Saturday, October 10, 2015

Russia and US to resume Syria air safety talks

News | 10.10.2015 | 12:15
BBC - Russia has agreed to resume talks with the US on air safety during Syria bombing campaigns, says the Pentagon.
The talks "are likely to take place as soon as this weekend," said press secretary Peter Cook.
There have been concerns that there could be an accidental clash as the two countries pursue separate bombing campaigns over Syria.
The US and its Nato allies have also been alarmed at violations of Turkish air space by Russian jets.
US and Russian officials conducted talks on air safety via video conference on 1 October, but the US had complained that they had heard nothing from Moscow since then.
Earlier this week, Pentagon officials said they had had to carry out at least one "safe separation" manoeuvre to avoid a US jet coming too close to a Russian aircraft over Syria.
They said this happened after 1 October, without giving a specific date.
Talks are likely to deal with how much separation there should between US and Russian aircraft and which language and radio frequencies crews should use for communications.
Russia has said it is targeting positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) but there are concerns that it is bombing other rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
Reports on Friday said IS had seized several villages near the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents.
The BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut says Russian air strikes seem to be mostly hitting other Syrian opposition forces which pose more of a threat to the Syrian government.
The Russian campaign appears to have weakened these groups, and given IS the opportunity to push forward, he adds.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday accused Russia of running "fundamentally flawed" operations in Syria which would "inflame the civil war and therefore extremism".
But Moscow has dismissed claims that its week of strikes has mainly hit non-IS targets.
Russia has also launched cruise missiles against targets in Syria from warships in the Caspian Sea, about 1,500km (930 miles) away.
Mr Carter said there were indications that four missiles that crashed in Iran before reaching their targets in Syria had malfunctioned.
Russia has denied that any of its missiles crashed, saying all 26 hit their targets.
In another development on Friday, the US announced it would end efforts to train new Syrian rebel forces and instead shift to providing equipment and weapons to existing forces.
Its $500m (£326m) programme had aimed to train and equip 5,400 fighters this year and a further 15,000 in 2016.
However, it emerged last month that only four or five of the fighters were in Syria.
It was also revealed that US-trained rebels had handed vehicles and ammunition over to militants.
A senior administration official said the programme was being put on "pause" and said it could be restarted in future.
Tags: Russia Syria US

EU exporter of terrorism to crisis-hit countries: Mogherini

News | 10.10.2015 | 13:12
PressTV - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the European Union has turned into an exporter of terrorism to crisis-hit countries like Iraq and Syria. 
"The reality is that our continent exports more than imports terrorism," Mogherini told an annual conference of the European Union Institute for Security Studies on Friday.
She said European countries should adopt a unified strategy instead of "turning inwards" and building walls to deal with global crises in today’s world.
"Walls are of little use when there is no fine line separating the inside from the outside," the senior diplomat stressed.
A growing number of foreign terrorists in both Iraq and Syria have come from numerous European states, with Western authorities failing to stop the flow of the militants to the region – mostly through Turkey. Western governments fear that the battle-hardened militants may carry out terrorist attacks once they return home.
There may be some 5,000 Europeans fighting alongside extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, according to the New York-based Soufan Group and the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence.
Last month, The New York Times cited US intelligence officials as saying that some 30,000 militants from over 100 countries, including more than 250 Americans, have traveled to Syria and Iraq since 2011 to join the ranks of Takfiri terrorist groups. 
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence since Daesh terrorist group began its campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.
In Syria, the foreign-sponsored conflict, which flared in March 2011, has claimed more than 250,000 lives up until now, according to reports.
Tags: European Union Middle East

Warum das US-Imperium ins Schleudern gerät

USA: Imperium mit starken Verblödungstendenzen

US: The World's Silliest Empire:
Alle kriegerischen Aktionen der USA bewirken entweder das Gegenteil des ursprünglich Beabsichtigten oder enden im Chaos, was aber, solange die US-Rüstungskonzerne ihr Geld bekommen, nicht weiter schlimm ist …

Wird auch China gegen den IS aktiv?

Was die NZZ zu Putin zu berichten weiss: Die alte Tante schmiegt sich treu an die Seite des Imperiums und plappert eifrig alles nach, was die US-Regierungsstellen so herauslassen.

Der amerikanische Globalstratege Zbigniew Brzeziński (was zählt ist Russland, alles andere ist Beilage) unter Jimmy Carter hatte 1980 die "geniale" Idee, islamische Gotteskrieger in Afghanistan aufzurüsten und gegen die Sowjets loszulassen. Dieselben islamischen Fanatiker haben später in Bosnien Serben die Köpfe abgeschlagen und wüten nun im Libyen, Mali oder Syrien im Sinne ihrer diskreten Sponsoren. 
Mit der total willkürlichen Forderung, dass Assad, der die Mehrheit der syrischen Bevölkerung hinter sich weiss, weg müsse, versteigen sich die USA in beabsichtigte Widersprüche in ihrem "Kampf" gegen den Terrorismus. Es besteht die berechtigte Hoffnung, dass dank dem klugen, robusten Eingreifen der Russen diese Tragödie in Syrien nachhaltig entschärft wird. In der Ukraine ist die auch mit hysterischen Verblödungstendenzen durchsetzte US-Strategie noch unbereinigt.
Kaspar Trümpy, ICDSM Schweiz