representatives to Algeria “to see how much the Algerian people love terrorism.”

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US-Led Coalition Conducts Heliborne Operation in Eastern Homs, Taking ISIL Members away
TEHRAN (FNA)- Three military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Eastern Homs, carrying a number of ISIL terrorists on board, local sources reported on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Hadath news quoted the sources as saying that a group of ISIL terrorists were transferred by a van from the town of Ayyash in Eastern Deir Ezzur to a ISIL-held desert region in the Eastern direction of the town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs, where three helicopters of the US-led coalition were hovering over the region.

One of the helicopters landed but the other two continued to fly over the region.

The sources told al-Hadath that the three helicopters flew towards North and entered Raqqa airspace, adding that there is no information about their exact destination.

The sources further said that the ISIL militants taken away by the American choppers could have been one of the spying groups used by Washington via Jeish Maqavir al-Thowrah militant group to materialize its objectives in the region.

A senior Syrian legislator revealed in early July that the US aircraft were transferring ISIL terrorists from Raqqa province to unknown destinations.

Ammar al-Assad said that the world was aware of the West's hostile policies and allegations against the Syrian government and knew that the western governments and the US wanted to display the Damascus government as the culprit behind the killing of civilians by releasing fake footage and raising unfounded allegations.

He added that videos were mostly taken in places other than Syria under the supervision of the White Helmets Organization which produced these videos using actors to prove the West's allegations against the Syrian government.

Elsewhere, Assad said that the US was transferring the ISIL terrorists from Syria, specially Raqqa province, to unknown places.

Arab media outlets had disclosed that the ISIL started withdrawing troops from West of Raqqa province following an agreement with the US-backed Kurdish forces, while Syrian army soldiers managed to oust ISIL from its last strongholds in Eastern Aleppo and enter Western part of the group's de-facto capital in the Arab country.

Al-Assad revealed mid-June that the US transferred the ISIL ringleaders who were originally from the Western states from Raqqa to other regions.

He said that the US allowed over 120 ISIL members to leave Raqqa with their weapons and go towards al-Sukhnah to create insecurity in Palmyra (Tadmur) region but the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded and killed them.

"The US is highly coordinated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as some of the group's commanders are from the US, Britain, France and certain regional states. Actually what is happening in the battlefield is against what the media say. Many surprising events happen," al-Assad added.

He said that weeks ago, the US-led coalition planes staged heliborne operations in Raqqa and transferred a number of ISIL ringleaders to unknown places, adding that they were not Syrian, Iraqi or Chinese, but were the western commanders of the ISIL.

Noting that Raqqa was highly important to the US, he stressed that "How could it be possible for the ISIL and the SDF to arrive at an agreement, despite their ideological differences, that allows the ISIL leaders to leave Raqqa through a safe passage."


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テロリストの妻たちが語るISISカリフェイトの実像  こんな悪魔の国を作ったのはどこか?

‘She bled to death, nobody paid attention’: ISIS wives share chilling stories of life in ‘caliphate’

Women who managed to break free from the clutches of Islamic State terrorists told RT harrowing stories of what they lived through, shedding light on the rampant violence, sex slavery and a bloodcurdling neglect for life thriving in the so-called “caliphate.”

Khadija, who came to Syria from Tunis to live in Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) Syrian stronghold of Raqqa for three years, told RT that she saw plenty of cruelty and injustice, but no genuine pursuit of religion or Islamic law.

“My husband and I made a huge mistake by coming there. And I advise you not to believe those who say that ISIS is an Islamic state, which preaches Islam and Sharia and lives pursuant to the teachings of Prophet Muhammed and the Koran,” Khadija said.

The militants do not tolerate any dissent and opposition to their reign, she noted.

“Everybody, who takes a stand against them, they behead. And people don’t know when this is going to happen.”

“They are not on righteous path. This is the state of tyranny and Satan. My husband renounced them, and told me to do the same,” Khadija went on to say, adding that she and her husband escaped Raqqa running south to the town of al-Mayadeen and then to Turkey.

But before she made her escape, the young woman got to know IS’s darkest side with its ever-depreciating cost of human life, and in particular, of that of the most vulnerable, women and children.

“There was a lot of evil in the places where women live. Children were suffering from scabies, lice. When children were ill, they did not receive treatment at hospital,” Khadija said.

If women were found to be in violation of the strict code of conduct, imposed by IS, they were locked up in prison-like detention facilities by female watchers, put in charge of “women dormitories.”

“It was sickening to be there,” Khadija said, recounting stories of women in labor seeking help and receiving indifference at best. Women were routinely denied maternity care and forced to deliver babies on the spot.

One woman bled to death during labor after the dormitory’s superintendent refused to help her.

“That poor woman went to the garden, while bleeding heavily, stayed there till morning in a rainy and cold weather. Nobody paid attention to her. And in the morning her husband came, saw her body lying in the garden and passed by, without paying any attention, as nothing happened, as if [she] were a dog,” Khadija said.

In another case, a woman became crippled after her plea to be sent to hospital was rejected despite her saying that he leg was rotting.

While it appears that for a lot of women the life under IS was a living hell, it was not uncommon for the militants to have a sex slave in addition to a wife.

According to Khadija, women who are not sex slaves, are not subjected to the so-called “sex jihad.”

“You go to the city hall and get married. If you have been married and your husband got killed, you just got married to another man,” she said. The completely different story is, however, when a woman is captured and turned into a sex slave.

As a sex slave, a woman is considered to be the property of her owner, to do with as he pleases, for instance, to sell or give as a present.

“The wife and the other woman live separately. He lives with them in turns – one day with one woman, and the other day with another,” Khadija said, noting that despite their superior status lawful wives sometimes envy the Yazidi slave women.

“Many men love Yazidi girls more than their wives,” she said.

A 20-year-old, Nur Al-Khouda, originally from Tripoli, Lebanon, said her husband first joined a Salafi group where he was indoctrinated with IS ideology and left for Syria.

“He persuaded me that there’s nothing bad there and I trusted him as his wife so I arranged all the documents and I joined him in Syria,” the young woman told RT.

The slave trade is a booming market in IS, she said.

“They paid a lot of attention to women’s looks. They bought makeup to sell them for $15,000, the virgins were priced at $30,000.”

Young girls also became a mere commodity once they are in hands of jihadists, she added, recounting that the militants planned to sell a 10-year-old girl for some $10,000.

It was reported the girls as young as 8 are sold at such slave markets. Some 3,000 to 5,000 Yazidi women are believed to be held captive by IS as sex slaves.
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Cholera outbreak in Yemen poses risk to Hajj pilgrims: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the cholera outbreak in Yemen could spread during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September.

The WHO said on Friday that the pilgrimage draws two to four million Muslims each year, of whom about 1.5 to two million are foreigners, raising the risk from illnesses such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera.

The WHO cholera expert, Dominique Legros, said reinforced surveillance and rapid tests to detect cases early helped Saudi Arabia avoid a cholera outbreak for many years.

"Don’t forget that today we are speaking of Yemen but they are receiving pilgrims from a lot of endemic countries, and they managed not to have an outbreak, essentially by making sure that living conditions, access to water in particular, hygienic conditions, are in place," he said at a regular UN briefing. "They are well-prepared in my view."

Cholera, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, is transmitted through contaminated drinking water and could prove fatal in up to 15 percent of untreated cases.

The incubation period of the disease is a matter of hours and once symptoms begin, cholera can kill within hours if the patient does not receive treatment. The WHO expert, however, said 80 percent of patients show no symptoms, making airport screening “useless”.

"That’s why we advise countries against airport screening for patients. The Saudis don’t do that. It's useless, technically speaking," Legros said.

The United Nations has blamed Yemen’s cholera crisis on the perpetrators of the ongoing war against the impoverished country and their foreign supporters.

Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that the “man-made” outbreak of the deadly disease was “a direct result” of the Saudi-led aggression and “serious violations of international law."

The UN official warned that the suspected cholera cases across Yemen had surpassed 320,000 while at least 1,740 had lost their lives after being infected.

The Saudi-led war has destroyed most of Yemen’s infrastructure and put nearly half of the country’s population on the verge of famine.

Local Yemeni sources have put the death toll from the Saudi war at over 12,000, including many women and children.
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嫌われるRT そりゃそうだ 何でも「忖度」なしに伝えている

RT(RUSSIA TODAY)は、今世界で最も視聴者の多いインターネット・ニュースです。毎日チェックしていますが、一番詳しいのは英国のニュース。特にコービンの関係は詳しいです。事件があるとライブで中継します。各国に置いた支局の取材能力の差が大きいのでしょう。独、仏のニュースはかなり見劣りがします。米国については、環境関連の報告ものが多いでしょうか。取材に制約があるのでしょう。シリア関係のニュースは減りました。中国や東南アジアのニュースは少ないですが、フィリッピンのテロ事件やミャンマーの少数民族虐待などは扱いました。日本のメディアでは扱っていないのではないでしょうか。最近は日本のニュースも少し増加気味ですが、悪い話だけです。


‘Punish Russians for having RT?’ Fox News host slams US senator over ‘Russian propaganda’ (VIDEO)
Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, who claimed on Carlson’s show that RT is simply a “Russian propaganda" machine.

The confrontation starts off as Cicilline says the US should “hold them [the Russian government] to account and sanction them,” so that “Russia understands that America isn’t going to allow that.”

Host Tucker Carlson interrupted to ask: “Not to allow what exactly?”

Cicilline stumbles with his response, repeating instead a familiar refrain among politicians in the United States: “Russian RT propaganda” is to blame.

Carlson continues to press Cicilline: “You said RT is a problem. RT is a cable network. It’s a very left-wing one by the way. I don’t watch it, but… RT is a part of the American press corps. Do you think we should ban RT? What are you saying exactly?”

Cicilline does not give a direct answer, saying instead that “the Russian government, led by Vladimir Putin, engaged in a very sophisticated effort to undermine the election of Hillary Clinton.”
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Diplomat: US Hinders Probe into Alleged Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Weapons Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian diplomat said that the United States desperately prevents international personnel from visiting al-Sha'irat air base in Syria’s Homs to investigate the Khan Sheikhoun alleged chemical weapons attack despite the Syrian government’s invitation and its willingness to guarantee the safety of the trip.

Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Mikhail Ulyanov affirmed stressed that the recent allegations by the United States that it has intelligence information about dropping a sarin bomb near Khan Sheikhoun raise serious doubts, Novosti reported.

“The US version regarding an aerial bomb being dropped from a Syrian air force plane raises serious doubts,” Ulyanov said.

“Elementary logic suggests that Washington should have insisted on an urgent visit to Shayrat by the UN and OPCW specialists in order to incriminate Damascus on an international level of violating the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” he noted, adding that the United States attacked the site three days after the April 4 chemical incident.

“But no, the United States desperately prevents international personnel from visiting the air base despite the Syrian government’s invitation and its willingness to guarantee the safety of the trip,” he said.

Commenting on footage allegedly filmed by the opposition at the site of the April 4 incident in Idleb province and was taken by Washington as possible evidence of a chemical attack in the town, Ulyanov said that in many of these pictures and video clips no pieces or parts of aerial bombs can be seen, but what can be seen clearly in the crater of the explosion is a metal tube, which suggests that the ammunition that was stuffed with sarin was detonated on the ground by those armed groups that control the area of Khan Sheikhoun.

“Such a high degree of readiness to respond, and not in a metropolis but in a small provincial town with a population of 40,000, suggests that the ‘rescuers’ were on the scene before it happened,” he said.

“References to the presence of irrefutable proof in the American intelligence community, which remain unpresented, do not have any credibility, especially since the memory of the confusion surrounding the ‘weapons of mass destruction of Saddam Hussein’ is still fresh,” he noted.

Moscow: White Helmets Participate in Smear Campaign Against Syria Government
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the White Helmets NGO is involved in a defamation campaign targeting the Syrian government.

"In general, we consider the White Helmets to be yet another element of a large-scale information campaign aimed at defamation of the Syrian authorities," Zakharova said at a briefing, RIA Novosti reported.

The spokeswoman stressed that the media was using the White Helmets' materials without first verifying the content.

"During the combat operations in Aleppo, the White Helmets showed videos with numerous victims, who, according to them, suffered during airstrikes of the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Air Force. However, shelling and strikes themselves were not recorded in any films," Zakharova noted.

White Helmets is a Syrian humanitarian organization that claims to have saved tens of thousands of lives. The activists of the organization are often depicted saving people from under debris and providing first aid to civilians in war-torn Syria. However, a number of videos emerged revealing that rescue operations were staged, with the "victims" wearing make-up and given instructions for what to say. The rescue workers were allegedly seen in some videos carrying arms and in military uniform.

The Swedish Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR) NGO issued a report in March, stating that the "lifesaving" procedures shown in the videos published by the White Helmets are incorrect, fake and "ultimately performed on dead children."
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モースルでサウジの情報部員がISISに加勢していた 地下トンネルからテロリストを逮捕

Report: 150 Saudi Intelligence Officers Joined ISIL in Mosul Battle
A report published by Qatari al-Sharq newspaper revealed that 150 Saudi intelligence agents were fighting alongside ISIL members in Mosul, and working hard to extend the battle, Al Manar reported.

The paper added that Iraqi government forces confiscated important documents certifying Saudi intelligence officers’ assistance to ISIL terrorists once they liberated Mosul from the clutches of them.

Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have found a large number of Daesh militants, who were hiding in tunnels dug beneath the Old City of Mosul.

Pictures published on a number of social networking websites show Iraqi security personnel standing by as ISIL terrorists walk out of the rubble of destroyed buildings.


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女性必読! ロンドンで顔に強酸をかけるバイク強盗が頻発


London MP demands carrying acid be made illegal after 90-minute attack spree
Carrying corrosive fluids should be made a crime, an MP has said, after two men on mopeds went on an acid attack spree across London on Thursday night, inflicting “life changing” injuries.

The Metropolitan Police say a 16-year-old has been arrested as a major investigation into the series of attacks that took place in less than 90 minutes is launched. The assaults appear to be linked, and two of the victims had their mopeds stolen, police added.

A 32-year-old man on a moped was left with facial injuries in Hackney after another moped with two male riders pulled up alongside him and threw a corrosive substance in his face.

One of the men stole his moped and the other drove away on the vehicle they arrived on. Police said the victim had gone to an east London hospital and they are awaiting an update on his injuries.

Little more than 20 minutes later, another victim was sprayed with the liquid in Islington. He was taken to a hospital in north London.

About 15 minutes after that, an attacker targeted another man in Shoreditch High Street. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The men on mopeds then struck again, hurling acid at a man on Cazenove Road, causing “life changing” injuries.

The final assault of the night was reported to police at 11:37 local time, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road. After they sprayed acid in his face, the moped was stolen and the attackers fled.

The assaults take place amid increasing concern about the sharp rise in acid attacks across the capital.

Since 2010, there have been more than 1,900 reports of attacks involving corrosive fluids in London. Last year, it was used in 458 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to Met Police figures.

Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, is calling for carrying acid to be made a crime. He will argue at a parliamentary debate on Monday that regulations surrounding acid should be overhauled “very quickly.”

“Carrying acid should in itself be an offence in the same way that carrying a knife was made an offence several years ago,” he told the BBC.

“I think that’s been a pretty effective change and I think the same change should be made for acid.”

Under the current law, if police stop someone carrying acid, they have to prove intent to cause harm.

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ウクライナのポロシェンコ政権 崩壊間近か

Former Ukrainian PM predicts ‘imminent’ regime change in Kiev

Lavrov: Shortsighted Policies of US, EU in Many Ways Provoked Ukrainian Crisis
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said certain actions of Western countries have led to "dividing lines" in Europe, and "have largely provoked" the Ukrainian crisis.

Since the end of the Cold War, Moscow has been hoping for international peace and cooperation, but certain decisions and actions of its Western partners have divided the Europe, Lavrov said, RT reported.

In the early 1990s, “the US and its allies decided to pronounce themselves winners [in the Cold War] and refused to cooperate on creating equal and undivided security, having instead chosen to move dividing lines closer to Russia's borders,” Lavrov said Thursday, speaking at the ‘Russia and the EU in a changing world’ conference in Berlin.

This policy was realized both through expansion of NATO and through an EU program called ‘The Eastern Partnership’ (EaP), the minister explained, saying that countries in the Eastern Europe were forced to make a choice either to support Russia or the West.

“The largely-provoked-from-the-outside Ukrainian crisis has become the direct consequence of such shortsighted policy of Washington and Brussels,” Lavrov said.

Fulfillment of the Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in Ukraine could contribute to de-escalation of tensions on the European continent, Lavrov said, adding that so far, Kiev’s eagerness to stay true to its obligations within the peace deal is “doubtful.”

“We hope that Germany and France, as partners within the Normandy format, as well as the US who have a special influence on the Kiev establishment, will use their means to change the situation.”

The Russian minister added that Moscow wishes Ukraine to be “a normal democratic state,” but at the moment the power in Kiev “is largely in the hands of radicals, who do not comply with anyone, including with their commander-in-chief.”

“We want to see Ukraine a stable country, where all minorities, including linguistic, religious and ethnic, live freely and exercise rights provided by international conventions,” he said.

Having discarded the idea of a multipolar world and chosen to act in its own interests, “the elite of the Western world have been pursuing the policy to politically and economically contain Russia.” At the same time, old security threats have not disappeared, but new ones emerged, Lavrov said, adding that the world is still dealing with these threats.

“Numbers of dissatisfied and deprived have grown both in national and global scales, which against the backdrop of many unresolved issues fuels extremist moods.”

An “unprecedented growth of the terrorist threat” has been provoked by Western policies not only on the European continent, but also in the Middle East and North Africa, Lavrov said. He added that a number of countries in that region, including Iraq, Libya and Syria “were plunged into a deep crisis.”

The minister also criticized Western sanctions against Russia, saying he has to “remind that introducing sanctions is the prerogative right of UN Security Council, used purely in the interests of maintaining international peace and security.”

However, the West had decided to force restrictions against Moscow, making many people in Europe “victims of geopolitical games.”

“We will not engage in talks on some conditions of lifting of sanctions,” Lavrov said. He added that “it's not in Russians’ character to hold grudges against anyone, so if and when the EU recognizes the importance of getting back to normal relations with Russia,” Moscow will not refuse to cooperate.
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