Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces bomb ISIS sites in central region

Russian Strikes in Syria Begin, Putin Urges Countries to Join Intel. Force

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon the start of Russian airstrikes against ISIL terrorists’ sites in Syria, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979.

Russian warplanes carried out strikes in three Syrian provinces along with Syrian aircraft. RT quoted the Defense Ministry as saying that several special strikes have been directed at sites for ISIL terrorist organization in several areas in Syria.

In the same context, a military source told SANA that in implementation of the agreement between Syria and Russia to combat international terrorism and eliminate ISIL, Russian aircrafts, in cooperation with the Syrian army’s Air Force, launched on Wednesday a number of airstrikes against ISIL dens in al-Rastan, Talbeisa, al-Zaafran, al-Tolol al-Humr, Aydon, Deir Fol and the area surrounding Salmia in the central region in Syria, achieving direct hits and inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who earlier Wednesday won parliamentary permission to use force abroad, warned Russia would be hunting down ISIL militants before they target Russia.

Addressing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Putin said: “We are counting on his active and flexible position, his readiness for compromise for the sake of his country and his people.”

He pledged that Russia would not get sucked into a protracted military operation in Syria and called on countries to join an intelligence task force Moscow is setting up with Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Russia will also present a UN draft resolution to the Security Council on countering terrorism to build up the fight against IS, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Addressing the General Assembly for the first time in a decade, Putin on Monday proposed creating a UN-backed coalition to fight the militants.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that Russian strikes in Syria was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by Assad to Putin, and that this comes within the framework of President Putin’s initiative for combating terrorism.

Source: Websites

30-09-2015 – 22:15 Last updated 30-09-2015 – 22:15


Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces bomb ISIS sites in central region

Wednesday, 30 September

PROVINCES,(ST)_Russian warplanes conducted today at noon the first strikes on ISIS sites in the central region upon the agreement reached between Syria and Russia to confront the international terrorism, a military source declared Wednesday.

The source added that the air strikes, which were conducted in cooperation with the Syrian air forces, targeted ISIS hideouts in al-Rastan, Talbeseh, al-Zaafaran, al-Tlol al-Homer, Eidon and Dirfol towns and on the outskirts of Salameyeh area in the central region.

The air strikes inflicted heavy losses on terrorists, the source confirmed.

Presidency of The Syrian Arab Republic has asserted that the Russian air forces sent to Syria upon request written by President Bashar al-Assad to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to confront terrorism.

RT said the upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It quoted Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergey Ivanov as saying: “The military goal of the operation is strictly to provide air support for the [Syrian] government forces in their fight against Islamic State.”

“The bombing campaign is time-limited,” Ivanov added, not revealing a clear deadline for it. He said he was not authorized to disclose details of the operation such as the number of warplanes involved.

“All our partners and allies will be informed about our decision today through corresponding military channels. Specific military information will be provided as well, I believe,” he concluded.

Large numbers of terrorists killed

Back to results military operations carried out by Syrian army against terrorist organizations nationwide, the official news agency (SANA) said that army units killed large numbers of terrorists and destroyed and armored car belonging to them on the outskirts of al-Latamneh town, about 35km northwest of Homs city.

The agency added that army units destroyed 2 vehicles equipped with machine guns on a road linking Kafer Zetta and al-Zakat in the northern countryside of Hama and eliminated many Israeli-linked terrorists in Tranjeh town in Quneitra countryside.

Further terrorists were killed in and outside Aleppo and in Daraa al-Balad area in southern Daraa province.

Basma Qaddour

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How Sayyed Nasrallah got Prepared to Al-Manar Interview

Imad Marmal – As-Safir

Interviewing Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is not like other interviews. Perhaps its best is that it starts before its time, and doesn’t stop when it ends.

Sayyed NasrallahWhether it refers to media or politics, meeting the “Sayyed” has its own known privacy, because preparing for it is unusual, regarding the security measurements that must be taken into consideration.

Based on that, I went last Friday evening to “al-Manar” Channel’s building in Haret Hreik, where the “tour” was supposed to start to the anticipated televised show with the “Sayyed.”

It was few minutes past six when the Head of News and Political Programs at al-Manar TV, Dr. Ibrahim Mousawi and I rode one of Hezbollah dark glass cars, which took random paths that included multiple stops.

On our way, we tried to use our “intuition” to deduce the directions in which the driver was moving, as we were separated from him by a black curtain. Soon after, you change your mind as the ways directly appear very “random.”

Sayyed Ibrahim Mousawi and I, trying to fill the “stressful” period of time, started some different side discussions; exchanging expectations about what would the “Sayyed” say in his televised appearance. Suddenly, the car stops in some “unknown” place. Someone opens the door, and then we find one of Hezbollah officials welcoming us with a wide smile. He said: We hope we didn’t disturb you… We are sorry, but these measurements are necessary… (We used to hear this expression along all the stops we passed on our way to meet the “Sayyed”.)

We directly entered a big reception hall, in which the Lebanese flag stood beside “Hezbollah’s” flag; four seats were set in there, surrounded by a flowers bouquet and small tables with a dish of sweets and a bottle of water on each.

Few minutes later, we were told by one of the “Sayyed’s” assistants that “Hezbollah’s” Secretary General will meet us for some time before the show starts. We were very glad, and I, personally, felt that I will win a “show” within the “show.”

Indeed, the “Sayyed” soon appeared with his leading figure yet down-to-earth personality. As we shook hands, actually it was a hug and kisses, he took a seat, and we were directly in front of him. In the very first moments, you feel confused about the words you should start with. Your senses compete to embrace the presence of such a central personality, whose size became greater than Lebanon, and is very hard in both the Arab and Islamic worlds.

First of all, I had to thank him for the chance to host him on a televised show “after nine years on the last interview I personally made with him on al-Manar TV.” The “Sayyed” corrected the time coordinates, explaining that the last interview was made before the July war: “The July 2006 war became a turning point for me, there is a period before and a period after it…” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

After we were served tea, the “Sayyed” started to generally display the situations in Lebanon, Syria and the region. He stopped at the tragedy of the victim pilgrims in “Mena” and wished to skip the question that he was supposed to be asked about how he spent the Adha Feast in person, “because the reality we are living is not convenient to such a kind of questions, especially after the pilgrims’ tragedy.”

It was almost 08:00 o’clock, thirty minutes before the interview was supposed to start, when the “Sayyed” left us as he was getting prepared to the official live appearance.

Meanwhile, I went to the next room where the discussion table was set. I organized my thoughts for the televised moment of truth…

About 15 minutes before the interview, the “Sayyed” took his seat in front of the table as he was carrying some papers including numbers and dates he would later on use during the show. It was noticeable that he was; personally, keen to follow up with the technicians some details regarding the image and the appearance, not to mention the “AC” which he asked to cool down more.

Few minutes were left before the live broadcast. It was a must to invest them as much as possible.

A person entered carrying a tray of teacups and Lemonade, which became popular recently. I was asking the “Sayyed” about the secret of deciding to appear on TV on the second day of the Adha Feast. He explained that there are two main reasons for this timing. The first is related to the field and rapid political developments in the Syrian issue, and the second is that the timing of the “Hadith Sa’aa” show happens to be on Fridays.

When I asked him if he watches political programs, he said he does sometimes, or he watches some selected parts of them. “Sometimes I follow the news bar in the bottom of the screen, especially when I am waiting guests…”

On 08:30 exactly, the “Sayyed” came from the shadow to the light. Then, the three hours and ten minutes show happened to be. It was full of messages and stances on the levels of Lebanon, Syria and the region.

After the interview that exceeded its originally set duration, and with the “Sayyed’s” consent, the attendees took some pictures with Sayyed Nasrallah, who, as he left, didn’t forget to send greetings to all those who asked us to deliver their salutes to him. They were many. The paper the “Sayyed’s” assistant received was not enough to carry the names of all of them.

Source: Newspapers

29-09-2015 – 23:07 Last updated 29-09-2015 – 23:07

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Russia Conducts First Airstrike in Syria after Russian Parliament Gives Putin Green Light

US Official: Russia Conducts First Airstrike in Syria

Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior US official told CNN on Wednesday.

The Russians told the United States that it should not fly US warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information about where Russia planned to strike. The senior official said U.S. missions are continuing as normal.

Earlier Wednesday, the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin approval to use the air force in Syria, according to state media.

“The Federation Council unanimously supported the President’s request — 162 votes in favor of granting permission,” Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov said, according to ITAR-Tass.

After several days of familiarization flights, and the collection of potential targeting information by drones, the Russian air force was known to be ready.

Four Russian Su-34 Fullback fighter jets are now at the Latakia air base in Syria, and more than 600 Russian troops are in place, CNN said.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Tuesday that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed his staff to “open lines of communication with Russia on de-confliction.”

The timing of these discussions is to be worked out in the coming days. The purpose of the discussions is “to ensure the safety of coalition air crews,” he said.

Cook added that the two nations have common ground when it comes to fighting ISIL with Carter making clear that “the goal should be to take the fight to ISIL and not to defend the Assad regime.”

Source: Websites

30-09-2015 – 16:25 Last updated 30-09-2015 – 16:25


Russian Parliament Gives Putin Green Light to Use Force abroad

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Russia militaryThe upper house of Russian parliament agreed on Wednesday to give President Vladimir Putin the green light to deploy troops abroad and use air force outside the country.

Putin submitted to the Federation Council a proposal to deploy “a contingent of troops” abroad, the Kremlin said in a statement, without specifying the region.

Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko said earlier Wednesday that senators had begun debating the issue behind closed doors. She did not provide further details.

Putin had requested similar permission from the Federation Council to deploy military forces abroad ahead of the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

On Monday Putin called for a broad UN-backed coalition to fight terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group as he addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade.

The Russian president also said he had not ruled out air strikes on ISIL.

Russia’s Syria buildup is Moscow’s first military engagement in a distant theatre of war since the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979.

Source: Websites

30-09-2015 – 11:32 Last updated 30-09-2015 – 11:32


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Saudi-US Aggression on Yemen, Popular Committees Control Saudi Post, Town in Jizan

 

Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Control Saudi Post, Town in Jizan

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Yemen fightersThe Yemeni army and the Popular Committees announced on Tuesday their control over the Saudi military post of Ka’b al-Jaberi and the town of Mohannad in the border area of Jizan, leaving several Saudi soldiers killed and wounded.

In a similar development, a spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that a member of the Ministry was killed by a mortar shell fired from northern Yemen on the border between the two countries.

The spokesman said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency that

“Military shells fired from the Yemeni territory killed Ali Bin Fahad Abu Mahasen, a member of the mujahideen administration branch in Jizan region.”

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 188 days now to restore power to fugitive president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,230 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Source: Al-Manar Website

29-09-2015 – 15:30 Last updated 29-09-2015 – 15:30

Saudi-US Aggression Targets Wedding Ceremony in Taiz, Kills more than 130 People

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The Saudi-US aggression committed on Monday a terrible massacre in Al-Howayjla neighborhood in the city of al-Mokha in Taiz province when warplanes bombed a group of armless women who were gathering for a wedding ceremony in the place, killing 131 people, mostly women and children, and wounding scores others.

Local sources in Taiz said that the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets launched 12 consecutive air strikes on Al-Howayjla residential neighborhood.

In another development, Yemeni military sources announced that dozens of Saudi soldiers and allied militias were killed and wounded in a major operation by the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees that targeted their assembly point in “That Al-Raa” area in Marib province.

Ten coalition armored vehicles that have been shelling the Yemeni people for more than six months were destroyed.

The national military and the Committees also fought off an attack by the armed mercenaries and the attacking forces who were trying to sneak into “Hommat al-Masariya” area in Ma’rib province under heavy fire cover by the Saudi-US aggression forces who used internationall-forbidden cluster bombs.

Three coalition military vehicles were destroyed and dozens of its troops were killed.

Also in “Al-Jofayna” area, the Yemeni forces targeted a military convoy of armed groups, as media outlets stated that a senior officer was wounded and other gunmen were killed.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 188 days now to restore power to fugitive president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,230 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Source: Al-Manar Website

29-09-2015 – 10:25 Last updated 29-09-2015 – 11:50

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Zionist Forces Nab 7 Palestinians over al-Aqsa Clashes

Israeli occupation forces have nabbed seven Palestinians on charges of involvement in recent tensions at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Al-Aqsa violenceThe abductions were made on Tuesday with Israeli officials claiming that the captives were involved in Monday’s clashes when Palestinians, they alleged, gathered inside a mosque at the site and “threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli forces outside.”

The development comes amid a flare-up of tensions in and around the compound in recent weeks where Israeli forces have been violating Al-Aqsa by storming into it and causing damages and injuries to Palestinian worshipers stationed there.

On Monday, skirmishes broke out in the holy site after the deployment of Israeli soldiers to the area for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

Also on Sunday, clashes erupted across the compound after Israeli police stormed the holy site and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters.

Meanwhile, more clashes were reported on Tuesday between Zionist forces and Palestinian demonstrators protesting cross the occupied West Bank in support of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Palestinian media reports, twelve protesters sustained injuries as Israeli forces attacked a rally near Ramallah.

Israeli forces used tear gas and water cannon, as well as live fire, and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the protesters who were angry at Israel’s restrictions on prayers in the holy site.

Dozens of youths also suffered tear gas inhalation in the city of Bethlehem as Israeli forces attacked a protest rally near Aida refugee camp.

Furthermore, in the nearby village of Tuqu, a number of schoolchildren inhaled tear gas after Israelis opened fire at a pro-Aqsa demonstration.

Similar skirmishes were also reported in the city of Tulkarem where Israeli forces attacked demonstrators marching to voice solidarity with the al-Aqsa Mosque.

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30-09-2015 – 00:54 Last updated 30-09-2015 – 00:54


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World Bank Warns of ’High Risk’ of Zionist-Palestinian Conflict

The World Bank warned of the “high risk” of renewed Zionist-Palestinian conflict if the political and economic status quo between the two sides persists, in a report released Tuesday.

“The persistence of this situation could potentially lead to political and social unrest,” it said.

“In short, the status quo is not sustainable and downside risks of further conflict and social unrest are high,” said the World Bank.

The percentage of the population living under the poverty line has reached 39 percent in Gaza and 16 percent in the West Bank.

It said the “Palestinians are getting poorer on average for the third year in a row. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years,” especially for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

Unemployment “remains high, particularly amongst Gaza’s youth where it exceeds 60 percent, and 25 percent of Palestinians currently live in poverty,” the World Bank said.

On the positive side, it said that “even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy,” provided the Zionist “restrictions” are lifted, especially on freedom of movement of people and goods.

“The blockade on Gaza imposed by countries neighboring the Strip needs to be lifted in a way that protects legitimate security concerns of those countries,” it said, referring to the Jewish state and Egypt.

The World Bank welcomed the Zionist measures to let more goods leave Gaza are welcome, but more needs to be done: only six percent of what left Gaza prior to the blockade is currently being allowed out.”

The report also hailed the “very good progress” made by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in reducing its fiscal deficit.

It said unemployment in the West Bank in the first half of 2015 had eased to 16 percent, down from 18 percent in the same period of last year, thanks to the growing number of Palestinians working in the occupied territories, which has reached 112,200.

“Even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy if existing agreements are implemented and restrictions lifted,” the World Bank said.

It forecast 2.9 percent growth in the Palestinian territories this year.

Source: AFP

29-09-2015 – 12:26 Last updated 29-09-2015 – 12:26


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Praying at Al-Aqsa is hazardous. Israel made it a near-free-fire zone, the ruthless policy of a racist state

Israel’s War on Al-Aqsa

by Stephen Lendman

Muslim’s call Islam’s third holiest site the Noble Sanctuary/Al-Haram al-Sharif. Over 35 acres enclose fountains, gardens, buildings and domes.

At one end is the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In the center is the Dome of the Rock. The entire area is considered a mosque – sacred ground for Muslims, freely desecrated by Zionist zealots, storming the compound unaccountably, protected by heavily armed, rampaging Israeli security forces.

Attacking Muslim worshipers, firing noxious tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades, again on Sunday, following previous days of violence and chaos, willfully causing damage, injuring numerous Palestinians threatening no one.

 

Praying at Al-Aqsa is hazardous. Israel made it a near-free-fire zone. Not a word from Washington or other Western capitals denouncing its war on holy ground – the ruthless policy of a racist state.

On Sunday, Maan News reported Israeli forces “stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound” again, this time on “the last day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday” – attacking peaceful Palestinian worshipers viciously, terrorizing them like many times before, forcing them to defend themselves with their bare hands against heavily armed soldiers and police.

A police statement lied, claiming security forces were attacked with “stones and fireworks.” They responded using “riot dispersal means.” Victimized Palestinians respond after being assaulted, not before.

Heavily guarded extremist settlers entered the compound provocatively, performing prayers – where they don’t belong on the pretext of celebrating the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), a seven-day period beginning Sunday, not a significant holy period.

Many Jews ignore it entirely. Some know little or nothing about it. Racist Israeli policy used it provocatively – at the same time terrorizing Muslim worshipers over the important Eid al-Adha period, preventing them from praying in peace.

Murabitoun Al-Aqsa worshiper movement head Yousef Mukhaimar said “Netanyahu’s strategy is fulfilling his promises to his right-wing and extremist supporters to eventually demolish Al-Aqsa and build their alleged temple in its place.”

Arab Knesset leader Ayman Odeh said to “counter Israeli plots to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews,” Israeli Arab citizens intend coming to the compound en masse.

“Now there are crowds in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and these crowds will grow larger tomorrow and the day after tomorrow in particular.”

(The goal is) to uproot the idea of dividing Al-Aqsa and its courtyards” – a longtime objective of Zionist zealots, wanting a new Jewish temple replacing Al-Aqsa, a prescription for holy war.

The racist Temple Institute has detailed plans drawn up for a new Jewish temple. It wants control over sacred Muslim ground.

Longstanding policy permits Jewish prayer only at the adjacent Western Wall. Israeli forces regularly storm Al-Aqsa, attacking Muslim worshipers, restricting or prohibiting entry for others, letting extremist Jews pray where they don’t belong – desecrating Islam’s third holiest site in the process.

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