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Iran to use its nuclear knowledge with power: MP



Iran to use its nuclear knowledge with power: MP

Reacting to France’s first test of a nuclear cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the MP said: “This is another measure to show strength to disrupt the security of the region and the world, as well as to support the occupying regime in Tel Aviv.”

“Today, we are dealing with countries that support the Zionist regime, while the Zionist regime has repeatedly considered having a nuclear warhead an opportunity for itself,” he said, “

“Any opportunity for the Zionist regime is a threat to the region and to the whole world,” he noted.

Azadikhah call for the world nations to stand against France’s recent missile test.

“Westerners, including the JCPOA members, do not tolerate access of Iran to peaceful nuclear power in the name of preserving security,” he said, “But the Islamic Republic will powerfully use its nuclear knowledge, however, any use of nuclear weapons are forbidden according to a Fatwa of the Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei.”

On December 9, 2020, the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) along with MBDA and Dassault successfully carried out the first test launch of the updated ASMPA air-launched nuclear cruise missile (missile Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré). The missile is in service with the French Navy’s Rafale M fighters.

The ASMPA is a supersonic cruise missile carrying a nuclear warhead. It is part of France’s airborne nuclear component. The ASMPA was initially used on the Mirage 2000N-K3 fighter-bomber until 2018, before being integrated on the Rafale F3R. The missile entered service with the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) in 2009 and with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) in 2010.


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Hillary Clinton to produce pro-Kurd militia TV drama



Former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is producing a television drama in support of the Kurdish militias in Syria. Clinton is being joined in the project by her daughter Chelsea.

According to Hollywood Reporter magazine, the Clintons will be producing the drama in partnership with HiddenLight Productions. It will be based on the book The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice by the American author and journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

In the book, which is being published next month, Lemmon recounts the stories of women in the Kurdish militias in north-east Syria who fought against the terror group Daesh after its emergence in 2014. “The Daughters of Kobani… is an extraordinary account of brave, defiant women fighting for justice and equality,” Clinton told the magazine.

The Kurdish militias in Syria such as the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) enjoy popularity in the West, particularly for their use of women soldiers and their veneer of democratic principles. That is the image that has gained them much Western sympathy over the years, and American support militarily in the fight against Daesh and as a possible counterweight to Turkish forces in the region.

READ: Assessing the threat that Syria’s Kurds pose to Turkey and the US

European governments also more or less see them as partners for cooperation in Syria, and regard their administration in the country’s north-east as legitimate. A stain on the Kurdish militias’ aims for international legitimacy, however, has been their poor human rights record that remains largely overlooked.

The Kurdish groups’ human rights violations include the forced recruitment of child soldiers, abductions, torture, the crackdown on freedom of speech and the persecution of elements of the Arab population within the areas under their control. This month, the YPG was also reported to have fired on Syrian children as the group was attempting to forcefully recruit them.

There is also concern over the YPG’s connections to the internationally-designated terror group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The YPG is said to be the Syrian branch of the PKK.

That connection has led to action being taken against former foreign fighters with the YPG, even by the US and Europe. US intelligence, for example, arrested former YPG militant Daniel Baker earlier this month for allegedly attempting to commit a terror attack and armed conflict against pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol Building. The British authorities also arrested a fighter from the militia in 2018.

READ: Ex-US general criticises America’s support for YPG Kurds

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Dutch justice minister vows Covid curfew rioters will be prosecuted



The Dutch justice minister has said people arrested during three nights of rioting sparked by the country’s coronavirus curfew will face swift prosecution.

Ferd Grapperhaus said rioters would be quickly brought before courts by public prosecutors and face possible prison terms if convicted.

“They won’t get away with it,” he told reporters in The Hague.

His comments came as the Netherlands is facing its worst civil unrest in years, initially triggered by anger at the country’s tough lockdown, but increasingly fuelled by calls for rioting on social media.

The violence has stretched the police and led at times to the deployment of military police.

Mr Grapperhaus was speaking after a third night of rioting hit towns and cities, with the most serious clashes and looting of stores in the port city of Rotterdam and the southern cathedral city of Den Bosch.

“If you rob people who are struggling, with the help of the government, to keep their head above water, it’s totally scandalous,” he told reporters in The Hague. He stressed that the curfew is a necessary measure in the fight against coronavirus.

A fire started by rioters in Haarlem (Mizzle Media/AP)

A total of 184 people were arrested in Monday night’s unrest and police ticketed more than 1,700 people for breaching the 9pm to 4.30am curfew.

The fine for the breaching the curfew is 95 euros (£84). Officers around the country also detained dozens suspected of inciting rioting through social media.

Police said rioters threw stones, fireworks and petrol bombs at officers.

“This criminal violence must stop,” prime minister Mark Rutte tweeted.

“The riots have nothing to do with protesting or struggling for freedom,” he added. “We must win the battle against the virus together, because that’s the only way of getting back our freedom.”

Residents in Den Bosch took to the streets on Tuesday to help with the clean-up as the city’s mayor said he would investigate authorities’ response to the rioting.

A burned-out coronavirus testing facility in the fishing village of Urk (Peter Dejong/AP)

The unrest began on Saturday night — the first night of the curfew — when youths in the fishing village of Urk torched a coronavirus testing centre. It escalated significantly with violence in the southern city of Eindhoven and the capital, Amsterdam.

Gerrit van der Burg, the country’s most senior public prosecutor, said in a statement on Monday that authorities were “committed to tracking down and prosecuting people who committed crimes. Count on it that they will be dealt with harshly”.

The rate of new infections in Netherlands has been decreasing in recent weeks, but the government is keeping up the tough lockdown, citing the slow pace of the decline and fears of new variants of the virus spreading quickly.

The country has registered more than 13,650 confirmed Covid-19 deaths.

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Europe & Russia

Greece, France ink $3bn fighter jet deal



Greece and France signed a $3 billion warplane deal yesterday as part of plans to upgrade Athens’ armed force in response to Turkish challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, France24 reports.

Greece will buy 18 French Rafale jets, 12 of them used, the report explained.

Government spokesman Christos Tarantilis said delivery of the first six planes would begin in July.

A group of Greek air force pilots and technicians are to travel to France for training over the next few days, he added.

Tensions between Turkey and Greece have risen in recent months over a border dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.

READ: EU imposes sanctions on Turkey officials involved in gas drillings

In August, Turkey resumed energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean after Greece and Egypt signed a controversial maritime delimitation deal, spurning Turkey’s goodwill gesture in halting explorations.

Turkey has consistently opposed Greece’s efforts to declare an exclusive economic zone based on small islands near Turkish shores, violating Ankara’s interests, the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean.

Ankara has also said energy resources near the island of Cyprus must be shared fairly between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus.

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