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Daesh seizes Osama bin Laden's Tora Bora hideout, raising threat to Russia and China

Tora Bora mountains
© AP Photo/ Shabbir Hussain Imam
Daesh militants in Afghanistan have captured the Tora Bora cave complex in Nangarhar province, located near the border with Pakistan, Associated Press reported earlier this week.

This mountain range was once the stronghold of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The caves had until now been under Taliban control.

Abd Omar Khorasani, the commander of Daesh in Afghanistan, confirmed this report. He said that the terrorists have seized the caves and are now fighting with the Afghan government troops, which are supported by US Special Forces and the US Air Force.


Putin: New US sanctions harmful to relations, but Russia will adapt

Vladimir Putin
© Mikhail Metzel / Reuters
New sanctions imposed on Russia by the US will certainly make relations between the countries worse, but will hardly leave Russia hamstrung, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

"Of course, it remains to be seen what it leads to in the end. But whatever happens, whatever decisions they take across the ocean, it will not bring us to a dead end," the president told Vesti on a Saturday program.

Putin was referring to the US Senate's approval of an amendment to an anti-Iran bill that would prevent US President Donald Trump from lifting current anti-Russian sanctions without congressional authorization and also impose new broad ones.

Snakes in Suits

German Economy Minister: Cancelling Brexit would be 'great' though unlikely

German, UK and EU flags
© Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters
It would be "great" if the UK backed away from its decision to leave the European Union and instead chose to stay within the bloc, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters, adding, however, that she regards such a possibility as "unlikely."

"I think it would be great if they were to reverse the Brexit decision," Zypries said, as cited by Reuters. "However, this scenario appears relatively unrealistic to me," she added.

She went on to say that she regretted the UK's decision to leave the union and warned that Brexit would potentially cause more damage to the British economy than to the German one, citing her ministry's study.


Theresa May admits government response to Grenfell fire 'not good enough'

Grenfell fire
© Hannah McKay / Reuters
British Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a statement on the Grenfell fire, admitting "support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough."
"I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors," May added.

"People lost everything in the fire and were left in only the clothes they were wearing. I can confirm that a £5m emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials," she added.

London police said Saturday that 58 people are assumed dead in the fire, and that the number could rise with many people still missing. Officials previously reported a death toll of 30 people.


Censored from Western mainstream media: Putin answers American's question in 2017 Q&A session

Putin annual Q&A
© Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
On June 15th, Russia's Vladimir Putin held his 15th annual live Q&A session, lasting for four hours. I have condensed the video into a mere 17 minutes - which was quite the hard task! I have left only matters of foreign policy, which I thought would be interesting to the Western audience, as well as a few odd bits and pieces from the programme. The majority of the show dealt with specific internal Russian issues; wages, pensions, roads, rubbish collection, medical care, and specific cases of injustice. The call center opened 11 days before the direct line with President Putin - it is said that as soon as regional leaders got word of a complaint from their region to the programme, they immediately sprung to action, as if the problem never existed at all.

President Putin is only one man and he can't do everything, so it is important that everyone does their job properly. Unfortunately, that is not the case so far. One more interesting part of the session that is unlikely to air in Western mainstream media is the heartfelt address of a US citizen, Jeremy Bowling from Arizona, to President Vladimir Putin. It starts @6.54.

Comment: Putin's annual public Q&A session touches on succession questions, foreign policy, and his views on being deceived

Snakes in Suits

Tillerson calls for regime change in Iran: 'Our Iranian policy is under development'

Rex Tillerson
© AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
The new U.S. policy towards Iran includes regime change, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tillerson was asked on Wednesday whether the United States supports regime change inside Iran. He replied in the affirmative, saying that U.S. policy is driven by relying on "elements inside of Iran" to bring about "peaceful transition of that government."

He made the comments in a hearing on the 2018 State Department budget before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) asked Tillerson about U.S. policy towards Iran, including whether the U.S. government would sanction the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and whether the U.S. supported "a philosophy of regime change."
"They are doing bad things throughout the world, on behalf of terrorism and destroying human rights of many people," Poe said, referring to the IRGC. "I'd like to know what the policy is of the U.S. toward Iran. Do we support the current regime? Do we support a philosophy of regime change, peaceful regime change? There are Iranians in exile all over the world. Some are here. And then there's Iranians in Iran who don't support the totalitarian state. So is the U.S. position to leave things as they are or set up a peaceful long-term regime change?"

Comment: It is interesting to note that psychopaths and psychopathic regimes delight in accusing others of doing what they themselves are doing, This is a classic example of that behavior.


Kashmir: The trigger for nuclear war

Kashmir violence
The disputed of territory of Kashmir, lying in the north of the sub-continent between India and Pakistan, does not often feature in the world news media, but recently the little-known yet most sensitive region has received attention, not only because of boundary clashes between the armies of India and Pakistan but because there have been some dramatic incidents in the Indian-administered region. Tension is rising, as indicated by comments from politicians and media in both countries, which have been swinging from casual abuse to extremes of frenzied condemnation.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in India is a right-wing, religiously-based ultra-nationalist political party with a large following which actively supports the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which bases its policies on the aspirations of a strongly nationalistic community. The leader of the VHP, Acharya Dharmendra, declared in a speech on June 2 that "India should drop a nuclear bomb on Pakistan for creating tension at the border. It is a rogue nation and India must teach that country a lesson. It is important for peace in the Indian subcontinent".

Comment: More on the Kashmir crises:


Maria Zakharova concerned US unaware of abstract concept known as 'military strategy'

Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova, patron saint of no BS
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has some constructive criticism for the Pentagon.

The United States is FedExing 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, because if there's one thing that the last fifteen years of occupation has shown, it's that US troops and Afghanistan go together like peas and carrots.

It would be easy for an armchair warrior to criticize Washington's strategy in Afghanistan, except there is no strategy—meaning there's nothing to criticize.

Comment: Also read: Petraeus: 'Long-haul' Afghan war to turn into 'generational struggle' involving US troops


Russia prepares to meddle with incoming missiles

Russian short-range ballistic missile interceptor test
© mil.ru
The ultimate form of Russian meddling.

Good morning from Moscow! Today is June 17, 2017 — and just like every other day, there's an enormous cornucopia of Russian Meddling in the news.

Pour yourself some coffee and let's dive in.

First up: The Russian military on Friday carried out a successful launch of a missile interceptor from a test site in Kazakhstan. The test is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen Russia's Missile Defense System.

Snakes in Suits

Gregg Jarrett: Mueller must resign - 'This is the stuff over which lawyers get disbarred'

© ABC News
Special Counsel, Robert Mueller
FOX News legal expert Gregg Jarrett suggested today Robert Mueller should disqualify himself from special counsel due to his relationship with James Comey. The special counsel could not find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia so now they are going for obstruction of justice charges according to the latest deep state leads to the liberal media.

Donald Trump responded tonight to this ongoing witch hunt. He asked about Hillary's crooked dealings with Russia.

And Hillary Clinton's obstruction of justice.

Comment: Mueller should recuse himself from further participation, given the ethics regarding personal and professional conflict of interest.

See also: Authoritarian special prosecutor Mueller is a political hack