About C-300. As passed yesterday RBC, Syrian President said that Damascus received the first batch of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems C-300. This Assad said in an interview with «Al Manar».
Moreover, the president added that the next batch of the air defense system is expected to be delivered soon.
"RBC" notes that the news of the deliveries of the air defense system came soon after the EU actually authorized the supply weapons Syrian rebels. Earlier, US Secretary of State D. Kerry called on Russia to refrain from supplying weapons to Damascus, noting that this could turn into an escalation of the conflict and would become a threat to neighboring Israel.
In the article under the eloquent and coarse title "Assad lied about the C-300" MIGnews.com writes about the statement by the Israeli military that Assad’s statement about receiving the first C-300 batteries is a lie.
According to the Israeli TV’s 2 Channel, Russia has not moved C-300 to Syria. Other Israeli media reports that Assad is "bluffing." Israeli sources claim that Assad paid only a third of the contract value. Ehud Yaari, a well-known Israeli commentator, says: “It’s not clear to me yet whether Russians are really interested in the transfer of such weapons. At the moment, it is more of a threat than a reality. ”
The Israeli TV’s 2 Channel reports that during the negotiations between Netanyahu and Putin in Moscow, the Israeli Prime Minister warned the Russian president that delivering C-300 to Syrians would most likely mean Israel’s entry into the war: “C-300 delivery will cause our response, which will push the entire region to war. "
The Associated Press, citing US military sources, writes that "there is no evidence that the Syrians got the C-300." Fox News reiterates the same rating.
According to "Lenta.ru", data on the receipt of Syria C-300 under the contract concluded before the outbreak of the civil war, were not confirmed.
"Vedomosti", referring to its own source in the defense industry, write that the systems in Syria are not delivered - and it is not even known whether they will be delivered in the current year.
A source from the Kommersant newspaper close to the MTC system said that the delivery of six C-300 complexes under the contract concluded in 2010 was scheduled for the second quarter of 2014. The source said that another half a year would be required for training Syrian personnel and testing of missiles.
Russian signal to the West. "Inopressa" made a review of Western newspapers on the famous topic of Putin's intractability.
"The Russians are insured on the issue of the prospects for a peace agreement in Syria," writes the Los Angeles Times.
“Russian officials are working diligently with their American counterparts to resume the failed peace talks on the future of Syria <...> However, Moscow is also threatening to start supplying modern anti-aircraft missile systems to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of committing atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons in during the fight against the rebels. Syria is the Kremlin's closest ally in the Middle East, ”columnist Carol J. Williams said.
However, Moscow may just be preparing for what it considers the inevitability of plan “B”: to help the Syrian government repel the invasion of Western troops if the peace conference planned for next month in Geneva will not take place or will end in failure.
"Russia is supplying weapons to Syria, trying to revive its role in the region," believes The Washington Post.
The flow of weapons to Syria, including C-300, which Moscow has promised to deliver this week, continues. And this is against the backdrop of hopes that the international conference will lead to a political settlement, journalists Karen Deyang and Joby Warrick say.
But London and Paris will be free to arm the Syrian rebels. The Obama administration is already in the mood for delivering "lethal assistance" to the opposition.
"Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with wealthy individuals from the Gulf countries, have already spent millions on weapons for their favorite rebel groups," the article says.
But, again, Iran is increasing deliveries of equipment and manpower, and Hezbollah is sending "legions of fighters" to Assad.
“But no external force was as consistent as Russia in its participation in the life of Syria. Moscow is the main supplier of weapons to the government of Bashar Assad, and earlier it was such for his father’s government, ”the publication believes.
It's not just the arms trade. Russia also has serious oil and gas investments in Syria and a naval base. The United States wonders why Russia refuses to go "to the side of the winners" (the expression of the authors of the article) in order to protect these interests.
Fiona Hill (Brookings Institution) remarks: Russia believes that it is the United States that behave irrationally - they violate the status quo and warm up interfaith conflicts. Hill believes that the Geneva conference is needed by Russia rather in order to “prevent unilateral actions” by the United States.
“The Syrian conflict has aggravated relations between Israel and Russia,” Le Figaro reports. Russia did not hide its intentions to deliver the missiles to the Assad regime, explaining their desire to prevent any attempts at a foreign invasion of Syria, the article says. From the very beginning of the Syrian uprising, Russia has methodically blocked voting on Syria in the UN Security Council in order to prevent a repetition of the Libyan scenario, the newspaper notes.
“John Kerry should suspend negotiations with Russia on Syria,” calls political analyst and commentator of The New Republic, James Rubin. Lavrov, as a crafty and experienced diplomat, defends the interests of his country, while Kerry took up his position not so long ago and is so eager for diplomatic successes that he is ready to make concessions on Syria.
"When Kerry set about courting Lavrov, he, like his predecessor Hillary Clinton, quickly discovered that Russia is not going to break its long ties with the Assad family or allow the United States and its European allies to change the balance of military force in Syria in favor of the opposition," in the publication.
Putin’s intractability should be a signal to Kerry, Rubin is sure. This is a sign that Russia wants Assad to win the war, as well as the fact that the Kremlin is not too concerned about the massacres of the civilian population of Syria.
Assad will sit at the negotiating table only if the balance is tilted in favor of his opponents, the author of the article has no doubt. “As long as Washington, with the support of Europeans and many other forces around the world, does not increase the opposition’s combat capabilities, while isolating the Islamic radicals who joined the struggle, the peace conference is doomed to failure,” he said.
The A Times columnist, David Aaronovich, says: “Russia is a paranoid badass who needs to be resisted.”
S. Lavrov blocked all attempts by the international community to achieve reforms from Assad, “later Russia imposed a veto on all effective UN plans regarding Syria, while it continued to arm and train the forces that are fighting the Syrian rebels and destroying them. Now Russia is going to fulfill the contract for the supply of missiles, which in fact can prevent Israel and Turkey from defending themselves against the consequences of the civil war in Syria, ”the article says.
According to the author, the Syrian crisis is only the most visible manifestation of Russia's behavior. She intimidates her neighbors, uses trade and energy as tools of foreign policy and “unacceptable acts”, finding that she is threatened by dissident immigrants. There was a time: in the presidency of D. Medvedev the British hoped for a softening of the regime. However, now, looking at the Putin's rule, the browser predicts: it will be worse in the future!
John McCain, a rebel friend. Eminent Republican Senator John McCain was interviewed by CNN. In it, he said that the Syrian anti-government forces are waiting for arms supplies from the United States. This week, the politician met with the leaders of the Syrian militants, recalls "RT". He told the American television channel about the results of the negotiations.
“They don’t understand why we don’t help them,” McCain said.
The senator believes that the United States will be able to distinguish moderate opposition from extremists. “We can recognize who is who and provide support to the right people,” McCain explained. “Every day the opposition’s ranks are replenished with new extremists. But despite this, their number is still insignificant, ”the politician added.
27 May McCain met with Salim Idris, the commander of the Free Syrian Army, as well as a dozen leading "oppositionists" on the rebel-controlled territory near the Turkish border. The senator spent several hours in Syria, becoming the largest American official to visit this country since the outbreak of armed conflict there.
Blow to blow. In an interview with the above-mentioned Lebanese television channel Al-Manar, Bashar Assad promised to respond to any future Israeli aggression by an “adequate measure”, reports "Sight".
“We have informed other countries that we will respond with a blow to the blow. Of course, now it’s hard to say what kind of military means we will use, this will be decided by the military command, but we have several options, ”said the Syrian leader, quoted by RIA“News».
He added that the response to Israeli aggression will be verified and effective.
Assad also stressed that in Syria there is a “powerful popular aspiration” to open the front of resistance to Israel in the Golan Heights. “There is a clear popular will to open the front of resistance (Israel) in the Golan. There are many prerequisites for this, including repeated Israeli aggression, ”the Syrian leader said.
He noted that such a step is “not easy”: “People come to us and say that the people want to organize resistance to Israel. But this is not an easy step. This is not only the opening of the front in a geographical sense, it is a complex ideological, political, social and military process. ”
Can Israel attack Russian ships? The top Israeli military leadership began to speak with direct aggressive threats against those who deprive them (the Israeli armed forces) of real combat power and hegemony in a modern non-nuclear war — superiority in the sky, writes Resource "Economic security"referring to the newspaper The Washington Post.
On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon agreed to the point that he began to openly threaten attacks on Russian warships in the Mediterranean if they tried to deliver anti-aircraft weapons to Syria.
It is difficult for Israel to substantiate objections to C-300 supplies, and it makes ridiculous predictions about a bleak future. Allegedly, the entire region will be a no-fly zone: after all, Syria will begin to attack random planes without any reason.
The obvious reason for the acquisition of C-300, writes the portal, is the desire to put an end to the Israeli attacks, and this is also the obvious reason for the Israeli objections.
The Jabhat al-Nusra grouping is officially recognized as a terrorist organization. The UN Security Council agreed to include the Jabhat al-Nusra Syrian grouping on the list of terrorist organizations, the Associated Press reported, citing a US mission to the UN. According to American diplomats, all 15 Security Council members were unanimously in favor of including Jabhat al-Nusra in the sanctions list. It is expected that this decision will be officially announced later. RIA News".
A request for recognition of the said grouping as a terrorist organization by the Syrian Foreign Ministry was sent to the UN Security Council in mid-April. The day before the request was submitted, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Iraqi branch of Al-Qaeda, said that Jabhat al-Nusra is a cell of this international network.
In early December last year, Jabhat al-Nusra was included in the list of terrorist organizations in the United States. Two weeks ago, the US State Department reported that it had listed the head of the group, Muhammad al-Javlani, on the list of terrorists.
Bin Laden killed himself? Al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden, who allegedly was killed by US Navy special forces, actually outpaced the Marines and committed suicide, says Nabil Naim Abdul Fattah, a former bodyguard of the terrorist number XXNX,. However, this person was not on the scene, notes Irina Shuvalova (Utro.ru).
Nabil Naim Abdul Fattah says that bin Laden set off a suicide belt when the special forces broke into the house, killed two of his guards and shot him himself in the thigh.
The former bodyguard admitted that he was not next to the head of the group, and one of the relatives of the terrorist told him the details of what happened.
Fattah claims that bin Laden’s funeral at sea, which Barack Obama told later, was a lie.
“Bin Laden blew himself up and his body was torn to pieces. He did this in order to deprive the Americans of any opportunity to identify themselves, ”the former bodyguard quotes the Daily Mail. The terrorist number XXUMX wore the belt of a suicide bomber during the last ten years of his life.
I. Shuvalov reminds that, according to the official version, bin Laden was liquidated on the night of 2 in May 2011 in a mansion in the suburb of Islamabad. The Americans arrived there by helicopter from their base in Afghanistan, without notifying the Pakistani authorities.
In February, 2013, an employee of the main tactical unit of the US Navy Special Operations Forces, anonymously announced that he had shot terrorist number 1. The commando said how during the operation he had thrown bin Laden three bullets in the forehead. The operation was carried out in pitch darkness.
Islamization of Europe: Myth or Trial? Bursts of violence by Muslims in the EU countries can have many consequences, even an open inter-ethnic confrontation. Experts agree that Europe has fallen into a civilizational deadlock, says Nikita Sorokin ("Voice of Russia").
The assassination of Lee Rigby in London, the assassination of a French soldier, street riots in Sweden - these events spurred discussion in the European and world press about the threat of European Islamization.
However, the Islamization of Europe is a myth that was invented by the indigenous people of the aging continent. They are afraid to disappear and lose their identity, and therefore frantically searching for the threat of identity. And here it is: visiting Muslims.
Rafael Lieogier, a professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, the author of the book “The myth of Islamization, an essay about collective obsession” tried to debunk the theme of myths about the threat in an interview with the Independent Newspaper on Islamization. The professor believes that European society limits the possibilities of Muslim immigrants. This is what causes the latter to reject European values.
However, professor, doctor historical Sci. Alexey Malashenko notes that the problem of migration in Europe has been quite acute since the seventies of the last century. At the same time, the attitude to migration among the majority of Europeans was rather inattentive. It has always seemed to the authorities and the public in Europe that migrants can be digested like in a melting pot. No one foresaw that migrants would become a permanent factor in European life. Nor did anyone foresee that Muslim immigration in Europe would reach thirty million.
Attempts to assimilate, adapt, multiculturalism, according to Malashenko, have failed. Today, Muslim immigration creates problems in Holland, France, and Sweden. Muslims, on the other hand, became increasingly aware of themselves as part of the one and a half billion Islamic Ummah, a powerful force.
Among Muslim immigrants, there are many radicals and extremists. We saw it, we see it and we will see it again, said Alexey Malashenko in an interview with the Voice of Russia:
“Right now a wave of clashes and murders, completely incomprehensible for an ignorant person, has started. This is, unfortunately, a trend. Now they say a lot that people from among migrants are moving from organized terror, which is built on the basis of organizations, to individual terror. Which is very bad because it opens up opportunities for anyone. And the person who commits murder, terrorist act, can do it in the name of Islam as revenge for Afghanistan, for something else. But besides that, there are a lot of reasons, including personal ones, which push him on such actions, but all this will be clothed in religious form. ”
Radicalism in the immigrant environment will contribute to the further mutual extortion of Muslim communities and the rest of European society, Malashenko predicts.
Speaking about the fact that Europe is not ready for manifestations of violence on its territory, we do not quite correctly reflect reality, the deputy director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Gromyko is convinced. The whole history of Europe was basically a story of violence:
“So I think that presenting Europe as a limp, loose pacifist mass at the present time would not be entirely correct. If the challenge of this radical violence from alien peoples and religions will manifest itself more and more, then I think that it will not be a problem for Europe to recall its warlike genes. Another thing, it is clear that this will be a dead end road. ”
About the French attempt. Maria Sidelnikova ("Voice of Russia") reports that the criminal who committed the attempt on the life of a French soldier, Alexander 22-year-old, admitted his guilt. During the interrogation, he stated that he acted on religious grounds.
Golos Rossii tried to understand the reasons for the outbreak of aggression in Europe, along with the former head of the General Directorate for External Security of France, Alan Shue and Hasen Shalgumi, Imam Drancy.
Experts say that today in France there are more and more lonely Islamists: they are from ordinary families, live in ordinary sleeping areas and suburbs, lead a closed lifestyle. Alan Shue, the former head of the French General Security Directorate, spoke about young and radical ones.
Speaking about Alexander, he said:
“Just as in the case of Mohamed Mera in Toulouse, with Anders Breivik in Oslo, I do not think that the detained young man has even the slightest connection with international terrorism.
In my opinion, we are talking about mental disorders and disorders. Although such criminals are always trying to justify their actions by some ideological base.
For Breivik, the Nazi culture became such a base, and such as Mera or Alexander, a detainee, reinforce the violence with radical Islam. ”
In my opinion, we are talking about mental disorders and disorders. Although such criminals are always trying to justify their actions by some ideological base.
For Breivik, the Nazi culture became such a base, and such as Mera or Alexander, a detainee, reinforce the violence with radical Islam. ”
There are about 5 millions of Muslims living in France, and some of them are of a radical nature, the expert says. They are difficult to track. As a rule, loners who do not belong to any political movement or group.
Imam Hasen Shalgumi says that radical Islam has nothing to do with the religion of most Muslims in France. Created by Alexander, he calls "wildness":
“This is wild, for several years we have been confronted with such crimes and condemn them. As the Minister of the Interior, Manuel Waltz, said, such as Mohamed Mera - in France, a lot. At the same time, this is partly a predictable crime. We know that in France there is an extremist minority, these are young people who are attracted to extremist websites. They choose Islam not for love, but because of hatred, in order to avenge. The detainee - of these. He is a supporter of radical Islam, which has nothing to do with the religion of the majority of Muslims in France. ”
Imam explains the radicalization of young Muslims in France as follows. Secularism in France is becoming an "anti-religious religion," this is annoying. There is a crisis of values, which is aggravated by economic problems. Next - the Internet. A huge number of sites promotes hatred, calls for revenge for Palestine, for Niger, for Mali, and so on.
“... opinion polls show that 77% of French people are already afraid of Islam. That is why you need to talk about the existing problem, condemn it, urge not to stigmatize all Muslims, not to mix them with sick people, with dangerous extremists, criminals, terrorists. Most Muslims living in France profess peaceful, tolerant Islam. At the same time, I always ask the French authorities to protect us, because moderate people are often very vulnerable, they constantly live under threats. Before killing Jewish children, Mera killed Muslim soldiers. ”
Palba in the center of Zurich. On Thursday, several people were injured in the center of Zurich, writes "Lenta.ru".
In the afternoon yesterday, an unknown person opened fire there. This is reported by the Swiss agency "SDA" with reference to the representative of the city police Marco Cortesi.
The incident occurred in the house number 37 on the street Browershtrasse, which is located on the corner with Langstrasse. The suspect has escaped, the police are searching for him.
Cortesi found it difficult to name the exact number of victims and indicate their condition. “Tribune de Geneve” notes that in the photographs from the scene can be seen a man allegedly wounded in the leg.
Half a million British hungry. In the UK, the number of hungry and needy people who turned to the “food bank” of the country for help exceeded 500 thousand people. This was reported by the newspaper "Independent" with reference to the joint report of the public organizations "Oxfam" and "Church Action on Poverty", reports MIGnews.com.
“The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are asking for food aid. The reduction in social support went too far and led to poverty, hardship and hunger on a large scale. It is unacceptable that this happens in a country that ranks seventh in the world in terms of welfare, ”said Mark Goldring, the head of Oxfam.
As it turned out, rates increased last year by at least three times compared with previous years and, according to some estimates, will continue to grow.
According to leading charitable organizations, in the UK because of the economic downturn, as well as cuts in wages and social allowances, the number of families who have to seek help to feed themselves has increased significantly.
The food crisis, in their opinion, is caused by rising food and fuel prices. Over the past 5 years, prices for basic foodstuffs have increased by 35% and heating prices by 63%.
Hackers against British nationalists. The “Anonymous” group published in the network the telephone numbers and the names of the leaders of the “League of English Defense”, the data of sponsoring organizations and nationalist supporters, reports "RT" with reference to The Guardian.
The list, compiled by hackers, has pleased about two hundred people.
Representatives of “Anonymous” in the UK have posted on “YouTube” an appeal to the right-wing radicals, accusing them of “using a moment of fear and horror to sow hatred and enmity”. They also warned that this is not their last action against the nationalists.
"RT" reminds that supporters of the right movement "League of English Defense" oppose the Islamization of Britain.
Chinese hackers stole drawings of American aircraft, ships and anti-missile systems. About a dozen of the most important systems in service with the US can be copied by the Chinese military. Hackers from China managed to gain access to their design developments. Reports about it "RT" with reference to the Washington Post.
The Department of Defense presented a report according to which cybercriminals from the PRC managed to steal the development of several combat aircraft and ships, as well as anti-missile systems installed in Europe and Asia.
The list of the report included the Patriot systems, the Navy Aegis ballistic installation, the F / A-18 fighter, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 aircraft.
The publication claims that the result of espionage can give China the knowledge applicable in case of conflict. Information can also accelerate the development of Beijing military technology and the overall development of the entire Chinese defense industry.
China is ready to copy not only technology, but also experience. China is interested in studying Russian legislative experience in regulating the activities of NGOs financed from abroad. Told reporters on the results of the visit of the delegation of the State Duma in China, First Vice-Speaker of the lower house of parliament Ivan Melnikov (CPRF), reports ITAR-TASS.
According to him, this topic was raised at a meeting of deputies with the head of the Standing Committee of the All-China People’s Assembly, Zhang Dejiang.
“They also have NGOs funded from abroad, so they would like to carefully study our legislation in order to see what they can take from our legislation to apply,” Melnikov explained. “They believe that they have a similar (to Russian) problem - through these non-profit organizations (they are) trying to influence the internal policy of the country,” he specified.
The head of the Duma Committee on Public Associations and Religious Organizations Yaroslav Nilov (LDPR) confirmed that the Chinese partners in the talks were “actively interested” in Russian legislation in the field of non-profit organizations, and the object of their attention was both the law on “foreign agents” and experience interaction with any kind of organizations that have foreign funding.
Nilov voiced the common position of Russian and Chinese parliamentarians: "The possibility of other countries interfering in the internal affairs of states is unacceptable."
Mavrodi went to the international level: the pyramidal conquest of India. Pavel Zarubin ("Vesti") talked about the reincarnation of MMM. Reports have been received from India about the arrest of three Russians, envoys of Sergei Mavrodi.
For India, the abbreviation MMM is adapted to the English words and is translated as "Mavrodi's money machine". Dressed in white, businessmen from Russia traveled to cities and told people, most of whom live in extreme poverty, about planetary injustice.
To combat their own poverty, the Indians were offered to throw off at least 90 dollars. The pyramid is, of course, charitable: you hand over money to the cashier, and tomorrow you are given more out of it.
India ranks 147 in literacy rate. The mechanism of the pyramid, the journalist says, is dull and based on human greed. You say: Give me a rug, and tomorrow you will get two.
For a short period, the enterprising guys have collected 2,5 million dollars. But today they are all arrested. The Indian authorities, without waiting for the pyramid to reach gigantic proportions, took preventive measures.
And what Mavrodi? He is outraged. He himself sent a video comment to Vesti:
“No deceived, no injuries. They say that some losses, people have lost money ... But this is a lie, why do the authorities intervene at all? ”
He does not lose time. Mavrodi sent his messengers to other countries. Indonesia MMM conquer plastic girls.
According to specialists, pyramid machinations at the international level can also pursue the goal of resuming activities in Russia.
Drones in the Venezuelan sky. Venezuela commissioned three unmanned aerial vehicles designed to protect borders, combat drug trafficking and crime. This was announced by President Nicolas Maduro at the presentation of the UAV, along with Defense Minister General Diego Molero, reports ITAR-TASS.
“These technologies will allow us to carry out economic projects, monitor the border, repel threats, including the spread of drugs, ensure that the enemies of the fatherland never encroach on our land,” the Mundo newspaper quoted the head of state.
"These aircraft have no military purpose," - said the Minister of Defense. According to him, the first Venezuelan "drones", among other things, can be used in case of natural disasters, in agriculture, to monitor the operation of power lines.
Mundo recalls that the first three UAVs were developed with the help of Iranian specialists on the instructions of Hugo Chávez a year ago. The second series of “drones”, already domestic production (“Gavilan”), is under development.
The details of this project were revealed last summer by President Chavez: “For those who make a fuss over our modest aircraft, I answer that they are not equipped with any weapons, only cameras are installed on them, and their radius does not exceed 90 kilometers ... These are not drones, with the help of which the United States wages war against entire nations, carrying out a real genocide. "
Poisonous letters. US police interrogate a resident of Texas on suspicion of sending letters with deadly poison ricin addressed to Barack Obama and the New York mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, reports today from New York correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexander Bekreneva.
Police detained a resident of New Boston after the call of his wife. She said that she had found ricin manufacturing guidelines and information about Obama and Bloomberg on her spouse’s computer (the name wasn’t revealed). And in the home refrigerator, this woman found a container with a suspicious substance similar to ricin.
New Boston is located about 160 km from Shreveport in Louisiana, from where, according to American media, all three letters were sent to 20 May.
Two anonymous messages addressed to Bloomberg came at the end of last week. The first of these was delivered to one of the New York municipal buildings, the second to the Washington office of the Mayors Against Illegal Weapons organization founded by Bloomberg. Both contained threats to the mayor in connection with his position on the issue of controlling the circulation of firearms. Bloomberg is known as an ardent opponent of free carrying weapons in the United States.
23 year prison. In Chicago, a court sentenced a Lebanese immigrant who was convicted of trying to blow up a city stadium. According to "Lenta.ru" With reference to the Associated Press, 25-year-old Sami Samir Hassoun was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
The defendant admitted that in 2010, he had placed a backpack in a garbage can next to the stadium, in which, he believed, an explosive device lay. This device was given to him by FBI agents who worked undercover.
In the US, Hassun was a college student and worked in a bakery.
The defense insisted that Hassoun was a gullible young man who had come under bad influence. The prosecutor's office, stated that he did not depart from the intended plan to commit the attack.
Because of the “Arab Spring”, fighting terrorism has become more difficult. The events of the "Arab Spring" had an adverse effect on the course of the fight against terrorism in the world. The US Department of State admitted this, anticipating such a statement with the publication of the annual report on the terrorist threat in the world, covering the period from January 1 to December 31 2012 of the year, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov.
This reporting period in the anti-terror sphere is characterized by six main distinguishing features. First of all, it is “a pronounced resurgence of state sponsorship of terrorist activities by Iran,” the authors believe. This Iranian policy is allegedly carried out through the Al-Quds special service, which is part of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as the Hezbollah movement, which is based in Lebanon.
“The weakening of the“ core ”of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan continues,” the report says. As a result, the ability of the leaders of the network in Pakistan to organize various attacks, "more and more focus on survival", is "reduced."
Further, "the turbulent events in the Middle East and North Africa complicate the antiterrorist picture." Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula network suffered serious losses in recent months, which the Yemeni government forces drove from the south of the country captured by it, and Al-Shabab grouping, "squeezed out" from large settlements in southern Somalia. Nevertheless, at the same time, new favorable opportunities presented themselves to the terrorists in the region, the report’s authors emphasize.
As they explain, we are talking about the looting of armories in Libya "after the revolution, the revolt of the Tuareg, the coup d'etat in Mali." The actions taken by France and African countries with the support of the United States made it possible in part to contain this threat.
The destruction of the leaders of Al-Qaeda, the authors of the report continue, has led to the fact that the groups associated with this network have become "more independent." They are increasingly setting out "their own tasks and choosing targets themselves" for the attacks, warns the State Department. The terrorist threat has become "more decentralized and geographically dispersed."
As for Russia, the way it conveys correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev, in 2012, the main terrorist threat there was the actions of the separatists and extremists calling for the creation of a pan-Islamic caliphate in the Caucasus.
"Acts of violence, similar to what is happening in the Caucasus, also occurred in other regions of Russia, in particular, these are the July explosions in Tatarstan," the report says.
On freedom of speech in the United States. The US administration hopes that representatives of influential media will agree to a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the scandalous investigation case against journalists, writes correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
The American media said yesterday that they had refused to meet with Holder in off the record mode, that is, without being able to quote his words.
"We hope that the media will accept the invitation (of the Ministry of Justice) and benefit from the opportunity to make a constructive contribution to the process," White House spokesman Josh Ernest told reporters.
When asked if the discussion of press freedom in a “not for writing” mode is hypocritical, the White House spokesman said: “I don’t think so.”
Petraeus will get close to the economy. Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co has announced the appointment of former CIA Director David Petraeus as chairman of the newly created KKR Global Institute.
This institute will study the investment implications of global macroeconomic, social and geopolitical issues, writes MIGnews.com.
"Russian death with a scythe." A seventeen-year-old Oregon schoolboy planned an attack on his school. “Russian death is here!” He intended to scream after throwing a bomb. Now a wild boy is in custody. A security deposit in the amount of $ 2 million is assigned to him, the channel transfers "RT".
Grant Ecord was about to attack a school in Albany, Oregon, but the police prevented the implementation of the dreaded plan.
Two homemade bombs made from a pipe section, two Molotov cocktails and two explosive devices made on the basis of a cleaning agent were found in the room of the young man. Were found and paper on which the student described his plans.
Classmates said that Ecord had been carrying a bomb making manual to school for several days. The suspect confessed his intentions during the interrogation. The young man wanted to commit a crime similar to the massacre at the Columbine School, Colorado, in 1999. Two 17 and 18 criminals killed an 13 man for years and injured 23, after which they shot themselves. “Kill yourself before the police grab me,” was the last point in terms of the young intruder.
Observed Oleg Chuvakin
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