1 Killed and 9 Wounded in Attack on Russian Embassy in Syria.

At least one Syrian national is killed and nine security guards injured after the Russian Embassy in the capital, Damascus, comes under attack.
At least one Syrian national is killed and nine security guards injured after the Russian Embassy in the capital, Damascus, comes under attack.

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack in a statement on Thursday, saying mortar fire struck the embassy.

The statement blamed foreign-backed militants in Syria for the attack, adding that no Russian nationals were hurt in the incident and that the building was slightly damaged.

Reports also said that two bomb explosions followed the mortar attack.

Militants have targeted the Russian Embassy several times since the beginning of unrest in Syria. They are angry over Russian government’s continued support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

On September 22, three people working at the embassy received injuries after the projectile landed in the compound of the diplomatic mission.

On June 4, at least one civilian was killed and several others injured near the Russian Embassy in Damascus by shellfire from militants fighting against the Syrian government. 

The embassy was damaged in February when a car bomb exploded nearby on a busy Damascus highway, killing 50 people. 

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. 

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence. 

23 Killed in Attack Against Iranian Embassy in Beirut.

Civil Defence personnel extinguish a fire on cars at the site of the explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut

BEIRUT (Alliance News) – Twenty-four people were killed Tuesday in a twin suicide bombing on the Iranian embassy in Beirut that an al-Qaeda-linked group said was carried out in retaliation for the Lebanese Hezbollah militia’s involvement in Syria’s civil war.

The attack by bombers on a motorcycle and in a car occurred in a largely Shiite area in southern Beirut that is home to Hezbollah members and Iranian diplomats. More than 146 people were injured.

The toll was expected to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition, Lebanese Health Minister Ali Hassan al-Khalil said.

“The assault on the Iranian embassy in Beirut was a double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes of the Sunni people in Lebanon,” said a Twitter post by Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, a spiritual leader of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Zuraiqat, who was jailed in Lebanon over his links to al-Qaeda and was released a year ago, said attacks would continue until the withdrawal from Syria of Iran-backed Hezbollah fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against largely Sunni rebels.

He also demanded the release of the group’s prisoners from Lebanese prisons.

The first of Tuesday’s two blasts occurred when an embassy guard shot a motorcyclist wearing an explosives belt who tried to force his way into the embassy compound, a Lebanese security officer said.

The second blast took place 40 meters away from the embassy entrance, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Video footage posted on Lebanese news websites showed charred cars and bloodied bodies on the main street outside the embassy. Several buildings were damaged, and the street was covered with glass and debris.

Among the dead was cultural envoy Ibrahim Ansari, Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.

Sources close to the Iranian embassy also said Iranian security guards were among the dead and wounded.

The bombing was the third this year in areas of Beirut controlled by Hezbollah, whose decision to send militiamen to Syria to fight against Sunni rebels armed by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states has prompted sectarian bloodshed in Lebanon.

A bombing in southern Beirut in August killed 22 people while a July blast there injured 53.

Supporters and opponents of al-Assad have fought deadly street clashes, mainly in the northern city of Tripoli, where a twin bombing in a largely Sunni area in August killed about 43 people.

Hezbollah admitted this year that it had sent fighters to Syria, and the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, vowed this month to keep them there as long as needed.

Tuesday’s attack was the latest sign that Syria’s civil war, which started in early 2011 with peaceful street protests, could spark a wider conflict in the Middle East, where Iran and Saudi Arabia compete for influence.

Lebanon has been without a government since caretaker premier Najib Mikati resigned in March because of deepening divisions on several domestic issues and the crisis in Syria.

Tuesday’s bombing was “strongly” condemned by the UN Security Council, which called it a “heinous crime” against the people and government of Iran.

The Iranian embassy said it would receive condolences for the Lebanese and Iranian victims of the bombing on Wednesday and Thursday.



Security Beefed Up at Polish Embassy After Clashes in Warsaw

Armed police were stationed at the Polish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday, after Polish nationalists attacked the Russian Embassy in Warsaw and clashed with police during an annual Independence Day march.

Polish police detained 32 protesters, including three who are suspected of trying to climb the Russian Embassy’s fence and of throwing firecrackers at the building, police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said.

In an apparent measure against retaliatory attacks by Russian nationalists, Russia beefed up security by sending additional police to guard the Polish Embassy in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

The rally in Warsaw, commemorating the day Poland gained independence at the end of World War I in 1918, turned violent after a few dozen youths, most of them wearing face masks, broke off from the main procession to attack a squat occupied by left-wing radicals and set cars on fire.

Riot police moved in but rioters lobbed stones and firecrackers at them. Police responded with rubber bullets, truncheons and pepper spray, Sokolowski said, Reuters reported.

When the march reached the Russian Embassy a section of the crowd threw firecrackers, set upon a guard booth, and tried to get over the fence.

Russia and Poland have a history of troubled relations marked by conflicts over territory and the Russian Embassy has been held up by some Poles as a symbol of repression during Soviet times.

Riot police blocked off the building, and the crowd later moved on.

Five police officers had to be taken to hospital as a result of the clashes.

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Erbil Officials Condemn Protester Attack on Iranian Consulate

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Interior Ministry in Erbil has condemned an attack on the Iranian consulate by protesters on Friday, threatening to bring charges against the attackers. “We condemn this riot and state that those involved in the attack will face charges,” said the ministry in a statement.

On Friday a number of Iranian Kurds living in the Kurdistan Region and members of Iranian Kurdish parties gathered in Erbil’s Shanidar Park to protest against the execution of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran.  “We are gathered here against the execution of Kurdish youth in Iran,” one of the protesters told Rudaw. “And we urge all political parties in the Kurdistan Region not to remain silent about the hangings of our young men.”  Later on some of the protesters who chanted anti-Iran slogans marched toward the Iranian consulate and attacked the compound by throwing rocks and trying to enter the building. 

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of the Interior, Karim Sinjari, said that the protesters had misused their permission for a peaceful gathering in the park. “Such actions are not compatible with the KRG policy,” said Sinjari in a meeting with Iran’s consul general in Erbil, Seyid Azim Hosseini. Riot police and security forces intervened to stop the protesters from entering the Iranian consulate, and according to an official source, several people have been arrested, including two members of the Kurdish Komala Party, as organizers of the rally. 

The execution of three Kurdish prisoners by the Iranian judicial authorities in the last two weeks has triggered angry demonstrations in Kurdish cities across the region. “The Islamic Republic cannot defeat the Kurdish people with such actions,” said an elderly woman outside Shanidar Park. Iran hanged Habibollah Golparipour, Reza Ismaili and Sherko Ma’arifi for alleged membership in the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) despite calls from Kurdish political parties and human rights organizations, including Amnesty International not to uphold the sentences.

In another protest earlier this month, the Land Protection Youth Organization held a gathering outside the Iranian Consulate in Erbil, to condemn the hanging of Golparipour. “The Kurdish people should be united against this aggression and the execution of the Kurds will only make us persist more for our rights,” the youth group said in a statement. Human rights activists in Iran say that currently 50 Kurdish political prisoners are at risk of execution in Iranian jails.

On Friday a number of Iranian Kurds living in the Kurdistan Region and members of Iranian Kurdish parties gathered in Erbil’s Shanidar Park to protest against the execution of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran.
On Friday a number of Iranian Kurds living in the Kurdistan Region and members of Iranian Kurdish parties gathered in Erbil’s Shanidar Park to protest against the execution of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran.

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Diplomat Armored Rentals awarded RAF Contract in Kenya.
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Robber sneaks into John Kerry’s garage and breaks into his bodyguard’s car.

A robber was spotted breaking into a car  belonging to one of John Kerry’s bodyguards, which was parked at the Secretary  of State’s Georgetown home last night.

In a major security breach for Mr Kerry, a  white male was said to have broken into a detached garage on the property at  about 10pm before gaining access to the car.

Mr Kerry was on official business in Rome at  the time, but the break in is sure to be an embarrassment for the team of  bodyguards tasked with keeping outsiders at a safe distance.

A source told Fox 5 that the white male was spotted  breaking into a detached garage behind the $4.7 million home in the exclusive  Georgetown neighborhood where John F Kennedy used to have a home. 

The trespasser reportedly then broke into a  Ford Expedition belonging to a security guard, which was parked at the 23-room  townhouse.

According to his official schedule Mr Kerry  was at a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome, Italy,  at the time of the break in.

Washington DC police are investigating the  incident, but reports so far suggest nothing was taken.

The three-storey townhouse has been owned by  Mr Kerry’s wife since 1971, when she moved to Washington with her first husband,  Heinz heir John, who died in a plane crash in 1991.

It is not the first time people have been  able to get close to Mr Kerry’s many luxury homes. At the start of September his  $6.9 million Beacon Hill home in Boston was surrounded by anti-war protesters,  who banged on his front door and windows.

In July, police also arrested a 29-year-old  man who was spotted taking photos of the Secretary of State’s Boston home. 

Mr Kerry’s office has not yet commented on  the break in.



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