国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年05月24日

エルドアンのボディーガードがワシントンで抗議者に殴る蹴るの暴力

The Globe Post
Turkey Summons US Ambassador To Protest Treatment Of Bodyguards
この記事に動画があります。米国の警官が暴力をやめさせようとしますが聞きません。

RT2017/3/30
The Turkish military has successfully completed its 'Euphrates Shield' operation in northern Syria, the Turkish National Security Council has announced.

The NSC meeting on Wednesday was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"It was noted that the Operation 'Euphrates Shield' which was started with the goal of ensuring national security, preventing the threat from Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and return of Syrian refugees to their homes has successfully completed," the NSC said in a statement.

RT2017/3/30
Protests have erupted after Turkish government supporters allegedly attacked and injured three Kurds going to vote in Turkey’s constitutional referendum at its consulate in Brussels, local media report.

RT2017/4/2
‘Guardian of peace’ Erdogan urges Kurds to expand his powers in referendum

The Turkish President has called himself a "guardian of peace” while urging Kurds to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming constitutional reform referendum. He also encouraged Kurds to rise up against the PKK.

The Turkish President has called himself a "guardian of peace” while urging Kurds to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming constitutional reform referendum. He also encouraged Kurds to rise up against the PKK.

FARSNEWS2017/4/4
Opposition Leader: Turkey Coup Staged with Government Knowledge

TEHRAN (FNA)- The main Turkish opposition party has accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of having prior knowledge of the failed July 15, 2016 putsch, saying Ankara carried out a “controlled” coup in an attempt to exploit its outcomes.
The head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, made the remarks on Monday, during a breakfast meeting with the editors of several Turkish television stations, adding that up to 180 people within the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been employing an encrypted messaging application, called ByLock, for plotting the coup, and that the country’s secret service had a list of these people, presstv reported.
“These ByLock users should be revealed. If this list is going to be kept secret, then it indicates that July 15 was a controlled coup. [Meaning that] they (the authorities) had information about the coup in advance,” Kilicdaroglu further said, adding that the testimonies given by the arrested members of the outlawed movement led by the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen “also strengthen the view that it was a controlled coup.”
The coup began when a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had seized control of the country and the government of President Erdogan was no more in charge. The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.
Following the failed coup, Ankara launched a heavy-handed crackdown on those deemed to have played a role in the attempt, which was blamed on the Gulen movement. The Pennsylvania-based cleric has, however, categorically denied the allegation. The government has outlawed his large organization, the Gulen movement, in the country and has branded it as Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
Kilicdaroglu also said that Ankara had detained thousands of people allegedly linked to FETO, but failed to take any action against its political wing. His comments are an apparent response to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who, a day earlier, had denied allegations that FETO had a “political affiliation” within the AKP.
The CHP leader also stated that he had “compiled a special dossier” on the issue, but declined to elaborate on its contents.
Kilicdaroglu’s remarks, however, infuriated Erdogan, who responded at a televised rally in the Black Sea region of Rize shortly afterward.
“If you have a dossier then out with it!” retorted the Turkish leader, adding, “But it's a big lie.”
Yildirim, who was also angered by Kilicdaroglu’s skepticism of the official narrative of events, described his comments as an “insult” to the memory of the 249 people who lost their lives in the attempted putsch.
“What do you mean by a ‘controlled coup’? Is this not an insult to the martyrs and the heroes? He must put the evidence on the table for such claims,” the Turkish premier said, adding “No one can insult this nation.”
Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to Gulen and the failed coup. More than 110,000 others, including military staff, civil servants and journalists have been sacked or suspended from work over the same accusations.
The international community and rights groups have been highly critical of the Turkish president over the massive dismissals and the crackdown.

ドイツで亡命を申し出る者が政府職員を含め相次いでいます。

トルコの戦闘機がイラク、シリアの北部を爆撃しています。ペシメルガを狙ったもののようです。
FARSNEWS2017/4/25
Turkish Warplanes Target Pishmarga Bases, Residential Areas in Syria, Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Local sources in Syria and Iraq confirmed on Tuesday that civilians' houses and positions of the Kurdish fighters (Pishmarga) have been targeted by the Turkish Air Force.
The sources complained that despite the Turkish army's claim about hitting the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), several rounds of heavy bombardments have been carried out on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and residential areas in Iraq and Syria by the Turkish fighter jets.
The Turkish army announced on Tuesday that its aircraft carried out combat sorties over PKK positions in Iraq and Syria.
Based on the Turkish army, the warplanes took off from Diarbakr and bombed regions near Sinjar in Iraq and border areas in Northeastern Syria.
Local sources rejected the Turkish army claims, and said that the fighter jets did not raid PKK positions and rather bombed the positions of Pishmarga, YPG and residential areas, leaving a large number of people dead or wounded.
Also, the Turkish army soldiers and allied militants targeted heavily the positions of Kurdish fighters in five different regions in Northern Aleppo, escalating fierce clashes with the Kurds.
Artillery and mortar units and tanks of the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation shelled Kurdish combatants' concentration centers and defense lines in the villages of al-Shahba, al-Samouqeh, Zouyan, al-Hasiyeh and Um Hawsh in around the towns of Ezaz and Afrin in Northern Aleppo.
The Kurdish fighters in return opened heavy fire at the Euphrates Shield forces' positions. In the meantime, the Kurdish fighters engaged in heavy fighting with the Turkish army men and their allied militants in the village of Qastal Jandou.

RT2017/4/26
Ankara notified the US and international coalition of plans to strike Kurdish-held areas in Syria and Iraq “weeks” in advance, the Turkish foreign minister said. Washington claimed the operation was “not approved by the coalition” raising deep concerns.

The Turkish Air Force hit the respective areas on Tuesday, claiming that dozens of “terrorists” were killed. The targeted territories had been allegedly infiltrated by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group, according to Turkish Army statement. Local Kurdish militias the People's Protection Units (YPG) and Peshmerga, however, said the strikes had hit them instead, giving of a lower number of dead and wounded among fighters and civilians.

Yet the operation has not been kept secret from Moscow, Washington and the US-led coalition, as Turkey had notified all of the respective parties beforehand, according to Turkish FM Mehmet Cavusoglu.

“We informed our US allies that we were going to undertake this operation. We told them to pull their troops 20-30km south away from our borders. We notified the US and Russia within two hours before the operation, in accordance with our agreements,” Cavusoglu said.

“We notified the Qatar-based coalition coordination center. If someone says that there was no exchange of information there, I openly disagree with that. Over the past few weeks, we’ve repeatedly notified our US allies through military and diplomatic channels that we would undertake this operation. We don’t have a hidden agenda. When there’s a threat to us, we have a right to defend ourselves,” he added.

The US has expressed “deep concerns” over the Turkish strikes, stating that the military action was “not approved by the coalition” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Tuesday.

“These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS [Islamic State or IS] that includes members of the Kurdish Peshmerga. I would also note that the concerns – or rather note the concerns expressed by the government of Iraq and reaffirm our view that military action in Iraq should respect Iraqi sovereignty,” Toner said.

While the US acknowledged Turkey’s “concerns about the PKK,” it said that such sort of “over-reaction” might “harm the coalition's efforts to go after ISIS.”

Despite the incident, “Turkey remains a close partner and a strong NATO ally,” Toner stated.

Meanwhile Turkey conducted new airstrikes on Kurdish-held regions in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing six militants, according to a Turkish military statement cited by Reuters.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to continue military operations to eradicate the alleged PKK presence in northern Syria and Iraq “until the last terrorist is eliminated.”

“We are obliged to take measures. We must take steps. We shared this with the US and Russia and we are sharing it with Iraq as well,” Erdogan told Reuters.

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FARSNEWS2017/5/24
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey summoned the US Ambassador to deliver a hand-written protest to the US government after the State Department said the US government has “concerns” about the beatdown of protesters by bodyguards of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington. ,for daring to allow such protests in the first place. some of whom were waving a Kurdish organization’s flag. b

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry argued that they want a “full investigation” into the circumstances whereby the US allowed the public demonstration to take place, insisting it was a “provocative” action and that the demonstration was clearly unpermitted, AntiWar reported.

Nine people were injured, including one seriously, and two were arrested when the brawl broke out outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC. The incident came as a protest was taking place during evening rush hour, hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

The Erdogan government, of course, is unaccustomed to dealing with such protests, as people across Turkey are routinely disappeared into custody for even a hint of disloyalty toward the president. Still, an unfamiliarity with public dissent is hardly unique to Turkey, among foreign leaders visiting the US, and seemingly everyone else is able to cope with seeing protests without sending a bunch of guys with batons over to cudgel them into silence.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a recurring problem with foreign dissent occurring on foreign soil, and can’t seem to get through a visit to the United States without his bodyguards feeling obliged to assault political demonstrations. The State Department wasn’t super thrilled with that, but Turkish officials are downright furious this time around.
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2017年05月23日

Karzai: Terrorism Result of US Policies, Actions

FARSNEWS2017/5/22
TEHRAN (FNA)- The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said terrorism is the result of the policies and actions of the United States and its allies, claiming that terrorists have no place in worship places and communities of Muslims.

The remarks by Karzai was apparently aimed at the remarks of the US President Donald Trump at the Riyadh summit, Khaama Press reported.

“Dear President Trump, terrorists are not in Muslim places of worship nor in our communities,” Karzai said in a Twitter post.

Karzai further added “They are the result of policy and action by US and its allies and in well funded sanctuaries and training grounds.”

In his speech in Riyadh, Trump said the world has suffered from the terrorist groups, including America and the European countries but the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations.

Trump further added that said “Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.”

He said “The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”

He also emphasized that there is still much work to do and said “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”

“Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory, piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned,” he added.
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2017年05月22日

英国のテレサメイ 「痴呆税」の公約が不評で撤回

英国保守党の選挙公約での「痴呆税」が不評で、テレサメイは公約発表後4日でこれを引っ込めなければならなかった。
「痴呆税」は、10万ポンド(約1500万円)以上の総資産があれば、高齢者が自宅での介護費用を自己負担しなければならないとするもの。

RT2017/5/22
Prime Minister Theresa May has pulled an extraordinary U-turn by backing down from her “dementia tax” policy just four days after making it the center of her election manifesto.

May’s change of heart, which came amid fierce protests and a slash in the Tories’ lead over Labour in the polls, means the Conservatives will now set an “absolute limit” for what people will have to pay for social care. Just last Thursday, May threw out plans for a cap.

The Tories suffered from negative reactions to their social care plans over the weekend. The policy, dubbed the ‘dementia tax,’ would mean elderly people would have to pay for care in their own home if they had total assets of £100,000 or more.
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ISISが硫酸タリウムの効き目などを人体実験

‘Human guinea pigs’: ISIS conducted ‘Nazi-style’ chemical experiments, docs found in Mosul show

Islamic State tested poisonous chemicals on prisoners in a bid to produce easily-obtainable chemical weapons for local use and potential terrorist attacks in the West, records recovered from Mosul by Iraqi soldiers and obtained by The Times show.

Arabic-language notes detailing experiments with thallium sulfate and “a nicotine-based compound” were reportedly discovered hidden inside the University of Mosul by an Iraqi special forces unit during the current operation to recapture the city, which has been under the control of the radical Islamist group since 2014.

The UK newspaper reports that British and US forces verified the papers as those belonging to Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL).

In one experiment, a man weighing 100kg was gradually poisoned with thallium sulfate, which was dissolved in his food and water. Over a period of 10 days the victim suffered nausea, fever and finally swelling of his internal organs, before an agonizing death.

A colorless and tasteless substance, less than a teaspoonful of which is required to kill, thallium sulfate is a well-known toxin, featured in an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

But what the Islamic State scientists described as an “ideal lethal poison” also occurs frequently in nature, and is commercially available as a pesticide in countries such as the US.

The other compound in the notes, found in nicotine, could be extracted from cigarettes and vaping liquids, but was equally deadly to its test subjects.

In one experiment, according to the documents, IS scientists smeared the compound onto the skin, causing the victim to lose consciousness. In another, they injected it, and within two hours, the subject was dead.

“This is a horrifying throwback to the Nazis who would test nerve agents on live humans. During the Second World War, the Nazis conducted thousands of deadly experiments with mustard gas on prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near Berlin,” Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a UK chemical weapons expert, told the Times.

The notes do not outline eventual uses for the toxic chemicals, but the experiments were apparently part of a much larger weapons development program started by Islamic State when it took control of the city, designed for developing local chemical weapons – which have been deployed against civilians and the Iraqi army – and potential discoveries that were passed on in handbooks to Western IS recruits.

The heart of the research is believed to have been located at Mosul University.

In an operation that has lasted since October 2016, Iraqi forces backed by international air forces say they have retaken the majority of the city, though many strongholds, including Mosul University, which has been severely damaged, were fortified, and booby-trapped, requiring weeks of vicious streetfights.

ISIS はイラクのモースル大学でウランを手に入れていた 米国が2016/3/19、爆弾などの研究開発拠点を爆撃
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2017年05月20日

米軍機がシリア政府軍のコンボイを爆撃 政府軍がS-200ミサイルを発射

FARSNEWS2017/5/19
US Warplanes Conduct Air Raid on Syrian Army Convoy Near Border with Jordan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several US fighter jets staged an air assault on an Syrian army convoy near the border with Jordan, but were forced to leave the country's airspace after an S-200 battalion deployed near the capital fire several missiles at them.

A military source revealed on Friday that several US fighter jets that were flying in low altitude in the Jordanian airspace near the border with Syria gave several warning shots at a Syrian army convoy that included a logistical vehicles and five tanks.

The source added that the army solider took position near their vehicles subsequently, as the US fighter jets targeted two tanks and some other vehicles.

He went on to say that one of the vehicles of the Syrian army was equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon and started to fire at the US warplanes and forced them to fly at higher altitudes. "Then the Syrian army's S-200 air defense shield deployed in al-Dhumayr region in Northeastern Damascus operated to shoo away the US aircraft.

The US fighter jets left the region as soon as the S-200 anti-aircraft battalion fire missiles at them, the source confirmed, adding that six Syrian soldiers were killed and three more wounded in the US air raid on the Syrian convoy.

Reports said on Thursday that thousands of Hezbollah troops were sent to al-Tanf passageway at Iraq-Syria bordering areas to prepare the Syrian army and its allies for thwarting the US plots in the region and establish security at the Palmyra-Baghdad road.

Hezbollah deployed 3,000 forces in al-Tanf region to participate in Badiyeh operations in Syria. Most of the forces had earlier been stationed in al-Zabadani, Madhaya and Sarqaya regions as well as the Western parts of the town of al-Tofail and Brital, Ham and Ma'araboun heights in the Eastern mountain.

Other units, including the Syrian army allies, also were sent to this front to block the way to the US-backed forces.

FARSNEWS2017/5/19
Russia: US Airstrike against Syrian Forces Absolutely Unacceptable
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition airstrike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Friday.

“Any military actions leading to the aggravation of the situation in Syria definitely affect the political process. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces… This is totally unacceptable; it is a violation of Syrian sovereignty. Of course, it does not help the political process,” Gatilov told RT.

FARSNEWS2017/5/19
US Airstrike on Syrian Army Proves Washington's Fake Claims about War on Terrorism
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian military expert said that the US-Led coalition warplanes' air raid on a convoy of Syrian Army forces in the Southern part of the country proved that the White House claims about the US seriousness in war on terrorism are nothing but sheer lies.

The source described the US-led coalition attack as “blatant”, saying it uncovers the fake claims of the coalition about fighting terrorism and reveals the undoubted reality of the Israel-US project in the region.

“The attempt to justify this act of aggression by saying that the targeted forces failed to respond to the warning to stop advancing is completely rejected,” the source stressed.

“The Syrian army,” the source said, “is fighting terrorism on its territory, and no party whatsoever has the right to determine the course and destination of the army’s operations against the terrorist organizations, mainly ISIL and al-Qaeda.”

The source added that “those who claim to be fighting (terrorist organizations) should strike them and not the Syrian army, which is the only legitimate force that is fighting terrorism along with its allies and friends.”

The source asserted that the army will continue performing its duty of fighting ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board).

A US defense official disclosed earlier today that the US-led coalition struck the Syrian forces' positions near the border town of al-Tanf in a region of an established deconfliction zone with Russia.

The Russian Sputnik quoted a US-led coalition spokesperson as saying that the coalition forces in Southern Syria struck the Syrian army's positions.

The Sputnik added that the coalition strikes reportedly occurred near al-Tanf , where US' and British special forces have been training Syrian militants near the border with Iraq and Jordan.

"The strike did happen. It was against pro-government forces' strongholds in the vicinity of al-Tanf. The pro-government force was within a well-established deconfliction zone," the defense official told Sputnik.

"The commander on the ground perceived this force to be a threat to coalition forces," the defense official said.

FARSNEWS2017/5/19
Defense Ministry Confirms US-Led Coalition Airstrike on Syrian Army Position
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday that the airstrike conducted by the US-Led coalition on Thursday hit one of the army's positions near the Southern town of al-Tanf.

" (On Thursday), at 4:30 pm (local time; 1:30 pm GMT), the so-called coalition attacked a position of the Syrian army on the al-Tanf highway in the Syrian desert, which led to casualties and material losses," the Ministry said in the statement, Syrian State TV reported.

There can be no justification for the US coalition's strike on the Syrian Army positions, the Defense Ministry stressed, adding that the attack "shows the real goals" of the coalition.

On May 18, a US defense official told Sputnik that the US-led coalition struck the pro-government fighters near the town of al-Tanf in an established de-escalation zone with Russia.

Prior to the airstrike, the US-led coalition had conducted "a show of force" and fired warning shots, coalition spokesperson confirmed to Sputnik.

Later that day, Sputnik reported that the US-led coalition strike occurred in the area of an established deconfliction zone with Russia.

The United States and Russia signed the bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure their flight safety during combat missions over Syria.

The May 18 airstrike was not the first time the US-led coalition intentionally or accidentally struck the Syrian army. In the early hours of April 7, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in al-Sha’irat, located about 40 kilometers from the city of Homs. Moreover, on September 17, 2016, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian army near the Deir Ezzur airport, killing 62 soldiers and wounding some 100.
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ロシア産穀物が海外の販路を広げる

RT2017/5/19
Venezuela to import 60,000 tons of Russian wheat per month

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has said the country is to import large quantities of Russian wheat. The announcement followed a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We are ready, all the documents have already been signed, and very soon Russia will supply Venezuela with 60,000 tons of wheat per month on a regular basis starting from this year," Maduro said.

He added five enterprises to assemble Russian trucks would start soon in Venezuela.

Maduro and Putin discussed strategic partnership and the implementation of mutually beneficial projects.

According to Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Venezuela relies almost exclusively on imports of wheat. Last year the country imported about 120,000 tons of grain per month from the United States and Canada, said the agency.

Last year's Russian grain harvest was the highest since 1978. The country has significantly boosted its grain exports over the past two years, outpacing the world’s other big wheat exporters, Canada and the US.

Russia exported 34 million tons of grain last year from a record crop of 119 million tons. Shipments to Egypt and Iran have also resumed.

Saudi Arabia has expressed an interest in buying more grain from Russia, including wheat. In 2015, the kingdom was the biggest buyer making up 28 percent of Russian grain exports, larger than Turkey (25 percent) and Iran (12 percent).

The head of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva said Russia has made considerable progress in developing its agricultural sector and is a major player in the world agricultural market.
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2017年05月19日

スウェーデンがアサンジの逮捕状取り消し

スウェーデンはジュリアン・アサンジに対する訴訟を見送り、逮捕状を取り消すことになったとWikiLeaksが発表した。

RT2017/5/19
Swedish prosecutors drop case against Julian Assange - WikiLeaks
Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant, WikiLeaks has announced.

RT2017/5/19
‘I do not forgive or forget’: Assange responds after Swedish prosecutors drop rape charge

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not “forgive or forget” being “slandered” and “detained” for seven years without charge.

“Detained for 7 years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget,” Assange tweeted.

Assange is due to give a public statement shortly after rape allegations against him were dropped by Swedish prosecutors on Friday.
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米軍がシリア南部で政府軍同調勢力を空爆

RT2017/5/18
The US forces in Syria have bombed a militia group fighting alongside the Syrian government forces in southern Syria on Thursday, the US-led coalition has confirmed.
The coalition said in a statement that the Syrian forces "posed a threat" to US and partner troops at Tanf base near the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border.
"This action was taken after apparent Russian attempts to dissuade Syrian pro-regime movement south towards At Tanf were unsuccessful, a coalition aircraft show of force, and the firing of warning shots," the statement said.
Having commented on the incident, the US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Washington was not deepening its role in the Syrian conflict, but would defend its troops.
The Syrian forces allegedly entered a so-called "de-confliction" zone in the Homs Governorate, which was perceived as a threat to "US-allied troops." The militia forces allegedly clashed with the Pentagon-backed Maghawir Al-Thawra militant group (formerly known as New Syrian Army), which called in coalition air support.
“We notified the coalition that we were being attacked by the Syrian army and Iranians in this point and the coalition came and destroyed the advancing convoy," Reuters cited a militant representative as saying.
US special forces have been present in the area "for many months" to train and advise Free Syrian Army fighters. Damascus considers such Washington's presence illegal in the country, as no official invitation has been extended to the US to conduct any military action on its territory.

RT2017/5/18
US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian pro-government forces near the city of An Tanf hit a tank, a bulldozer and construction equipment. US Central Command did not rule out casualties, but told RT it would not report a body count.
“If they were being used,” a US Central Command spokesman Josh Jacques told RT, casualties would be likely, but he said he is “not speculating.”
CentCom told RT that an assessment of Thursday’s attack is being conducted, but that even when it is completed, there would not be an exact body count reported, because they don't have ground access.
The International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve said the Syrian forces "posed a threat" to troops of the US and the coalition. The Tanf base is located near the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan.
Unspecified Syrian pro-government forces allegedly entered a so-called "de-confliction" zone in the Homs Governorate and clashed with Pentagon-backed Maghawir Al-Thawra militants, formerly known as the New Syrian Army, which called in coalition air support.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the airstrikes did not represent Washington increasing its role in the Syrian civil war.

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2017年05月18日

米国とその同盟国によるイラク、シリアでの民間人殺害が続いている 1

イラク、シリアで米国とその同盟国による民間人殺害が続いています。

最近では、2017/3/16にアレッポのジネ村、アルジナ・モスクが空爆され、50人以上が死亡していますが、米軍は当初責任を認めませんでした。

イラクのモースルでは、2017/3/17、米軍が民間人の住居を爆撃、200人以上の死者が出ました。

米軍は学校なども爆撃しています。
2017年03月28日 またまた米軍がシリア、イラクで民間人を殺害

米国は他国に責任を転嫁しようとし、逃れられなくなるとmistakeだったと弁解します。それが続いていますから、そんな言い訳が通用するわけがありません。意図的に民間人を攻撃し、殺しています。

最近の報道ではむしろこのような殺害が増えています。

2017/5/17 Syria Condemns Strongly US-Led Coalition Air Raids against Civilians in Raqqa, Deir Ezzur

2017/5/17 Tens of Civilians Killed, Wounded in US-Led Coalition Air Attack in Northeastern Syria

2017/5/16 Tens of Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes near Syrian Border with Iraq

2017/5/15 Syria: More Civilians Killed, Wounded in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Raqqa

2017/5/14 Syria: More Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Air Raids in Raqqa, Deir Ezzur

2017/5/11 Syria in Past 24 Hours: 30 Civilians Killed, Wounded in US-Led Coalition Airstrike in Raqqa

2017/5/10 More Civilians Killed, Wounded in US-Led Coalition Airstrike in Northeastern Syria

2017/5/6 More Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Northeastern Syria

2017/5/5 US Airstrikes in Raqqa City Leave Tens of Civilians Dead, Wounded Again

2017/5/1 US Airstrikes in Raqqa Leave Tens of Civilians Dead, Wounded Again

2017/5/1 Syria in Past 24 Hours: US-Led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 14 Civilians in Raqqa

2017/4/25 UN Deeply Concerned' over Safety of 400,000 Civilians Fleeing US-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Raqqa

2017/4/25 More Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Northeastern Syria

RT2017/5/17
US denies responsibility for Deir ez-Zor airstrikes that killed dozens

米軍の民間人殺害は、イラク戦争時から問題となっいました。10年たっても何も変わっていません。
RT2017/5/17
'A testimony of evil': How Manning’s 'Collateral Murder' revelation changed history

On the day whistleblower Chelsea Manning is released from prison, RT looks back on ‘Collateral Murder,’ the most explosive revelation from Manning’s leaked documents – a haunting video depicting US military killing Iraqi civilians.

The ‘Collateral Murder’ video shows an aerial attack carried out by US Apache helicopters in East Baghdad in 2007, which killed more than a dozen people.

Two Reuters staff – journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and camera assistant Saeed Chmagh – were killed in the attack, along with driver Saleh Matasher Tomal, whose two children Sayeed and Doha were injured when the US opened fire as their father attempted to help the injured.

READ MORE: Four years after ‘Collateral Murder,’ Lockheed unveils new cameras for Apache helicopters

“The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths occurred,” WikiLeaks reported at the time.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic investigative journalist who worked with WikiLeaks to investigate the ‘Collateral Murder’ video, told RT his “jaw dropped” when he saw what he described as “a testimony of evil.”

Hrafnsson was sitting in a Reykjavik cafe with WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange in 2010 when he first watched the footage. “You have to see this,” Assange told him.

“I instantly saw that this would probably be the biggest news story I had worked on,” Hrafnsson recalled.

なぜでしょう。その理由を理解するのは簡単です。民間人を殺害する動機が米国とその同盟国にはあるからです。⇒この記事を見てください。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:24| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

イドリブ毒ガス攻撃 ファクトファインディング 5

FARSNEWS2017/5/7
More Secrets Exposed about Fake Video of Chemical Incident in Syria's Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- A diplomatic source and the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria disclosed secrets proving the video clip that accused the Syrian Army troops of carrying out attacks on civilians in Eastern Idlib has been fake.

A diplomatic source who requested anonymity told Sputnik that the latest footage of a chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria had been filmed recently and appeared to be ordered from a European country.

Meantime, the Russian Reconciliation Center said, "According to information from a number of sources among local residents and opposition formations … special ‘video brigades’ carried out staged filming in the past week of alleged consequences of shelling and airstrikes, including with the use of ‘poisonous substances’."

The center added that some of the "consultants" of the brigades were recognized by the locals as cameramen shooting news in the region for the Al Jazeera channel.

It is not the first time such reports emerge. On May 2, al-Mayadeen broadcaster reported, citing local sources and eyewitnesses that a group of the White Helmets’ activists accompanied by one of the Arab satellite channels arrived in the area near Idlib in Syria to shoot staged videos allegedly depicting consequences of a chemical attack.

However, the Swedish Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR) non-governmental organization issued a report earlier in the year, stating that the "lifesaving" procedures shown in the videos published by the White Helmets are incorrect, fake and "ultimately performed on dead children."

On April 4, a chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib province claimed the lives of some 80 people and inflicted harm on an additional 200 civilians. The Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, as well as a number of Western states, accused the Syrian government troops of carrying out the attack, while Damascus refuted these allegations, with a Syrian army source telling Sputnik that the army did not possess chemical weapons.

Local sources in Idlib province reported last week that each member of the White Helmets Organization receives almost $2,000 for making clips about their so-called humanitarian activities in the Northwestern province.

The sources that were operating in one of the regions in Idlib in which the White Helmets were present said that the White Helmets were receiving between $1,500 up to $2,000 to make a clip about pulling children out of the debris in Idlib.

The sources also said that a large number of the White Helmets along with their partners in Turkey were trading human body-organs in the region.

In April, the SWEDHR disclosed that White Helmets are risking civilian lives, rather than rescuing them, for false flag operations against the Syrian government.

Swedish Doctors For Human Rights analyzed videos, the rescue operation by White Helmets after an alleged attack by Syrian government forces, and found that the life-saving procedures seen in the film were incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake.

Dr. Leif Elinder, Swedish medical doctor profile, author and specialist in pediatrics, disclosed that “after examination of the video material, I found that the measures inflicted upon those children, some of them lifeless, were bizarre, non-medical, non-lifesaving, and even counterproductive in terms of life-saving purposes of children."

In a statement by Dr. Lena Oske, Swedish medical doctor and general practitioner, she referred to the presumed, adrenaline injection, performed in the White Helmet video. Her specialist opinion dismisses the procedure conducted in the White Helmet video, as unqualified and incorrect.

“If not already dead, this injection would have killed the child!,” She said, adding, “Intracutaneous injection with adrenalin may be used if any other resuscitation measure does not succeed. Especially under precarious circumstances – such as in field emergency settings– where safer ways for the administration of medication might be difficult or unavailable. But not in the way shown in the video."

The Swedish specialist stressed, “In order to perform the injection, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) has to be interrupted, and then the CPR resumed immediately after. Which is not done in the procedures shown in the video."

She referred to a correct medical procedure, emphasizing that “the technique is simple. Long needle, syringe with 1 mg adrenaline, find the 4th or 5th intercostal space and insert the needle just adjacent to the sternum, left side, deposit the medication after checking you are in the right position (aspiration of blood and no resistance), take out the needle and immediately resume CPR! So, the doctor who wrote the comment, ‘If not already dead, this injection would have killed the child’ was right! What a macabre scene; and how sad.”

According to the analysis provided by doctors, "the video should be life-saving measures after a chemical attack with chlorine gas (now claimed to be Sarin-not possible), including injection of adrenaline via syringe with a long needle into the heart of an infant. In no way were treatments correctly given for any potential chemical agent."

"The handling and treatment of the child was done in a manner that was careless, dangerous and likely to cause serious harm," it said, adding that "none of the children in the videos showed any sign of being a victim of a chemical attack."

The medical personnel also said that they could safely call them actors at this point, failed to push the plunger on the needle. Thus, the contents of the syringe were never injected as is clearly visible in the video itself.

They added that the most telling was the fake repeated shots of adrenalin, supposedly into the heart.

The visible diagnosis by a team of actual medical experts, based on what was observed in the video, indicated that "the child was suffering from an injection of opiates and was likely dying of an overdose. There is no evidence of any other agent, chemical or otherwise."

Based on the investigation by experts, "It was clear that the faked injection with the long needle administered through the stitches murdered the child in the video. This was a purposeful killing staged to appear as medical treatment."

Despite the White Helmets claim, the organization is not an independent body and receives financial supports from several Western states that back terrorist groups in Syria and also has overt links with Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

A Russian newspaper said in a report in December 2016 that the White Helmets Organization was behind the fake reports about Russia's airstrikes in Syria, adding that the organization was run by British agents.

Vzglyad daily disclosed in a report that there was reason to believe that the organization was supervised by the British intelligence service and the Soros Fund.

"The Government of the United Kingdom had allocated around 32 million pounds for the needs of the White Helmets in 2013 while another 12.5 million pounds has been paid to the organization only in the year 2016," a source close to the organization told Tass news agency.

According to the source, the whole budget of the organization was about 50 million dollars a year.

The White Helmets should have also received an additional US $13 million from the United States and the United Kingdom, including the companies associated with George Soros, he added, saying that the organization also received $23 from the US International Development agency.

The source also underlined that one of the leaders of the White Helmets, Mosab Obeidat, was identified to have contributed a major role in the financing of the terrorist groups.

According to some reports, Obeidat played the role of a mediator in providing the Syrian militants with around 2.2 million dollars to pay for weapons and ammunition supplies.

Speaking about the founder of White Helmets James Le Mesurier, the source pointed out that, in all probability, "he is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, which to this day is at the service of Her Majesty (the British Queen), to be exact - in the British military intelligence."

According to reports, also, the western media refer to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmets to report on what they call as the Syrian army's civilians' execution or detentions.

These sheer lies are told as many people in Aleppo remember the time that the so-called supporters of human rights occupied the people's houses and threw them into rubbles immediately after turning off the cameras.

Vanessa Beeley, a British investigative journalist focused on the Middle East, disclosed November 2016 that the White Helmets Organization was not an independent body despite their claims and receive financial supports from several Western states that back terrorist groups in Syria.

"The White Helmets cannot be an independent organization because it works for the interests of the western countries that back terrorist groups in Syria and receives financial support from the US, Britain and Germany instead," Beeley said, adding that "It seems to be strange that the White Helmets are constantly in the regions controlled by the ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and their affiliated groups. Videos and images taken in these regions prove that the White Helmets cooperate with the terrorists".

"The White Helmets not only offer medical services to terrorists and take part in their assassination and execution of civilians, but also work for overthrowing the Syrian government," the journalist stressed.

A Syrian journalist proved in November 2016 via release of several images of a Syrian child that the US-linked White Helmet Humanitarian Organization's claims of saving civilians in the war-hit country were mere lies.



Abbas Jom'eh released three images of a little girl that had been allegedly rescued by members of the White Helmet Organization in three different locations, disclosing the organization's lies about rescuing civilians in Syria.

In his twitter page, the Syrian journalist placed three images form the girl that was rescued by the White Helmet's agents in different places.

"Actors in the White Helmet rescue one girl in three different places! Can't they play their role any better on this stage," Abbas Jom'eh asked.

Moscow also said in November 2016 that the so-called reports about "hospitals" and "schools" allegedly located in terrorist-held Syrian territory were created by the "White Helmets" group financed by London.

"After three days it is absolutely clear for everyone that the allegedly bombed "hospitals" and "mobile clinics" in Aleppo exist only in US State Department spokesman John Kirby's imagination. This "information blooper" will certainly remain a stain on Admiral Kirby's biography," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashekov said, adding that if all the "bombed" "hospitals" and "mobile clinics" were counted, that would mean there is nothing else in Syria apart from them.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby blamed the Russian Aerospace Forces for allegedly "bombing hospitals" in Syria.

The Russian side requested international organizations to provide data on the presence of any medical facilities and schools in terrorist-held territories in Syria but the organizations said they did not have information on the existence of any of such facilities.

"We have repeatedly asked representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, other countries and international organizations to provide any information on the location of medical aid posts ('hospitals') or schools in Syrian areas controlled by terrorists," Konashenkov underlined.

"The answer is always the same − no one has such information," he said.

"There are only reports by the "White Helmets" or anonymous local "journalists" ("activists")," the spokesman added.

Konashenkov underscored that the UK government officially allocated funds for the activity of "White Helmets", and so-called "mass media" in Syria which were tasked with posting on Facebook and Twitter information about chemical attacks and reports provided by locals and "White Helmets".

"The White Helmets," a documentary about volunteer rescue workers in Syria, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, while the analysts believe that it was a propagandistic move by Western media.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had hit out at the White Helmets, calling it a terrorist front, stressing that they are an example of Western narratives grotesquely distorting the truth about the conflict in the country.

Syria has been mired in bloody war since March 2011, with Damascus forces fighting numerous terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front.

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米国とその同盟国によるイラク、シリアでの民間人殺害が続いている 2

イスラエルの領土的野望 大イスラエル


「米国はサダムフセインを倒すためにイラクに行った 民主主義をもたらすためではない」とライス元国務長官が明言している。

大イスラエルの実現のためには、新しく領土としようとするところに住民はいないほうが良い。

イラク、シリアともに石油資源が豊富。戦争でカネを使っても資源を奪取すれば元が取れ、利益も生む。中東やマグレブ諸国に民主主義をもたらすためというのは、真っ赤な口実。



イラク戦争で自軍を送った米国とその同盟国は、強く批判され、英国では当時の労働党の首相、ブレアの責任が問われている。

自国の軍隊を送らないで「戦争」するために考え出され、実行されているのがテロリストの送り込み。

テロリストの賃金は、月500ドルとも100ドルとも言われる。今なお、2万人以上のテロリストがいるから月100ドルとしても毎月200万ドル、2億2千万円が必要。そのほかに車両、武器や弾薬の調達にカネがかかる。
国家レベルの支援なくしてテロリスト集団は存続不能

中央がISIS首領のバグダーディ、左がイスラエルのネタニヤフ、右がサウジ国王


バクダーディを抜擢したのは誰か。左端からバクダーディ、マケイン。


なぜ、サウジが米国の側にいるのか? サウジ王国は存亡の危機にあり体制の維持に必死 資源枯渇


イランは、イスラエル、サウジ、米国と鋭く対立。イスラエルの閣僚はシリア大統領の暗殺を呼びかける発言をし、さらにイラン・テヘランの要人について同様な意図を表明、サウジの皇太子はイランを軍事攻撃すると威嚇。

シリア、イラク問題の構図は、上のとおりで簡単、明瞭。この構図に照らして矛盾する情報は、かく乱を目的とするもの。
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「フェンタニルパッチ」の鎮痛作用はモルヒネの200倍の強さ

オハイオ州で警官が車内で薬物取引をしている男を逮捕しようとしたら、証拠隠滅のために男が車内に薬物を撒き散らした。逮捕された男は1時間後気分が良くないと訴え、救急車が手配されたが、シャツに付着した薬物を手でぬぐった警官が中毒症状を起し病院で手当てを受けたという話です。

フェンタニルは合成オピオイド(オピオイドは、ケシから採取されるアルカロイドや、そこから合成された化合物のこと)

国連薬物犯罪事務所 (UNODC)の次長が、ISISはその戦闘員を暴力と野蛮の最高潮に到達させるためにCaptagon錠剤を作っていると発表しています。
Captagon錠剤は、アンフェタミンのブランド名で合成覚せい剤です。アンフェタミン(英語: amphetamine, alpha-methylphenethylamine)は、メタンフェタミンと同様の中枢興奮作用を持つとされています。

2015/10/26、サウジの王子がベイルートでCaptagon2トンとコカインを自家用飛行機に積み込もうとしたところをレバノン当局に摘発されています。

以下の記事は少し読みにくいところもありますが、ご関心があれば。

RT2017/5/16
Ohio cop overdoses on high-risk painkiller fentanyl after contact during stop

An Ohio police officer is recovering from an accidental overdose after making a drug stop where he accidentally brushed a small amount of powder off his shirt without realizing it was the highly potent opioid synthetic drug, fentanyl.

East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green responded to a traffic stop Friday after two suspected drug dealers were seen performing a drug transaction in a car, according to a police report obtained by WKBN.

The police report says that after officers blocked a blue Monte Carlo, Justin Buckle, 25, and his passenger, Cortez Collins, 24, attempted to dispose of the evidence.

“We think they were trying to flee, but they were blocked in,” East Liverpool Captain Patrick Wright said, according to WKBN. “Once they got blocked in, they tried to dispose of the evidence in the vehicle.”

“There was white powder on the seat, on the floor, on the guys’ shoes, and on his clothing,” Wright said.

Green said he mostly followed protocol for inspecting the car, putting on gloves and a mask after patting down the men.

“When I got to the scene, he was covered in it. I patted him down, and that was the only time I didn’t wear gloves. Otherwise, I followed protocol,” Green said, according to the Morning Journal News.

Around an hour after being arrested, Buckle complained that he was not feeling well and police called an ambulance.

Just then, one of the officers pointed to a small amount of powder on Green’s shirt and he quickly wiped it off with his hand.

“Just out of instinct, he tried to brush it off − not thinking,” Wright said.

Within minutes, Green says he began to feel the effects of the drug, which can be absorbed into the body through contact with the skin.

“I started talking weird. I slowly felt my body shutting down. I could hear them talking, but I couldn’t respond,” Green told the Journal. “I was in total shock. ‘No way I’m overdosing,’ I thought.”

An officer caught Green before he fell to the floor. The ambulance crew that arrived for Buckle then began focusing on Green.

At the station, the medical responders gave Green a dose of the opioid antidote Narcan, followed by three more doses after he was taken to the hospital.

Green was released from the hospital Friday. When the Journal contacted him Saturday, Green said he was still feeling the effects of the drug.

“[My head] feels like it’s in a vice grip, my heart feels like I got kicked in the chest and my stomach feels like I have a case of the flu,” Green told the Journal. “I can’t wrap my head around (why anyone would take the drugs).”

Buckle and Collins have been charged with tampering with evidence. They are each being held on $100,000 bond, according to WKBN.

Fentanyl is used as a substitute for opioid-dependent individuals, but it is more dangerous than heroin because it is “much more potent than heroin and results in frequent overdoses,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine. However, a version of the drug called Carfentanil, which is used as a tranquilizer on large animals, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane told the Journal that the car they had pulled over had child safety seats in the back. When the mother came to the station to pick up the car, he told her that it was too dangerous to be used to transport children.

“We’re going to try and seize that car and destroy it. How do we neutralize it? It only takes one granule (of carfentanil) to kill an adult. These people have no regard for anybody, not themselves, not the police, not their kids,” Lane said. “Their priority is not about anything but that next high.”

On Saturday, the East Liverpool Police Department posted a message to Facebook, calling on the state government to draft legislation “to protect our safety forces from these harmful drugs.”
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2017年05月17日

殺害された民主党全国委員会スタッフのセス・リッチはWikiLeaksと連絡を取り合っていた



RT2017/5/16
Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks – reports
Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered last year, was in contact with WikiLeaks, multiple sources have claimed. Rich’s family have branded the claims as “unsubstantiated,” however.

Rich was shot on July 10, 2016, in Washington D.C. in what was reported to be a robbery. However, the DNC staffer’s wallet, phone, keys, watch and a $2,000 necklace weren’t taken. Rich remained conscious during the attack but died in the hospital two hours later.

An anonymous federal investigator told Fox News he reviewed an FBI forensic report which showed that Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks director and investigative journalist Gavin MacFadyen.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the investigator said, adding the emails are in the FBI’s possession.

The investigator said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments from January 2015 to May 2016 were sent from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21. These figures are the exact same ones as those published on WikiLeaks’ DNC email database. MacFadyen died of lung cancer in October 2016. WikiLeaks published more than 19,000 emails from the DNC emails on July 22, leaking the rest later.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator and Fox News contributor, was hired by a “third party” to look into the case.

“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” Wheeler told Fox News. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sit on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters.”

Speaking to NBC News, however, an unnamed FBI agent denied the agency had ever received Rich's laptop, while a former law enforcement official with "first-hand knowledge of Rich's laptop" told the outlet that the laptop "never contained any e-mails related to WikiLeaks, and the FBI never had it."

Brad Bauman, a spokesperson for Rich’s family and a PR professional experienced in crisis management, responded to the report, saying that Wheeler was not authorized to speak for the family and that the WikiLeaks email claim was “unsubstantiated.”

"We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers," the family said in a statement.

“The services of the private investigator who spoke to the press were offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually [he] was barred from speaking to the press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.”

“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler said. “That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not said Rich was its source. WikiLeaks, meanwhile, offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich’s murderer.

“Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often [face] very significant risks,” Assange told Dutch television in 2016. “There’s a 27-year-old who works for the DNC who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the streets in Washington.”

WikiLeaks later clarified that Assange’s words “should not be taken to imply that Seth Rich was a source for WikiLeaks or to imply that his murder is connected to our publications.”

While it’s understood Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department has no suspects at present, it previously said there was “no indication that Seth Rich's death is connected to his employment at the DNC.” They have also offered a $25,000 reward, and urged people to come forward with any information.

A GoFundMe page was started by Rich’s brother, Aaron, on March 19 to raise money to investigate his murder. The page has raised $19,000 of its $200,000 goal.

“These funds will allow my family to investigate, and help solve Seth's murder,” Aaron Rich explained. “We know somewhere, someone has the information on who murdered Seth. We intend to use these funds to hire professional help that can discover new facts and information, cooperating with the police and solving this in the fastest way possible.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:37| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

身代金ウィルス 日本でも総合病院と個人のPCが感染

RT2017/5/14
UK defence secretary insists nuclear subs safe despite concerns over #WannaCry vulnerability
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon insists he has “complete confidence” in the safety of Britain’s nuclear submarines, but refused to deny that they run on the Windows XP operating system that has been exploited in a major global cyberattack.

Since Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was walloped by the WannaCry ransomware, fears have arisen that the country’s military could also be susceptible because of its outdated computer systems.

Friday’s attack affected 48 NHS trusts, forcing doctors unable to access patient files to cancel operations, and ambulances to divert to hospitals where systems were not down.

RT20175/14
#Wannacry ransomware epidemic could spread as unsuspecting workers return to desks – Europol chief
Rob Wainwright, executive director of the European Union’s crime agency, said the spread of the ‘WannaCry’ virus was “unprecedented,” resulting in more than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.

“At the moment, we are facing an escalating threat,” Wainwright warned. “The numbers are going up, I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning.”

Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Wainwright said that Europol had warned nation states about the risks of such attacks.

“It sends a clear message that all sectors are vulnerable,” Wainwright said, adding “all sectors should take absolutely seriously the need to run updated systems and to patch when they can do that.”

The stark warning from Europol chief’s echoes that of a British cybersecurity blogger known by his Twitter handle @malwaretechblog.

The 22-year-old, who accidentally found a way to stop the ransomware from downloading on devices, has warned that Monday could be a nadir in the epidemic as people return to their desks.

共同2017/5/14 22:58
【ロンドン共同】世界各地で起きた大規模なサイバー攻撃で、欧州警察機関(ユーロポール)のウェインライト長官は14日、英民放ITVの番組で、被害は少なくとも150カ国、20万件に上り「前例のない規模だ」と述べた。日本の警察庁は同日、国内で2件の被害を確認したと明らかにした。総合病院と個人のパソコンがウイルス感染したが、金銭的な被害はないという。

マイクロソフトがNSA(国家安全保障局)の責任を強調
「NSAから盗まれたこの脆弱性は、世界中の顧客に影響を与えている、」マイクロソフト社長兼最高法務責任者ブラッド・スミス日曜日のブログ記事で述べた。
RT2017/5/14
Microsoft has criticized the NSA for their major role in spreading the WannaCry ransomware epidemic which paralyzed hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The tech giant urged governments to use and store their cyber warfare tools responsibly.

“We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a blog post on Sunday. “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.”
バックドアがあったことは、なんら問題がないと言いたいかのように聞こえます。

RT2017/5/16
Ex-spy chief condemns Microsoft for leaving Windows XP users vulnerable to cyberattacks
A former UK spy chief has hit out at Microsoft for cutting support for its Windows XP system that could have protected public services from massive cyberattacks such as the one that paralyzed the National Health Service (NHS) last week.

In a letter to the Times, Sir David Omand, former head of Britain’s electronic intelligence agency GCHQ, called into question Microsoft’s decision to withdraw its security services for the system in 2014 while private and public sectors around the world still relied on it.

“Should Microsoft have stopped supporting Windows XP so soon, knowing that institutions had invested heavily in it (at the urging of the company at the time)?” Omand queried.

NHS hospitals were brought to a standstill on Friday by a massive cyberattack that struck in 150 countries. The NHS has 70,000 devices operating Windows XP, through which the ransomware, known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry, managed to spread.

The WannaCry ransomware attack was slowed down by self-taught cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins, 22, while he was working in his bedroom at his parents’ house in north Devon.

Hutchins, who is known as MalwareTech on Twitter, has been hailed an “accidental hero.”

Natalie Coull, lecturer in ethical hacking at Abertay University in Dundee, told the Times: “The WannaCry crisis highlights the need for organizations like GCHQ to employ people with offensive security skills, which was only recently acknowledged in the UK’s national cybersecurity strategy last November.”

Coull added that Hutchins’ actions are a testimony to “the importance of responding offensively to such an attack rather than relying on defensive measures.”

Intelligence services, however, have denied claims that GCHQ has been left red-faced after Hutchins fought off the malware, which has been described as “poorly designed.”

In fact, Salim Neino, the chief executive of Kryptos Logic, the LA-based company that employs Hutchins, said the ransomware was “unsophisticated.” He praised his employee for saving the world from “further damage.”

“Marcus, with the program he runs at Kryptos Logic, not only saved the United States but also prevented further damage to the rest of the world,” Neino said, according to the Telegraph.

“Within a few moments, we were able to validate that there was indeed a kill switch. It was a very exciting moment. This is something that Marcus validated himself.”

Meanwhile, the government has come under fire over claims that it had been warned by GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about the risk of serious cyberattacks three years ago.

General Sir Richard Barrons, former commander overseeing the MoD’s cyber capabilities, said he had written to Whitehall ministers to warn them against state-sponsored cyberattacks, supposedly much more threatening than that unraveling over the weekend.

“If the UK is hit so easily like this by a single type of ransomware attack, how would we cope with a strategic cyber-assault, phased over weeks and spreading across all forms of critical national infrastructure, deliberately designed to bring daily life to a halt?” Barrons said in an interview with the Times.
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ウクライナ 2017/5/16

RT2017/5/16
‘North Korea in Europe’: Ukrainians baffled, angry & sarcastic after ban on Russian social networks

RT2017/5/16
Rape, slavery & suicide bombs: Life under ISIS set for Saudi-based TV
The realities of life under Islamic State will be brought to the small screen in a controversial drama series due to air across the Arab world, depicting plots of suicide bombs, slavery, rape and child soldiers inspired by real events.

‘Black Crows,’ or ‘Al Gharabeeb Al Soud,’ is a 30-part series by the Saudi Arabian-owned Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) that will portray life under terrorist group.

Storylines include a mother travelling to Syria to find her son who has joined Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and a journalist going undercover to find her boyfriend.

“We believe that this [ISIS] is an epidemic, this is a disease that we have to muster the courage to address and fight,” explained Ali Jaber, director of television for the MBC Network.

MBC partnered with US showrunners and writers to tackle extremist propaganda, after the US State Department and the Annenberg Foundation Trust arranged meetings with Arab content creators to work on developing narratives to counter IS narratives, Foreign Policy reports.

Jaber, who is also a judge on Arabs Got Talent, then funded meetings in Dubai with more than 20 US writers and showrunners.

“For the first time, we sensed that the heart of Hollywood was opening up to the Arab world,” Jaber said. “For the first time, Arabs and the U.S. have an enemy in common in ISIS.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson invited Jaber to speak at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS in March.

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2017年05月16日

イスラエルの閣僚がアサドの暗殺を呼びかけ

RT2017/5/16
Time to assassinate Syrian President Assad & get to his allies in Iran – Israeli minister
An Israeli minister has bluntly called for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to be assassinated after unsourced media reports claimed Damascus was using a “crematorium” to cover-up mass killings. He said the “serpent’s head” in Tehran should be dealt with next.

“The reality whereby Syria executes people, intentionally uses chemical weapons to hurt them and, now, in the most recent move of extremism, is burning their bodies – this has not been seen in the world in 70 years,” said Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, as cited by Haaretz.

“We are crossing a red line and, in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad,” he continued.

“And when we finish with the tail of the serpent, we will reach the head of the serpent, which can be found in Tehran, and we will deal with it, too,” he said.

What appears to be the first recorded Israeli threat to assassinate Syrian President Bashar Assad came after the US Department of State alleged, without presenting any hard evidence, that the Syrian government is using “a crematorium” outside Damascus to burn the bodies of people killed by the government.

Earlier on Tuesday, Galant told Israeli Army Radio that Assad’s rule has been the worst since Nazi Germany. “What is happening in Syria is defined as genocide, under all its classifications,” he said on Army Radio, according to Jerusalem Post.

Galant, a retired IDF general, added that Israel wants to see Assad and his Alawite government ousted from power and replaced by a “moderate Sunni ruler.”

Some previous attempts to compare Assad’s government to the Nazi regime have been met with public outcry. White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who claimed that Hitler’s death squads hadn’t used chemical agents during the Holocaust “in the way that Assad used them” sparked outrage in the US and beyond.

Certain journalists have used the Assad-Hitler comparison when covering claims that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons, but those remarks were dismissed by the public.

Assad, a UK-educated doctor, has been in power since the 1999 passing of his father, Syria’s long-time president, Hafez Assad. Syria is one of the few Arab countries where the president is elected through a nationwide vote.

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2017年05月14日

英国の病院に続いて世界中のITシステムに身代金ウィルスによる攻撃

RT2017/5/12
Hospitals across England targeted in large-scale cyberattack – reports
Hospitals across England have reportedly been hit by a large-scale cyberattack. Some are having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money.

The Guardian says National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit by a bug in their IT systems. Doctors have been posting on Twitter about what has been happening.

A screengrab of an instant message conversation circulated by one doctor says: “So our hospital is down … We got a message saying your computers are now under their control and pay a certain amount of money. And now everything is gone.”

A second doctor tweeted: “Massive NHS hack cyber attack today. Hospital in shut down. Thanks for delaying emergency patient care & endangering lives. Assholes.”

RT2017/5/13
The virus, which has affected approximately 130,000 PCs around the world, hit the UK’s health service particularly hard on Friday, affecting at least 39 hospitals along with GP and dental services around England and Scotland.

The ransomware has also reportedly hit factories, universities, major corporations, and the Russian Interior Ministry.

In the UK, some ambulances were forced to divert to other hospitals and doctors were forced to cancel operations as the attack seized computers and made patient records unavailable. Non-emergency patients are being asked to use the service frugally.

RT2017/5/13
Microsoft releases urgent OS patch in wake of #WannaCry ransomware blitz

RT2017/5/13
Russian banks, railway giant among targets of WannaCry ransomware allegedly linked to NSA

FARSNEWS2017/5/14
It's Not over: 'Accidental Hero' Halts Ransomware Attack and Warns
TEHRAN (FNA)- Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software’s ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’.

The “accidental hero” who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted.

The ransomware used in Friday’s attack wreaked havoc on organizations including FedEx and Telefónica, as well as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), where operations were cancelled, X-rays, test results and patient records became unavailable and phones did not work.

But the spread of the attack was brought to a sudden halt when one UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and inadvertently activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software.

The researcher, who identified himself only as MalwareTech, is a 22-year-old from south-west England who works for Kryptos logic, an LA-based threat intelligence company.

“I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK organizations being hit,” he told the Guardian. “I had a bit of a look into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time.”

The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering thousands of connections every second.

MalwareTech explained that he bought the domain because his company tracks botnets, and by registering these domains they can get an insight into how the botnet is spreading. “The intent was to just monitor the spread and see if we could do anything about it later on. But we actually stopped the spread just by registering the domain,” he said. But the following hours were an “emotional rollercoaster”.

“Initially someone had reported the wrong way round that we had caused the infection by registering the domain, so I had a mini freakout until I realized it was actually the other way around and we had stopped it,” he said.

MalwareTech said he preferred to stay anonymous “because it just doesn’t make sense to give out my personal information, obviously we’re working against bad guys and they’re not going to be happy about this.”

He also said he planned to hold onto the URL, and he and colleagues were collecting the IPs and sending them off to law enforcement agencies so they can notify the infected victims, not all of whom are aware that they have been affected.

He warned people to patch their systems, adding: “This is not over. The attackers will realise how we stopped it, they’ll change the code and then they’ll start again. Enable windows update, update and then reboot.”

He said he got his first job out of school without any real qualifications, having skipped university to start up a tech blog and write software.

“It’s always been a hobby to me, I’m self-taught. I ended up getting a job out of my first botnet tracker, which the company I now work for saw and contacted me about, asking if I wanted a job. I’ve been working there a year and two months now.”

But the dark knight of the dark web still lives at home with his parents, which he joked was “so stereotypical”. His mum, he said, was aware of what had happened and was excited, but his dad hadn’t been home yet. “I’m sure my mother will inform him,” he said.

“It’s not going to be a lifestyle change, it’s just a five-minutes of fame sort of thing. It is quite crazy, I’ve not been able to check into my Twitter feed all day because it’s just been going too fast to read. Every time I refresh it it’s another 99 notifications.”

Proofpoint’s Ryan Kalember said the British researcher gets “the accidental hero award of the day”. “They didn’t realize how much it probably slowed down the spread of this ransomware”.

The time that @malwaretechblog registered the domain was too late to help Europe and Asia, where many organizations were affected. But it gave people in the US more time to develop immunity to the attack by patching their systems before they were infected, said Kalember.

The kill switch won’t help anyone whose computer is already infected with the ransomware, and it’s possible that there are other variants of the malware with different kill switches that will continue to spread.

The malware was made available online on 14 April through a dump by a group called Shadow Brokers, which claimed last year to have stolen a cache of “cyber weapons” from the National Security Agency (NSA).

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a user’s data, then demands payment in exchange for unlocking the data. This attack used a piece of malicious software called “WanaCrypt0r 2.0” or WannaCry, that exploits a vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft released a patch (a software update that fixes the problem) for the flaw in March, but computers that have not installed the security update remain vulnerable.

The ransomware demands users pay $300 worth of cryptocurrency Bitcoin to retrieve their files, though it warns that the “payment will be raised” after a certain amount of time. Translations of the ransom message in 28 languages are included. The malware spreads through email.

“This was eminently predictable in lots of ways,” said Kalember. “As soon as the Shadow Brokers dump came out everyone [in the security industry] realized that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to install a patch, especially if they used an operating system like Windows XP [which many NHS computers still use], for which there is no patch.”

Security researchers with Kaspersky Lab have recorded more than 45,000 attacks in 74 countries, including the UK, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Italy, and Egypt. In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefónica were infected.

By Friday evening, the ransomware had spread to the United States and South America, though Europe and Russia remained the hardest hit, according to security researchers Malware Hunter Team. The Russian interior ministry says about 1,000 computers have been affected.
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トルコ 米国、イスラエル ノルウェー ホワイトヘルメット 2017/5/14

FARSNEWS2017/5/14
Iraqi MP: US, Turkey Rocking Boat in Liberation of Tal Afar
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi legislator blasted the US and Turkey for their antagonistic behavior towards efforts to liberate Tal Afar city in Nineveh province.
Iskandar Watout, a member of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee, told reporters in a press conference that the process to take back Tal Afar is facing resistance and pressures by Turkey and the US.
He called on the Iraqi government not to become influenced by Turkey and the US or Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani and try to expel the Turkish forces from Iraq's soil.
Watout described Tal Afar as a vital and important city hosting tens of ISIL bases, and said, "Operations against the terrorist groups in Iraq should continue unstopped until full victory."

FARSNEWS2017/5/14
Norway’s Largest Trade Union Votes for Total Boycott of Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Norway’s biggest trade union approved an international economic, cultural and academic boycott against Israel, as the regime continues oppression of Palestinians and occupying their lands.
The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), which represents over 900,000 unionized workers in the country, voted 197 to 117 in favor of the total boycott of Israel, media reports said.
“Since dialogue and resolutions have had little effect, there must henceforth come an effort to achieve an international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel in order to achieve those objectives,” the resolution read.
In recent years, LO has called to boycott various Israeli institutions, including the Histadrut labor union, and businesses “that profit from the occupation of Palestinian land,” as the organization stated in a 2013 resolution.
Virtually all major players in Israel's industrial and economic sector have dealings with or offices in occupied Palestinian lands, a fact that has contributed to such calls by LO being interpreted as a call for a blanket boycott on the apartheid regime's economy.
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which campaigns for Palestinian rights, hailed the LO’s move as a necessary means to secure fundamental Palestinian rights.

FARSNEWS2017/5/14
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former White Helmets associate Walid Hindi admitted his involvement in fabricating photo and video material, prepared in cooperation with the Turkish Television, during the time when he was working with the notorious group in Eastern Aleppo.The group prepared fake videos of alleged atrocities of the Syrian army, during the liberation process of Eastern Aleppo.
In his confession, broadcasted on Syrian National Television on Saturday evening, Hindi admitted to have worked with White Helmets for three years and received rather huge sums of money, a major portion of which was provided by the Persian Gulf states. 
He also described how filming of “atrocities” would take place. 
When, for instance, they wanted to stage an airstrike scene, the filming crew would fire sirens and the actors would then immediately rush to the scene. Right after that, live streaming of events would begin, accusing the Syrian Army of carrying out yet another airstrike, targeting civilians. Hindi said he participated in fabricating videos more than just once.
According to Hindi, the main person responsible for “directing” these staged videos was Ibrahim Al Hajj, with Mohammad Al Sayed being the main cameraman. 
Also, another former associate named Imad Abdul Jawad admitted to have witnessed possession of chemicals by terrorists in Aleppo, saying “During my work shift as a guard I was once asked to transfer a bunch of barrels, containing something that my supervisors called “detergent and washing powder”.
"I was supposed to transfer the materials from the district of Al Sukkariyeh to the district of Amariya,” he added.
He then explained that his task was basically to unload the wares at the entrance of the building, pointing out that on one occasion, after finishing unloading the content, he saw people wearing uniforms, silver masks and protective boots and were carrying the goods he just transported to the cellars.
On one occasion, Jawad managed to get closer and he saw people opening the barrels and pouring their content out into something that looked like gas cylinders, adding that contents looked nothing like washing powder or detergent. He described the liquid, which was being poured out of the barrels, to have a rather foul smell. When his boss noticed he is watching the procedure, he was dismissed immediately.
A diplomatic source and the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria disclosed earlier this month secrets proving the video clip that accused the Syrian Army troops of carrying out attacks on civilians in Eastern Idlib has been fake.
A diplomatic source who requested anonymity told Sputnik that the latest footage of a chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria had been filmed recently and appeared to be ordered from a European country.
Meantime, the Russian Reconciliation Center said, "According to information from a number of sources among local residents and opposition formations … special ‘video brigades’ carried out staged filming in the past week of alleged consequences of shelling and airstrikes, including with the use of ‘poisonous substances’."
The center added that some of the "consultants" of the brigades were recognized by the locals as cameramen shooting news in the region for the Al Jazeera channel.
It is not the first time such reports emerge. On May 2, al-Mayadeen broadcaster reported, citing local sources and eyewitnesses that a group of the White Helmets’ activists accompanied by one of the Arab satellite channels arrived in the area near Idlib in Syria to shoot staged videos allegedly depicting consequences of a chemical attack.

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モースル陥落近し バクダーディは所在不明

FARSNEWS2017/5/13
Iraq's Anti-Terrorism Body: ISIL Members Deserted by Al-Baghdadi
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Iraq's counter-terrorism service said that ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled to an unknown place and deserted the terrorist group.

Ma'an al-Sa'di told al-Arabiya news channel that the ISIL has been extensively annihilated in Iraq and its self-proclaimed capital, Mosul, is collapsing as now only a few number of districts in Mosul have remained to be liberated.

"The ISIL is now thinking of escaping from Iraq and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has left the members of the terrorist group on their own and fled to an unknown place," he added.

The countdown has started for accomplishing the recapture of the Western part of the strategic city of Mosul from the ISIL as Iraq's joint military forces have laid full siege on the terrorists in the few districts that are still under the group's control.

A map released by the Iraqi military media on Thursday suggested that government troops are in control over 90 percent of Western Mosul.

The map, posted by the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell, showed that only 10 percent remains under ISIL militants’ control as the forces opened a new front of operations last week targeting the ISIL-held Old City from the Northwestern direction.

Military officials had said earlier this month that they control over 70 percent of the region.


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2017年05月13日

Japan may host Tomahawk-compatible launchers to counter N. Korea missile threat – media

RT2017/5/13
Japan is reportedly considering adopting the land-based version of the Aegis missile defense system over THAAD, citing the N. Korean missile threat. The system could potentially be used with Tomahawk missiles, making it a threat to Russia and China.

Tokyo has ordered a feasibility study into adopting the Aegis Ashore system, government sources told the Japan Times, as an alternative to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which South Korea chose to host despite criticism from China.

The newspaper says Japan would need six THAAD units to defend its entire territory, at a cost of $6.6 billion. Aegis Ashore costs around $700 million apiece, and only two of them would be required to protect the same territory, the report said.

Reuters cited the estimated cost of Aegis Ashore at $618 million to $706 million, and says the Japanese government favors it over THAAD. Neither report named its sources, saying they were not authorized to discuss the potential deal.

In March, Pyongyang conducted four ballistic missile tests, with three of the projectiles landing in the waters of Japan’s “exclusive economic zone.” Following the launch, Tokyo lodged a protest.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that the “latest launches of ballistic missiles clearly demonstrate evidence of a new threat from North Korea.” Abe also stressed that the test violated UN Security Council resolutions on Pyongyang, which prohibited the tests. US officials at the time could not, however, confirm that ballistic missiles were indeed tested.

The Japanese Navy has Aegis systems installed on its missile destroyers, but placing the launchers on dry land is expected to lower the need for naval patrols and thus the operational cost of the national antimissile system, which also includes ground-based Patriot missiles.

The US is already deploying Aegis Ashore sites in Eastern Europe, a move that Russia considers a significant threat to its national security. The launch systems used by Aegis are the same that are used to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Russian military strategists believe that the site already operational in Romania could be easily and secretly converted into a Tomahawk battery with Russian territory within its range.

The US rejects Russia’s concerns, saying they are unfounded. Moscow sees the deployment as a potential violation of the Cold War-era INF treaty, under which the US and Russia agreed not to have land-based intermediate-range missiles in their arsenals.

Aegis Ashore batteries in Japan, if used to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles, would have most of China’s developed coast area as well as Russia’s Sakhalin and Primorsky Kray regions within range.

South Korea’s decision to host the THAAD system earlier provoked rebuke from Beijing, which sees it as a security threat.

China apparently retaliated for the decision with undeclared economic sanctions against South Korea, reportedly including the restriction of popular tourist group trips to South Korea, advising Chinese companies to not buy from South Korea, and threating market access to Lotte, the South Korean retail group that provided the land for the THAAD system.

South Korean President-elect Moon Jae-in said he may reconsider the anti-missile deal after winning the office in a snap election this week. The liberal politician takes over from disgraced conservative leader Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in March over corruption charges.
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