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Ukraine: Munitions depot fire destroys $800 mln of weapons

The fire at munitions depots in the village of Kalinovka in Ukraine’s central Vinnitsa region has destroyed weapons worth $800 million, said Ivan Vinnik, a secretary of the Ukrainian parliament’s committee on national security and defense.

“Today, munitions worth approximately $800 million have been destroyed by fire in Kalinovka. Therefore, suppose we speak that nothing has happened and say that tank ammunition had not been needed there since they would have been recycled… And in this case, we should have sold them and received $800 million in hryvnia equivalent in the budget,” he said.

“It would have been worthless to declare a victory saying we had efficiently evacuated the population, which Ukraine’s Armed Forces boast a lot,” Vinnik was quoted as saying by the UNN agency.

The defense ministry said that 70% of the munitions had been unaffected by the fire.

“At least 30% have been destroyed… Taking into regard, that the depot stored 60,000 tonnes, we derive the cost of ($800 mln),” he said.

On Tuesday, at about 22.00 local time, Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service was alerted after munitions had begun exploding at the depots in the Vinnitsa region. The Kalinovka munitions depot is reported to store over 83,000 tonnes. The military say the fire destroyed about 30% of the depots.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from the area, and the evacuations are still underway. The latest reports say that two people sustained wounds and remain in hospitals. The projectiles inflicted damage on four households. Roads are cordoned off and air space is closed to all aircraft in an area of 50 kilometers. tass.com

Pentagon falsifies paperwork to keep Syria rebels armed

In July 19, the Trump administration announced that it would end the CIA’s covert program aimed at arming and training terrorist-linked “moderate rebels” in Syria, sparking hope among some Trump supporters that he was finally enacting the anti-interventionist rhetoric of his campaign.

However, a recently released report shows that the Pentagon has picked up the slack left by the end of the CIA’s program — pumping billions of dollars worth of weapons into the hands of Syrian “rebels,” while attempting to mask the paper trail and their suppliers’ ties to organized crime.

The report, published Tuesday by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), provides conclusive evidence that the Pentagon plans to provide up to $2.2 billion in weapons to Syrian “rebel” groups, particularly Kurdish militant groups like the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). While the Pentagon has been arming “rebels” since 2015, the Department of Defense began requesting increased funding for the program once the CIA covert arms program was ostensibly slated to shut down.

While the Pentagon has been arming “rebels” since 2015, the Department of Defense began requesting increased funding for the program once the CIA covert arms program was ostensibly slated to shut down.

The Pentagon has requested an additional $322.5 million for the financial year ending October 2017 and $261.9 million for the following 12 months. For fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the budget for the program has been set at $584 million while another $900 million has been earmarked to continue the program through 2022. mintpressnews.com

Trump should discuss avoiding new 9/11 while in Saudi Arabia

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US President Donald Trump should discuss how to avoid “the likes of” the 9/11 terrorist attacks with his Saudi Arabian partners during his first official visit abroad, Iran’s foreign minister said in an opinion piece.

Tehran and Riyadh have recently engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of undermining security across the Middle East, sponsoring fundamentalist organizations, and seeking regional dominance.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and an outspoken diplomat, advised Donald Trump, who is on a tour of the Middle East, to tackle the issue of fueling Islamist extremism with his interlocutors in Saudi Arabia.

According to the minister, Trump “must enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris [Sunni extremists] from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries,” Zarif wrote for the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet.

There are widespread allegations that Saudi Arabia played a role in the 2001 attacks.

In March, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of 850 victims alleged that nine Saudi Arabian charities, which served as proxies for Riyadh, ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and worked with Osama bin Laden, the former of Al-Qaeda leader believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

Saudi Arabia denies any complicity in the attack and dismisses allegations of supporting the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi citizens. rt.com

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CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar Assad.

Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadi assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.

The halt in assistance, which has included salaries, training, ammunition and in some cases guided anti-tank missiles, is a response to jihadi attacks and has nothing to do with U.S. President Donald Trump replacing Barack Obama in January, two U.S. officials familiar with the CIA-led program said.

The freeze reflects the troubles facing Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in the almost six-year revolt against Assad, who now appears militarily unassailable in his core western region largely thanks to direct intervention on his side by Russia and Iran.

“The reality is that you have changes in the area, and these changes inevitably have repercussions,” said an official with one of the affected FSA rebel groups. He said no military assistance could “enter at present until matters are organized. There is a new arrangement but nothing has crystallized yet.”

The support funneled to vetted FSA factions has included contributions from Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — states that have opposed Assad. It is one of several foreign aid channels to rebels. Others still function.

The CIA declined comment on the reported freeze in support. A Qatari official said his government had nothing to say on the matter. Turkish officials said only they could not discuss “operational details.” There was no word from Saudi Arabia. japantimes.co.jp

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Germany urges restart to arms control agreement with Russia

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for a new arms deal to be signed with Moscow, saying this is needed to prevent an escalation of tensions in Europe.

“We must all be united in the desire to avoid a further twist in the escalating spiral,” Steinmeier wrote in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Friday edition.

He also said that he thinks the security of Europe is “threatened,” stressing that the issue should be “at the top of the political agenda,” as quoted by AFP.

“In addition, we want a structured dialogue with all partners who carry responsibility for the security of our continent,” he said, while arguing that the deal should be a “proven means for transparency, risk avoidance and confidence building.”

Seemingly referring to Crimea’s reunion with Russia back in 2014, Steinmeier slammed Moscow for allegedly breaching “non-negotiable” principles of peace.

New military capabilities should be taken into account, with new weapons like drones put on the list, Steinmeier said. He also called for “true verification,” insisting that agreements are also applicable to areas “whose territorial status is controversial” – again, possibly referring to Crimea.

Steinmeier’s comments come two days after a group of former foreign and defense ministers expressed concern over escalating tensions between NATO and Russia, while stressing that there should be common rules to prevent a military conflict.

Steinmeier is part of the Social Democratic party, which usually takes more favorable stance towards Russia. The foreign minister came under fire from NATO in June after he accused the military alliance of “sabre-rattling and shrill war cries” that could negatively impact relations with Russia.

Moscow has long been critical of NATO’s actions in Eastern Europe, viewing its buildup as a potential threat. During a Russia-NATO council meeting back in July, Russia’s envoy, Aleksandr Grushko, slammed the bloc for “forcing” Moscow “with its actions to adapt our military strategy to a new security situation.”

Last month, NATO approved the deployment of an additional four battalions in the Baltic States and Poland and, in July, Canada pledged to send 1,000 troops to Latvia, which also boosts NATO’s presence in the region. rt.com

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U.S. supplies Syria rebels with 50 tons of ammo

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration’s urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.

C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

All pallets successfully were recovered by friendly forces, a U.S. official said.

ISIS: We are buying weapons from the FSA. we bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons. We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA. For us, the infidels are those who cooperate with the West to fight Islam. aljazeera.com

Greek coastguards seize arms shipment from Turkey to Libya

More than 5,000 shotguns and half a million bullets found on cargo ship from Turkey

A huge stash of weapons and ammunition has been found hidden aboard a cargo ship understood to be bound for Libya.

Greek authorities seized 5,000 shotguns and half a million rounds of ammunition found aboard the Haddad 1, a coast guard official said on Wednesday.

Videos released by the Hellenic Coast Guard show officers uncovering the arms, which it said had no accompanying documents and were concealed by furniture and gym mats. independent.co.uk

U.S. missile sale to Saudi Arabia escalates tensions in Mideast

The possible sale a US missile system to Saudi Arabia will escalate tensions in the Middle East and benefit the American military-industrial complex, says a journalist and political commentator in Canada.

The US State Department’s approval to sell 600 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles to Riyadh “will force other countries to buy weapons to match them” and “you end up escalating things and it runs out of control,” Edward Corrigan told Press TV on Thursday.

The potential multi-billion sale will cause “huge distortion in terms of the economy, in terms of money, in terms of campaign finances all coming from these large corporation that benefit from the military-industrial complex,” Corrigan said.

“This is what President [Dwight] Eisenhower of the United States said back in the 1950s is the biggest threat to the United States and threat to democracy,” he added.

On Wednesday, the proposed sales of Patriot interceptor missiles to Saudi Arabia, and aircraft counter-measure systems to the United Arab Emirates, were approved by the State Department.

US officials said the Foreign Military Sales program, which has a combined worth of over $5.7 billion, would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States” by helping key allies.

Saudi Arabia was the world’s largest importer of weapons in 2014, mainly purchasing arms from the United States, according to an arms trade report.

According to the Global Defense Trade Report, Saudi Arabia spent over $6.4 billion on weapons purchases in 2014, putting India in the second place. presstv.ir

U.S. strikes Iraqi Army position, delivers arms to ISIL

Fighter jets of the US-led coalition once again struck the Iraqi forces in the Western province of Anbar on Saturday. The US-led coalition warplanes hit a position of the Iraqi army in Anbar province. The US has repeatedly struck the popular forces’ positions in different parts of Iraq.

In early June, the US-led coalition warplanes hit the bases of Iraqi army’s Hezbollah battalions in Fallujah in Anbar province, killing 6 soldiers and injuring 8 others. In early May, the anti-ISIL coalition forces struck the position of Iraq’s popular forces near Baghdad, killing a number of volunteer forces.

The US-led coalition warplanes hit an arms production workshop of the popular forces near the Iraqi capital, destroying the workshop and its ammunition completely. Two members of Iraq’s popular forces were killed in the attack.

On March 29, the US fighter jets struck the positions of Iraq’s popular forces during their fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists near Tikrit, injuring a number of fighters. globalresearch.ca

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Ukraine: Far-right extremist is consultant to army leadership

The Ukrainian army has the right-wing Dimitri Jarosch appointed official adviser to the army leadership. His militias are officially part of the army – under the leadership of independent Jarosch. Thus, the right-wing extremists also gain access to US weapons and weapons, which are financed by European taxpayers’ money. Russia will interpret this as a threat castling.

The militias of the “rights sector” in Ukraine are greatly enhanced: How the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Sunday notifies e, is the leader of the militia, Dimitri Jarosch, appointed official adviser to the army leadership. Its chief, General Viktor Muschenko wants incorporate this measure the right militias into the army. Muschenko said the Ukrainian army has become one of the strongest armies in Europe. The soldiers of the army had proved that they knew how to fight.

The army bring the “contributions” of volunteer battalions big “appreciation” against because they are “rendered outstanding services to the defense of Ukraine” would, “We understand that we need to increase the efficiency of the army at all levels. We are currently considering various models, such as the reserve army can be formed. We have united all patriots and defenders of Ukraine under a unified leadership. The enemy understands our unit and knows that his attacks will fail. We have the common goal of a united Ukraine. The army is stronger every week. ”

Jarosch said that the unit is a prerequisite for further successful battles. The volunteer battalions of rights sector are willing to integrate with the official Ukrainian army. deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de

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