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“In the phone call, initiated by Assad, Putin spoke of “additional measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops in Syria and to reinforce the country’s air defense system,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

According to the Syrian president’s office, Putin told Assad the blame for the plane incident lay squarely with Israel.

Israeli fighter jets conducted the airstrike last Monday night on a weapons facility in the coastal city of Latakia that the IDF said was going to provide weapons to the Hezbollah terror group and other Iranian proxies. During a Syrian air defenses counterattack, the Russian spy plane was shot down by an S-200 anti-aircraft missile and its 15 crew members were killed.

Russia already has its own S-300 air defense system in Syria, along with the more advanced S-400 system.

However, defense analysts have questioned whether an S-300 system in Syrian, not Russian, hands could threaten Israel’s air power in the region and prevent it from being able to conduct strikes against targets in Syria.

Earlier this year Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman downplayed Israeli concerns over Russia’s purported plans to install the system in Syria.”

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“Time for an upgrade!” Thus decideth and spake The Demiurgue, a.k.a. “The Hypothetical New Abwehr”, via its middle of the way mouthpiece, The Deutsche Welle. And the S-300 Systems are heading to Syria, for their Air Defense Forces. 

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“On Monday, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the deployment of S-300 was “not directed at any third country.”

At the same time, however, Peskov pointed the finger at Israel when speaking about the destruction of the Russian plane.

“According to the information provided by our military experts, the reasons for this tragedy are premediated actions of Israeli pilots, and that cannot but harm our ties” with Israel, Peskov said.

Time for an upgrade

Syrian military used the outdated S-200 missiles to respond to the Israeli attack. The systems, originally developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s, have no capability to distinguish between friendly and hostile forces. Russian bases in Syria are already protected by the latest, S-400 systems, as well as S-300 also operated by Russian troops.

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By delivering a revamped version of the more modern S-300 defense system, Russia seeks to reduce the risk of a similar friendly-fire incident. Moscow will also equip Syria’s anti-aircraft command centers with high-tech systems to improve coordination and monitoring. According to Shoigu, hostile aircraft will also face electronic interference above parts of the Mediterranean in Syrian airspace.

Israel did not immediately comment on the Russian move. Earlier this year, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman speculated that giving advanced weapons to Damascus could trigger a response.

“For us, it is important that defensive weaponry which Russia is supplying to Syria, is not used against us,” he told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, according to the Russian translation provided by the Interfax news agency.

“If they are, we will take action against them.”

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The air defense system will not be a game changer for the Israeli air force, but what it says about Putin favoring Tehran over Jerusalem is of greater concern

Russia’s S-300 advanced air defense system has become almost a byword over the last decade for a strategic advantage, sought by Iran and Syria, to counter Israel’s dominance in the air.

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For years, Israel lobbied the Kremlin not to supply the system to them. And indeed, despite paying for it in 2007, Iran only received its first S-300 batteries in 2016.

Now, according to reports in the Russian media, the Kremlin is planning to give Syria its own S-300 batteries as well, prompting Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to threaten in an interview on Tuesday: “One thing should be clear – If someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them.”

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Lieberman’s message was clear: the Israel Air Force can’t allow itself to lose its freedom to operate in Syrian airspace, even at the price of a diplomatic crisis with Russia.

The IAF’s ability to continue operating over Syria is at the heart of the latest round of hostilities between Israel and Iran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps is determined to build permanent bases in Syria – as promised to them by the Assad regime in return for supporting the Syrian president through the last seven years of civil war. But the building cannot go ahead as long as Israel is determined to bomb any such bases.

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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal last week, the April 9 attack on the T4 air base being used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria was carried out by Israel to destroy a Tor air defense system flown in from Tehran. But Russian-supplied batteries would have a different status.

The advanced versions of the S-300 are capable of tracking dozens of airborne targets simultaneously, at hundreds of kilometers. Almaz-Antey, the Russian state-owned manufacturer, claims it can also shoot down cruise and ballistic missiles.

The current air defense systems operated by Syria’s military are of an earlier Soviet generation, and an S-300 would allow it to track IAF aircraft taking off from their bases within Israel.

An S-300 would not mean Israel would lose its strategic advantage. According to foreign reports, the IAF has already closely studied the system’s capabilities and flown “against” it in joint exercises with countries that have bought the system from Russia.

An array of electronic warfare systems have been developed to evade it, and the IAF’s first squadron of F-35I stealth fighters has already been declared operational. The Russian contingent in Syria already operates the S-300 as well as its more advanced version, the S-400.

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Transferring an S-300 battery to Syrian control would not necessarily make a major change to the tactical environment in which the IAF already operates. But it would be a powerful strategic statement.

Russia has studiously kept out of the Israel-Iran confrontation in Syria until now. While it has partnered with Iran in keeping Bashar Assad in power, under President Vladimir Putin it is also closely coordinated with Israel.

The Russian balancing act in Syria has meant on the one hand not reining in Iran when it has tried to build a more permanent presence, including on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights; and on the other, not hampering the airstrikes on Hezbollah and Iranian targets that have been ascribed to Israel in the foreign media.

That balancing act is getting more difficult to maintain as hostilities between Israel and Iran become more overt. Supplying S-300s to the Assad regime would be a sign that Putin is getting off the fence and favoring his allies from Tehran over Jerusalem. That in itself would be much more worrying than any new system in the regime’s hands.

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Both Jerusalem and Washington warned Russia on Monday evening against its declared intention to provide the Syrian military with advanced surface-to-air missiles, saying the move would further destabilize the region and increase already high tensions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the decision to provide Syria with the S-300 system in a phone call Sunday.

In response, according to a statement by Netanyahu’s office, “The prime minister said providing advanced weapons systems to irresponsible actors will magnify dangers in the region, and that Israel will continue to defend itself and its interests.”

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Concurrently US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Russia’s announcement  was a “major mistake” that would cause a “significant escalation” of  tensions. He urged Moscow to reconsider.

Russia made the announcement following last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria in a friendly fire incident that killed 15 Russia soldiers. The Russian military’s reconnaissance Ilyushin Il-20 was shot down by Syrian missile defense systems responding to an Israeli airstrike.

In his call with Netanyahu, Putin said he disagreed with the Israeli version of events concerning the downing of the Russian plane.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a Federalist Society luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“The information provided by the Israeli military… runs counter to conclusions of the Russian defense ministry,” the Kremlin said of the call, adding that the actions of the Israeli pilots had led to the plane being targeted by Syrian air defense systems.

“The Russian side proceeds from the fact that the actions by the Israeli air force were the main reason for the tragedy,” a statement said.

Last Tuesday, by contrast, in a previous Putin-Netanyahu call, the Russian president had absolved Israel and blamed a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances.”

Netanyahu’s office said Monday night he had “expressed his confidence in the credibility of the IDF probe and its conclusions, and stressed once again that responsibility for the unfortunate incident lay with the Syrian army that brought down the plane, and with Iran, whose aggression destabilizes [the region].”

Nevertheless, it said, Netanyahu had “once again expressed his condolences for the deaths of the Russia soldiers.”

The statement added that the two leaders agreed to “continue talks between professional teams and coordination between the armies through military channels.”

The Kremlin earlier Monday issued a devastating critique of Israel over the incident, accusing Israel’s air force of “premeditated actions,” warning the incident would harm relations between the two countries.

“According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

The Russian defense ministry had announced the upcoming transfer of the S-300 earlier in the day, saying Moscow would “transfer the modern S-300 air defense system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks.” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also said Russia planned to jam radars of military planes striking from off the coast of the Mediterranean.

“In regions near Syria over the Mediterranean Sea, there will be radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, on-board radar systems and communication systems of military aviation attacking objects on Syrian territory,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AFP/ Pool/Yuri Kadobnov)

Russia had originally agreed to sell the system to Syria in 2010, but scrapped the plan at Israel’s behest. However, the Syrian military has already received training to use the system.

“We are certain that the realization of these measures will cool the ‘hot heads’ and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen,” Shoigu said.

Peskov said the measures were “not directed against third countries but towards defending our own military.”

Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said following the announcement that Damascus required the S-300 “in order to defend Syrian land from Israel’s aggressive actions.”

Also Monday Putin told Assad of Moscow’s plan to deliver the new S-300 air defense system, in the first conversation between the two leaders since the downing of the plane.

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, in Damascus, Syria, in this photo released May 10, 2018. (SANA via AP)

In the phone call, initiated by Assad, Putin spoke of “additional measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops in Syria and to reinforce the country’s air defense system,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

According to the Syrian president’s office, Putin told Assad the blame for the plane incident lay squarely with Israel.

Israeli fighter jets conducted the airstrike last Monday night on a weapons facility in the coastal city of Latakia that the IDF said was going to provide weapons to the Hezbollah terror group and other Iranian proxies. During a Syrian air defenses counterattack, the Russian spy plane was shot down by an S-200 anti-aircraft missile and its 15 crew members were killed.

Russia already has its own S-300 air defense system in Syria, along with the more advanced S-400 system.

However, defense analysts have questioned whether an S-300 system in Syrian, not Russian, hands could threaten Israel’s air power in the region and prevent it from being able to conduct strikes against targets in Syria.

Earlier this year Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman downplayed Israeli concerns over Russia’s purported plans to install the system in Syria.

A Russian military Ilyushin IL-20 landing at Kubinka air base on June 3, 2011. (Artyom Anikeev/iStock/Getty Images)

“One thing needs to be clear: If someone shoots at our planes, we will destroy them. It doesn’t matter if it’s an S-300 or an S-700,” he said.

Israel’s former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who currently heads the influential Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said he assumed the air force would work quickly to destroy the S-300, if it were indeed handed over to Syria.

“If I know the air force well, we have already made proper plans to deal with this threat. After you remove the threat, which is basically what will be done, we’re back to square one,” Yadlin told Bloomberg news in April.

Moscow first announced that it was considering reversing its longtime policy against supplying the S-300 system to the regime following a series of airstrikes against Syrian targets by the United States, United Kingdom and France in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad.

The Russian-made system, made up of radar arrays and missile launchers, offers long-range protection against both fighter jets and missiles. The system has been supplied by Moscow to Tehran, and deployed by the Russian army in Syria alongside its more advanced iteration, the S-400.

The Israeli military on Sunday rejected the Russian defense ministry’s claim that it was entirely to blame for the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli strike last week, reiterating that Syria was at fault.

A computer simulation released by the Russian Defense Ministry, Sunday, September 23, 2018, purports to show Israeli jets near a Russian reconnaissance plane, in red, off Syria’s coast before it was accidentally shot down by Syria forces responding to the Israeli air strike. The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of its plane, as Syrian government forces are thought to have mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet and shot it down Monday, killing all 15 people aboard. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces maintained its version of events — that the Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down as a result of indiscriminate Syrian anti-aircraft fire — and said it would continue to act to prevent terrorist groups from obtaining advanced weapons.

Earlier on Sunday, the Russian defense ministry released the findings of its investigation into the downing of the plane and the deaths of the crew. Moscow said Israel alone was responsible for the incident, accusing the IDF of failing to give notice of its attack in a timely and accurate manner, and claiming the Israeli pilots used the Russian surveillance aircraft as cover during their strike.

Nevertheless, the Israeli military said that it would continue to operate against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria and that it hoped its coordination efforts with Russia continued.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to sit down with President Trump Thursday once he returns from the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Trump administration said Monday in response to reports that Rosenstein could be forced out.

“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday. “Because the president is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the president returns to Washington, D.C.”

Reports surfaced Monday morning that Rosenstein offered White House Chief of Staff John Kelly his resignation. Other reports claimed that Rosenstein did not offer his resignation, but expected to be fired.

A source familiar with the matter told the Washington Examiner Monday that Rosenstein hasn’t offered Kelly his resignation and only discussed it after a story from last week that Rosenstein was considering a plan to oust Trump from the White House.

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Israel will attempt to ignore Russia’s delivery of an S-300 air defense system to Syria. But if that system competently targets Israeli jets, the Israelis will destroy it.

This bears note alongside Russia’s announcement on Monday that it will provide Bashar Assad’s regime with an S-300. That delivery follows last week’s friendly-fire downing of a Russian intelligence aircraft and the loss of 15 Russian personnel. It happened at the hands of a Syrian air defense crew that was using an inferior air defense system. The Syrians fired on the Russian aircraft in the mistaken belief that it was Israeli.

Although the S-300 delivery might look like a major escalation of conflict, it won’t change Israel’s calculus. The Israelis will continue to target military platforms in Syria that they have been targeting for years now. Namely, Iranian revolutionary guard, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Assad forces engaged in missile transfers and other activities that are viewed by Israel as posing a critical threat.

Putin recognizes as much.

The Russian leader knows that the Israelis will not cease their activities simply because they face a greater threat. And that’s why he has given Assad an S-300 system rather than an more advanced S-400 system. Putin knows that where the S-400 would pose a significant threat to Israeli air crews, Israel can mitigate the S-300’s impact with a range of electronic warfare activities. In addition, Putin is almost certain to impose restrictions on the Syrians in terms of where they position the S-300 and how they employ it.

Putin does not want an Israeli jet to be shot down by the S-300 – or even worse, an Israeli strike that destroys the S-300. That’s not because of some moral quandary on Putin’s part – he simply wants to prevent another friendly fire incident, and for the S-300 delivery to send a broader message to other actors around the world that he is not a man to be pushed around. With pressure on Moscow rising in relation to its chemical weapons attacks in Britain, Putin wants to discourage the view that he is in a position of weakness. The S-300 delivery thus feeds Putin’s sustaining deterrent narrative that Russian is willing to out-escalate any adversary.

Ultimately, however, this delivery won’t change much. Israel will remain committed to its interests in Syria, Russia to its own, and Assad and Iran will remain restrained.

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Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow had not decided yet if would supply its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria.

“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us. If they’re used against us, we’ll act against them,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Ynet media outlet, reflecting upon the possibility of Syria’s acquisition of S-300 missile defense systems.

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The defense minister elaborated that Israel “doesn’t interfere in Syria’s internal affairs, but on the other hand we won’t allow Iran to flood [the country] with advanced weapons systems that would be aimed against Israel.”

“If anyone attacks us, we will retaliate, regardless of S-300, S-700 [sic] or anything else’s presence there,” Lieberman said.

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In an interview with Army Radio, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz cast doubts on Russia’s potential supply of S-300 missile defense systems to Syria, suggesting that the move will undermine Moscow’s relations with Tel Aviv.

“I doubt that they will supply this missile defense system – at the very moment they will cross a certain line in our relations,” Army Radio cited Katz as saying.

Another senior Israeli official also expressed his concerns over the potential supply of Russian S-300 systems to Syria.

“Any type of weapon that threatens Israeli security is always a matter of concern,” Deputy Director General and Director of the Eurasia Department of the Foreign Ministry Alexander Ben-Zvi said.

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At the same time, Ben-Zvi did not clarify if Tel Aviv would raise the issue of S-300 supplies during talks with Russian officials. He did, however, note that “matters concerning the Syrian conflict are constantly being discussed during the meetings between Israeli politicians and diplomats in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Russian Security Council.”

The statements come just a day after the IDF launched an attack on Syrian artillery after a mortar shell fell next to a security fence in the northern Golan Heights, a disputed area, which has been a focal point in relations between Tel Aviv and Damascus since the 1967 Six-Day War.

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 stated that President Vladimir Putin had discussed the issue of S-300 supplies to Syria with the Defense Ministry; however, the decisions “have yet to be determined.”

Last week, Mark Heller, principal research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, told Sputnik that “Israel is concerned that more effective Syrian air defenses built around Russian equipment would limit Israel’s ability to operate against Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria.”

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On April 14, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy announced that Moscow might reconsider selling the S-300 systems to Damascus in wake of the US and allied airstrikes against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma.

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Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

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Syrian regime troops will receive S-300 missile defense systems from Russia within the next two weeks, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

The modernized version of the Soviet-era system “is capable of intercepting aerial attacks at the distance of over 250 kilometers and simultaneously countering several targets,” the minister said.

The move comes after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the destruction of Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane last week. The incident claimed the lives of 15 Russian soldiers.

“We are convinced that these measures will cool down the ‘hot heads’ and keep them from ill-conceived actions threatening out troops,” Shoigu said in his televised address.

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Israel denies responsibility

Russia’s spy plane was shot down over Syria last Monday. Both Russia and its allies from the Syrian regime acknowledge the missiles were fired by the Syrian military, but say the troops had targeted Israeli jets flying sorties in the area.

Moscow has blamed Israel for the loss of life, claiming that Israeli jets used the spy plane as a cover to avoid Syrian fire. Israel admitted bombing targets in Syria before the plane was shot down on Monday. However, they denied any connection with the incident.

Supplying Syrian army with advanced anti-aircraft capabilities is likely to raise the stakes in the volatile region, where Israel and several other countries often conduct bombing attacks.

  • Syrien Luftangriffe gegen Ost-Ghouta (picture alliance/abaca/A. Al-Bushy )

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    War with no end

    Syria has been engulfed in a devastating civil war since 2011 after Syrian President Bashar Assad lost control over large parts of the country to multiple revolutionary groups. The conflict has since drawn in foreign powers and brought misery and death to Syrians.

  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The dictator

    Syria’s army, officially known as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), is loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is fighting to restore the president’s rule over the entire country. The SAA has been fighting alongside a number of pro-Assad militias such as the National Defense Force and has cooperated with military advisors from Russia and Iran, which back Assad.

  • A Turkish flag waving on the border to Syria

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The northern watchman

    Turkey, which is also part of the US-led coalition against IS, has actively supported rebels opposed to Assad. It has a tense relationship with its American allies over US cooperation with Kurdish fighters, who Ankara says are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighting in Turkey. The Turkish military has intervened alongside rebels in northern Aleppo, Afrin and Idlib province.

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The eastern guardian

    The Kremlin has proven to be a powerful friend to Assad. Russian air power and ground troops officially joined the fight in September 2015 after years of supplying the Syrian army. Moscow has come under fire from the international community for the high number of civilian casualties during its airstrikes. However, Russia’s intervention turned the tide in war in favor of Assad.

  • Donald Trump

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The western allies

    A US-led coalition of more than 50 countries, including Germany, began targeting IS and other terrorist targets with airstrikes in late 2014. The anti-IS coalition has dealt major setbacks to the militant group. The US has more than a thousand special forces in the country backing the Syrian Democratic Forces.

  • Members of the Free Syrian Army shout slogans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The rebels

    The Free Syrian Army grew out of protests against the Assad regime that eventually turned violent. Along with other non-jihadist rebel groups, it seeks the ouster of President Assad and democratic elections. After suffering a number of defeats, many of its members defected to hardline militant groups. It garnered some support from the US and Turkey, but its strength has been greatly diminished.

  • Female Syrian YPG fighters

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The resistance

    Fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamists has become its own conflict. The US-led coalition against the “Islamic State” has backed the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias. The Kurdish YPG militia is the main component of the SDF. The Kurds have had a tacit understanding with Assad.

  • Islamic State terrorist in a jet plane in Syria

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The new jihadists

    “Islamic State” (IS) took advantage of regional chaos to capture vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Seeking to establish its own “caliphate,” IS has become infamous for its fundamentalist brand of Islam and its mass atrocities. IS is facing defeat in both countries after the US and Russia led separate military campaigns against the militant group.

  • A fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front holds his group flag as he stands in front of the governor building in Idlib province

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The old jihadists

    IS is not the only terrorist group that has ravaged Syria. A number of jihadist militant groups are fighting in the conflict, warring against various rebel factions and the Assad regime. One of the main jihadist factions is Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, which controls most of Idlib province and has ties with al-Qaeda.

  • A military truck carrying Shalamcheh missiles drives past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran

    WHO’S FIGHTING IN THE SYRIA CONFLICT?

    The Persian shadow

    Iran has supported Syria, its only Arab ally, for decades. Eager to maintain its ally, Tehran has provided Damascus with strategic assistance, military training and ground troops when the conflict emerged in 2011. The Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah also supports the Assad regime, fighting alongside Iranian forces and paramilitary groups in the country.

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S-300 delivery ‘not directed’ against Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin initially sought to deflate tensions with Israel, saying that “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances” caused the Russian plane to be destroyed. On Monday, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the deployment of S-300 was “not directed at any third country.”

At the same time, however, Peskov pointed the finger at Israel when speaking about the destruction of the Russian plane.

“According to the information provided by our military experts, the reasons for this tragedy are premediated actions of Israeli pilots, and that cannot but harm our ties” with Israel, Peskov said.

Time for an upgrade

Syrian military used the outdated S-200 missiles to respond to the Israeli attack. The systems, originally developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s, have no capability to distinguish between friendly and hostile forces. Russian bases in Syria are already protected by the latest, S-400 systems, as well as S-300 also operated by Russian troops.

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By delivering a revamped version of the more modern S-300 defense system, Russia seeks to reduce the risk of a similar friendly-fire incident. Moscow will also equip Syria’s anti-aircraft command centers with high-tech systems to improve coordination and monitoring. According to Shoigu, hostile aircraft will also face electronic interference above parts of the Mediterranean in Syrian airspace.

Israel did not immediately comment on the Russian move. Earlier this year, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman speculated that giving advanced weapons to Damascus could trigger a response.

“For us, it is important that defensive weaponry which Russia is supplying to Syria, is not used against us,” he told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, according to the Russian translation provided by the Interfax news agency.

“If they are, we will take action against them.”

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is out at the Department of Justice according to reports surfacing Monday.

It is not clear if Mr. Rosenstein is resigning or if he is being fired, according to the reports. Some media outlets said he is submitting his resignation, while others say he has been summoned to the White House, where he expects to be fired.

Axios reported Mr. Rosenstein has verbally resigned to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports.

The resignation immediately throws into chaos special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion and President Trump’s campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, leaving Mr. Rosenstein in charge of the investigation.

Typically, the investigation would fall to the number spot at the Justice Department, but Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, who previously held that position, resigned earlier this year.

Under the Justice Department’s succession plan, Solicitor General Noel Francisco will oversee the Mueller probe. Mr. Francisco has said little about the special counsel investigation, but has has suggested federal political corruption investigations have overreached. He also accused former FBI Director James B. Comey of using “kid gloves” in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Those statements could create the appearance of bias as he may stand to inherit Mr. Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election.

One Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said Monday Mr. Rosenstein’s departure will undermine the Mueller team.

“Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign,” Mr. Schiff tweeted. “This would place the Mueller investigation in even grater jeopardy. Rosenstein should continue to do his job, protect the independence of the DOJ, and if the President intends to obstruct justice, force Trump to fire him.”

News of Mr. Rosenstein’s departure comes after a New York Times report Friday alleging in May 2017 he talked about secretly taping President Trump and trying to enlist administration officials to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president form office.

Mr. Rosenstein denied the report, calling it “factually incorrect.” He issued a second, stronger denial Friday night.

“I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false,” the second statement said.

A statement provided to The New York Times by a Justice Department spokeswoman said that Mr. Rosenstein did suggest wearing a wire for a meeting, but did so sarcastically.

The denial apparently wasn’t be enough to save his job. At a campaign rally Saturday, Mr. Trump hinted that he might fire Mr. Rosenstein without mentioning him by name.

Mr. Trump said he had cleaned house at the FBI, “but there’s a lingering stench and we are going to get rid of that too.”

On Sunday, top Republicans said Mr. Rosenstein should be fired if he was working to undermine or remove the president.

“If Rosenstein is involved, he should be fired,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican. “There’s a bureaucratic coup at the Department of Justice and FBI, and somebody needs to look at it.”

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poor Israel,,what is wrong. Sure israel has been killing for sport these past 70 years..They are entitled to kill. they are all holocaust victims you see., even the little kiddies that come over from Russia. You see, it is what these jews do best,,they like killing and stealing land and they will not stop until they are made to stop by killing them..This is why they have been rounded up in England and put in their place of worship and set on fire. There was no stealing and usury after that,,same in Morocco ,,they were filing the edges of the new gold coins making enough money to open banks. But the king had them all rounded up and expelled. Most went to spain and London..Am I anti-semite,,Of course,,,The London jews said I was because I supported the boycott on Israel and protested against their genocide and ethnic cleansing…Oh god,, I am definitely anti-semits and proud of it. Mr Gideon Falters is the man you need to ask.

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The archive of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND-Archiv) cooperates with the Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv). The BND-Archiv works according to the Law on the Preservation and Use of Federal Archival Documents (“BArchG”).

The documents which need to be stored permanently are secured early on. They are indexed and undergo conversation treatment according to the current standards of the Federal Archives.

Documents which are no longer needed at the Bundesnachrichtendienst are handed over to the Federal Archives as stipulated in the Law on the Preservation and Use of Federal Archival Documents. The archived documents of the Bundesnachrichtendienst can be found under the tracking number B 206.

Subject to legal provision, archived documents can be used by the public at request after a period of 30 years. Archived documents that are still classified cannot be used by the public. Normally archived documents concerning natural persons can be used 30 years after the death of the person concerned. In case the death year cannot be ascertained, the period of protection ends 110 years after birth (Section 5 of the BArchG). The periods of protection mentioned above may be reduced according to the conditions stipulated in section 5, subsection 5 of the BArchG.

1,952 files, 58 microfilms, 74,000 photos and 129,000 negatives have been handed over to the Federal Archives so far.

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Эрнст Урлау
Ernst Uhrlau
Эрнст Урлау
Эрнст Урлау (справа) и Вольфганг Ишингер, 2009
Флаг Президент БНД
1 декабря2005 — 7 декабря2011
Предшественник Август Ханнинг
Преемник Герхард Шиндлер
Рождение 7 декабря 1946 (71 год)
ГамбургГермания
Партия СДПГ
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Большой крест I степени почётного знака «За заслуги перед Австрийской Республикой»
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Эрнст Урлау (нем. Ernst Uhrlau, р. 1946) — немецкий государственный деятель, президент Федеральной разведывательной службы в 2005−2011 годах.

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Родился в Гамбурге, окончил Гамбургский университет по специальности «политология».

Работал в Федеральной службе защиты конституции — с 1981 года помощником начальника Управления Федеральной службе защиты конституции по городу Гамбургу, а в 1991 году Э.Урлау возглавил это управление. В 1996—1998 годах Э.Урлау занимал должность начальника полиции Гамбурга, а в 1998—2005 годах был координатором разведывательного сообщества ФРГ в ведомстве федерального канцлера.

В должности координатора спецслужб Э.Урлау, в частности, выступал в качестве посредника между Израилем и группировкой «Хезболла» при обмене захваченных израильских солдат на пленных боевиков в январе 2004 года. В БНД эта операция получила название «Операция „Сине-белое небо“».

1 декабря 2005 года Э.Урлау был назначен на пост президента БНД и занимал его до 7 декабря 2011 года. Был противником вывода международных сил из Афганистана[1] В 2006 году Э.Урлау объявил о начале систематического пересмотра истории германской разведслужбы, и пошёл на беспрецедентный в истории германской разведки шаг: открыл для историков архивы БНД периода 1947 −1968 годов, при этом к архивам были допущены только четверо историков, чей профессиональный авторитет, по словам Урлау, служит доказательством их беспристрастности. Руководством БНД было объявлено, что не все материалы, доступные историкам, будут обнародованы.[2] За время руководства Э.Урлау в 2010 году разразился скандал, связанный с пропажей секретных строительных чертежей нового здания штаб-квартиры БНД в Берлине.[3]

В декабре 2011 года Э.Урлау, по достижении пенсионного возраста, ушёл в отставку с поста главы БНД и с февраля 2012 года является советником Deutsche Bank.[4]

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When dealing with its own historical development, the transparent discussion of the origin and early history of the Bundesnachrichtendienst as well as its staff and work profile between 1945 and 1968 are of importance.

Understanding this, the Bundesnachrichtendienst initiated an internal research and working group “History of the BND” and appointed an Independent Committee of Historians.

The research and work group „History of the BND”

Supervised by the Independent Committee of Historians, the research and working group creates the conditions and basic requirements necessary for researching the history of the Bundesnachrichtendienst. The group works under the responsibility of a historian and is a long-term project.

The Independent Committee of Historians

The Independent Committee of Historians works in an open and unbiased way and is not subject to any restrictions in form and content. The committee examines the time span of the predecessor organizations of the Bundesnachrichtendienst starting in 1945 and the first term of office of President Gehlen, the first official head. On 15 February 2011, President Ernst Uhrlau and the four appointed historians signed the agreement in Berlin.

The following historians were appointed as members of the Independent Committee:

  • Professor Dr. Jost Dülffer (Cologne University)
  • Professor Dr. Klaus-Dietmar Henke (Technical University Dresden)
  • Professor Dr. Wolfgang Krieger (Philipps-University Marburg)
  • Professor Dr. Rolf-Dieter Müller (German Armed Forces Military History Research Office / Humboldt-University Berlin).

Further experts will be involved in the course of the research project. You will find more information on the Independent Committee of Historians on their website.

The committee members and the experts have unrestricted access to the relevant material in the archives of the Bundesnachrichtendienst. The free flow of information will only be restricted if legal requirements (archive regulations, personality rights or protection of classified material) apply.

For the time being, the project is laid out for a period of four years. The research results will be presented to the public in the form of publications and at various scientific conferences.

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Russians in the UK feeling the cold after Novichok spy poisoning …

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“Go back to Russia!” Restauranteur Edouard Torosiants could hardly believe it. After 26 years living in the United Kingdom it was the first time …

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Anna Shapiro, 30, and her husband Alex King, 42, sparked fears of a new novichok poisoning in the city last weekend. Ms Shapiro, a …

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UK Charges 2 Men in Novichok Poisoning, Saying They’re Russian …

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They also released photographs of the delicate perfume bottle that was used to carry a weapons-grade nerve agent, known as Novichok, to the …
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We Were Tourists, Not Assassins, Novichok Attack Suspects Say

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They did not offer any explanation for how the London hotel room they had stayed in came to have traces of Novichok, the military-grade nerve …

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Sick Russian perfume company plans to ‘reward’ Russian Novichok …

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THE two Novichok murder suspects are to be rewarded with their own trademark. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – named as GRU …
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BERLIN (AP) — The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.

Speaking at a public session Thursday of a parliamentary panel, the heads of Germany’s foreign, domestic and military intelligence agencies emphasized that cyber threats in particular necessitate joint solutions.

The head of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, Bruno Kahl, says “the threats for Germany can only be identified, analyzed and fended off by a cooperation of agencies.”

He added that it’s also incumbent on German intelligence agencies to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Kahl says “otherwise the digital revolution will only benefit those we should be protecting our country from.”

Kahl was joined by domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen and military intelligence head Christof Gramm.

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