国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年06月21日

米国ドローン撃墜の次に来るもの 2

SPUTNIK2019/6/21
United Airlines Suspends Newark-Mumbai Flights After US Drone Downed by IRGC - Report




RT2019/6/21
US planned to hit 3 different sites in response to Iran, was told 150 people would have died – Trump
Despite being “cocked and loaded” to launch an assault on Iran, President Donald Trump says that he eventually decided the strike would have been “not proportionate” to the downing of the unmanned US drone.

Accusing the Islamic Republic of shooting down the US surveillance drone over “international waters”, Trump tweeted Friday that he had pulled the plug on an attack 10 minutes before the strike was to take place.

"10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world," Trump said in a series of tweets. "Sanctions are biting & more added last night."

The called-off attack comes at a time of soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran, with blame for the recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf pinned by the US on the Islamic Republic, coupled with Thursday’s shoot-down of an American spy drone off the coast of Iran.

Washington has imposed several new layers of economic sanctions on Iran in recent months, including on the country's oil and nuclear sectors, part of its so-called "maximum pressure campaign" designed to coerce the country's leadership to renegotiate the nuclear pact signed between Iran and world powers in 2015.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

世界の動き 2019/6/20

カナダのトルドーはインチキ野郎
RT2019/6/19
‘Climate emergency’ on Monday, pipeline expansion on Tuesday: Trudeau the fraud strikes again
Justin Trudeau’s faux concern for the environment was always hypocritical and duplicitous − but there’s something especially slimy about declaring a climate emergency on Monday and approving an oil pipeline expansion on Tuesday.

Canada’s parliament voted on Monday night to declare a national climate emergency, calling climate change a “real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity.” The next day, Trudeau’s government green-lighted the environment-destroying Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX), demonstrating either complete indifference to the motion put forward by his own environment minister − or a severe misunderstanding of the words “emergency” and “human activity.”

The so-called “climate emergency” motion was non-binding and meaningless, of course; politicians often expect to be patted on the back for gesture politics − as though merely acknowledging the existence of a problem while taking minimal action to affect any real change is somehow worthy of admiration.

ドル安に振れています。
SPUTNIK2019/6/20
US President Donald Trump has told confidants that he believes he has the authority to replace Jerome Powell as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to Bloomberg, citing sources, Trump thinks he can demote Powell to be a board governor, however, he is not planning to do it at the moment.

Trump reportedly asked earlier this year the White House officials to explore options of replacing Powell, according to Bloomberg.

The news comes on the heels of Powell's comments that he intends to serve his full four-year term despite Trump's continuing criticism of the Federal Reserve's policy.

Last week, Trump said that the Federal Reserve maintains high-interest rates that put the dollar at a disadvantage against the euro and other global currencies.

On 4 June, Powell said that US central bank is monitoring the impact of global trade developments and is ready to take steps to alleviate any harm that ongoing tariff disputes might cause to the economy.

インドで熱波、摂氏50度。92人が死亡。
RT2019/6/19
Indian heatwave kills 92 as temperatures soar to 50C

At least 92 people have died in India’s Bihar as the state remains in the midst of a punishing heatwave that’s affecting much of the country, bringing with it droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.

The country is experiencing its lowest rainfall before monsoon season in over six decades and is in its third week of a heatwave, set to become one of the longest on record.

The majority of the recorded deaths in Bihar since June 15 have occurred in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada, where temperatures have been around 45 degrees Celsius. At least 562 patients have been admitted to government hospitals with heatstroke, and officials fear the death toll will continue to rise.

米国は核戦争を勝ち抜けると思っている?
RT2019/6/19
A winnable nuclear war? New Pentagon document shows US military thinks so

The Pentagon document laying out the US doctrine of nuclear operations was publicly available for about a week, then made ‘official use only.’ What’s inside is a chilling reminder that Washington sees nuclear war as winnable.

“Nuclear Operations,” or Joint Publication 3-72, was dated on June 11 and made private since, but not before it was downloaded by Steven Aftergood, an activist at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). It is currently available on the FAS website as a PDF.

The publication “provides fundamental principles and guidance to plan, execute, and assess nuclear operations.” The rest of it is in the same matter-of-fact tone, even when discussing practical consideration of potentially world-ending weapons.

“That kind of thinking itself can be hazardous. It can make that sort of eventuality more likely instead of deterring it,” Aftergood told the Guardian on Wednesday.

Arguably, the US military’s job is to consider all possibilities, and the decision whether to use nuclear weapons is ultimately in civilian hands – in this case, those of President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has paid a lot of attention to nuclear matters, updating the US Nuclear Posture Review last year and earmarking funds for modernizing the US “nuclear triad”: bombers, land-based missiles and submarines. However, Trump has also announced the US would leave the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia by next month. The fate of the New START arms control treaty with Russia, set to expire in February 2021, is very much up in the air.

In such circumstances, the Joint Chiefs doctrine stating that “Using nuclear weapons could create conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability,” might be taken as a cause for alarm, and with good reason.

The document also describes nuclear bombers as offering “the greatest degree of flexibility in the triad because they can be a highly visible sign of resolve and, once ordered to conduct a nuclear strike, are recallable.” It’s a dry, factual statement, but when coupled with the presence of B-52 strategic bombers on Russian borders earlier this week, it begins to sound like a threat.

Asked about the document, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was removed from public access “because it was determined that this publication, as is with other joint staff publications, should be for official use only.” There was no explanation as to how or why it was published in the first place, whether it was a mistake or a deliberate message to other governments.

Back in April, Trump made comments about “getting rid” of nuclear weapons altogether, and speculated about a major arms control treaty with Russia and China. Given his current trade war with Beijing and the continued hostility towards Russia driven at least in part by ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theories at home, it is unclear whether such a treaty will ever go beyond hopes and dreams.

The US is the only country ever to use nuclear weapons in battle, against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Neither was a primarily military target.

FARSNEWS2019/6/19
Syrian UN Envoy: Information on Government Forces’ Operations in Idlib False, Based on Lies
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations said the Western information on the Syrian army’s operations in Idlib province is based on lies.

Speaking during a UN Security Council session late on Tuesday, Bashar Jaafari stated that the Syrian army never targets schools and hospitals, emphasizing that terrorists from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, continue to take hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields in Idlib, commit the most heinous crimes against them and continue their attacks on neighboring towns and citizens, presstv reported.

Jaafari further noted that all members of the Security Council are aware of the fact that there is a problem in Idlib which needs to be dealt with, but ignore its root cause.

“The Turkish regime and its partners continue to provide various forms of support to terrorist groups and evade their obligations under the Astana peace process and Sochi initiative. This has helped thousands of foreign terrorists control Idlib and some neighboring areas, create a focal point for terrorism, take hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields, commit the most heinous crimes against them, spread death, destroy civilian facilities like hospitals and schools, and turn them into centers for the detention, torture and massacre of those who reject extremist Takfiri ideology,” the top Syrian diplomat pointed out.

Jaafari underlined that the Damascus government will not allow the lives of its citizens to be endangered, will continue to exercise its sovereign and constitutional rights under the provisions of the UN Charter and the principles of international law, combat terrorism and end the illegal presence of foreign forces on its territory.

He insisted that Western governments are not in a position to condemn Damascus for human rights violations.

Jaafari noted that the same countries that accuse the Syrian government of rights violations have banned the sale of medical equipment to Syria.

Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said the Astana talks format is the only way to stabilize the situation in Syria.

Nebenzia stressed that Idlib should return control to the Syrian government’s control and that remaining terrorists should be eliminated to prevent them from spreading to other regions.

He went on to say that Moscow rejects all accusations of indiscriminate attacks in Syria.

“We decisively reject any accusation of indiscriminate strikes, we are not carrying out attacks on civilians,” Nebenzia added.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc on the country.



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:11| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イエメンが巡航ミサイルでサウジの発電所を攻撃

PRESSTV2019/6/20
Yemeni forces strike Saudi power plant with cruise missile
Yemeni forces have targeted a power plant in Jizan province southwest of Saudi Arabia using a cruise missile in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's deadly war on their country.

The missile hit the power plant in al-Shuqaiq area on Wednesday night, al-Masirah TV quoted spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree as saying.

He also said the attack "came in response to the continuing crimes and blockade of the Saudi-led coalition," and vowed more attacks against "vital facilities in Saudi Arabia."

“There are still major surprises coming, God willing, through which we target more sensitive positions of the Saudi regime if it continues to escalate the aggression,” the spokesman of the armed forces said.

The Yemenis' attacks against major Saudi facilities and infrastructure have intensified in recent weeks.

In another development on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces managed to intercept and shoot down a Saudi spy drone in Najran region.

Earlier this month, another Saudi drone had been shot down over Yemen. The drone was a US-made MQ-9 Reaper.

The Saudi air force launched a series of airstrikes on the wreckage of the drone to destroy it before it fell to the hands of the Yemeni fighters.

Yemeni forces seem to have developed a sophisticated air defense network to fight off Riyadh's drone raids.

They downed an MQ-1 Predator last month, another US-made drone, using a surface-to-air missile.

PRESSTV2019/6/6
Yemeni air defenses down yet another US-made Saudi attack drone
Yemen has successfully targeted an attack drone belonging to Saudi Arabia, as the country continues to develop a deterrence against Riyadh's continued drone raids and surveillance flights over cities and civilian targets.

The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees downed the drone on Thursday afternoon in al-Jabaliyah in the country's west coast.

A source in the Air Defense unit told the al-Masirah news network that the drone was a US-made MQ-9 Reaper.

The Saudi air force launched a series of airstrikes on the wreckage of the drone to destroy it before it fell to the hands of the Yemeni fighters, the source added.

Yemeni forces seem to have developed a sophisticated air defense network to fight off Riyadh's drone raids.

They downed an MQ-1 Predator last month, another US-made drone, using a surface-to-air missile.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年06月19日

シリア北東部のクルドが収穫直前の小麦畑を焼き払う

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/6/12のツイート
mkoさんがmiri woodをリツイートしました
アメリカが支えるクルドYPGが小麦畑に放火している! クルドと米軍の占領軍に出て行けと抗議行動を続ける住民、農家を従わせようとして。なんてバカなんだ!



※ maytham @maytham956氏の2019/6/12のツイート
Several local websites published this video showing YPG Kurdish Muppets setting fire in the lands next to the crops and wheat fields in Eastern Syria


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畑で野火が発生したかのように伝えている。このアカウントは本当に偏っているのかも。



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリア イドリブの壮絶な戦い この若者たちは昨日1人を残してみな死にました

原文トルコ語、英文は機械翻訳

※ tahtakuşlar @taylieli氏の2019/6/19のツイート
Öso ve el kaide grupları, sabah itibariyle Hama kuzey kırsalına geniş çaplı saldırı başlattı/Calme köyüne bombalı araçla intihar saldırısı düzenledi.

FSA and al-Qaeda groups launched a large-scale attack on the northern countryside of Hama / a car bomb attack in Calme village.

※ tahtakuşlar @taylieli氏の2019/6/19のツイート
Ölen militan sayısı 21.
Bölgede 7 kişilik bir Suriye Ordu birliğinin, nusra militanlarına esir düştüğü haberi var.

The number of militants killed is 21.
There is news that a Syrian Army unit of 7 people in the region has been captured by Nusra militants.


※ tahtakuşlar @taylieli氏の2019/6/19のツイート
Öso ve nusra/htş militanları, dün #Hama kuzey kırsalındaki 3 bölgeye saldırmaya çalıştı. Saldırılar püskürtüldü, 35 militan öldürüldü.

Fotodakiler özgür İdlib ordusu militanları (en soldaki öso gazetecisi). Hepsi Sarakib kasabasından. Başarısız saldırıda, 1i hariç hepsi ölmüş.

FSA and nusra / htş militants, yesterday #Hama tried to attack 3 regions in the northern countryside. The attacks were repulsed, 35 militants were killed.

Those in the photo are free Idlib army militants (left-hand FSA journalist). It's all from Sarakib. In the unsuccessful attack, all but 1 are dead.


写真には左端がFSAのジャーナリスト、兵士は13人。一人を残して12人が死にました。木はイチジクでしょうか。


Sarakibはアレッポとダマスカスを結ぶ高速道路の要所、観覧車もある大きな町です。


FARSNEWS2019/6/18
Tens of Terrorists Killed in Failed Offensive on Syrian Army Positions in Hama, Lattakia
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army, supported by fighter jets, repelled the terrorists' heavy attacks on its positions in Northern Hama and Lattakia after militants set up a new operations room.

A large number of terrorists stationed in Northern Syria, including the so-called National Liberation Front, Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Jeish al-Izza attacked the Syrian army positions from the town of al-Jalmeh and Kafar Hood near the town of al-Tarmiseh and Tal Othman in Northern and Northwestern Hama.

Meantime, a military source reported that the Syrian army troops killed at least 65 terrorists, wounded tens of others and destroyed a number of military and bomb-laden vehicles, forcing the remaining militants to withdraw during their operations in Hama on Tuesday.

Also, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that the Syrian air force targeted the terrorists' positions and moves in the towns of al-Latamineh, Hasraya, Kafar Zita, al-Zakah and al-Arbaeen, smashing their supply routes from Khan Sheikhoin and Tarmala in Southern Idlib.

Meantime, reports said that the Syrian army forces have repulsed attacks by terrorists and suicide bombers of Turkistani party and Tahrir al-Sham against the strategic positions of the Syrian army in Hassan al-Ra'ei hill in Northeastern Lattakia and in support of other militants in Northern Hama, killing tens of terrorists, including foreign fighters.

The terrorist groups had earlier set up a new operations room named al-Fatah al-Mobin to confront the Syrian army.

Relevant reports said on Sunday that commanders of the terrorist groups are at odds with each other after the Syrian army could repel their heavy attacks in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that commanders of Tahrir al-Sham, Horras al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid which are acting under the supervision of 'Va Harrez al-Mo'emenin' operations room and other terrorist groups, including the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), headed by Jeish al-Izza, acting under the command of the joint operations room of all militant groups, blame each other for the failure of offensives on Syrian army positions in Northern Hama, Southern Idlib and Northern Lattakia.

It added that the terrorist groups accuse each other of dragging a feet in opening more fronts for clashes to decrease pressure in Hama and Idlib fronts or joining the joint operations room among all terrorist groups.

Meantime, Syria's Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Syrian army forces on Saturday inflicted heavy defeat on Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in the strategic towns of Tal Malah and al-Jabin in Northern Hama with the aim of establishment of security in the strategic Mahradeh-al-Saqilbiyeh road.

The Syrian army forces also targeted the terrorists' supply lines and moves in the towns of al-Latamineh, Kafar Zita, Ahsam, Haish, Deir Sonbol and Tarmila in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib in response to their rocket attacks against the towns of Sheikh Hadid, al-Jamlah and al-Aziziyeh in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy damages and losses on the militants.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イランがS-400導入も 国内防空力強化

SPUTNIK2019/6/19
Iran Considers Adding Foreign Potential to Domestic Military Capacity - Security Council
UFA (Sputnik) - Iran considers engaging foreign potential to reinforce its domestic capacity in air defence amid escalating tensions, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani said.

“We currently face demonstrative threats. Nevertheless, when it comes to air defence of our country, we consider using the foreign potential in addition to our domestic capacities,” Shamkhani said when asked whether Iran might purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems in case it faces a serious threat.

Shamkhani also added that Iran is not currently considering the possibility for Russia or any other state to mediate the Iranian-US dialogue on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"Mediation is out of question in the current situation. The United States has unilaterally withdrawn from the JCPOA, it has flouted its obligations and it has introduced illegal sanctions against Iran. The United States should return to the starting point and correct its own mistakes. This process needs no mediation," Shamkhani said.

The Iranian security council secretary also lashed out at the United States for exercising pressure on the Islamic Republic through claims that Iran was behind the attack on oil tankers attack in the Gulf of Oman.



FARSNEWS2019/6/18
Senior MP: Iran+25 States to Establish Anti-US Sanctions Club
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator announced that his country and 25 other states which are suffering the US sanctions will set up a club to closely cooperate to confront the embargos.

"The Americans' measure against the Islamic Republic of Ian is an anti-humane and anti-human rights measure. We want to establish a club to confront sanctions based on the information we have about the 25 countries which are under the US sanctions with different methods," Chairman of the parliament's Fraction to Confront Sanctions Mohammad Ali Pourmokhtar told FNA on Tuesday.

He added that the aim of the club will be confrontation against sanctions and taking coordinated steps through cooperation.

"It was decided that the 25 countries will take common steps through diplomatic trafficking and form a united front against the US measures," Pourmokhtar said.

Iran, China, Russia, Turkey and North Korea are among the large countries which have been hit by the US cruel sanctions.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said that it is up to Tehran, Beijing and Moscow to form a strategic trilateral cooperation to defy the US unilateral measures against Iran.

Addressing the 2nd conference on perspective of trade and cultural cooperation between Iran and North Caucasian Federal District in Tehran, Dzhagaryan underlined that China, Iran and Russia should develop their economic cooperation to enable Iran to confront the US measures against the nuclear deal.

The diplomat underlined that Moscow opposes the unilateral moves of Washington in violation of nuclear pact, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The Russian Federation is concerned about the unfair sanctions imposed on Iran, and Russia is ready to help Iran to thwart negative impacts of the US sanctions,” Dzhagaryan underscored.

The ambassador said that Russia is determined to broaden economic ties with Iran.
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Iran: US Causing Problems in Region, Afghanistan’s Opium Production Increased after US Invasion

Iran: US Causing Problems in Region, Afghanistan’s Opium Production Increased after US Invasion
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at the US destructive role in the region, adding that opium production in Afghanistan has sharply increased in the last 18 years since the US attack in 2001.

In a meeting with the visiting Vice-Speaker of Iraqi Parliament Bashir Haddad in Tehran on Monday, Larijani said that about 4,000 Iranians have lost their lives in the fight against illicit drugs, while since 2001, when Americans attacked Afghanistan, drug production has increased by 50 times.

“The US intervention creates problems for the Middle East region,” Larijani said during the meeting.

The top Iranian legislator also said "about 4,000 Iranians have been martyred during the fight against illegal drugs, while since 2001, when Americans attacked Afghanistan, drug production has increased by 50 times in the neighboring country."

Larijani further said that Iran will remain alongside Iraq as it did during the fight against terrorism.

Bashir Haddad, for his part, said that long shared borders between Iran and Iraq lay the ground for expansion of ties between the two countries in various fields, stressing the need for an increase in the number of border crossings to expand bilateral economic and trade relations.

The US military operation in Afghanistan began in 2001, as a part of then-US President George W. Bush's "War on Terror" following the 9/11 attacks. The operation swiftly ousted the Taliban government, but despite that, the group retains control over the majority of Afghan territory. The intervention also failed to thwart Afghanistan's production of opium, which reached a record level of 9,000 metric tons in 2017, according to a Brookings Institution report. Afghanistan is currently the world's leading opium producing country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime monitoring.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country more than 16 years ago.



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:22| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イスラエルは80〜90発の核爆弾を保有している

RT2019/6/18
Israel has 80-90 nukes, SIPRI report says, as Tel Aviv continues to accuse Iran of nuclear obsession
Israel, which routinely accuses Iran of trying to obtain nuclear weapons and pledges to use force to stop Tehran, maintains its own undeclared nuclear arsenal estimated at 80 to 90, according to the latest report by SIPRI.

There are nine nations in the world that currently have nuclear weapons, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says in its newly released yearbook on the state of armaments and international security. The world nuclear stockpile went from 14,465 at the beginning of last year to about 13,865 this year, the report estimates, as the US and Russia were delivering on their promises under the New START Treaty signed in 2010.

Israel, which maintains a policy of neither confirming nor denying the possession of nuclear weapons, has between 80 and 90 warheads in its stockpile, the same as the year before, the institute said.

It comes as tensions between Iran on one side, and the US and regional ally Israel on the other, continue to mount. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s unsinkable prime minister, has for years waged a campaign accusing the Iranians of having unwavering nuclear ambitions, regardless of the evidence, or lack thereof.

In 2012, the Israeli leader famously brought a diagram to a UN General Assembly session, purporting to show Iran’s progress in acquiring a nuclear device, with a literal red line drawn on it. With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Israel has doubled down on the theatrical approach, treating the world to a tall tale about a daring spy operation that managed to steal troves of nuclear documents from a secret warehouse in Tehran. The presentation was meant to prove Tehran’s duplicity, though experts pointed out that most of the documents revealed were old and known to Iran watchers.

Back then, Iran fired back, saying that “no arts & craft show will ever obfuscate that Israel is only regime in our region with a *secret* and *undeclared* nuclear weapons program.”

Netanyahu’s latest jab at Iran came last week. The prime minister said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran was “accelerating its nuclear program,” suggesting that it proves Tehran poses a threat.

The IAEA indeed confirmed that Iran was on a path to exceed the limit of uranium stockpile set by the nuclear deal, just as Iran said it would. Tehran said the move was in response to the US’ withdrawal from the agreement more than a year ago, as well as the failure of the EU to circumvent American sanctions against companies that dare to do business in Iran.
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米国とサウジがシリア北東部の領土分離のために援助をテロリストからクルドに振り替える

FARSNEWS2019/6/18
Riyadh Heightens Attempts to Accelerate Decomposition of Syria by Aiding Kurds
TEHRAN (FNA)- Riyadh has stopped financial support for the terrorist groups in Northern Syria in line with a fresh scheme to help Kurds cut off Eastern Syria from the mainland after a Saudi-US delegation met in Deir Ezzur.

Head of the politburo of Turkey-backed Lawa al-Mo'etasam-Free Syrian Army terrorists Mostafa Sejari wrote on his twitter page on Monday that Saudi Arabia has decided to cut financial support for the regions occupied by the terrorist groups in Northern Syria.

He added that the measure was adopted after Riyadh started support for the separatist Kurdish groups in Northeastern Syria following a visit by Saudi Minister for Persian Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan to Kurdish-occupied regions.

Sejari underlined that Saudi Arabia wants to pressure Turkey, warning, "All of us will be harmed by this measure."


Media reports said on Friday that American and Saudi diplomatic delegations held a meeting with commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a number of tribal leaders in a Washington-occupied base in Deir Ezzur in a bid to coordinate a plan for the separation of Eastern Euphrates from Syria.

The Arabic-language Step news website affiliated to the militants reported that recently a meeting was held between the two sides in al-Omar oilfield region in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

It added that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rayburn, former US Ambassador to Bahrain William V. Roebuck and Thamer al-Sabhan participated in a meeting with Qassan al-Yousef and Leili al-Hassan, the co-chairs of Deir Ezzur civil administration, noting that the event was meant do coordination for supporting the SDF-occupied regions against any possible threat and political and economic support for the SDF in Northern and Northeastern Syria.

According to the report, another meeting was also held between the Arab and US delegations and a number of tribal leaders of Deir Ezzur in al-Omar base to remove differences between the tribes and the SDF and discuss financial and logistical support for the Eastern Euphrates region.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Xeber 24 news website reported that al-Sabhan conveyed a message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his full support for militants in Northeastern Syria.

Syria affairs analysts are concerned about the US-Saudi plan to cut off Eastern Euphrates from the mainland, saying that the Saudi minister has paid some money to the tribal leaders to coax them into cooperation with the Kurdish militia and support for Riyadh's influence in the region.

The US has increased military support for the Kurds in Eastern Syria in recent months.

FARSNEWS2019/6/20
Syrian Tribes Refuse to Cooperate with Saudi-US Separatist Moves in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian tribes in Deir Ezzur province have stood against a Saudi-US plot to support the Kurds to decompose Eastern Euphrates from Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted the leader of al-Moshahedah in al-Jazeerah region in Eastern Euphrates Sheikh Heidar al-Hamadi as saying on Wednesday that all Syrian tribes, except a little number of them, have opposed the recent meeting by Saudi Minister for Persian Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan to Kurdish-occupied regions to study plots to separate Eastern Syria from the country's territory.

He underlined al-Sabhan's attempts to coax the tribes in Eastern Syria into implementation of separatist plots, and said most of them want Damascus to retake control of the region.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that a Swedish delegation, including the country's representative for Syria affairs, the Swedish foreign ministry official for Syria affairs and the official for the agency on international aid, have entered the Kurdish-occupied regions in Eastern Syria and held meetings with a number of commanders in line with the western states' accelerated attempts to interfere in Syria's internal affairs and assist the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their separatist dreams.

Mohammad al-Akam, a senior Syrian legislator, said that a tripartite coalition has been formed among Saudi Arabia, the Kurdish forces and Israel under the US supervision which pursues pressures on Damascus after gaining victory over terrorist groups, by separating the Northeastern parts of the country.

Head of the politburo of Turkey-backed Lawa al-Mo'etasam-Free Syrian Army terrorists Mostafa Sejari wrote on his twitter page on Monday that Riyadh had stopped financial support for the terrorist groups in Northern Syria in line with a fresh scheme to help Kurds cut off Eastern Syria from the mainland after a Saudi-US delegation met in Deir Ezzur.

He added that Saudi Arabia had decided to cut financial support for the regions occupied by the terrorist groups in Northern Syria.

He added that the measure was adopted after Riyadh started support for the separatist Kurdish groups in Northeastern Syria following a visit by Thamer al-Sabhan to Kurdish-occupied regions.

Sejari underlined that Saudi Arabia wants to pressure Turkey, warning, "All of us will be harmed by this measure."

Media reports said on Friday that American and Saudi diplomatic delegations held a meeting with commanders of the US-backed SDF and a number of tribal leaders in a Washington-occupied base in Deir Ezzur in a bid to coordinate a plan for the separation of Eastern Euphrates from Syria.

The Arabic-language Step news website affiliated to the militants reported that recently a meeting was held between the two sides in al-Omar oilfield region in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

It added that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rayburn, former US Ambassador to Bahrain William V. Roebuck and Thamer al-Sabhan participated in a meeting with Qassan al-Yousef and Leili al-Hassan, the co-chairs of Deir Ezzur civil administration, noting that the event was meant do coordination for supporting the SDF-occupied regions against any possible threat and political and economic support for the SDF in Northern and Northeastern Syria.

According to the report, another meeting was also held between the Arab and US delegations and a number of tribal leaders of Deir Ezzur in al-Omar base to remove differences between the tribes and the SDF and discuss financial and logistical support for the Eastern Euphrates region.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Xeber 24 news website reported that al-Sabhan conveyed a message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his full support for militants in Northeastern Syria.

Syria affairs analysts are concerned about the US-Saudi plan to cut off Eastern Euphrates from the mainland, saying that the Saudi minister has paid some money to the tribal leaders to coax them into cooperation with the Kurdish militia and support for Riyadh's influence in the region.

The US has increased military support for the Kurds in Eastern Syria in recent months.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:06| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

日本人のシリア問題に関するツイートが興味深い

管理人は、シリア問題について日本人のツイートを参照していません。たまたま、次のツイートを目にして、そういえば多数の人がシリア、ISIS問題を扱っていることを思い出しました。

※ 井上靜 Joe Inoue @ruhiginoue氏の2018/4/17のツイート
シリア情勢で、原口一博を批判する常岡浩介という両極端の醜さ。

※ 井上靜 Joe Inoue @ruhiginoue氏の2018/4/17のツイート
‏悪名高い常岡浩介の戯言に反論したくても、その対立相手が歴史修正主義者の原口一博では、そちらに味方した形になってしまうことが危惧されるので、できない。
これをわかっているから、常岡は原口を相手に選んでいるのだろう。

※ 井上靜 Joe Inoue @ruhiginoue氏の2018/4/17のツイート
こういう姑息な手口をいつも駆使している人から引用しないで、自らの発想と言葉で批判をすべき。

この分野で著名度の高い常岡浩介容疑者☪認証済みアカウント @shamilsh氏のアカウントから同氏がリツイートしているもののうち管理人が関心のあるものを抜き出しました。

日本時間2018/4/17、午前11時30分現在で収録しています。以下、敬称略。

北丸雄二 @quitamarco2時間2時間前
まるでソ連時代。ロシアの秘密傭兵組織の疑惑を報じていた記者が自宅5階のバルコニーから謎の転落死。
Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies

黒井文太郎 @BUNKUROI2時間2時間前
「米国筋によれば、塩素ガスと神経ガスの被害痕跡がある被害者の尿と血液のサンプルが入手されたとのこと」
→ここ、調査結果の注目点

KaSuehiro @KaSuehiro17時間17時間前
KaSuehiroさんがMaurice Schleepenをリツイートしました
アサド政府ロシア側のツイート。今日から“再開”だと。アメリカなどの攻撃の“short absence”の後、だと。また虐殺が始まってしまう。

deepthroat @gloomynews2時間2時間前
時事◆サイバー攻撃「ロシア発」=米英、共同警告を発表 https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2018041700248&g=int … 「米英両政府は16日、政府機関や民間企業のネットワークを狙った世界的サイバー攻撃にロシア政府が関与しているとの共同警告文書を発表した」

deepthroat @gloomynews3時間3時間前
シリア・ダマスカスに到着した化学兵器禁止機関(OPCW)チームが、今では政府軍が制圧する攻撃現場ドゥマに調査に入るのをシリア・ロシア両政府から(治安を理由に)妨げられている件で、月曜に米CBS取材チームが既に現場取材に入った。マスコミ取材OK、OPCW調査は未だ「準備中」?

黒井文太郎 @BUNKUROI3時間3時間前
黒井文太郎さんがKaSuehiroをリツイートしました
リビアの例を出す人が多いのですが、カダフィ打倒後も混乱が続いたリビアが、今のシリアより何十倍もマシだということを知らない人が多い

石田昌隆 @masataka_ishida3時間3時間前
アレッポ、東グータ、の次の標的は、ダルアー。国際社会はこれを阻止しなくてはならない→ アサド政権、次の標的は内戦発端の南部ダルアー県 専門家

Satoshi Ikeuchi 池内恵 @chutoislam6時間6時間前
Satoshi Ikeuchi 池内恵さんがKazuto Suzukiをリツイートしました
正確にはムハンマド皇太子発言とフリードマンのコラムの殺人カクテル。沢山ありすぎて時間内・紙幅に収まらないので「サウジは1979年より前は寛容で自由で女性が解放された社会だった」説を検証。とにかく並べて訳しただけですが。フェイク・ヒストリーですよ。あとフリードマンは自己コピペが多い。

神田大介認証済みアカウント @kanda_daisuke3時間3時間前
政権支持者は「内戦勝利を確実にしたアサド政権が化学兵器を使う必然性はない」と言うが、今後も独裁を続けるには、恐怖の記憶を染み込ませることが役立つということではないか/化学兵器「抵抗する力奪う」 アサド政権軍、内戦で50回使用か

常岡浩介容疑者☪認証済みアカウント @shamilsh4時間4時間前
☪常岡浩介容疑者
☪さんがdeepthroatをリツイートしました
多少でも虐殺の力を削ぎ、シリア民衆を救っているのはおそらく唯一イスラエル

この最後のツイートでのけぞりました。とてもフォローできない管理人の理解力を越えた情勢認識です。ここまでバイアスがあることを正直に表明することは、それはそれで評価できるかもしれませんが、アナリストないしはスペシャリストとしての論説は見る価値がなくなります。

多様な言論はとても面白いし、知的な刺激がいっぱいです。おそらく上のような多様性の中で管理人の言論が「異端」の地位を占めることは間違いありません。

リアルタイムで情報が、映像が流れる現代でも、世界のある場所で現在進行中の事象についてこれだけの見方の違いがあることは、情報の入手、選別とその解釈がどれだけ難しいかを物語っているように思います。

次のツイートにも驚きました。

※ 鳩山由紀夫認証済みアカウント @hatoyamayukio氏の2018/4/17のツイート
シリアのアサド政権が化学兵器を使用したとして米英がミサイル爆撃したことを孫崎享氏に伺った。化学兵器を使ったことは事実、問題は誰が使ったかだ。推理は誰が得をするかを考えれば分かると。アサド政権は勝利しているので使う意義がないしマイナス。調査団が調査する前に攻撃した方が得をしたのだ。

本当に化学兵器が使われたかその事実関係が争点になっています。鳩山氏はいかなる根拠で「化学兵器を使ったことは事実」と述べているんでしょう。孫崎享氏がそう述べている?


※ 鳴子ルピ夫@元痔憂は臭い @narcorupio氏の17:25 - 2019年6月18日のツイート
返信先: @ToyamaInisanさん、@trappedsoldierさん
コイツですね(笑)
コイツに以前通報されたコトあるからムカつくんですよ怒り(ムカッ)
テロリスト風情に通報する資格なんざありませんよ怒り(ムカッ)

※ ヒロッタ @f346856a72q8w氏の2019/6/18のツイート
返信先: @narcorupioさん、@ToyamaInisanさん、@trappedsoldierさん
どこからどう見ても立派なテロリスト(笑)。いっそアイコン画面にすればいいのに。

※ 鳴子ルピ夫@元痔憂は臭い @narcorupio氏の2019/6/18のツイート 
自分はテロリストでなくジハーディスト(聖戦士)だと自己陶酔してんでしょう、この人物は┓( ̄∇ ̄;)┏

※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の18:17 - 2019年6月18日のツイート
mkoさんが鳴子ルピ夫@元痔憂は臭いをリツイートしました
2014年ごろ、ISISが何者かを紹介。中田孝とともにシリアに行き、テロリストにご馳走で歓迎されたジハード常岡。そんな動画を「貴重な映像」と紹介したメディア。吐き気しそうだった。彼はグルジアのチェチェンテロリスト訓練キャンプにも参加。

2019年06月08日
立命館大元准教授のモハマド・サイフラ・オザキ イラクで投降拘束

2019年06月10日
シリアでの取材中に死亡した米国人女性記者の遺族に巨額の損害賠償を認める米国裁判所

2018年10月29日
日本の中東研究者はイスラム国とのつながりを持とうとしていた

2016年10月01日
バングラテロ資金、UAEから送金

日本語でISISに対する寄付を求める文書がネットで流れたこともあります。日本人にも決して縁のない話ではありません。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:32| Comment(9) | 国際・政治

ウクライナ訪問のメルケルに健康不安

RT2019/6/18
Fears for Merkel’s health after she violently shakes while meeting Ukrainian president (VIDEO)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotted visibly unsteady and shaking when she met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The 64-year-old politician later said she recovered from the sickly condition after drinking water.

Merkel felt unwell while she greeted Zelensky outside the chancellery amid hot weather in Berlin. The two leaders were listening to a band, playing national anthems of the two countries, when Merkel started shaking and swaying around a little, footage from the scene shows.

Following the anthems, Merkel managed to get herself together and was seen walking quickly alongside Zelensky into the chancellery. The German leader later told reporters that she has fully recovered after drinking several glasses of water.

“Since then I have drunk at least three glasses of water – I obviously needed that and so I'm doing very well now,” she said.

The 64-year-old stateswoman has had similar bouts of trembling in the past, according to DPA International, and in at least one other case blamed the hot weather.

In 2014, she postponed a TV interview stating she felt weak, but was able to carry on after eating, her spokesperson said.

Despite rumors of ill health, however, it is not clear whether Merkel suffers from any health problems.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:08| Comment(4) | 国際・政治

2019年06月18日

ボルトン更迭か

RT2019/6/18
Trump not in control of Iran policy, should perhaps fire Bolton – EU foreign policy chief’s adviser
US President Donald Trump does not appear to be in control of his own administration’s Iran policy and he should fire national security adviser John Bolton, special adviser to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told RT.

In an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevarnadze, Nathalie Tocci said Trump has “been led into a very different direction” than the one he might otherwise have gone in without input from Bolton.

Asked why she didn't trust Trump's claims that he does not want regime change in Iran, Tocci said Bolton clearly has a different position – and he seems to be the one writing the administration’s policy on Tehran.

Unfortunately at the moment it seems to me that the US’s Iran policy has a very clear author and that author is not the president of the United States.

Tocci noted that Bolton’s enthusiasm for regime change in Iran dates back “way further” than Trump, to “the Bush administration and even earlier.”

“Perhaps [Trump] should try and change his national security adviser that very clearly has a very different position on this one,” she said.

Tocci also said that she understands Iran's threats to breach the 2015 nuclear deal in light of heightening tensions with the US. Last week, the US accused Tehran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, but provided no strong evidence to back up the accusation.

“If I were Iran I would probably not stick with the JCPOA because indeed, as I said, the social contract can only hold if both sides live up to the bargain,” she said.


RT2019/6/14
Could John Bolton soon be SACKED? Will it avert Iran war? Former CIA agent Kiriakou positive on both
Hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton has steered the Trump administration towards multiple conflicts. However, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou tells RT he’s learned that Bolton’s days in the White House may be numbered.

Since joining the Trump administration in April of last year, Bolton has taken the hardest line possible on every geopolitical flare-up. From advocating “humanitarian intervention” in Venezuela, to briefing journalists about a plan to deploy 100,000 troops to the Middle East, to rumors of him “sabotaging” Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un last year, Bolton has trumpeted escalation and confrontation as a panacea to all of America’s foreign policy ills.

Now, former CIA agent Kiriakou writes, Bolton is falling out of President Trump’s favor. In the happy-hour bars of Washington DC, Kiriakou’s contacts within the Trump administration tell him a reckoning is coming, and Bolton’s head is next on the chopping block.

Bolton’s departure is “definitely not a done deal,” Kiriakou stressed, when contacted by RT. But in conversations with “mid-level” national security officials, he has learned that Bolton’s firing is being talked about. Concerned for his legacy, Trump is apparently willing to fire Bolton rather than get dragged into a reputation-tarnishing war, just over a year out from the 2020 election.

Trump himself has signaled in public that he sometimes disagrees with Bolton’s hawkish tendencies. With military confrontation with Iran and Venezuela on the cards last month, Trump described himself as “the one who tempers him, which is okay.” Days beforehand, Trump had expressed frustration that Bolton was trying to get him “into a war,” according to the Washington Post’s sources, at least.

The dissonance between Trump and Bolton’s world views can be seen in their response to the recent tension with Iran. According to Kiriakou:

We can't allow ourselves to believe that Donald Trump is in some way ‘pro-Iran.’ But John Bolton is actively seeking war with Iran. And this is something that Trump has been very clear about not wanting.

Just a week ago, Trump stated that he was open to a sit-down with Iran’s leadership “without preconditions,” directly contradicting Bolton’s long history of advocating pre-emptive strikes on the Islamic Republic. A flow of leaks to the press indicate an unease in the White House too, with an anonymous Pentagon official telling the New Yorker that Trump is “souring” on Bolton, and another telling the Washington Post that Trump is angry with Bolton and “not comfortable with all this regime-change talk.”

However, whether Trump will remain cool towards Iran in light of Thursday’s oil tanker attacks remains to be seen.

Trump has also recently contradicted Bolton on North Korea, telling reporters that Kim Jong-un has “kept his word” on halting nuclear and missile testing. Hours earlier, Bolton had argued the exact opposite.

Of course, Bolton is far from the only hardliner in the Trump administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed an equally hard line on Iran, and was quick to blame Tehran for Thursday’s attacks, reading out a litany of accusations against Iran at a press conference that day.

“Mike Pompeo is at least as much of a hawk, especially on Iran,” said Kiriakou. “But Bolton’s departure would isolate Pompeo. And one of the things that most observers are not paying attention to is the fact that most Republicans in Congress do NOT want to go to war with Iran.”

Nor do Americans have the appetite for further foreign wars. Withdrawing from the decades-long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were key campaign promises of Trump, and another foreign misadventure “would be a disaster that the US can ill afford,” the CIA whistleblower believes.

If the whispers are true, Kiriakou has heard several names mentioned as potential replacements, among them “several retired military officers and former intelligence officials.” None of them, he added, are “household names.”

Those expecting a complete reversal in the Trump administration’s foreign policy with Bolton out of the scene might want to keep holding their breath, however. “I don't think we would see major changes in Trump's foreign policy if Bolton leaves,” Kiriakou concluded. “Other than the fact that we would be far less likely to seek a fight against Iran.”


FARSNEWS2019/5/15
Report: Trump Considering Replacing Bolton
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea, according to a report.

Bolton “is headed for the exits, having flown too close to the sun on his regime change efforts for Iran, Venezuela and North Korea”, The National Interest reported on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

“Hearing that Trump wants him out,” a former senior Trump administration official told the magazine.

There is speculation in Washington “that there’s now daylight between Trump and Bolton”, the report added.

The fighting has also expanded to include US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to officials. A State Department official and a former White House official both report that Bolton and Pompeo are “fighting all the time”.

A former senior official in the State Department noted that Pompeo is enthusiastic about isolating Iran, but fearful of an actual war that might engulf much of the Middle East.

“John Bolton is the problem … Trump’s national security adviser is getting dangerous...particularly to the president’s ideals,” Douglas Macgregor, a Bolton rival and would-be successor, writes in Spectator USA.

The United States has been ratcheting up economic and military pressure on Iran, with Trump recently urging Tehran to talk to him.

"What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me," Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

But then he stated that he would not rule out the possibility of military action in Iran amid escalating tensions before slamming former secretary of state John Kerry for his involvement in the issue.

His remarks came after Bolton said on Sunday that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a "clear and unmistakable" message to Iran.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that the US was deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to bolster an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already sent to the Persian Gulf.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イラン関係 2


※ 宋 文洲認証済みアカウント @sohbunshu氏の2019/6/17のツイート
「日本タンカーを攻撃したのは米国無人機」とロシア
日本人船長も機雷ではなく飛来した「砲弾」と言っていることから、米国の「情報」はイラク侵攻した際と同じ(洗剤を「化学兵器」と称してテレビで振って見せた)

SPUTNIK2019/6/17
Iranian Admiral Urges US to Leave Gulf as Tehran is in Charge of Security There - Report
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the 13 June attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman added that although his country does not want a war, it would respond to any threats faced by its people.

The IRIB television channel quoted Iranian Admiral and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani as saying that Tehran is in charge of security in the Gulf.

"We have always said we guarantee the security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz," Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster IRIB.

Mr Shamkhani also called on US forces to leave the area.

"We repeat our stance and call on U.S. forces to finish their presence in the region as they are the main source of crisis and instability."

Last Thursday, two oil tankers, Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair, suffered explosions and fires in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. Although the cause of the incident is still unknown, some reports claimed that the tankers were hit by torpedoes. The US accused Iran of attacking the vessels but Tehran denies having played any role in the incident.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年06月17日

米国、イスラエル、サウジの役者が揃う 共犯者が名乗り出ているようなもの

もはや、世界は米国の思う通りは動いていません。

FARSNEWS2019/6/17
Egyptian Paper: Mossad Main Suspect behind Attacks on Oil Tankers in Sea of Oman
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Egyptian newspaper dismissed the possibility that Iran carried out the recent attacks against two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, describing Israel as the only side and culprit to benefit from the sabotage act.

"No one should believe and pay attention to the US allegations against Iran for the recent attacks because Trump is beating the drums of war and Israel is happy with it and the result will be a highly risky to the oil region and damage for Iran and other Persian Gulf littoral states," the Arabic-language Mesriyoun newspaper wrote on Monday.

"Israel is the number one and only side which benefits from igniting the fire of war in the region," it added.

The paper underlined Israel's displeasure with any progress in Iran, and added, "Therefore, all suspicions should focuse on Israel and Mossad's possible role given the fact that Mossad played an important role in the incidents during the Arab-Israeli wars in the past and after that."

In relevant remarks on Saturday, senior Arab diplomats also pointed their fingers at Israel as the culprit behind the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, reminding that Tel Aviv has the possibilities and incentives to do the sabotage operations to lay more pressure on Iran.

"There is yet no strong evidence to show who has targeted the two oil tankers, and hence, the door is still open to make political allegations to pressure the opposite party," Arab diplomats told the Lebanese Arabic-language al-Jomhouriyeh newspaper.

Al-Jomhouriyeh did not name the diplomats, but also quoted them as adding, "As the US accuses Iran for the incident, Israel can also be a suspect as it has the possibilities and capabilities to do so."

The Arab diplomats underlined that Israel was the first regime which benefited from any war between the US and Iran.

Iran has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks.

Meantime, a prominent Russian expert also said that the US has launched the Thursday attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman to spread Iranophobia, satisfy Israel and find a pretext for prolonged presence in the region.

"Allegations that Iran is behind the two oil tankers incident in the Sea of Oman are not believable," Head of the Russian Center for Iran Studies and senior analyst on regional issues Rajab Safarov said in an interview with Russia 24 news channel on Friday.

He described the US as the culprit behind the incident, and said in conditions that Iran along with two world powers, Russia and China, are after keeping the nuclear deal, Tehran will not resort to provocative acts against its interests.

Safarov added that the most important reason to blame the US for the incident is its interest in prolonged deployment in the Persian Gulf under the pretext of defending the Persian Gulf Arab states against what it calls as Iran's threat.

"There is also another important scenario. The US is now producing 12mln barrels of oil on a daily basis and it has not only become self-sufficient but also has turned into one of the most important exporters of oil and therefore, it wants to cripple oil transfer in the Persian Gulf and annihilate the European states and China's economy," he said.

"The US introduces itself as the savior of the world and the biggest guarantor of peace and security and Iran as the biggest enemy of peace and the world's economic lifeline by claiming to be rescuing Europe and the Arab and Asian states from an economic, political and geopolitical catastrophe and it will force them to bow to Washington and cut ties with Iran. Therefore, what you see is a scenario which fully benefits Trump and his supporters to force the world to bow to him," Safarov warned.

Asked about the possibility for military conflict between Iran and the US, he said that Washington does not enjoy the capability and power to attack Iran and they fear any military confrontation, adding that tens of ways are before Tehran to close the Strait of Hormuz but the Iranians do not want to adopt provocative measures.

Safarov said that by launching attacks against the oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, Washington pursues Iranophobia in the world to meet its economic interests, satisfy the Israeli lobby, pressure the Persian Gulf Arab states to plunder their petrodollars and hit a blow to Europe and China's economy.

The Japanese company that owns the ‘Kokuka Courageous’ tanker has said its crew spotted “flying objects” before the attack in the Gulf of Oman, contradicting US claims that the vessel was damaged by a naval mine.

Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, told reporters on Friday that sailors on board the ill-fated oil tanker observed “flying objects” just before the incident in which the ship caught fire and was badly damaged. The giant vessel was hit twice, first near the engine room and then on its starboard side.

He suggested that those flying objects could have been bullets, and called reports of striking a mine “false.” Both points at which the ship was damaged were above her waterline, which couldn’t be so if it had struck an underwater mine.

The tanker was carrying petroleum products to Singapore and Thailand when it was attacked while sailing through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. All 21 crew members abandoned the ship and were reportedly rescued by an Iranian vessel. While many details of the incident are still shrouded in mystery, the US was quick to blame Iran.

Later that day, the US military released a blurry video showing what they claimed were Iranian sailors removing an “unexploded limpet mine” from the ‘Kokuka Courageous.’ The poor quality of the video made it especially challenging to independently verify the claims.

Katada’s account partly contradicted American allegations of a mine attack, but did mention that the crew had spotted an Iranian Navy ship nearby. However, the president failed to specify whether it was there before or after the attack.

Another tanker, the Norwegian-owned ‘Front Altair,’ also suffered some damage while passing through the Gulf of Oman at around the same time. There have been reports of a torpedo attack on the vessel, but it is not yet clear from the firm’s statement whether it was attacked.

It is unknown who would benefit from targeting the ships, but the timing of the incidents is especially sensitive. The attack on the tankers that were carrying “Japan-related” cargo notably came during a rare visit to Tehran by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. As the day progressed, he hit back at the US accusations, saying Washington is trying to set up a false-flag attack in order to “sabotage diplomacy” and cover up their own “economic terrorism” against Tehran.

次の記事は、サウジのMBSがイランの責任をとがめたと伝えています。

これで米国、イスラエル、サウジの共犯者と疑われる役者が揃いました。ね、予想通りでしょう。面白いでしょう? 私のこの記事だけで、そういう世界国家の役回りがわかるんです。

RT2019/6/16
Saudi Arabia blames Iran for oil tanker attacks, but doesn’t want ‘regional war’
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of masterminding the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week. One of the explosions rocked a Japanese-owned ship just as PM Abe held talks in Tehran.

The Iranian government “did not respect the presence of the Japanese Prime Minister as a guest, as Tehran instead attacked the two tankers, one of which was heading for Japan,” bin Salman told Saudi-owned paper Ashraq Al-Awsat on Sunday.

The Crown Prince further accused Tehran of “targeting the security and stability of the region,” but stressed that Riyadh does not want the current tensions to spiral into “a regional war.”

Two oil tankers, the Norwegian-owned ‘Front Altair’ and the Japanese-owned ‘Kokuka Courageous,’ suffered attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly pinned the incidents on Tehran, citing intelligence reports. “It’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” Trump said on Friday.

Washington later released a blurry video allegedly showing the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from one of the ship’s hulls. The US did not provide any additional proof of Iran’s alleged culpability in the attacks. The head of the Japanese shipping company that owned the vessel, meanwhile, told reporters that the crew saw “a flying object” hitting the ship.

Iran has denied all accusations. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US “immediately jumped” to blame his nation “without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence,” with the goal of sabotaging Iran’s relations with Japan.

The ships were targeted just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to Tehran, marking the first time that a Japanese leader has visited the nation since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Experts interviewed by RT raised serious doubts as to whether Iran would carry out such a brazen attack on foreign ships at a time of increasing tensions in the region. “Why would Iran do it? They have no reason to go to war and they have no reason to escalate the situation,” defense analyst and retired lieutenant general, Amjad Shoaib, noted.

Some US allies in Europe were also reluctant to follow Washington’s line of reasoning against Iran. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the video, which was shared by the US Navy, was “not enough” to “make a final assessment” of the incident.
次の記事は、どこかの国が書かせていることがバレバレです。むしろ威嚇が効いていないのでわざと書かせた? なんでエルサレム発?

時事2019年06月14日13時26分
日本に警告か=安倍首相、イラン訪問中−タンカー攻撃
 【エルサレム時事】イランとオマーンに挟まれたホルムズ海峡付近で13日に起きた日本のタンカーなど2隻に対する攻撃は、安倍晋三首相がイランを訪問し、最高指導者ハメネイ師と会談するタイミングに合わせるかのように実行された。イランとトランプ米政権の仲介を図る日本に対する何らかの警告のメッセージだった可能性もある。
 12日付のイラン保守強硬派寄りの地元紙は「ミスター安倍、あなたは戦争犯罪者(米国)をどうして信用できるのか」という英語とペルシャ語の見出しを、原爆のキノコ雲の写真と共に大きく掲載。反米感情が強いイランの保守強硬派の間で、米国だけでなく安倍首相への不信感も存在することを示した。
 イスラエルのイラン専門家メイル・ジャベダンファル氏(イラン出身)は電話取材に対し、攻撃はイランによるものだと主張した。日本関連の船舶であることを知っていて実行したとすれば「イランの体制が安倍氏を『トランプ大統領の代理人』と見なし、信頼していないことを示唆する狙いがあった」と分析する。
 一方、イランのザリフ外相はツイッターで、攻撃について「ハメネイ師と安倍首相が友好的な会談を行っているさなかに起きた」と強調した。ハメネイ師は保守強硬派が敬愛する存在だ。ハメネイ師の顔に泥を塗りかねない今回の攻撃は、保守強硬派の行為としては不自然な面がある。
 イランでなければ、日本との関係を引き裂こうとする第三国・勢力の関与が疑われる。この場合も、イランと距離を置くよう促す日本への警告だったと考えられる。
 いずれにせよ、ハメネイ師は安倍首相との会談には応じたが「トランプを意見交換に値する人物とは考えない」と表明し、米国との対話を拒否する姿勢を鮮明にした。米国の対イラン制裁が緩和される見通しはなく、ホルムズ海峡やオマーン湾の緊張は今後も続きそうだ。

13日、オマーン湾で、攻撃を受け火災を起こしたタンカー「フロント・アルタイル」と、消火活動を行うイラン海軍艦艇(EPA時事)


JNN/TBS 2019年6月15日(土)15時45分
米国防長官代行、対イランで連携強化したい考え示す
 アメリカのシャナハン国防長官代行は14日、ホルムズ海峡付近で起きたタンカーへの攻撃について、関連する機密情報を積極的に公開し、イランに対する国際社会の連携を強化していきたいという考えを示しました。
 「中東で起きていることは、アメリカの問題ではなく国際的な問題だ。私とボルトン大統領補佐官、ポンペオ国務長官の焦点はこの問題に対する国際的な合意を築くことだ」(シャナハン国防長官代行)
 シャナハン国防長官代行は14日、記者団にこのように述べた上で、「国防総省の役割の一つは外交のための条件を設定することだ」と強調しました。
 アメリカ軍は、タンカーに付着したまま不発になっていた爆発物をイラン側が回収したとする映像を公開しましたが、シャナハン氏は今後も積極的に関連する機密情報の公開を続け、イランに対する国際社会の連携を強化していきたいという考えを示しました。(15日13:54) JNN/TBS

東京新聞2019年6月15日 朝刊
海運会社「飛来物で被害」 乗組員目撃と説明 機雷攻撃を否定
 東京の海運会社「国華産業」の堅田豊社長は十四日、本社で記者会見し、イラン沖のホルムズ海峡近くで攻撃されたタンカーに関し「乗組員は飛来物でやられたと言っている」と説明した。計二回の攻撃のうち、二回目は乗組員が飛来物を目撃していたという。機雷や魚雷による攻撃を受けたとの見方を強く否定した。パナマ国旗を掲げて航行しており、日本の船を狙って攻撃が行われたとは考えにくいとも述べた。
 タンカーの状況については「状態は安定しており、沈没の可能性はない」とした。アラブ首長国連邦に向かってえい航中で、乗組員全員が戻り、予備電源が復旧したという。貨物や燃料の損失もないとしている。
 米軍は、イラン革命防衛隊の小型船が、タンカーに付着させた機雷を取り除いているとする映像を公開したが、堅田社長は「攻撃を受けた場所は水面よりだいぶ上。魚雷や機雷であれば海面より上で損害を受けることはない」と話した。
 国華産業は攻撃された具体的な場所について、十三日はタンカーの左舷としていたが、右舷と修正した。
 国華産業によると、タンカーにはフィリピン人二十一人が乗船。一人が軽いけがを負ったが、応急処置の結果、快方に向かっている。堅田社長は「航路が閉鎖されない限り、船員の同意を得て運航する」として、ペルシャ湾周辺での航行を継続する意向を示した。

画像から見ると国華産業のタンカーは左舷に被弾しているようですが、この側の画像しかなかった?


bloomberg2019年6月13日 18:56 JST
「国華産業」のケミカルタンカーが被弾、乗員に邦人含まれず−国交省
堀江政嗣
中東・ホルムズ海峡の近くで13日、タンカー2隻が被害を受けた件で、国土交通省はそのうちの一隻が国華産業(東京都千代田区)が運航するケミカルタンカーだったことを明らかにした。
  国交省の発表資料によると、被害を受けたのは「KOKUKA Courageous」(パナマ船籍)。同日午前11時45分(現地時間同6時45分)ごろ、機関室外の喫水線付近に被弾した。乗員は船舶から退避を済ませていたという。乗員に邦人はいなかったとしている。
  共同通信は13日、タンカーは日本時間の13日正午ごろと午後3時ごろの2回襲撃を受けたと国華産業を引用して報じた。
  米第5艦隊は13日、ホルムズ海峡の近くで石油タンカー2隻が被害を受けたことを明らかにした。国華のタンカーはサウジアラビアからシンガポールに向けメタノールを積載して航行中で、被害の報道を受けて原油相場は急伸した。  

JNN/TBS 2019年6月15日(土)11時06分
イラン海運当局、タンカー火災は「技術的問題」
 ホルムズ海峡付近で発生したタンカー火災について、イランの海運当局が技術的な問題が原因だったとして、外部からの攻撃によるものだとするアメリカなどの見方を否定する見解を示しているとイランメディアが報じました。
 ホルムズ海峡近くのオマーン湾では13日、タンカー2隻が攻撃を受け、被害に遭ったうち1隻は日本の国華産業が運航するタンカーでした。
 イランのタスニム通信は14日、イランの海運当局が2隻のタンカーで起きた火災について、タンカーの技術的な問題が原因だったとの見方を示していると報じました。
 この火災について、アメリカ政府はイランの攻撃によるものと断定しているほか、被害に遭った国華産業も「飛来したものによる攻撃」との見解を示していて、イラン海運当局の主張はこれら外部的な要因だとする見方を否定するものです。
 ただ、海運当局は「暫定的な分析」だとして、さらなる調査が必要だとの認識も示しているということです。(15日08:54) JNN/TBS

時事通信社2019年6月15日(土)7時39分
米無人機にミサイル発射か=イラン艦艇、タンカー攻撃前に−CNN
 【ワシントン時事】日本などのタンカー2隻がホルムズ海峡近くで攻撃された問題で、米CNNテレビ(電子版)は14日、米当局者の話として、攻撃の数時間前に、イランの艦艇がタンカー周辺を飛行していた米国の無人機MQ9に対し、地対空ミサイルを発射していたと報じた。ミサイルは命中せず海に落下したという。事実であれば、米イラン間の緊張がさらに高まるのは必至だ。
 無人機はイランの艦艇が2隻のタンカーに接近するのを監視していたという。当局者は、この艦艇が実際にタンカーを攻撃したかどうかには言及しなかった。また、数日前には紅海で、イエメンのイスラム教シーア派系武装組織フーシ派が発射したイラン製とみられるミサイルで米無人機が撃墜されたという。

※ buu @buu34氏の21:53 - 2019年6月14日 のツイート
今、BSフジで、ヒゲの佐藤が、「油が流れて(流通して)いる間は護衛艦の派遣はない」とか、アホなことを言っていた失敗



時事2019年06月14日16時12分
機雷攻撃を否定=「乗組員が飛来物目撃」−タンカー運航の国華産業
 中東ホルムズ海峡近くで攻撃されたタンカーを運航する海運会社「国華産業」(東京都千代田区)の堅田豊社長は14日、記者会見し、2発目の攻撃の際に乗組員が飛来物を目撃していたことを明らかにし、「間違いなく機雷や魚雷ではない」と述べた。
 また、タンカーはパナマ国旗を掲げていたことから、「日本だから攻撃したとは考えていない」との見方を示した。
 堅田社長によると、攻撃を受けた箇所は1発目は船の後部、2発目は中央部付近で、いずれも右舷側で海面より上だという。沈没の可能性はなく、米海軍の支援を受け、タグボートにえい航されてアラブ首長国連邦(UAE)に向かっている。
 乗組員1人が軽傷を負ったが、全員再び乗船して発電機などの復旧作業に当たっている。積み荷のメタノールは別の船に積み替えて輸送する方針という。
・・・1隻の積み荷はシンガポールとタイ向けだったようです。飛行機から小型ミサイルを発射?



※ mko @trappedsoldier氏の2019/6/14のツイート
mkoさんがNardeep Pujjiをリツイートしました
この映像はイラン海軍が、2隻のタンカーの乗組員全員を救出した後に撮影したもの。救難信号を受けた米海軍の艦船、レスキューボートの姿はどこにもない。



※ 岩上安身認証済みアカウント @iwakamiyasumi氏の2019/6/14のツイート
岩上安身さんがOKAMOTOをリツイートしました
ハメネイ師のツィートを読むと、トランプと話し合う気はないときっぱり米国との対話を断っていることがわかる。なのに、このように全くのデマを、平然と流す岩田明子とNHK。なぜ、こんなデマ宣伝のために国民は受信料を払わなくてはならないのだろうか。

※ OKAMOTO @corochin61氏の19:15 - 2019年6月13日のツイート
出たぞ!岩田明子のトンデモ解説「イランは、安倍総理の助言を重視してる」。
受信料で出張して、ヨイショ顔2(おこったカオ)

※ Hiromi1961 @Hiromi19611氏の19:34 - 2019年6月13日のツイート
手ぶらでは会ってくれないのか?
「総額2億7000万円余りの緊急無償資金協力を行う考えを伝えました。」
イランを訪れている安倍総理大臣はロウハニ大統領との首脳会談に臨み、アメリカとの対立で緊張が高まっていることを踏まえ軍事衝…

※ Khamenei.ir @khamenei_ir氏の18:14 - 2019年6月13日のツイート
We have no doubt in @abeshinzo’s goodwill and seriousness; but regarding what you mentioned from U.S. president, I don’t consider Trump as a person deserving to exchange messages with; I have no response for him & will not answer him.



JNN/TBS 2019年6月14日(金)12時55分
安倍首相イランから帰国、今夜にも米大統領と電話会談へ
イランを訪問していた安倍総理は14日朝、帰国しました。夜にもアメリカのトランプ大統領と電話で会談し、中東情勢について協議する予定です。
 イランの最高指導者・ハメネイ師やロウハニ大統領との会談を終えた安倍総理は14日朝、羽田空港に到着しました。
 「(ハメネイ師から)『核兵器を製造も保有も使用もしない』。こうした発言があったことは、地域の平和と安定の確保に向けて大きな前進であると評価している」(菅義偉官房長官)
 菅官房長官はこのように、安倍総理のイラン訪問の成果を強調しました。しかしホルムズ海峡で起きた日本のタンカーへの攻撃について、アメリカのポンペオ国務長官が「イランに責任がある」としていることについて問われると、情報収集中であることを理由に「予断を持って発言することは控えたい」と述べるにとどまりました。
 安倍総理は14日夜にもアメリカのトランプ大統領と電話会談を行う方向で調整していて、イランを取り巻く中東情勢について意見交換する予定です。(14日11:21) JNN/TBS

JNN/TBS 2019年6月14日(金)12時55分
「タンカー攻撃はフーシ派」
イエメンでイランの支援を受ける武装組織「フーシ派」と交戦中のサウジアラビア率いる連合軍の報道官は13日、ロイター通信の取材に対し、今回のタンカー攻撃は、「去年7月に紅海で起きた『フーシ派』によるタンカー攻撃と結びつけられる」と述べ、「フーシ派」や関係組織の犯行を示唆しました。
 ただ報道官は、去年の攻撃と今回の関連について、具体的な証拠は示していません。(14日11:18) JNN/TBS
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:17| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシア人は歴史的な前例をすぐ引用できる 歴史学の本場はロシアになるかも

RT2019/6/16
Kremlin compares US attacks on Iran to fake ‘white powder evidence’ against Iraq in 2003
The US campaign for a war against Iraq in 2003 serves as a cautionary tale against saber-rattling and finger-pointing amid current tensions in the Persian Gulf, the Kremlin’s spokesperson has said.

“We didn’t forget the vials with white powder. We remember and, therefore, have learnt to show restraint in our assessments,” Dmitry Peskov said on a TV show aired on ‘Rossiya 1’ channel on Sunday.

He was referring to a famous scene at the UN Security Council in the months leading up to the Iraq War. Attempting to justify the upcoming US invasion of the Middle Eastern country, then-secretary of state, Colin Powell, brandished a vial with white powder meant to illustrate the dangers of anthrax, which the US were accusing Saddam Hussein of stockpiling.

The allegations of Iraq possessing anthrax and other weapons of mass destruction were proven to be untrue, but only after Washington launched an invasion, toppling the government in Baghdad.

Peskov said that this story now serves as a cautionary tale against rushed finger-pointing in ongoing tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier blamed Iran for an attack on two foreign oil tankers this week, citing intelligence. The US Navy later released a grainy video allegedly showing the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from the hull of one of the ships. Iran has denied any involvement in the incident.

The US claims were supported by some of its allies, like Saudi Arabia and the UK. “We have done our own intelligence assessment and the phrase we used is ‘almost certain’... We don’t believe anyone else could have done this,” British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt told BBC on Sunday.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman put it more bluntly, saying that by “attacking the tankers,” Iran had targeted “security and stability in the region.”

The Kremlin’s spokesperson, on the other hand, stated that no sufficient proof has yet been presented to blame anyone. Jumping to conclusions and making hasty decisions could lead to dire consequences, he said.

Appealing to some kind of classified data in this case is absurd. Incidents like that can really shake up the foundations of the world economy, so any unfounded accusations shouldn’t be considered.

Some other nations, as well as politicians, have also expressed skepticism towards the US’ case against Iran. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the video, which was shared by Washington, was “not enough” to make a final judgement about the incident. UK Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, blasted the US for pinning the blame on Tehran “without credible evidence.”

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年06月16日

フィリッピン、マレーシアに次いでインドネシアが米加にごみを突っ返す

RT2019/6/16
We're not a dumpster! Indonesia sends plastic, shoes & DIAPERS disguised as paper waste back to US
Indonesia says it won’t become yet another world “dumping ground” after it returned five containers of waste back to the US, joining the growing number of Asian nations to recently turn away Western ‘recyclables.’

The waste arrived in Indonesia from Seattle back in March. The cargo, shipped by a Canadian company, was supposed to contain paper recycling material, but the Environment and Forestry Ministry discovered multiple “impurities” inside five containers and ordered them to be “re-exported.”

The containers were filled with “significant amounts” of various plastic waste and shoes, in addition to other rubbish such as wood scraps, fabrics and even diapers. “Although the containers were originally from Canada, the country of departure was the US,” said Waste and Hazardous Waste Management Directorate General Secretary Sayid Muhadhar.

ゴミをめぐる戦いが激しくなるのはいいことです。私たちの暮らしを見ても資源を浪費。特に通販の包装材にはいつも罪悪感。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:56| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ダマスカス



現地時間午後6時ですから西日です。この建物の写った画像は北から南寄りに向けて撮っています。






上が北。丸い点が二つ上の画像の地点。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:03| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2019年06月15日

トルコが飼い犬アルヌスラに手をかまれてロシアに空爆を依頼

トルコが飼い犬アルヌスラに手をかまれてロシアに空爆でこらしめるよう頼んだという変わった話です。

RT2019/6/13
Russian Air Force targets militants in Syria’s Idlib at request of Turkish military
Russia’s Air Force has carried out four strikes in Idlib province, Syria’s last jihadist stronghold, after Turkey asked for help in ensuring the safety of its troops in the area, the Defense Ministry said.

The Turkish side provided the coordinates of “terrorists in Idlib” to the Russian military after Turkish troops came under fire from Al-Nusra-linked militants, leaving three servicemen injured.

As a result, large concentrations of militants and field artillery positions from which the Turkish observation post had been shelled were destroyed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Both countries are currently working towards implementing a full ceasefire in the jihadist-controlled province. Just two weeks ago, Moscow reported that militants operating in Idlib fired more than a dozen missiles at Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base, all of which were intercepted mid-air.

Idlib and its surroundings in northwestern Syria is the last remaining large pocket of resistance against the Syrian government. Various jihadist groups hold ground there, with the most powerful being the Al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly known as Al-Nusra Front).

RT2019/6/15
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group launched attacks against the Turkey-occupied regions in Hama in a bid to violate the ceasefire and put the blame on the Syrian army.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted dissident sources close to the so-called National Liberation Front (supported by Ankara) as saying on Friday that Tahrir al-Sham targeted the areas under supervision of Turkey in Jabal Shahshabou in Northwestern Hama with 35 artillery attacks, adding that 3 Turkish forces were wounded and damages were inflicted on their equipment.

They noted that the measure was adopted to cancel the 3-day Turkish-Russian humanitarian ceasefire and igniting clashes between the Syrian army and the Turkish side.

Meantime, the Russian defense ministry also declared that the terrorist groups in Northern Syria have targeted the Turkey-occupied regions in Idlib province after voicing opposition to the ceasefire.

Also, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported on Friday that Turkey is publically supporting the terrorist groups in Northern Syria by equipping them with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, adding that Tahrir al-Sham had earlier attacked a Sukhoi fighter jet in Northern Hama with the same weapons.

The Syrian army launched artillery attacks against the positions of militants on Friday in response to the offensives launched by the terrorists groups stationed in al-Latamineh and Kafar Zita in Northern Hama and al-Habit against the civilians' houses in the town of Mahradah, Job Ramlah and al-Rasif.

In a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets attacked a meeting of commanders of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at and other terrorist groups in Idlib after a ceasefire proposed by Russia and Turkey failed in the province.

Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that the Russian and Syrian warplanes in a joint military operation launched several airstrikes on the terrorists' military positions in Khan Sheikhoun, Safhoun, Kafar Nubl, Hass and Taftnaz Airport in Southern Idlib.

It noted that a meeting held between Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Taftnaz Airport as well as other gatherings and military equipment of terrorists that were going to be used for attacking the Syrian Army's military positions were destroyed.

The source noted that the Russian and Syrian air raids were conducted concurrent with the Syrian Army's artillery attacks and after the terrorists violated the ceasefire in Northern Syria by attacking the Syrian Army's military positions in al-Hamamiat, al-Qasabiyeh and Sheikh Hadid region in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

The terrorists have violated the ceasefire several times before and attacked the Syrian Army's military positions many times before.

FARSNEWS2019/6/14
Idlib: Tahrir Al-Sham Commanders' Meeting Bombed in Russian, Syrian Airstrikes
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian fighter jets attacked a meeting of commanders of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in Idlib after a ceasefire proposed by Russia and Turkey failed in the province, Arabic-language media outlets reported.

The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that the Russian and Syrian warplanes in a joint military operation launched several airstrikes on the terrorists' military positions in Khan Sheikhoun, Safhoun, Kafar Nubl, Hass and Taftnaz Airport in Southern Idlib.

It noted that a meeting held between Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in Taftnaz Airport as well as other gatherings and military equipment of terrorists that were going to be used for attacking the Syrian Army's military positions were destroyed.

The source noted that the Russian and Syrian air raids were conducted concurrent with the Syrian Army's artillery attacks and after the terrorists violated the ceasefire in Northern Syria by attacking the Syrian Army's military positions in al-Hamamiat, al-Qasabiyeh and Sheikh Hadid region in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.

The terrorists have violated the ceasefire several times before and attacked the Syrian Army's military positions many times before.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, terrorists attacked the Syrian army-controlled regions in Northern Hama and showed opposition to the ceasefire after a Russian-Turkish truce was declared in Idlib province.

The Arabic-language website of RT quoted Head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Conflicting Parties in Syria Victor Koochiching as saying that a ceasefire was established since midnight of June 12 in all parts of Idlib province under the supervision of Moscow and Ankara.

He added that the terrorist groups have targeted the two towns of Mahradeh and Souran in Hama since the declaration of ceasefire in the region.

Meantime, some dissident sources said that the ceasefire will last for three days.

Also, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that terrorist groups have launched several offensives against the towns of Qamhaneh, al-Majdal and al-Shir and the nearby areas in Northern Hama, adding that the Syrian army has targeted their positions in response.
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Arab Diplomats Accuse Israel of Conducting Attacks on Oil Tankers in Sea of Oman

FARSNEWS2019/6/15
Arab Diplomats Accuse Israel of Conducting Attacks on Oil Tankers in Sea of Oman
TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Arab diplomats pointed their fingers at Israel as the culprit behind the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, reminding that Tel Aviv has the possibilities and incentives to do the sabotage operations to lay more pressure on Iran.

"There is yet no strong evidence to show who has targeted the two oil tankers, and hence, the door is still open to make political allegations to pressure the opposite party," Arab diplomats told the Lebanese Arabic-language al-Jomhouriyeh newspaper on Saturday.

Al-Jomhouriyeh did not name the diplomats, but also quoted them as adding, "As the US accuses Iran for the incident, Israel can also be a suspect as it has the possibilities and capabilities to do so."

The Arab diplomats underlined that Israel is the first regime which benefits from any war between the US and Iran.

Iran has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks.

Meantime, a prominent Russian expert also said that the US has launched the Thursday attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman to spread Iranophobia, satisfy Israel and find a pretext for prolonged presence in the region.

"Allegations that Iran is behind the two oil tankers incident in the Sea of Oman are not believable," Head of the Russian Center for Iran Studies and senior analyst on regional issues Rajab Safarov said in an interview with Russia 24 news channel on Friday.

He described the US as the culprit behind the incident, and said in conditions that Iran along with two world powers, Russia and China, are after keeping the nuclear deal, Tehran will not resort to provocative acts against its interests.

Safarov added that the most important reason to blame the US for the incident is its interest in prolonged deployment in the Persian Gulf under the pretext of defending the Persian Gulf Arab states against what it calls as Iran's threat.

"There is also another important scenario. The US is now producing 12mln barrels of oil on a daily basis and it has not only become self-sufficient but also has turned into one of the most important exporters of oil and therefore, it wants to cripple oil transfer in the Persian Gulf and annihilate the European states and China's economy," he said.

"The US introduces itself as the savior of the world and the biggest guarantor of peace and security and Iran as the biggest enemy of peace and the world's economic lifeline by claiming to be rescuing Europe and the Arab and Asian states from an economic, political and geopolitical catastrophe and it will force them to bow to Washington and cut ties with Iran. Therefore, what you see is a scenario which fully benefits Trump and his supporters to force the world to bow to him," Safarov warned.

Asked about the possibility for military conflict between Iran and the US, he said that Washington does not enjoy the capability and power to attack Iran and they fear any military confrontation, adding that tens of ways are before Tehran to close the Strait of Hormuz but the Iranians do not want to adopt provocative measures.

Safarov said that by launching attacks against the oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, Washington pursues Iranophobia in the world to meet its economic interests, satisfy the Israeli lobby, pressure the Persian Gulf Arab states to plunder their petrodollars and hit a blow to Europe and China's economy.

The Japanese company that owns the ‘Kokuka Courageous’ tanker has said its crew spotted “flying objects” before the attack in the Gulf of Oman, contradicting US claims that the vessel was damaged by a naval mine.

Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, told reporters on Friday that sailors on board the ill-fated oil tanker observed “flying objects” just before the incident in which the ship caught fire and was badly damaged. The giant vessel was hit twice, first near the engine room and then on its starboard side.

He suggested that those flying objects could have been bullets, and called reports of striking a mine “false.” Both points at which the ship was damaged were above her waterline, which couldn’t be so if it had struck an underwater mine.

The tanker was carrying petroleum products to Singapore and Thailand when it was attacked while sailing through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. All 21 crew members abandoned the ship and were reportedly rescued by an Iranian vessel. While many details of the incident are still shrouded in mystery, the US was quick to blame Iran.

Later that day, the US military released a blurry video showing what they claimed were Iranian sailors removing an “unexploded limpet mine” from the ‘Kokuka Courageous.’ The poor quality of the video made it especially challenging to independently verify the claims.

Katada’s account partly contradicted American allegations of a mine attack, but did mention that the crew had spotted an Iranian Navy ship nearby. However, the president failed to specify whether it was there before or after the attack.

Another tanker, the Norwegian-owned ‘Front Altair,’ also suffered some damage while passing through the Gulf of Oman at around the same time. There have been reports of a torpedo attack on the vessel, but it is not yet clear from the firm’s statement whether it was attacked.

It is unknown who would benefit from targeting the ships, but the timing of the incidents is especially sensitive. The attack on the tankers that were carrying “Japan-related” cargo notably came during a rare visit to Tehran by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. As the day progressed, he hit back at the US accusations, saying Washington is trying to set up a false-flag attack in order to “sabotage diplomacy” and cover up their own “economic terrorism” against Tehran.


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