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New Novichok Incident which, of course, Russia denies involvement

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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.

Russia? Brexit distraction? Twitter erupts amid ‘unknown substance’ case near Salisbury — RT UK News

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.

New Novichok claims curiously happen during massively successful World Cup in Russia – analysts — RT UK News

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 Emergency Committee to Meet on Thursday Over Amesbury Incident – Sputnik International

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.

Kremlin says offered Britain Salisbury attack help, was rebuffed | Reuters

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.

Russia accuses Britain of ‘vilifying them’ with Novichok claims during World Cup | Daily Star

RUSSIAN state media has already cast suspicions over Britain as Novichok terror returned to Salisbury during the World Cup.

Russian Nerve Agent Strikes U.K. on Eve of NATO Summit

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.

British Minister Calls On Russia To Give Details On Novichok After Two New Poisonings

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.

Amesbury poisoning: Minister appeals for Russia to ‘fill in clues’ as couple fall victim to Novichok used in Salisbury

Russia could &quot;fill in all the clues to keep people safe&quot;, the security minister has said, after a couple were poisoned by the same nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

Russia should ‘right their wrongs’ over poisonings, orders Ben Wallace | Daily Mail Online

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 demanded to give answers over Novichok poisoning in Amesbury | Daily Star

RUSSIA has been called to give answers by Britain after two more people were left critical after being exposed of Novichok near Salisbury.

Amesbury poisoning: novichok remains deadly months after being used | News | The Times

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

Friend of novichok victims fears they picked up contaminated item | Daily Mail Online

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.

Amesbury poisoning: Officials warn locals to ‘wash your clothes’ as ‘serious questions’ raised about Salisbury clean-up – Mirror Online

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

‘IT LASTS FOREVER’ Novichok nerve agent used to target Russian spy ‘has no cure’ – as locals warned not to pick up objects after Brit couple poisoned

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

A British couple poisoned by nerve agent are probably collateral damage from an earlier assassination attempt | Business Insider

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.

2nd Novichok poisoning likely not deliberate, police say

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.

Amesbury: ‘Poisoned’ couple fight for life as police cordon off FIVE locations in Wiltshire – Mirror Online

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

Amesbury Novichok poisoning: Couple exposed to nerve agent – BBC News

They were exposed to the same substance as ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

New Novichok poisoning comes despite clean-up costing ‘millions’ | Daily Mail Online

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.

‘He felt he had been poisoned’: friend on Wiltshire couple feared exposed to nerve agent – YouTube

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

Man and woman in critical condition near Russian spy poisoning site – Daily Mail – YouTube

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.

U.K. Police Confirm Another Case Of Nerve Agent Poisoning | NBC News – YouTube

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.

Two British Citizens Poisoned With Nerve Agent That Struck Down Ex-Russian Spy | HuffPost

The pair were hospitalized after being found unwell just a few miles from where an ex-double agent was attacked in March.

Novichok poisoning: Wiltshire couple exposed to nerve agent used on Sergei Skripal – CNN

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.

UK couple were poisoned by same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy, police say | Fox News

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.

🇬🇧 UK nerve agent incident: Novichok found in poisoned couple | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

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.

Footage of Amesbury novichok victim surrounded by paramedics | Daily Mail Online

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.

New U.K. Poisoning Draws Skripal Comparisons: Everything to Know About Couple Found Unconscious

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.

Two critically poisoned by same nerve agent used in Sergei Skripal attack, police say

Amesbury is 7 miles from Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in March.

Couple in UK exposed to same poison as ex-Russian spy – ABC News

Authorities have confirmed the latest case is tied to the same chemical.

Two Britons poisoned with Novichok nerve agent near where Russian spy was struck down | Reuters

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.

Thursday briefing: police step up novichok poisoning investigation | World news | The Guardian

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

Questions raised by the second Wiltshire nerve agent poisoning | UK news | The Guardian

Event declared a ‘major incident’ even before novichok confirmation was made

Salisbury poisoning: Skripals ‘were under Russian surveillance’ – BBC News

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were monitored before their poisoning, the BBC understands.

U.K. police: ‘major incident’ as couple poisoned in attack similar to one on former Russian double agent – World News –

A man and a woman were found unconscious on Saturday in Amesbury

From Russian spy poisoning to diplomatic fallout

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

Amesbury residents react after major incident declared – BBC News

Residents express concern after a man and woman were exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury.

U.S. Vow To Protect Persian Gulf Oil Routes From Iran |

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

U.S. vows to protect Persian Gulf oil routes from Iran following Tehran threats | UNIAN

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 Guards Says Can Stop Hormuz Oil Exports After U.S. Threat – Bloomberg

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.

🇮🇷 Rouhani says US unaware about consequences of Iran oil ban | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

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.

Iran’s President Gets Tough on U.S. and Israel, Giving Him Support He Needs From Shadowy Top General

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s hardline rhetoric is earning him a key ally among the country’s military elite.

Austria discusses Iran diplomat case with visiting Rouhani | Fox News

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.

Trump tweets Iranian hardliner’s unsubstantiated claim about Obama – ABC News

The claim had been circulating on Fox News.

FACT CHECK: Did the Obama Administration Grant Citizenship to 2,500 Iranians During Nuclear Deal Negotiations?

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 change battlefield tactics of using tanks – Defence Blog

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.

UAWire – Kremlin: six Su-25 fighters returned from Syria to their permanent bases in Russia

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 …

U.S. senator warns against further Turkish incursions in Syria | Reuters

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 concluded development phase of new precision-guided bomb kit – Defence Blog

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 selects Dassault Systèmes to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft – Defence Blog

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.”