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2018年06月29日

US Likely to Terminate Deployment in Al-Tanf Base in Eastern Syria

FARSNEWS2018/6/25
US Likely to Terminate Deployment in Al-Tanf Base in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military is about to surrender al-Tanf military base to the Damascus army as it has already come under a siege by the Syrian government troops and is about to halt operations, a Russian media outlet reported.

The Russian-language Svobodnaya Pressa newspaper wrote on Monday that al-Tanf base in Eastern Syria in which the US and its allies trained militants for fight against the Damascus government is likely to shut down operation soon.

It added that the Syrian army has surrounded the regions near the base after its recent advances in Southern Homs.

Meantime, Endir Omriq, a Turkish analyst, said that the US will likely end deployment of its forces at the base soon given the presence of the Syrian army forces in the nearby regions.

"The Americans have understood that the base has lost its value and its continued operation will not benefit them anymore," he added.

In a relevant report earlier this month, media sources reported that the US occupying forces are attempting to open different ways to transfer terrorists between al-Tanf, Deir Ezzur and Homs by contacting the tribes in Eastern Syria for cooperation.

The Arabic website of Sputnik news agency quoted tribal sources in Eastern Syria as saying that the US forces transfer the ISIL terrorists from the desert region bordering Iraq to al-Tanf through al-Sukhneh in Homs.

Meantime, one of the prominent tribal leaders in Eastern Syria revealed that Mohannad al-Tala, a US proxy and commander of the so-called New Syrian Forces group in the US base in al-Tanf, has contacted the Syrian tribes, calling on them to open a passage for the terrorists to leave al-Tanf for Deir Ezzur to reach al-Omar oil field.

He added that the US forces fear uprisings by the people in Eastern Syria, noting that one of their goals to approach the tribes is to keep deployment in the region as Washington attempts to win the cooperation of the tribes in Manbij, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur have all failed.

Meantime, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has freed its militant inmates and sent them to the battlefield to attack al-Tanf-Sukhneh road in Homs and open a passageway and the Jordan road to al-Tanf.

The US forces had in the past 10 days been busy with transferring the ISIL terrorists with at least 10 armored trucks and heavy artillery to attack Albu Kamal from Abu Hameseh in Hasaka.

FARANEWS2018/6/29
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Parliament Vice Speaker Najdat Ismail Anzour underlined that the Damascus government is determined to liberate Syria and Western countries and Israel's support for militants cannot help the terrorists to survive.

"The decision to make free Syria has been taken and Washington cannot do anything in this regard," Anzour said while referring to all-out support by Israel and the US for the terrorists.

He pointed to the Syrian army's military operation in the Southern parts of Syria, and said that the first phase of military operations was successfully conducted and the second phase of operation to regain control of Dara'a and Nasib passage and its surrounding areas will not last more than few days.

Anzour also referred to the political, military and media supports of Israel and the US for the terrorists and the efforts made by the US to impose obstacles to the Syrian army's decision to purge Syria of terrorists, and said, "The US is aware that the Syrian government is determined to liberate Syria, but it cannot do any decisive move in this regard."

The Syrian vice speaker categorically dismissed any agreement reached between Russia and the US on Southern Syria, and said that these days are the worst days in Russia-US relations and the two sides are in a dangerous and complicated situation.

Anzour also pointed to the recent Israeli aggression on the surrounding areas of International Damascus Airport which took place concurrent with the Syrian army's military operation, and said, "Israel has not ceased support for terrorists even for one day."

In a relevant development on Wednesday, almost 1,000 militants who had laid down arms received government amnesty in Dara'a.

Field sources reported on Thursday that 550 ex-militants in the towns of Southern Karim, Ayeb, Jadal and al-Rawisat as well as the village of al-Shara'eh in Northeastern Dara'a surrendered themselves and their weapons to the army on Wednesday.

They added that 450 more militants asked for government's amnesty in Northeastern Dara'a in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of ex-terrorists to 1,000.

Meantime, the army is still conducting military operations in Southeastern Dara'a from several fronts.

The Syrian army started the second phase of its large-scale anti-terrorism operation in Southeastern Dara'a after imposing control over the Northeastern part of the province on Wednesday.

The army men kicked off the second phase of their operation in Southeastern Dara'a by opening heavy fire at terrorists' positions in al-Sawameh region, Qaraz prison and East of Refugee Camp.

The army men intend to advance towards silos to cut off the roads from Eastern Dara'a to Dara'a al-Balad district and from Tariq al-Saad to Dara'a al-Balad that will end at the border with Jordan.

In the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded terrorists' movements and positions in Dara'a al-Balad and the small town of al-Qariyeh Sharqi in Dara'a countryside.

The army had already imposed control over al-Lajah region and completed mop-up operation in Busra al-Harir and Maliheh al-Atash settlements in Northeastern Dara'a and Northwestern Sweida, respectively.

Local sources said that the army has purged Northeastern Dara'a completely of terrorists.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:39| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Prominent Journalist Accuses S. Arabia of Bribing Al-Sisi for Egypt's Loss in World Cup

FARSNEWS2018/6/28
Prominent Journalist Accuses S. Arabia of Bribing Al-Sisi for Egypt's Loss in World Cup
TEHRAN (FNA)- New York-based Egyptian journalist Ayat al-Orabi accused her country's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of colluding with Riyadh to gift Saudi Arabia's national football team a win in the 2018 World Cup.

Orabi wrote on her facebook page on Wednesday that Egypt has lost the game after being bribed; "it is very likely; even if the game has been lost in return for a few sacks of rice, given the presence of a person (al-Sisi) with low expectations".

She thanked God for both teams' disqualification for the next round, and said people's attention will no more become derailed from the Egyptian and Saudi officials' betrayals and crimes by their games.

A last minute goal from Al Dawsari meant that Saudi Arabia won their first World Cup game in 24 years and finished third in Group A, above Egypt.

Egypt took the lead in the first half − Mohammed Salah lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. Egypt could have extended their lead with Salah and Trezeguet both missing chances.

Saudi Arabia began to grow into the game after the missed Egyptian chances, they won a penalty after Al Sharahni's cross struck the arm of Ibrahim. This penalty was then saved by record-breaking, 45-year-old goalkeeper El Hadary, who tipped it onto the bar.

The first-half drama was not over, however, as Saudi Arabia were given another penalty in added time at the end of the first half. After a VAR check lasting over 3 minutes, the penalty was confirmed and Al Faraj fired it past the goalkeeper to level things up.

The second half lacked quality and the game appeared to be moving quietly towards a 1-1 draw until Al Burayk's cross ricocheted into the path of Al Dawsari, who drilled the ball across goal and into the bottom corner to win it for Saudi Arabia.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月27日

キリンビールはミャンマーの民族浄化作戦に賛助?

※ asuka @asuka_SGP氏の2018/6/27のツイート
日本のビールメーカー、キリンホールディングスの子会社はロヒンギャへの攻撃の資金提供をしていた怒り(ムカッ)
日本の当局は、世界的なビール大手のキリンビールのミャンマーでの子会社が、ロヒンギャの人びとに対する民族浄化が行われている最中に、軍と当局に献金をしていたことを直ちに調査すべきである怒り(ムカッ)

アムネスティ国際ニュース2018年6月15日
日本:キリンビールのミャンマー軍への献金の調査を
ビール大手キリンホールディングスは、ミャンマーの子会社が、ラカイン州で暴力が渦巻く最中に、当局に3回の寄付をしたことを認めた。
軍の総司令官が、寄付を受けている様子を動画に撮っていた。総司令官によると、寄付は治安部隊のためのものだったという。
キリンホールディングスは、寄付がどう使われたかはわからないと認めている。
日本の当局は、世界的なビール大手のキリンビールのミャンマーでの子会社が、ロヒンギャの人びとに対する民族浄化が行われている最中に、軍と当局に献金をしていたことを直ちに調査すべきである。
キリンホールディングスはアムネスティに対し、子会社のミャンマー・ブルワリーが昨年9月1日から10月3日にかけて当局に3回の寄付を行い、寄付額は総額3万米ドル相当になると文書で回答した。
キリンホールディングスによれば、献金は暴力の被害者を支援するため、ということだ。しかし、アムネスティの理解では、第1回目の寄付は、9月1日にミャンマー・ブルワリー社員から軍の総司令官、ミンアウンライン上級大将に手渡された。総司令官が自身のフェイスブックにその様子を撮った動画を投稿していた。首都ネピドーであったこの式典の様子は、テレビでも放映された。
キリンホールディングスの説明では、その時の寄付額は6000ドルだった。ミンアウンライン総司令官は、「寄付の一部は、ラカイン州北部で展開する治安部隊員や州職員に渡るだろう」と述べた。
ロヒンギャの人びとに対する民族浄化を行っているまさにその部隊に、寄付をする企業があるとは、信じられない。寄付が、人道に対する罪を犯している部隊の作戦に使われるおそれがあるだけではない。ミャンマー・ブルワリー社員が、軍幹部が出席する寄付の式典に出たことで、同社がロヒンギャに対する軍の対応を支持すると受け止められかねらないという懸念も生じる。
日本政府は、自国の企業に対し、事業展開する国・地域を問わず、人権侵害に加担させないという責任を負う。当局は、直ちにキリンホールディングス子会社の寄付を調査すべきである。

キリンのミャンマーでの投資
同社は、2015年にミャンマーのビール最大手、ミャンマー・ブルワリーの株55%を5億6千万米ドルで取得した。残りの株を持つのは、ミャンマー・エコノミック・ホールディングス(UMEHL)で、このコングロマリットを所有するのが、現役の軍人や元軍人である。
昨年8月29日、ミャンマー政府はキリンホールディングスに対し、UMEHLとの別の合弁事業で、マンダレー・ブルワリーの51%の株を430万米ドルで取得することを許可した。キリンホールディングスは、これらの投資により成長途上の同国のビール市場の80%を獲得できると述べている。
キリンホールディングスは世界的なビール大手で、自社ブランド展開の他に、豪州やニュージーランドでは飲料会社ライオンを傘下に持ち、フィリピンではサン・ミゲルビールの48.6%を保有する。
寄付は、軍によるロヒンギャの男女、子どもへの残虐行為を、各国メディアがこぞって報じていた時に、行われた。その時点ですでにロヒンギャ数万人がバングラデシュに逃れていた。
昨年9月11日、国連人権高等弁務官は、「ロヒンギャへの攻撃は、典型的な民族浄化だ」と評した。また、アムネスティが詳しく調査したところ、軍の治安部隊が複数の人道に対する罪を犯していることが明らかになっている。
こうした状況は世界で広く報道されていた。しかしキリンホールディングスは、昨年9月23日と10月3日にも、ラカイン州政府にさらに数回の寄付をしていた(キリンの回答より)。

公開情報で暴かれた「人道支援」という仮面
キリンホールディングスはこの4月、アムネスティに対し「ラカイン州政府への寄付3件(2件は金銭、1件は物品:米と食用油)は、暴力事態の被害者に対する人道援助の要請に応じて行ったものだ」と文書で説明した。同社は、「寄付は軍に対するものではない」と主張するが、ミンアウンライン総司令官のフェイスブックなどで公開されている情報と矛盾する。
アムネスティのデジタル検証班は、同氏のフェイスブックの動画を分析・検証した。そのうちの1本に、昨年9月1日の公式な式典で、同氏や他の制服を着た軍当局者らが、多数の企業から金品を受け取っている様子が映っていた。
式典の1週間前の8月25日には、ラカイン州で武装集団アラカン・ロヒンギャ救世軍が連続襲撃事件を引き起こし、最近の危機的な事態を生む発端となった。アムネスティや他団体が、軍による殺人、強かん、拷問、焼き討ち、兵糧攻めなど、国際法の人道に対する罪にあたる卑劣な襲撃の様子を世界に伝えた。この作戦により70万2000人以上のロヒンギャの人びとが、バングラデシュへの避難を余儀なくされた。
昨年9月1日、テレビで報じられた演説の中で、ミンアウンライン軍総司令官は、治安部隊の作戦を正当化して、次のように語った。「企業から贈られたのは現金寄付で、国防と治安の職責を背負って身を危険にさらす軍人や州職員、またアラカン・ロヒンギャ救世軍の残酷な襲撃で土地を追われた先住民族に対するものだ」。

合弁会社による寄付
アムネスティが知る限り、ミンアウンライン軍総司令官は、キリンホールディングスが認めた他の寄付についての声明は出していない。
しかし、同氏は9月11日のフェイスブックで、UMEHLとその合弁会社18社が、19,200米ドルを寄付した別の式典についても説明していた。キリンホールディングスからは、この時も寄付をしたのかについての説明はなかった。
ミンアウンライン総司令官によれば、これらの寄付は、ラカイン州で犠牲になる危険がある中、国家の防衛や治安維持任務を解かれた治安隊員や職員、また、アラカン・ロヒンギャ救世軍のテロで住み慣れた土地を追われた人びとのため、そして国境地帯のフェンス建設のためのものだった。
そのわずか数日前、アムネスティとメディアは、軍が国境フェンス沿いに国際的に禁止されている地雷を使っていたことを報じていた。バングラデシュ政府は、ミャンマー当局が地雷を使用したことに対して公式に抗議している。

記録文書は提供されず
キリンホールディングスによると、「ミャンマー・ブルワリーは、ラカイン州でも他の州でも、軍の作戦を支援する目的で寄付したことは、直接かUMEHL経由かを問わず、一度もない」とのことだった。
また、キリンホールディングスは、「UMEHLとの提携条件に、ミャンマー・ブルワリーが、軍事目的のために資金を拠出することを明確に禁じる条項がある」と述べた。しかし、キリンは、UMEHLがその条項を遵守しているか否か、確認したことを示す証拠は提示しなかった。その点を追求されると、「合意内容は社外秘だ」と述べた。また、両社間の合意書にこの種の寄付について記載されているのかも定かではない。
キリンホールディングスはアムネスティに、「事前にUMEHLから寄付をしたいという説明があり、ラカイン州政府の銀行口座に振り込んだ旨の報告が後にあった」と述べた。だが、その銀行振込を示す証拠は示されず、その資金が最終的にどう使われたのかの説明もなかった。ただ、「寄付の経路を詳しくは検証しなかった」と認めた。
軍ではなく州政府が寄付の受け手であったとしても、依然としてその寄付には、重大な人権上の懸念が残る。州政府こそが、ロヒンギャの人びとに対するアパルトヘイトともいえる状況を作り出し、長年維持してきた張本人なのだ。アパルトヘイトは人道に対する罪である。
軍あるいは州政府への寄付により、ミャンマー・ブルワリーは、長年、差別で苦しめられてきたロヒンギャや他の民族の人びとに対する人権状況を悪化させるリスクを冒したのだ。キリンホールディングスがこれらの寄付が使われた先を説明できないのは、極めて懸念される。

企業の責任
人権を尊重するという同社の責任は、国連のビジネスと人権に関する指導原則にその要点が明記されている。この国際基準に沿って同社のような企業は、事業展開する場所を問わず、すべての人権を尊重する責任を負う。
その責任を果たすために、企業は、その事業活動が人権侵害を引き起こしたり、人権侵害を助長することがないよう保障しなければならない。企業は、人権を侵害するリスクがあることを前提としたデューディリジェンス分析を行い、人権への潜在的な影響、現実に起きている影響を、特定・評価すべきである。
しかし、キリンホールディングスがアムネスティに提出した文書によると、同社はそのような措置を取らず、その結果として、当局への寄付を通して、またラカイン州での軍の行動を支持するように見える対応をすることで、ミャンマーでの人権侵害を助長するリスクを冒している。
同社は今年2月、キリングループ人権方針を制定した。アムネスティに、ミャンマー・ブルワリーの対応を優先的に検証すると述べた。また、すべての寄付を停止するとも宣言した。
しかし、新方針に基づく内部検証というが、怪しげな寄付から4カ月も経っており、遅きに失するし、あまりに不十分だ。懸念される人権への負の影響は、もうすでに現実のものとなった可能性がある。
今回のキリンホールディングスの対応は、なぜ企業は人権デューディリジェンスを行わなければならないのかを示す格好の事例である。
誤解がないようにしておくが、アムネスティは、企業に対しミャンマーとの関係を断つことを求めているわけではない。また、ミャンマーへの投資に反対しているわけでもない。アムネスティが求めるのは、キリンホールディングスおよび他の企業に対して、責任ある行動をとるとともに、人権侵害リスクの高い事業環境下で侵害を助長するのを避けるためにとっている措置を公開することだ。
また日本には、ミャンマーで事業をする企業が、人権侵害を助長したり引き起こしたりすることがないように保障する責務がある。当局は、ここに挙げた献金を調査し、日系企業に対し、ミャンマーで投資やビジネスを行うにあたり、事前にデューディリジェンスを実施することを義務付けるべきである。
アムネスティとキリンホールディングスとのやり取りの内容は、下記リンクから見ることができる。
https://app.box.com/s/1zxkmaey5oi3hmy3z133cldtuh7j03y9

背景情報
日本政府は2016年、ビジネスと人権に関する国別行動計画(NAP)を策定する計画があることを公式に発表した。人権の促進に向けて企業の行動を規制する取り組みは、もちろん必要であるし、アムネスティは、NAPができるだけ早期にまとまるよう求めている。しかし、日本政府は、NAPが策定中であることを、不正を働く企業への対応が遅れる言い訳にしてはならない。

SacBee.com  Updated June 15, 2018 05:43 AM
Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces
TOKYO
Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether donations intended for charity instead went to Myanmar's military, which is accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims.

Amnesty International has urged Japanese authorities to look into donations Kirin's subsidiary Myanmar Brewery made in September and October.

A televised ceremony for a $6,000 donation showed the commander of Myanmar's military.

Tokyo-based Kirin Holdings Co. acknowledged Friday it needs to better monitor its donations and said it had halted them in Myanmar until the investigation is finished. It was unclear how long that will take.

Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article213232259.html#storylink=cpy
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Trump Turns on Mattis, Taking Military Matters to His Own Hands

Trump Turns on Mattis, Taking Military Matters to His Own Hands
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump turned on Secretary of Defense James Mattis and is now increasingly taking military matters into his own hands, according to a report.

Mattis, for example, was kept in the dark as Trump made the decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The Pentagon Chief learned of the decision from a colleague and tried to get the President on the phone before a formal announcement was made, NBC News reported on Monday.

Trump also did not discuss with Mattis his decision to halt US military exercises with South Korea, which was announced following the landmark summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this month, according to the report.

Last week, Trump again blindsided his Defense Secretary by publicly directing the Pentagon to establish a sixth military branch overseeing operations in space.

"They don't really see eye to eye," a former senior White House official stated.

The way these recent policy decisions have played out underscores a significant change in Mattis's role in the administration, with Trump relying less on the advice of one of the longest-serving members of his cabinet, officials said.

It also represents a significant departure from Trump's early enthusiasm for the retired four-star Marine general he proudly called "Mad Dog".

While Trump and Mattis have had disagreements over some issues from the beginning, the President still kept his defense secretary in the loop on major policy decisions.

In recent months, however, Trump has soured on Mattis, in part because he believes the Pentagon Chief looks down on him and slow-walks his directives, officials added.

The dynamic was exacerbated with Trump's decision to appoint hawkish John Bolton as National Security Adviser, which Mattis opposed, as well as Mike Pompeo's confirmation as Secretary of State.

Trump is now more inclined to rely on his own instincts or the advice of Pompeo and Bolton on major policy issues, sources told NBC.

The development comes as Mattis is embarking on a tour of Asia amid increased tensions with China over trade and what officials call militarization of the South China Sea, as he will be visiting Beijing this week.

Mattis’s mission comes as the Trump administration is set to start taxing $34 billion in Chinese goods, while Beijing has promised to impose retaliatory tariffs on American products.
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Israel Launches Missile Attack on Damascus Int'l Airport

FARSNEWS2018/6/26
Israel Launches Missile Attack on Damascus Int'l Airport
TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli military fired two missiles at Damascus International Airport on Monday night, Syrian state news agency reported on Saturday, adding that the attack was aimed at providing support for terrorist groups in the Southern part of the country.

SANA reported that two missiles were fired by Israeli military at Damascus international airport at midnight, adding that the move was carried out in line with Tel Aviv's continued support for terrorist groups in Southern Syria to enable them stand against the government forces' advances in the region in recent days.

In the meantime, the Arabic-website of Sputnik quoted a field sources as reporting that the Syrian air defense units intercepted the Israeli missile fired from occupied territories and managed to destroy one of them over al-Amal Farms in Northern Quneitra and intercepted another missile over the town of al-Ba'ath in Quneitra province.

Also, the English-website of Sputnik quoted other sources as claiming that Israeli fighter jets targeted an Iranian cargo plane while unloading in Damascus international airport.

Meanwhile, the AMN reported that in the aftermath of the strike a powerful blast was reported in Northern Quneitra that borders Southwestern Damascus, closer to Israel.

It added that the explosion was due to the interception of an Israeli drone by Syria's air defense system.

In Early May, SANA reported that the air defense units intercepted 2 Israeli missiles fired at al-Keswah region in Southern Damascus.

In the meantime, al-Jazeera TV channel reported that the Israeli missile attack was launched to target a militant base in Southern Damascus.

Also, al-Mayadeen TV quoted sources in Quneitra province as reporting that three Israeli missiles were fired from the occupied Golan Heights at Syrian territories.

The sources further told al-Mayadeen that the Israeli warplanes were flying over the Golan Heights, underlining the possibility that the fighter jets fired the missile at Syria's soil.

Local sources in Southern Damascus said that two civilians were killed due to the interception of Israeli missiles near al-Keswah reign at Damascus-Dara'a highway, but did not present any further details on the incident.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:20| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月26日

Rifts Widening among Terrorists over Peace with Syrian Army

FARSNEWS2018/6/26
Rifts Widening among Terrorists over Peace with Syrian Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- Gaps further widened among terrorists in the provinces of Sweida and Dara'a on Tuesday over endorsing the Syrian army's reconciliation plan amid the rapid advances by government troops in the South.

Terrorist groups in the Southern part of the country threatened civilians and prevented them from handing over the regions to the Syrian Army and implementing peace agreement.

In the meantime, local sources said that terrorist front in Dara'a and Sweida has collapsed following advances of the army in the region.

The sources said that the terrorists launched missile and artillery attacks on residential areas in Dara'a and Sweida, killing and wounding eight civilians in Southwestern Sweida.

On Monday, over 900 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian Army troops following rapid advances by the government forces in Eastern Dara'a.

The army men stormed terrorists' positions in Eastern Dara'a and captured the village of Hawsh Hamada.

The army forces further seized control over several key points and advanced towards the small town of al-Matla.

In the meantime, the army's artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded terrorists' movements and positions in the villages and towns in the Northern part of al-Lajah region and South-East of the town of al-Na'eimeh, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

Local sources, meanwhile, said that the terrorist front collapsed after the army's advances in the town of Busra al-Harir.

The sources further said that over 900 terrorists surrendered to the army men and later asked to join the Syrian army ranks.

FARSNEWS2018/6/26
Syrian Army Receives Advanced Russia-Made Missile System amid Preparation for Idlib Battle
TEHRAN (FNA)- Modern Russian man-portable anti-tank guided missiles on Kornet-D has been deployed in Northern Lattakia to be used in the Syrian Army's upcoming anti-terrorism operation in Idlib province, a media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted military sources as reporting that the Syrian Army, deployed in Northern and Northeastern Lattakia, has received modern Russia-made Kornet weapons.

The army will use the new system to trace and track military vehicles and militants' gathering, Sputnik said, adding that the new system is capable of penetrating 1,300 mm into armored vehicles.

The missile system can track the target up to 10km, Sputnik said, adding that the system will be deployed in the entire battlefields in Lattakia and Hama, so, military vehicles of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) will come within the range of the system's laser missiles.

The sources further told the agency that the newly-received Russia-made weapon is compatible with anti-tanks missile units of the army, adding that the army, deployed in Eastern Lattakia, has been capable of intercepting a vehicle of Turkistani groups on a road from Bdama to Idlib.

The Arabic-language website of RT reported in January that the army was vastly using Mirage-2 Electronic Defense System to deactivate the US-manufactured TOW anti-tank missiles.

The Arabic RT further said that the System that was mounted on the army tanks, armored and light vehicles was capable of deactivating TOW missiles.

The Mirage-2 System was equipped with more noise breaks in comparison with the older version of Mirage-1.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:43| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

opular Resistance Force Formed in Northern Syria to Face Foreign Occupiers

PFARSNEWS2018/6/25
opular Resistance Force Formed in Northern Syria to Face Foreign Occupiers
TEHRAN (FNA)- A popular resistance force was formed in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo to start combating Turkish and American occupiers and prevent disintegration of the region from Syria, well-informed sources reported on Monday.

The sources said that people from all walks of life, including Arab tribes, Kurds, Turkmen and other races have embarked on forming a popular resistance force in Manbij to face occupiers after the US and Turkish troops' deployment and intervention in the region.

"The popular resistance force declared in a statement that it will confront any secessionist move and will never allow foreign occupiers, including Americans, French and Turkish forces to stay in the region," the sources added.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported last week that thousands of civilians in Manbij took to the streets and gathered in al-Batlah square at the Eastern entrance of the town.

Hawar news went on to say that the popular uprising further spread across the Central parts of the town, adding that the demonstrators condemned the agreement endorsed by the American and Turkish armies over the town.

The protestors further called for the expulsion of occupiers from Syria's territories, Hawar news said.


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More US Troops Killed in Training Than in Combat

FARSNEWS2018/6/25
More US Troops Killed in Training Than in Combat
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military has been losing more troops in training than in combat situations over the past few years, a trend that has sparked concerns in Congress.

At least 80 US service members were killed in training accidents last year compared to the 21 that died in combat, according to statistics cited in this year’s military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, World News reported.

This has been the trend since 2015, according to Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

The Texas lawmaker announced that fatal, noncombat accidents from between 2015 and 2017 killed at least 185 service members compared to the 44 military personnel who were killed in frontlines.

A large chunk of the fatalities were caused by aerial mishaps, a serious problem the US military has been dealing with over the past few years.

According to a research by Military Times in May, a total of 133 US servicemen were killed in aerial mishaps between 2013 and 2017.

In comparison, a March 2018 report from the UK Ministry of Defense showed that only 141 members of British armed forces had been killed during training from January 2000 through February 2018.

At least 25 of those deaths occurred over this spring alone, as data based on Freedom of Information Act requests to the Naval Safety Center, the Air Force Safety Center and the Army Combat Readiness Center has revealed.

In fiscal year 2018, which started on October 1, American military aircraft have already been involved in 12 fatal accidents resulting in a six-year high record of 35 deaths of military pilots and crew.

Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, has called for all aerial incidents between fiscal years 2013 and 2018 to be reviewed and compared to historic averages by an independent committee.

Smith says 2013 was the first year that large congressional budget cuts, known as sequestration, were approved. The cuts have been partly blamed for the rise in aerial mishaps.

Smith and many of his colleagues in Congress believe cuts to the military budget has forced the air force and other branches of the US military to reduce training time and make training routines more aggressive. That seems to be putting too much pressure on the personnel.

US President Donald Trump’s massive $716 billion NDAA for the fiscal year 2019 has addressed this issue with a record increase compared to past years. The increase would only be possible if the government makes significant cuts to public spending.
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Interior Minister: Europe Eager to Cooperate with Iran in Fighting Terrorism

FARSNEWS2018/6/25
Interior Minister: Europe Eager to Cooperate with Iran in Fighting Terrorism
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Monday that the European Union is willing to cooperate with Tehran in war on terrorism and campaign against drug trafficking.

"We presented a report on Iran's performance in fighting terrorism and they (the EU) are eager to have cooperation with Iran's Law Enforcement Police and security apparatus in this regard and God willing, we will pave the ground for such cooperation with the European states," Rahmani Fazli told reporters after a meeting with the EU commissioner for immigration in Tehran on Monday.

He also described Iran as a dam against drug trafficking to Europe due to its adjacency with Afghanistan, as the major producer of illicit drugs, and said, "We expect to have mutual or multilateral cooperation with the European countries in this regard and they should help us in providing information, equipment and possibilities to fight drugs."

Iran has helped the regional states, specially Iraq and Syria, in fighting terrorist groups.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined his country's willingness to cooperate with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to fight against terrorist groups and drug trafficking.

"Terrorism, separatism and extremism have in recent years affected different parts of the world, specially the regions around us, including the Central Asia and West Asia," President Rouhani said, addressing the SCO summit in China.

He warned that the terrorists use the intelligence vacuum existing among the regional states to recruit new members, stressing the need for the countries in the region to increase exchange of intelligence to weaken the terrorist networks.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has faced with the ominous phenomenon of terrorism in the past decades in and around the country and has valuable experiences in controlling and weakening this stream and our cooperation with the Iraqi and Syrian governments against ISIL is an instance," Rouhani said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to render the necessary cooperation with the SCO in campaign against terrorism, extremism, separatism and drugs," he underscored.
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EU to Formally Move on Creation of European Intervention Force, UK Included

FARSNEWS2018/6/25
TEHRAN (FNA)- After agreeing on military cooperation in 2017 when 25 bloc members signed a defense pact, a smaller circle of EU members are going to take formal steps to create the European Intervention Initiative, as the force is designed for responding to natural disasters, crisis intervention or the evacuation of Europeans.

France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly has told the French newspaper Figaro that her country, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal are to sign a letter of intent for the creation of a joint military intervention force on June 25.

According to a source close to a French top official, the goal of the initiative is "joint planning work on crisis scenarios that could potentially threaten European security".

While some EU tactical interventional groups exist in principle, so far they have never been used.

Since the proposed force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would stay separate from other EU defense cooperation programs, Britain, which has always resisted the idea of an “EU army”, will be able to take part even after it has left the bloc.

"This is clearly an initiative that allows for the association of some non-EU states. The UK has been very keen because it wants to maintain cooperation with Europe beyond bilateral ties," the French top military official told the newspaper.

According to Parly, Italy, which presently remains outside the Intervention Force group, was “also considering the possibility of joining".

The initiative to set up a European military intervention force, which could be rapidly deployed in the event of a crisis, were introduced by France’s President Emmanuel Macron in September 2017.

In June 2017, the bloc brought a 70-year-old European Defense Community ambition to life, as the European Commission decided to launch the 5 billion euro European Defense Fund, designed to supplement member states’ defense research and support EU countries in obtaining military equipment.

At the end of 2017, 25 of the bloc's member states signed a joint declaration calling upon the European Council to adopt a decision establishing a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defense. This would allow Europe both to increase the volume of investments on military technology and step up the level of coordination in this area within Europe. The commitments, confirmed by all the states except Britain, Denmark and Malta, include a “successive medium-term increase in defense investment expenditures to 20 percent of total defense spending in order to fill strategic capability gaps”, and “increasing the share of expenditure allocated to defense research and technology with a view to nearing the 2 percent of total defense spending”.

However, such initiatives encountered criticism from the UK as the country has repeatedly warned that common defense forces could undermine NATO.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:52| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月25日

英国がUAEについて渡航注意情報

TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underlined that the British foreign office's warning to the country's nationals about trips to the UAE indicates the fear that London feels of the threat of Yemeni missiles which might hit Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

"When the British government warns its nationals about threats, the warning has not been issued without a reason and is based on precise security intelligence," Atwan wrote on Sunday.

He noted that the warning will surely annoy the UAE officials as it will have security and economic impacts for the country.

"These unprecedented warnings were issued concurrently with intensified clashes in al-Hudaydah province in Western Yemen and showed that the British government knows Yemen well and has certain information that the current war in al-Hudaydah will not be restricted to Yemen and can last a long time," Atwan added.

"Meantime, retaliatory measures (by the Yemenis) can be adopted by firing ballistic missiles at the UAE cities as we are witnessing in Saudi Arabia and it is an imminent threat," he underscored.

Dubai has become a hugely popular holiday destination among Brits in the last few decades.

But for any UK nationals looking to head to the city this summer, the Foreign Office has warned about claims the UAE's coastal spot could be targeted by missiles from Yemen.

The FCO issued new advice over travelling to the country on Friday as a result of missiles being launched from Yemen into neighboring Saudi Arabia.

"In 2018, numerous missiles have been launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen, the vast majority of these have been intercepted and destroyed but there have been a small number of casualties.

"Claims have been made in public media suggesting that there may also be attempts to target missiles at the UAE.

"In the event of any incidents, you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities," the statement reads.

More than 1.5 million British visitors travel to the UAE every year and more than 100,000 British nationals are resident there.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:32| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月24日

US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report

RT2018/6/24
US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report

The US military has reportedly warned the rebels it backs in Syria that it will not help them thwart a large-scale offensive of the Syrian Army, which is rapidly gaining ground in the southwest of the country.

In a letter to the commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a loose umbrella group of armed rebels, Washington wrote that they should not base their decisions "on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us.”

The message, which was reported by Reuters on Sunday, calls on the group to decide for themselves on their response to the rapidly-advancing Syrian forces that continue their assault eyeing to reclaim the swathes of land along the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"We in the United States government understand the difficult conditions you are facing and still advise the Russians and the Syrian regime not to undertake a military measure that violates the zone," the message states.

There have been mounting concerns that the new push by the Syrian army might drag the US troops, especially those deployed in Al-Tanf military base along the Jordanian border, into the showdown with the Syrian forces.

Tensions have flared up amid reports by Syrian state media about the spike in the US-led coalition attacks on its military. At least eight people were killed in the alleged strike by the coalition in Deir ez-Zor on Thursday, the same day the US military claimed that its Al-Tanf base was targeted by unknown hostile forces.

The message comes after Washington accused Damascus of “unambiguously violating” the ceasefire agreed between Russia, the US and Jordan last July.

The deal paved the way for the establishment of a de-escalation zone in Syria’s southwest, where rebels and the Syrian government forces are barred from fighting each other. The truce was ultimately aimed at separating ‘moderate’ opposition from terrorists, as terrorist groups were excluded from the agreement.

“The Syrian regime’s violations of the ceasefire in southwest Syria need to stop,” Ambassador Nikki Haley said at a UN meeting on Friday. On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert warned the Syrian government of “serious repercussions,” without elaborating.

Some 2,000 US troops have been stationed in Syria, some of them are embedded with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the others are in Al-Tanf. While US President Donald Trump floated the idea of a withdrawal earlier this year, now the Pentagon says that its troops are to stay in Syria for as long as needed, meaning it can be indefinitely.

While Washington does not seem eager to engage in a direct confrontation with the Syrian troops now, the US has a long history of using Syrian rebels as proxies, supplying them with weapons that occasionally fall in the wrong hands.

A study conducted by Conflict Armament Research group in December found that the arms sent by the US to what it claimed are “vetted” rebel groups “have significantly augmented the quantity and quality of weapons available to (Islamic State) forces.” While it’s hard to determine whether terrorist groups, such as ISIS or the former Al-Nusra front, seized the weapons from US-backed forces, or that the so-called “moderate” rebels blended in with them and handed over the deadly supplies, the tendency has been a source of major concern for Moscow.

The cooperation between the US forces and militants stretches beyond that, and it includes false flag attacks and provocations with chemical weapons, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, citing intelligence.

In one of its latest warnings, the military said that the US Special Forces were helping the FSA militants to set up a chemical incident, that can serve as a pretext for a new bombing campaign.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国が日本にイラン原油の買い付け停止を要求

RT2018/6/23
United States demands that Japan stops buying oil from Iran – reports
Washington has asked Tokyo to halt all crude purchases from Iran, insisting that its allies cease all trade with the country, according to Bloomberg.

The request was made during a meeting between US and Japanese officials in Tokyo this week, according to the media. No decision has been made yet, though, and talks will continue.

This means that Washington is taking a harder stance on Iran than it did in 2012. Six years ago, before the nuclear deal, the US demanded that its allies should reduce oil purchases from sanctioned Iran, rather than stop them completely.

Japan is Asia’s fourth-largest buyer of Iranian crude, which accounts for 5.3 percent of its oil consumption, or 172,000 barrels per day.

Refiners in Japan earlier said they could substitute Iranian oil with crude from other Middle Eastern countries, even though their plants are particularly compatible with crude from Iran.

Some analysts see the demand as a negotiating tactic before trade talks begin between the US and Japan.

“It could be that the US is initially demanding a big thing before offering Japan a way to go around it in negotiations,” Satoru Yoshida, a commodity analyst at Rakuten Securities told Bloomberg. “Even if the US is asking Japan to completely stop Iranian crude imports, which is a very high hurdle, it may lower its demand later.”
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イランが核兵器開発を試みれば世界の怒りを買うだろうとポンペオ

イランと米国の敵意の応酬が激しくなっています。

イラン核合意に関する欧州の対応に不満なイランは、核合意から離脱しウラン濃縮を再開すると欧州諸国をけん制、威嚇しました。
2018年06月22日
Iran may exit nuclear deal in coming weeks – Deputy FM

さらにシリアに居座る米軍について第二のベトナム戦争になる可能性があると警告しています。
2018年06月23日
米軍がシリアに居座り軍増強があれば第二のベトナム戦争になる 遺体袋がぞくぞくと本国に送られる 

このベラヤチの発言は2018/6/20、ポンペオの発言は2018/6/22。

米国は、どの国よりも核爆弾を恐れています。そしてシリアではもはや破れかぶれ、サウジなどに国家財政が傾くほどの資金拠出をさせても成果が得られないで終わる可能性が日々強まっています。シリア侵略共犯の英、仏はメディアをコントロールして事実の隠ぺいに必死ですが、アラビア語メディアではシリアの真実が伝えられています。

エバ・バートレットなどが現地に入って画像を送り、市民の声を伝えています。イスラエル・パレスチナ問題も先が見えません。

シリアがテロリスト掃討を進め、軍事力に余力が生ずればイスラエルの攻撃に反撃することも多くなります。

イランの核合意を巡る混乱は米国が招いたものです。ボルトン、ポンペオの反応はかなり単純です。脅すことしかない。狂犬マッティスがむしろ慎重な発言ぶりに傾いているように見えます。彼は、ロシアと本格的な衝突になれば、自軍に多大な犠牲が出ることを知っています。イラン、シリアが力をつけてくれば彼らとの戦いですら容易ではないことを知っています。

米国が今の軍事外交経済施策路線で覇権を取り戻すことはない。ジタバタしてどこに落ち着くか、大きなブレがあるでしょう。

RT2018/6/23
Iran will face 'wrath of entire world' if it tries to develop nuclear weapons – Pompeo
Iran will face the "wrath of the entire world" if it pursues nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned, despite Washington standing rather alone in its decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“I hope they understand that if they begin to ramp up their nuclear program, the wrath of the entire world will fall upon them,” Pompeo said in an MSNBC interview that aired on Saturday.

He went on to say that if they begin to work towards a weapons program, "this is something the entire world would find unacceptable and we'd end up down a path that I don't think is in the best interests of Iran."

However, Pompeo was quick to scale down his saber-rattling tone, saying that "wrath" was not hinting at a military option.

"When I say wrath, don’t confuse that with military action. When I say wrath, I mean the moral opprobrium and economic power that fell upon them. That’s what I’m speaking to. I’m not talking to military action here. I truly hope that that’s never the case. It’s not in anyone’s best interests for that.”


Pompeo speaking for the rest of the world may be a little bit over the top though, given the fact that Washington's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal sparked global condemnation – including from America's biggest allies, the UK and Germany, which urged Donald Trump to remain in the deal. As a result, the US is largely standing alone in its decision.

Among Trump's most vocal critics was EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, who, following the US president's pullout, stressed that it was "not a bilateral agreement and it is not in the hands of any single country to terminate it unilaterally." The US was just one signatory of the deal, which was signed by Tehran and six world powers in 2015.

Even French President Emmanuel Macron, who made headlines after a very touchy-feely encounter with Trump in April, also attempted to get Trump to stay in the deal. After the US president withdrew, Macron took a more hostile tone, noting that no president "is forever" and stating that Trump shouldn't prevent other nations from sticking with the nuclear deal.

Pompeo’s comments, which were recorded on Friday but aired on Saturday, came the same day that Iran's supreme leader condemned Washington's uninvited military presence in Syria and warned that the country could become a second Vietnam War for Washington.
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‘Arrogant' Macron risks becoming 'enemy No. 1' on migration for Italy – Rome

RT2018/6/23
‘Arrogant' Macron risks becoming 'enemy No. 1' on migration for Italy – Rome
Top Italian officials lashed out at French President Emmanuel Macron, who said migration pressure on Italy seriously dropped over the past year. Macron was branded “arrogant,” and risks becoming a top “enemy” to Rome on migration.

"Italy indeed faces a migration emergency and it's partly because France keeps pushing back people at the border. Macron risks making his country Italy's No.1 enemy on this emergency," Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. The comments made earlier by Macron clearly showed that the French president was out of touch, Di Maio added.

Macron drew the wrath of Italy by stating that "Europe is not experiencing a migration crisis of the same magnitude as the one it experienced in 2015." Those EU countries, which "massively voice their national selfishness when it comes to migrant issues," should not expect to receive benefits from the EU, Macron said, effectively threatening them with financial sanctions.

"A country like Italy has not at all the same migratory pressure as last year. ... The crisis we are experiencing today in Europe is a political crisis," Macron added, targeting Rome directly.

The comment did not go down well with Italy's Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. In a counter statement, he claimed that Italy faced 650,000 arrivals by sea over the past four years, with 430,000 asylum requests. He also added that the country currently hosts 170,000 "alleged refugees" for a staggering overall cost of 5 billion euros ($5.8 billion).

"If for the arrogant President Macron this is not a problem, we invite him to stop insulting and to show instead some concrete generosity by opening up France's many ports and letting children, men and women through at Ventimiglia," Salvini stated, referencing the Italian town on the French border.

The relations between France and Italy have been strained over the past few weeks, following Rome’s decision to close its ports to the migrant rescue ship ‘Aquarius,’ which had 629 people on board. The new Italian government explained it made the move due to a lack of “European solidarity,” as the country had to deal with migrant and human trafficking problems “all by itself.”

The decision to block the ‘Aquarius’ from entering Italy was met with a barrage of bitter criticism. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, however, firmly rejected the “hypocritical lessons” from those who, “in terms of immigration had always preferred to turn their head to the other side.”

“In the Mediterranean...there’s Malta that does now welcome anyone, there is France that rejects [refugees] at its borders, there’s Spain that defends its borders with the arms. Basically, everyone in Europe does their own business,” Salvini said back then.

Some European politicians approved of Rome’s actions, namely Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who said the country decided to protect its maritime borders “at last.” Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have been among the counties opposing the EU migrant relocation schemes and urging the union to actually protect its external borders.
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Militants manufactured poisonous agents in Syria using Western-made hardware – Russian military

RT2018/6/23
Militants manufactured poisonous agents in Syria using Western-made hardware – Russian military
Russia’s Defense Ministry has revealed that equipment manufactured by the EU and US was found in a terrorist chemical lab in Syria, which was used to produce explosives and poisonous agents.

The statement was made at a joint briefing by the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries on Friday, when they displayed the equipment that spokesperson Maria Zakharova said was found in the Syrian town of Douma, near the capital Damascus.

Major General Igor Kirillov, chief of Russia’s Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, said a lab rigged with explosives was discovered in Douma on April 17, along with a store of chemicals.

The equipment was used to produce PETN explosives, and substances that can be used to produce mustard gas were also found. Some parts of the equipment were produced in the EU and the US, Kirillov said. He added that both the lab and the storage site were shown to OPCW mission that arrived in Douma to investigate an alleged chemical attack, “but did not draw their interest.”

Zakharova added that Russia is ready to present this evidence to other countries. The Russian military say they found more than 40 tons of chemical agents in total in areas freed from terrorists in Syria.
Kirillov also claimed that the “imitation” of a chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun in 2017 was staged by the controversial group the White Helmets. A shell hole on the site had characteristics of a small ground-based explosion, and not a bomb dropped by aircraft, he said, adding that the crater was filled with concrete even before the OPCW investigation.
He also referred to the images that were made in the initial hours following the incident, which showed people at the site of the ‘attack’ not wearing protective gear. This would have been impossible if sarin had been used, Kirillov said.



He proceeded to criticize reports produced by the OPCW on Syria, which he accused of an “unprofessional approach” for investigating and making conclusions in relation to incidents in Khan Shaykhun, Saraqib and Al-Lataminah without dispatching experts on the ground.

It is not surprising that the OPCW reports are often riddled with words like ‘allegedly’ or ‘reportedly,’ he added, saying: “Such lexicon is unacceptable for a serious document, which is supposed to be based on irrefutable evidence.”

Both Damascus and Moscow repeatedly asked the OPCW to send its fact-finding mission to Khan Shaykhun, but the organization refused to do so “for security reasons.”

“The long-distance nature of investigations, as well as the collection, analysis and the usage of documents acquired without the experts actually arriving at the sites of alleged chemical attacks, constitutes a direct violation of the [Chemical Weapons] Convention,” Kirillov stated.
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2018年06月23日

米軍がシリアに居座り軍増強があれば第二のベトナム戦争になる 遺体袋がぞくぞくと本国に送られる 

イランのファーズFARSNEWSが2018/6/20に次のニュースを流しました。ベラヤチが米軍のシリア居座りはベトナム戦争の再来になるだろうとの警告です。

シリアで米軍は、ISISなどのテロリストとの親密な関係をもう隠そうともしなくなりました。シリア軍を空爆したり、砲火を交えています。イスラエルも戦闘機でイラクのポピュラーフォースを攻撃したりしています。

ロシアは、これらの攻撃について特に動きは見せていませんが、シリア軍に武器を供給しています。ロシアは、自軍の軍事アドバイザーが攻撃されればその発射地点を含めて反撃すると言明しています。

今のところでは、ロシア軍と米軍の直接的な交戦は見込まれていません。両者ともに抑制が効いています。

シリア国民には、自国を破壊し多数の民衆を殺害した大本は米国であるとの認識が日々強まっています。

シリア国連大使の発言 このとおりです 間違いありません

シリア国内では、クルド勢力が米軍と結託して徴兵の動きを進めていることに民衆の反発が強まっており、米軍が足掛かりを強化できる状況ではありません。

6/22、RTがこのベラヤチの発言を取り上げました。

FARSNEWS2018/6/20
Iranian Leader's Top Aide: US to Experience 2nd Vietnam War in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted the US forces for occupying parts of Eastern Syria, warning that Eastern Euphrates will turn into a second Vietnam for Washington.

"The Americans themselves have created the ISIL and the al-Nusra (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Syria and now they have come onto the scene and occupied Eastern Euphrates," Velayati told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

"They should know that Syria and Eastern Euphrates will be another Vietnam for the US," he added.

His remarks came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in April that despite US President Donald Trump's claims, Washington was actively digging in the area of the Eastern bank of Euphrates River in Syria and had no intentions of leaving.

"As for economic reconstruction, this will take time and I am convinced that we should all act in the interests of the Syrian people and out of total respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria," he stated, talking about the rebuilding of Syria.

Lavrov underscored that he said this because "a whole host of nations are deliberately aiming to disintegrate Syria".

"The US pledged that their only aim was to repel terrorists from Syria, to defeat the ISIL, but, despite all their claims, despite President Trump's claims, the US is actually positioning itself on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates and have no intention of leaving," Lavrov stressed.

RT2018/6/22
US will suffer ‘another Vietnam’ in Syria, Iranian leader’s top aide warns
A senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader has condemned the United States’ uninvited military presence in Syria, warning that the conflict in the country could become a second Vietnam War for Washington.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide on international affairs for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the United States for the creation of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and said that the US military’s continued presence in Syria would result in catastrophe.

"The Americans themselves have created [IS] and Al-Nusra in Syria and now they have come onto the scene and occupied Eastern Euphrates," Velayati said in Tehran on Wednesday, as quoted by Fars. "They should know that Syria and Eastern Euphrates will be another Vietnam for the US," he added.

Several thousand US special forces are believed to be embedded with proxy forces in eastern Syria – although the United States military has not been invited to operate inside the country, and it has no international mandate to do so. With the war against Islamic State all but over, the US-backed forces – aided by US air support – currently occupy pockets of Syrian territory.

Although the conflict’s complexity makes it a logistical nightmare for the occupying forces, experts questioned whether the United States would ever commit enough ground forces to make its Syria operations as catastrophic as the war in Vietnam.

“Iraq after 2003 was more like a Second Vietnam because the US had so many thousands of troops occupying the country and vulnerable to attack by insurgents,” Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute in the UK, told RT. “In Syria, the Americans (British and French too) have far fewer troops on the ground – special forces – and rely on proxies to do the fighting so the capacity of local forces to inflict heavy or steady casualties on them is relatively low. The US air force is willing to attack on suspicion any forces on the ground which it considers ‘threatening’ – a vague and broad category – and there is little or nothing that Syrian forces or local militias can do against the US planes.”

However, Almond noted that without more boots on the ground, the United States and its allies will not be able to control Syrian territory in the long-term. With Washington’s policy on Syria constantly changing – US President Donald Trump announced in April that he wanted to bring the troops home, but now they are apparently digging in, from Al-Tanf to Manbij – the question now becomes whether the Pentagon is considering a larger presence in Syria.

“The Iranian official speaks theoretically: If the US continues to grow its presence in Syria it could become another Vietnam for them,” said Vladimir Batyuk, head of the Political and Military Research Unit at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for USA and Canada Studies. “If the United States is going to grow its presence or not is a big question. There is no consensus in Washington on this matter. If US President Trump would be the only one to decide, then the US troops would leave Syria by tomorrow. But there are other powerful figures in Washington who are convinced that the US presence in Syria is necessary. At this point, the US is unlikely to grow its presence if the situation won’t change drastically.”

Batyuk said that since Syria’s stability is a top priority for Tehran, Velayati’s statement should be seen as a warning to Washington that “its ill-judged actions could have far-reaching consequences.” But for the time being, it’s unlikely that thousands of US soldiers in Syria will be going home in body bags – mostly because there’s only about 2,000 of them there to begin with.

“At this moment there are 2,000 US special forces in Syria. Of course, it isn’t enough for any military operations on the ground in Syria,” Batyuk said. “The US supports the Kurds and the so-called moderate rebels, who are actually Islamists in disguise. The US could use air support from the anti-ISIS coalition for some purposes but not much more. So, the concerns of Tehran officials are unlikely to materialize.”

Tehran’s warnings come after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in April that US forces were “positioning” themselves in eastern Syria.

“The US pledged that their only aim was to repel terrorists from Syria, to defeat [IS], but, despite all their claims, despite President Trump's claims, the US is actually positioning itself on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates and have no intention of leaving,” Lavrov said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:51| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

どうぞ聞いてやってください 不法移民の親と引き離された子供たちの泣き声です

FARSNEWS
Cruel: Heartbreaking Audio of Children Crying in US Detention Center


https://media.farsnews.com/media/Uploaded/Files/Video/1397/03/29/13970329000811.mp4



※ aozorarin @aozorarin氏の2018/6/21のツイート
不法移民「親子分離解消」にサインをしたものの、具体的な方策は未定。すでにニューヨークにバスで送られた239人の子供たちが保護施設に暮らす。驚くことにそのことを市長が知らされてなかったらしい。これまでに約2500人の子供が親と分離されているが、その中には9ヶ月の赤ちゃんも含まれる。

※ 新聞テレビが報道しないのなら @echo_sbb氏の2018/6/16のツイート
トランプ政権の下、国境で不法入国した親から引き離された子供は4月5月だけでおよそ2千人。テキサスの収容施設は満員となり、いま子供たちは仮設テントに送られ収容されている。子供たちはひどい精神的ショックを負い、母を求めて泣き叫んでいるという。収容施設の元職員が荒んだ現場を告白。

FARSNEWS2018/6/21
Migrant Children Given Psychotropic Drugs in US Detention Center
TEHRAN (FNA)- Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at US government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.

Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents' consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, World News reported.

The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The lawsuit was filed on April 16, days after the introduction of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy to separate children from parents who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. Trump abandoned the policy on Wednesday.

"If you’re in Shiloh then it’s almost certain you are on these medications. So if any child were placed in Shiloh after being separated from a parent, then they’re almost certainly on psychotropics," Carlos Holguin, a lawyer representing the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, said.

Officials at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which oversees such centers, were not immediately available for comment.

Taking multiple psychotropic drugs at the same time can seriously injure children, according to the filing, which highlights the need for oversight to prevent medications being used as "chemical strait jackets", rather than treat actual mental health needs.

ORR-run centers unilaterally administer the drugs to children in disregard of laws in Texas and other states that require either a parent's consent or a court order, the filing said.

The lawsuit seeks a shift in ORR policies to comply with state laws and prevent the prolonged detention of children.

Some youths at Shiloh reported being given up to nine different pills in the morning and six in the evening and said they were told they would remain detained if they refused drugs, the lawsuit said, adding that some said they had been held down and given injections when they refused to take medication.

One mother said neither she nor any other family member had been consulted about medication given to her daughter, even though Shiloh had their contact details. Another mother said her daughter received such powerful anti-anxiety medications she collapsed several times, according to the filing.
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シリア軍と米国主導軍が直接応戦の恐れ イラクはイスラエルの攻撃に後退せず

RT2018/6/22
US military advisers came under attack in Syria’s Al-Tanf – coalition
Unknown forces have attacked the Al-Tanf base housing US military advisers in a rebel-held area of Syria near its border with Iraq, the US-led coalition has said. The coalition forces returned fire and suffered no casualties.

“Maghawir al-Thowra fighters and coalition advisers within the deconfliction zone near Al-Tanf were engaged by an unidentified hostile force located just outside the deconfliction zone in the early evening June 21,” the coalition spokesperson told Sputnik news agency in an email.

The statement added that officials were “engaged with Russian counterparts on the deconfliction line to ensure no miscalculations.”

The skirmish was acknowledged by the US forces amid media reports of the Syrian troops “encircling” the Al-Tanf base after securing large chunks of the Badia desert region along the Iraqi border. The base near the Al-Tanf border crossing was established by the US-led coalition to train and support anti-government militias, purportedly to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists. The major IS-held areas, however, have long been cut off from Al-Tanf by Syrian government troops, and remaining terrorists have largely been cleared from the area.

The US has drawn a 55km “deconfliction zone” around the Al-Tanf base, threatening to attack any Syrian troops that enter it. The so-called “deconfliction zone” also encompasses the Rukban refugee camp, which is believed to house families of US-backed militants alongside other civilians.

The incident came shortly after several alleged airstrikes on Syrian government troops and allied forces, which were attributed to the US-led coalition. According to Syria’s state media, at least eight people were killed in a strike on Thursday, while houses and infrastructure were also destroyed. The US-led coalition has not commented on the reports so far.

Another incident occurred on Sunday, when Syrian forces sustained a massive attack near the town of Abu Kamal close to the Syria-Iraq border. The coalition officially denied its involvement, while unnamed US officials pointed fingers at Israel.


FARSNEWS2018/6/22
US Coalition Bombs Damascus Army Troops in Southern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Coalition bombed the Syrian Army’s positions in the Southern part of the country, on Thursday night, the National Defense Forces (NDF) reported.

According to the NDF report, the US Coalition bombed the Syrian Army’s outpost in the village of Al-Halba 70km away from the historical city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province, the AMN reported.

In the meantime, a Syrian army commander told Sputnik News Agency that “the combat planes of the coalition led by the United States, attacked the army positions in Jabal Ghurab, some 150 kilometers East of Palmyra near the border with Iraq.”

“One serviceman was killed and several others wounded,” he added.

The attack was allegedly carried out when the Syrian army responded to the US Coalition’s ground forces firing several shots at their troops.

FARSNEWS2018/6/22
Iraqi Troops not Withdrawing from Syrian Border after Alleged Israeli Attack
EHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) are not abandoning their posts along the Syrian border, a source from the group said.

“The news circulated on withdrawal of Hashd Al-Sha’abi from their deployment regions near the Iraqi-Syrian borders after the troops were targeted in Syria are untrue,” the source told Al-Maalomah, as quoted by Iraq News.

The source added that “the forces are deployed in the Western region of the province. No withdrawal took place there, despite the tension that resulted after Israeli fighter jets shelled the forces in Syria near borders with Iraq.”

This is the first time any Iraqi source has stated Israel was behind the attack on the Syrian and Iraqi troops in Southeastern Syria earlier this week. Earlier reports blamed the US.

The alleged Israeli attack resulted in the death of 22 Hashd Al-Sha’abi members and over 30 Syrian army soldiers.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:00| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年06月22日

Iran may exit nuclear deal in coming weeks – Deputy FM

RT2018/6/22
Iran may exit nuclear deal in coming weeks – Deputy FM
The Iran nuclear deal is in “intensive care” and it’s possible that Tehran will have to withdraw from the pact if an agreement cannot be reached with its European signatories, the country’s deputy FM Abbas Araghchi has warned.

Iran wants to preserve the deal but adjustments need to be made as a result of Washington’s decision to withdraw from the landmark accord, Abbas Araghchi said in an interview to Euronews. The deal has “lost its balance” due to the US withdrawal, he added, so “if Europeans, and other remaining participants of the JCPOA are interested in Iran remaining in the deal, they should compensate [for] the absence of the US, and the re-imposition of US sanctions.”

Tehran has repeatedly stated that it wants to salvage the deal, but has expressed frustration over European proposals for preserving the accord. Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), said on Tuesday that Europe’s proposals to save the deal after the US withdrawal were not acceptable to Tehran. “If it continues like this, all sides will lose,” Salehi said.

The European Union is considering a range of options to help breathe life into the faltering deal. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s chief diplomat, said in May that the bloc was considering deepening Europe’s economic ties with Iran, shielding banking transactions with Tehran, and maintaining Iranian oil and gas purchases – as well as using EU finance to boost investment in the Middle East country. Like Araghchi, she likened the nuclear deal to “a relative in intensive care.”

But the desire of some European states to widen the scope of the accord has angered Tehran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have been trying to broaden the terms of the agreement to cover Iran’s ballistic missile program and involvement in regional conflicts. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in June that “limiting our missile development is a dream that will never come true.”

Tehran has repeatedly warned that the deal’s collapse will prompt it to bolster its uranium-enrichment program. In June, Khamenei ordered the AEOI to prepare the Natanz facility for resuming the enrichment process. The installation is expected to be ready to house 60 enrichment centrifuges in a month, according to Iranian officials. The decision to resume the enrichment process does not violate the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the country is allowed to enrich small amounts of uranium for medical and research purposes. However, if the deal collapses, Tehran says it will reopen a second uranium-enrichment facility in Fordow.

In May, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal. He called the historic accord – which saw Iran curbing its nuclear military program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions – deeply flawed and demanded a revised deal that would both limit Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its increasing influence in regional affairs.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治