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Signs of desperation: ISIS launches media blitz to reassure its useful idiots that Baghdadi is still in Mosul

Iraqi media outlets reported on Thursday that ISIS media launched a vast campaign to reassure its fighters and supporters about the presence of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the city of Mosul after a failed coup attempt against him.

Al Sumaria News stated, "ISIS media began a campaign to assure its fighters and supporters that Baghdadi would not leave Mosul, and denied any news regarding his escape to the Syrian city of Raqqa," adding that, "ISIS propaganda did not provide any evidence that Baghdadi is still in Mosul, and this raised serious doubts among its fighters and supporters, who suffer from low morale."

For the first time, ISIS media acknowledged the recent coup attempt against its leader and how the group was able to foil it.

"ISIS foiled the coup of its "Islamic Police" against its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and executed the coup leader, along with other ISIS members in some areas of central Mosul," Al Sumaria added.

Comment: Chances are Baghdadi is long gone, or long dead. Take your pick: Iraq Launches Major Op to Retake Daesh-held Mosul - Baghdadi Escapes in Nick of Time!

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Ukraine will stop paying Russia for nuclear waste disposal that it wasn't paying for anyways

© Sergei Supinsky / AFP
A graffiti is pictured on a wall in the ghost city of Pripyat near the fourth nuclear reactor (background) at the former Chernobyl Nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
From next year Ukraine is not going to pay Russia $200 million annually to remove spent nuclear fuel from the country, according to Ukrainian Energy Minister Igor Nasalik.

The country will build its own spent nuclear fuel storage facility, the minister announced.

The storage site chosen is in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power, but it is not designed to store nuclear waste for a long time.

The exclusion zone is a 30-kilometer radius from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant established by the USSR soon after the 1986 accident.


South Front: Major militant stronghold near Damascus surrenders to govt, Iraqi forces close in on Mosul (VIDEOS)

Syrian War Report - October 21, 2016: Militant Stronghold near Damascus Surrenders to Govt Forces

Comment: Relevant news on Aleppo and Mosul:


Jihadis fleeing Mosul caught on the run disguised in women's clothing

Pictures emerge showing men caught fleeing Mosul in dresses as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi orders men's wives and girlfriends to flee.

Cowardly ISIS fighters dressed in women's clothes are fleeing Mosul while the group's commanders have ordered their WAGs to escape before the city is encircled. Their desperate last-ditch orders come as Kurdish forces and elite Iraqi counter-terror troops began a lightning advance on the city.

Pictures shared online show two men, purported to be enemy fighters, being paraded before liberating troops while wearing dresses.

It has also emerged leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - who is rumoured to be holed up inside the besieged city - has ordered the "women of the caliphate" to leave.


Russia concerned on Mosul offensive: 'Don't chase terrorists to other countries, kill them on sight'

© Azad Lashkari / Reuters
The Russian military says it hopes the US-led coalition will not allow Islamic State terrorists holding Mosul to flee the city and go to Syria. It warned the operation is still being monitored.

"Our surveillance spacecraft have been retargeted [at Mosul]. Over a dozen of our surveillance aircraft, including drones, are working in the vicinity," Army General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of Russia's General Staff, said.

The general said that the Russian military are particularly concerned with a scenario, in which militants from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who are currently holding the Iraqi city, would "try to escape Mosul or be granted safe passage out of it towards Syria."

"We hope that our partners from the international coalition realize what would be the consequences of having bands freely roaming around the Middle East. Terrorists should be destroyed on sight, not chased from one country to another," Gerasimov said.


Aleppo humanitarian pause extended for another 24 hours

© Michael Alaeddin / Sputnik
10/21/2016 An agitation armored personnel carrier in the area of the humanitarian corridor in Aleppo, Syria.
No airstrikes will be carried out in Aleppo for another day, as the humanitarian pause for the region has been extended until Saturday evening. Meanwhile, terrorists have been preparing to launch an offensive there, Russia's Defense Ministry says.

President Putin has ordered that the temporary ceasefire in Aleppo be extended for another day. The humanitarian pause will be in effect from 8am to 7pm local time on Saturday, Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Russian General Staff's main operations directorate, announced on Friday.

Comment: One of the main reasons the moderate terrorists refuse to let civilians leave through the corridors is that they are witnesses. They have the potential to tell the world what life is really like in eastern Aleppo, and the western media cannot allow that, because it totally contradicts their narrative. The White Helmet lovers in the west don't want to hear about their beloved rebels using civilians as human shields, killing those who try to leave with sniper fire, and publicly executing people calling for an exodus to safety in western Aleppo. Karen Kwiatkowski says:
These folks that want to live there, want to live in peace - are witnesses to a lot of things that have been going on in the last decade. They are witnesses to what is going on right now. They are possibly advocates for a policy that the rebels certainly don't want to hear about. They're maybe advocates to one side or the other. They may have an opinion. Whatever they have to say, the rebels don't want them out, they don't want them to say it.
Lavrov said this at a press conference today:
"Both Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham, along other organizations cooperating with them, are ultimately sabotaging UN efforts to restore the delivery of humanitarian assistance to eastern Aleppo, [carried out] with [Russia's] support and the support of the Syrian government," Lavrov told the press on Friday. "[They] explicitly shell those routes through which such humanitarian aid can be delivered."

Lavrov said that according to Russian intelligence, all the groups which have been operating in Aleppo are "one way or another under the command" of Al-Nusra Front, "which controls eastern Aleppo."

He also noted that those terrorists have been preventing the exit of civilians from eastern Aleppo, as well as blocking the exit of militants who had expressed readiness to respond to the call by the United Nations to leave the area.
"We are very much concerned that, despite the goodwill gestures that Moscow and Damascus have undertaken, we see Al-Nusra Front fighters refusing to leave the city," Lavrov said, noting that the same applies to Ahrar al-Sham, which has been expressing solidarity with Al-Nusra Front, although the West considers it 'moderate'.
"With regard to the statements as to how the [US-led] coalition treats Al-Nusra Front, that Al-Nusra Front is not their target, these [statements] were not a revelation for us. For a long time now in the course of our regular contacts with US Secretary of State John Kerry I have been drawing his attention to the fact that the coalition has been working too guardedly against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]. But regarding Al-Nusra Front, we see that there are not only no results, there are no whatsoever attempts to suppress this terrorist organization," Lavrov told the press, adding that there's a suspicion that there is an intention to preserve Al-Nusra Front as "the most combat-ready force" to overthrow the current regime in Damascus.
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Ecuador and President Correa deserves credit for defending Julian Assange

It is not surprising that Ecuador was bullied by the US. It is surprising that a small country has stood up to American pressure for so long.

We now know that Ecuador has been complicit in cutting off Julian Assange's internet access due to pressure from John Kerry. It is not surprising that the US would bully a small, comparatively poor nation in the run up to the most vicious election in American history, one which the establishment has rigged in favor of the war monger Hillary Clinton. What is surprising is how Ecuador has done so much for the most important journalist in modern history against insurmountable odds.

I do not write the following in defense of Ecuador's capitulation to US pressure. The cut off of Mr. Assange's internet was an injustice by any definition, not least because the United Nations has come to his defense saying that his detention is unjust, arbitrary and that he is entitled to compensation because of the deprivation of his liberty. That being said, for over four years, Ecuador has been a shining example of how it is possible to stand up to a superpower in the name of justice and win.


Argentines protest Falkland Islands military drills, burn Brit flags

© Ruptly
Hundreds of Argentines have joined protests against British military exercises in the Falkland Islands (also known as Islas Malvinas) by setting fire to Union flags outside the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. Video footage [below] taken by the Ruptly video agency shows a crowd of hooded protesters belonging to the far-left Quebracho Patriotic Revolutionary Movement loudly demonstrating and stomping on the Union flag. The crowd erupts into cheers when a group set fire to a Union flag.

Buenos Aires has lodged an official complaint with Britain's ambassador over military exercises currently taking place in the Falklands. British troops have been deployed to the islands from October 19 to October 28, where they are carrying out tests involving Rapier missiles, according to Forces TV.

"It [the exercise] causes pain and deep anxiety because it carries a presumption of a conflict hypothesis," Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra is quoted by the Express newspaper as saying."These exercises are a reiteration of a practice that is held every year. It is not new, but it is serious because Argentina has established in its constitution to make claims within the frame of international law. "We will see if we can start dialogue to eliminate presumptions of conflict."

Comment: The Faulkland Islands/Islas Malvinas war should have decided this conflict. Argentina has maintained its historic claim that includes suspected underground ocean oil reserves on its continental shelf.

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May reminds EU leaders, 'We don't want to wreck EU, but there's no going back on Brexit'

© Business Insider
Theresa May will tell European leaders on Thursday that although Britain does not mean to destroy the EU, there is no going back on Brexit and there will certainly not be a second referendum. "The priority now has got to be looking to the future," the prime minister will tell her counterparts. In her address, May will also try and calm the nerves of European figures who fear Britain's departure will harm the rest of the EU. "I am not trying to wreck your project or bring it down or be the harbinger of doom for the rest of you," she will say, according to a government source.

Brexit, she will add, will be "a smooth, constructive, orderly process minimizing uncertainty for countries, our people and business." "Us making a success of it does not mean it has to be a failure for you. And us making a success of it does not mean that it becomes such an attractive path for others that they will all want to take it."

Meanwhile, Cabinet minister David Davis has turned his attention to the Opposition after Labour MP Jenny Chapman cornered the secretary of state for exiting the European Union, claiming he couldn't give a "straight answer" on the negotiations. Davis had refused to answer an earlier question on how much the UK will continue to pay the EU after it leaves. He later claimed Labour was trying to put the nation in a "disadvantaged position" with its strategy questions.

"I have no trouble keeping a straight face to the Opposition. I'm afraid what they do is rather seriously knock the country's interests from time to time," Davis said during the first Brexit question time in the Commons. "What the Opposition is trying to do is to put ours in a disadvantaged position to the European Union. That is not in the national interest."

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Mosul: 550 families taken by ISIS as human shields

© Rodi Said / Reuters
Iraqis who fled violence in Mosul rest in the desert upon reaching Syrian territory.
Islamic State militants have taken some 550 families from villages around Mosul, and are thought to be holding them as 'human shields' close to jihadists' locations in the strategic Iraqi city, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office said. Citing "corroborated information," UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the office is also investigating reports that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants had killed 40 civilians in one village, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm amid the carnage surrounding the recapture of Mosul and concerns that IS militants may unleash chemical attacks and use tens of thousands as human shields. "Tens of thousands of people may be forcibly expelled, they will be getting trapped between fighting lines under siege, they may even be held as human shields," IOM's chief of mission for Iraq, Thomas Weiss, told Reuters.

The battle for Mosul, which was held by Islamic State since 2014, began on Sunday, and has since intensified. The Iraqi military and US-led coalition said that the operation to retake Mosul may last weeks or even months. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday that the battle for Mosul is decisive both militarily and ideologically because it's about "stabbing Islamic State in its very heart."

The UN says Mosul could require the "largest and most complex" humanitarian relief operation in the world, with up to 1 million people forced from their homes as a result of the operation against Islamic State militants.

Comment: See also: Red Cross expects 1 million Iraqis displaced due to siege of Mosul, can only help 300,000