The FRN Daily News Brief 2019-10-09

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This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 10, articles about Eurasia, Headline-News, Mena, Syria, Turkey, Anglo-5, Eu, United-States, Finance, Iran, Politics, Science, China, Crime, Nato, Spain, United-Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, Latin-America, Pakistan.

Tags in this brief: SDF, Syria, Turkey, War, Erdogan, Kurds, Economy, Iran, Sanctions, USA, China, Geopolitics, International Relations, Julian Assange, Myanmar, Russia, Su-57, Daesh, ISIS, Raqqa, YPG, Imran Khan, Pakistan, Xi.

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Damascus Slams Turkey’s Military Encroachment in Northern Syria

Published 2019-10-09 22:00:52 by Drago Bosnic in Eurasia, Headline-News, Mena, Syria, Turkey

DAMASCUS – Damascus condemned Turkey’s upcoming military operation in Syria as aggression and a violation of international law, as Ankara has begun amassing its military forces near the Syrian border as part of final preparations for the offensive in its Northern neighbor announced over the weekend. “Syria strongly condemns irresponsible statements and aggressive intentions of the Turkish regime and its amassing of the army at the Syrian border, which is a disgraceful breach of international law and UN resolutions that respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, according to SANA. According to the statement,… Continue ->

Tags: SDF, Syria, Turkey, War


MAJOR: Erdogan Declares Start of Major Offensive Against Kurdish Forces in Syria

Published 2019-10-09 21:30:46 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Eu, Eurasia, Headline-News, Mena, Syria, Turkey, United-States

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday the start of Ankara’s long-awaited military operation against US-backed Kurdish militias in Northern Syria, with the Turkish army staging massive air, missile, rocket and artillery attacks on the Kurdish-populated regions. Erdogan claimed that the operation, codenamed “Peace Spring”, targets not only Kurdish-led militias, that Ankara believes to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group which is outlawed in Turkey, but also the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), a claim hardly verifiable as ISIL has no major presence in the… Continue ->

Tags: Erdogan, Kurds, SDF, Syria, Turkey, War


US Targets Iranian Space Industry, Iran Condemns Destructive Moves Against Scientific Centers

Published 2019-10-09 21:00:37 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Finance, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Politics, Science, United-States

TEHRAN – The Iranian Space Agency (ISA), in a letter to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), lodged an official complaint against the US destructive sanctions against scientific centers of Tehran, denouncing the move as unlawful and illegal. Head of the ISA Morteza Barari, in an official letter to Director of the UNOOSA Simonetta Di Pippo, protested against the US “unlawful and illegal” sanctions against the ISA, Iran Space Research Center, and the Iranian Aerospace Research Institute. Iran’s Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna submitted the letter on Wednesday. The letter emphasized… Continue ->

Tags: Economy, Iran, Sanctions, USA


MAJOR: China to Restrict Visas for US Visitors with Anti-China Links

Published 2019-10-09 20:30:35 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, China, Eurasia, Finance, Headline-News, Politics, United-States

BEIJING – China plans tighter visa restrictions for US nationals with ties to anti-China groups, people with knowledge of the proposed curbs said, following similar US restrictions on Chinese nationals as relations between the countries sour. China’s Ministry of Public Security has for months been working on rules to limit the ability of anyone employed, or sponsored, by US intelligence services and human rights groups to travel to China, Al-Jazeera reported. The proposed changes follow the introduction by the United States of tighter rules for visas for Chinese scholars in May. New US visa restrictions announced on Tuesday, on Chinese… Continue ->

Tags: China, Economy, Geopolitics, International Relations, Sanctions, USA


Report: Security Firm at Ecuadorian Embassy Created ‘Profiles’ on Russian, American Visitors to Assange, Gave Info to CIA

Published 2019-10-09 19:59:14 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Crime, Eurasia, Headline-News, Nato, Politics, Spain, United-Kingdom, United-States

LONDON – The Spanish security firm hired to guard the Ecuadorian Embassy in London during Julian Assange’s stay there gathered information on his Russian and American visitors and handed it to US intelligence, according to a new report. David Morales, the owner of security contracting firm Undercover Global SL, allegedly ordered his employees to keep extensive records on anybody coming to meet with Assange during his nearly seven-year residency at the diplomatic compound, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported. Former employees at the firm told El Pais the CIA was also granted access to a web server where those records were… Continue ->

Tags: Geopolitics, Julian Assange, USA


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Another potential buyer of the 5th generation Russian Su-57 fighters pointed out

Published 2019-10-09 16:30:17 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

MYANMAR – Military Watch has written about the possibility of Myanmar becoming the unexpected new buyer of Southeast Asian fifth-generation Su-57 fighters. According to the portal, Russia had a “drastic increase” in orders for fifth-generation Su-57 fighters throughout 2019. “Planning to launch more than 70 fighters by 2025 and opening lines for mass production in July 2019, Moscow also actively sought to obtain Su-57 fighter export orders to help subsidize large-scale production costs,” it is said in the publication. Military Watch also wrote that, thanks to the unique features of the Su-57, which allow it to operate effectively both as… Continue ->

Tags: Myanmar, Russia, Su-57


Does a Russian-Chinese missile warning system protect against any unexpected U.S. attack?

Published 2019-10-09 15:30:36 by Paul Antonopoulos in China, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

The Missile Attack Alert System (SPRN), which Moscow is currently helping Beijing set up, will dramatically increase China’s defense, protecting it against any possible “strategic surprise” from the US, experts say. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled these plans while speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club last week. Russia has just set up a similar system covering its entire territory in 2017. Protection against unexpected attack Experts noted that the new Chinese system would avert the risk of any unexpected first attack from the United States, while noting that such an attack appears to be purely theoretical. Miles Pomper, a… Continue ->

Tags: China, Russia


From Hostility to Warmness: Why has Brazilian President Changed his Aggressive Anti-China Actions?

Published 2019-10-09 13:30:59 by Paul Antonopoulos in Brazil, Headline-News, Latin-America

In an interview with DW Brasil, former Brazilian ambassador to Beijing, Marcos Caramuru, revealed the great interest Chinese companies have in potential infrastructure work in Brazil. Even with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro showing initial hostility towards China during his 2018 election campaign, his opinion appears to have changed given the huge sums involved in bilateral relations and the opportunities the Asian country can provide the economic struggling Latin American Giant. Bolsonaro is commonly known as the ‘Tropical Trump’ for his open admiration of the U.S. President and his shared ideas and beliefs. Therefore, it was unsurprising that he said “The… Continue ->

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BREAKING: ISIS suicide bombers attack Kurdish YPG positions in Raqqa

Published 2019-10-09 01:48:41 by Paul Antonopoulos in Headline-News, Mena, Syria

RAQQA, Syria – According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at least three Daesh suicide bombers attacked Wednesday its military positions in Syria’s Raqqa, Sputnik reported. The SDF stressed in a statement that the Daesh* terrorists took “advantage of imminent Turkish invasion”, adding that “clashes still ongoing”. The SDF has, however, not provided any further details on casualties or damage inflicted by the terrorist attack. BREAKING NEWS:#Daesh takes advantage of Imminent #Turkish invasion 3x #ISIS suicide bombings on our military positions in Raqqa, clashes still [email protected] @gaylelemmon @vvanwilgenburg @mustefabali @mutludc @SOJTFOIR @CJTFOIR— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF… Continue ->

Tags: Daesh, ISIS, Raqqa, SDF, Syria, YPG


Imran Khan’s China Visit Meant To Influence President Xi’s Upcoming India Meeting

Published 2019-10-09 01:35:11 by Paul Antonopoulos in China, Eurasia, Headline-News, Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday and he will likely try to coordinate with China over the Kashmir issue to gain strong Chinese backing. It is likely that China will also be asked by Khan to assert pressure on India after New Delhi repelled Article 370 of the Indian constitution that ensured the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has been a cause of division between Pakistan and India as Britain had not determined the final status of the region during decolonization in 1947. The region is now being ruled dividedly by China, India… Continue ->

Tags: China, Imran Khan, Pakistan, Xi


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