The US has firmly rejected a Russian-drafted Security Council resolution seeking to establish an objective investigative mechanism to probe all allegations of chemical attacks in Syria “based on impeccable and irrefutable data.”
“We want to rise above the differences and propose [the] creation of a new international investigative body,” tasked with establishing facts and seeking those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria “based on the impeccable and irrefutable data obtained in a transparent and credible way,” Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Tuesday.
The mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) expired in November following a number of failed attempts by the UNSC to extend its authority. Moscow has repeatedly criticized JIM’s handling of the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria, including the April incident in Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province. rt.com
There are more and more cases of the same families, sometimes even the same people, being exposed to terrorist attacks in Europe. RT spoke to counter-terrorism expert Temi-tope Olodo, who says the authorities and the Muslim community must take a tougher stance on extremism. RT correspondent Igor Zhdanov commented on the recent attacks in Finland and Spain.
Iran’s foreign minister has branded condolences sent by the White House over recent Tehran attacks as “repugnant.” The US administration sent sympathies to Iran, but lectured that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
“Repugnant White House statement … as Iranians counter terrorism backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship,” Javad Zarif tweeted.
At least 13 people died and dozens were injured in gun and bomb attacks at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran on Wednesday. The attacks were claimed by Islamic state (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), said Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the terrorists.
The five attackers were Iranian citizens who had joined IS before returning to Iran in summer 2016, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
“The five known terrorists… after joining the IS terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqqa,” the ministry said.
On Wednesday evening, the White House sent condolences to Iran, including the controversial cautionary note.
“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times,” the White House said in a statement. “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards [IRGC] accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding the attacks, saying that the assaults “happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists.”
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, IRGC deputy commander, vowed to “take revenge” for the attacks.
“Let there be no doubt that we will take revenge for today’s attacks in Tehran, on terrorists, their affiliates and their supporters,” he said, Mehr news agency reported.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, rejected Tehran’s accusations.
“We condemn terrorist attacks anywhere they occur and we condemn the killing of the innocent anywhere it occurs,” Jubeir said.
According to the director of the Crisis Research Institute, Mark Almond, it is highly possible IS was, as it claims, behind the attacks in Iran as the group is interested in stirring up a Sunni-Shiite conflict. However, other groups and regional player involvement can’t be ruled out, he added. rt.com
The bloody rampage that left seven people dead and dozens injured on a busy Saturday night in London Bridge is the latest atrocity to be tied to Anjem Choudary’s network of extremists, it has emerged.
Khuram Butt, who wore an Arsenal shirt and hoax suicide vest to carry out the slaughter, had been reported to authorities repeatedly over alarming comments and behaviour.
Experts warn that his transformation from apparently non-violent extremist to terrorist could be echoed by countless British Islamists brought to a “tipping point” by the ideology espoused by hate preachers. independent.co.uk
The United States attacked the Syrian army’s main command center in the fight against terrorists of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia), Political and Media Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Bouthaina Shaaban told the Al-Mayadeen TV channel.
According to her, “those who took such step should be put on par with terrorists.” “This is a cowardly strike and Syria will respond to it by taking steps agreed with its allies,” Shaaban said.
Assad’s adviser pointed out that the US attack came after Syrian government forces had achieved an important success on the eastern outskirts of Damascus and in the Hama Governorate, fighting off militants’ attacks. Shaaban slammed some Arab countries and members of the Syrian opposition based abroad, who welcomed the US attack. “Any Syrian, any Arab who welcomes this aggression is a traitor,” she stressed.
On Thursday night, at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the US forces fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) on a Syrian military air base located in the Homs Governorate. The attack came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. The US authorities believe that the airstrike on Idlib was launched from that air base.
Various reports say that the attack killed nine civilians, including children, besides, four Syrian servicemen were also killed, another four were wounded and two went missing.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a number of facilities and six aircraft were destroyed, however, the runway and aircraft outside hangars remained intact. The Russian ministry said the US attack’s efficiency was low. tass.com
Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been arrested during a massive police operation in the Molenbeek area of Brussels, the Belgian Federal prosecutor’s office has confirmed. According to police sources Abdeslam was wounded in the leg in the course of the anti-terror raids on rue des Quatre-Vents. The mayor of Molenbeek, Francois Schepmans, confirmed two people were injured in the operation. A third was later captured. Belgian broadcaster RTBF says it is ‘more than likely’ that Abdeslam was one of two people who escaped earlier this week in a raid on the Forest area of Brussels. euronews.com
Two explosions hit a departure terminal in Brussels airport, at least one is believed to be the work of a suicide bomber. At least 11 people were killed. A third blast ripped through a metro train in the heart of the city’s EU quarter about 30 minutes afterwards. 15 people are though to have died. Belgium raised its security level to 4, the maximum. More soldiers were deployed on the streets. Brussels residents were advised not to travel. Brussels Airport was immediately closed, metro stations were shut down. Train services between Belgium and France and the UK were also halted. Dutch citizens were advised not to travel to Belgium. Security at transport hubs around Europe was stepped up. euronews.com
Putin said the international community will only be able to address the threat of terrorism if it unites its efforts. He made the comments ahead of the G-20 summit in the Turkish city of Antalya. The annual meeting is expected to be overshadowed by Friday’s coordinated terror attacks in Paris. High on the agenda will be the fight against terrorism. The international forum is set to discuss a wide variety of issues ranging from the war in Syria to climate change. The leaders of the world’s top 20 industrialized nations, except French President Francois Hollande, have already arrived in Turkey. Hollande has skipped this year’s summit because he’s busy dealing with the aftermath of the bloodshed in Paris.
It’s too soon to know for sure. Given French complicity with ongoing US state terror throughout the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere, odds strongly favor the latter.
Multiple likely well-planned Friday night attacks in Paris had a disturbing aroma to them – including France’s knee-jerk police state reaction. More on this below. Here’s what happened.
At least seven apparently well-coordinated attacks occurred, gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide belts killing over 150 victims. Many others were injured. Stade de France stadium was struck during a football (soccer) match between France and Germany.
So was the Bataclan theater during a concert, restaurants full of patrons, a cinema, and pedestrians on Bichat Street, the Avenue de la Republique and Boulevard Beaumarchais.
Reports indicated other Paris locations were attacked, including the Forum des Halles shopping area attracting an estimated 150,000 daily visitors.
The predictable aftermath so far includes French President Francois Hollande declaring a state of emergency – effectively suspending constitutional rights under martial law. paulcraigroberts.org
Police in Britain are “urgently investigating” a video apparently showing a British Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) group fighter railing against Prime Minister David Cameron over air strikes in Iraq, Downing Street said Saturday, October 4.
Speaking with a British accent and with his face uncovered, the man, identified by the SITE intelligence group as Abu Saeed al-Britani, condemns Cameron and the United States for launching air strikes on ISIS jihadists. He also urges British Muslims to launch attacks in Britain.
The video was released Friday, October 3, around the time the ISIS group put out a video claiming the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning. (READ: British PM confirms murder of Alan Henning by ISIS)
Downing Street said Cameron had raised the video of the fighter at a meeting with security chiefs, police and military to discuss Henning’s murder on Saturday.
“At the meeting, the prime minister also raised a second video released last night which shows an apparent British ISIL (another term for IS) fighter unmasked delivering a further message,” Downing Street said in a statement. rappler.com
The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country.
The department also said that due to security concerns and limited staffing it was only able to offer limited emergency services to U.S. citizens there. There was no move yet to evacuate diplomats from the embassy.
The warning happened the same day Libya’s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maites was targeted in an attack on his compound, and the leader of Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Shariah warned the U.S. against backing a renegade general.
The department said the security situation in Libya ‘remains unpredictable and unstable,’ with crime levels high in many parts the country. It added that various groups also have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests in Libya. dailymail.co.uk