国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年11月06日

カショギの遺体はバラバラにされ溶かされた

トルコのリークが頼りのカショギ事件。トルコ政府、エルドアンが正義を実現できるのか、疑問視する声が出ています。遺体を酸で溶かして総領事公邸の井戸に流し込んだとか。地下水汚染は調べていないのか?

アルジャジーラ201811/5
Saudi 'cover-up team' sent to dispose of Khashoggi body: report
A Turkish newspaper report suggests a Saudi investigative group included two experts who attempted to erase evidence.
Saudi Arabia deployed a chemist and toxicology expert to Istanbul after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an attempt to cover up evidence of the killing, according to a Turkish newspaper.

Pro-government daily Sabah reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia sent an 11-member "cover-up team" to Istanbul on October 11, nine days after the Washington Post contributor vanished after entering the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

The paper said chemist Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among "the so-called investigative team", which visited the consulate every day until October 17, before leaving Turkey on October 20.

The newest details may explain why Saudi Arabia did not allow Turkish police to search the consulate until October 15.

Turkish authorities have released gruesome details of a killing that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said was a targeted hit.
Missing body

While Riyadh officials have admitted the murder was planned, they have so far declined to release details of the whereabouts of the 59-year-old journalist's missing body.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said last week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and also confirmed the body was dismembered.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, hinted in an article published on Friday that the body may even have been dissolved in acid.

In an editorial published in The Washington Post, Erdogan accused authorities in Riyadh of refusing to answer key questions about the murder, despite their arrest of 18 suspects a fortnight ago.

He said the order to murder the journalist came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government, adding that he did "not believe for a second" that King Salman was to blame.

But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a "death squad" against the outspoken Saudi journalist.

The murder has badly tainted the kingdom's de facto ruler.
Unwilling to 'genuinely cooperate'

Last week, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb met Turkish authorities in Istanbul but refused to share information from Riyadh's own investigation, according to Turkish officials.

A senior Turkish official said the Saudi officials that appeared unwilling to "genuinely cooperate" with the investigation.

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators," the official told the AFP news agency on the condition of anonymity.

"We did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation."

On Monday, Turkish Vice President Fuad Oktay said that reports of Khashoggi's body being dissolved in acid need to be investigated.

Oktay told Turkey's Anadolu news agency it was now accepted that Khashoggi was targeted in a premeditated murder.

"The question now is who gave the orders. This is what we are seeking answers to now," Oktay said.

"Another question is where the body is ... There are reports of [the body] being dissolved with acid now. All of these need to be looked at."

According to Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, reporting from Istanbul, Saudi investigators had repeatedly asked Turkish officials for access to Khashoggi's phone while they were investigating the case in Istanbul.

Similarly, on Sunday a Turkish security source told Al Jazeera that audio recordings from inside the consulate indicate that Khashoggi's murderers were trying to find his phone immediately after killing him.

Prior to entering the consulate, Khashoggi had given both of his mobile phones to his fiance Hatice Cengiz as she waited outside.

FARSNEWS2018/11/4
Report: Khashoggi's Body Parts Transported in Suitcases
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Turkish pro-government newspaper reported that journalist Jamal Khashoggi's corpse was dismembered and put into five suitcases after he was strangled upon entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Citing unnamed officials, Sabah reported on Sunday that the suitcases were then taken to the Saudi consul's residence near the consulate where the writer was killed on October 2.

The officials said that Maher Mutreb, Salah Tubeigy and Thaar al-Harbi were the three key figures from the 15-member hit squad that were involved in dismembering Khashoggi's body and removing it from the premises.

Mutreb was a direct aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MbS, while Tubeigy was the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics and a colonel in the Saudi army.
Al-Harbi was reportedly promoted to lieutenant in the Saudi royal guard last year for bravery in the defence of the crown prince's palace in Jeddah.

An adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also announced that the team that killed the Saudi journalist cut up his body in order to dissolve for easier disposal.

Yasin Aktay, who was a friend of Khashoggi's, told Hurriyet newspaper that the corpse was disposed of by dismembering and dissolving it.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it," he said, adding that "according to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier".

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left," Aktay stated.

Also, a senior Turkish official has told Al-Jazeera the journalist's body was dismembered and dissolved in acid, noting that the Saudi hit squad that carried out the killing has done similar operations before.

Earlier, a Turkish official had also told the Washington Post that authorities were investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the order for Khashoggi's killing came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

"We must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing," Erdogan said, adding that Turkey has "moved heaven and earth" to bring the truth to light.

FARSNEWS2018/11/3
Khashoggi's Body 'Dismembered', 'Dissolved'
TEHRAN (FNA)- An adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi cut up his body in order to dissolve for easier disposal.

Yasin Aktay, who was a friend of Khashoggi's, told Hurriyet newspaper that the corpse was disposed of by dismembering and dissolving it.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it," he said, adding that "according to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier".

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left," Aktay stated.

Meanwhile, a senior Turkish official has also told Al-Jazeera the journalist's body was dismembered and dissolved in acid, noting that the Saudi hit squad that carried out the killing has done similar operations before.

Earlier, a Turkish official had also told the Washington Post that authorities were investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the order for Khashoggi's killing came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

"We must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing," Erdogan said, adding that Turkey has "moved heaven and earth" to bring the truth to light.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the kingdom consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is. It also sacked a top general and arrested several people.

The Saudi Public Prosecutor has also stated that the assassination of Khashoggi at the Riyadh consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul in early October was premeditated.

Four weeks after the Saudi writer vanished, the details of his killing are still murky and the cause of his death is unknown. Officials in Riyadh have come up with shaky explanations for Khashoggi's demise; first stressing that he left the consulate alive, then stating that he was killed accidentally in a fistfight, and finally alleging a "rogue operation" unbeknownst to the Saudi rulers.

In the first official comment in the case that has caused a global outrage, the office of chief prosecutor said on Wednesday that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then his body was dismembered.

"In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for marriage formalities," the statement noted.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation - again, in line with advance plans," it added.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office described three days of meetings with Saud Al-Mujab, Saudi public prosecutor, as producing "no concrete results".

Erdogan had stated that the killing of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate was "planned" and “brutal” murder, asking Riyadh to extradite the 18 arrested suspects to Turkey to face justice for the crime. But, Riyadh stressed that the suspected killers of Khashoggi will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia, refusing calls from Turkey for their extradition, after Ankara said it is planning to demand the kingdom extradite 18 suspects in the killing of the well-known journalist.
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2018年11月05日

シリア軍へのS-300引き渡し後イスラエルの攻撃がない

FARSNEWS2018/11/5
Syrian Military: No Israeli Attacks since Delivery of S-300 System
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli Air Force has yet to strike Syria since the Russian Federation delivered the S-300 air defense system to the Syrian government forces, a military source in Damascus said.

According to the military source, the Israeli Air Force has avoided violating Syria’s airspace from either the occupied Golan Heights or Lebanon since the Syrian military received the S-300 air defense system in early October, massdar news reported.

The source said that the Israeli Air Force has often flown close to the border from Eastern Lebanon, but they would later turn back before violating Syria’s airspace.

Last week, an Israeli official told the Reuters News Agency that the IDF has attacked Syria after the downing of the Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft on September 17th; however, they did not specify the location.

When asked about this claim, the Syrian military source denied any recent attacks from the Israeli Defense Forces or their air force.

The source would add that the Russian military is still training the Syrian air defense units to use the S-300 system in rural Lattakia and Western Hama.

S-300はそれだけの威力がある。それで各国が発注している。
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サウジがバックにいるロンドン拠点のイラン・インターナショナルTV

FARSNEWS2018/11/4
Staff of Saudi-Funded TV Channel Call for Help
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad announced that the Iranian staff of 'Iran International' who intend to end their cooperation with the TV Channel have called the embassy for legal help as they are being threatened with dire consequences.

"After the exposure of affiliation of the UK-based Persian-language networks, especially ‘Iran International’ TV channel, some of their staff have contacted the Iranian embassy in London, expressing their concern over the legal threats posed by those networks should they stop working for them,” tweeted Hamid Baeidinejad in Persian on Saturday.

“The embassy has an experienced lawyer at hand to give those people legal consultation,” the Iranian ambassador added.

On October 31, the British newspaper ‘the Guardian’ revealed that UK-based Iran International satellite TV channel is being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director is a Saudi Arabian businessman with close links to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

An hour after a terrorist attack was carried out on September 22 in Iranian Southwestern city of Ahwaz, the Iran International aired an interview with the spokesman of al-Ahwaziyeh terrorist group who claimed the responsibility of the brutal attack which claimed the lives of 26 innocent people and injured 69 others.

The move was strongly criticized by the Iranian ambassador to London who filed a lawsuit against the UK-based TV channel at the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom.

“Iran International has shamefully broadcast an interview with the spokesperson of the terrorist group behind today's terrorist attack in Ahwaz. We condemn this heinous act and will pursue formally with Ofcom to investigate it as an act in supporting terrorism and violence,” he said in a tweet.

The Iranian foreign ministry also conveyed the country’s strong protest to the interim British chargé d’affaires in Tehran, who was summoned in the absence of British ambassador.

In addition to al-Ahwaziya, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group also claimed it was behind the attack and published online purported footage of the assailants.

Three of the four assailants involved in the attack were killed by Iranian security forces, and a fourth one was arrested but later died of the wounds he had sustained during a security chase.

theguardian Wed 31 Oct 2018 05.00 GMT
Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel's links to Saudi Arabia
Exclusive: Iran International funded by firm with ties to Prince Mohammed bin Salman
A UK-based Iranian TV station is being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director is a Saudi Arabian businessman with close links to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Guardian can reveal.

The disclosures are likely to raise concerns about the editorial independence of Iran International, and comes at a time of growing fears about a number of Saudi-linked stations operating across London.

A source has told the Guardian that Prince Mohammed, who many believe is responsible for the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is the force behind Iran International. The station, which is operating out of Chiswick, has not denied claims that it receives its funding from the Saudi royal court.

Iran International TV emerged abruptly on the London media scene last year; many of the 100-strong staff network were offered generous salaries, often double what rivals paid, but was elusive about its source of funding.

Millions of Iranians frustrated with a state broadcaster hobbled by censorship watch satellite channels via illegal rooftop dishes. London has become a hub of such exiled Iranian channels, which also include BBC’s Persian service and Manoto TV, which has broadcast Iranian versions of The X Factor and Come Dine With Me.

The source claimed Saud al-Qahtani, the crown prince’s information tsar, who was among two senior officials removed in connection with the Khashoggi affair, was involved in the funding behind Iran International TV.

“You could have a larger picture about how those kids [Saudi media moguls] with that money being thrown around [by Prince Mohammed] trying to change the world by buying media … It is money coming from the royal court,” the source said, when speaking about the crown prince..

Iran International said any suggestions that the network was involved in some type of wrongdoing, or was subject to inappropriate influences or was not editorially independent were without foundation.

While Saudi Arabia shows zero tolerance for criticism of its absolute monarchy, as underlined by Khashoggi’s murder, it is setting up media organisations in other languages promoting free speech, particularly about Iran.

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, a postdoctoral research fellow in modern Iranian history at the University of Oxford, said: “While there is little doubt that the heavy hand of the Iranian state has its fair share of responsibility for this state of affairs and the lack of public trust in the state broadcaster, it appears that Iran International is part and parcel of the Saudi crown prince’s decision to take a more aggressive posture against Iran, emboldened, no doubt, by the Trump administration.”

Employing a wide range of people in the Iranian diaspora, including human rights activists, Iran International has not disclosed any Saudi Arabian funding links to its staff of many Iranian nationals, potentially putting their families in Iran at risk.

“I was told that not even one Saudi rial is in the funding. If I knew it came from Saudi, I would not have joined the station,” one insider said. “I can say that Iran International TV has turned into a platform … for ethnic partisanship and sectarianism.”

Earlier this summer, the station was criticised for airing extensive live coverage of a rally by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), a cult-like organisation that espouses regime change and has links to Saudi Arabia. Senior Trump administration officials, including John Bolton, are advocates of the group, which was listed as a terrorist group in the US until 2012.

The insider claimed the editorial content of the station had been influenced by its secret investors who were hidden behind an offshore Cayman Islands company. The MEK coverage, the insider said, was one such example.

Ofcom has recently scrutinised Iran International for giving airtime to the spokesperson of a group that praised a terrorist attack in Iran last month.

Volant Media, the company that runs Iran International, has a director named Adel Abdulkarim, who is a Saudi national. He has had a long working relationship with well-connected Saudi executives, some of who have links to the royal court, including Abdulrahman al-Rashed, who sits on the board of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the largest publishing company in the Middle East.

Multiple sources claim Rashed, who is the former general manager of the Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya, was also involved in the operations and funding behind Iran International.

Nabeel Al-Khatib, a consultant working with Iran International, has been described by its editors to staff as supervisor of the station or representative of the investors. It has been claimed Iran International editors have used Khatib’s Palestinian nationality to remain evasive about the channel’s Saudi funding. The Guardian has seen leaked documents that suggest he raised questions and offered input into Iran International’s coverage of human rights in Saudi Arabia, as well as suggesting certain story ideas, particularly related to Iran and Saudi Arabia. Khatib denied influencing editorial decisions and said he was an independent consultant who offered services to broadcast companies around the world.

Last month, Khatib emerged as Bloomberg Asharq project director in a deal signed between Bloomberg and SRMG.

According to one source, Saudi Arabia gave $250m (£197m) in funding to help the launch of Iran International, which runs no commercial advertising. The source did not give a timeframe, but a scrutiny of its office’s rent and employee salaries points to an initial five-year period – $50m per year. Volant Media lost £26m in 2017, according to accounts filed on 4 October.

One former employee said many staff were stuck between a rock and a hard place. “They have realised they have not been told the truth about the Saudi paymasters behind the station but at the same time they can’t afford to resign or leave their job instantly for fear of incurring repayments under their contracts. Some rely on the television’s visa sponsorship to be able to continue living in London,” the former staff member said.

Gary Sick, who served in the US national security council under the Carter administration, said both Iran and Saudi Arabia were making active use of media in their regional rivalry.

“Iran’s Press TV is full of negative stories about the Saudi leadership, and official (and unofficial) Saudi media portray Iran as the single greatest source of instability and terrorism in the Middle East,” he said.

Rob Beynon, the acting head of the television station, did not deny that funding for it came from the Saudi royal court.

“[Iran International] provides news for all Iranians, in Iran and in the diaspora, reflective of the widest range of opinions. Our output is governed not by any external individuals but by our editorial guidelines, which are published in English and Farsi on our website,” Beynon said.

He added: “It is transparent and impartial, as you can see from our output. The management structure is as you would expect in any news organisation. Decisions are taken by our senior editorial managers, who report to me.”
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Keen Sword: US and Japan stage largest wargames in Pacific amid tensions with China

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2018/11/4のツイート
mkoさんがDesert Hawkをリツイートしました
なんで海自が南西諸島まで行き、「中国に対抗」する必要がある? なんのために? 日本国民を守るために? それとも日本国民を危険に陥れるために?

RT2018/11/4
Keen Sword: US and Japan stage largest wargames in Pacific amid tensions with China
Washington and Tokyo have amassed a record number of sailors, marines and airmen for the biggest joint naval drill that the two allied nations have ever held close to Chinese shores as tensions keep rising in the region.

Around 47,000 troops from the Japan Self-Defense Force have been joined by more than 10,000 US servicemen for the Keen Sword 19 military exercise – the biggest drill of its kind since the biennial joint maneuvers were launched in 1986. The US forces participating in the drill include the bulk of the Seventh Fleet, as well as the Submarine Group 7 – both of which are based in Japan's Yokosuka. Tokyo has deployed roughly a fifth of its military. Two Canadian warships are also taking part in the exercise.

The record-breaking drill is set to demonstrate "the strength and durability of the US-Japan alliance" and the nations' "shared pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific region," Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez, who leads the US troops stationed in Japan, told reporters as the wargames kicked off earlier this week.

The navies are tasked with practicing amphibious assaults and ballistic missile defense, as well as aerial combat, all close to Chinese waters. The US nine-ship strike group, led by the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS 'Ronald Reagan,' is also engaged in training for anti-submarine warfare.

Military officials noted that Keen Sword showcases the allied fleets' ability to jointly counter crises emerging in the strategically important Pacific region. To improve interoperability, the allied fleets practiced sharing logistic data and delivered supplies to each other's ships.

Commander of the Japanese contingent, Rear Admiral Hiroshi Egawa, noted that the US-Japanese alliance is "essential for stability in this region and the wider Indo Pacific."

Japan, led by the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party, has been ramping up its armed forces in accordance to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pledge to enshrine a more assertive role of the military in the nation's largely pacifist post-WWII constitution. In March, Japan created its first elite marine assault unit, the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade. In September, Tokyo sent its newest and largest warship – helicopter carrier JS 'Kaga' – on a two-month tour in order to promote a "free and open Indo-Pacific" and to foster stronger military ties with Pacific states like the Philippines.

Beijing, meanwhile, had been warning the US and Japan against violating its sovereignty by letting their ships and warplanes come near its territorial waters. Chinese officials had accused the US of abusing the 'freedom of navigation' principle, and are saying that its naval maneuvers contribute to the rise of tensions in the already contentious region. In September, a Chinese warship almost suffered a collision with Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS 'Decatour' as it was trying to fend off the US vessel Beijing said came too close to its waters in the South China Sea.


In response to Washington's activity in the region, China announced that it will also step up its naval capabilities. The nation must "concentrate preparations for fighting a war" and increase the amount and scope of military exercises, President Xi Jinping declared last week.
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2018年11月04日

Int'l Campaign Formed to Try Saudi Crown Prince for Anti-Human Rights Crimes

FARSNEWS2018/10/31
Int'l Campaign Formed to Try Saudi Crown Prince for Anti-Human Rights Crimes
TEHRAN (FNA)- European lawyers, human rights activists, academics and journalist have launched an international campaign to demand trial of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for anti-human rights crimes in Yemen and his country.

The Arabic-language Khaleej Online news website reported on Wednesday that the activists have recently held a meeting in the Hague to form the campaign.

The organizers of the campaign say bin Salman is accused of killing over 6,000 Yemeni children by launching a devastating war against the poor Arab state since 2015.


The international campaign underlines the necessity for rapid prosecution of bin Salman for his crimes which also include threatening and abduction of journalists and representatives of civil organizations.

The campaign has been formed at a time when the Saudi rulers, specially bin Salman, is facing accusations of the brutal murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

More than three weeks after the Saudi writer vanished, the details of his killing are still murky and the cause of his death is unknown. Officials in Riyadh have come up with shaky explanations for Khashoggi's demise; first stressing that he left the consulate alive, and then stating that he was killed accidentally in a fistfight, and finally alleging a "rogue operation" unbeknownst to the Saudi rulers.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said last week that he had "no doubt" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman would have had prior knowledge of any plans to kill Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking at a live event on Wednesday, Brennan joined the international chorus of condemnation of the murder, Al-Jazeera reported.

"Whether or not [Bin Salman] authorized the dismemberment, the horrific and brutal killing and torture of [Khashoggi] and the reported dismembering of his body, I don't know. But I have no doubt in my mind that MBS was fully aware of what was ultimately going to happen to Jamal Khashoggi and had approved it," he stressed.

Earlier, Brennan stated that the United States government is working with Saudi Arabia to “concoct a story” about the fate of Khashoggi.

Speaking to MSNBC on Wednesday, Brennan said bin Salman and the White House of President Donald Trump knew what happened to Khashoggi.

He also called on the CIA and other US intelligence agencies to hand in their evidence to Congress so that lawmakers could scrutinize the White House over its role in the alleged cover-up.

FARSNEWS2018/10/31
Analyst: Turkey Withholding Khashoggi Murder Details for Own Political Gains
TEHRAN (FNA)- The controversy surrounding the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is only a major political game, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is refusing to share the details in the case for his own political gains, said an analyst.

“You have to understand that Erdogan is an opportunist. He is going to milk this for everything it possibly is worth and probably more and that is why he is keeping it close to his chest right now as all the investigations are unfolding. He is ratcheting up the pressure on Saudi Arabia to come out clean but he is not releasing this because he knows he can actually get a lot more out of this … Erdogan is not letting the heat go down until he gets what he wants and so this is a big political game that is being played right now in front of us … and until this investigation doesn’t open up to the international arena, it is still going to be a guessing game for a long time,” Riaz Karim, director of Veritas Center for Strategic Studies told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

“I don’t think this time the world is going to let them [the Saudis] go so easily even though the propaganda machine right now is turning the fact that these were rogue elements and the prince [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] did not have any idea what was happening. But the question is how can the prince not know what is going on in his embassy? How is that possible?” he exclaimed.


FARSNEWS2018/10/31
Two Saudi Sisters Found Dead in River, Duct-Taped Together, US Police Have Few Answers
TEHRAN (FNA)- Bodies of two Saudi sisters that had recently requested for asylum in the US were found duct-tape together near New York's Hudson River.

New York Times reported that a person strolling through Riverside Park last Wednesday afternoon spotted something jarring on the riverbank and called the police.

There, below a small pier that juts out from the park at 68th Street, lay the bodies of two young women, bound together by duct tape at their waists and ankles. They had not been in the water long, the police said.

Clad in similar black leggings and black jackets with fur trim, their bodies bore no obvious signs of trauma.

The police initially had trouble identifying the young women. Hints that they might be related surfaced a day after they were found when police sketches revealed striking similarities: the same curly dark hair, the same build, the same skin tone.

By Friday, detectives had learned the women were sisters from Saudi Arabia who lived in Fairfax, Va.

Rotana Farea was 22; Tala Farea was 16. They had a history of going missing, and they had recently requested asylum in the United States, the police said.

But beyond that, the circumstances of their deaths have remained a mystery. Investigators have struggled to piece together how two young women from a city more than 250 miles away turned up along Manhattan’s Hudson River shoreline.

The police are investigating the possibility that the sisters may have carried out a suicide pact, taping themselves together and throwing themselves in the river. But detectives have not ruled out murder. The medical examiner’s office has yet to determine the cause of death. No one has claimed the bodies.

“We do not know that a crime took place,” Dermot F. Shea, the chief of detectives, said on Thursday. “We have a terrible tragedy for sure.”

At first, the police theorized the women might have leapt from the George Washington Bridge. People who jump from the bridge often end up in Riverside Park. But the women’s bodies would have had signs of trauma after falling from that height, investigators said. Plus they would have had to have jumped during the day, and a motorist would likely have seen them.

“We are currently looking for what might have been their entry point into the water,” one law-enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation. “We are checking both sides of the river.”

It remains unclear where the sisters were staying before they died. The Fairfax County police declined to provide any information about the sisters’ lives in Virginia, citing a law prohibiting sharing any information that would help identify a crime victim under the age of 18.

The Consulate General is following closely with local authorities the investigation of the two Saudi citizens found in the Hudson river.

The Arab News, an English paper in Saudi Arabia, reported that Rotana Farea had been living in New York, while her mother and younger sister remained in Virginia. The mother had reported Tala missing two months ago, the newspaper said, but then called off the search when she discovered the girl was visiting her older sister. The sisters were in contact with their mother until about a week ago, the Arab News said.

But the police in New York said the mother, whom they did not identify, also reported her daughters missing last year. When the local police located the sisters, they asked for protection and were placed in a shelter, the police said.

Earlier this year, Rotana Farea was living in a fifth-floor apartment in a luxury complex on the edge of an outdoor mall in Fairfax Corner, Va., a suburban neighborhood about a 30-minute drive from Washington, a leasing agent there said. Ms. Farea moved out in July.

In late August, Tala Farea was again reported missing to the Fairfax County authorities, who distributed a missing-person poster online. The poster said she might be with her sister Rotana. In October, someone again reported the sisters missing in Virginia, the police in New York said.

The mother also received a call from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, informing her that her daughters had applied for asylum, the police said.

FARSNEWS2018/11/4
Saudi Arabia Denies Involvement in Death of Sisters in US
TEHRAN (FNA)- Riyadh denied any involvement in the death of two Saudi sisters studying in the United States, according to a spokesperson for the kingdom's embassy in Washington, DC.

The two young women, identified as Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala, 16, were found on the banks of the Hudson River on October 24 with no visible signs of trauma. The women were dressed all in black and bound together at the ankles and waist by duct tape, Al-Jazeera reported.

According to local media reports, the sisters' mother told US detectives that she had received a phone call from the Saudi embassy in Washington ordering the family to leave the United States.

The sisters had reportedly applied for political asylum in the US.

However, the Saudi embassy spokesperson denied the women were ordered to come back to Saudi Arabia.

"Reports that we ordered anyone related to the Saudi sisters to leave the US for seeking asylum are absolutely false," Fatimah Baeshen said on Twitter on Saturday, adding that "details are still under investigation and will be shared in due course".

The sisters had a history of running away from their family's home in Virginia where they had not lived since the end of 2017.

Investigators said they had not determined the circumstances surrounding their fate, but were "puzzled" as to how they came to be found dead on a riverbank more than 400km from their family's home.

They had been placed in a shelter but left Fairfax County in August and set out for New York.

They stayed in several different upscale hotels in the city and maxed out a credit card, according to an New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesman quoted by US media.

A witness reportedly saw the two girls early on October 24 on a playground near the Hudson, where they appeared to be praying.

The NYPD announced that the two sisters were alive when they entered the river that separates New York from New Jersey.

On Friday, the police said they had no evidence indicating that two sisters had been killed.

"There is nothing pointing to a crime as of yet," an NYPD spokesperson stated, adding that "it is still very much a live investigation" without providing details of any probable cause of death.

Suicide is among the hypotheses as to the cause of their deaths.

The case has received considerable media exposure in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

The New York Police Department sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters.

Chief of detectives Dermot Shea added that they were interested in finding out what happened since they were reported missing, and what led them to New York City.

"We are looking at all clues in their past life," Shea was quoted as saying.
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Riyadh released a prominent critic of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) from jail

Saudi Arabia Frees Dissident Prince Amid Khashoggi Outrage
TEHRAN (FNA)- Riyadh released a prominent critic of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) from jail amid an international outrage over the last month assassination of a dissident journalist, which many believe was ordered by the heir to the throne.

Prince Khalid bin Talal, the brother of wealthy and powerful Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, was freed from jail on Saturday, according to family members, presstv reported.

At least three relatives of the bin Talal family confirmed with their postings on the social media that Khalid had been released. The prince could be seen in photos kissing and embracing his son who has been in a coma for years.

Khalid’s niece Princess Reem bint Al-Waleed shared pictures of the released prince with other relative, saying that “thank god for your safety”.

There was no official confirmation from the government. However, the release comes some 11 months after Khalid criticized a crackdown led by MbS on Saudi Arabia’s elite, many of whom were critical of his way of handling state affairs. The most senior of all princes, officials and tycoons detained at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel in November was Khalid’s brother Waleed, a billionaire who was labeled by Riyadh as a leader of a corruption network.

The release of Khalid also comes amid the international outrage over the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent insider thinker and journalist who fled to the United States after Saudi crown prince’s crackdown was launched last year. Khashoggi, believed to have been killed in the most brutal manner inside Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, was close to bin Talal family.

Reports noted that MbS, son of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is trying to defuse the international crisis over Khashoggi murder. They said the young prince could order the release of other rivals and opponents, including billionaire businessman Mohammed al-Amoudi and former Riyadh governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah, to show that he is repentant about Khashoggi case.
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サウジ国王の地獄の日々

2018年11月04日
サウジはイエメンの石油とガスが狙い MBSの失脚は時間の問題とする専門家が増加

サウジの現国王は、2017年6月21日実の息子MBSを王位継承第一順位のクラウンプリンスに引き上げました。これは強行されたとされています。

その後、MBSが実質的な統治を担いましたが、現在33歳。国防相としてイエメンに戦争を仕掛け、婦人の権利拡張をうたいながら国内では皇族を米系高級ホテルに閉じ込め、拷問を行う、シーア派の聖職者を処刑するなどの恐怖政治も進め、国の内外から批判を浴びました。

MBSの決定的な失敗がカショギのイスタンブール領事館における殺害です。トルコがこの件に関する情報を詳しくリークし、その残虐さに世界が驚きました。当初、生きながら体を切断したとの説が流れましたが、トルコはのちに検事当局の見解として、カショギは領事館に入った直後に絞殺されたと変更しています。

そして最新のリークでは、殺害後、ばらばらに切断されさらに薬剤で溶かされたとされています。

国際的なサウジ非難が高まる中で現国王が各国首脳に電話をかけ事実関係を説明する事態になっていますが、サウジの公表する事実関係は二転、三転しており、納得できる説明だとは受け止められていません。

MBSの失脚は時間の問題とする見方が強まっています。サウジに武器輸出を停止する国も出てきました。

カショギ事件は、政権中枢にある者が指示して自国民が領事館に書類を受領するため出頭したときにマフィアまがいの政府職員が待ち受けて絞殺し、遺体を損壊したという事件です。

真偽のほどはわかりませんが、カショギが領事館に入った後、MBSと電話またはスカイプで会話をしたとの説も流れています。

この事件でMBSの関与がないなどと理解している人は例外中の例外です。

英国に亡命していた現国王の実弟がリヤドに帰りました。英国と米国から身の安全の保証を求めたとありますから、この動きには両国政府の関与があります。

元ペンタゴン職員のMaloofの発言がメディアで取り上げられています。この人はかなり口が重く慎重な発言をします。彼の見方は、MBSの失脚はどのような形であれ時間の問題だとしています。

現国王は、無理を重ねてMBSをクラウンプリンスにしましたが、その息子が世界で糾弾される事態になり、王位継承が困難になる。自ら事態の収拾を図るも成功しない。王家の権威失墜の事態に亡命した実弟を呼び相談をしなければ状況に追い込まれています。

年老いて健康面で不安がある父親にとってこんな不幸はまずありません。生きている間に実の息子からこんな恥辱を与えられようとは予想していなかったはずです。
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Russian Foreign Ministry Enjoys Evidence Proving White Helmets as Al-Nusra's Branch

FARSNEWS2018/11/3
Russian Foreign Ministry Enjoys Evidence Proving White Helmets as Al-Nusra's Branch
TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow has evidence proving that the White Helmets are directly linked to Al-Nusra terror group (outlawed in Russia), the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"It is no secret that this agency was active only in areas not controlled by the [Syrian] government and did not avoid contacts with terrorists and extremists. Moreover, there are numerous witness reports saying that the White Helmet actually are a branch of Al-Nusra organization blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council," the statement reads, TASS reported.

In this regard, the ministry pointed out that White Helmets members had chosen to flee abroad after the government forces had liberated southwestern Syria from terrorists. The Russian Foreign Ministry once again warned that the White Helmets were getting ready to stage a new provocation in the Idlib province. "According to available information, the notorious White Helmet organization, established with the support of western intelligence agencies, desperately seeks to make a statement in Syria, particularly in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Just like before, they are preparing a sensational show aimed at giving a free hand to those opposing the legitimate Syrian government, who are reluctant to abandon their aggressive plans - these include, first and foremost, some Western states led by Washington," the statement said.

"We are confident that everyone will sooner or later see the true face of the White Helmets. We call on their western sponsors to try to understand the true situation and stop protecting extremists," the ministry concluded.

Moscow has on numerous occasions said that the White Helmets plan to carry out provocations involving chemical weapons in order to blame them on Damascus and justify the western countries’ airstrikes on Syria.
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‘I will stand against you’: Iranian general repels Trump’s GoT-themed attack with own meme

RT2018/11/3
American Activists Condemn Trump's Game of Throne Tweet as Disgusting
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump has come under increasing criticism by social media and human rights activists after posting a tweet against Iran in a "Game of Thrones" style.

This is so "disgusting," reads the first Tweet of Medea Benjamin, an American human rights activist, on US President Donald Trump's tweet of Friday which featured an image of Trump purposefully striding forward along with the words "Sanctions are coming. November 5" written in the iconic Game of Thrones style across his chest.

The post is marked by hashtags of "Iran" and "no sanctions no war" and followed by a series of other tweets.


RT2018/11/3
‘I will stand against you’: Iranian general repels Trump’s GoT-themed attack with own meme
The leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, has responded to US President Donald Trump’s announcement that ‘sanctions are coming’ with a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of his own.

“Come! We are waiting,” Major-General Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, wrote on Instagram in Farsi on Friday, under the image depicting him as a White Walker from the hit HBO show.

“I am your enemy. Quds Force is your enemy,” added Soleimani. “You start this war, but we will finish it.”

Earlier in the day, the US leader tweeted an image of himself with the message borrowed from the HBO fantasy show, based on George R.R. Martin’s unfinished book series.

Trump has withdrawn the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration, arguing it was a terrible deal that did nothing about Tehran’s “malign activity” in the Middle East, ballistic missile development, and threats to Israel. The US has re-imposed most of the sanctions on Iran that had been suspended under the deal, with the last batch scheduled to go into effect November 5.

Tehran has responded by repeated warnings to Washington not to shred the deal or impose sanctions and risk open warfare. A conflict with Iran “will destroy everything you own,” Soleimani said in July, during a speech in Hamadan. This seems to be his first meme message to the US president, however.

The Quds Force is a special unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Soleimani answers directly to the Supreme Leader. Washington designated the force a supporter of terrorism in 2007, and placed Soleimani on the sanctions list in 2011.


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サウジはイエメンの石油とガスが狙い MBSの失脚は時間の問題とする専門家が増加

RT2018/11/3
‘Wheels in motion to replace MBS with someone compatible with West,’ ex-Pentagon analyst tells RT
Following outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Mohammad bin Salman might face troubles at home. As analysts told RT, some in Saudi Arabia are keen to see the Crown Prince go.

Much of the mounting international outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is attributed to Mohammad bin Salman, the 33-year-old Crown Prince who once famously vowed to reform his autocratic kingdom into a vibrant modern state. He recently assumed authority over the Saudi intelligence community – in addition to sweeping powers in defense and the economy – but it doesn’t mean his position in the monarchy is rock solid, experts believe.

Michael Maloof, former senior security policy adviser in the Pentagon, told RT America that the young prince has made more enemies than friends among the Saudi royals, and “has upset the leadership so much.” According to the analyst, there is a growing rebellion against MBS in the House of Saud.

The wheels are already in motion to try and replace MBS with someone more compatible with the West.

Asked if this scenario – a palace coup or the likes – is conceivable, Maloof confirmed that it is, given that the Crown Prince has alienated too many members of the court and now it’s “just a question of time.”

Those who are conspiring against MBS hope that the US and the West will “support someone who would carry that out,” the former Pentagon official pointed out, adding: “However, it’s a little premature to say this is going to happen.”

The conversation took place following news reports that Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of the reigning King Salman, has returned to Saudi Arabia from exile. It was reported that he traveled to the kingdom with some guarantees from US and UK security agencies.

“Why would the brother of the king come back, get out of the exile and come back to the kingdom if he had no feeling that he had some kind of support?” Maloof asked.

Calls to oust Prince Mohammad from power were heard on the other side of the Atlantic. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Saudi Arabia’s most vocal backers in Congress, said in mid-October that he has “got to go.”

“This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it – I feel used and abused,” Graham, an influential member of the Senate Armed Services committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said, adding that Mohammad was “toxic” and “can never be a world leader on the world stage.”

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal suggested that this could spell the beginning of the end of MBS’ rule. “Basically, you have the situation of what the mafia’s done – to send [their] wise guy out, to make a hit… and throwing him in front of the police station. This is mafia stuff,” he told RT.

“I think we’ll see Mohammad bin Salman pivot east, to China and Russia and other alliances before the US and the UK can take him out,” Blumenthal suggested.

RT2018/11/2
Saudis want Yemen’s oil & gas – Max Blumenthal
Saudi Arabia is in a financial crisis and wants to access and exploit untapped gas and oil resources in Yemen, investigative journalist and author Max Blumenthal told RT.

RT America’s Rick Sanchez spoke with Blumenthal about the possibility that the US call for peace and a ceasefire in Yemen could have negative repercussions and cause an intensification of violence in the short term.

“But if we're trying to stop the war, why would it get worse? Think of it this way: if both sides in a sports game know that the clock is running out, are they going to become more aggressive, more violent, and… want to go for the big score before nobody lets them? It boils down to both sides in a conflict wanting some leverage, as they go into these possible negotiations,” Rick Sanchez explained.

Houthi rebels are concerned that the Saudi coalition might soon launch a new attack on the country with reports that 10,000 troops are moving toward the port of Hodeida, which they’re trying to secure.

“It follows a long tradition among military leaders that approaching peace talks is an opportunity to gain territory or advantages to trade off later. And then there is the question of desperation on the part of the Saudis who may be going through a power struggle of their own right now,” Sanchez added.

Earlier, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof commented on this possible power struggle in Saudi Arabia, which could lead to the end of the Crown Prince’s rule. “This is going to get dirty. And I think what they’re hoping for is that the US and Britain and the other Western powers support somebody who will carry that out. We may be a little premature in saying that it is going to happen… Internally, I think it is conceivable because MBS has upset so many members of the royal family, he has made tremendous enemies from within. And it’s just a question of time.”
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Max Blumenthal agreed with Maloof, saying that “he’s right that the US would like to remove him or at least elements within the national security architecture.”

He recalled the former national security adviser to Obama, Susan Rice, calling to “sideline the Crown Prince” from his “unlimited power.”

“And Lindsey Graham from the Committee on Armed Services said the same thing,” Blumenthal added.

“Basically, you have a situation where the Mafia Don has sent his wise guy out to make a hit and the wise guy winds up taking a bone saw to the victim and throwing him in front of the police station. And the Mafia Don saying ‘You’re embarrassing me.’” Max Blumenthal said.

Asked whether the Crown Prince could he be taken out, Blumenthal said that “he has deepened his control over the intelligence services, over the Saudis’ PR game, he is more in control than ever before.”

He suggested we could see Mohammad bin Salman pivot east to China and Russia and other alliances before the US and the UK can take him out.

According to Blumenthal, in the Yemen war, Saudi Arabia does not want the Houthis to control the strategic shipping-lane area between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, “where from three to five thousand barrels of oil flow through.”

“But more importantly, Saudi Arabia is in a financial crisis and they would like to access the untapped resources of gas and oil that are massive in Yemen and exploit Yemen. That is one of the reasons why they’re in this fight,” he concluded.

アルジャジーラ2018/11/2
Gates Foundation suspends work with Saudi crown prince's charity
注:Gates Foundation:ビル・ゲイツと妻メリンダによって2000年創設された世界最大の慈善基金団体

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is suspending future projects with the Misk Foundation, a non-profit chaired by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Jamal Khashoggi's abduction and murder are extremely troubling," a spokeswoman for the foundation told the Wall Street Journal.

"The current situation was a factor in our decision to hold off on future rounds."

The Gates Foundation agreed to fund half of a $10 million project with its Saudi partner, dubbed the "Misk Grand Challenges". The project aims to give grants to young people around the world for health and development initiatives.

The Gates Foundation, which has completed the first round of $1.5m in funding, said it will honour its obligations to projects already underway.
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2018年11月03日

世界の紛争など関心ない日本人 ここまで内向き

※ 小野寺まさる @onoderamasaru氏の2018/11/3のツイート
今日の北海道新聞だ。見出しを見ると「ジャーナリストは危険な地域で情報収集する崇高な職業。絶望の中諦めずに頑張った」的な印象を受ける。だが、我々が知りたいのは、何故何度も拉致され政府からも止められいたのに渡航したのか?どの旅券で出国したのか?貴方の国籍は?…等々である。

※ 桑ちゃん @namiekuwabara氏の2018/11/3のツイート
目的果たしたので申し上げますが、小野寺さんの内容にケチ付ける内容ではない。私の考えた通り返信受けたので、役職柄伝えたいことあったので申し上げたまで。この文面は「一般論」安田氏の動向は今後明らかになることでしょう。ならないかもですが・・・

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※ エリック ・C @x__ok氏の2018/10/26のツイート
日本人が信者でもないのにキリスト教の格好したりクリスマスを祝うことをユダヤ人やイスラム教徒は、それを決して喜んで見たりはしないのです。場合によっては恨まれてしまうリスクさえある事を知っているべきです。

※ pm5m @pm5m氏の5:11 - 2018年11月1日 のツイート
返信先: @x__okさん
そんなアホな話がある訳ないでしょう。滅茶苦茶な思い込みで宗教間対立を煽るのをやめて下さい。

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やれやれ・・・。全然わかっていないというのはこういうことだ。

pm5m @pm5m氏のフォロワー50人。実生活でこのような立場を示していたら、さすがに回りが引いていくだろう。それに本人が気づいていない(かもしれない)不幸。
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Saudi Prince: Fresh Onslaught on Riyadh over Khashoggi's Murder Threatens US Ties

FARSNEWS2018/11/1
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Saudi intelligence chief, to whom Jamal Khashoggi once served as an adviser, has warned against an outcry in the US over the murder of the dissident Saudi journalist, saying that the “onslaught” against Riyadh poses a threat to the “strategic partnership” between the two sides.

Prince Turki bin Faisal made the remarks during an address to the 27th annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference in Washington, press tv reported.

He denounced attacks on Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi’s murder inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.

“The tragic and unjustified” slaying of Khashoggi “is the theme of today’s onslaught and demonization of Saudi Arabia in the same fashion as the previous crises. The intensity and gleefulness of it is equally unfair,” he said. “Subjecting our relationship to this issue is not healthy at all.”

Turki also noted that Saudi Arabia’s “strategic relationship” with the US had survived crises for more than 70 years.

“Nowadays, this relationship is once again threatened,” he said, adding, however, that the bilateral ties are “too big to fail."

The Saudi prince further claimed that the kingdom is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Khashoggi’s death “and whoever else failed to uphold the law.”

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, entered the consulate in Istanbul to get the papers needed for his marriage, but never left the building.

After weeks of denials of any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia eventually acknowledged that he had been killed in a “premeditated” operation.

Turkey’s chief prosecutor said Khashoggi had been strangled upon his arrival at the Saudi mission and then dismembered.

Faisal’s comments come as US Congress has stepped up pressure on President Donald Trump to punish the Riyadh regime for the murder, which is widely believed to have been ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US President Donald Trump has been urged to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia after the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Several US lawmakers have called for sanctions against the kingdom, while others want Washington to stop its nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia.

However, Trump – who stands accused inside the US and abroad of seeking to cover up the crime – appears to be reluctant to pose any risk to billions of dollars worth of arms deals and investments in the kingdom.

The Trump administration has courted the Saudis as they seek to build tens of billions of dollars worth of nuclear power facilities. The US has also been the major provider of weapons to the Saudi regime amid its bloody war on Yemen.

In fresh comments on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said he does not feel “betrayed” by the Saudis over Khashoggi’s death but “maybe they’ve betrayed themselves.”

“Not betrayed me, no. I just hope that it all works out. We have a lot of facts, we have a lot of things we have been looking at, they have not betrayed me no, we just have to see how it all turns out,” he told reporters at the White House.

FARSNEWS2018/11/2
Report: MbS Described Khashoggi as Dangerous Islamist in Call with White House
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman described slain writer Jamal Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist in a call with top Donald Trump administration officials, according to a report.

The comments were made during a call with National Security Advisor John Bolton and the US president's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner before Riyadh publicly acknowledged it killed Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

In the call, MbS urged Kushner and Bolton to preserve the US-Saudi alliance and stated that the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group long opposed by Bolton and other senior Trump officials.

A person familiar with the discussion announced that Bolton did not signal that he endorsed the Prince Mohammad’s characterization of Khashoggi during the call.

A Saudi official has denied that the crown prince made the allegations, saying that “routine calls do exist from time to time” between the young leader and top US officials but that “no such commentary was conveyed”.


Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the kingdom consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is. It also sacked a top general and arrested several people.

Four weeks after the Saudi writer vanished, the details of his killing are still murky and the cause of his death is unknown. Officials in Riyadh have come up with shaky explanations for Khashoggi's demise; first stressing that he left the consulate alive, then stating that he was killed accidentally in a fistfight, and finally alleging a "rogue operation" unbeknownst to the Saudi rulers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that the killing of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate was "planned" and “brutal” murder, asking Riyadh to extradite the 18 arrested suspects to Turkey to face justice for the crime. But, Riyadh stressed that the suspected killers of Khashoggi will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia, refusing calls from Turkey for their extradition, after Ankara said it is planning to demand the kingdom extradite 18 suspects in the killing of the well-known journalist.

In the first official comment in the case that has caused a global outrage, the office of city's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then his body was dismembered.

"In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for marriage formalities," the statement said.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation - again, in line with advance plans," it added.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office described three days of meetings with Saud Al-Mujab, Saudi public prosecutor, as producing "no concrete results".

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Netanyahu finds Khashoggi murder ‘horrendous’, but says Riyadh’s stability too important

RT2018/11/3
Netanyahu finds Khashoggi murder ‘horrendous’, but says Riyadh’s stability too important
The Israeli PM has somewhat condemned the murder of Jamal Khashoggi though he stressed that Saudi Arabia is way too important as a counterbalance to Iran, which he sees as a far “larger problem” than one assassinated journalist.

After a month of silence, Benjamin Netanyahu has finally spoken out against the murder of the Washington Post columnist who was ‘disappeared’ upon entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. He echoed, however, the rhetoric of the US administration, which so far has been reluctant to say or do anything that could upset the Saudi monarchy, likely awaiting the blame to be shifted upon a group of rogue agents and officials who have nothing to do with the House of Saud.

“What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous, and it should be duly dealt with,” Netanyahu said, speaking in the Bulgarian town of Varna. “Yet at the same time I say it, it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable.”

“I think that a way must be found to achieve both goals,” Netanyahu stressed, “because the larger problem is Iran, and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities.”

While Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, they are both close allies of the United States in the region. A reciprocal animosity towards Iran is one of the strategic, mutually uniting factors in this trilateral relationship and, over recent years, a number of reports have indicated behind-the-scenes intelligence cooperation between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Considering the US geostrategic and financial interests in preserving $450 billion-worth of deals with the Saudis, Donald Trump has yet to issue any definitive response over the journalist’s murder. While seeking to work out possible sanctions against the Kingdom with Congress, whose composition might change following next week's midterm elections, holding on to a $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh seems to be Trump’s top priority.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that it will probably take “weeks” before the US administration gathers enough information about the perpetrators to decide on its response. While Washington remains “committed” to holding all those responsible for the murder accountable, the Kingdom remains a “solid partner” in the US effort to “change” Iran's behavior, Pompeo said.

The murder of the 59-year old journalist and ardent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and its allies. Amid a public outcry and reports that Khashoggi was brutally tortured, killed, and dismembered, the Kingdom launched an investigation, admitted the journalist’s death and, so far, has produced 18 suspects in the case.

The journalist’s remains are yet to be found and recently even the Saudi prosecutors admitted that the killing seemed “premeditated.” Meanwhile, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan said Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the diplomatic compound.

On Friday Turkey’s President, in an article in the Washington Post, directly accused the Saudi government of being responsible for Khashoggi's fate.“We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote, stopping short of accusing the royal family. “Khashoggi was killed in cold blood by a death squad, and it has been established that his murder was premeditated.”

FRSNEWS2018/11/2
Berlin: Germany Hardening Line on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- Berlin announced that Germany is still waiting for a transparent and credible investigation from Saudi Arabia into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and is ready to take action in light of new findings.

A government spokesman, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency that Germany was increasingly concerned over the case as many questions remained unanswered almost a month after Khashoggi's disappearance.

“We are now following very closely whether Saudi Arabia is endeavoring to ensure transparency in the clarification of the case and to hold to account those responsible. In light of this development, we are ready to take appropriate action with our international partners,” he said, referring to widespread calls for sanctions against Riyadh.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman last week and called for a rapid, transparent and credible investigation, stressing that all those responsible must be held accountable.

“This appeal to Saudi Arabia remains valid. Saudi Arabia has committed itself to this in several public statements and must now be measured by these statements,” the spokesman added.

The German government has also praised Turkey’s efforts to unravel the truth since Khashoggi's disappearance.

“The work of the Turkish authorities has played a major role in the investigation of the case to date. The federal government supports all efforts to clarify this case completely,” he stressed.

Merkel had vowed again to halt all German arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the killing of Khashoggi was explained.

“It is necessary to clarify the background of this horrible incident,” she said in Prague during a news conference with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, adding that “and if that does not happen, we will not deliver any arms to Saudia Arabia".

Earlier, Merkel had stated that the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate is a "monstrosity", adding that Berlin will not sell arms to Riyadh while the issue remains unclear.

"It must be cleared up. As long as it's not cleared up, there will be no arms exports to Saudi Arabia. I assure you of that very decidedly," Merkel stated during a campaign rally in Ortenberg.

Germany has urged other EU states to follow its example of ending arms exports to Saudi Arabia so long as uncertainty remains over what exactly happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence.

But, after two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is. It also sacked a top general and arrested several people.
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2018年11月02日

情報機器の発達と世界の格差拡大で移民の流れは止まらない

移民の増大は気候変動による環境変化が根底にあるとの指摘もなされています。

RT2018/11/2
‘We’ll consider that a firearm’: Trump says rock-throwing migrants may be shot as violent invaders
The US will adopt harsh, Israeli-style tactics and will treat migrants at the Mexican border as armed and dangerous invaders if they throw rocks at US law enforcement, Donald Trump has stressed amid a mass military deployment.

While the US commander in chief "hopes" the US military will not have to engage the so-called ‘migrant caravans’ with firearms once they reach the US border, Trump stated that pelting the American forces with rocks will not be tolerated.

Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico... we will consider that a firearm

“It's the military. I hope there won't be that. But I will tell you this: Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police – where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico – we will consider that a firearm, because there is not much difference if you get hit in the face with a rock,” Trump said to reporters.

Calling the caravans –at present making their way towards the US– an “invasion” that has already managed to overrun the Mexican military and police forces, Trump stressed that the US military is fully prepared to deal with criminals and other “tough people” in that crowd.

“These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States. And they should turn back now, as they are wasting their time,” he suggested, noting that many criminals and drug dealers are hiding in the crowd.

So this is not an innocent group of people. They’ve injured, they’ve attacked.

The US leader also blamed the Democrats for creating a legal system which is being abused by those coming illegally to the United States, stressing that only those who qualify for asylum and go through the legal process will be allowed to stay. As part of the effort to secure the border, Trump said that the US is going to “catch” but “no longer release” migrants.

“Asylum is a very special protection intended for only those fleeing government persecution based on race, religion, and another protective status,” he said, pointing out that not everybody making their strenuous journey to the US will qualify. “Mass uncontrolled immigration is especially unfair to many wonderful, law-abiding immigrants already here.”

As part of the dramatically-named Operation Faithful Patriot, over 5,000 fully armed soldiers are currently being deployed to help some 2,000 National Guardsmen secure the 26 entry points along the 2,000-mile land border with Mexico. Trump and the Pentagon said they will not hesitate to deploy more troops if the need arises.

While General Terrence O'Shaughnessy of US Northern Command earlier noted that soldiers will "understand the rules" of interaction with migrants, which will "be consistent with CBP" rules of engagement, he failed to say whether troops will be allowed to use deadly force. Trump seemed to shed a little bit more light on the leeway American soldiers will have against the caravans, which currently comprise roughly 6,500 people, heading towards the US.

The American approach seems to mimic the Israeli tactics used by the IDF to repel Palestinian protesters at the border, denouncing them as armed and dangerous Hamas operatives. Ever since the Great March of Return protests erupted on March 30 along the Israeli-Gazan border fence, the IDF has not been shy to use live ammunition and sniper fire to strike Palestinians pelting rocks and trying to breach Israeli border fences.
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カショギ事件 アルジャジーラ報道 2018/10/30〜

カショギ事件での国際的な反応が収まりません。米国がサウジとUAEにイエメン空爆の停止を求めました。米国内の対サウジ武器輸出停止の要求がイエメンでの戦争犯罪への米国の加担を理由にあげており、マチスは全面武器輸出禁止となることを恐れています。カショギ事件は、サウジのMBSの指示によるものと多くの人が考えて発言しており、サウジの人権侵害、戦争犯罪が一気に世界的な糾弾の的になりつつあります。サウジのテロリスト支援も暴かれることになる可能性もあります。
形勢悪しと見た米国軍産複合体は火の粉を振り払うのに必死という構図です。
英国に住む国王の実弟の皇太子がサウジに帰っています。米国と英国から身の安全を保障されたとあります。
他方、サウジの皇太子Turki bin Faisal がサウジに対する米国内の非難の高まりが米国とサウジの戦略的な同盟関係を損なうと脅し始めました。
エルドアンは、カショギ事件を政治的に最大限活用する方針です。

UN rights chief calls for international role in Khashoggi inquiry
国連人権高等弁務官がカショギ事件での国際的な関与を呼びかけ
United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called for international experts to take part in an independent investigation into the killing of Khashoggi, with access to evidence and witnesses.

Bachelet also urged Saudi Arabia to reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, adding that a forensic examination and autopsy were crucial in the ongoing investigation into the "shockingly brazen crime" carried out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan: No point in protecting culprits in Khashoggi murder
エルドアンが犯人隠匿を認めない姿勢
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor to find out who ordered the murder of Khashoggi, and not spare "certain people" in his investigation.

"Who sent these 15 people? As Saudi public prosecutor, you have to ask that question, so you can reveal it," Erdogan said, referring to the 15-man team suspected of being behind the hit.

"Now we have to solve this case. No need to prevaricate, it makes no sense to try to protect certain people," he told reporters in Ankara.

Erdogan said the Turkish prosecutor had told his Saudi counterpart that the 18 suspects in the case could be tried in Turkey. Saudi officials also needed to reveal the identity of a local cooperator said to have been involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, he said.


Susan Rice in NYT: Saudi Arabia a partner we can't depend on
元国連大使スーザンライスがサウジは当てにできないとNYTに
Susan Rice, the former US national security adviser during Obama's second term, has lashed out at Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

In the op-ed, Rice said that the "brazen murder of Jamal Khashoggi raises a critical question that the Trump administration plainly wants to avoid: Can the United States continue to cooperate with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

"The young prince's almost certain culpability in Mr. Khashoggi’s killing underscores his extreme recklessness and immorality, while exposing him as a dangerous and unreliable partner for the United States."

Turks receive testimonies from 18 Saudi suspects
トルコが容疑者18人の証言録を受け取る
Saudi prosecutors have handed over the testimonies by the 18 suspects of the killing of Khashoggi to Turkish officials, a source in the Turkish Attorney General's office told Al Jazeera.

The move comes after sources told Al Jazeera that Istanbul's chief prosecutor's office was left "unsatisfied" following a meeting with Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor over Khashoggi's killing.

Saud al-Mojeb, who arrived in Istanbul from Riyadh on Sunday, had been expected to provide the testimonies from the 18 suspects being held in Saudi Arabia, but according to the sources he initially failed to hand over the statements.

King Salman's brother 'returns to Riyadh' amid Khashoggi crisis

Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz's reported return is seen as a potential challenge to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The only surviving full brother of Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reportedly returned to the kingdom, amid an international outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz flew back to Riyadh from London on Tuesday, according to three Saudi sources close to the prince cited by The New York Times, in what some analysts are calling a potential challenge to the authority of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Sources told the Times bin Abdulaziz arrived in the Saudi capital around 01:30 (22:30 GMT on Monday) on Tuesday and was warmly received by his nephew, the crown prince, who greeted him at the airport.

London-based Middle East Eye also reported bin Abdulaziz's return, quoting a source close to the prince as saying his return is intended to shake up the kingdom's leadership.

"The prince wants to play a role to make these changes, which means either he himself will play a major role in any new arrangement or to help choose an alternative to MBS," the source was cited as saying.

David Hearst, editor-in-chief of the Middle East Eye, said that Prince Ahmad's arrival is likely to cause some discomfort for the crown prince.

"Mohammed bin Salman has become a focus of the [royal] family's discontent, a symbol of it. Prince Ahmad had always made his objection to the crown prince know.

"He was one of the three members on the allegiance council who did not vote for him. He's made other public signs of his disapproval," Hearst said.

One of the most senior members of the royal family, bin Abdulaziz - who has been living in the United Kingdom - is said to have agreed to return to Riyadh only after receiving security assurances from the UK and United States.

Reports say the prince had been afraid to return after publicly challenging bin Salman on several occasions.

In November 2017, bin Salman conducted a sweeping purge of senior ministers and princes as part of purported anti-corruption measures.

The supposed return comes almost a month after Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 2.

Eighteen men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder, which is thought to have been ordered by top-level Saudi officials. Investigations are ongoing.

The younger brother of King Salman, bin Abdulaziz, now in his 70s, is one of the most senior members of the Saudi royal family. His position as the king's brother lends him a special importance in the kingdom.

He and the king are the last remaining members of the powerful "Sudairi seven", a bloc comprised of the seven sons of King Abdul Aziz - considered the kingdom's modern founder - and his favourite wife Hussa bint Ahmed al-Sudairi. The brothers banded together to ensure the throne and important ministries passed between them and stayed out of the reach of the king's dozens of other sons.

Bin Abdulaziz served as deputy interior minister for decades and briefly as interior minister in 2012, but has been in retirement since then, spending most of his time in London.

Mahjoob Zweiri, director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University, said the apparent arrival of bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh could signal a change at the top of the Saudi leadership.

"I think the gesture means there is a change coming some time soon," he told Al Jazeera. "Let's not forget there is also a level of anger at the behaviour of Mohammed bin Salman when it comes to the region and inside Saudi Arabia, there are forces inside Saudi Arabia that are not happy with what's happening."

Bin Abdulaziz caused controversy in September when a video of him speaking to protesters in London sparked concerns about his loyalty to bin Salman.

The nearly two-minute clip appeared to show him asking demonstrators protesting the kingdom's role in the war in Yemen why they were complaining to him instead of the king and crown prince. He also said he hoped that wars in Yemen and elsewhere would stop as soon as possible.

Shortly afterwards, bin Abdulaziz issued a brief official statement saying that his comments were intended to clarify that "the king and crown prince are responsible for the state and its decisions".

What does this mean for the Khashoggi case?

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said the timing of bin Abdulaziz's return - which has not been officially confirmed by Riyadh - is significant.

"At a time when Saudi Arabia is coming under international pressure to come clean on exactly what happened inside that consulate and to come clean on who ordered that killing. There is international outrage and many in the international community believe that order was given by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman."

"What is happening inside the royal family, in the kingdom, it is hard to say for the time being but there is no doubt that this crisis could have repercussions for the Saudi royal family, for Saudi Arabia.

"Is something being worked out behind the scenes that will satisfy all parties? There is no doubt Jamal Khashoggi's killing caused an international crisis, now there seem to be attempts to contain this crisis," she said.

Zweiri said bin Abdulaziz's reported return is a direct consequence of Khashoggi's killing, as well as international players' desire to ensure the kingdom's stability.

"There was serious pressure on the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, on the crown prince himself, there is a serious critique to his foreign policy and his political behaviour and it's obvious that the UK and the United States have decided to have a serious move," he told Al Jazeera.

"I think they want to move for the sake of protecting their national interests in the region because Saudi Arabia is, for them, an important player in the Middle East region," he said. "They have to choose whether the future of Saudi Arabia is collaboration with the international community or keeping Mohammed bin Salman".


Turkey's ruling AK Party says Khashoggi killing not possible without orders from above

A spokesperson for President Erdogan's AK Party said Khashoggi's killing could not have been made possible without orders from someone in a senior position.

Omar Celik told reporters in Ankara that Turkey would not let anyone cover up Khashoggi's killing, adding that it was not possible for Saudi officials to still not know of the body's whereabouts.

Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate: Turkish prosecutor

Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then dismembered as part of a premeditated plan, Turkey's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday, making details of the murder public for the first time.

The revelations came just hours after Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor left Istanbul, and the Turkish prosecutor's office said it was "obliged" to reveal the details after the talks produced "no concrete results".

Gulf investors sell $273m in Saudi stocks in October: Reuters

Foreign investors, including those from other Gulf states, were net sellers of Saudi equities for most of October, partly because of fear that Khashoggi's killing could damage Saudi ties with the West and lead to economic sanctions, according to a monthly poll by Reuters news agency.

Gulf investors sold a net total of $273m of Saudi stocks between October 8 and 26, according to exchange data. However, the poll of 13 leading Middle Eastern fund managers, suggested that most funds do not intent to continue selling.

Pressure grows on UK to sanction Saudi Arabia
英国政府に対するサウジ制裁の圧力高まる
The UK's foreign secretary was pressed by a select committee on how to deal with Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing.

Jeremy Hunt called the murder appalling and said it highlighted the threat to journalists.

"If these stories are true - as they've been reported - it is nothing short of utterly and totally shocking… There will be an impact on the relationship with Saudi Arabia," Hunt told the committee.

"It has brought into sharp focus that we cannot take for granted media freedom."

He said it was possible Khashoggi's killing has given the United States and the United Kingdom the opportunity to push Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record.
Turkey suspects top Saudi diplomats of role in Khashoggi murder

"It is because we have that strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia, because America has that relationship, that we are in a position to ask them to do things we couldn't do if we didn't have that relationship. And so now what we need to do is use that relationship to push for progress," he later told the BBC.

"It is too early to say there are green shoots. There are still terrible things happening every day. The humanitarian situation is truly appalling. But there is an opportunity now and we must grasp it."

Saudi authorities did not respond to questions over Khashoggi killing: Turkey’s justice minister
サウジ当局はトルコの質問に答えなかった
Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said his country's questions on the killing of Khashoggi on October 2 have not been answered by Saudi Arabia.

Speaking in the capital, Ankara, Gul demanded close cooperation from Saudi authorities to uncover details of the famed critic's killing inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

He reiterated that responsibility for the criminal act is "unavoidable" and cannot be "covered up" and said Khashoggi's body hasn't been found yet.

US says Khashoggi's remains should be located
米国:カショギの遺体は遺族に速やかに返されるべき
The US State Department has said the slain journalist's body should be found and returned to their family as soon as possible.

The comments came after State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a radio interview "that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is completely unacceptable. It's out of bounds; it’s not the way nations behave."

But Pompeo pointed to "a long-time, deep set of strategic relationships", including Saudi's petroleum production and countering of Iranian expansion in the region, as "important American national security interests."
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Iran Proposes S. Arabia to Adopt Policy of Détente

Iran Proposes S. Arabia to Adopt Policy of Détente
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed media reports saying that his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir has secretly contacted Tehran, but meantime, advised Riyadh to abandon tension and crisis escalation policies and behaviors in the region.

"As far as I know, such a contact has not been made and the Saudi government has not had such a contact (with Iran)," Zarif told reporters on Wednesday at the end of his visit to Pakistan.

He called on Saudi Arabia to review its regional policies, and said Iran is prepared and interested in the expanding good relations with neighbors.

"We believe that our neighbors have not benefited from tensions with Iran and we hope that they will put aside this policy as soon as possible," Zarif said.

Saudi Arabia's interfering policies have always been criticized by the regional and world states. The country is the biggest supporter of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and it has waged a war against Yemen. Riyadh has also interfered in Bahrain to guarantee the survival of the dictatorial regime in Manama by assisting the Bahraini forces to suppress the protest rallies and opposition figures.

Saudi Arabia cut its ties with Iran in January 2016 after angry protests in front of its Iran-based diplomatic missions against its earlier execution of a leading Shiite cleric.
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Turkish Daily: US Sends Arms to ISIL in Return for Syria's Artifacts

FARSNEWS2018/11/1
Turkish Daily: US Sends Arms to ISIL in Return for Syria's Artifacts
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Turkish newspaper revealed that the US is providing direct military support for the ISIL in Raqqa and al-Tanf regions in trade for Syria's artifacts.

The Turkish-language website of Yeni Safak, quoting sources, reported on Wednesday that the US troops have been directly delivering material and technical assistance to terrorists in the town of al-Mansourah, which is located in the Northern Syrian province of Raqqah.

A large cache of US-made weapons, specifically shells and ammunition, was also dispatched to the al-Tanf border crossing with Jordan, which lies at the ultra-strategic intersection of the Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian borders, it added.

The US, which has a military base in Tanf, is believed to be regularly training terrorists in the area.

The report also said that a US-backed group comprising ethnic Kurds and Arabs have been delivering weapons and material for the US forces.

The sources said that the weapons worth billions of dollars, adding that the ISIL has received the weapons by giving the Americans a large amount of stolen gold and antiques from Syria and Iraq.

It also disclosed that the US commanders in Syria have seized a large number of these antiques for themselves, adding that the ISIL advance in Palmyra in Homs province was also made with the help of the US weapons.

Syrian government forces have frequently discovered US- and Israeli-made bombs and weapons from the terrorists' strongholds, some of which were extremely rare in the Arab country, during the ongoing anti-terror campaign across the country.
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2018年11月01日

フランスで先天異常の新生児が多発 原因は農薬か

農薬が原因でしょう。畑作地帯です。日本でも同じことになる?


RT2018/11/1
Pesticides? Genetics? France launches probe after more birth defects cases revealed
A nationwide investigation has been launched in France amid growing concern at the increased number of instances of babies being born with birth defects, like missing or malformed arms, sparking a public health scare.

Assuring citizens that nothing “is being hidden from you,” head of Public Health France Francois Bourdillon told RTL radio listeners that an investigation was already underway and that results were expected in about three months.

“We will look at all suspect cases,” he assured.

The condition, a type of agenesis, is where the upper limbs of a fetus fail to form correctly during pregnancy. Those affected can be born with missing upper limbs, forearms, hands, or fingers.

An initial inquiry into rural clusters of babies being born with such defects between 2009 and 2014, concluded in October and said that the cases were not significantly higher than the national average and without a common cause.

However, confidence that the French authorities had a handle on the crisis took another blow on Monday night, after 11 fresh cases of babies born with arm defects were reported to have occured between 2000 and 2014, this time in the eastern region of Ain, near the Swiss border.

Seven of the babies in Ain had all been born within 17 km of the village of Druillat during the time period.

Two other areas had been previously identified as having statistically “excessive” defects in clusters in north-west France, with four cases in Brittany and a further three in nearby Loire-Atlantique.

Vowing to get to the bottom of the mystery, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Tuesday that no cause was being ruled out.

“It’s maybe something environmental, it’s maybe what [pregnant mothers] ate, it’s perhaps what they breathed in,” she said.

Remera, a public body that looks at malformation, carried out its own investigation in the Ain area. While no exact cause has been found, the body believes the answer “revolves around agriculture,” meaning pesticides.

While no environmental or pharmaceutical cause has yet been linked to the French defects, the scare bears similarities to the Thalidomide scandal.

Marketed in the 1950s and 60s to alleviate morning sickness, the drug’s link to fetal limb malformation only became known after years of marketing and use.

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核戦争 架空のシナリオ

RT2018/10/31
Nuclear war: Hypothetical scenario & Russia's strike options
Many believe that the US withdrawal from the INF treaty could heighten the nuclear standoff risks between Russia and America. Some even claim war is inevitable. What are some possible thermonuclear warfare scenarios?

Most political analysts list the sharp deterioration in the military and political situation in various conflict zones as one of the things that could trigger WWIII and an unavoidable nuclear exchange between the US and Russia.

The conflict zones are listed by the experts either in alphabetical order or from the East to the West, making sure not a single potentially dangerous conflict zone is missed. Usually, it goes like this: the Paracel Islands, India and Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Israel, Syria, and so on.

Obviously, this is a very superficial approach. Even the sharpest deterioration in the Syrian conflict is highly unlikely to trigger a massive nuclear attack on Moscow or Washington.

Most of the experts fail to provide specific reasons that could force Russia and the US into a nuclear exchange.

For instance, if we unleash our imagination, we could hypothetically assume that Iran and Israel might exchange nuclear strikes. But even this conflict is unlikely to spread outside the Middle Eastern theater of war to involve all the members of the global nuclear club.

Despite the fact that US-Russia relations have been deteriorating lately, there are no territorial, financial, or ideological contradictions between the two countries that should bring them to a massive nuclear exchange.

Hence, the nuclear war scenario could only be discussed from a technical point of view. In other words, we first of all need to describe the steps of the process and its main characters.
Commander-in-Chief Gives the Green Light

First, let's talk about the decision-making process. Who gives the order to launch nuclear weapons and what does it look like? Popular opinion is that the president has access to some kind of 'red button', and if he presses this button, he will simultaneously deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Many people believe this nonsense, and sometimes we even hear it from experts. This is simply not true. In fact, the reality is totally different. The president gives permission to initiate the unlock and launch procedure in a coded message. Different military units handle the actual launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, as well as cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. But before this happens, the warheads are unlocked by special authorization codes.

READ MORE: Apocalypse in 2019: Is Russia-US war possible?

Basically, individual weapons commanders receive a coded order from the president, take the envelopes with five wax seals from their safe, and open it. They compare the information they received from the president with the contents of the envelope, and decode the message to get the unlock code. The code is entered into the warhead control system, and the Unlock / Permission to Launch signs come on.

The president has in his possession the 'nuclear briefcase' that he would use for initiating the sequence. 'Cheget' is the code name for this nuclear briefcase, which in reality is an automatic system for command and control of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces called 'Kazbek'. The other two briefcases are carried by the Russian defense minister and the chief of the General Staff.

Some sources say that it takes confirmation from two briefcases to get the unlock and launch authorization codes. Others say all three have to confirm.

This means that nobody in Russia has the sole power to launch nuclear weapons. The US has a similar system in place.

Russia's nuclear strike options

So what are Russia's strike options? In case of a launch on warning, the Integrated Space System (EKS) and the Early Warning System detect a massive launch of ICBMs from US territories and submarine-launched ballistic missiles and calculate target locations inside Russia and their flight time.

The Russian president receives warning of a missile strike. The Russian leadership makes the decision on a launch on warning. Ground, air, and submarine-launched missiles are unlocked with a code, and in 7-9 minutes there will be a massive launch of strategic nuclear weapons from Russia and the adjacent seas. Time is needed to perform these operations.

In case of a retaliatory strike, the scenario is roughly the same, with the exception that the warheads have already struck Russian territory and the systems have registered nuclear explosions.

The worst case scenario in a nuclear strike is decapitating the country's top executive and military command chains, death of the country's political and military leaders and inability to issue orders to launch a nuclear attack.

This could happen, for instance, in case of a Prompt Global Strike that would seek to paralyze the nation's political and military chain of command and destroy military and political leaders.

This is when the Perimeter (or its modern-day namesake) steps in and makes sure the retaliatory strike is completed in full even in the worst case scenario. There is only tentative data on the Perimeter system, aka the Dead Hand. It is believed that it consists of command posts, command ballistic missiles, receivers and an autonomous control and command system (these names are highly speculative).

Following the decision by the Perimeter system to use strategic nuclear weapons (a decision by what is effectively computer intelligence), a command missile (or missiles) is launched. The head of the missile carries a transmitter that sends a signal to all nuclear arms with special receivers to be launched. ICBMs and submarine-launched missiles are launched automatically.

The decision to carry out a retaliatory strike is taken by the Perimeter system based on multiple sensors across the country, including those measuring seismic, radiation data, and atmospheric pressure that can indicate that a nuclear explosion has taken place. Even in peaceful times, the system can detect where a nuclear device was detonated with almost 100 percent accuracy.

The Dead Hand description I have provided is a highly speculative and far from how the real mechanism operates.

Finally, the last option envisages a pre-emptive nuclear strike. Under the military doctrine, "Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons as a response in case it and/or its allies become the target of an attack by nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction as well as in the case of aggression against Russia involving conventional weapons that puts Russia's very existence is under threat."

Any of the nuclear strike options would mean disaster both for the parties involved and other nations around the world. 'Nuclear winter' would set in a short while after the nuclear exchange, which would endanger the lives of those few who would survive the nuclear Armageddon.

By Mikhail Khodarenok, military commentator for Gazeta.ru
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2018年10月31日

ISISがSDFを攻撃 SDFに死傷者多数 米軍は退避

FARSNEWS2018/10/28
US Forces Retreat from Base in Eastern Syria After ISIL Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army pulled its forces back from their base in Eastern Deir Ezzur in a sudden move on Sunday and after ISIL stormed the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US army aircraft did not provide them with aerial backup yesterday.

The army soldiers retreated from their base near the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur and pulled their heavy weapons back.

The army's move came after ISIL launched a heavy attack on the SDF and captured al-Sousah and al-Baqouz, local activists said, adding that the US army has retreated to al-Tunk oilfield.

Meanwhile, al-Mayadeen TV Channel reported that ISIL has captured almost 100 SDF militias.

It further said that the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi has reinvigorated its military presence at the border with Syria after ISIL captured more regions in Eastern Syria.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported earlier today that the SDF are showing extreme anger at the US military after they were left alone under a heavy ISIL offensive in Deir Ezzur.

SOHR reported that the SDF have started protests at the US military after the US air force gave no support for the Kurdish militias to counter the ISIL's heavy offensive in Eastern Deir Ezzur that inflicted a large number of casualties on the SDF.

The ISIL launched a heavy attack on the SDF in al-Souseh, al-Baqouz and Hajin on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River on Saturday.

SOHR further added that a sum of 68 SDF gunmen, including a commander, that had been dispatched from Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to Deir Ezzur were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the ISIL attack.

It went on to say that the ISIL has captured al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in the attack, and seized tens of military and armored vehicles and a large volume of arms and ammunition.

rudaw.2018/10/28
SDF claims only 14 deaths in recent battle for Hajin with ISIS
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region − The Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed just a fraction of the recent deaths a conflict monitor recently reported in their Hajin operation.

"As a result of the fierce clashes, 14 of our fighters rose to the rank of martyrdom, while others were wounded," stated SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel late on Saturday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored the conflict for years. It reported ISIS had killed 68 members of the Kurdish-led SDF on Friday night.

"ISIS terrorists continue to launch counter-attacks, taking advantage of adverse weather conditions and lack of vision due to sandstorms in the region, which was carried out by the ISIS on the morning of Friday..." added Gabriel.

He described ISIS's losses as "heavy" in lives and equipment and said the US-led international coaliton was continuing support without specifying the type of support.

The region has experienced repeated dust storms.

Coalition forces had reportedly suspended air support missions in the area.


When approached by Rudaw, the US-led coalition declined to comment on the incident or the alleged suspension of air support.

According to the Observatory, ISIS captured 10 SDF fighters, seized two American Hummer vehicles, and radio communications equipment on Wednesday.

A Kurdish commander said last week that the fight against ISIS is taking “longer than expected,” because of weather conditions and the concentration of hardcore jihadists with years of fighting experience.

Operation Roundup began on May 1 with the coalition and SDF. Its third phase aims to clear ISIS from east of the Euphrates near Al Boukamal along the border with Iraq.

US President Donald Trump has bragged of his administration's success against ISIS, while the military and diplomats have been more cautious in their wording.

"Our work is not over," said US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on Saturday.

FARSNEWS2018/10/31
US Forces Refuse to Attack ISIL Commanders at Syrian Borders
TEHRAN (FNA)- Two ISIL commanders who had ordered attacks on Kurdish militia positions in Deir Ezzur were killed during operations by Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) in the bordering areas with Syria after the US forces refrained from targeting them.

Ahmad Nasrallah, the commander of Hashd al-Shaabi in Western al-Anbar, said on Wednesday that his forces attacked three ISIL gatherings near al-Baqouz region in Syria at the borders with Iraq with artillery fire.

He added that during the operations, 2 notorious ISIL commanders, namely Abu Sayyaf and Abu Laith, who had led the recent ISIL attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has withdrawn from the borders, were killed.

Nasrallah said that Division 8 of the Iraqi army had provided the American forces with intelligence and coordinates of the ISIL concentration centers but they refused to attack the terrorist group.

Local sources in Eastern Syria had disclosed last week that the US forces' backup for ISIL had enabled the terrorists to recapture the entire lands they had lost to the SDF in Eastern Deir Ezzur in the last 2 months.

The Arabic-language website of RT quoted the sources as disclosing that in complete absence of the US-led coalition forces to support the Washington-backed SDF to counter ISIL's heavy offensive, the terrorists managed to recapture the small but key towns of al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

It pointed to ISIL's control over al-Baqouz Foqani, and said that ISIL has in the last two days recaptured all the territory it had lost to the SDF in past one and a half months.
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