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Definitely another self-inflicted propaganda “epic fail” week, in some respects probably worse than the previous two, as any goodwill in Israel will have rapidly evaporated this week. Denials at the highest level in Muscovy on the identity of Col. Chepiga. Diaspora website Rosbalt reports a witchhunt in Russia to locate the source(s) of leaked passport data. Two reports from Medusa (below) show the regime has a credibility problem at home on this subject.

Dr. Shevtsova’s essay on the replacement of the competent with those loyal to the regime and its deeply corrosive impact on every aspect of Russia’s ability to function as a traditional nation-state is a detailed exposition of exactly how and why Russia has become a menace to itself and others. Khots elaborates on Russia’s obsession with fakery and argues this has become a feature of its culture, observing that “In the era of ‘developed Putinism,’ we imitate an imperial policy and the Soviet past, all the more deeply driving ourselves into the pit of our own inadequacy. This total system of imitation long ago became the essence of the national existence” and “the weakness of ‘the Russian world’ is in its inclination to falsehood and to its attempts to deceive life, history and even time. This total system of imitations follows us to the grave”. Eidman’s essay on Russia’s hidden anti-Semitism is on target – why has the regime spent so heavily on feeding every nasty anti-Semitic crackpot movement in Europe, and in Russia, since 2014?

Surprisingly little on the loss of the COOT, the recent PopMech article on the loss of the Kursk SSGN is timely as it is the template for the current deception campaign around the COOT. The three journalists murdered in Africa were reported to be investigating Russian arms shipments. Australia declares its intent to increase pressure on Muscovy over MH17.

UK related news is of much interest. UK PM May lambasts Muscovy in the UN. UK SECSTATE Hunt is reported to have had a loud disagreement with the not-so-comical Sergei at the UN over Salisbury, and in a Sky News interview, observes that Russia is at the “top of the list”, and that Russia will find “the price will be too high” for using CW. UK media report that the identity of a third GRU covert operator involved in the Salisbury attack will be disclosed very soon. BBC Newsnight interview with a Bellingcat analyst is very illuminating, he notes that his former Spetsnaz friends were convinced that deploying a highly decorated GRU Colonel to do what is considered the job of a 1st Lt. or Capt. indicates a directive from the highest levels of government, and that Bellingcat expect to disclose the real identity of Col. Chepiga’s associate very soon. Possibly most interesting though, are two reports confirming Col. Chepiga’s background, one by a former school classmate in Siberia, and another by his former academy CO.

Israeli PM Netanyahu briefs the UN on a second warehouse of nuclear weapons research materials, mothballed in Tehran, while Iran responds with insults. Iran claims a victory in the UN. US intel assessments reported to indicate probable attacks by Iranian proxies in Iraq and Syria. The Shiraz billboard story shows a regime steeped in clueless fakery, almost as inept as Russians doing a poster of Russian VDV troops, using photos of Ukrainian Army VDV.

Syria / Idlib updates. Erdogan visit to Germany covered in much detail, including some tragic collateral.

The Kremlin says thinking one of the Salisbury suspects is a GRU colonel is like believing that Red Square’s Stalin impersonators are the real thing — Meduza

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that he’s unaware of anyone named Anatoly Chepiga receiving the Hero of the Russian Federation medal, insisting that officials checked the Defense Ministry’s records. Peskov also mocked photographic evidence that Anatoly Chepiga is actually the cathedral-obsessed, possibly gay fitness instructor “Ruslan Boshirov,” which British officials say is the cover identity for one of the GRU agents who carried out a nerve-agent attack this March in the town of Salisbury that killed British citizen Dawn Sturgess and hospitalized former double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter. “All this speculation about who resembles whom… We’ve still got 10 Stalins and 15 Lenins running around Red Square. And they all look remarkably like the real thing,” Peskov said.

Russia Dismisses Claims That Spy Poisoning Suspect Is Military Colonel – WSJ

Russia sought to dismiss a report identifying one of the suspects in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury as a highly decorated special service operative.

Moscow dismisses report claiming to identify Skripal suspect

Moscow scoffed at a report claiming one of the suspects in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal was in Russian military intelligence.

UAWire – Media: Russian FSB searching for those who leaked information on Skripal’s poisoning suspects

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is searching for the people who leaked information on Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, Britain’s prime suspects in Skripal poisoning case. The leaked information included Petrov and Boshirov’s passport application forms, as well as Russian border crossing information from the Rospasport and migration systems, Rosbalt reports, citing a source familiar with the situation. According to Rosbalt’s source, FSB operatives are looking for Interior Ministry employees who may have sold or given journalists or other entities the forms and other documents pertaining to Petrov and Boshirov. “Information containing personal data should not be in free circulation. There have already been serious incidents where such ‘holes’ have been used by criminals, and by western intelligence agencies, including Ukraine’s. It’s enough to remember the Myrotvorets list, which contains personal data on people,” the news agency’s source explained, adding that serious measures would be taken against the people responsible for the leak. It has already been established that the information was leaked from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. One source claims that the staff member who leaked the forms may have simply processed an order, without knowing whose data he was selling. The FSB’s operations have affected the black market for confidential information on citizens. Rosbalt notes that it is no longer possible to buy data from the Federal Migration Service (FMS) database or the systems which record crossings of the Russian border. On September 14, Bellingcat published the results of a joint investigation with The Insider on the Salisbury incident, which included copies of Petrov and Boshirov’s documents. One of the images showed Petrov’s passport information from the FMS database, with a stamp stating “Do not provide any information”, and the abbreviation “S.S.” which in Russian can stand for “top secret”, indicating that Petrov is an intelligence agent.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Stupidity and Failure ‘the New Normal’ of the Self-Destructive Russian State, Shevtsova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 27 – The number of stupidities and failures of the Russian state is increasing so rapidly and the efforts of the authorities to correct any one of them are so transparently counter-productive, Liliya Shevtsova says, that it is time to stop “moaning” and recognize that this is “the new normal” for the Russian state. What “we see,” the Russian commentator continues, is the result of a regime that has made its own reproduction and survival an end in itself and thus has engaged in “the negative selection of the elite on the basis of loyalty” rather than competence and effectiveness ( This is no ordinary crisis, Shevtsova says. Were it so, then society would be exploring new decisions and seeking new people to make them. But that isn’t happening, and as a result, “society together with its super-structure is beginning to rot” and that trend in turn is “not allowing the country to find the strength for change.” As a result, the rulers can continue to “hobble on.” “There are now mass protests. And those which do occur can be ignored or crushed.” But nonetheless things are taking a serious turn: “The powers that be, striving to ensure that they remain in power forever, are destroying the state.” Indeed, “we’ve reached a point where the ruling class is destroying statehood.” “Having outsourced the use of force to volunteer oprichniki, the powers are depriving the state of its most important characteristic – a monopoly on the use of violence. Having made Russia a worldwide scarecrow, they have undermined the international status of the state and the external environment of its existence,” Shevtsova says. “Having shifted from strategic planning inn favor of tactical maneuvers, the authorities have deprived the state of the ability to make progress. Having made the state a weapon of clan rule, they have undermined stability, forcing society to defend its rights ‘via the street,’” the commentator argues. And “finally by destroying institutions and making rule of the game relative … the powers that be are leading the country into the state where everything is permitted. When that begins, there won’t be any salvation for anyone.” Those in the Kremlin almost certainly understand that this is where they are leading Russia, but “they are not able to stop themselves.” And within living memory, they have a model of what they are doing and what it may mean. “In 1991,” Shevtsova concludes, “autocracy survived by throwing the Soviet state into the trash bin. Today, autocracy is attempting to survive” by substituting a “cardboard” model for “the post-Soviet state” and singing “songs about state power.” This strategy will work for a time, but it carries with it the seeds of its own destruction.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia Now ‘Land of Imitations,’ Even in Its Cemeteries, Khots Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 27 – Russians persist in imagining themselves and presenting themselves to others as something they aren’t, Moscow journalist Aleksandr Khots says; and this pattern of deception extends to all aspects of life and even into death where it increasingly defines what Russian cemeteries are like. “The strength of Western culture,” he continues, is its connection with reality. The Enlightenment in Europe left a philosophical heritage which gave it immunity from mythology,” Khots continues. “This respect for reality makes life truly alive and allows forward movement without falling into falsehood” ( reposted at But “the weakness of ‘the Russian world,’” he says, “is in its inclination to falsehood and to its attempts to deceive life, history and even time. This total system of imitations follows us to the grave” with paper and increasingly plastic flowers that do not fade instead of real ones that do just as all life does. “Russian cemeteries,” Khots says, “have always elicited with me heavy feelings, chiefly because of the excess of paper and now of plastic.” Russians don’t seem to be able to accept the reality of death anymore than they accept the reality of what occurs while they are on this earth and try to act as if with paper or plastic they can overcome that. “Beginning with Peter, the imitation of Western forms has successfully become rooted in Russian history, including the current regime with its simulacra of ‘a parliament,’ ‘democracy,’ ‘elections,’ ‘judges’ and laws,’ the journalist writes. “We have successfully imitated a legal state and a Western way of life. Moreover, “we depict ourselves as Europeans, acting as if we live in ‘a European country,’ listen to Elton John while despising his marriage and his sexuality, carrying Apple smartphones while despising Tim Cook, vacationing in Europe while despising human rights and LGBT equality, wearing clothes ‘from Versace … while despising the creator of the brand.” “In the era of ‘developed Putinism,’ we imitate an imperial policy and the Soviet past, all the more deeply driving ourselves into the pit of our own inadequacy. This total system of imitation long ago became the essence of the national existence” of Russia and Russians, Khots argues. We try to “deceive history by presenting ourselves to others and ourselves as what we in fact are not, neither an empire, nor Europeans, nor a legal state, nor a successful model of development, nor a center of strength, nor a democracy, nor a moral authority, nor a center of world culture,” he continues. Even Russian drunkenness is part of this: intoxication allows “an imitation psychology” because those who have had too much to drink can imagine themselves or try to present themselves to others as what they are not. And this passion for imitation has now spread to the cemeteries, where Russians try to suggest there is life where there isn’t. “Withering is part of life,” Khots says. Moreover, “it is a reality which it is useful to remember rather than deceiving oneself with ‘the immortality’ of cheap plastic.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: As in Soviet Past, Russian Anti-Semitism ‘Masked’ Under Criticism of Israel, Eidman Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 27 – Just like its Soviet predecessor, the present-day Russian regime promotes enemies of various kinds to rally the population to its side; and as in the past, Moscow is turning to “the most tested” candidate for this role, the Jews, under cover of attacks on the State of Israel, Igor Eidman says. Other enemies having proven incapable of doing the job, the Russian commentator says, the Russian state and its media are making anti-Semitism “a fashionable propagandistic trend,” restoring in the persons of media stars like Solovyev, Satanovsky and Kedmi “a new anti-Zioinist committee” to do so ( Their repeated and increasingly harsh and direct attacks on Israel and their implicit attacks on Jews as the enemy constitute “the most hard-core Black Hundreds anti-Semitism” by exploiting “old prejudices” about the supposedly nefarious Jews and their hostility to all things Russia and Russian, Eidman continues. The only difference from the past, he suggests, is that “the detonator of the anti-Semitic company instead of the traditional blood libel” is the Jewish attack on a Russian plane in which Russian military personnel died. “I fear this is only the beginning,” Eidman says. Unfortunately, there are at least three pieces of evidence which suggest he is unlikely to be wrong unless the Kremlin is criticized and held to account for what it is doing. First, Eidman is hardly alone in pointing to the fact that Russia today could easily re-establish a Soviet-style Anti-Zionist Committee. See, for example, Second, a Russian historian has suggested that his countrymen should be “proud” of the cooperation that existed between Stalin and Hitler that allowed for the participation of Poland ( and In the past, Russian historians and commentators have presented the alliance between the two dictators as a forced measure that won Moscow time to prepare for an inevitable German invasion. Now, one is prepared to say that forming an alliance with the Nazis was not a lesser evil but a greater good – and that Russians should view its consequences with pride. And third, the Moscow Human Rights Bureau in a new report points to the rise of xenophobic attitudes in Russia today ( and Nationalist and extremist attitudes, the group says, are “adapting to new historical conditions,” and because of this, they are again growing, as a result of several factors including “the growth in protest activity over pension reforms, the tax burden and inflation,” all things Russians want to blame on someone. Moreover, the report says that “the unceasing confrontation with the West, the new sanctions wave against Russia and also harsh information pressure are strengthening ‘defensive attitudes.’ As a result, there has been a strengthening of ideas about the dramatic ‘loneliness,’ and isolation of Russia and also hostility to ‘outsiders.’” All these things have generated increases in anti-Semitism in Russia in the past. Tragically, they appear to be doing the same thing once again.

The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster

A navy fleet exercise became a desperate race to recover survivors hundreds of feet beneath the sea.

Documentary filmmakers killed this July in Africa were reportedly investigating Russian arms shipments to mercenary groups — Meduza

Before his murder on July 30, Russian journalist Orkhan Dzhemal was reportedly investigating the possible shipment of Russian firearms to private military companies operating in the Central African Republic, sources told the independent television network Dozhd. One source close to the Russian Federal Security Service claims he had advised Dzhemal about the weapons transfers, saying that the reporter went to Africa to film documentary evidence of the shipments. Dzhemal allegedly learned from his sources in the Russian Defense Ministry when to expect a shipment of guns to a mercenary group. Nadezhda Kevorkova, Dzhemal’s friend and fellow reporter, says she spoke to him several weeks before his death, when he said he worried about being arrested. Another friend told Dozhd that Dzhemal stopped using his telephone, fearing wiretaps. One Defense Ministry source told Dozhd that the ministry raised the secrecy level of information about Russia’s operations in the Central African Republic, after the killing of Dzhemal and two other reporters.

Australia is ready to increase pressure on Russia due to MH17 crash –

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne confirms that Australia completely recognizes the conclusions of the Joint Investigation Team.

“Australia has full confidence in JIT findings,” – FM Payne on decision to hold Russia responsible for MH17 downing (28.09.18 11:19) « World | Censor.NET

28.09.18 11:19 – “Australia has full confidence in JIT findings,” – FM Payne on decision to hold Russia responsible for MH17 downing Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday met with foreign ministers from The Netherlands, Ukraine, Belgium and Malaysia to hold Russia responsible. View news.

Payne ramps up MH17 pressure on Russia

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has called out Russia for not accepting the findings of the independent investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has called out Russia for not accepting the findings of the independent investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. Ms Payne, at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, met with foreign ministers from The Netherlands, Ukraine, Belgium and Malaysia to hold Russia responsible. “Today, my colleagues from the other Joint Investigation Team countries and I met in New York and reaffirmed our commitment to establishing the truth behind the downing of MH17 and prosecuting those responsible,” Ms Payne, who is leading Australia’s delegation at the UN General Assembly this week, said in a statement. “I reaffirmed our unconditional support for the JIT’s independent investigation. “We regret that Russia has not accepted the factual findings of the JIT to date and reiterate that Australia has full confidence in the impartiality, independence and professionalism of the JIT and in its findings.”

May blasts Putin at UN: Prime Minister delivers fiery speech in front of Russian minister, openly accusing Moscow of ‘reckless use of chemical weapons in Britain’ and calling on leaders to stand up to ‘corrupt oligarchies’ | Daily Mail Online

The Prime Minister used a UN Security Council meeting on chemical weapons to point the finger of blame of Russia for the ‘reckless’ nerve agent attack. She used UN Security Council meeting on chemical weapons to attack Russia. Mrs May said UK presented ‘evidence against two agents of the Russian state’. She blasted Russia saying it sought to ‘obfuscate through desperate fabrication’.

Jeremy Hunts points the finger at Putin over Salisbury attack after ‘frank’ meeting with Kremlin foreign minister to underline threat to world peace of chemical weapons | Daily Mail Online

The Foreign Secretary revealed he had a ‘frank’ meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in New York – diplomatic code for a blazing row. Jeremy Hunt said Putin had to take responsibility for actions of Kremlin agents. Britain has said Russia is to blame for the Salisbury nerve agent attack in March. The UK has named two suspects and one has been unveiled as a GRU officer. Kremlin hits back calling report ‘fibs’ and ‘pure nonsense’ cooked up by traitors.

UK foreign minister says Russia may wonder if Skripal poisoning was smart | Reuters

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that the world would not be a comfortable place for Russia if it used chemical weapons, adding that the Kremlin may be regretting ordering an attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury.US

Jeremy Hunt warns Russia: ‘The price will be too high’

The foreign secretary tells Sky News that dealing with Moscow is “top of the list” of challenges he faces .

Third GRU agent who carried out Skripal reconnaissance mission identified by secret services

A third Russian military intelligence officer who carried out a reconnaissance mission before the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been identified by counter-terrorism police and the security services, the Telegraph understands.

Report: Third Alleged Russian Agent Involved In Skripal Mission Identified

A third Russian military intelligence officer who carried out a reconnaissance mission before the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been identified by British coun…

Third GRU agent who carried out Skripal reconnaissance mission identified by secret services – media | UNIAN

A third Russian military intelligence officer who carried out a reconnaissance mission before the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been identified by counter-terrorism police and the security services, the Telegraph understands. The GRU officer is expected to have reported back on details such as the layout of the cul de sac and which door Mr. Skripal used to enter the property. A third Russian military intelligence officer who carried out a reconnaissance mission before the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been identified by counter-terrorism police and the security services, the Telegraph understands. The GRU agent is believed to have visited Salisbury to help plan the attack before two of his colleagues brought weapons-grade nerve agent into the UK, according to the Telegraph. It is understood that the man has now been identified by those investigating the planned hit in March, which inadvertently led to the death of local woman Dawn Sturgess.

Russian journalists find a childhood classmate who confirms that one of the Salisbury suspects is really a man researchers say is a GRU colonel — Meduza

A woman living in the town of Berezovka, in Russia’s Amur region, says she recognizes Anatoliy Chepiga as “Ruslan Boshirov,” one of the suspects identified by British authorities in the Salisbury attack that killed British citizen Dawn Sturgess and hospitalized former double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter. “Yeah that’s Tolya,” the woman told the newspaper Kommersant, on the condition of anonymity. She says the two were close back in high school, and she recognized his voice when he appeared in a television interview with Margarita Simonyan on RT. The woman has only good things to say about Chepiga: “He didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, and never got involved with any bad crowd.” Another woman in Berezovka told Kommersant that Chepiga served in “the secret service” in various “hot spots” after graduating from a military academy. “His mother would cry,” the woman said, adding that she last saw him roughly 10 years ago, but she didn’t recognize the photos of Chepiga published in the news media. “He was already almost bald,” the woman said. “He’s not very similar to this photo. He had an unguarded look, but this one’s looking up from under his eyebrows. Though his eyes were dark brown.” Berezovka is located about 23 miles from the town of Nikolayevka, where Chepiga was born. Kommersant says it learned that Chepiga’s family spent many years in Berezovka before moving to Blagoveshchensk, the Amur region’s administrative center.

Salisbury suspect’s alleged military academy commander says he was trained to be a soldier, not a spy — Meduza

Anatoly Chepiga’s former commander at the Far Eastern Military Command Academy told the news agency RIA Novosti that media reports about Chepiga’s alleged role in the Salisbury attack are “a bit schizophrenic.” Alexander Borzhko said the academy trained Chepiga to be a soldier, not a spy, and he confirmed that Chepiga fought in Chechnya.

Revealed: Novichok suspect’s real name – BBC Newsnight – YouTube

BBC Newsnight Published on Sep 27, 2018 One of the Skripal suspects has been named as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga. We spoke to one of the journalists who identified him. Subscribe to our channel here: President Putin has always insisted that the two men wanted in the UK for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, were just ordinary civilians on holiday. Yet according to Russian investigative journalist ‘Bellingcat’, one of the suspects is not a fitness instructor he claimed to be, but Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga — a highly decorated Russian Military Intelligence Officer. We speak to ‘Bellingcat’ – one of the anonymous journalists behind the investigation – to find out how this information was revealed and how close they are close to finding the real identity of the second suspect. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

Who Is Anatoliy Chepiga? ‘Hero of Russian Federation’ Unmasked as Real Suspect of U.K. Salisbury Spy Poisoning

Sources said he received Russia’s highest honor from Vladimir Putin.

Skripal poisoning suspect identified as Russian intelligence officer – INSIDER

The UK accused two Russian men of poisoning a former Russian spy in England earlier this year. One of the men, known as “Ruslan Boshirov,” has been identified as Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a high-ranking intelligence official in Russia, disproving Moscow’s claim that they were civilians.

Suspect accused of poisoning Russian spy was once honored by Putin

British authorities have named Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov as suspects in the Novichok nerve agent attack on former spook Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury but said these were likely aliases.

This Salisbury suspect just got outed as a Russian colonel who once received an award from Putin – VICE News

The Kremlin still insists they were innocent tourists who traveled to the English city to marvel at its cathedral.

Bellingcat: Spy Poisoning Suspect is Highly Decorated Russian Colonel

An investigative group in Britain says it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K. as a highly-decorated colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. | Breitbart London

🇬🇧 UK poisoning suspect reportedly a Russian colonel | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Sep 27, 2018 New claims suggest one of the suspects in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian agent in the UK is a Russian colonel decorated by Vladimir Putin. He is one of two men now in Russia who are wanted by the British authorities for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, in March. Al Jazeera’s Alexi O’Brien reports.

Bellingcat: The website behind the Skripal revelation – BBC News

Bellingcat claims to have uncovered the identity of one of the Salisbury suspects. So what is it?

Benjamin Netanyahu gets standing ovation after praising Donald Trump at UN for protection | World | News |

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation after praising US President Donald Trump for having “unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself” during a United Nations address.

Why Benjamin Netanyahu just now busted Iran’s nuclear deception

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Iran has “another secret facility in Tehran — a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.”

‘What Iran Hides, Israel Will Find’: Netanyahu Issues New Claim of Secret Iranian Nuclear Facilities in UN Speech | Jewish & Israel News

Netanyahu accuses Iran of having secret atomic warehouse | TheHill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed on Thursday that Iran was concealing a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran and tore into European countries for turning a blind eye to Iranian nuclear activity.

Iran denies Israeli accusation of ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation

Netanyahu, in U.N. speech, claims secret Iranian nuclear site | Reuters

me Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday described what he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.US

Netanyahu: Iran has ‘secret atomic archive’ with up to 300 tons of nuclear supplies

Iran has maintained a “secret atomic warehouse” in its capital containing stockpiles of “radioactive material” and other equipment related to its nuclear weapons program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told world leaders Thursday.

Netanyahu’s speech at the UN – Israel National News

Read the full transcript of the Prime Minister’s speech at the UN General Assembly.

Netanyahu: Iran Has “A Secret Atomic Warehouse” – YouTube

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Published on Sep 27, 2018 In a speech at the UN General Assembly on September 27 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside Tehran, despite the 2015 deal with world powers – the Joint and Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). (AP) Originally published at –

Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim — again – The Washington Post

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fires new salvo in his campaign to prove that Tehran can’t be trusted

Iran mocks new nuclear claims by Israel’s PM – BBC News

Its foreign minister dismisses Mr. Netanyahu’s “revelation” at the UN as an “arts and craft show”.

Can Iran Stop Israel in Syria? New Warnings as Russia Prepares Missile Defense

Iran’s top security official said Israel “will face regrettable reactions” if it tries to attack Syria again, as Russia’s strategic balance sways.

US increasingly concerned about Iranian proxy attacks – CNNPolitics

A US intelligence assessment conducted in recent days has concluded that Iranian-backed militias and proxy forces could be planning a strike against US military forces or interests in the Middle East, according to three defense officials.

Bolton Puts Mattis in a Tight Spot on Syria – Foreign Policy

Legally, the U.S. has to use troops there to fight the Islamic State. But the White House wants them to deter Iran.

Pompeo slams EU plan to avoid Iran sanctions: disturbed, disappointed

Growing divisions between the U.S. and its traditional allies have seen the EU find common cause with Russia and China on issues like the Iran deal and trade tariffs.

EU news: Tusk claims Iran nuclear deal is ‘good for EU’ in MAJOR swipe at Trump | World | News |

DONALD Tusk defended the Iran nuclear deal saying it’s “good for Europe” during his speech at the UN General Assembly, in a major swipe at US President Donald Trump who branded the agreement “decaying and rotten”.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards warns Saudi Arabia, UAE to respect its ‘red lines’ | Reuters

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) told Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Friday to respect Tehran’s “red lines” or face retaliation, as the United States and its Gulf allies increase pressure on Tehran to curb its regional influence.

Iran news: Saudi Arabia warned ‘RESPECT red lines or face RETALIATION’ | World | News |

IRAN’S Revolutionary Guards have demanded Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates respect Tehran’s ‘red lines’ or face retaliation, as the United States and its Gulf allies increase pressure on Tehran to curb its regional influence.

Iran’s Rouhani claims victory in UN battle against Trump | Iran News | Al Jazeera

Iran’s president is claiming a diplomatic victory following his address at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

🇮🇷 Iran’s Rouhani claims victory in UN battle against Trump | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Sep 27, 2018, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has returned to Tehran, triumphant. In remarks to his people, Rouhani said the UN General Assembly was an opportunity for him to explain Iran’s point of view to the world’s nations, most of whom do not support the US’ position on global issues. Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.

Iran is mocked over billboard wrongly featuring Israeli soldiers | Daily Mail Online

The billboard was put up in a square in central Shiraz to mark the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq last week.

Iran city mocked for billboard featuring Israeli soldiers – BBC News

The billboard was put up in the city of Shiraz to commemorate the Iran-Iraq war.

Trump is risking more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian

The president could incite a conflict much bigger than any crisis manufactured for the midterms, says the foreign affairs commentator Simon Tisdall

Idlib hospitals at breaking point in last rebel stronghold – BBC News

Workers in Syria’s last rebel stronghold battle with a decimated healthcare system and a lack of aid.

Turkey-Russia Idlib agreement: A lesson for the US | TheHill

US policy in the Middle East has lacked clarity over the years, and America’s allies see Washington as frequently changing course.

Senate panel advances Syria sanctions that also target Russia – The Washington Post

The bill, meant to punish the Assad regime and its supporters, has passed the House twice, but the Senate has never taken it up.

Turkey will conduct ‘operations’ against Erdogan’s enemies in U.S.

Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkish secret agents would continue “operations” against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, including in the United States.

Kurd burns himself to death as Erdogan visits Berlin | World | The Times

A young Kurdish man has burnt himself to death in a German field in an apparent protest against the president of Turkey, whose state visit to Berlin is increasingly being overshadowed by security trouble and diplomatic clashes.President Erdogan, the Turkish leader, was also accused of mounting a

Erdogan will live to regret attacking Germany – CNN

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, should prepare for an icy reception as he arrives for a three-day visit to Germany on Thursday.

Germany welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan with gritted teeth – BBC News

After months of mud-slinging and spite between them, the Turkish president has landed in Germany.

Turkey lira crisis: Erdogan meets Angela Merkel for tense talks amid crisis | World | News |

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel today as he attempts to smooth over relations after feeling the wrath of Donald Trump.

Merkel Opens Door to Erdogan as Trump Squeezes Turkey’s Economy – YouTube

Bloomberg Politics Published on Sep 27, 2018 Sep.28 — Turkish President Erdogan meets Germany’s Angela Merkel in Berlin. Turkey is Germany’s most important trading partner. A year after a diplomatic row flared between them, President Erdogan is seeking to repair relations. Bloomberg’s Patrick Donahue reports on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe.”

Nazi jibes and spying claims: Turkey and Germany’s fractured friendship – BBC News – YouTube

BBC News Published on Sep 28, 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a state visit to Germany as the two Nato allies try to improve ties. Since the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, relations between the countries have had some major ups and downs.

Months Of Protests Roil Iraq’s Oil Capital Basra : NPR

Iraqis have been protesting over faltering public services and lack of jobs in Basra, the country’s main port city and the heart of its southern oil fields.

Tara Fares death: Horror as Iraqi model and Instagram star is shot dead in Baghdad

Her death comes just a day after she was voted one of Iraq’s most popular social media stars