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9/13/2017 4:30:32 PM

Exclusive: Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

By Raya Jalabi and Ulf Laessing



By Raya Jalabi and Ulf Laessing

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters after government forces expelled the jihadist group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.

Most came from Turkey. Many others were from former Soviet states, such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia, Iraqi army and intelligence officers said. Other Asians and a "very few" French and Germans were also among them.

The wives and children are being held at an Iraqi camp south of Mosul. Most had arrived since Aug. 30, when Iraqi troops drove Islamic State out of Mosul.

One intelligence officer said that they were still in verifying their nationalities with their home countries, since many of the women no longer had their original documents.

It is the largest group of foreigners linked to Islamic State to be held by Iraqi forces since they began driving the militants from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid official said. Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Islamic State, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria.

"We are holding the Daesh families under tight security measures and waiting for government orders on how to deal with them," said Army Colonel Ahmed al-Taie from Mosul's Nineveh operation command.

"We treat them well. They are families of tough criminals who killed innocents in cold blood, but when we interrogated them we discovered that almost all of them were mislead by a vicious Daesh propaganda," he said.

Reuters reporters saw hundreds of the women and children sitting on mattresses crawling with bugs in tents without air-conditioning in what aid workers called a "militarized site". Turkish, French and Russian were among the languages spoken.

"I want to go back (to France) but don't know how," said a French-speaking veiled woman of Chechen origin who said she had lived in Paris before. She said she did not know what had happened to her husband, who had brought her to Iraq when he joined Islamic State.

A security officer said the women and children had mostly surrendered to the Kurdish peshmerga near the northern city of Tal Afar, along with their husbands. The Kurds handed the women and children over to Iraqi forces but kept the men - all presumed to be fighters - in their custody.

Many of the families had fled to Tal Afar after Iraqi troops pushed Islamic State out of Mosul.

Iraqi forces retook Tal Afar, a city of predominantly ethnic Turkmen that produced some of Islamic State's senior commanders, last month. Most of its pre-war population of 200,000 have fled.

An interior ministry official said Iraq wanted to negotiate with embassies the return of the women and children. "We can't keep this number in our custody for a long time," he said.

Officials had counted so far at least 13 nationalities, said Army Lieutenant Colonel Salah Kareem.

TENSION

Aid workers and the authorities are worried about tensions between Iraqis, who lost their homes and are also living in the camp, and the new arrivals.

Many Iraqis want revenge for the harsh treatment they received under the extremists' interpretation of Sunni Islam, which they imposed in Mosul and the other areas they seized in 2014.

"The families are being kept to one side (of the camp) for their own safety," an Iraqi military intelligence officer said.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which is supporting the 541 women and their children, said Iraq "must swiftly move to clarify its future plans for these individuals".

"Like all those fleeing conflict, it is imperative that these individuals are able to access protection, assistance, and information," NRC said in a statement. "They are in de-facto detention."

Western officials are worried about radicalized fighters and their relatives coming home after the collapse of Islamic State's "caliphate".

French officials have indicated a preference for citizens found to be affiliated with IS to be prosecuted in Iraq.

"The general philosophy is that adults should go on trial in Iraq," a French diplomatic source told Reuters last month, of those found to have been fighters. "We think children would benefit from judicial and social services in France."

"TRICKED"

The women in the camp were cooking noodles or lying on mattresses with their babies in the hot tents. Many were still wearing the black abayas and face veils, which were mandatory in areas the militants controlled.

"My mother doesn't even know where I am," said a 27-year-old French woman of Algerian descent. She said she had been tricked by her husband into coming with him through Turkey into Syria and then Iraq when he joined Islamic State last year.

"I had just given birth to this little girl three months before," she said holding the infant and asking not to be named.

"He said 'let's go for a week's holiday in Turkey.' He had already bought the plane tickets and the hotel."

After four months in Mosul, she ran away from her husband to Tal Afar in February. She was hoping to make it back to France but he found her and would not let her leave.

She tearfully recounted how her five-year-old son was killed in June by a rocket while playing in the streets.

"I don't understand why he did this to us," she said of her husband, who she said was killed fighting in Mosul. "Dead or alive - I couldn't care less about him."

She and a few other families had walked for days to surrender at a Kurdish peshmerga checkpoint beyond al-Ayadiyah, a town near Tal Afar where the militants made their last stand.

"We were getting bombed, shelled and shot at," she said.

Kurdish officials said dozens of fighters surrendered after the fall of Tal Afar but gave no details. One Tal Afar resident said he had seen between 70 and 80 fighters fleeing the town in the final days of the battle.

(Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad and John Irish in Paris; Editing by Anna Willard, Larry King)


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9/13/2017 5:22:55 PM

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Western wildfires could still be burning by Halloween.

While many are predicted to be contained by mid-September, some of the fires won’t be contained until late October or even Nov. 1, according to the Oregonian’swildfires map.

And “contained” means that a fire line has been dug around the flame’s perimeter, not that it’s out. That’s why fires can be 95 percent contained and still burning.

More than 50 wildfires are burning in the West right now, and some have been aflame for months. Why are they taking so long to put out?

“There are so many homes in a lot of these areas that firefighters have to focus on protecting them,” Jessica Gardetto, a spokesperson for theNational Interagency Fire Center, told Grist. “In some cases, while they’re doing that, they can’t be suppressing the fire line as well.”

Sometimes, large fires begin shooting sparks outside of the main fire. Gardetto says the Chetco Bar Fire in Oregon has been sending sparks miles away, helping it spread.

A wildfire burning for weeks in the wilderness isn’t too unusual, Gardetto says. She’s seen fires burn on until snow starts falling. While there are few fire season–ending rains or snows currently in sight,many hope that moisture will soon help suppression efforts.




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9/14/2017 10:10:24 AM

Officials: 8 dead, 158 evacuated at Hollywood nursing home

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have evacuated several people from a Hollywood nursing home, where at least eight people have died.

According to Hollywood Fire Rescue and Police, 158 people were evacuated Wednesday morning at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located at 1200 N 35th Ave., due to intense heat and no power. Officials confirmed six people have died, but it remains unknown whether the deaths are related to the heat.

The eight people who died were between the ages of 71 to 99.

As of Wednesday evening, the doors to the facility are closed and will remain that way after Florida Gov. Rick Scott directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to issue a moratorium.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez discussed what they found during their investigation.

According to Sanchez, a preliminary investigation showed that the air conditioning unit at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills was not working. Staff at the center were using portable air conditioning units “which were insignificant to reduce the excessive heat in the facility.”

Officials said the call was made sometime around 3 a.m. referencing a heart attack. Then, another time for someone with respiratory problems. After that, the facility was evacuated just after 7 a.m.

City of Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said that three deaths occurred at the nursing home, two died on their way to the hospital and a third died at the hospital. Two others were confirmed dead in the afternoon.

Senator Bill Nelson also attended the news conference and said that what happened Wednesday was inexcusable. “I have spoken to the secretary of HHS today to alert him that they need to do an investigation,” Nelson said. “People are just absolutely shocked that someone in a staff would not know enough that a frail elderly person is dying of heat exhaustion and would at least know to dial 911.”

7Skyforce HD flew over the scene as the evacuations took place.

Eighty-four-year-old Betty Hibbard was one of the people who died Wednesday. One of her friends who visited her yesterday evening said that the second floor was like a sweat box.

“There was no air conditioning then, and our friend Betty, on the second floor, she was out in the hall, and she could hardly breathe,” said Norma Wingo. “It was hot. They had her sitting in front of a fan.”

As a precautionary measure, Sanchez said he assigned officers to check the other 42 nursing homes throughout the city to make certain they’re properly taking care of the elderly.

Nursing home patients were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, which is very close to the rehab facility.

Memorial Regional Hospital Dr. Randy Katz explained the nature of the patients transferred to the hospital shortly after the evacuation occurred. “Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues,” he said.

This isn’t the first time the rehab center has had issues. One issue had to do with a generator, and although investigators are not releasing much, they did admit that it was very hot on the second floor.

They were also cited in 2016 for having generator and maintenance issues.

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration regulates nursing homes in the state and conducted an unannounced recertification survey in February and found that “… the facility failed to maintain the emergency generator… ”

According to the state report, ” … the facility was not able to produce any written documentation to substantiate the emergency generator…” nor could it provide proof that plans for a permanent generator had been submitted.

Concerned relatives received news of the incident as well, and some were overjoyed to know their loved ones were OK.

“I feel great, happy, joy, everything and above,” said concerned family member Theresa Maxwell. “I’m gonna call the family member and let them know she’s OK, and she’s looking like a glamorous doll, which she is. I was just happy to see my sister. Brought joy to my eyes, tears.”

Some other family members 7News spoke with said that they found out about the deaths on the news and did not receive a call from the facility.

“Nobody told us nothing. We don’t know if she’s dead or what,” said Flora Mitchell. “They should let the family know what happened to their family.”

A short time later, an information center was set up where family members could get information on their loved ones.

Another man said he was told the facility was safe. “I was told they were never going to evacuate for the hurricane. I’m not sure what’s going on,” he said. “It is very secure, safe facility. I’ve been here numerous times.

Florida Power & Light official, Rob Gould, also commented on the situation. “It does point out the need to have a plan in advance,” he said. “This is why we say when if you’re dependent on electricity for medical needs to have back-up plans in place.”

Levy said that about 30,000 business and homes in the City of Hollywood are still without power.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said, Tuesday morning, staff from the rehab facility contacted the emergency operations center to let them know that they had lost power. Sharief also said that they contacted FPL and reported it as a mission critical request for power.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills released a statement that reads in part, “We are devastated by these losses. We are fully cooperating with all authorities and regulators to assess what went wrong and to ensure our other residents are cared for.”

Nelson said he contacted the Department of Health and Human Services and spoke about how to move forward in this case.

“Whether it’s this one or others, this is an emerging scandal of great proportions,” Nelson said.

In a statement, Sharief said, “Hollywood Hills, when asked if they had any medical needs or emergencies, did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed.”

The facility had corrected the earlier generator violations.

Copyright 2017 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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9/14/2017 10:52:33 AM

North Korea: Missile could kill Kim Jong-un in just 15 MINUTES

KIM Jong-un could be killed in just 15 minutes by a new missile developed by North Korea's neighbour South Korea.






























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9/14/2017 11:19:16 AM

'Turkey to get what Libya & Iraq lacked: Russian-made S-400 missile system'

Published time: 13 Sep, 2017 15:57


Anti-aircraft defense system S-400 Triumph of an air defense regiment. © Sergey Malgavko / Sputnik

Turkey-US relations have generally been quite bad and getting worse since the attempted coup against President Erdogan in the summer of 2016, explains Adam Garrie, Managing Editor at the Duran.
“Our friends have already signed an agreement on the S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know,” Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists after returning from Kazakhstan on September 10.

NATO member Turkey announced it made down payment for the purchase of Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft systems, signaling closer cooperation with Moscow amid tepid relations with its NATO allies, which have criticized the deal.

Despite US concerns over Turkey's military dealings with Russia, Washington confirmed its commitment to military cooperation with Ankara.

RT: Why do you think Turkey's buying the Russian missile system? Who does Ankara want the system to defend against?

Adam Garrie: These are a defensive missile system. The question is: what is Turkey concerned about? The biggest issue facing Turkey’s security at the moment is the very real and grave worry about the creation of a Kurdish entity or a state on their borders. Now the only major power in the wider world, let alone the region, who is for that is possibly the US. But the US is being very confused about this. They have sent mixed signals, both to the Kurdish militants that they are using for the proxy war in Syria, and they are sending mixed messages more widely to Turkey.

Turkish relations with the US have generally been quite bad and getting worse ever since the attempted and ultimately failed coup against President Erdogan in the summer of 2016. Turkey was looking for a Russian-style robust condemnation of the attempted coup, Obama, and his administration gave a sort of a mealy-mouthed kind of“sorry it happened, let’s move on.”

Furthermore, Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric, who is living in the US, which Turkey partly blames for the coup, is not being handed over to Ankara in spite of repeated request. When you add that to the increasing US armament, in some cases relatively heavy armament of the Kurdish proxies in Syria, Turkey is getting very worried.

The Kurds don’t have the kinds of weapons that one would need – a system like the S-400 to dismount to tackle. Turkey certainly wants to bolster its defenses. It doesn’t feel the US is a reliable partner – either economically or politically. And there is a lot of objective truth to that. Russia is much more geared to being an economic partner to Turkey than the US.

Unlike the US, which both under Obama and Trump didn’t show Turkey much respect, Russia does, which is saying quite a lot – Russia and Turkey were in a very bad position in terms of relations as recently as late 2015. So things have come a long way in a very short time in terms of Turkish relations with Russia. And in that same amount of time, they have deteriorated remarkably rapidly in respect of Ankara’s relations with Washington.

RT: Is it the case of Turkey have fallen out with the US and trying to make a point, or do you think that the Russian missile might be better than the US one?

AG: It’s both. The whole sort of paradigm between Turkey and its relations with America and Russia is the push-pull factor. Russia is offering Turkey things that are very good – they are offering it a lot of trading partnerships; they are offering it walking into the Chinese One Belt One Road (Initiative) together – which both Russia and Turkey are very much for.

Russia’s relationship with Pakistan has improved monumentally over the last few years. And Turkey, Pakistan, and Russia have various mutual interests in Greater Eurasia going toward One Belt One Road. The missile system itself is arguably the best in the world. We’ve of course got the S-500 on the horizon, as well. But the S-400 is simply a phenomenally constructed system with the kind of durability that Russian weapons are known for, and it is cheaper than the NATO equivalents, even though arguably those equivalents aren’t even as good.

So for Turkey, it made economic sense. But the pushing away of Turkey on behalf of the US and its allies has been a very big factor, as well. Turkey feels as though it’s being isolated from its fellow NATO members. It feels as though its security concerns are being ignored, and ignored in the most arrogant way possible from the US. Some in Turkey are even speculating that maybe be the US will turn against Erdogan – a former darling of the US at one time. If anyone in Turkey hears the US talking about “freedom” and “democracy” and these other buzz words, which have lost all of their meaning – well that S-400 system is a good thing to have. Certainly, Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq didn’t have them.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.


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