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Wiltshire police confirm two poisoning victims were exposed to Novichok, working hypothesis is collateral damage from the Skripal assassination attempt as one of the victims lives near the quarantined pizza restaurant in Salisbury. This is by far the major story of the day in the Western MSM. Russians producing more blameshifting nonsense, alleging again a British plot.
Iran threatens to close the Straits of Hormuz to tanker traffic as payback for US damage to Iran’s oil exports – how long Iran’s coastal ASCM batteries and naval assets last under PGM bombardment is an open question. Operation Praying Mantis II?
Some interesting reports on Syria and Turkey.
It may be less than 24 hours since two people were reportedly exposed to an “unknown substance” in Amesbury, UK, but social media is already awash with opinions about the latest whodunit despite the shortage of facts.
An alleged Novichok poisoning of a British pair some 12 kilometers from Salisbury looks set to breathe new life into the Skripals saga. Analysts told RT it is just what the UK, “hell-bent on vilifying Russia,” wanted.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he would chair a special government meeting Thursday to discuss the probe into a nerve agent poisoning in the town of Amesbury, which left two people critically ill.
The Kremlin said on Thursday it had offered Britain its assistance in investigating a nerve agent attack on a Russian former spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March long ago, but had been rebuffed.
RUSSIAN state media has already cast suspicions over Britain as Novichok terror returned to Salisbury during the World Cup.
A British couple is in critical condition after being poisoned by a Soviet-era chemical weapon apparently left behind after a Russian assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal.
Britain’s security minister on July 5 called on Russia to give details about the Novichok nerve-agent attack on a Russian former double agent and his daughter in May after two British citizens were poisoned with the same substance last week.
Russia could "fill in all the clues to keep people safe", the security minister has said, after a couple were poisoned by the same nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.
Russia should work with the UK authorities and give information over the Skripal poisoning to Downing Street to help the people of Salisbury, security minister Ben Wallace said.
RUSSIA has been called to give answers by Britain after two more people were left critical after being exposed of Novichok near Salisbury.
Security officials have feared that undetected traces of the nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy and his daughter, or the object that administered it, could harm the public.Police spent days after the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March scouring park benches and
The couple exposed to the same nerve agent used to target a Russian spy and his daughter could have come into contact with novichok via a contaminated syringe a park in Salisbury.
Over 100 detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network are now working on the case after Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were left critically ill
Officials fear Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, may have stumbled across a discarded syringe or container used to carry the nerve agent used against ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal
The nerve agent that poisoned a British couple in provincial England are likely collateral damage from the earlier attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, experts have said.
AMESBURY, England (AP) — British officials investigating a second case of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Thursday they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a consequence of the previous attack.
A meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee took place today after Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were found unconscious at a property on Saturday
They were exposed to the same substance as ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The multi-million clean up after Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury, Wiltshire, wasn’t enough to stop two others being exposed to the nerve agent.
Guardian News Published on Jul 4, 2018 Sam Hobson, 29, who visited his friends Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, in Amesbury, said he believed the couple had been struck down by a nerve agent. He said Sturgess fell ill on Saturday morning, and later that day Rowley also became sick. Hobson called an ambulance after Rowley started behaving erratically. On Wednesday night it was confirmed the pair had been poisoned by the nerve agent novichok
Daily Mail Published on Jul 4, 2018 A couple in their 40s are fighting for their lives after being exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury just seven miles from where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. Wiltshire police have declared a major incident while the two are in critical condition in hospital. The town of Amesbury is just seven miles from Salisbury, where Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in March. The man and woman, both in their 40s, are in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire Police said.
NBC News Published on Jul 4, 2018 Two people are critically ill after being contaminated with Novichok, the same nerve agent used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
The pair were hospitalized after being found unwell just a few miles from where an ex-double agent was attacked in March.
British investigators have descended upon a small English town to find out how two seemingly random individuals became exposed to the same Soviet-era nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian double agent and his daughter earlier this year.
A British couple hospitalized in critical condition were exposed to the same nerve agent that nearly killed former Russia spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March, London’s Metropolitan Police said Wednesday.
Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 4, 2018 British police have confirmed that two people critically ill in hospital in southern England were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. That’s the same substance used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. A major incident was declared in the town of Amesbury, where the man and woman were found unconscious on Saturday. Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from Salisbury.
This is the shocking moment paramedics rushed a couple to hospital after they were poisoned by the same nerve agent used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
The suspected poisoning incident occurred a few miles away from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent.
Amesbury is 7 miles from Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in March.
Authorities have confirmed the latest case is tied to the same chemical.
Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday.
Couple critically ill but threat to public is low … race against time to save Thai soccer boys … Jaguar Land Rover may rethink £80bn UK investment
Event declared a ‘major incident’ even before novichok confirmation was made
Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were monitored before their poisoning, the BBC understands.
A man and a woman were found unconscious on Saturday in Amesbury
Two people found in a critical condition in southwestern Britain were exposed to the same nerve agent that poisoned an ex-Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year, police have said, although they have not established a link between the two incidents. The poisoning in March of Sergei and Yulia
Residents express concern after a man and woman were exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury.
Tensions between Iran and the U.S. spiked after Iran appeared to threaten to block the Strait of Hormuz in response to U.S. interference in its oil exports, the U.S. responded with a promise to keep oil tanker waterways open
The U.S. military reaffirmed on Wednesday its promise to help keep oil tanker waterways in the Persian Gulf open, after Iran hinted that it might try to block the oil exports of its neighbors if the U.S. continues to push the world to stop importing Iranian oil. “Assuming that Iran could become the only oil producer unable to export its oil is a wrong assumption,” Iran’s Rouhani says.
Iran will stop oil exports from the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil chokepoint, if the U.S. succeeds in halting crude sales from the Persian Gulf nation, according to a Revolutionary Guards official.
Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 4, 2018 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they are ready to carry out President Hassan Rouhani’s threat to disrupt oil exports from the Gulf. Rouhani said the measures could be taken if US sanctions prevent his country from selling oil on global markets. The US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May and warned countries to stop importing Iranian oil by November, or face penalties. Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s hardline rhetoric is earning him a key ally among the country’s military elite.
Austria’s chancellor on Wednesday asked visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for full clarification of the case of a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Europe.
The claim had been circulating on Fox News.
We found no evidence the Obama administration gave preferential treatment to the 23,000-plus Iranian-born people who gained citizenship or legal permanent status in 2015.
Russia’s participation in the Syrian conflict had pointed up a number of weaknesses in the actual tactics on the use of armor on the battlefield. Increasingly, tank’s crew are faced with a threat “Jihad cars”, anti-tank guided missile systems and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). In this regard, the Russian military officials have made a change in the tactics of using tanks on the battlefield. About the new change of Russian thinking on the use of armor wrote Andrei Stanavov, journalist of Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Andrei Stanavov visited the Pogonovo test range in Russia’s Voronezh Region to observe tactical exercises by the 20th Guards Combined Arms Army and looked at how modern warfare has changed Russian battlefield tactics of using tanks. First of all, he noted the introduction of three new elements of tank combat, which appeared on the basis of the experience of the war in Syria: tank carousel; tank trousers; syrian shaft. Each of the new elements has its own characteristics, which take into account the technical and moral backlog of Russian tanks such as T-72. For example, a “tank carousel” it is Non-stop shooting, when three, six, nine or more tanks move uninterrupted in a circular motion, one pummeling the enemy, the other moving to the rear and reloading, the third preparing to enter firing position, and so on. According to Stanavov, the “tank carousel” can be used when it is unknown what kind of armament the enemy has at his disposal – tanks, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) or grenade launchers.
Six Russian Su-25 fighters landed at one of the military airfields in the Krasnodar Krai after a multi-day mission in Syria, TASS news agency …
Turkey could find itself in a quagmire if it deepens its involvement in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, a U.S. senator said on Wednesday after meeting President Tayyip Erdogan this week.
Turkey’s leading missile house and defence contractor Roketsan successfully concluded development phase of new Teber precision-guided bomb kit in both Mk 81 and Mk 82 configuration. Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Turkish Defence Industries (SSM), tweeted on 4 July that the delivery of Teber laser guidance kit will be started in this month. According to the Roketsan, Teber is a low-cost laser guidance kit that is attached to MK-81(250lb) and MK-82 (500lb) general purpose bombs. Teber converts the bombs into precision smart weapons using Inertial Navigation System, Global Positioning System and Laser Seeker. Teber’s modular design offers affordable options. An add-on Laser Seeker which is located on the front section allows precise hit capability for moving, relocatable and maritime targets even if the target is maneuvering at high speeds. Laser Seeker may be equipped with or without Height of Burst Seeker.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced on 5 July that it has selected the Dassault Systèmes software company to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft. According to the company statement, the decision follows Turkish Aerospace’s comprehensive evaluation of solutions available on the market and the successful completion of a proof of concept. It also reflects Dassault Systèmes’ 30-year legacy that continues to shape the aerospace and defense industry. Turkish Aerospace will use the Winning Program, Co-Design to Target, Test to Perform, Ready for Rate and Build to Operate industry solution experiences based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop its next generation, multirole aircraft from design through production. More than 2,000 project participants at Turkish Aerospace, its partners and suppliers will collaborate by relying on a single source of data across all digital design, engineering, simulation, manufacturing, business analytics and governance applications. “The size of the TF-X Program presented us with an opportunity. We wanted to select a software solution suitable for this project that also allows us to streamline our business process with Aerospace best practices,” said Temel Kotil, President/CEO, Turkish Aerospace. “Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its integrated applications convinced us of the need for taking a next step. Our company will gain extensive capabilities for aviation design, development and production, and be able to demonstrate its determination to accomplish large projects.” “Aircraft development, considered one of the most technologically advanced projects in any industry, is growing more complex. As companies integrate sophisticated systems and technologies, they seek new ways to conceptualize, design, manufacture, test, certify and sustain products while collaborating across functions and geographies,” said David Ziegler, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides them with the digital capabilities to accelerate such programs by up to 50 percent. Turkish Aerospace can therefore improve decision-making, reduce risks, and transform its end-to-end development.”