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Did Russian For. Min. Ryabkov Fly To Teheran Before Israeli Missile Strike To Warn Iran, Or To Save Face?

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Abbas Araghchi

10-05-2018

On May 10, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations with Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Abbas Araghchi in Tehran.

The sides focused on prospects for the further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Iranian nuclear programme after the withdrawal of the United States from it. The Russian side underscored its commitment to preserving the agreement. Russia and Iran agreed to continue closely coordinating their efforts on this matter in the interests of ensuring bilateral cooperation.

They also discussed some other issues of mutual interest.

Putin Afraid To Cross the Jews, Surrenders To Netanyahu Demands To Break S-300 Missile Contract and Promises w/Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.


FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018. Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/File Photo via REUTERS

The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles.

Russia last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strikes had removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missiles and Russia’s Kommersant daily cited unnamed military sources as saying deliveries might begin imminently.

But Kozhin’s comments, released so soon after Netanyahu’s Moscow talks with Putin, suggest the Israeli leader’s lobbying efforts have, for the time being, paid off.

FILE PHOTO: An S-300 air defense missile system launches a missile during the Keys to the Sky competition at the International Army Games 2017 at the Ashuluk shooting range outside Astrakhan, Russia August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

“For now, we’re not talking about any deliveries of new modern (air defence) systems,” Izvestia cited Kozhin as saying when asked about the possibility of supplying Syria with S-300s.

The Syrian military already had “everything it needed,” Kozhin added.

The Kremlin played down the idea that it had performed a U-turn on the missile question or that any decision was linked to Netanyahu’s visit.

“Deliveries (of the S-300s) were never announced as such,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call, when asked about the matter.

“But we did say after the (Western) strikes (on Syria) that of course Russia reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary.”

The possibility of missile supplies to Assad along with its military foray into Syria itself has helped Moscow boost its Middle East clout. with Putin hosting everyone from Netanyahu to the presidents of Turkey and Iran and the Saudi king.


FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrive for the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

ISRAELI LOBBYING

Israel has made repeated efforts to persuade Moscow not to sell the S-300s to Syria, as it fears this would hinder its aerial capabilities against arms shipments to Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. Israel has carried out scores of air strikes against suspected shipments.

On Thursday, Israel said it had attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory. S-300s could have significantly complicated the Israeli strikes.

The missile system, originally developed by the Soviet military, but since modernised and available in several versions with significantly different capabilities, fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Though since been superseded by the more modern S-400 system, the S-300s are still regarded as highly potent and outstrip anything that the Syrian government currently has.

Syria currently relies on a mixture of less advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft systems to defend its air space.

Russian media on Friday were actively circulating a video released by the Israeli military which showed an Israeli missile destroying one such system — a Russian-made Pantsir S-1 air defence battery — on Thursday in Syria.

Additional reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Richard Balmforth

US Spec. Forces (Green Berets) Killed In Niger Died Because They Were Poorly Trained

[SEE: OCT 2017 NIGER AMBUSH, SUMMARY OF INVESTIGATION]

US Soldiers Died In Niger Due To Poor Training, Pentagon Report Concludes

A month-long military investigation into the ISIS ambush in Niger last October found “individual, organizational, and institutional failures” led to the deadly attack, which claimed the lives of four U.S. soldiers — Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright and Sgt. La David T. Johnson.

Apart from the four, five Nigerian soldiers were killed and eight Nigeriens and two Americans were wounded when a group of armed Islamic State militants attacked them in Tongo Tongo, Niger, on Oct. 4 while they were returning to base after a mission.

An eight-page report, released by the Pentagon on Thursday, listed insufficient training, lack of rehearsals, poor planning and command mistakes as reasons that resulted in the deadly incident. It said the soldiers “did not conduct pre-mission rehearsals or battle drills with their partner force [Nigerien soldiers]” prior to the mission.

As part of the investigation, the team “examined documentary, photographic, audio, video, and testimonial evidence to make findings of fact. It interviewed 143 witnesses, including survivors of the attack, one of whom accompanied the team back to the battlefield to explain what happened during the 4 October 2017 incident.”

The probe team, however, said “no single failure or deficiency was the sole reason for the events.”

The report also states the mission didn’t get required senior command approval. On Oct. 3, two junior officers “inaccurately characterized the nature of the mission” to get approval from a higher ranking officer for an operation targeting a local ISIS leader. The officials did not inform about this mission to the higher-ups and instead, a much lower risk mission was submitted and approved, it added.

“The initial concept of operations submitted for this mission was not approved at the proper level of command,” the report stated.

However, Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, who led the Pentagon probe, said Thursday it “wasn’t a deliberate intent to deceive.”

Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, 2nd battalion cry at the tomb of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson at his burial service in the Memorial Gardens East cemetery in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 21, 2017. Photo: GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to journalists at the Pentagon on Thursday, U.S. Africa Command (Africom) head Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said necessary changes were made following the incident to make U.S. forces deployed in Africa safer.

“We are now far more prudent in our missions,” said Waldhauser. “The missions we actually accompany on have to have some type of strategic value in terms of the enemy we’re going against.”

“I will ensure that lessons learned [from the incident] are communicated to all levels within Africom as well as within the component commands, and integrate these changes into our daily operational activities. I take ownership of all the events connected to the ambush of 4 October. Again, the responsibility is mine,” he added.

Speaking about lack of training, he said: “In an operation where you’re under enemy contact, you need to be able to operate like clockwork without having to speak because you know the drills. In this particular case, the team did not conduct those basic soldier level skills that would, that are really necessary to go on an operation such as this.”

(Reality Reversal) Israeli airstrikes have minimal impact–Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

“Abdurrahman, who is linked with a network of activists inside Syria, added that 40-45 percent of incoming Israeli missiles were destroyed by the Assad regime and their allies’ air defenses.”

Israeli airstrikes have minimal impact, says Syrian monitoring group

File photo showing soldiers loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad forces at Al-Qadam area near Damascus, Syria. (Reuters)

LONDON: Israeli strikes on Iranian and Assad regime army bases in Syria sending a strong message that Tel Aviv will not allow militias loyal to Iran to threaten Israel’s security have been dismissed as having “minimal impact” by a Syrian monitoring group in London.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,told Arab News that last night’s strike by Israel on Iranian and Syrian targets was for media consumption.

Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the SOHR, said the Israeli defense minister’s comments on the scale of the strike were “mere publicity.”

Abdurrahman, who is linked with a network of activists inside Syria, added that 40-45 percent of incoming Israeli missiles were destroyed by the Assad regime and their allies’ air defenses.

He added that all options remain open, but the world must watch to see how Russia, with its extensive presence in Syria, reacts.

“One could say that Russia succeeded in containing the situation, preventing further military escalation, but Iran has a large presence in Syria from the Iraq border at Al Bo Kamal all the way to Lebanon”.

The Syrian Observatory earlier listed more than 12 sites targeted in the Israeli raids, including several air defense sites around south western Damascus and the military air strips of Masseh, Shuerat and Khalkhaleh.

The Israelis also attacked two elite army divisions loyal to the Assad regime, the 4th Armored Division, the Republican Guard, and 60th Brigade and hit Kesweh, a high security area that houses key regime and Iranian intelligence units.