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As US debt spirals to $22 trillion, former Fed chair Janet Yellen is suddenly concerned

As US debt spirals to $22 trillion, former Fed chair Janet Yellen is suddenly concerned
Latest data from the US Treasury Department shows that the federal government is sitting on $21.85 trillion of debt. At current pace it is likely to hit the $22 trillion mark next month.

America’s gross national debt skyrocketed by $11.2 trillion in less than 11 years, according to statistics. It means the government has been adding an average of more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt for more than a decade.

Total public debt outstanding has risen by $1.36 trillion, or 6.6 percent, since the start of the year, and by $1.9 trillion since US President Trump took office. The latter figure is about the size of Brazil’s gross domestic product.

With America’s national debt rising at the fastest pace since 2012, the global financial elite have started warning about the possibility of a new financial crisis.

“I think things have improved, but then I think there are gigantic holes in the system…The tools that are available to deal with emerging problems are not great in the United States,” former chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen said on Monday.

She cited leverage loans as an area of concern, saying regulators could only address such problems at individual banks not throughout the financial system.

“I’m not sure we’re working on those things in the way we should, and then there remains holes, and then there’s regulatory pushback. So I do worry that we could have another financial crisis,” Yellen said.

Janet Yellen was appointed by former president Barack Obama to head the US Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018 when she was fired by current president Donald Trump. During that period, US national debt ballooned from $17 billion to $21 billion.

Deputy head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) David Lipton warned that “the storm clouds of the next global financial crisis are gathering despite the world financial system being unprepared for another downturn.”

“As we have put it, ‘fix the roof while the sun shines’. But, like many of you, I see storm clouds building and fear the work on crisis prevention is incomplete,” he added.
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Maria Butina pleads guilty to US charges of conspiring to act as foreign agent

Tormented into a guilty plea? Experts denounce US ‘miscarriage of justice’ in Butina case
Maria Butina’s only crime is that she is Russian, legal analysts told RT, attacking the US justice system for keeping her in solitary confinement until she admitted guilt to at least one of the many charges brought against her.

“This is an utter and total miscarriage of justice,” retired CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou told RT after Butina pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to register with the Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government. “You can see clearly, this is not about justice, this is not about criminal activity. This is about making a political point. This is about identifying Russia and Russians as the enemy of the United States, and punishing them.

“We arrested this young woman because we need dirt on Trump and Russia. And she is Russian, political and pro-Trump,” US legal analyst Jennifer Breedon explained. “We are seeing [the Foreign Agents Registration Act - FARA] being used specifically as it relates to undermining the Donald Trump administration or conservatives really with anybody involved in Russia, friends with Russia or contacts.”

The Russian gun activist was subjected to “unbearable pressure” from US authorities, by being kept in solitary confinement in the Alexandria detention center outside Washington, and only allowed to take an hour-long break from her “cage” per day. John Kiriakou believes this borderline “torture” could have forced her to admit to a crime she might never even have committed.

“This woman is not an enemy combatant. So, unless news surfaces that there was some kind of skirmish or issue within the jail... it seems to go against US policy and laws as to who is forced into solitary confinement, just based solely on the charges that were lodged against her,” Breedon said.

“You are kept in a steel cage 23 hours a day. And for what? Because she failed to fill out a form to send to the Justice Department?” Kiriakou pondered. “It is no wonder people in solitary confinement in the United States commit suicide every day.”

Butina, recently a student, was arrested in Washington in mid-July on accusations of secretly working for the Russian government, a claim firmly denied by the Kremlin. Butina now faces up to five years in jail for failure to comply with the FARA, unless she is extradited to Russia.

Maria Butina pleads guilty to US charges of conspiring to act as foreign agent
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Ukraine is ‘constant problem to European Security’ – Greek alternate foreign minister
Kiev’s belligerent policies pose a “constant” security threat to Europe, Greece’s alternate foreign minister said, adding that the last thing Europe needs is another “hotspot of tension.”

“It is true that Ukraine is a constant problem for the European Security System,” George Katrougalos told the Greek Kokkino radio broadcaster when asked to comment on the recent maritime incident in the Black Sea when a group of Ukrainian ships illegally crossed into the Russian territorial waters. He added that “the last thing that we need is another hotspot of tension … at the heart [of Europe]” and vowed to raise this issue at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers.

The minister also referred to Ukraine as a “troubled and complicated” area, adding that the crisis there could be resolved only through “respect for the international law” and “belief that [all the] differences can be resolved only through dialog.” He then called for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements by saying that the accords provide all the necessary “political steps to bring the situation back to normal.”

Speaking about his country’s relations with Russia, the Greek diplomat called a recent meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Vladimir Putin an “absolute success,” adding that the two nations enhanced their cooperation and put their relations on a “better basis.”

It is important not to let any differences become a defining element of bilateral relations, Katrougalos said as he spoke about a brief spat in relations between Moscow and Athens this summer after Greece expelled two Russian diplomats. “Both sides agreed [to put] it behind us,” he said, adding that relations between Russia and Greece have traditionally been good and the current Greek government seeks to keep them this way.

Kiev may start major offensive in rebellious east ‘within days’ – Moscow
The Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing a provocation in the east, which will be used to launch a major offensive operation against rebel forces, Moscow said. It may happen in days and would affect the presidential poll.

The Ukrainian military has amassed troops in Kiev-controlled eastern parts of the country, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday citing reports from international monitors. Moscow believes it to be a sign of a looming escalation between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces.

“There are reports that within several days Kiev will stage an armed provocation on the contact line,” Maria Zakharova said, referring to the border, which separates rebel-held parts of Ukraine from the rest of the country.

She added that martial law, imposed by the government in the east last month, will allow for the mounting of a “lightning offensive from the direction of Mariupol aimed at capturing territories on the Azov sea coast up to Russia’s border.”

Martial law was imposed in some parts of Ukraine in response to an incident in the Black Sea. Ukrainian ships attempted to pass through the Kerch Strait, a narrow corridor controlled by Russia, situated south of the Azov Sea which separates Crimea from mainland Russia.

According to Russia, the Ukrainian Navy boats were ignoring instructions from maritime traffic control, so Russian border guards had to intervene and detain the violators. Ukraine called the incident an act of military aggression by Moscow.

Zakharova reiterated that martial law is likely meant to keep Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in power. His approval ratings give him little hope for reelection, but an escalation of hostilities in the east will serve as a popularity boost. And if that would not be enough, martial law gives the legal ground to cancel the election altogether, she pointed out.
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Venezuelan FM Says US Reaction to Russian Aircraft Arrival 'Cynical'
TEHRAN (FNA)- Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called on Tuesday reaction of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the arrival of Russian military aircraft in the country disrespectful and cynical.

Earlier in the day, Pompeo referred to the Russian and Venezuelan governments as "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer" after Russia's two supersonic bombers had carried out a flight from Russia to Venezuela, Sputnik reported.

"@SecPompeo's reaction to military cooperation between Russia & Venezuela is not only disrespectful but also cynical," Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

According to the foreign minister, the United States possesses at least 800 known military bases in 70 countries, and 75 out of 107 US security assistance programs operate in Latin America.

"It’s outrageous that the US gov’t questions our sovereign right to defence and security cooperation with other countries when @realDonaldTrump has threatened us publicly with a military intervention. If you want to cooperate, lift your sanctions against Venezuela," Arreaza added.

He also urged Washington to cut the country's huge military budget of $674 billion for 2019.

"Certainly the 50 million poor people and families with no access to health care in the US can suggest a better purpose for those funds,” the foreign minister concluded.

Venezuela is suffering from political and economic crisis amid a global slump in oil prices, triggered by US sanctions.
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Video Shows Police Pulling Toddler from Mother's Arms
TEHRAN (FNA)- A screaming mother had her one year-old son yanked from her arms after she sat down on the floor of an overcrowded food bank. Jazmine Headley, 23, is said to have called police after a security guard took exception to her sitting on the ground at the facility in Brooklyn, New York. [VIDEO]

Al Jazeera English認証済みアカウント @AJEnglishの2018/12/12のツイート
"You're hurting my son".
This video appears to show NYPD officers ripping a baby from his mother's arms while repeatedly trying to arrest her.

ロイター.co.jp認証済みアカウント @Reuters_co_jpの2018/12/13のツイート
米警察に力ずくで1歳の息子を奪われ逮捕された母親、不起訴処分に(字幕・12日) http://bit.ly/2SKBnqS
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Beijing warns against ‘bullying’ its citizens amid ongoing US-Huawei saga

Beijing warns against ‘bullying’ its citizens amid ongoing US-Huawei saga
In an apparent message to Washington, China has warned against “bullying” its citizens and “creating new opponents,” after the Huawei CFO was arrested in Canada on a US warrant.

“China will never sit idly by and ignore any bullying that violates the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, just before the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei was granted bail in Canada.

Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian authorities on December 1, almost immediately after presidents Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in the ongoing trade conflict dispute. Meng was apprehended, on Washington’s request, for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran.

While the foreign minister did not mention the Huawei CFO in his speech, he did warn the US that “there is no need to artificially create new opponents” at a time when both countries are trying to strike a trade deal.

“The US should abandon its zero-sum game mindset, take a positive view of China’s development and continuously expand the mutually beneficial space and prospects,” Wang said.

Trump apparently took notice of this advice on Tuesday, suggesting he may personally intervene to save Meng from prosecution if it helps accomplish an agreement with China.

“If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made − which is a very important thing − what’s good for national security − I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump told Reuters shortly after the CFO was granted a $7.5 million bail by a judge in Vancouver.
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‘Not open for renegotiation’: EU stands by Brexit deal, offers few extra reassurances to May
British Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to secure any tangible “reassurances” from Brussels that she can take back to her Parliament, with EU leaders refusing to renegotiate the divorce agreement with the UK.

Before Brussels delivered its verdict, May told EU leaders that the Brexit deal is “at risk” if British lawmakers' concerns are not addressed, and urged her European counterparts to “change the perception” of the controversial Irish border backstop clause.

Yet she has received only vague assurances that the backstop, if triggered, would only be a temporary measure – with no particular timeframe – and that the bloc will “work speedily” and do its best to negotiate, in time, a new trade agreement.

The EU has made clear that the backstop was their “insurance policy” to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and to preserve the “integrity” of the single market. “It is the Union’s firm determination to work speedily on a subsequent agreement that establishes by 31 December 2020 alternative arrangements, so that the backstop will not need to be triggered,” the final communiqué of Thursday's meeting reads.

While May was trying to woo EU leaders to give her something tangible she could take back to the House of Commons, after her survival of the confidence vote over her Brexit leadership from the Conservatives this week, she was met by a stonewall response.

“I don’t see we [how] can change the withdrawal agreement,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying, echoing French leader Emmanuel Macron, who refused to “reopen a legal agreement.”


UK PM to Face A Vote of No Confidence in Her Leadership
TEHRAN (FNA)- Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will now officially face a vote of no confidence after the necessary threshold to potentially oust her was reached by the ruling Tory party's 1922 Committee.

The move follows a week of chaos and speculation after the prime minister's proposed Brexit deal was openly derided in the Houses of Commons, RT reported.

"In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons," Graham Brady, the Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee said.

Brady’s statement added that the votes would be counted immediately and an announcement made at the earliest possible opportunity.

The threshold of 48 letters, 15 percent of parliamentary party members, was reached when former cabinet minister Owen Paterson tipped the balance in favor of the long-rumored move to oust May as Prime Minister.

May caught many MPs unawares Monday when she delayed the parliamentary vote on her widely panned Brexit deal, arguing that she wanted to avoid defeat and return to the negotiating table with the EU.

She will be removed as Prime Minister of Britain if 158 of 315 Conservative lawmakers vote against her Wednesday evening.

Several leading Tories including Party Chairman Brandon Lewis, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, have expressed their support for May.

“The last thing our country needs right now is a Conservative Party leadership election,” Javid tweeted.

“Will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong. PM has my full support and is best person to ensure we leave EU on 29 March,” he noted.

The UK leader was due to travel to Dublin to speak with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

There are now less than four months until Britain exits the European Union on March 29, 2019.
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ひどい話です シリアやイエメンの市民を殺したりするのは平気な国ですが

Trade war hostage? Trump ready to ‘intervene’ in Huawei CFO case if it helps close deal with China
US President Trump said he might intervene on behalf of Huawei's CFO if it benefits US trade interests with China. Meng Wanzhou, whose bail includes strict conditions, faces extradition to the US and up to 30 years in prison.

“If I think it’s good for what will certainly be the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump told Reuters. He has spoken with the Justice Department and Chinese officials about Meng’s case.

On Tuesday, a Canadian judge granted bail to Meng, who was arrested 10 days ago while changing planes at Vancouver airport. She faces “multiple criminal charges” in the US, linked to alleged breaches of Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Meng’s bail, already steep at C$10 million including C$7.5 million cash, also included five sureties or guarantors. She is required to turn over all passports and travel documents and cannot apply for new documents. Additionally, she must be accompanied by a security detail when leaving her residence and is required to wear an ankle bracelet to ensure she does not leave her residence between the hours of 11pm and 6am.

The Justice Department strongly advised against releasing Meng on bail, pointing to her family’s immense wealth and stating in an affidavit that she had already attempted to evade US arrest warrants for allegedly violating American and EU sanctions. The British Columbia Supreme Court judge also objected to her husband, Xiaozong Liu, serving as her legal custodian, given that he is not himself a legal resident of Canada.

However, the judge acknowledged that Meng has no criminal record in China or elsewhere and that she was arrested on a provisional warrant. The US has not made an official extradition request.

The conditions of Meng’s bail require her to remain in British Columbia and live at one of her Vancouver homes. She must permit the security companies overseeing her monitoring to gain access to that home and pay for all security costs associated with her surveillance.

She is due back in court on February 6. In a statement, Huawei said it had “every confidence the Canadian and US legal systems will reach a just conclusion in the following proceedings.”

Meng faces fraud charges for allegedly using a shell company to violate US and EU sanctions against Iran and allegedly lying to banks about the link between Huawei and its subsidiary Skycom. She has maintained her innocence in an affidavit.

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China following Vancouver arrest of Huawei CFO
China has detained a former Canadian diplomat on unknown charges in what appears to be a kind of tit-for-tat retaliation for the arrest of the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies ten days ago.

Michael Kovrig, a North East Asia senior adviser for the International Crisis Group, has been arrested in China. Canadian authorities confirmed the arrest on Tuesday but were unable to provide further details.

“We are aware of the situation of a Canadian detained in China,” said Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. “We have been in direct contact with the Chinese diplomats and representatives.”

While Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stressed that “there is no explicit indication” of a connection, some officials believe Kovrig’s arrest is revenge for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges earlier this month. “I would be very surprised if there's valid reason for detention,” Conservative MP Erin O’Toole said, while Conservative MP Lisa Raitt expressed concern that Kovrig’s arrest is about “payback.”

The US State Department, which hopes to extradite Meng to prosecute her on fraud charges related to breaking the country’s sanctions against Iran, weighed in on Kovrig’s arrest. “The United States is concerned by these reports that a Canadian citizen has been detained in China. We’ve urged China to end all forms of arbitrary detention and to respect the protections and freedoms of all individuals under China’s international human rights and consular commitments,” said spokesman Robert Palladino.

Kovrig’s employer, a Brussels-based think tank that focuses on “conflict reduction research,” said it was aware of reports of his detention and was doing “everything possible” to secure additional information about his whereabouts and that it was calling for his “prompt and safe release.”

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has not commented on Kovrig’s arrest, but Meng’s arrest has sparked fears of retaliation against the Canadian business community in China.

The earlier arrest of Meng also threatened to further inflame the ongoing US-China trade row, but top US economic and trade representatives insisted that talks over a new trade deal would not be derailed by the diplomatic row.

Earlier in December, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that a planned January hike in US tariffs would be delayed while a trade deal was negotiated. The tariffs would have risen from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Kovrig worked as a diplomat between 2003 and 2016, with stints in Hong Kong, Beijing and elsewhere. The Canadian Embassy in China has not yet commented on Kovrig’s arrest.
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※ gendai.ismedia 2018/12/9
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※ JNN/TBS 2018年12月11日(火)16時33分
 安倍総理の訪ロを前に、ロシア側は、日本に厳しいハードルを設定していて、今後の交渉が難航する可能性があります。(11日09:31) JNN/TBS







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※ 時事通信社 2018年12月12日(水)9時36分

Beijing Says Detained Canadian May Have Broken Foreign NGO Law
TEHRAN (FNA)- If International Crisis Group (ICG) employee Michael Kovrig was performing "relevant activities" for the group in China without it being listed, then he may have broken China's foreign NGO law, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The US Programme Director of the Crisis Group Stephen Pomper has called for the immediate release of the company's senior adviser, RIA Novosti reported.

"The Crisis Group has received no information about Michael since his detention and is concerned for his health and safety. We are making every effort to learn more and to secure consular access to Michael from the Chinese authorities", the ICG said in a statement.

The former Canadian diplomat has worked as an expert for the Crisis Group since February 2017 on security issues in North East Asia, particularly relating to China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. Kovrig was detained by state security officials in Beijing on the night of December 10.
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Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers land in Venezuela after 10,000km transatlantic flight

Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers land in Venezuela after 10,000km transatlantic flight (VIDEO)
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英国労働党攻撃に政府資金が投じられていた 英国は暴露されるだけまだマシか

Labour furious over report that anti-Russia charity targeted Corbyn, receives govt cash
Labour politicians are outraged and calling for a probe after a report that a McCarthy style charity has received £2 million in government money and targeted Jeremy Corbyn, straying from tackling so-called Russian disinformation.

The Institute for Statecraft, based in Scotland, initially seems to be a small organization which claims to counter alleged Russian propaganda by forming communities of journalists and influencers who use social media to push back on any so-called disinformation.

However, leaked documents provided to the Daily Record show that the organization's Integrity Initiative isn't as grassroots as it appears on the surface. In fact, it's apparently funded with £2 million of Foreign Office cash and run by British military intelligence specialists.

What's more is that the newspaper has reported that it launched its own investigation which found “worrying evidence” that the organization's official Twitter account has been used to attack Jeremy Corbyn, his Labour Party, and other officials within the party.

And of course, there was some anti-Russia comments thrown in for good measure – such as one tweet which quoted a newspaper article calling Corbyn a “useful idiot” with “open visceral anti-Westernism [that] helped the Kremlin cause, as surely as if he had been secretly peddling Westminster tittle-tattle for money.”

“What he has done, wittingly or unwittingly, is work with the Kremlin agenda," a newspaper report retweeted by the Integrity Initiative tweet states.

Although the Integrity Initiative's apparent mission was first revealed last month, the Daily Record's Sunday report about its targeting of Corbyn and the Labour party has left the party's members more than a little angry.

"It is simply outrageous that the clearly mis-named ‘Integrity Initiative’ – funded by the Foreign Office to the tune of £2.25 million over the past two years – has routinely been using its Twitter feed to disseminate personal attacks and smears against the Leader of the Opposition, the Labour Party and Labour officials," Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary said in her statement.

Labour MP Chris Williamson also chimed in, calling any such activity “unacceptable in any democracy.”

Another MP from the party, Jon Trickett, said much of the same.

Meanwhile, some have called out British mainstream media for failing to pick up the story.

The question of whether MSM will eventually pick up the story remains unknown, especially since it has a tendency to turn a blind eye to anyone claiming to fight the good fight against “aggressive” Russia.

The Integrity Initiative's spokesman Stephen Dalziel has said he is “not aware” of any Corbyn attacks on the official social media account. “I’m not the one who controls the Twitter account. If it was criticism of one of our politicians, then that shouldn’t be on there.”

※  George Galloway認証済みアカウント@georgegalloway
Straight talking, straight forward.

※ Steve Howell @FromSteveHowell氏の2018/12/9のツイート
This is no conspiracy theory: Daily Record has leaked details of £2m of taxpayers money being used to spread social media smears against Jeremy Corbyn and Seumas Milne through a dodgy 'charity'. Perhaps something @carolecadwalla could follow up?

dailyrecord 2018/12/9
Secret Scottish-based office led infowars attack on Labour and Jeremy Corbyn
Explosive leaked documents passed to the Sunday Mail reveal the organisation’s Integrity Initiative is funded with £2million of Foreign Office cash and run by military intelligence specialists.

A secret UK Government-funded infowars unit based in Scotland sent out social media posts attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

On the surface, the cryptically named Institute for Statecraft is a small charity operating from an old Victorian mill in Fife.

But explosive leaked documents passed to the Sunday Mail reveal the organisation’s Integrity Initiative is funded with £2million of Foreign Office cash and run by military intelligence specialists.

The “think tank” is supposed to counter Russian online propaganda by forming “clusters” of friendly journalists and “key influencers” throughout Europe who use social media to hit back against disinformation.

But our investigation has found worrying evidence the shadowy programme’s official Twitter account has been used to attack Corbyn, the Labour Party and their officials.

One tweet quotes a newspaper article calling Corbyn a “useful idiot”, that goes on to state: “His open visceral anti-Westernism helped the Kremlin cause, as surely as if he had been secretly peddling Westminster tittle-tattle for money.”

A message from the UK Government-funded organisation promotes an article that states: “Unlike Galloway (former MP George Galloway) Corbyn does not scream conspiracy, he implies it,” while another added: “It’s time for the Corbyn left to confront its Putin problem.”

A further message refers to an “alleged British Corbyn supporter” who “wants to vote for Putin”.

It is not just the Labour leader who has been on the receiving end of online attacks.

His strategy and communications director Seumas Milne was also targeted.

The Integrity Initiative, whose base at Gateside Mill is near Auchtermuchty, retweeted a newspaper report that said: “Milne is not a spy – that would be beneath him.

“But what he has done, wittingly or unwittingly, is work with the Kremlin agenda.”

Another retweet promoted a journalist who said: “Just as he supports the Russian bombardment of Syria, Seumas Milne supported the Russian slaughter of Afghanistan, which resulted in more than a million deaths.”

The Integrity Initiative has been accused of supporting Ukrainian politicians who oppose Putin – even when they also have suspected far-right links.

Further leaked documents appear to show a Twitter campaign that resulted in a Spanish politician believed to be friendly to the Kremlin being denied a job.

The organisation’s “Spanish cluster” swung into action on hearing that Pedro Banos was to be appointed director of the national security department.

The papers detail how the Integrity Initiative alerted “key influencers” around Europe who launched an online campaign against the politician.

In the wake of the leaks, which also detail Government grant applications, the Foreign Office have been forced to confirm they provided massive funding to the Integrity Initiative.

In response to a parliamentary question, Europe Minister Alan Duncan said: “In financial year 2017-18, the FCO funded the Institute for Statecraft’s Integrity Initiative £296,500.

“This financial year, the FCO are funding a further £1,961,000. Both have been funded through grant agreements.”

Politicians and academics have reacted with fury to news a covert Government-funded unit had been attacking the official opposition in Parliament.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay said: “It would appear that we have a charity registered in Scotland and overseen by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator that is funded by the UK Government and is spewing out political attacks on UK politicians, the Labour Party and the Labour movement.

“Such clear political attacks and propaganda shouldn’t be coming from any charity. We need to know why the Foreign Office have been funding it.”

David Miller, a professor of political sociology in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, added: “It’s extraordinary that the Foreign Office would be funding a Scottish charity to counter Russian propaganda which ends up attacking Her Majesty’s opposition and soft-pedalling far-right politicians in the Ukraine.

“People have a right to know how the Government are spending their money, and the views being promoted in their name.”

The senior manager of the Integrity Initiative appears to be Chris Donnelly. A website biography states he is a graduate of Manchester University and reserve officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps who previously headed the British Army’s Soviet Studies Research Centre at Sandhurst.

Documents passed to the Sunday Mail suggest he was appointed an “Honorary Colonel in Military Intelligence” in 2015 – the year the Integrity Initiative was formed.

Papers we have viewed also suggest senior operative Dan Lafayeedney was an SAS soldier in 1978 and attached to a regiment which ran spy cells in Russia.

After contacting the Integrity Initiative through its website to ask about the Labour attacks, we received a call from spokesman Stephen Dalziel.

He said: “I’m not aware of that. I’m not the one who controls the Twitter account. If it was criticism of one of our politicians, then that shouldn’t be on there.”

When asked about the military background of Integrity Initiative employees, Dalziel denied any secret service involvement.

He added: “Chris Donnelly was in the TA for many years.

“Dan Lafayeedney, who is a Scot, that’s why it is registered in Scotland, was many years ago in the Army.

“I did one year as a TA officer on attachment. The biggest chunk of my career, I was a BBC journalist. Definitely not secret service, I promise you.”

Previous online biographies about Dalziel suggest he spent a year in the British Army in 1981, before joining the Soviet Studies Research Centre at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
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英国の二大政党政治 やっているのは階級闘争ですよね

Report: May Likely to Face Leadership Battle over Brexit Parliament Vote
TEHRAN (FNA)- Prime Minister Theresa May will probably face a leadership battle over the UK House of Commons' vote on the Brexit deal since 48 no-confidence letters against May from members of her ruling Conservative party could provoke a contest, according to a daily.

The Times newspaper reported Monday that the 48 letters needed to call for a no-confidence vote may be submitted this week.

The daily reported that former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had outlined plans to renegotiate the Brexit deal with Brussels, while other former ministers expressed their willingness to go for the contest.

Some cabinet ministers hoped that May would delay the Tuesday vote, as she could reportedly face an overwhelming defeat, according to the report.

The UK lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Brexit agreement on December 11, after several days of debate. If the deal is rejected, there is a possibility that the United Kingdom will leave the bloc without an agreement, which, according to many experts, could result in an economic catastrophe for the country. The document, which May calls "the best possible deal", is criticized by both Conservatives and the opposition.

The non-confidence vote may be announced by the backbench 1922 Committee of the UK Parliament's House of Commons, which should receive 48 letters in favor of the motion from Conservative lawmakers.

May Tells Conservative MPs to Back Her Deal or Risk Putting Corbyn in Power
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned Conservative MPs they risk handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10 unless they back her Brexit deal.

The prime minister added that failure to approve her agreement also brings "a very real risk" of the UK not leaving the European Union, Sky News reported.

May is fighting to save her Brexit deal ahead of a crucial Commons vote on Tuesday, with her leadership also in jeopardy amid a mounting Tory revolt.

Brexiteers Boris Johnson, David Davis and Priti Patel all addressed grassroots Conservative activists on Saturday at the National Conservative Convention, fuelling speculation about their ambitions.

May has insisted she is still the best leader for the Conservatives, and spoke of her hope that the Brexit deal would be secured by Christmas.

The prime minister has warned would-be rebels that the country will be in "uncharted waters" if the deal is rejected.

"It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit or leaving the European Union with no deal," She told The Mail On Sunday.

"We have a leader of the opposition who thinks of nothing but attempting to bring about a general election, no matter what the cost to the country. As someone who cares passionately about my country and my party, I believe Jeremy Corbyn getting his hands on power is a risk we cannot afford to take," she stated.

It comes after Will Quince, a ministerial aide to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, resigned over May's deal with Brussels.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK negotiating team could have got a better deal if they had been tougher in the talks.

"There were moments in the negotiations where we could have pressed harder on the backstop, particularly around the exit mechanism. The EU hung tough and I'm afraid we just weren't firm enough about that," he told Sky News' Sophy Ridge.

He added, "If we go back and the EU continue to rebuff the perfectly reasonable proposals we're making, we need to be contemplating and prepared to be leaving on WTO terms."

Downing Street has insisted that Tuesday's Commons vote will go ahead amid reports May might be forced to delay the showdown.

The Sunday Times claimed that the prime minister will postpone the vote as she seeks to "emulate Margaret Thatcher by travelling to Brussels to demand a better Brexit deal".

The broadsheet noted that the trip will be a "last-ditch attempt to save her government from collapse", in which she will seek further concessions to win over critics of her plan.

Her emergency trip to Brussels would come ahead of a planned summit on Thursday.

With Tuesday's vote expected to result in a government defeat, some cabinet ministers have urged a delay while others have promoted alternatives to the deal.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd suggested a Norway-plus model, remaining in both the single market and customs union, as a "plausible" option that could get through the House of Commons.

But Brexiteers would loathe an arrangement that kept the UK aligned to EU rules without a seat at the table in Brussels and did little, if anything, to tackle free movement.

A rejection for Mrs May's deal could also boost the cause of campaigners calling for a second referendum.

English Defence Leader founder Tommy Robinson will lead a pro-Brexit march in London on Sunday - with a rival counter-demonstration set to oppose it.

Elsewhere in the capital, a rally will be held by the pro-EU Best For Britain and the second referendum campaign the People's Vote, featuring politicians including Lord Heseltine and celebrities such as actors Charles Dance and Jason Isaacs.

Nigel Farage has announced he could launch a new political party and fight the 2019 European election if Brexit is delayed.

Farage, who quit UKIP this week, stated that he was "thinking about vehicles" to contest the elections next year if the UK is still in the European Union.
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‘Thing Is Done’: Khashoggi Killing Tape Indicates Hit Squad Was Briefing Riyadh
TEHRAN (FNA)- The full transcript of writer Jamal Khashoggi's murder in a Saudi consulate in Turkey reportedly shows that one of the assassins was briefing someone on the phone as the journalist's dismembering progressed.

According to a CNN report citing a source who has reviewed the full transcript of the audio recording translated from Arabic, a man, identified as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official, made at least three phone calls to someone who was apparently a superior.

"Tell yours, the thing is done, it's done," Mutreb allegedly said as Khashoggi drew his last breath at the hands of a 15-man hit team.

It's unclear from the transcript who was on the other end of the line. According to the CNN source, it is believed that Mutreb was updating Saud al-Qahtani, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's former communications chief.

Al-Qahtani was fired from his post as the kingdom's royal court adviser as Riyadh was facing the fallout from Khashoggi's killing, which has strained relations with its allies in the West.

The transcript cited by CNN also contains the last words ever uttered by the slain journalist and a chilling description of his dismembering.

"I can't breathe," Khashoggi cried.

The plea was followed by muffled noises and several voices talking overhead, but nothing more could be discerned, according to the source. The transcript then meticulously describes the sounds that followed.

"Scream. Scream. Gasping, Saw. Cutting," it read, only confirming the previous reports that the journalist was suffocated and then cut into pieces.

One of the two hitmen identified in the transcript, Dr. Salah Mohammad al-Tubaiqi, is cited as advising other members of the team to put earphones on "or listen to music like me" to dull the disconcerting bone saw noises.

Saudi officials denied that any calls were placed during what they earlier described as a rogue operation.

"The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made," an unnamed Saudi official told CNN.

The chilling details of Khashoggi's murder on October 2, including his last moments, have been leaked to the media in the past. In November, the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper reported that it took the killers about seven minutes to choke the journalist to death with a plastic bag placed over his head. The journalist pled in vain with the attackers to take the bag off, saying he was short of breath and claustrophobic.

The newspaper also reported that traces of acid were found in the drains in the Saudi consulate, prompting the investigators to suggest that Khashoggi's body was dissolved and poured down the drains.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting for US President Donald Trump to place the blame on MbS for the killing, which he has so far been reluctant to do, defying his own intelligence service. Following a secret briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, several senators said they were confident that the crown prince ordered the killing.

"It is zero chance, zero, that this happened in such an organized fashion without the [Saudi] crown prince," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said, while Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) added that there is "zero question" that the heir apparent was fully aware of the plot.

Riyadh denies that the Saudi crwon prince had any prior knowledge of the murder. Five members of the hit squad are facing the death sentence in Saudi Arabia, while several senior officials, including Al-Qahtani, have been fired.

American Senator: Saudis Would Be 'Speaking Farsi in About A Week' Without US Support Against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's military "can't fight out of a paper bag" when confronted with Mideast challenges including Iran, and insisted that the US has the necessary leverage to punish the Saudi leadership for its apparent role in the murder of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi.

“Let me put it this way --- I want to be very blunt with you," Graham told host Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures", adding that "if it weren't for the United States they’d be speaking Farsi in about a week in Saudi Arabia".

"Their military can't fight out of a paper bag," he stated.

Graham's remarks deepened his unusual divide with the White House on the issue. In an equivocal statement last month that highlighted the complexities of US interests in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia's role in advancing American interests there, US President Donald Trump indicated it was not clear in his mind whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) ordered Khashoggi's death.

However, Graham echoed his colleagues in saying that classified intelligence briefings provided to members of Congress strongly suggested a different conclusion.

“It's the most brilliant briefing I've ever received in my time in Congress," Graham said, adding, "You had two analysts that walk us through the crown prince's focus on Mr. Khashoggi for about two years. This operation was very sophisticated."

"The person in charge of executing the operation is MbS’s right-hand man," Graham continued, noting that "there is no doubt by any senator who received this briefing that MbS was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi".

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", backed up Graham on Sunday, telling host Jake Tapper that "we don't need direct evidence that he ordered the code red on this thing".

Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul in early October.

The CIA reportedly has concluded he was murdered inside, and Turkish officials have stated that more than a dozen people linked to MbS and Saudi intelligence entered and departed the country shortly before and after Khashoggi's death.

"The bottom line is that there is no way that 17 people close to him got a charter plane, flew to a third country, went into a consulate, killed and chopped up a man and flew back, and he didn't know about it, much less order it," Rubio stressed.

Washington has imposed a slew of sanctions against the individuals who US intelligence has determined were involved in Khashoggi's apparent murder. But the White House has voiced fears that taking more aggressive action against Saudi Arabia might unnecessarily compromise US strategic interests, as well as arms deals worth more than $100 billion.

"They give us 9 percent of our oil imports. We need them a lot less than they need us," Graham countered.

"I don't buy this idea you've got to hook up to a murderous regime, a thug like MbS, to protect America from Iran. Quite the opposite. I think by hooking up with him we hurt our ability to govern the region,” the senator stressed.

The influential South Carolina senator, who has built an unlikely friendship and close political alliance with Trump after bitterly opposing him during the 2016 presidential race, said the stakes are larger than Khashoggi alone.

"It's not just this dissident he's going after," Graham stated, adding that "he's going after others, people have been captured in other countries and brought back to Saudi Arabia because they've been critics in these countries. He put the Lebanese prime minister under house arrest in the most bizarre episode I've seen in 20 years and it goes on and on and on”.

Graham, who called bin Salman a "wrecking ball" and "crazy", said the prince's primary objectives have been to sever US ties to Saudi Arabia.

"Well, we're going to label him complicit. We’re going to have a vote in the Senate saying that MbS was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. I'm never gonna support any more arms sales to Saudi Arabia," he added.
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American Daily: Return of Saudi Envoy to US Is 'Stunningly Arrogant'
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Washington Post criticized the Saudi ambassador's return to the United States and described it as "stunningly arrogant", accusing him of lying openly about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an editorial, the newspaper noted that in the days following Khashoggi's disappearance inside the Saudi consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul, Saudi Ambassador Khalid bin Salman launched "an epic campaign of lies" – as the newspaper put it – and told anyone who would listen to him, from senators to the Washington Post publisher, that reports that Khashoggi had been detained or killed inside the consulate was "absolutely false, and baseless".

The ambassador left Washington D.C. a couple of weeks later as the truth about Khashoggi's murder was revealed.

"Anyone who does not object to the murder of a journalist, the use of a diplomatic facility for such a crime or the wanton lying to cover it up will welcome him back to Washington," the newspaper said, adding that "he should be shunned by everyone else".

Khalid is thought to have had a role in Khashoggi's death in early October. Khalid reportedly assured Khashoggi that he would be safe if he went to the Saudi Consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée. Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate after arriving there on October 2.

His arrival in the US comes one day after American senators received a classified briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel about Khashoggi's slaying. Senators emerged from the meeting saying they were certain that the crown prince ordered the killing, something the crown prince has denied.

Haley Says US 'Can't Give Saudi A Pass' on Khashoggi Murder
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nikki Haley, the outgoing US ambassador to the UN, stated that Washington should not give Riyadh a pass for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"You have Saudi government officials that did this in a Saudi consulate. We can't give them a pass, because that's not who America is," Haley, who will leave her position at the end of the year, said in the interview with The Atlantic.

"We can't condone [the murder], we can't ever say it's OK, we can't ever support thuggish behaviour, and we have to say that," she added.

Haley also defended the US response to Khashoggi's death, saying that the sanctioning of 17 Saudi nationals allegedly involved in the murder was a sign that Washington is not letting this slide.

The Donald Trump administration is "asking for accountability and we need to continue to do until we get it", she stated.

But Haley refused to point at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) despite reports US intelligence agencies have linked the de facto ruler of the country directly to the murder of Khashoggi.

"I think all of that, the administration needs to decide," she said about Salman's alleged involvement.

Haley, who will be replaced by Heather Nauert in January as US ambassador to the UN, also refused to take President Donald Trump's stance that the murder presented the US with a binary choice between either supporting its ally Saudi Arabia or standing up for human rights and values.

According to Haley, the US is able to see Saudi Arabia as a "complete partner when it comes to fighting Iran" but also tell the Saudis that "we’re not going to continue to be your partners if you continue to use thuggish behavior".

Following the murder, Trump has refused to call out the Saudi leadership for its alleged involvement in the murder, despite US intelligence agencies reportedly presenting him with evidence of it.

Trump has also repeatedly announced that US arms deals with Saudi Arabia are massively important, while at the same time misstating the amount of money those deals will bring in for the US.

Last month, Trump stated that the truth may never come out regarding the Khashoggi murder.

"It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event − maybe he did and maybe he didn't," Trump said in a much criticised statement.

Trump's comments were echoed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said there was "no direct evidence" linking MbS to the murder.

Their comments, however, were disputed by US Senators who stressed that there was "zero chance" MbS was not involved in the Khashoggi killing after they received a briefing on the case by CIA chief Gina Haspel.

Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul prompted international outcryand forced many countries to reassess their ties with the kingdom.

After weeks of repeated denials that it had any involvement with his disappearance, Riyadh eventually acknowledged that Saudi officials had planned and executed the killing.

The whereabouts of his remains are still unknown.
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Turkey-Backed Senior Militant Commander Surrenders to Syrian Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious commander of Ankara-backed militants in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo surrendered to the Syrian Army on Sunday.

A high-ranking commander of Mohammad al-Fateh, affiliated to the Turkey-backed Free Army, surrendered to the Damascus army forces after defecting his group in occupied Afrin region.

The defected militant was also one of the security commanders of Suleiman Shah Brigade, and has called for government amnesty.

Debates and tensions have been widening among Ankara-backed militants in occupied regions in Aleppo province.

Hawar news reported last week that the Kurdish militia blasted a military vehicle of Ankara-backed Firqa al-Hamzah militants in Afrin on a road between the center of the town and the village of Basoutah in Shirawa, killing 4 terrorists and severely wounding 2 others.

They also targeted a vehicle of al-Shamiyah Front terrorist group in the village of Koubleh near Afrin, destroying the car and killing one militant inside.

Meantime, the Kurds' operations against Faylaq al-Sham terrorists on the road linking Borj Heidar in Shirawa region killed two militants.

Also, field sources in Afrin reported that heavy clashes erupted between the Kurds and Turkey-backed militants in the village of al-Malekiyah near Afrin after the former attempted to infiltrate into the latter group's positions and was targeted.
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米国は、貧しい国の若者をテロリストとして、いわば兵器として使っています。日当は1日100ドルとも言われますから1万2千円程度。日本の建設作業員の日当と変わらないと思いますか? しかし、いつ戦闘で死ぬかわからないのです。死んでも補償はありません。遺体だって遺族に返されない。


Russian Official: US Uses Terrorists to Intervene in Affairs of Sovereign States
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington uses terrorists as an instrument of pressure and a pretext to intervene in the affairs of sovereign states, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said on Saturday at the second conference of Parliament speakers from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey on fight against terrorism and strengthen regional cooperation.

According to Volodin, the world community has not yet been able to joint efforts in the fight against terrorism, particularly in Syria, TASS reported.

"The US geopolitical ambitions are hindering well-coordinated work; they continue to use terrorists and extremists as an instrument of pressure and direct interference in the affairs of sovereign states, trying to justify this as the so-called concept of countering violent extremism. Under this concept, the idea of introducing ‘anti-extremist standards’ of educating civil society by so-called independent international experts, bypassing the legitimate authorities, is imposed on states civil society," he added.

According to Volodin, this undermines the role of state institutions, the growth of extremist sentiment.

"The examples of this are the Middle East and North Africa. From 2011 to 2015, international terrorism in Syria grew to the scale of a ‘terrorist pseudo-state’," he stated.

Volodin noted that the liberation of most Syrian territory from Daesh was made possible only due to the agreements of the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Iraqi Sources: US Plots to Keep Al-Baghdadi in Power
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) claimed that the US plans protect ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in power by eliminating his rivals.

Jabbar al-Ma'mouri was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm newspaper that given the strong alliance between the US and Baghdadi, Washington has started early elimination of his rivals to keep him in power after reports about his death an injury weakened his rule over the terrorist group.

He added that a number of rivals and opponents of Baghdadi have in recent months been killed by the US drones, and said a powerful bomb was also detonated a few days ago at the venue of a secret meeting of key ISIL commanders who were plotting a coup against al-Baghdadi.

"5 Iraqi, Syrian and possibly Moroccan ISIL leaders were killed in the explosion," he continued.

Al-Ma'amouri also quoted Iraqi officials as saying that the ISIL terrorists are stationed at the Syria-Iraq borders, adding that reports indicate al-Baghdadi's presence in these areas.

Relevant reports said last month that al-Baghdadi had called on hundreds of followers to be executed for disloyalty to the group.

Massdar news reported that Baghdadi ordered 320 members of the terrorist group to be executed for disloyalty in Syria and Iraq.

It further said that Baghdadi “issued an order to kill 320 of his followers for their betrayal of the ISIL and their recklessness, a matter which inflicted heavy losses on the group in both Iraq and Syria”.

According to the sources, there are high-profile commanders on Baghdadi’s list, including Abu al-Baraa al-Ansari, Sief al-Din al-Iraqi, Abu Otham al-Tal Afari, Abu Iman al-Mowahed and Marawan Hadid al-Suri.

US Prepares to Attack Hashd Al-Shaabi Bases in Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is gathering intelligence about Hashd al-Shaabi bases in different parts of Iraq in preparation for an imminent raid on the popular forces, Iraqi sources warned on Saturday.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Karim Aliwi, al-Fatah coalition's representative at the Iraqi parliament, as saying that the US forces have started reconnaissance operations to collect intel all Hashd al-Shaabi bases in Baghdad to target them in coming weeks.

Meantime, local sources in al-Anbar province reported that the US has mounted a highly-advanced CCTVs across the town of al-Ratbah, including one at the gates of the town.

Iraqi security sources disclosed in 2016 that Washington was exerting pressure on the Baghdad government to end Hashd al-Shaabi's partnership in war against ISIL and dissolve the militia army that has the lion share in the war on terrorism in the country.

"The US government has conveyed the message to the Iraqi government through its diplomats that there is no need to Hashd al-Shaabi forces and their role should come to an end," a senior Iraqi source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA at the time.

Baghdadi’s Deputy Captured by SDF Militias in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed on Saturday that they captured the deputy of ISIL's commander, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, during an operation in the Eastern region of the Euphrates Valley.

According to a statement released by the SDF, their troops captured Baghdadi’s deputy, Usama Al-Awaid, after conducting an attack on a cell of the terrorist group, massdar news reported.
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Al-Qaeda tricked West into War on Terror to create Middle East ‘Islamist structure’ – former member


Al-Qaeda tricked West into War on Terror to create Middle East ‘Islamist structure’ – former member
Al-Qaeda tricked the West into the War on Terror in an effort to advance its own Islamist goals in the Middle East, the group's former chemical weapons expert, who later allegedly became an MI6 spy, told RT's Going Underground.

Aimen Dean, who joined Al-Qaeda in 1997, said the trick all began with a letter written by the former US think-tank Project for the New American Century, which was sent to former President Bill Clinton in 1998. It urged Clinton to invade Iraq and “make it a beacon of democracy and to establish American hegemony.”

That letter, Dean says, was signed by 18 people including Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Jeb Bush, who would all “later become the architects of the Iraq war and the Bush administration.”

The next piece of the puzzle apparently lies in a line written by the same think-tank in one of its publications in 2000: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Bin Laden's deputy seized on that notion, according to Dean. “He said, 'we should give them a Pearl Harbor...that's exactly where we want them to be...[the US] must smash [Iraq] in order for us to build an Islamist structure.’”

“So that was their mentality, the provocation of America as a superpower to come and do their dirty work for them.”

And so, 9/11 happened almost exactly one year later, as a ‘new Pearl Harbor’, and the invasion of Iraq took place in 2003.

Dean spoke to Going Underground about his time with both Al-Qaeda and MI6, recalling a chase that took place in the center of London after a newspaper article and a book leaked information about spy operations within Al-Qaeda that he was secretly involved in after joining MI6.

One person who was apparently linked to Al-Qaeda seemingly caught wind of the information and pursued Dean in the middle of central London.

“One individual recognized me in 2009 and he gave a chase. I was able basically to shake him off – either he wanted to push me into a train or bus; at one point basically he was coming at me with malicious intent.”
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