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When a phantasm fails to sell to the audience, the basic Russian propaganda tactic is to produce a firehose flow of suitable distractions. So after Russia’s “epic fail” week, today we see yet another fabricated claim from Muscovy on the Salisbury attack, yet another fabricated claim on the MH17 loss, yet another fabricated claim on the Zakharchenko liquidation, and more fabricated claims to support the “pre-emptive fake news” effort on the Idlib CW strike. If nothing else, Russia’s propagandists are industrious. Credibility is another matter. The Swiss are not amused with the Netherlands caper, demanding “… that Moscow cease spying activities on its territory after two suspected espionage cases … ”. Verzilov reported to be recovering in a Berlin hospital. Excellent essay by Umland on Glazyev’s successful effort to embroil Russia and Ukraine in war.

In the UK, a Russian falls ill in a Salisbury restaurant with neurological symptoms a paramedic considered near enough to trigger an emergency response – it will be interesting to see what the cause was, given police are reporting it was not Novichok. Until proven otherwise, a Russian диверсия (diverziya) cannot be ruled out.

Stalemate in Idlib continues, while Erdoğan travels to Russia to plead with the Vozhd not to overrun Idlib. Multiple backfill reports on Syria. Two reports on the damage Turkey has suffered under Erdoğan’s rule.

Update on Iran, with Tehran continuing to make demands. Controversy over former SECSTATE Kerry’s meetings with Iran continues, with a suggestion the Logan Act should be invoked.

Britain may have MISSED real ‘novichok assassins’, ex-GRU spy claims | Daily Mail Online

A former Russian spy says he doubts that the men named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bochirov are plausible as killers but may have been ‘watchers’ spying on the Skripal house in Salisbury. Britain may have missed the real ‘novichok assassins’ in Salisbury by concentrating on the Russian pair who were widely seen on CCTV, an ex-GRU spy has claimed. The anonymous retired agent claimed Russian military intelligence uses ‘liquidators’ to kill enemies – but doubts that the men named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are plausible as killers. They could, however, have been ‘watchers’ to report on security around the Skripal family home in Salisbury and pass information to the real hit squad which remain unseen to MI5 and the police, he claimed.

‘Dr. Novichok’: Two More Suspects Wanted in Skripal Case – Reports – Sputnik International

While the identities of the alleged suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal were released days ago, the British media now claim that two more individuals are wanted.

UK Police Say No Evidence Salisbury Restaurant Diners Exposed to Novichok – Sputnik International

LONDON (Sputnik) – The UK police said that they have cordoned off a restaurant in the city of Salisbury after “a medical incident” with two visitors who fell ill on Sunday evening. All of the restaurant’s diners were reportedly asked to provide their blood samples to Salisbury Hospital.

Twitter Ridicules Reports of ‘Russians’ Being Poisoned in Salisbury Restaurant – Sputnik International

On Sunday evening, a number of British media reported that the police had cordoned off an Italian restaurant in the city of Salisbury following a “medical incident” with two guests falling ill.

Novichok poisoning accused will never speak to journalists again – RT |

RT’s editor-in-chief said the duo wants ‘this story to be over’.

Militants Brought Chlorine Gas to Idlib to Stage Chemical Attack – Russian MoD – Sputnik International

Terrorists from the Tahrir al-Sham group transported several barrels of chlorine gas to the village of Basankul, in Syria’s province of Idlib, to stage a false-flag chemical attack, according to a Saturday statement from the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation.

‘Chlorine delivered’: Idlib militants ‘readying false flag attack’ in Syrian village – Russian MoD — RT World News

Militants in Syria’s Idlib have transported several canisters containing chlorine to the village of Bsanqul, apparently preparing to stage a false flag chemical attack, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

Erdogan seeks to find positive solution on Idlib as he meets Putin in Sochi — RT World News

Moscow and Ankara must work out a “positive approach” to tackle the Idlib crisis in Syria, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of holding talks with President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Turkey Sends Huge Military Convoys to Idlib as Damascus’ Op Looms – Reports – Sputnik International

Even though the Turkish defense minister warned against a military solution, Ankara sent reinforcement troops to the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria, Idlib province, on Friday.

Turkey to Cooperate With Russia on Eliminating Terrorists in Idlib – Erdogan – Sputnik International

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on the fight against terrorist groups in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

TASS: World – Turkey plans to strengthen military positions in Syria’s Idlib, says Erdogan

Idlib is the only Syrian province still controlled by illegal armed groups

Serial numbers of missile that downed MH17 show it was produced in 1986, owned by Ukraine – Russia — RT World News

The serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile which downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986, the Russian military said. The projectile was owned by Ukraine, they added.

TASS: World – Russia presents audio recording proving Ukraine’s complicity in MH17 tragedy

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented an audio recording proving Ukraine’s complicity in the MH17 disaster in 2014, the Defense Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media

TASS: Military & Defense – Russia’s Defense Ministry handed over all data on MH17 crash to Dutch side

A Boeing-777 passenger plane operated by Malaysian Airlines crashed on July 17, 2014

In New Claim, Moscow Denies Missile That Brought Down MH17 Came From Russia

The Russian military has made a new claim about the downing of a passenger jet over the war zone in eastern Ukraine in 2014, asserting that the missile that brought Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 down was sent to Soviet Ukraine after it was made in 1986 and never returned to Russia.

Missile that downed Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines over Donbas in 2014 belongs to Ukraine’s Armed Forces – Russian defense ministry –

The missile that downed Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines over Donbas in 2014 belongs to Ukraine’s Armed Forces. A representative of the Russian defense ministry reported this as quoted by Dozhd news channel. The Russian authority claimed that the missile was made at Dolgoprudnensky factory in 1986 and sent to Ukraine’s military unit; it allegedly was kept there until the tragedy happened. The ministry also claimed that it has access to the audio records made by the Ukrainian military; the tapes allegedly confirm that Ukraine is involved in the crash. The Kremlin stated that the video materials presented by the joint investigation group in the MH17 case were ‘fake’. Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well. The international investigation team led by the Dutch experts concluded that the aircraft was shot down by the Russian-made missile; it was fired from the missile launcher, brought from the territory of Russia to the occupied area in Donetsk region.

Russia says flight MH17 downed by Ukraine-owned missile | Euronews

Russia’s Defense Ministry claims the Buk missile was manufactured in 1986 and delivered to Ukraine.

MH17: Russia Insists Missile That Downed Plane Was Ukrainian – The Daily Beast

International community has pointed blame squarely at the Kremlin.

Turchynov says statement of Russia’s defense ministry on MH17 is false

Secretary of the Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said the statement of the Russian side that the missile from which the passenger Boeing of Malaysian Airlines was shot down in 2014 over Donbas was allegedly of Ukrainian origin is false. “The statement of the Russian Federation about the alleged Ukrainian trace of the missile that downed the MH-17 is another unsuccessful Kremlin fake to cover up its crime, which has already been proven both by an official investigation and by independent expert groups,” Turchynov told Interfax-Ukraine in Kyiv on Monday, commenting on the statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Earlier on Monday, head of the Main Missile and Artillery Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry Nikolai Parshin said that the missile of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which was shot down in 2014 by the Malaysian Boeing MH17, was manufactured in Dolgoprudny outside Moscow in 1986 and sent off to Ukraine, where it no longer returned to Russia.

UAWire – New DPR leader accuses Ukraine and foreign intelligence services of assassinating Zakharchenko

The assassination of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko was organized by Ukrainian counterintelligence and …

Zakharchenko’s murder – confession of SBU enlisted suspect revealed –

Zakharchenko’s murder – confession of SBU enlisted suspect revealed. The representatives of the so-called “DNR” made public the “confession” of the suspect of assassination attempt on Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the Head of “DNR” in 2017. The man was allegedly “enlisted” by SBU. “DNR” Ministry of State Security provided Russia-controlled Zvezda TV channel with a video of the questioning, which was later revealed. As the TV channel informed, the man, who introduced himself Oleksandr Pogorelov, was detained in 2017. Yet, after Zakharchenko’s death the officers of State Security Ministry decided to make the video of the questioning public.

U.S. Tells Russia it Could Avoid Novichok Sanctions in Exchange for Chemical Inspections

The United States has said Russia would be able to avoid a second, more punishing round of sanctions over the nerve-agent attack in Britain if it allows chemical weapons inspections. The U.S. sided with the U.K. last month in concluding that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain in March. The first set of American sanctions terminating foreign assistance and some arms sales and financing to Russia, as well as denying the country credit and prohibiting the export of security-sensitive goods and technology, took effect on Aug. 27. On Thursday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing that Washington would adhere to its August pledge to impose “very severe” sanctions on Russia if it does not meet a November deadline to comply with international chemical weapons law. “We have indicated to them that they can make themselves not subject to these sanctions if they allow the on-site inspections, if they will give us verifiable assurance that they will not use these nerve agents against their own people again,” Singh said. Singh also said that Trump administration sanctions have imposed substantial costs on Russia and deter “nefarious activities.” She estimated they have cost the Russian government “tens of billions of dollars.” Russia has called U.S. inspection demands “hypocritical.”

Switzerland Demands Russia ‘End Illegal Activities’ After Two Suspected Spy Cases

A diplomatic war of words between Switzerland and Russia has intensified, with the Swiss demanding that Moscow cease spying activities on its territory after two suspected espionage cases came to l…

UAWire – American strategic bomber approaches Russian borders

A United States Air Force B-52H strategic bomber flew over the coast of the Murmansk region near Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land on September 15, Interfax reports, citing the aviation resources which monitor air traffic. The aircraft with serial number 61-0015 with the tail number Chaos43 departed from Fairford airbase in Britain and close to Russian borders, including the island of Alexandra Land, where the new Russian military base Arctic Shamrock is located. The bomber was above the international waters of the Arctic Ocean and did not violate the border during the flight. The aircraft was also refueled by a US Air Force KC-135. The B-52 bomber has been in service with the US Air Force since 1955 and can carry nuclear weapons. Interfax states that, over the last week, fifteen foreign aircraft were detected near the Russian borders. The fighters of the Russian Aerospace Forces scrambled to intercept the foreign warplanes five times. According to Interfax, by the end of August, 22 foreign warplanes were detected near Russian borders. Russian fighters intercepted 9 of them.

Russia’s biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific

KLERK PENINSULA, Russia (AP) — Russian naval forces have conducted a submarine search using an anti-submarine ship and a helicopter in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s largest-ever military exercises.

Russians resume protests against pension age reform after detentions

Around 500 people demonstrated in St Petersburg on Sunday against planned increases in Russia’s pension age, a week after hundreds were detained for protesting against the reform that has hurt President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating. The proposed change, already amended by Putin, envisages

Russian Activist Verzilov Doing ‘Better’ After Possible Poisoning

Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot and the dissident art troupe Voina, is doing better since he arrived in Berlin for treatment following a suspected…

The Glazyev Tapes, Origins of the Donbas Conflict, and Minsk Agreements – To Inform is to Influence

Clearly, Russia supported this operation, to take over Crimea and Donbas, since before the beginning. Russia broke a multitude of international laws in doing so and should be named, shamed, and blamed. Excellent article by Andreas Umland.   </end editorial> by Andreas Umland  |  on September 13th, 2018 What are the origins of the armed conflict that has…

Andreas Umland | The Glazyev Tapes, Origins of the Donbas Conflict, and Minsk Agreements – Foreign Policy Blogs

What are the origins of the armed conflict that has been raging in eastern Ukraine since 2014? Which role did Russia play in the emergence and escalation of the originally unarmed confrontation, in the Donets Basin (Donbas), after the victory of the Euromaidan revolution? When, how and to what degree exactly did Moscow get involved? Which relative weight did local sources of the conflict compared to the impact of foreign factors, i.e. the Kremlin’s covert actions in Ukraine? These and similar questions are not only academic topics hotly debated in Ukraine and the West. The way one answers them has also far-reaching implications for Western thinking, policies and diplomacy with regard to Russia and Ukraine today and tomorrow. Since 2014, an array of new evidence and research has emerged that helps clarifying the picture.

UAWire – American mixed martial arts fighter Jeffrey Monson becomes Russian Deputy

RBC news agency reports that U.S. mixed martial arts fighter Jeffrey Monson, who was granted Russian citizenship three months ago, was elected …

Salisbury Prezzo restaurant is sealed off in novichok scare | News | The Times

A restaurant in Salisbury was on lockdown last night after a man and woman who are said to be Russian collapsed. The city is already tense after the novichok attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March. Emergency services, including police officers in protective suits, went to Prezzo at about 6.45pm

Police say Novichok not to blame for illness after sealing off Salisbury restaurant

Police closed streets in Salisbury and an Italian restaurant last night as a &quot;precautionary measure&quot; after two people were taken ill amid heightened tensions in the wake of the Novichok poisonings.

Police seal off Salisbury restaurant over ‘medical incident’ – BBC News

Officers were called to a Prezzo outlet in the Wiltshire town after a man and woman were taken ill.

Novichok panic in Salisbury as two ‘Russian’ diners fall ill at Prezzo restaurant metres from where Skripals collapsed – Mirror Online

The man in his 40s and woman in her 30s showed symptoms consistent with poisoning but after both were assessed in hospital, there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance

British Police Rule Out Novichok In Latest Salisbury Incident

British police have ruled out the nerve agent Novichok in an incident in which two people fell ill after eating in a restaurant in Salisbury, the town where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and …

British Police: Two People Taken Ill In Salisbury Restaurant

British police say that two people have fallen ill after eating in a restaurant in Salisbury, the town where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March.

Police: Novichok not cause of mystery illness – CNN Video

British police say there is “nothing to suggest that Novichok” caused two people to fall ill this weekend at a restaurant in Salisbury, England, where earlier this year the nerve agent was used in an attempted assassination. CNN’s Nic Robertson reports.

U.K. Police: Novichok Unrelated to Sick Salisbury Diners | Time

British police say there is no evidence that nerve agent Novichok is connected to two people who became ill in a Salisbury restaurant

‘Nothing to suggest’ novichok involved as ‘Russian’ falls ill in Salisbury

A man and woman fell ill at a Prezzo restaurant after concerns they had been exposed to “an unknown substance”.

Salisbury police discount Novichok as source of new mystery illness – CNN

British police say there is “nothing to suggest that Novichok” caused two people to fall ill this weekend at a restaurant in Salisbury, where earlier this year the nerve agent was used in an attempted assassination.

Salisbury city centre sealed off as two Prezzo diners fall ill ‘with symptoms consistent with Novichok poisoning’ – Mirror Online

The man and woman, one of whom is believed to be Russian,

Roads Shut, Hazmat Team Called After Two Fall Ill in Novochok-Poisoning City Salisbury

Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent.

UK police reassure public in Salisbury as 2 diners fall ill – ABC News

Concerns mounted after two people became ill at a restaurant in Salisbury.

Two people fall ill in restaurant in poison attack city: UK police | Reuters

Two people fell ill on Sunday while eating at a restaurant in Salisbury, the English city where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March, police said.

Report: Russian Agents Did Drugs, Partied With London Prostitute Before Skripal Poisoning – The Daily Beast

The two Russian agents Putin claims were just tourists reportedly had a drug-fueled night in London just before the attempted assassination.

UAWire – Media finds additional links between Skripal’s poisoning suspects and Russian Defense Ministry

The documents related to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, which were previously published by the news outlet, Insider and investigative group Bellingcat provided new evidence of the involvement of the Russian special services in Skripal’s poisoning case. Journalists from the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta analyzed the documents and found new references to Russian intelligence services in the investigation materials. One of these was an annotated number, “195-76-66” next to the note “do not give information.” According to the Russian media, the numbers could be a Moscow phone number belonging to the Foreign Military Overview magazine, which is under the Russian Defense Ministry. The number could also be related to the automatic telephone station 195 in the Khoroshevsky district of Moscow where the headquarters of the Main Intelligence Directorate is located. During a conversation with the newspaper, a former special services employee suggested that the number in the document is a phone number for the Human Resources Department of the place where Skripal’s suspected would-be killers, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, work. The documents published earlier also contain an analysis of the dossier of the Federal Migration Service where Petrov obtained a passport in 2009 “instead of his spoiled one.” The Migration Service did not obtain information about his previous passports and other data that are usually requested from the owners of Russian passports. Petrov’s passport paperwork is stamped with “do not provide information” and “classified.” Bellingcat’s sources say it shows his affiliation with intelligence services. According to this data, Petrov was born in Kotlas in 1979 and has lived in Moscow in the Chertanovo district since 2007. BBC journalists found in the Federal Service of State Registration, Land Register and Mapping that last year, Petrov indeed owned the apartment in Chertanovo but his name, surname and patronymic and age do not match the data of “the correct” Petrov. The apartment is registered to another person now.

Novichok suspects’ drug-fuelled night of ‘cannabis and prostitutes’ at £75-a-night East London hotel just hours before Salisbury attack – To Inform is to Influence

I shudder to think what the Russian response to this might be.  *cough* Yeah, right. Deny, deny, deny.  ‘These are good lads. They don’t use illegal drugs in Russia, so why in the UK?’  ‘They didn’t hire a prostitute’.  Is that because the Russian media is saying they’re gay?  If Maria Zakharova, Sergei Lavrov, or Vladimir…

Dreaming of spires and novichok — in the footsteps of Salisbury sightseers | News | The Sunday Times

“You can’t do Salisbury in just one day,” said an American in the city yesterday. “Certainly not when you’re 72.”Or can you?Jokes have flooded the internet since Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the Russians suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, claimed last week they were only in th

Drones tested for chemical detection in wake of Novichok attack – AOL

Teams in hazardous material suits have been a feature in Salisbury after the Novichok attack, but future chemical tests could be aided by drones.The Ministry of Defence said on Monday that a fleet

What is the nerve agent Novichok, was it used in the Salisbury and Amesbury poisoning, who are the Russian suspects and is there an antidote?

Novichok nerve agents – which were developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s – were used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia

Putin, Erdogan To Meet In Sochi For ‘Serious’ Talks On Syria’s Idlib

The presidents of Russia and Turkey, which are backing different sides in the Syrian conflict, are set to meet on September 17 for what the Kremlin described as “very serious” talks on the situ…

Erdogan, Putin to hold talks in Sochi over Idlib situation | Syria News | Al Jazeera

Turkey’s president says he expects the meeting to have positive outcome to prevent humanitarian tragedy in Idlib.

Erdogan makes final plea to Russia over Idlib assault | World | The Times

President Erdogan will fly into Russia today for a showdown with President Putin over the fate of three million people trapped in Syria’s last rebel-held province. They will meet in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where the Turkish leader is expected to renew his calls for a ceasefire in Idlib, north

Erdoğan-Putin meeting last opportunity to prevent humanitarian tragedy in Idlib – Daily Sabah

The meeting between Erdoğan and Putin may be the last chance to avoid a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, as the Assad regime continues to target civilians in the province

Turkey’s resolve to stop displacement in Syria’s Idlib

Turkish aid agency IHH says people in Syria’s Idlib pray day and night for Turkey’s support – Anadolu Agency

Erdogan says Turkey’s ceasefire calls in Idlib yielded results | Reuters

President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s calls for a ceasefire in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region were bearing fruit after days of relative calm but more work needed to be done, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Russia Bombing Syria’s Idlib Province; Major Offensive May Have Stalled Out

Russia indicates it will continue bombing “terrorist” positions in Idlib province, but the major Russian-Syrian offensive may have stalled.

The Fight For Syria’s Idlib Could Be An “Archduke Ferdinand” Moment For NATO | Ahval


Bashar Assad’s Idlib attack to test U.S. Syria, Russia policy – Washington Times

With Bashar Assad and his Russian allies on the verge of victory in Syria’s civil war, the Trump administration is facing new pressure to respond forcefully and prevent a bloodbath of historic proportions — but analysts say the U.S. has virtually no good options, as seven years of muddy American policy toward Syria has left Moscow holding all the cards.

Last stand: Syria’s rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle | Fox News

They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions.

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians in Idlib head underground

Backed by its allies Russia and Iran, the Syrian regime has targeted several areas of Idlib with artillery and air strikes, sometimes hitting hospitals and rescue centres in the country’s last major opposition and rebel-held stronghold.

Fearing air assault, some in Idlib carve out shelter underground | The Times of Israel

Chipping away at rock to create subterranean havens, Syrians look to caves as last resort with major Russian-backed regime offensive closing in

F-35s ready for war if Syrian tensions explode – We Are The Mighty

The US has a small aircraft carrier hosting F-35B stealth fighter jets in the Middle East as Russia threatens US forces in Syria.

Saving Idlib | Comment | The Times

The savage Syrian war is approaching its endgame. After more than seven years of fighting, half a million people are dead and a new Syrian diaspora extends across the world. Cities have been bombed flat, and the helplessness of the West in fighting a stubborn dictatorship with powerful allies has do

Erdogan’s One-Man Rule Takes Its Toll on Turkey

The Turkish president’s foreign and economic policies have strained the country’s relationships abroad and plunged its economy into crisis, all in the name of preserving his image as a strong, independent leader.

UAWire – Stoltenberg: Turkey is challenging NATO by purchasing the S-400 missile systems from Russia

Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems is a challenge for NATO, said the Alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg. At the Heritage Foundation seminar in Washington, Stoltenberg recalled that the S-400 is incompatible with other NATO systems and cannot be integrated into a unified network of air defense. He emphasized that Turkey has the right to make its own decisions on defense, but he also expressed the hope that a compromise can be reached. “I hope that a solution can be found because what we see now is a challenge for everyone. There are disagreements over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems,” Stoltenberg added. He called Turkey “a very important ally” of NATO despite the current difficulties.

Iran on the edge | The Indian Express

US sanctions have pushed the country’s economy to the brink.

Iran says U.S. pullout from nuclear deal threatens regional peace | Reuters

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and major powers is “doomed” to seriously affect peace and security in the Middle East, Iran’s atomic chief said on Monday.

Not an easy time at all and no thanks to the U.S. – Tehran Times

The world waits to see what the Syrian Arab Army and allies are going to do now that the “West” has warned it will attack Syria if there’s a full scale assault on the terrorists in Idlib. I would humbly suggest surrounding Idlib with a single exit corridor for civilians and starve al Qaeda and the rest of the terrorists into submission. Syria can appeal for support on the civilian question in Idlib.

Mike Pompeo blasts John Kerry for Iran meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif – Washington Times

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

Huckabee: Kerry Talking to Iranians ‘Makes the Case’ for First-Ever Logan Act Conviction | Fox News Insider

Mike Huckabee reacted Sunday on “Fox &amp; Friends” to former Secretary of State John Kerry for holding private meetings with Iranian officials.

John Kerry hits back after Trump tweet about Iran ‘illegal meetings’ | Daily Mail Online

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on the Real Time with Bill Maher show Friday night and responded to accusations against him from President Donald Trump on Thursday.

US sanctions on Iran are ‘unproductive’ and ‘wrong’, Russia’s energy minister says

U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry are unproductive and there will be consequences to such a move, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told CNBC.