China Creates Early Missile Warning System; Six People Were Shot Dead in Iraq; Turkey and US Discuss Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 4 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia helping China to create early missile warning system, says Putin
Russia is helping China to create a missile warning system, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a yearly session of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday.
“I don’t think I will reveal a big secret, this will become evident after all,” Putin said. “We are now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile warning system. This is a very serious thing, that will drastically enhance the defensive capacity of the People’s Republic of China. As currently, only the US and Russia have such systems,” he added.
He also said that Russia and China were actively cooperating along different trajectories – from the agrarian sector to space. “Our friendship and our work together is not aimed against anybody,” he added.
Six people shot dead in southern Iraqi city as violent protests rage for third day
Six protesters were shot dead on Thursday in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriyah, the deadliest incident yet in three days of nationwide demonstrations.
Another 56 people were wounded in the protest, regional health chief Abdulhussein Al-Jaberi told AFP.
A total of 27 people, including two police officers, have been killed since demonstrations against unemployment and corruption erupted in Iraq on Tuesday.
Several thousand protesters faced off against security forces in central Baghdad on Thursday.
Defying a curfew in place since dawn, they arrived by truckfuls at the capital’s oil and industry ministry to protest against corruption, unemployment and poor services.
The apparently leaderless movement has posed the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, who has been in power for less than a year.
The embattled premier ordered a ban on all movement in Baghdad starting at 5 a.m. Thursday, but it was almost immediately defied by small groups of protesters.
The crowds swelled in the afternoon and pledged to march to the capital’s emblematic Tahrir (Liberation) Square.
Turkish, US defense chiefs discuss Syria safe zone
Top defense officials of Turkey and the U.S. discussed a planned safe zone in Syria over the phone late Thursday.
According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, Hulusi Akar and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper addressed the efforts for the establishment of the proposed safe zone in northern Syria.
During the phone conversation, Akar recalled that Turkey wants a 30-kilometers-wide safe zone to be set up east of the Euphrates River in Syria.
If there is stalling or a delay in the process to set up the safe zone, the joint efforts will be ended, Akar said.
He also said that Turkey will not allow a terror corridor to be established in the country’s southern part.
Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed on Aug. 7 to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return to their homeland.
Turkish leaders have said the U.S. is not doing enough to establish the zone, which could house some 2-3 million Syrians who fled the Syrian civil war since 2011.
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Source: Arab News, TASS, Anadolu Agency