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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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女性必読! ロンドンで顔に強酸をかけるバイク強盗が頻発


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ウクライナのポロシェンコ政権 崩壊間近か

Former Ukrainian PM predicts ‘imminent’ regime change in Kiev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saudi Arabia has been funding mosques across Europe that are encouraging terrorism through extremists ideologies, the former UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia has said.

Sir William Patey claimed that even though the Gulf State – which is the UK’s biggest trade and security ally in the Middle East – does not directly fund terrorism, it still finances religious institutions which radicalize individuals, becoming the breeding ground of terrorists.

“It is unhealthy and we need to do something about it,” he said, according to the Guardian.

“The Saudis [have] not quite appreciated the impact their funding of a certain brand of Islam is having in the countries in which they do it – it is not just Britain and Europe.

“That is a dialogue we need to have. They are not funding terrorism.

“They are funding something else, which may down the road lead to individuals being radicalised and becoming fodder for terrorism.”

Patey, who was the UK ambassador to Riyadh from 2006 to 2010 and previously head of the Foreign Office Middle East desk, called for “a grown up dialogue with the Gulf about what we think,” adding that even if it is not the Saudi regime funding terrorists directly, there are individuals within the country who may defy the government.

The former ambassador’s comments are likely to stir controversy as they come a day after the government refused to publish a Home Office-commissioned report of foreign funding of extremist organizations and individuals in the UK.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the already much-delayed report – commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron – will be permanently kept from the public eye amid “national security concerns.”

The report found that while most funding of extremists in Britain comes from UK-based individual donors, some donations come from abroad.

The decision to not publish the report has caused an outcry and intensified allegations that the government is delaying publishing the report, which was ready six months ago, in order to save diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia – a country largely expected to be named in the paper as financing extremists in Britain.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron hit back at the decision to not disclose all details of the report and accused the government of putting its diplomatic ties above Britain’s values.

“We cannot tackle the root causes of terrorism in the UK without full disclosure of the states and institutions that fund extremism in our country.

“Instead of supporting the perpetrators of these vile ideologies, the government should be naming and shaming them - including so-called allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar if need be,” he said, according to Business Insider.

“It seems like the government, yet again, is putting our so-called friendship with Saudi Arabia above our values. This shoddy decision is the latest in a long line where we have put profit over principle.”
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Donations from British public funding Islamist extremism, govt report finds

Islamic extremists are receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from UK-based individuals, some of whom are donating unwittingly, a government report has revealed.
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the most common source of support for Islamist extremist organizations is from small, anonymous public donations. The support has helped to fund preachers with deeply conservative views of Islam who operate in Islamic institutions in the UK.

“In some cases, these organizations receive hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. This is the main source of their income,” she said.

Rudd added that some donors may not know or support the organizations’ full agenda. Some groups are posing as charities to solicit donations from unwitting British Muslims who give because of the emphasis their faith puts on charity, she says.

“Some Islamic organizations of extremist concern portray themselves as charities to increase their credibility and to take advantage of Islam’s emphasis on charity.

“Some are purposefully vague about their activities and their charitable status.”

Rudd is refusing to publish the full report on the nature, scale, and origin of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK because of “national security reasons” and the personal information it contains. Instead, she has issued a written parliamentary statement outlining its main findings.

The report was finished six months ago, and it is thought its publication had been further delayed over government fears diplomatic links with principal Middle East ally Saudi Arabia would be at stake if it had been implicated in the foreign financing of UK radical groups.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the kingdom in April, was previously accused of “kowtowing” by suppressing the report.

The decision not to publish the full report has been attacked by political opponents, including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who said the “public has a right to know.”

Abbott said there was a “strong suspicion” the report was being “suppressed to protect this government’s trade and diplomatic priorities, including in relation to Saudi Arabia.”

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said the decision was “completely unacceptable,” while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called on the government to “name and shame” known culprits.

The report was commissioned by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in November 2015.

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Japan should end US occupation in Okinawa: Author

Japan should end US occupation in Okinawa: Author

After the Second World War, Japan remains “an occupied country” as the US maintains its heavy military presence on the island, says an author.

“The people [of Okinawa] have been devastated by it [US military base], the pollution, the noise, raping of women committed by US servicemen and none of these have been resolved and it has been going like this since 1945,” Stephen Lendman, author and journalist, told Press TV on Thursday.

“They [people of Japan] should call for a total elimination of America’s occupation and all US military bases should close down,” he added.

Japanese protesters rally against relocation of US air base to Okinawa
Japanese protesters have held a rally in front of the American Camp Schwab marine corps camp on the island of Okinawa in protest at a planned relocation of yet another US military facility to the area.

Demonstrators lined the road leading to the marine base in Henoko area near Nago City on Thursday, chanting slogans against the plans and holding placards decrying the US military presence.

“Marines out!” and “Stop illegal work,” the placards read.

According to the relocation plan, an air base will be built in the waters off the coast from Camp Schwab over the next five years as part of the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to the Henoko area.

Local residents and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have continued to express their opposition since the plan was announced.

On Tuesday, Okinawa Prefectural Assembly committee passed a resolution, demanding legal action against the base’s relocation. The entire assembly is expected to vote on the issue on Friday, laying the groundwork for legal action against the Japanese government for pushing through the project

‘Marines out!’ Japanese police forcibly remove anti-US base sit-in in Okinawa (VIDEO)
Police have forcibly removed protesters staging a sit-in outside the US Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab in Okinawa in a campaign to protest the relocation of the Futenma base.

The US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is going to be moved from the densely populated Ginowan to a less populated location in eastern Okinawa – the Henoko coastal area of Nago.
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Russia Asks Kurdish Forces to Withdraw from Northern Aleppo to Block Turkey's Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources reported that Russia has demanded the Kurdish forces to retreat from several regions in Northern Aleppo to prevent Turkey's aggression.

Rudaw news channel reported that a Russian delegation has held a meeting with commanders of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin city in Northern Aleppo and called on them to withdraw from five towns in the region to remove the threat of Turkey's aggression against Afrin and adjacent rural areas.

The report added that the Russian delegation has demanded the Kurdish forces to withdraw from the towns of Manag, Tal Rifat, Deir Jamal, Sheikh Issa and Harbal and all the villages in al-Shahba region and open the Western Aleppo-Idlib road through al-Ahlam mountain near the town of Basouteh.

Meantime, the Russian delegation has explained to the Kurds that Turkey will set up three military bases in al-Ahlam and Sheikh Barakat mountains overlooking Afrin from the South and Babasqa mountain which overlooks Idlib.

They also asked the Kurds to expel all members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from Afrin and give control of the city to the local council and its security to the local police and popular forces.

A well-informed local source in Northern Aleppo reported early July that thousands of militants affiliated to the Turkish Army are to kick off an imminent large-scale operation codenamed Seif al-Forat (the Euphrates Sword) in Afrin region.

The Turkish-language Sabah daily reported, meantime, that the Ankara-backed militants are expected to start their operation from West of the town of Azaz and from the town of Ein Daqneh and Ming military airport in Northern Aleppo to move towards the towns of Tal Rifat and Afrin in Aleppo province and the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.

Meanwhile, The Turkish Army sent fresh reinforcements and more military equipment to a region that borders the Syrian town of Afrin Northwest of Aleppo province that is under the control of the Kurdish fighters.

The Turkish-language Anadolu news agency quoted security sources as saying that fresh forces and the convoy of military equipment have arrived in Kilis region in the Southern part of the country to provide back up for the Turkish soldiers that deployed at the border with Syria.

Salih Muslim, the co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), threatened that the Kurds will deliver control of the strategic town of Afrin to the Syrian government if Turkey continues aggression against it.

"If the US and Russia don’t help us stop Turkey's aggression against Afrin, the town in Northeastern Aleppo will be delivered to the Syrian army as we did in Manbij," Muslim said.

Noting that the Kurdish forces will block Turkey's path to Afrin, he added, "Afrin is a part of the Syrian territories and we will not allow Turkey to occupy even an inch of the Syrian soil."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared at the end of G20 summit in Hamburg that Ankara will respond decisively to any threats on its borders, warning against any push by the Kurds to secure their own independent region.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- An influential US Republican senator criticized the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, over a blockade on Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab states.

The comments by Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came as tensions in the region continue over the crisis, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expected to make an unscheduled stop in Doha on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.

"The amount of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia dwarfs what Qatar is doing," Corker said

Corker said he was "really disappointed to see what Saudi Arabia did after having a great summit and bringing everybody together", referring to May's Riyadh conference that saw leaders of the (P)GCC and other Arab states meet with US President Donald Trump.

"I think this is quite possibly a rookie mistake by a crown prince who I think could be the future for Saudi Arabia," Corker added.

The Tennessee senator made the comments while addressing the former US ambassador to Israel during a legislative committee hearing.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said the Saudi crown prince is "widely seen as among the blockade's chief architects and a chief organiser of the alliance behind it".

She said that Corker has been among the blockade's strongest US critics, adding that the senator has threatened to block weapons sales to members of the (P)GCC until there was a clear path for settling the dispute.

Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King's College London, told Al Jazeera that Corker's comments are a lot to take in for the Saudi-led group.

"Saudi Arabia actually thought they had the Trump administration, especially the Republicans, on their side," Krieg said. "That's why they escalated so quickly and now they realise they actually don't and the Trump administration has actually rolled back from earlier comments, and that is quite something to swallow for the UAE and Saudi Arabia."

Corker's comments came as Tillerson wrapped up the third leg of his four-day trip to the (Persian) Gulf aimed at helping solve the (P)GCC crisis.

Having shuttled between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in an effort to help solve the (P)GCC crisis, Tillerson is set to make an unexpected return to Doha on Thursday before returning to the US.

On Wednesday, Tillerson met the Saudi king, crown prince and his counterparts from the Saudi-led quartet.

The Jeddah visit followed meetings in Doha with the Qatari emir and foreign minister on Tuesday.

Tillerson told reporters that the Qatari government had "reasonable" views during the crisis.

"I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable," he said.

Tillerson and the Qatari foreign minister also announced that the US and Qatar made an agreement on combating "terrorism" and its financing during the visit.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the memorandum of understanding was not related to the current dispute.

But Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) called the agreement "insufficient" and the result of "repeated calls" from the Saudi-led group over the past few years.
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人権団体がモースルでの米軍の戦略を厳しく批判 朝鮮半島で米軍が空爆したらどれだけ市民に犠牲が出るだろうか

US Killed Many Civilians in Mosul – They Need to Be Protected in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- A new report from human rights group Amnesty International is harshly critical of the tactics used by the United States to bomb the once ISIL-held city of Mosul, saying they flagrantly violated International Law and might amount to war crimes.

Amnesty research director Lynn Maalouf has been quick to note that ISIL had unlawfully used human shields, but that this does not lessen the legal obligation of US forces to protect civilians. That position is true from a legal perspective, but appears to stand in contrast to the Pentagon’s statements, which have couched all of the biggest incidents of civilian deaths in their airstrikes as ISIL’s fault. Indeed, the US “Law of War Manual” has struggled with this issue in recent revisions.

Amnesty officials criticized the use of imprecise explosive weapons in the attacks on densely populated parts of Mosul that were known to be full of civilians unable to escape, saying it was inappropriate, and amounted to repeated violations of International Law with respect to targeting civilians. Amnesty also took issue with the drastic under reporting of civilian deaths in Mosul, saying 5,805 were likely killed in just a four month span. While the Pentagon hasn’t offered its own figures for that entire period yet, their figures for the four months are likely to be no more than a couple of hundred.

Since Pentagon officials are naturally dismissive of the reports, it makes sense for the international civil society to step in and ensure that the United States won’t be killing a high number of civilians in its ongoing airstrikes on Raqqa as well.

After all, the US-led coalition has already admitted killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes in Syria and Iraq amid concern over potential war crimes in the battle to drive ISIL out of Raqqa. US Central Command (CentCom) insists it “takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties” but claims, “In some incidents casualties are unavoidable.”

The number of men, women and children killed in the US-led campaign has rocketed since the start of the Raqqa offensive, seeing densely populated residential districts pummeled by air strikes and artillery. Britain is also among the countries claiming it has killed no civilians, despite carrying out hundreds of air strikes in Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the name given to the military intervention against ISIL.

The United Nations has warned that civilians are “increasingly paying the price” as bombing escalates and terrorists seek bloody retribution. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has condemned ISIL for using civilians as human shields but cautioned: “It is far from clear that the fundamental principles of international law are being properly adhered to by all the various air forces engaged in the fight against ISIL. The same civilians who are suffering indiscriminate shelling and summary executions by ISIL are also falling victim to the escalating air strikes.”

It is time for all states operating air forces in the Syrian war, mainly the US and UK, to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians as required under International Law. Lest they forget, just because ISIL holds an area does not mean less care can be taken. Civilians should always be protected, whether they are in areas controlled by ISIL or by any other terrorist group.

Into the argument, when it comes to the ongoing battle in the densely-populated city of Raqqa, the US and its allies should choose protection over annihilation. There are good reasons for this. The first is legal. International Law requires parties to a conflict to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians, and the use of intense air strikes in populated areas may be deemed illegal.
Second, the US and its allies have a strategic interest in making every effort to spare civilians. If the costs of defeating ISIL are high civilian deaths and destruction, civilians may be unwilling to recognize the legitimacy of the post-ISIL order. And the seeds of cyclical violence, retribution and the rebirth of ISIL, or something even worse, will be sown. The bottom line is that ISIL wants civilian deaths. The US and its partners should know better and not give that to them if their real obejctive is war on ISIL.

Lastly, there is no longer any public accountability. On May 26, the Pentagon regime confirmed that it will no longer acknowledge when its aircraft are responsible for civilian casualty incidents in Syria; rather they will be hidden under the umbrella of the “coalition.” The United States military has been responsible for 95 percent of airstrikes in Syria and 68 percent in Iraq. Centcom should own up to its own war crimes rather than dispersing responsibility.
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Corbyn trolls May’s call for cross-party collaboration by sending autographed Labour manifesto

Corbyn trolls May’s call for cross-party collaboration by sending autographed Labour manifesto

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Prime Minister Theresa May’s appeal for cross-party collaboration in policy making by sending her a copy of his party’s manifesto.
Corbyn took to Twitter to troll the PM after she appealed to the opposition and other parties to propose new policies and support government legislation through the Commons.
The socialist leader posted a picture of himself signing the 2017 Labour manifesto, with the autograph reading: “Dear Prime Minister, you asked for policy ideas. So here’s our General Election manifesto. Kind regards, JB Corbyn.”

The Tory leader – whose leadership has been under severe pressure since a disastrous showing in the general election left her party short of an absolute majority – made an unprecedented request for Labour to work together on ideas for government last week.

Just before heading to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit, she told MPs: “This government has an ambitious agenda to change this country and there are many issues on which I would hope that we would be able to achieve consensus across this house.”

May’s plea came amid mounting pressure to scale back some Tory policies in order to win the support of other parties and carry on leading Britain with a minority government.

Corbyn hit back at the PM’s appeal, however, saying: “I’m really surprised she [Mrs. May] had so much to contribute to the G20 given there was barely a mention of international policy in her party’s manifesto, or indeed any policy, so much so that the government is now asking other parties for their policy ideas.
“And so if the Prime Minister would like it, I’m very happy to furnish her with a copy of our election manifesto.

“Or better still, an early election in order that the people of this country can decide.”

Corbyn has been saying that his party is ready for another vote since the June election saw Labour’s popularity surge, while the Tories lost the 17-seat working majority they had earned with former PM David Cameron.

There have been growing calls for May to resign since the election, with reports suggesting that Conservative members are planning to resign en masse in a coup attempt to oust her.

Although May has said she is determined to remain Britain’s leader for the entire five-year parliamentary term, Corbyn let it slip at the Glastonbury Festival that he expects to become PM within the next six months.

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ISIL Leader in Hawija Proclaims Himself Emir after Baghdadi’s Death Reports

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior ISIL leader in Iraqi city of Hawija declared himself a new leader of the terror group, adding to the state of chaos within the group’s ranks that followed reports of the death of the group’s founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“Abu Haitham al-Obaidi, deputy to the ISIL's mayor of Hawija, dissented from the group and named himself a new Caliph after Baghdadi’s death reports were confirmed,” said Jabbar al-Maamouri, a leader at the Popular Mobilization Forces, Al Sumariya reported.

He explained that Obaidi is a senior military leader, and had withdrew with tens of his loyalists to the Western side of Hawija, where he entrenched preparing for a “decisive” confrontation with his opponents.

“Hawija is bracing for a bloody infighting among ISIL members, the most violent since the group took over Hawija in June 2014,” said Maamouri.

A local source told Alsumariya News earlier that ISIL’s broadcast service in Hawija mourned Baghdadi and declared plans to name a successor.

Alsumariya News quoted a local source in Tal Afar Tuesday saying that ISIL made a brief statement in which it confirmed Baghdadi’s death . It said that infighting among Baghdadi’s loyalists and opponents broke out, prompting the group to carry out wide-scale arrests and to impose a curfew at most of the town.

No official Iraqi authority confirmed the reported statement.

Since Iraqi government forces, backed by their allies, launched a major offensive in October to retake Mosul, ISIL’s largest bastion in Iraq, clashing speculations around Baghdadi’s survival were plentuous. Russia said it was 100% sure Baghdadi was killed in a strike in Syria last month, but its declaration was met with skepticism from the United States and other countries.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over ISIL members in Mosul, saying the recapture of the city was an end of the self-styled rule by the group declared by Baghdadi in 2014.
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Trump’s son-in-law tried to get $500mn loan from Qatar

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has “tried and failed” to get a $500 million loan from a key member of the Qatari royal family before pushing the president to toe hard line against the Persian Gulf nation, reports say.

Kushner – a real-estate developer like his father-in-law – purchased a tower at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $1.8 billion some years ago, but the building failed to generate enough money to cover its debts, according to The New York Times.

More than a quarter of the office space in the building has remained vacant for several years, causing huge losses to Kushner Companies.

In 2015, when Trump was launching his presidential campaign, Kushner and his father targeted Qatari billionaire Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani (HBJ) as a potential investor to save the property.

Al-Thani, who was the prime minister of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, finally agreed to invest $500 million in the property, according to The Intercept, on the condition that Kushner Companies generate the rest of the money for the project on its own.

In March this year, Kushner Companies reached out to Chinese insurance company Anbang for help. The company agreed to provide a $4 billion loan to develop the property. But weeks later, the company pulled out.

Al-Thani killed the deal as Kushner Companies could not secure the rest of the money.

Shortly after that, America’s regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Trump, who earlier visited Saudi Arabia, suggested he was behind the punishing moves against Qatar.

Kushner also negotiated a massive weapons deal between Saudi Arabia and American weapons manufacture Lockheed Martin which was signed during Trump’s visit to the kingdom in May.

The $110 billion arms deal signed by Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump was a component of $350 billion in economic and military investments between the two countries over the next 10 years, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

American analysts have blamed Kushner and his father-in-law for promoting America’s armament industry by fueling conflicts in the Middle East region.
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Chaotic Mosul evacuation caused more people to die – Lavrov
Iraq and the US-led coalition failed to create the conditions for an organized withdrawal of people from Mosul, which might have led to increased number of casualties during the operation against Islamic State, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

“In case of Mosul, no conditions were created to allow civilians leave in an organized way. It was all chaotic, spontaneous. Obviously, when it happens in such an unexpected manner, it adds inconvenience and, probably, causes an increased number of victims,” Lavrov told the journalists after an informal OSCE ministerial meeting in Mauerbach, Austria on Tuesday.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi officially declared that Mosul, which has been Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) de facto capital in Iraq for the last three years, has been fully liberated from the terrorists.

However, the eight-month-long operation, which the Iraqi forces carried out with the support of the US-led coalition’s aviation and Special Forces, has left most of the city in ruins, leading to thousands of civilian casualties and around a million people internally displaced.

“Of course, we are glad that the IS will suffer defeat, but, the price for victory against terrorism will be high in any case,” Lavrov said.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International issued a damning report, which slammed the US-led coalition in Mosul for misplaced and excessive airstrikes, urging it to publicly admit its failure to protect civilian lives.

Earlier, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, said that over 8,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in Mosul, while 915,000 residents were forced to flee.

Of Mosul’s 44 residential neighborhoods, six have been nearly completely destroyed, 22 were moderately damaged, and 16 lightly damaged, Grande said.

Lavrov has pointed out the apparent hypocrisy of the mainstream media coverage of Mosul, comparing it to the coverage of the liberation of Syria’s Aleppo during the Syrian government’s Russian-backed anti-terrorist operation. Even though special corridors were created to allow civilians and militants leave, the operation to liberation the eastern part of Aleppo was severely criticized.

“There was hysteria due to civilians allegedly suffering the most. There was hysteria because the Syrian Army and us, together with our partners from Turkey and Iran, organized corridors for the withdrawal of civilians from eastern Aleppo and withdrawal of militants, who were ready to do so. We were accused of ethnic cleansing,” Lavrov said.

“However, now the fact that many residents are returning to Aleppo escapes our Western colleagues. They prefer to turn a blind eye to it,” he added.

The Western media had also claimed that the Syrian-Russian humanitarian cargo contained “neither medicine nor medical equipment,” which was later refuted by evidence from the ground.

“After East Aleppo was liberated [in December 2016] the representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited that part of the city and discovered huge supply of those drugs and everything that’s needed to take care of one’s health,” Russia’s top diplomat stressed.

Lavrov said that Moscow officially addressed the UN for explanations on why WHO as the body, which is responsible for humanitarian issues, was unaware of the real situation with medical supplies in East Aleppo and did nothing to stop the media misinformation.

There has so far been no reply from the UN so far, but Moscow “will be pushing for explanations,” Lavrov said.

The UN has meanwhile urged the liberators of Mosul to provide security to the civilian population of the city and assure their human rights, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General, told RT.

“On the one hand we’re certainly pleased that they [Islamic State] are no longer in control of the city. But, at the same time, we want to make sure that all of the forces that have helped liberate the city of Mosul in recent days, including the Iraqi security forces and any of their allies, will make sure that civilians are protected and that the rule of law is respected,” Haq said.

The restoration of law in Mosul is of prime importance as “people of that city haven’t had any real way of having their rights respected” during years of IS rule, he stressed.

Despite the Iraqi PM announcing the full liberation of Mosul, Haq said that “there may still be fighting in different pockets of the city. We want to make sure that the civilian population is safe; that they have access to water; that their rights will be respected.”

‘Collective punishment & war crimes’: HRW condemns forced relocation of ISIS families in Iraq
Forced relocations of alleged Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists’ families to a “rehabilitation camp” in Iraq are an act of collective punishment, Human Rights Watch has stated. RT spoke to an HRW member who visited the camp.
In a report published Thursday, HRW said that at least 170 families of suspected ISIS fighters, mainly women and children, were relocated against their will to a closed “rehabilitation camp” in Bartalla, 14 kilometers east of Mosul, Iraq, recently retaken from terrorists.
The organization considers the relocations “abusive acts” amounting to “war crimes.”
The Middle East director at HRW, Lama Fakih, called on Iraqi authorities to stop abusive actions against entire families, noting that such abuses impede reconciliation in the liberated areas.
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Thousands pay tribute to Muslim victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Thousands of people have gathered in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to pay respect to Muslim victims of the 1995 massacre, during which thousands of men and boys were killed by Serbian forces.

The remains of more than 70 recently identified victims were buried on the 22nd anniversary on Tuesday of the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

The victims were put to final rest at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center and Cemetery.

Every year, new bodies are discovered and the remains are identified through DNA analysis before being buried at Potocari.

Thousands of activists each year attend massive marches to remember the genocide victims.

Ahead of the Tuesday ceremony, thousands of people marched across Bosnia-Herzegovina to the memorial site to remember those who were massacred 22 years ago.

In July 1995, a large number of Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred by Bosnian Serb forces and buried in mass graves. In addition to those killed, thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported, and a large number of women were raped across the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has estimated the number of victims at 8,000. The United Nations has called this “the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War”.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a tribunal established by the UN to prosecute those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law, and the International Court of Justice have concluded that the acts committed at Srebrenica constituted genocide.

The carnage took place after Bosnian Serbs ran over the Bosnian town, even though it was formally declared a UN-protected area. Serb troops overran the zone despite the presence of hundreds of Western troops tasked with protecting innocent civilians.

Thousands of Bosniaks had sought shelter from Bosnian Serb soldiers in a UN Safe Area base, which was being defended by the Dutch peacekeepers when it was overrun by Serb forces.

Serb death squads butchered a large number of Muslim Bosnian boys and men in Srebrenica over the course of four days.

Last month a Dutch appeals court upheld a 2014 ruling that found the Netherlands responsible for the deaths of 350 Bosniak men in the Srebrenica massacre.

According to declassified US cables, cited in a report by the UK-based daily The Guardian, British, American and French governments were prepared to cede UN-protected safe areas to armed Serb militias during the war in Bosnia.

A former Dutch Defense Ministry official has also said that the UN facilitated the takeover of Srebrenica and the brutal carnage there by providing 30,000 liters of fuel gas to Serbs.

The revelations have posed a serious challenge to the official Western version of events.

In March last year, former Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadzic, was convicted of war crimes for his role in the Srebrenica killings and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Bosnian Serb military chief, Ratko Mladic, is still on trial at The Hague for war crimes and genocide in Srebrenica.
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ツルシ・ガッバード:Media & establishment push for regime change but ignore consequences – Tulsi Gabbard


Media & establishment push for regime change but ignore consequences – Tulsi Gabbard
Most media outlets and politicians often ignore the deadly consequences of US regime change policy, including the rise of Islamic State, according to Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
“I think that there has been a concerted effort both on the part of some in the media, as well as many in politics, and many in our foreign policy establishment seem to have been advocating for a continuance of these regime change wars, really ignoring the fact of what has been the consequence of these wars in countries like Iraq and Libya and Syria, where each time we have waged these wars, [it] has resulted in the strengthening of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda or the creation of ISIS [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIL], and it has resulted in a tremendous amount of suffering and death for the people of these countries,” said Gabbard at a press conference, answering a question from RT’s Caleb Maupin.

Gabbard’s remarks come as the Hawaiian representative, who is a former Iraq war veteran herself, tries to build support for the Stop Arming Terrorists Act that she introduced in Congress in January of this year. The bill would prohibit the US from backing armed factions linked to terrorist groups such as IS, Al-Qaeda, and the Al-Nusra Front. It is based on legislation from the 1980s that aimed to stop the CIA from illegally arming the Contra rebels during Nicaragua’s civil war.

“We must stop this madness,” Gabbard said speaking before Congress back in December, stressing, “We must stop arming terrorists.”

The bill has only been supported by 14 other lawmakers so far, however – six Democrats and eight Republicans. A companion bill has also been put forward in the Senate by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky.

In January, Gabbard set out on a fact-finding mission in Syria, where she visited Damascus and Aleppo. While there, she met with Syrian students, entrepreneurs, academics, aid workers, religious leaders and members of the opposition. She said some of them told her they felt that the originally peaceful anti-government protests in 2011 were hijacked by jihadists “funded and supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the United States.”

“Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent: There is no difference between ‘moderate’ rebels and Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra) or ISIS − they are all the same,” Gabbard wrote in a blog post, describing the essence of the Syrian conflict as “a war between terrorists under the command of groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda and the Syrian government.”
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