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US President Threatens Retaliatory Actions Against China, South Korea

US President Threatens Retaliatory Actions Against China, South Korea
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump threatened to impose sanctions on China while vowing to scrap a free trade deal with South Korea.

His threat of action against the two major Asian trading partners came on Tuesday in a speech to a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House, Middle East News reported.

Trump accused Beijing of undermining US steel and aluminum industries, saying he was “considering all options,” including tariffs and quotas.

This comes after Trump received two Commerce Department reports about alleged Chinese subsidies for steel and aluminum exports, materials that are essential for industries such as construction, autos and the like.

Meanwhile, China, which produces nearly half of the world’s steel, is accused of flooding the market in order to keep its economy robust at home.

“I will make a decision that reflects the best interests of the United States, including the need to address overproduction in China and other countries,” Trump said.

“They’re dumping and destroying our industry, and destroying the families of workers, and we can’t let that happen,” he added.

Although the president has another two months to make a decision on possible penalizing action, he strongly indicated that he wants to punish Beijing.

Experts, however, say that any such action will prompt China to do the same, raising the specter of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump is under pressure at home as he has not been able to deliver on his campaign promise of being a champion of America’s Rust Belt.

Also, he has done nothing to fix the national trade deficit, which has widened even further during his first year in office, up 12 percent to $566 billion.

On Tuesday, there were members among the group who expressed support for the president, but also others who warned that action against China could increase prices and hurt US manufacturing outside the steel and aluminum sectors.

“Mr. President, I think we do need to be careful here, that we don’t start a reciprocal battle on tariffs,” Republican Senator Roy Blunt said.

“You know, we make aluminum and we make steel” he said, adding that “But we buy a lot of aluminum and we buy a lot of steel as well.”

Trump also took a shot at South Korea amid anger at signs of improvement in relations between Seoul and Pyongyang.

He described the 2012 free trade deal with South Korea as “a disaster,” saying that Washington would renegotiate a “fair deal” or scrap it altogether.

The Trump administration began talks to renegotiate the United States-Korea (KORUS) trade agreement in July, asserting that it was lopsided as America’s bilateral trade deficit had ballooned under it.

“We have a very, very bad trade deal with Korea,” Trump said, adding that “For us it produced nothing but losses.”

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US President Lawyer Admits He Paid $130,000 to Adult Film Actress
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer confirmed he paid $130,000 to an adult film actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with the President.

Michael Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said in a statement to The New York Times that he paid the money to Stephanie Clifford out of his own pocket.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen added.

“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” he stressed.

However, Cohen refused to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Trump had known that he made the payment, or why he paid such money or whether he had made similar payments to other people.

The news, which was initially rebutted by Cohen, first broke last month by The Wall Street Journal which said the lawyer brokered payment to Clifford, who Trump met at a golf event in 2006, a year after his marriage to Melania.

In the fall of 2016, Clifford began talking with ABC News for a story involving an extramarital affair with Trump, but Cohen arranged to pay her to stop her from going public.

Following his acknowledgement of the news, officials with Common Cause tried to determine whether the Trump Organization or someone else made the payment.

“The complaint alleges that I somehow violated campaign finance laws by facilitating an excess, in-kind contribution,” Cohen said in his statement, adding that “The allegations in the complaint are factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C.”

So far, at least 16 women have accused Trump of unwanted sexual advances, allegations Trump dismisses.

Weeks before the presidential election last November, The Washington Post released a tape in which Trump boasted about how he sexually assaulted women because he was powerful.
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Iraq's Security Cooperation with Iran, Russia, Syria

Hashd Al-Shaabi Official Stresses Iraq's Security Cooperation with Iran, Russia, Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) Committee Faleh al-Fayyad announced that his country is collaborating with Iran, Russia and Syria in security issues.

"Iraq has security cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Syria thorough a coordination center," Fayyad said, addressing a press conference in Iraq on Wednesday.

"The security center coordinates cooperation among the four countries in intelligence and security fields and establishment of security," he added.

His remarks came days after the Quadrilateral Intelligence Center of Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria held a meeting in Baghdad to broaden cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

During the meeting in the capital city earlier this month, the participants discussed activities of the four countries in the security and intelligence fields and presented security reports on countering terrorism.

Tehran, Moscow, Baghdad and Damascus also stressed the need to expand cooperation between the four countries in the fight against the ISIL terrorists and other terrorist groups.

During the meeting, Head of Iraq’s Military Intelligence Organization Major General Saad Mezher Al-Alaq described as effective the role of this center in fighting against the ISIL terrorist group.

General Al-Alaq, meantime, warned about the new measures of the ISIL terrorist group and other terrorist groups within the framework of new terrorist groups.

Meantime, Iran's military attaché Mostafa Moradian said that one of the center's most important activities is presenting information about the ISIL and other terrorists’ bases in Iraq and Syria to Iraqi forces.

The Quadrilateral Intelligence Center with members of the military attachés of Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria, is headed by the Iraqi Military Information Organization since its foundation in 2015.
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US trying to create ‘quasi-state’ on large part of Syria’s land – Lavrov
The US has likely taken a “course to create a quasi-state” in the Kurdish SDF militia-held regions of Syria, despite the proclaimed adherence to the territorial integrity of the country, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov said.

The US activities in Syria are driven by undertaking “dangerous, unilateral steps” instead of trying to “achieve a common understanding” between all the parties, Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday.

He warned that Washington’s true goal might be the partitioning of Syria. The recent steps of Washington, including the creation of the so-called Border Security Force (BSF), operating under the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have prompted even more questions in Moscow.

“We’ve raised these questions multiple times but have not received a coherent answer besides a general motto ‘Don’t’ worry we’re for the territorial integrity of Syria.’ In reality, it looks otherwise though,” Lavrov stated.

The recent US steps "look more and more like a part of a course to create a quasi-state of sorts on a large chunk of Syrian territory,” Foreign Minister said. “Autonomous, independent from Damascus governing bodies are being created in this territory, money keeps flowing there to keep them functional. Law enforcement, created there, is receiving weaponry.”

The UN should pay attention to this situation and take steps to prevent any “external players” from “jeopardizing the principles of reconciliation set by the Resolution 2254,” Lavrov said. Such actions on part of the UN are especially important after the reconciliation process received a “powerful impulse from the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.” The reconciliation process should definitely include representatives of Syria’s Kurdish minority, the official stressed.

“Russia has been from the very beginning and remains a supporter of a direct Kurdish participation in all the efforts on Syrian reconciliation. Kurds are an inseparable part of the Syrian society,” the official stressed.

Earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the US plans to allocate $200 million to “stabilize” SDF-controlled areas of Syria. The top US diplomat made the announcement during a meeting of foreign ministers of the US-led anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) coalition in Kuwait.

It’s doubtful, though, that the funding would go to actually “stabilizing” these territories, but might actually be spent on additional arms for the US-backed militias in Syria, which would contribute to escalating of the conflict instead, the director of the British think-tank Gnosos, Middle East expert Ammar Waqqaf believes.

“The real thing is, we believe, that the United States is preparing the ground for a long-term separation, or a permanent, actually separation of the eastern and the north eastern part of Syria from the Syrian state under the guise of the Kurdish-led democratic sort of state,” Waqqaf told RT. “The $200 million that are being pledged today are not going to bring back electricity and water to the devastated Raqqa, we believe, but probably bring more weapons to the Kurds, which is going to put some pressure on other minorities in the region to accept Kurdish supremacy under the United States’ umbrella.”

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Neither Kremlin nor Pentagon confirm reports of alleged Russian losses to US strike in Syria
The Kremlin and the Pentagon do not have any information on the alleged deaths of Russians during a US attack in Syria, respective officials have told journalists. Reports of the supposed fatalities have emerged on social media.

The reports attribute the alleged casualties to a recent US airstrike and put the figures between 100 and over 600.

“We urge not to use media reports as a primary source in that case. Let’s understand that there are a lot of our compatriots in many countries worldwide, and it’s quite difficult to have detailed information. All the media reports, though, need to be verified.”

“We recommend in that case to reach out to the Defense Ministry, since here we’re dealing with information published in media. We can only operate data on the servicemen of Russian Armed Forces, who take part in the operation of the Russian Airspace forces supporting the Syrian Army. We don’t have information on any other Russians who might be in Syria,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis also said he has no information that Russian army servicemen were among the casualties following the US airstrike.

“I don't have any reporting -- that some Russians -- non-Russian federation soldiers, but Russian contractors were among the casualties. I can't give you anything on that. We have not received that word at Central Command or at the Pentagon,” he told a media briefing on Tuesday.

Mattis called the situation “perplexing,” noting that the reported attack on the SDF base, which allegedly brought about the deadly American retaliation, “makes no sense, it does not appear to be anything coordinated by the Russians.”

Earlier on Monday, one of the Russian presidential candidates, Grigory Yavlinsky, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide a “report” on “numerous” Russian nationals that were allegedly killed in Syria. The veteran Russian politician, who has been unsuccessfully running for president several times since the 1990s, did not provide any source for the claims, apart from media and social media reports.

“Over the past few days, all the world media and multiple social media sources are reporting on numerous Russian citizens killed while fighting in Syria,” Yavlinsky said in a statement, urging Russian leadership to explain the alleged casualties, and even to end the Syrian campaign altogether.

The Kremlin spokesman said he doubts Yavlinsky's statement is based on "any more reliable sources" than unconfirmed media reports.

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トルコは本気で米国から離れるのか オットーマンスラップを浴びせるのか


Erdogan threatens US with 'Ottoman slap,' says all NATO countries created equal
Washington could soon receive the "Ottoman slap," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned, while also stating that all members of NATO are equal with the US.

While speaking to the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan referenced a recent remark by Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk, the top US commander in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who said that Turkey would face a sharp response if it struck Manbij, Syria.

“Those who say they will give a sharp response if hit, have clearly never got the Ottoman slap in their lives,” Erdogan said, referring to a half-legendary Turkish martial move that involves a potent open-palm hit, resulting in a one-hit knockout or even skull fractures and death.

Erdogan also addressed the NATO alliance, of which both Turkey and the US are members. "What kind of NATO membership is this? What kind of NATO alliance is this?" he asked. "As president of Turkey, [I say] NATO is not equal to the US, all countries [in the alliance] are equals to the US."

His remarks come at a time of increasingly strained relations between the US and Turkey. On Monday, Ankara sought clarity from the US while threatening to break ties. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusogli told journalists that his country sought "concrete steps" from Washington, adding that US actions are the reason for "missing trust" between the two NATO allies.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that Turkey had briefed the alliance about its operations in Syria's Afrin last week. He went on to express hope that such briefings would continue.

"Turkey has briefed NATO on the operation Olive Branch, they did so last week, and I have been in regular contact with the Turkish leadership, including with president Erdogan regarding the situation in Syria and the operation Olive Branch. I expect Turkey to continue to brief allies," Stoltenberg said.

The NATO secretary-general also acknowledged Turkey's "legitimate security concerns," and its right to address those concerns. "But they should do that in a proportionate and measured way," he said.

Turkey’s officials, however, do not seem to be satisfied with the ambiguous statements from their NATO allies anymore. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has harshly responded to a similar statement on understanding Ankara’s “legitimate security concerns” produced by the US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

“Our demands from the US are clear and have already been conveyed. We no longer want to hear about promises; we want to hear about concrete steps. Trust needs to be rebuilt so we can start to talk about some issues,” Cavusoglu said on Monday.

US Dispatches More Military Aid to Kurds in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington has sent another military convoy to the Kurdish forces in Northeastern Syria after the US Department of Defense allocated a hefty amount of budget for training and equipping Kurdish militias, a militant-affiliated website reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language Enab Baladi reported that the US convoy was dispatched to the Kurdish-held regions in Syria's Hasaka via Simalka border-crossing at border with Iraq.

Enab Baladi reported that the convoy, containing fifty trucks, has arrived in Rojava in Northern Syria.

A Commander of the People's Protection Units (YPG) said last week that the US was to provide support for his forces in the town of Manbij in Northern Aleppo despite Ankara's warning to Washington about the Turkish army's imminent operation in the Kurdish-held town.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat daily quoted Siban Hamou as saying that Washington informed the YPG forces that it would not allow the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants to enter Manbij.

He further said that the Turkish army had supposed at the beginning of its military operation in Northern Syria that it would materialize its military objectives in a few days but now after over two weeks the Ankara forces did not gain any of their desired results.

Hamou went on to say that the Kurds destroyed over 10 tanks of the Turkish army and a larger number of tanks that were operating under the Ankara-backed militants, adding that Damascus provided the Kurds with medical, rescue and humanitarian aids.

Turkish FM: Ties with US at 'Very Critical Point’
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Monday, strained by American support for a terrorist group in Syria, Turkish relations with the US are close to breaking.

“Ties with the US are at very critical point. We will either fix these relations or they will break completely,” Cavusoglu told reporters on the sidelines of a Turkish-African meeting in Istanbul, Anadolu Agency reported.

“We want concrete steps [from US]. The missing trust needs to be restored. The reason for that missing trust is the US," he said.

Criticizing US ties with the YPG/PKK terror group in Syria, he added that “The US is not touching Daesh members in Syria as an excuse to continue working with YPG/PKK terrorist group.”

The US has long supported the PYD/PKK as a “reliable ally” in its fight against Daesh, over the strong objections of Ankara, which has documented that it is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by the US, EU, and Turkey.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also added that the "utmost care" is being used to avoid harming civilians.

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Kim Jong-un hails Seoul as gracious host despite US efforts to sabotage Olympic reconciliation
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has thanked Seoul for being a gracious Winter Olympics host, describing the games as a positive step towards bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula.
Kim noted the “warm climate of reconciliation” facilitated by the winter games, and “expressed thanks” for the “sincere” and “very impressive” efforts made by Seoul to welcome the North Korean delegation during their three-day visit to PyeongChang.

“It is important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue created by the strong desire and common will of the North and the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum,” Kim said while meeting with members of the delegation upon their return to Pyongyang on Monday, according to North Korean state media. After receiving the delegation Kim issued “important instructions” aimed at cultivating “the improvement of North-South relations.”

Yonhap2018/02/13 08:41
(LEAD) Kim Jong-un vows to continue reconciliation between Koreas
SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged efforts to continue the reconciliatory mood with South Korea as he welcomed back a high-ranking North Korean delegation from their trip to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the North's state-run news agency said Tuesday.

"It is important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue created by the strong desire and common will of the North and the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum," Kim was quoted in English by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying in a meeting with the delegation.

Wrapping up their trip last week, the delegation led by Kim Yong-nam, the chairman of the Presidium of the North Korean assembly, reported details of their South Korean visit to Kim, the KCNA said.

Kim Yo-jong, the leader's powerful sister, relayed her brother's invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit the North during her trip to the South as a member of the delegation.

Seoul won’t rush to renew joint military drills with US as new intra-Korean summit solidifies
South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly rejected a call from Japan to quickly resume joint US-Korean military drills. Moon has been invited to visit Pyongyang for what may become the first top-level summit in over a decade.

At a bilateral summit on Friday, Moon called on the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to wait before resuming the drills, Yonhap reported, citing a government official. The drills have been paused for the duration of the Winter Olympics, as part of Seoul’s attempt to mend relations with Pyongyang. North Korea considers the drills a major threat to its national security, saying they may be used to conceal a build-up for an invasion.

According to the report, Abe argued that the time to delay exercises scheduled for spring was not right and that Pyongyang had to change its behavior before receiving concessions.

“I understand what Prime Minister Abe said is not to delay South Korea-U.S. military drills until there is progress in the denuclearization of North Korea. But the issue is about our sovereignty and intervention in our domestic affairs,” Moon told the Japanese leader, according to the unnamed official.“The president said it was not appropriate for the prime minister to directly mention the issue.”

North Korea’s successful development last year of a ballistic missile, which is apparently capable of reaching the US mainland, as well as carrying a small thermonuclear device, triggered a major security crisis on the Korean Peninsula. As US President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to destroy Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, a new left-wing government in Seoul took several symbolic steps to deflate the tension, including agreeing to have a joint athletic delegation with North Korea at the Olympics.

This week, Moon received an invitation from his northern counterpart, Kim Jong-un to visit Pyongyang for a top-level summit. If accepted, it would be the first diplomatic event of its kind since 2007, when the government of President Roh Moo-hyun in Seoul attempted to mend relations as part of the Sunshine Policy.

Roh’s successor, Lee Myung-bak, came from the other side of the political spectrum and took a hardline stance on intra-Korean relations, as did President Park Geun-hye, who came from the same conservative camp. After Park was impeached, Moon was elected partially on the promise of reviving the Sunshine Policy.

Seoul Won’t Rush to Renew Joint Military Drills with US as New Intra-Korean Summit Solidifies
TEHRAN (FNA)- South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly rejected a call from Japan to quickly resume joint US-Korean military drills.

At a bilateral summit on Friday, Moon called on the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to wait before resuming the drills, Yonhap reported, citing a government official.

The drills have been paused for the duration of the Winter Olympics, as part of Seoul’s attempt to mend relations with Pyongyang. North Korea considers the drills a major threat to its national security, saying they may be used to conceal a build-up for an invasion.

According to the report, Abe argued that the time to delay exercises scheduled for spring was not right and that Pyongyang had to change its behavior before receiving concessions.

“I understand what Prime Minister Abe said is not to delay South Korea-US military drills until there is progress in the denuclearization of North Korea. But the issue is about our sovereignty and intervention in our domestic affairs,” Moon told the Japanese leader, according to the unnamed official, adding that “The President said it was not appropriate for the prime minister to directly mention the issue.”

Pence: US Is Finally Ready to Talk to North Korea
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump’s administration decided that it is ready to talk to North Korea, apparently without preconditions.

“The maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify,” US Vice President Mike Pence revealed to The Washington Post on his return from South Korea, adding “No pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that… represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk,” Daily Caller reported.

Before he arrived in South Korea, Pence stressed that the diplomatic and economic isolation of North Korea must continue after the Olympics, a view inconsistent with that of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who hopes to see the Olympics lead to more dialogue and improved inter-Korean relations.

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed talks without preconditions a few months ago, the White House immediately responded that the US is not ready for such negotiations.

That no longer appears to be the case, as the US seems to be finally embracing the strategy of maximum pressure and engagement first mentioned early last year.

Pence and Moon reportedly worked out their differences in bilateral meetings during his visit. Moon emphasized the need for engagement but assured the Vice President that North Korea will not be given any relief from the maximum pressure campaign until it begins pursuing denuclearization.

It is unclear exactly what steps North Korea must take to relieve the pressure.

“I don’t know. That’s why you have to have talks,” Pence said when asked what Pyongyang needs to do.

Moon told Pence, who was in contact with Trump throughout his trip, that he informed the North Korean officials of the desperate need to engage the US in dialogue.

The US may be open to talks with the North, however, Pyongyang’s willingness to engage Washington in talks is less clear, especially given the demand for denuclearization, that runs contrary to North Korea’s assertion that it should be recognized as a nuclear state.

The new sanctions Pence announced in Japan may also complicate the situation.

In South Korea, Pence and the North Korean delegation avoided one another like the plague. There were no handshakes, no friendly smiles, no interaction whatsoever.

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Russian Sources: Kurds Planning to Escalate Afrin Battle in Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian media sources confirmed that the Kurdish fighters have received new weapons as they are resisting against the Ankara-backed militants in Afrin region, adding that they intend to likely spread the clashes to Turkey.

The Arabic service of RT news channel quoted the Russian Svobodnaya Pressa news website as reporting that as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to intensify attacks against Afrin in Aleppo province, the situation in Northwestern Syria is exacerbating.

It added that the Kurds will not suffice to resistance against the Turkish army and will launch counter attacks and spread the clashes to the Turkish areas bordering with Syria.

Meantime, Karim Yildrim, a Turkish military analyst, disclosed that the Kurds now hold new weapons enabling them to resist against the Turkish army's most advanced weapons.

The Turkish army had earlier warned the Kurds against using different types of US and European arms.

A Kurdish media outlet reported on Tuesday that the Turkish Army's artillery units pounded for the first time the Central part of the town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, inflicting an unspecified number of casualties on the civilian population.

Hawar news reported that the artillery units of the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants opened heavy fire at populated neighborhoods in the Central part of Afrin.

It went on to say that the artillery units also targeted Afrin Hospital inside the town, killing and wounding a number of civilians, including several children. Yet, the news outlet said the exact number of casualties is not clear yet.

Well-informed sources reported on Monday that a new convoy of the Turkish Army vehicles and equipment and hundreds of Ankara-backed militants were forwarded to Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo to join Operation Olive Brach against Kurds.

The sources reported that a military convoy of the Turkish army left Kafr Lusin border-crossing for Northern Idlib heading towards the town of Salwah at the opposite side of the towns of Afrin and Dar al-Izzah in Western Aleppo.
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Dutch FM resigns after admitting lie about meeting Putin
Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra has resigned, a day after he admitted lying about overhearing Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. In 2016 Zijlstra alleged Putin had in 2006 expressed ambitions to create a “Greater Russia.”

The official admitted that his credibility had been damaged by the ongoing scandal to such an extent that his position had become untenable.

Halbe Zijlstra announced his resignation in an emotional speech to the House of Representatives. Zijlstra described the “Greater Russia” affair as the “biggest mistake” in his political career, adding that the country deserves a Foreign Minister who is beyond reproach.



Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra has admitted that he lied when he claimed to have heard President Vladimir Putin describing an ambition to unify Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states and Kazakhstan as a single country.

Zijlstra claimed at a party conference in 2016 that he had overheard Putin outlining the grand plan for a “Greater Russia” in 2006 during a gathering of businessmen. He was working for the oil company, Shell, at the time.

In the original retelling of the story, Zijlstra said he had been in a back room of a dacha (country house) when he heard Putin define “Great Russia” as “Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states,” adding that “Kazakhstan was nice to have.”

The story was questioned by the newspaper Volkskrant, however, which discovered from Zijlstra’s colleagues that he had not been at the 2006 business meeting in Russia, despite being part of the Shell delegation. When confronted about this, the minister acknowledged lying and claimed he was simply trying to protect a source.

“I made the decision that this is an important geopolitical story with serious implications,” he said. “I put myself in the story to make sure that the revelations weren’t about the person who was actually there. Because that could have had implications for him or his company.”

Zijlstra insisted the hearsay of which he spoke was true, but would not name the person from whom he heard it. The newspaper itself says the source was Jeroen van der Veer, who was Shell CEO at the time, citing two informed sources.

The revelation comes at an awkward moment for the foreign minister. Zijlstra, who assumed his current office in October 2017, is due to visit Moscow this week to meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Geert Wilders’ opposition right-wing Party for Freedom has called for a parliamentary debate about Zijlstra’s integrity before he leaves. Zijlstra told Volkskrant that he informed Prime Minister Mark Rutte about his conduct several weeks ago.

“Greater Russia” is an amorphous term usually used to describe the historic core of the Russian state, roughly corresponding to the territory of medieval Russia in the 16th century – the beginning of the reign of Ivan the Terrible, who was the first of Russia’s great expansionist rulers. The word “greater” is meant as a description of spiritual significance rather than physical size. The same term was applied to the core territories of some other countries, like Greater Armenia, Greater Walachia or Greater Poland.
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Israel threatens to ‘bite hard’ after downing of its fighter jet in Syria
Tel Aviv has vowed to defend its interests without any limitations in the wake of heightened tensions with Tehran over the recent strikes in Syria. At the same time Damascus warns Israel of “more surprises” in case of new attacks.

“We will respond to every provocation, we will continue to protect our vital security interests,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday as cited by local media.“To paraphrase the known saying, ‘This is not the time to bark, it’s time to bite’ − and we’ll bite hard,” the minister warned, adding that he hopes it will not come to that.

It was the first time Liberman had spoken about the February 10 events. Tensions between Israel and Iran have rapidly flared up since Saturday, when an alleged Iranian drone infiltration into the Israeli airspace triggered the Israeli Air Force’s retaliatory strikes in Syria, the biggest in years. Amid the cross-border escalation, Israel lost an F-16 fighter jet to enemy fire for the first time in 35 years.

The defense minister stressed that “there are no limitations” when it comes to responding to provocations against Israel. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “strike back” and hinted that Tel Aviv does not intend to change its stance following “a serious blow to the armies of Iran and Syria.”

While Tel Aviv maintains that Iran eyes attacking the country using Syrian bases, Tehran said no “Israeli mistake” will be left without response and the recent incident challenged Israeli air superiority, thus shifting the balance of power in the region.

“The claim [made] by the Zionists [that they had carried out sorties] to damage Iranian bases in Syria is a lie,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told Al Quds Al Arabi on Sunday.

Meanwhile the Syrian government has warned Israel against carrying out attacks, declaring its aim to surprise “the aggressor.”

“Have full confidence the aggressor will be greatly surprised because it thought this war − this war of attrition Syria has been exposed to for years − had made it incapable of confronting attacks,” assistant foreign minister Ayman Sussan said during a Damascus news conference on Tuesday as cited by Reuters.

“God willing they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria,” Sussan added.
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Tip-off received on Al-Nusra, White Helmets plotting chemical weapons provocation in Syria – Moscow
Russia’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria says it's been warned that Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorists brought in chlorine containers to a local village, where they aimed to work with the White Helmets to stage “a provocation.”

Late on Monday, the center received a phone call from a resident of the village of Serakab in Idlib province about the planned incident.
According to the source, on the afternoon of February 12, rebels from the Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) terrorist organization brought three cars packed with more than 20 cylinders of chlorine along with personal protective equipment to Serakab.

Additionally, according to the caller, representatives of the local branch of the White Helmets, wearing individual means of protection, conducted rehearsals of "giving first aid" to "local residents" who were supposedly suffering from poisoning.

The information received from the Idlib resident raised a red flag for members of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

According to the center, this indicates that Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorists along with the White Helmets are plotting another “provocation” with the use of poisonous substances in Idlib province, aimed at accusing the Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons against local residents.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in October that the notorious Idlib chemical incident in April, which was used by the US as a pretext to strike Syria’s Shayrat Airbase, might have been staged.

Presenting photographic evidence of a crater from the scene of the chemical incident, the head of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov, told a UN briefing that the bomb which dispersed the deadly chemical agent was most likely detonated on the ground and not on impact from a Syrian airstrike. “Most likely, an improvised explosive device was located on the surface,” Ulyanov said.

The Khan Shaykhun chemical incident occurred on April 4, 2017, in the town of the same name in the Idlib Governorate, in an area that was under the control of Al-Nusra Front terrorists. The sarin gas attack, which allegedly claimed the lives of between 74 to 100 civilians, reportedly took place when the town was struck by the Syrian Air Force. Washington rushed to blame Damascus, despite the denial of the Syrian government, which destroyed all of its sarin stockpiles under the deal brokered between Russia and the US in 2013. Even though there was a lack of any hard evidence, shortly after the incident US President Donald Trump authorized the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airbase, from where US intelligence claimed the chemical attack was launched.

In late October, the US Department of State finally admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are indeed carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry noted that a precedent had been set by Washington’s acknowledgement of the situation.

“This is the first official recognition by the State Department not only of the presence, but the very use of chemical weapons by Al-Nusra terrorists to carry out terrorist attacks, which we repeatedly warned about,” General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry, said.

The White Helmets have been long hailed by the Western media as “peace-bearing heroes” who save human lives. However, the group has been dogged by allegations of having ties with terrorist groups.

“The White Helmets not only feel at home on territories controlled by Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS], but also openly express positive attitudes towards them, providing them with information and even financial assistance,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in April 2017.
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イスラエル 戦闘機を撃墜されて動揺









THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 11 February 2018, 4:53 pm
Former Qaeda leader in Syria ‘welcomes’ Israeli airstrikes

Saleh Al-Hamwi tweets rare public support for Jerusalem, but contends Iran succeeded in creating deterrence over Syrian skies

In a rare public expression of support for Israel by a radical Islamist figure in Syria, a former leader in al-Qaeda’s Syrian militia on Saturday welcomed Israeli airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian targets in the country after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace, and called on the Jewish state to quickly “uproot” Iran from its northern neighbor.

“We welcome any Israeli aerial or naval bombardment against the [Syrian] regime and Iran in Syria. We urge them to do more. And we say to Israel: Your silence over Iran’s intervention in Syria will turn against you. It’s inevitable. Act with haste to uproot them,” Saleh Al-Hamwi wrote on Twitter.

Hamwi was a founder of the Nusra Front in 2012. In July 2015, the jihadist group said it dismissed him for not falling in line with the group’s internal politics.

He is now reportedly affiliated with the hardline Islamist group Ahrar il-Sham.

On Saturday, tensions flared on the Israeli-Syrian border, after the IDF intercepted an Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace from Jordan and an Israeli F-16 was apparently hit while flying over Syria during a retaliatory raid. The Israeli plane managed to return to Israel, where its two pilots ejected. One of the airmen was severely injured, while the second was lightly wounded.

In response, the Israeli Air Force quickly conducted a series of reprisal strikes in Syria.

Hamwi contended that Iran had intentionally sent the drone into Israeli airspace in order to draw Israeli planes into the range of anti-aircraft weaponry stationed at the base where the UAV had taken off from.

“[Iran] sent a drone and penetrated Israeli airspace with the prior knowledge that Israel would respond and bomb the launch site of the UAV,” he tweeted.

Hezbollah: Downed Israeli Jet Marks New Strategic Phase
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s continued acts of aggression against Syria’s military and civilian structures, saying the downing of an Israeli F-16 jet by the Syrian air defense systems marks the “start of a new strategic phase” which would limit Israeli violations of the Syrian airspace.

Hezbollah, in a statement released on Saturday evening, praised “the vigilance of the Syrian army and its valiant response to shoot down the hostile Israeli aircraft”, presstv reported.

“Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended,” the statement noted, adding that the Lebanese resistance movement firmly and strongly supported the Syrian people in defending their land, sovereignty and legitimate rights.

Earlier on Saturday, Syria’s state television, citing an unnamed Syrian military official, reported that air defense systems had struck at least one intruding Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft.

The official added that the aircraft had targeted a Syrian army base in the central region of the country, and that more than one Israeli warplane had been shot down.

A pro-government military alliance in Syria said in a statement that Israel would see a severe and serious response to its "terrorism" from now on.

Russian President Calls on Israeli Authorities to Avoid Escalation Following Aggression on Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Israeli authorities to avoid escalating the situation in the region following their recent attack on Syrian territory.

The Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday evening that Putin called on the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call to avoid any step that could result in a new cycle of confrontation in the region, SANA reported.

“They discussed the situation around the actions of the Israeli air force, which carried our missile strikes on targets in Syria,” Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying.

"The Russian side called for any steps, which might trigger a new spiral of dangerous confrontations for all in the region, to be avoided," the Kremlin press service added.

On Saturday, the Syrian military downed an intruding Israeli fighter jet returning from a bombing raid on an army base in central Syria. The Israeli military confirmed that one F-16 had gone down in Northern Israel, and that its two pilots had ejected and had been located and transferred to hospital. It later announced that one of the pilots was in serious condition.

The Israeli military claimed that it had attacked positions inside the Syrian territory after it intercepted a drone launched from Syria on Saturday. A pro-Syrian military alliance said later in the day that the Israeli claim about a drone intrusion was bogus, noting that Israel had targeted a drone base in Syria whose unmanned aircraft were used against the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.

Over the past years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran. This is while Iran has no military presence in Syrian territory, only offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian government fighting an all-out foreign-sponsored militancy.

Israel ‘dealt heavy blow’ to Iran & Syria – Netanyahu
Israeli airstrikes against Iranian and Syrian targets have dealt a “serious blow” to Tehran and Damascus, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israel will continue to “strike back,” he added.

“Yesterday we dealt a serious blow to the armies of Iran and Syria,” the prime minister said, referring to the airstrikes conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against targets on Syrian territory on Saturday. “We will continue to strike back at any attempt to harm us,” he told ministers at his weekly cabinet meeting, as cited by Israeli media.

“We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of engagement have not changed in any way,” Netanyahu said. “This has been our policy and will remain our policy,” he added, apparently indicating that Tel Aviv does not intend to change its stance on Syria.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also praised the airstrikes, saying they proved “we are capable of dealing with Iran.” He also pointed out that Israel is ready to respond to any kind of threat and would not hesitate to do so. “Everyone needs to understand that Israel will not stand idly when someone tries to disrupt our state and our citizens’ daily lives,” the president said, as cited by the Times of Israel.

In the meantime, the head of the IDF Northern Command, Major General Yoel Strick, said the Israeli military would not allow Iran to secure a foothold in Syria. “Iran wants to establish a forward operating base in Syria whose goal is attacking Israel. We will not allow it. We will not allow Israeli citizens to be threatened. We will not allow Iran to threaten the stability of the entire region,” the general said.

Damascus and Tehran, however, dismissed Israeli claims about the scale of the damage inflicted on their forces. The two states said the attacks were repelled and that Israeli air superiority was challenged, thus shifting the balance of power in the region.

Following the Israeli attacks on Saturday, Syrian government forces said their air defense units successfully confronted and “thwarted” Israel’s “aggression” in the Syrian central regions and the area near Damascus, as reported by the Syrian SANA news agency. On Sunday, the Syrian al-Watan newspaper said the Syrian air defense forces effectively “destroyed the myth of Israeli air superiority in the region,” thus dealing a “blow” to Tel Aviv and creating a deterrent to further actions.

Tehran also rejected Israel’s statements. “The claim [made] by the Zionists [that they had carried out sorties] to damage Iranian bases in Syria is a lie,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told Iranian media on Sunday.

“The Syrian nation proved this time that it will respond to any act of aggression, as the era of hit and run is over,” he added. Israel, Iran and Syria engaged in a war of words following a series of incidents on Saturday that have led to a rapid escalation of tensions in the region.

On Saturday, Israel first reported that the IDF had intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over its territory. The Israeli forces then launched a series of airstrikes against Iranian and Syrian government forces’ positions on Syrian territory. The move prompted heavy anti-aircraft fire by the Syrian Army. One Israeli F-16 crashed during the operation.

Israel Deploys Anti-Missile System on Syria Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- An agitated Israeli military has reportedly deployed anti-missile systems to the Syrian border, a day after it lost an advanced F-16 warplane in Syria's first serious air defense operation to confront Israeli violations of its airspace.

The Jerusalem Post on Sunday cited witnesses as saying that they had seen convoys of "missile defense batteries" North-bound near the city of Baka al-Gharbiya. It said others had posted photos of "trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in Northern Israel". The report added that the Israeli army had "refused to comment".

Early on Saturday morning, reportedly eight Israeli warplanes were deployed to target positions inside Syria. The Syrian military, which has previously absorbed occasional Israeli strikes, activated its air defense systems and shot down at least one Israeli F-16.

Israel claimed that it had earlier intercepted an "Iranian" drone, and that the warplanes had been dispatched to hit the site where the drone had been launched from, only to face Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Tehran rejected the claim about an Iranian drone as "too ludicrous to warrant a response". And the Syrian military said it had responded to Israeli "aggression" and had hit more than one aircraft.

More than 24 hours after the incident, however, Israeli accounts of the developments were varied and confused. One Israeli report quoted the pilots of the downed F-16 − who parachuted out of the warplane − as saying that they realized they had been "hit" only after hearing an explosion.

"[We heard] an explosion and realized we were hit," Israeli Channel 2 cited them as saying.

Another said the pilots ejected "when they recognized that one of the missiles had locked onto their jet."

Some Israeli reports claimed that a direct hit had not occurred and that shrapnel from an exploding missile had pierced through the warplane.

The Israeli military has long boasted of superior aerial power. Before Saturday's crash, the Tel Aviv regime had not lost a warplane in 35 years − since the first Israeli war on Lebanon, in 1982.

The downing by Syria of the Israeli jet worked to deflate that narrative, particularly since it was only the first time Syria was actively confronting intruding Israeli aircraft.

Various Israeli news articles and analyses reflected the sentiment that the self-proclaimed Israeli "invincibility" had been shattered. Reports spoke of "cracks" in Israeli "arrogance", and "a blow to the pride" of the Israeli regime.

A flood of Israeli trash talk against Iran also followed. One Israeli minister, Yisrael Katz, took to a telling podium to speak, namely Saudi Arabia-linked outlet Elaph.

“The Syrian army will find itself under fire if it continues to cooperate and allow Iran to position itself on Syrian soil,” Katz said, repeating a paranoiac Israeli mantra about Iranian activity in Syria.

Iran has said it has no military presence in Syria and is only offering Damascus advisory military help.

Observers say that the downing of the Israeli jet sent Tel Aviv the message that Syria and other countries whose airspace is violated by Israel are now ready to stop those violations.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that the Israeli attacks against positions in Syria would continue.

He said the regime had conducted strikes after the downing of the F-16, which he said showed " that our modus operandi has not changed one bit."
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イラク国防大臣 暗殺を免れるも 議会で不信任案が可決
Obeidi insisted that he was being challenged in retribution for his rejection of corruption, accusing the parliamentarians of seeking to blackmail him in order to pass several corrupt deals.


"It was the Americans who brought the ISIL to Iraq to have a pretext to return."

Al-Hosseini described the ISIL and the US as two sides of the same coin, and said the Americans' presence in Mosul is not aimed at uprooting ISIL as they plan to make sure of their deployment in the region after expulsion of the ISIL.



Iraqi Popular Forces Give Last Ultimatum to US Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman and a senior commander of Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Battalions) popular forces Jafar al-Hosseini warned that the chances are more than ever that clashes break out between them and the US military men deployed in the Arab country.

"Clashes may break out with the Americans at any time, and this time no mediation will help the Americans and it is not like the past," al-Hosseini was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying on Tuesday.

He described the US military deployment as occupation of Iraq, and said, "It was the Americans who brought the ISIL to Iraq to have a pretext to return."

Al-Hosseini said that the weapons and equipment seized from the ISIL terrorists in the town of Tikrit in Iraq were the ones used merely by the American forces.

In relevant remarks last September, al-Hosseini had warned the US to withdraw its military men from Iraq once the ISIL is fully defeated in the country..

He described the American forces' presence as the biggest obstacle to Iraq's anti-terrorism fight, and called for the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq after the ISIL will be defeated.

Also, last March, al-Hosseini warned that his forces will target the US forces if they don’t leave the Iraqi territories after annihilation of the ISIL terrorists.

"If the US forces refrain from leaving the Iraqi territories after annihilation of the ISIL terrorist group, the Islamic resistance of Iraq will target them," al-Hosseini said.

Noting that the US forces are protecting rather than fighting against the ISIL terrorists in Iraq, he said that the Americans have increased their activities in Iraq in recent days through their military advisors, the number of their flights and want to open some space for themselves in the anti-ISIL campaign to be able to render more support to the terrorist group.

Al-Hosseini described the ISIL and the US as two sides of the same coin, and said the Americans' presence in Mosul is not aimed at uprooting ISIL as they plan to make sure of their deployment in the region after expulsion of the ISIL.

He said that the ISIL has been created and nurtured by the US, and added that Washington wants to fool the world again and introduce itself as a partner in the anti-ISIL war.

2018年02月06日 イラクの米軍がアフガニスタンに移動開始

この記事では、If the drawdown is true, it represents the first of its kind since the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was launched over three years ago. It also comes ahead of national elections in Iraq, where the presence of US troops is a heated issue.とあり、米軍の移動は選挙を控えて米軍の存在が争点になっているからとされています。






Popular Forces Voice Firm Opposition to US Continued Deployment in Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Qais Khazali, a leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), an Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group, underlined the necessity for the withdrawal of all US military forces from Iraq.

"We firmly dismiss the US military presence in our country after annihilation of the ISIL to safeguard Iraq's national sovereignty and security against the disintegration plots which serve the Zionist regime," Khazali was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel on Monday.

He said that the Iraqi air force which is equipped with F16 fighter jets doesn’t need the US warplanes and helicopters.

Spokesman and a senior commander of Iraq's Kata'ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Battalions) popular forces Jafar al-Hosseini warned earlier this month that the chances are more than ever that clashes break out between them and the US military men deployed in the Arab country.

"Clashes may break out with the Americans at any time, and this time no mediation will help the Americans and it is not like the past," al-Hosseini was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying.

He described the US military deployment as occupation of Iraq, and said, "It was the Americans who brought the ISIL to Iraq to have a pretext to return."

Al-Hosseini said that the weapons and equipment seized from the ISIL terrorists in the town of Tikrit in Iraq were the ones used merely by the American forces.

Also, in September, al-Hosseini had warned the US to withdraw its military men from Iraq once the ISIL is fully defeated in the country..

He described the American forces' presence as the biggest obstacle to Iraq's anti-terrorism fight, and called for the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq after the ISIL will be defeated.

Qais Khazaliは、日本ではこんな顔つきの若い人は見かけなくなった の記事に画像を掲げました。2015/12/26に採録しています。この時は若そうに見えました。

最近ではこんな記事も。戦闘服姿でイスラエル・レバノン国境に立ったQais Khazaliをレバノン首相ハリリが非難しています。イランの支援を受けた勢力のリーダーがレバノンに来るだけでまたサウジなどとのトラブルが複雑化しかねないと警戒しているわけです。

haaretz 2017/12/10
Lebanon's Hariri Denounces Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Leader's Visit to Israeli-Lebanon Border
Iran-backed Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, declared his readiness 'to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause'
The head of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia has visited Lebanon's border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah fighters, a video released on Saturday showed, in a show of Iranian influence that Lebanon's prime minister called illegal.

Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, declared his readiness "to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause", in the video footage widely circulating on social media.

His appearance at the frontier is likely to be seen in the Middle East as an example of Tehran demonstrating its reach, and could add to tension in Lebanon, caught in a regional tussle between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Qais Khazali

rudaw 2018/2/13
Baghdad should audit its employees too, says KRG DPM Talabani
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The central government should also do an audit of its civil servant employees, said Deputy KRG Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, who has spearheaded the Kurdistan Region’s biometric system that is now being used in Baghdad’s review of the KRG’s payroll.
注:biometricとは 生物個体が持つ特性により人物を認識する技術
“Auditing the list of employees and salary-takers of the Kurdistan Region by the central government is a normal thing. The biometric record of the regional government facilitates it,” Talabani stated in a Facebook post on Monday.

“We also hope that the same procedure is carried out in every department and bureau of the central government,” he wrote.

He expressed hope that political interests and goals will not obstruct paying the salaries of the KRG’s employees.

The Iraqi government has formed ten sub-committees to look into the payroll records of the KRG. The first ministries being audited are the health and education ministries. Iraqi Prime Minister has said that the essential-service sectors should be paid first.

Last week, a financial watchdog from Baghdad arrived in Erbil to audit the KRG’s biometric records, a program introduced in 2016 as a part of the KRG’s reforms.

Abadi has on more than one occasion promised to pay the salaries of Kurdistan Region civil servants, but has insisted an audit must first be done because of concerns about the KRG’s bloated payroll. He is worried about corruption and wants to ensure payments actually go to deserving employees.

Some Kurdish citizens have expressed doubt about Abadi’s sincerity. Teachers at a recent protest in Sulaimani said Abadi’s promises are false, just like the KRG’s.

The Central Bank of Iraq sent $210 million to its branch in Erbil on January 29, but the KRG does not have authority over the funds and does not know what it is for.
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‘US attempting to wash its hands of Iraq smacks of historical irresponsibility’
As Iraq recovers from a long series of horrific wars, starting with the US invasion of 2003, the US has to take on the responsibility for destroying the Iraqi nation, analysts have told RT.

The government of Iraq needs $88 billion in reconstruction funds for areas devastated by war, Iraqi officials claimed at the international donors’ conference in Kuwait on Monday.

Around $22 billion will be required in the short term and another $66 billion in the medium term, said the director-general of the Iraqi Planning Ministry, Qusay Abdulfattah. However the US, which is expected to attend the conference, says it has no plans to contribute any money.

RT discussed Iraq’s plans to rebuild economy and infrastructure after devastating conflicts with Sreeram Chaulia, professor and Dean of Jindal School of International Affairs.

As to who should be paying, morally, and where it can realistically come from, in Chaulia’s view, the US is now attempting to wash its hands of responsibility for the destruction of Iraq.

“It is clear that post-war long-term reconstruction requires significant financial support from abroad for a country that is just recovering from what has been a horrific long series of wars starting with the US invasion of 2003. I think it smacks of historical irresponsibility on the part of the US, which began this slide towards state collapse and state failure by overthrowing Saddam Hussein in 2003 to now wash their hands of and say ‘You know, we are going to just leave it to the private sector and we will ask our allies Saudi Arabia to come and pitch in the money.’ I think the US needs to own up for the some of the destruction that it has done in the process of this series of wars,” he said.

As for the likelihood of Gulf countries investing money into rebuilding of Iraq – which the US is counting on – Chaulia said that Washington “have an ability to bring together loners…And they should be using all these levers if at all they are concerned.”

However, he said, “[the US] have more strategic goals – which is simply to work for Saudi Arabia and counter Iran in the region.”

“So, they are not thinking in a very long vision for Iraq itself or for Syria itself. They see these as battlefields. Not as opportunities to rebuild. And this is an unfortunate myopic view which is going to lead to the long-term suffering because these towns and cities have been so devastated that they need all support, including the US,” he said.

Abdullah Khan, managing director at Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security studies, underlined to RT that it is important to say acknowledge that “American occupation of Iraq was illegal because there were no WMDs present in Iraq.” In his opinion, the US now has to take part in rebuilding the country that it has destroyed.

“They have destroyed the Iraqi nation, the Iraqi country. Not just Iraq. We are seeing the threat of [Islamic State or IS, formerly] ISIS, not just inside Iraq, but around Iraq and in the whole world. And that is just because of America. If the Americans do not play the role of rebuilding of Iraq, we can foresee the reemergence of ISIS in Iraq and surrounding areas,” he said.

However, what the Trump administration are trying to do now is “pushing their Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and others to pour in money into Iraq,” Khan said. In his opinion though, these countries are unlikely to offer aid unless there is a pro-Iran government in Baghdad.
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Moscow invites BRICS partners to invest in rebuilding post-war Syria

Russia has invited its partners among the BRICS nations (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) to establish a foothold in the promising Syrian market, according to the Russian Ambassador to the country, Alexander Kinshchak.

“According to Syrian estimates, losses in the real sector of the economy topped $75 billion,” the ambassador told TASS news agency. “UN experts believe that it will take nearly $200 billion to achieve the pre-crisis GDP growth rate,” he added.

“We are aware that the Syrian government will find it difficult to obtain a huge amount of money required for the post-crisis recovery,” Kinshchak explained.

“Therefore, Russia suggested that the international community, first of all, the nations friendly to Syria, should join efforts in order to work out a complex program for its revival,” he added.

Kinshchak said Russia was looking to BRICS and allies like Iran and other states that have independent foreign policies and are motivated to gain a foothold in the promising Syrian market.

In 2016, Damascus and Moscow signed nearly a billion dollars’ worth of agreements to rebuild war-torn Syria. Russia was offered a chance to participate in exploring and developing oil and gas on land and offshore. In particular, it was invited to upgrade the Baniyas refinery and construct a refinery with Iran and Venezuela.

Syria has begun agricultural exports to Russia. The countries also intend to open a bank to facilitate transfers. The bank would be controlled 50-50 by the countries’ central banks.
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Terrorists Fail to Set Up US Airbase in Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's Humeimim airbase in Syria declared that the terrorist groups' attempts to establish a US base in Eastern Damascus were foiled.

Humeimim airbase confirmed on its facebook page on Monday that Moscow cooperated with the Syrian army forces in thwarting at least two terrorist groups' attempts to set up a US airport and military base in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

Based on the report, the terrorists had plotted to block the Syrian army's path to the region by setting up a US base.

It added that at present, Washington is attempting to disintegrate Syria – given the fact that the al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorist group is ruling Eastern Ghouta - but Moscow makes its utmost efforts to prevent this.

The development came after Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, warned of the US plots to disintegrate Syria and establish military bases on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates with the help of the Kurds.

Atwan referred to the US airstrikes against the Syrian army forces in Deir Ezzur and killing 150 Syrian forces, stressing that the country's foreign ministry is entitled to consider it as war crime as the American forces entered Iraq and Syria on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

"Now that terrorist groups are annihilated in Iraq and Syria, we should ask the reason for the US forces' deployment in the two countries and their goal of airstrikes against them," he wrote on Saturday.

"The response to this question is simple; implementation of the US plots to disintegrate Syria and set up permanent military bases in Eastern Euphrates to separate it from the west so that these bases will replace Incirlik airbase in Turkey, which doesn’t welcome the US fighter jets anymore, and pave the ground for the formation of a Kurdish government.

The US-led coalition admitted on Thursday that it has launched airstrikes against the Syrian government forces after they attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in Eastern Euphrates.

According to Atwan, this measure indicates the US willingness to form an independent Kurdish government in Eastern Euphrates to separate it from Syria, support it and form an army of 30,000 soldiers to train and equip them with new weapons.
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シリア軍がイスラエルF-16戦闘機を撃墜 イスラエルはイラン兵士の基地を狙ったと声明 イランが強く反発

Israel's Fourth Generation Fighter Jet Shot Down by Russian S-200 Air Shield
TEHRAN (FNA)- One of the most advanced fighter jets worldwide used by the Israeli Air Force to attack Syria was shot down by an old Soviet-made S-200 ground-to-air missile, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted the website of Aviation Analysis Wing as reporting that the Syrian air defense units targeted the modern Israeli F16 fighter jet by a S-200 missile defense system designed in soviet era in the 1960s.

The Israeli Air Force's F16 is a forth generation fighter jet equipped with modern electronic system.

Field sources in Damascus province said on Saturday that the Syrian Army's air defense units confronted the third wave of Israeli air raids in the Western part of Damascus province.

The sources said that air defense units repelled the third round of Israeli airstrikes on army positions in al-Dimas region, tracking and destroying the Israeli air-to-surface missile before hitting the target on the ground.

In the meantime, the AMN reported that the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at a number of military points near the occupied Golan in Western Ghouta, adding that the Syrian forces tracked two of the fired missiles.

Meantime, the Israelis claim that they halted the raids. "Our operation has been terminated," spokesman for the Israeli army announced a few minutes ago.

Also, Israeli media reported that Tel Aviv called on Washington and Moscow to meddle and take control over the situation.

The Syria's state-run SANA said that a situation of fear and anxiety covered the Northern part of occupied Palestine.

SANA reported on Saturday that the Syrian air defense units confronted the second raid of Israeli fighter jets in Damascus province airspace.

The news agency further quoted a military source as saying that the air defense units repelled the Israeli jet's fresh attack on army positions in the Southern part of the country.

Israel’s Channel 2 also reported that the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv had temporarily halted air traffic.

The Syrian military had hit at least one Israeli F-16 aircraft that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, sending it down in flames and smoke.

Over the past years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran. This is while Iran has no military presence in Syrian territory, only offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian government fighting an all-out foreign-sponsored militancy.

Damascus stressed on Thursday that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria are a continuation of Israel’s aggressive approach represented by supporting terrorist groups to prolong the crisis in Syria and to raise the morale of the terrorists.

In a letter sent to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, Syria's Foreign Ministry stressed that the continuation of Israel’s attacks only serves to support terrorist groups and to prolong the crisis in Syria.

"The government of the Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its warning to Israel on the serious repercussions of its attacks on Syria, its continued support for armed terrorist organizations, and its continued occupation of the Arab territories, including the occupied Syrian Golan, and it holds Israel fully responsible for that,” it said.

It further went on to condemn the Tel Aviv regime's latest attack in which Israeli aircraft launched missiles from the Lebanese airspace on an area in Damascus countryside.

The letter noted that the attack coincides with "the launching of more than 1,000 rockets and mortar rounds during the past few days on neighborhoods, suburbs, diplomatic missions, service facilities, and churches in Damascus and other cities, where dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds others were wounded, most of them women and children."

The letter concluded by calling on the UN and the Security Council to condemn such actions and to take firm and immediate measures to halt those attacks.

Israeli F-16 jet shot down by Syria fire, says military
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli military said on Saturday "a combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel".

"IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman, said on Twitter.

Israeli media said the jet crashed in northern Israel.

"This is a dramatic development," Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Lebanon's capital, Beirut, said.

"Israel has carried out dozens of attacks over the past one year but this is for the first time a Syrian military has shot down an Israeli plane," she said.

"It is also for the first time that Israel has said its planes carried out attacks inside Syria. In the past, the Israelis carried out attacks inside Syria but they would not mention anything about the target or even acknowledge attacks."
Israeli 'aggression'

Syria state television later cited a Syrian military official as saying that Israeli "aggression" targeted the Syrian army base in the central region of the country.

Sources in Damascus said there were casualties among Syrian forces.

In response, Syria shot down more than one Israeli fighter jets, according the official.

Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire.

Pro-government military alliance in Syria said in a statement later on Saturday that Israel would see a severe and serious response to its "terrorism" from now on.

The statement also said the drones - one of which Israel shot down - were being used against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

Israeli military said it was "monitoring events" and was "fully prepared for further action".

Israel's chief military spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, said Israel held Iran directly responsible for the incident.

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn't know how it will end," he said in a statement.

"Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price."

Later on Saturday, Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Israeli military spokesman as saying that Israel did not seek an escalation in the region.

"We are willing, prepared and capable to exact a heavy price from anyone that attacks us, however we are not looking to escalate the situation. This was a defensive effort triggered by an Iranian act of aggression and we are defending our airspace our sovereignty and civilians," the source said.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from West Jarusalem, said a big inquiry was likely to look into the incident.

"Israeli's pride themselves on the fact that they can patrol the airspace over the Arab world without much competition from anybody else, so this is going to be a big inquiry," he said.

"But now it's about the politics and optics of all this. The Israelis are now going to go after Iran, blame them squarely for this."
Bekaa Valley

Explosions could be heard in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley region near the Syrian border.

Al Jazeera's Khodr said Israel has been warning of late of increased Iranian involvement along its border in Syria and Lebanon.

"First they said they would not allow weapons to reach Hezbollah - the Lebanese armed Shia group [from Iran through Syrian territory]. And as of late, the Israelis have been saying that they won't allow to set up permanent bases in Syria," she said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been to Russia's capital Moscow and clearly the Russians have given him a green light to use the Syrian airspace, she said.

Israel has shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria.

The targeting of an Iranian site in response, however, marks an escalation in the Israeli retaliation.

Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes under Syrian anti-aircraft fire amid IDF cross-border raid
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed after Syria responded with anti-aircraft fire to an Israeli operation in its territory. Syria says its military base came under Israeli fire, and it hit multiple aircraft in response.

“Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe,” IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter.

The incident took place after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted an Iranian UAV, which crossed from the territory of Syria into Israel. In response, the Israeli military attacked Iranian positions in Syria. The operation triggered anti-aircraft fire by Syrian forces.

The Israeli “aggression” targeted an army base in the central region of Syria, Sana reported, citing a military official, who also said that Syrian air defenses struck more than one jet. The Israeli military denied that:“They all returned safely, except for one that crashed in Israel,” Conricus said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently holding security consultations and approving the necessary actions in real time following the incidents, official Israeli sources told Haaretz.

Images emerged online purporting to show the F-16 crash site and an operation to evacuate the pilots.

IDF spokesman Ronen Manelis earlier said: “We identified an Iranian drone UAV which took off from Syrian territory. The drone was identified by IAF systems and was downed by an IAF helicopter. The Iranian drone fell in our territory and is in our possession.” He described Israeli operation in Syria as “a surgical action deep in Syria.”

Red alert sirens were heard in multiple areas across northern Israel, initially in the town of Beit She’an and later in the surrounding areas and Golan Heights. Local residents told Haaretz that they heard many blasts and reported heavy aerial activity in the area near the Jordanian and Syrian borders.

Syria has repeatedly protested Israeli attacks on targets inside Syria. Earlier this week, Israeli warplanes attacked military targets near Damascus from Lebanese airspace, with the Syrian Army claiming it destroyed most of the Israeli rockets. In January, Israel launched three attacks on military targets in Syria, using jets and ground-to-ground missiles. Back then, Damascus claimed that it shot down one Israeli jet and one missile.

Israeli attacks on Syria imperil Russia-backed de-escalation zone – Moscow
The attacks by Israeli forces on targets in Syria are a cause of serious concern for Russia, the foreign ministry said. They may trigger violence and destabilize the de-escalation zone in south of the country.

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian ministry called on all regional players to “exercise restraint and avoid any action that could further complicate the situation.” It stressed the need to respect the sovereignty of “Syria and other nations in the region.”

“Our special concern is the threat of escalation of tension inside and around the zones of de-escalation in Syria, the creation of which became an important factor for reduction of violence on the Syrian soil,” the ministry said. The four zones, including one in southern Syria, are a mechanism backed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, meant to deflate the conflict potential in Syria and lead to a negotiated peaceful transition.

Moscow added that there were Russian service members stationed in Syria and said it considered any threat to their lives unacceptable.

The statement comes after a flare-up in Syria on Saturday. It began with Israel reporting an incursion of an Iranian drone, which it said it downed. Israel later launched a cross-border attack on an Iranian target in Syria, where it believes the drone was launched. Syrian air defenses responded to the attack and one Israeli jet crashed. Israel eventually launched more attacks on Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria.

We could ‘destroy all US bases in region & create hell for Zionist regime’ – Iranian commander
Tehran has dismissed Tel Aviv’s claims concerning an Iranian UAV and a downed Israeli jet as “ridiculous.” An Iranian commander also warned Iran could unleash “hell” on the “Zionist regime” and destroy all US bases in the area.

“The claim about the flight of an Iranian drone and Iran’s involvement in the downing of a Zionist fighter jet is so ridiculous that it does not merit a comment,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said. He added that Iranian officials are acting in Syria only as advisers and do so “at the request of the… legitimate and lawful government.”

What’s more, any “aggressive actions” by Tel Aviv would trigger a serious response. That is because Iran is capable of creating “hell for the Zionists,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, said.

Qassemi added that Syria is a sovereign state and its government and armed forces, have a “legitimate right to defend [its] territorial integrity and counter any kind of foreign aggression.” In the early hours of Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed they intercepted an Iranian UAV, which crossed from the territory of Syria into Israel. In response, Israel conducted airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria.

The Israeli military later said that one Israeli F-16 crashed due to the “massive Syrian anti-air fire.” The pilots ejected and survived the incident. In response to the crash, the IDF said it struck 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria, including air defense batteries. Damascus denounced Israeli actions as “aggression.”

Touching upon the US policy towards Iran and the sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic, Salami said that Iran remains strong against all odds and could potentially destroy “all American military bases in the region by launching attacks from inside the country.”

Tensions between Israel and Iran rapidly flared up following the Saturday incident. The IDF warned Syria and Iran against “violating” its sovereignty by saying that both countries would pay a heavy price if they defy this warning. It also said that Tehran and Damascus are “playing with fire.”
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Iran Denies President Rouhani's "Secret" Dinner with US Congressmen
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President for Communications and Information Parviz Esmayeeli rejected a Wall Street Journal report claiming that President Hassan Rouhani secretly hosted three democrat US Congressmen in a private dinner in 2013.

"The allegations about a secret meeting or secret dinner of the mentioned figures (the US democrat congressmen) with President Rouhani is a sheer lie," Esmayeeli said on Saturday.

He added that during his stay in New York to participate in the annual UN General Assembly meeting, the Iranian president only attends an intimate meeting and dinner with Iranian expatriates residing in the US.

Meantime, Esmayeeli said that the Iranian president holds meetings with different groups every year on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting to explain Iran's foreign policy.

"President Rouhani had a meeting in 2013 with the Islamic Ulema (clerics) and leaders of the US Muslims society whose full reports and images were released at the time and they are available now at these addresses: President.ir/fa/71698, President.ir/fa/72693, President.ir/fa/72016," he added.

His remarks came after the Wall Street Journal claimed on Friday that the US congressmen, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Andre Carson of Indiana and Gregory Meeks of New York, attended a private dinner with the Iranian president in New York in 2013, along with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the black group Nation of Islam.
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800 Female ISIL Terrorists Detained in Northern Syria

800 Female ISIL Terrorists Detained in Northern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Some 800 women who had joined Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) are being detained in the Kurdish regions of Northern Syria with their children, German newspaper Die Welt reported on Saturday, citing a terrorism expert from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Among the 800 were 15 German women, HRW's Nadim Houry said. He told the paper he had met and spoken to the women in January. The female Daesh members and their children were detained across several camps in the region, he added, Daily Sabah reported.

The women were from 40 different countries including Canada, France, Britain, Turkey and Australia, Houry stressed.

"These women are in a very difficult situation," he said, adding that "Especially for the small children the conditions are by no means good."

The women wanted to return home even if that meant having to face prosecution, he added, calling on European governments to allow the children to return.

"The children have not committed any crimes, they are the victims of the war and often their radicalized parents," he underlined.

400 ISIL Terrorists Released by PYD/PKK
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Spokesman confirmed Friday that 400 Daesh prisoners had been released in northern Syria to fight Turkey.

"It is confirmed that 400 Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) prisoners in Raqqa, Afrin and Deir Ezzur were released on the condition that they will fight against Turkey," Mahir Unal said at a news conference following a Central Decision and Executive Board meeting of the AK Party, Anadolu Agency reported.

AK Party Spokesman said the National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli gave briefing on the country's recently launched Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin.

"We have revealed how the PYD/PKK-Daesh relations in Raqqa was uncovered […] It is confirmed that especially in Raqqa, Afrin and Deir Ezzur, 400 Daesh militants were released from prison by the PYD/PKK on the condition of fighting against Turkey," he said.

He said the terrorist PYD/PKK's recent move refuted the US' claims of fighting against Daesh on the ground.

Unal's remarks came after Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, told a Security Council meeting the PYD/PKK terror group in Northern Syria pardoned 400 Daesh members in early January.

Adding some of them to the ranks of the PYD/PKK-led group SDF, Nebenzia said 120 of released Daesh terrorists entered the ranks of the PYD/PKK terror group in Syria.

The terrorist group struck a deal with Daesh terrorists to use them as a tool against Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, the sources told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.

The PYD/PKK captured many civilians who were fleeing the clashes between Kurdish and Arab opposition groups, putting them in prisons in the townships of Rajo and Jinderes in the West of Afrin, as well as in underground cells.

The number of civilians being held in prisons, with no official charges against them, is estimated at 1,100. It was also reported that some of the detainees were told they were “convicted” for life.

Regarding the issue, Unal said the terrorist PYD/PKK's oppression and tyranny against the civilians in the region continues to exist.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

According to Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council’s decisions, self-defense rights under the UN charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost importance" is being given to not harm any civilians.

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