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Putin offers Japan’s Abe peace treaty by end of year without preconditions
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Japanese leader Shinzo Abe a peace treaty between the two countries without preconditions by the end of the year

The two leaders met on Wednesday at the Eastern Economic Forum taking place in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East.

“Let’s conclude a peace treaty – not now but till the end of the year, without any preconditions,” Putin said.
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Kurdish Politician Reveals US Role in Recent Killing of Syrian Army Forces in Qamishli

Kurdish Politician Reveals US Role in Recent Killing of Syrian Army Forces in Qamishli
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Kurdish politician disclosed that Washington has played a role in the recent killing of the Syrian army soldiers by the Kurds in Qamishli.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted former media advisor of the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin Rizan Haddou as saying on Tuesday that the US troops were behind the Kurdish security forces' ambush on the Syrian army forces in Qamishli which killed 13.

He added that the incident was a plotted ambush operation, saying that the presence of the US forces in Qamishli and Hasaka does not benefit the Kurds.

Haddou described the US deployment in Syria as illegal, and said when the Americans were not stationed in the region, the Syrian army forces and Kurdish fighters were present in Afrin and Northern and Eastern Aleppo with no clashes.

The Kurdish militants attacked the vehicles of the Syrian army troops in Qamishli on Saturday, killing 13 forces.

The US has been rapidly sending weapons and military equipment to the Kurds in the past few weeks.

Over 150 trucks carrying weapons and military equipment were dispatched by the US army to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasaka province earlier this month.

Field sources in Northeastern Syria reported that a US military convoy of more than 150 trucks was sent to the SDF and its local military councils in Eastern Syria.

They added that the convoys which consisted of tens of heavy and armored military vehicles, weapons and military and logistic equipment arrived in the town of Qamishli in Hasaka province.
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Japan’s macabre ‘Twitter killer’ indicted on 9 counts of murder, faces death by hanging
Zama, a sleepy suburb in southwestern Tokyo was plagued by a series of disappearances of women and girls as young as 16 in late summer 2017. Ultimately, it was the foul stench of human remains which led police to the victims.

While searching for missing 23-year-old Aiko Tamura, neighbors called the police after noticing a profound and acrid smell emanating from a nearby apartment; The tenant had only just moved there just two months previously, having left his family home within the same suburb.

When police arrived on the scene and entered the apartment on Halloween morning 2017, they happened upon a gruesome scene worthy of the most sinister and macabre horror fiction ever conceived: Two severed heads, a dismembered pair of arms and legs and the bloodied saw used to wrest them from the remaining decaying corpses.

The apartment would soon be dubbed the ‘house of horrors’ in Japanese media, and for good reason: body parts were found stored in cooler and tool boxes strewn throughout the apartment and sprinkled with cat litter in a vain attempt to hide the putrid scent of decay.

Police began a short-lived manhunt for the tenant, Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, who immediately confessed to the murder of Tamura.

Shiraishi had previously worked as a ‘scout’ for a brothel in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red light district before moving out of his parents’ home. He lived a dual life: unremarkable in the day-to-day, but unbelievably sinister online.

He dubbed himself ‘The hanging pro’ on his Twitter handle, adding: “I want to help people who are really in pain. Please DM me anytime.” He reportedly contacted people online through suicide pact websites.

Shiraishi is suspected of preying on his victims’ vulnerable emotional states and suicidal thoughts and tendencies and luring them to his apartment under the pretence of helping them to, or even joining them in, committing suicide.

“I had no intention of killing myself at all. None (of the victims) wanted to die actually,” Shiraishi told detectives, as cited by News.com.au.

He first plied his victims with alcohol or sleeping pills and then strangled them until they lost consciousness before hanging and subsequently dismembering them. Police also suspect him of sexually assaulting his victims.
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Netherlands ends support to Syrian militants & White Helmets since Assad ‘will soon win’
The Netherlands has decided to end its support to militants in Syria, since the program did not yield “expected” results. The move comes as journalists found one of the groups had been labeled as terrorists by the country itself.

“The opportunity to quickly change the situation [in Syria] is extremely small,” reads the letter the lower house of the parliament by Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Minister for Foreign Trade Sigrid Kaag, announcing the end of support programs for the militants in Syria.

The program to support of “moderate” anti-government groups in Syria was established in close cooperation with “like-minded donors who pursued the same goals as the Netherlands” and cost the country over $80 million (some €80 million) over the years, according to the document. It failed to “bring the expected results,” however, and is to be closed since the Syrian troops “will soon win” the war against militant groups.

Over the years, the Netherlands allocated $29 million (€25 million) to the so-called “non-lethal assistance” (NLA) program, $14.5 million (€12.5 million) were donated to the so-called White Helmets and $17.1 million (€14,8 million) went to the Access to Justice and Community Service (AJACS) program. The AJACS was supposedly designed to support “community police” work in Syria, specifically the so-called Free Syrian Police (FSP) group.

The support for militants is set to end immediately, yet the White Helmets will be funded until December, according to the document. Since the White Helmets now operate only in the Idlib province, which is believed to be the destination of the looming offensive by the Syrian Army and its allies, their future is quite doubtful, the document states.

The move has come amid a damning journalist investigation by the two Dutch newspapers – Nieuwsuur and Trouw. According to their report, 22 armed militant groups were subjects to receive supplies through the NLA program. The “non-lethal” goods supplied by the Dutch government included satellite phones, uniforms, assorted equipment and even the ‘iconic’ Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks, widely used by various militant groups in Syria.

At least one of the groups supplied by the Netherlands, Jabhat al-Shamiya, turned out to be labeled a terrorist group by the country’s own justice department, the journalists have revealed. One Dutch man is currently prosecuted for joining the group back in 2015, with the indictment describing it as a “salafist and jihadist” movement which can qualify only as a “criminal organization with terrorist intent.” The ultimate goal of the group is creation of a “caliphate,” according to the prosecution.

Five other militant groups that the journalists managed to identify have been also involved in human rights violations and cooperated with terrorist groups, the investigative report states. More information about the militants will be released by the two newspapers in the following days.

The extent of the Dutch support to actual terrorists in Syria might be even bigger, since the other recipients openly named in the government letter are quite controversial, to say the least.

The FSP has been operating exclusively in Syria’s province of Idlib, largely controlled by the local Al-Qaeda branch, Al-Nusra Front (now rebranded as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). The FSP got in limelight last December, when BBC aired the Panorama program titled ‘Jihadis You Pay For.’ The program claimed that the FSP officers had to be approved by Al-Nusra henchmen to get enlisted into the “police force.”

Following the program’s broadcast the UK Foreign Office suspended funding to the FSP through the AJACS program, and ended it completely in August.

The White Helmets have likewise been repeatedly accused of closely cooperating with jihadist groups and effectively serving as their media branch. The group has advertised itself as a volunteer force and Syria’s “civil defense.” The White Helmets have been widely praised in the West and even received an Oscar for a “documentary” movie. The mounting evidence, however, suggests, that they’ve been actively participating in other sorts of “filmmaking,” namely staging chemical attacks that were blamed on the Syrian government.
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US Senator: Britain's MI6 Planning False Flag Operation in Syria

US Senator: Britain's MI6 Planning False Flag Operation in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Virginia state senator Richard Black said said Britain’s MI6 intelligence service is planning a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people to later blame President Bashar Assad and attack Syria.

“Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working towards a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible,” Black said on al-Mayadeen news channel.

Later, Black added that he meant the British were planning not to carry out an attack themselves, but to either direct militants to do so or stage a phoney attack, with actors posing as victims.

In late August, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov disclosed that UK Special Services are preparing to launch another fake chemical attack in Syria as a pretext for the West to conduct missile strikes. Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov also declared in the same month the foreign “English-speaking specialists” are planning to stage an attack using “poisonous agents”, noting that a group of residents is currently being prepared “to take part in the staging of the attack” and be seen suffering from “’supposedly chemical munitions’ and ‘barrel bombs’ launched by the Syrian government forces”.

The senator also disclosed that some chemical attacks previously reported to have occurred in Syria were British fakes, pulled off with help from “White Helmets”.

“From what I can tell, they have been planning a fake attack, not a genuine one, but one where they actually move people out of a town and they have trained people to portray victims of a gas attack,” Black said Friday in an interview with The Washington Post, adding that “and the plan is to use the White Helmets who have always been involved in these notorious deceptions, to portray an attack”.

The Russian military revealed Saturday that the militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr al-Shoughur, Saraqib, Taftnaz and Sarmin.

In August, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that eight canisters of chlorine had been delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shoughur city, and that a foreign-trained group of militants had also arrived in the area to simulate a rescue operation after the staged attack.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that the al-Qaeda-linked the Nusra Front, was planning a chemical attack against civilians in Idlib in order to provoke Western nations into retaliating against Damascus government. Thousands of militants have been reportedly transported to the province from other Syrian regions under deals conducted with Damascus.

White Helmets group also plans to film videos in Syria for Middle Eastern and English-language media outlets after staging a false-flag chemical weapons attack aimed at sharply destabilizing the situation in the war-torn country, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Moscow has also accused Washington, London and Paris of preparing to carry out new strikes against Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use by Damascus government forces.

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of a 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, the United Kingdom, the United States and France released a statement warning that they "will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime". The statement also called on supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad to "use their influence to uphold the global norm against chemical weapons use".

The first Western missile attack on Syrian government forces was conducted by the United States in April 2017 after Washington had accused Damascus of being behind the alleged chemical weapons use in the settlement of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province.

The US, UK, and France coordinated a massive airstrike on Syria in April 2018 after the alleged use of the chemical weapons in Douma in Eastern Damascus had been reported by the controversial "White Helmets" NGO, which has repeatedly been caught staging false flag attacks. OPCW experts announced in July they had found traces of organic substances containing chlorine, reportedly used in the attack in Eastern Ghouta.

Damascus has strongly denied the claims, with the Syrian president saying that the attack was a provocation aimed to justify the US strike on Syria.
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Over 1,000 ISIS terrorists trapped on top of large volcano in southern Syria










+226 ISIS militants killed in east Swaida offensive: monitor group
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:50 A.M.) – At least 226 Islamic State militants have been killed so far in battles with the Syrian forces in east Swaida pocket, a monitor group says.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that up to 95 Syrian Army soldiers and pro-government fighters have been reported dead in the same offensive.

The Syrian casualties also include members of the Lebanese resistance Hezbollah group.

Fierce clashes are currently taking place in Safa Hilltops; the last ISIS bastion in the area.

The terror group is making use of the rocky cliffs surrounding the Safa Hilltops in order to fortify themselves and make it harder for the government troops to advance.
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Moldovan President Igor Dodon was rushed to hospital after his motorcade was involved in a car accident near the city of Straseni, a police spokesperson has confirmed.


Abkhazia PM dies in presidential convoy car accident on return from official Syria visit (VIDEO)


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FSB arrests ISIS member 'who planned murder of one of Donbass leaders on behalf of Ukraine'

すごいニュースが飛び込んできました。ISIS memberが殺し屋稼業を始めた。営業区域は世界中でしょう。日本では反社会勢力を使って選挙妨害をしても糾弾されませんから、依頼人はいくらでもいるでしょう。日本は日々ウクライナ化しています。

FSB arrests ISIS member 'who planned murder of one of Donbass leaders on behalf of Ukraine'
The Russian security service, the FSB, says it has arrested an Islamic State operative who was planning to murder one of the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities.
The suspected terrorist was identified as Mejid Magomedov, born in 1988 in Russia’s southern Dagestan republic. The law enforcement arrested him in Russia’s Smolensk region in the west of the country.

The man said he was involved in a plot to assassinate a senior rebel commander in eastern Ukraine. He said the mission was given to him by Ukraine’s SBU security service in coordination with right-wing extremists from the Right Sector movement, the FSB said.

The man further claimed that “the national special services of Ukraine provide on its territory active support to fighters of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, offering them security, funding, weapons and explosives to organize terrorist attacks on the territory of Russia,” the FSB statement said.

Magomedov is said to have visited Ukraine in early 2018, seeking assistance for an IS-affiliated group operating in southern Russia. The FSB says he was consequently ordered by the Ukrainian intelligence to assassinate a military commander of a rebel militia unit of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic living in Smolensk region in Russia.

After arriving in Russia, Magomedov retrieved from a cache the means for the planned crime, including information on the marks and weapons to kill the man. During his arrest, the law enforcement seized an improvised explosive device estimated at 1.5 kg of TNT equivalent, a handgun with a silencer and rounds for it.
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Saudi King’s brother ‘considering self-exile’ after Yemen war criticism – report

Saudi King’s brother ‘considering self-exile’ after Yemen war criticism – report
The brother of King Salman is pondering whether he should return to Saudi Arabia after criticising the King and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the war in Yemen, the Middle East Eye reports.

Earlier this week Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, one of the few remaining sons of the kingdom's founder, told Yemeni and Bahraini protesters outside his London home that the entire Al Saud family should not be blamed for the war in Yemen.

"There are certain individuals who are responsible. Don’t involve anyone else," the prince said.

When asked who the individuals were, the prince said it "the king and the crown prince, and others in the state". "In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war ends today before tomorrow," he added.

After his comments were posted online the prince is considering not returning to Saudi Arabia, according to a report by the Middle East Eye (MEE). The UK-based website credits a source close to the prince and claims Ahmed stands by his remarks despite a press release from the Saudi Press Agency describing his comments as “misinterptered”.

"He said the report by state controlled SPA was fake and that the words quoted by the agency were not his," MEE reported.

Prince Ahmed previously served as interior minister in 2012 under the late King Abdullah before he was replaced by Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. This is the first time a high ranking member of the Al Saud family has broken the code of silence. If the prince publically confirms his decision to exile himself, it would be an unprecedented challenge to King Salman’s rule.
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Report: Turkish Army Keeps 50,000 Terrorists on Alert for Battle against Syrian Army in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish army has put over 50,000 gunmen of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on alert to use them in the battlefields against the Syrian Army troops in Idlib province, a Turkish-language paper claimed on Monday.

Yeni Safak daily claimed that the Turkish army has kept more than 50,000 FSA terrorists on alert in Afrin, Azaz, Jarabulus, al-Bab and al-Rai regions to further sent them to battle against the Syrian government forces' operation in Idlib province.

It further said that 30,000 FSA gunmen are in regions under the occupation of the Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch forces, "and a sum 20,000 FSA fighters are to be transferred to Idlib to counter the Damascus forces' upcoming operation".

The daily went on to say that Turkish army has urged its allied militants to report the exact number of their gunmen and volume of arms and ammunition.

It said that the Turkish army has in recent days sent a number of cannons and missile launchpads to the borders with Syria and has reinvigorated its forces' combat capabilities.

The London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported earlier today that .Jeish al-Islam terrorist group has deployed its fighters at contact lines with the Syrian Army in Eastern Aleppo after coordination with Turkey-backed militants.

SOHR said that Jeish al-Islam has started deploying militants in more than ten contact points with the Syrian Army in Tadif in Northeastern Aleppo after coordination with Ankara-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh.

It further said that Jeish al-Islam set up a large base in the town of Afrin after retreating from Eastern Ghouta, adding Jeish al-Islam stationed its fighters in Afrin base.

SOHR said that Jeish al-Islam has also set up several bases in Aleppo province.

In the meantime, the Syrian Army dispatched more troops and equipment to the contact lines with Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in a large region from Jam'iyat al-Zahra and al-Lairamoun industrial zone up to the small town of Kafr Hamra in Northwestern Aleppo and from al-Malah farms to the small towns of Haraytan, Hayan, Anadan and Bayanoun in Northern Aleppo.

Also, the army has forwarded a large number of forces and military hardware to contact lines with Ankara-backed terrorists known as the Olive Branch Forces in Aleppo province.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 A.M.) – A massive Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib Governorate from the Hatay Province, tonight, opposition activists reported.

According to the Syrian opposition activists, the Turkish military convoy consisted of more than 300 vehicles, including tanks, MLRS launchers, and BMPs.

The Turkish military convoy reportedly entered Syria through the Kafr Losen Crossing; it was heading towards the rebel front-lines in the Idlib and Hama governorates.

Some opposition activists have claimed that the Turkish military was heading to the Idlib Governorate with manpads, which, if true, would mean that they are preparing to down any Syrian warplane flying over their positions.

Turkey appears to not be backing down from the Syrian government forces, despite the fact that the latter is backed by Ankara’s allies: Iran and Russia.

We are ‘working hard’ to prevent Idlib op. – Cavusoglu
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey is “working hard” to prevent the Syrian Army from conducting a planned operation to clear Idlib of militants, during a speech in Antalya, Saturday.

“We are working hard to prevent a new humanitarian disaster and to stop the clashes at the bilateral and trilateral level, like yesterdays meeting in Tehran,” stated Cavusoglu.

“We will keep working hard to prevent new migrations, to prevent people to leave their homes and to prevent hundreds, thousands of people to die. If we stop, no one would care about this subject,” continued the Turkish Foreign Minister.

“Everybody’s common rhetoric, whether they like us or not, is that ‘if this [Idlib operation] can be prevented, then it is Turkey that can do [prevent] it,” he added.

Turkey responds to Russian attack by reinforcing Idlib
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military is working on reinforcing its observation outposts in northern Syria before the long-awaited Idlib offensive kicks off.
A fresh convoy for the Turkish Army has recently entered Syria from the Hatay Province for this exact purpose, pro-opposition activists reported.
The convoy transported concrete walls and fortifications to their observation post near Morek in northern Hama countryside.
While the Syrian Army told Al-Masdar that they do not plan on attacking Morek at this time; it appears the Turkish military is not taking any chances by leaving this area undefended.
In June of this year, Turkey setup 12 observations posts in northern Syria as per Astana talks with Russia and Iran.
The Syrian and Russian air forces have already begun their heavy bombardment of the Idlib Governorate; their ground forces are expected to attack in the coming days.

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Syrian newspaper reported that the massive military operations against the terrorist groups in Idlib will start after the upcoming summit among the Iranian, Turkish and Russian leaders in Tehran, noting that Ankara has agreed with gradual termination of militants' occupation of Idlib.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted special sources privy to the Russian-Turkish negotiations as saying on Monday that talks have progressed a lot and Turkey has agreed with efforts to gradually return Idlib to the Syrian government either through political efforts or military operations.

They added that the results of such talks which have not yet ended will be raised in the Friday meeting among the Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents in Tehran, noting that the date of the Idlib attack will be decided in the Tehran summit.

According to the Syrian newspaper, the army's military operations will likely kick off immediately after the Tehran summit.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated on Sunday that the recent US threats to strike Syria would not stop the Damascus government from Idlib operation.

"Anything that is actively promoted by the US will not affect the determination of the Syrian people and Syrian army’s plans to clear Idlib and finally put an end to terrorism in Syria," Muallem said in an interview.

According to him, the US accusations about alleged plans regarding chemical attacks have become questionable in the eyes of public opinion and are just an excuse for a possible attack on Syria.

"We, the people and leadership of Syria, would like to end the conflict today, but the intervention of Western countries headed by the US makes it difficult," Muallem added.

※ Nidalgazaui @Nidalgazaui氏の2018/9/2のツイート
According to a #German Jihadi:
Turkey negotiated with #HTS to dissolve and merge into the National Liberation Front under Turkish command. HTS refused and Turkey declared HTS as terrorist group

Turkey Working on Diversion Plan to Trouble Syrian Army Attack on Terrorists in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorist groups, directed by Ankara forces, plan to launch a heavy offensive on the Syrian Army in Aleppo province as government troops are preparing to kick off their long-awaited assault on terrorists in Idlib, a media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Ankara-backed terrorists are reinvigorating their combat capabilities via fortifying positions and concentrating militants in Aleppo to kick off a surprise attack against the army.

It further said that the terrorists' upcoming attack has been directed by the Turkish army command, adding that the terrorists are to start the offensive by suicide attacks and artillery fire on Aleppo city.トルコが#HTSを切った?

※ Ali Özkök - علي أزكوك @Ozkok_氏の2018/9/1のツイート
Big! #Turkey has added #HTS to Jabhat al-Nusra’s terrorist designation. Via @Charles_Lister
Russian President Vladimir Putin may discuss provocations using chemical weapons in Syria at the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in Tehran on Friday, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said in an interview.

“This issue, all aspects of the Syrian settlement and aggravating points will be discussed,” Ushakov told the Izvestiya newspaper asked whether the issue of provocations with chemical weapons would be on the summit’s agenda.

White Helmets uniform found during the search of terrorists’ headquarters in Eastern Ghouta.

Russian Envoy to US: Militants to Create Provocation in Idlib Aided by UK Forces
Putin will also hold separate meetings with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin and Erdogan would hold a bilateral meeting in the sidelines of the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria in Tehran.

Speculation about the possibility of a chemical attack in Syria has grown in recent weeks after Russian officials warned of a plot to launch such an assault in order to provoke western retaliation against the Syrian government.

On August 25, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that terrorists of the Tahrir al-Sham group (affiliated with the Jabhat Nusra terror organization, banned in Russia) were preparing a provocation in Syria’s western Idlib province to accuse Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians.

US threats to strike Syria wont stop gov’t offensive in Idlib – FM
Following the liberation of Daraa in the south, Idlib remains the “world’s largest open prison” for some three million people and the last terrorist stronghold in Syria.

“Anything that is actively promoted by the US will not affect the determination of the Syrian people and Syrian army’s plans to clear Idlib and finally put an end to terrorism in Syria,” Syrian Foreign minister Walid Muallem said in an interview.

According to him, the US accusations about alleged plans regarding chemical attacks have become questionable in the eyes of public opinion and are just an excuse for a possible attack on Syria.

“We, the people and leadership of Syria, would like to end the conflict today, but the intervention of Western countries headed by the US makes it difficult,” Muallem said.

Muallem emphasized that the US presence in Syria is illegal and Washington can in no way justify it.

“The US presence has claimed the lives of thousands of Syrian and every time terrorists were besieged by the Syrian Arab Army, Washington provided them with protection. It became clear that Washington’s main objective was to prolong the crisis in Syria in the interests of Israel,” the minister said.

On August 22, US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated that Washington and its partners would respond in a “swift and appropriate manner” to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria.
Separately, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the United States “will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria… in a swift and appropriate manner.”
The Russian Defense Ministry, when commenting on the situation, accused the US and its allies of attempting to use a chemical weapons provocation planned by militants in Idlib as a pretext to launch an attack on Syrian government forces.
In August, Russian officials warned of a conspiracy by terrorists to launch an alleged chemical attack in order to provoke Western retaliation against the Syrian government.
According to Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a group of militants, who had been prepared by the Olive Group, had conspired to stage the rescue of victims of a chemical weapons attack in Idlib.
After media reports alleging a chemical attack had been carried out in the Syrian city of Douma in April, Western countries immediately accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack.
Following the accusations, the US, the UK, and France launched over 100 missiles on multiple targets in the country in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Damascus denied the accusations and said that the Jaish al-Islam terror group had staged the attack to encourage foreign intervention in Syria.
Source: Sputnik

Turkey officially adds large Syrian jihadist group to terror list ahead of Idlib offensive
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – Turkey has officially added the Syrian jihadist group “Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham” to their national terror list.

This move by the Turkish government comes on the eve of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) scheduled offensive in the Idlib, Hama, and Latakia governorates.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is one of the largest jihadist groups in Syria; they are primarily active in the Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in northwestern Syria are expected to be the Syrian Arab Army’s primary target during their offensive.

Russia has been pressuring the Turkish regime to eliminate the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorists from the Idlib Governorate for several months now; however, they have often been reluctant due to their relationship with the jihadist group.

Turkey Sends Tens of Militants to Border with Syria to Join Battle against Gov't Forces in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army has dispatched a sum of 500 Ankara-backed militants to its border with Syria to further join other terrorists to counter the Syrian Army's imminent major operation in Idlib province, a Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday.

Hawar News quoted field sources in Aleppo province as reporting that the Turkish army has dispatched a sum of 500 Ankara-backed militants to the Bab al-Hawa border-crossing between the town of Reihanly in Hatay province and al-Artab region in Aleppo.

It further said that a fresh wave of tensions and defections has covered the terrorist front over participation in the upcoming final battle with the Syrian army as a part of the Ankara-backed militants intend to surrender and some others are fleeing the region.

Hawar news went on to say that a number of terrorists of the Ankara-backed al-Shamiyeh Front have sold their weapons and fled to Turkey.

Field sources reported on Thursday that the Turkish army dispatched a military convoy, consisting of 15 military vehicles to Northern Syria through Kafr Lousin passageway.

They added that the convoy also included truckloads of Turkish army soldiers and officers and building blocks transferred to the Turkey-occupied region in the town of Morek.

According to the report, also another military convoy of the Turkish army, which included several military vehicles, was sent to the town of al-Sarman in Eastern Idlib.

The developments came as the Syrian army is preparing for a major fight in Idlib and is sending large volume of military equipment to its positions.

Terrorists Receive Over 200 Drones from Turkey to Use against Syrian Army in Idlib Battle
TEHRAN (FNA)- Over 200 drones have been sent from Turkey to two regions controlled by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in preparation for the upcoming war against the Syrian Army in Idlib, a Russian media outlet reported on Saturday.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that large trucks, carrying more than 200 drones, left the town of Sarmada in Northern Idlib for a Tahrir al-Sham base in al-Mohandesin neighborhood in Idlib city.

It further said that the drones were brought to Syria from Turkey, adding that five Turkish and two Chechen experts are in Tahrir al-Sham base, checking the drones to be later sent to Jisr al-Shughour in Western Idlib and a region in Northern Hama.

The Russian air defense at Humeimim airbase in Western Syria and the Syrian army have shot down tens of drones in recent months.

The Syrian army has also targeted a number of combat and spying drones of the terrorists in Northern Hama in the last few days.

Field sources reported on Thursday that the Turkish army dispatched a military convoy, consisting of 15 military vehicles to Northern Syria through Kafr Lousin passageway.

They added that the convoy also included truckloads of Turkish army soldiers and officers and building blocks transferred to the Turkey-occupied region in the town of Morek.

According to the report, also another military convoy of the Turkish army, which included several military vehicles, was sent to the town of al-Sarman in Eastern Idlib.

The developments came as the Syrian army is preparing for a major fight in Idlib and is sending large volume of military equipment to its positions.
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US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry
Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions on Saturday, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by the 1980 Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The US signed the protocol back in 2009.

White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention. The loophole allows several nations, including the US, to keep the white-phosphorus based weapons in their arsenal.

The chemical burns when it comes into contact with oxygen, producing high-temperature heat and white smoke. Exposure to burning phosphorus causes deep burns, which are very hard to heal, while its fumes are highly toxic.

Russia’s accusations against the US come as tensions between the two countries soar in the region. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly warned of a false-flag chemical attack being prepared by militant groups in Idlib, which it says will be used to justify a new US strike against the Syrian government. Moscow has also held massive naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria.

The US, in its turn, has also ramped up its military presence in the area, getting several ships equipped with cruise missiles closer to Syrian shores. President Donald Trump has meanwhile been “routinely” briefed by the Pentagon on the potential “military options” the US might take in case of chemical weapons attack.

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Terrorists' Chemical Weapons Expert Escapes from Northwestern Syria to Turkey

Terrorists' Chemical Weapons Expert Escapes from Northwestern Syria to Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious commander and expert of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group's chemical warfare has left Idlib province for Turkey as the terrorist group and pro-militant White Helmets are preparing to stage a fake chemical attack in the province, a media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV Channel quoted a well-informed source as disclosing that one of the commanders of Tahrir al-Sham that supervises chemical-armed missiles has escaped Jisr al-Shughour to Turkey.

It went on to say that the commander has left the terrorist group's missile unit for Turkey, but said the missiles are still stored in the village of Halouz in Jisr al-Shughour.

The TV channel said that the missiles have been armed with chemical warheads with a high degree of lethality.

Tahrir al-Sham, White Helmets and their foreign backers are preparing to stage a false-flag chemical attack in Northwestern Syria to later accuse the Damascus forces and pave the ground for the US-led coalition forces' raid on Syria ahead of the government forces' major operation in Idlib province.

Russian Defense Ministry’s Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday that the military obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province last week.

The Russian military revealed that the militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army expected to make in the cities of Jisr al-Shughour, Saraqib, Taftnaz and Sarmin.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,” Konashenkov stated, adding that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

The statement comes after earlier warnings from Moscow’s that militants are preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Syrian province to give the Western coalition a pretext to strike Syria. In August, the Defense Ministry said that eight canisters of chlorine had been delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughour city, and that a foreign-trained group of militants had also arrived in the area to simulate a rescue operation after the staged attack.

The US and its allies have repeatedly stressed its readiness to strike Syria if any attack takes place, ignoring all Russia’s warnings. Washington’s envoy to the UN Nikki Haley recently stated that she already knows the perpetrators in case a chemical incident takes place in Syria.
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イラクのバスラで抗議活動 イラン領事館、ヒズボラの本部に放火 バクダットでは反米

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said that the remnants of the dissolved Ba'ath party who are angry with the friendly ties between Tehran and Baghdad have spearheaded the recent attack on Iran's consulate in Basra.

"The attack on the Iranian consulate in Basra was a political move headed by the Ba'athis who can be identified and of course, the Iraqi government should compensate for this attack in spiritual and material dimensions," Falahatpisheh said on Sunday.

He underlined that the attack on Iran's consulate was against the international rules and conventions, and added, "Naturally, the Iraqi government is responsible to protect the Iranian consulate and embassy."

"Under such circumstances that Iran and Iraq enjoy special ties, the extremist forces have attempted to harm the relations through widening differences and therefore, both sides should be vigilant," Falahatpisheh said.

Iraqis in Southern areas of the country are demonstrating against lack of public services in poor areas and the angry protestors have set many government buildings and diplomatic missions in Basra on fire.

Protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Southern Iraq's city of Basra on Friday, setting it on fire as part of demonstrations against lack of services and jobs in which several government buildings have been ransacked and torched.

Demonstrators on Friday broke into the consulate building in Basra which was empty when the crowd burst in.

Iraqi security officials announced a citywide curfew in Basra, a city of two million people, warning that "anyone present in the street" would be arrested.

Hashd Al-Shaabi Commander Blames US for Basra Unrests
TEHRAN (FNA)- Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the forces commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces), took the US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate for the recent unrests and attacks against the government buildings in Basra.

"We have complete information and documents showing that the US embassy and consulate should be blamed for unrests in Basra," al-Muhandis told reporters in a press conference on Sunday.

He added that the unrests have political roots, specially with regard to the change in government and formation of the new cabinet, noting that some interest groups behind the unrests intended to stir panic among people and foment differences among political parties.

Addressing the American officials, al-Muhandis said that the Iraqis will never enter an internal war and will prepare a proper response to the Basra incidents.

Iraqis in Southern areas of the country are demonstrating against lack of public services in poor areas and the angry protestors have set many government buildings and diplomatic missions in Basra on fire.

Protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Southern Iraq's city of Basra on Friday, setting it on fire as part of demonstrations against lack of services and jobs in which several government buildings have been ransacked and torched.

Demonstrators on Friday broke into the consulate building in Basra which was empty when the crowd burst in.

Iraqi security officials announced a citywide curfew in Basra, a city of two million people, warning that "anyone present in the street" would be arrested.

Breaking: Protesters burn down Kataeb Hezbollah’s HQ in Basra
Angry protesters in the Iraqi city of Basra reportedly set fire to the Kataeb Hezbollah headquarters this evening, local activists posted via social media.

This move comes as a large wave of protesters demonstrated across Iraq over a number of economic issues.

No one was reportedly harmed after the Kataeb Hezbollah building was set on fire, the local activists said.

Below is the video of the angry protesters setting the building on fire tonight:

Kataeb Hezbollah was one of the major Iraqi units that fought against the so-called Islamic State during the three-year long war from 2014-2017.

The Iraqi group also participated in the Syrian conflict on the side of the government; they would help seal the Iraqi-Syrian border earlier this year.

Several rockets target Basra Airport, close to where US Consulate is located - reports
Numerous rockets were fired at Iraq’s Basra airport on Saturday morning following violent protests in the city. Officials said the sudden attack did not disrupt flights in or out of the city.
A local official at Basra International Airport said three rockets were fired at the facility, AP reported on Saturday. He told the news agency that no casualties had been reported and added that the attack did not disrupt air traffic.

Basra airport, the second largest in Iraq, is situated close to the US consulate in the city. Home to some 2.5 million people, Basra is located in the oil-rich Shiite heartland, which saw violent protests overnight.

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Basra on Friday, targeting major government buildings and setting them on fire. People in the city expressed anger about endemic corruption, rising unemployment, and a lack of basic utilities, such as drinking water.

Later in the day, rioters attacked and torched the Iranian consulate in downtown Basra. Bahram Qassemi, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, condemned the “agitated” attack, saying it caused “considerable material damage.”

Violent protests in Basra erupted earlier this week and have since resulted in the deaths of 11 people, killed in clashes with local security forces.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, has ordered an inquiry into the violence, while the parliament announced it will hold an emergency session on Saturday.

Meanwhile in Baghdad, three mortar shells landed inside the capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone just after midnight on Friday, the Iraqi military said. The projectiles hit an “abandoned lot,” resulting in “no casualties or physical damage,” it added.

A security source inside the Green Zone told Reuters the shells landed near the Egyptian embassy. Iraqi security forces launched a search operation to try to determine the spot from which the mortars were fired. As with Basra airport attack, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shelling.


Iraqi protesters break into Russian Lukoil-managed facility, briefly take employees hostage
The protests that turned into riots in Iraq’s Basra have spilled out into the nearby oilfield, in which Russian oil giant Lukoil is a major stakeholder. Protesters stormed it and took two hostages, later freeing them unharmed.

The crowd forced its way into a water treatment facility linked to the West Qurna-2 oilfield managed by Lukoil, a source within the Russian energy company and local police source told Reuters. The protesters took two local employees hostage. However, less than an hour later the agency reported that the protesters left the facility peacefully and set both employees free.

No Lukoil employees were injured in the incident, a source told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

This comes as the Iraqi government has reportedly imposed a state of emergency in the Basra province in connection with the riots.

Located 65 kilometers north-west of the southern city of Basra, West Qurna-2 oilfield is one of Iraq’s – and the world’s – largest. Lukoil was awarded a contract for the development of the field back in 2009. Just two days ago, the company signed a new development plan for West Qurna-2.

A continued disruption of the facility work for just three days could reportedly be enough to completely shut down the oilfield.

Violent protests in Basra erupted early this week and since then have left at least 11 people dead. The rioters express their discontent over the shortages of water, electricity and jobs. They have been storming government buildings, as well as the headquarters of political parties with links to Iran.

The Iranian consulate in Basra was stormed and set on fire earlier on Friday. In response to the riots, the Iraqi security officials have imposed a citywide curfew.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the protests reportedly announced a halt to the demonstrations in the region, according to Al Arabiya.

Protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq – reports
Protesters have stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi oil-hub city of Basra, according to reports that cite local security sources. Protests in Basra have been ongoing since the start of the week.

Violent protests in Basra have been ongoing since Monday. The rioters are angry over poor public services, including the lack of potable water. They have been attacking government buildings, as well as the headquarters of political parties with links to Iran.

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More than 10 Syrian soldiers killed by Kurdish forces in northeast Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several Syrian army soldiers and Kurdish militants were killed and wounded in clashes in Hasaka province.
The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel reported on Saturday that 11 Syrian army men were killed in clashes with the Kurdish militia in the town of Qamishli.
Meantime, the Arabic-language service of RT reported that the Syrian army and Kurdish fighters engaged in clashes on Hasaka road near the Red Crescent garage in Qamishli, inflicting tolls on both sides.
It quoted witnesses as saying that the clashes erupted after the Kurdish units detained tens of candidates in the Syrian government's local council elections in the province.
The Kurdish militants have detained over 250 candidates in Hasaka, threatening them to withdraw their nomination.
The incident happened as people in the town of Qamishli in Hasaka province have several times in the past few months poured into the streets, demonstrating against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias and hoisted the Damascus government's flag.
The Kurdish-majority SDF has been shooting at protesters and arresting them to control the Kurdish population, but reports say daily protests are growing across Hasaka.

Breaking: More than 10 Syrian soldiers killed by Kurdish forces in northeast Syria
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – More than ten Syrian soldiers were killed today after a series of intense clashes broke out between their troops and the Kurdish forces in Qamishli city.

According to a military source in Qamishli, intense clashes broke out between the Syrian intelligence forces and Kurdish Asayish police in the city, resulting in the death of several involved.

The source said that in addition to the 10+ Syrian military personnel lost, at least seven Asayish fighters were also killed during the fierce engagement.

The attack occurred when three vehicles carrying Syrian soldiers were heading towards the military checkpoints to change personnel; it was at these checkpoints where the clashes began.

No one knows why the clashes broke out, but they have since died down, the source added.
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“special” signal from some “foreign friend of Syrian revolution”

Terrorists & White Helmets met in Idlib to prep for final stage false flag chem attack – Russian MoD
The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.

The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,” Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friend of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.
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Erdogan says Turkey is working to ‘extinguish fire’ in Syria, not add to it
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Syrian crisis will not be solved overnight said Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan during a press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Friday.

“Unlike others who have turned their back on the Syrian fire, we have tried to extinguish it,” Erdogan said.

The three leaders discussed international issues and trilateral cooperation, as well as recent developments in Syria.

The last Astana process meeting was held in Ankara in April and the three counties have been mediating a peace process for the Syrian crisis since 2016.

Driving out militants from Idlib now top priority in Syria – Putin
Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.

The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.

“Our common absolute priority lies in the total elimination of terrorists in Syria,” Putin said, adding that Russian forces had recently helped to liberate the southwestern part of the war-torn country and confirming that Idlib province has become the primary target now. “The presence [of militants] poses a direct threat to the … civilians in the whole region,” the president warned.

The president also expressed his hope that the militants “would have the wisdom” to lay down their arms and back down.

Turkey allegedly offers to evacuate all militants from Idlib
In a bid to avoid massive loss of life in the event of a major assault by Syrian government forces, Turkey has drawn up a plan that would allow militants safe passage from the northwestern province, the newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

According to the plan, unveiled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria and a possible military offensive to retake the rebel enclave of Idlib, 12 armed groups, including the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, would surrender their weapons.

The fighters would then be evacuated to a buffer zone under the surveillance of the so-called moderate opposition on condition that they hand over their weapons to a coalition of militant groups backed by Ankara, the newspaper wrote without revealing its sources.

Foreign fighters would be allowed to return to their home countries, but the groups who refused to disarm and move out would become the target of counter-terror operations.

Turkey will then train a militant force to ensure security in the province, just like in other Syrian regions controlled by Ankara-backed fighters.

Fearing that a major assault on Idlib could cause “disaster” and send refugees streaming across its borders, Turkey has spent the past few weeks in intense negotiations with Russia.

US intervention in Syria should be stopped immediately – Iranian president
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for an immediate end to the American and Israeli presence on Syrian territory during a trilateral meeting with his Russian and Turkish counterparts.

The three leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered in Tehran on Friday to discuss how to stop violence in the war-torn Arab republic.

“The United States’ illegal presence in Syria, which has only led to escalation of the situation, must end immediately,” Rouhani said in opening remarks at the summit.

“In accordance with international resolutions and the demands of the Syrian people, the Israeli occupational regime must immediately leave occupied Syrian territories,” Rouhani told his counterparts.

Arming of Kurds by US in Syria a major concern for Turkey – Erdogan
The Turkish president has told his Russian and Iranian counterparts that the arming of Kurdish militias in northern Syria is a major cause of instability, which requires attention on par with the situation in Idlib.

He added that the Tehran summit may be the last chance to resolve the situation in Syria’s Idlib in a peaceful manner.
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From Russia with wheat: Exports by global grain superpower soar 80%
The world’s top exporter of grain, Russia, has increased sales of its wheat abroad by 80.2 percent from January to July 2018 compared to the same period of 2017.

Statistics from the Federal Customs Service showed that in July the country shipped 3.8 million tons of wheat and meslin (a mixture of wheat and rye), up by almost 78 percent from the previous month. The value of exports rose by 74 percent.

According to the customs service, imports of wheat and meslin increased by 36.7 percent through July – worth $32.2 million. Overall, grain imports amounted to $227.8 million in the seven months of this year, down by 7.8 percent from 2017.

Russia has managed to capture more than half of the world wheat market in recent years, becoming the world’s biggest exporter of grain, thanks to bumper harvests and attractive pricing. In 2016, the country became the world leader in wheat exports. Since the early 2000s, its share of the world wheat market has quadrupled.

According to the Director of the SovEcon analytical center, Andrey Sizov, Russia’s agricultural export market is actively expanding. It supplies grain to Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iran. Saudi Arabia has announced plans to become a major hub for Russian agricultural products in the Middle East.

Russia’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor reported that the growing exports of grain to China have reached historic levels this agricultural year. Some 1.23 million tons of grain has been supplied to the Chinese market since last July, the watchdog said. This week, US Wheat Associates (USW) has announced the closing of its Moscow office on October 1 due to lack of demand for American wheat in Russia.

It explained the decision by Russia’s “shift from being a net importer of wheat to become the largest single wheat exporting country in the world.” Overall, Russia’s agricultural production is projected to grow three percent this year, from last year’s 120.7 million tons. That would be the best-ever harvest for Russia, even counting the Soviet era.
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Refugees or ISIS fighters? Cypriot authorities fear the worst after finding incriminating photos
Cypriot authorities suspect that ISIS fighters posing as refugees may have entered their country, a local daily reported, amid appeals to the EU to help with an influx of asylum seekers overloading the small island nation.

During a random check on asylum seekers’ mobile phones at the country’s refugee processing center, Cypriot authorities found saved photos of ‘refugees’ posing with weapons and dressed in Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) regalia, Cypriot newspaper “Politis” reported. The newspaper obtained two photographs, both showing men dressed in black holding AK-47s. One of the men is seen raising his index finger – a popular “salute” among Islamic State fighters and other jihadists. The refugees in question reportedly came from Dara province, which was liberated by the Syrian army in July.

The photos are currently being examined by the country’s security services and the suspected Islamic State members are being closely monitored, the paper said.

The discovery of the troubling photographs coincides with an official appeal to the EU for more help with migrants, with the small island nation warning it will be unable to cope if the influx of asylum seekers continues unabated. Cyprus has become a popular destination for asylum seekers, who reach the island by crossing into Turkey from Syria, and then embarking from the Turkish coast.

The country had received 4,022 asylum requests in the first eight months of 2018, which was 55% more than for the same period last year, according to Cypriot Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides.

In July, a boat carrying an estimated 150 migrants sank off the coast of Northern Cyprus.

Islamic State militants or other jihadists claiming to be asylum seekers has been a cause for concern throughout Europe, especially in the wake of a massive influx of refugees brought about by the EU’s open-door migrant policy. In August it was revealed that a Yazidi girl who had fled from the Islamic State slavery in Iraq was confronted by her former captor in Germany, who was posing as an asylum seeker. The teenager returned to Iraq after deciding that Europe was not safe for legitimate refugees like her.

Germany in particular has struggled with crime and violence linked to asylum seekers, after the country opened its doors to more than a million migrants two years ago. A German court recently sentenced an asylum seeker to eight and a half years for the murder of a teen girl, and incidents like the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack and the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne have fuelled insecurities.
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ISIS commander alleges that he was trained by US in southern Syria (video)
A recently captured Islamic State commander confessed to the Syrian Army this week that he was trained by the US forces in southern Syria.

According to this Islamic State commander’s confession, he was previously leading his forces in the southern districts of Damascus before their defeat earlier this year.

Following their defeat to the Syrian Army, the Islamic State commander and his forces were transported to the Badiya Al-Sham region of southern Syria, where they remained until his capture earlier this month.

The Islamic State commander said that he was trained by the US forces at the Rukban Refugee Camp in southern Syria and that he joined the terrorist group for monetary purposes.

The Islamic State commander also revealed that the main leader of the terrorist forces in southern Syria is a man named Abu Ayoub Al-Iraqi.

He would end his confession by telling the army that at least 500 of his comrades managed to escape southern Damascus and make their way to the Turkish border.
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