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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (144)

It appears Western media are not buying the “Russian Truth” presented in the very dubious RT interview with the two GRU officers charged over the Salisbury attack – very good commentaries by Rogan and Harding. Alas, as always, poor Russians are being victimized by the evil and scheming West, always plotting to trash the ever-suffering Motherland. Muscovy publicly asserts its disdain for possible US/Coalition military action against Syrian / Russian / Iranian forces over Idlib, effectively rejecting the substance of Amb Haley’s warning – this is clearly a classical baiting play. More Muscovian “pre-emptive fake news” on the Idlib CW strike.  In Russia, the unofficial spokesman for Pussy Riot is in the toxicology ward of a Moscow hospital with suspected poisoning, and said to have “…begun to lose his sight, speech, and mobility…”. Navalny supporters ridicule Gen Zolotov. Multiple reports on Vostok-2018 and Russia’s little helpers in Europe. Wright in the Atlantic points out what has been obvious since 2014.

In the UK, the PM’s Office rejects the Vozhd’s assertions on Salisbury as “obfuscation and lies” – UK and US media responding strongly to the RT interview. Pity they did the opposite in 2014, mostly swallowing the “Russian Truth” hook line and sinker.

Much media on Idlib. US and Allies warning Russia, Iran and Syria over Idlib, and the US warning Iran over its proxies in Iraq. In Germany, Chanc. Merkel and DEFMIN Von der Leyen argue in the Bundestag for German military action over Idlib, vehemently opposed by Russia’s principal proxy in German politics, the SDP – amazing how Russian money can alter beliefs of what is in a nation’s interests. Fmr SECSTATE on knowing that Assad kept CW, and how Russia prevented remaining CW from being removed. Turkey reinforces Idlib, and reported to be providing significant military aid to the rebels – the Russians played Erdoğan to buy time, and this has finally been understood in Ankara.

Worth noting that the Assad regime’s prospects for even short-term survival without foreign expeditionary forces in country are not good, and the Iranian proxy force is critical. Several analysts have advocated taking out these forces, and Israel has overtly threatened this. If the Iranian proxy force is annihilated or forced to return home, it is unlikely Russia can afford to make up the difference with Russian expeditionary forces of the required size for the required duration. So Muscovy and Tehran are playing a curious game here, as both stand to lose Syria, and the Assad regime everything, simply to play Russia’s game of disrupting Turkey, and EU/NATO nations with a flood of refugees – a WW2 tactic pioneered by Nazi Germany, and later adopted by Stalin’s Red Army.

RT editor-in-chief’s exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov (TRANSCRIPT) — RT World News


RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has spoken exclusively to the two men the UK named as suspects in the Skripal poisoning – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Interviews Skripal Poisoning “Suspects” – Sputnik International

An interview with the Skripal poisoning “suspects” conducted by Sputnik, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan will be aired in the near future.

‘We’re not agents’: UK’s suspects in Skripal case talk exclusively with RT’s editor-in-chief (VIDEO) — RT World News

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission.

Skripal Saga Is Part of Anti-Russia Defamation Campaign – Political Commentator – Sputnik International

The Russian president said at a plenary session of the EEF in Vladivostok that Moscow had identified the two people suspected by London of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Putin also said that the suspects are civilians and encouraged them to talk to the media.

‘They’re Shocked’: Skripal’s Niece Speaks Out About Salisbury Poisoning Suspects – Sputnik International

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia had checked out the identities of the two men accused by the UK in a plot to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. One of the men told Russian media that he would comment on the case next week.

Sergey Skripal’s niece claims to know the men identified by British officials, and she says they’re ‘shocked’ by the allegations — Meduza

Viktoria Skripal, the limelight-hungry niece of Salisbury’s poisoned double agent, is in Russia’s headlines again, this time claiming that she knows “through her sources” that the spy suspects identified by British officials are in fact “ordinary people.” Alexander Petrov’s work, she insists, “isn’t even tied to the civil service.”

UAWire – Kremlin: we do not take seriously reports about possible US strikes on Russian military in Syria

The Kremlin does not seriously consider news by the American media regarding possible strikes by the US military on Russian facilities in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, as cited by RIA Novosti . “We no longer seriously consider media reports, because they have completely discredited [themselves]. We pay attention to official statements,” Peskov said. Earlier, on September 10th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is considering possible military response if the forces of President Bashar Assad “start a massacre in Idlib.” Sources for the publication added that Donald Trump is considering the possibility of strikes against Russian and Iranian facilities in Syria. “The Pentagon is developing possible military responses, but Trump has not yet decided what exactly will cause a military response or whether the US will target Russian or Iranian armed forces, helping Assad in Syria,” said the publication citing a high-ranking American official. Sources also told the publication that, according to US intelligence, Bashar Assad allowed his military to use chemical weapons, in particular, chlorine, to rid the Idlib province of opposition fighters. Another source said that the White House is also developing non-military options. “We did not confirm that the US would respond with military action,” said a representative of the administration who asked to stay anonymous.

‘Don’t test us’: Haley threatens US strikes over any attack on Syria’s Idlib — RT US News

Any attack on Syria’s Idlib province is going to be “dealt with,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned, as Washington seeks to stop the Russian-backed Syrian army from retaking the last remaining jihadist stronghold.

US Ambassador Haley Seethes at Syria and Russia Over Contrived Chemical Threat – Sputnik International

Late last month, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported that representatives of the White Helmets group had delivered a large shipment of toxic substances to a warehouse used by Ahrar al-Sham militants in Idlib province.

TASS: Military & Defense – Russian Defense Ministry: militants pick out kids to ‘star’ in false flag op in Syria

A total of nine faked scenes depicting the alleged use of ‘chemical warfare agents’ by Syrian government troops have been filmed in Idlib with the participation of the notorious White Helmets

Russian military accuses rebels of picking actors for future chemical weapons attack

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The Russian Reconciliation Center has accused the rebel forces in the Idlib Governorate of picking out actors for a future

Terrorist-Held Idlib the Only Excuse for Illegal US Presence in Syria – Observer – Sputnik International

Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold in Syria, has become a bone of contention for major global players, commentators of Syrian descent told Sputnik. While Washington is swiftly losing its grip in the region, terrorist-held Idlib remains the only justification for the US presence in Syria, they noted.

Pentagon: White Helmets Carry Out Strictly Humanitarian Mission in Syria – Sputnik International

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States maintains that the non-governmental organization White Helmets continues to save many lives in Syria, a US Department of Defense official told Sputnik.

Russian Activist Verzilov Hospitalized; Friends Say They Fear Poisoning

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Russian dissident art troupe Voina and an unofficial spokesman for the Pussy Riot protest group, is said to be in the hospital in serious condition, and friends say they fear he has been poisoned.

Amnesty Urges Russia To Free ‘Assaulted, Arbitrarily Detained’ Lawyer

Amnesty International has urged Russia to immediately free a lawyer who was detained during a recent rally against pension reform and later jailed on “politically motivated” charges.

Putin’s ex-bodyguard challenges Navalny to duel – CNN

Russia’s National Guard chief, Viktor Zolotov, challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to an old-fashioned duel on Tuesday, in response to the anti-corruption activist’s allegations of government corruption.

Putin’s Bodyguard Challenged to ‘Minecraft’ Duel and Pillow Fight in Viral Defense of Critic

The #ZolotowChallenge is sweeping the nation after he asked Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for a fight.

Why Russia starts so many conflicts on its own borders – The Washington Post

The Kremlin has two main goals for its ‘regional fracture’ policy.

Starting multiple conflicts on own borders part of Russia’s foreign policy strategy | UNIAN

The conventional wisdom is that Russia is too nuclear and too big to fail. But it’s also too big to secure — and that means Moscow has pursued a somewhat counterintuitive foreign policy in the surrounding regions. Russia has a legacy of Soviet-era tools to drive regional fracture in its periphery — including a vast energy, communications and transportation infrastructure that remains largely under Moscow’s control.

On the ground at Russia’s massive ‘war games’ – ABC News

Over 300,000 troops are participating in massive war games. Russia showed off anti-air weapons at a remote Siberian range.

NATO, Russia Drill Their Military Forces Amid Raised Tensions

British, French, Italian, and German jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe as part of NATO maneuvers to deter Russian planes from entering alliance airspace.

Why Russia is trying to freak out the whole world | UNIAN

Russia has launched in its Far East the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) wargames, the largest exercises in the last 37 years, according to Russian defense officials. A total of almost 300,000 military are taking part in the drills, along with tens of thousands of armored vehicles, helicopters, aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Mongolian and Chinese military forces will also join the wargames at one of the stages. Russian military chiefs specified that maneuvers are aimed at checking the readiness of military commanders to plan and carry out long distance regrouping of troops.

UAWire – Russia intends to prohibit its military from posting on social networks

The Russian government submitted the bill to the State Duma prohibiting Russian military from posting on the internet any data about themselves …

LGBTQ Group View On Soviet Gulags Radically Different – Compassionate, Educational – To Inform is to Influence

I’m struggling to imagine how Russia might be tied into this one, but it is consistent with the ongoing revisionism of history going on and supported by the Kremlin. The abhorrent nature of implying Soviet gulags as being actually compassionate and educational denies a plethora of testimonies, photographs, and other documentation defies belief.  While the…

Putin, Orban to discuss energy issues, gas supply next week | UNIAN

Energy issues will be “very heavily on the agenda” at a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin next Tuesday in Moscow, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Reuters on Wednesday. Hungary imports most of its gas from Russia under a long-term supply agreement, due to expire by 2020.

Thomas Wright | What’s Old Is New Again: It’s the Free World Vs. Neo-Authoritarians – Defense One

The U.S. must abandon the notion of a liberal world order, and get to work deterring those who would bring down democracy.

Theresa May rejects Vladimir Putin’s claim Salisbury prime suspects are ‘civilians’

PM’s official spokesman reiterated that the men were Russian spies ‘who used a devastatingly toxic illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country’

Russian explanation on Salisbury poisoning “obfuscation and lies” – PM May’s spox | UNIAN

Britain’s attempts to get an explanation from Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury have always been met with obfuscation and lies and that hasn’t changed, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Wednesday. These men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, the spokesman stresses.

UK says clear that Russian Salisbury suspects are GRU officers – media | UNIAN

Britain is clear that the men who appeared on Russian state television on Thursday are military intelligence officers whom police have identified as the suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy, the Foreign Office said on Thursday. The two men have responded with obfuscation and lies, a UK government spokeswoman said. Britain is clear that the men who appeared on Russian state television on Thursday are military intelligence officers whom police have identified as the suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

Tom Rogan | An inside look on why Putin is lying about the Novichok GRU officers

Vladimir Putin is trying to clean up his mess as best he can. But the U.S. and its allies shouldn’t let him.

The Upcoming Novichok GRU Officers Russian Extravaganza – To Inform is to Influence

I swear, either Tom Rogan, the author of this article, read the editorial I wrote yesterday, here: Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (143), or we think alike.   My prediction is that this exact scenario will be presented to the world in excruciating detail, after a few days.  Expect details beyond…

Fury at Putin’s lies as he claims that killers are ‘civilians’ | World | News |

BRITAIN branded Vladimir Putin a brazen liar yesterday after he claimed the Salisbury novichok suspects were “ordinary civilians”. Downing Street accused the Russian president of “obfuscation and lies” after he made the astonishing claims in a televised address.

Russians accused by UK in spy case: We were in Salisbury for tourism | Reuters

Two Russians appeared on state television on Thursday, saying they had been wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and had been visiting Salisbury in March for tourism.

Skripal poisoning suspects claim they were tourists in ‘wonderful town of Salisbury’ to visit famous cathedral

The two Russians charged with attempted murder in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have claimed they were visiting the town’s "famous" cathedral as tourists.

Russian Poisoning Suspects Say They’re Sports Nutrition Businessmen, Hope the ‘Real Perpetrators’ Are Caught

Two Russian men identified by British police as the perpetrators of a nerve agent attack on British soil insist that they’re innocent. They’ve been accused of acting as Russian intelligence agents and attacking a former double agent in Salisbury, but the two men say that they’re just regular businessmen who work in sports nutrition. They want the “real perpetrators” to be caught and for the British government to issue an apology.

Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects claim they only went to Salisbury to see cathedral and they’re not spies – Mirror Online

Britain has accused two Russians, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of carrying out the failed hit on Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Suspects Accused of Skripal Attack Insist They Were Just Visiting Stonehenge

The U.K. says they’re Russian intelligence agents who tried to murder a former spy. They insist they’re just absurdly unlucky tourists.

Skripal poisoning suspects claim they were only in Salisbury to see Stonehenge and moan ‘our lives have been turned upside down’

Alleged GRU spies Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bochirov spoke with state-funded channel RT yesterday claiming their lives had been “turned upside down” since being named by UK police.

‘We were in Salisbury to visit the beautiful cathedral’ and more extraordinary claims made by Novichok suspects to RT – ITV News

Read ‘We were in Salisbury to visit the beautiful cathedral’ and more extraordinary claims made by Novichok suspects to RT latest on ITV News. All the news

Novichok suspects say they had nothing to do with Salisbury poisoning

The pair claim they wanted to see Stonehenge but “muddy slush” prevented them so they took a train back to London.

‘Fantastical coincidence’: Skripal suspects in the UK were ‘tourists’

Two Russians have appeared on state television, saying they had been wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and they had visited Salisbury in March for tourism.

Suspects in nerve agent attack deny involvement and say they came to Salisbury to see the Cathedral | Salisbury Journal

THE prime suspects in the nerve agent poisoning investigation said they came to Salisbury to “see Stonehenge and Old Sarum”.

Novichok poisoning: Russian men say they were in Salisbury for tourism, not to poison the Skripals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two Russians appear on state television saying they were wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter, and had been visiting Salisbury to see its famous cathedral with a 123m spire.

Novichok suspects deny Skripal attack in bombshell RT interview | Daily Star

THE two Russians accused of attempting to assassinate double agent Sergei Skripal have flatly denied any involvement in the attack and claimed they were just “tourists” in an extraordinary TV interview.

Russian men charged in ex-spy poisoning case claim to be tourists

MOSCOW — The two Russian men who have been charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian spy have appeared on Russian television saying they visited the…

Skripal suspects deny carrying out Novichok attack in Salisbury – CNN

Two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in the UK have told Russian TV that they visited the city where the assault took place to see its historic cathedral, and not to poison a former spy.

Skripal suspects interview: Key excerpts – BBC News

Excerpts of the interview by the two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy.

Russians accused by UK ‘victims of coincidence’

Two Russian men with the same names as those accused by the UK of the Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter have appeared on Russian state television and said they were victims of a “fantastical coincidence”.

Russian Novichok Suspects Claim They Visited Salisbury As Tourists

Two Russians with the same name as suspects in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent have told Russia’s state-funded RT television station th…

Russians Accused In Novichok Scandal Say They Were In Salisbury As Tourists | HuffPost

Britain accused two Russian men of trying to murder Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Salisbury nerve agent suspects say they were only visiting cathedral | UK news | The Guardian

Russian TV interviews men identifying themselves as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov

Russia news: State TV channel Russia TODAY to air interview with Novichok suspects | World | News |

NOVICHOK suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission.

Haley Warns Syria, Russia, Iran About Using Chemical Weapons: ‘Don’t Test Us Again’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday warned the regime of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, along with its allies Russia and Iran, not to use chemical weapons against the last rebel stronghold in Syria, suggesting the Trump administration will respond with military action if they do use such weapons.

Pentagon: Russia will bear responsibility for Idlib attack – Israel National News

Pentagon warns Russia will bear responsibility for humanitarian crisis in Syria if there is an attack on Idlib.

Can the West Stop Syria? U.S., France and U.K. Plan Attack, but Russia and Iran Defend Ally

Western powers may not even wait for a chemical weapons attack to strike Syria, whose allies are rallying to resist.

Trump’s Latest Warning to Iran Didn’t Come out of Nowhere – Defense One

The White House condemned the Islamic Republic for rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Baghdad and Basra. Such attacks have been common—but it’s not always clear who exactly is driving them. Shia militants in Baghdad are always prepared to attack U.S. facilities: They have encased pipes, which are aimed in the direction of the U.S. Embassy, in the ground near east Baghdad’s soccer pitches, Michael Knights, an expert on Iraq at the Washington Institute, told me. “So any time you want to rocket the U.S. Embassy, you can just go find one of these holes in the ground, slide a rocket in, and fire it—and it’s going to head in that direction,” he said. “So that really gives you a sense of what a machine they’ve built for rocketing the U.S. Embassy.” Indeed, recent rocket attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and near the U.S. Consulate in Basra, which the White House condemned in a statement on Tuesday, fit into a larger pattern. Shia militia in Iraq have spent years rocketing these facilities—though there has been an unspoken truce with the U.S. since 2014 when both sides fought ISIS. “This doesn’t come out of the blue,” Knights said. “This is their exact modus operandi. They have undertaken these kinds of attacks literally hundreds of times in the past.” One thing that is new, however, is how the U.S. reacted this time: by condemning Iran directly for its influence over Shia militia in Iraq. Such attacks were common prior to 2014, and past administrations called out the Islamic Republic for it, but for the past four years the U.S. and Iran-backed Shia militia have had a common goal: defeating ISIS, which they more or less achieved last year.

UAWire – Fourth American destroyer equipped with Tomahawks enters the Mediterranean Sea

The USS Bulkeley destroyer, which is equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, entered the Mediterranean Sea, reported Interfax with reference to …

Kerry: ‘We Knew That Assad Had Kept Some’ Chemical Weapons

Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration knew that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kept some of his chemical weapons despite an international agreement brokered to remove the entire stockpile by mid-2014.

′Credible deterrence′ needed to prevent gas attack in Syria: German defense minister | News | DW | 12.09.2018

The possibility of German troops joining airstrikes in Syria if chemical weapons are used is causing a rift in Angela Merkel’s government. The conflict has reached the Bundestag — and the statements are getting stronger. … The CDU backs taking part in a future Syria mission, should chemical weapons be used once again. Von der Leyen’s words echoed those of Merkel, who had said earlier in her parliamentary speech that “to simply say we can look away if somewhere chemical weapons are being used and international conventions are not kept, that can’t be the answer.” The defense minister’s statement were a sharp rebuke of the CDU’s junior governing partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), whose key members have voiced strong opposition to any potential Germany military involvement in Syria. … In her speech to German lawmakers on Wednesday, SPD head Andrea Nahles categorically ruled out any German participation in a Syria mission unless the action were to receive UN authorization. “Only the Security Council or the UN General Assembly can empower the international community to take military action,” Nahles said. “As long as this does not happen, we Social Democrats cannot vote for any intervention by force in Syria.”

Merkel: Germany must respond to chemical weapon use | Fox News

Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested Wednesday that Germany must be prepared to respond if chemical weapons are used in war zones, remarks that come amid a debate over possible military involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Germany can’t look away if Syria uses chemical weapons: Merkel | Reuters

Top German officials on Wednesday called for concerted global efforts to prevent chemical weapons being used in Syria, as conservative chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could not simply look away if such attacks took place.

France warns attack on Syria’s Idlib would pose HUGE security threat to Europe  | World | News |

AN ALL-OUT assault on the rebel-held enclave of Idlib in northwest Syria would pose a huge security threat to Europe, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Mr Le Drian warned there would be “many terrorists who would scatter” in the event of a joint Syrian-Russian offensive, posing “risks for European security”.

Syrian attack on Idlib risks new refugee crisis in Europe | World | The Times

An imminent, full-scale Syrian offensive on Idlib is expected to cause a new humanitarian crisis in Europe, complicating Greek attempts to cope with the tens of thousands of refugees stuck in Aegean island camps, experts in Athens warned today. Aid agencies have condemned Greek migrant camps, which

UN war crimes team documents further Syrian govt. use of banned chlorine

Chlorine gas used against rebels 3 times in Ghouta, Idlib this year bringing to 39 the number of chemical attacks documented since 2013, including 33 attributed to Assads government, perpetrators of the remaining 6 have not been sufficiently identified.

UN report blasts Syrian regime, militias for carrying out chlorine attacks and war crimes | Fox News

A U.N. commission tasked with investigating battles in Syria has accused the Assad regime and affiliated militias of carrying out war crimes as it released a damning report Wednesday highlighting atrocities that have “collectively displaced more than 1 million men, women and children.”

Heavy attacks on Idlib may derail diplomatic efforts – Daily Sabah

The Astana peace process is at stake as a Syrian regime offensive looms over Idlib, say experts

Opinion | To Thwart Iran, Save Idlib – The New York Times

Why is the administration so reluctant to block Tehran’s most dangerous regional gambit?

This Is How to Achieve Progress With Iran | The National Interest

Iran is no more inclined than others to fold rather than fight in response to armed threats from foreigners.

John Kerry admits to meeting Iranian officials over nuclear deal

Kerry said he’s sat down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” in places including Norway and Munich since leaving office last year. Kerry was promoting his new memoir when he was asked about his meetings over the nuclear deal, which Trump pulled the US out of in May.

Western allies back Turkey’s Idlib policy – Daily Sabah

Turkey is not alone in its stance against a mounting Syrian regime offensive on Idlib as the country’s Western allies show support for its diplomatic…

Defense minister says Turkey working to stabilize Syria’s Idlib: Anadolu | Reuters

Any military operation in Syria’s Idlib would bring disaster to the region, Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday by state-run news agency Anadolu.

Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms – Al Arabiya English

Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed

Can Erdogan intimidate Assad into backing off Idlib?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed not to “watch from the sidelines” amid news of increased arms supplies flowing from Turkey to Syrian opposition rebels.

Erdogan reinforces military in Syrias Idlib

To prevent influx of refugees to Turkey, armored vehicles and equipment are sent to the Syrian border; military source says army bolstered 12 Turkish military posts inside Idlib itself.

Turkey reinforces military in Syria’s Idlib after ceasefire call fails | Reuters

Turkey is reinforcing its military posts inside Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, Turkish and Syrian rebels sources say, seeking to deter a government offensive which it says would unleash a humanitarian disaster on its border.

Turkey Secretly Undermining Russia and Iran by Arming Rebel Groups in Syria, Report Claims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opposes the offensive against Idlib because it is expected to cause a humanitarian catastrophe, but he couldn’t convince Russia and Iran to take his advice on Syria.

Syrian Army attacks eastern Idlib after 24 hour pause

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, tonight,

The Latest: UN says 30k displaced by Syria Idlib attacks | Fox News

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:40 The United Nations says over 30,000 people have been displaced in nearly two weeks of escalation in attacks on Syria’s last rebel bastion in the country’s northwest.

ANALYSIS: Tehran Summit and the imminent destruction of Idlib – Al Arabiya English

As the Tehran summit was taking place on September 7, with Iran, Russia and Turkey set to decide the fate of Syria, they were discussing the possible

Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion? | Fox News

The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country’s last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib.

As war looms, UN warns of ‘catastrophic’ crisis in Syria’s Idlib | The Times of Israel

International observers say some 3 million face ‘humanitarian crisis’ as Damascus prepares for final push in northern province

Averting a humanitarian disaster: Israel’s involvement in Syria is no longer just about its own security

When the regime of Bashar Assad launched an all-out assault on eastern Aleppo in 2016, tens of thousands of civilians sought refuge in Idlib province. When Syrian forces crushed the rebellion in Ghouta, thousands more travelled north. Now the Syrian military, with the backing of Iran and Russia, are gearing up for the final assault on the last remaining rebel stronghold of Idlib.

The human price of inaction and action in Syria, Turkey and Libya | Letters | World news | The Guardian

Letters: Margaret Owen, Mary Holmes and Kevin Bannon on the failures of the UK government’s foreign policy

Syria’s defiant Damascus seeks new dawn – CNN

As Syria’s war draws to a close, CNN is in Damascus where markets have sprung to life and people try to restore normality. Syrians are picking up the pieces and, they say, the country will never be as it was before the war — nor should it.

Iran Relocates Consulate In Iraq’s Basra After Attack

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq opened a new consulate for his country in the southern city of Basra, four days after protesters burned down the old mission.

UAWire – Russia transfers new weapons to Syria ‘because of US activity’

The Russian Defense Ministry has transferred anti-air systems to the Khmeimim airbase, the newspaper Kommersant writes, citing a source. According to Kommersant, after the US-led coalition’s previous strike, a Tor-M2 missile system battery has been deployed at the Russian airbase, in addition to the previously deployed anti-air defense systems. In addition, the flotilla of Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea has also been enlarged. On August 25, the frigates Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen from the Black Sea Fleet left Sevastopol in order to reinforce the naval units in the Mediterranean. The ships conducted military drills during the transition journey. On August 16, one of the Black Sea Fleet’s small missile boats, Vyshny Volochyok, also made the trip from Sevastopol to the Mediterranean. The boat is equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles. On August 11, ships from Russia’s North Fleet entered the Mediterranean for the first time this year – the large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk and the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov. On Monday, August 27, Russian Defense Ministry official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the American destroyer USS “Ross”, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, had entered the Mediterranean. The destroyer USS The Sullivans, armed with 56 Tomahawks, is in the Persian Gulf.

U.S. ‘Likely’ Surpasses Saudi Arabia, Russia As Largest Crude Oil Producer

The United States has “likely” surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says.