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Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

by Breitbart Jerusalem19 Jun 20170 19 Jun, 2017
19 Jun, 2017

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov condemned the United States on Monday for shooting down a Syrian warplane, describing it as an act of aggression.
“This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, according to the TASS state news agency.

“What is this if not an act of aggression?” he said in Russia’s first official reaction to the downing of the plane on Sunday.
“It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy,” Ryabkov said.

The US-led coalition said the Syrian plane had dropped bombs on its allies fighting against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

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Iraqi Military: Islamic State Destroys Mosul Mosque Where Caliphate Declared

Iraqi forces are on the verge of recapturing the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, three years after the terror organization declared it as a caliphate.
The city, located in Northern Iraq, is considered a key battleground in the U.S-led coalition’s fight against ISIS, as it serves as the Islamic State capital in Iraq and its largest city. On Tuesday, forces surrounded the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul.

However, on Wednesday evening, Iraqi forces confirmed that ISIS had destroyed the mosque, which dates back to the 12th century, describing it as “another historical crime.”
“As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, [IS] destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures,” a senior U.S. commander in Iraq said in a statement. “This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organization must be annihilated.”

Previous reports have claimed that the liberation of the city is “imminent,” with some Iraqi officials hopeful that the operation could be over by the beginning of Eid on June 25th. However, the spokesman for American operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq declined to predict when the battle will end.
“They will liberate Mosul — it’s just a matter of time when that’s going to happen — but I’m not going to put a timeline on that for them,” American Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters last month. Meanwhile, another military commander in the region, Col. Patrick Work, recently warned that the final stages of the offensive are likely to be “extremely violent.”
According to the Iraqi military, approximately 300 Islamic State militants remain the area, compared to 6,000 when the battle of Mosul began last October. It also follows unconfirmed news reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in May, although others suggest he is hiding in a location on the border between Iraq and Syria.

Following the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State, many have expressed concerns that Iranian-backed Shiite militias will attempt to capture the city. Baghdad’s government is run by Shiite Muslims and has made legal exceptions to allow the Shiite-led Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militia cooperate with the official Iraqi military in Mosul.
While not all members of the PMF are Shiites, most are, and the militia’s leadership has ties to Iran and Hezbollah. PMF fighters have threatened to kill U.S. troops who enter the fight against ISIS.
In their attempts to retain control of the city, ISIS has gone as far as launching a chemical attack targeting both women and children, with a report last month revealing the organization has conducted chemical weapons experiments on captives.

A report conducted by the United Nations recently found that over 300,000 civilians in Mosul have been displaced by the conflict, despite 94,500 being able to return to their homes in liberated parts of the city.
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Moscow Seeking Closer Ties with Israel Over Syria

Moscow Seeking Closer Ties with Israel Over Syria

by Breitbart Jerusalem22 Jun 20170 22 Jun, 2017
22 Jun, 2017

The Jerusalem Post reports: Russia wants to increase cooperation with Israel regarding Syria, and would like Jerusalem to use any influence it has to get opposition groups there to lay down arms and enter negotiations, Konstantin Kosachev, a senior Russian parliamentarian, told The Jerusalem Post.
Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, was in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, for meetings with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

In a late night interview Tuesday in his Jerusalem hotel, Kosachev said that Russia’s intervention and actions in Syria serve the interests of other countries in the region, including Israel.

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