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Iran Gives Lebanon the Weapons It Needs To Defend Its Borders, Not Tailored To Zionist Restrictions, Unlike Saudi and France

BEIRUT: Iran will donate military equipment to the Lebanese Army, a visiting Iranian official said Tuesday after talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

“Given the role Lebanon is playing in fighting extremist takfiri terrorism in some border regions, Iran has decided to donate military equipment to the Lebanese Army, as a token of love and appreciation for Lebanon and its brave Army,” said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

He said talks with Salam at the Grand Serail tackled bilateral relations as well political developments in the region and Israel’s attempts to exploit unrest in the Middle East.

“Although geography separates Iran from Lebanon, there are valuable ideas and common principles that link the two peoples and bring them closer together,” Shamkhani said.

“The donation comprises equipment that would help the Army in its heroic confrontations against this evil terrorism,” he explained.

Shamkhani said this was not a long-term promise, adding that the donation would be “officially” delivered to Defense Minister Samir Moqbel during his visit to Iran.

In response to a question, Shamkhani said there were “no red lines that prevent the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.”

He said Iran was mainly interested in consolidating security and stability in Lebanon.

After meeting with Salam, Shamkhani headed to Ain al-Tineh for talks with Speaker Nabih Berri.

He then flew out of Lebanon to Syria.

The Lebanese Army has been engaged with militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front since clashes erupted in the northeastern town of Arsal last month.

While the Army was able to drive the militants out of the town and into its outskirts by the Syrian border, the militants were able to take at least 30 soldiers and police captive during their retreat.

So far three soldiers have been executed and seven released, the rest are still being held by the militants.

Erdogan Taking Advantage of World’s Anti-ISIS Moment, Asks Parliamentary Permission To Invade Syria

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Turkey’s ISIL mandate includes ‘military action abroad, opening bases to foreign troops’

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The mandate the Turkish government is seeking from the Parliament to authorize the army to send troops into Iraq and Syria to deal with growing threat of extremist jihadists does also include opening its bases to foreign troops, a senior government official has said, signalling about potential Turkish contribution to the international military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“The motion we are about to send the Parliament is going to be comprehensive and to deal today’s and tomorrow’s threats,” deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson of the government, Bülent Arınç told reporters Sept. 30 following weekly cabinet meeting.

Upon a question whether the motion to be sent to Parliament will include sending troops to foreign countries to establish security zones, to allow deployment of foreign troops and to open Turkish military bases to foreign troops, Arınç said “Let me include one more option: All. The motion will refer to all of these points you have asked.”

“We are a determined government. We perfectly know what’s going on inside and outside Turkey. This issue of security zone and other issues all have diplomatic and military reflections,” he added.

After another question, Arınç said that the ISIL militants are advancing on Suleyman Shah Tomb in northern Syria, which Turkish soldiers continue to guard.

Turkey is insisting to establish safe havens in Syria for the protection of Syrian refugees inside the country. Apart from a security zone, it does also ask coalition members led by the United States to establish no-fly zones over Syrian airspace.

The motion is based on Article 92 of Turkey’s Constitution that stipulates parliamentary authorization for sending troops to another country or to allow deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soils.

Arınç said the motion has two parts, its reasoning and demands from the Parliament, and underlined that it will be as comprehensive as possible so that the government will not need a fresh parliamentary mandate.

“We were planning to extend already existing motions on Iraq and Syria that will expiry in October. Their validity could be extended in a routine way but we have thought to work on a text merging these motions that would address all threats and risks Turkey is facing in its region,” Arınç stressed.

The motion is expected to be voted at the Parliament on Oct. 2 following a closed session due to sensitivity of the issue.

US Anti-Russia Sanctions Bite Exxon Hard…Really Hard

Russia Says Arctic Well Drilled With Exxon Strikes Oil

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By Ilya Arkhipov, Stephen Bierman and Ryan Chilcote

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Russia, viewed by the Obama administration as hostile to U.S. interests, has discovered what may prove to be a vast pool of oil in one of the world’s most remote places with the help of America’s largest energy company.

Russia’s state-run OAO Rosneft said a well drilled in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean with Exxon Mobil Corp. struck oil, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas.

The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today. The well found about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U.S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

“It exceeded our expectations,” Sechin said in an interview. This discovery is of “exceptional significance in showing the presence of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.”

The discovery sharpens the dispute between Russia and the U.S. over President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine. The well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American companies from working in Russia’s Arctic offshore. Rosneft and Exxon won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold despite the find announced today.
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“We have encountered hydrocarbons but it is premature to speculate on any potential outcome,” Richard Keil, an Exxon spokesman in Irving, Texas, said by telephone. “Our current focus is on completing the well and safely winding down operations consistent with our license with the U.S. government.”
Putin’s Ambition

The development of Arctic oil reserves, an undertaking that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and take decades, is one of Putin’s grandest ambitions. As Russia’s existing fields in Siberia run dry, the country needs to develop new reserves as it vies with the U.S. to be the world’s largest oil and gas producer.

Output from the Kara Sea field could begin within five to seven years, Sechin said, adding the field discovered today would be named “Victory.”

The Kara Sea well — the most expensive in Russian history — targeted a subsea structure named Universitetskaya and its success has been seen as pivotal to that strategy. The start of drilling, which reached a depth of more than 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), was marked with a ceremony involving Putin and Sechin.

The importance of Arctic drilling was one reason that offshore oil exploration was included in the most recent round of U.S. sanctions. Exxon and Rosneft have a venture to explore millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean.
Oil Strategist

“Once the well is plugged, there will be a lot of work to do in interpreting the results and this is probably something that Rosneft can do,” Julian Lee, an oil strategist at Bloomberg First Word in London, said before today’s announcement. “Both parties are probably hoping that by the time they are ready to start the next well the sanctions will have been lifted.”

The stakes are high for Exxon, whose $408 billion market valuation makes it the world’s largest energy producer. Russia represents the second-biggest exploration prospect worldwide. The Irving, Texas-based company holds drilling rights across 11.4 million acres in Russia, only eclipsed by its 15.1 million U.S. acres.
Escalating Costs

Exxon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson is counting on Russian discoveries to reverse a trend of stalled exploration and escalating costs to pump crude and natural gas from the ground. Production from the company’s wells fell in 2012 and 2013 and is expected to be flat this year.

The U.S. portion of the Gulf produces more than a million barrels a day and holds reserves of almost 6 billion barrels, according to data from the Department of Energy.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net; Stephen Bierman in Moscow at sbierman1@bloomberg.net; Ryan Chilcote in London at rchilcote@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net Carlos Caminada

Obama Sends Jordan’s King To Ask for Putin’s Help

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[“It is not peculiar that Obama chose the king of the poorest, most subservient Gulf state to intercede with Russia. Bandar blew it last time…Qatar bankrolls terrorists…Bahrain belongs to the Saudis. Russia would join the anti-ISIS coalition in a heartbeat, if they would drop the training of new Syrian terrorists and get Bashar Assad’s permission.”]

Putin to Meet With Jordan’s King Abdullah II October 2: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King Abdullah II will meet on October 2.

 

MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Moscow on October 2, the Kremlin’s press service reported Tuesday.

“During the high-level talks, issues on bilateral cooperation, including the perspectives of joint energy, infrastructural and agricultural projects with Russian companies in the Kingdom [of Jordan] are on the agenda of discussion,” a Kremlin statement said.

According to the Kremlin press service, the two leaders will also exchange opinions on regional problems, including the situation in Syria, Libya and Middle East settlement.

Most recently, Jordan has entered a coalition with the United States to roll back Islamic State (IS) threat in the Middle East amid reports that the violent terrorist group has been making gains in Iraq and Syria. Other countries on the anti-IS list are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

The creation of a coalition was followed by intensified air strikes on the Syrian territory, which have been carried out without the consent of President Bashar Assad’s government, prompting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week to question the legality of US air campaign.

President Ashraf Ghani Bends Over for Obama–He Wants An Army Just Like Iraq’s

[Obama’s new President of Afghanistan has removed Karzai’s restrictions upon night raids and his given Western troops full immunity for their illegal actions and any war crimes which may be committed after 2014.  US forces will allegedly maintain the same level of training that they have been giving to Afghan troops, despite the recent extremely negative example of the quality of US-imparted training, which had been provided to Iraqi troops, who dropped their weapons and their uniforms and ran away from a few hundred or thousand ISIS mad dogs.  With such a small number of US trainers and with Afghan resentment running so high, future “insider attacks” could easily overwhelm entire units of trainers, given enough coordination among the Afghans.]

Afghanistan, U.S. sign ‘security and stability’ pact

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country’s security.

Afghan, American and NATO leaders welcomed the deal, which will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends Dec. 31. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign it despite U.S. threats of a full withdrawal in the absence of legal protections for American forces. U.S. officials have said that the delay in the deal’s signing does not affect plans for next year.

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was sworn into office a day earlier, told a crowd assembled at the presidential palace in the capital Kabul for the signing ceremony that the agreement signalled a fundamental shift for the positive in the country’s relations with the world.

“This agreement is only for Afghan security and stability,” he said in comments broadcast live on state television. “These agreements are in our national interest. The Bilateral Security Agreement will pave the ground for Afghanistan to take control,” he added.

Newly appointed Afghan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham signed the actual document. A second agreement allowing NATO troops to stay in the country was also signed during the same ceremony.

Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who has assumed a post akin to prime minister after signing a power-sharing agreement with Ghani Ahmadzai, also welcomed the security deal.

“It has been signed after very careful considerations,” he said, adding that “the BSA is not a threat to our neighbours. It will help strengthen peace and stability in the region.”

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the agreement, saying it outlined the group’s new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces.

“We remain committed to help finance the Afghan security forces through 2017, to help Afghanistan to further strengthen its institutions, and to further develop our political and practical co-operation with Afghanistan through our Enduring Partnership,” he said in a statement.

In a statement, Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel called the deal an “important step forward.”

“These agreements will enable American and coalition troops to continue to help strengthen Afghan forces, counter terrorist threats, and advance regional security,” he said.

Ukraine Going Through Backflips To Claim Dead Russian-Speaking Ukrainian Civilians Were All “Terrorists”

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Ukrainian prosecutors open criminal proceedings against Russian Investigative Committee officials

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The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has opened criminal proceedings against officials of the Russian Investigative Committee due to crimes they committed under Article 258-3 (assistance to a terrorist organization), Article 343 (interference with the activity of a law enforcement officer) and Article 344 (interference with the activity of a statesman) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office has reported.”It was established that in May and June 2014, the central office of the Russian Investigative Committee created a department to investigate crimes related to the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare. The purpose of this department, as can be seen from the official Web site of the institution, is bringing the Ukrainian military to justice for the crimes they allegedly committed against civilians,” reads the statement.The Prosecutor General’s Office said that “in particular, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Ukrainian servicewoman N. V. Savchenko for alleged complicity in the killing of Rossiya television channel journalists I. V. Kornelyuk and A. D. Voloshin.”

In addition, the Russian Investigative Committee is holding criminal proceedings against unidentified members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard of Ukraine and activists of the Right Sector public organization for alleged shelling of the cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Mariupol, and other areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and for the killing of innocent citizens.

“Thus, by organizing unjustified criminal prosecution there is unlawful interference in the work of law enforcement agencies of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Therefore, it can be stated that the establishment in the structure of the Russian Investigative Committee of a department to investigat e crimes related to the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare, as well as the opening of these and other criminal cases by officials of the Russian Investigative Committee, is aimed at assisting the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic terrorist organizations in their criminal activity, as well as preventing government representatives and public figures from the fulfillment of their duties,” the prosecutor’s office said.

According to the report, these criminal offenses encroach on the state’s interests, sovereignty and territorial integrity protected by international treaties and laws of Ukraine.

Russia’s Case Against Genocide of Russian Speakers By Ukraine Causes Kyiv To File Its Own Case

[3 HRS AGO– Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal case against Russian officials ]

Russia launches criminal case on genocide of Russian speakers in south-eastern Ukraine

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Vladimir Markin also said at least 2,500 residents of south-eastern Ukraine have been killed as a result of attacks with use of multiple rocket launchers

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Ukrainian servicemen seen during military parade in Kiev© EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

MOSCOW, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal case on genocide of the Russian-speaking population in the embattled southeast of Ukraine, the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said Monday.

“The Main Investigative Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal proceedings on the genocide of the Russian-speaking population living in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s republics [Article 357 of Russia’s Criminal Code],” Markin told ITAR-TASS.

Investigators established that “in the period from April 12, 2014 until now, in violation of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide [CPPCG], as well as other international legal acts condemning genocide, unidentified persons from among the top political and military leadership of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard and Right Sector [far-right ultranationalist organization] gave orders designed to eliminate Russian-speaking nationals residing on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics”.

Use of multiple launch rocket systems

Vladimir Markin also said at least 2,500 residents of south-eastern Ukraine have been killed as a result of multiple launch systems attacks.

“Investigators established that killings of Russian-speaking citizens were made with the use of the Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems, aviation unguided rockets with cluster warheads, Tochka-U tactical missiles and other types of heavy offensive armaments of indiscriminate effect,” Markin told ITAR-TASS.

“As a result of these actions, at least 2,500 people died,” he said.

Besides, Markin added, “over 500 residential houses, utilities and life support facilities, hospitals, child, general education institutions were destroyed in the Donetsk and Luhansk [People’s] republics, as a result of which more than 300,000 residents who feared for their life and health were forced to leave their permanent places of residence and seek refuge on the territory of the Russian Federation”.

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