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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (106)

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Updates on multiple threads. In the UK more is emerging slowly on the covert op and players involved, now being credited to the GRU.

UK Detectives Allege Russian Military Intel Staged Skripals’ Poisoning – Reports – Sputnik International

On March 4, former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unresponsive on a bench at a shopping mall in the British town of Salisbury after they were exposed to what UK experts claimed was Novichok, also known as the A-234 nerve agent.

Putin Orders Secret Town Where UK Claims Novichok Was Developed to Be Opened – Sputnik International

The “closed administrative-territorial formation” of Shikhany in the Saratov region, about 930 km southeast of Moscow, has been liquidated by presidential decree, with the town’s restricted status to be lifted in six months’ time.

Russian ambassador to UK shrugs off reports that suspects in Skripal case were identified | Euronews

Russian ambassador to UK shrugs off reports that suspects in Skripal case were identified, says he wants confirmation from Foreign Office or Scotland Yard.

Putin Creates New State Awards For Journalists

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order creating two state awards targeted at journalists.

Suspects in Novichok case flew out of UK in wake of attack, source says – CNN

London (CNN)Police have identified two suspects in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Thursday. The pair left the UK in the wake of the attack on what is believed to have been a commercial flight, the source added. Their departure was revealed in a coded Russian message to Moscow sent after the attack, which was intercepted by a British base in Cyprus, the source said. The British government blames the Skripals’ poisoning on Russia. The suspects were identified by UK police, who have been combing through months of surveillance camera footage from UK airports and from Salisbury, the town where the Skripals were poisoned on March 4. Using facial recognition technology, authorities discovered two “fresh identities” — individuals not known to have been spies or used in other attacks — the source added. Investigators crosschecked that information with the manifest of the flight on which the suspects were believed to have left Britain. They traveled on aliases, the source said. It is not clear whether the pair are Russian. An Aeroflot flight at Heathrow airport in London was searched on March 30, an action the British government described at the time as “routine.”

Novichok poisoning: Russian suspects in Skripal attack sent coded message saying ‘The package has been delivered’

Russian agents responsible for the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury sent a coded message to Moscow which included the phrase, &quot;The package has been delivered&quot;, it was claimed last night.

Salisbury poisoners had links to Putin’s spy agency, police believe | News | The Times

Detectives believe that the Salisbury nerve agent attack was probably carried out by present or former agents of Russia’s military intelligence service, as reports emerged that a number of suspects have been identified.The Times understands that links to the GRU are being examined as part of the in

Police in England reportedly identify Russian suspects who poisoned former double agent, daughter | TheBlaze

New clues in UK Novichok poisoning case point to an assassination plot involving Russia’s military intelligence service | Business Insider

UK police believe that they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok poisoning attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.

Russians suspected of UK nerve agent attack ‘identified’ after analysis of CCTV – AOL News

British police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.

British Police Reportedly Identify Russian Suspects In Nerve Agent Attack On Skripals : NPR

Citing a source close to the investigation, the Press Association reports that police used closed-circuit television to identify multiple Russians who participated in the attack.

Police identify Putin’s nerve agent assassins in huge trawl of CCTV | UK | News |

COUNTER-TERROR police have identified the Russian hit squad behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, it was claimed yesterday.

Police identify those behind poison attack on former Russian spy: report – NY Daily News

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived the attack in Salisbury, England, this March.

Reports that U.K nerve-agent attack suspects ID’d – YouTube

CBC News Published on Jul 19, 2018 The Press Association is reporting that British investigators are zeroing in on the suspects behind the nerve-agent attack in England. While former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, Dawn Sturgess, who was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent after the initial attack, died last week.

Skripal Suspects Identified? British police allegedly identify suspects behind Novichok attack – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Jul 19, 2018 British police have allegedly identified the suspects behind the March poisoning of the Skripals. Detectives believe the suspects were Russian nationals and left the UK following the attack. Speaking in Moscow about the case, the Russian ambassador to the UK said he was still waiting to hear from the foreign secretary:

Facial recognition helped identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case – CNET

The controversial tech may be useful in chasing criminals.

Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’s sister reveals heartbreaking final farewell as inquest rules she never regained consciousness – Mirror Online

Stephanie Sturgess, Dawn’s sister, had visited her in Salisbury District Hospital hours before the mum-of-three’s life support was switched off

British woman poisoned by nerve agent thought she was putting on perfume – CNN

Dawn Sturgess dabbed on what she believed to be perfume from a small bottle.

Syria Regains Control Over Frontier With Israel In Russia-Brokered Deal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to regain control of his country’s frontier with Israel in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender in negotiations with Russia, sources on b…

No New Pentagon Guidance on US-Russian Military Cooperation in Syria

‘No specific direction at this point,’ says commander of US forces in Middle East after Trump, Putin discussed Syria in Helsinki

Netanyahu Greets Hungary’s Orban as ‘True Friend of Israel’

The four-time Hungarian prime minister has drawn criticism for past remarks that have been interpreted as anti-Semitic

Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State – WSJ

Jerusalem comes under fire for its new Basic Law, which is similar to many European constitutions.

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia does not recognize US sanctions against Iran

In an interview with the newspaper Kommersant, Russian ambassador to Tehran Levan Jagarian said that Moscow does not recognize US sanctions …

Iran-backed Yemen rebels expose limits of U.S. strategy – Washington Times

Iran-backed militant control over key areas of Yemen, despite a blistering assault by U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati military forces, has sent a difficult message to Washington: Arab powers armed with American weaponry and targeting intelligence isn’t going to be enough to crush Tehran’s armed proxies around the Middle East.

Allure of Domestic Arms Drives Turkey Toward Russian Missiles

Washington’s effort to move Ankara away from Russian missiles is hampered by a reluctance to share technology