300 more Russian Militants in Syria; Protesters Killed in Iraq; Hezbollah Warns Lebanon
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 26 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
More Russian military police in Syria under Turkey peace deal
Russia’s defence ministry has said about 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria under a deal between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military operation into northeast Syria, Al Jazeera reported.
The agreement, reached on Tuesday by Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, requires that Russian military police and Syrian border guards remove the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia from within 30km (19 miles) of the Turkish border by next Tuesday.
The military police, from the southern Russian region of Chechnya, will patrol and help with the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their weapons to 30km (19 miles) of the Syrian-Turkish border, Interfax news agency reported the ministry as saying on Friday.
Ankara regards the YPG a “terrorist group” and an extension Ankara of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an armed campaign in southeast Turkey since 1984.
At least 40 killed as fresh anti-government protests engulf Iraq
At least 40 protesters were killed in Iraq on Friday when security forces used tear gas and an Iranian-backed militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations against corruption and economic hardship, security sources said.
A government intelligence officer and a member of the powerful Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia were killed in a clash with protesters in the southern city of Amara, police sources said.
More than 2,000 people were injured nationwide, according to medical sources and the Iraqi High Commission on Human Rights (IHCHR), as demonstrators vented frustration at political elites they say have failed to improve their lives after years of conflict.
“All we want are four things: jobs, water, electricity, and safety. That’s all we want,” said 16-year-old Ali Mohammed who had covered his face with a T-shirt to avoid inhaling tear gas, as chaotic scenes overwhelmed Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square.
Sirens wailed and tear gas canisters landed amid groups of young protesters draped in Iraqi flags and chanting “with life and blood we defend you Iraq.”
Hezbollah warns of chaos, civil war in Lebanon
Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement warned on Friday that a power vacuum could tip the country into civil war, suggesting that adversaries including the United States and Israel were seeking to exploit an unprecedented wave of demonstrations to provoke conflict, reports Reuters.
Lebanon has been swept by more than a week of nationwide protests against a political elite accused of corruption, mismanagement of the state finances and leading the country towards an economic collapse unseen since the 1975-90 civil war.
A report from the credit rating agency S&P was the latest to sound the alarm over the financial situation. Banks remain closed and have said they will only reopen when life returns to normal.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose movement is part of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s coalition government, urged his followers to stay away from the protests after they clashed with demonstrators in Beirut.
The heavily armed Shi’ite group is widely seen as the most powerful player in Lebanon and is part of an Iranian-led regional alliance that is in conflict with US-allied Gulf Arab states that have political allies in the country.
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Source: MEMO, Al Jazeera, TJP