• Satanic US warns of ‘firm’ response ahead of Syria’s anti-terror operation in Dara’a
    26 May 2018 19:41 Satanic US warns of ‘firm’ response ahead of Syria’s anti-terror operation in Dara’a

    The US has threatened Syria with “firm and appropriate measures” as the Syrian army reportedly prepares to retake a strategic province on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    In a statement released on Friday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert expressed concerns about the upcoming operation in southwestern Dara’a province, claiming that it falls within a de-escalation zone in Syria.

    “As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations,” she said.

    The warning came two days after the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Syrian troops were moving into Dara’a after liberating all remaining militant-held areas near the capital, Damascus.

    On Friday, Syrian state-run media reported that government aircraft had dropped leaflets in terrorist-controlled areas of Dara’a, urging foreign-backed militants s to disarm.

    One of the leaflets declares “the arrival of the Syrian Arab army’s soldiers,” according to SOHR, which is sympathetic to foreign-backed militants.

    The UK-based monitor also said the Syrian government had sent reinforcements to Dara’a following the completion of operations near Damascus.

    “These forces are now stationed on the edges of Dara’a province,” SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman said. “The goal is a broad offensive, should the rebels reject a negotiated pullout as was the case in Eastern Ghouta.”

    The recapture of Dara’a is highly important because it borders the occupied Golan Heights which Israel has used to treat wounded militants for years.

    The territory’s return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between Israel and militants and deal a blow to Tel Aviv’s plans to annex the Golan Heights.

    Syrian army advances are also upsetting to US plans in the Arab country where it has deployed about 2,000 troops to carve out a statelet in the country’s north with the help of Kurdish militants.

    With Syria’s military gains gathering momentum, the US has stepped up its attacks on army positions under numerous pretexts.

    On Thursday, Syrian state media reported that the US struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria, but the US military denied knowledge of it.

    “Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Humeima were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by US coalition jets,” state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

    SANA said the strikes came within 24 hours of a Daesh attack on Syrian army positions in the same region, where the Takfiri terrorists are fighting government forces to the west of the Euphrates.

    The Syrian army managed to retake the Eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late in March.

    On Monday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces said complete security had been restored to Damascus and its countryside after al-Hajar al-Aswad district and al-Yarmouk camp were totally purged of Daesh terrorists.

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  • Iraqi Air Force Stages Massive Bombing of ISIL’s Positions in Eastern Syria
    26 May 2018 19:38 Iraqi Air Force Stages Massive Bombing of ISIL’s Positions in Eastern Syria

    The Iraqi Air Force carried out fresh combat flights over ISIL’s strongholds in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, imposing major losses on the terrorists on Friday, the Iraqi army’s Joint Command said in a statement.

    “The Iraqi F-16s struck two sites today, including a headquarter used by leading members of the terrorist group and a warehouse used for storing missiles… in Hajin region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur,” the Joint Command said.

    The operation achieved its objective, totally destroying both targets, the statement asserted.

    Iraq’s Joint Operation Command announced in a statement earlier this month that the Iraqi fighter jets bombed and destroyed an ISIL command base in Dashisha region in Southern Hasaka.

    The statement further said that the air raid was ordered by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Haydar al-Ebadi and coordinated by Joint Operation Command, adding that Iraqi F16 jets struck ISIL’s base in Southern Hasaka, destroying it completely.

    In the meantime, the chairman of the Iraqi Parliaments’ Foreign Affairs Committee underlined growing coordination between the intelligence services of Iraq and Syria is recent months, saying the coordination and cooperation paves the ground for killing or capturing tens of ISIL commanders at joint borders.

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  • Civilians Expel US-Backed Militias from Region in Northeastern Syria
    26 May 2018 19:37 Civilians Expel US-Backed Militias from Region in Northeastern Syria

     

    People in a village in Eastern Hasaka stormed the US-backed Kurdish militias and expelled them from their region on Saturday after the Kurdish fighters enforced compulsory recruitment in the Northeastern province.

    Tens of people in the village of Samihan al-Gharbi near the small town of Tal Barak in Eastern Hasaka stormed patrolling forces of the US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) and expelled them from their region.

    The villagers had previously warned the YPG militias not to enter their region for forced recruiting of the young men.

    The villagers threatened to shoot the militias who try to arrest their young men.

    In a relevant development on Tuesday, a large number of people in Eastern and Northern Raqqa demonstrated against the forced recruitment of young men by the predominately Kurdish US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northern and Western Raqqa.

    The SDF embarked on arresting fifty young men in the villages of al-Karama, Hara Balasem and Hamra Boweita in Eastern Raqqa and in the town of Ein Issa in Northern Raqqa under a recruitment plan.

    The SDF move angered villagers in al-Karama that took to the village’s main street and demonstrated against the Kurdish militias.

    The Kurdish militias have been forcing locals to join the SDF via vast arrest plans in their territories.

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  • Despite Satanic US warnings, Syrian Army poised to launch southern Syria offensive
    26 May 2018 19:36 Despite Satanic US warnings, Syrian Army poised to launch southern Syria offensive

    Great Satan US issued a stern warning to the Syrian military on Friday about launching a new operation in the southern provinces of Syria.

    Satanic US regime Spokesperson stated that the U.S. is prepared to take “firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations.”

    However, this warning does not appear to have any affect over the planned military operations, as reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued to pour into the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates.

    A military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News on Saturday that the Syrian Army is poised to launch this offensive and will do so in the coming weeks.

    The source added that negotiations are underway with the rebel forces in Dara’a, but no progress has been made thus far.

    Should the rebels refuse to reconcile with the government, the Syrian Army will launch two separate attacks in the Dara’a Governorate, with the primary concentrations being the provincial capital and Nassib Crossing.

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  • Yemeni Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on Saudi-led Mercenaries
    26 May 2018 19:33 Yemeni Forces Inflict Heavy Losses on Saudi-led Mercenaries

    Yemeni forces who have been confronting the Saudi-led aggression on the Arab impoverished country inflicted heavy losses on mercenaries hired by aggression powers in the western coast front.

    A source in the Yemeni defense ministry said that Yemeni forces managed to repel the Saudi-led offensive, which lasted for two days, confirming that huge number of Saudi-led mercenaries were killed and injured, including commanders.

    The Yemeni allied forces destroyed five Saudi-led vehicles and managed to seize arms left by mercenaries, the source said, reiterating previous threats that the western coast front in Yemen will witness many surprises.

    “Such game-changing surprises will be lessons for all invaders who have been attacking Yemen,” Al-Massirah TV channel quoted the source as saying.

    Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition, which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

    However, the allied forces of the Yemeni Army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.

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  • Group of Palestinians Manages to Cross Gaza Border Fence
    26 May 2018 19:32 Group of Palestinians Manages to Cross Gaza Border Fence

    A group of four Palestinians managed to cross the Gaza strip border fence into Occupied territories on Saturday, according to reports.

    Israeli media reported that occupation forces opened fire on the Palestinians who set a tire on fire on the Israeli side of the border.

    Soldiers that arrived at the scene opened fire and the suspects fled back into the Gaza Strip, occupation military said in a statement according to the Jerusalem Post.

    Source: Israeli media

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  • Sayyed Nasrallah Stresses Fighting Public Sector Corruption in Lebanon “Major Battle”
    26 May 2018 11:22 Sayyed Nasrallah Stresses Fighting Public Sector Corruption in Lebanon “Major Battle”

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed on Friday that fighting the public sector corruption in Lebanon is a major national battle, adding that the party will start carrying out all the items of its election program in order to be honest with its supporters.

    In a televised speech on the 18th anniversary of Resistance and Liberation Day, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Hezbollah leadership studied the corruption file and appointed a committee to follow it up under the supervision of the Secretary General.

    “MP Sayyed Hasan Fadlallah was appointed as the committee’s chairman, assisted by a group of cadres who will prepare all the required documents and data in coordination of the entire structure of Hezbollah.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah will hold rounds of talks with its national allies in order to launch the anti-corruption fight, stressing the country’s financial collapse will be prevented, especially after all the Lebanese sacrifices and national victories.

    Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that Hezbollah will carry out all the items of the election programs, including anti-corruption, calling on all political parties to abide by their promises they had made before the parliamentary elections in order to be honest with the people.

    New Government in Lebanon

    Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that the party supports forming a broad government in which all the political and parliamentary blocs are seriously represented, calling for a speedy formation in order to preserve the national interests.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the US-Gulf sanctions against Hezbollah will not delay the Lebanese government’s formation, denying the reports which claimed that the party seeks a speedy birth of the government for fear of a possible Israeli war on Lebanon and the consequences of the US-Gulf sanctions.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah will have effective presence and role in the upcoming government, refuting the rumors that alleged the party wants a “sovereign” ministerial portfolio.

    “Hezbollah and Amal Movement fully agreed on the distribution of the ministerial portfolios, and the formation of the government won’t face major barriers.”

    US-Gulf Sanctions against Hezbollah

    Hezbollah leader noted that the US-Gulf sanctions against the party will fail to harm its officials for they do not have bank deposits and financial transactions, but that those sanctions can negatively affect the supporters of the Resistance, especially the businessmen and their firms.

    Sayyed Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government to protect the Lebanese businessmen and firms targeted by the US-Gulf sanctions which, according to his eminence, aim to harm Hezbollah social incubator and funders, scare and push away its allies, and dry up its financial resources.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that this financial siege won’t affect the Resistance’s will which according to his eminence, has been able to defeat all the US-supported terrorists in Syria.

    According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the problem is that the Americans view the others as mercenaries and evaluate them according to their financial abilities.

    Sayyed Nasrallah added that Hezbollah fighters hold religious beliefs which make them ready to sacrifice despite all the hard conditions.

    “Those can never be defeated by blacklisting their names.”

    Hezbollah vital role in defeating the Zionist enemy and frustrating the US schemes in the region will certainly expose it to such sanctions, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who highlighted that all losses caused by the US-Gulf sanctions will be considered part of the sacrifices made on the Resistance path.

    Hezbollah Secretary General denied the Moroccan accusations which claimed that the party was involved in supporting the Polisario Front, adding that Morocco’s FM did not submit documented proofs to his Iranian counterpart, contrary to what he claimed.

    On the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Resistance supporters on Liberation’s Day, citing the great sacrifices made by the mujahidin (fighters), martyrs, injured, prisoners, and their families.

    Sayyed Nasrallah also highlighted the role of the Lebanese army and security apparatuses in facing the Israeli enemy, adding that other Lebanese and Palestinian parties in addition to the Syrian army contributed to 2000 victory.

    Hezbollah leader stressed that Iran and Syria were the only two countries which supported the Resistance in its war against the usurping entity, highlighting that Hezbollah social incubator played an important role through their steadfastness and sacrifices.

    Sayyed Nasrallah also congratulated the Syrian leadership, army and people on the full liberation of Damascus and its countryside from the terrorist groups

    Sayyed Nasrallah cited the feat made by the Resistance people when they moved back to their villages after 2006 war, insisting on keeping in their houses despite all the challenges.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Holy God grants victory to the people who deserve it, adding that this applies on the Resistance and its supporters who never sought pretexts, which were abundant, to abandon the jihadi path.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that despite the unbalanced military capabilities and all the hard conditions imposed on the Resistance and its social incubator, Hezbollah fighters managed to defeat the Zionist occupation army.

    The election victory made by Hezbollah and allies proved that the Resistance supporter always stand by it when the strategic path is challenged, adding that Holy God blesses such sacrifices.

    Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by stressing that marking al-Qud’s Day this year must be special in light of the recent developments related to the US recognition of the holy city as the capital of the Zionist entity.

    Sayyed Nasrallah also congratulated the Muslims on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, stressing that it’s a chance to preserve the religious and moral values of each individual.

    Resistance and Liberation Day marks the liberation of Lebanon’s south from the Israeli occupation on May 25, 2000. In that month, the Israeli occupation soldiers were forced to withdraw without preconditions, following long years of heroic resistance.

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  • Zionist Forces Injures Dozens of Palestinians in the Ninth March of Return
    26 May 2018 11:21 Zionist Forces Injures Dozens of Palestinians in the Ninth March of Return

    Palestinian demonstrators gather during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

    Dozens of Palestinians demonstrating at the Gaza border were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas on Friday, as the latest round of protests drew several thousand participants to the frontier.

    Israeli occupation troops fired tear gas and live rounds. Soldiers also fired at kites with flaming tails to try to bring them down before they landed in occupied farmland and set crops alight.

    Gaza health ministry officials said at least 109 protesters were hurt. Medics said at least 10 were wounded by live rounds.

    Hamas resistance movement’s chief Ismail Haniyeh and the group’s Gaza leader, Yehya Al-Sinwar, joined separate protest encampments raising cheers from the assembled crowds.

    Dubbed the March of Return, the protests were launched on March 30 to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to family lands or homes lost to the Zionist entity since the Nakba (catastrophe) in 1948.

    Protests along the border reached a peak on May 14 when at least 60 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli gunfire, as they were marking the Nakba Day and protesting the provocative move by Washington to relocate its embassy in the Zionist entity from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

    Since the border protests began, 113 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli fire, Gaza medical officials said.

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  • Sayyed Nasrallah Meets Speaker Berri: Regional, Local Issues on Agenda
    26 May 2018 11:16 Sayyed Nasrallah Meets Speaker Berri: Regional, Local Issues on Agenda

     

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasralla met Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday night, with several issues being discussed.

    Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office announced the meeting lasted for several hours and was attended by Sayyed Nasrallah’s political assistant Hussein Al-Khalil and Berri’s political assistant, minister Ali Hasan Khalil.Sayyed Berri 2

    Sayyed Nasrallah and Speaker Berri “discussed latest developments in the region, especially those in Palestine, stressing the firm support to Palestinian people in their national struggle (against Israeli occupation) with all means,” a statement issued by Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office read.

    Detailed discussion also took place over the local issues in Lebanon, in which the two sides positively assessed the results of the latest parliamentary elections, noting that the results showed how the Lebanese people are committed to the choice of resistance, as well as to state building, the statement added.

    Meanwhile, the statement noted that Sayyed Nasrallah and Berry voiced satisfaction over electing a parliament speaker and nominating a prime minister following the elections, hoping that a new government will be formed soon.

    The meeting also tackled economic, financial and administrative issues, in which the two sides stressed that efforts to counter corruption in the country must be seriously pursued, according to the statement.

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  • Schools reopen in East Ghouta for first time years
    26 May 2018 11:14 Schools reopen in East Ghouta for first time years

    Schools have reopened in the communities of Eastern Ghouta in Syria, TASS reported from the area.

    After the liberation of towns and communities from Islamist militants, schools, including primary schools, opened there.

    “Schools opened recently. The government provided us with textbooks, and we immediately started working here, in this town. Children have been missing studies, and it is easy and pleasant to teach them. I used to work in Harasta (a town eight kilometers away from Damascus – TASS) and I was very happy to return here,” head of the city education department Ahmad Said Rustom told reporters.

    The Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, the Eastern Qalamun area north of Damascus and the southern quarters of the Syrian capital had been earlier liberated from militants with support from the Center.

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  • Tensions remain high in northern Latakia as Turkish troops dig in
    26 May 2018 11:12 Tensions remain high in northern Latakia as Turkish troops dig in

    The situation in northern Latakia has remained very tense after several hours of sporadic missile and artillery strikes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed rebels.

    Earlier today, a Turkish military convoy entered the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, which is a clear violation of the Astana peace agreement.

    The Turkish troops reportedly positioned themselves in the northern part of the Jabal Al-Akrad region, prompting the Syrian military to fire several warning shots towards the rebel forces.

    It is still not clear why the Turkish military is in northern Latakia; however, a source from the Syrian Army believes they are preparing to setup their 13th observation point.

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  • Over 5,000 terrorists settle their cases with the Syrian gov’t in northern Homs
    26 May 2018 11:11 Over 5,000 terrorists settle their cases with the Syrian gov’t in northern Homs

    Over 5,000 rebels have settled their cases with the Syrian government and have begun returning to civilian life in northern Homs.

    According to a military report, the Syrian government heard over 8,000 cases so far and offered more than 5,000 of those rebels amnesty.

    Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 more militants had their cases rejected based on prior crimes; these rebels were evacuated to northern Syria as part of the peace agreement.

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  • Look at the dirty face of Zionist Monster Invader Prince William
    26 May 2018 11:09 Look at the dirty face of Zionist Monster Invader Prince William

     

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  • VIDEO: Watch the Syrian Army’s new weapon that forced ISIS into submission in southern Damascus
    26 May 2018 11:08 VIDEO: Watch the Syrian Army’s new weapon that forced ISIS into submission in southern Damascus

    One of the keys to success for the Syrian military inside the southern suburbs of Damascus was their powerful new missile launcher, which rained hell on Daesh’s defenses for two weeks.

    As the video shows, the Syrian Army’s Golan 1000 Improvised Rocket Assisted Munition (IRAM) pounded Daesh’s* defense lines a few hours before they agreed to ground arms and to surrender their last strongholds in the Yarmouk Camp, Al Hajar Al Aswad and al-Tadamon.

    Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry’s center for Syrian reconciliation reported that the Arab army was liberating Muhayam al-Yarmouk district in Damascus from Daesh militants.

    “As a result of a joint operation of our armed forces and allies, Al Hajar Al Aswad and the surrounding territories have been completely liberated from terrorists,” the Syrian army said in a statement.

    The Yarmouk camp was established in 1957 near Damascus to host Palestinian refugees. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the camp has become a stronghold of terrorists; an anti-terrorist operation in the camp was announced in April.

     

    Source: AMN

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  • Argentines demonstrate against return to IMF loans
    26 May 2018 11:07 Argentines demonstrate against return to IMF loans

    Argentina’s decision to request a “high access stand-by” financing arrangement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to calm volatile financial markets has rocked the South American nation.

    People demonstrate against the government’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Buenos Aires, on May 25, 2018. (AFP)

    That decision, along with increases on taxes on basic utilities, drew the ire of thousands of Argentines who gathered for protests outside Congress into the evening.

    Argentina announced it was seeking a lifeline from the IMF on Tuesday after the peso currency weakened to all-time lows.

    Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne met with IMF Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner in Washington on Wednesday, as Argentina tries to tackle one of the world’s highest inflation rates and a general outflow of funds from emerging market economies. Negotiations for these types of deals often take up to six weeks, the ministry said.

    People demonstrate against the government’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Buenos Aires, on May 25, 2018. (AFP)

    Turning to the IMF is a politically risky move for business friendly President Mauricio Macri who was elected in late 2015 after 12 years of leftist government. Many Argentines blame the IMF for imposing policies on Argentina that led to a deep financial crisis in 2001 and 2002.

    According to the IMF’s website, stand-by agreements or SBAs are most often used by middle-income countries to help them “emerge from crisis” and restore growth. Countries that borrow money under this framework must repay them within 3-1/4 and five years of disbursement. Cabinet Chief Marcos Pena urged Argentines not to fear the IMF at a news conference on Wednesday

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  • IMF to cooperate with Iran’s Central Bank chief despite US sanctions
    26 May 2018 11:06 IMF to cooperate with Iran’s Central Bank chief despite US sanctions

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared that it will continue cooperation with Governor of Iran’s Central Bank (CBI) Valiollah Seif despite the new US sanctions against the Iranian official.

    “Iran is a member of the IMF, and as with all our members, the IMF will continue to work with Governor Seif and the Central Bank, consistent with the IMF’s Articles of Agreement,” the IMF’s Communications Department announced on Friday.

    The announcement came in response to the CBI’s inquiry about the international financial body’s decision with regard to the US sanctions against Seif.

    On May 15, the US Treasury Department named Seif and another senior banking official as “specially designated global terrorists” for allegedly assisting the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

    The sanctions followed US President Donald Trump’s announcement on May 8 of Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    Trump also vowed to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

    Iran condemns US for blacklisting Central Bank chief

    Tehran says US sanctions, especially the blacklisting of Iran’s Central Bank chief, aim to derail the ongoing diplomatic process to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

    Following the sanctions against the CBI chief, Iran’s Ministry of Economy and Finance condemned the ban as an illegal measure aimed at waging psychological war against the Iranian banking system.

    The ministry noted that such sanctions cannot harm the Iranian financial system and stressed Tehran’s position to continue cooperation with the IMF.

    The US Treasury has sanctioned several Iranian and non-Iranian entities since the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.

    On Thursday, the US imposed sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of aircraft providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines.

    Washington has also imposed sanctions against six Iranian individuals and three entities for allegedly operating a currency exchange network that transferred millions of US dollars to the Quds Force.

    Many countries, including America’s European allies, have said that they would not back Trump’s new plan.

    The UK, France and Germany — all signatories to the deal — are already in talks with Iran to protect their businesses from possible punishment by the US.

    Russia and China have also expressed willingness to back the deal and even fill the void should any European companies leave Iranian markets.

    Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement.

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  • Strong allies US, Turkey agree on ‘roadmap’ over Syria’s Kurdish Manbij city
    26 May 2018 11:03 Strong allies US, Turkey agree on ‘roadmap’ over Syria’s Kurdish Manbij city

    The US and Turkish officials have agreed on a roadmap to cooperate over the security of the northern Syrian city of Manbij following months of dispute between the two NATO allies over the presence of Kurdish militia in the region.

    US officials held talks with their Turkish counterparts in Ankara on Friday as part of a working group on Syria.

    “The two sides outlined the main contours of a roadmap for their further cooperation in ensuring security and stability in Manbij,” said a statement issued by the Turkish foreign ministry and the US embassy in Ankara.

    The working group was formed to resolve the disputes between Ankara and Washington over Manbij after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in February. Later in March, Turkish officials visited Washington as part of the working group.

    Cavusoglu and the new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will “consider the recommendations” of the working group during their planned meeting on June 4, the joint statement said.

    Last December, US President Donald Trump approved providing weapons worth $393 million to what Washington calls partners in Syria, including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    US to focus on ‘priorities’ in Kurdish-inhabited Syria

    Informed US officials say the administration of President Donald Trump will step up its activities in the Kurdish-populated northeastern Syria.

    The following month, the US announced plans to create a 30,000-strong force comprised of Kurdish militants, which would be deployed along the Turkish border.

    The US measures prompted Ankara to launch the ongoing Olive Branch offensive against the purported positions of the YPG in Syria’s northwestern enclave of Afrin in January without permission from the Syrian government.

    Later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to take the offensive to Manbij, raising concerns over the likelihood of a confrontation between Turkish and American troops.

    According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, more than 280 civilians have been killed during the Turkish offensive.

    Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group that has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

    This is while US officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

    About 2,000 US troops are deployed in northeast Syria in territories under the control of Kurdish militants. Both Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly warned that the illegal US presence in Syria is meant to disintegrate the country.

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  • Syria approaching occupied Golan: Great Satan US warns of ‘firm’ response ahead of Syria’s anti-terror operation in Dara’a
    26 May 2018 11:00 Syria approaching occupied Golan: Great Satan US warns of ‘firm’ response ahead of Syria’s anti-terror operation in Dara’a

    The US has threatened Syria with “firm and appropriate measures” as the Syrian army reportedly prepares to retake a strategic province on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    In a statement released on Friday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert expressed concerns about the upcoming operation in southwestern Dara’a province, claiming that it falls within a de-escalation zone in Syria.

    “As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations,” she said.

    The warning came two days after the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Syrian troops were moving into Dara’a after liberating all remaining militant-held areas near the capital, Damascus.

    Syria: Damascus completely secure after Daesh ousted

    Syrian army announces complete purge of the capital city’s suburbs of Daesh terrorists says Damascus is now completely secure.

    On Friday, Syrian state-run media reported that government aircraft had dropped leaflets in terrorist-controlled areas of Dara’a, urging foreign-backed militants s to disarm.

    One of the leaflets declares “the arrival of the Syrian Arab army’s soldiers,” according to SOHR, which is sympathetic to foreign-backed militants.

    The UK-based monitor also said the Syrian government had sent reinforcements to Dara’a following the completion of operations near Damascus.

    “These forces are now stationed on the edges of Dara’a province,” SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman said. “The goal is a broad offensive, should the rebels reject a negotiated pullout as was the case in Eastern Ghouta.”

    The recapture of Dara’a is highly important because it borders the occupied Golan Heights which Israel has used to treat wounded militants for years.

    The territory’s return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between Israel and militants and deal a blow to Tel Aviv’s plans to annex the Golan Heights.

    New plan: US recognition of Golan as Israeli territory

    A member of Congress urges the United States to recognize Syria’s Golan Heights as an Israeli territory.

    Syrian army advances are also upsetting to US plans in the Arab country where it has deployed about 2,000 troops to carve out a statelet in the country’s north with the help of Kurdish militants.

    With Syria’s military gains gathering momentum, the US has stepped up its attacks on army positions under numerous pretexts.

    On Thursday, Syrian state media reported that the US struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria, but the US military denied knowledge of it.

    “Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Humeima were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by US coalition jets,” state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

    SANA said the strikes came within 24 hours of a Daesh attack on Syrian army positions in the same region, where the Takfiri terrorists are fighting government forces to the west of the Euphrates.

    The Syrian army managed to retake the Eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late in March.

    On Monday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces said complete security had been restored to Damascus and its countryside after al-Hajar al-Aswad district and al-Yarmouk camp were totally purged of Daesh terrorists.

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  • Ridiculous Trump everyday says st. different: US in ‘productive talks’ over North Korea summit
    26 May 2018 10:58 Ridiculous Trump everyday says st. different: US in ‘productive talks’ over North Korea summit

     

    US President Donald Trump says his administration was having “productive talks” with Pyongyang about reinstating a planned June 12 summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, just a day after canceling the meeting.

    “We are having very productive talks about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date,” Trump tweeted late on Friday.

    Earlier in the day, Trump had indicated the summit could go ahead as planned after welcoming a conciliatory statement from Pyongyang, which said it remained open to talks.

    “It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’ll see what happens – it could even be the 12th.”

    The US president also accused congressional Democrats of “rooting” against his administration in its negotiations with North Korea.

    On Thursday, Trump announced he was calling off the summit, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. The meeting would have been the first meeting between a sitting American president and North Korean leader.

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in criticized Trump’s cancellation of the summit, calling the move “shocking and very regrettable.” Moon has been acting as a go-between in diplomatic efforts for the potential summit.

    Trump cancels summit with North Korean leader

    US President Donald Trump has called off his planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    The summit announcement came after several months of unprecedented cordial diplomacy between South and North Koreas, which had been adversaries for decades.

    The United States, which has substantial presence in South Korea, was on a war footing with the North over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

    The development resurrected hopes that Trump and Kim could soon meet to try to find a solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula that has escalated over the past year.

    Many experts had questioned whether the Trump administration had properly paved the path for a successful summit, and raised concerns that Trump was rushing to make a deal.

    “I’m quite sure our president had not done a minute of preparation. Kim was clearly ready from A to Z,” said Richard Armitage, a former US deputy secretary of state.

    North Korea dismantled its sole known nuclear test site on Thursday in an array of explosions. The Punggye-ri test facility has been the staging ground for all six of the North’s nuclear tests, including its latest and by far most powerful one in September last year, which Pyongyang claimed was an H-bomb.

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  • Russia warns oil to hit new highs, blames Trump
    26 May 2018 10:57 Russia warns oil to hit new highs, blames Trump

    Russia is warning that the decision by US President Donald Trump to pull America out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-instate sanctions against the country could push oil prices to new highs. 

    Igor Sechin, the chief executive officer of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft, was quoted by media as saying that the sanctions against Iran – that would include bans on purchases of oil from the country – could cause an inevitable reduction of Iranian barrels in the global supply pool.

    Sechin added that the sanctions against Iran could knock at least five percent of global oil production offline.

    He warned that new price records might be on the horizon due to Trump’s anti-Iran move particularly now that oil futures were already sliding on expectation of higher Russian and Saudi production – amid signals that the ongoing OPEC and non-OPEC production cut agreement to the tune of 1.8 million barrels per day might be canned, according to a report by the Forbes.

    Drivers and industries across Europe and the U.S. will feel the effects of action taken by the White House, as the revoking of the Iran Nuclear deal – “a non-market factor” makes the global oil sector unpredictable, Sechin – widely believed to be close to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – added.

    “I have to say that the US has consistently pursued the policy of non-acceptance of international agreements, which would allow challenging their actions on global platforms. In fact, judicial protection and fair market arbitration are off the table.”

    Defiance expected to Trump’s Iran oil sales curbs

    Analysts say they expect world’s biggest buyers to find a way to skirt the sanctions that are to be imposed by the US against purchases of oil from Iran over the next months.

    On Wednesday, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer warned that Trump’s decision to pull the US out of Iran nuclear deal could affect America’s consumption market and criticized the president for failing to take a proper action to stop this.

    Schumer criticized Trump over the withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and exhorted the president to “stand up to OPEC” over the price issue.

    “It’s time for this president to stand up to OPEC,” he said.

    “He’s palling around with the Saudis and the UAE and all these other oil-rich countries. Why doesn’t he ask them to lower their prices?” Schumer said, added that Trump “should buck his oil industry buddies.”

    Schumer said that gasoline prices had jumped 25 percent since Trump took office in January 2017 and blamed his policies – specifically those concerning the Middle East and Iran – for this.

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  • US border agents physically, sexually abuse migrant children in custody: Report
    26 May 2018 10:56 US border agents physically, sexually abuse migrant children in custody: Report

    US border agents have neglected and physically and sexually abused more than 100 migrant children who were in their custody, according to a scathing new report.

    The report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic is based on thousands of pages of records detailing accusations from 116 unaccompanied migrant children in temporary US detention centers.

    Some minors accused US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents of punching or kicking them and running them over with vehicles. Others said they were tased and verbally abused by officers.

    Children also complained of being deprived of edible food and water, held in freezing cells, touched inappropriately by officers and threatened with rape or death.

    “Migrant children long have reported varied mistreatment in CBP custody, including sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, and the deprivation of basic needs such as food, water, and emergency medical care,” the ACLU said in a summary of the report.

    The report accuses the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of violating federal law by not reporting the alleged abuses to the FBI.

    The accusations stem from 30,000 pages of records relating to abuses between 2009 and 2014.

    ‘US border agents killed thousands of migrants’

    The US Border Patrol agency has engineered the death and disappearance of tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, according to an advocacy group.

    “These records document a pattern of intimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation,” the report said. “These failures have allowed a culture of impunity to flourish within CBP.”

    The DHS has faced scrutiny for covering up alleged abuses in the past. In 2014, the department investigated allegations from the ACLU of abuse against unaccompanied minors, concluding that it could not “substantiate any of the allegations.”

    In the new report, the ACLU said the past investigations by the DHS “indicate systemic failures to meaningfully investigate the allegations.”

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April directing Defense Secretary James Mattis to support the DHS in combating a “drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border.”

    In line with that directive, the Pentagon has recently approved a DHS request for more than 700 National Guard troops to supplement border agents in several southwestern states.

    This was the third such request from CBP since April.

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  • US sanctions on Hezbollah will have no effect, Nasrallah says
    26 May 2018 10:55 US sanctions on Hezbollah will have no effect, Nasrallah says

     

    The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement says the latest round of sanctions by the United States and a number of its Persian Gulf Arab allies against the leadership of the group will have no effect and will not harm its officials at all.

    Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Friday evening, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described some of the measures as “new,” stressing that Washington’s objective to keep people away from Hezbollah accounts for the imposition of such sanctions against the anti-Israel resistance movement.

    Nasrallah then warned that a number of Lebanese investors and entrepreneurs, who have close ties with Hezbollah, will be targeted as a result of the bans, calling on the government to develop plans which would protect the businessmen against the sanctions.

    The Hezbollah chief also strongly dismissed classification of Hezbollah as a terrorist group, emphasizing that it consists of honorable fighters.

    Nasrallah went on to say that people from all walks of the Lebanese society proved their loyalty to Hezbollah by voting in favor of the group during the country’s May 6 parliamentary elections.

    He stated that US sanctions against Hezbollah are aimed at placing those who support the group under pressure, and punishing them at large.

    ‘US sanctions against Hezbollah leadership worthless’

    An official from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has described recent US sanctions against the group’s leadership as “worthless.”

    The Hezbollah head stated that the punitive measures also seek to harm Hezbollah’s social popularity, its allies and supporters, and dry up its financial resources.

    He went on to say that the recent announcement of US sanction on Iran is partly due to the Islamic Republic’s firm support for Hezbollah.

    “When one refuses to give in to US and Israeli hegemonic policies, and endeavors to be independent, s/he is viewed as a potential threat,” Nasdrallah pointed out.

    “The financial pressures which ensue in the wake of US sanctions are due to confronting the policies of the United States and the Zionist regime (of Israel),” he said.

    “The United states and the Tel Aviv regime are gravely mistaken to think that by stopping financial funds from reaching Hezbollah, the resistance movement will abandon its activities,” Nasrallah said.

    “Sanctions and blacklisting Hezbollah official will by no means discourage people who are fighting for a noble cause,” he commented.

    Nasrallah then praised the fallen commanders of Hezbollah for sacrificing their lives for the sake of Lebanon’s freedom, extending his gratitude to Iran and Syria for their support for the resistance movement in the face of Israeli aggressions.

    He underlined that Hezbollah is currently much mightier than what it used to be in 2000 when it comes to manpower and possession of sophisticated weapons.

    “Resistance fighters deserved victory over Israel in 2000 and 2006 as they had honesty and made enormous sacrifice in their battles against the enemy,” he pointed out.

    Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah dismissed Morocco’s accusation that Hezbollah was plotting against it with the Polisario Front, stressing that his movement has no relations whatsoever with the group.

    The Hezbollah chief also congratulated the Syrian nation and government for liberation of neighborhoods south of the capital Damascus from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

    South Damascus freed through Syrians’ courage’

    Hezbollah has lauded the courage and competence of Syrian troops and their allies in the liberation of southern Damascus districts.

    Turning to the formation of the new government in Lebanon, Nasrallah said Hezbollah strongly believes that the new Lebanese administration must be quickly shaped in order to preserve national interests.

    “We look forward to a cabinet which would represent politicians from all factions and parties. It is, meanwhile, important for Hezbollah to have a presence in the new cabinet, and will do our utmost for such a presence to be constructive,” the Hezbollah chief said.

    He also called for a major campaign against the persisting corruption in Lebanon, stating that “the country will collapse if current flawed policies and corruption are not addressed properly.”

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