Turkey backs Syrian rebels for "serious operation" in Idlib - Reuters

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 19:03

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Turkey backs Syrian rebels for "serious operation" in Idlib
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The incursion is being carried out after Iran and Russia, which back President Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey, which supports the rebels, agreed last month to reduce fighting between insurgents and the government in the northwest. It seems aimed at ...
Turkish troops enter Syria in major operation to support anti-Assad rebelsThe Independent
Turkey's president announces operation in Syria's IdlibBoston Herald
Civilians in Syria's Idlib are sitting ducksgulfnews.com

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Turkey backs Syrian rebels for 'serious operation' in Idlib - TODAYonline

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:52

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Turkey backs Syrian rebels for 'serious operation' in Idlib
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The incursion is being carried out after Iran and Russia, which back President Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey, which supports the rebels, agreed last month to reduce fighting between insurgents and the government in the northwest. It seems aimed at ...
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Turkey backs Syrian rebels for 'serious operation' in Idlib - ReutersReuters
Syrian jihadist alliance decries rebel groups planning incursion: statementReuters India
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Welcome to England's World Cup base: 'People come here for total quiet' - The Guardian

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The Guardian

Welcome to England's World Cup base: 'People come here for total quiet'
The Guardian
If England are looking for self-reflection and meditation, this sleepy Russian town where they will train during the World Cup next summer could fit the bill. The 10-minute drive north from their modest accommodation in the village of Repino, 19 miles ...

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Turkey backs Syrian rebels for 'serious operation' in Idlib - Reuters

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:22

Bloomberg

Turkey backs Syrian rebels for 'serious operation' in Idlib
Reuters
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebel fighters are launching a major military operation backed by Turkish forces into a northwestern area of Syria largely controlled by jihadists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Rebels said they ...
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Turkey forces clash with Tahrir al-Sham in SyriaAljazeera.com
Pentagon supports Turkey-led Idlib operation in SyriaDaily Sabah
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Fake: Ukrainian Arms Flood into Poland

StopFake.org - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:00

Polish-Ukrainian relations are a frequent target of disinformation generated not only by Russian but also by Polish media. This is the case with an opinion piece published in the Polska Niepodlegla portal about the alleged flood of weapons from Ukraine into Poland seemingly for the purpose of building an underground Ukrainian army.

Website screenshot polskaniepodlegla.pl

Entitled Why are Ukrainians bringing arms to Poland? Just last year tens of thousands of weapons were smuggled into Poland, this emotionally charged text by Lukasz Pawelski is filled with factual errors, sweeping generalizations and disinformation.

Not a month goes by without an attempt to smuggle arms into Poland, this year is especially active for arms trafficking, Poland’s Central Police Investigation Office seized 552 illegal firearms, twice as much as was seized in 2014 and the reason is the flood of weapons from Ukraine, claims Pawelski.

His opinion piece is filled with references to anonymous sources who declare that Polish officials are benefiting from arms smuggling, claims that the Polish Ukrainian border is an unsecured sieve and quotes from anonymous sources in the ABW – Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego Poland’s domestic intelligence agency who claim that there is a deliberate ongoing illegal transfer of weapons to Poland from Ukraine.

StopFake reached out to Poland’s Ministry of the Interior and Administration to ascertain how much, if any illegal arms are coming into Poland from Ukraine. The number of illegal weapons confiscated by police over the last few years has remained at a similar level, a representative of the Ministry said. In 2014 Polish authorities confiscated 14 weapons on the Ukraine-Poland border, 26 items in 2015 and 30 in 2016. In 2017 Polish authorities confiscated 49 smuggled weapons. On its website  Poland’s Border Service provides comprehensive information on all arms confiscated on its borders.

While attempts to bring arms into Poland from Ukraine are a reality, the numbers are a far cry from the flood that Pawelski writes about.

Pawelski however makes even more outlandish claims. He writes about an incident when five T-64 tanks crossed the border from Ukraine without any supervision, it was only after they had entered well into Polish territory that Polish police became interested in this convoy. According to Pawelski, the tanks could have dumped weapons in Poland before the police intercepted them.

Poland’s Interior Ministry informed StopFake that on May 2 of this year a military equipment convoy crossed the Ukrainian Polish border with the knowledge and permission of Poland’s Defense Ministry. The convoy crossed the border at the town of Dorohust and was escorted by police from the city of Chełm. There was nothing illegal or suspicious about this transport and Polish authorities were well aware of its movements and purpose.

Original story was published by StopFake Polish service and cab be found here.

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Turkey says major operation underway in Syria's Idlib - TRT World

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:41

Turkey says major operation underway in Syria's Idlib
TRT World
Last month, Turkey agreed with Iran and Russia to establish de-escalation zones in northwestern Syrian province as part of the Astana peace deal. The joint mission aims to promote an end to conflict in the region, fight al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat Fateh al ...

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Turkey says major operation underway in Syria's Idlib - TRT World

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:41

Turkey says major operation underway in Syria's Idlib
TRT World
Last month, Turkey agreed with Iran and Russia to establish de-escalation zones in northwestern Syrian province as part of the Astana peace deal. The joint mission aims to promote an end to conflict in the region, fight al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat Fateh al ...

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Russia strikes kill 120 IS fighters, over 60 'foreign mercenaries' in Syria - The Times of Israel

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:24

The Times of Israel

Russia strikes kill 120 IS fighters, over 60 'foreign mercenaries' in Syria
The Times of Israel
In this frame grab provided by the Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian long range Tu-22M3 bomber carries out an air strike over Aleppo region of Syria on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP).
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Zapad 2017: Lessons Learned by Russia and Implications for NATO ... - The Jamestown Foundation

Northwest Russia - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:11

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Zapad 2017: Lessons Learned by Russia and Implications for NATO ...
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The week-long Russian-Belarussian strategic military exercise Zapad 2017 attracted close attention in Ukraine and the member countries of the North Atlantic ...

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Russia Plays Down US Sanctions Impact on Nord Stream-2 Gas ... - Rigzone

Nord Stream - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:19

Russia Plays Down US Sanctions Impact on Nord Stream-2 Gas ...
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ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. financial sanctions will not delay the construction of Russia's Nord Stream-2 undersea gas pipeline to ...

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Russia Plays Down US Sanctions Impact on Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline - Rigzone

Nord Stream - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:19

Russia Plays Down US Sanctions Impact on Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline
Rigzone
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. financial sanctions will not delay the construction of Russia's Nord Stream-2 undersea gas pipeline to Germany, the project's technical director told reporters on Friday. Sergei Serdyukov also said that ...

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German aftermath

StopFake.org - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 23:13

By EU vs Disinfo

Less than two weeks ago, elections were held in Germany. And although the election campaigning is over, the disinformation campaign is still ongoing. We have written about the narratives used about Germany and especially Angela Merkel several times before and during the last week we could notice some echoing of those familiar stories, as well as a couple of new disinformation inventions. For example, Germany was again accused of establishing a fascist regime in Ukraine and again we saw disinformation about the amounts paid to refugees in the country.

Among the newcomers in the disinformation spectra, we noticed false claims that the German secret service will carry out surveillance of the 13% of the German population that voted for the AfD, that Angela Merkel won’t be able to cooperate with the Greens and FDP since they are Eurosceptic, and that representatives of Russia have never spoken to representatives of the AfD (clearly not true).

And although we still can’t say anything about the impact, as shown by the DFRLab, some of the messaging in the countdown to the German elections was amplified by Russian-language bots; and on Russian social media platform VKontakte, 90 percent of the most popular posts concerning the German election supported the AfD.

Pizza gate, Daesh, Nazis and genocide

What are some of the worst things you can think of? The most evil atrocity perpetrated by mankind, the unthinkable? Is it the actions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State? Or the actions by Nazi Germany during WWII? Maybe it is genocide, or paedophilia? Those are all atrocities that any sane person would object to. This week we saw pro-Kremlin disinformation accusing the US and Ukraine of all of them.

The method of accusing your enemy of the worst imaginable without providing any proof is nothing new in the disinformation universe. It is indeed a well-known tactic, and one that has considerable impact but will cost almost nothing. The logic goes that all you have to do is sow some doubt, plant an idea – and once it is out there, it will be popping up in people’s minds. “No smoke without fire.” But this kind of disinformation is just that – all smoke, no fire.

So, when a Russian state controlled TV show brings up the infamous “pizza gate” case – a conspiracy theory that was debunked and proven false about a year ago – and suggest that the theory should in fact be taken seriously in the light of new “revelations” of US politicians in a paedophilia network (again, no evidence of any network), they are creating smoke. Or when Russian state owned TV accuses Ukraine of planning a genocide of the Russian population of the country and establishing a Nazi regime – again, there is no evidence, only a lot of smoke.

A lot of smoke, but no fire

Or, when TV Zvezda claims that the Syrian military has found a Ukrainian ISIS camp in Syria and another Russian state TV show claims that Ukraine provided resorts in Crimea to Daesh battalions before Russia annexed the peninsula, again – there is no evidence.

The US was also accused of creating Daesh, leading Daesh, supporting terrorism in Syria and doing everything to stop the elimination of Daesh. No mention of the Global Coalition against Daesh; instead Russia was presented as the only country that fights terrorism.

All smoke. The problem is that we can be sure that the smoke will cloud the minds of some.

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Finland confirms rail study underway for 'ice-Silk Road' link with China, Russia - Asia Times

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Finland confirms rail study underway for 'ice-Silk Road' link with China, Russia
Asia Times
“The initiative of the Chinese President Xi Jinping in discussions with the Russian (President) about proceeding with the plans for the Northern Sea Route in order to realize an 'ice-Silk Road' and creating various connection projects is considered ...

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Gregg Jarrett: The Trump-Russia 'collusion' and other great hoaxes - Fox News

Northwest Russia - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:46

Fox News

Gregg Jarrett: The Trump-Russia 'collusion' and other great hoaxes
Fox News
Here is the news: after an exhaustive 9-month investigation, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee offered no evidence whatsoever that Trump or his associates “colluded” with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election ...
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Nord Stream 2: Pay your money, take your choice - Petroleum Economist

Nord Stream - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 17:15

Petroleum Economist

Nord Stream 2: Pay your money, take your choice
Petroleum Economist
The Nord Stream 2 project is either the answer to Europe's prayers or one huge nightmare, depending on who you're talking to. Polish lawyers are trying to block ...

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Turkey Gears Up for 'Risky' Syria Mission With Russia and Iran - Bloomberg

Northwest Russia - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 17:13

Bloomberg

Turkey Gears Up for 'Risky' Syria Mission With Russia and Iran
Bloomberg
Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a “serious operation” in the country's Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in ...
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Jewish Pianist MIkhail Klein Dies On Stage In Russia - Forward

Northwest Russia - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 15:50

Forward

Jewish Pianist MIkhail Klein Dies On Stage In Russia
Forward
The millionth ticket was bought by a Polish couple, Barbara and Sławomir, from the city of Szczecin in northwest Poland, a museum spokeswoman, Zaneta Czyżniewska, wrote in a statement Wednesday. They received a free museum card and return flight ...

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Contractors Confident They Will 'Overcome' US Sanctions Targeting Nord Stream-2 - Sputnik International

Nord Stream - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:44

Sputnik International

Contractors Confident They Will 'Overcome' US Sanctions Targeting Nord Stream-2
Sputnik International
ST PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – The companies participating in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline have expressed confidence that they will take part in the project despite the new US sanctions, Sergey Serdyukov, Nord Stream-2 AG Chief ...

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Russia coal exports may be slashed by dust control measures - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

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Russia coal exports may be slashed by dust control measures
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
Of the 80 million tonnes of mostly thermal coal potentially at risk, perhaps 20 million could be spread among the specialized terminals such as JSC Vostochny, which is expanding to nearly 40 million tonnes a year by 2019, the Baltic ports and to the ...

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