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U.S. Navy rejects firing missiles in Mediterranean


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The US denies reports that it has carried out a joint missile test with Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. The US Navy announced that it did not fire any missiles from ships in the region.

"No missiles were fired from US ships in the Mediterranean," a spokesman for the US Navy's European headquarters was quoted as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.

The spokesman did not give further details about the incident.

The rejection comes although Israel said on Tuesday that it carried out a joint missile test with the United States in the Mediterranean.
"The Israeli defense ministry and the American MDA (Missile Defense Agency) Tuesday morning at 9:15 (0615 GMT) successfully launched an Ankor-type radar missile," Israel's defense ministry said in a statement.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander William Speaks also said, "I have nothing to confirm those reports whatsoever."
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Most in United States oppose Syria strike, Post-ABC poll finds

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President Obama and Vice President Biden
Americans widely oppose launching missile strikes against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that finds little appetite for military action across the country despite a growing drumbeat in Washington.

Nearly six in 10 oppose missile strikes in light of the U.S. government's determination that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. Democrats and Republicans alike oppose strikes by double digit margins, and there is deep opposition among every political and demographic group in the survey. Political independents are among the most clearly opposed, with 66 percent saying they are against military action.

Broad opposition in the new poll contrasts with a December Post-ABC poll that found most Americans saying they would be supportive of U.S. action if Syria used chemical weapons. At that time, 63 percent supported U.S. military involvement when it was a hypothetical situation, while 30 percent were opposed.

Such possible support for action has yet to materialize in the weeks after an August 21 gassing that reportedly killed 1,429 people outside of Damascus. The survey was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, as the Obama administration made its public case for military strikes and presented intelligence claiming "high certainty" that Syria's government is the culprit in attacks.
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Americans express more support for action if Britain and France were to join the cause, a prospect that became far less likely after the British parliament shot down a proposal for military action in Syria. In the United States, support for missile strikes in Syria rises by 10 percentage points, to 46 percent, if Britain and France participate, including a 14 point jump among independents. Still, 51 percent remain opposed even if such a coalition materialized.
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Syrian president Assad says French strikes would lead to "repercussions"

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File - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) meeting with the new governor of the central city of Hama, Anas Naim, July 11, 2011.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to "negative repercussions".

President Francois Hollande, along with U.S. President Barack Obama, has said Assad should be punished for the Aug. 21 attack in which Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed. The Syrian government says it was carried out by rebels - who it often refers to as "terrorists".

Assad said it would have made no sense to use chemical weapons in an area where his troops were also fighting.

"Those who make accusations must show evidence. We have challenged the United States and France to come up with a single piece of proof. Obama and Hollande have been incapable of doing so," he said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro.

"Anybody who contributes to the financial and military reinforcement of terrorists is the enemy of the Syrian people. If the policies of the French state are hostile to the Syrian people, the state will be their enemy," he said. "There will be repercussions, negative ones obviously, on French interests."
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Outlandish Hoax: U.S. water fluoridation chemical is Syria's "chemical weapon" and sold at Wal-Mart

Natural News can now reveal that the Syria chemical weapons narrative being pushed by the White House is an outlandish hoax.

To understand why, you have to start with the story published in The Independent entitled Revealed: Government let British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria.

Sounds scary, right? As The Independent reports:
The Government was accused of "breathtaking laxity" in its arms controls last night after it emerged that officials authorised the export to Syria of two chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago.
What, exactly, are those two dangerous chemicals that need to be controlled via "arms control" regulations? You won't believe me when I tell you. They are:

- sodium fluoride
- potassium fluoride

You can see this yourself in the screen capture of The Independent breaking news story. Note the headline and the subhead. The headline describes "nerve gas chemicals" and the subhead explains them as "sodium fluoride" and "potassium fluoride."
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U.S. water fluoridation chemical is Syria's "chemical weapon"

If these chemical names sound familiar, that's because sodium fluoride is the same toxic chemical that's routinely dumped into municipal water supplies all across the USA under the guise of "water fluoridation."

In fact, the forced feeding of sodium fluoride to the U.S. population is called a "public health" victory by the CDC, FDA and dentists everywhere. Yet this same chemical, when sold to Syria, is openly and repeatedly referred to as a "chemical weapon." This is true across the BBC, the Guardian, Daily Record and Sunday Mail, France24.com and literally thousands of other news websites.

According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, any government "regime" that uses chemical weapons against its own people should be bombed / invaded / overthrown by a coalition of other United Nations members. By his own definition, then, the United States of America should now be invaded by the UN because the government uses a deadly chemical weapon -- sodium fluoride -- on its own people.
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US: The indispensable (bombing) nation

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President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President François Hollande of France in the Oval Office, May 18, 2012.
Yes We Scan. Yes We Drone. And Yes We Bomb. The White House's propaganda blitzkrieg to sell the Tomahawking of Syria to the US Congress is already reaching pre-bombing maximum spin - gleefully reproduced by US corporate media.

And yes, all parallels to Iraq 2.0 duly came to fruition when US Secretary of State John Kerry pontificated that Bashar al-Assad "now joins the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein" as an evil monster. Why is Cambodia's Pol Pot never mentioned? Oh yes, because the US supported him.

Every single tumbleweed in the Nevada desert knows who's itching for war on Syria; vast sectors of the industrial-military complex; Israel; the House of Saud; the "socialist" Francois Hollande in France, who has wet dreams with Sykes-Picot. Virtually nobody is lobbying Congress NOT to go to war.

And all the frantic war lobbying may even be superfluous; Nobel Peace Prize winner and prospective bomber Barack Obama has already implied - via hardcore hedging of the "I have decided that the United States should take military action" kind - that he's bent on attacking Syria no matter what Congress says.

Obama's self-inflicted "red line" is a mutant virus; from "a shot across the bow" it morphed into a "slap on the wrist" and now seems to be "I'm the Bomb Decider". Speculation about his real motives is idle. His Hail Mary pass of resorting to an extremely unpopular Congress packed with certified morons may be a cry for help (save me from my stupid "red line"); or - considering the humanitarian imperialists of the Susan Rice kind who surround him - he's hell bent on entering another war for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the House of Saud lobby under the cover of "moral high ground". Part of the spin is that "Israel must be protected". But the fact is Israel is already over-protected by an AIPAC remote-controlled United States Congress. [1]
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A Response to John Kerry's Syria 'Evidence' Speech


Deaths-head revisited. John Kerry: spokesman for psychopaths in power.
Psycho war monger John Kerry has been trying to con the world, yet again, into supporting an attack on some dark-skinned people 'oceans away'. As I watched his speech a few days ago, I had lots of things I wanted to say in response. Sadly however, I wasn't invited to attend the event. So I've written my responses here, for the only people who actually matter in this world, i.e. not John Kerry or his coterie of psychopathic masters and servants. Of which there are many. Too many.
President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria.

And last night the president asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress, as well, including the leadership of the congressional national security committees. And he asked us to consult about what we know regarding the horrific chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs last week.

I will tell you that as someone who spent nearly three decades in the United States Congress, I know that that consultation is the right way for a president to approach a decision of when and how and if to use military force. And it's important to ask the tough questions and get the tough answers before taking action, not just afterward.
Yeah good point Johnny boy, "fixing the facts around the policy" in 2002/3 didn't work out too well huh? And it's creating a bit of a problem for the effort to fool the rabble yet again with the same old unimaginative, emotionally-charged lies.
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Japan seeks big boost in military spending

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Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera
Japan defense minister has called for an increase in military spending in face of what has been called significant security issues in the volatile Asia-Pacific region.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan needs to boost its army to counter a potential threat from China's rising military power and North Korea's long-range missiles.
"There are various tensions ongoing in Asia, and in some cases, there are countries that even use threats," media outlets quoted Onodera as saying on Tuesday.
The Defense Ministry is after a three-percent rise for its spending in the coming year that would be the biggest request in 22 years.

The ministry believes the funding is needed to meet growing personnel costs and the price of weapons imports.

The developments come as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been also a strong advocate of strengthening Japan's military despite the country's other economic pressures.
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Slovaks released after 'fair' Iran talks: Slovak PM

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Six released Slovak nationals, who were detained in Iran, attend a press conference on September 1, 2013 after they return home.
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico says fair talks with Iranian officials have led to the release of six out of eight Slovak nationals arrested on charges of possessing illegal equipment and violating the Islamic Republic's law.

"Negotiations were fair and their result is the release of six out of eight detainees," Fico said on Tuesday.

He added that the Slovakian government was working to secure the release of the two citizens who are still held in custody.

The premier noted that his country made no "financial commitments" for the release of the Slovaks.

Iran's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday saying following a decision by relevant authorities based on investigations carried out into the case, the six Slovak nationals were released and handed over to Slovakia's Embassy in Tehran on Sunday.
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Russian radars detect launch of two ballistic missiles from Mediterranean Sea - Israel first denies knowledge then claims responsibility for 'test launch from fighter jet'

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Russia's early warning radars detected the launch of two ballistic rockets in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Russia's Defense Ministry stated. Israel later claimed responsibility for firing the target test rockets.

The launch took place at 06:16 GMT Tuesday, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

The trajectory of the missiles is reported to have been from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern landmass. Both rockets have allegedly fallen into the sea, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Russia's President Putin has already been informed about the incident by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

The Syrian embassy in Moscow currently has no information on the incident.

There were no rocket attack signals or blasts in Damascus, the Russian embassy in Syria noted.

Comment: So the original story was that Israel denied having any knowledge about these alleged missiles being launched.

Israel then later claimed responsibility for firing the two 'test' rockets.

Since RT first published this article on 3 September, they updated it with new and completely contradictory information on 4 September:
Israel claims joint US missile launch in Mediterranean for 'target practice'

Israel says it carried out a "joint" US missile launch in the Mediterranean, having earlier claimed ignorance. Russian radars detected two ballistic rockets fired in the region on Tuesday, sparking widespread speculation over who was behind the launch.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army confirmed that a launch of a missile had been carried out 9:15am local time (06:15 GMT), adding that US forces in the Mediterranean had been given prior warning of the drill.

A fighter jet launched an Ankor-type ("Sparrow") missile as part of a drill to test the Israeli missile defense system. However, earlier, when the Russian government announced it had detected the firing of "two ballistic objects" in the area, Israel insisted it had no "information on this issue yet."

Despite Israeli claimed of a "joint US" missile launch, the American Navy maintained that no rockets were launched by US forces in the region.

"No missiles were fired from US ships in the Mediterranean," said the spokesman, who made no further comment on the matter.

Other members of the international community were quick to follow suit with France, UK and Italy denying any knowledge of the test launch. NATO said it was investigating the incident.

The Pentagon later admitted that the Israeli missile test in the Mediterranean was carried out "with technical support of the US Defense Department."

The test was also "pre-planned," according to the US Defense Department spokesman George Little quoted by Itar-Tass.

The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed a US defense agency took part in a "successful flight test of the new version of the Sparrow target missile" in an e-mail statement to RT Arabic.

"Israel's Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency officials conducted the flight test. The main contractor for the integration and development of the Sparrow is Rafael and the main contractor of the Arrow Weapon System is MLM of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in conjunction with Boeing," the statement explained.

The Russian Defense Ministry initially reported that "two ballistic objects" were picked up on radars in the central Mediterranean and were moving towards the East. Later, citing a security source inside the Syrian government, RIA Novosti reported that the rockets had fallen into the sea.

Meanwhile, Syria's missile detection system did not pick up any rockets landing on Syrian territory, a security source told Lebanese channel al-Manar TV.
So now the Israelis have claimed they fired at least one of these missiles from a fighter jet, (which may or may not have been done with US knowledge or assistance) although that still leaves unexplained the Russian statement that both missiles were launched from the sea...
Pentagon: Israel test-fires missile, U.S. helps

Earlier, Russia announced that its early warning system detected the launch of two missiles in the sea. Russia's state-run news outlet RIA Novosti said the launch was detected Tuesday morning by radar in the southern Russian city of Armavir, citing a Defense Ministry spokesman.

"The targets' trajectories ran from the central to the eastern Mediterranean," RIA Novosti reported, citing the spokesman.
Stay tuned for more madness from the Zionists...

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Are spy agencies once again lying ... this time to justify war against Syria?

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Congressman with top-secret briefing isn't impressed with Syrian war claims.

Antiwar argues:
The only reason the whole allegation [that the Syrian government used chemical weapons] hasn't been dismissed out of hand is the administration's repeated claims that they have better, secret intelligence that they're just not showing anyone, or occasionally are letting already pro-war Congressmen get a glimpse of.
But - as the Weekly Standard reports - some Congressmen who have gotten a classified briefing aren't impressed:
"I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered. I found the evidence presented by Administration officials to be circumstantial" .... liberal Democrat Tom Harkin says in a statement released after today's classified Capitol Hill briefing.
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