A ship carrying 25 tons of nuclear waste left France for Australia on Thursday despite protests from environmental campaigners who said they were concerned about “deficiencies” in the vessel.
Russian warplanes conducted 36 combat sorties on Saturday. Civilian population in the areas under terrorist group’s control are aiding the Russian airstrikes by providing intelligence about IS to the Syrian government. “The militants' new tactics is to spread their supply and command facilities, but it does not work. All their new infrastructure objects are being identified and destroyed,
“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terrorism.”- Barack Obama, 15th February 2013; talking of stray missiles after bombing a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan a week before – when coordinates of the buildings had been confirmed to US authorities prior to the attack.
US and its regional allies have been able to keep up appearances in the eyes of the public with regard to the “campaign” against ISIS, is because the public has never seen what happens when someone powerful makes a serious effort to eradicate the group. Once Russia moved in, Western public was left to wonder why the US couldn’t accomplish in 13 months what Russia accomplished in a matter of 72 hours.
Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given Western intelligence and military officials a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russia’s military has undergone under President Vladimir V. Putin, showcasing its ability to conduct operations beyond its borders and providing a public demonstration of new weaponry, tactics and strategy. Strikes have involved aircraft never before tested in combat, including the Sukhoi Su-34.
Syrian government forces backed by Russian airpower and allied militias opened a new front against rebel fighters south of second city Aleppo on Friday.
Documents reveal that the U.S. government has intentionally labeled people killed in drone strikes as enemy combatants, even though they were in no way intended to be the target of the strike, and have no relation to the operation, intended to mask extent of civilians being killed by the U.S. drone program.
Five Palestinians died and more than 100 others were injured on Friday as protests marking a Day of Rage against the Israeli occupation turned into clashes in Gaza and the West Bank.
Russian General Andrey Kartapolov: "The majority of armed gangs are demoralized. Discontent with field commanders is growing amid the fighters, and there are instances of disobeying orders." . Cases of desertion among the jihadists are no longer isolated, with them now fleeing "en masse.
US and Russian military officials held a third round of video conferences Wednesday in a bid to hammer out an agreement on procedures aimed at preventing accidental confrontations between their respective warplanes operating over Syria.
Over the past 24 hours, Russian warplanes completed 33 sorties in Syria, striking ISIL facilities in the provinces of Idlib, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo, and Deir az-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday. "Yesterday, another round of negotiations was held on a possible agreement on ensuring the safety of Russian and US-led coalition flights over Syria. We note that our positions are moving closer on key provisions of the future document," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
Israel bristled on Thursday at what it saw as U.S. suggestions it used excessive force following Palestinian stabbings, and published images to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's allegation that a teen suspect had been "executed". Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was using legitimate force.
“I don’t really understand how our American partners can criticize Russia’s counterterrorism effort in Syria while refusing direct dialogue on the all-important issue of political settlement.”
Putin was commenting on the refusal by the Obama administration to receive a Russian delegation headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the differences the two nations have on the Syrian crisis.
The Syrian army has made significant gains against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants operating in the Arab country, liberating a new area in the central province of Hama.
Russia's heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov is not going to be deployed to Syria, the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, will head to the Barents Sea for a planned mission, the Russian Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said Wednesday.
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