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No Surprises: Both London and Manchester terrorists linked to UK covert operations in Syria and Libya

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reports that London attacker Rachid Redouane fought in the 2011 British/NATO war against Qadafi - as did Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber - and joined a militia which went on to send jihadist fighters to Syria. In Libya, he is believed to have fought with the Liwa al Ummah unit.[1]

The Liwa al Ummah was formed by a deputy of Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the former emir of the al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. In 2012, the Liwa al Ummah in Syria merged with the Free Syrian Army (FSA)[2], which was formed in August 2011 by army deserters based in Turkey[3] whose aim was to bring down Assad.

In Syria, the Liwa al Ummah was often referred to as an 'FSA unit'[4] and sometimes teamed up with al-Nusra, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria. [5]

Comment: 'ISIS' influences the UK Election: Will it work? Only with the help of massive vote rigging


Chess

Unknown Aircraft bombed US-backed forces near Tabqah and Raqqah cities? - Unconfirmed report

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Unknown aircraft bombed positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the Abu Asi area west of Tabqah and in the Harqalah area west of Raqqah, according to unconfirmed reports circulating online.

The reports appeared late on Wednesday following the Tuesday US-led coalition airstrike on Syrian government forces near the At Tanf area at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Caesar

Putin on war with US: 'No one would survive'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a series of interviews to renowned film director Oliver Stone, answering the questions on the most controversial issues of modern-day international politics. Talking on a possible military conflict between Russia and the United States, the Russian leader said that no one on Earth would survive it.

Putin said in an interview with US film director Oliver Stone that no one would survive if a war began between Russia and the United States.

"I think no one would survive [such a conflict]," Putin said answering a question if the United States would be dominant in a "hot war" with Russia. The part of the interview was partially released by the US Showtime TV channel.

Putin added that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is constantly looking for an enemy to justify its existence.

"There is no longer an Eastern Bloc, no more Soviet Union. Therefore, why does NATO keep existing? My impression is that in order to justify its existence, NATO has a need of an external foe, there is a constant search for the foe, or some acts of provocation to name someone as an adversary."

However, Putin said that the hope for normalization of the Russia-US relations still exists.

"America has had the election. Donald Trump won. Is there any hope for change?" Stone asked Putin in a part of the interview published on Tuesday.

"Hope? There is always hope. Until they are ready to bring us to the cemetery and bury us," Putin answered.

According to the US media reports, as part of the preparations to the interview, Stone and Putin watched the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb of 1964 by the US filmmaker Stanley Kubrick about a nuclear conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Russian leader said in an interview as cited by The Daily Beast news outlet that Kubrick foresaw some contemporary issues from a technical point of view however the idea of a retaliatory weapon had become even more dangerous today with more sophisticated and complex weapons elaborated.

Stone gave the DVD wit the film to Putin who subsequently found that the case contained no DVD inside and called the move a "typical American gift," the US media reported.

The four-part Putin's interview is expected to be aired by Showtime on June 12-15.

Yoda

Why the British Establishment is terrified of Jeremy Corbyn

The term "the establishment" refers to leading politicians, senior civil servants, senior barristers and judges, aristocrats, Oxbridge academics, senior clergy, the most important financiers and industrialists, governors of the BBC, members of and top aides to the royal family to mention most, but not all.

The term in this sense is sometimes mistakenly believed to have been coined by the British journalist Henry Fairlie, who in September 1955 in the London magazine The Spectator defined that network of prominent, well-connected people as "the Establishment", explaining: "By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised".

Following that, the term, the Establishment, was quickly picked up in newspapers and magazines all over London, making Fairlie famous. Today, the term 'the establishment' is used generally in a negative sense and it's easy to understand why.

"The British public has become deeply cynical about the political class at Westminster", states a recent Financial Times editorial.

"Bankers feel they have an ethical duty to steal from taxpayers" - another reads

"Why are we subsidising the royal family at a time of gross inequality" says another headline.

There has been a rising tide of contempt and anger towards bankers, property speculators, hedge fund bosses, politicians and even religious leaders and the royal family.

Hardhat

North Korea launches 'multiple unidentified missiles'

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File photo
North Korea has launched several unidentified ground-based projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff announced.

"North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province," the JCS statement said, according to the Yonhap news agency.

President Moon Jae-in was immediately notified of the launch, the statement added.

The last time North Korea conducted a missile launch was on May 29, when it fired at least one short-range ballistic missile. The projectile, believed to be a Scud-class missile, flew around 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, some 300 km off the Japanese islands.

Comment: US deployment of THAAD deliberately stirring up crisis in Korean peninsula to achieve military superiority over China and Russia


Magic Wand

'ISIS' influences the UK Election: Will it work? Only with the help of massive vote rigging

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Jeremy Corbyn speaking to another overflow crowd, this time in Gateshead, northeast England, on 5 June 2017
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn won his leadership challenge last year (which was actually an attempted coup organized by former leader Blair and the British establishment) by more votes than in his first Labour Party leadership contest victory in 2015, I've thought that if May called a snap election, he'd win it. The wind of change is with him, no doubt about it. Forget the polls; Corbyn is drawing larger crowds than Blair did 20 years ago, and that monster's 'New' Labour party won the '97 election by a landslide. Theresa May, meanwhile, shrank from public sight in recent weeks, refusing even to participate in TV debates, while hardly anyone showed up at her campaign rallies.

A 'populist' Corbyn victory for an 'Old' Labour party in the UK would be the latest in a series of political earthquakes across the West in recent years. The non-stop bleating in the UK media about how 'unelectable' Corbyn is has proven to be inversely proportional to a.) just how popular the man is, and b.) just how much most people despise the entrenched elites. People who've never shown an interest in politics before, much less voted, are getting behind the plain-talking, plain-dressing Corbyn.

So, all other things being equal, this is Corbyn's election to lose. What needs to be taken into account, however, is the amount of vote rigging the British security services may be willing to risk. Everything is at stake for them at this time: Brexit, Scottish independence, Irish reunification; you can bet that all lights are flashing red in GCHQ, Whitehall, St James' Palace and the Foreign Office. The United Kingdom's very existence as such is in question, the country's international alliances are in flux, and 'democratic regime change' threatens from within.

Eye 1

Trump on Tehran attacks: Sponsors of terror 'falling victim to evil they promote'

© Erfan Kouchari / Tasnim / Global Look Press
The White House has sent condolences to Iran after at least 12 people were killed in terrorist bomb and gun attacks in Tehran, but then lectured that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times," the White House said in a statement in response to the Tuesday attacks. "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."


Comment: Washington and Europe should know all about that.


The Iranian Interior Ministry has confirmed Iranian nationals who joined the Islamic State were the attackers who blew up bombs and opened fire Tuesday at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine in Tehran, killing at least 12 and injuring dozens, according to Ruptly.

Radar

Saudis demand total surrender but Qatar will not fold


The map shows Qatar having moved from the Arab coast of the Gulf to the Persian one.
Many people believe that Qatar will soon give in to recent Saudi demands and threats. I first thought so too but have changed my opinion. Qatar will likely hold out way longer than anyone assumes and fight more intensive and much longer than foreseen.

The Saudi "young leader" has now given Qatar 24 hours to submit to 10 demands. These include (unconfirmed) the dismantling of Al Jazeera, breaking off of all diplomatic relations with Iran and (the Israeli demand of) ending all support for the Muslim Brotherhood and especially Hamas. The Saudis threaten with a military invasion.

But Qatar is not like Bahrain where 1,000 Saudi troops could easily take over to save a dictator from a mostly unarmed uprising of his people. It has way more resources and capable allies on its side and recent news shows that it knows how to use them.

Pirates

Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Islamic Terrorism and the Anglo-American Establishment


'Lovely doing war business with you, your supreme headchoppyness'
The 'coincidences' and connections have been coming thick and fast over the past few days. Blink and you'll miss them, so I recommend keeping an eye on Sott.net's daily analysis.

First we had the London bridge terror attack, just two weeks after the Manchester bombing and just a week before what are perhaps the most crucial UK general elections in a generation.

In the last few days we were treated to the farcical spectacle of Qatar being 'outed' as a jihadi terrorism sponsor by arch jihadi terror sponsor, Saudi Arabia. That's pretty much the same as McDonalds accusing Burger King of selling junk food, so there's obviously more to this 'spat' than meets the eye (or the mainstream media are reporting). Coming just a couple of days after the jihadi terror attack on London Bridge, the timing of the Saudi accusation was apparently meant to convey the message, 'blame Qatar, not us!'

Snakes in Suits

Ex-FBI director's prepared remarks: Trump asked for loyalty, Comey promised honesty

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has published fired FBI Director James Comey's prepared remarks the day before his testimony on Capitol Hill about his ousting by President Donald Trump.

Thursday morning's open hearing will be Comey's first public comments since he was abruptly fired by Trump on May 9. The seven-page text of Comey prepared remarks was released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

Comey's testimony outlined all of his meetings with Trump, the first of which was a January 6 briefing at Trump Tower in New York City on the Steele Dossier. Ahead of the meeting, Comey discussed with the FBI's leadership team "whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally," Comey wrote, noting the bureau did not have an open counterintelligence case on him.