RUTHLESS despot Bashar al-Assad has killed nearly 100,000 of his own people and driven millions more out of Syria. However, despite mounting atrocities and international sanctions Vladimir Putin has put on a united front with the trouble tyrant. How did Russia and Putin get involved in Syria? The Soviet Union first gained influence in Syria during the 1970s by supplying aid and arms. In 2000, Vladimir Putin became president of Russia while Bashar al-Assad became president of Syria. For a decade the two countries had a fairly solid relationship but Moscow was always a lot closer to Libya. However, Russian support in Syria increased dramatically following the Arab Spring uprisings which began in 2011. When Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, Russia saw the move as an attack on its influence in the middle east. Russia was particularly worried the US would soon start wielding more influence in the region. Putin had a long-term relationship with Gaddafi and had several billion dollars' … [Read more...] about Why does Russia support Syria and Bashar al-Assad and how has Vladimir Putin reacted to the UK airstrikes?
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WORLD War 3 fears have sparked a renewed interest in the prophesies of Baba Vanga and her predictions about another global conflict. Known as the ‘Balkan Nostradamus’, Grandmother Vanga - born Vangeliya Pandeva Dimitrova in 1911 - is said to have had paranormal powers and the ability to see into the future and made predictions. Followers of the blind woman, who died in 1996, believe she correctly predicted a number of key events in world history, including 9/11, Brexit and the rise of ISIS. Believers say that she also made some scary predictions about the outcome of World War 3 – which doesn’t go well for the West. Shortly before she died she reportedly said: “Everything will melt away like ice yet the glory of Vladimir, the glory of Russia, are the only things that will remain. “Russia will not only survive, it will dominate the world.” Her alleged words have now echoed through time as fears over a worldwide conflict between East and West … [Read more...] about World War 3 fears spark Baba Vanga mania as millions look for clues in predictions ‘made by blind mystic who foresaw 9/11, Brexit and ISIS‘
Armed conflict between the US and Iran is becoming more probable by the day as super-hawks replace hawks in the Trump administration. The new National Security Adviser, John Bolton, has called for the US to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 and advocated immediate regime change in Tehran. The new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said the agreement, which Trump may withdraw from on 12 May, is “a disaster”. Trump has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not accept a deal with “cosmetic changes” as advocated by European states according to Israeli reporters. If this is so, then the deal is effectively dead. The escalating US-Iran confrontation is causing menacing ripples that could soon become waves across the Middle East. The price of crude oil is up because of fears of disruption of supply from the Gulf. In Iran, the value of the rial is at its lowest ever, having fallen by a quarter in the last six months. In Iraq, the Prime … [Read more...] about The appointments of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo in the US bring us closer to war in the Middle East
A Kremlin-linked network of slush funds has moved money to the Syrian regime, including frontmen for its chemical weapons programme, and to Isis for oil purchases, according to an investigation by BuzzFeed News. Moscow-based figures, "including associates of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, mafia figures, and Kremlin officials", used accounts at Tanzania-based bank FBME (formerly Federal Bank of the Middle East), which largely operates out of Cyprus, reported BuzzFeed citing leaked documents. "Issa al-Zeydi, a Russian-Syrian national now outed as a frontman for Syria's chemical weapons regime, moved hundreds of millions of dollars through the Kremlin-linked slush fund network," BuzzFeed alleged. In October 2014, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Zeydi as frontman for the Scientific Studies and Research Center – the firm that manages Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons programme. The UN says chemical weapons were used in an attack against the town of Khan … [Read more...] about Kremlin-linked network of slush funds allegedly funnelled money to Syrian regime and Isis
A jury has heard how a civil engineering worker accused of posting Isis videos on his Facebook page avoided answering if he supported the group when first interviewed by police. Abdulrahman Alcharbati made 110 references to martyrdom and the proscribed terrorist organisation on his open social media profile and, in the space of one day last February, posted links to six videos. The married dad, who is originally from Syria, had a copy of a manual titled Easy Explosives 4th edition on how to make improvised explosive devices, specifically suicide bomb vests, downloaded onto his mobile phone. When the 31-year-old was arrested at his home in Noble Street, Sunderland, last May he told officials: "I just posted the news." During the second day of his evidence, prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds told Newcastle Crown Court how Alcharbati's answers about Isis during his first three police interviews were different to those given when he later received legal representation. Mr Pawson-Pounds asked … [Read more...] about Sunderland dad refused to answer police when asked if he supported Isis, terror trial hears