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The Israeli Air Force targeted a cargo plane that traveled from Iran to the Damascus

Israel allegedly killed 113 Iranian soldiers in past 2 months – monitor
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – At least 113 Iranian soldiers and militiamen have been killed in the past two months in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed on Monday.

According to the SOHR report, the Iranian soldiers and militiamen were killed as a result of Israeli airstrikes on Syrian government installations.

Furthermore, the SOHR alleged that at least 140 Iranian soldiers and militiamen were killed by the Israeli forces in the last five months.

Neither Iran nor Syria have corroborated these claims as of yet.

The death tolls from the Israeli attacks on Masyaf and the Damascus International Airport were very low, so it is not clear where the SOHR got these numbers from.

Syrian military says Israeli attack failed to destroy Iranian cargo plane
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force launched a powerful attack on the Damascus International Airport over the weekend that caused several explosions around the capital city.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli Air Force targeted an Iranian cargo plane that was likely transporting weapons to the Syrian military.

In response to the Israeli attack, the Syrian air defense attempted to intercept the missiles before they could reach their intended targets at the Damascus International Airport.

The Syrian air defense did manage to down several Israeli missiles during the brief exchange.

The Syrian military would later report that their air defense repelled the Israeli attack, adding that the Iranian cargo plane was untouched during the bombardment.

This latest attack by the Israeli Air Force marks the second time this year that they have targeted the Damascus International Airport.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force targeted a cargo plane that traveled from Iran to the Damascus International Airport, yesterday, a source in Syria’s capital city told Al-Masdar this morning.

According to the source, the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles towards the cargo that was removed from the plane.
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The source said that the Iranian cargo plane was likely transporting weapons to Syria,.

While some of the Israeli missiles were intercepted, a number of them still hit the Damascus Airport and its surrounding area.

This latest attack by the Israeli Air Force comes just days after they targeted the town of Masyaf in the western countryside of the Hama Governorate.

Breaking: Israeli Air Force bombs Damascus International Airport
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – For the second time this month, the Israeli Air Force has bombed a Syrian government installation at night.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent, the Israeli Air Force heavily bombarded the Damascus International Airport, prompting their air defenses to attempt to intercept the attack.

While the state media maintains the attack was repelled, a source near the airport said that the Israeli attack managed to score direct hits on the installation.

No information was released on the casualties.

This is the second time this year that the Israeli Air Force has bombed the Damascus Airport; they previously targeted a weapons shipment that arrived from Iran.
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トルコは反シリア感情を煽っているらしい トルコの本心が露呈か






Turkey threatening to launch Tel Rifaat offensive if Syrian Army attacks Idlib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Turkey is attempting to persuade Russia and Iran to force the Syrian Army to halt their offensive plans in northwest Syria, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this afternoon.

According to the source, Turkey is seeking an open-ended ceasefire that would be observed by their troops, Russia, and Iran.

In order to disuade the Idlib operation, Turkey has allegedly threatened to launch an offensive at the key town of Tal Rifa’at, the source added.

Over the last few weeks, the Turkish military has gradually built-up their forces near Tal Rifa’at, prompting the Syrian Army to respond by sending reinforcements to the nearby town of Deir Jamal.

This show of force by Turkey has raised alarms in Damascus, as Tal Rifa’at is located just north of Aleppo city and the government strongholds of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl.

While negotiations are still ongoing between Ankara and Moscow regarding Idlib, the Syrian Army has continued to beef up their forces in both Hama and Latakia, signifying that an offensive is imminent in these provinces.

Ex-Terrorist Commander: ISIL Supported by Turkey in Northern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A former foreign terrorist commander disclosed that Turkey has armed the ISIL terrorist group in Northern Syria.

Samir Bukana nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Mohajer, a former commander of the ISIL with Moroccan origin and Italian nationality, who was responsible for transferring weapons from Turkey to Syria for the ISIL, told the Kurdish-language Hawar News on Saturday that the foreign terrorists entered Northern Syria with the help of Turkey's intelligence agency.

Bukana, who was arrested by the Kurdish forces as he was running away to Turkey, added that he entered Jabal al-Akrad region in Syria's Lattakia province along with a group of foreign ISIL terrorists after residing in a camp belonging to the Turkish intelligence agency in Antakya.

He said that the ISIL terrorists in Northern Syria received orders from Turkey, and added that they withdrew to the Turkish lands after fighting against the Syrian army forces in Lattakia for a while upon Ankara's order and then were dispatched to Northern Aleppo to fight against the Kurds after receiving weapons and military equipment.

Bukana, who was also ISIL's man in charge of recruiting foreign forces from the European states to fight Syria, said Turkey provides security for the terrorists and, for instance, denied to extradite an Australian terrorist to Canberra in one of such cases.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a sum of 185 trucks, carrying arms and ammunition, have been forwarded by the Turkish army to regions held by the Ankara-backed militants in Idlib and Hama provinces.

SOHR said that a sum of 185 Trucks, carrying a large volume of weapons and munitions including missiles, were forwarded by the Turkish army via Kafr Lusin border-crossing to the regions that are under the control of the National Liberation Front in Idlib and Hama provinces.

SOHR Further said that the Turkish army has sent tens of convoys of arms and ammunition to Syria via Kafr Lusin border-crossing as the Syrian and Russian fighter jets were not carrying out combat flights over the region in the last few days.

In the meantime, the Lebanese al-Manar News Network reported on Friday that almost a hundred military vehicles of Turkish army crossed the border with Syria and entered Northern Idlib.

AMN:BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – Tensions reportedly erupted between local residents and Syrians in Bursa’s commercial district on Thursday night.
Police forces intervened to disperse the crowds gathered in the market after stores were attacked with rocks following an alleged fight between Syrian and Turkish residents.
According to local media, residents attacked Syrian-owned shops and houses in the commercial district and shouted slogans against Syrians.

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Belgium extradites ISIS suspect to Russia
A Russian national accused of financing militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) in Syria has been extradited from Belgium, a source in the Center for Public Relations (CPR) of the Russian Federal Security Service told TASS.

“The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in association with the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office, the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) at the Russian Interior Ministry and the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service have extradited a Russian citizen Ali Abdul-Mutalipovich Gekhayev, born in 1988, who is on the international wanted list, from Belgium. Being a supporter of radical Islam, Gekhayev has lived full-time on the territory of the European Union countries since 2015, from which he provided financial support to the militants of the international terrorist organization ‘Islamic State’ banned in the Russian Federation in Syria,” the CPR said.

In May 2017, based on the finding of the Russian side the accused was detained in Brussels and placed under pre-extradition arrest, the Center for Public Relations said.

“As a result of coordinated efforts of Russian law enforcement bodies the supplied evidence of criminal activity of the wanted person allowed the Belgian authorities to comply with the extradition request,” the CPR added.

On September 14, Gekhayev was extradited to Russia. Further investigative activities and search measures are being carried out.


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RT editor-in-chief’s exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov (TRANSCRIPT)



ソールスベリーの旅行者の中からロシア語を話す適当な者を見つける。パスポートの写真を記録していた? ビザ交付の際に? そうでなければ名前はわからない。そして服装と背格好でCCTVの画像を探した。これは大変な作業だったと思います。




英国は自らの主張を繰り返し、このインタビューについて as an ‘insult to the public's intelligence'と述べています。「公衆の知性に対する侮辱」あるいは「公の情報機関」に対する侮辱でしょうか。



A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday described an interview of Skripal case suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with Russia’s RT channel as an ‘insult to the public's intelligence', TASS reported.

‘UK cornered itself claiming Petrov & Boshirov were perpetrators’ – analysts on Skripal poisoning
Whatever revelations may pop up, the UK will stick to its vague version of the Salisbury poisoning incident, analysts said on the heels of an exclusive RT interview with Britain’s Skripal case suspects.

The interview with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, named as suspects in the Salisbury poisoning, appeared on RT on Thursday. Speaking to RT editor-in-chief, Maragarita Simonyan both said they had been wrongly accused by the UK of attempted murder of the ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Although they claimed they went there to see the sights, the British were quick to denounce the interview as a blow to the “public’s intelligence.” RT has been told that no matter what, the UK will not change its view on the matter.

“The British government locked itself into the corner, into a certain position” insisting Petrov and Boshirov were the perpetrators, said Martin McCauley, author and Russia analyst. “Therefore it cannot say: ‘Sorry, we made a terrible mistake here’. Because it will lose face if it did that.”

After London expelled numerous Russian diplomats and after sanctions were imposed on Russia, “you can’t really go back and say ‘the evidence is not there, we back away from that’.” From a credibility point of view, the British government must stick to that position, McCauley asserted.

Asked what could persuade London of the pair’s innocence, he responded: “I can’t see anything which could really change the British government’s attitude and its conviction that these two men were perpetrators, that they were the ones who brought Novichok into the country.”

Neil Clark, a UK-based journalist and writer, said he would dig deeper into the story to try to find other missing pieces in the puzzle. “And the CCTV coverage as well… we didn’t see any footage of the Skripals on the day of the poisoning,” he told RT. He lamented that the UK claims revolve around “this limited footage of these two suspects.”

Just days ago the UK government and the mainstream media suggested that these men would be dead by now, he continued, referring to a Daily Mail interview with Andrey Piontkovsky, a leading Russia critic. “That was the official narrative three days ago. And then what happens? These men contact RT and are interviewed.”

“And then, of course, it is forgotten that we were told they are already dead,” Clark said. “The story then changes to what they said was a pack of lies.” The other blank spot is the timeline of events, he said.

“If these two men – the suspects – arrived in Salisbury at 11.40am and the Skripals left their home at 9.15am how was it they were poisoned on the door handle of their home?” Clark asked before adding: “We got no evidence that they actually returned home. We got no CCTV of this, and this is interesting.”

Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned along with his daughter in central Salisbury in March. The UK pinned the blame on Russia for the incident, with Prime Minister Theresa May claiming that Petrov and Boshirov were members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin dismissed the claim, saying the two were civilians with no criminal background.

UK claims men in RT interview were GRU intelligence agents despite their denial
The UK Foreign Office doubled down on their claim that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are officers in Russian military intelligence, after the pair professed their innocence during an interview with RT.

The pair had said they had been wrongly accused by the UK of attempted murder of ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in Salisbury in March, stating they were in the city for tourism.

Following the interview's broadcast, UK government spokesperson told RT: “The Police and Crown Prosecution Service have identified these men as the prime suspects in relation to the attack in Salisbury.

“The Government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service – the GRU – who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country.

“We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March. Today – just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies.”

Speaking to reporters, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson labelled the interview "an insult to the public's intelligence" and "deeply offensive."

The Foreign Office’s claim was backed up by John Glen MP, the lawmaker whose constituency includes Salisbury.

Despite the UK's claims, many questions remain over the pair's guilt.

Analysts told RT that the men either wanted to be noticed on purpose or were just two ridiculously clumsy “agents," as the surveillance cameras captured a large proportion of their movements around Salisbury.

Speaking to RT, Charles Shoebridge, a former British military officer, stressed that it’s very strange for well-trained Russian intelligence specialists to leave such a “reckless and clear trail of evidence” that would lead the investigation directly to Russia.

Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer, said she doubts Moscow’s alleged motive, noting that pieces of evidence presented to the public will never be “tried forensically in court," adding that there are some "big holes" in the chain of evidence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies the two men are military intelligence officers in the GRU, insisting they are civilians and there is nothing criminal about them.

Following the British allegations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated: “Neither Russia’s top leadership nor those with lower ranks, and [Russian] officials, have had anything to do with the events in Salisbury."
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ロシアの防衛産業 ウクライナからの輸入品をすべて置き換え




ウクライナ情勢 毎年百万人が国を去り労働力危機に直面

Russia completes replacement of Ukrainian imports in defense industry – deputy PM

The Russian defense industry has completed the replacement of Ukraine-produced products needed for the production of weapons and military hardware by Russia-produced analogues, a senior Russian official says.

“The question of [Russia’s] dependence on deliveries from Ukraine has been closed and it is now closed for good. All vulnerable points that we really had in 2014 are now in the past,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Yuri Borisov said.

Borisov said the major replacement programs concern engines for Russian helicopters, previously produced by Ukrainian company Motor Sich, and turbines for navy ship engines. These parts are now being produced by Russian companies NPO Saturn and ODK Klimov. He added that before 2014, Ukrainian companies supplied a lot of electronic components for Russian-made weapons, but that these deliveries were not crucial as most concerned spare parts for products made in Soviet times.

“We are completing the tests and certification for these types of hardware and from the current moment we supply the Russian-made engines to our defense producers,” the deputy PM was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Yuri Borisov was appointed deputy PM in charge of the military-industrial sector in May, replacing Dmitry Rogozin, who had occupied the post since 2011.

In his report to the parliament in mid-2015, Rogozin promised that by 2018 the defense industry would completely overcome the dependence on Ukraine-made components and greatly decrease the proportion of parts imported from EU and NATO countries.

Rogozin also stated in the report that although Western sanctions had certain negative effects on Russian weapon production, export orders for defense products remained high and Russia continued to occupy one of the leading places in the global arms trade.
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‘Chlorine delivered’: Idlib militants ‘readying false flag attack’ in Syrian village – Russian MoD
Militants in Syria’s Idlib have transported several canisters containing chlorine to the village of Bsanqul, apparently preparing to stage a false flag chemical attack, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

The chlorine-filled canisters were delivered by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants of Tahrir al Sham, formerly known as Al-Nusra Front, a spokesman of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, said in a statement Saturday. He added that the latest developments showed that the militants are preparing for a false flag attack that would be used to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its people.

This is the latest warning from the Russian military on what it says is a chemical “provocation” in the making. On Wednesday, it said the White Helmets group has shot videos intended to be used in framing the Syrian government. Earlier, the MoD said toxic chemicals had been delivered Idlib and accused the White Helmets of carrying out the delivery.

The US and its allies have so far dismissed the Russian warnings, but said that the government in Damascus might instead be preparing chemical attacks against civilians. Moscow has suggested that the attack might be prepared with the support of Washington, which wants to justify further air strikes against Syria. Those planned strikes are said to be much larger in scale than those launched against the Syrian military by the US, the UK and France in April.

Terrorists, White Helmets to Possibly Stage False-Flag Chemical Attack in Hama Province on Friday
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Al-Nusra front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) and pro-militants White Helmet Organization will possibly state a false flag chemical attack in Northern and Northwestern Hama on Friday and will make a fake video to raise allegation against Damascus forces, field sources told a media outlet.

Sputnik quoted the sources as saying that Al-Nusra Front and allied groups will possibly state a chemical attack in Northern and Northwestern Hama with cooperation of the White Helmets on Friday.

It further said that the terrorist groups planned the attack on Thursday, adding that the attack will possibly start after Friday Prayers.

Sputnik went on to say that Al-Nusra along with Jeish al-Izzah and al-Turkistani Islamic and a number of White Helmets will pave the ground for the fake attack to make video and accuse the Syrian Army of launching the gas attack against its people.

It said that a number Turkish and foreign media activists will move towards al-Latamina and Kafr Zita and al-Ghaab Plain.

Sputnik further said that the terrorists did not allow civilians in Idlib to travel to Northern Hama and al-Ghaab Plain, claiming that they are military zones, adding that the terrorists will target the Syrian Army positions after Friday Prayers to force them to react and then they will stage their fake chemical attack and will make a video of rescuing people in the scene of fake gas attack.

Later, a number of people will announce in English and Arabic languages that a chemical attack has been occurred, Sputnik said, adding that later a number of kidnapped children will be transferred to hospitals in Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib, Northern Hama and Northwestern Hama.

In the meantime, the White Helmets had said that the Syrian Army must be provoked on Friday to launch attacks in Hama as the Syrian and Russian fighter jets have halted targeting terrorists' positions in Northwestern Hama.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik news agency quoted informed sources in Idlib as saying on Thursday that the terrorist groups prepared several scenes for false-flag chemical attacks in different regions, including al-Ghaab Plain, Northern Hama and Jisr al-Shughour.

They added that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists have prepared 12 civilians who speak English well in Idlib to contact foreign media after the chemical attack and transferred them to several regions in Jisr al-Shughour, al-Ghaab Plain and Northern Hama.

Also, a new meeting was held in one of Tahrir al-Sham strongholds in Idlib in which a number of Tahrir al-Sham commanders, White Helmets and local camerapersons of foreign news agencies participated for last coordination to launch the imminent chemical attack.

The sources added that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists have adopted a new strategy after their past plans were disclosed and their security bureaus have spread contradictory rumors in the past two days for false-flag chemical attacks to divert attentions from the regions for real attacks.

They said that Jeish al-Izzah terrorists had received a new cargo of 5 capsules containing chlorine gas from Tahrir al-Sham commanders and White Helmets and transferred them to one of their newly-built strongholds in a tunnel between the two towns of al-Latamina and Kafr Zita West of the town of Latmin in Northern Hama.

Based on the report, given the fact that the terrorists have prepared precise plans for false-flag operations, there is a possibility for real chemical attacks in Idlib and Hama.

Sources close to the terrorist groups' commanders in Idlib also said that one of the businesspersons of the town of Sarmada has supplied Turkistani militants in al-Ghaab Plain and terrorists in Northern Hama and Jisr al-Shughour the with advanced camera and editing systems as well as satellite transmitters.

White Helmets making films of 'chemical attacks' with children in Idlib – Russian military

The White Helmets have shot at least nine videos intended to serve as proof in accusations that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapon attack using chlorine against civilians in Idlib, the Russian military claims.

A number of Middle Eastern TV channels and a regional affiliate of a US broadcaster “have shot nine videos, in Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province, of a staged chemical attack” that will be blamed on the Syrian government, the Russian Reconciliation Center In Syria said in a statement on Wednesday.

All videos show activists from the White Helmets group, which purportedly provides assistance to civilians, the statement claims.

The Russian military details that on September 11, the White Helmets and terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham (commonly known as Al-Qaeda in Syria) held a meeting following the filming process, in which they selected two out of nine videos for future transfer to the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The remaining videos are to be used for propaganda on social media networks due to the poor quality, the military claims.

At the same time, since September 9, the White Helmets have been staging rehearsals of an alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Russian officials say in the same statement, claiming that the rehearsals feature up to 30 civilians, including a dozen children aged 8-12.

Further claims by the Russian military indicate the White Helmets, along with the terrorists, are preparing an “actual use of poisonous chorine-based substances” on the people participating in the filming of the fake videos.

Russia has ‘zero evidence’ proving Syrian opposition has chemical weapons – Mattis
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, said on Tuesday that the Russian government has no evidence to prove that the Syrian opposition has the capabilities to produce chemical weapons.

“And right now we see zero evidence that the opposition has any chemical capability, notwithstanding what Russia has been broadcasting repeatedly,” Mattis said.

When asked about the U.S.’ response to a future chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, the U.S. Secretary of Defense refused to answer the reporter’s question.

The U.S. maintains that the Syrian government has been the only party in the seven-year long war that has used chemical weapons inside the country.

‘We have undeniable proof of planned provocations against Damascus’ – Russian Ambassador
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 P.M.) – Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya claimed to have “undeniable proof” of provocations being prepared to discredit the Syrian government while speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York City on Tuesday.

He added that “the use of chemical weapons by Damascus has no military grounds and is harmful from the military and political point of view as it would be an invitation for the Western trio to attack Syria.”

Filming of staged chemical attack in Syrian Idlib begins - Russian MoD
Footage, meant to serve as proof that the Syrian government has conducted a chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria, is to be handed to global news outlets by the end of Tuesday, the Russian military claims.

Several Middle East TV channels and a US news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria’s Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said. It added the intelligence came from local residents of Jisr al-Shughur.

“All the footage of the staged provocation in Jisr al-Shughur is to be delivered to the newsrooms of TV channels, which are to broadcast it after its publication on social media,” the statement claimed.

It also said that an Islamist group was provided with two canisters of a “chlorine-based chemical” for the purpose of the operation.

The Russian military said the footage would include scenes of White Helmets operatives treating supposed victims of an apparent barrel bomb chemical weapon attack by Damascus.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that a false flag chemical weapon attack was being prepared in Idlib, giving the US and its allies justification to attack Syrian government forces. Senior US officials have threatened Damascus with retaliation if it uses chemical weapons in Idlib and even preemptively assigned the blame for any such attack to the government.

Russian MoD: Staged Filming of Mock 'Chemical Attacks' Has Begun in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- As the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported, all the fake footage of "chemical attacks", designed to facilitate the implication of Syrian government forces, is expected to be sent to different TV channels before the end of the day.

"According to the information received from inhabitants of Idlib province, militants are now filming a staged provocation in the city of Jisr al-Shoghour, where "chemical weapons" are depicted as being used by the Syrian army against civilians. The film crews of several Middle Eastern TV channels arrived in Jisr al-Shoghour in the morning, as well as the regional affiliate of one of the main American television news networks", the Reconciliation Center said, Sputnik reported.

The Russian military added that the militants had brought two containers with chlorine-based toxic substance to Jisr al-Shoghour to make provocation seem "natural".

"The plot envisages staged scenes showing 'activists' of the Civil Defence ("White Helmets") 'helping' the residents of Jisr al-Shoghour after the Syrian army allegedly used the so-called barrel bombs with poisonous substances," the center noted.

According to the center, all videos of provocations shot in Jisr al-Shoghour will be handed to broadcasters by the end of the day after being released in social media.

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

Meanwhile, the Syrian government has pledged to drive the remaining terrorists out of Idlib and has begun taking steps toward full-scale military operations in the territory.

The Russian Ministry of Defense warned about the forthcoming false flag provocation, which will involve a staged chlorine gas attack, in late August. Later, the defense ministry said that the results of this provocation could be used by the Western coalition forces as an excuse to launch another missile strike against the Syrian government. The United States, the Russian Defense Ministry noted, has been deploying the relevant forces to Syria. In late August, the American destroyer USS The Sullivans arrived in the Persian Gulf carrying 56 cruise missiles, and a US Air Force B-1B strategic bomber, equipped with 24 air-to-surface JASSM cruise missiles, was redeployed to El-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.

This is not the first time the coalition forces strike the Syrian government positions, citing alleged chemical attacks by the government forces. Thus, on April 14, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched over 100 missiles on multiple targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma that reportedly took place on April 7. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons and said that the Jeish al-Islam terror group staged the attack to justify foreign intervention in the country.
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No lessons learned: Next financial crisis to be much worse with US dollar collapse – Peter Schiff

No lessons learned: Next financial crisis to be much worse with US dollar collapse – Peter Schiff
A decade after the global financial crisis, the world is facing another crash even bigger than the one in 2008, veteran stock broker Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, told RT.

“The too big to fail banks are now both bigger than ever, and more exposed than ever to rising rates and recession. So the systemic risks to the economy are greater now than they were in 2008,” said Schiff.

Such banks should have been allowed to fail a decade ago, he says. “The moral hazard associated with the government having made the mistake of bailing out banks that should have been allowed to fail. Unfortunately, no lessons were learned from the last crisis. We repeated, and expanded all the mistakes that caused the last crisis, ensuring the next one will be much worse,” he said.

According to the investor, all the problems that caused the 2008 financial crisis loom even larger now. “The even worse monetary and fiscal policy since the last crisis guarantees the next one will be much worse. The crisis will be similar in that government will be the cause, everyone will be caught by surprise, and capitalism will be the scapegoat, but it will be much different in that it will be much worse,” Schiff said.

However, the nature of the next crisis would be different, Schiff predicts. While the 2008 crisis was centered around mortgage debt, dollar rise and gold fall, the new one would be about the US Treasury debt crisis. “Treasury debt will be the focal point of the next crisis, and the dollar will collapse and gold prices will soar. The ensuing recession will be much worse as consumer prices will also rise sharply.”
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Partisangirl認証済みアカウント @Partisangirl氏の2018/9/15のツイート
10 Myths you've been told about #Idlib and #Syria by the neocon talking point factory.Peter Ford

21st Century Wire 2018/9/14
The Bluffer’s Guide to Bombing Syria
The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out ‘talking points’ to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons.

Here is a guide from a former insider to the top dozen of these lies.

1. There are more babies than jihadis in Idlib. As it happens this gem of moral blackmail is untrue. There are twice as many jihadis (about 100,000) as babies (0-1 year) (55,000). What is this factoid meant to say anyway? Don’t try to free an area of jihadis because you might harm a lot of children? The Western coalition scarcely heeded that consideration in razing Mosul and Raqqa in order to crush ISIS. They are still pulling babies out of the rubble in Raqqa.

2. The reports [of the imminent chemical weapons ‘attack’] must be true because Assad has done it before. False. Since 2013 when Asad gave up chemical weapons under supervision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the OPCW have not visited the sites of alleged attacks in jihadi-controlled areas but have accepted at face value ‘reports’ from pro-jihadi organisations like the White Helmets and the Syrian American Medical Society, along with ‘evidence’ from hostile intelligence agencies. In the case of the one site the OPCW did visit, Douma, their report said they found no evidence of sarin, no untoward traces in any of the blood samples taken from ‘alleged victims’ (their term), no bodies and only ambiguous evidence of use of chlorine.

3. The OPCW report on Douma was flawed because the Russians and Syrians caused delay. False. As documented in the OPCW report, delay was caused by UN bureaucracy and jihadi snipers. The inspectors do not say their findings were to any significant degree invalidated by the delay.

4. Assad uses chemical weapons because they frighten large numbers of people into fleeing. False. They don’t. This desperate argument is trotted out to counter the fact that Assad would have to be stupid to use chemical weapons knowing what the result would be and that he would derive minimal military benefit. To date, not one of the alleged chemical attacks has precipitated an exodus any greater than flight caused by the legendary ‘barrel bombs’. The inhabitants of Douma by their own testimonies given to Western journalists were even unaware there might have been an attack until they heard about it in the media.

5. The OPCW won’t be able to investigate because it won’t be safe. A feeble excuse to preempt calls for establishing facts before bombing. The Turks escort Western journalists into Idlib. They have hundreds of troops there and the jihadis kowtow to them because they control all logistics. The Turks could escort OPCW. And wouldn’t the jihadis be keener than anybody for the inspectors to visit if their claims were true?

6. The upcoming strikes are not aimed at regime change. False. The plan is to decapitate the Syrian state with attacks on the presidency. Failing that the aim is to make Idlib a quagmire for the Russians. Anything to deprive Asad and Putin of victory, regardless of whether it prolongs the war.

7. It’s all Russian disinformation. Yeah, like the arms inspectors before the Iraq war who said no WMD in Iraq. Reality: the Russians have got great intelligence on what Western powers with their jihadi clients are up to and are calling out the phoney moves.

8. There won’t be enough time for parliamentary debate. Pull the other one. Reality: the government are terrified of a rerun of 2013 when Labour and 30 brave Tory MPs voted against bombing, causing Cameron and then Obama to back off.

9. MPs can’t be told what is planned because it would jeopardise the safety of service personnel. How low can you stoop? Feigning concern for flyers when it’s really just about keeping the people in ignorance of how big the strikes are going to be.

10. There are going to be massacres, a bloodbath, or ‘genocide’. False. We heard all this hysteria before Aleppo, before Eastern Ghouta and before the campaign in the South. All vastly exaggerated. The Syrian Arab Army has not been responsible for a single massacre, while the jihadis have been responsible for many (source: quarterly reports of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria).

11. People have nowhere to go. False. The Russians have opened safe corridors but the jihadis are not allowing people to leave. They can still leave for the northern border strip which Turkey controls, where there are camps, and many (including jihadi fighters) will be able to cross temporarily into Turkey.

12. We can’t tell you which armed groups we support because it would make them targets for Assad. Really? You think he doesn’t know? Isn’t it because you are terrified it will come out that we have been supporting some real head-choppers?


Author Peter Ford is a retired British Diplomat who was Ambassador to Bahrain from 1999-2003 and Syria from 2003-2006.
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Russia to create humanitarian corridors in Idlib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with security officials in Moscow this afternoon, Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

According to Peskov, the main topic of discussion between Putin and the Russian security officials is the ongoing situation in the Idlib province of Syria.

No further details were released by the Russian presidential office.

With a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operation looming in this imperative province in northwest Syria, Putin has been pressured by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to force the government forces to abort this offensive.

Russia to create humanitarian corridors in Idlib to prevent civilian casualties – Russian FM
Moscow will create humanitarian corridors in Syria’s Idlib and encourage local reconciliation deals to prevent civilian casualties, the Russian Foreign Minister has said. He warned that terrorist sites would still be targeted.

“We will do everything not to hurt civilian population,” the diplomat said.

While delivering his message, Lavrov also pulled no punches on the way the Western coalition helped “liberate” cities. In particular, he touched upon Iraq’s Mosul and Syria’s Raqqa, which have been major strongholds of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists for a long time.

The cities were razed to the ground during the Western-backed offensives and corpses were lying under the rubble “for months,” he said. The minister recalled that during these operations no proper evacuation corridors were created for civilians to leave.

Lavrov dismissed reports suggesting that the Syrian army has already launched an assault on Idlib.

Western media and some politicians have been pushing the narrative that, if the Syrian army launches an offensive in Idlib, it will definitely end in a humanitarian disaster. The notion has been addressed by Russian officials who said that they will take all necessary measures to protect civilians.

US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley claimed that “any offensive” in Idlib is “going to be dealt with.” The US has struck Syria twice after claims of chemical weapons use by the government in Damascus. “Don’t test us again,” she said in an interview to Fox News this week, addressing the Syrian government and its allies Russia and Iran.

Idlib is the last remaining stronghold of various jihadist groups that once sought to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad, with support from the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers. The most powerful of these groups is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra; it is an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization the US holds responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

The US-led operation in Mosul turned most of the Iraqi city into rubble. It might not return to normal life for decades with the UN saying that it is still littered with multiple bombs. An RT crew visited the devastated city, five months after the operation had been declared over in July 2017, and filmed the scale of the destruction.
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Breaking: Syrian Army unleashes big assault across Hama-Idlib axis

Breaking: Syrian Army unleashes big assault across Hama-Idlib axis

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a big assault across the Idlib-Hama axis this afternoon, following a rather quiet morning in northwest Syria.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began the attack by heavily targeting the Islamist rebels near the Masasneh Checkpoint.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army managed to eliminate an entire group of Jaysh Al-Izza fighters, including two snipers.

Following this attack, the Syrian Arab Army began targeting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s trenches around the western axis of Tal Wast.

The Syrian Arab Army was able to destroy at least three trenches belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham before they shifted their attention to the Idlib Governorate.

Using surface-to-surface missiles, the Syrian Arab Army heavily shelled the town of Tamanah, hitting a number of jihadist installations in the process.

The Syrian Arab Army is now focusing most of their attack on the towns of Tamanah and Sukeek, which are both located in the southern part of the Idlib Governorate.

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スクリパル事件容疑者として英国から名指しされたロシア人2名のインタビュー 大変面白い


‘We’re not agents’: UK’s suspects in Skripal case talk exclusively with RT’s editor-in-chief


Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission.

The two men reached out to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, as they wanted to tell their story. The first thing she asked them was to confirm their names, and they said that they were indeed Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and that those were their real names.

She then asked them whether they worked for the GRU – Russian intelligence. They immediately denied it.

“You honestly look very tense,” Simonyan noted.

“And how would you look after all of that?” Petrov responded, before Boshirov said the British investigation “ruined their lives.”

“Well, we came there [to the UK] on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable. We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow,” Petrov said.

“Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”

“We spent no more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the lags between trains,” Boshirov said.“Maybe we did [approach] Skripal’s house, but we don’t know where is it located.”

“On March 4 we returned [to Salisbury] because everything had melted away in London, there was warm and sunny weather. We specifically went there [again] to see the Old Sarum and the cathedral and decided to finish this thing on March 4," said Petrov.

Simonyan clarified: “What thing?”

“To see the cathedral,” Petrov replied.

When Margarita Simonyan asked the two men whether they had Novichok or any poison with them, they emphatically said no. Then she asked whether they had the Nina Ricci perfume bottle that has been shown as evidence.

“Isn't it silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume? The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women’s perfume in their luggage. We didn’t have it,” Boshirov said.

Both Petrov and Boshirov sounded distressed as they spoke about how their lives had changed since they were named in the UK as Russian intelligence agents, who attempted to poison the Skripals.

“When your life turned upside down, you don’t know what to do and where to go. We’re afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones,” Boshirov said.

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they were.

“Sure… in Switzerland we were for a couple of times… we spent New year in Switzerland.” The journey was part of their vacation, however the two have also been in Europe to do business that is related to sports nutrition.

“We examine the market, look if there is something new – some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements. We pick up the most necessary, come here and decide how to deliver the new products from this market here.”

After asked if they were people on the screenshots released by the UK, the men said they indeed were.

“Yes. We have these clothes, this jacket is hanging in my wardrobe. The shoes are bought in England…This is the clothes were are currently wearing.”

“Are these clothes currently in Russia?” Simonyan asked.

“Yes, of course, we can show it.”

The RT editor-in-chief also touched upon the most puzzling picture of the two, the photo from the Gatwick airport.

“Here is the picture that puzzled the whole world, Gatwick airport, you are leaving through a gate literally in the same times, almost the same second. How did it happen?” she asked.

“We always go together through the same corridor and the same custom service officer or a policeman. One goes, the other waits. We went through the corridor together, we always [do it] together. How did it happen? It’s better to ask them [UK police],” Boshirov replied.

Skripal poisoning suspects get really awkward talking about why they spent all their time together
Arguably the most awkward moments in the interview, which the two men named by Britain as suspects in the Skripal affair gave to RT’s editor-in-chief, came when their straightness came into question.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are suspected by the UK of being Russian military intelligence agents, who were sent to Britain to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal. They came to RT to deny the claim. But apparently being perceived as a gay couple seemed to them at least as dreadful as being suspected of having used a chemical weapon, killing one person.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are suspected by the UK of being Russian military intelligence agents, who were sent to Britain to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal. They came to RT to deny the claim. But apparently being perceived as a gay couple seemed to them at least as dreadful as being suspected of having used a chemical weapon, killing one person.

When asked by RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan about whether they had a Nina Ricci perfume bottle when they arrived in London, Boshirov objected the very idea that he or his friend would carry one.

“Don't you think that it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?” he said, adding that such a possession would have been found by the British customs officers, who would see it as “suspicious”.

“Even an ordinary person would have questions. Why would a man need perfume for women?” agreed Petrov.

Simonyan jumped on the awkward vibe and pressed forward: “Speaking of straight men, all footage features you two together … What do you have in common that you spend so much time together?”

The only thing Boshirov came up with in response was “let's not breach anyone's privacy” and complained that instead of protection the two were expecting from RT they get an “interrogation”.

The nature of the relationship between Boshirov and Petrov came up again, when the former launched a tirade about how normal it is for two straight men to stay in the same hotel room.

“The British say many things. They say we lived in a number with a single bed,” he said. “It’s a normal thing for tourists to stay together in the same hotel apartment with two rooms. It saves money living like that. It’s more comfortable and more fun. This is a normal thing for any normal man.”

The outburst was finally cut short by Simonyan, who said whether the two shared a bed in the London hotel was “the last thing the world cares about now.”

Framed tourists? Suspects in Skripal poisoning say they were sightseeing in Salisbury

The two Russian men accused of poisoning the Skripals told RT’s editor-in-chief in an exclusive interview that they went to Salisbury to do some sightseeing after a friend urged them to visit the “wonderful” city.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan that they were in Salisbury as tourists, but cut their visit short due to “muddy slush everywhere.”

“We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we laste for only half an hour because it was covered in snow,” Petrov said.

"We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”

Petrov said the pair had returned the next day to see Old Sarum and the cathedral because they hoped the warmer weather conditions had melted all the snow.

Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned along with his daughter in central Salisbury in March. The UK government has blamed Russia for the incident, with Prime Minister Theresa May claiming that Petrov and Boshirov are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service.
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※ H.K @Ibra_Joudeh氏の7:26 PM - Sep 8, 2018 のツイート
#Youtube shuts down all pro Syrian channels including, Sama TV, Syrian MoD, Sana news agency, Syrian presidency

※ Leith Abou Infidel認証済みアカウント @leithfadel氏の19:26 - 2018年9月8日のツイート
YouTube has shut down all Syrian government channels today.

※ Sarah Abdallah @sahouraxo氏の4:45 AM - Sep 9, 2018のツイート
YouTube has shut down all pro-Syrian channels just as the fight to free Idlib from the clutches of Al-Qaeda terrorists begins.
Silencing Syrian voices only benefits jihadists and those who want to keep Syria in constant turmoil.

Syrian state YouTube channels ‘terminated’ amid fears of looming false-flag chem attack
A number of Syrian state and media-linked YouTube accounts have gone dark, as the battle for Idlib looms amid Russia’s warnings of an imminent false-flag chemical attack and Western preparations for retaliatory strikes.

On Saturday afternoon, the channels belonging to the Syrian presidency, the country’s Ministry of Defense, and SANA news all showed a message saying: “This account has been terminated due to a legal complaint,” or “This account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service.”

The Damascus-based Sana TV's channel on YouTube also appeared to be taken down, with a message reading: “This page isn't available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.”

While YouTube has yet to issue a comment on the matter, it appears that the Syrian channels went offline sometime on Saturday morning, just as Gen. Joseph Dunford warned that the Pentagon is preparing and keeping Donald Trump informed about “military options” for retaliation in case “chemical weapons are used” in Syria.

The US has made it abundantly clear that it is ready to attack Syria, should chemical weapons come into play in the government's operation to clear the remaining pockets of jihadist resistance in Idlib. Moscow believes that terrorists holed up in Idlib will try to stage a false-flag attack to frame Damascus and justify further air strikes against Syria. It has warned the US against escalating the situation in the war-torn country.

On Saturday, the Russian military said it had obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat Al-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets, had already met in Idlib province and plotted the final scenarios for a false-flag chemical attacks in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin.

The US and its allies have repeatedly stressed their readiness to strike Syria if any attack takes place, ignoring all of Russia’s warnings. In late August, American forces deployed missile destroyer USS ‘Ross’ to the Mediterranean and USS ‘The Sullivans’ to the Persian Gulf. The preparation of US military forces was condemned by Russia, with its Defense Ministry describing the move as “the latest evidence of the US intention” to take advantage of a false-flag attack.

YouTube offers cryptic explanation on shutdown of Syrian gov’t channels

The video-sharing giant took down four Syrian state-run YouTube channels, including two channels belonging to state media and the official account of the Syrian president, amid escalating tensions in the militant-held province of Idlib and warnings by the Russian military that the White Helmets may stage a new false flag chemical attack.

Asked to comment on the shutdown, which users reported over the weekend, a YouTube spokesperson provided Sputnik with the following statement: “YouTube complies with all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws – including with respect to content created and uploaded by restricted entities. If we find that an account violates our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, we disable it.”

Earlier, the TomoNews US outlet claimed that the Syrian government-affiliated accounts may have been shut down for generating ad revenue, which if true would be a violation of US sanctions against Damascus.

Former President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2011 prohibiting US entities from “engaging in business” with any “Syrian state-owned” entity.

The four government-affiliated channels and their hundreds of videos’ worth of content have been deleted, replaced with the message: “This account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.” As for PresidencyCy, the channel of the Syrian presidency, the deleted channel displays the message: “This account has been terminated due to a legal complaint.”

YouTube’s decision prompted scorn among some social media users, who said that the deleted channels, including that of the Syrian Arab News Agency and the Syrian Defense Ministry, provided them with an alternative perspective on the Syrian conflict to that put forth by Western governments and media.

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国際刑事裁判所がアフガンでの戦争犯罪の調査へ 米国は調査に一切協力しないと宣言

The ICC vs. the US: Who Is the Real Loser?
TEHRAN (FNA)- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally moved to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan.

This is welcome news as this is what the international civil society expects from the ICC. The US administration has long been using its influence over global bodies to the extent that it sees itself an "exceptional" nation. Now the Hague intends to prove that unlike other international bodies such as the UN Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this is not the case with the ICC, and that even if Washington moves to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself, it won’t be able to stop justice from being served to the long-suffering people of Afghanistan.

Still, that didn’t stop US National Security Adviser John Bolton from saying that the US will not only refuse to cooperate with the ICC, but that “for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” Bolton is suggesting that the US will block any judges and prosecutors from entering the US, freeze any ICC funds in the US financial system, and impose sanctions against the ICC and its officials!

The US has long resisted ICC oversight of its myriad war crimes and misdeeds, and has long insisted that Americans are immune from ICC prosecution. This has tended to work in the past, as the ICC has so far not made any serious moves against any US citizens. Not anymore, as things have changed and justice is no longer a luxury. Under International Law, therefore, the ICC has the power and authority to prosecute Americans committing war crimes not just in Afghanistan, but in Iraq, Syria and Yemen as well.

It is under the same international norms that the International Criminal Court has firmly dismissed the threat of sanctions against it by Bolton in case it probes US war crimes in Afghanistan, declaring that it will continue its work “undeterred.”

“The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,” the ICC announced in a Tuesday statement, a day after Bolton used bullying rhetoric against the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.

The international court has further insisted that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 nations, and that it would not be intimidated or dissuaded from its global task.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is right to announce that there is a “reasonable basis to believe” war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Afghanistan and that all sides in the 17-year-old conflict would be inspected, including members of the US military and its CIA spying network.

Washington has refused to ratify the Rome Treaty that established the ICC. The US has adopted the so-called American Services-Members “Protection Act” - nicknamed The Hague Invasion Act - which authorizes the use of any means necessary to free any American personnel held by the court. But that’s not enough to justify any ICC backpedal from its rightful position.

Further still, the attack by Bolton against the ICC is not only in direct contradiction to the principle of accountability for war crimes, but reinforces the US administration’s repugnant policy of exceptionalism, where it demands adherence to International Law by all countries, except itself. The US dministration’s threat to criminally prosecute and sanction International Criminal Court judges and prosecutors is straight out of an authoritarian playbook. Yet, those who believe that this criminal and autocratic rule of the White House started under Donald Trump need to remember President Obama's statements. But still, this conceited belief in exceptionalism has always been present in the minds and actions of the US presidents ever since late World War II.

Taken together, delivering justice to the victims of America’s longest war in history will help to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan. This is their basic human right and demand and it must be respected by the US which keeps telling us that it cares about international norms and human rights. The ICC should also investigate the Israeli regime’s crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine, because like its American patrons, the usurper regime of Israel is not above International Law either.

Per usual, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan has only brought death and destruction to the Afghan people. The war has been a disastrous failure and it is going really badly. By prosecuting those who have committed war crimes, the ICC can force the US to change its strategy and show some respect for justice and accountability outside its borders or simply leave Afghanistan. This way, it can also pave the way for national reconciliation and an international effort to end the protracted conflict.

After all, there is no grandiose purpose to having US military forces operating in Afghanistan. People like Bolton who favor an escalation of the war ought to own up to its heavy costs and bloody consequences. Of course, none of this is likely to be the case as long as the US commanders pursue their strategy of bomb and apologize (and in many cases bomb even with no apology), while garrisoning the planet and fighting open-ended wars on not only Afghan but global frontiers.

Instead of fuelling global outrage for their illicit wars and occupations, the warmongers in Washington would be better off and safer, if they come to their senses, cooperate with the ICC and end their failed mission in Afghanistan. Threatening the ICC in a bid to continue war crimes would never bring the White House losers a victory in Afghanistan the same way it hasn't thus far.

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‘Something big is coming’: French aid worker in Aleppo says Syrians bracing for US attack

‘Something big is coming’: French aid worker in Aleppo says Syrians bracing for US attack
A major US military escalation in Syria would be “based on lies” and will have “terrible” consequences for Syrians, a French aid worker in Aleppo told RT, adding that Washington seems determined to prolong the war at any cost.

Pierre Le Corf, the founder of the NGO ‘We Are Superheroes’, has lived for nearly three years in Aleppo – but he said that Western governments, including his home country of France, have provided a distorted picture of the reality on the ground.

“In Aleppo, people are trying to rebuild their lives, and they need to believe that [the war] is over. But we know that something big is coming,” he told RT when asked about Washington’s repeated threats of military action if the Syrian Army attempts to recapture Idlib province, the last Al-Qaeda stronghold in the country.

He said that the United States and its allies were using humanitarian concerns as a pretense for prolonging the bloody, seven-year conflict, adding that a major US military escalation in the country would be “based on lies” and would be “terrible for all Syrians.”

“What may happen may be catastrophic,” he said.

“We can see what the Americans are trying to do. Two years ago we got about 30 Tomahawk [missiles] launched at the country, a year ago we got one hundred missiles from France, America, and the UK, and now we know that something big is going to happen… They don’t want to see the war getting over.”

Le Corf noted that the US wants to prolong the war at any cost because it likely fears that if Idlib falls, northwestern(northeastern?) Syria would be next – which is currently controlled by the US military and its proxies.

The French aid worker also pushed back on the claim that “moderate rebels” had controlled East Aleppo before it was liberated by the Syrian Army in 2016.

“When I heard countries, like my country France, calling these people rebels – and still today in Idlib they say ‘rebels’ – this is not true. The majority of the people are terrorists.”

Washington has repeatedly warned that it will take military action if Damascus uses chemical weapons in Idlib, with US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley even announcing that the US already knows who’s responsible for any future gas attacks. Russia has claimed that it has intelligence that preparations for a false flag chemical weapons attack, carried out by jihadists with help from foreign sponsors, are already underway.
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America’s $20 trillion debt makes US dollar a risky asset – Putin

America’s $20 trillion debt makes US dollar a risky asset – Putin
There is a global trend among countries reducing the share of the dollar in international settlements, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

“Given what we are facing when paying in dollars, more and more countries have the desire to trade in their national currencies,” Putin said Wednesday.

“Moreover, it is right for financial sustainability to develop bilateral trade in national currencies. We will move towards this gradually,” he added.

The Russian president noted that there are risks in settlements in national currencies, but they could be minimized. “Risks exist everywhere and they need to be minimized, and in order to minimize them diversification is required.”

According to Putin, the US dollar is also a risky financial tool. “US foreign debt amounts to $20 trillion. What will be next? Who knows?”

Putin added that Russia is diversifying its foreign reserves and public debt. “All this creates the stability of our financial system,” he said.

Russia has been dumping US debt securities in recent months. The latest data from the US Treasury shows that Russia’s share hit an 11-year minimum and totaled only $14.9 billion. Russia held $96.1 billion in US Treasuries in March. In 2010, Russia was among the top 10 holders of US Treasuries at $176.3 billion.

Meanwhile, Russia’s gold holdings have been steadily increasing, bringing its share of the precious metal to its highest level in nearly two decades – almost 2,200 tons.
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ジュリアン・アサンジの仲間のサイバーセキュリティ専門家がノルウェーで行方不明に 所持品を漁師が発見

Belongings of missing WikiLeaks associate found by fisherman in Norway
Norwegian police have found the belongings of Julian Assange’s associate, cyber security expert Arjen Kamphuis, who mysteriously went missing in late August.

The 47-year-old co-author of a handbook for investigative journalists on how to keep themselves and their work safe from government spying, has been missing since August 20. At that time, Kamphuis checked out of a hotel in the town of Bodo in northern Norway and hasn’t been seen since.
The security expert’s belongings were found on Tuesday by a man who was fishing near Bodo, police said on Wednesday, as cited by Norwegian media.

According to police inspector Bjarte Walla, the fisherman “found an object floating in the sea.”

“We can say that this item belongs to missing Arjen Kamphuis,” he said, refusing to release any information on the nature of the item or items found.

Earlier in September, Norwegian police confirmed that they had detected a signal from a Kamphuis' phone near Stavanger, some 1,000km (620 miles) from Bodo.

Police say they are working on at least three theories about Kamphuis’ disappearance. Investigators say that he might have been involved in some incident, been the victim of a criminal act, or just went into hiding.

The disappearance of the Assange's associate cyber security expert also created multiple theories on Twitter, ranging from a hiking incident to a secret assignment. Some Wikileaks supporters even suggested he might have been snatched or killed in a covert CIA operation.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell believes that Kamphuis’ disappearance is certainly a “cause for concern,” because his research has been been “a matter of some considerable anxiety to government security agencies.”

“Quite clearly there are people in governments and security services around the world who would very much like to get the solution to that encryption and those cyber security measures that he's enabled journalists to use when those journalists are investigating, exposing bad things being done by governments,” Tatchell told RT.

Kamphuis has been training journalists, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their data from government intrusions or manipulation since 2009.

In the handbook, which he co-authored, Kamphuis advises investigative journalists and media professionals how to avoid being snooped on by the state. "Think of ‘protecting your system’ as building a house of cards – for it to work, you must build your security from the bottom up,” the handbook states.

In 2017 the security expert was interviewed by RT about the WannaCry ransomware attack. Back then he suggested that Microsoft could have left the vulnerability open on purpose at the request of the US intelligence agencies. “It could be that this particular tool for that type of crime is just slightly more effective than many of the other ones... It is using some of the vulnerabilities that were purposely built into Windows systems at the instructions of the NSA,” Kamphuis told RT.

Julian Assange's associate cyber security expert mysteriously missing in Norway
Police in Norway are looking into the disappearance of Arjien Kamphuis, a Dutch citizen with links to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Versions on Twitter have ranged from a hiking incident, to a secret assignment, to a CIA hit.

Kamphuis, a cyber security expert and co-author of a handbook for investigative journalists on how to keep themselves and their work safe from government spying, has been missing since August 20th, when he checked out of a hotel in the town of Bodø in northern Norway.

The disappearance was first reported on Twitter by Ancilla Van De Leest, former Dutch Pirate Party frontrunner and privacy activist on Friday. She wrote that Kamphuis was going to board a train from Bodø to Trondheim, which usually takes 10 hours.

On August 22, Kamphuis was expected to leave Trondheim for Amsterdam. De Leest said he had already bought the plane ticket but nobody has heard from him since he left the hotel in Bodø. That means the man might have gone missing either in Bodø, in Trondheim, or somewhere in between during the train journey.

The WikiLeaks Twitter account posted an update on Kamphuis' strange disappearance on Saturday.

Norwegian police on Sunday confirmed that they have opened a probe into the 47-year-old Dutchman's disappearance, saying that at the moment they are in the dark about events that could have preceded it.

In the missing persons report disseminated on social media, Kamphuis is decribed as an "avid hiker," which prompted some commentators to suggest that the Assange associate might have gotten lost while hiking in the mountainous terrain.

Many others have assumed foul play, considering Kamphuis' connection to WikiLeaks.

One user has floated the idea that Kamphuis might have been put on a "classified assignment" by WikiLeaks and had to go undercover, cutting all communication with the world at large.

Some Wikileaks supporters have suggested the man might have been snatched or even killed in a covert CIA operation. However remote the chances of it being true, the need to even consider such an option has some people worried.

"Captured or killed by agents of the five eyes alliance?" another user wondered, referring to the intelligence-sharing alliance of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Some argued that Kamphuis' disappearance was intended as a warning to Assange.

Unconfirmed sightings of the missing man were reported in Ribe, Denmark, on both August 28th and 29th.

In 2014, Kamphuis co-authored 'Information Security for Journalists.' The handbook, which Kamphuis said would be forever free to download, provides aspiring investigative journalists and media professionals with a thorough guide on how to avoid being snooped on by the state.

"To ensure your privacy and the safety of your sources, Information Security for Journalists will help you to make your communications indecipherable, untraceable and anonymous," the book's description states.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:47| Comment(2) | 国際・政治


※ アノニマスポスト ネット投稿日:2018年9月10日
台湾の慰安婦像に藤井実彦氏がキック 像を設置した国民党系団体が抗議デモ 【動画あり】

※ こたつぬこ @sangituyama氏の18:34 - 2018年9月10日のツイート

※ こたつぬこ @sangituyama氏の22:27 - 2018年9月10日のツイート

※ Thoton Akimoto @Thoton氏の23:40 - 2018年9月10日のツイート
邦人男性が慰安婦像を土足で蹴り、台湾人が激怒 Taiwanese outraged after Japanese right-winger kicks WWII "comfort women" statue 日人踢慰安婦銅像 謝龍介北上抗議 일본 우익, 대만 위안부 동상에 발길질

※ suhama 脱原発 脱格差社会 @suhamayuki氏の2018/9/10のツイート
 これに対抗して、<やや日刊カルト新聞&菅野完事務所共同企画>は、9・11 15:30より五反田の「幸福の科学本部」前にて「 #エル・カンターレ像の前でストレッチするデモ 」を決行するそうです。

※ ゆりかりん @yurikalin氏の0:42 - 2018年9月11日のツイート
日本人が凄いことやるたびに、我が功績の如くしゃしゃり出る安倍は、今回はどうしたんだ? ・・・こういう時こそ真っ先に、安倍が前面に出て謝罪すべきじゃないの?

※ Thoton Akimoto @Thoton氏の2018/9/11のツイート

※ 鈴木まりこ(自由党京都府第5区総支部長) @suzukimariko753氏の2018/9/11のツイート

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

‘Absolutely essential to avoid full-scale battle in Idlib’ – UN Sec-Gen

‘Absolutely essential to avoid full-scale battle in Idlib’ – UN Sec-Gen
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – A full-scale battle in Idlib and the subsequent humanitarian crisis must be avoided at all cost, stated United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a presser at the UN Headquarters in New York City on Tuesday.

“I make a clear appeal to all parties … in particular the three guarantors of the de-escalation zone, namely Iran, Russia and Turkey: Spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians,” said Guterres who cautioned against a “a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:06| Comment(0) | 国際・政治