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So it's Day 417 of the war, and I have to say "Khrystos Voskres" (Christ Is Risen) or "Happy Easter" to all my readers from #Ukraine - and indeed #Russia if they are in the minority which opposes war.
The same wishes to all Orthodox believers celebrating Easter today.
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#BREAKING | #Russian Defense Ministry: #US used 300 tonnes of depleted uranium during the invasion of #Iraq.

Russian Defense Ministry: In 2003-2004, the United States widely used such ammunition in attacks on the targets of Iraqi cities: Amarah, #Baghdad, Basra, Karbala, and #Fallujah.
Russian Defense Ministry: The radiation due to depleted uranium in Fallujah was much worse than it was in the cities of #Hiroshima and #Nagasaki.
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🚨🚨 HELP Syria 🚨🚨
Russian Intelligence Service: #US uses #terrorist groups to undermine situation in #Syria
Russian Foreign Intelligence Service has announced that the #US continues to use #terrorist groups in #Syria to undermine positions of the Syrian government.
“The Central Command of the #US forces is planning to form battalions of terrorists to carry out hostile acts against the legitimate #Syrian government”
-Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin-
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CENTCOM chief decries Russian flyovers of US illegal occupation bases in Syria

The #US illegal ocupation forces controls nearly a third of #Syria and has been accused of stealing 80 percent of the country's daily oil output…
US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief, General Michael Kurilla, said on 16 March that the Russian air force has increased the frequency of “unprofessional” and “unsafe” flyovers of #US illegal occupation bases in #Syria.…
Around 900 #US illegal ocupation forces are still deployed in the Levantine nation, controlling nearly a third of the country and a large portion of its oil fields.…
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What an exciting first day in #Iraq. It was a great pleasure for me to walk the streets of Old #Baghdad, to see its monuments which testify to the rich history of Iraq and to have direct talks with the Baghdadis. ImageImageImageImage
I especially wanted to go to #AlMutanabbi Street, famous in the Arab world to have long drawn bibliophiles. Its bookstores and its very dynamic life highlight the return of peace and prosperity to #Iraq through culture. #Baghdad ImageImageImage
I spoke with the booksellers and we have the same conviction: culture has a central role for the future of #Iraq. It is an important factor of social cohesion, as well as it is a source of job creation and economic activity. #AlMutanabbi #Baghdad Image
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#Russian minister of foreign affairs Sergei #Lavrov will visit #Baghdad today with a high-level delegation including businessmen politicians and journalists.

The conflict between NATO and Russia has created more space to maneuver in geopolitically speaking for nations like Iraq.
We hope this visit will reflect the new multipolar reality of the world. It is time Iraq uses the opportunity to shift out of the US sphere of influence (occupation) and build equitable relations with non alligned nations.
Iraq has lots to gain from a relationship with Russia in terms of investments in the energy sector, security, air defense systems etc.

Building strong relationships with countries such as Russia and China could start the dedollarisation process of the Iraqi economy.
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#Bojo Recounts #Putin #Missile Attack Threat | -2h
- "He sort of threatened me at one point and said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a #minute,' or something like that," Johnson quoted Putin as saying…
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak
The world has suffered for decades from the #AngloSaxon #AgathaChristie psychopath poisoning operations.
- That is why it is good for everyone that the #satanic forces are vaporized, asap.… ImageImage
@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak #PortonDown #Salisbury #Skripals #Syria #Douma #OPCW #Novichok #Navalny
1. #Novichok was used and produced in the #US since 2008. #Patent US 9,132,135 b2 | Sep 17, 2020.
2. #PortonDown: #Salisbury nerve agent 'attack' reveals $70M #Pentagon program
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#Trump ‘not far away from #truth’ on #Ukraine#Kremlin | Jan 27
- “Indeed, should the US President wish to put an end to this conflict, he could do it very quickly, using the opportunity to simply give instructions to the #Kiev regime,” #Peskov on Friday… Image
Google Hides The Main #Reason For America"s #Arming Of #Ukraine | Jan 28
- Google’s censorship policy removes links to #SouthFront for 2 years. #Twitter and #FB also began to delete links to SF articles long before any sanctions against SF were introduced Image
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1. Mentre il 9 novembre del 1989 - grazie alle #lottenonviolente dei popoli europei e al #disarmounilaterale del presidente #Gorbaciov - si chiudeva la #guerrafredda, il 17 gennaio del 1991 cominciava così - con le #bombe statunitensi su #Baghdad - il "Nuovo ordine mondiale". >
2. Che per #Gorbaciov ed i popoli significava un ordine multipolare e di #pace, per il presidente Bush padre e i suoi successori significava - e significa - un ordine unipolare fondato sulla potenza e il #dominiomilitare. Trentanni e passa dopo, non ne siamo ancora usciti. >
3. In questo momento storico, in cui sembra che il #presente non abbia alcun #passato, meglio non dimenticarlo
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#Baghdad: A source in the Iraqi Prime Minister's office, revealed that the new Iraqi government is taking action to stop Turkish violations of Iraqi sovereignty
According to what the Iraqi expert, Iyad Al-Samawi, told Roj News, the use of economic weapons is the best move to stop the violations of the Turkish regime, which suffers from a deteriorating economy and a sharp drop in the value of the currency against the dollar
Al-Samawi said, “The previous Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi surrendered to the Turkish regime", pointing to the establishment of more than 100 Turkish bases and military points inside the Iraqi territory.
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NEW | The #Iranian economy appears to be entering a period of potentially significant disruption. Read the full update from @criticalthreats and @TheStudyofWar:… (1/4) Image
UN member states voted to expel Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. (2/4)
Social media users circulated calls for countrywide strikes and protests on December 19, 20, and 21. (3/4)
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strange piece about #kurdistan in #iraq. the 2017 referendum was a political calculation of the #barzani clan to distract from domestic problems and rally people around the flag, the clans in charge are extremely nepotist and corrupt, and not progressive.…
the #kurdistan region in #iraq is *not* a model of democracy, and also not of religious freedom: christians, yezidis or others who don't align with the ruling #clans and mainly the #barzani clan (posing as political party #kdp) have nothing to say.
whenever i think of #kurdistan in #iraq breaking away as just one piece of a much larger kurdistan, i can't stop but thinking of what repercussions it may have for #kurds elsewhere in authoritarian states. ultimate repercussion, i mean, as an echo from history.
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Iran is signaling its readiness to attack Saudi Arabia and possibly Erbil ostensibly in retaliation for the Shiraz attack but primarily for the alleged role of the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia in stoking protests. Todays update from CTP & @TheStudyofWar:…
An #Iranian proxy Telegram channel recirculated the Iran International report claiming that the regime flew around 150 proxy fighters from #Baghdad to #Mashhad to suppress protests. (2/7)
At least 22 protests took place in 14 cities across nine provinces. (3/7)
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🚨#BREAKING: Initial reports of an explosion eastern #Baghdad with multiple wounded.
🚨#UPDATE: Explosion rocks #Baghdad, killing 4, and injuring 23
🚨#UPDATE: 8 killed and more than 20 injured in an explosion east of the #Iraqi capital, #Baghdad
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NEW - U.S. special forces launched a helicopter-borne raid in #Assad-controlled territory ~15km south of #Qamishli in NE #Syria overnight, killing a senior #ISIS leader & capturing several others alive.

That’s the 1st op in regime-held areas since Abu Ghadiya in Oct 2008.
Some local sources claim at least 2 of those captured alive were members of a local pro-#Assad militia — but that remains unconfirmed.

Not clear if the deconfliction line with #Russia was used. #Russian aircraft & personnel are stationed at #Qamishli airport, not far away.
The #Qamishli area is an old stomping ground for #ISIS since AQI days, where #Assad’s Military Intel ran a ‘clearing house’ for AQI foreign fighters heading to #Iraq & for a time, a paramilitary training base.

From ‘03-‘08, 1,000s of AQI foreign fighters passed through the area.
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How can anyone who claim to be Indian name their children Taimur or Babur, invaders who killed so many inhabitants of our land.
Why this love for Mughals & over emphasis on their rule when Mughal power was at its peak only from 1526 (invasion by Babur) to 1707 (Aurangzeb killed)
#Taimur incidentally was lame. Taimur-Lang (or Langra).
One of the most brutal tyrants with a long history of massacres where ever he ruled.
1387 to put down a rebellion in #Ishfahan he is reported to have ordered massacre of 70000+ people. Several pyramids of human skulls made.
Pyramids of human skulls were not restricted to #Ishfahan.
1385 the #Sistan revolt was put down & human skulls and in some instances human bodies mixed with brick & clay used to erect a minaret to send out a clear message to those who rose against him.
In 1398 he attacked Delhi
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19Sept 634 AD, Khalid Bin Walid Conquered #Damascus from Byzantine Empire. The legendary General #KhalidBinWalid took one of the biggest risks of his life to get historic city which later rose as the Capital of #Umayyad Muslim #Caliphate & became known as Urus-al-Bilad.
Fall of Damascus & The Love Story.
On Aug 21, 634, Siege of Damascus began. Khalid RA's Army encircled the city even without proper siege machinery, denying it supplies until the Byzantines capitulated on 19Sept. Bt Did u know the Story is told with a Romantic angle in Urdu Lit.
Damishq had 6 gates So Accordingly, Khalid RA divided his army into 6 parts
Gate of Thomas: Shurahbil
Jabiya Gate: Abu Ubaidah
Gate of Faradis: Amr
Keisan Gate: Yazid Bin Sufyan
Small Gate: Yazid Bin Sufyan
Eastern Gate: Rafay bin Umayr
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A basic explanation on why the situation in #Iraq suddenly became so tense — follow this THREAD 🧵

Following the resignation of Ayatollah Haeri from the position of Marja al Taqlid, Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shia cleric, announced on Monday that he will leave politics forever.1️⃣
Marja al Taqlid is a title given to the highest ranking #Shia clerics. A person with title would have the authority to make legal decisions within the confines of Islamic law for followers and lower-ranking clerics. 2️⃣
Ayatollah Haeri, today after announcing that he will no longer continuing to be a Marja al Taqlid, he invited Iraqi Shias to follow and obey Ali Khamenei. He described the leader of #Iran as "the most worthy person to lead the Islamic world". 3️⃣
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Local sources say 12+ killed in #Baghdad today.

Despite curfew, heavy gunfire & explosions heard in #Baghdad -- multiple security offices attacked. Green Zone on security alert & U.S. Embassy sirens sounding off.

In #Mosul, security forces say they foiled a major #ISIS attack.
The situation in #Baghdad is deteriorating fast -- mortars, rockets, RPGs & heavy machine guns all reportedly in use, including within/targeted at the Green Zone. Many casualties; grisly images emerging.

#Basra also in a very bad place -- heavy fighting too.

#Iraq spiraling.
Heavy fighting outside #Iraq's Parliament tonight, as pro-#Sadr & pro-#Iran factions confront.

Dutch Embassy personnel have just evacuated to #Germany's Embassy.

2 soldiers & 20+ protesters dead -- dozens more injured.

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#BREAKING: #Iraq is experiencing a security crisis now. A civil war has now started in #Baghdad! These armed militias of a Shiite cleric named Muqtada Sadr (this footage) are now fighting against Iraqi security forces including #PMU militias.
In this footage recorded this afternoon in #Baghdad you can hear exchange of fire between #Iraqi security forces and the militias of extremist Shiite cleric, Muqtada Sadr.
Interestingly, supporters of the extremist Shiite cleric, Muqtada Sadr can be seen removing a banner showing images of the dead Commanders of #IRGC Quds Force & #PMU in #Baghdad this afternoon. Muqtada Sadr was an ally of both Qasem Soleimani and Abumahdi Al-Muhandis!
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3 killed in inter-Shia clashes in #Baghdad #Iraq between @Mu_AlSadr supporters and "Coordination Framework" Shia loyalists following the decision of Sayyed Muqtada to retire from the political scene (for the dozen time).

This clash can be contained.
General Curfew was imposed on #Baghdad and all Iraqi provinces for an unlimited period of time following the inter-Shia clashes. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi gave orders to evacuate all official buildings from Sadrist demonstrators. Calm has returned to Iraq now.
Notwithstanding Moqtada al-Sadr hectic decisions in the last months, he won't allow the clash with the security forces or with other Shia groups. The clash in #Iraq will be contained despite all (wrong) media expectations of a possible escalation.
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Sostenitori del leader sciita iracheno Moqtada Sadr, che proprio oggi ha annunciato il suo ritiro dalla vita politica, hanno fatto irruzione nel palazzo presidenziale di Baghdad.

L'esercito iracheno ha annunciato l'introduzione del coprifuoco in città e ha invitato tutti i manifestanti a lasciare i luoghi pubblici e le strade nella super fortificata Zona verde della capitale.
Il coprifuoco è già entrato in vigore a #Baghdad mentre le proteste continuano all’interno della zona verde fortificata della capitale e nel palazzo presidenziale stesso.
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Attenzione a quanto sta accadendo in #Iraq: migliaia di manifestanti stanno prendendo d'assalto la Green Zone di Baghdad, l'area in cui sorgono le ambasciate straniere e i palazzi delle istituzioni, dopo che il leader Muqtada al Sadr ha annunciato il suo ritiro dalla politica.
Muqtada al Sadr, a capo della fazione Al Sairoon, alle elezioni di ottobre 2021 ha ottenuto 74 seggi su 329, diventando così leader della formazione politica più numerosa in parlamento. Ciononostante non è riuscito a mettere insieme una maggioranza per governare, rifiutando
di allearsi con i partiti sciiti filo-iraniani, in particolare con l'ex premier Nouri al Maliki, e chiedendo elezioni anticipate.
Oggi al Sadr ha dichiarato: "Tutti sono liberi da me", chiedendo ai suoi sostenitori di pregare per lui, nel caso muoia o venga ucciso.
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#BREAKING The Iraqi Joint Operations Command has declared a total curfew in capital #Baghdad, Al Jazeera reported Monday.
Casualties were reported after supporters of Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with supporters of Iran-backed groups in Baghdad.

Reuters reporters said that gunfire was heard in Baghdad as Iran-aligned gunmen fired bullets into the air.
#LATEST #Iraq declares comprehensive curfew in all governorates starting at 7 p.m. local time.
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