Report: Saudi Arabia Uses US Mercenaries to Torture Arrested Princes, Businessmen
TEHRAN (FNA)- A report revealed Saudi Arabia has been using US mercenaries to torture Saudi princes and billionaires who have recently been arrested in the biggest purge of the country’s elite in the kingdom’s modern history.

The arrested Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the kingdom said, Daily Mail reproted.

“DailyMail.com can disclose that the arrests have been followed by ‘interrogations’ which a source said were being carried out by ‘American mercenaries’ brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is now the kingdom’s most powerful figure,” the report said.

“They are beating them, torturing them, slapping them, insulting them. They want to break them down,” the source said.

The mercenaries are provided by the notorious former American military service contractor “Blackwater” which has changed its name to “Academi,” the report said.

Blackwater changed its name in 2009 after a group of its employees were convicted of committing torture, random killing and abuse of people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both Academi and its parent company Constellis have denied any involvement in Saudi Arabia and said they do not engage in torture, a practice which is illegal for any US citizen in any part of the world.

On November 4, dozens of Saudi princes, ministers, and former ministers were detained on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee headed by the crown prince.

Former spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan as well as billionaire prince and the king’s nephew Waleed bin Talal are among the notable businessmen and royals incarcerated.

According to the source, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has also confiscated over $194 billion from the bank accounts and seized assets of those arrested.

DailyMail.com’s source said MBS initially invited bin Talal to a meeting at his Al Yamamah palace, then sent officers to arrest him the night before the meeting.

“Suddenly at 2.45am all his guards were disarmed, the royal guards of MBS storm in,” said the source. “He was dragged from his own bedroom in his pajamas, handcuffed, put in the back of an SUV, and interrogated like a criminal.”

“All the guards in charge are private security because MBS does not want Saudi officers there who have been saluting those detainees all their lives,” said the source. “Outside the hotels where they are being detained you see the armored vehicles of the Saudi special forces. But inside, it’s a private security company.”

“They have transferred all the guys from Abu Dhabi. Now they are in charge of everything,” said the source.

The source noted that even Mohammed Bin Salman himself conducts some of the interrogations as he is desperate to assert his authority through fear and seeks to uncover an alleged network of foreign officials who have taken bribes from Saudi princes.

“When it is something big he asks them questions,” the source said. “He speaks to them very nicely in the interrogation, and then he leaves the room, and the mercenaries go in. The prisoners are slapped, insulted, hung up, tortured.”

Blackwater’s name had previously been mentioned by Lebanese President Michel Aoun following the purge. He tweeted that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Saudi-Lebanese citizen, was being detained in Riyadh by Blackwater guards, but he later deleted the tweet.

“Lebanese authorities have unconfirmed information that the Blackwater firm is guarding Hariri and his family, not official Saudi security forces,” Aoun had tweeted on November 15.

A high-profile Saudi whistleblower twitter account, @Ahdjadid also said King Salman has brought in at least 150 Blackwater guards.

“The first group of Blackwater mercenaries arrived in Saudi Arabia a week after the toppling of bin Nayef, Salman’s predecessor as crown prince,” the whistleblower tweeted. “They were around 150 people. Bin Salman sent some of them to secure bin Nayef’s place of detention and the rest he used for his own protection.”

Last week, the New York Times reported that Egypt’s former security chief during the Mubarak-era Habib el-Adly, who is notorious for his track record of brutality and use of torture, is reportedly serving as an advisor to Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia’s ailing 81-year-old monarch has been reportedly suffering from partial dementia and is said to be contemplating an abdication in favor of his son.

Many political observers interpret the entire crackdown as a purge against dissent before the crown prince’s rise to power.
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US, Israel using terrorism to weaken Mideast states for Israel's sake: Academic
The Israeli regime, backed by the United States, uses the issue of terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in order to weaken regional countries and protect the Israeli regime, says an academic.

“The reason why the United States and the Israeli regime have attempted to weaken neighboring Arab countries whether it’s Syria or Iraq or Egypt is because they want to keep the region broken and fragmented in order to strengthen Israel,” Mohammad Marandi told Press TV on Thursday.

“Not only does the Israeli regime tolerate the ISIS (Daesh) but it helps al-Qaeda in its battle against the Syrian government” and “all of this is [meant] to keep the region weak” in order to help the Israeli regime continue its “colonization” attempt, the professor of the University of Tehran warned.

On Thursday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned that the US and Israel may hatch a new plot against the Muslim world following the end of the reign of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Unity to hinder resurgence of terrorism in Syria, Iraq: Journalist
Unity in Iraq and Syria requires more efforts on the part of both Syrian and Iraqi governments in order to secure the countries after the elimination of Daesh, Omar Nashabe told Press TV on Thursday.

It also requires a “sense of strong national identity” that would bring people together under one main objective that is to serve the interest of their nations, the journalist with the al-Akhbar newspaper said.

Nashabe also urged both Syria and Iraq to remove a “sense of sectarian tension” triggered by certain regional and international powers.

On Thursday, Iran’s military Chief of Staff General Mohammad Baqeri lauded the eradication of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, saying Iranian Armed Forces are fully ready to counter enemy plots and any attempts to create another similar terror outfit.

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Syrian Army Seizes US, French Missiles Sent to Terrorists in Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army's anti-terrorism units discovered and seized a truck containing a large number of weapons and ammunition, including US and French missiles, dispatched to the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

The cargo was sent from the Northern parts of Sweida province to the terrorists stationed in Eastern Damascus.

A military source said that the seized vehicle was carrying a large number of weapons, ammunition, US-made LAV missiles, the French Milan missiles, at least 3 Konkurs missiles, Czech-made 75-mm RPGs and Soviet-made 22-mm and 26-mm RPGs which were earlier sent from Jordan and supplied to the terrorist groups by the US and Saudi forces.

Meantime, the cargo included 3 air-to-air R60 missiles and it seems that the terrorists intended to make some changes to them to be used for attacking aerial targets from the ground.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army troops stormed the positions of two main terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta and pushed them back from more lands, killing a senior militant commander, field sources confirmed.

The sources said that the army men engaged in fierce clashes with Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in Vehicles Management Region in the town of Harasta in several flanks and inflicted major losses on the terrorists, retaking control over a number of regions.

A number of terrorists, including notorious field Commander Saleh Antar, were killed in the clashes, the sources added.

The army soldiers imposed full control over lost the positions in the Vehicles Management Region in Harasta after their recent advances in the region.
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2017/11/20(月、モスクワ時間)、アサドがソチを訪れ、プーチンと会談。会談は5時間余に及んだとされます。夕刻アサドが帰路につく(モスクワ時間11/20 17時ころ?)。会談前、ロシア国防大臣の姿はありますが、ラブロフの姿はありません。



Putin told Trump that President Bashar Assad confirmed his commitment to political reforms in Syria, including constitutional amendments. Assad also supported the idea of holding presidential and parliamentary elections as part of a transitional political process during his Monday meeting with Putin in Sochi.

The Russian president informed his US counterpart of the forthcoming meeting between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey aimed at finding ways to further normalize the situation in Syria while contributing to the political process in the Middle Eastern country. The trilateral talks are scheduled for Wednesday, November 22.

“We’re talking very strongly about bringing peace to Syria, very strongly about North Korea, and about Ukraine," Trump told journalists following the phone call with Putin.

Putin added that Russia has offered to host the Syrian Congress on National Dialogue in Sochi.

He added that cooperation between Russian and US security services could be of great practical significance. Trump supported Putin's ideas, the Kremlin said.



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2017/11/22 ロシア・イラン・トルコ三カ国首脳会議で国民対話会議開催を決定

Putin, Erdogan & Rouhani agree on holding Syrian national dialogue congress in Sochi

An all-Syrian congress which will see wide representation of the country’s opposition is to be held in Sochi, Vladimir Putin said after talks with the Turkish and Iranian presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, who backed the idea.

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an all-Syrian forum-congress of the national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society,” Putin said after the talks in Sochi on Wednesday.

“We’ve tasked the Foreign Ministries, the representatives of special services and Defense Departments to work out the list of participants and the timing of the congress to be held here, in Sochi," the Russian president added.

The all-Syrian congress is aimed at “gathering delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table,” Putin said.

Success on the battlefield has paved the way for a new stage of the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis, the Russian leader added.

“In our common opinion, the success on the battlefield that brings closer the liberation of the whole of Syrian territory from the militants paves the way for a qualitatively new stage in the settlement of the crisis. I’m talking about the real prospects of achieving a long-term, comprehensive normalization in Syria, political adjustment in the post-conflict period,” Putin said.

The Russian president also said that he and his counterparts see the potential for a long-term, comprehensive political settlement in Syria. The talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi lasted two hours, with Putin saying that they were detailed and included all aspects of the Syrian settlement.

Putin said that he informed Erdogan and Rouhani about the results of his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, which took place in Sochi on Monday. He added that he told the Turkish and Iranian presidents about the “commitment of the Syrian leadership to the principles of peaceful settlement of the political crisis, its readiness to carry out constitutional reform and stage a free, UN-supervised election.”
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末尾にあるスプートニクの11/21の記事は、"the head of Rosgidromet(Росгидромет、ロシア水文気象環境監視局) said that the automatic monitoring system detected an increase in the concentration of Ru-106 not only in Russia, but also in neighboring countries such as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. According to him, the concentration in Romania was 1.5-2 times higher than the concentration in Russia." と伝えており、ポーランド、ルーマニア、ブルガリア、ウクライナでも濃度上昇が見られたとしており、観測データはあるようです。






※  Fonzy‏ @kazparis氏の2017/11/18のツイート

NPR November 17, 201711:34 AM ET
Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia
The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen.

There, Sven Poul Nielsen and other researchers analyze the filters. They often snag small amounts of naturally occurring radioactivity, radon for example.

Then about a month ago, Nielsen was startled to find something far stranger: a radioactive isotope known as ruthenium-106.

一般社団法人 日本原子力産業協会

 モスクワの南東約1000kmのディミトロフグラード市にある原子炉科学技術研究所(RIAR:Research Institute of Atomic Reactors)を視察しました。
 ・SM−3:圧力容器型水冷却炉 出力100Mwt 世界最高レベルの高中性子束。
 ・VK−50:ロシアで唯一のパイロットBWR 出力200Mwt/50Mwe 1965~50年以上の運転実績、物理試験、熱水力試験、等を実施
 ・BOR‐60:ナトリウム冷却高速炉 出力60Mwt/12Mwe 1969年~ ナトリウム冷却の高速炉技術の開発、様々な材料の照射試験、新型燃料
 ・RBT‐6およびRBT−10/2:プール型原子炉 SM3の使用済み燃料を炉心に装荷、材料の照射試験、RI(I-131、Mo-99)の製造、シリコン・インゴットのドーピング



sputniknews.com 11:39 21.11.2017(updated 13:09 21.11.2017)
Rosatom: No Incidents on Russian Nuclear Sites Which Could Lead to Ru-106 Spike
Rosatom has spoken out after the Russian Meteorology Agency report confirmed that a high level of ruthenium in athmosphere had been detected; it was reported earlier in October by the European monitoring agencies.

The Rosatom represtative has stated that there were "no incidents or accidents at nuclear facilities in Russia". The statement appeared just hours after the Russia's meteorological service (Rosgidromet) reported that it has detected the record levels of radiation in Russia's Ural regions and a radioactive cloud that drifted over Europe in early October.

The Mayak nuclear processing plant, located in the Urals, has also come out with a statement saying that "atmospheric pollution with ruthenium-106 that was found by Rosgidromet is not connected to the work of Mayak," since the work on the separation of ruthenium-106 from spent nuclear fuel (and the production of ionizing radiation sources on its basis) has not been carried out for many years at the facility.

Earlier, Rosgidromet confirmed that the the monitoring systems have detected an increase in the concentration of ruthenium over several parts of Russia. However, according to the press release, the concetration does not exceed the maximum permissible concetrations.

At the same time, the head of Rosgidromet said that the automatic monitoring system detected an increase in the concentration of Ru-106 not only in Russia, but also in neighboring countries such as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. According to him, the concentration in Romania was 1.5-2 times higher than the concentration in Russia.

The exact source of the spike, however, remains unknown, though IRSN suggested that the cause might be an accident.

Earlier, the French nuclear watchdog IRSN announced that several European monitoring networks have detected radioactive isotope ruthenium 106 in the atmosphere in France and several other European countries in September.

According to IRSN, "the most plausible zone of release" of this radioactive material "lies between the Volga and the Urals." The agency noted, however, that it is impossible to determine the exact point of release given the available data.

Also, the levels of ruthenium detected in European airspace posed no threat to human health or to the environment, IRSN added.
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Moscow: Washington Uses Terror Groups in Syria for Its Own Goals
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States uses terror groups in Syria to achieve its own goals.

"There is information that the US uses extremist groups, which have to be isolated and destroyed, for its own goals, promoting its agenda despite the claims that the US is only working in Syria to eliminate terror groups," Lavrov stressed, TASS reported.

Lavrov has also reported about his upcoming contacts with the US State Department’s leadership to discuss the Syrian crisis.

"In the next couple of days, I will continue contacts with the State Department’s leadership, we will discuss all this (situation in Syria)," Lavrov told reporters.

According to the Russian foreign minister, Riyad Hijab’s resignation and the retreating of other radical opposition leaders to the background will help bring together the opponents of the Syrian government on a constructive basis.

While commenting on Riyad Hijab’s resignation as Chief Coordinator of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Lavrov said he expected "the retreating of radical opposition leaders to the background to help the Syria-based and foreign-based opposition unite on a constructive basis."

"We will support Saudi Arabia’s efforts in this direction," the Russian top diplomat added.

According to Lavrov, Hijab’s resignation was long overdue.

"Those following the unification of the Syrian opposition, like our counterparts from Saudi Arabia, predicted this move," the Russian foreign minister said.

"We worked with Riyad Hijab after he had left Syria as the country’s prime minister and became a leader of the opposition forces. I held meetings with him, as well as my deputy. He was pulling the opposition in the wrong direction - not towards the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, which has become the Bible of the Syrian settlement process, but towards ultimatums," Lavrov noted.

The major ultimatum, in Lavrov’s words, was based on a demand for Bashar al-Assad’s resignation as a condition for further talks.

"It is completely contrary to the UN Security Council resolution, which stipulates that only the Syrian people are eligible to decide the future of their country, while the issue should be resolved only through inclusive talks involving the government and the entire range of the opposition groups," the Russian top diplomat added.

Head of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee Riyad Hijab announced his resignation on Monday night. Several other people also resigned from high ranking positions in the NHC. The move was made in the Saudi capital during a preparatory meeting ahead of the opposition conference, scheduled for November 22, at which a single opposition delegation to the next round of the Geneva talks on Syria is expected to be formed.

At the meeting, a significant debate arose over the opposition’s attitude to Bashar al-Assad and the possibility to include representatives of the so-called Moscow and Cairo groups in the delegation. Some opposition members insisted on Assad’s immediate resignation. At the same time, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva office and other Geneva-based International Organizations Alexei Borodavkin said in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia daily that in order to ensure the success of the upcoming talks, the opposition should abandon its demand for Assad’s immediate resignation, support the setup of de-escalation zones and the fight against terrorism. Assad, in turn, said earlier that Damascus was committed to launching a political reform, which stipulated that a new draft constitution should be drawn up and parliamentary election should be held in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

The next round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will begin on November 28.

Riyad Farid Hijab (Arabic: رياض فريد حجاب‎; born 1966) is a Syrian politician. He was Prime Minister of Syria from June to August 2012, serving under President Bashar al-Assad. From 2011 to 2012, he was Minister of Agriculture.

On 6 August 2012, the Syrian government released a statement saying that Hijab had been dismissed.[2] Shortly thereafter[3] a man describing himself as Hijab's spokesman and several news organizations stated he had resigned and defected to the rebel side in the Syrian civil war. Information minister Omran al-Zoub's later remarks about "the flight of some personalities" were interpreted by The Guardian as referring to Hijab.[4] Hijab is the highest-ranking defector from the Syrian government.[5]
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