国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年02月10日

これはすごい 2


Sputnik US @SputnikNewsUSの2018/2/15のツイート
WATCH: Tunisian MP tearing up Israeli flag to promote bill outlawing ties https://sptnkne.ws/gHKF #Tunisia #Israel
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/963948478530387968

TEHRAN (FNA)- Incredible footage shows a Yemeni Ansarollah fighter bravely moving towards a flat battleground in the Al-Jawf region while carrying his wounded comrade under direct sniper fire from Saudi-backed forces. [VIDEO]
http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13961124001116

どこの国かな? レディーの足蹴り合戦
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/962083701298311168



イラク北部のチョーマン山で国際スキー大会。イラクにスキー場があるんですね。
※ Rudaw English認証済みアカウント @RudawEnglish
Foreign and local athletes take part in international snow games, Choman Muntain, northeast of Erbil
https://twitter.com/RudawEnglish/status/959894115122122754

※  Rudaw English認証済みアカウント@RudawEnglish
Live: People hit the slopes at Kurdistan's Mt Choman
イラク北部クルディスタンのイラン国境に近いスキー場のようです。チョーマン山。雄大で清々しい。52分あります。画面いっぱいに拡大できます。


※ yu @djujean氏の2018/1/22のツイート
インドネシアの友達から、今日のインドネシアの地震だって動画が届いた。これジャカルタ近郊だと。トラックが倒れそう…
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/955778676888518656
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Russian Military Advisors Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Syria

RT2018/2/9
Russian Military Advisors Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Local sources in Eastern Syria said that several Russian military advisors have been killed in the US-led coalition air raid in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources told Iran's Tasnim news agency that three pro-government Hezbollah forces, several tribal fighters and several Russian military advisors were killed in the US raid in Khasham gas field in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The US-led coalition fighter jets carried out heavy bombardment in an energy-rich region on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River on Wednesday.

The Russian Defense Ministry had earlier announced that the Russian military men were not in the region on the Eastern Bank of the Euphrates River that came under US air attack.

In the meantime, the Russia-run Humeimim Airbase in Western Syria announced via its Central network that the US air attack on the Syrian Army troops' positions in Eastern Deir Ezzur was aimed at destabilizing the region.

The Russian military in Humeimim airbase in the coastal province of Lattakia further added the US-led collation attacks on the Syrian government forces are unjustifiable.

The coalition forces claim that they are in the region to battle against the ISIL, but their operation, especially their recent attack on the pro-government forces' positions only 8 km away from the de-escalation regions' line near the Euphrates River proved that the claims are not true.

On Wednesday, the US-led alliance said it carried out air strikes against pro-government forces after they launched an “unprovoked attack” on the headquarters of the US-backed SDF.

The statement also claimed that the US-led attack was “in self-defense.”

Reuters later cited a US official as saying on condition of anonymity that over 100 pro-government forces had been killed in the assault.

The US has around 2,000 military personnel in Northern Syria supporting the SDF, which is an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria and largely dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call ISIL positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The strikes, however, have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has on several occasions written to the UN, complaining that the US is flagrantly violating the sovereignty of Syria by targeting residential neighborhoods.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 03:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

オリンピック委員会 イラン、北朝鮮選手に差別的扱い

FARSNEWS2018/2/9
Olympic Games Organizers Apologize Iran over Samsung Gift Snub
TEHRAN (FNA)- Organizers of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea announced that they have formally apologized to Iran over an earlier decision to deny its athletes Samsung smartphones gifts, which sparked diplomatic furor in Tehran.

The head of the PyeongChang organizing committee, Lee Hee-beom, confirmed he had written to the Iranian sports delegation “to apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Earlier this week, media report said 4,000 of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were being given to athletes taking part in the Winter Games starting Friday in South Korea, but the athletes from Iran and North Korea would not get the gifts due to sanctions.

The news reports sparked outrage in Iran, prompting the Foreign Ministry to summon the South Korean ambassador and demand an apology.

Shortly afterwards, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) backed down on a decision to deny gift Samsung smartphones to both Iranian and North Korean athletes.

Samsung also said the IOC was responsible for distributing gifts at the Olympics and it had no further comment.


FARSNEWS2018/2/8
TEHRAN (FNA)- People and activists in Iran warned to boycott Samsung Electronics' products, the sponsor of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, after it excluded Iranian athletes from receiving high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of western sanctions.

Iranian activists launched a web campaign, using different hashtags to boycott Samsung products, stressing that they are angry with the South Korean electronics firm's evil act against their athletes. This is while the company has had luxurious revenues from official advertising and selling its products in Iran.

Meantime, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi announced that the South Korean envoy to Tehran has been summoned to the foreign ministry.

"If Samsung company doesn’t apologize for this unwise measure, this issue will leave strong impacts on trade relations between Samsung company and the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was one of Samsung company's customers, announced that he will no more use his Samsung smartphone if the South Korean company doesn’t apologize to the Iranian nation by Thursday evening.

Iran's Fars News Agency (FNA) also announced that it has decided to cancel a contract for advertising Samsung products on its website after the company's immoral act against the Iranian athletes.

Meantime, Iran's Communications Minister Azari Jahromi said he is studying suspending Samsung's registry in the country's cellular network.

Samsung's strange move against Iranians comes at a time when the mega-Korean company has official distribution centers and representative offices in cities across Iran.

Iran is a key market for Samsung electronics. The company has an important share of the home appliance market in the country of 80 million along with another South Korean company, LG.

Based on a report released by the GFK (Society for Consumer Research), Samsung had a 51% share of cellphone sales in Iran in the summer of 2017. LG with 13% was in third place while China’s Huawei with 14 percent was second.

Winter Olympic Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic edition" handsets of its flagship Galaxy Note 8 device to be distributed among athletes and IOC officials free of charge.

But organizers said Wednesday that North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:53| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Enormous challenge to clear Mosul

RT2018/2/9
Enormous challenge to clear Mosul after one of biggest urban battles since WWII – UNICEF to RT
The burden for civilians is still incredibly heavy in Mosul, six months after the end of the battle for the city, a UNICEF representative in Iraq told RT. People remain in desperate need for basic healthcare services.

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) affected between 2.2 and 2.4 million people. Now “it’s an enormous challenge to everybody to try and clear everything up and get the people working again,” Peter Hawkins, the UN agency’s representative, said in an interview.

Earlier this month, a Ruptly video agency team filmed Mosul’s Old City still strewn with corpses of those who perished during the city’s months-long siege.

Hawkins, who inspected Mosul’s recovering healthcare system, was amazed by the “resilience and dedication” of local health workers, but there is still much to be done before the city – once Iraq’s second-largest – is brought back to its feet.

The western edge of Mosul, which endured a months-long siege and heavy bombing by coalition aircraft, has suffered the most, the UNICEF official noted. “If you’re in the east side it’s much better, on the west side the level of devastation was extraordinary,” he said.

However, the number of healthcare centers and hospitals is very limited because of the damage inflicted by the fighting, which makes it difficult for civilians to receive treatment.

“It’s a wide area, wide levels of devastation,” Hawkins said, adding that families living in remote areas have to cover long distances to be able to get even basic care, such as vaccines.

While local and international aid workers are making efforts to provide help to the citizens of Mosul, they still have “months to go to continue to try and get the healthcare services up and running to the extent we all wanted them to be,” the aid official stressed.

The battle for Mosul, considered one of the largest during the US-led anti-IS campaign, ended in July 2017, when the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamists. The fighting left some 2.6 million displaced, according to UN estimates. Nearly 750,000 children, UNICEF says, are left without access to healthcare in the entire Mosul province.

The Reconstruction Conference for Iraq will convene in Kuwait next week in a bid to raise funds for restoring Mosul’s healthcare systems, with UNICEF asking donors for an additional $17 million to support rebuilding children’s healthcare facilities in Iraq in 2018.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリアでISISと戦う米国の恥部を隠すイチジクの葉はなくなった

RT201/2/9
'Fig leaf of US fighting ISIS in Syria is gone’
The fig leaf that the US is fighting ISIS in Syria dropped after the coalition airstrikes. The US is there because the neocons want to attack Iran, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

In Syria, the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes against pro-government forces on Wednesday, killing over 100 people. US Central Command described it as a “defensive measure” targeted at moderate rebels. Despite the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), US forces continue to conduct strikes in the country.

RT America’s Ed Schultz discussed these latest developments in Syria with Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute.

RT: What do you make of these airstrikes in light of all the turmoil that has unfolded in Syria? Is this a new phase for the United States?

Daniel McAdams: It certainly is a new phase for the US and it reflects the fact that the US has no strategy for Syria. There is no reason that the US maintains its illegal occupation of part of the country. It says it’s fighting against ISIS, but it attacked the one fighting force that has been the most effective against ISIS. It is fighting the Syrian government. So, I think we found out from Secretary of State Tillerson just a couple of weeks ago that the real aim of the US is still (as in 2011-2013) regime change in Syria. And I think this reflects it. But as to the idea that it is self-defense, it is like if I break into your house, and you surprise me, and I shoot you and say “Well, it was self-defense.” You know, this is essentially what the US is doing in Syria.

RT: They did say that it was a defensive measure that was targeting moderate rebels. Do you think that is propaganda coming from the US?

DM: This may shock some people, but the US government, as most governments, routinely lies. And I think there’s a very good chance this was a lie. The Syrian side said that it had sent a reconnaissance force into the area seeking out ISIS fighters. Maybe they’re lying, who knows? But there’s one thing that we do know – that it is Syrian territory and the US government is illegally there. And it has killed some hundred fighters. Although the US claims they were fighters, we don’t know that they were not villagers. According to the US rules of engagement, basically anyone that moves is considered a fighter or a militant. We certainly can’t trust the US side on this.

RT: We really don’t have any strong definition from this new administration what US policy is in Syria. Our judgment can only be done on the basis of airstrikes. And they continue to use firepower in the country illegally. If you have to give definition to US policy, what would it be?

DM: Not only is there no policy, but the fig leaf has dropped. The fig leaf was that we were fighting ISIS – even as we allowed how many thousands of ISIS troops to leave Raqqa, as Raqqa fell, and to reorganize actually, ironically around in the area where the US is operating. What a surprise! But even that fig leaf of fighting ISIS is gone. Nobody knows why the US is there. The US is there with the Kurdish forces that the Turks are fighting just down the way. It is absolutely preposterous, essentially why they are there. Because the neocons want to attack Iran.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:02| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年02月09日

Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks

RT2018/2/9
Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks
Russia has reminded the US that its presence in Syria is illegal after the coalition struck pro-government militias. Washington however reserved the right for “defensive” attacks to achieve peace “from a position of strength.”

The US presence in Syria is “actually illegal,” the Russian Ambassador to the UN reminded his Western counterparts on Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. “Nobody invited them there,” Vasily Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that a hard fought for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by US actions.

On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor province in retaliation for what they described as an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia unit was advancing against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists near the former oil processing plant of al-Isba, when it suddenly came under massive air strikes. At least 25 militiamen were injured in the attack, the Russian MoD noted, clarifying that pro-government troops targeted by the coalition did not coordinate their operation with the Russian command.

The US, however, maintains that the militia attacked the SDF. The Pentagon said Syrian forces moved “in a battalion-sized unit formation, supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.” The battle which lasted over three hours, the US claims, began after 30 artillery tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF unit’s location.

“At the start of the unprovoked attack on Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers, coalition aircraft, including F-22A Raptors and MQ-9B Reapers, were overhead providing protective overwatch, defensive counter air and [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] support as they have 24/7 throughout the fight to defeat ISIS,” Air Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told Military.com.

“Following a call for support from Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, a variety of joint aircraft and ground-based artillery responded in defense of our SDF partners, including F-15E Strike Eagles,” he said in a statement Thursday. “These aircraft released multiple precision-fire munitions and conducted strafing runs against the advancing aggressor force, stopping their advance and destroying multiple artillery pieces and tanks.”

Damascus called the attack a “war crime,” while the Russian military asserted that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that the US military presence in Syria poses a dangerous threat to the political process and territorial integrity of the country, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the strike another violation of Syria’s sovereignty by the US.

The US, however, remained unmoved, promising to continue to support the US-allied forces in Syria at any cost. “We continue to support SDF with respect to defeating ISIS... ISIS is still there, and our mission is still to defeat ISIS,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday. “We will continue to support them. Our goal is to ensure that our diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength, with respect to the Geneva process.”

“They [US] constantly assert that they are fighting international terrorism there, but we see that they go beyond this framework,” Nebenzya told the UNSC. He warned the US-led coalition members that it is “criminal” to engage the only forces “who actually fight” international terrorism in Syria.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:37| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

クルドの戦略は失敗するだろう シリアの国土荒廃を招く

シリアがISISに破壊されている隙を突いて分離と支配地域を勝ち取ろうとしたクルドの戦略は誤りです。イスラエルの支援があるのかもしれませんが、イスラエルが表立ってクルドを支援する動きに出ればトルコ軍と正面から衝突します。



ISISと癒着しシリア国内に地歩を固めようとする米国を頼りにし、米国がクルド主体の武装勢力の能力増強案を出した時点でトルコに攻め込まれる危険が高まることは見えていました。クルドは米国の3万人規模国境警備部隊の設置に事前同意しているはずです。どちらが発案したのかは分かりませんが。国際的な支持の声も高まりません。

YPGまたはSDFは、住民を徴用しようとし、拷問までやっています。反トルコデモでドラムを叩く人も。

クルドの兵士が多数亡くなっています。戦闘は続いています。互いに相手の人的損害を発表していますが、情報は不確かさが多いです。とにかく双方に多数の犠牲者が出ています。



クルドが続々とアフリンに集結しているようです。
AMN06/02/2018
Syrian Army allows massive YPG convoy to travel to Afrin from their lines
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) allowed a massive convoy of fighters from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to travel through their lines in order to reach the Afrin region.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the YPG convoy went through the town of Menbeij to the government lines, where they were freely allowed to use the roads to the Afrin region.

The Syrian government is opposed to the Turkish military’s incursion in Afrin and has agreed to allow the YPG and their allies to send supplies and reinforcements to this front in order to fend off the attackers.

Below are several photos of this massive YPG convoy that traveled through the government’s lines on Monday:

デリゾールで米軍がヘリコプターも使ってシリア政府側のミリチアを攻撃し多数の死傷者が出たようです。SDFと米軍兵士がいる基地を攻撃されたからと言うのが米軍の弁明です。クルドは、米国兵士を自陣に受け入れ、米国の石油資源制圧政策に協力していることになります。クルドがトルコによる攻撃が続くアフリンでシリア政府軍の助けを求めていますが、彼らは自分たちの戦略がどんな役割を果たすか分かっていないのでしょうか。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トルコがアフリンに続いてイドリブに進軍を表明 ロシア、イランと首脳会談へ

エルドアンは、アフリンの次にマンビジを攻撃するとし、マンビジの米兵士に退去するよう求めていましたが、米軍がこれに応じる姿勢を示していません。エルドアンはアフリンの次はイドリブだと言い始めています。
米軍がデリゾールでシリアの政府側ミリチア軍勢に砲撃、ヘリコプターでの爆撃を加えています。米軍はクルドのSDFの基地が襲われたから自衛のために反撃したと言っています。
エルドアンが北部シリアのクルドに対する攻撃を続ければ、いずれ米軍との交戦が始まります。それを避ければ戦わずして逃げたという評価に。エルドアンがプーチンと会うのは、今後の戦略に迷いが生じているからでしょう。

RT2018/2/8
Erdogan: Turkey’s Syria op will move to Idlib after mission completed in Afrin
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to take Ankara’s Syria operation to Idlib after completing the current mission in Afrin, where they are targeting Kurdish militants.

"We want our Syrian brothers and sisters to return to their land, and now we want to do the same in Idlib what we have done in Afrin,” Erdogan said.

It’s not the first time the Turkish leader has stated that the campaign against Kurdish militia in Syria could actually spread beyond Afrin.

“Our heroic soldiers…are making history today in Afrin. And they will make history tomorrow wherever there are terrorists along our borders,” the Turkish President said late last month.

On January 20, the Turkish General Staff officially declared the start of the military campaign in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, calling it ‘Operation Olive Branch’. Ankara launched airstrikes against Kurdish positions, with Turkish troops advancing into the Kurd-held territories. The Turkish armed forces are supported by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – an Ankara-backed paramilitary opposition group which consists mainly of Syrian Arab and Syrian Turkmen groups, which hold the territories in Afrin.

The Turkish General Staff said last week that as many as 899 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish militias – which they said included the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants and Islamic State (IS, former ISIS) terrorists – were “neutralized” since the launch of Operation Olive Branch.

Formed as an armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the YPG rapidly expanded during the Syrian civil war. The group also fought against IS and received backing from the US-led coalition, which supplied them with weapons.

In a telephone conversation earlier on Thursday, Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situation in Syria. They agreed to hold another three-way summit on Syria with Russia, Turkey and Iran; a source in Erdogan’s administration said. The event is expected to take place in Istanbul.

Erdogan and Putin have also discussed the need to expedite the establishment of observation posts in the de-escalation zone of Idlib governorate, Turkish media report.

In early October, Turkish military forces were deployed to Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones located there. The proposal to establish the zones, championed by Russia, was finalized in September at a round of Syrian peace talks in Astana.

The first three-way summit between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran, which was aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria, took place in the southern Russian resort of Sochi in November.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
Iranian, Russian, Turkish Presidents to Hold Trilateral Meeting in Istanbul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents are due to convene in Istanbul to discuss the latest regional developments, specially in Syria.

The Turkish and Russian leaders agreed Thursday to hold a trilateral meeting with Iran on Syria, in Istanbul, Anadolu news agency quoted a presidential source as saying without declaring an exact date for the trilateral meeting.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin discussed Syria, particularly Afrin and Idlib, during their phone conversation, said the source who called for anonymity.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reiterated his country's opposition to the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to the presence of foreign forces on Syrian territories without the permission of the country's government and nation," President Rouhani said.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
Tensions between Turkey, US Enter New Stage
TEHRAN (FNA)- Sources reported arrival of a delegation of senior American Generals in Manbij military base to increase support for the Kurdish forces while Turkey has underlined the necessity for immediate withdrawal of the US forces from the region.

News websites affiliated to the terrorists confirmed that a helicopter carrying high-ranking US Generals, including General Paul E. Funk, the commander of the third armored division, Colonel Ryan Dillon, the spokesman of the US-led coalition, and General James Jarrard, has landed in the US base in West of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

They added that the visit is aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Kurdish forces as their main ally in the region.

General Funk has stressed that the US forces will remain in Manbij despite Turkey's repeated demands for their withdrawal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barrack Obama of not fulfilling the promise they'd made to Ankara to compel the Kurdish fighters from Manbij in Syria's Aleppo province.

"Obama deceived Turkey on the issue of the Syrian Kurdish militants in Manbij, and Trump follows the same path. Trump told us that they cannot stay there and head East from the Euphrates. He acknowledged that the Arabs are the real rulers of Manbij. But what he promised was not fulfilled," Erdogan told Turkish journalists, returning to Turkey after an official visit to the Vatican and Italy, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

He warned the US once again to withdraw from the Syrian city of Manbij, saying that Turkish forces aim to return the city “to its true owners”.

Speaking at a meeting of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that countless terrorists had been “rendered inactive” by the recent Turkish offensive in Afrin.

Vowing that the operation would continue, he mocked Washington's criticisms, saying “When are you going to finish with us asking the question, when did you finish your operations in Afghanistan? When did you finish your operations in Iraq? It's been 18 years."

He described the American military presence in Syria as opportunistic, saying that Washington had “calculations against Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia” now that ISIL has been largely defeated.

Erdogan also vowed that Turkey would develop its defense sector and reduce reliance on foreign-made defense systems.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
Russia: Situation in Syria's Afrin Provoked by US Actions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said the situation in Syria's Afrin has been provoked by the actions of the United States among other things and may lead to further destabilization of the region.

“Ankara assured us that the efforts made by the Turkish troops do not contradict the work that Turkey is conducting and will continue to conduct in the area of political settlement in Syria… At the same time, the developments of the situation in Afrin, provoked by the actions of the United States among other things, can lead to even greater destabilization in this region,” Syromolotov told Sputnik in an interview.

The diplomat noted that Afrin had become another hotbed of tension, adding that Ankara and Washington had opposing interests in the region.

“The interests of the United States and Turkey in the region are increasingly diverging. In fact, the NATO allies have already wound up on opposite sides,” Syromolotov said.

Turkey’s Operation ‘Olive Branch’ kicked off mid-January from air and ground around the area of Afrin in Syria's Aleppo to oust the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that Turkish offensive in Afrin is part of Ankara's strategy based on supporting terrorists.

The Syrian government has condemned the “brutal Turkish aggression” against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, rejecting Ankara’s claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリアでの米国の狙いは資源の制圧 ISISとの戦いではない

米国やその同盟軍に参加している国の狙いは地下資源です。アサド政権が国民を抑圧したからとかいう理屈でシリア侵略を正当化しようとする論者は、盲目です。

RT2018/2/8
True US goal in Syria is control over resources, not fighting ISIS – Russian MoD
The US-led coalition’s attack on pro-government forces in Syria has again proven that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” instead of fighting terrorism, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The MoD was referring to an incident which took place on Tuesday in Deir Ez-Zor province, as a Syrian militia unit was moving against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The operation was prompted by a surge in shelling of the positions of Syrian government forces in the area over the past few days, attributed to the covert activities of IS terrorists, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

A unit of the pro-government militia was conducting a reconnaissance search mission on February 7 near the former oil processing plant of Al-Isba. While there, “the militiamen came under a surprise mortar and MRLS shelling, and were attacked by helicopters of the US-led ‘international coalition.’”

As a result, 25 members of the pro-government unit were injured. Initial media reports, citing unnamed US officials, suggested that some 100 Syrian soldiers had died in the assault by the coalition forces.

The US Central Command earlier called the attack on Syrian militiamen “self-defense,” claiming that the troops allegedly launched an “unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters.”

The US version of events, however, raises “lots of questions,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Following the incident, the Russian military talked to the coalition through the established communication channels, with the latter stating that Al-Isba was under the control of SDF and US troops. The immediate cause of the incident, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, was the fact that the militia unit acted on its own, without consulting Russian advisers first.

The case exposes a greater problem, however, as according to the MoD the attack by the coalition “once again proved that the true goal of the continuous illegal presence of US forces in Syria is already not the fight against ISIS international terrorist group, but the capture and control of the economic assets belonging solely to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Damascus has decried the attack as a “war crime” and a “crime against humanity,” SANA reports, citing a letter to the UN issued by the Foreign Ministry. The US-led coalition is illegal and should be disbanded altogether, the ministry stressed.

“We demand [the international community] condemn this massacre and hold the coalition responsible for it,” the ministry said, adding that this is not the first time the US-led coalition has targeted Syrian government forces.

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the US-led coalition’s presence on its soil, calling it an act of blatant aggression and violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Damascus has also urged the UN to press the US to leave, especially following the successful defeat of the main IS forces. The US, however, has stated that it may remain in Syria indefinitely to counter what it describes as Iranian influence and to secure “post-Assad leadership” for the country.

Recent developments indicate that the US might be effectively shifting towards partitioning Syria altogether, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned earlier on Wednesday.

“It’s very likely that the Americans have taken a course of dividing the country. They just gave up their assurances, given to us, that the only goal of their presence in Syria – without an invitation of the legitimate government – was to defeat Islamic State and the terrorists,” Lavrov stated.

“Now, they are saying that they will keep their presence until they make sure a steady process of a political settlement in Syria starts, which will result in regime change.”

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
US-Led Coalition Hits Syrian Troops Again, Kills +100 Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ezzur province in retaliation for what it called an “unprovoked” attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers”.

The US military is claiming that so-called anti-ISIL coalition forces repelled a threatening Syrian Army-led attack consisting of five hundred troops – backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars – late on Wednesday and early on Thursday against positions of Arab and Kurdish militias at energy fields near the town of Khasham on the Eastern shore of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzur province.

“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) mission,” the Central Command said.

The retaliatory attack was carried out after Syrian “pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,” the coalition claimed.

The US-led coalition has also firmly stressed its “non-negotiable right to act in self-defense”, since its service members are embedded with the “partners” on ground in Syria.

According to reports, more than 100 pro-government forces have been killed in the airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition in Syria's Deir Ezzur.

Damascus had announced in mid-June that the US-led coalition bombers have shot down one of its fighter jets during a mission in Raqqa province. The warplane was carrying out operations against ISIL in the countryside of Raqqa when it was targeted.

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government has fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Bashar al-Assad government involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

Also on May 18, the US-led coalition struck pro-Assad forces near al-Tanf in the area of an established de-confliction zone. The coalition air raids occurred near al-Tanf, where US' and British special operations forces have been training militants near the border with Iraq and Jordan.

On June 6, the Pentagon announced the coalition conducted a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the de-confliction zone with Russia and posed threat to its personnel. The force comprised of a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers. At least two Syrian servicemen were killed and more than 15 injured as a result of the attack.

On June 8, the US-led coalition bombed pro-Damascus forces near al-Tanf in the area of a de-confliction zone following an alleged attack by a combat drone resulting in no coalition forces' casualties. It was the third attack by the coalition on Damascus' allies in the area, as the coalition targeted a drone and trucks with weapons.

Furthermore, on September 16, 2016 US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian Army near the Deir Ezzur airport, killing nearly 100 people.

According to several reports, the US plans to keep its troops in Syria long after the defeat of ISIL. Washington has been justifying its deployment of ground troops in Syria, which violates the embattled nation’s sovereignty, by citing the need to fight ISIL.

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon said early December that US forces will stay in Syria indefinitely, while there is no legal justification for Washington presence in the county which has endured a deadly six-year conflict and partial occupation by ISL, as it had admitted that the United States has 1,720 troops in Syria.

"We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," he added.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Washington has long been accused of colluding with Daesh to provide safe passage and logistic support to the members of the militant group in conflict zones. The United States has maintained its military presence in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIL, but Washington has armed and funded various militant groups which fighting against Damascus government and its allies.


rudaw2018/2/9
Coalition: We will defend ourselves and our partners
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – With coalition forces and their allies in Syria coming under fire in Deir ez-Zor and at the receiving end of threats out of Ankara, the spokesperson for the global alliance stressed that they have the right to defend themselves and will not hesitate to do so.

The events of Wednesday night show that “our stance is very clear that we will defend ourselves and our partners. If there’s any thoughts of doing this again in the future, I hope that they would think twice about doing that – whoever it may be,” Col. Ryan Dillon told Rudaw TV on Thursday.

He was speaking about coalition airstrikes on forces that had attacked a known SDF headquarters in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

The United States estimates more than 100 pro-Syrian regime forces were killed, a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Dillon stressed, however, that their mission remains the war against ISIS. “We do not have a fight with pro-regime forces. Our fight is continued to focus on ISIS,” he said.

On Wednesday, Dillon was in Manbij with the commanding general of all coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk.

He described the trip as a “routine visit,” but acknowledged that it comes at a time when Turkey has directly threatened the coalition forces and their SDF allies in the area.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to “foil games along our borders, starting from Manbij.”

Coalition forces are stationed in the Manbij area to prevent clashes between Turkey and their proxies and the Kurdish-led forces.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has said that “American soldiers in YPG uniforms” could become targets.

Funk’s timely trip was an opportunity “for him to say to our troops and to media that were in the area that we always have the inherent right to defend ourselves against any threat, whether that be ISIS or anything else,” Dillon explained.

The general’s message for the soldiers stationed at the Manbij outpost was one of reassurance that the coalition is backing them, “despite some of the rhetoric and some of the talks that have been in the news lately,” Dillon added.

In Afrin, where Turkey’s military operation against the YPG has been underway for nearly three weeks, Dillon said the coalition is not conducting operations, but they are watching the situation closely to see how it could affect the war against ISIS.

The YPG-led SDF is fighting “every single day to defeat ISIS elements” in the Middle Euphrates River Valley of eastern Syria, Dillon said, noting that the terror group remains the biggest threat to the Middle East and the world.

“So, as anything that happens in Afrin distracts from the fight against ISIS, it is very much a concern to the coalition,” he said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:18| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

朝鮮半島で米国が軍事行動に出る恐れが強まっています

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ロシアの外務大臣ラブロフが米朝戦争となった場合の日本の人的被害を本気で心配しています。

ラブロフは、目下、米欧とその同盟国を除く国々の外交で最も大きな求心力を持つ、経験、識見で抜きんでた世界のトップ外交官です。そのラブロフが数字まであげて懸念を表明しています。

米国の海外政策は、イラク、シリアでのISISを使った侵略に敗れ、展望を失いました。アフガニスタン、イエメンの戦争では泥沼状態。シリアでの敗退の主因となったロシアやイランに対する意趣返しを繰り返していますが、とにかく「目についたボタンを片っ端から押してみる」という状況で、米国の政策については予見不能性が際立っています。

そんな米国の政策遂行の混迷の中で、ラブロフは米朝の戦争になれば、この極東地域は破滅的な結果がもたらされると述べています。
“The use of power in this region would be catastrophic,”

ラブロフは、米国がロシアや中国の提唱するダブルフリーズ、双方の軍備増強策の凍結を拒否し、戦争に突き進む恐れが強いと見ています。そして、戦争になれば100万規模の市民が犠牲になるとしています。この犠牲者は、北朝鮮、韓国、そして日本についての見積もりです。

米国が北朝鮮に打撃を加えたとき、北朝鮮がどう反応するのか、ロシアの軍事関係者は北朝鮮から情報も取り、詳しく検討しています。その結果を踏まえたラブロフの警告だと管理人は考えます。

そのような検討に基づく推計がどれほどの確実さを持つのか管理人には分かりません。ですが、シリアなどでの米国の攻撃は過度の戦力を用いた極めてずさんなものであり、そのような攻撃に対する北朝鮮の対応は予見不可能な多様なものになるでしょう。

攻撃を受ける可能性が高いのは、やはり米軍の基地であり、それと一体化しているようにも見える自衛隊の基地です。

沖縄や横田基地周辺、厚木基地、三沢基地などは真っ先に狙われるでしょう。北朝鮮が攻撃してくるとしたら飛行機で爆撃するのではなく弾道ミサイルを打ち込みます。レーダーで捉えたときにはもう着弾まで逃げるいとまもありませんし、精度のほども分かりません。

戦争が起きないことを願いますが、やはりこれは原発事故と同じで「ないはずだったものがあった」ということになるのでしょう。そして福島第一原発事故よりもさらに大きい災厄になります。

米国とその同盟軍がシリアを再度軍事攻撃するのではないかとの警戒が強まっています。「戦争」は米国を支える主要産業です。軍隊自体も巨大です。米軍が暇をかこつことなどないのです。軍需産業が低迷すれば米国経済全体を不景気が見舞います。

中東では、米国不信の声が広がりつつあります。イラクの民衆軍は米軍に退去を求めて最後通牒を発しました。パキスタンは、米国のドローンによる自国民の人的被害に怒り、アフガニスタンに集結しつつあるテロリストとの闘いから距離を置こうとしています。

傀儡政権を作ったウクライナは、経済的、政治的に破綻状態です。

デモクラシーを口実とした侵略戦争で米国は成果を上げていません。であれば、危機感のない、言いなりの同盟国が戦争に前向きな極東で戦争をやり、成果を上げて軍産複合体に顔向けしたいと考えるのではないでしょうか。

米国の朝鮮半島での軍事攻撃がいつ始まるかは分かりません。米国は挑発を繰り返し、北朝鮮がそれに乗って軍事行動に出ることを待っています。

被曝回避のため沖縄に避難している方も少なくありませんが、もし米国が極東で戦争を始めれば、沖縄のリスクは特に高いということは考慮しておいたほうが良かろうと、管理人は考えています。

リスクが高いことを考慮すれば、残念ながら沖縄は保養の地としても不適ということになりかねません。他の地に移転をお考えの方は、前倒しが望ましいのかもしれません。

軍事衝突が起きた後は、空の便、海の便ともに満席となるでしょうし欠航も生ずるかもしれません。本州の米軍基地近辺では逃げる人も少ないでしょうからまだ何とかなるかもしれませんが、こと沖縄に関しては島しょであり、逃げ出すのも難しいということを考慮しなければなりません。

RT2018/2/7
US threatens N. Korea with sanctions & force, but war could claim 1mn lives – Moscow
Washington continues to strangle Pyongyang with sanctions and threatens to impose more restrictions, but a potential regional conflict could claim up to 1 million civilian lives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“We are seeing how the United States every time attempts both to tighten the sanction screws [on North Korea] and to threaten it with the use of force,” Lavrov said Wednesday during a forum in Sochi.

“I very much hope that [the war] scenario, which according to the experts’ estimates could claim the lives of up to 1 million people or even more, won’t be carried out,” the minister added.

Lavrov also expressed hopes that Washington “will, at least, consult with the countries that would be affected, primarily the governments of South Korea and Japan.”

“The use of power in this region would be catastrophic,” Lavrov predicted.

The minister’s remarks followed US Vice President Mike Pence’s bellicose warning made earlier in Japan. Pence said the US will roll out its “toughest and most aggressive” economic sanctions against Pyongyang before the end of the Winter Olympics.

Despite Russia repeatedly warning against provoking the North with military maneuvers in the region, Washington insists on its right to conduct joint activities with Seoul and Tokyo.

In mid-January, the US and Canada hosted a Vancouver meeting on the Korean deadlock, excluding major mediators and the North’s immediate neighbors Russia and China, merely inviting Moscow and Beijing to assess the results at the end of the talks. Officials from both countries called the summit “unacceptable.” China’s Foreign Ministry said the meeting would only “create divisions” and “harm joint efforts” to resolve the crisis.

While the 20 foreign ministers at the Vancouver meeting agreed to further pressure Pyongyang with more unilateral restrictions in addition to the UNSC sanctions, Moscow and Beijing said the attendees failed to offer an alternative to their “double freeze” plan. The proposal was rejected by Washington in summer 2017 and again during the summit in Canada.

The Russia-China “double freeze” plan would involve the US ceasing its military drills in the region, while North Korea would halt its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
Moscow: US to Bear Responsibility for Results of New Anti-Korean Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow is deeply disappointed by the latest US statements on the possibility of new "aggressive" sanctions against North Korea, such intentions create an atmosphere of tension amid signs of dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang.

"The US Administration has once again put in question the labored groundwork for political and diplomatic movement forward [in settling the North Korean crisis]. Thus it will bear the responsibility for the possible outcomes of this," Ryabkov told Sputnik.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States would soon roll out its "toughest and most aggressive" round of economic sanctions to ensure the denuclearization of North Korea.

"These statements seem to us deeply disappointing, they once again create an atmosphere of tension in relation to what can happen in the short term," he also said, commenting on the statement.

The Foreign Minister noted that the statement was particularly regrettable given the resumption of dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang.

"Right now, when there seems to be relative calm and signs that Pyongyang and Seoul will continue direct dialogue at the political level, the US side is opposing it and in fact showing a lack of interest in ensuring that these processes of enhancing exchange of views between the North and the South continued on the Korean peninsula," Ryabkov stated.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula sharply deteriorated in 2017, after North Korea conducted a series of missile launches, as well as a nuclear test.

In December, the UN Security Council, at the initiative of the United States, introduced new international sanctions against Pyongyang, which became the most stringent yet in the 21st century. The resolution provides serious restrictions on the supply of fuel and other goods to the DPRK, and all countries of the United Nations were instructed to send North Korean labor migrants home.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:16| Comment(4) | 国際・政治

テーザーで撃たれると年寄りや妊婦や心臓病の人が死ぬ

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
New Research Shows Police Killing Vulnerable People With Tasers
TEHRAN (FNA)- Vulnerable groups of people, including the elderly, pregnant women, and people with heart conditions, make up half of the Taser deaths caused by US police, according to a new investigation by Reuters.

People who could be classified as ‘vulnerable’ comprise more than half of the 1,028 cases identified by Reuters in which people died after being shocked by Tasers. Out of these, 245 people had a heart condition and 643 people were drunk or high on drugs, RT reported.

Nearly a third of the US population can be considered a ‘vulnerable’ group and are at greater risk of death or injury from Taser shocks, the Reuters report found. Stun guns are used by police to immobilize targets by delivering a painful electric shock.

Axon Enterprise Inc, the Arizona-based company which produces Taser guns, warns against using them on “higher risk populations.”

These people should be targeted “only if the situation justifies an increased risk” of injury or death, the company said.

Since 2005, more than 60 percent of the 1,028 people who died in police confrontations involving Tasers were either drunk or on drugs, according to data collected by Reuters. People who are intoxicated by drugs face higher risks of medical consequences from Tasers’ electrical current.

Since 2001, there were 19 incidents of women stunned while pregnant, with at least 11 of these followed by a miscarriage, according to Reuters.

In 2009, pregnant women were designated a “higher risk population”, by Axon Government authorities do not track miscarriages or other problems linked to pregnant women stunned by Tasers.

Tasers are unregulated as police weapons and there is no national system monitoring their use.

Moreover, there is a “disturbing racial disparity” in the use of Tasers on African Americans compared with white populations, according to a memo published in September 2017 from the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). The memo is addressed to the San Francisco Police Commission.

It cites figures reported by Amnesty International indicating that African Americans are disproportionately killed by Tasers in the United States.

The memo also highlighted research showing that Taser use by police can contribute to the “sudden death of people with mental conditions.”

However, police officers maintain that stun guns are a safer and more efficient alternative to firearms.

“There have been instances where we have saved a person’s life by using this piece of equipment,” Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told Reuters.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:45| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US May Be Preparing New Military Actions in Syria

FARSNEWS201/2/8
Russian Ambassador: US May Be Preparing New Military Actions in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Ambassador to Damascus Alexander Kinshchak said it is possible that the US is preparing a new military action against Syria in order to undermine the progress in the political settlement.

"In recent days, the topic of the use of sarin and chlorine by government forces in East Ghouta and Idlib has been actively revitalized. Given the sad experience of Khan Sheikhoun, it cannot be ruled out that in this way a new force action is being prepared against Syria in order to support the defeated militants and undermine the positive progress in the political settlement process that emerged after the successful holding of the Congress of the Syrian national dialogue in Sochi," he added, Sputnik reported.

Russian Ambassador to Syria stressed that the United States is trying to push for new anti-Syria sanctions in the United Nations, which would violate its sovereignty.

According to him, it is very revealing how the joint mechanism of the UN-OPCW investigation "dealt" with the terrorist attack in Khan Sheikhoun, which "simply wrote the conclusions under the dictation of Western countries, not giving a damn about the obvious facts and materials that refuted the scheme, that "Bashar Assad is to blame for everything".

The West is using the Syrian chemical dossier in the campaign against Russia, any positive changes in the situation are unlikely, Kinshchak said.

"For the West, this is an important card in its consistently anti-Syrian, and now also an anti-Russian game. [It is] a tool for constant pressure on Damascus and its allies, primarily Moscow. A tool to manipulate the world public opinion through the demonization of 'Bashar Assad's criminal regime.' A proven and fairly effective way to influence impressionable ordinary people who are brainwashed by all leading Western media,” he added.

"It is concerning that Washington's rhetoric in this regard is becoming more belligerent. It seems that they do not proceed from specific incidents involving the use of poisonous substances, but from rumors, more precisely − from deliberately spread disinformation,” Kinshchak underlined.

The ambassador noted that any positive changes in the situation around chemical dossier were rather unlikely.

"Tell you straight up, the situation is very tense. Any changes for the better apparently can hardly be expected. Moreover, as the government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces are liberating new territories from terrorists, the situation around the chemical dossier is only heating up,” Kinshchak underscored.

According to the UN-OPCW report, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is allegedly responsible for the use of sarin in Idlib, while Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group is responsible for the use of sulfur mustard in Umm Hawsh.

Russia has slammed the document, stating that the report looked more like an unprofessional document, and was based mostly on assumptions and the selective use of evidence.

After the report's release, the Russian Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Industry and Trade have presented a report on chemical attacks in Syria, debunking all three main points in the document, which allegedly prove Damascus' involvement in the incident.

The new accusations against the Syrian government come amid the US-led coalition's military operation in Syria. The alliance consisting of more than 60 states since 2014 without an official request from Damascus or UN approval.

The coalition has been repeatedly accused of killing civilians and evacuating militantsfrom Syrian war zones.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
Russian Top Brass Blast Al-Nusra Front as Tool of Powers Riled by Moscow’s Victories
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) have become a tool in the hands of one or more countries displeased with Moscow’s role in the liberation of Syria.

"Jabhat al-Nusra units, affiliated with Al-Qaeda remain the main source of instability in Syria, particularly in the Idlib area," the statement read, TASS reported.

"Members of this terror group, who have been receiving weapons and financial support, seek to disrupt the peace process in de-escalation zones, driving out the moderate opposition’s units," the Russian Defense Ministry added.

According to the statement, all this confirms the concerns that terrorists from the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda have become a servile tool in the hands of one or more technologically developed countries that are dissatisfied with Russia’s leading role in the liberation of Syria from the ISIL.

Russia’s aerospace group monitors the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria where Turkey has not deployed its observation posts yet, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Russian aircraft regularly monitor the de-escalation zone of Idlib, where Turkey has not yet deployed its observation posts under the assumed commitments," Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated.

He recalled that after the Syrian army with the assistance of Russia’s aerospace group had regained control of the country’s territory from the ISIL, the bulk of Russia’s contingent returned home.

"Currently, the main tasks of the Russian forces in Syria are the monitoring of the ceasefire in the de-escalation zones and assisting the Syrian people in returning to a peaceful existence," Konashenkov said.

He added that in the de-escalation zone, Russian military police units were monitoring and enforcing the cessation of hostilities.

According to earlier reports, a Russian Sukhoi-25 jet was shot down by a man-portable missile over the de-escalation zone of Idlib while conducting a ceasefire monitoring mission. Its pilot, Major Roman Filipov, ejected himself only to be surrounded by terrorists on the ground. After a shootout with the attackers on the ground, Filipov blew up himself with a hand grenade. On February 6, he was awarded the title of the Hero of Russia posthumously.

Four de-escalation zones have functioned in Syria since the middle of last September - Eastern Ghouta (a suburb of Damascus), in the South of the country, near Homs and also in the Idlib Governorate and some parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

クルドがデリゾールで略奪 クルドの死者1028人に

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
SDF Increases Pressure on Civilians in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) suppressed the civilians and looted their properties in Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Western Deir Ezzur confirmed on Thursday that the Kurdish forces have closed the road linking between their controlled regions and areas under the Syrian army's control, blocking the civilians' traffic in the area.

Meantime, reports said that the Kurdish forces in the town of Merkada in Southern Hasaka and the town of al-Sour in Northeastern Deir Ezzur have looted properties in trade zones.

Also, on Wednesday, local sources had reported that severe tensions erupted between the SDF and tribal people in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The sources said that people in the village of al-Shahil stormed the SDF centers and captured nine of the Kurdish fighters after one of the villagers was reportedly killed by the SDF.

The villagers have called for the handover of the murderer.

The SDF has put its forces on alert following the unrest.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish sources announced that almost 1,028 Kurdish forces have been killed during Operation Olive Branch in Afrin in the Syrian province of Aleppo.

The Turkish Army General Staff announced in a statement on Thursday that its forces along with militants supported by them have killed 29 Kurdish fighters during military operations in Afrin in the past 24 hours.

It added that 1,028 Kurdish forces have been killed since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20.

Meantime, 2 Turkish soldiers were also killed in the Kurdish forces' mortar and anti-tank missile attacks in Southwest of the town of Bolbol.

A media outlet reported on Wednesday that a sum of 9 Turkish Army men and Ankara-backed militants were killed and several more wounded in clashes with the Kurdish militias in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish army men and their allied militant groups suffered nine casualties in clashes with the Kurds in Shiheh region.

Hawar news added that the Kurdish fighters killed or wounded a number of the Turkish soldiers and allied militants in clashes near the village of Shikhourzeh and managed to destroy a military vehicle and seize a large volume of arms and ammunition.

The Kurdish fighters also destroyed a military vehicle of the Turkish army near the village of Humman in Jandariseh region, Hawar news said, adding that the entire Turkish soldiers on board were killed.

FARSNEWS2018/2/8
SDF Continues Forced Recruitment in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish forces recruited a large number of civilians in different regions in Raqqa province, forcing them to join the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources said on Thursday as tensions between the Kurds and the Turkish army in Afrin intensify.

The sources in Northern Raqqa reported that the Kurdish forces have detained over 1,500 young people from the towns and villages of the region with the aim of recruiting them for fight against the Turkish army and its affiliated militants.

They also underlined increased recruitment activities by the Kurds in the region, adding that a large number of teachers in Salouk and Tal Abyadh regions in Raqqa province have been transferred to Khorous base in South of the town of Ain al-Arab (Kobani) in Eastern Aleppo.

Local sources in Hasaka province had confirmed earlier this month that the Kurdish forces have arrested a large number of civilians in Mabrouga camp near the town of Ra'as al-Ein, forcing them to join the SDF fighters.

In the meantime, scores of civilians were arrested by the SDF for the same purpose in the neighborhoods of al-Nashwa and al-Naseriyeh in Hasaka city.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:03| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年02月08日

Syria says it repelled Israeli warplanes’ attack on military site near Damascus

RT2018/2/7
Syria says it repelled Israeli warplanes’ attack on military site near Damascus
Israeli warplanes attacked military targets near Damascus from Lebanese airspace, according to Syrian state media. The Syrian Army claims it destroyed most of the Israeli rockets.

Syria’s official news agency SANA said the military responded to “a new Israeli aggression” near the capital.

The Syrian military did not disclose any information about casualties or damage resulting from the Israeli strike.

“The general command of the armed forces holds Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences for its repeated, aggressive and uncalculated adventures,” a Syrian Army statement said, as cited by Reuters.The Israeli military declined to comment, saying that it does not respond to such reports.

Syria accused Israel of a similar attack on January 9, in which missiles targeted military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh, in the Damascus countryside.

Since the start of the conflict, the Israeli Air Force has repeatedly attacked targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv claims that its attacks are aimed at the Lebanese Hezbollah armed group, which it considers a terrorist organization. Damascus says that Israel’s strikes violate Syrian sovereignty and have undermined efforts to push Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and other extremist groups out of the country.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:15| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年02月07日

トルコとクルド、米の対立強まる

※  Department of State‏認証済みアカウント @StateDeptの2018/2/7のツイート
.@statedeptspox: The US is deeply troubled by the detention of human rights defenders, journalists, civil society leaders, and opposition politicians in #Turkey. We call on the Turkish government to release those detained arbitrarily.

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
President: US Should Leave Manbij in Syria, Turkey Will Return It 'to True Owners'
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the US once again to withdraw from the Syrian city of Manbij, saying that Turkish forces aim to return the city “to its true owners”.

Speaking at a meeting of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that countless terrorists had been“rendered inactive” by the recent Turkish offensive in Afrin, RT reported.

Vowing that the operation would continue, he mocked Washington's criticisms, saying “When are you going to finish with us asking the question, when did you finish your operations in Afghanistan? When did you finish your operations in Iraq? It's been 18 years."

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
Kurdish Commander: US Not to Allow Turkish Army to Enter Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Commander of the People's Protection Units (YPG) said that the US is to provide support for his forces in the town of Manbij in Northern Aleppo despite Ankara's warning to Washington about the Turkish army's imminent operation in the Kurdish-held town.

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

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

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

A Turkish media outlet reported on Monday that the US forces planed to help the Kurds in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo to build bomb-proof tunnels to resist against the Turkish Army's possible attack on the town.

The Turkish-language Yeni Safak daily reported that the US forces were planning to build modern tunnels in the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after the Kurdish forces' US-built tunnels in the town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo were destroyed in the Turkish troops' attacks.

The daily said that the new tunnels were capable of resisting against cement-piercing bombs, adding that identifying the exact location of the tunnels was not simply possible too.

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
US Sending Arms to Kurds in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has continued to provide the Kurds in Northeastern Syria with arms and ammunition despite Ankara's warnings and Washington officials' statements claiming that their support for the Kurdish forces has come to a halt, a Turkish media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Kurdistan 24 tv network reported on Sunday night that a US military column entered Syria via Iraqi border and arrived in the Kurdish-held regions.

Also, the Turkish-language Daily Sabah said that the US convoy arrived in the town of Qamishli in Northeastern Syria after crossing Fish Khabour Iraqi border-crossing that is now under Iraqi Kurdistan forces.

Relevant reports said last month that Washington provided the Kurdish fighters operating in Syria, man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) within the framework of the secret agreement.

The US had provided the MANPADS to the Kurdish forces in January under the agreement between Washington and Kurds.

According to the news outlet, the MANPADS were delivered to the Kurds in the Northwestern part of Syria near the town of Afrin.

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
Syrian State Media Reports Hundreds of Casualties in Turkish Military Operation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nearly 500 civilians have been killed or wounded in 18 days of Operation Olive Branch led by the Turkish Army against Kurds in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, Syria's state news agency reported on Tuesday.

The state-run SANA quoted local sources as saying that 142 civilians have been killed and 345 more injured in Operation Olive Branch carried out by the Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants in Afrin region in last 18 days.

SANA further said that all those killed bodies and wounded individuals that have been sent to Afrin hospital are civilians.

It added that the Turkish forces' mortar attack on Rajou region's Red Crescent Center inflicted major damage on the center and injured a number of people.

Local sources reported on Saturday that more civilians were killed and wounded in clashes between the Turkish Army and Kurdish militias in Northern Syria and Southern Turkey.

Turkish sources reported that a civilian was killed and eleven more were wounded after the Kurdish missile units fired six rockets at the towns of Kilis and Hatay on Turkish territory.

In the meantime, Turkish Prime Minister Ali Yildirim said that the Kurds have launched 82 missiles at the Turkish border towns since the army operation started in Afrin, killing 5 civilians and wounding 100 people more.

Also, local sources in Afrin said that two civilians, including a child, were killed in the Turkish airstrikes in the town of Afrin and the village of Hummam.

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
970 Kurdish Fighters Killed in Turkish Military Operation in Northern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A sum of 970 Kurdish fighters have thus been killed in eighteen days of the Turkish Army Operation Olive Branch in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, the Turkish Army General Staff announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The General Staff's statement said that 23 Kurdish militia men have been killed in the Turkish forces' attacks in the last 24 hours, adding, "The total number of Kurds' casualties in 18 days of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin region stands now at 970."

The General Staff said on Monday that two Turkish soldiers were killed and five more were wounded in Operation Olive Branch against Kurds in Afrin region.

In the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news said that at least eight Turkish army troops and Ankara-backed militants were killed in clashes with the Kurdish fighters in the village of Hajj Balil in Shiheh region.

FARSNEWS2018/2/6
Corbyn Hits Back at Trump After UK Healthcare Jibe
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hit back a US President Donald Trump’s jibe that Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was “going broke and not working.”

On Monday, Trump used an NHS rally attended by a large group of people in London to attack Democrats and their resistance against the Republican desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, presstv reported.

“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!,” Trump tweeted.

The statement did not go down well with Corbyn, who took to twitter and confronted Trump.

“Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right,” he stressed.

A main opponent of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s NHS policies, Corbyn has repeatedly criticized May’s lacking policies in addressing the issues plaguing the severely under-budgeted.

In early January, he accused May of being “too weak” to sack underperforming members of her cabinet, including her health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

"We know the Prime Minister recognizes there's a crisis in our NHS because she wanted to sack the Health Secretary last week but was too weak to do it,” Corbyn said as he traded barbs with May in a raucous debate in the first Prime Minister's Questions of 2018 at the House of Commons.

Earlier, the British PM’s office also reacted to Trump’s attack on NHS, saying May was “proud of having an NHS that is free at the point of delivery.”

“NHS funding is at a record high and was prioritized in the Budget with an extra £2.8 billion,” the Spokesman noted, adding that a recent Commonwealth Fund international survey had rated the British healthcare system as “the best in the world; for a second time.”

Due to heavy Democratic opposition, Trump and the Republicans have so far failed to deliver on one of his main campaign promises, which was replacing the Obamacare with what he calls a fairer healthcare system that is not mandatory.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:41| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年02月06日

ロシアが米国の悪行を個別に指摘、非難するようになっている

この記事は2018/1/12に書いたものですが、注目される画像がありましたので掲載。真偽のほどは保証がありませんが、どうも国民の経済状況の悪化は確かで、デモが同時多発したのは外国の策謀だけではないとの見方を補強します。


米国がなりふり構わずシリアでのテロリスト支援、ロシア、イランへの活動妨害の作戦に出ています。ロシアは、これらの米国の行動を記録し立証、非難するという対応を強めています。

ロシアは、シリア問題の解決のためには国際世論の支援が必要と判断しており、その機運が高まりつつあることから更なる情報公開の作戦に出たものとみられます。

ロシアが指摘する事実は、この先、米国の非道の例として人々の記憶に残り、しばしば引用されることになります。貝殻追放を望む国が増えるのに資するでしょう。

米国は、イラク、シリアでのテロリストを使った侵略破壊戦略が風前の灯となったために、決定的な敗北を回避すべき悪あがきを続けているとしか見えません。

2017/12/31と2018/1/6にシリアにあるロシア軍の基地が迫撃砲やドローンの攻撃を受けました。後者は13機のドローンがフメイミム空軍基地とタルトゥース海軍基地を同時に襲うというかなり規模の大きな高度なものでした。

当初、ロシア軍はこれらのドローンがトルコが支援する兵士の拠点地域から発射されたと見てトルコ軍に文書で抗議しましたが、プーチンがエルドアンに電話し、トルコが関与していないことがはっきりしたようです。

ロシア軍は、このドローンはGPSを使って自動的に飛行する高度なものだとし、そういうテクノロジーを有する国が背後にいると述べています。

この件については米国の関係者がそんなドローンは市販されていて誰でも買えると早々に述べていたり、この攻撃の間米軍の偵察機がフメイミムとタルトゥースの間を旋回していたことから米国の仕掛けであることはまず間違いありません。

米軍は、自らの仕業だとは認めないもののロシア軍にはわかるように仕掛けています。米軍はシリア北部でテロリストを空爆するロシア軍戦闘機の飛行の妨害も行っています。

今更、そんな妨害をしてみても大勢は変わらないのですが、米軍は負けを認めるわけにはいかない、勝負はまだ残っているとの姿勢を保ちたいのでしょう。

それに使われているのがクルドです。クルドの運動は当初理解できる面がありましたが、SDFがISISと一体化し、米軍の指示、支援のもとにシリア政府軍と対峙するようになって、暴力的・戦争集団との印象を強めています。イスラエルの支援もあって、中東地域の不安定化要因になりつつあります。

米軍とパキスタンの関係が急激に悪化しました。アフガニスタンのテロ対策と米国が称する作戦にパキスタンのより大きな関与を引き出そうとする米国に対し、パキスタンはこれまでに何千人もが米国のドローン攻撃の犠牲になっているとしてこれを拒否しています。

年末年始のイランの国内騒乱は、外国勢の仕掛けによるものとするイランの主張は合理的な面がないわけではありませんが、イランでは物価が急騰し、失業も増えていて、それに対する国内の不満の高まりが対政府抗議行動を生み、外国勢の仕掛けによる暴力行為が加わったものです。

IRGCなど有能なスパイ組織を有しているはずなのに何年も前から始まっていた外国エージェントの活動を把握できなかったのは、大きな失策です。

イランは、大統領は選挙で選ばれていますが、立候補できるのは、護憲評議会という組織が各人について立候補の可否を決めるとされます。この評議会は、組織上、民主主義的なコントロールが効いていないようですから、イランが本当に民主主義国なのかと疑問を呈する人も多いのが現状です。

それと、ロハニ大統領とその側近を見ると、一定のイスタブリッシュメントの出身になっているのではないかとみられます。外務大臣のザリフは、米国の大学で博士号を取得しています。

米国との対立で国内的な緊張が強く一枚岩に見えるイランも、国内的にはいろいろ問題を抱えているようです。重水を輸出するほどの技術力を有していますが、民生面での技術開発は遅れているようです。核合意をめぐる米国との対立、そして周辺の国々からの工作にどう対処するのか懸念も残ります。

米国のロシア、イラン憎しの感情は露骨で、イランのIRGCソレイマニには、デリゾール滞在中に米国CIA長官が手紙を届けるという出来事がありましたし、最近ではソレイマニのインスタグラムのページが凍結されています。

ロシアの外交団施設の接収やロシアのメディアに対する活動の制約も一段と強められており、とにかく米国に不利なこと、気に入らない人物にはこれ見よがしに嫌がらせをするのが米国流です。

トルコと米国の関係も緊張が高まっています。トルコが PYD/YPGに対する武器供与を止めろと米国に要求し、トランプがこれを受け入れる返事をしたにもかかわらず、武器等の支援を止めていないことをトルコは強く非難しています。

エルドアンは、その一族がISISが盗み出した石油を引き取り大儲けをしたと伝えられていますが、ロシア軍の活動でISISが壊滅的な被害を受けると、エルドアンの狙いはクルド対策に収れんしてきました。もともと、オスマン帝国の再興を図るのがエルドアンの狙いだなどという見方は彼を買いかぶりすぎています。そんな力はトルコにはありません。どさくさに紛れて金を儲けようとするだけです。

2016年7月15日にトルコで290人の死者を出したクーデター未遂事件がありましたが、その背後にCIAがいたとの説があります。当時のトルコはまだNATOとの関係もそれほど悪化していませんでしたし、CIAが仕掛けたとの説はにわかに信じがたかったのですが、先のイランの騒乱事件を見るとそうかもしれないと思えます。

黒海の北と南で米国の傀儡政権ができて、国が混乱することになれば地域の政治・社会はますます混迷します。それを利用していろいろなことができる、武器も売れるということになって誰が得をするかを考えれば、答えは出ます。

あまり報道されていませんが、チュニジアでも騒乱が起きています。エジプトではテロが続いています。アフリカでも騒乱、内戦が続いています。

私たちは朝鮮半島での戦争勃発のリスクに直面していますが、冬季オリンピックのおかげで当面米国による北朝鮮威嚇行動は見送られることになりました。幸い、まだミサイルや銃弾が飛び交って死者が出る事態には至っていません。

米国は、高価な武器を韓国と日本に購入させてすでに成果を得ました。カネを払って戦争勃発を回避できたということになればよいのですが、どうでしょう。

今年も、国際情勢の緊張は持続するでしょう。米国などのテロリスト支援国がテロリストを使った侵略行動を止めなければテロも続きます。ドローンが巡航ミサイル並みにGPS利用の目的地誘導装置を積んで自爆攻撃を仕掛ける最初の年になるのではないかと恐れています。

中東に商用で出かける人に話を聞くと、役人やビジネスマンがしっかりしているのはイランがダントツ、カタールもそれなりのレベルで、UAE、ドバイ、サウジとの間には落差があるとの見方を示していました。カタール危機はUAE出身の一人の女性の引き渡しをめぐって起きたとか、なかなか信じがたいことが起きるのは、「王国」だからなのかもしれません。

湾岸諸国のカタール、イランに対する妬みは激しいものがあるようです。


(追記加筆予定)
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Riyadh explores anti-Iranian embrace of Israel – but risks 1979-like blowback

RT2018/2/5
Riyadh explores anti-Iranian embrace of Israel – but risks 1979-like blowback
The semi-secret security alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel may be expanding into the sphere of ideology and street politics, but Riyadh may be at risk of tripping a conservative Islamist backlash.

The existence of some form of security and intelligence cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel is hardly news for Middle East observers. United by their mutual opposition to Iran and strong ties with the US, the two countries have plenty of things in common. Whatever differences people in the two countries may have over issues like the treatment of Palestinians by Israel, or of gay people by Saudi Arabia, their governments seem to stick to pragmatism in their relations.

This policy goes against the long history of animosity between Arabs and Jews, but is hardly unique for Riyadh. Egypt is another example – while its leaders publicly decry Israel’s policies, they are reportedly all too eager to get a bit of Israeli help to fight Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. The New York Times described it last week as a two-year-long bombing campaign that allowed Israeli officials to dismiss Egypt behind closed doors for not being able to defend its own territory.

There are some signs that Saudi Arabia may be prepared to expand on its ties with Israel, however, bringing it from a limited tactical union that common Arabs should better not think about, to something bigger. For instance, last month, the head of an influential Saudi-based religious organization sent a letter to a Holocaust museum in Washington, decrying the mass killing of Jews by Nazi Germany and blasting those who would deny those crimes.

The letter was sent by Dr Mohammed Al Issa, secretary general of the Muslim World League, and addressed to Sara Bloomfield, director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The letter’s focus was on criticism of people, who would distort history and deny the gravity of the Holocaust for political reasons – which it compared to distorting religious text to justify terrorism.

Al Issa is a former Saudi justice minister who was appointed to his current position in 2016 by Mohammad bin Salman, the current crown prince and, by many accounts, the de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. The organization he now leads has been for decades perceived as the main vehicle for a Saudi campaign to spread Wahhabism, a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that, many critics believe, is bent on hatred of non-Wahhabis and violence towards them.

According to Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute and the person who apparently inspired Al Issa to write the letter, the cleric’s appointment is meant to transform the league “from an organization synonymous with extremism to one that preaches tolerance.”

The attitude towards the Holocaust in the Arab world is affected by the conflict with Israel. Many Arabs don’t really know much (or anything) about its history, since the topic is mostly absent from the school curriculum. Those who do know about it often see it as a tool used by the Jews to justify coming to Palestine, grabbing lands from the Arabs and suppressing anyone who would object to it. Some insist the scale of the mass killings was exaggerated to promote the Zionist cause or even that the entire narrative is a total fabrication.

Certain circles in the Arab world are certain to blast Riyadh for the letter, which would probably be interpreted as a sign of betrayal of the Palestinian cause, Grigory Lukyanov, professor of the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics, told RT.

“The left-leaning part of the intellectuals… will certainly have a word to say about it and subject the Saudis to scolding criticism. I believe this news will be featured prominently in respectable newspapers in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and possibly Algeria – even Al Jazeera may get involved,” he said. “But this will not affect the actual policies of the governments and the ruling elites of those Arab countries.”

The analyst warned against interpreting the letter as a sign of a major regional change. “Officials in the kingdom as well as politicians and leaders in many Arab nations made statements rejecting anti-Semitism as a practice of hatred. But this didn’t make them abandon their rejection of Zionism, which they consider an equally criminal political ideology, which not only resulted in the creation of Israel but also denied the human rights of thousands and millions of Muslims, including Arabs.”

Both of these statements are considered false (and offensive) by many people on the other side of the Arab-Israeli conflict. For many Jews, the sheer enormity and industrialized ruthlessness of the Nazi extermination program are enough to set the Holocaust apart from every other case of genocide. And a causal link between it and the creation of Israel is rejected because there seems to be no record showing that the killings were used by the Zionists to further their cause during the deliberations over the fate of Palestine in the 1940s.

“How to explain this kind of reticence, so soon after the greatest disaster in the history of the Jewish diaspora? It seems that, for a time, Jews and Zionists were unable to react to the catastrophe beyond the basic level of shock and grief,” suggested Holocaust researcher Evyatar Friesel in an essay on the issue. Arguably, he said, the Zionist cause was undermined by the killings in Europe, since it was born from the European Jewish diaspora’s despair after centuries of being unable to live peacefully next to their non-Jewish neighbors. The skills and talents and passion of those killed by the Nazis were no longer available for the newborn Jewish state.

But there is also no denying that the pressure put on Britain by thousands of Jewish refugees, who were barred from going to Palestine by the British administration, played its part. Or that the US and Britain were prepared not to let acts of terrorism by extremist supporters of Zionism affect their decision-making on Palestine because of the Holocaust. At least that’s what one may read from a letter sent by British PM Clement Attlee to US President Harry Truman three days after the bombing of the King David hotel in 1946.

Regardless of historical accuracy, the fact is that even such a symbolic gesture as the letter by the Muslim World League chair carries a risk of backlash from the Arabs. As do reform plans announced by the ambitious crown prince, who says he wants to modernize his country both economically and socially.

“Some people are skeptical about the reforms and his call to modernize Islam or the move to give more rights to women. The path he laid for the Saudis would be long and painful. He should be careful not to trigger a reactionary backlash, as was the case with Iran in 1979,” Marianna Belenkaya, a Middle East analyst and columnist for the daily Kommersant, told RT.

The Islamic revolution in Iran turned the country from a close non-Arab ally of Israel and a foothold for the US in the Middle East into a regional nemesis for both. The public rose against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi over many grudges, ranging from his being a brutal dictator who colluded with foreign powers to oust his democratically elected prime minister, to his westernization policies. Mohammad bin Salman would be right to take his fate into account.

“A royal power is to a large extent a product of compromise of the groups supporting it. A careless king may end up like King Faisal did,” said Sergey Balmasov, a senior analyst at the Center for Crisis Society, a Moscow-based think tank.

King Faisal was assassinated by his nephew in 1975. The exact motive for the killing remains disputed and could have been personal, but some theories suggest it was revenge for the king’s coup against his predecessor a decade earlier. Incidentally, King Faisal was the founder of the Muslim World League – and considered the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion an authentic document.

The Saudi crown prince says his country went the wrong way in 1979, when the royal dynasty – fearing a conservative Muslim uprising – chose to become a bulwark of ultraconservative Islam. He points the finger to Iran, although the same year was marked by another pivotal event, the infamous siege of the Grand Mosque. The perpetrators were religious fanatics, who wanted to topple the House Saud, which, they claimed, was betraying true Islam and had no apparent ties to Iran. So, Mohammad bin Salman’s modernization plans may require more than just pointing the finger at Tehran and saying, “Let’s not be like them.”

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イラクの米軍がアフガニスタンに移動開始

RT2018/2/5
American troops leaving Iraq for Afghanistan – report
American troops are leaving Iraq for Afghanistan as part of an agreement between Baghdad and the US-led coalition, contractors told AP. Sixty percent of troops will eventually be withdrawn, according to an Iraqi official.

Dozens of US soldiers have already been transported over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, according to the contractors.

“Continued coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon told AP.

A senior Iraqi official close to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said 60 percent of all US troops currently in the country will be withdrawn, citing an agreement reached between Baghdad and Washington. That would leave some 4,000 US troops to continue training the Iraqi military.

A journalist at the Al-Asad base in western Iraq reported that troop movements were taking place at the facility, which appeared to be in line with the contractors' accounts. However, the Iraqi government said the process has not officially begun.

Speaking to AP from the base, US Army 1st Lt. William John Raymond said his unit "had a recent change of mission and soon we'll be supporting a different theater of operations in the coming months." He declined to say where his unit was being redeployed.

If the drawdown is true, it represents the first of its kind since the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was launched over three years ago. It also comes ahead of national elections in Iraq, where the presence of US troops is a heated issue.

The US first launched airstrikes against IS in Iraq in August 2014, as part of a military intervention which was initially described as "limited." The presence of US troops grew, however, as Iraq's military struggled to roll back the extremists.

Iraq declared the defeat of IS in December – a major victory for country which once saw nearly one-third of its territory controlled by the group. Washington has backed Iraq's victories against IS, including the re-taking of Mosul. However, Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary forces have called for a withdraw of US forces, while Prime Minister Abadi has said that Iraq's military will need American training for years to come.

The report comes after US President Donald Trump stated during his first State of the Union address that "new rules of engagement" have been in force for some months inside Afghanistan, adding that troops would no longer be "undermined by artificial timelines." Trump unveiled his strategy in Afghanistan – the scene of America's longest war – in August, vowing that retribution against terrorist groups there would be "fast and powerful."
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モースルでガレキに埋まった少女 これが米国主導モースル解放作戦の実態です

RT2018/2/5
Girl in the rubble: Horrific image tells story of tragedy & neglect in liberated Mosul

Her decomposing body lies amid scores of others. It’s difficult to say who the girl is, or how long she’s been there. But her image is a tragic symbol of the price Mosul paid for liberation – and of how much needs to be done.

The shocking image, taken from a Ruptly video report filmed in Mosul’s Old City, tells a story of scores of civilians killed either by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) or US-led coalition bombs and munitions during the months-long siege of Mosul. Many of the dead remain between the rubble, as locals wait for aid and assistance promised by the coalition more than half a year after the city’s liberation.

Ruptly producer Dr. Bashar al-Khafaji said that the girl’s body was dug out from the debris during a clean-up effort organized by locals in the Al-Makkawi area of the Old City.

"The smell was unbearable from the large number of bodies scattered in the streets and houses. The bodies were of dozens of children and women," said the producer, who was filming in the area. "It looked as if the majority of the bodies are civilians. There were women, children, old people," he added.

The girl, like so many who perished during the siege, has not been identified. She is just one of 500 who have been removed from the area and handed over to the city’s forensics department, according to Laith Ibrahim, a Mosul Municipality Department associate. He told Ruptly that there were still more bodies to be found "in the houses and roads."

Residents who survived the siege say that the neglect they’ve received at the hands of the coalition has made life unbearable in the pulverized city. They are demanding answers from the government and the coalition, who promised to provide help with cleaning the bodies and war’s remnants.

At least 2,521 civilians were killed and 1,673 wounded during the months-long US-led coalition operation in Mosul – the figures considered “absolute minimum” by the UN. Despite hailing its Mosul operation as a major military and humanitarian triumph, the US-led coalition has been conspicuously absent from the city, according to locals, who say that there are no coalition forces now ready to help on ground, because “they're scared of coming here,” leaving the residents alone as they struggle to get back to normal life.

RT has requested comments from Iraqi and US officials as well as multiple human rights organizations on the current situation in Mosul, but has yet to receive a response.
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2018年02月05日

US troops in Kurdish uniform may be targeted by Olive Branch forces

RT2018/2/4
US troops in Kurdish uniform may be targeted by Olive Branch forces – Turkish Deputy PM
US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, Turkey’s Deputy PM has warned.
The unambiguous warning comes at a time when Turkish troops are making further advances into the Kurdish-held Syrian province of Afrin as part of ‘Operation Olive Branch’. Previously, Ankara complained that the American troops’ embedding with Kurdish militias – regarded as terrorists in Turkey – is unacceptable for the US-Turkish alliance.

Speaking to CNN Turk on Sunday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said if US troops wear “terrorists’ clothes” and find themselves among “terrorists” of the Kurdish YPG forces attacking the Turkish troops, “there is no chance that we [will] make a distinction at this point.”

He stressed that any person bearing weapons and fighting alongside the Kurds “is our target.” However, Bozdag added neither side wants open confrontation. Ankara has made it clear that US troops present in the area should stay away from where the Turks operate, and should not assist their Kurdish allies, he said.

“We are clearly saying that we do not want to confront our ally, the United States. I am sure that they do not want to face Turkey and Turkish armed forces,” Bozdag stated.

There have been numerous reports suggesting US Special Forces (SOF) teams use the insignia of Kurdish paramilitary groups. In May last year, an AFP photographer made a number of images showing armed men in uniform – identified by Syrian rebels as US SOF operators – in a pickup truck equipped with an Mk 19 grenade launcher.

The soldiers, sporting top-notch weapons and body armor, were wearing YPG badges. At the time, the Pentagon said “insignias and other identifying marks with their partner forces” were being worn in order to “blend in with the community.”

The Turkish armed forces have been fighting the Kurds since January, when Ankara green-lighted a ground offensive in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, codenamed ‘Operation Olive Branch.’ Syrian rebel forces loyal to Turkey are spearheading the offensive, while the Turkish military provide close air support and heavy weapons.

The operation aims to drive Kurdish militias from the area, but it does not come without setbacks. Bozdag said 13 soldiers “died martyrs” during the offensive, while 39 others were injured. Meanwhile, the Turkish command says some 900 Kurdish fighters have been “neutralized” so far, the state news agency Anadolu reports.
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