Joint Naval Drills of Russia, Iran and China; A Tension in Iraq; Turkey Accuses Russia for War in Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 28 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iran, Russia, China to hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean soon
Joint naval exercises of Iran, Russia and China will be organized in Indian Ocean in the near future, Iranian navy commander Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said.
“Very soon we will have joint maneuvers together with the naval forces of China and Russia in Iran’s southern territorial waters and in the northern part of the Indian Ocean,” the Mehr news agency quoted Khanzadi as saying on Wednesday.
“The preliminary plan of the military exercises was compiled last month. The participants are currently engaged in preparations before their launch,” the Iranian Navy commander said.
He did not specify the exact date of the maneuvers.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on October 2 that during the upcoming exercises, Russia, China and Iran are intended to train anti-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts.
Iraq demonstrators burn down Iranian consulate; protester killed, 35 injured
Anti-government protesters burned down the Iranian consulate building in southern Iraq on Wednesday, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence, Iraqi officials said Wednesday.
Protesters destroyed the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf in the evening. One protester was killed and at least 35 people were wounded when police fired live ammunition to prevent them from entering the building, a police official said. Authorities declared curfew in Najaf after the incident. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations.
The demonstrators removed the Iranian flag from the building and replaced it with an Iraqi one. Iranian staff were not harmed and escaped the building from the back door.
The incident marked an escalation in the demonstrations that have raged in Baghdad and across the mostly Shiite southern Iraq since October 1. The protesters accuse the Shiite-led government of being hopelessly corrupt and complain of poor public services and high unemployment. They are also decrying growing Iranian influence in Iraqi state affairs.
Security forces have fired bullets, tear gas and smoke bombs on a near daily basis since the unrest began. At least 350 people have been killed and thousands wounded, in what has become the largest grassroots protest movement in Iraq’s modern history.
Turkish media accuses Russia of civil war in Syria
The Turkish Ministry of Defense is constantly publishing “sentimental” photographs designed to show the “unity” of the military from its own army with the civilian population of Syria.
At the same time, a completely different propaganda is being conducted with respect to the Russian Federation — to present the Russian army as a “foreign body” in this war-torn country.
As the Turkish publication Yeni Şafak points out, since October of this year at least 100 civilians have been killed in Idlib, and 50 000 people were forced to leave their homes “as a result of attacks by the [armed] forces of the [Bashar al-Assad] regime supported by Russia.”
According to him, the death of people is ongoing. Thus, in a message from November 27, it is indicated that combat aircraft of the Russian airborne forces attacked the cities of Kafr-Nabl and Kafar-Roma and several villages, as a result of which two civilians were killed.
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Source: TASS, TTI, Topwar