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Post  Admin on Tue 02 Oct 2018, 7:19 pm

49 pieces of hardware’: Syria gets S-300 missile system & more from Russia in wake of Il-20 downing
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‘49 pieces of hardware’: Syria gets S-300 missile system & more from Russia in wake of Il-20 downing
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The S-300 air defense system and dozens of additional hardware pieces have been delivered to the Syrian military to boost security of Russian personnel there, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told President Vladimir Putin.
“We have completed the delivery of the S-300 system,” Shoigu said Tuesday. The hardware supplied to Syria consisted of 49 pieces of military equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers, he added.

The delivery is meant to protect Russian troops in Syria, coming in wake of the downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane in mid-September.
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A unified air defense control system in Syria will be completed by October 20, Shoigu told the Security Council. Russia will “prepare and train” the Syrian crews to operate the S-300 within three months.

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Earlier, Shoigu said that Syrian air-defense posts will be equipped with automated control systems that were previously only supplied to the Russian military.

The reinforced Syrian defenses will be able to suppress satellite navigation, radars and communications systems of combat planes over the Mediterranean Sea. This, Shoigu said, might “cool some hotheads down and avert them from ill-judged acts that endanger our troops.”

The delivery is a response to the downing of the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane in Syria on September 17. The aircraft, with 15 servicemen on board, was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air-defense units during an Israeli raid. While Israel has publicly denied any responsibility, Moscow has presented radar data showing that an Israeli F-16 jet used the plane as a cover. The incident has caused some tension between Russia and Israel, with the latter blaming Syria and its ally Iran for the downing.

READ MORE: Iran warns Israel it will ‘regret’ further attacks on Syria & allies
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Israel's Netanyahu claims Iran has a ‘secret atomic warehouse in Tehran’ (LIVE)
Published time: 27 Sep, 2018 17:28
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Israel's Netanyahu claims Iran has a ‘secret atomic warehouse in Tehran’ (LIVE)
He was referring to Israel conducting a raid on Iran's "nuclear atomic archive" and the report on the matter that was subsequently released.

Netanyahu slammed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for not taking any action following Israel's report on the "secret archive."

Netanyahu went on to reveal a new piece of information. "What I am about to say has not been shared publicly before," he said. "I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran."
Netanyahu showed a photo of the "innocent looking compound" in Tehran, while naming the street that it is located on.
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Post  Admin on Mon 24 Sep 2018, 1:24 pm

Russia to supply S-300 to Syria within 2 weeks after Il-20 downing during Israeli raid – MoD
Published time: 24 Sep, 2018 09:00
Edited time: 24 Sep, 2018 11:10
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Russia to supply S-300 to Syria within 2 weeks after Il-20 downing during Israeli raid – MoD
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Within two weeks Russia will deliver to Damascus an S-300 air defense system, previously suspended on a request by Israel. It comes as part of response to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane amid an Israeli air raid on Syria.
Moscow accused Tel Aviv of failing to inform Russia about its impending attack on targets in Syria, which resulted in a downing of the Russian electronic warfare aircraft by Syrian return fire. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the defense ministry to take several measures in response to the incident, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.


Arguably, the most concerning thing for Israel will be the delivery to Syria of an S-300 anti-aircraft system, which will boost Syria’s capabilities to deny Israel access to its airspace. The system was purchased by Damascus several years ago, but never delivered.

“In 2013 on a request from the Israeli side we suspended the delivery to Syria of the S-300 system, which was ready to be sent with its Syrian crews trained to use it,” the statement said.

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“The situation has changed, and not due to our fault.”

The S-300 is a relatively modern system capable of engaging targets at the range of up to 250 km. Syria’s current anti-aircraft systems are older models that didn’t stop Israel from attacking targets on Syrian territory.

The Russian military will also supply better control systems to Syrian Air Defense Troops, “which are only supplied to the Russian Armed Forces,” defense chief Sergey Shoigu elaborated. This will allow integration of Syrian and Russian military assets, allowing the Syrian to have better targeting information. “The most important thing is that it will ensure identification of Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense forces.” Potentially it would also expose Israeli aircraft tracked by Russian radar stations to Syrian fire.

The third measure announced by the Russian defense ministry is a blanket of electronic countermeasures over Syrian coastline, which would “suppress satellite navigation, onboard radar systems and communications of warplanes attacking targets on Syrian territory.”

Shoigu said the measures are meant to “cool down ‘hotheads’ and prevent misjudged actions posing a risk to our service members.” He added that if such a development fails to materialize, the Russian military “would act in accordance to the situation.”

Commenting on the development later in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that the Russian leadership made the decision to protect Russian aircraft in Syria from further friendly fire incidents and “is not directed against third nations.”

Last week, a Russian Il-20 plane with 15 people on board was shot down by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Latakia governorate. The Syrians fired in response to an Israeli air raid on its soil.
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Russia laid the blame for the downing on Israel, saying that the Israeli military failed to inform their Russian counterpart in time for the Il-20 to be moved to a safe area. They also said the Israelis may have deliberately used the Russian plane as a cover, expecting that the Syrians would not dare to fire at their F-16 fighter jets with the Russian plane nearby.

The Israelis denied the allegations and said they took all proper precautions and didn’t use the Il-20 as a cover. The explanations, however, failed to convince Moscow.

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Iran Threatens Israel, U.S. With 'Devastating' Revenge Over Military Parade Attack
'You have seen our revenge before ... You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done,' Revolutionary Guards deputy says in speech
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/iran-threatens-israel-u-s-with-devastating-revenge-over-military-parade-attack-1.6494522?
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The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a "devastating" response from Iran, accusing them of involvement in Saturday's attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people. 
"You have seen our revenge before ... You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done," Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims in Ahvaz, broadcast live on the state television. 

Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday's assault that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. 


The assault, one of the worst against the most powerful military force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran. 

Also Monday, Iran's intelligence minister said that a "large" network of suspects have been arrested in connection with Saturday's attack.
"We will identify all terrorists linked to this attack ... A large part of this network has already been arrested," Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by the judiciary's news agency Mizan, on the sideline of the funeral of the victims in Ahvaz. 


Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual military parade in Ahvaz on Saturday, killing 25 and wounding dozens of people. 12 of those killed are reported to be members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahvaz National Resistance claimed responsibility for the attack. All four attackers were killed. Islamic State militants also claimed responsibility. Neither claim provided evidence. 

A spokesman for the Iranian military said the attackers were trained by two Gulf states, and are connected to Israel and the U.S.

"These terrorists... were trained and organised by two ... Gulf countries," Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the official news agency IRNA. 

"They are not from Daesh (Islamic State) or other groups fighting (Iran's) Islamic system ... but they are linked to America and (Israel's intelligence agency) Mossad."

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US Sanctions Thai Company, Saying it Helped Blacklisted Iran Airline
By Staff Writer | September 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM EDT
Trump administration said international corporations were illegally aiding the Tehran-based carrier
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The Trump administration revealed a new round of sanctions against companies related to Iran’s “terrorist-affiliated airline,” saying international corporations were illegally aiding the Tehran-based carrier.
“This Thailand-based company has disregarded numerous U.S. warnings, issued publicly and delivered bilaterally to the Thai government, to sever ties with Mahan Air,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This action should serve as a warning that the U.S. is intent on ensuring that the aviation industry ceases providing services to, and profiting from, this terrorist-affiliated airline.”
“Treasury is cutting off yet another service provider acting on behalf of Mahan Air, a sanctioned airline that transports soldiers and supplies to Assad and fuels terrorist activities across the region,” Mnuchin added.
The new sanctions come hours after President Trump slammed former Secretary of State John Kerry over his recent “illegal meetings” with senior members of the Iranian regime.
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John Kerry in contact with Iran in violation of Logan Act
May 8, 2018
https://www.conservativeinstitute.org/crime-criminal-justice/breaking-he-finally-confessed.htm?
John Kerry must think he’s still the Secretary of State.

The Obama diplomat is reportedly working behind the scenes with diplomats across the world to keep the Iran deal intact. His behavior could be violating the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments on behalf of the United States. 

John Kerry may be breaking the law
A spokesperson for Kerry told Fox News reporter Brooke Singman that Kerry is still in contact with diplomats around the world “just like every previous Secretary of State” and suggested that he is working to protect the Iran deal. The spokesperson confirmed a Friday report from the Boston Globe that Kerry has remained in correspondence with Iran and Western powers who want to keep the pact that Kerry helped create.

“Like America’s closest allies, he [Kerry] believes it is important that the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective as countries focus on stability in the region”, the spokesman said.
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Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif twice in recent months to talk about preserving the agreement as part of what the Globe calls an “aggressive yet stealthy” mission to save the deal. Kerry also met with various Western leaders friendly to the nuclear pact, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as members of Congress in the U.S.

The former Secretary of State is said to be working with a group of former top advisers called Diplomacy Works to salvage the deal.

Nobody has ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act, but if it were being enforced, Kerry would be breaking the law, legal scholar Alan Dershowitz said. Fortunately for Kerry, the 2oo year-old law, which makes it a crime for a United States citizen to carry on unauthorized correspondence with a foreign government, is seldom enforced.

The Logan Act states:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Liberals pounced when former national security adviser Michael Flynn came under scrutiny for diplomatic contacts during president Trump’s transition.

Double-standard
If Kerry is indeed colluding with foreign governments, then it’s reckoning day for the Democrats champing at the bit for president Trump’s impeachment. Robert Mueller’s investigation has been going on for almost a year now, and has yet to discover evidence of a conspiracy to make Donald Trump the president.

The Boston Herald called for an investigation into Kerry’s “stealth diplomacy.” The editorial notes the irony that a former Obama diplomat is allegedly colluding with foreign governments to influence the United States government:

If special counsel Bob Mueller is truly interested in investigating people who are colluding with nefarious foreign powers to undermine U.S. interests, John Kerry should be Target No. 1 for secretly meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and other foreign officials in recent weeks to usurp U.S foreign policy.
It’s a role that as a private citizen, Kerry has no mandate or authority to pursue.
“Why isn’t the DOJ raiding Kerry’s manse, as it did with Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen?” the editorial continued. Why not, indeed?
Trump reacts: “Stay away!”
President Trump blasted Kerry’s “possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy” on Monday. “The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” he tweeted.
Trump again warned Kerry on Tuesday to “stay away” from negotiations. He has criticized Kerry for being a bad negotiator, calling him the  “worst negotiator I’ve ever seen.” Macron had discussed the Iran deal with president Trump on his recent visit to Washington. He used his reception to persuade Trump to re-certify the deal ahead of the May 12 deadline, but was clearly unsuccessful; Trump told Macron today that the United States will withdraw from the deal.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently revealed documentary evidence of Iran’s nuclear aspirations before the 2015 deal was certified. Many, including Kerry, said the evidence didn’t tell them anything they didn’t know already.
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John Kerry has no authority to be doing Mike Pompeo’s job, and may even be breaking the law. If you’re looking for foreign collusion, here it is.

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Kerry needs to back off and let the Trump administration do its job. With any luck, things will improve in Iran, as they already have on the Korean peninsula.
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Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against ‘reckless’ attack on rebel stronghold
September 4, 2018
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Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against ‘reckless’ attack on rebel stronghold
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President Trump issued a stern warning Monday to Syria and its allies not to attack the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country’s Idlib province, warning that “hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.”

“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump said.

Trump’s statement came after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went to Damascus on Monday, where he said that “terrorists must be purged” from the Idlib province. Syria and its allies are planning an assault on the region in the country’s northwest.

Russia ignored Trump’s warnings and began bombing towns near Idlib Tuesday.
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Trump warns of “humanitarian mistake” in Syria
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that any attack on Idlib would be taken as an escalation in the country’s civil war and that the U.S. would retaliate against any chemical attacks. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Syria and its allies not to attack the province where an estimated 3 million people live, many of whom fled there from other parts of the country.

“All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia, and Iran in Idlib, #NoChemicalWeapons,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Twitter.

Zarif said Monday that “Syria’s territorial integrity should be safeguarded and all tribes and groups, as one society, should start the reconstruction process, and the refugees should return to their homes,” according to Iran’s Fars news agency.

Zarif met with Assad to discuss their agenda for an upcoming Iran-hosted meeting on September 7 with Russia and Turkey to discuss the situation in Idlib. Assad and Zarif discussed “Western pressure” on their countries and said they shared “similar views” on the situation.

Iran and Russia have backed Assad in the country’s seven-year civil war. Turkey, which has supported the rebels and has troops in Idlib observing the situation, cautioned Iran and Russia against an attack.

Russia dismisses statement, resumes attacks
Trump’s statement led him to cross swords with Russia, which has backed Assad in the civil war since 2015. The Kremlin criticized Trump in a defiant response.

“Just to speak out with some warnings, without taking into account the very dangerous, negative potential for the whole situation in Syria, is probably not a full, comprehensive approach,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russia and Syria resumed bombing raids on towns near Idlib Tuesday, ending a three-week hiatus in which Russia did not attack the province. Four people were reportedly killed.

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President Trump has often been criticized for appearing too warm to Russian president Vladimir Putin, but the Kremlin’s continued support for Assad is a flashpoint of conflict between the two. Trump had warned Russia in April to “get ready” before ordering a missile strike on Syria after a chemical weapons attack prompted an international outcry against Assad, who Trump called a “Gas Killing Animal.”

Assad has vowed to target only “terrorists” as he seeks to re-gain control of the country, but the U.N. estimates that some 800,000 civilians could be displaced. There are 30,000 rebel fighters in the region, at least 10,000 of which are connected to jihadist groups, according to the BBC.
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Hours After Trump Tweet, Defiant Russia Pounds Syria's Idlib With New Airstrikes
'Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!'
Haaretz and Reuters Sep 04, 2018 1:05 PM
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/hours-after-trump-tweet-russia-renews-airstrikes-on-syria-s-idlib-1.6449439
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo
Soldiers in the Syrian civil war against their will
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A Syrian rebel and a war monitor said Russian air strikes had resumed against insurgents in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on Tuesday after several weeks.
U.S. President Donald Trump late on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to "recklessly attack" Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.
"The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!" Trump wrote in a tweet.
A source has told Reuters that Assad is preparing a phased offensive to regain Idlib.
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The Kremlin dismissed Trump's warning to Syria, saying on Tuesday the area was a "nest of terrorists".

Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to "recklessly attack" the area, saying hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

"Just to speak out with some warnings, without taking into account the very dangerous, negative potential for the whole situation in Syria, is probably not a full, comprehensive approach," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Explained: Syria, Turkey, Russia and U.S. to Square Off in Idlib With Millions of Civilians in the Crosshairs
Fearing a chemical attack
Russia, last week, again accused Syrian rebels of preparing a chemical attack which Moscow says will be used to justify a Western strike against Syrian troops.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last Tuesday that the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee is preparing the attack in the northern Idlib province, and that it would be filmed by first-responders known as the White Helmets, who Russia has accused of fabricating past attacks.
Also last Tuesday, senior U.S. officials warned the Russian and Syrian governments against chemical weapons use in Syria as forces allied with its President Bashar Assad prepare for an offensive on a rebel stronghold.

The battle for Idlib
The northern province and surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by insurgents fighting Assad, who has been backed by both Russian and Iranian forces in Syria's seven-year-old civil war. They are home to some three million civilians.

Trump has sought better relations with Russia since taking office in 2017 but the United States has been unable to rein in Moscow's military and diplomatic support for Assad.
Assad has sworn to recapture every inch of Syria and has made big gains against rebels since Russia joined his war effort in 2015.

Last week, a source close to Damascus said the government was preparing a phased offensive to recover Idlib province, but Turkey, whose army has a string of observation posts around the edge of the rebel area, has warned against such an assault.
Russian air raids ceased in and around Idlib on August 15, but pro-Syrian government forces have maintained an aerial bombardment and shelling against rebels there, the war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

The rebel source and the Observatory both said the air strikes were in the countryside near Jisr al-Shughour on the western edge of the rebels' northwestern territory.
Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders are due to meet on Sept. 7 in Iran and are expected to discuss the situation in northwestern Syria.





Iran Smuggling Weapons to Hezbollah via Civilian Airline, Report Says
Tehran is moving arms component on flights to Beirut in an attempt to outsmart Western observers, intelligence sources tell Fox News
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A Qeshm Fars Air plane.
A Qeshm Fars Air plane.Gsmar / Wikimedia Commons
Israel signals it could hit Iranian targets in Iraq
Top Trump officials to visit Israel this week to talk Syria war, Iran's Mideast presence
Iran plans to boost ballistic and cruise missile capacity, acquire new fighter jets and submarines
An Iranian civilian airline is thought to have smuggled weapons into Lebanon for use by Hezbollah and Iranian weapons factories, Fox News reported on Monday, citing Western intelligence sources.

The sources pointed to two Qeshm Fars Air flights from Tehran to Beirut that took unusual routes in the past two months. The first was a July 9 flight that stopped in Damascus passed over northern Lebanon, which intelligence sources told Fox carried components for producing precision weapons. The second was an August 2 flight that took a "slightly irregular route" north of Syria.

"The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down," the report quoted a regional intelligence source as saying.

Qeshm Fars Air is believed to be one of several supposedly civilian airlines that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps uses to smuggle weapons, according to the report.

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Iran recently denied a report by Reuters saying that Tehran had sent missiles to proxy militias in Iraq. Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources told the news agency that Iran provided Shi'ite proxies in Iraq with ballistic missiles and is developing the capabality to build more there.

The Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles in question have ranges of about 200 km to 700 km, putting Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh or the Israeli city of Tel Aviv within striking distance if the weapons were deployed in southern or western Iraq.

Any sign that Iran is preparing a more aggressive missile policy in Iraq will exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington, already heightened by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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Iran president fails to appease lawmakers in economic crisis
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 August 29, 2018
Iran president fails to appease lawmakers in economic crisisIranian President Hassan Rouhani approaches podium to answer lawmakers’ questions in Tehran, Aug. 28, 2018. (AP/Vahid Salemi)
For only the second time in its history, Iran’s parliament ordered a sitting president to appear before it to answer questions.
By Nasser Karimi, AP
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to convince parliament on Tuesday that his plans will pull the country out of an economic nosedive worsened by America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, further isolating his relatively moderate administration amid nationwide anger.
For only the second time in its history, parliament ordered a sitting president to appear before it to answer questions, the last time coming amid widespread discontent in 2011 over Western sanctions during the government of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
While Rouhani warned that “painting a bleak picture of people’s lives will lead to further darkness,” lawmakers voted four separate times to say they were unconvinced of his answers about Iran’s recession, its cratering currency, unemployment and smuggling. Those questions now could go to Iran’s judiciary for further review, serving as a warning to the cleric his political stature is slipping.
‘We have made mistakes’
“We have made mistakes,” Rouhani acknowledged at one point.

Since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and subsequent takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran, it has faced American sanctions. Those measures steadily increased as Western fears mounted over Iran’s nuclear program, despite Tehran’s repeated insistence it has never sought atomic weapons.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, including the US under President Barack Obama, Tehran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. That allowed banks to re-connect Iran’s financial system to the world and brought foreign firms from airplane manufacturers to oil companies back into the country.

But in May, President Donald Trump pulled America from the accord. That only fanned the flames burning through the country’s economy from chronic unemployment, high inflation and drastic drops in its currency. Those problems sparked nationwide protests in December and January across Iran, and another series of sporadic protests have erupted in recent weeks.

Labor and finance ministers fired
Lawmakers have fired Rouhani’s labor and finance ministers this month amid the economic crisis.

Speaking Tuesday before parliament, Rouhani said those protests only strengthened Trump’s hand to pull out of the atomic accord.

“This lured Trump into saying . that he will not remain in the deal,” Rouhani said.

Lawmakers did, however, narrowly support Rouhani’s answer regarding sanctions facing Iran’s banks.

Rouhani also made a cryptic remark that Iran has a “third way” to deal with the ongoing crisis other than simply abandoning or staying in the nuclear deal. He did not elaborate, but said he mentioned the idea to French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

In a speech Monday, Macron mentioned that he had spoken to Rouhani and said that France, in coordination with Britain, Germany and the EU, will keep working on “preserving” the deal.

Rouhani: Assassination threats not ‘a big deal’
Rouhani’s growing political weakness has been a boon to hard-liners within Iran’s Shiite theocracy. Those pressures have only been growing.

A demonstration last week saw hard-line clerics waving a placard calling Rouhani’s negotiations with the West his “swimming pool.” That’s a reference to long-swirling rumors surrounding the death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a political godfather to Rouhani whose body was found in a swimming pool.

“If I am threatened with assassination, I’m OK with it. I don’t think of it as a big deal,” Rouhani said. “We all know that it is our dream to be killed in the path of God.”
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Assad Offensive on Syria's Rebel-held Idlib Reportedly Imminent, Despite Fear of Mass Civilian Casualties
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Idlib is Syria's last big rebel enclave that government forces have yet to take back, but it is also a haven for refugees displaced from other areas of the war-torn country
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on May 17, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on May 17, 2018.Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File
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Syrian government forces are preparing a phased offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib and surrounding areas, the last big rebel enclave, a source close to Damascus said on Wednesday.

Russia, President Bashar Assad’s main backer from outside the region, said on Wednesday that militants there must be liquidated, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describing them as “a festering abscess”.

The offensive would initially target southern and western parts of the insurgent territory, but not yet Idlib city, said the source, an official in the regional alliance backing Assad.

“The final touches for the first stage will be completed in the coming hours,” the official added, without saying when it would start.

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There were still negotiations over the offensive going on between Russia and Turkey, as well as with Iran which also supports Damascus in the war, the official said.

Turkey, which borders Idlib and has a small military presence there, has warned against such an attack, given the millions of civilians in the crosshairs.

At the U.S. State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said there were indications that Syrian forces were preparing an offensive on Idlib.

She said Washington’s new representative for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, raised concerns about the possible offensive in a recent meeting with Russian ambassador to the United States.

“We are concerned not just about a potential chemical weapons attack, but we are concerned about any kind of escalation of violence in Idlib that would put civilians and civilian infrastructure in Idlib at risk,” she added.


“We have shared the concerns we have about any potential offensive taking place with the Russian government at many levels,” Nauert told reporters.

Assad has turned toward Idlib, where jihadist factions dominate, after Russian-backed victories in recent years that drove the rebels from a mosaic of other areas in Syria.

The insurgents now hold only the territory in and around Idlib, as well as an adjacent rebel area in which opposition authorities are backed by Turkish armor and money, and a patch of desert around a U.S. military camp in the south.


A major offensive in the Idlib area, where displaced people already make up half the population, risks forcing another 700,000 Syrians from their homes, the United Nations said.

It also risks raising tensions with Turkey, whose army established a ring of observation posts around the rebel territory last year under a “de-escalation” deal with Russia and Iran.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said this month he hoped Ankara and Moscow could find a solution for Idlib, warning that a bombing campaign there would be a massacre. Ankara also fears a major offensive could unleash a new flood of refugees across the Turkish border.


Lavrov said on Wednesday there was a political understanding between Russia and Turkey on the need to distinguish between the Syrian opposition and people he described as terrorists in Idlib.

Humanitarian disaster

The first phase of the offensive will include the town of Jisr al-Shughour and the al-Ghab plain on the western side of the rebel territory, and the towns of al-Latamenah, Khan Sheikhoun and Maarat al-Numan in its south, the official said.

Taking those areas would bring Assad close to regaining control over highways running from Aleppo to Hama and Latakia, two of Syria’s most important pre-war roads.

The army and its allies would also reinforce the western edge of Aleppo city in anticipation of a rebel assault there aimed at blunting the offensive, the official said.

In recent weeks, the Syrian military has dropped leaflets over Idlib province urging people to surrender, opened a route for civilians to cross into government territory and, according to a war monitor, sent more reinforcements to the front. It has stepped up air strikes and shelling near the front lines, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Idlib and surrounding areas outside government control are home to 3 million people, of whom 1.8 million are displaced. Many of the displaced people fled earlier offensives to escape the fighting or avoid coming back under Assad’s rule - including those bussed to Idlib under “evacuation” deals when rebels surrendered other enclaves.

Evacuations from eastern Ghouta, Daraa and other rebel territories captured by the government have contributed to the displacement of more than half a million people to or within Idlib in the past six months, the UN said.
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Iran Arrests Dozens of Foreign Spies, Intelligence Minister Says
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Mahmoud Alavi did not say when the arrests took place or which countries the spies allegedly were working for, but indicated that many of the detainees were dual nationals
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Security forces in Iran have arrested tens of spies working in state bodies, Intelligence Minister said on Tuesday, at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West following the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

Mahmoud Alavi did not say when the arrests took place or which countries the spies allegedly were working for, but indicated that many of the detainees were dual nationals.

“I have repeatedly asked people to inform us if they know any dual national. The intelligence ministry’s anti-espionage unit has successfully identified and arrested tens of spies in different governmental bodies,” Alavi was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency ISNA on Tuesday.

The arrest of dual nationals has increased since Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there had been “infiltration” of Western agents in Iranian decision-making bodies.

Reuters reported in 2017 that Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards had arrested at least 30 dual nationals in recent years, mostly on espionage charges.
Tension between Tehran and some Western countries has risen since May when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from an international nuclear deal with Tehran and reimposed some of the U.S. sanctions that had been lifted after the 2015 accord in return for restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality and does not routinely announce arrests or charges of dual nationals, whose rights to consular assistance are enshrined in the UN Vienna Convention.

Alavi also said “you have recently heard that we brought under our control a member of a cabinet of a powerful country”, without specifying which country.
Some Iranian media said Alavi was referring to a former Israeli energy minister, who was accused of serving as an Iranian agent in June by Israel’s internal security service.

Gonen Segev, energy minister from 1995 to 1996, had been living in Nigeria, where he made contact with officials at the Iranian embassy in 2012, according to Israeli investigators.

He had been jailed in Israel in 2004 after being convicted of attempting to smuggle Ecstasy pills into the country. He left Israel in 2007 after his release from prison.

Alavi said that security forces arrested this month a member of the Islamic State militant group in southern Iran, and had disbanded a “terrorist cell” in the country’s north.

He said his ministry had foiled several plots to bomb metro stations and universities, without making any of the incidents public at the time.

Under Islamic State’s ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim ideology, Shi’ites - the majority in Iran - are considered apostates. Last year, Islamic State militants carried out attacks on the parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of the founder of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. At least 18 people were killed in the attacks.
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Iran and Syria Seal Military Cooperation Agreement
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Deal concluded by their defense ministers at a meeting in Damascus, Tasnim news agency says
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Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami travelled to Damascus on Sunday for a two-day visit, meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and senior military officials, Tasnim reported.
Iranian forces have backed Assad in the country's civil war.
Tasnim did not provide any details about the military cooperation deal.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said last week that Iran should remove its forces from Syria.
Senior Iranian officials have said their military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad government and they have no immediate plans to withdraw.
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Iran’s defense minister arrives in Damascus to discuss reconstruction of Syria
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Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami has arrived in Damascus to meet senior Syrian officials, the ministry said.
Hatami is expected to hold meetings with his Syrian counterpart and heads of the Syrian Armed Forces, the defense ministry said in a statement on its website.

Speaking to the media upon his arrival in the Syrian capital, the top military official announced that Tehran hopes to have “active participation in the reconstruction of Syria.”

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The aim of the trip is also to develop “bilateral cooperation” with the Arab Republic, according to the statement.

Along with Turkey and Russia, Iran is tasked with enforcing the ceasefire in de-escalation zones in Syria established as a result of the Astana talks in May 2017. Under the memorandum that was agreed upon, government forces and armed opposition groups were required to cease all fighting within the safe zones.

Tehran has repeatedly criticized the US military presence in Syria. In June, a senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader even warned that the conflict in the country could become a second Vietnam War for Washington. “The Americans themselves have created [Islamic State] and Al-Nusra in Syria and now they have come onto the scene and occupied Eastern Euphrates,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide on international affairs for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said.

Washington has often slammed the presence of Iranian forces in Syria, which are there on official invitation of Damascus. Earlier in August, US National Security Adviser John Bolton called for the “withdrawal of all Iranian forces back in Iran.”

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The visit of the Iranian defense minister may anger its arch-nemesis, Israel, which has repeatedly called for Iran’s withdrawal from Syria. Israel has recently intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria, arguing that the Iranian presence in the Arab Republic and its strong foothold on its borders jeopardizes national security. In May, Israeli jets reportedly targeted Iranian military assets stationed in Syria, killing Iranian military personnel south of Damascus and triggering outrage from Tehran.

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US slams EU’s $20mn development aid to Iran as sending ‘wrong message at the wrong time
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Washington said the EU’s latest Iran development aid package of €18 million is “sending the wrong message” and apparently undermining its efforts to isolate the Islamic republic with unilateral sanctions.
“The European Union’s August 23 announcement of a new $20.7 million payment that will widen economic and sectoral relations between Iran and Europe sends the wrong message at the wrong time,” US State Department Special Representative Brian Hook said.

The US official went on to claim that Tehran will gratefully take the EU money and use it to “conduct assassinations in those very European countries.”

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The aid sum, agreed on Thursday, is part of a wider package of €50 million earmarked for Iran in the EU budget, and highlights Europe’s high-profile efforts to maintain economic ties with Tehran, after US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear accord in May.

“This new package will widen economic and sectoral relations in areas that are of direct benefit to our citizens,” said the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, emphasizing the EU’s commitment to cooperation with Iran that might help it offset the impact of US sanctions.

Washington is currently busy pressuring allies to fall in behind its unilaterally introduced economic limitations and halt all imports of Iranian oil by November 4.

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Terrorists readying chemical attack to frame Damascus & provide pretext for US strikes – Russian MoD
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The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for the strikes.
The attack would be used as a pretext for US, UK and French airstrikes on Syrian targets, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said. USS ‘The Sullivans,’ an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, was already deployed to the Persian Gulf a couple of days ago, he added.

The destroyer has 56 cruise missiles on board, according to data from the Russian Defence Ministry. A US Rockwell B-1 Lancer, a supersonic bomber equipped with 24 cruise missiles, has also been deployed at the Qatari Al Udeid Airbase.

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The provocations are being prepared by militants from Al-Nusra Front (now known as Tahrir al-Sham) in Idlib province, northwestern Syria,

In order to stage the attack, some eight canisters of chlorine were delivered in to village near Jisr al-Shughur city for the terrorists’ use, he added. A separate group of militants, prepped by private British security company Olive, have also arrived in the area. The group will be disguised as volunteers from the White Helmets group and will simulate a rescue operation involving locals purportedly injured in the attack, according to the military official.

According to the Defense Ministry spokesman, recent statements by US National Security Advisor John Bolton – in which he threatened to bomb Syria – could be interpreted as an implicit confirmation of such airstrikes. On August 22, Bolton stated that “... if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov warned Washington against new reckless moves in Syria, RIA Novosti reported. “We hear ultimatums from Washington, including those made in public,” the top official said, apparently referring to Bolton’s recent remarks.

According to Ryabkov, the US is aiming to destabilize Syria and create new pretexts for regime change in Damascus. “Again, we are witnessing serious escalation of the situation [in Syria],” he added.

In April, the US, UK and France unleashed a bombing campaign on Syria. The airstrikes were carried out in response to an alleged gas attack in Douma on April 7, which the West blamed on Bashar Assad’s government. The operation started hours before a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was due to reach the city.

Back then, Syrian defenses were scrambled to repel some 103 cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles launched at civilian and military targets by the Western trio. It managed to intercept at least 71 of them, the Russian Defense Ministry said at the time.

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Hidden internal directive on Syria that got no UNSC approval DOES exist – Russian Foreign Ministry
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The UN has devised internal guidelines for limiting cooperation with Syria until a "political transition" takes place there, and it was drafted without any consent from the Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.
The document in question is entitled 'Parameters and Principles of UN Assistance in Syria,' the ministry wrote in a statement to RT. It was issued by the UN Secretariat in October 2017 and provides guidelines for the UN agencies and programs in their work with the war-torn country.

The Secretariat issued the paper without requesting consent or even consulting the UN Security Council or the UN member states, at least on an official level, the ministry noted, adding that the "guidelines" document still "penetrates deeply" into the political situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, thus "going beyond the issue of simple coordination between the UN structures."

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One particular provision of the document explicitly states that the UN "would be ready to facilitate reconstruction" in Syria only "once there is a genuine and inclusive political transition negotiated by the parties." The Russian ministry described it as an apparent attempt to prevent the international organization from contributing to Syria's recovery under the current circumstances, while enforcing a "politicized approach of the countries advocating a regime change."

The directive also implicitly restricts the UN agencies’ cooperation with Damascus, the ministry said, adding that the text of the document says that "UN assistance must not assist parties who have allegedly committed war crimes or crimes against humanity." The US and its allies in the West have repeatedly accused the Syrian government of various violations of international law and particularly blamed them for chemical weapons incidents that took place on Syrian soil. No hard evidence has ever been presented to substantiate those claims, while the West ignored relevant data provided by the Russian military operating in Syria.

"If some influential [UN] donors believe that … it is time to toughen the sanctions regime against Syria, it does not necessarily mean that the UN agencies should be guided by the same irresponsible approach," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement, expressing its hope that the UN Secretariat will review its methods as Syria's need for humanitarian assistance and reconstruction aid grows, not least due to an increasing number of refugees returning home.

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The issue of an alleged "secret directive" having been distributed by the Secretariat throughout the UN system in October 2017 was first raised by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. He did not name the document but said that it "prohibited the agencies… from participating in any kind of projects aimed at restoring the Syrian economy" until a "political transition" there.

Lavrov also linked the release of the directive with the "absolutely deconstructive" stance of the US on the issue of Syria's reconstruction. The next day, the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general denied the existence of any such document by saying that neither its department of political affairs nor any other UN entity had issued a "secret directive" on Syria.

Meanwhile, the 'not secret' but rather hard-to-find document mentioned by the Russian Foreign Ministry apparently indeed exists: It was briefly mentioned on an official UN website in a temporary job description. However, the text of the document has never been officially made public by any UN agency.

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However, a supposed copy of the text of the directive, entitled 'Parameters and Principles of UN Assistance in Syria' and dated October 2017, was included as an annex in another paper published by the Global Protection Cluster – a structure directly linked to such UN agencies as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). This document is still available online.

After declaring its commitment to the UN Charter and the Security Council resolutions, the document indeed states that any UN aid to the reconstruction efforts would be possible only following "political transition." It also states the UN work should de-facto focus on basic humanitarian assistance only, while any "development and reconstruction activities that are outside this will need to be reflected in other frameworks that are by nature a longer negotiation with governments."

The paper also openly states that the UN "will not promote the return of refugees." Apart from prohibiting cooperation with "parties who have allegedly committed war crimes or crimes against humanity," the guidelines also state that assistance must be "prioritized based on the needs of the population (rather than government-driven)," in what might be potentially considered an indirect attempt to limit the UN agencies' cooperation with the Syrian government.

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Facebook, Twitter Shut Down Iranian Anti-Israel Misinformation Operations
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Iran “spread[s] hate, terrorism and disinformation online and offline, in our region and around the world,” tweeted Yuval Rotem, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
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Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than the “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.
The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included sharing political material.
Facebook has significantly stepped up its policing efforts last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political influence operations on its platform aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election. Other social media networks have done likewise, and continue to turn up fresh evidence of political disinformation campaigns.
The latest group of apparently fake accounts appeared more intent on influencing US foreign policy and regional politics in the Middle East.
Shortly after Facebook’s announcement, Twitter revealed that it had also suspended 284 accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” many of them apparently originating from Iran.
Yuval Rotem, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted “‘Coordinated manipulation’ are probably two of the best words to describe Iran’s activities, spreading hate, terrorism and disinformation online and offline, in our region and around the world.”
“Thank you Twitter for exposing this vicious Iranian scheme,” he added.
The social network said it had not concluded its review of the material and declined to say how or why the state-backed actors were behaving the way they did. But it said it has informed the US and UK governments as well as the US Treasury and State Departments because of ongoing sanctions against Iran.
“There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a hastily called conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“You’re going to see people try to abuse the services in every way possible … including now nation states,” he said. He described the deception campaigns as “sophisticated and well-funded efforts that aren’t going to stop.”
FireEye, a cybersecurity firm that alerted Facebook to some of this activity, noted that it “does not appear to have been specifically designed to influence the 2018 US midterm elections, as it extends well beyond US audiences and US politics.”
Facebook said its latest action on Tuesday morning resulted from four investigations — three involving Iran, one involving Russia.
Iran’s ‘Liberty Front Press’ Exposed
The first focused on a group called “Liberty Front Press” that set up multiple accounts on Facebook and Instagram that were followed by 155,000 other accounts. The group was linked to Iranian state media based on website registrations, IP addresses and administrator accounts, Facebook said. The first accounts were created in 2013 and posted political content about the Middle East, the UK, and the US, although the focus on the West increased starting last year, Facebook said.
“The Iranians are now following the Kremlin’s playbook,” said Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. On Sept. 5, leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter are scheduled to testify before the intelligence committee about their efforts to combat political disinformation on their social media networks.
FireEye called the Liberty Front Press group an influence operation apparently aimed at promoting Iranian political interests “including anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes” and support for the US-Iran nuclear deal.
While that group did not appear to be attempting to influence the US midterms, FireEye said its analysis “does not preclude such attempts being made.” Several social media personas it found related to the group masqueraded as liberal US activists who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders. One persona also used the Twitter handle “@berniecratss” and listed its location as the United States even though the phone number associated with it began with Iran’s country code, +98.
The group’s activity included “significant anti-Trump messaging,” but FireEye said in a detailed report “the activity extends well beyond US audiences and US politics.”
The second group also had multiple accounts and 15,000 followers. The group was linked to “Liberty Front Press” and attempted to hack people’s accounts to spread malware. Facebook said it disrupted those attempts.
A third group also operated out of Iran had as many as 813,000 followers, and also shared political content about the Middle East, the UK and US.
In all the Iranian-linked groups spent some $12,000 in advertising and hosted 28 different events.
“We’re working closely with U.S. law enforcement on this investigation,” Facebook said in a blog post.
In late July, Facebook also removed 32 apparently fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram that collectively had nearly 300,000 followers, including thousands that expressed interest in events they promoted.

Man kills two family members in France; ISIS takes credit for murders
 August 23, 2018
Man kills two family members in France; ISIS takes credit for murdersFrench police after a knife attack in Trappes, west of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
While the two victims in a French stabbing attack appear to be the suspect’s mother and sister, ISIS claimed the attack was ideologically motivated.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A man went on a stabbing rampage in the French town of Trappes Thursday morning, leaving two people dead before being neutralized by the police.
The British Daily Express reported a security source saying that the assailant “disappeared into a house when police arrived at the scene, and when he came out he was shot.”
The attacker was said to be in his thirties, and has reportedly been known to the French security services for the last two years. However, the police have so far only said that the motive for the attack was “under investigation.”
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Islamic State issued a statement claiming that one of its members was responsible for the attack, although it provided no proof.
The last knife attack in Paris by an Islamic terrorist occurred just over three months ago. On May 12, a 21-year-old Chechnyan-born French Muslim killed one pedestrian and wounded several others near the Opera House before being gunned down by police. The man, identified as Khamzat Azimov, had been on a counter-terrorism watch list since 2016.
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A fire lit up a Tesla production plant in Fremont, California, with videos showing billows of black smoke rising from the factory.
The fire reportedly broke out at around 5:30pm on Thursday. Elon Musk, the company's CEO, said that there were no injuries or damage to the factory thanks to the "fast response" of the Fremont Fire Department.
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WATCH: Is Russia capable of pushing Iran out of Syria?
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Joel Rubin, a former high-ranking official in the US State Department, posits that contrary to Russia’s claims that it is incapable of removing Iran from Syria, Moscow has the leverage required to address the Iranian presence near Israel’s border.
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Senior Iranian Cleric: If U.S Attacks, Israel and Allies Would Be Targeted
Ahmad Khatami tells worshippers attending Eid prayers that Trump's offer of talks with Iranian leaders was unacceptable
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A senior Iranian cleric warned Washington on Wednesday that if it attacked Iran, the United States and allied Israel would be targeted, as a war of words escalated after the re-imposition of the U.S. sanctions on Iran. 

Ahmad Khatami also told worshippers attending Eid prayers in Tehran that U.S. President Donald Trump's offer of talks with Iranian leaders was unacceptable, as the U.S. leader wanted Tehran to concede on its missile program and regional influence. 

"Americans say you should accept what we say in the talks. So this is not negotiation, but dictatorship. The Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation would stand up against dictatorship," Khatami was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency. 


"The price of a war with Iran is very high for America. They know if they harm this country and this state in the slightest way, the United States and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (of Israel) would be targeted," Khatami said. 

Khatami did not elaborate which forces would carry out such attacks, but Iran has said it could target Israeli cities with its missiles if it is threatened. Iran also has proxies in the region, including Lebanon's Hezbollah group. 

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic's military prowess was what deterred Washington from attacking it, and vowed to boost Iran's military might. 

The Trump administration slapped sanctions back on Iran this month after withdrawing from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it was too soft on Tehran and would not stop it developing a nuclear bomb. 


Washington imposed new sanctions in August, targeting Iran's car industry, trade in gold and other precious metals, and purchases of U.S. dollars. Trump has said the United States will issue another round of tougher sanctions in November that will target Iran's oil sales and banking sector. 

Trump's national security adviser told Reuters on Wednesday that the U.S. president wanted maximum pressure on Iran. 

"There should not be any doubt that the United States wants this resolved peacefully, but we are fully prepared for any contingency that Iran creates," John Bolton said. 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected Trump's offer of unconditional talks on a new nuclear deal, prompting Trump to tell Reuters in an interview on Monday: "If they want to meet, that's fine, and if they don't want to meet, I couldn't care less."
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Trump administration reduces U.S. spending in Syria by $200 million
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Trump administration reduces U.S. spending in Syria by $200 million
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President Donald Trump achieved another victory on the foreign policy front this week.

Reports indicate that the Trump administration will no longer be looking to spend $200 million for Syria stabilization. But this is not to say that the United States is withdrawing its help … at least, not yet.

Money coming from the right places
The announcement came this past Friday when U.S. officials notified Congress that they will be looking to spend the $200 million intended for Syria in other areas.

This was made possible by the other members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, who have agreed to allocate $300 million to Syria stabilization. One-third of that amount will come from Saudi Arabia alone. Other participants include Australia, Denmark, The European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

This means that all current stabilization projects in Syria will continue. In other words, it is a win-win for the United States.

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According to Heather Nauert, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, the contributions followed a request by President Trump for U.S. partners to “share the burden of promoting stability in Syria to safeguard the military gains” achieved against IS and to secure its defeat.

Most of the contributed money will be used to rebuild Syria in the wake of recent wars. The work will include such things as establishing running water and electricity and removing landmines.

Once Syria is back up on its feet, the idea is that it will help with the Syrian refugee problem since these individuals will be able to return to their home country.

Looking forward
Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, stressed on Friday that the withdrawal of funds does not mean that the U.S. is also withdrawing from Syria. “We are remaining in Syria,” he told reports.

Of course, ISIS has yet to be defeated, and a U.S. retreat could repeat the mistake of allowing the terrorist organization to regain ground and power.

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Having said that, President Trump has stated that a goal of his is to end U.S. involvement in Syria. The U.S. withdrawal of funds is a step in that direction.

It is not exactly clear where these funds will now be used. Nauert hinted Friday that they will be used “on other key foreign policy priorities.” Either way, it is a return of taxpayer money, and hopefully will be put to a better use.
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Trump administration reduces U.S. spending in Syria by $200 million
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President Donald Trump achieved another victory on the foreign policy front this week.

Reports indicate that the Trump administration will no longer be looking to spend $200 million for Syria stabilization. But this is not to say that the United States is withdrawing its help … at least, not yet.

Money coming from the right places
The announcement came this past Friday when U.S. officials notified Congress that they will be looking to spend the $200 million intended for Syria in other areas.

This was made possible by the other members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, who have agreed to allocate $300 million to Syria stabilization. One-third of that amount will come from Saudi Arabia alone. Other participants include Australia, Denmark, The European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

This means that all current stabilization projects in Syria will continue. In other words, it is a win-win for the United States.

Ask and you shall receive
According to Heather Nauert, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, the contributions followed a request by President Trump for U.S. partners to “share the burden of promoting stability in Syria to safeguard the military gains” achieved against IS and to secure its defeat.

Most of the contributed money will be used to rebuild Syria in the wake of recent wars. The work will include such things as establishing running water and electricity and removing landmines.

Once Syria is back up on its feet, the idea is that it will help with the Syrian refugee problem since these individuals will be able to return to their home country.

Looking forward
Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, stressed on Friday that the withdrawal of funds does not mean that the U.S. is also withdrawing from Syria. “We are remaining in Syria,” he told reports.

Of course, ISIS has yet to be defeated, and a U.S. retreat could repeat the mistake of allowing the terrorist organization to regain ground and power.

Are you looking forward to an end of U.S. involvement in Syria?
Yes
No
Having said that, President Trump has stated that a goal of his is to end U.S. involvement in Syria. The U.S. withdrawal of funds is a step in that direction.

It is not exactly clear where these funds will now be used. Nauert hinted Friday that they will be used “on other key foreign policy priorities.” Either way, it is a return of taxpayer money, and hopefully will be put to a better use.
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Blast Near Syrian-Turkish Border Kills at Least 18; Cause Unclear
The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, says the blast occurred Sunday in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border

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Destroyed buildings are seen on August 12, 2018 following an explosion at an arms depot in a residential area in Syria's northern Idlib province city of Sarmada in which 12 people were reportedly killed
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Syrian opposition activists say an explosion in the country’s north has killed at least 18 people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known.

The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, says the blast occurred Sunday in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border and “killed and wounded dozens.” The explosion collapsed a five-story building, burying many of the victims.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 18. It’s unclear if the casualties are all civilians.

The Observatory says an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated. It says the depot was run by an arms dealer close to the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces are fighting rebels in Idlib province.
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US President Donald Trump has said that he is willing to meet with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions. “Anytime they want,” he told reporters, “if they want to meet, I’ll meet.”
Trump made his comments while speaking to reporters after a White House meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti on Monday. “I would certainly meet with Iran, if they were ready to meet,” he said.
A self-described negotiating genius, Trump added that he would “meet with anybody.”
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While Trump and his cabinet have taken a hardline approach to Iran, Trump has threatened foreign adversaries with war before, and then softened his tone and welcomed them to the negotiating table, as was the case with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal this year – which offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for halting nuclear expansion – but hinted on Monday that he would be open to negotiating a new agreement with Tehran “If we could work something out that’s meaningful, not the waste of paper like the other deal was.”
In the meantime, the US looks set to continue its pressure campaign of sanctions and threats against the Islamic Republic.
Last week, Trump threatened Rouhani with “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” in a bizarre all-caps warning via Twitter.
Trump was responding to an earlier statement from Rouhani who urged Washington to refrain from provoking Iran unless it wants “the mother of all wars” to break out.
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Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about 'mother of all wars'
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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries.

Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the state new agency IRNA reported.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.

In Washington, U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump administration had launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.

Current and former U.S. officials said the campaign painted Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.

Rouhani scoffed at Trump’s threat to halt Iranian oil exports and said Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping waterway.

“Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn’t say ‘we will stop Iran’s oil exports’...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway’s security throughout history,” Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are halted.

Rouhani’s apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action.

On Sunday, Iran’s ground forces commander became the latest military figure to back Rouhani’s apparent threat, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.

“The Strait of Hormuz region must either be safe for all or be insecure for everyone,” said General Kioumars Heydari, quoted by Tasnim.

Separately, a top Iranian military commander warned that the Trump government might be preparing to invade Iran.

“The enemy’s behavior is unpredictable,” Tasnim quoted military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri as saying.

“Although the current American government does not seem to speak of a military threat, according to precise information it has been trying to persuade the U.S. military to launch a military invasion (of Iran),” Baqeri said.

Iran’s oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of new U.S. sanctions, putting oil markets under huge strain amid supply outages elsewhere.

Washington initially planned to shut Iran out of global oil markets completely after Trump abandoned the deal that limited Iran’s nuclear ambitions, demanding all other countries stop buying Iranian crude by November.

But the United States has somewhat eased its stance, saying it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies.

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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday not to threaten the United States or face the consequences, hours after Rouhani told Trump that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars.”

In a late night Twitter message directed at Rouhani, Trump wrote: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

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Iran will resist Trump's 'psychological warfare': senior Guards commander to ISNA
The escalation in rhetoric came as the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Iran has faced increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions following Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran has said its nuclear work is just for electricity generation and other peaceful projects.

In a speech late on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Iran’s leaders as a “mafia” and promised unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.

Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats earlier on Sunday, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” according to a report by the state new agency IRNA.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Rouhani also scoffed at Trump’s threat to halt Iranian oil exports and said Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping waterway.

Rouhani’s apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

Washington initially planned to shut Iran out of global oil markets completely after Trump abandoned the deal that limited Iran’s nuclear ambitions, demanding all other countries stop buying Iranian crude by November.

But the United States has somewhat eased its stance, saying it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies.

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Ankara (Reuters) - Overnight threats by President Donald Trump against Iran amount to “psychological warfare”, and Tehran will continue to resists its enemies, a senior commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Monday.

“We will never abandon our revolutionary beliefs ... we will resist pressure from enemies... America wants nothing less than (to) destroy Iran ... (but) Trump cannot do a damn thing against Iran,” Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported Gholamhossein Gheybparvar as saying.

Trump told President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday to stop threatening the United States or face the consequences, hours after Rouhani told Trump that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars.”

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by John Stonestreet

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President Trump plans to help set the conditions for a successful revolution by the Iranian people against the Islamic Republic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

“There are times when things happen that are unexpected, unanticipated; our revolution would be one of them,” Pompeo said Sunday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.,

“We don't know the right moment, we don't know the day,” he continued, “but we do know the things that the world is obligated to do, so that when the right time comes — when the right moment comes — the opportunity is even more likely to find it's fulfillment.”
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Trump’s team has taken care to avoid calling directly for regime change, perhaps due to the historical baggage of the CIA’s role in a 1953 coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Pompeo, addressing an audience of Iranian-Americans, all but made the case for rebellion. And he didn’t shy from repeated references to the American Revolution against the British Empire.

“Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability, and respect,” he said, noting the outbreak of protests in recent months. “The United States hears you. The United States supports you, the United States is with you ... because we, too, took a hard first step towards becoming a free country a few years’ back.”

Pompeo sought to stoke that frustration, peppering his address with examples of corruption at the highest levels of the regime. “These hypocritical holy men have devised all kinds of crooked schemes to become some of the wealthiest men on earth, while their people suffer,” he said, referring to the clerical order running the country.

He took aim most notably at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader who controls $95 billion — “with a ‘b,’" he emphasized — as a “slush fund” for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. And that focus on financing militants comes at the expense of the Iranian people, Pompeo argued.

“Today, thanks to regime subsidies, the average Hezbollah combatant makes two to three times what an Iranian firefighter makes on the streets of Iran,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian economy is going great, but only if you're a politically-connected member of the elite.”

That criticism also encapsulates the administration's case for renewing economic sanctions on the regime, pursuant to Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal. "We have an obligation to out maximum pressure on the regime's ability to generate and move money," he said.

Pompeo’s remarks were briefly interrupted by a protester denouncing the separation of families at the southern border as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. The outburst frustrated the audience, but the diplomat stayed on message.

“If there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran,” he said.
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Israeli warplanes strike targets in western Syria – report
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Israeli fighter jets have carried out an airstrike near the town of Masyaf in the province of Hama in western Syria on Sunday, state-run SANA news agency reports.
There were no casualties as a result of the air raid, “with the aggression causing only material damage,” the agency reported.

The Lebanese Al Mayadeen channel reported that Israeli planes fired missiles from Lebanon’s airspace, targeting a scientific facility. Reports on Twitter said the attack was aimed at a Syrian military facility.

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Earlier in July, Syria blamed Israel of attacking its T-4 airbase in Homs Province. The base’s air defenses have intercepted several missiles and hit one of the Israeli aircraft, the state media reported. It’s the second time this year the T-4 airfield was targeted by Israeli air force as a raid in April killed several Syrian troops and Iranian military advisors stationed at the facility

In recent months, Israel has been frequently carrying out missiles strikes in Syria due to concerns that its main geopolitical rival, Iran, which is helping the government in Damascus to fight terrorists, may use the Syrian territory as a foothold to attack the Jewish state.
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Putin-Trump meeting set for July 16 in Helsinki, Kremlin confirms
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Putin-Trump meeting set for July 16 in Helsinki, Kremlin confirms
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The much-anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump is set to take place in Helsinki on July 16th. Previous media reports said the Finnish capital was selected during discussions between Moscow and Washington.
Putin will meet with his US counterpart in the Nordic nation, on July 16th  the Kremlin confirmed. Earlier in the day, CNN and Fox News reported Helsinki was selected as the venue of the much-anticipated summit

READ MORE: Trump to meet Putin regardless of ‘noise’ at home as it’s in US national interest – Bolton

Previously, the Russian president’s adviser Yury Ushakov said the one-on-one is likely to last “for a few hours,” adding that a working breakfast and other protocol events are also scheduled. The adviser called the sit-down “the main international event of this summer,” given its importance for the two powers and the global community.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who visited Moscow on Wednesday, said that “despite the political noise in the US,” direct communications between Trump and Putin are in the “best interest of our country.”

“A full range of issues” will be discussed by the pair when they finally get together, including arms control, alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and Moscow rejoining the G8, he said.

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US-led coalition strikes Syrian army positions in Deir ez-Zor province – state media
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US-led coalition aircraft have reportedly bombed Syrian military positions in the Al Bukamal area of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, state media outlet SANA reports, citing a military source.
The strike, according to the military source, allegedly targeted a Syrian “military position” in al-Harra, southeast of Al Bukamal. There are dead and wounded following the strike, the source added.

The strike was “probably” carried out by American drones, a source from among the local pro-government forces told Reuters, adding that the attack allegedly targeted Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions. 

The Pentagon, however, denied any involvement. “Not a US or Coalition strike,” US Department of Defense spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik, about the reported attack.

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FILE PHOTO: A US fighter stands near a military vehicle, north of Raqqa city ©️ Rodi SaidAll remaining ISIS resistance zones in Syria are in US-controlled areas – Russian MoD
The reported strike would not be the first time the US-led coalition targeted the positions of Syrian military and pro-Damascus forces in Deir ez-Zor, where the Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operate.

The SDF, with the support of the US-led anti-IS coalition, began Operation Roundup on May 1, with a declared goal of driving out remaining jihadists from the Iraq-Syria border region and the middle Euphrates River Valley. To help their allies gain ground, the coalition has conducted 225 strikes with 280 engagements in May. “This demonstrates a 304 percent increase over the 74 strikes conducted in March and a 123 percent increase over the 183 strikes recorded in April,” the Pentagon noted earlier. US-led strikes in the vicinity of Abu Kamal have been carried out daily during June, allegedly targeting IS positions and supply routes.

Damascus has repeatedly denounced Washington’s actions as a violation of Syrian sovereignty, arguing that the US presence only benefits terrorists and those who want to carve up the country.

US ‘losing its cards’ in Syria: Highlights of RT’s interview with Bashar Assad

“The United States is losing its cards. The main card was Al-Nusra, that was called ‘moderate,’ but when scandals started leaking that they’re not moderate, that they’re Al-Qaeda, which is supposed to be fought by the United States, they started looking for another card. This card is the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] now,” Bashar Assad told RT in a recent interview.

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Most of the Syrian territory has been liberated by government forces, with the help of Russian air power and Iranian advisers on the ground. The only remaining major pockets of militants are found in the US-protected zones of ‘interest.’ In addition to the coalition’s air support, over 2,000 US soldiers are embedded with the SDF in the northeast, as well around Al-Tanf base, established not far from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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FILE PHOTO: The US flag flutters on a military vehicle in Manbij countryside, Syria, on May 12, 2018. ©️ Aboud HamamNo agreement on Southern Syria’s de-escalation zone until US leaves al-Tanf base – Damascus
Damascus says that the American presence discourages ‘moderate’ militants from engaging in any constructive negotiations with the government. After each Syrian military victory or successful reconciliation effort, the US and its partners are trying to counteract these gains by “supporting more terrorism, bringing more terrorists to Syria, or by hindering the political process,” Assad told RT in a recent interview, blaming the US for prolonging the seven-year war.

“Somehow, they’re going to leave,” Assad said, adding that the Syrian government will focus on dealing with the US-backed forces, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), “with the Americans, or without the Americans.”

Washington seemingly took Assad’s statement as a threat and has warned the government troops against any attempt to remove them by force. “Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy,” Director of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie noted.

The US will remain in Syria as long as needed, to maintain the so-called “deconfliction zone” under the coalition's umbrella, the US military official added. Damascus, however, does not recognize any unilaterally declared “deconfliction zones” – unlike the internationally recognized “de-escalation zones,” which Russia, Turkey and Iran established, with the full support of the United Nations Security Council.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader: We will increase nuclear enrichment capacity
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Iran’s Supreme Leader: We will increase nuclear enrichment capacityAyatollah Ali Khamenei (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via
Iran is threatening to boost its nuclear enrichment program to levels in breach of the 2015 agreement. 
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Iran’s top leader threatened that anyone who fires one missile at his country “will be hit by 10” in response, but he dismissed fears of a possible regional war as “propaganda” by the West.
Addressing thousands of Iranians at a ceremony Monday in tribute to the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Europeans should “avoid miscalculations” leading them to believe that if they fail to stand up against US sanctions, Iran will continue to abide by its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The Iranian nation will not tolerate both sanctions and nuclear restrictions,” he stated, according to Iran’s Fars news.
Khamenei said he has ordered atomic authorities to increase the country’s nuclear enrichment capacity.

“The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran should also take the introductory measures for the execution of the President’s order from tomorrow,” he stated.

The increase, 190,000 SWUs (Separate Working Units of uranium enrichment), would not exceed limits set by the nuclear accord, which European countries have said they hope to salvage.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said last week that Tehran is capable of and prepared to increase the amount and level of its uranium enrichment.

“We have done the needed preparations in different fields to return to the pre-nuclear deal era, but we hope never to reach that point,” Salehi told reporters.

“If we decide to develop certain operations, including enrichment, we will be ready to increase production enrichment, for instance,” he added.

Salehi will reportedly inform the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN’s nuclear watchdog, of increased production of UF6 gas meant to be injected into centrifuges banned from use under the nuclear accord.

Khamenei’s remarks came as Iran and the Europeans are in talks on how to preserve the nuclear deal after the US withdrew from the agreement.

President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the US would no longer remain part of the JCPOA and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran’s development of its nuclear program.

In the meantime, Yukiya Amano, director of the IAEA, called on Iran to provide “timely and proactive cooperation” during inspections that are part of the deal meant to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

Amano spoke Monday to the board of governors of the IAEA in Vienna. Last month, in its first report since the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the IAEA said that Iran has remained below the maximum level to which it allowed to enrich uranium and appears to be fulfilling other obligations. But Iran is slow when it comes to “complementary access” inspections, the report added.

“Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access would facilitate implementation … and enhance confidence,” Amano said.

Netanyahu seeking to alter deal
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Monday for a round of diplomatic meetings in Berlin, Paris and London with the future of the Iran nuclear deal in focus.

Israel is hoping that the American withdrawal will lead the European leaders to address the deal’s shortcomings, including “sunset” provisions that end restrictions on Iranian nuclear activities in less than a decade as well as permitting Iran to continue developing long-range missiles that could eventually deliver nuclear warheads to targets around the globe.

In a joint press conference with Merkel, Netanyahu noted that Khamenei “said again that Israel is a cancer that has to be eradicated, will be eradicated from the earth. And this is amazing that in the beginning of the 21st century, somebody talks about destroying Israel. It means destroying another six millionplus Jews. It’s quite extraordinary that this goes on, but this is what we face.”

“And it’s important to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We commit, and I commit again, that we will not let that happen,” he stated.
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