国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年09月08日

米軍主導軍がデリゾールでISIS幹部をヘリで救出 これが米軍とISISの深い関係を示す証拠でなければなんだろう

FARANEWS2017/9/8
US Army Continues Rescue Operations for ISIL in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, carrying 20 senior ISIL commanders on board, a military and diplomatic source said on Friday.

"Amid the successful operations by the Syrian government troops in the Eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of ISIL field commanders backed by US special services, had been promptly evacuated from Deir Ezzur to safer regions in order to use their experience in other directions," the source said.

The source said that the first such extraction took place on August 26, a "US Air Force helicopter" evacuated 2 European field commanders of ISIL with members of their families from a region Northwest of Deir Ezzur at night.

According to his data, two days later, US choppers transferred 20 ISIL field commanders and militants close to them from a region Southeast of Deir Ezzur city to Northern Syria.

"Militants who lost their commanders due to the Americans, usually tend to cease organized actions, leave their positions, join other (ISIL) units or flee one by one. This eventually contributes to the success of the offensive by the Syrian government troops in Eastern Syria," the source said.

Military sources confirmed on Tuesday that the Syrian Army troops entered the 137th Artillery Brigade Base in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city, lifting the ISIL terrorists' siege of the city after approximately 1,100 days.

The army soldiers, backed up by the country's Air Force and Russian fighter jets, prevailed over the last strongholds of ISIL in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city and reached positions of their comrades in the 137th Artillery Brigade Base, the sources said, adding that ISIL's siege of Deir Ezzur city was ended after more than three years.

The sources added that a number of the army forces and military vehicles entered the 137th Artillery Brigade Base via a newly-set corridor minutes ago.

The next phase of the Deir Ezzur military operation will include lifting the siege of the military airport in the Southern outskirts of the city, followed by taking control of the entire provincial capital.

Recapturing Deir Ezzur is of great importance for the fight against ISIL due to its strategic location. It is the largest city in Eastern Syria and the seventh-largest city in the whole country.

Deir Ezzur and the surrounding governorate of the same name are located on the Syrian border with Iraq, so, if captured by the Syrian governmental forces, they will leave ISIL militants effectively trapped in the heart of Syria in their only remaining stronghold of Raqqa.

Liberating the city would also give the government forces strategic advantage over the terrorists as it will provide Syrian armed forces and their allies with a really stable foothold in this part of Eastern Syria.

Apart from its strategic importance for the military defeat of ISIL, ending the siege of Deir Ezzur would also have a significant economic effect and would be a great relief for thousands of people currently trapped in the city surrounded by the terrorists.

Deir Ezzur is the capital of an oil-rich Eastern Syrian province and the center of the Syrian oil industry that once served as a source of wealth to ISIL as it captured the area and besieged the city. Depriving terrorists of these resources would be another significant blow to the ISIL Takfiri group.


FARANEWS2017/9/7
US Army Conducts Heliborne Operation Again to Save Foreign ISIL Members in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Deir Ezzur to evacuate a number of foreign members of the ISIL terrorist group from the region, media reports said on Thursday.

Media outlets affiliated to the terrorists reported that after the heliborne operation in Kab al-Mala region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Wednesday, the US-led coalition conducted a second heliborne operation near al-Rahba region in Badiyeh (desert) areas of al-Mayadeen city.

They added that the operation was carried out by several helicopters, noting that the US forces took away 8 foreign ISIL members from the region.

The US-led coalition carried out heliborne operations in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to evacuate a senior financial director of the ISIL terrorist group from the region, media reports said on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that two military helicopters of the coalition carried out a heliborne operation in Kab al-Mala region near the village of Bu Leil in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur province, taking away a senior commander in charge of running the financial affairs of al-Tayem oilfield for ISIL from the region along with his assets.

Al-Ahd added that families of 4 non-Syrian ISIL members were also taken away from the region in the heliborne operation.



FARANEWS2017/9/6
US Army Conducts Heliborne Operation to Take ISIL's Financial Director Away from Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to evacuate a senior financial director of the ISIL terrorist group from the region, media reports said on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that two military helicopters of the coalition carried out a heliborne operation in Kab al-Mala region near the village of Bu Leil in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur province, taking away a senior commander in charge of running the financial affairs of al-Tayem oilfield for ISIL from the region along with his assets.

Al-Ahd added that families of 4 non-Syrian ISIL members were also taken away from the region in the heliborne operation.

The Kurdish-language Rudaw news website quoted local sources as saying last week that the US army carried out a heliborne operation in al-Souh region in the Southwestern parts of the town of al-Masrab in Western Deir Ezzur, taking away a number of ISIL terrorists.

The US army has conducted a growing number of similar heliborne operations to help senior ISIL leaders in Eastern Syria this year.

なんでこんなことが起きているのか、米国がISISを殲滅しようとしているなどとタワゴトを言う人には説明して欲しいです。

ロシア軍がデリゾールへの人道支援を急いでいるのに、米軍はISIS幹部の救出を急いでいます。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

軍事的な解決はない 米国アフガニスタン戦略を中国とパキスタンが批判

RT2017/9/8
‘No military solution’: China & Pakistan slam Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy
China and Pakistan have slammed US President Donald Trump’s new policy on Afghanistan, which includes sending additional troops to the country. The nations have instead urged new talks with the Taliban.

The Pakistani and Chinese foreign ministers announced that their two countries and Afghanistan would hold a new series of three-way talks later this year, aiming to reach settlement negotiations with the Taliban.

“It's our firm view that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, the focus should be on a politically-negotiated settlement,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said during a visit to Beijing on Friday, as quoted by AP.

“China is playing a very constructive role in this regard,” he added.

That statement comes after Trump did a U-turn on his previous position of disengagement from Afghanistan, instead opting to send more troops to the country. An additional 3,500 US soldiers will soon head to Afghanistan, officials told media this week.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” Trump said in a televised speech last month. “But all my life, I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.”

If the deployment of 3,500 additional soldiers is confirmed, it will bring the total number of US troops in Afghanistan to around 14,500.

The Friday statement also comes after Trump angered Pakistan in August, accusing it of providing a safe haven to extremists. Last month, the Trump administration announced that $255 million in military aid for Pakistan would be withheld until Islamabad cracked down on extremists threatening neighboring Afghanistan.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately,” Trump said at the time.

Trump also infuriated Islamabad when he voiced the possibility of recruiting India – Pakistan's arch rival – into Washington's strategy in Afghanistan.

However, Pakistan has rejected claims that it is aiding groups including the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network, a position which China backed on Friday.

“The government and people of Pakistan have made huge sacrifices in the fight against terrorism for everyone to see and the international community should recognize that,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

He added that Beijing is standing behind its “ironclad friend” even though “some countries” do not give Pakistan credit for its fight against terrorism.

Russia, for its part, has slammed Trump's Afghanistan strategy as a “dead-end approach.”

“The main emphasis in the new strategy, which was announced by Washington, is made on settlement through use of force,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in August. “We believe that it’s a dead-end approach.”

Lavrov also noted that the new strategy allows for negotiations with the Taliban without any preconditions, which jeopardizes the joint international stance formed by the UN Security Council.

He went on to note that the UN Security Council, with the backing of the Afghan government, had ruled to allow the Taliban to enter the negotiation process under conditions that include severing ties with terrorist links, bringing armed resistance to an end and respecting Afghanistan's constitution.

“We maintain the contacts with the Taliban exactly in accordance with these criteria, urging them to comply with these UN Security Council demands,” Lavrov said.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:26| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

もうすぐ日本もこうなる 西側の国が止めてくれることはない





RT2017/9/8
Amnesty slams US & UK for ‘emboldening’ Bahrain amid ‘disastrous decline in human rights’
Bahrain has cracked down on government critics over the past year, torturing, beating, and sexually assaulting at least 169 people, Amnesty International said, accusing the UK and US of turning a blind eye to “horrific abuses.”

Amnesty said in a report entitled ‘No one can protect you: Bahrain’s year of crushing dissent’ that it had documented how the government arrested, tortured, threatened, or banned from travel nearly 170 activists, opponents, and their relatives from June 2016 to June 2017.
Bahrain has repeatedly refuted allegations of systematic rights abuses.



“We have heard horrific allegations of torture in Bahrain,” Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, countered in a statement. He noted that all of the allegations should be “promptly and effectively” investigated, while those behind the abuses “brought to justice.”
US, UK prefer to keep silent over Bahrain abuses

The report accused “most governments,” notably Washington and London, of keeping silent over the human rights abuses in Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based and where Britain’s Royal Navy has a major facility.



“The failure of the UK, USA and other countries that have leverage over Bahrain to speak out in the face of the disastrous decline in human rights in the country over the past year has effectively emboldened the government to intensify its endeavor to silence the few remaining voices of dissent,” Luther noted.

The US publicly criticized Bahrain during the Obama administration, noting in September 2016 that sales to Bahrain of fighter jets would depend on “progress on human rights.” In March 2017, US President Donald Trump lifted the conditions on the sale of jets later telling Bahrain’s King Hamad “there won’t be strain with this administration.”

Amnesty said that the UK, a key strategic ally of Bahrain’s, chose to downplay the “severity of the situation in the country,” with the UK’s recent human rights country assessment on Bahrain referring to a “mixed picture,” praising Bahrain’s “progress on its reform agenda.”



“By accentuating the supposed positives, the UK is lending cover to Bahrain as it pursues a frightening and ever-intensifying crackdown on human rights,” Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director, said in a statement.

“The political stance of London and Washington has direct impact on the policies of the regime,” Saeed Al-Shehabi of the Bahrain Freedom Movement told RT.

“The regime knows that without their support it cannot survive. Without the support of the British and the Americans and the Saudis the regime would have collapsed, so I think a strong stance from Washington and London would definitely lead to improvement in human rights situation and probably a political transformation towards democracy. But they don’t want that,” he added.

“What the regime of Bahrain is doing is that it is persecuting the people.”

The 43-page paper by Amnesty International said that at least six people were killed, one child among them, in the crackdowns over the past year. “They took away my humanity,” Human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh told the rights group. The activist claimed she was blindfolded, sexually assaulted, beaten, and kept standing for most of the seven hours she was being interrogated by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

The testimonies also featured a statement from prominent human rights advocate Nabeel Rajaab, whose fate has been closely followed by RT. The man is behind bars as a prisoner of conscience after being sentenced to two years in jail for giving interviews. He faces a further 15 years in jail for tweets, considered offensive to the Bahraini government.

The UK is building a naval base in Bahrain, and has maintained arms export sales worth £45million ($59 million) since 2011, the Guardian reported.

In March, Amnesty International urged Trump to cancel impending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain – a key Washington ally and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet – since this could put civilians in even greater danger and implicate the US in war crimes.

The Trump administration notified Congress that 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. According to the source, the sale includes 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 military aircraft, along with 23 engines, as well as radars and other avionics, air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance, and related equipment. The anticipated price of the deal is $4.8 billion. The aircraft manufacturer has so far not released a comment on the sale, nor has the State Department.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシアがデリゾールの空爆でISIS幹部40人を殺害

RT2017/9/8
Russian airstrike destroys bunker with senior ISIS commanders near Deir ez-Zor – MoD
Some 40 Islamic State terrorists, including the so-called “emir of Deir ez-Zor” are said to have been killed as Russian warplanes struck and wiped out an underground command center and communication unit near the city, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russia’s Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets scrambled from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province hit a high-profile gathering of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) field commanders on September 5, the ministry said. It noted that the Russian Air Force was acting upon the intelligence it received from several sources indicating that a meeting of senior IS militants was about to take place in one of the underground command centers on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.

The militants were set to discuss ways to fend off the offensive by the Syrian forces, which were making rapid gains toward the city, which had been besieged by IS for three years.

As result of the airstrike at least 40 IS members, including four field commanders, were killed on the spot. An underground command center and terrorist communication hub were razed to ground.

“The effective actions of the Russian Air Force speeded up the lifting of a siege from the city of Deir ez-Zor and allowed the Syrian troops to begin liberating the city,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Among the senior militants killed is internationally wanted Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali (also known as Tirad Al-Jarba), the self-proclaimed “emir of Deir ez-Zor,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the militant’s death has been confirmed.

Al-Shimali, an Iraqi-born Saudi citizen and a former Al-Qaeda member, pledged his allegiance to ISIS in 2015 and later became notorious for being the one in charge of smuggling foreign fighters into its territory.

In 2015, the US State Department offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information leading to al-Shimali’s capture and arrest, while describing him “a key leader in ISIL’s Immigration and Logistics Committee” coordinating “smuggling activities, financial transfers, and the movement of supplies into Syria and Iraq from Europe, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.”

Another top IS commander, Gulmurod Khalimov, IS “war minister” from Tajikistan, was either killed or heavily injured in the Russian sortie, conflicting reports indicate. It was reported that Khalimov managed to escape to an area some 20 kilometers to the southeast of Deir ez-Zor, the ministry said.

A former special forces chief in his native Tajikistan, Khalimov participated in several counterterrorism training courses organized by the US State Department in the US and Tajikistan up to 2014 before pledging his allegiance to IS the year later. In 2016, the US State Department offered a reward of up to $3 million for information on Khalimov.

It is not the first time Khalimov is reported to have been killed on the battlefield. In April, an Iraqi military source told The Times that the militant was slain in an airstrike in western Mosul.
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韓国は米国の言いなりに軍備増強受け入れ 日本に波及必至

RT2017/9/6
South Korea is moving swiftly to install four new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) rocket launchers on its territory. They will be installed this week, despite protests from residents who have cited numerous concerns over the missile defense system.

US Forces Korea (USFK) will deploy the launchers at its new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Seoul, on Thursday, according to the South Korean defense ministry, cited by Yonhap news agency.

The ministry stressed the urgent need to mobilize the launchers amid growing threats from North Korea, which had its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.

ちょっとこれはいかんなあという感じです。朝鮮半島の原発はどうも怪しいし、危険なものをドンドン溜め込んでいるように見えてきます。

RT2017/9/6
Hundreds scuffle with police over US THAAD launcher deployment in South Korea

※  Anna Fifield‏認証済みアカウント @annafifield 氏の2017/9/7のツイート
Japan: Ishiba says Tokyo should discuss the idea of hosting US nuclear weapons because of North Korean threat.

やはり日本でも始まりました。

RT2017/9/8
‘Helping sense of unease’: Japan runs anti-missile drills over N. Korea launches
For the second time in its history, Japan has carried out a series of anti-missile drills at a US airbase in the northern Tohoku region, as tensions mount with North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons program.

A crew of thirty set up a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor system capable of intercepting short- and medium-range missiles at Misawa Air Base, Aomori Prefecture, on Thursday. The aims of the exercise were to boost US-Japanese co-operation, and to ready the military for any potential attack by North Korea.

Citing “successful missile launch in North Korea,” sub-base commander Yoshichika Kawahiro told RT’s Ruptly video agency that the purpose of the drills was to improve the operation of interceptor missiles and tactics of the Air Self-Defense Force, as well as cooperation with the US Armed Forces.

"An additional reason why we are announcing the training of PAC-3 is to be able to help with the sense of unease among Japanese citizens."

According to Kawahiro, the PAC-3 set-up took about 20 minutes to complete.

This is just the second time that Japan has carried out missile interception drills. The first were held at the end of August at the Iwakuni airbase in Yamaguchi and the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, only hours before a North Korean missile passed over the northern island of Hokkaido.

Japan is on high alert after a series of North Korean missile and nuclear tests, including the one which passed over its territory. On Sunday, Pyongyang reportedly tested a hydrogen bomb, its most powerful weapon to date, estimated to be over ten times the size of the bombs dropped on Japan in 1945.

So far, Japan is the only country to have had two atomic bombs detonate in its territory as an act of war. On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed nuclear weapon over the city of Hiroshima, southern Japan, killing some 80,000 people and obliterating 90 percent of the city. This was followed three days later by another bomb dropped on the city of Nagasaki, which killed another 40,000 people. The US has justified the horrific civilian toll by saying the bombings led to Japan’s surrender and the end of the Second World War.
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カリブ、メキシコ湾に次々とハリケーン

RT2017/9/6
Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose
Two other giant storms – Katia and Jose – have grown to hurricane levels, and now trail the calamitous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean and is headed toward the southern coast of Florida.

Katia, a Category 1 hurricane as of Wednesday evening, is in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Mexico late Friday or early Saturday.

The storm is forecast to produce up to 10 inches of rain, with the possibility of 15 inches in northern Veracruz, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain,” NHC said.

For comparison, Hurricane Harvey unloaded over 50 inches of rain east of Houston, Texas last week.

Katia’s maximum sustained winds are 75mph (120 km/h), compared with Irma’s 185 mph (295 km/h), which makes the latter one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 had 175 mph winds.

Jose, like Katia, is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. It is in the Atlantic, moving behind Category 5 Hurricane Irma, also in the northwest direction. However, Jose is unlikely to make landfall.



‘Barbuda is literally rubble’: Shocked PM says Irma destroyed 90% of homes on tiny Caribbean island

Price gouging complaints hit Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma

ENENEWS2017/9/6
“Worst hurricane ever” headed straight for multiple US nuclear plants − Winds up to 225 MPH − Storm to cause “apocalyptic damage” − Officials making Fukushima comparisons
Miami Herald, Sept 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT (emphasis added): Two South Florida nuclear power plants lie in Irma’s path… projections on Wednesday showed [Irma] headed straight for South Florida… But neither Turkey Point nor the St. Lucie plant farther up the coast had made the call yet to shutting down the plants… “If we anticipate there will be direct impacts on either facility we’ll shut down the units,” [spokesman Peter Robbins] said.
Bloomberg, Sep 6, 2017 at 1:10 PM EDT: Nuclear Plants in Irma’s Path Plan Shutdowns Ahead of Storm… Two of the Sunshine State’s nuclear facilities are in the Category 5 storm’s path… NextEra Energy Inc. will shut the plants “long before” the onset of hurricane force winds, spokesman Peter Robbins told Bloomberg…
Washington Post, Sep 6, 2017 at 7:50 PM EDT: This could be The Big One, again, and everyone knows it… Hurricane Irma is about as big as a tropical cyclone can possibly get, and the latest computer models show it aimed at South Florida as if following directions by GPS… This hurricane’s 185-mph maximum sustained winds are the strongest recorded for a landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean… Storm preparations also were underway at two nuclear sites in Florida… NextEra said that it will shut down its four nuclear reactors before Irma makes landfall… NextEra also said that its reactors could weather a loss of electricity of the sort that caused a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactors…

PBS, Sep 6, 2017 at 6:50 PM EDT: Sustained winds are still blowing at a record 185 miles an hour, with gusts up to 225 miles an hour. One forecaster watching the assault today said this thing is a buzz saw…

RT2017/9/8
Florida shutting down its 2 nuclear plants ahead of Hurricane Irma
While Governor Rick Scott said Florida’s two nuclear power plants will be shutdown before Hurricane Irma hits, little has been said about over a dozen chemical plants around the state, many of which manufacture highly combustible fertilizer.

“I have been talking to Florida Power & Light, which owns these,” Scott told CNN on Thursday, when asked about the power plants, “and they will both be shut down.”

One of the plants, St. Lucie, is on Hutchinson Island, about 55 miles (88km) north of West Palm Beach. Its two reactors generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 1 million homes.

Turkey Point nuclear power station is located on the Biscayne Bay, about 24 miles from Miami. Its two reactors generate about 1,600 megawatts of electricity, or enough for about 900,000 homes.

“It is about a thirty hour process, as soon as the Category 1 winds start,” Scott said. “We have evacuation routes opened for people to get out and get back to them. But they will be completely shut down before the storm hits. They will not be re-open until afterwards.”

The St. Lucie plant has already weathered powerful storms, like Hurricane Frances in 2004 and Wilma the year after.

Turkey Point withstood 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, a Category 4 storm and one of the strongest the country has experienced. The plant sustained $90 million in damages and had to run on backup generators for more than five days, however.

Its access road was blocked, communication systems shut down, and fire protection system damaged. The exhaust stack of one of its oil-powered units cracked. The reactors, shielded by six feet of steel-reinforced concrete and 20 feet above ocean level, remained unscathed. No radioactive material leaked, according to the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The trajectory of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km/h), is uncertain but the US National Hurricane Center described it as the strongest Atlantic storm on record. The hurricane is currently passing the Dominican Republic.

The shutdown of St. Lucie and Turkey Point goes a long way to assuage fears of an incident similar to Fukushima Dai-ichi, a power plant in Japan that suffered a reactor meltdown after the March 2011 tsunami.

There has been no official word, however, on whether chemical companies dotting Florida have taken any steps to prevent a repeat of last week’s events in Crosby, Texas.

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey knocked out refrigeration units that were cooling chemicals stored at eight tanks at the Arkema plant in this Houston suburb. As the tanks heated up, the chemicals inside caught fire and exploded. Fifteen first responders were treated for smoke inhalation.

A dozen chemical companies are located in Florida, near Miami, Tampa and Orlando, including Gold Coast Chemical Products, Gator Chemicals, Florida Chemical Supply and Thatcher Chemicals of Florida.

Fertilizer manufacturer Helena Chemical Co has several locations in the state. RT requested a comment from its Tennessee headquarters about any precautions the company was taking, but has not received a response.

Bell Chem makes the bleaching agent sodium hypochlorite at a plant in Longwood, just north of Orlando. While the compound itself is not combustible, it is a strong oxidizer and combustible for other substances. Calls made to the plant were not returned.

FAR Chemical, located on the coast in Palm Bay, manufactures a number of chemical compounds. Florida Crystals, about 75 miles northwest of Miami, manufactures sugar, which can be combustible under the right conditions.

While there are no large chemical plants in Palm Beach County, Delray Beach Fire Rescue said the department always prepares for the worst.

“We’re constantly training for what might happen, but we really won’t know what exactly we’re going to do until something happens,” Captain Kevin Saxton told WPEC.

“I think we would be prepared. We do have a special operations team and hazardous materials. We have a bunch of other resources that we can call in,” Saxton said.

He said a large scale explosion would require help from multiple agencies, and the first thing they do is get people away from the hazard.

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中国が韓国のTHAAD配備に抗議

RT2017/9/7
China lodges protest with S. Korea over deployment of THAAD launchers
China has lodged a stern protest against South Korea over the deployment of four additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers, according to the foreign ministry.

The comment was made by Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang during a regular press briefing on Thursday, according to Reuters.

It comes just one day after Geng said that China "expresses serious concern" over the decision to deploy the additional launchers, adding that such a move can "in no way address the security concerns of the relevant countries" involved in the North Korean standoff.

Instead, it will "only severely undermine regional strategic balance and jeopardize the strategic security interests of China and other regional countries.

"Moreover, it will exacerbate the tensions and confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and complicate the Korean Peninsula issue," he said on Wednesday.

Geng also said that China urges the US and South Korea to "immediately stop the relevant deployment and remove the relevant equipment."

South Korea deployed the four additional THAAD launchers to the US Forces Korea (USFK) base in Seongju early Thursday, just four days after Pyongyang launched its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The decision to deploy the launchers prompted some 400 protesters to turn up in front of the administrative building in Seongju. Thirty-eight people, including six officers, were injured during scuffles between police and demonstrators, a fire department official in Seongju told AP.

Four civilians also tried to cross the fence of the THAAD site before being arrested and taken to Kimcheon police station for investigation.

Authorities eventually managed to quash the unrest a few hours before the THAAD launchers arrived to the USFK base.

The THAAD system, designed to shoot down short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, has long been a source of controversy. Some South Koreans claim it will have negative health and environmental impacts. Others say the system will cause Seongju to become a prime target for North Korean attacks.

The South Korean government has called the Thursday deployment "provisional," acknowledging that an additional environmental impact assessment of the THAAD system is needed.

The decision to deploy the four additional THAAD launchers comes amid increased threats from North Korea, which shows no signs of ending its nuclear or ballistic missile tests, warning on Tuesday that more "gift packages" are on the way if the US continues its "reckless provocations."

Pyongyang's Sunday nuclear test prompted US President Trump to respond by saying that Washington was considering cutting trade with countries that do business with Pyongyang.
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日ロ関係

2017/9/7、ウラジオストックでのEastern Economic
Forumの機会に日露首脳が会談し、共同記者会見を行いましたが、特筆すべきことはありません。
北朝鮮問題について日、ロがそれぞれの立場を強調するだけで終わりました。ライブを見ていたら質疑応答はありませんでした。







RT2017/9/7
Russia to help Japan clean up Fukushima disaster – Putin
By year-end, Russia and Japan will start joint efforts to clean up after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok.

The countries’ "cooperation in the sphere of the peaceful atom has been growing, and we expect that by the end of the year we will announce joint projects to eliminate the consequences of the Fukushima meltdown," Putin
said on Thursday at the Eastern Economic Forum.

During the talks, the two leaders agreed to exchange information on experiments in getting rid of nuclear waste.

Earlier in the day, the deputy head of Russia’s Rosatom Kirill Komarov said the corporation is offering its services to Japan to assist in shutting down the Fukushima reactors.

Russian scientists have experience tackling nuclear meltdowns after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the worst on record.

The accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant occurred on March 11, 2011, and became one of the largest nuclear meltdowns in history. A nine magnitude earthquake struck Japan, triggering a deadly tsunami. Flooding then caused a
cooling system failure, which led to a meltdown in three reactors.

Officials say the decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima reactors will take several decades, and according to some estimates, the cost could reach $200 billion.

Japan plans to restart 16 out of 45 Fukushima-type reactors, while the others will be mothballed. The country intends to reduce the share of nuclear energy from 29 percent in 2011 to 21-22 percent by 2030.
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2017年09月07日

イスラエル戦闘機がシリア領内にミサイル攻撃

RT2017/9/7
Israeli plane strikes Syrian positions in Hama province, kills two servicemen – Syrian Army
An Israeli plane has targeted Syrian army positions in the Hama province, killing two servicemen and causing material damage, Syrian general command said in a statement.
The incident took place early on Thursday, when an Israeli aircraft launched several missiles from Lebanese airspace, targeting Syrian Army positions near the city of Masyaf in Hama province. The attack killed two servicemen and inflicted material damage, SANA news agency reports, citing Syrian general command’s statement.

Syria’s general command has warned of “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region” while reiterating its “resolve and determination to crush terrorism and uproot it from all the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic” regardless of the terrorist groups’ allegiances and sources of support.

The Israeli Army has declined to comment on the incident, according to Reuters, as it does not comment on “operational matters.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:33| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

北朝鮮がコーナーに追い詰められたら

RT2017/8/11
Pyongyang may hit US targets in S. Korea if provoked by Americans – Russian general to RT
North Korea may well fulfil its threat to hit US targets on South Korean territory if continued pressure by Washington puts Pyongyang at an impasse, Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian Major General, told RT.

“A US strike against North Korea may go against common logic, but when a country is governed by propaganda – and the United States are going through such a period – political decisions go beyond rational logic, and there we can have consequences that are hard to foresee,” Zolotarev warned.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump promised to bring “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it doesn’t stop tests aimed at the developing a nuclear-tipped long-range ballistic missile. Than the next day he went even further to say that the “fire and fury” warning to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.”

Increased pressure from Washington may force the North to “be more assertive in terms of retaliatory measures,” with South Korea becoming hostage in this situation, he warned.

“Strikes may be carried out, targeting either US facilities in South Korea or the South Korean territory itself,” Zolotarev, who is the Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said.

“One shouldn’t forget that the South Korean capital, Seoul, is within the reach of (North Korean) artillery,” he added.

The expert stressed that claims by Korean People’s Army that they have plans worked out to strike US bases in Guam are “no bluff.”

“Every country’s military have to elaborate deployment strategies for any eventuality. It is politicians – not the military – who decide on whether or not to use such plans… So, if North Korean military talk of such plans, it means they actually have them,” he explained.

If the armed confrontation between the US and the North eventually breaks out, the Americans shouldn’t expect it to be a walk in the park, Zolotarev said.

“The North Korean military may inflict significant damage to US forces during a conventional conflict. Though their equipment is far beyond the American assets, their combat readiness and military morale are much higher,” he said.

No threats from Washington or even the harshest sanctions will make Pyongyang abandon its plan to develop its own intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Aleksandr Tsalko, a Russian retired Air Force general, told RT.

“[The North Koreans] will sell the last shirt from their back, but will make [the missile],” Tsalko said.

However, he expressed doubt that Pyongyang currently has the capability to carry out nuclear strikes against American bases in Guam and elsewhere if attacked.

“They claim they have one, but having a long-range missile and being capable of delivering a nuclear strike are two different things. They need to make a nuclear warhead that their missile can carry, to learn how to hit a target with it at long range,” the co-founder of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies said.

“I doubt North Korea now has a guidance system good enough for that. They can make a bang somewhere in the sea, but that’s all,” he added.

Despite the US being serious about North Korean claims that it tested an ICBM, the Russian military insists that its data shows that Pyongyang only fired a mid-range missile.

The former general said that while the US is overwhelmingly more powerful than North Korea, launching an attack at the country would come with a significant cost for America’s allies in the region, namely South Korea and Japan.

“However few short and intermediate-range missiles North Korea has, they are enough to cause unacceptable amount of damage, if a nuclear warhead is used,” he said.

“The Americans should have enough brains not to do it [attack Pyongyang]. As long as they don’t hurt North Korea, it will not take any action in return,” Tsalko said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:56| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロヒンギャの迫害でアウンサンスーチーに批判が高まる

FARSNEWS2017/9/5
The Plight of Rohingya: Myanmar Authorities Are Deliberately Overlooking Atrocities
TEHRAN (FNA)- A surge in deadly violence in Myanmar has forced over 18,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee in less than one week. Muslim nations must take practical measures to end this inhuman crackdown.

As maintained by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran is prepared to help adoption of collective strategies by international organizations and Muslim countries in order to solve the ongoing crisis plaguing Myanmar’s Muslim community. This comes as Myanmar’s military has intensified attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

This is while the Muslim community has long been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016. The government claimed that its border guards had come under a militant attack and used it as the pretext to enforce the lockdown without substantiating its claim. The Rohingya had already been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years.

Myanmar’s military is committing atrocities and crimes against Rohingya people, who are considered by the UN as “the most persecuted minority group in the world.” According to a United Nations report published on Monday, a total of 87,000 Rohingya Muslims - including women and children, many with bullet wounds - have arrived in Bangladesh since last month. This is while the world community remains silent on the persisting violence.

Indeed, decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations, including the very violent security assaults since October 2016, and lack of international action have almost certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent Buddhist extremism. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says the attacks against desperate Rohingya civilians may “very likely” amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

Moreover, the government has long disputed the Rohingya people’s status as Burmese citizens and has restricted their movement and excluded them from social services, rendering the majority of the group stateless and impoverished. This violates their basic human rights under the International Humanitarian Law.

This further confirms that serious human rights violations are indeed being carried out against the civilian population and the world needs to do something about it. The world society cannot turn a blind eye to this disturbing situation. Sadly enough, in response to the violence, the UN Security Council has only held a closed door discussion, which is not enough. No formal statement has been made, while the right thing to do is to call on the Myanmar military to de-escalate immediately.

The world should also stop supporting Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar’s State Counselor. They shouldn’t look to her to set the right tone and to find the compromises and the de-escalation necessary in order to resolve the conflict for the good of all the people in Burma. If history is any indication, she will never bother to urge the government to revisit its citizenship law, grant freedom of movement for Rohingya Muslims, and invest in the socio-economic development of Rakhine. All she cares about is for the status quo to continue, which will only lead to further violence and radicalization which will further deepen chronic poverty in the state.

The principle of responsibility to protect is clear. Myanmar authorities must facilitate the work of humanitarian agencies and provide unfettered humanitarian access to help stabilize the situation and reduce the number of people trying to flee the country. Accusing international organizations of helping civilians that Myanmar calls “terrorists,” prompting fears for the safety of aid workers and continued violence will only serve to increase fears and the potential for further violence.

The Rohingya, stripped of their citizenship rights since 1983, have suffered egregious violation of human rights and are in dire need of immediate attention and assistance by the international community. Despite the government’s persistent denial of threats of genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, evidence available strongly indicates that the prospect of atrocity is high and the government has failed in its duty to protect the Muslim population, a duty it has acknowledged and accepted in the World Summit 2005 and in the General Assembly Interactive Dialogue in 2009. Even worse, the country's government is no shy of conducting genocide.

Democracy without human rights is meaningless. The Rohingya have been subjected to discriminatory treatments by the previous military reign and the situation does not seem to improve with the current quasi-military democratic administration led by Suu Kyi. Due to their failure and lack of capacity, the responsibility to protect the Rohingya falls on the international community to force the government to fulfill such duty to stop genocide. It is crucial that the UN reacts on the issue and applies pressure on the government, including adoption of sanctions, to seriously treat its population in accordance with the standard of International Human Rights Law and send UN troops to the country if its government and military still shrug off responsibility.

・・・・・

RT2017/9/5
Thousands rally in support of Rohingya Muslims in Chechnya’s Grozny
On Monday thousands of people rallied in front of Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, in solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar. Protesters called on Myanmar's government to take immediate action over the killing of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwest. Some of the demonstrators held banners reading "no to genocide in Myanmar." Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, gave a speech in which he stated that "countries that have closed their borders and refused assistance to refugees [should] be called to account.” Nearly 400 Rohingya Muslims were reportedly killed in mid-August in clashes and military confrontations, according to Reuters. It led to around 73,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, the UNHCR reported.

FARSNEWS2017/9/5
Report: Israel Arming Myanmar amid Ongoing Rohingya Crackdown
TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports said Israel has continued to sell weapons to Myanmar as thousands of Rohingya refugees flee the military's violent crackdown in the Rakhine state.

The weapons sold to Myanmar include over 100 tanks, weapons and boats used to police the country's border, according to human rights groups and Burmese officials, Middle East Eye reported.

Israeli arms companies such as Tar Ideal have also been involved in training Myanmar's special forces who are currently in the Rakhine state where most of the violence has taken place. Images previously posted on the arms company's website showed its staff instructing members of the Burmese special forces on combat tactics and how to use specific weapons.

In September, the Israeli High Court of Justice is expected to hear a petition, launched by activists, urging the Israeli government to stop arms exports to Myanmar.

The US and EU have an arms embargo against Myanmar.

The petition was submitted in January, following visits by Israeli officials to Myanmar to discuss arms deals, and vice versa.

After the petition was submitted, the Israeli Defence Ministry in March said the court had no jurisdiction over the issue and claimed that arms sales to Myanmar were "clearly diplomatic".

Israel has shared a strong relationship with Myanmar and maintained trade relations over the years. These relations existed before the military junta stepped down.

Weapons used against the Palestinians are being sold as 'field-tested' to some of the worst regimes on the planet

Myanmar's military chief on Friday defended the clearing of villages, attempting to justify it as "unfinished business" dating back to World War Two.

Penny Green, an academic who has documented alleged war crimes perpetrated against the Rohingya people, told MEE that many governments "have lent their support to the current genocide".

"It's not at all surprising that the latest escalation in Myanmar's genocide of the Rohingya has not moved the Israeli state to cease its supply of weapons to Myanmar's military," said Green, director of the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University.

"Its own record of violence and terror against the Palestinian people of Gaza is clear enough evidence tha Israel is unmoved by ethical concerns and human rights.

"Last year the British government spent over £300,000 of tax-payer's money in training the Myanmar military and Commander in Chief General Min Aung Hlaing was welcomed by EU heads of military eager to engage in arms sales and training," she added, citing figures from the Burma Campaign organisation.

More than 60,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes to seek refuge in Bangladesh as violence escalates in the Rakhine state.

Satellite images show dozens of Rohingya villages burned to the ground by the Myanmar army.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of perpetrating a genocide against the Rohingya.

(CNN)2017.09.05 Tue posted at 12:01 JST
史上最年少でノーベル平和賞を受賞したパキスタン出身のマララ・ユスフザイさん(20)はこのほど、ミャンマーで報告されている少数派イスラム教徒ロヒンギャの人権侵害をめぐり、同国のアウンサンスーチー国家顧問が沈黙を続けていると非難する声明を出した。

マララさんは声明で、ロヒンギャの「痛ましく恥ずべき扱い」を数年前から非難してきたと振り返り、ミャンマーの事実上の政権トップで同じノーベル賞受賞者でもあるスーチーさんが「同じように非難してくれるのを待っている」と強調。「ロヒンギャの人々も待っている」と呼び掛けた。
ロヒンギャの人々の苦難に心を痛めていると述べ、「何世代にもわたり暮らしてきたミャンマーが祖国でないとしたら、祖国はどこにあるのでしょう。生まれた国であるミャンマーが市民権を与えるべきです」と訴えた。
さらに、ミャンマーの隣国バングラデシュがロヒンギャ難民に食糧や避難場所、教育を提供していることを指摘し、「私の母国パキスタンを含め、他国はバングラデシュを見習うべき」と述べている。

FARSNEWS2017/9/6
Sources: Myanmar Laying Landmines Near Bangladesh Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- Myanmar has reportedly been planting landmines across an area of its border with Bangladesh as thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing a bloody crackdown to take refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.

Two government sources in Bangladesh told Reuters on Wednesday that Myanmarese forces had been “putting the landmines in their territory along the barbed-wire fence,” between a series of border pillars over the past three days.

“Our forces have also seen three to four groups working near the barbed wire fence, putting something into the ground,” one of the sources said on condition of anonymity.

The sources, who had direct knowledge of the situation, stressed that Myanmar was probably putting the landmines to prevent the return of the Rohingya Muslims who have already fled to Bangladesh.

But those members of the minority Muslim group who plan to flee Myanmar are also likely to use the path and risk hitting the mines.

The sources said Dhaka would formally file a protest against the planting of the landmines later on Wednesday.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi came under more pressure to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims that has sent nearly 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days.

The bloody military crackdown, along with a blockade on Rakhine State, has left thousands of people stranded without essential life-saving supplies in the conflict area, The Guardian reported on Monday.

Government forces in Myanmar beheaded and burned alive Rohingya Muslim civilians, including children, witnesses disclosed, as calls grow to stop the “genocide” against the minority Muslims living in the Buddhist-majority country.

Myanmar’s military intensified attacks on Rohingya Muslims on August 25, after dozens of police and border outposts in the northern state of Rakhine came under attack by an armed group, which is said to be defending the rights of the Rohingya.

The Muslim community had already been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016. The government used a militant attack on border guards back then as the pretext to enforce the lockdown. The Rohingya had already been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years.

Myanmar’s military is accused of committing atrocities and crimes against Rohingya people, who are considered by the UN as the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

The Myanmar government has announced that over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s Northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades.

“A total of 2,625 houses from Kotankauk, Myinlut and Kyikanpyin villages and two wards in Maungtaw were burned down,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Saturday.

The Rohingya Muslims fleeing the violence to Bangladesh, however, insist that a campaign of arson and killings by the Myanmarese army aimed at forcing them out of the country is responsible for the carnage and destruction in the area.

Almost 400 people have been killed over the past week in Rohingya-majority Rakhine State, according to official figures.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and considered as illegal immigrants, despite their roots that date back centuries. Bangladesh is also growing increasingly hostile to Rohingya Muslims, more than 400,000 of whom live in the impoverished South Asian country after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s.

BBC2017/9/6
アウンサンスーチー氏、「誤情報」を強く非難 ロヒンギャ危機
ミャンマーの少数派イスラム教徒ロヒンギャが衝突を逃れようと隣国バングラデシュに多数避難している問題で、事実上の指導者のアウンサンスーチー国家顧問兼外相は5日、ロヒンギャが多く暮らす西部ラカイン州に住む全員を政府は守っていると表明した。さらに、ロヒンギャが治安部隊に迫害されているという情報は「誤情報の巨大氷山の一角」だと強く非難した。8月末の危機発生以来、アウンサンスーチー氏が問題に言及しないことに批判の声が上がっていた。
アウンサンスーチー氏の事務所によると、トルコのタイイップ・エルドアン大統領と電話で協議中に発言したという。
地元メディアによると、スーチー氏はエルドアン大統領に対して、ミャンマー政府は「すでにラカイン州のすべての人を可能な限り最善の形で守り始めている」と伝えた。
スーチー氏は「私たちはほかの人たちよりも、人権や民主的な庇護を奪われるのがどういうことか、よく承知している。そのため、国内のすべての人が人権を尊重され、政治的だけでなく社会的、そして人道的に保護される権利も確実に尊重されるようにしている」と述べたという。
スーチー氏はさらに、たくさんの偽の写真が出回っており、「テロリストの利益促進を目的として、異なるコミュニティーの間に問題をたくさん作りだそうと計算された、誤情報の巨大氷山の一角に過ぎない」と反発したという。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:02| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2017年09月06日

シリア政府との交渉が進むイドリブでアルヌスラの陣地が他のテロリストグループによって攻撃される

FARSNEWS2017/9/5
Large-Scale Coup against Al-Nusra Front Reported in Syria's
Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Sources affiliated to the terrorists disclosed on Tuesday that the terrorist groups have carried out a joint coup against Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) and Abu Mohammad al-Joulani in Idlib to prevent possible war in the region.

FARSNEWS2017/9/6
Several Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Huge Explosion in Northwestern SyriaTEHRAN (FNA)- Nine terrorists of Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) were killed and several more were wounded in a large blast in the Northwestern city of Idlib, news websites affiliated to the terrorist groups reported on Wednesday.

The websites reported that nine Al-Nusra members were killed and several more were wounded in a huge explosion near the Municipality Sports Stadium in the militant-held city of Idlib.

In the meantime, Al-Nusra announced that a number of its forces have been injured in the explosion of vehicles carrying ammunitions.

Sources affiliated to the terrorists disclosed on Tuesday that the terrorist groups carried out a joint coup against Al-Nusra Front and Abu Mohammad al-Joulani in Idlib to prevent possible war in the region.

The Arabic-language al-Hadath news quoted the sources as saying that all the terrorist groups in Idlib in Northwestern Syria stormed the positions of Al-Nusra Front and al-Joulani in a military coup.

Al-Hadath further added that talks between the Syrian Army and representatives of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were underway to get rid of Al-Nusra and al-Joulani in order to prevent eruption of clashes and pave the ground for restoring peace and tranquility in the region.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:56| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トランプに危うい秋

トランプの側近が次々に去るなどホワイトハウスは混乱しているようです。トランプはホワイトハウスに軟禁状態という人もいます。よく分かりませんが、かなりの難局にあることは確か。

FARSNEWS2017/9/6
US President Faces Critical Fall After Summer of Crises
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump is entering a critical fall following an endless summer of crises, plagued by low approval ratings, growing tensions with Republican lawmakers, a nuclear standoff with North Korea and multiple investigations into whether Trump’s election campaign aides colluded with Russia.

Last month was a difficult month for Trump and even Republicans acknowledge the scale of the challenges Trump faces in September, presstv reported.

In August, Trump hit one of the low points of his presidency and tarnished his credibility and moral authority over his response to the white supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I think it is fraught with peril, politically,” GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said. “It’s not about getting victories, it’s about surviving and thinking about the rest of the fall,” Mackowiak added.

More than half of voters are convinced he is bent on tearing the country apart, according to one recent Fox News survey.

Some Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump already. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has reportedly not spoken to Trump for several weeks.

Trump is expected to end a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. He is threatening to terminate NAFTA and tear up a trade deal with South Korea. He also pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, despite his conviction for contempt in a case linked to racial profiling.

Such measures by the president have deepened the estrangement between Trump and senior Republican leaders in a way that could make it more difficult for him to pass key agenda items, including tax reform.

Late last month, Trump blamed the leadership of his own Republican Party for a legislative "mess" over raising the US debt ceiling.

In July, Trump suffered a humiliating blow as a small group of Republican lawmakers dealt him a stinging legislative defeat by voting against healthcare reform to replace Obamacare.

Trump has also been overwhelmed by turmoil in his own political inner circle in the White House.

His fiery rhetoric appears to be exacerbating the North Korean situation and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is showing he is not cowed by the US president.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:09| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

国連 米国主導軍はシリア市民の保護に欠け国際法違反

RT2017/9/6
US-led coalition violated intl law in Syria by failing to protect civilians – UN report
The UN Syria Commission released a report saying it is “gravely concerned” about the impact of international airstrikes in the war-torn country, adding that US-led forces failed to take proper precautions to protect civilians during an attack in Aleppo.

“The Commission is gravely concerned about the impact of international coalition airstrikes on civilians,” the report states.

It goes on to cite the March 2017 incident in Al-Jinah, Aleppo, in which “forces of the United States of America failed to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian objects when attacking a mosque, in violation of international humanitarian law.”

It also mentions the situation in Raqqa, in which the “ongoing Syrian Democratic Forces and international coalition offensive to repel [Islamic State or IS, formerly ISIS] has displaced over 190,000 persons, and coalition airstrikes have reportedly resulted in significant numbers of civilians killed and injured.” It added that investigations are ongoing.

Raqqa, the last stronghold of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), is under “intense artillery shelling” and “limited airstrikes by the coalition forces,” Amnesty International stated last month.

Some 20,000 civilians are currently trapped in Raqqa, unable to escape from the terrorist stronghold, according to the UN, which urged the US-led coalition last month to stop the bombings to allow people to safely leave the city.

The trapped civilians have virtually no access to basic services, including safe water and food, and are surviving on food they stored up earlier, David Swanson, public information officer from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told RT.

The US-led coalition began an offensive in Raqqa in June, aiming to recapture the city. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured since that offensive began, according to Amnesty.

The UN Syria Commission's Wednesday document also suggests that Syrian government forces were responsible for a chemical attack that took place in April.

“All evidence available leads the Commission to conclude that there are reasonable grounds to believe Syrian forces dropped an aerial bomb dispersing sarin in Khan Shaykhun at around 6:45am on 4 April,” it states, adding that such attacks constitute war crimes.

However, the Russian Defense Ministry reported at the time that the chemicals were a result of the Syrian air force destroying a warehouse where chemical weapons were being produced and stockpiled before being shipped to Iraq.

The warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said at the time.


Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Operations Department demanded a “thorough investigation” of the Khan Sheikhoun incident in April, noting that US and Western claims accusing the Syrian government of being behind the chemical attack were “highly questionable.”

He added that Russia was ready to provide experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with access to the Syrian Army airbase from which the attack was allegedly launched.

“The experts are aware that it is impossible to conceal the traces of the chemical weapons,” he said, adding that the Syrian government was also ready to grant access to the base to experts.

However, no such expert investigation has taken place at the site.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:04| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ロシアが解放直後のデリゾールに人道支援を急ぐ

RT2017/9/6
Russia rushes humanitarian aid to exhausted Deir ez-Zor after breaching 3yr ISIS siege
The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing sides in Syria is urgently sending humanitarian aid to Syria after Deir ez-Zor was finally liberated from a three-year siege by Islamic State, bringing relief to thousands of civilians.

Among the supplies the Russian Defense Ministry is to deliver are food aid and living essentials, including water purification stations, portable diesel generators, medicine and bottled water, according to the agency’s statement.

Medical aid teams will shortly visit citizens of the recaptured city, where Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants destroyed nearly all the infrastructure over the years of blockade.

Deir ez-Zor has been left with basically no functioning commodities. Electrical substations and water supply facilities were blown up, and schools and hospitals were torn down. All the businesses, residential, administrative and industrial buildings are shut down, and squares and children’s facilities were mined by jihadists as they retreated.

To return the retaken areas of the city to normal existence as soon as possible the center’s specialists are assessing the extent of humanitarian aid needed, as well as evaluating essential objects, such as electric stations, medical units, water facilities and bakeries.

In the meantime, Syrian engineers, trained in the international mine action center in Russia, will receive additional means to detect explosive objects and de-mine the city.

On Tuesday, Syrian Army forces broke the siege of Deir ez-Zor following Russian cruise missile strikes on IS, allowing the troops’ successful advancement.

The missiles hit the terrorists’ fortified areas, including artillery positions, armored vehicles, ammunition storages and a communication center.

Up to 125,000 civilians were trapped in the oil-rich provincial capital for nearly three years, with jihadists effectively blocking commercial and humanitarian access into the city. The occupied residents have been mostly reliant on airdropped aid by the UN, Russia and the Syrian government.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:54| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Russia Warns US Against Lethal Arms Deliveries to Ukraine

Russia Warns US Against Lethal Arms Deliveries to Ukraine
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States against lethal arms deliveries to Ukraine, saying that it might worsen the situation in the country.

Possible deliveries of US lethal weapons to Ukraine will not change the situation, but this may lead to an increase in the number of victims, provoke the use of military force in other territories, Putin said during a press conference on the results of the BRICS summit on Tuesday, Sputnik reported.

"This [the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine] is the sovereign decision of the United States as to whom they sell arms or supply them to for free, and of the country that is the recipient of this aid. We cannot influence this process in any way. But there are general international rules and approaches − the supply of weapons to the conflict zone does not favor the pacification, but only aggravates the situation," Putin stated.

According to him, "there is one more thing to pay attention to − who is encouraging such ideas".

"This is because the self-proclaimed republics have enough weapons, including those seized from the opposing side, from nationalist battalions. And if American weapons enter the conflict zone, it is difficult to say how the proclaimed republics will react − maybe they will send the weapons they have to other zones of conflict that are sensitive to those who create problems for them," Putin warned.

On Thursday, during his visit to Kiev in honor of Ukraine's Independence Day, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis stressed that the US was "actively reviewing" the supply of "defensive lethal weapons" to Ukraine.

In recent weeks, US officials have floated Javelin anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft weapons among the kinds of "defensive" weapons that the US may send Kiev.

At his press conference, Mattis confirmed that the US has already agreed to supply the country with an additional $175 million worth of non-lethal equipment and supplies, for a total of $750 million over the last three years.

Early August, Russia’s foreign ministry warned that a reported US plan to supply lethal arms to Kiev will escalate the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, adding that the alleged defensive nature of the weaponry doesn’t mean Washington wouldn’t be responsible for a potential spike of violence.

“The masterminds of the plan to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, apparently, proceed from the assumption that the situation in the east of this country isn’t explosive enough already and that it’s needed to add fuel to the fire,” Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry’s Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, said.

The diplomat pointed out that “references to the fact that the talk is only about the supply of weapons of a defensive nature don’t change the essence of the matter.”

The government in Kiev has “no one to defend from” because the forces in the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk “aren’t making any attempts to expand their territory,”Ulyanov stressed.

The reported US move only would escalate the violence as “those circles in Ukraine, who are inclined to bet on the military scenario, would probably perceive the American deliveries as an encouragement of military hostilities,” he explained.

“The responsibility for this development would fall not only on Kiev, but on Washington as well,” Ulyanov emphasized.

Kremlin press-secretary, Dmitry Peskov, also pointed out the counterproductive nature of the reported plans to supply lethal arms to Ukraine.

“Our stance is well-known: we believe that all countries, especially those that are looking to be part of the settlement [of the Ukrainian conflict], must avoid any sort of actions which can provoke another spike in tensions in the already difficult region,”Peskov stressed.

Russia had also warned late July that a possible US decision to funnel lethal weapons to Ukraine would set back peace efforts and fuel Ukraine’s persistent civil war.

The Wall Street Journal had reported that the Pentagon and the US State Department have prepared a plan to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry. The unnamed high-ranked officials cited by the publication claimed that Kiev would require the American “defensive arms” to protect itself from possible aggression by Moscow.

Ukraine has repeatedly asked Washington for arms supplies, with the issue being discussed during talks between president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Poroshenko in June. The sources said though, that the plan has not been approved by the White House with Trump being unaware of the move.
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シリア軍とその同盟勢力 3年間に渡るデリゾールの封鎖を解く

RT2017/9/5 Edited time: 5 Sep, 2017 11:01
The Islamic State blockade of Deir er-Zor has been breached by Syrian government forces, Syrian state television and activist groups reported on Tuesday. The jihadist group has blockaded the provincial capital for almost 3 years.

The government troops defending the city and those advancing from the west have met, Syrian media reported.

The garrison of Deir ez-Zor has been holding out against Islamic State forces in rural parts of the governorate, sustained by airdrops of crucial supplies.

An estimated 93,000 civilians remain under the protection of Damascus’ forces within the city limits.

In the past few days, the advancing government forces have repeatedly moved swiftly to break through jihadist lines.

The Deir ez-Zor governorate is located in the western part of Syria on the border with Iraq and is one of the few remaining pockets of territory remaining under the control of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Moscow, which supports Damascus’ offensive against the jihadist groups, believes the full lifting of the siege of the provincial capital will amount to the strategic defeat of IS in Syria.

次の図の東西の空隙がなくなり、つながったことになります。

米軍はテロリストをシリア北東部に送り込むようですが、もうISISテロリストの士気は失われます。イドリブではアルヌスラを他のグループが襲いました。米軍は戦略的な失敗を犯しました。ロシアに完敗です。



RT2017/9/5
ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor lifted thanks to Russian cruise missile strike – Defense Ministry
The siege of the Syrian provincial capital of Deir ez-Zor has been lifted, the Russian Defense Ministry confirms. The breakthrough by the Syrian Army was made possible by a Russian cruise missile strike on Islamic State militants, it said in a statement.

The Russian Navy launched Kalibr cruise missiles against jihadists stationed near the city, the ministry said. This enabled units commanded by General Suheil al-Hassan to break through IS defenses and lift the blockade.

“Terrorists attempted to stop the break-through of the Syrian army by deploying suicide bombers on armored vehicles,” the statement stated, adding that Syrian army destroyed some 50 terrorist “jihadmobiles” during the siege.

Syrian troops trying to widen the breach and liberate the city’s neighbourhoods are currently engaged in street battles with the jihadists, according to the Defense Ministry statement.

RT2017/9/5
Russian frigate fires Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Deir ez-Zor - Defense Ministry
A Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea has fired a salvo of Kalibr cruise missiles at a group of jihadists stationed near the city of Deir ez-Zor in western Syria, the Russian military reported. The targeted militants were mainly from Russia and countries of the CIS.

The frigate ‘Admiral Essen’ of the Russian Black Sea fleet fired the missiles on Tuesday morning, a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said. The barrage destroyed a communications center, weapons depots and a repair workshop used by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, it said.

The ministry later said that the Kalibr strikes allowed Syrian government forces to conduct a rapid manoeuvre and break through the IS blockade of Deir ez-Zor city. The capital of the western Syrian governorate had been encircled by the militants for almost three years.

FARSNEWS2017/9/5
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur were taken by surprise when their positions came under heavy attack by the Russian Navy deployed in the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

A Russian Black Sea Fleet frigate struck an area near the town of al-Shoula held by ISIL terrorists mostly from Russia and CIS countries with Kalibr cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

"On September 5, the Admiral Essen frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet that has been carrying out missions (…) in the Mediterranean launched strikes with sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles on the ISIL terrorist group's targets near Deir Ezzur. Kalibr cruise missiles were launched on verified ISIL's targets based on information received by means of reconnaissance from several channels," the ministry said.

The Russian ministry added that dozens of terrorists were killed, as well as ISIL's command posts, a communications center, a facility repairing terrorists' armored vehicles, arms and ammunition depots were destroyed in the vicinity of Deir Ezzur, adding that the effectiveness of the missile strike was confirmed by UAV reconnaissance.

The missile strike thwarted terrorists' plans to regroup and boost their positions near Deir Ezzur, which has been besieged by the ISIL since 2013.

Damascus forces supported by Russian warplanes are currently trying to lift a years-long blockade of the provincial capital Deir Ezzur. Moscow says that the success of the operation would amount to a strategic defeat of the terrorist group in Syria.

The ‘Admiral Essen’ is one of Russia’s most modern warships, the second of the Admiral Grigorovich class to set sail. It carries 8 vertically-launched Kalibr cruise missiles and previously fired them at ISIL forces in May and June.

Earlier reports said that the Syrian Air Force targeted a long convoy of ISIL's vehicles carrying arms, ammunition and fresh fighters towards the terrorist group's positions near Brigade 137 base in Western Deir Ezzur, inflicting major damage on the column.

The army aircraft carried out several combat sorties over ISIL's movements near the salt mine near the town of al-Tabni in the Western countryside of Deir Ezzur, destroying most of the vehicles and killing a number of terrorists.

The ISIL intended to transfer the convoy of forces, arms and ammunition to the group's positions near Brigade 137 base.

Also, the fighter jets pounded ISIL's defense lines in the villages of al-Baqaliyeh and Ayyash, imposing heavy casualties on the militants.

In the meantime, the Syrian Army troops clashed fiercely with a group of ISIL terrorists and repelled their attack on the government forces' positions South of T-2 pumping station in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur, killing a large number of terrorists.




赤い円内が巡航ミサイル、極めて正確です。



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2017年09月05日

米国はISISを育てたが今や彼らと戦わなければならない

RT2017/9/5
Hezbollah co-leader: US nurtured ISIS monster against Syrian govt, now has to fight them
The US had to step back from its policy of regime change in Syria after multiple failures, as the jihadists they allegedly hoped to use as a proxy began posing a threat, Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary General, Sheikh Naim Kassem, argued in an interview to RT.

For an exclusive interview with RT’s Eisa Ali, one of the most senior Hezbollah leaders agreed to meet –with the toughest security precautions in place – in a clandestine location in Beirut. Kassem told RT he believes US President Donald Trump has opted for a less confrontational approach in Syria of late after previous attempts to oust the Syrian government proved futile.

“When they failed by using the military option, or by using the opposition option, or by using their cooperation with the regional Arabic countries that wanted change in Syria in favor of Israel, America adopted a new non-confrontation policy with President [Bashar] Assad because of their inability to do more, and because they know that [Islamic State] is against them as much as they are against the Syrian people,” Kassem claimed.

He noted, however, that a perceived change in political strategy does not mean that the White House has reversed its opinion of Assad, arguing that the US has been left with no better option than to fight the “monster” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) which they helped to create in the first place but which has “now shifted against them.”

‘We’ll respect any choice made by the Syrian people’

Speaking of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah’s view on his role as the country’s head of state, Kassem said that the group regards Assad as the legitimate ruler of Syria, re-elected by the people to serve as the country’s leader.

Arguing that the main interest of the US in the war was to “remove President Assad from power and change Syria's stance from resistance to American-Israeli friendly,” he praised Assad for being an effective leader, guiding his country through difficult times of war.
However, he went on to stress that the Syrian President’s fate lies exclusively in the hands of the Syrian people.

“We are with the Syrian people’s choice and when it is election time and Syria’s choice will be made without external intervention, we will respect any choice made by the Syrian people.”

Kassem said there is an “effective” cooperation between the Syrian and Russian armed forces, Iran and Hezbollah, which has contributed greatly to Syria’s driving jihadists out of swathes of its territory.

‘Israel plays part in Syria’s destruction’

Accusing Israel of fuelling the protracted Syrian conflict, Kassem in particular pointed to the Jewish state’s reported support of armed opposition groups fighting the Syrian forces and affiliated militias in the south-western Syrian city of Daraa and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

“Israel plays the main part in Syria’s destruction, and it is an important supporter of the armed opposition, especially in the southern part of Syria,” Kassem said.

Kassem further claimed that over 3000 militants fighting the Syrian government have received treatment in Israeli hospitals, adding that there have been reports of cross-border supplies of munitions and food from Israel to Syria.

A US-Russian ceasefire agreement for south-western Syria dealt a blow to Israel’s alleged aspirations as it did not include removing Hezbollah from its positions in the border area, Kassem argued. Shortly after the deal was agreed in July, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the plan, saying it might strengthen Iranian influence in the country.

Criticism was levelled at Hezbollah in late August for allowing the evacuation of some 300 Islamic State terrorists and roughly as many family members from the Qalamoun Mountains to the eastern province of Deir al-Zor as part of the deal to return bodies of eight slain Hezbollah fighters. Kassem justified the controversial move by saying that the group did not know whether the fighters were alive or dead and that it was “an important chance that could not be [used] again.”

The deal sparked outrage, with critics slamming the group for negotiating with terrorists. After the deal was struck and the militants departed to Deir ez-Zor, the US-led international coalition shelled the road to impede relocations of militants and their family members and struck some of the vehicles and fighters it “clearly identified as ISIS.” In a statement following the attack, the coalition said it “was not a party to any agreement” negotiated between Lebanon, ISIS and Hezbollah and considered the moving of terrorists from one part of the country to another “not a lasting solution.”

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict six years ago, Hezbollah has been embroiled in fighting IS and Al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria in cooperation with government forces. The group, which is listed as a terrorist entity in the West and in most of the Arab League countries, has been repeatedly targeted by Israeli airstrikes on Syrian soil.
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北朝鮮のミサイル開発、核実験は続くだろう

RT2017/9/5
The examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced the North Korean leadership that only nuclear deterrence can protect them, so no sanctions can dissuade them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Pyongyang will not relinquish its military program under pressure of sanctions and military threats, because the examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced it that nuclear deterrence is the only credible way to ensure its security, President Putin told journalists on Tuesday.

北朝鮮がプーチンの言うようにイラクのフセイン、リビアのカダフィが欧米諸国の侵略後、処刑、殺害されたことを念頭に置いて体制維持、安全保障を核兵器による抑止力に求めているとしたら、北朝鮮のミサイル開発、核実験は続きます。

そのたびに日本は国を挙げての戦争ごっこ、そして軍備増強と進むでしょう。

2017/9/5、ロシアの副外務大臣が日本にTHAADが配置されれば、ロシアとして対抗策を講じなければならなくなるだろうと述べています。

戦争ごっこから本物の戦争に突き進む日本。放射能測定に熱中する日本人。

やるべきことをやらずに時流に流されている日本人、愚の骨頂です。

N. Korea warns more 'gift packages' on way if US continues 'reckless provocations'
North Korea says its recent missile launch and other “self-defense” measures were a “gift package” to the United States. It warns other such gifts are on the way if Washington continues its “reckless provocations.”

“The recent self-defense measures by my country, the DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the US,” Han Tae-song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, said during an address to the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday.

“The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,” he continued.

Han's statements come just two days after North Korea launched its sixth and most powerful missile test, with Pyongyang claiming the test involved a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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中国が北朝鮮に対する軍事的圧力を拒否する姿勢を確認

FARSNEWS2017/9/5
China Rejects Possibility of Military Intervention in North Korea
TEHRAN (FNA)- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing on Monday that Beijing is firmly committed to peaceful methods of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula and rejects any steps aimed at exerting military pressure on North Korea.

When asked if the Chinese People’s Liberation Army could invade North Korea in case the conflict escalated, he said that "it is a hypothetical question which it is hard to answer", TASS reported.

"However, we have said many times before that military methods are not on the list of means that China uses to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula," the Chinese diplomat added.

Geng Shuang pointed out that the global community’s response to the sixth nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang was unequivocal, despite the issue being highly complicated, it should only be resolved peacefully.

On September 3, North Korea announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that is capable of being used as a warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The test provoked a tough response from the global community, as China condemned Pyongyang’s actions, while South Korea and the United States said that a military response was also possible. Russia’s Foreign Ministry called on all parties to immediately resume dialogue and negotiations saying that it was the only way to find a comprehensive solution to the Korean Peninsula issues.
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