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this is r.t. from moscow breaking news russia's military suspends cooperation with the united states in syria and says that american backed aircraft will now be tracked as targets it's after a syrian fighter jet was downed by an american plane. hits a crowd of worshipers outside a north london mosque injuring several people in what's being treated as an act of terrorism one person died at the scene. this was an attack on muslims near their place of worship. and iran launches missiles targeting militants in eastern syria in retaliation for recent terror attacks into iran which is being claimed by
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islamic state. a low for me in the team here at the r.t. news center in moscow is monday the nineteenth of june five pm here in the russian capital thanks for choosing us for your news update this hour first the breaking story we've been bringing you in the past couple of hours 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 near the i still held city of rocket our correspondent emily suit has the details. now 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 signed since moscow was invited by the assad regime to join the fight in
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syria now this agreement we're talking about here was signed back in october twenty fifth dean and what it does is established as a communication channel between u.s. and russia forces operating in the airspace over syria to prevent any sort of incidents as you can imagine this air space is very dense for so many different countries so many different groups involved in any sort of mistake and misinformation really can lead to unthinkable consequences and in this case of this syrian jet being shot down according to the russian military the u.s. has not informed russia off the decision to shoot down this syrian jet through the existing communication channel at the same time russian jets was also operating in the area and as a result of this incident russia has decided to halt all cooperation with the u.s. military in syria and this sort of military information blackout could potentially be a disaster waiting to happen here's why. any aircraft belonging to the u.s. led coalition detected in the skies west of the euphrates river where the russian
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air force is operating will be tracked a star gets by russian air defense systems now on the pentagon's board they insist this shooting down the syrian jet was an act of self-defense they say the syrian jets were dropping bombs on s.d. at the syrian democratic forces positions near rocca a serious says no they say that the syrian jets were targeting eisel targets in iraq a rocket is of course the capital of islamic state self-proclaimed caliph it and russia has described this as an act of aggression they describe this as a violation of not only up syria sovereignty but also of international law russian foreign minister sergei lavrov he's also commented on this before the statement was released by the russian military. we call him the united states and others who have their forces word by as. is 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 we call in everyone to avoid unilateral moves respect syrian
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sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the syrian government. the downing of the syrian jets is the latest in a series of u.s. strikes against forces fighting for the asaad government the us 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 pro assad forces have breached a de confliction zone. right with me now mark almond who's director of the crisis research institute welcome back to r.t. professor orman good to see you hello how might this latest suspension of cooperation has happened before how might this latest suspension affect the situation in syria and the anti terrifying. well it depends how calculated both sides are particularly in this case the americans did the americans react to the syrian threat as they saw it or were they trying to assert sovereignty over
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syria if you think about it really ever since the early one thousand nine hundred ninety s. have been used to its craft being able to patrol what they regard as enemy skies with impunity and they feel threatened but also that their allies on the ground are threatened so there is a risk that in fact they may try to assert themselves against any syrian or russian limitations on their activities over syria and that of course then could spiral out of control and we could be in a some in one thousand nine hundred situation. were the great powers don't really take seriously books threat of conflict until the really crossed the rubicon going over the u. red lines and i think is a very dangerous situation although some people in washington are saying are the russians will never stand up to us well maybe not but what if. so so is this do you really think this could be the the catastrophic straw on the camel's back there how significant is the shooting down of this jet this is a war zone and a war that has been going on for years there's been incidents all along the way how significant is this one that. well the difference here is that after all it's
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change of situation our state so far in syria has probably been intervening against the so-called islamic state and on the side of the kurds but it hasn't directly confronted the syrian armed forces until the last few weeks we've had transforming of the base in response to the so-called chemical attack we had more recently the bombing of some government militia on the ground and so the risk of looking. conflict between syria and i say it's taking off his firing rapidly forward but that could draw in russia which controls the earth space and the air defenses and also iran which after all only yesterday fired missiles at the jihadi bases in syria which they say were the source of the attack on terror around last week so we have a multiple there'd set of people in conflict and the danger is that each is pursuing their own agenda and each is trying as it were to assert itself the americans in this case want to defeat isis but they don't want the syrian government or the
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russians will be raining to get any credit for that so they're playing a kind of complicated game whereby they attack isis with their forces on the ground and in the air but whenever the syrian army approaches places where isis is operating suddenly the united states as that's a threat to its it will define coalition forces on the ground because the other complication is that all working to the same map either are they the americans have come up with these so-called de confliction zones that no one else is physically party to or even agreed to how much more money does that make the waters in this. well that is again the problem on the one hand the russian government in cooperation with the syrian government in damascus with turkey and iran and of course it had had previous problems in the air with turkey had agreed a set of confliction zones and those didn't seem to suit the u.s. and the u.s. made it clear or de confliction zone but if it over runs into areas where the syrian air force feels able to operate or and possibly the russian air force then
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the risk of another incident and then the risk of retaliation either to or for instance a bomb by a ground bombardment against pro-american forces and against american special forces who are in syria remember there are several hundred at least american troops and some british and french too in northern and in eastern syria. what do you make of the conflicting reports from both sides here the u.s. insists that these syrian planes bombing it's allied forces russia says it was targeting isolates. quite pivotal to get to the bottom of exactly what it was doing isn't it. here yet as we really exact nature of what was going on overseas could be confused by the fog of war it is possible that the pro-u.s. militia on the ground had occupied positions that previously isis's had done that the syrian plane was bombing places that were no longer controlled by isis we've seen this happen before in the north of syria with the turks and the syrians in risk in conflict with each other the other problem is that as i say the united states has been very unhappy about syrian army and syrian government militias
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approaching the border with iraq because ironically on the ground in iraq there are many shiite militias who are on the side of the united states against isis but they're also on the side of us to beas of the his enemies in syria who calls the united states tends to support so the united states does not want the common border to be created between the syrian government controlled territory and iraqi government controlled territory because that iraqi government controlled thirty suddenly shifts in washington's mind from being friendly territory to being friendly to a sad and therefore hostile to the u.s. and its friends on the ground it's a very very messy situation and therefore highly risky because there are so many different layers playing out of the same time that there's a risk of miscalculation or attempting to be too smart an attempt to see if you can engage improvement ship and face down the other side on the various sides taking part in this and if somebody makes another miscalculation of the risk that somebody feels they have to retaliate and so you get a cycle of growing conflict between these various considerable powers is really
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very very dangerous and we just don't really know who's making policy in washington is it donald trump is it general mattis. it's of situationally and terribly reminiscent of nine hundred fourteen when people didn't know who was really in power in berlin turned out it was the generals and that possibly wasn't a very good idea maybe that's the case in washington ok appreciate your insights on this as ever mark harmon director of the crisis research institute thank you for that. thank you. we've just heard a lot of this is the u.s. the conflicts in line with russia's proven effective at mitigating strategic miscalculations and deescalating it tensions that line from the u.s. led coalition. the u.k. now a van is 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 which is being treated by the authorities as a terror attack took place in the north of the city police first responded to
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reports of the vehicle hitting people outside the muslim welfare house on seven sisters road within a minute of it happening crowds were leaving ramadan prayers at the finsbury park mosque prime minister to resign may has already condemned the incident. country woke to news of another terrorist attack. on the streets of the capital city. this was an attack almost claims made place of worship police declared it a terrorist incident within a minute it seeks to drive us apart. to treat and evil. will never succeed. this video appeared online apparently showing the moment police arrested the suspects forty eight year old white male was handed over to officers off to being pinned down by worshippers he's been charged with attempted murder police say that there are no other suspects he saw rally who's in finsbury has more
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on the incident. many people were in the mosque they were outside the mosque actually taking a break some of them going to eat between prayers because i was off to the prayer was due to finish then the false opens again and people will begin the false again so there were many people outside before being hearing from members of the museum community many of them angry and saying that this type of and see the muslims attack 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 the car to the westminster bridge charice truck we didn't see the big spics big spike it's a crime to see when there's terrorist incidents but you see this we have seen a big spike in london bridge. everyone in london or across the country in fact these police report to the picture taken prado things too trivial so i think the
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police won't take you seriously the police force are responsible for the service have a zero tolerance towards high points and should be we've been seeing this isn't the first type of attack to take place in london is the very very miserable some of course you just have thought. fire in previous to that a number of terrorist attacks so another tragic night for london. rammed into worshippers close to the finsbury park mosque the mosque itself has long been controversial in the united kingdom and it came to be seen in the late ninety's as a center for extremism in the country in the ninety's it was accused of radicalism and its preachers leads to al qaeda one a mom who was preaching there in ninety seven was the notorious abu hamza the mosque became a meeting point for various extremist figures before hamza was convicted and given a life sentence there were reports of nine eleven attack or in the so-called shoe bomber a man who had explosives in his shoes on an american airlines flight in two thousand and one were visiting that place of worship is what we previously heard from locals
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about the finsbury mosque. i mean i live on this street. only further down the street and i know. what was going on before and they all had to go to the other mosque because it was too just colonized by people who were local. the mosque was closed in two thousand and three following an investigation and two years later though it was reopened under a new chairman and since then the new management has tried to distance itself from its radical past two years ago the remark was targeted in an attempted arson attack the security video shows a man throwing a petrol bomb into the mosque compound however it didn't explode was heavy rain at the time scotland yard treated that attack as a hate crime journalist neil clark believes the u.k. government's been playing both sides and its fight against extremism. i think it was wrong that the british authorities allowed the extremism there that was being preached to go on for too long but that but the put the story really is that the
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british government and the british establishment as has really been playing a very two faced game on the one hand they'd be burberry coming out and condemning hate preachers and and extremism but the other hand they've also be cultivating. this radical islamists in order to help then topple governments around the middle east i didn't like that such as the government of assad in syria colonel gadhafi government in libya we could 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 don't 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 fired missiles into eastern
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syria targeting what it says were islamic state bases we'll have the latest on that for you after the break. it's.
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called the feeling. every the world should be period. you get it out of the old old. the old according to josh. come along for the ride. welcome back iran has launched missiles into eastern syria targeting what it says were islamic state bases in retaliation for this month's deadly attacks by iceland tehran here on our enemy should know that iran is not london and paris this was a job which had to be done if they do more wrong things they will see more deadly attacks it's the first time around used medium range missiles and any thirty years they capable of flying up to seven hundred kilometers i remained on clear whether
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they had successfully their targets and here and as more details. when you hear that 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 daddy of the entire region and that's because we've been led to what we've been told that iran is a country that supports terrorism iran has conducted another ballistic missile to president it's 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 like many countries around the world has experienced bloodshed at the hands of islamic state with those twin attacks that we saw in turan just earlier this month a gunman storms the parliament while it was in session 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
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iranian people were types there eighteen people were killed and dozens more were injured and islamic state claimed responsibility for that attack now after this that these attacks iran vowed revenge and it clearly meant every word that it said these ground to ground missiles 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 this is an unprecedented move because it marks the first time that iran has long strike on syrian soil since the country descended into chaos in two thousand and eleven and it also shows perhaps that when it means business it means business perhaps the perception shift it has or is when it comes to iran while the west has warns that iran is a country that is 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 common and
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. i mean it's also making a lot of progress in destroying this common enemy. it's been exactly five years since julian assange stepped into the ecuadorian embassy in london and he hasn't left since the wiki leaks editor political asylum there are even investigated allegations of sexual offenses against him however last year the united nations ruled that he's being arbitrarily detained and just last month the sondra see the small boost and a legal break through swedish prosecutors suspended their investigation into those allegations of sexual assault but the wiki leaks editor admits that 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 of sunday's big revelations of included the afghan war logs in twenty ted cable gate and twenty eleven and more recently the
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protest the e-mails seven which details the cia's alleged digital spy tools and tactics however one concern for the wiki leaks and its legal team is whether the u.k. will extradite him to the u.s. for leaking these documents and still hanging over julian a soldier's a british arrest warrant for breaching bail back in twenty twelve april this year the u.s. attorney general called the arrest of a song a priority. as a matter of this. anything i am aware on assad is a narcissist who has created nothing of value here lies on the dirty work of others to make himself famous he's a fraud a coward hiding behind a screen. ok with us now is mad and then us is a professor of legal studies at the university of oslo professor welcome to the program good to see you it's been five years then for us on what does the future hold for him and you think. well the british authorities have no basis to keep him in this situation and they should make clear that they're not going to
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exercise or enforce this arrest warrant there's no no basis the circumstances are completely completely changed it is this completely disproportionate and inappropriate under the circumstances not to make it clear that it was not and for us that arrest warrant it has been in house arrest in this. the tension in the code or an embassy now for a very long period he's arrests many years ago there were circumstances which clearly violated basic you process guarantees. the courts which have dealt with this on the way that includes the u.k. supreme court and the swedish supreme court has had grave misgivings in both courts when they had their final decisions. several years ago in the u.k.
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supreme court there was a dissent two judges who held that he could not be sent to sweden on the basis of this arrest warrant and now last year the swedish supreme court said that there was serious issues relating to the swedish request. original arrest warrant and also there was a dissenter was a judge which held that it was disproportionate to maintain that arrest. and so it is not so that this is been through review in the in the in the u.k. system and in the swedish system and all this all right now i know there are serious misgivings misgivings which have been clearly stated by these courts and now when there is war and finally has been withdrawn it is for the u.k. authorities to make clear that they will not try to enforce this arrest warrant against him and of course a solemn chance this problem that he has every reason to fear that there will be
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soem immediate action they will try to whisk him out of the country that will cease fire with sweden and frankly i think he has every reason to be concerned about what will happen with him if the u.k. or thora take is. arrested and. if sweden is now out of the picture on this i mean how much really do you think an extradition to the u.s. could happen there is that treaty and yes the traffic is always flowed from britain to the states rather than the other way around and u.s. courts don't have to do very much in order to issue that warrant but we're in a very different political climate now there won't we have a sense donald trump took over would there even be the willingness for britain to play ball that. oh let's hope not but remember this is not only a question of unbalanced ministration today. has been targeted by security intelligence services for
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a long time it is not so that they deal with this in an amateur ish way the way that those who also comment and criticize from the point of view of due process of of law and all that you know these are people who work in a consistent and targeted way and there are also coordinate the u.s. bodies coordinate with the u.k. and for that matter the swedish and it's not a conspiracy theory it's the way these things work they have aimed at getting him ported to the u.s. and they are not giving up and the way the police english police now act it does not give any further confidence i agree with you there are many changed circumstances also in terms of less confidence. to this current us administration but it's not them who is it is. this world of of intelligence and security where there are many people who. you know
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important people who sit in central positions who want. behind bars in the u.s. and. it's completely disproportionate and europe should not know european authority in their european countries should assist in that and what has happened up till now has been disgraceful but it's just getting worse. i appreciate your time your insight on this professor of press or of legal studies at the university thanks for your time. ok some news that we're just getting into the new center here we're getting reports of a large police operation underway in central paris it follows media reports also long ago of a vehicle crashing into a police van on the show morley's a suspect has reportedly been taken into custody there's no information on whether there have been any injuries or not these are the latest pictures that we've got
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these are live but this is the lillies a not so long ago you'll remember that in a program april twentieth twenty first there was the terror attack in that street where a police officer was shot dead but this is in the same parts of paris i don't know exactly where on the shore milly's a it is but this is pictures not too long ago in paris right now where reports of a murder of a car having been rammed into a police van on that street a suspect has been detained as yet no information on whether there are any injuries when we do get any more information we'll be right back on that story to update you here on r.t. . next though it's going on the ground with afshin rattansi but if you're watching a simpleton or island it's over you know.
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you don't consume ten seconds of. dealing with the saying that i'm down assume that equal distance isn't only that it's a stance and if i can manage and don't. guess i don't need then to tell him to. move it that doesn't mean assistance is a downside as it all. this
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talk about blackness and the blues of being black. and all was well in a big house down at least that's what i've been told but he surely did weigh in remains as such because we simply forgot on. the scene leave without them the real rains out playing it you've told us the sickness of trusting our enemy we became defaced. that's what i call a lack of blackness or understand in the blues a being black. sheep the blues of being black should mandate that we attack knowing how when and what to do to come this simple in his national has been begged to simply tat the feelin blue is black and blue.


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