国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年04月06日

ティラーソンが米国はアサドの退陣を前提条件にしないと発言

この記事は大変重要です。突然米国国務長官ティラーソンがアサドの退陣をシリア和平の前提条件にしないと発言、ほぼ同時に米国国連大使が同じ内容を発言していますから、トランプ政権内で重大かつ明確な政策変更がなされたことになります。

マケインなどの戦争屋の反応が出るまで少し時間がありました。マケインやグラハムが3/31、トランプ政権を批判していますが、なんらかの行動に出るという示唆はなされていないようですからこれまで焚きつけてきたサウジなどの手前、批判しただけのように見えます。

トランプの側近の共和党議員が事前に根回しに当たったでしょう。マケインは負けを受け入れざるを得なかったわけです。

オバマ政権末期には国務大臣ケリーは、ロシアと話をつけても軍や戦争屋を抑えきれず迷走していました。今回の政策変更の直接的な背景が見えませんが、とにかく政策変更は宣言されました。

これで、シリア問題はラブロフが主張していたアサドの運命はシリア国民が決めるというスジ論が通ったことになります。

ロシアは、シリアからアフガニスタンに外交努力を振り向けようとしています。米国はアフガニスタンで泥沼にはまっています。ロシアがホストすると見られる会議に米国が参加するのか、ラブロフは声をかけるはずですが、会議の主役はロシアです。

イラク駐留の恒久化を目指す米国は、西モースルでの民間人大量殺害で国際的な非難を浴び、イラクでの軍事活動に制約を受けることになりました。

もともとイラクでは米国は帰れという声が強く、今回の大量殺害でイラク人の中にある反米感情はいっそう高まりました。

中東では、ロシアの軍事活動に対する評価が高く、イランを介して北アフリカの国のいくつかがロシアに向きつつありますし、エジプトにはロシアが軍事基地を建設中です。

アフガニスタンの関係国会合も周辺国がロシアの力を評価したからにほかなりません。

米国は、シリア、イラクの戦争を続けても成果が得られる見込みはなく、どこかで方針転換が必要だったということでしょう。

ウクライナ問題も正常化が見えません。米国に追随すると国がメチャクチャになる教訓は既に知れ渡っています。

RT2017/3/30
Assad’s fate ‘to be decided by Syrian people,’ says Tillerson

At a news conference in the Turkish capital, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to suggest the end of Bashar Assad’s presidency was no longer a prerequisite for a way out of the Syrian crisis, in a U-turn from Washington’s long-held policy.

“I think the ... longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” said Tillerson at a joint conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu on Thursday, AFP reported.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States made Assad’s departure one of its key objectives. The Syrian armed opposition also insisted upon the longtime leader’s resignation as one of the conditions during the Astana peace talks.

Letting Syrians decide the fate of President Assad has been Russia's stance since the conflict began. Moscow has repeatedly rebuffed any preconditions for Assad to step down before a political settlement of the crisis.

“The UN Security Council resolution and various decisions on Syria, adopted since 2012 with our proactive involvement, contain no demand or hint that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must resign. On the contrary, they say that the people of Syria alone have a right to decide their future, and that the political process should involve all forces of Syrian society without exception, including ethnic, political forces, religious denominations and all opposition groups,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a 2016 interview.

Tillerson added that there were no major disagreements between Turkey and the US over the NATO allies campaigns against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

“There's no space between Turkey and the US and our commitment to defeat Daesh [Arabic acronym for IS], to defeat ISIS,” he said.

However, this was met with disagreement from Cavusoglu, who complained about US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, considered a terrorist group by Ankara.

“It is not good or realistic to work with a terrorist group while fighting another terrorist group,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkey expected “better cooperation” with the US over this issue.

Turkey said it is interested in supporting the operation to take the IS stronghold of Raqqa, but not if the Kurdish militia is involved, AP reports.

The Turkish authorities consider the YPG, or the People’s Protection Units, to be a Syrian faction of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a banned Kurdish movement that has been fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. It is being fought between the Syrian government and opposition forces which include both extremist Islamists and so-called ‘moderate’ groups. The war has put additional strain on Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, as millions of refugees from Syria join other asylum seekers making their way across the Mediterranean.

Years of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition, as well as representatives from Moscow, Washington, Tehran, and other powers, have failed to bring an end to the Syrian crisis. The Astana talks launched in January, which hoped to bring all the key sides to the negotiating table, have stalled since the Syrian opposition pulled out in mid-March.

イランはブラッセルでのシリア支援会合に参加するか未定
FARSNEWS2017/3/31
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that Tehran has not made a decision yet to attend the international conference on Syria to be held in Belgium in early April.

"Iran has been invited to attend the international conference on Syria; Tehran is now considering the offer and attendance in the conference is not certain yet," Qassemi said on Thursday night.

Qassemi's remarks came in reaction earlier reports by some media that had quoted an official at the European Union saying that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would go to Brussels to attend the conference.

The European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United Nations will co-chair the Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’, on 5 April 2017.

The conference will bring ministerial representatives from 70 delegations, including from the EU and the region but also the wider international community, the United Nations, major donors and civil society, humanitarian and development organizations.

In London conference last year, it was agreed to donate over $10 billion for reconstruction of Syria.

共同2017/4/6 06:52
シリア支援に6640億円
EUなど主催の閣僚級会議
 【ブリュッセル共同】ベルギー・ブリュッセルで開かれていたシリア内戦を巡る閣僚級の国際会議は5日、参加国・国際機関がシリアの住民や難民を支援する今年分の資金として計60億ドル(約6640億円)、2018〜20年分として37億3千万ドルの拠出を表明し閉幕した。
 会議では化学兵器を使った攻撃をどう停止させ、停滞する和平協議をどう進展させるのか具体的方策は示されなかった。
 会議は欧州連合(EU)と国連などが主催し、70以上の国と国際機関が参加。今年分の拠出表明はドイツが最大で12億ドル。日本の薗浦健太郎・外務副大臣は本年度2億6千万ドルを拠出すると述べた。


マケインがトランプ政権を批判
RT2017/3/31
‘Crushing news’: McCain, Graham furious over Syria policy change

Following the announcement by top US diplomats that Washington will no longer pursue regime change in Syria, Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham condemned the administration’s shift in priorities, saying it would empower ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the future of President Bashar Assad “will be decided by the Syrian people.” Earlier in the day, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Washington’s “priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.”

“There is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday, explaining that the current administration “lost a lot of opportunity the last administration had with respect to Assad.”

“We believe that there’s a need to de-escalate violence and to have a political process through which Syrians will decide their own political future, consistent with the principles that have been enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” Spicer added.

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), said he was “deeply disturbed” by Haley and Tillerson’s pronouncements, adding that their “suggestion that Assad can stay in power appears to be just as devoid of strategy as President Obama's pronouncements that ‘Assad must go’.”

Syrian people can’t decide the future of their country “when they are being slaughtered by Assad's barrel bombs, Putin's aircraft, and Iran's terrorist proxies,”McCain said in a statement.

He also said a “Faustian bargain with Assad and Putin” would betray US allies and partners and “empower ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other radical Islamist terrorists as the only alternative to the dictator that the Syrian people have fought for six years to remove.”

Fellow committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) joined McCain in denouncing the policy shift, calling it “crushing news to the Syrian opposition and to our allies throughout the Middle East.”

“I fear it is a grave mistake,” Graham said, adding that the Syrian people want Assad gone and that leaving him in power would be “a great reward for Russia and Iran.”

McCain and Graham have been vocal critics of President Donald Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, and have since become two of the most prominently featured Republicans in the mainstream US media. Both have a reputation for being foreign policy hawks, championing US military interventions from the Balkans and Ukraine to the Middle East.

When McCain ran for president in 2008, a recording emerged of him singing “Bomb, bomb Iran” to a tune of a 1960s pop song. Earlier this month, he accused Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) of “working for Vladimir Putin,” for expressing reservations about NATO’s expansion to Montenegro. Most recently, he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “crazy fat kid.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:00| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

米国国連大使はヒステリー気質?

RT23017/4/5
UN resolution on Syria ‘unbalanced & irresponsible’ – Russia

Russia criticized the draft resolution for being unbalanced and jumping to conclusions. It said the document would have to include several amendments, such as calling on the rebels controlling the area to provide full access to UN investigators and setting an unbiased and comprehensive probe into the incident as the primary goal of the resolution.

“This draft was penned in haste and adopting it would have been irresponsible,” the Russian deputy acting envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said.

He also blamed Western members of the UNSC for unwillingness to investigate previous cases of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, where rebel groups were accused of using toxin agents.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, delivered an emotional speech that included images of children to argue in favor of swift action. The pictures were used in reporting of the alleged chemical weapons attack.

She claimed the incident carried “all hallmarks” of an attack by Damascus, adding that the toxin used in the alleged assault was “more deadly” than in previous cases attributed to the Syrian military by Washington.

US envoy to UN also accused Russia of failing to ensure that there were no chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government.

“The truth is that Russia, Iran and [Syrian President] Assad have no interest in peace,” Haley claimed.

The US has hinted at taking its own action in Syria unless the UN Security Council moves to prevent the use of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.

“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” the US ambassador to the UN said.

近視眼的、短絡的、感情的でこういう場に出てくるような良識のあるご婦人には見えないが。米国外交は、合理性や正義の観点では動いていない。それゆえ、大使にこういう女性を当てる。

前任者もそうだった。論理もへったくれもない主張を一方的にやっていた。今度も同じらしい。

トランプも結局戦争屋にやられてしまうのか。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年04月05日

ロシアはシリア軍の対テロ作戦支援を続ける

RT2017/4/5
Moscow will continue to support Syrian Army troops in their anti-terrorism effort, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after being asked whether Russian policy had changed following a reported chemical attack in the Idlib province.

Peskov cited the opinion of the Russian military, which said the contamination may have been caused by damage to a rebel chemical weapons storage site.

You have heard the statement from the Russian Defense Ministry and I have nothing to add to the facts they stated. The Russian Federation and its military are continuing the operation to support the anti-terrorism operation and liberation of the country, which is being conducted by the Syrian armed forces,” Peskov said.

The acting Russian envoy to the UN will voice this position during an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday, which was called following the chemical incident, Peskov added.

At least 70 people, including 11 children, have been reported killed in the town of Khan Sheikhoun after a suspected chemical weapons attack on Tuesday morning. Rebels accused the Syrian government of bombing the town with chemical munitions.

The accusations have been backed by a number of Western governments.

Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, said reliable evidence would be needed to confirm the alleged use of chemical weapons, let alone establish who was responsible for it.

“We have no yet any official or reliable confirmation,” he said on Wednesday. “We will be stimulating all those who have the capacity of finding out technically what had happened.”

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also said there was no evidence yet to draw any conclusion on what had happened in the Idlib governorate, but stated that the Syrian government held “primary responsibility” for the situation.

Amid the public condemnation of Damascus for the attack and Moscow and Tehran for their support of the Syrian government, some experts pointed out that the Syrian Army had no rational reason for using chemical weapons against rebels in Idlib.

Iran, an ally of Damascus, condemned on Wednesday any use of chemical weapons and offered help to the victims.

“We are ready to bring the victims to Iran and help them,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, as quoted by Tasnim news agency.

Earlier Turkey, an opponent and frequent critic of Damascus, reported treating dozens of victims of the alleged attack in hospitals located in the border province of Hatay, AP said.

The incident in Khan Sheikhoun happened days after Washington stated that ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad was no longer a priority for the US. The “Assad must go” premise was one of the cornerstones of Washington’s Syrian policy under Barack Obama. The Trump administration has been dismantling many of Obama’s policies.

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said that the US and other countries submitted a draft resolution on Syria which is "completely" based on fake reports.

"On April 4, the Syrian Air Force aircraft carried out airstrikes on the extremists' positions on the Eastern outskirts of Khan Shaikhoun as part of the liquidation of consequences of the recent breakthrough of terrorists in the Hama province. Military equipment and ammunition depots were targets [of the airstrikes]. Workshops producing landmines filled with poisonous substances were located on the territory of the facility," Maria Zakharova said, RIA Novosti reported.

According to her, "reports about alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against own people immediately appeared in the Internet and biased media sources."

Zakharova added that White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) cannot be considered to be reliable sources as they have been repeatedly caught spreading fake reports on the situation in the war-torn country.

Russia categorically rejects the draft resolution on chemical weapons in Syria, Maria Zakharova said, adding that the West-proposed resolution is of "anti-Syrian nature" and risks making negotiations process impossible.

The Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman stressed that Moscow calls for a full-fledged investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トルコがシリアにテロリストグループを作る計画

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
Turkey Planning to Form More Terrorist Groups in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyadh Haddad said that Turkey is planning to form two new terrorist groups in Syria.

Haddad said that Ankara intends to rebrand the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists groups.

He added that Turkey has vowed to give Turkish nationality and pay $400 monthly salaries to all fresh members of the new terrorist groups.

Media sources reported in late March that ISIL members joined the Turkey-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation.

Hawar news website released images of ISIL Emir Mostafa Abi, nom de guerre Abu Ayesheh, along with two of his comrades in Homs province, and reported that he was a member of al-Mo'tasem Bellah group.

According to Hawar news, the other two ISIL militants seen in the image were now members of Jeish al-Izzah terrorist group.

Meantime, the news website released an image of militants in ISIL uniforms standing among the Euphrates Shield Operation forces.

Hawar news had reported in March that the Turkish Army troops forced Arab citizens in Northern Syria to join the Ankara-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation, killing those who did not obey.

It added that the Turkish army killed four civilians in the villages of Kari Sabi town in Northern Syria after they refused to join the Euphrates Shield Operation forces.

Hawar new went on to say that the Turkish soldiers further left the body of the killed Syrian civilians at the border region between Rojava and Bakour in Syria's Kurdistan.

The news website added that the Turkish army intended to send the four killed civilians via border to Rojava but it faced tough opposition by the civilians.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:19| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリアのイドリブで毒ガス弾攻撃により多数の死者

RT2017/4/4
A gas attack has reportedly taken place in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib, killing at least 58 people, with various media outlets reporting that a rocket has since hit a hospital treating the victims. The Syrian army has denied it was behind the attack.

Locals said the alleged attack began in the early morning, when they heard planes in the sky followed by a series of loud explosions, after which people very quickly began to show symptoms, Al Jazeera reported.

Pictures circulated by activists showed members of the volunteer White Helmets rescue group using hoses to wash down the injured, as well as two men with white foam around their mouths.

The pro-opposition Edlib Media Centre (EMC) also posted photos of people receiving treatment online, with some images showing what appeared to be the bodies of at least seven children in the back of a pick-up truck, France 24 reported.

Later a rocket slammed into a hospital treating the victims of the alleged gas attack, according to an AFP correspondent.

France has also called for an emergency UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting following the suspected attack, according to Reuters.

However, the UNSC will likely discuss the attack tomorrow, during a meeting which was previously scheduled, a correspondent for the Arabic-language Alhurra satellite television channel wrote on Twitter.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says the Syrian government bears responsibility for the alleged attack, calling it “awful.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also called for an investigation into the alleged attack, writing on Twitter that those responsible must be "held to account."

ここまで出てきた役者を見れば、米国が背後にいて、サウジが仕組み、アルジャジーラが現地情報を捏造し、ホワイトヘルメットが舞台で踊り、フランスが騒ぐという役割分担であることが見え見えです。

アルジャジーラがいち早く被害者の様子を報じています。
'Toxic gas attack' in Syria kills at least 58 people


オスカー賞のホワイトヘルメットもすぐに現場に駆けつけて活躍しました。なぜ彼らはいつも現場に一番乗りするのか、そしてテロリストと一緒に踊ったりしているのか分かりません。

現場を確認できる映像がまだ見当たりません。

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
Damascus Blames Terrorist Groups for Using Chemical Weapons in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces categorically denied allegations and claims circulated by media outlets, which are partner in shedding the Syrian blood, about the use of chemical substances in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside.

“The armed terrorist groups used to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using toxic gases against them or against civilians at anytime they fail to implement the targets of their sponsors and operators or when they are unable to achieve any advantages on the ground in an desperate attempt to justify their failure and to maintain the support of their masters,” the Army’s general command said in a statement, SANA reported.

It categorically denied any use of chemical or poisonous materials in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside, affirming that it didn’t and will never use those materials in any place or time, nor in the future.

The army’s general command held the terrorist groups and those behind them responsible for the use of chemical and toxic substances and the disregard for the lives of innocent citizens to achieve their goals and base agendas.

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
Syria: Terrorists Aware of Chemical Attack on Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Media activists disclosed the message of a terrorist-affiliated journalist about impending chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun region in Southern Idlib hours before the attack happened on Tuesday.

Social media activist in tweeter and facebook released the image of one of the messages of Faras Karam, a journalist of Orient network affiliated to the terrorist groups, about a chemical raid on Khan Sheikhoun several hours before the attack.

"Faras Karam wrote in his message, published at 3:06 on Monday morning hours before the chemical attack, that "a media campaign will kick off tomorrow to cover chlorine gas airstrike on civilians in Hama countryside".

Media activists are now asking how Faras could find out about the attack and its type several hours before the incident, questioning how he also could specifically determine the chemical element to be used in the attack (chlorine gas).

On Tuesday, media and news sources affiliated to opposition released news about chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, accusing Syrian government of carrying out the attack via its Sukhoi 22 fighter jets that left tens of people dead or wounded.

Meantime, a senior Syrian military source underlined that the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) is the only side in Syria which has access to chemical weapons, raising speculations about certain western spy agencies' role in chemical attack against Idlib.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:45| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

西モースルのテロリストは2千人

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
Iraqi Commander: US, Turkey Pressuring Baghdad to Postpone Liberation Plans in Tal Afar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington and Ankara are pressuring Baghdad to postpone plans to fully take back Tal Afar from the ISIL terrorist group, a senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi volunteer forces) said on Wednesday.

"The US and Turkey are exerting much political pressure on Baghdad to prevent the capture of the strategic city of Tal Afar in Western Mosul," Nazzem al-Assadi told FNA.

Stressing that the Iraqi army's operations to retake Tal Afar will start soon in cooperation with Hashd al-Shaabi despite all obstacles, he said, "The volunteer forces are prepared for the battle and are ready to start operations after besieging the city from several directions."

His remarks came after a spokesperson for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces said the number of ISIL militants currently fighting in Western Mosul stands at 2,000 members, higher than the 1000 estimated by the US-led coalition.

The PMF's spokesperson, Ahmed al-Assadi, said Tuesday that 70 percent of ISIL militants in Western Mosul were Iraqi nationals.

“Numbers mentioned by US officials, about the numbers of terrorist ISIL members being nearly 1,000, are related to only Western Mosul,” Assadi said.

“What is left of the Western side does not exceed 30 percent of the city's territory, so the number of militants does not exceed 1,000, and they are trapped in that space,” he added.

According to Assadi, the number of ISIL members at the group’s so-called “al-Jazeera State”, reaches more than 3,000 fighters, and there are 2,000 others in “Nineveh State”.

ISIL’s Al-Jazeera State comprises towns and regions West of Mosul and near the borders with Syria like Ba'aj, Tal Afar and Mahalabiya, while Nineveh State primarily includes Mosul.

“Those terrorists, though shrinking in numbers, are still holding between 200,000 and 300,000 civilians.

Mosul fell to ISIL militants in 2014 and the group’s ringleader declared a self-proclaimed caliphate in these parts of Iraq, as well as in neighboring Syria.

Iraqi government troops launched an offensive in October to retake the city, managing to recapture the Eastern region in January and launching an offensive in February to retake the West.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:23| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

シリア軍の空爆でテロリストの弾薬庫から毒ガスが漏れた?

RT2017/4/5
Rebel warehouse with chem weapons hit by Syrian airstrike in Idlib – Russian MOD

The Syrian Air Force has destroyed a warehouse in Idlib province, where ammunition dump containing chemical weapons was being produced by militants before being delivered to Iraq, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman has said.

The strike, which was launched midday Tuesday, targeted a major rebel ammunition depot east of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas, Konashenkov said. The shells were delivered to Iraq and repeatedly used there, he added, pointing out that both Iraq and international organizations have confirmed the use of such weapons by militants.

The same chemical munitions were used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in late 2016, Konashenkov said.

The Defense Ministry has confirmed this information as “fully objective and verified,” Konashenkov added.

According to the statement, Khan Sheikhoun civilians, who recently suffered a chemical attack, displayed identical symptoms to those of Aleppo chemical attack victims.

At least 58 people, including 11 children, reportedly died and scores were injured after a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun was targeted in a suspected gas attack on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported, citing medics and rebel activists. Soon after a missile allegedly hit the facility, people started showing symptoms of chemical poisoning, such as choking and fainting. The victims were reportedly also seen with foam coming out of their mouths. While the major Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, and other pro-rebel groups put the blame on the attack onto President Bashar Assad’s government, the Syrian military dismissed all allegations as propaganda by the rebels.

"We deny completely the use of any chemical or toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time, neither in past or in future," the Syrian army said in a statement.

The Russian military stated it did not carry out any airstrike in the area either.
However, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, commenting on the incident, was quick to point to the Syrian government as a culprit, saying that it bears responsibility for the “awful” attack.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed Mogherini, accusing the Syrian government of perpetrating the attack calling it “brutal, unabashed barbarism.” He argued, that besides the Syrian authorities, Iran and Russia should also bear “moral responsibility” for it.

アルジャジーラのサイトには被害者の苦しむ画像が掲載されています。
'Toxic gas attack' in Syria kills at least 58 people

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
Military Source: Al-Nusra Front Only Party to Possess Chemical Weapons in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian military source underlined that the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) is the only side in Syria which has access to chemical weapons, raising speculations about certain western spy agencies' role in chemical attack against Idlib.

"The Syrian army has not used any chemical gases against the citizens in Idlib and it is not logical for the army to kill the residents of a city that it is trying to set free," the military source told the Arabic website of Sputnik news agency on Wednesday.

He underlined that the Syrian army has had no chemical weapons since 2012 when the terrorist groups stole and transferred its chemical weapons to their caches.

Stressing that al-Nusra Front is the only side which possesses chemical weapons, including toxic gases, the source raised the possibility that certain western spy agencies have also played a role in the chemical attack which killed dozens of people in Idlib province.

Meantime, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces categorically denied allegations and claims circulated by media outlets about the use of chemical substances in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside.

“The armed terrorist groups used to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using toxic gases against them or against civilians at anytime they fail to implement the targets of their sponsors and operators or when they are unable to achieve any advantages on the ground in an desperate attempt to justify their failure and to maintain the support of their masters,” the Army’s general command said in a statement.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:37| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ISISがトランプは白痴だと酷評

ISISのスポークスマンがデイリーメールのインタビューに答えて、トランプを馬鹿にし、米国人を殺害すると脅しています。
最近のトランプの対ISIS政策としては、シリアのアサドの追い落としを内戦終結に向けた前提条件としないと述べただけです。
それが米国内の戦争屋から強い反発を受けています。マケインは、ISISが勢力を強めると述べていましたから、まさにその筋書きに沿った脅しになりました。

He also said a “Faustian bargain with Assad and Putin” would betray US allies and partners and “empower ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other radical Islamist terrorists as the only alternative to the dictator that the Syrian people have fought for six years to remove.”

このISISのインタビューの背後にいるのは米国の戦争屋です。しかも使ったメディアはデイリー・メール。動きが急になっています。

FARSNEWS2017/4/5
ISIL Calls Trump Idiot, Sign of US 'Demise'

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terror group censured US President Donald Trump, saying the country is “being run by an idiot”.

“There is no more evidence than that you being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is,” the ISIL spokesman, Abi al-Hassan al- Muhajer said, Daily Mail reported.

The group’s silence was broken long after Trump’s repeated promises on the campaign trail to tackle the terrorist group after winning the White House in the 2016 presidential election.

“Die of spite America, die of spite, a nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated,” Muhajer said.

The terror group also threatened to attack Americans across the world.

“America you have drowned and there is no savior, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth, you are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye.”

The statement was released a day after Trump was mentioned on top of a “kill list,” published by a pro-ISIL hacker group, called the United Cyber Caliphate, presstv reported.

“Kill them wherever you find them,” the UCC said. “Know that we continue to wage war against you. Know that your counter attacks only make us stronger. The UCC will start a new step in this war against you. So expect us soon.”

The US started airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on the pretext of battling the group in the administration of former President Barack Obama.

The new president’s unpopularity, particularly among Muslims across the world, is reportedly being used by militants, seeking to whip up support for their terror agenda.

In an interview last year, a top militant commander in Afghanistan directly acknowledged that and described Obama as a “moderate infidel.”

“This guy, Trump, is a complete maniac,” said Abu Omar Khorasani. “His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:19| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

北朝鮮が近く核実験か?

Washington (CNN) Updated 1818 GMT (0218 HKT) March 24, 2017
Specific intelligence indicators now show that North Korea is ready for its sixth underground nuclear test at any time, two US officials told CNN on Friday.
Recent satellite imagery indicates a potentially significant change at the Punggye-ri test site, the officials said. For weeks, satellites had observed extensive activity on the surface, including vehicles, personnel and equipment, as well as two tunnel entrances being dug out.
But the most recent imagery shows that activity has now stopped. That is a similar change in the pattern of activity just before previous tests, indicating all final preparations are now complete, officials said.

The South Korean government issued a statement Friday saying a test can happen as soon as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un orders it.

"It is assessed that North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test anytime if its leadership decides to do so," Lee Duk-haeng, spokesman for South Korea's the Ministry of Unification, said in a press briefing. He said that "South Korean and US intelligence authorities evaluate that North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test anytime on the leadership's decision."

North Korea also continues to move equipment and personnel that could be used to launch ballistic missiles, the US officials said. They caution, however, it's impossible for the United States to know when a mobile launch or an underground nuclear test will happen. North Korea has a history of moving military personnel and gear around to deceive satellites the regime knows are watching.

FOXNEWS2017/3/23
North Korea will launch another nuclear test in next few days, officials say

theSUN2017/3/26
KIM TO LAUNCH ANOTHER UN
Shocking satellite images show North Korea is readying for more nuke missile tests
WORRYING new satellite images indicate trigger-happy despot Kim Jong-un is preparing to launch several more nukes.
Pictures from space of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site show the presence of four or five vehicles at the entrance to the North Portal, the site of North Korea’s past four nuclear tests.
Pictures from space show 'increased activity' at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site

・・・引用終わり・・・

極東は2017/3/31も残り時間が少なくなったが、北朝鮮が核実験を行ったとのニュースはない。ミサイル発射の情報もない。

代りにこんなニュースが流れている。戦争屋のマケインが金正恩を「気の触れたデブのガキ」と呼んだというもの。
John McCain has managed to infuriate North Korea after criticizing both Kim Jong-un's politics and physique in one scathing “crazy fat kid” insult. Pyongyang has warned of "disastrous consequences," claiming the comments are a “declaration of war.”
McCain didn't mince his words when referring to Kim during an interview with MSNBC last week, stating that "China is the only one that can control Kim Jong-un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea."
“They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week," he added.

今、米国の戦争屋は新しい武器消費地を探している。シリアは内戦収束の方向にあり、イラクでは市民の大量虐殺が国際的な非難を浴びている。イエメンではサウジの戦争犯罪に加担。

もともとISISを育てたのはマケインらだ。

北朝鮮がこんな人達の挑発に乗って付け入る隙を与えるのは愚かさの極致。米国は、北朝鮮がミサイルを飛ばして韓国や米軍基地に実害を及ぼそうとしたと宣伝できる事実があれば、対抗措置と称して攻撃を仕掛ける。

そもそも北朝鮮にはウランの濃縮装置もないし、再処理施設もろくな設備でないだろうから水爆が何発もできるはずがない。

CNNや日本の政府の脅威切迫論は、北朝鮮のミスに乗じて戦争に踏み込むための雰囲気作りだ。

"Lies and Fake News" の米国メディアが米国政府の宣伝を流しているのに、それに乗せられるのはいかがなものだろう。

恐れるべきは、核実験よりも米国が金正恩の居所をバンカーバスターで攻撃することだ。北朝鮮が混乱に陥る。

MSMの報道は吟味が必要。the SUNに至っては地下核実験なのか、核ミサイル実験なのかさえあいまいになっている。

韓国のメディアは、連日脅威を報道ということにはなっていない。他のメディアでも流れていない。

日本国内で福島第一原発事故によるものと同程度の放射性ヨウ素による被曝がありうるとの見方には同意しがたい。

※  RT‏認証済みアカウント @RT_comの2017/3/27のツイート
North Korean army ‘will deal deadly blows without warning’ if US & South Korea continue joint drills

共同2017/3/27 19:43
北朝鮮核実験にらみ情報収集
政府、攻撃能力向上を警戒
 日本政府は27日、6回目の核実験に踏み切る兆候を見せる北朝鮮の動きに関する情報収集、分析を本格化させた。核開発を急ピッチで進める北朝鮮の姿勢に照らし「4月にも実施するのではないか」(日本政府筋)との観測が出ている。北朝鮮が実験を通じて核攻撃能力を向上させる公算は大きいとみて、警戒を強める。
 北朝鮮動向で米国メディアは、北東部豊渓里にある核実験場付近で新たな坑道建設が終了したと報道。日本も米政府との意思疎通を通じ、こうした情報を把握しているとみられる。北朝鮮対策で「あらゆる選択肢」を検討するとしたトランプ米政権と、どう足並みをそろえるかが課題になる。

共同2016/9/14 23:329/14 23:33updated
衆参委、北朝鮮核実験に抗議決議
「断じて容認せず」
 衆院外務委員会は14日、閉会中審査を開き、北朝鮮による5回目の核実験に関し「唯一の被爆国として断じて容認できない暴挙だ」と非難し、制裁強化を求める抗議決議を全会一致で採択した。参院外交防衛委員会も同様の決議を採択した。北朝鮮対応を巡り、岸田文雄外相は中国の王毅外相と同日、電話会談し、国連安全保障理事会の新決議採択による北朝鮮制裁に向け連携することを確認した。
 抗議決議は26日召集の臨時国会冒頭でも、衆参両院本会議で採択する方向で調整する。
 閉会中審査で岸田氏は「挑発行動の代償をしっかり感じてもらうため、国際社会と連携し圧力強化を進めたい」と述べた。

注目すべきは、北朝鮮が挑発に乗って何をやらかすかだ。

[ワシントン 2日 ロイター] - トランプ米大統領は、北朝鮮の核・ミサイル開発を巡り中国の協力を得るため、通商問題をてこにする可能性を示唆するとともに、必要があれば米政府として単独で北朝鮮問題に対応する用意があるとの立場を示した。
2日付の英紙フィナンシャル・タイムズ(FT)にインタビューが掲載された。
今週の米中首脳会談を前に、中国側に圧力をかける狙いがあるとみられる。
トランプ氏はインタビューで「中国は北朝鮮に対し多大な影響力を持っており、北朝鮮問題で米国に協力するかどうか決めることになる。協力すれば中国にとって非常に良いが、協力しないとすれば誰にとっても好ましくない」と述べた。
中国にどのようなインセンティブを提供できるかとの質問には「貿易がインセンティブだ」と答えた。
また、中国が北朝鮮に圧力をかけるのと引き換えに、いずれ朝鮮半島から米軍を撤退させるという取引を検討する用意はあるかとの質問には「中国が北朝鮮問題を解決しないのであれば、われわれが解決する。私に言えるのはそれだけだ」と述べた。
米国がどのような措置をとる可能性があるのかは不明だ。

※  amaちゃんだ‏ @tokaiama 氏の2017/4/5のツイート
6時50分くらいに北朝鮮が弾道ミサイルを発射して官房長官の記者会見が1時間以上後の8時か
これが、もし国内を狙った核ミサイルなら、逃げるどころか、とんでもない被害が出ただろう
7時前に知人から電話通報があり、テレビを確認したが、ほとんど報道がなかった
ネットで一部に報道されただけ

朝日(2017/04/05)
北朝鮮が弾道ミサイル発射 排他的経済水域外に落下か
 菅義偉官房長官は5日午前8時過ぎ、緊急の記者会見を開き、北朝鮮が同国東岸から午前6時42分ごろに弾道ミサイル1発を発射したと発表した。数十キロ飛び、日本海に落下したが、日本の排他的経済水域(EEZ)の外だったと推定されるとした。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:52| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

2017年04月04日

米国国連大使がシリアのアサドが参加する選挙は受け入れられないと発言

ティラーソンの唐突ともいえる対シリア政策の変更でしたが、早速後退です。

FARSNEWS2017/4/4
Nikki Haley: US Won’t Accept Bashar Assad Participating in Elections

TEHRAN (FNA)- In a departure from earlier official statements, the United States has said it cannot accept Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running in future elections.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made the remarks during a news conference held on Monday at UN headquarters in New York City to mark the US presidency of the UN Security Council for April, presstv reported.

She was asked about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments he made in Turkey last week. "I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people," Tillerson said.

Haley, who herself said on Thursday the US is no longer interested in removing the Syrian leader, changed her tone on him on Monday, saying it does not mean Washington will accept Assad participating in future elections.

She said the Syrian people don’t want him in power, and went on to describe Assad as a war criminal and a long-time hindrance to peace.

"It's that we don't think the people want Assad anymore; we don't think that he is going to be someone that the people want to have," Haley said.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she added.

This is while the White House stressed on Friday that the US must understand the "political reality" in Syria and accept the future of Assad is for Syrians to decide.

“There is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

The latest remarks by the US diplomat are in line with the position of the administration of former President Barack Obama, which made any resolution of the Syrian crisis conditional on President Assad’s stepping down.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:14| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

2017年04月03日

北アフリカなどからの難民の流れは止まらない

この記事には現代の国際問題、民族問題、南北格差などを考える上で知っておくべき事実が含まれています。

RT2017/4/3
Nothing will stop refugees crossing Mediterranean to flee poverty – rescue NGO
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:45| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロンドンの首都警察がイエメンでの戦争犯罪の疑惑を調査

RT2017/4/3
Yemen war crimes inquiry launched by Met Police as PM sets out to woo Saudi regime

As Prime Minister Theresa May sets out to charm Saudi Arabia while touting the regime’s vital trade and security relationship with Britain, London’s Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is examining allegations of war crimes in Yemen.

The Met confirmed their war crimes unit is examining claims of atrocities carried out by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, where it has been waging an air war since 2015.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年04月02日

ドバイの超高層ビルでまたまた火災

ドバイは超高層ビルの立ち並ぶリゾートとして著名です。この街に避難した日本人もおられるようです。でも私は超高層には住みたくありません。高所恐怖症なので。いやそれ以前に(言われる前に言っておきますが、)こんなところに住むほどのカネもありませんので。

Wikipediaから




この記事の最後にありますけど、火事の原因は誤配線だとか、これじゃいつ火事が起きてもおかしくないです。

Sulafa Towerというこのビル、for sale の画像もありました。

FARSNEWS2016/7/20
TEHRAN (FNA)- Fire broke out in Sulafa Tower, a skyscraper in the Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates and videos from the scene showing the 75-story structure engulfed in smoke.

Videos filmed by onlookers also show debris falling from the side of the residential building. Local media report that the fire started on the 35th floor, citing officials, RT reported.

It is apparent that the fire spread across several of the top floors. According to eyewitnesses, police and firefighters have arrived at the scene and are currently battling the blaze.

Sulafa Tower was built in 2010 and has a total height of 285 meters. It the 23rd-tallest building in Dubai and 127th-tallest in the world.

The fire comes after another tower in Central Dubai caught fire in early July, and on Dec. 31 a huge inferno was reported at its sister 63-story Address tower in Downtown Dubai. Police blamed both fires on faulty wiring.

RT2016/8/6
Massive fire breaks in Dubai luxury tower

A huge fire has broken in a luxury tower block under construction in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, with photos and videos on social media showing the blaze.

A spokesman for Skai Holdings, which is constructing the Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village tower, confirmed the blaze, while he added that the fire had engulfed the top floor of the building.

RT2016/12/12
Huge fire engulfs residential building in Dubai’s Palm Jumeriah (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A huge fire has broken out at the residential Oceana Building in Dubai’s Palm Jumeriah.
Trends
Viral

At least one of the building’s penthouses erupted into flames at around 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, according to 7Days UAE, with eyewitness capturing pictures of the blaze as it spread down the building from several kilometers away.



RT2017/4/2
A large fire has engulfed a construction site in downtown Dubai, near the UAE’s iconic Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, covering the area with thick black smoke.

The massive inferno erupted in a building near the Burj Khalifa mall at around 6.30am, eyewitnesses reported. In a statement, the Dubai Media Office confirmed that the burning building was still under construction and belonged to property developer Emaar.

建設時の手落ちがあるのではないか。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:46| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

モースルの民間人犠牲者急増を巡る論議 2

RT2017/3/30
‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’: Mosul refugees slam Iraqi & US anti-ISIS offensive (EXCLUSIVE)

Exploring the destroyed parts of Mosul, RT has been able to gather more evidence in support of Amnesty International's report which accuses the US-led coalition and Iraqi government of indiscriminately bombing houses with civilians inside along with ISIS targets.

The debris of destroyed houses, schools and hospitals have turned Iraq’s second largest city into an urban graveyard after the US-led coalition and Iraqi government forces launched the offensive in October to liberate the city.

With explosions and gunfire heard in the distance, RT's crew saw US-led coalition jets heading to and from Mosul every 5–10 minutes on Tuesday night. They also witnessed an Iraqi helicopter launching missiles at IS targets on Wednesday and heard chilling stories of how Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists continue to use civilians as human shields during airstrikes.

But instead of organizing humanitarian corridors for civilian to leave the city, the Iraqi government, as noted in the Amnesty International report earlier this week, has been urging Mosul residents to stay inside. Unfortunately for many of them, the perceived safety of their homes became their graves, as Iraqi and US forces continue to target their houses.

“Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS),” Amnesty said Tuesday in their detailed report based on witness' testimonies.

The city itself and the refugee camp near Mosul are full of people whose houses were hit or destroyed just after they ran away ignoring government advice.

“When we were in our home, it was hit by a shell. We went to my parent’s house, and it was hit by a rocket. Wherever we went, we’d be bombed. I heard an airstrike destroyed our home,” one woman with a child told RT.

“Why is there no precision here? Air strikes are hitting us and Daesh is a small mouse, why are they bombing the city? The city is gone,” Mosul resident Abu Sayif told RT's Ruptly video agency. “Have no mercy, no mercy, airstrikes are very bad.”

“This is the bombing, they are destroying everything,” local resident named Akram told Ruptly.

Others on the ground in Mosul have complained to RT that IS continue to use civilians as human shields during daily airstrikes, terrorizing residents and preventing anyone from leaving the western Mosul.

“IS hurt us a lot, they starved us; there is no water to drink, there is no gas, there is no food,” said Abdlrazaq Abdalkarem Qasim a Mosul resident.

“There are 4 or 5 families that can't come out, the fighting is weakened. These guys [the Iraqi army] keep fighting, they can´t beat them but they [Daesh] are using a lot of snipers,” said Basim Muhammad Jasim, another local of Mosul.

“We are concerned about the pattern of civilian casualties which has been happening since the start of the operation [on October 17],” Donatella Rovera, AI's senior crisis response adviser who carried out field investigations in Mosul, told RT. “Amnesty International is concerned that there is disproportionate use of force and this could constitute war crimes.”

Rovera told RT that the US coalition is failing to undertake “all possible and feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties,” especially when it comes to cases where civilian structures are destroyed.

“The use of munitions and tactics at times are causing civilian casualties − notably in situations where ISIS fighters are on the roof of houses − large munitions have been used which have destroyed those houses and killed the civilians in the house,” Rovera explained on Tuesday.

Following Amnesty’s report, the Pentagon admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in the city.

“If these innocents were killed by the coalition, it was an unintentional accident of war,” Lieutenant General Steve Townsend the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said Tuesday, as the UN Human Rights chief announced that at least 307 people have been killed and 273 wounded in just over a month in Mosul.

The US insists that no more than 200 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes in Mosul, but the UK-based monitoring group Airwars says the number could be more than 10 times higher.

Some 400,000 civilians are still trapped in the Old City of Mosul, which is held by IS militants. They are facing food and electricity shortages, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq earlier told Reuters, adding that between 8,000 and 12,000 people flee the city daily.

RT2017/3/30
‘Credibility’ probe into US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul raised to formal investigation

The US military has elevated the level of inquiry into the suspected Mosul airstrike that allegedly killed dozens of civilians from a “credibility assessment” to a full formal investigation, the head of the US Central Command has said at a Congress briefing.

"It will be a more formalized approach to really look into the details of this as much as we can to establish what happened, establish what the facts are, identify accountability and then certainly identify the lessons learned out of that," Army General Joseph Votel, the US CENTCOM commander, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, referring to the incident on March 17.

Dozens of civilians died as a residential building in western Mosul collapsed after a suspected airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition.

General Votel also agreed with an earlier assessment by another high-ranking US military official, Lieutenant General Steve Townsend, who commands the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR), who said, “there is a fair chance that our operation may have contributed to these casualties.”

The CENTCOM commander went on to say that Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) is most likely to have a hand in this tragedy. “The enemy does use human shields, has little regard for human life,” and tries to use reports of civilian casualties to hinder the Iraqi forces campaign supported by the coalition, so “they bear the responsibility for this as well,” Votel said.

He added that Islamic State is “exploiting” the US “sensitivity for civilian casualties” and expressly agreed with the statement of the Rep. Martha McSally (R-Arizona), who said that if the US doesn’t kill ISIS terrorists, they will kill more civilians.

Votel also confirmed that US forces are not going to change the rules of engagement in its fight against Islamic State in Iraq despite the risk of greater civilian casualties. Earlier, CENTCOM spokesman, Colonel John Thomas, told journalists that “General Votel is not looking into changing the way we operate other than to say our processes are good.”

The alleged airstrike hit western Mosul’s al-Jadida neighborhood destroying a residential building and burying dozens of people under the rubble. The Iraqi military said in a statement that 61 bodies were subsequently pulled from the ruins, while a municipal official said the death toll of the attack was as high as 240.

Meanwhile, Votel said that 284 Iraqi soldiers have been killed and 1,600 injured since the fighting started in western Mosul.

On March 25, the CJTF–OIR issued a statement, in which it admitted that the US-led coalition did carry out an airstrike targeting the area at the request of the Iraqi forces around the time when the incident happened, adding that it opened a probe into the coalition’s alleged involvement in the issue.

The Iraqi War Media Cell has meanwhile issued its own statement concerning the incident, in which it said the building was likely blown up by Islamic State terrorists’ booby traps and had not been targeted by a coalition airstrike.

Earlier, the UN expressed its “profound concern” over the “high number of civilian casualties in al-Jadida in Iraq,” referring particularly to the March 17 incident.

The US-led coalition forces are fully aware that civilians are getting killed by their airstrikes in Mosul but they still favor mass bombing as it seems to be the easiest strategy to retake the city, Jurgen Todenhofer, the first western journalist, who spent ten days in the area controlled by Islamic State, told RT.

He also said the US-led coalition has not been particularly effective in defeating Islamic State as a terrorist group as it helps the Iraqi forces to seize territories from the extremists.“The civilians are bombarded almost every day," especially now, when the US-led coalition prepares for one of the biggest attacks on the Mosul old city, Todenhofer said, describing the situation in Mosul.

He said the coalition forces “use the same strategy: they bomb the parts [of the city] they want to [seize] and then the special forces from several nations enter and fight down those, who are left,” adding that “many civilians are killed” as a result of such strategy.

“In Aleppo, civilians as well as rebels and even … Al Nusra terrorists got an opportunity to leave,” he added, pointing out that “in Iraq, there was no such strategy to protect the civilians.”

The journalist went on to say that “everyone, who bombs the city, knows that they will kill civilians and the Americans know it exactly” because when the coalition hits a house it often does not know, “who exactly can be in that house, so they know exactly that they are killing civilians.”

Todenhofer added that “the number of civilians killed in Sunni cities like Tikrit, Fallujah, Ramallah … and Mosul [as a result of the coalition airstrikes] is ten times higher than the number of Islamic State fighters” and in Mosul it could well have reached 10,000.

“The Americans have been quite successful in destroying Islamic State as a state but not as a terrorist group,” he said, adding that the terrorists entrenched in western Mosul are likely to flee the city “as they have escaped from other [Iraqi] cities.”

Todenhofer said he was told that “at least 600 IS fighters now [act] as sleepers in eastern Mosul” and those, who are now fighting in the western part of the city, could flee to the desert and they would be “joined by the young people, who lost their homes and their families.”

RT2017/3/30
‘Time to sound the alarm bells’ as Mosul plight has ‘escalated to the limit,’ Moscow says
The humanitarian plight of war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit,” with the Iraqi president comparing it to a “full-on catastrophe,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

The city “is running out of essential food and medical supplies,” with “experts warning about a threat of mass famine if the assault on the city lasts longer.”

So far, it seems like such a turn of events is highly likely, Zakharova said, adding that the Iraqi forces’ advance has seen little success and become bogged down in intense city battles.

Another frequently-voiced danger for the locals is the US-led coalition’s airstrikes targeting residential areas.

“With such population density, what kind of pinpoint strikes are our Western partners talking about?” Zakharova asked.

According to the latest UN data, 307 people died in western Mosul on March 17-22, and “these are only the deaths that have been confirmed,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson added.

“We still have to fully estimate the real scale of casualties.”

The Russian official’s concerns have been echoed by Katharina Ritz, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq.

“The concern for us is that the highest standard should be maintained when it comes to protecting the civilian population in any conflict, in any area. To have military warfare in densely populated areas in western Mosul, precautions and care need to be the priority,” she told RT.

“It’s time to toll the alarm bells,” the official added.

“The Mosul humanitarian situation has escalated to the limit. The Iraqi president has compared it with a full-on catastrophe,” Zakharova said.

RT2017/4/1
Belgium probes own possible involvement in Mosul strike that killed 200+

Belgium has opened a preliminary investigation to determine if its jets were responsible for civilian casualties on at least two occasions in Iraq. One probe seeks to establish whether a Belgian F-16 was involved in the March 17 strike which killed over 200 people.

In one of the deadliest single incidents of the Mosul siege, hundreds of people lost their lives in the al-Jadida neighborhood on March 17 from what the initial reports indicated to be a US-led coalition airstrike.

With the exact number of casualties still unclear, Mosul’s municipality chief, Abdul Sattar al-Habbo, who was supervising the rescue, said 240 bodies had been pulled from the rubble.

Confirming that the US is conducting its own investigation into the March 17 incident, the Pentagon earlier this week admitted that its air power could have been behind the deadly strike.

Following suit, Belgium which is part of the anti-IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) coalition, also announced that it will now examine whether its jets might have been involved in targeting civilian sites on a least two occasion on March 17.

“We have opened a preliminary investigation to establish... whether all procedures were observed during two incidents,” prosecutors’ spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told AFP on Friday. “If rules of engagement were properly observed... it is possible that no crime was committed.”

Belgian MP Wouter De Vriendt told VRT newscast that the case involved strikes carried out by Belgian F-16 fighter jets on March 17.

Belgium is one of 66 countries that the US has called on to help defeat IS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The Benelux country is contributing to the US-led coalition by offering approximately 35 personnel for strike operations in Iraq deploying its fleet of six 6 F-16A/Bs based in Jordan. In addition, Brussels has dispatched approximately 120 personnel to support air-combat missions.

With separate American and Belgian investigations underway, the US-led coalition consistently reminds the media that IS often use civilians as human shields.

Investigators are now trying to determine whether civilians were forced into buildings before it was struck by coalition forces or whether jihadists destroyed the building themselves.

The Iraqi War Media Cell said the building could have been blown up by terrorists who “booby-trapped” the building. “No hole or other indication” was discovered to suggest that the US coalition had struck the building directly, it said.

RT2017/4/3
Media coverage of Iraqi Mosul op ‘censored & suppressed’ – RT reporter in embattled city

The Iraqi Army keeps press coverage of its operation in Mosul “censored and suppressed,” only allowing access to certain locations, RT’s Murad Gazdiev, reporting from the scene, says, as the UN warns of soaring civilian casualties.

When Murad Gazdiev arrived in the embattled city to cover the latest events, Iraqi officers warned his crew not to film what is being done to the city.

Gazdiev gave as an example an operation to dismantle a bomb, apparently left behind by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in one of the houses.

Iraqi troops made the decision to blow up the building rather than demine it. They also did not allow the media to cover the event.

“So apparently they’ve found an IED – and explosive device left behind by ISIS in a house over there – a booby trapped house. They’re going to blow it up – but they aren’t going to let us film. They say it’s not worth the fuss of disarming it – so instead, they’re going to blow up the house,” Gazdiev said.

He added that “undesirable footage” is confiscated and journalists are “threatened with bans for negative coverage.”

“Information is contained. One of the biggest and deadliest battles of the 21st century – is actually also one of the most censored and suppressed,” he said, adding that all journalists in Mosul are guided by Iraqi media officials.

On Saturday, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq released casualty figures for March – the deadliest month since the start of 2017, with 548 civilians killed.

The majority of deaths (367) took place in Nineveh Province, where Mosul is located.

“The terrorists have used every possible wicked way to inflict casualties on civilians,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ján Kubiš said.

According to information verified by the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), at least 307 people were killed in the war-stricken city between February 17 and March 22. Also, between March 23 and 26, around 95 civilians were killed in Mosul neighborhoods, the UN added, citing reports. It is not yet clear if the UN included the casualties from the March 17 incident in the death toll.

FARSNEWS2017/4/3
Russia: US Concealing ISIL Crimes in Iraq’s Mosul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia accused Washington of covering up the ISIL terrorist group’s concealing in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a US airstrike last month killed hundreds of civilians.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov made the comments, days after US military spokesman Joseph Scrocca said there was a video showing ISIL trying to bait US into killing civilians in Mosul, Yemen Extra reported.

However, the footage is yet to be shown.

“What motives is the US command driven by when they hide the war crimes of terrorists from the international community behind the veil of secrecy?” Konashenkov said.

“Why does the US-led … coalition, with this information, using their ‘smart bombs’ still carry out airstrikes on buildings with civilians?” he added.

On March 17, the US bombed a building in Mosul’s Western al-Jadida district, where Iraqi forces are fighting against militants. More than 200 civilians, including women and children, are believed to have been killed as a result of the aerial attack which caused the building to collapse.

The Pentagon acknowledged in a statement that the US had carried out the deadly attack. However, the US military is said to be conducting an investigation into whether it was US ammunition , Daesh explosives or both that caused the building to collapse.

Elsewhere in his comments, Konashenkov said Washington was looking for justifying mass civilian victims of its bombing campaign.

“The Pentagon’s absurd statements justifying mass civilian causalities of US bombing in Iraq tell more words about the real level of planning operations and alleged superiority of the US ‘smart bombs,’” he said.

Konashenkov focused on a crucial difference between US attacks in Mosul and Moscow’s counter-terrorism mission in Aleppo, saying Russia did not use its air force in the freedom of the Syrian city.

“The Russian Aerospace Forces were not used in Aleppo at all. The attention was focused on the work of humanitarian corridors as well as delivering and providing humanitarian aid for local residents,” he said.

“In Mosul, according to … Scrocca, despite civilian casualties, the coalition is not going to retreat even when fighting becomes heavy,” Konashenkov added.

The US campaign against purported terrorist aims inside Syria and Iraq, which began in 2014, has left many local residents dead without any meaningful achievement.

Earlier this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cast doubt on the sincerity of the US coalition’s anti-terror campaign in Syria.

“One year into the creation of this coalition in 2014, it was very sporadically using the air force to hit some ISIL positions. They never touched the caravans who were smuggling oil from Syria to Turkey and, in general, they were not really very active,” he said.

“This suspicion is still very much alive these days, when Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front) already twice changed its name, but it never changed its sponsors who continue to pump money and whatever is necessary for fighting into this structure,” he added.
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2017年04月01日

米ロ関係は冷戦時代よりも悪い

RT2017/4/1
‘Maybe worse than Cold War’: Kremlin spokesman on US-Russia relations

Ties between Russia and the US are probably worse than in the Cold War, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with ABC News, adding that the blatant anti-Russia propaganda has led to Americans seeing Russian hackers “in every fridge.”

One of the major setbacks for US-Russia relations was the decision in December by the Obama administration to expel 35 Russian diplomats from the US and close two diplomatic compounds over hacking allegations.

“This is something that was never seen in the diplomatic affairs of the world for decades! Let's imagine: the property of the Russian Federation covered with diplomatic immunity was occupied by US secret service agents. Well, is it friendly? I’m afraid not. It’s not legal in terms of international law. So of course it was very significant damage for our bilateral relations,” Peskov said.

When asked if current US-Russia relations could be described as “a new Cold War,” Peskov was not at all ambiguous.

“New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse,” the Russian President’s spokesman told ABC News. Addressing repeated claims that Moscow somehow meddled in the 2016 US election, Peskov blasted the allegations as libelous.

“This campaign was nothing but slander, all those fake news [stories] having nothing beneath and no evidence. We’ll continue to suggest to everyone saying that Russia was interfering in the domestic affairs, to read Mr. Putin’s lips.”

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked – yet again – if Moscow had meddled in the US election, to which he replied, “Read my lips – NO.”

The ABC host then gave Peskov a couple of unpleasant figures: nine percent of Americans think of Putin favorably, and nine percent believe Russia could be a US ally. The spokesman was not surprised though, and said there is a reason for these attitudes.

“The US public have been a target for severe anti-Russian propaganda, and they felt victims of that propaganda, and because of that, the American people think that yes, Russian hackers are everywhere, in every fridge, iron, and so on and so forth. But it’s not true! Those are fake news [stories] and this is slander.
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2017年03月31日

フリンが免責を条件にトランプ陣営とロシアとの関係について証言か

RT2017/3/31
Mike Flynn offers to testify on Trump campaign ties to Russia in exchange for immunity – reports
President Trump’s former national security adviser told investigators probing into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia he will testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution, US media reports, citing officials familiar with the matter.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which cited “officials with knowledge of the matter,” and later confirmed by Michael Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner.

“Out of respect for the committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate intelligence committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. But it is important to acknowledge the circumstances in which those discussions are occurring.

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,’’ Kelner said in a statement Thursday evening. He did not provide details on the conditions which are being discussed for Flynn to testify, but noted that “no reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch-hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.”

If granted, an immunity deal would make it impossible for the Justice Department to prosecute Flynn. However, the Wall Street Journal reported that investigators had not agreed to Flynn’s conditions yet. There was no official statement on the talks with Flynn from the White House or the FBI on Thursday night.
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モースルの戦い

モースルで米軍の攻撃により200人以上の民間人が死亡。改めてイラクの対ISIS作戦が注目されています。

管理人は、2015/9/30のシリア内戦へのロシア参戦以来、戦闘状況を追いました。ロシア軍は積極的に全体の戦況やロシア軍の活動状況を開示したため、シリア政府軍側の士気が上がり、攻勢に出て成果を上げていることが分かりました。

その頂点がアレッポ解放とテロリストの退出作戦です。これを記録した記事は、今振り返ってみても感動的です。

ところが、イラクについてはFARSNEWSなどが戦況を伝えるものの、具体性に欠け、なかなかイメージしづらかったのです。

加えて、イラクではISISの残虐行為が激しかったためか、ネットに上げられた画像も生々しいものが多く、戦況判断には結び付きませんでした。戦闘シーンの画像があっても、それがいつ、どこで行われたのか分かりません。

このことは、検索エンジンに Mosul と打ち込んで画像を検索するだけですぐ理解してもらえるでしょう。

しかし、大変重要な局面に来ています。米国のイラク市民、モースル市民の虐殺がいかにひどいものであるか、管理人自身が認識するために、画像や地図を集めることにしました。

まずは西モースルの位置からです。

The alleged airstrike hit western Mosul’s al-Jadida neighborhood destroying a residential building and burying dozens of people under the rubble.とあります。赤い点がal-Jadidaです。モースル駅の近くです。モースルの街は大きく、橋が破壊されて住民は大変な苦労を強いられています。地図も細かい部分が分からないので大通りの光景の画像があっても場所が特定できません。


al-Jadidaの拡大図。住宅が建て込んだ地域で道路も狭いとされています。


このような人口密集地でどんなピンポイント攻撃ができるというか? ロシアの外務省スポークスマンが述べています。

“With such population density, what kind of pinpoint strikes are our Western partners talking about?” Zakharova asked.

次は、チグリス川とモースル駅との間の地域。殉教者公園が見えます。


記者が取材中に近くにミサイルが落ちました。






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2017年03月30日

複数の国でスパイク観測 謎深まる

北欧で今なお放射性ヨウ素が検出されているそうです。起源は不明と。

2017/3/29ENENEWS
New radiation spikes detected in multiple countries − Mystery deepens as officials work to triangulate source − Nuclear Expert: “It is serious… likely means a continuing release still going on”

Barents Observer, Mar 23, 2017 (emphasis added): Another tiny measurement of radioactive iodine at Svanhovd − The very small amount of radioactive iodine was measured… between March 6 to 13… This is the second time this winter that radioactive iodine is measured at Svanhovd [in Norway]. Following the traces measured in January, a series of tweets started to spread claiming the source to be a possible Russian nuclear weapon test… Ongoing release? Nuclear physicist with the Bellona Foundation, Nils Bøhmer, says this second period of measurement indicates that there are some kind of ongoing releases. “If it is iodine-131, it is serious because that likely means a continuing release still going on. Iodine-131 has a half-life of only 8 days, so what was measured in January are long gone,” Bøhmer says to the Barents Observer. A possible ongoing release is supported by measurements in Finland a week before the trace was detected in Norway’s northeasternmost corner…

Bellona, Mar 27, 2017: New radioactive Iodine detected in Norway and Finland – more breaking fake news likely to follow − The mystery surrounding a release of iodine over Europe in January deepened earlier this month as a second minor spike of radiation again tripped sensors in Svandhovd, Norway, the Barents Observer reported accurately in an article that will doubtless be followed several false ones from other sources. The new spike, according to instruments monitored by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, was measured between March 6 and 13, and, according to Bellona physicist and general director Nils Bøhmer, strongly suggest the iodine release is ongoing… As such, the iodine measurements have become the stuff of Internet legend and fuel for conspiracies, and the newest reports will likely spur further theories… A Twitter fire that started in Europe -– after the reports of the iodine were confirmed by French nuclear authorities in January– spat out 140-character speculation that a nuclear bomb test in Russia, or even an accident at the Kola Nuclear Power Plant, were to blame… RIA Novosti falsely cited reports in Britain’s Independent and the Barents Observer to make its case that the suspicious radiation spike was coming from Ukraine… [W]here the iodine is coming from is still not clear. But nuclear authorities in Finland and Norway are taking the work of trying to triangulate its source seriously.
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豪州がサウジに武器輸出 米国がバーレーンに条件緩和

豪州がイエメンで戦争犯罪を遂行中のサウジに武器輸出です。米英仏独、自国内で起きるテロを糾弾しつつサウジのテロには武器で支援というダブルスタンダードを恥ともしていません。

FARSNEWS20173/25
TEHRAN (FNA)- Australian firms signed military contracts to provide weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the regime’s ongoing war in Yemen that has killed over 12,000 people since March 2015.

The Australian Department of Defense secured four contracts to export weapons to Riyadh in the past year and Canberra has led the push for more arms sales, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne visited Riyadh in December to promote military equipment to Saudi officials.

"The minister received a very positive reception, as did the business representatives who visited," a spokeswoman for Pyne said.

Pyne, who reports to the Minister for Defense, is refusing to release details of the approved military sales, citing commercial-in-confidence rules.

Sarah Phillips, a University of Sydney researcher told the Sydney Morning Herald that Saudi Arabia has used brutal tactics in Yemen and its airstrikes have been "reckless," hitting funerals and hospitals at times.

Asked about Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia, Phillips said: "I would find that deeply concerning, with the ways in which previous assistance from other Western nations has been used upon the civilian population."

RT2017/3/30
President Donald Trump’s administration has notified the US Congress it intends to waive human rights conditions placed on the sale of Lockheed Martin fighter jets to Bahrain by the previous administration, US media reported.
“This type of conditionality would be unprecedented and counterproductive to maintaining security cooperation and ultimately addressing human rights issues,” Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement released by his office Wednesday night.
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日本の安全急速に悪化 学校に安易に子供を預けるな!

共同2017/3/27
雪崩で高校生8人心肺停止、栃木
登山講習中、けが人も多数
27日午前9時20分ごろ、栃木県那須町湯本のスキー場「那須温泉ファミリースキー場」付近で、雪崩が起きたと110番があった。県警は、登山講習会に参加していて巻き込まれた県立大田原高校の男子生徒8人が心肺停止と発表した。消防によると、このほか多数のけが人がいるという。
 県警や消防が状況の確認を急いでいる。
 県警などによると、講習会は県高等学校体育連盟が主催。大田原、那須清峰、矢板東、真岡女子、真岡、宇都宮の県立6校に私立矢板中央の計7校の1〜2年生ら60人以上が参加し、午前7時半ごろから登山を始めた。

RT20173/27
Avalanche kills 8, injures 30 on high school trip in Japan
An avalanche has killed eight people, including at least seven students, and injured more than 30 on a mountain-climbing trip in Japan.
The group of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on the last day of a three-day mountaineering trip when the avalanche struck in the town of Nasu, some 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo Monday, reports Japan Times.
More than 100 troops were deployed to assist emergency services in a major rescue effort.
A weather warning for heavy snow and avalanches was issued for Sunday and Monday in the region by the Meteorological Agency. Some 33cm (13 inches) of snow fell in Nasu over an eight-hour period on Monday.
Most of the students killed were from Otawara High School in the Tochigi prefecture, according to AFP.

フランスでも
leParisien2017/3/27
Japon : sept lycéens et un enseignant tués par une avalanche lors d'une excursion

※  おじ ﷺ‏ @namakoz 氏の2017/3/30のツイート
●大川小学校
生徒「山に逃げよう。死んでたまるか!」
先生&近隣住民「校庭で待機。今までの人生で津波なんか来たことない」
●大田原高校
生徒「中止するべき」
顧問「決行する。今までの人生で雪崩なんか遭ったことない」


・・・・・・

被曝させられ、雪崩に巻き込まれ・・・。どっちにしても命が縮まる。

海外も日本の安全意識の欠如にこの事件を驚きを持って受け止めている。
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