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militants in eastern syria in retaliation for recent terrorist attacks in tehran which is being claimed by you so. close to you wherever you're watching this is the international news. going to start with breaking news this hour russia's defense ministry says it's halted cooperation with the u.s. military in syria the move comes in response to the downing of a syrian fighter jet by an american warplane still held city of rocket give the details now from our correspondent who's been across developments and really what's the russian defense ministry said. well call and this is certainly a very significant development we're seeing today because well one thing is when diplomats engage in a war of words but today's development shows that it's gone far beyond that with
russia deciding to end the single most important agreement that the u.s. and russia has signed since moscow was invited by the assad regime to join the fight in syria back in two thousand and fifteen now this agreement that we're talking about here well it was signed back in october twenty fifth between the u.s. and russia and what it does is it extends list as a communication channel between the two sides so that they can inform each other as you can imagine the airspace over syria we're talking about it's a very dense air space with so many different parties so many different countries all involved in any sort of mistake or misinformation really can lead to unthinkable consequences in the case of this syrian fighter jet that was shot down by the u.s. well according to the russian military at the time it was shot down. the u.s. has not informed russia through the existing communication channel to tell them they're planning to shoot down the syrian fighter jet and at the same time russian jets were also operating in that same airspace so as a result of this incident russia has decided to halt cooperation with the u.s.
military in the air space over syria and this sort of military information watch out really is a disaster waiting to happen and here is why. any aircraft belonging to the u.s. led coalition detected in the skies west of the euphrates river where the russian air force is operating will be tracked as targets by russian air defense systems. well on the pentagon spot they insisted that they shot down the syrian jet as an act of self-defense they say the syrian fighter jets were dropping bombs on the syrian democratic forces that which is also backed by the u.s. syria says otherwise day say they were targeting the positions near rocka rockets of course the capitol hill self-proclaimed caliph it and on russia's part they describe this as an act of aggression as a violation of syrian sovereignty and also a violation of international law. there's also been reaction from russia's foreign minister as well. yes call and. before the state i was released also urged
all sides to stop taking any uni lateral or uncoordinated action and urge all parties to really join the efforts to set up these the escalation zones a proposal that was brought up and brokered by iran turkey and russia during the peace talks earlier this year here's exactly what lavrov said. we call on the united states and all others who have their forces were advisors on the ground in syria to ensure the coordination of our work zones of deescalation are one of the possible options to move forward jointly and everyone to avoid unilateral moves respect syrian sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the syrian government. because the thoughts of russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov emily thanks for bringing us up to date on the downing of the syrian jet is the latest in a series of u.s.
strikes against forces fighting for the government the u.s. led coalition recently conducted several bombing raids against pro-government fighters in syria in those cases the same justification was used by the pentagon that the pro assad forces have breached a de confliction. right let's discuss this now with middle east analyst risk thanks for joining us on the program these suspensions have occurred before what's the significance of this one to your mind will it affect the situation in syria in the fight against terrorism. indeed this particular incident to is of course a lot more serious and dangerous than the earlier incidents this is the first time an actual syrian fighter jet has been talking at so it is a somewhat i knew kind of escalation and i think the russian response also signals how dangerous it is because the russians as we just heard have announced that they
will love put a stop to this so-called peroration because of the u.s. breach so as i said the u.s. has attacked pro-government forces before but this particular incident is of a lot more serious and dangerous nature regarding your question as to whether all this will impact the fight against terrorism and basically it what the trumpet illustration has done or what it has been doing for quite some time now it's attacking the government will government forces which are engaged in the fight against terrorism we all remember that trump during his campaign after his campaign raised a slogan of fighting get what he called radical islamic terror crushing on isis a mention that time and again but here we have the trump and ministration actually bombing forces which often fighting go isis and in that way in directly hoping isis so i think it reveals clear double standards from the trumpet administration and i
think it also reveals the fact that they trumpet ministration him practice actually isn't doing anything. in syria at least when it comes to fighting these terrorist groups be a big it isis allow others to go it is significant in that i think it's the first time there's been combat where u.s. will play in a shot another one down is first time i think i'm a correct me if i'm wrong i think that was done since kosovo so it's significant on that level but given that we now see every time there's an incident of some significance the cooperation gets suspended where we roade we going down here are we going to see more suspension than cooperation a. as you said yes it's the first time since the nineteen nineties that this has happened but regarding are we going towards you know more suspension of cooperation i think that's what some people in the u.s. administration actually want so they don't meaning they don't want to have the cooperation between the u.s. and russia maybe not necessarily trump himself but i think you do have think is who
was very anti russian in the administration i would point here for example to the national security adviser. who is known to be an anti russian holkar i think he doesn't want to have any cooperation then step by step but a trump is bowing down to the anti russian voices in his in his administration like much like for example james mattis as well tonight another level so yes same answer to your question i think we are heading towards a more suspension of cooperation and more hostility between moscow and washington which could mean some very bleak scenarios for the future you know we'll wait to see how this plays out we'll get more reaction later for now though middle east commentator on the risk of really appreciate your time this afternoon thank you. to the u.k. now a van has plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near a mosque in london injuring ten people one person also died at the scene although
the cause of death is currently unclear the incident is being treated by the authorities as a terror attack that took place in the north of london just after midnight on monday police first responded to reports of the vehicle hitting people outside the muslim welfare house on seven sisters road within minutes of it happening crowds were leaving ramadan prayers at the finsbury park mosque at the time. we just came out from to prayer time we're having a short break so you know and during ramadan we pray at night suddenly my way home i hear the big noise and the crash noise when i turned back i saw the the fun hit the people the guy who was under the van was seriously injured which he took the whole mode of the van. the guy as well he's got it in is it because he was standing looking at the guy like this on the valid she hit him here that's what happened and this video appeared online apparently showing the moment police arrested the
suspect forty one year old white man was handed over to officers off to being pinned down by worshippers until the police arrived he's been charged with attempted murder and police have confirmed that there are no other suspects. extra police have been deployed to ensure safety including need to mosques police declared that it was a terrorist incident within eight minutes of it happening the prime minister says that u.k. anti terror policies are set to be reviewed. now some fourteen hours after that incident let's join our correspondent sally he's in finsbury right now isa. hi there yes we are here on the scene outside the tube station contrary to the initial reports this is attack took place at the muslim welfare house it's small the mosques just next to the tube station entrance it's not the. mosque which is the bigger mosque which previously had kicked out radical preachers like to apologise like about how many years ago this is
a mosque around the corner we've heard from the prime minister to resign may she had. convened a meeting of the cobra leaders of security and intelligence in the country and following that meeting there were a number of points that she made one of which was that every aspect of the attack was sickening because she was also keen to point out that this was deemed a terrorist attack within just the eight minutes of it taking place of course many people pointing out the prophecy in the past of the attacks against muslims not being deemed a terrorist attack she was very clear in saying that hatred and evil will never succeed and as we can see now she said that this was an attack specifically not against muslims i thought it was an attack almost claims that place of worship and like all terrorism in whatever form it shares the same fundamental goal. it seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bones of solidarity and
citizenship that we share in this country. the prime minister was also keen to stress that the government would be taking action against all forms of extremism and terrorism and also that it would be refusing its counterterrorism strategy we've also been hearing from members of the mizzen community many of them angry in saying that this type of and see muslims was just due to come following the rise in the spike in hate crimes following those terrorist attacks in london and manchester and we've also been hearing from the mayor of london saw that he's actually behind us addressing all the media but he spoke today about that rise to muslim pride the way. to the westminster bridge. we didn't see the big spics big spike in hate crimes it's all the phobic cries we see when there's terrorists it's sort of the bad news is we have seen a big spike in london bridge. much the message to everyone in london across the
country in fact is please report to the victims take rado things too trivial don't think the police won't take you seriously the police force i'm responsible for the police service have a zero tolerance towards hate crime. so essentially we've been seeing this isn't the first type of attack to take place in london it's been a very very miserable some of course but just how about grunfeld fire and previous to that a number of terrorist attacks as we can see you know. a
difficult few months for the people of the u.k. and london of course sally thanks very much for updating us. with us now to two more widely about the ramifications of this type of terrorism expert doug weeks with us welcome to the program we've sold to reason downing street talking again how people who are trying to divide british society won't succeed. she's going to do something about counter terror measures going to reinforce the police but four times in four months doug what else can she do that. well i think the authorities are doing quite a bit on the internet in the sign of things in terms of king and how they can preempt attacks like that's the reality however is that when you have.
technology attacks section of this newest regardless of which corner it comes. up. without having the authorities having some prior knowledge in their me comes from a lot of trauma or individuals making comments that were otherwise on the radar if you will have the authorities actively looking at them so i do think that they're making progress in some ways but i think. coming back here here question i think with regards to what more can be done i think most of the stories primarily want that. song and things in terms of trying to stop attacks one name not perhaps committing to. although there are programs seem quite eccentric perhaps but maybe not rowing
commitment quite as fully to what can't. stop people. coming to this point in their lives where they feel like you know. and i think a lot more that could be done in that regard it feels like a difficult bridge to make that it doesn't because in britain it's like other countries you've got muslims i'm no muslims both feel that the victims of hate crime both feel that both feel that blame for it. absolutely not i think it goes. further than that in a sense the. action reaction cycle that kerns within society and when you start seeing crime central business and the mayor. mentioned in the attack. arrived in hate crime we saw the same thing in paris and thousand and fifteen after that attack where i think with three or four
names there are one hundred fifteen. crime that were perpetuating against muslims make those. allegations all that said. yes they're in a cycle of action reaction but what i think is really missing out there dialogue and yet the moment to how can people from coming in. disenfranchised from society and government as a whole. and them can entertain the idea that maybe this is something that they do and the first place. and anyone who can crack that is surely a miracle worker doug weeks terrorism expert thank you very much for joining us i'm . going to pick up on this a little bit later. the bright because the finsbury park mosque near to where this incident took place if you're in britain you'll know it's had pretty much the whole
reputation for decades they tried to turn that around we'll talk about that after the break. i don't see clear out accounts throughout the do that anyway i only see that on all things good for today or tomorrow. you have a team of four with brief period of time and then you know divorce immediately i think that's a. bad historical moment in the middle east and it is already difficult to predict how things will be called.
the future we know. every the world should be experienced. and you get it on the old world. the world according to just. the modern world come along for the wrong. welcome back well another tragic night for london then after a van was rammed into worshippers outside the muslim welfare center in north london now it wasn't so long ago that the finsbury park mosque area was making headlines in the u.k. because of the mosque located near the scene of that attack we're talking about one of the biggest prayer halls in britain the finsbury park mosque which in the one nine hundred ninety s. was accused of links to radicalism and it's preachers linked to al qaida one
a man who was preaching there in one thousand nine hundred seven was the notorious abu hamza the mosque became a meeting point for various extremist figures along the way before hamza was convicted and given a life sentence there were reports that a nine eleven attack and the so-called shoe bomber a man who had explosives in issues on an american airlines flight in two thousand and one also visited that place of worship here's what we've previously heard from locals about the finsbury mosque we i mean i live on this street. i live. only further down the street and i know. what was going on before and they all had to go to the other lost ground because it was too just got colonized by people who were local. after all that the mosque was closed in two thousand and three following an investigation but two years later it was reopened under a new chairman and since then the new management has tried to distance itself from the radical past two years ago both the finsbury park mosque was targeted in an
attempted arson attack this security video shows a man throwing a petrol bomb into the mosque compound however it didn't explode there was heavy rain at the time scotland yard treated that attack as a hate crime journalist neil clark believes that the u.k. government's been playing both sides in its fight against extremism i think it was wrong the british authorities allowed the extremism there that was being preached to go on for too long. but the. really is that the british government and the british establishment is has really been playing a very two faced game on the one hand they'd be verbal coming out and condemning hate preachers and and extremism but the other hand they've also be cultivating jihadists radical islamists in order to help them topple governments around the middle east i didn't like that such as the government of assad in syria colonel gadhafi is government in libya because i have a proper debate in this country about what our governments have been doing how
their approach to extremism is full of double standards we need have a consistent approach now that we oppose extremism and we don't support it then just because we wanted to use it to get rid of assad in syria we've got to change our foreign policy and also look at what governments have been doing it actually to cultivate extremism at home. iran has launched missiles into eastern syria targeting what it says were islamic state bases with the details his nichiren. iran has launched missile strikes the reaction from most people would be fear and dread and that's because iran has been painted as the body of the entire region and that's because we've been lied to what we've been told that iran is a country that supports terrorism iran has conducted another ballistic missile test president trump is putting iran on notice for firing a ballistic missile and there are also reports the white house is considering
labeling iran's islamic revolutionary guard corps a terrorist organization yet what these latest developments show is a very different side to the iran that we know iran like many other countries around the world has experience bloodshed at the hands of islamic states with those twin attacks that we saw into iran just earlier this month gunmen stormed the parliament while it was in session and opened fire almost similar tale yesterday we saw suicide blasts the muscle leader of the founder of the islamic republic of iran so two very important and precious buildings to the iranian people who were types there eighteen people were killed and dozens more were injured an islamic state claimed responsibility for that attack now after this that these attacks around vowed revenge and it clearly meant every word that it said these ground to ground missile strikes that we saw yesterday launched from western iran and into syria's eastern resort targeting the militants which iran said were
responsible for those twin attacks that we saw into iran earlier this month and there's no precedent to move because it marks the first time that iran has launched likes on syrian soil since the country descended into chaos in two thousand and eleven and it also shows perhaps that iran when it means business it means business perhaps the perception shift it has for us when it comes to iran while the west has warned that iran is a country that's dangerous and that it shouldn't have weapons on the other hand iran is now using these weapons to launch strikes on islamic states the comma. an enemy and it's also making a lot of progress in destroying this common enemy to. its spin exactly five years since julian assange stepped into the ecuadorian embassy in london and he hasn't left since the wiki leaks editors saw political asylum there as sweden investigated allegations of sexual offenses against him however last year the united nations ruled that he's being arbitrarily detained and just last month
a song received a small boost and legal breakthrough after being wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault in sweden seven years ago prosecutors finally suspended the case against him but the wiki leaks editor admitted his fight is far from over the road is far from over. the war the proper war is just commencing but the u.k. has said it will arrest me regardless songes big revelations of included the afghan war logs in twenty ten cable gates in twenty eleven and more recently the protest e-mails and vault seven which has been gradually publishing the cia's alleged digital spying tools however one concern for the wiki leaks editor's legal team is whether the u.k. will extradite him to the united states for leaking these documents are still hanging over julian assange it is a british arrest warrant for breaching bail back in two thousand and twelve and
there's also the uncertainty over a possible extradition to the u.s. for leaking classified documents back in april the u.s. attorney general called the arrest of a song a priority. this is a man of this cumber yond anything i am aware of just a narcissist who has created nothing of value he relies on the dirty work of others to make himself famous he is a fraud a coward hiding behind a screen a member of a song his legal team told me last hour that their top priority now is to clarify the nature of the requests the u.k. has received from the us we're just waiting for information about us extradition you know it's like the elephant in the room everyone knows it's there but to no one seems to say it says it so now we really want to have that information we know it exists we wanted to be given to us as a legal team just to assess the situation and see how we can protect mr song from this obviously and extradition demand from the us where he would face in human degrading treatment and of course unfair trial this is
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