Wednesday, November 5, 2014
MOSCOW, November 5 (RIA Novosti) - The growing influence of Islamic State militants poses a threat to Russia's security, and there is a possibility that these extremists are supported by Western security services, retired Lt. Gen. Nikolai Pushkarev, formerly of the Russian Armed Forces’ Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) told RIA Novosti.
"There are threats. The extremists use Islam for political destabilization of a number of states. These events will not lead to a good outcome. They have stated that they will attack America," Pushkarev said.
However, there are also "reasons to believe that US and British intelligence agencies may support the Islamic extremists to threaten the territorial integrity of Russia."
"The top of these movements may be under influence by NATO agents. As for Russia's involvement in these events, there should not be a direct intervention. Since there are many Muslims living in Russia, direct intervention may lead to undesirable consequences," Pushkarev stated.
Russia should help with "non-military, diplomatic means, possibly economic," he told RIA Novosti, stressing that "Russia is interested in the Bashar Assad regime's survival, as it has very good relations with Syria".
The Islamic State is a Sunni extremist group that has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq, seizing vast areas in both countries and announcing the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control.
The United States and a number of its allies have been carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq since August. In September, the coalition started conducting attacks against the IS in Syria as well.
Credit to RIA Novosti
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An American tourist was robbed and called a “Jewish bastard” by youths after he asked them for directions in the Cologne train station.
Police are seeking witnesses to the incident, which took place at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
On the same weekend in Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city, some 5,000 people reportedly participated in a major anti-Muslim demonstration, mostly of soccer hooligans, under the motto “Hooligans against Salafists.” Violence erupted during the demonstration, with 49 police officers slightly injured and property damage of about $25,000.
In the incident involving the tourist, the unnamed 37-year-old said he was rushing to catch a train and asked a group of youths for directions to the proper track, according to local reports.
Instead of assisting him, the youths — described as having shaved heads and wearing black, red and white T-shirts — pushed him to the ground and robbed him. Upon spying his Star of David pendant, they then called him a “Jewish bastard” before fleeing with his wallet and travel documents.
The victim reportedly was able to catch his train and reported the incident to police after arriving at his destination.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Cologne lawmaker Volker Beck, Green Party representative to the Bundestag, said “nothing justifies anti-Semitic violence, whether in word or deed.” He and Hans Schwanitz, co-chair of the Green Party council in Cologne, expressed their “full solidarity with the victim.”
At the anti-Muslim demonstration, the protesters included right-wing extremists, with some wearing black T-shirts featuring the slogan “HoGeSa,” which stands for Hooligans against Salafists, in red and white — resembling the description of the attackers in the anti-Semitic incident, Die Welt reported.
Police have confirmed that the organizers of an anti-Salafist demonstration scheduled for Nov. 15 in Berlin have registered at least 10,000 participants, according to Die Welt, but doubted that so many would turn up.
Credit to Times of Israel
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