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Putin defends Russia’s air strikes on Syria

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Russia syriaRussia : Russia began its air strikes in Syria on 30 September and has been continuously supporting its action and clarifying its stand on it. A recent one came from the country leader himself, when President Vladimir Putin defended Russia’s military operations in Syria, saying the aim has been towards stabilizing the legitimate authority of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin expressed his views and clarified his government’s stand on Syria, while speaking to Russian media. He told Russian state TV that Russia wanted to create conditions for a political compromise in Syria. On words spreading about Russia targeting opposition groups on the sly, Putin strongly condemned and denied that Russian air strikes were hitting moderate opposition groups rather than Islamic State militants. Putin said Russia’s aim was to stabilize the government in Damascus.He stressed that without Moscow’s support for President Assad there was a danger that terrorist groups could overrun Syria.Assad’s government was currently under siege and militants were at the edge of Damascus, he added.The Russian leader also urged other nations to unite efforts against this evil (terrorism).

Syria is reeling under pressure of attacks, but Syrian forces are said to have made significant advances against rebels. Government gaining a strong hols in Idlib, Hama and Latakia provinces were on Sunday reported both by Damascus and opposition activists. The main battlefront presently is located in the region close to the key highway that links the capital with other major cities, including Aleppo. The strategy of Assad’s forces are supposedly centered around the plan of seeking cutting off of rebels in Idlib.

The US-led coalition – which has been carrying out its own air strikes in Syria – earlier said it would not be co-operating with Russia. Russia has been placed on the edge due to several countries – including the UK and Turkey – having described Russia’s support for President Assad as a mistake. Russia announced on Sunday that its aircraft carried out more than 60 missions over Syria in the past 24 hours, and that IS was its main focus target.

Iraq remains a dangerous place, US taking full precautions for American people and facilities

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Iraq-ErbilWashington DC: A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated directly outside an entry point on the perimeter of the U.S. consulate in Erbil in Iraq on Friday at 10:44 a.m. Eastern time when the duck and cover protocol was activated at the U.S. consulate.

Briefing media persons on this incident Marie Harf, Acting Spokesperson, US department of State said here that all chief of mission personnel have been accounted for. There are no reports of injuries to chief of mission personnel or to the local guards.

Host nation fire assets responded to extinguish the fire, Ms. Harf said adding local authorities have also responded and were securing the area. Appreciating the ‘rapid response of the Kurdistan Regional Government authorities to this matter’, she said the US will work with them to investigate the incident to determine the facts behind the explosion.

Ms. Harf emphasised that there’s already a high level of security at the consulate, at the US embassy in Baghdad and said the latest explosion in Iraq is something that the US would take as very serious.

I think that Iraq remains a dangerous place – many parts of it do. So I’m not going to get into specifics, but we know that the security environment there is quite a challenging one and obviously take a number of security precautions when it comes to our people and our facilities. – Marie Harf, Acting Spokesperson, US Department of State

On Chinese journalist Gao Yu

Ms. Harf also stated that the United States is deeply concerned that Chinese journalist Gao Yu has been convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison after a closed trial on charges of leaking state secrets to a foreign news outlet. The conviction of this veteran journalist, she pointed out, is part of a disturbing pattern of government action against public interest lawyers, internet activists, journalists, religious leaders, and others who peacefully question official Chinese policies and actions. We call on the Chinese authorities to release Ms. Gao immediately and to respect China’s international human rights commitments.

Syria

On Syrian President Assad’s denial of the Human Rights Watch reports about his use of chemical weapons in some cities in Syria lately, the US spokesperson said: These…latest denials of his are really not credible, sort of bordered on delusion. We have a lot of evidence about what’s happening here, not just in this most recent attack, but certainly before that. Ms. Harf went on to emphasise that the US is looking very closely, particularly into the latest one and considering next steps. There’s an investigation ongoing.

When asked about the allegations about the use of ammonium chloride, which is available on the open market everyone, Ms.Harf said Chlorine could be used, in a variety of ways. It can be used as a chemical weapon. In the past, she said, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has determined that this was delivered from helicopters. It has also been stated the past that only the Syrian military possesses the capability to use helicopters in such attacks.

Ms. Harf went on to assert that it’s the Assad regime that bears the overwhelming responsibility for the humanitarian disaster in Syria and in the region, and Assad often presents this false choice between his regime and terrorist groups like ISIL. And that’s certainly not how the US sees it. She refused to give credence to his comments – pointing to ‘his actions over the last many, many months’.