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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Video - Hassan Nasrallah: Hizbullah's Money and Missiles Reach Us Directly from Iran, No Law Will Prevent This.

Japan's top court approves extensive surveillance of Muslims.


Japan's top court approves extensive surveillance of Muslims. (ET).

Japan’s Supreme Court has approved the government’s blanket surveillance of Muslims in the country.

The country’s top court struck down a second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion. Mohamed Fujita, whose name has been changed to protect his identity is one of the 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit that challenged extensive monitoring of Japan’s Muslims, Al Jazeera reported.

Fujita and the other plaintiffs sued the government following a 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Muslims in the country. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organisations across Japan’s capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.

The plaintiffs hoped the courts would deem the police practices illegal. However, after two appeals, the Supreme Court dismissed the case on May 31. The justices agreed with a lower court that the plaintiffs deserved a total of ¥90 million ($880,000) in compensation because the leak violated their privacy. 
The court, however, did not interject on the police profiling or surveillance practices, which a lower court ruling upheld as “necessary and inevitable” against the threat of international terrorism.
“We were told we don’t have a constitutional case,” says Junko Hayashi, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “We’re still trying to figure out, how is it not constitutional?”

During a United Nations human rights committee hearing on the matter in 2014, an official from the National Police Agency said “details of information gathering activities to prevent future terrorism could not be disclosed”, but that “police collected information according to the law”, UN records show.

The leaked files alarmingly included resumé-like pages citing a host of personal information, including the individual’s name, physical description, personal relationships as well as the mosque they attended, along with a section titled “suspicions.”

The files further showed that by 2008 at least 72,000 residents from Organisation of Islamic Conference countries had been profiled, including about 1,600 public school students in and around Tokyo.

Within a few weeks of the leak, the data had been downloaded from a file-sharing website more than 10,000 times in over 20 countries.

According to Hiroshi Miyashita, a law professor at Chuo University who’s an expert on privacy issues, the lawsuit was the first major legal case in Japan to highlight mass surveillance. However, a state secrets law that came into force in 2014 would shield the issue from public and judicial scrutiny. “Even judges cannot access information” about police practices under the new law, he added.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police and the National Police Agency refused to comment on the court decision, and would not confirm whether they continue to profile and monitor Japan’s Muslim community.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

'Summer Olympics' Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo by Obama 'admin' Sneaked into Brazil, Whereabouts Unknown.


Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo by Obama 'admin' Sneaked into Brazil, Whereabouts Unknown. HT: JudicialWatch.

With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba.
Now officials from Uruguay, Brazil and the United States are scrambling to find Diyab, according to news reports in Uruguay that quote high-level government officials.
Diyab’s Department of Defense (DOD) file says he’s a high-risk terrorist that poses a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies. “Detainee is a member of the Syrian Group comprised of dismantled terrorist cells that escaped Syrian authorities and fled to Afghanistan (AF) in2000,” the DOD file states. “Detainee was sentenced to death in absentia, probably for his terrorist activities in Syria.

Detainee is assessed to be a Global Jihad Support Network (GJSN) document forger who provided services to the network operated by Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn aka (Abu Zubaydah), ISN US9GZ-010016DP (GZ-10016), supporting European, North African, and Levant extremists facilitating their international travels. Detainee is an associate of several other significant al-Qaida members to include Ali Muhammad Abdul Aziz al-Fakhri, 11 September 2001 recruiter Muhammad Zammar, and other facilitators and identified document forgers.”


Nevertheless, Obama sent Diyab off to Uruguay in December 2014 and the country’s president at the time granted him and his five cohorts “refugee” status, which means they get to come and go as they please. Read the full story here.

Video - Hollande says UK must accept EU conditions for market access.



Russia to open new naval base in Black Sea to counter NATO.

Russia to open new naval base in Black Sea to counter NATO. (RBTH).

The Russian Defense Ministry is completing the construction of the final three submarine berths in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk (930 miles south of Moscow). According to a RBTH source in the military-industrial complex, the Black Sea Fleet's new base will host six Varshavyanka class Project 636.6 submarines.

"Currently, three of them are already in the city's harbor – the Rostov-on-Don, Novorossiysk and Stary Oskol," said the RBTH source.

"Each submarine is equipped with underwater torpedoes to combat surface ships and Kalibr missiles, which have demonstrated their combat power in Syria, including the ability to hit targets at a distance of up to 2,500 km."

According to the source, the decision to deploy an additional base on the Black Sea was made in connection with the increased activity of NATO warships in the past few years.


"The deployment of Varshavyanka class Project 636.6) submarines in Novorossiysk allows Russia to control potential threats in Europe and the Middle East," said the source.

The strength of the new base's location for the Black Sea Fleet is the possibility to distribute ships and submarines between several naval bases in the same region, say analysts. However, the base in Novorossiysk has a crucial issue that still needs to be resolved.

"First of all, it’s about climatic conditions," Litovkin told RBTH. "The maritime area of Novorossiysk is regularly subjected to the impact of northern winds from the Caucasus Mountains, which hit ships and houses in their path with great force.

“The wind can throw ships ashore and destroy the entire military infrastructure. The base is being constructed in such a way that the gusts of wind will not be so catastrophic."


According to him, Russia is building an additional tunnel in the Caucasus Mountains to nullify the threat of destructive winds.



Video - Yemeni Cleric Al-Zindani: New Ice Age Started in Europe, U.S., So They Want to Occupy the Arab World



Yemeni cleric Sheikh Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani said the migration of birds from Europe to the Arab world, from the U.S. to South America, and from Russia to its south was an indication that these countries would become uninhabitable in 15-20 years. Interviewed on the Yemeni Suhail TV channel, Al-Zindani said that in 2013, there had been a consensus among scientists "that the next Ice Age would begin [in those countries] in 2014." "We are ready to come to an understanding about these problems... but this must not be through military occupation," he said. The interview aired on June 6, 2016

Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Releases 'Kill List' Targeting Canadians, Containing Over 12,000 names.


Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Releases 'Kill List' Targeting Canadians, Containing Over 12,000 names. (Memri).

On June 28, 2016 the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), a pro-ISIS hacking group, released a kill list of Canadians on its Telegram channel , which contains over 12,000 entries. However, it should be noted that some of the entries are duplicates. The Telegram post contains an image with the text: “Individual wolves in Canada: A list of 12,000 crusader. Kill them immediately. Enter them home and slay.” The image is accompanied by the text: “#Targeting direct #Canada It wanted to be killed immediately 12,000 Crusader Slay them.”




Should the UN play a leading role in regulating Freedom of expression in the media?


Should the UN play a leading role in regulating Freedom of expression  in the media? (Aawsat). By AmirTaheri

Geneva – “Should the United Nations play a leading role in countering hate speech and expressions of “violent extremism” in the media?”

This was the question debated by a special panel at the Palace of the Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Monday under the auspices of UNESCO’s liaison office.

Some fireworks were introduced into the debate by the panelist Amir Taheri who was the last to speak.

Recalling the 1970s and 1980s when “some powers” tried to use UNESCO as a vehicle for imposing control on the media across the globe, Taheri said he was “always deeply suspicious” of international organizations trying to legislate a one-size-fits-all scheme to regulate freedom of expression.

In the bad old days, the move in that direction was called The New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO), a brainchild of the Soviet bloc in the context of the Cold War,” Taheri said.
The architects of that scheme proposed to issue UNESCO media permits for journalists across the globe and impose rules binding on all member states. In other words they wanted to fence us in by pretending they were protecting us."
Today, anyone trying to revive that monster would be laughed out of the room,” Taheri said. “Nevertheless, we have to remain vigilant against any attempt at media control via the UN or UNESCO.

A majority of the members of the UN are states that cannot be regarded as lobbyists of press freedom, to say the least. To ask them to regulate the media with the pretext of controlling hate speech is to give them a license to intensify their system of censorship.”

Taheri claimed that the UN has not succeeded to define “peace” or “terrorism” after decades of debate and would not be able to define the word “hate” either and thus cannot pretend to regulate the media in the name of “combating hate speech.”


Any talk of regulating freedom of speech puts us on a slippery slope that could lead to censorship curtailing freedom of expression which is a basic human right,” Taheri said. “My message to you on behalf of journalists everywhere is simple: don’t fence us in!”  Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Video - Egyptian author Sayyid Al-Qemany: Islam in Its Present Form Is a Threat to the World, All Scorpions Sting

Video - London-Based Islamist Cleric on Brexit: Why Shed Tears over the EU?! We Have Prayed Daily for Their Dispersal

Video - London-Based Islamist Cleric on Brexit: Why Shed Tears over the EU?! We Have Prayed Daily for Their Dispersal

Video - London-Based Islamist Cleric on Brexit: Why Shed Tears over the EU?! We Have Prayed Daily for Their Dispersal

Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan met terrorist group Hamas leader.


Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan met terrorist group Hamas leader. (WT).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al on June 24 reportedly to ease tensions amid Turkey’s announcement that it will normalize ties with Israel.
Erdogan met with Masha’al in Istanbul to discuss “ways to resolve the disagreements among Palestinians as well as Turkish humanitarian assistance,” according to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Sources also said the Erdogan-Masha’al meeting came at a time when rumors suggest that Masha’al, currently in exile in Qatar, is searching for another place to live. Hmmm......State sponsor of Islamist terrorism. Read the full story here.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Report: Obama 'Admin' To Announce 'Low count' Civilian Casualties From Drone Strikes.


Report: Obama 'Admin' To Announce 'Low count' Civilian Casualties From Drone Strikes. (Popsci).
                      An official number, oddly lower than all previous estimates.

Next week, the Obama Administration is expected to announce the civilian death totals from America’s targeted killing campaign by drone. The number will be low. The administration “believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009,” U.S. officials told NBC.

Reporting on casualties in conflicts, especially ones where everyone involved has a vested interest in some competing version of the truth, is tricky. In 2013, one estimate of the campaign at that point held 3,000 total casualties from drone strikes, with reasonable certainty that at least 700 or so were civilians and children.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit that’s covered the casualties of the drone war for years, found between 259 and 636 reported civilian deaths from drone strikes in Pakistan alone. The Bureau also maintains records for strikes in Yemen and Somalia, and notes that children as a percentage of drone strike casualties decreased greatly over time.

Other accounts vary greatly, with the 100-civilians figure from the administration at the lower end. Accompanying the announcement is likely to be a change in policy.

The Daily Beast reports:
According to a source familiar with the discussions, the president may also impose other new rules on drone and other air strikes, including providing more financial reparations to families of civilians killed in drone strikes and requiring other countries with which the U.S. partners to follow the same rules as it does. The source added that the administration is also expected to release a less redacted copy of the presidential policy guidance that governs drone strikes. That means more details about the policy may come to light than currently available.
It’s unlikely that any change will prevent this or future administrations from using drones for targeted strikes entirely. Drones are particularly well-suited as a tool of war against non-state actors like Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. They are also weapons that can afford to wait. The cameras they carry capture a tremendous amount of detail, enough to differentiate somewhat between the people down below.


With an expectation of transparency on the program, perhaps future drone missions will do better in striking only those who themselves self-identify as agents of malicious violence.


Israel's 'staunchest ally' Pres Hussein Barrack may stop subsidizing Israeli defense firms.


Israel's 'staunchest ally' Pres Hussein Barrack may stop subsidizing Israeli defense firms. (JT).

If you want to understand just how special the U.S.-Israel relationship really is, look no further than the annual aid package. Israel is not only the greatest beneficiary of U.S. defense assistance, but also the only one allowed to spend a portion of that assistance on weapons and equipment from its own industry. Everyone else has to buy American.

President Barack Obama is now looking to end this U.S. subsidy of Israel’s defense sector, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. They say the “offshore procurement” provision, unique to Israel’s aid package, is one of the last obstacles to completing an agreement to extend aid until 2029. Obama would like to phase out the agreement that allows Israel to spend 26 percent of U.S. annual aid at home. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, so far, disagrees.

Like almost everything else in Israel, there is no consensus on whether Netanyahu should just accept the aid package as Obama proposes. Moshe Kahlon, Israel’s finance minister and a former member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, called on the prime minister this week to take the deal as it is, even though he acknowledged it could be better. Meanwhile, a member of Kahlon’s party, the former Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, has urged Netanyahu to go slow, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Elliott Abrams, a senior National Security Council official under President George W. Bush, told me he agrees with Oren. “If you do it this year, you will give Obama a talking point for why he is the best person for Israeli security, ever,” he said. “And Obama will misuse that in his last months in office to produce his parameters for the peace talks.”

Abrams has a point. Obama has been doing this since he came into office. He has boosted Israel’s defense subsidy, as he has distanced America from Israel in both the Iran negotiations and on settlement growth in the West Bank. The lavish military aid was political cover for a foreign policy Israel’s leaders opposed. Read the full story here.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Islamic State in Mosul: The maximum price is for 'slave' children between one and nine years.


The Islamic State in Mosul: The maximum price is for 'slave' children between one and nine years. (AsiaNews).

Duraid Hikmat Tobiya, advisor for minorities in the governorate of Nineveh, confirms the abuse and rapes of Christian women. Unlike mass abuse of Yazide there are "individual victims" and "individual cases". The UN's decision to declare the genocide. And confirmation of Christian families hostage to the militants.

The Islamic State has committed "violence and abuse of a sexual nature" even against "Christian women"; however, unlike what happened for the yazide, who were the object of mass rapes, these are "individual victims" and "individual cases”, according to Duraid Hikmat Tobiya a Catholic, former minorities adviser for the governorate of Nineveh and member of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization. Speaking to AsiaNews he confirms cases that have emerged in the international headlines in recent weeks.

The Catholic leader, who has a network of informants in the territories under IS control, says this gives added value to the "recognition" by the United Nations of the "genocide" committed by jihadists against the Yazidi (and Christians) it certifies the violence and is "an element of strength" for minorities in their struggle.

In recent days an Christian Iraqi woman, who fled from Mosul, a stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq, described the violence suffered under the jihadists provoking widespread outrage.

By the evening of having been taken captive, she told US FoxNews, the woman is "married" and "divorced" at least nine times, to provide a religious justification to the torturers for her rape. "They took me as many times as they wanted," she said, on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
The woman, about 30, particularly remembers one of her tormentors, a certain Farouk, who "was obsessed with me," and used to say "I like the people of Jesus." Rapes and violence were preceded, she added, by ceremonies that were held via telephone and during which the radical religious leaders gave militiamen on duty permission to abuse her.

The Islamic State militia also have a system of tariffs, specifying the cost of "slaves" on the basis of age, ethnicity or faith they belong. The maximum price is for children between one and nine years. Women and children are called "merchandise" or "spoils of war" and the jihadists are obliged to comply with the tariff, those who violate are "executed".

With the rise of Daesh [Arabic acronym for the Islamic State] in Mosul and Nineveh Plain "Christians and Yazidis have been victims of enormous suffering," says Duraid Hikmat Tobiya. The Catholic leaders is originally from Mosul and his house (pictured below) was among the first to be marked with the N of the Nazarene [the jihadists term for Christians in their territories].


Both communities, adds the minorities counselor for the governorate of Nineveh, have been subject to "forced evictions, driven from their homes of their" lands and orphans. Most managed to escape, but "even today there are 3500 yazide women under the Daesh control. In addition there are "some Christian families in Mosul, for a total of about 50 people" still "in the hands of the Islamic State."

The latter "were not able to escape" two years ago because many of these people "are disabled, ill" and found no chance to flee. They are still living "under Daesh paying the tax imposed on Muslims or those who converted [under pressures] to Islam", refers Duraid Hikmat Tobiya that "there are 150 other Christians, including children and families, kidnapped and still in the hands of the jihadists ".

The Catholic leader believes the solution is the creation of special areas for minorities, such as Sinjar for the Yazidi and the plain of Nineveh, for Christians, under the protection of an international coalition.


However, the situation for Christians returning to their lands "remains difficult", he adds, because even in case of complete liberation "there would still be sleeper cells " ready to strike. And the work of cleaning up after such damage "will last very long." "Daesh - he concludes  - committed all sorts of crimes and has put the country back years".

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pope Francis denounces 'the ideologically twisted and planned "genocide" of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks'.


Pope Francis denounces 'the ideologically twisted and planned "genocide" of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks'. (ARNews).

Pope Francis denounced what he called the ideologically twisted and planned "genocide" of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks a century ago as he arrived in Armenia on Friday for a deeply symbolic weekend visit to mark the centenary of the massacre.

In the most carefully watched speech of his visit, Francis ad-libbed the key word "genocide" to his prepared text that had conspicuously left it out.

And rather than merely repeat what had said last year — that the slaughter was "considered the first genocide of the 20th century," Francis declared it genocide flat out on the first day of his three-day visit to the country.
"Sadly that tragedy, that genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims that darkened the minds of the tormentors even to the point of planning the annihilation of entire peoples," he said.
In the run-up to the visit, the Vatican had backed off using the term "genocide," mindful of Turkish opposition to the political and financial implications of the word given Armenian claims for reparations.

But Francis, never one to shy from speaking his mind, added the word in at the last minute in a speech at the presidential palace to President Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian political and religious leaders and the diplomatic corps.

They gave him a standing ovation.

Many historians consider the massacres of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians genocide. Turkey rejects the term, says the death figure is inflated and that people died on both sides as the Ottoman Empire collapsed amid World War I.

In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians have been genuinely honored to welcome a pope who has long championed the Armenian cause from his time as an archbishop in Argentina and now as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. His 2015 declaration that the massacres were "genocide" sealed their affection for him.

In his initial remarks in the ornate Armenian Apostolic Church in Etchmiadzin, Francis spoke of the "holy sign of martyrdom" of Armenians who died at the hands of Ottoman Turks starting in 1915.

With the Apostolic patriarch Karekin II by his side, Francis praised Armenia for becoming the first nation to declare Christianity the state religion in 301 and for keeping alive the "light of faith" even in its darkest times. He urged all Christians to unite to prevent religion from being exploited and manipulated today, an apparent reference to the current-day Islamic extremist attacks on Christians in the Middle East.



"It is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God," he said.




The Vatican has long cheered the Armenian cause, holding up the poor nation of 3 million mostly Orthodox Christians as a bastion of faith and martyrdom in a largely Muslim region.

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Moscow wants Turkish-Syrian border tightly sealed — Russian Foreign Ministry.


Moscow wants Turkish-Syrian border tightly sealed — Russian Foreign Ministry. (Tass).

Moscow wants the Turkish-Syrian border tightly sealed in order to stop weapons supplies and the infiltrations of militants, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

"There have been reports that at least ten Syrian citizens were killed by Turkish troops on June 18 while trying to cross the Syrian-Turkish border near Jisr al-Shughur," Zakharova said.

"This is a reason to state once again that the situation on the border between Syria and Turkey is not just complicated, but extremely unfavorable. That situation remains a source of continued tensions due to continued infiltrations by militants from Turkey and the delivery of weapons and ammunition for terrorist groups operating in Syria."

"In the interests of normalizing the situation in Syria it is important to ensure the Syrian-Turkish border should be tightly sealed to stop all illegal weapons deliveries and the traffic of militants, who join terrorist forces, just as it is stated in the UN Security Council resolutions," Zakharova said.
As for the situation in Syria in general Zakharova said that the situation there remained strained.

"Regrettably, even during the Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan the intensity of violence has not eased altogether. The Syrian army and people’s militias are still confronted with terrorist groups," she said.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States up more than 60%.


Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States up more than 60%. (INN).

Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported in an audit released on Wednesday, according to JTA.

In addition, the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the country increased by more than 60 percent last year, the organization's audit found.

A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses last year, compared with 47 incidents on 43 campuses in 2014. Campus anti-Semitic incidents accounted for 10 percent of the total.

In one incident in January, swastikas were spray-painted on the exterior wall of a Jewish fraternity at the University of California, Davis, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz from the Nazis.

The ADL audit recorded a total of 941 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2015, an increase of three percent from 2014.

56 of the incidents were assaults, the most violent category recorded in the audit, up from the 36 reported the year before.

These assaults included attacks on visibly Jewish men as they returned home from synagogue in New York and Florida, and a kippah-wearing high school student in Denver who was struck with a rock by an assailant who also called him "Jewboy" and "kike."

The ADL audit is the latest confirmation of the rising numbers of anti-Semitic incidents around the world and specifically in the United States, which has not been immune from the phenomenon.

We are disturbed that violent anti-Semitic incidents are rising,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO, said in a statement about the audit quoted by JTA. “And we know that for every incident reported, there’s likely another that goes unreported. So even as the total incidents have remained statistically steady from year to year, the trend toward anti-Semitic violence is very concerning.” Read the full story here.

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Is Imran Khan endorsing and financing an institution that officially supports the Afghan Taliban?





Is Imran Khan endorsing and financing an institution that officially supports the Afghan Taliban? (ET).

For those as yet unaware of the legend, Darul Uloom Haqqania is a large religious seminary located in Akora Khattak in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). It was founded in 1947 by Maulana Abdul Haq, a prominent scholar of Hadith who had trained at the Darul Uloom Deoband, the centre of Deobandi Islam in undivided India. It remained, till the start of the Afghan-Soviet war, a somewhat respectable institution that stayed away from politics and controversy.

The students and administration of the seminary even played an important role in ensuring security and safety for the engineers and labour crews of the massive Karakoram Highway project. Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 Maulana Abdul Haq declared fighting the Soviets a compulsory duty for all Muslims.

At this point a heavy emphasis on holy war was incorporated into the teachings of the institution which continues to this day. Darul Uloom Haqqania is currently presided over by Maulana Abdul Haq’s son, Maulana Samiul Haq who is a diehard supporter of the Afghan Taliban. The seminary has some rather illustrious alumni. Among these are:

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor: Erstwhile leader of the Afghan Taliban who was killed by an American missile strike last month.
- Asim Umar: Shadowy leader of al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan appointed by no less than al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri himself.
- Jalaluddin Haqqani: Feared leader of the Haqqani group and one of the most wanted men in the world. - Mullah Omar: Founding father of the Taliban who died in 2014. He attended the Madrasah only briefly but was awarded an ‘honorary degree’ much later due to the seminary’s full confidence in his moral uprightness and scholarly abilities.

Not once has the madrassah distanced itself from any of these individuals and continues, from most reports, to contribute large number of ‘graduates’ to the cadres of the Afghan Taliban and other extremist groups.

As recently as 2013 Maulana Samiul Haq stated in an interview with Reuters that Mullah Omar is “an angel-like human being” and that the Taliban should be allowed to fight for the “freedom of Afghanistan”.

 Now coming to the point of my preamble about the Darul Uloom Haqqania – and this is where things get very interesting. Last Thursday, Provincial Minister Shah Farman informedthe K-P Assembly that Darul Uloom Haqqania has been allocated Rs300 million from the state budget.

The monies will be disbursed over two budgetary years to the seminary. He observed that past governments had never delivered on the promise to provide religious seminaries with funding from the provincial budget which this government was finally delivering on.

What, for the love of God, is going on? What achievements, what contribution to the country is Darul Uloom Haqqania being rewarded for? Is the K-P government actively endorsing and financing an institution that, as yet, officially supports the Afghan Taliban and has had many well know terrorist leaders in its ranks?

This is a very unfortunate, and in all honesty, perilous state of affairs. Terrorism has weakened our nation from within like nothing else in our history. Extremism continues to be on the rise as evidenced by the unrelenting spate of sectarian violence and the targeting of minorities which continues with unperturbed, savage impunity.

Yet here we are, giving Rs300 million to a madrassah with well-known ties to terrorist organisations and widely known to contribute to the rank and file of the Afghan Taliban.

Here’s the thing; we will not be able to make an iota of difference to the scourge of terrorism and other manifestations of extremism till religious seminaries remain beyond the precinct of proper civilian law. This lack of oversight is unacceptable to begin with but takes on a more treacherous dimension when one takes into account the harm done to Pakistan by the extremism that these institutions have helped breed.

Imran Khan defended the grant to Darul Uloom Haqqania in an interview on Wednesday stating that this was going to bring seminaries into the “mainstream” and “keep them away from radicalisation”. 

I am sorry Khan Sahib, without a clear cut agenda or legislation that delineates how Madaris are going to be regulated and prevented from being incubators of radicalisation that is not going to cut it.

By all accounts, attending Darul Uloom Haqqania has led to youth being radicalised and you want us to believe it will keep them away? What manner of denial is this? How distant are you from the reality of Pakistan and this world-renowned seminary of Akora Khattak?

I appeal to K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Chairman PTI Imran Khan to immediately revoke the allocation of money to Darul Uloom Haqqania. I would further request them to set an example for the rest of the country by bringing every madrassah in K-P under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education.

Affronts like these to the intelligence and misery of the people of Pakistan must cease. Religious schools must be regulated and any material preaching hatred against other sects and religions as well as glorifying bloodshed must be banned.

The 2-3 million students attending seminaries must be taught curricula meeting at the very least the national standard for Matriculate and Intermediate graduates. The purpose of education is to produce a capable workforce and the leaders, scientists and visionaries of tomorrow. Pakistan’s Madaris have instead become an assembly line for inadequately educated and unskilled individuals unable to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s future and predisposed to bigotry and violence. Our children deserve better.

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Three key areas of disagreement between Moscow and Assad


Three key areas of disagreement between Moscow and Assad. (RBTH).

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Russia has been seen as a loyal ally to Bashar Assad, giving unwavering support to the Syrian president. Yet, the positions of Moscow and the Syrian regime are far from identical. Russia advocates a political solution to the crisis, whereas Assad sees war as the answer.

1. Different goals

The goals of Russia and Assad in the Syrian conflict only partially coincide, says Vladimir Akhmedov, a senior research associate at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies. “Russia’s interests consist in preserving a secular regime in Syria, which would continue cooperating with Moscow,” he says.

As far as Moscow is concerned, it is not essential whether Assad remains in power or not, whereas for him this issue is crucial, Akhmedov says. Representatives of the Syrian government refuse to discuss the president’s resignation as a prerequisite for the start of a “transition period” envisaged in the Geneva agreements.

2. Assad is for war


Akhmedov believes that the Syrian president is only paying lip service to a political settlement. “Assad is a man of war, he intends to fight to the end," he says. "He is prepared to hold talks only from a position of strength so that he could impose his terms on the opposition. To that end, he needs military victories, he needs to regain control over large chunks of territory.”
This opinion is shared by Arabic scholar, Grigory Kosach, a professor at the Russian University of Humanities. “Unlike Russia, Assad has never viewed even the moderate section of the Syrian opposition as a possible negotiating partner. He has always described them as terrorists operating on orders from abroad,” says Kosach.

For Russia, a continuation of the war is fraught with the risk of bigger losses. “We cannot allow an escalation and the involvement of a large number of Russian servicemen in hostilities. Russia is seeking to move to a political settlement,” says Vladimir Akhmedov.

3. Attitude to the Kurds

The positions of Moscow and Damascus also differ on the Kurdish issue. When in March 2016, Syrian Kurds declared the establishment of an autonomous Federation of Northern Syria, Bashar Assad opposed the move despite the fact that the Kurds did not demand independence but just called for a federation. “Damascus is categorically opposed to any ideas of federalization, fearing that it would result in a breakup of the country,” says Kosach.
In the standoff between the government and the Kurds, Russia has opted to remain neutral. Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said: “The internal structure of the Syrian state is a matter for Syrians to decide.”

Kosach points out that Moscow is exercising caution: Syrian Kurds are an effective ally in the fight against ISIS but Russia has no intention of ruining relations with Damascus on their account. Nevertheless, in February 2016, a representative mission of Syrian Kurdistan opened in Moscow (at an unofficial level, as a non-governmental organization).

According to Akhmedov, if Russia starts putting too much pressure on Assad, he may easily reject cooperation with Russia and move completely under Iran’s influence. Iran, unlike Russia, does not consider the option of regime change in Syria, even theoretically, and unequivocally supports Assad. This explains, he says, Moscow's reluctance to criticize the Syrian regime and demonstrate a unity of approach even where there are some disagreements.  Read the full story here.

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Thirsty 'Big Brother' the U.S. finally go's after the Great Lakes.


Thirsty 'Big Brother' the U.S. finally go's after the Great Lakes. (WN).

The Mayor of Leamington, Ont. is calling the recently-approved plan to draw water from Lake Michigan the "wrong decision." On Tuesday, a group of eight U.S. officials voted to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin town to begin drawing 30 million litres of water a day from the lake for drinking water.

Mayor John Paterson immediately took to Twitter to voice his discontent, calling the recent decision "the end of the Great Lakes as we know them."
"This should not be allowed," he told the CBC.

"I'm really disappointed it happened. That was unexpected. I actually thought the governor of Michigan was going to side with us. He even bailed."

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada.

Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, defended his in-favour vote, arguing the initiative is "the best way to conserve" Lake Michigan.

According to a statement on Gov. Snyder's website, the agreement will require the city to follow strict withdrawal conditions, which include:
  • Ensuring close to 100 percent of the water borrowed is restored to the lake
  • Implementing a pharmaceuticals and personal care products recycling program for the returned water
  • Protecting wetland habitats, and
  • Conducting environmental monitoring with mandatory reporting.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

U.S. Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than for Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel.


U.S. Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than for Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel. HT: JudicialWatch.

President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that there’s an extra special place in his heart for incarcerated criminals, but this is a bit much.

The administration spends a lot more money on the medical care of jailed convicts than retired seniors on Medicare, active U.S. military personnel or veterans, including an extra $100 million in one year alone, according to a federal audit released this month.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) consistently pays outside doctors and hospitals more to treat inmates than Medicare or other federal agencies would pay for the same services, according to the report which is the result of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General investigation.

“We found that the BOP is the only federal agency that pays for medical care that is not covered under a statute or regulation under which the government sets the agency’s reimbursement rates, usually at the Medicare rate,” the report states. “Instead, the BOP solicits and awards a comprehensive medical services contract for each BOP institution to obtain outside medical services.”


This means the BOP negotiates its own rates for medical services, which is outrageous and ends up costing American taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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ISIS Account posts Dark Web add for hiring Albanian assassins & Hackers.


ISIS Account posts Dark Web add for hiring Albanian assassins & Hackers. HT: Memri.

On June 14, 2016, the Telegram channel shared an advertisement for a Dark Web site that is allegedly run by the Albanian mafia, and offers the services of Albanian assassins and hackers. The site is accessed via The Onion Router (TOR).

In December 2015, the Cyber kahilafah channel posted links to download TOR, a browser which anonymize and encrypt users’ Internet browsing activity, and allowing them to access various sites on the Dark Web. Read the full story here.

German court rejects appeal by Erdogan over insults.


German court rejects appeal by Erdogan over insults. (PressTv).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost an appeal in a German court, where he had demanded an injunction against a major German publisher over support its chief expressed for an insulting poem.

The appeals court in Cologne said Tuesday that it had upheld the ruling in May from the lower court, which rejected a preliminary injunction against Mathias Doepfner, the chief executive of newspaper publisher Axel Springer.

Erdogan sued Doepfner after the latter expressed his support for Jan Boehmermann, a German comedian who is being prosecuted for reading a poem against Erdogan on a German TV show in March.

The appeals court said Doepfner’s comments constituted acceptable expressions of opinion and were protected under Germany’s freedom of speech laws.

It said the verdict will be final and no further appeal could be made. Erdogan can, however, file a constitutional complaint although such complaints are seldom upheld.

Lawyers of Erdogan in Germany said they have yet to decide on the issue. They said a separate lawsuit could be filed against Doepfner.

Parts of the poem by Boehmermann was deemed insulting to Erdogan and a German court in May banned republication of 18 of 24 sections, saying they amounted to abuse and libel.

Doepfner wrote an open letter in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag in April, saying he “wholeheartedly” supported what Boehmermann had said.

Officials in the Axel Springer, Europe's largest newspaper publisher, said Doepfner “wanted to defend the freedom of art and satire in his open letter.”

Under pressure from Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed prosecutors to pursue a case against Boehmermann, triggering a backlash in the German media. Many criticized Merkel, saying she bowed to Erdogan’s pressure.

Russian Chief of Staff warns: 'If anyone's patience is waning, it is ours'.


Russian Chief of Staff warns: 'If anyone's patience is waning, it is ours'. (RT).

The Russian military says Washington still won’t provide a list of groups it considers terrorist, allowing jihadists to regroup and escape Russian-led air raids on their positions, the head of the Russian General Staff said.

Valery Gerasimov’s statement comes in response to one from US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, in which he said Washington is running out of patience regarding truce violations in Syria. The ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States in February doesn’t include Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions, as well as other formations considered to be terrorists by the United Nations Security Council.

"Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite. In fact, it is very limited with whether or not Assad is going to be held accountable," Kerry said last Wednesday. "It is very clear that the cessation of hostilities is frayed and at risk, and that it is critical for a genuine cessation to be put in place."

In response to Kerry's statement, the head of the Russian General Staff warned it is, in fact, Russia that is growing impatient with the US over Washington's refusal to cooperate.
"If anyone’s patience on Syria is waning, it is ours, not the United StatesWe are in full compliance with our obligations to maintain the ceasefire and ensure national reconciliation in Syria. The American side always has problems with the ‘opposition under its control’," Gerasimov said.

"Our US partners are still undecided where there are opposition forces and where there are ‘turncoats’ from international terrorist organizations."

"As a result, terrorists in Syria are actively regrouping and tensions are soaring again. It cannot continue this way indefinitely," Grasimov said, adding that the Russian Defense Ministry has supplied the US with a list of its terrorist targets for three months. Hmmmm....As long as Obama is protecting Erdogan  and the other state sponsors of terrorism nothing will be solved.Read the full story here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Uranium Particles Found by IAEA in Iran Prove Work on Nuclear Weapon in the past.


Uranium Particles Found by IAEA in Iran Prove Work on Nuclear Weapon in the past. (SP).

Uranium traces discovered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Parchin laboratory in Iran in 2015 point to the existence of earlier work on the development of nuclear weapons, a US media outlet reported, citing Washington officials.

In September 2015, IAEA experts found "chemically man-made particles of natural uranium" at Parchin military complex from soil and air samples collected at the site.

"The existence of two particles of uranium there would be consistent with our understanding of the involvement of Parchin in a past weapons program, but by themselves don’t definitively prove anything," the Wall Street Journal cited a US senior official as saying.

On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 group consisting of Russia, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany signed a historic deal to guarantee the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The same day, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) and the IAEA signed a roadmap for the clarification of possible military aspects of Iran's past and present nuclear activities, including at the controversial Parchin military facility. Hmmmm.........

Related: July 2015 :

Why is the Obama 'Admin' parroting the Iranians their nuclear proposals?


1.June 09 : Iran: "You know that nuclear triggering technology we worked on....Lets just fugetaboutit, those are bygones." (Taz).

After 12 years of cooperation with IAEA, past issues related to Iran ’s nuclear case should be abandoned, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said.

Friday, June 17, 2016

'If we don't mention it, IT will go away' - Homeland Security Report Calls for Rejecting Terms 'Jihad & Sharia'.


'If we don't mention it, IT will go away' - Homeland Security Report Calls for Rejecting Terms 'Jihad & Sharia'. (WB).

A new Department of Homeland Security report urges rejecting use of Islamic terms such as “jihad” and “sharia” in programs aimed at countering terrorist radicalization among American youth.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council report recommends that the department focus on American milliennials by allocating up to $100 million in new funding. It also urges greater private sector cooperation, including with Muslim communities, to counter what is described as a “new generation of threats to the Homeland related to the threat of violent extremism.”

The funds would be used for hiring experts and new social media programs and technology to influence young people not to join terror groups.

The department’s CVE efforts are an attempt to protect our nation’s young people from extremists who prey upon the Millennial generation,” the report says.

The department must reframe the conversation to reflect this reality and design a robust program around the protection of our youth, which must include predator awareness and an understanding of radicalization. In doing so, our citizens will be better equipped for this threat.”


Under the section on terminology, the report calls for rejecting use of an “us versus them” mentality by shunning Islamic language in “Countering Violent Extremism” programs, or CVE, the Obama administration’s euphemism that seeks to avoid references to Islam.

Under a section on recommended actions on terminology, the report says DHS should “reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English.”

Government agencies should employ “American English instead of religious, legal and cultural terms like ‘jihad,’ ‘sharia,’ ‘takfir’ or ‘umma,’” states the June 2016 report by the Council’s countering violent extremism subcommittee. Hmmm......The kindergarten has taken over the real world. Read the full story here.

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Video - Qatari Professor Al-Ansari Analyzes the Roots of Terrorism: Something Is Wrong in Our Cultural Order.



In a June 3 Rotana Khalijiyya TV interview, Prof.Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari, former Dean of Islamic Law at Qatar University, discussed the phenomenon of terrorism and how to deal with it. Terrorism, he said, was based on ideology, not on financial distress or economic circumstances, and "begins with the sowing of hatred, the sowing of extremism" and with "this rhetoric about a nation constantly under attack."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gay couple ‘humiliated’ by Emirates staff in Dubai.


Gay couple ‘humiliated’ by Emirates staff in Dubai. (Independent).

A British gay couple were allegedly humiliated by Emirates staff at Dubai airport after being asked if they were brothers.

Lee Charlton, 42, from Manchester claims Emirates check-in staff laughed at him and his partner when they confirmed they were a couple while travelling from Dubai to Durban with their son Kieran.


According to Charleston, a woman working behind the check-in counter at Dubai airport gave him “quizzical looks” and summoned her manager after asking him whether either Jason or Kieran were his brothers.

The couple and their son were then taken to an airport back room and left there for two hours and told that their documentation would not allow them to enter South Africa. They nearly missed their connecting flight and were forced to rush across the large airport to catch it just in time, despite originally having a three-hour stop over.

The 42-year-old posted the complaint on his Facebook page, saying, “I am really amazed at the small mindedness of your handling team in Dubai. I have not felt so embarrassed like this because of my sexuality since I was younger. You really need to give culture training to your teams as Dubai is one of the biggest airports in the world and gay people who have adopted will become more frequent.”

“I could understand this with ground staff who do not work for Emirates but these were your handling staff. Please do something with this email I would be happy to help as I would never want anyone else to go through the same experience. It isn’t nice,” he added.

Emirates replied to the complaint, saying, “Hi Lee, we’re sorry to hear you feel this way. We’ll highlight your feedback to our Airport Service team for an internal review. Thanks.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Dubai and gay people have been handed jail sentences of up to two years in the past.

ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis -new UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria report.


ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis -new UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria report. (UNHR).


The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is committing genocide against Yazidis, according to a report, “They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis”, issued today by the independent international Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The report by the Commission of Inquiry also determined that ISIS’s abuse of Yazidis amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes.
“Genocide has occurred and is ongoing”, emphasised Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission. “ISIS has subjected every Yazidi woman, child or man that it has captured to the most horrific of atrocities.
As per the Commission’s mandate, the report focuses on violations committed against Yazidis inside Syria, where thousands of women and girls are still being held captive and abused, often as slaves. The Commission also examines how the terrorist group forcibly transferred Yazidis into Syria after launching its attacks on northern Iraq’s Sinjar region on 3 August 2014. Collected information documents evidence of intent and criminal liability of ISIS’s military commanders, fighters, religious and ideological leaders, wherever they are located.

The Commission’s findings are based on interviews with survivors, religious leaders, smugglers, activists, lawyers, medical personnel, and journalists, as well as extensive documentary material, which corroborate information gathered by the Commission.

ISIS sought – and continues to seek – to destroy the Yazidis in multiple ways, as envisaged by the 1948 Genocide Convention. “ISIS has sought to erase the Yazidis through killings; sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm; the infliction of conditions of life that bring about a slow death; the imposition of measures to prevent Yazidi children from being born, including forced conversion of adults, the separation of Yazidi men and women, and mental trauma; and the transfer of Yazidi children from their own families and placing them with ISIS fighters, thereby cutting them off from beliefs and practices of their own religious community”, the report says.

ISIS separated Yazidi men and boys over 12 from the rest of their families, and killed those who refused to convert, in order to destroy their identity as Yazidis. Women and children often witnessed these killings before being forcibly transferred to locations in Iraq, and thereafter to Syria, where the majority of captives remain.

Thousands of women and girls, some as young as nine, have been sold in slave markets, or souk sabaya, in the Syrian governorates of Raqqah, Aleppo, Homs, Hasakah and Dayr Az- Zawr. ISIS and its fighters hold them both in sexual slavery and in slavery, the report says, with Yazidi women and girls being constantly sold, gifted and willed between fighters. One woman, who estimated she had been sold 15 times, told the Commission, “It is hard to remember all those who bought me”.

“Survivors who escaped from ISIS captivity in Syria describe how they endured brutal rapes, often on a daily basis, and were punished if they tried to escape with severe beatings, and sometimes gang rapes,”, said Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn.
“ISIS has made no secret of its intent to destroy the Yazidis of Sinjar, and that is one of the elements that allowed us to conclude their actions amount to genocide”, said Commissioner Carla Del Ponte.
The report noted that ISIS, which considers the Yazidis to be infidels, has publicly cited the Yazidis’ faith as the basis for the attack of 3 August 2014 and its subsequent abuse of them. ISIS has referred to the Yazidi as a “pagan minority [whose] existence […] Muslims should question”, adding that “their women could be enslaved […] as spoils of war”.

Mr. Pinheiro stressed that there must be no impunity for crimes of this nature, recalling States’ obligations under the Genocide Convention to prevent and to punish genocide. The Commission repeated its call for the Security Council to refer urgently the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, or to establish an ad hoc tribunal to prosecute the myriad of violations of international law committed during the non-international armed conflict.

The Commission further noted that, with no path to international criminal justice available, it is likely that the first such prosecution of ISIS crimes against the Yazidis will take place in a domestic jurisdiction. It is essential, the Commission stated, that States enact laws against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Commission urged international recognition of the genocide, and stated that more must be done to assure the protection of this religious minority in the Middle East, and the funding of care, including psycho-social and financial support, for victims of this genocide. Read the full report here

Hmmmm......I guess the Trudeau gov is an adherent of Erdogan's theory that Muslims don't commit genocide.

Background
The Commission, which comprises Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (Chair), Ms. Karen Koning AbuZayd, Ms. Carla Del Ponte, and Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, has been mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international law March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic.
The full report can be found on the Human Rights Council web page dedicated to the commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic:  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20113&LangID=E#sthash.kDrc6Qgu.dpufTrudeau government rejects Tory motion to declare ISIS atrocities a genocide
Despite ...https://t.co/9w3JsGxIji pic.twitter.com/24nzzlSNKD — CIJ News English (@CIJNewsEN) June 15, 2016

Lavrov suspects West of keeping al-Nusra handy for ousting Assad.


Lavrov suspects West of keeping al-Nusra handy for ousting Assad. (Tass).

Moscow suspects that the West would like to preserve the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) in some form and use it for the overthrow of Syria’s current authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting of the Valdai discussion club on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

One has the impression that some sort of gambling is underway, that some would like to keep Nusra handy in some form to eventually use it for the overthrow of the regime," he said. "At least, I put a straight question to John Kerry. He vowed it was not so. But then it remains to be seen why the Americans, given the opportunities they have, are unable to pull the groups they cooperate with out of the territories controlled by the bandits and terrorists."

According to Lavrov, Moscow is urging the United States to be more patient on the Syrian issue.
"I’ve seen John Kerry’s statement (to the effect patience regarding the future of Bashar Assad was wearing thin - TASS) and I found it surprising," Lavrov said. "Normally Kerry is a self-reserved politician. I don’t know what happened. I saw US Department of State’s explanations of what Kerry said, too. One should be more patient."

"As for the essence of what Kerry found so worrisome - and he said that patience was wearing thin because we are allegedly unable to do to Bashar Assad what we ostensibly should have done - I can say that we’ve made no pledges to anyone to do anything. We’ve given no promises," Lavrov said.

"We agreed that all those who work on the Syrian settlement should be guided by the agreements within the International Syria Support Group, enshrined in the UN Security Council’s resolution."

US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Oslo on Wednesday, said that ceasefire in Syria was in jeopardy. "Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite, in fact it is very limited with whether or not Assad is going to be held accountable," Kerry said. Also, Kerry promised that the United States "is prepared to hold accountable members of the opposition" who have been involved in continuing violence.
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