A Mass Grave in Syria with 200 Corpses; NATO Ships Monitoring; NATO Membership for Georgia
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 04 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:
Mass grave containing 200 bodies uncovered in Raqqa
As many as 200 corpses, including of some people believed to have been killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group, have been found in a mass grave near the Syrian city of Raqqa, AlJazeera reported.
Yasser al-Khamees, who leads a team of first responders, said on Wednesday the mass grave was discovered early last month on the southern edges of Raqqa, ISIL’s former de facto capital.
Among the bodies found, five appeared to belong to middle-aged men dressed in the orange jumpsuits typically worn by the armed group’s hostages, al-Khamees and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“They were shackled and shot in the head,” he said.
The bodies of three women, believed to have been stoned to death, were found, the official said, adding that “their skulls were severely fractured”.
As many as 800 people could be buried there in total, he said.
The discovery of the grave could help identify even more of the several thousand people whose fates remain unknown, including foreigners imprisoned by ISIL.
Russian Navy starts tracking NATO warships in Black Sea
Ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are monitoring the British destroyer and the Canadian frigate that entered the Black Sea waters on July 2, TASS reported, according the Russian National Defense Management Center statement.
“The forces and hardware of the Black Sea Fleet have begun tracking the activities of the British Royal Navy HMS Duncan destroyer and the Canadian Forces HMCS Toronto frigate, which entered the waters of the Black Sea on July 2, 2019,” the statement reads.
The Kasimov small anti-submarine ship and Pytlivy patrol ship are tracking the NATO vessels, the center clarified.
The defense agency said that “naval air force jets and the Bal and Bastion coastal missile systems have been put on duty in designated regions.” Radio electronic tracking is also being conducted.
Currently, NATO ships are taking part in the Sea Breeze 2019 drills in the Black Sea. The exercises officially began on July 1 in the western part of the Black Sea. This year, according to the press service of the Ukrainian embassy in the US, more than 3,000 servicemen from 19 countries are participating in the drills, including those from the United States, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. The US is playing a key role in preparing the drills’ scenario and executing it. The exercises are scheduled to run until July 12.
Russia sees as dangerous idea of fast-track NATO membership for Georgia, says diplomat
Russia sees as dangerous a thesis about fast-track Georgia’s accession to NATO voiced ahead of a NATO summit in London, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS after a next round of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia on Wednesday.
“The Russian side has emphasized the danger of pushing through different kinds of ideas about Georgia’s fast-track admittance into the Alliance in the run-up to the NATO summit in London,” the diplomat stated.
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Source: TASS, AlJazeera