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Damascus has audio of Daesh communications with US military before strike on Syrian Army

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The Syrian intelligence possesses an audio recording of conversation between Daesh terrorists and US military prior to the Washington-led coalition's airstrikes on the government troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People's Council of Syria said Monday.

"The Syrian Army intercepted a conversation between the Americans and Daesh before the air raid on Deir ez-Zor", Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said as quoted by the Al Mayadeen broadcaster.

US warplanes hit Syrian government troops near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17, leaving 62 military personnel killed and a hundred wounded. The Pentagon said initially that the airstrike was a mistake and targeted Daesh militants. The head of the Syrian parliament, added during her visit to Iran that after the coalition's airstrikes on the government troops US military directed terrorists' attack on the Syrian army.

Treasure Chest

Saudi Arabia's SAMA injects $5.3 billion into banks to ease cash crunch

Saudi Arabia's central bank stepped up efforts to support lenders in the Arab world's biggest economy as they grapple with the effects of low oil prices. Banks' shares advanced.

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, as the central bank is known, is giving banks about 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) of time deposits "on behalf of government entities." It's also introducing seven-day and 28-day repurchase agreements, as part of its "supportive monetary policy." It didn't provide further details.

The announcement, which comes as the kingdom prepares for its first international bond sale, is the latest step by the central bank to ease a cash crunch in the banking system. The Saudi Interbank Offered Rate, a key benchmark for pricing loans, has surged to the highest in seven years after the plunge in oil prices forced the government to withdraw money from the country's banking system, squeezing liquidity. The central bank was said to have offered lenders 15 billion riyals in short-term loans in June to help ease liquidity constraints.


New Russian radar data shows no missile attack on MH17 from rebel side, indicates Ukraine involvement

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Newly discovered raw data picked up by a civilian radar station on the day of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash shows no signs of a missile being fired at the plane from territory controlled by rebels, the Russian military and radar producer said.

The existence of raw data was announced last week by Almaz-Antey, the producer of the Buk missile system. The system is believed by an international investigation to have caused the 2014 crash over Ukraine.

One of Almaz-Antey's subsidiaries is the producer of the Utyos-T civilian radar station. One such station is deployed near Ust-Donetsky village in western Russia. According to Almaz-Antey, memory chips from that station were replaced in July 2014, a month after the tragic incident, and were discovered recently. Until now no raw radar data of the situation around MH17 at the time it was destroyed was thought to exist.

Star of David

Trump vows to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Clinton opposes BDS after meeting Netanyahu

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Republican nominee Donald Trump pledged to recognize Jerusalem as the "undivided capital" of Israel if elected president as he met with Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, while Hillary Clinton told the Israeli PM she would oppose BDS and UN meddling.

Trump and Netanyahu met on Sunday at Trump's residence behind closed doors. Trump was accompanied by his son-in-law and a campaign adviser, Jared Kushner, while Netanyahu brought Israel's Ambassador to US, Ron Dermer. After the 90-minute meeting at Trump Tower, Netanyahu also paid a visit to the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who is staying at the W New York Hotel in Union Square.

According to Israeli sources cited by Haaretz, by agreeing to go to several locations, the Israeli PM took into consideration the stringent schedule of the nominees who are preparing for the first presidential debate scheduled for Monday.

Comment: It won't matter to Israel who the next president is: Israel wins in November - no matter who gets elected

Stock Down

Deutsche Bank shares plummet to record low after Merkel ruled out bailout

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Shares in Germany's largest bank have hit rock bottom on Monday as Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly refused to provide Deutsche Bank state aid in its legal battle with the United States Department of Justice (DoJ).

Deutsche shares fell as much as six percent to €10.67 in early Monday trading, the worst performance since 1992.

The bank has lost over 52 percent of its value since January and over 56 percent in the last twelve months. Earnings per share fell as much as €6.

The collapse has been prompted by a report in the German magazine Focus that said Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any state assistance for the bank next year.

Comment: Perhaps Deutsche Bank is too important to be allowed to fail:
But perhaps the most sober - and realistic - assessment came from Andreas Utermann, Allianz Global Investors' chief investment officer, who said on BBG TV that Germany would ultimately help out a struggling Deutsche Bank: "I don't buy at all what's coming out of Germany in terms of Germany not wanting to step in ultimately if Deutsche Bank was really in trouble."

"Deutsche Bank is "too important for the German economy." The bank's tussle with the U.S. Department of Justice over a potential $14 billion legal settlement is "a political issue which will get resolved at a lower price," he said in an interview with Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene on Monday.

Eye 1

Washington rages as Syrian Army wins back Aleppo

With the Kerry - Lavrov agreement having collapsed and the US military ruling out imposition of a no-fly zone, the US can only rage as the Syrian army with Russian backing closes in on the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo.

Over the course of the last week, following the collapse of the Kerry - Lavrov agreement and the ceasefire, and with the Syrian army closing in on the Jihadis trapped in eastern Aleppo, the reality of pending defeat in Aleppo has finally struck home with the Western powers.

The result is a round of frantic diplomatic and media activity to try to embarrass the Russians to bring the Syrian army's offensive in Aleppo to a stop.

The reason for this activity is the further advance of the Syrian army in Aleppo since the breakdown of the ceasefire.

Bad Guys

Syrian UN envoy: Islamist militants plans to launch chemical attack on civilians, blame it on Syria govt

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Rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement
Militants from Ahrar Al-Sham, a hardline Islamist group, are planning to use white phosphorus in an attack on civilians to later blame it on Syrian armed forces, UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari told a UN Security Council emergency meeting on Sunday.

"I have information that Ahrar Al-Sham terrorists intend to mount attacks on civilian population using white phosphorus for the sake of fabricating accusations against the Syrian state and its army," the diplomat said at the meeting as cited by TASS.

To falsify the evidence and make their claims sound more credible, the militants plan to pose as Syrian army troops as they deploy the banned substance, Ja'afari said, adding that imposters are going to put on Syrian army uniforms and film the whole incident on camera. He did not elaborate on the source of the intelligence.

Bad Guys

After tricking public into thinking he stopped DAPL Obama just gave the green light to Dakota Access Pipeline Company to build two more pipelines on native land

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While the temporary halting of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline by the Obama Administration looks like a tentative success for Native protesters and climate activists- Obama has given the green light for two pipelines to Mexico to be constructed by the very same company in charge of the DAPL.

DeSmog: a "source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns" reports:
Ever heard of the Obama Administration's U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council? We reveal its members and industry connections in this new investigation, plus detail some pipeline projects you may not have heard about.


Syria's Foreign Minister condemns US and Israel at UN General Assembly - "complicit" with terrorist organizations

Syria's FM Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem telling it like it is before the UN General Assembly
Syria's foreign minister said that the U.S. and Israel were "complicit" with terrorist organizations.

Syria's foreign minister said Saturday that his country faces widespread terrorism from mercenaries and international forces including Israel and the U.S., but is determined to move toward peace.

During the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem's said in his address that the Syrian government "is making great strides in its war against terrorism" and was committed to backing a U.N.-backed peace process with a solution "based on the respect of Syria."

He accused the U.S. and its coalition of allies fighting in Syrian of being "complicit" with terrorist organizations, including Islamic State Group militants.

"Some countries continue to shed crocodile tears over the situation of Syrians in some areas, accusing the Syrian government of employing a policy of sieges and starvation," said Moualem, who also condemned recent deadly airstrikes by U.S. forces.


New Russian intel chief makes terrorism international security services cooperation 'possible, necessary'

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Security services of various countries should coordinate their efforts despite all political differences, the newly appointed chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, told Russian media in an interview.

"Cooperation between the intelligence services of various countries is not only possible but necessary," Naryshkin said during the interview with Vesti, adding that he is "convinced" that security officials "can and should" cooperate in countering "specific threats and particularly terrorism" despite all political differences.

Russian intelligence is ready to cooperate with the US, British and other western security services, adding that security officials "should work together particularly because they understand the level of threat as well as what needs to be done to counter it better than anyone else," he added.
At the same time, he stressed that the world "is not limited only to the US and the EU and is much bigger and broader."

Comment: This will be a tough job since the US is the major creater of terrorism: