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Libyan coastguard burn refugee vessel

Libyan coastguard burn refugee vessel in Mediterranean (VIDEO)
A Libyan coastguard unit has been filmed destroying a boat used to traffic people by setting it ablaze. The waters between the north African coastline and the EU continue to draw illegal people smugglers in high numbers, while authorities push to prevent it.

The incident adds to the maritime force’s already growing reputation for intimidating tactics.

In part funded by the EU to keep migrants from reaching European shores, the Libyan naval defense intercepted 1,074 refugees in the Mediterranean on Saturday.

The operation saw refugees picked up by the coastguard west of the capital Tripoli, before being transferred to city of Zawiya, Reuters reports.

Footage posted to a Facebook page attributed to the national coastguard shows a people-smuggling vessel being destroyed on the Mediterranean by the naval unit.

In the clip, scores of rescued refugees look on as the grey rubber dinghy they had been travelling in is set ablaze.

As the people are transferred back to land, thick plumes of black smoke rise into the air, potentially sending a message to those seeking to make the same perilous journey.

‘Jumping off point’

Around €46 million in EU funding has been poured into boosting the capacities of Libyan border patrols. In July, the EU said the money would be largely used in “strengthening” the coastguard of the civil war-hit nation.

The financial assistance came in the same month as a UN report saying Libya was a preferred “jumping off point” for migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 181,000 people travelled from Libya to Italy in 2016.

Since receiving EU assistance, the coastguard has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including an accusation that its personnel threatened to shoot aid workers on board a ship chartered by NGO Proactiva Open Arms.

Medecins Sans Frontieres also accused the Libyan coastguard of “endangering people’s lives”.

In May, MSF worker Annemarie Loof spoke out about how armed coastguard personnel sparked panic at sea when they confiscated the belongings of refugees.

“Two Libyan coastguards, wearing uniforms and armed, stepped onto one of the rubber boats. They took phones, money and other belongings from the passengers,” she said.

“People became panicked and felt threatened. The passengers were terrified from the aggressive conduct of the Libyan coastguards. Many passengers... jumped off the boats into the sea in fear. Our teams pulled 67 people out of the water as gunshots were fired in the air.”

RT.com has contacted the Libyan coastguard for comment.
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Pentagon was informed about area of Russia’s military op in Deir ez-Zor in advance – Moscow

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Pentagon allegations that it bombed US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir ez-Zor. The Russian military said that its US partners were informed about the area of the operation beforehand.

“To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates.

At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

“Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow.”

Kurdish Sources Blame Russia, Syria for Airstrike on SDF


Russian airstrikes intentionally hit Kurdish, Western forces in east Deir Ezzor: Coalition

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – According to a statement released by the US-led anti-ISIS Coalition, Russia was knowingly responsible for the carrying out of an airstrike today which hit Kurdish-led forces in eastern Deir Ezzor Governorate among which were Western advisors.

The Coalition statement blatantly and offhandedly accused the Russian air grouping in Syria of intentionally hitting positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a raid which it says caused several casualties.

Like most times the Coalition accuses pro-government forces of doing something wrong, absolutely no evidence was provided on the matter.

The Coalition statement went on to say that advisors from Western armies are present among the ranks of Kurdish-led forces in eastern Deir Ezzor and that whilst none were injured, they were nonetheless close to the impact site and that Russia was well aware of this fact, carrying out its airstrike regardless.

One major discrepancy which already arises in what appears to be another Coalition lie aimed at slandering pro-government forces is that the official Coalition statement says the airstrike against Kurdish-led forces took place at 12:30 A.M. whilst Kurdish forces say it happened at 3:00 A.M. – this representing a major time difference for what is a serious on-record allegation.
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米国が支援するクルドとシリア政府軍が衝突する危険も シリア軍がユーフラテス川を北に渡る

※  Al Jazeera News‏認証済みアカウント @AJENews の2017/9/17のツイート
Iraq army 'to intervene' if Kurds' referendum escalates, says PM Haider al-Abadi http://aje.io/nbfmp

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Syrian Army crosses Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor: Russian FM
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has crossed the Euphrates River in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after making several advances against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated on Friday.

“Now we turn to the current agenda of international relations on the development of the situation in Syria. I would like to inform you that after a major victory in Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Government Army continues to clear ISIS terrorists in the eastern regions of the country. The suburbs of this provincial centre have been liberated. The advanced units successfully crossed the Euphrates River, reaching its eastern shore,” Zakharova confirmed.

“It is necessary that the UN actively participate in the humanitarian demining along with other countries that sincerely want to help the Syrian people,” she continued.

“Such assistance would be a real contribution in support of stabilisation and creation of favourable conditions for a political settlement in Syria,” Zakharova concluded.

US-backed forces on collision course with Syrian Army in ‘race for Deir ez-Zor oilfields’
The race between legitimate Syrian government forces and the US-backed SDF umbrella group to control the oil rich Deir ez-Zor province has intensified following the lifting of the blockade by Syrian troops last week and risks turning into direct confrontation.

Last Tuesday, the Syrian military backed by the Russian air force finally broke the IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) siege of Deir ez-Zor from the west following a cruise missile strike on terrorist positions.

The advance to clear the remaining terrorists progressed at a steady pace, and by Saturday, Syrian government forces smashed the IS blockade of the military airport which for three years had served as the only lifeline to the city.

Following Damascus’ strategic victory, and while its forces continue to squash pockets of IS resistance in the west of the city, the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) swiftly announced on Saturday a separate offensive east of Deir ez-Zor. SDF forces raced to Deir ez-Zor which lies only 140 km south-east of Raqqa, where the US-led coalition is conducting its main offensive against ISIS.

“Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) welcomes the commencement of their offensive to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Khabur River Valley, dubbed ‘Operation Jazeera Storm,’ north of Dayr Az Zawr (Deir ez-Zor) in eastern Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement Saturday. It added that the operation will be run by the Deir Ez-zor Military Coalition.

The Pentagon confirmed that US-led coalition forces will support the mainly Kurdish militia in the “Khabur River Valley offensive” as part of the advice and assist mission. The US-coalition also said that it will offer the SDF equipment, intelligence and logistics support, in addition to “precision fires and battlefield advice.”

“It’s going to be a race,” former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT. “It is going to be a race because you’ve got the Syrian army with Russian assistance coming in from the West and you have the United States coming in from the north and the East.”

On Sunday, spokesman for the CJTF–OIR, Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, said the SDF has made “significant gains into the Khabur River Valley,” capturing roughly 250 km2 since launching its Operation Jazeera Storm offensive. The Khabur River runs south through Deir ez-Zor province into the Euphrates River, which is about 35 kilometers east of the provincial capital.

According to reports, the SDF was just a few kilometers across the river from Deir Ez-zor city. The coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters, allegedly advanced from the northeast, reportedly capturing the 113th Brigade Base and parts of the Al-Salihiyah District, Almasdar news noted in their report.

Meanwhile Monday, the Syrian army continued with its successes against IS fighters in the west near the airport, “liberating the 17th Hills that are located just southwest of the Liwaa Tameen Base,” the report added.

According to Almasdar, both forces are apparently aiming to block each other’s path to the city of Albukamal on the Euphrates river which lies near the border with Iraq.

“As we get closer to Deir ez-Zor and you have these forces converge upon one another, the importance of [communication] between the Russians and the coalition, SDF and the regime becomes more important,” Dillon was quoted as saying by Foreign Policy magazine.

“The SDF and regime conduct all their interactions [with Russian side] through the deconfliction channel” Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a defense department spokesperson told Foreign Policy. “We pass messages on about where we’re operating, and they’ll pass on where they’re operating,” he said.

The SDF has meanwhile promised not to attack Syrian government forces.

“We have clear instructions that after Daesh is eliminated, we should not act against the forces of the [Bashar Assad] regime or against the Russian, Iranian forces or the Hezbollah movement, which are allied with it,” SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Sputnik Monday.

As the SDF military offensive to expel IS and secure parts oil rich province continues, tribal figures aligned with SDF have already proposed measures to form their own form of government. Tribal figures on Monday called for “establishing a preparatory committee that will discuss the basis and starting points for a Civil Council for Deir ez-Zor.”

The statement published by SDF’s media office said the consultations would aim to reach a “formulation that will express the aspirations of all our people in Deir ez-Zor.” The statement, however, did not mention if the city council activities would be coordinated with the central government.

Maloof believes the US is intentionally using the Kurds to permanently entrench themselves in the oil rich Syrian province that is bordering Iraq.

“I think the US activity, their initiatives now are calculated. They are meant to try to maintain a US presence in Deir ez-Zor,” Maloof pointed out.

“Even though the Syrian army and the Russian air assistance has basically taken over the place, the United States really wants to maintain that area. They want to occupy it with the help of the Kurds.”

“I think the United States has the intentions of building a base there. The US has political and strategic intentions for that region; aimed principally at trying to maintain influence in neighboring Iraq ultimately.”

“Ultimately the Syrian army needs to reoccupy their own area, their country,” Maloof said “I think there is going to be a need for the United States and Russia to talk about this because this could create even greater conflict on who is going to ultimately occupy Deir ez-Zor and indeed that entire region.”
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N. Korean IRBM put millions of Japanese into ‘duck and cover’ – Mattis
North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch over Japan “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover” mode, said US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The launch triggered an alert in Japan as it flew through the country’s airspace before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion – commander

Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) operatives managed to infiltrate US military command centers and obtain documents allegedly proving collusion between Washington and ISIS terrorists in the region, a top Iranian commander claims.

The claim was made by IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh on Friday during a TV interview.

We have documents showing the behavior of the Americans in Iraq and Syria. We know what the Americans did there; what they neglected and how they supported Daesh [Islamic State – IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL],” Press TV cited the commander as saying.

If the IRGC receives the green light to release the documents, it would bring more “scandals” for the US, he said.

It is not the first time a top Iranian official has accused the US of aiding terrorists in the region, claiming to have a solid proof of collusion.

Back in June, in the aftermath of attacks in Tehran killing 17 people, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mostafa Izadi accused the US of waging “proxy warfare in the region” through IS terrorists, which was a “new trick by the arrogant powers against the Islamic Republic.”

“We possess documents and information showing the direct supports by the US imperialism for this highly disgusting [IS] stream in the region, which has destroyed the Islamic countries and created a wave of massacres and clashes,” Izadi said.

Izadi’s accusations were backed by Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, who claimed that “the United States has aligned itself with the ISIL in the region.” No evidence to support the accusations has been released so far.

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Kurdish Sources Blame Russia, Syria for Airstrike on SDF

Deir Ezzur: Kurdish Sources Blame Russia, Syria for Airstrike on SDF
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Kurdish media outlet claimed that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets targeted positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzur province in early hours of Saturday.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news agency reported that the Russian and Syrian fighter jets hit SDF's positons in al-Sina'ah region in the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Early Saturday, injuring a number of the Kurdish fighters.

Hawar news said that six SDF fighters were injured in the air raid, adding that Damascus and Moscow have not thus far reacted to the allegation.

The US-backed SDF forces in Syria announced that they will not allow the Syrian government troops to cross the Euphrates River.

"Now we have 3 km between us and the Eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area will be considered an attack on the military council,” Abu Khawla, commander of the SDF-affiliated Deir Ezzur Military Council, said.

"We have notified Damascus and Moscow that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing. We do not allow the Syrian pro-government forces to cross to the Eastern riverbank,” he added.

Moscow also said Syrian government forces have crossed the Euphrates River in their push to liberate the Deir Ezzur Province from ISIL, ignoring a warning by a ragtag group of militants that receives Washington backing.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added on Friday that the Syrian army was already on the river’s Eastern side.

The Syrian army crossed the Euphrates to deploy on the Eastern bank of the river this week.

Syria's al-Watan newspaper reported on Tuesday that the first units of the army deployed on the Eastern bank of the river, spreading towards the regions where a number of SDF claimed to have deployed a day earlier.

The Arabic-language daily also stressed that the Syrian soldiers were waiting for portable bridges to move their armored units across the river.

The SDF claimed on Monday that a number of its units have advanced over 250 square kilometers in their anti-ISIL operations dubbed as 'Island's Storm', and are approaching the contact line with the Syrian army.

The SDF opened a new front in Eastern Syria earlier in September and moved towards Deir Ezzur from the North.

The spokesman for international coalition Ryan Dilon reported that since the beginning of the Island's Storm military operations, the SDF has captured more than 250 square kilometers in Wadi Nahr Khabour region in Northeastern Deir Ezzur.

Meanwhile, the SDF media center announced that combat units have entered the streets al-Sina'ah (industrial0 region in Deir Ezzur city's outskirts.

Al-Sina'ah industrial region is only 10 kilometers from Deir Ezzur city, meaning that the SDF are now just 10 kilometers away from Syrian troops and their allies if their claims are proved.

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Filipino Protesters Demand Withdrawal of US Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police in the Philippines clashed with protesters during an anti-US rally near the American Embassy in the capital city, Manila who were calling for an end to the US military presence in their country during the rally on Friday.

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米国がまたアサド退陣を言い出した シリアの安定化を妨害

The US will not be satisfied as long as Syrian President Bashar Assad is in power, US Ambassador to the UN said, commenting on a major de-escalation effort brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey without American participation.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed Friday on the fourth, final, de-escalation zone in Syria, which is designed to ensure ceasefire between Syrian government forces and rebels for a period of six months in order to pave the way for a political resolution to the six-year war. The deal, which is also aimed at separating terrorist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL or Daesh) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) from so-called moderate opposition, was agreed with the approval of the Syrian government, as well as members of Syrian opposition who participated in the talks.

This came ten days after the Syrian army with Russia’s help liberated one of Islamic State’s last strongholds in Syria, the city of Deir ez-Zor, which had been under the terrorists’ siege for three years. The lifting of the siege finally allowed humanitarian aid to reach the city.

“We’re not going to be satisfied until we see a strong and stable Syria. And that is not with Assad in place,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said at a White House briefing on Friday, when asked whether the US was left behind in international efforts to resolve Syrian crisis.

American officials have said their main goal in Syria is to fight ISIS, as Washington backs the operations of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes Kurdish fighters as well as Arab militia groups.

The SDF advanced towards Deir ez-Zor from the eastern side of the Euphrates river this week, in an effort to gain control of the city’s eastern outskirts before the government does.

While Deir ez-Zor city was not an SDF target, the US-backed militias did not rule out the possibility that it may become one, saying people in the city wanted to be liberated from “the regime and Daesh at the same time,” AP cited Abu Khawla, leader of the group advancing towards the newly liberated city.

On Thursday, the US-led coalition said the SDF was not planning to enter Deir ez-Zor city.

Abu Khawla told AP that the militia will not let Syrian government forces and their allies cross the Euphrates river to gain control of its eastern side.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday the Syrian army had already crossed.

“After a major victory near Deir al-Zor, the Syrian government army continues to clear Islamic State terrorists from the eastern regions of the country,” according to Zakharova.

“The suburbs of this provincial centre have been liberated. Advance units have successfully crossed the Euphrates and are holding positions on its eastern bank,” she added, without specifying the location.

On September 12, the Russian military said that the Syrian army had regained control of 85 percent of the country’s territory.

The first UN humanitarian convoy arrived in Deir ez-Zor on Friday. Russia began delivery of aid to the embattled city last week, almost immediately after the siege was lifted.

“We fed our children with stale bread, cleaning the mold from it. We have long suffered from artillery strikes and shells; they usually hit civilians – children and women in particular,” a local woman told RT, as residents described the horrors of life under siege.
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リオ2016、東京2020 オリンピック誘致チームは票を買った

※  内田樹‏認証済みアカウント @levinassien 氏の2017/9/15のツイート
「ガーディアン」が東京五輪招致は元陸連会長のラミーヌ・ディアクと息子のマッサタ・ディアクを経由して票を買収して獲得されたものだという記事を掲載しました。とりあえず訳しておきました。http://blog.tatsuru.com/  そんなに長くないです。

theguardian.com Wednesday 13 September 2017 22.32 BST
Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes

On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Further scrutiny is set to be applied to those decisions after investigations suggested a central figure in the corruption scandal bought expensive watches and jewellery just days after both votes, with the revelations overshadowing Wednesday’s 2024 and 2028 award ceremony.

The Guardian has seen documents which allege that Papa Massata Diack, the son of the disgraced former IOC member Lamine Diack, spent hundreds of thousands of euro in French jewellery shops around the time of the Rio and Tokyo campaigns.

The Brazilian federal prosecutors office, which compiled the documents based on French prosecutors’ investigations, drew the conclusion that payments could have been made to Massata Diack by Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 “with the intention to buy votes and the support of Lamine Diack, who held particular influence within the IOC”.

Last year the Guardian exclusively revealed a seven-figure payment from the Tokyo Olympic bid team to an account named Black Tidings, linked to Massata Diack, during Japan’s successful race to host the 2020 Games. Those payments were made in two instalments. The transactions, amounting to around €1.7m, occurred a few weeks before and after the city’s selection by the IOC on 7 September 2013 in Buenos Aires.

The prosecutors’ office documents based on the French investigations allege that shortly after the second payment, on 8 November 2013, Black Tidings transferred €85,000 from its account held at the Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore to a company in Paris in order to pay for the purchases of luxury goods and jewellery made in its shop by Massata Diack.

Between 2009-10 Massata Diack made eight payments ranging from €65,000 to €300,000, from several different accounts it is believed he controlled, to various shops in France and Qatar, as well as offshore companies in Monaco and New York, according to the Brazilian prosecutors office.

On 2 October 2009, the very day the Olympics were awarded to Rio, during an IOC session in Copenhagen, a payment of $78,000 was made by Pamodzi consultancy – linked to the Diacks – to a jewellery store in Paris, it is claimed.

The Black Tidings allegations were part of a parliamentary inquiry in Japan and the country’s prime minister has promised to cooperate with the French prosecutors who are leading the investigation into possible vote buying. But the new revelations from Brazil will renew the scrutiny applied to the host of the next Olympics and how exactly it won the bid.

Diack has not responded to the latest claims. He had previously robustly denied any wrongdoing, describing the allegations against him as “the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.

‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations
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Russia, Iran & Turkey agree on final de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria

Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria, the parties said in a joint statement. All four de-escalation zones in the war-torn country will remain in force for a period of six months.

The proposal to establish four de-escalation zones was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the approval of the Syrian government having been received in May 2017 in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

The de-escalation zones, proposed by Russia, are aimed at separating extremist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), from the moderate opposition.

The three states “announce the creation of the de-escalation areas … in eastern Ghouta, in certain parts in the north of Homs province, in Idlib province and certain parts of the neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces and also in certain parts of southern Syria,” the statement, read by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, said, following the Astana-6 peace talks in the Kazakh capital on Friday.

The de-escalation zones aim to help “maintain the ceasefire, to ensure the territorial integrity of Syria and continue to fight terrorism,” the statement added.

They are “a temporary measure which will initially last 6 months and will be automatically extended on the basis of guarantors’ consensus,” according to the statement.

The initiative on the de-escalation zones does not “undermine the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.”

The guarantor countries have decided to introduce a joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center “to coordinate activities in the de-escalation areas,” according to the statement.

The armed Syrian opposition taking part in the peace negotiations has welcomed the Russian-Turkish-Iranian initiative. The “de-escalation of tensions in Idlib province with a population of about 3 million, has finally been reached,” delegation member Ayman al-Asymi said, as cited by Interfax.

“We have finally reached the moment when we can protect civilians,” he said

The memorandum agreed upon in May provides that any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones.

Checkpoints and observation posts are to be positioned along the de-escalation lines within the safe zones. They will provide free movement of unarmed civilians within, and humanitarian access to, the areas under the guarantor states’ control.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the memorandum at the time, saying that it was “crucial to see this agreement actually improve the lives of Syrians.”

Russia, Iran and Turkey will also deploy observers around Syria’s Idlib, the Turkish foreign ministry said.
“Observers from these three countries will be deployed at check and observation points in safe zones that form the borders of the de-escalation zone," the ministry said, as cited by Reuters, “The main mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes between the regime and the opposition forces, and of any violations of the truce.”

Russia has repeatedly stated that the de-escalation zones are part of a plan to curb violence in Syria. They are a temporary measure intended to pave the way for peace talks and a resolution to the six-year armed conflict in Syria.

“This is not a permanent measure and nobody among those who supported the creation of those zones has an intention to keep them forever and, in effect, create some kind of enclaves in Syrian territory for years to come,” Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in September.

The violence in Syria seems to be toning down as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is losing the last vestiges of its territory. In the latest development, the Syrian Army took control of oilfields and a gas refinery near the city of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian Army troops backed by Russian air support managed to break the three-year-long siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor on September 5, following fierce clashes with IS terrorists on its outskirts.
On Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that Syria’s military had liberated around 85 percent of the country’s territory from the control of insurgent terrorists.
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ペンタゴンはシリアに20億ドルの武器を送るために書類を偽造 **注目記事**

Pentagon falsifying paperwork to send arms worth $2bn to Syria, report finds
The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning report by two monitoring groups that also reveals the US is falsifying documents to cover its tracks.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) uncovered evidence revealing the Pentagon is not only shipping as much as $2 billion in weapons to Syria through shady means, it is also purposely covering up the paper trail.

The secret program began after the Pentagon’s $500 million plan to train Syrian rebels ended in failure in October 2015, with only a handful successfully trained. The Pentagon then started a new programme of arming the rebels, BIRN and OCCRP outlined in their investigation published on Balkan Insight on Tuesday.

The investigation is built on evidence from thousands of documents including procurement records, ship-tracking data, official reports and leaked emails, as well as interviews.

The reporters cite a February 2016 Pentagon budget document requesting $210,800,000 for weapons, ammunition and equipment for Vetted Syrian Opposition which outlines the need to supply the opposition with Former Soviet Bloc (FSB) weapons and ammunition because such groups already use them. It also points to an October 2015 Department of Defense press briefing detailing 50 tons of ammunition being delivered to a “friendly Syrian-Arab coalition” in Syria.

Reporters have identified over $700 million in weapons likely delivered to Syrian rebels between September 2015 to May 2017. The Department of Defense has budgeted $584 million for the Syrian arms operation for 2017 and 2018; a further $900 million will be spent on munitions between now and 2022. The investigators report the $2.2 billion figure is likely an understatement.


The weapons supply network stems from the Balkans, eastern Europe and the Caucasus and includes arms dealers, cargo and shipping companies and German military bases.

Before the new programme began, its spending on Eastern Bloc weaponry was “negligible,” the groups report.

US Special Operations Command runs one weapons purchase channel, which the Pentagon confirmed in a statement to investigators. According to the Pentagon, it carefully vets the recipients of the weapons.

The other shipping channel is operated by Picatinny Arsenal, a weapons manufacturing and research facility in New Jersey, which is also home to the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.


United States Special Operations Command purchased $240 million in weaponry from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan up to May 2017, reporters found.

SOCOM also chartered four cargo ships to transport 6,300 tons of munitions from Black Sea ports to Turkey and Jordan, which reporters confirmed through procurement documents, packing lists and ship data.

In February, it made a $90 million shopping list for Syria. Seen by reporters, it includes 10,000 AK-47s, 6,000 rocket launchers and 6,000 other machine guns, Balkan Insights reports.

Picatinny Arsenal

Balkan Insights also reports that Picatinny has bought $480 million of arms and ammunition since the switch in strategy, and has $950 million slated to be spent on more Soviet-era ammunition by 2022, reporters say.


Some of the weapons suppliers have been identified as having links to organized crime, the investigation reports.

Such is the demand for Soviet-designed weapons that the manufacturers have had to increase production, with one Bulgarian ammunition factory announcing the hire of an additional 1,000 workers in 2016.

It has also caused the Pentagon to drop its standards for equipment. Older equipment carries more risk of accidents and the rule used to be less than five years old, but in February it made an exception for some equipment, the report details.


The investigation reveals the Pentagon is fraudulently manipulating documents to cover up its actions.

It found seven contracts worth $71 million signed in September 2016 which referenced Syria, or the DoD’s internal code for the country, V7. However, as soon as reporters asked back in March about the deliveries, the files were deleted. The Pentagon declined to comment on this.

Luckily, the reporters had already made copies. The original procurement documents’ description of requirement section said, “Acquisition of non-standard ammunition for Syria and Iraq.” A later version of the document no longer had “for Syria and Iraq” written on it.

A further $408 million of equipment bought since the strategy switch has no destination on its forms.

End-user certificates are used to secure arms exports licenses and of course to detail who will be the end user of the weapons in question. Documents seen by reporters list SOCOM and US bases as the final user, even though US doesn't use such weaponry.

The Balkans Arms Trade project reveals Balkans arms dealers and how weapons are being used in the Middle East. It is s part of the Paper Trail Investigating project by BIRN Kosovo and BIRN HUB.
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朝鮮半島 北と南で激しい応酬


South Korea has been angered by Pyongyang’s latest missile launch, with president Moon Jae-in warning that further provocations could result in complete destruction. He also ruled out the possibility of opening a dialogue with the belligerent North.

“In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy (the North) beyond recovery,” the South Korean leader said on Friday as cited by Yonhap news agency.

Moon was speaking after North Korea launched a missile earlier in the day that flew through Japanese airspace and landed in the Pacific Ocean some 2,000 km east of Japan. Seoul immediately convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting, where Moon condemned the launch, saying the North had once again breached United Nations Security Council resolutions and “poses a grave challenge to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the global community,” according to RT’s Ruptly news agency.

“I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North,” Moon is quoted as saying by Yonhap.

The South Korean president also said that dialogue between the South and the North is currently impossible and called for greater pressure on the North.

“Dialogue is impossible in a situation like this,” Moon said.

“International sanctions and pressure will further tighten to force North Korea to choose no other option but to step forward on the path to genuine dialogue.”

N. Korea vows to sink Japan for ‘dancing to US tune’ & reduce US to ‘ashes and darkness’
Pyongyang says it is the time to “annihilate” the US and turn it into “ashes” for initiating the latest round of sanctions. The North has also threatened Washington’s allies in the region, vowing to “sink” Japan and “wipe out” South Korea.

North Korea made yet another threat to the US and its allies in the region, Japan and South Korea, on Wednesday, KCNA reported. The North accused the US of “cooking up” the latest restrictive measures against it and demanded that the US be beaten “to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.”

The 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a new round of sanctions on Monday, targeting North Korea’s textile exports and oil imports following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.

“There's limit to patience,” the North’s state-run KCNA state news agency cited the spokesperson of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee as saying on Thursday. He accused the whole UN body of being a “tool of evil” serving Washington interests.

“Now is the time to annihilate the US imperialist aggressors. Let's reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness,” the communist outlet reported, also vowing to resort to “all retaliation means which have been prepared till now.”

Pyongyang says that the previous intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) flight over Japanese territory has not brought Tokyo to its senses, and it continues “to dance to the tune of the US sanctions."

“The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” KCNA stated. Juche is the official state ideology of North Korea, which was designed by the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, President Kim Il-sung, and emphasizes national self-reliance and independence.

Tokyo blasted the North Korean statement as “extremely provocative and egregious.”

“It is something that markedly heightens regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated on Thursday, as cited by Reuters.

At the same time, North Korea sees its southern neighbor’s support of sanctions as “treason” against “fellow countrymen” and promised to wipe “traitors and dogs of the US” out for the sake of reunification.

“The group of pro-American traitors should be severely punished and wiped out with fire attack so that they could no longer survive. Only then, the entire Korean nation can thrive in a reunified territory to be proud of in the world.”

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rapidly mounting with North Korea continuing its missile and nuclear tests and the US, South Korean and Japanese holding drills in the area. Pyongyang says the boosting of its missile and nuclear program is justified with defense from military maneuvers.

Moscow has repeatedly warned against the escalation of the Korean crisis and advocated a diplomatic solution. Together with China, Russia has repeatedly proposed a double-freeze plan, calling for the simultaneous suspension of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests and a halt in joint US-South Korea military exercises.

Despite the plan being rejected by Washington, some of the Russian and Chinese concerns were included in the recent UNSC resolution. However, Russia doubts that sanctions are an effective tool to influence Pyongyang. US President Donald Trump has characterized the sanctions as “a small step,” which “are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.”

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アラブリーグ カタール問題で激しいやり取り

※  zerohedge‏ @zerohedge の2017/9/14のツイート
"You Rabid Dogs!": Watch As Screaming Arab League Members Accuse Each Other Of Terrorism http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-14/you-rabid-dogs-watch-sreaming-arab-league-members-accuse-each-other-terrorism

Qatar-Gulf crisis boils over at Cairo meeting
Heated exchange of words, which erupted on live TV, is the latest chapter in the Gulf crisis, now in its fourth month.

Correction: 12/9/2017: A previous version of this article stated that Muraikhi accused Saudi Arabia of looking to replace the emir of Qatar with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. This was incorrect. Muraikhi said Riyadh was seeking to replace the emir with Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani.

Diplomats from Qatar and the four states blockading the Gulf nation have exchanged heated words at an Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Tuesday's row, which erupted on live television, is the latest chapter in the three-month-old Gulf crisis in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain are blockading Qatar.

The coalition cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, suspending air and shipping routes to their Gulf neighbour.

The four Arab states have accused Doha of financing "terrorism". Qatar has rejected the allegation as "baseless".

The blockading states also have accused Doha of supporting regional foe Iran.

Kuwait has been trying to mediate in the dispute.

Heated exchange
During his opening speech, Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi referred to Iran as an "honourable country" and said ties had warmed with its neighbour since the blockade.

In response, Ahmed al-Kattan, Saudi Arabia's envoy to the Arab League, said: "Congratulations to Iran and soon, God willing, you will regret it.

"If the brethren in Qatar think they may have a benefit in their rapprochement with Iran, I'd like to say that they have this evaluation wrong in every way. The Qataris will be held responsible for such a decision."

He added that in "the coming days will prove them wrong because we know that the Qatari people will never accept the Iranians to play a role in Qatar".

UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the Gulf crisis continued "due to Qatar's unwillingness for peace".

"Their direction needs to change and we will continue our policies until Qatar changes its policies of aggression against the four boycotting countries, as long as Doha supports and funds terrorism and intervenes in the Middle East countries' internal affairs," Gargash said.

Muraikhi, responded by saying that the crisis started when Qatar News Agency (QNA) was hacked by UAE-backed perpetrators who attributed false statement to the emir of Qatar.

"Then we saw this vicious media campaign against Qatar, waged by rabid dogs backed by some regimes," Muraiki said, adding: "Mr Anwar [Gargash] forgot to mention that the four blockading countries tried a military action against my country in 1996."
'All threats'

The Qatari diplomat lamented Kattan's tone in the exchange, saying: "[It] is all threats and I don't think he has the authority to threaten and speak like this."

The exchange then descended into a row during which Kattan and Muraikhi, with each telling the other to be quiet.

Muraikhi said Saudi Arabia was looking to depose the emir of Qatar and replace him with Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, a little-known Qatari sheikh who has been thrust into the limelight by the Saudi-led bloc.

"This is an improper thing to say because the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will never resort to such cheap methods and we don't want to change the regime, but you must also know that the kingdom can do anything it wants, God willing," Kattan said.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Muraikhi's comments were unacceptable.

"We know very well Qatar's long history in supporting terrorism and that they have provided weapons and funds in Syria, Libya, Yemen even inside Egypt that killed so many," Shoukry said.

Qatar backed a democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown by the military in 2013.

The Arab states have demanded Qatar sever any links with the Brotherhood and other groups they deem to be "terrorists".

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Lawsuit Says Three Qataris 'Beaten, Tortured' by UAE State Security

TEHRAN (FNA)- Three Qatari officials were kidnapped by the UAE security services and held illegally for months, during which they were beaten and tortured, it has been alleged.

Mahmoud al-Jaidah, Hamad Ali Mohammed Ali al-Hammadi and Yousef Abdul Samad al-Mullah have given evidence stating they were on innocuous visits to the UAE when they were seized and accused of a variety of crimes, from espionage to membership of the Muslim Brotherhood, New Arab reported.

"They blindfolded me and tortured me. I was put into questioning and they started to interrogate me with various questions about Qatar and its foreign policy. They started to ask me if Qatar is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and why," al-Jaidah said.

Al-Jaidah was detained despite the fact that his wife was sick and at hospital. He also says before he was forced into a false confession, he was given a bottle of water which he believes may have been spiked with some sort of a drug.

Al-Jaidah is a physician and director of medical services at Qatar Petroleum.

Al-Hammadi is the personal assistant to the head of Qatar's State Security Service.

"When I was first detained, the Qatari authorities had tried to get ahold of me, but the UAE told the Qatari authorities that I had not even entered the country," al-Hammadi told The New Arab.

"They took my blood, knowing I have kidney disease. I was denied all medical treatment and was completely locked out of the world," he added.

Al-Mullah is a friend and former colleague of al-Hammadi. They met when working at the University of Cairo. Al-Mullah now works for the Ministry of the Interior in the General Directorate of Passports.

"This is not only about clearing our names and reputations. There are countless others from all over the world currently being tortured and detained illegally in UAE prisons," said Mahmoud al-Jaidah.

"We are bringing this complaint in London because we know that this city will not allow itself to become a safe-haven for torturers."

British Human rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC of Temple Garden Chambers is handling their complaint, which is being investigated by London's Metropolitan Police under universal jurisdiction laws, for crimes such as torture, the UK may seek arrest warrants should the accused enter the country.

The complaint names 10 prominent UAE security officials, including a cabinet minister and a former head of national security.

The three Qatari victims were allegedly held for more than two years, released in 2015 under an agreement between the UAE and Qatar.

They had been subjected to beatings, electric shocks, solitary confinement, forced sleep deprivation and threats of being raped and murdered.

They were allegedly forced into confessions, which were later aired on Abu Dhabi TV and Sky News Arabia.

"At the time of their release, in order to avoid any deterioration in relations with the UAE, the Qatari government settled the matter amicably and compensated its citizens. The forced confessions were never made public," Rodney Dixon QC's office said in a statement.

"However, following the recent breakdown of relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, in June 2017, the forced confessions were publicly broadcast on Abu Dhabi TV and Sky News Arabia."

The fact that the case is being forwarded to the Metropolitan Police brings British law enforcement into the ongoing diplomatic crisis. Any investigation, or lack of investigation, may well end up affecting British foreign policy in a restive region in a post-Brexit era, when Whitehall is desperate for trade deals, notably arms sales.

However, Dixon QC had urged that this move is not political and it is only a matter of pressing on human rights. He claimed that this will not drag the UK into the current GCC diplomatic crisis.

"This is just the very beginning. We have filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police and requested them to open an investigation," he told The New Arab.

UK asked to intervene over claims Qatari govt ministers sanctioned torture in UAE
Britain has been asked to investigate allegations of torture against Qatari nationals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the alleged victims told RT.

Scotland Yard’s war crimes unit is being petitioned to open a case into fresh allegations of abuse which was allegedly sanctioned by government officials in Qatar, in a case which could prove embarrassing for the UK government.

Politicians, including a high-ranking cabinet minister were named in a dossier handed to the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, which alleges multiple human rights abuses against three Qatari men.

The trio described to RT how they were beaten, tortured, threatened with rape, illegally detained and forced to confess to crimes they did not commit, between 2013 and 2015.

They are calling on the Met to arrest those involved in the alleged campaign of physical and mental torture, if they ever travel to Britain.

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Jaidah was taken for questioning at Dubai International Airport in 2013, as he flew to see his wife. When he was told he was being taken to sign an interview form, he was actually taken to prison, he claims.

“They were wearing national dress, not police uniforms,” he told RT at Scotland Yard.

“Suddenly I found myself in a GMC car with blacked-out windows. They tied my hands, my legs and they closed my eyes.

“They did not allow me to sleep for three days, not a single moment’s rest.

“I was exhausted. They gave me a half bottle of water. After I drank it I found myself laughing. I became very talkative saying a lot of things.
“They slapped me in my face.

“They told me ‘If you don’t answer us as we want, we will deal with you like this.’

“They started with a stick, beating me in the back, there was bruises on my legs, but I was not seen by a doctor.

“They beat me with the stick and they punched me in the stomach – not only that, they were threatening me.

“They were threatening they were going to hang me by the legs, they said they would pull out my nails and that even they could kill me and nobody would know about it.

“I was thinking about my family, my children, I was crying, it was a very bad situation.”

Al Jaidah, director of Medical Services at Qatar Petroleum and a father-of-eight, was reportedly detained from February 2013 until May 2015.

During that time he was deprived of sleep, food and water, held captive for periods without clothes and was held in solitary confinement for eight-and-a-half months, he claims.

The doctor was also allegedly barred from having books and writing material during his time in prison, and would be allowed to call his family, only for the prison to cut off the connection when they answered.

Finally, he says he was forced to tape a confession of the crimes of “sedition and defamation against the UAE” and released.

Hamad Ali Mohammed Ali Al Hammadi, personal assistant to the Head of Qatar’s State Security Service, made similar claims over his detention between June 2014 and May 2015.

Former employee of the Interior Ministry in Qatar Yousef Abdul Samad Al Mullah says he was also detained in the same period.

All three victims were released in 2015 under an agreement between the UAE and Qatar and the Qatari government compensated its citizens.

However, as tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain reached boiling point, the taped confessions were broadcast on live TV, two years after they were recorded.

The British Foreign Secretary has attempted to help patch up relations between Saudi Arabia and its allies in relation to Qatar.

All four severed ties with Qatar after accusing the nation of supporting extremists and cozying up to chief Saudi rival, Iran.

If the UK police agree to take on the case against UAE officials, British Prime Minister Theresa May could be placed in an awkward position, amid claims the UK constantly bends rules for the kingdom.

The lawyer representing the men, Rodney Dixon QC, is calling for justice to be done in the UK, despite its international ties.

“This referral is a test of the British system's duty, willingness and ability to uphold international law and human rights, no matter how challenging that may be,” he said.

“The UK legal system has shown time and time again that it will stand by these principles and values. My clients are hoping that this time will be no different.”

Scotland Yard’s war crimes unit, SO15, has begun an assessment of their evidence which includes testimony but no photographs of injuries, which Dixon says are held by the UAE.

If an arrest warrant is eventually issued, the officials could be detained if they travel to the UK.

UK police can convict those accused under the torture under Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, regardless of where the crime was committed.

If convicted, prison sentences can stretch up to 20 years.
The men are among dozens of foreign nationals who have complained of torture in the UAE.

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh claimed he was repeatedly tortured while in prison accused of fraud in Dubai during a 23-month detention.

Al Jaidah warned the international community to act against human rights abuses in the UAE.

“Our complaint is to prevent what is going on,” he said.

“For me, personally, I want to show the dark part of the UAE. It is not only Dubai and development, development of the buildings, they need to develop as human beings.

“They are preventing people from freedom.”
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世界中で女性の活躍が目立つ 誉められない人も・・・

英国から米国に移った陰謀論者 Louise Mensch
Former British MP Louise Mensch, a leading voice of conspiracy theorists accusing Russia of hacking the 2016 US presidential elections and claiming President Donald Trump has already been impeached, has fired her lawyer over a Twitter argument.

記者や関係国の外交官に対して失敬な発言が続く米国国務省のスポークスウーマン Heather Nauert

現米国国連大使 Nikki Haley
前米国国連大使 Samantha Power

デスラーさんによれば「Americaで唯一信頼できる女性政治家」ツルシ・ガッバード Tulsi Gabbard

ミャンマーのロヒンギャ迫害に関して批判が高まるノーベル平和賞受賞者 アウンサンスーチー
380k sign pro-Rohingya petition to strip Suu Kyi of Nobel prize

イスラエルのネタニヤフ首相夫人、Sara Netanyahu、公金横領で起訴へ

汚職で逮捕された韓国の前大統領 朴槿恵 パク・クネ

英国のliar メイ

ロシア外務省のスポークスウーマン マリア・ザハロバ
シリアのテロリストに対するCIAの武器発送を暴いたブルガリアのジャーナリスト Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

Sibel Deniz Edmonds   a former translator who worked as a contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. Wikipediaによる

vanessa beeley  a British investigative journalist focused on the Middle East. On her return from Syria in September 2016, she reported how 600,000 people moved from East to West Aleppo to take refuge when the NATO-backed rebels attacked the city in 2012.
Vanessa Beeley is clear that Syria's White Helmets, lauded in the West as a group of volunteer first-responders, funded by the US, Britain and others to the tune of $100 million and nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, are nothing but terrorists. She accuses the White Helmets of stealing ambulances and fire engines, and even killing Syria's real Civil Defence officials.

堤 未果氏


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Israel’s religious military exemption law is unconstitutional – Supreme Court
Israel’s Supreme Court has annulled a law which exempted ultra-Orthodox Jews from being conscripted into the army, drawing furious responses from community leaders and some politicians.

The decision to repeal the law was made Tuesday. Eight of the nine-judge panel ruled that parts of the conscription law were “unreasonable and unconstitutional.”

The measure will take effect within a year.

Members of the ultra-Orthodox community – unlike secular Jews who are drafted into the military at the age of 18 – are largely exempt from being drafted into the country's armed forces.

The exemption stems from 1949, when then defense minister David Ben-Gurion, who was also the country's first prime minister, allowed 400 students to be excluded from military service on the grounds that “their studies are their craft.”

The ruling has angered ultra-Orthodox politicians who see the study of the Torah as fundamental to the continued survival of the Jewish people.

United Torah Judaism chairman and Health Minister, Ya’acov Litzman, said the decision was “the worst and most wretched decision in the history of terrible decisions in the Jewish world.” He added the judges were “harming the most cherished aspect of haredi Judaism, which is the holy yeshiva students whose Torah is their profession,”according to the Jerusalem Post.

In 2014, the secular Yesh Atid party proposed legislation to replace previously made arrangements on conscription which had expired. However in 2015, when both ultra-Orthodox parties rejoined the government, and Yesh Atid went into opposition, the ultra-Orthodox parties managed to dilute this law.

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, the judge heading up the panel, wrote: “The hope of meeting the enlistment targets set by existing the law are growing less and likely every year. As a result, the law’s goal of reducing inequality in the burden of military service is not being met,” Haaretz reports.

Opposition politicians praised the judges for their decision.

“This is why we have come to politics. Conscription for everybody, work for everybody. Benjamin Netanyahu can no longer continue to wriggle out all the time. Military conscription is for everybody, not only for the suckers who don’t have a party in his coalition,” Yair lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party said.
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What's Really Behind the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

sputniknews14:42 05.09.2017
Soros and Hydrocarbons: What's Really Behind the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar
The Rohingya conflict in Myanmar, which had caught its second wind in August 2017, appears to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved, experts say, referring to both internal and external reasons behind the recent upsurge in violence in the country.

The Rohingya conflict, which erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in late August, was apparently fanned by external global players, Dmitry Mosyakov, director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RT.

According to the academic, the conflict has at least three dimensions.

"First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine]," Mosyakov told RT. "Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia…. Third, it's the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia]."
According to Mosyakov, the century-long conflict is used by external players to undermine Southeast Asian stability, especially given the fact that what is at stake are vast reserves of hydrocarbons located offshore of the Rakhine state.

"There's a huge gas field named Than Shwe after the general who had long ruled Burma," Mosyakov said. "Additionally, the coastal zone of Arakan [Rakhine] almost certainly contains oil hydrocarbons."

After the massive Rakhine energy reserves were discovered in 2004 they attracted China's attention. By 2013 China completed oil and natural gas pipelines, which connect Myanmar's port of Kyaukphyu with the Chinese city of Kunming in Yunnan province.

The oil pipeline allows Beijing to deliver Middle Eastern and African crude bypassing the Malacca Straits, while the gas pipeline is transporting hydrocarbons from Myanmar's offshore fields to China.

The development of the Sino-Myanmar energy project coincided with the intensification of the Rohingya conflict in 2011-2012 when 120,000 asylum seekers left the country escaping the bloodshed.

According to Dmitry Egorchenkov, deputy director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognosis at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, it is hardly a coincidence. Although there are certain internal causes behind the Rohingya crisis, it could also be fueled by external players, most notably, the United States.

Myanmar's destabilization may affect China's energy projects and create a pocket of instability at Beijing's doorstep. Given the ongoing crisis between the US and North Korea, another Chinese neighbor, Beijing may soon find itself caught in the crossfires.

Meanwhile, the Burma Task Force, which comprises a number of organizations funded by George Soros, has been actively operating in Myanmar since 2013 calling upon the international community to stop what they call "the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority group." However, Soros's interference in Myanmar's domestic affairs goes deeper into the country's history.

In 2003, George Soros joined a US Task Force group aimed at increasing "US cooperation with other countries to bring about a long overdue political, economic and social transformation in Burma [Myanmar]."

The Council of Foreign Relation's (CFR) 2003 document entitled "Burma: Time For Change," which announced the establishment of the group insisted that "democracy… cannot survive in Burma without the help of the United States and the international community."

"When George Soros comes to this or that country… he looks for religious, ethnic or social contradictions, chooses the model of action for one of these options or their combination and tries to 'warm they up,'" Egorchenkov explained, speaking with RT.

On the other hand, according to Mosyakov, it appears that some established global economies are seeking to contain the rapid economic development of ASEA nations, by instigating inner strife within the bloc.

The academic opined that the globalist management policy envisages sowing discord in stable regional formations. By fuelling regional conflicts external players jump at the opportunity to gain control over sovereign states and exert considerable pressure on them.

The recent Rohingya crisis started on August 25 when Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The tough response of the country's authorities triggered violent clashes, which claimed the lives of at least 402 people. However, according to some estimates, up to 3,000 Muslims were killed during the recent conflict.

The conflict that started about a century ago has gradually escalated since 2011, hitting its peak in 2012 when thousands of Muslim families sought asylum in the special refugee camps on the country's territory or fled to Bangladesh. Yet another escalation started in 2016.今日の結果
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ISIL Terrorists Mass Fleeing to Turkey After Heavy Defeats in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of terrorists who have defected the ISIL after the terrorist group's heavy defeat in Syria crossed the borders to Southern Turkey as a first step to return to their countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

"The former extremist terrorists are now rallying in several towns and villages in Southern Turkey after making it through the borders," local media reported.

The ISIL has experienced heavy defeats in Homs, Hama and Deir Ezzur provinces in recent weeks.

Throughout the year, the Turkish border guards have shot dead scores of both civilians and the terrorists who were trying to cross the borders into Turkey.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian army forces ambushed a large group ISIL terrorists who were escaping from a besieged area in Central Syria towards Idlib, and held them captive.

The ISIL terrorists sought to run away from an army-controlled region through al-Sa'an-Ithriya road towards areas controlled by al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Idlib but they faced an ambush by the army units.

During the operation, 25 ISIL militants were held captive.

A military source said that 3 ISIL commanders are among the captives.

The Syrian army is now steamrolling through ISIL's last positions in Central Syria, liberating town after town around in the Eastern countryside of Homs and Hama.

The Syrian army troops hit ISIL terrorists' defense lines hard in Eastern Hama and imposed control over several villages.

The army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in remaining regions that are still under the control of the terrorists in Eastern Hama.

Armed Dissidents, Russia, Turkey Likely to Attack Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources reported that the foreign media workers are hurriedly fleeing Idlib towards Turkey as armed dissidents, Moscow and Ankara declared operations against Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front).

Media activists in Idlib reported that reporters of different international news agencies are leaving Idlib after reports said that agreements have been made for attacks against Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at by other militant groups, backed by the Russian and Turkish air forces.

Earlier reports said today that a Saudi commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at was assassinated in the Eastern parts of Idlib province.

News websites affiliated to the terrorists reported that Abu Mohammad al-Share'i was killed by unknown assailants in Saraqib city in Eastern Idlib.

They added that he was formerly a commander of Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition fighter jets bombed a region in Raqqa city, killing and wounding several more civilians.

The coalition warplanes hit hard al-Badu region in Raqqa city on Wednesday, killing at least 11 civilians.

In a relevant development in early July, a monitoring group reported that the total number of the civilians killed or wounded in the US-led Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria is much higher than the figures declared by the US Army officials.

Airwars, a UK-based group that monitors airstrikes and civilian casualties in Iraq, Libya and Syria, reported it has tracked 119 alleged civilian casualty events at Raqqa, claiming up to 770 deaths, between June 6-29.

The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights warned at least 173 civilians have been killed by air and ground strikes in Raqqa since June 1, saying this is “likely a conservative estimate and the real death toll may be much higher.”

In June, the UN’s chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, warned the UN Human Rights Council that the fight in Raqqa shouldn’t be “at the expense of civilians,” saying it is “gravely concerned with the mounting number of civilians who perish during airstrikes.”

Pinheiro said the airstrikes had resulted in a “staggering loss of life.”
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ロシアの空爆で市民が34人死亡 UK-based monitoring groupの意図的な(?)誤報らしい

Russian air strikes kill 34 civilians near Deir Az Zor

Raids targeted civilians fleeing violence on ferries across the Euphrates River, UK-based monitoring group alleged.

At least 34 civilians, including nine children, have been killed in a Russian air raid on Euphrates River ferries near Syria's Deir Az Zor city, according to a monitoring group.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the air strikes on Sunday targeted "more than 40 ferries" that left al-Boulil town southwest of Deir Az Zor for the eastern shore of the Euphrates.

No immediate response from Russian authorities was available.

Sunday's attack came as Syrian troops pressed an offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across Deir Az Zor province with Russian air cover.

According to the War Media channel operated by Syrian government ally Hezbollah, Syrian troops seized full control of the 450km road linking the capital, Damascus, to Deir Az Zor for the first time in four years.

"The Syrian army and its allies now control the entire international highway between Deir Az Zor and Damascus, through the cities of al-Sukhna and Palmyra," it said, referring to other central Syrian cities recaptured from ISIL (also known as ISIS).

ロシア国防省の反応待ちでしたが、この情報は、まったく無視されました。他のメディアも伝えていません。the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rightsは、デマが多いです。


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