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video for your media project c.e.o. don carty dot com. is your old teamed up with jackie wanted to launch to one of its recent attacks on syria that's according to sources turkish officials have strongly denied the claims . in a while syria's military reportedly finds a rebel lab or a tree used to produce and store chemical substances the claims come from syrian state television. and spreads across the u.s. with police firing rubber bullets at the trials protesting the controversial acquittal of george zimmerman who shall doubt an unarmed black teenager.
from russia and around the world this is she with me. and a very warm welcome to the program for the first time since the outbreak of the syrian conflict israel used military bases for one of its recent strikes against syria that's according to our sources the latest now on this from middle east correspondent paula. r.t. sources tell us that israel used turkish military bases to launch attacks inside syria the latest attack was carried out in early july when there was a pre-dawn strike on the syrian city of latakia that allegedly targeted russian made anti ship missiles u.s. officials speaking on condition of anonymity say that this attack on this weapons this hope was in or likelihood and israeli airstrike it happened not far from a russian base and there is suspicion from many quarters that is really find hundreds were responsible
a number of syrian troops were killed and wounded in those explosions no one has officially come sailing in came this possibility for the attack on requested a reaction from the israeli government about the government declined to comment what is important is that the attack from the reports we have from our sources here in r.t. originated on the turkish side of the border al sources telling us it is a shame if they live from base inside to a key and approach the taqiyya from the scene to make sure that they stayed out of the syrian airspace so that they could not become a legitimate target for the syrian air force this if true is yet another graze an israeli attack on a foreign country without any declaration of war as well in turkey have not been the best of friends in recent years we have the flip to incident back in two thousand and ten in which nine people were killed that was condemned internationally and although there were conflicting reports as to exactly what
happened israel never stepped forward with an apology and to watch and when his role did apologize turkey accepted the apology there was a lot of fanfare and international coverage made over that but it was really surprising because the two countries were really at odds at the time to keep accorded some vast suspended ties with israel and what we've seen now is a sudden change of. heart in turkey towards israel this is a very unusual regional development because you have both regional powers who looked at odds with each other and then we have this recent information about cooperation of an attack inside syria now it might be a real surprise for many of our viewers how deeply embedded israel and turkey at one stage were the two countries had very close relations in the one nine hundred ninety s. particularly military cooperation all of that deteriorated after the fertility incident they can now be legitimate questions asked about these sincere motivation
for the apology that israel gave over that flotilla incident questions need to be asked how and why an islamic country like turkey is allowing its arch enemy israel to use turkish bases to bomb a nother muslim nation and no doubt there is going to be massive fallout for turkey because of this cooperation with israel. since the twenty ten commando raid on a turkish humanitarian aid flotilla which sparked fury from ankara and at the time turkish pm at a one accused israel of carrying out a massacre saying tell her we wouldn't be able to watch the blood over its hands turkish outrage was a code by a un human rights council report slamming israeli troops for breaching international law and using an unacceptable level of brutality in two thousand to twelve a trial in absentia here began. really commandoes on charges of inciting murder through cruelty and torture however on march the twenty second this year all legal
action came to an unexpected and abrupt halt after benyamin netanyahu and pm at the one spoke on the phone with these really pm expressing his regret for the loss of turkish life and my colleague spoke to journalist writer whose extensively covered the conflict in syria and told him turkey has always remained israel's top ally in the region no matter what's happened between them. this pipe of the critics of prime minister in the past years especially in turkey is still a very important ally and maybe maybe the most important and i hope in the region what's more important for turkey then getting rid of assad or keeping on good terms with the rest of the regional players turkey is we have to remember a very very important nato member and turkey knows that it is acting also for the nato turkey it's now or right now providing the military bases for the nato
patriot rocket system which are directed against syria so turkey knows how to connect its own let me tell it new autumn and dream of being the leading power in the region and with its role playing in the nato and the nato is toward syria very aggressive and this it can vary a little syria especially the united states but what do you think of such cooperation between some of the syrian government's toughest rivals in the region mean now for the assad regime well i don't think that this is a huge change for the general situation because. what's supporting in the past the so-called rebels in this what the media claim it is a civil war but isn't the reality since a long time approx ebor we have right now militants from more than twenty five nations fighting in syria against the syrian government and of course east road was
supporting the rebels they were they were they found arms and weaponry from. the revenue side and turkey also is supporting in a strong way the rebels on syrian soil in the meantime has family denied israel used one of the as a basis to launch a raid against syria and as i was his point to point. in interview to the turkish media the turkish foreign minister has denied any involvement in the alleged israeli attack against the weapons depo in syria however you have sent requests to the administration over the turkish prime minister the administration of the turkish president to the turkish foreign ministry and they haven't come out with a single word in response to the matter we haven't had any comment not even a no comment from any of these turkish government bodies turkey's prime minister has been quite
a vocal supporter of the syrian rebels and he's called for president bashar assad to step down on a number of occasions repeatedly in fact but behind the scenes it's been reported that turkey is one of the main corn jewett for rebel weaponry flowing into syria turkey is an open door policy toward syria which means that from two thousand and eleven there's been some four hundred thousand refugees flooding over the turkish syrian border into southern turkey and it's not just refugees actually we've got opposition figures rebels. getting medical treatment in southern turkey planning operations from turkey even fund raising in turkey so that part of turkey is somewhat of a safe haven a so-called buffer zone for the syrian opposition now we know that the syrian turkish border as a result of that has had some tensions there's been some exchanges of artillery and
mortar fire in the past that have also been a number of terrorist explosions in the region which has blamed on damascus and damascus in turn has pointed the finger is a missed militants. border that turkey is allowed to come in and out of the country freely but the most tense moment in relations between syria and turkey was when the syrian government shut down a turkish requirements on its plane last year and at the time turkey requested that nato that its nato allies come up with a collective response but that never happened so publicly at least turkish officials have maintained that they do not want to be in any direct military involvement in syria sorry of the strike on the time. proves to be an israeli defense force corp it could become the country's fourth attack against syria in six
months and that's not some of the previous air raids to compound just outside damascus was bombed from the air on january the thirty first a second similar operation reportedly happened may the third that's one rocket strike a warehouse of damascus international airport allegedly containing surface to surface missiles and just two days later massive blast that was described as earthquake like sure the same military base that was targeted in january and on all occasions that time were justified as operations to wipe out missiles allegedly bound for hezbollah none of these tribes have been confirmed publicly by senior government officials that's only been done through enormous sources and more analysis on this let's now talk to historian and middle east expert mark almond mr armin saying you very much indeed for joining us now so israel says of the operations all to prevent weapons from reaching the has bill are. taken care of its national security be
justified here. well israel has an interest in preventing hezbollah getting the weapons but the broader context is not just syria but also we're wrong and i think that's where turkey is caught in the could place because turkey as your viewers have been hearing is a historical military ally of israel with a lot of cooperation between the turkish military in the israelis but it also is a largely islamic country and it's also borders iran and it could be a conduit for a potential strike into iran through its own aspace that would make it much more difficult for the iranians to detect something coming from israel as say the israelis worry that missiles sent from iran to hezbollah vod syria could be used as a revenge attack if they were to launch the much discussed preemptive strikes try not counter iranian nuclear facilities where the by themselves or with the help of the americans and so i think that the broader context as well as what is actually happening inside syria and the tensions between the turkish government and the
syrian government the turks are probably one of the key sponsors of the anti assad forces yes and if kids involvement is kind of thought and how it's such an alliance effect because of the conflict. well i think the problem both for turkey and for all the support of the anti assad forces is the relative weakness of the. people on the ground that they're backing partly because they're very divided after all this incident at the top here came not long before the murder of one of the leading free syrian army officers by so-called al-qaeda groups in the same area so we see that within the syrian so-called civil war there's a civil war between the various rebel groups a struggle for supremacy and for control of the weapons supplies which are coming through turkey and this of course is very worrying for many people in turkey the bomb attacks on the southern city overhang there was a big alarming signal because people fear that civil war could spread from syria
into turkey not least the religious tarion world because the attack was on largely allows the white people the sort of religious background which of course president assad in syria himself has so the turkish government many people fear is playing with fire by not simply permitting refugees to come into turkey but by committing foreign fighters and weapons to enter syria some of those people are not necessarily going to be very doso all towards turkey don't least towards the minorities in turkey who they regard as allied with the shiite alawite groups that they hate in lebanon in syria and in iran and doesn't fully mean that ancora is asking for trouble in the region if it has revived its ties or tell of it. it is very awkward because whatever the truth of this is and i think the rule of thumb in all international relations is not to be certain of anything until it's been officially denied the problem is that israel may find it quite useful for turkey to be thought to be an active ally in its operations against syria and
potentially against iran so that even if the israelis have plans perhaps to strike iran from a completely different direction the risk is that the turks a territory will be held responsible and turkey could be drawn into a conflict and this is i think a deeply destabilizing inside turkey because if the legacy of ataturk was that turkey should not become involved in foreign wars that have been a disaster for the ordinary the modern turkish state was born one thousand years ago out of a scraping from playing a big power wanted to be country that had peace around it as well as peace of hope and now the religious sectarian element to be drawn into a conflict between sunni muslims and few muslims but also perhaps being drawn into an israeli iranian proxy war is i think a very destabilizing thing actually for turkey and it's called partly just a fact of geography but it is also partly a matter of decision by the government to take sides albeit at arm's length and that decision could yet back very badly writes in mark armand historian and middle
east expert thank you very much indeed for speaking to us. while syrian state t.v. has announced the army has discovered a rebel operated chemical lab or a tree punch with toxic substances the military claims they were destined to be parked into mortars and he's start time government forces in damascus it comes a week after the army found more than two hundred eighty barrels of hazardous chemicals at a rebel hideout in a different city the syrian u.n. ambassador claimed it was potentially enough to destroy the whole city if not the whole country allegations of chemical weapons being used by both science has been a crucial issue in the international dispute on how to. handled the conflict in syria bars the rebels and the assad regime have repeatedly made claims and counterclaims over the use of nerve gas defense consultant maureen right move said it's now vitally important to find out what the rebels are getting the chemicals
from. the. point of the leaflet that's good really very good. they should. then we should know what your route that we have to come. or. all you are you look at news. like. oh well you know like iraq at all. it going after one man and destroying the nation like the old movie theater react. not react really to write it but it wouldn't be iraq so i'm sure we want. that x. has a serious say a car bomb packed with explosives has gone off outside police headquarters in the capital damascus killing at least eighteen people most of them police men state
media claims as so sign bomber detonated their device and their residential area of the city and it's not clear who is behind that time we'll bring you more on the story as we get it. well still ahead for you in the program as edward snowden remains holed up in moskos sheremeta airport will take a closer look at this clip of his revelations and just a couple of minutes to stay with us. i would rather as questions for people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find my show larry king now right here on r.t.
cities have been grabbed by protests against the controversial acquittal of george zimmerman who was cleared of murder charges after shooting an unarmed black teenager demonstrations turned violent in los angeles where police fired rubber bullets at a crowd in new york several protesters were arrested as thousands blocked streets in the city center and his arteries were in a fortnight with the latest. los angeles the rally has gotten some would say quite violent violent because some of the protesters participating in the in the justice for trayvon rally were shot at by rubber bill bullets those bullets were fired by police officers in los angeles me arrogant receiving reports that some protesters have been transferred to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries we don't know how it will stream the injuries our streets are clearly still full with lots of protesters that are have been walking hour by hour all through the streets of manhattan it started out in union square and the procession
of people just screw larger and louder i caught up with the crowd it out was probably in its thousands on twenty third street and at that point the crowd was so large that cars could not pass through the streets hording to what we know there have been at least five arrests that number is and you know we're being more cautious but that number according to reports that number is quite quite higher now what has brought all these people on to the streets of new york city in los angeles and boston elsewhere is clearly the frustration aggravation that millions of americans have with the verdict that came down for george zimmerman george zimmerman as you mentioned was found not guilty and acquitted on the charges a second degree murder in a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen year old trayvon martin it was in self-defense now that was his claim and that's what the jury of how millions of americans believe that this is not just
a matter of stand your ground or or self-defense this is a matter of a man that was a community watch person that was armed with a gun we spoke with some of those participating in the in the rallies here's what they had to say this verdict makes it very clear and gives a green light to anyone that wants to shoot and kill a youth of color you know and you can get off the rock and go on and live your life and it's ok. i do have a daughter and it's terrifying that i now have to go and have this conversation with her about being profiled and keeping her saying and helping her understand what she has to do to keep herself safe against other people and the police department. now overnight protests from saturday to sunday did get quite heated particularly in oakland california where we saw video of the windows of police cars in the windows of buildings being smashed by of those that were participating in rallies meantime the u.s.
justice department has announced that it will be investigating and looking into whether or not a civil rights prosecution should be raised against george zimmerman. and of course we're bringing you the maid who stopped days on the zimmerman verdict protests in america and you can always head to our website dot com to get more on the story including dramatic images from the scenes of the demonstrations. i wrote snowden's fate could finally see some clarity as the whistleblower has reportedly reapplied for refuge for most meanwhile glenn greenwald they've got a journalist who is set to hold all of snowden's future revelations claims the next leak could be the america's government's worst nightmare his post called takes a closer look at just what's been revealed today. well not only are civilians from all over the world being monitored but so are governments that are closely allied to the united states according to newspaper reports thirty eight separate missions
and embassies have been surveilled the countries believed to have been spied on are in greenland starts in the asia pacific region south korean authorities to reinforce anti bugging measures after their missions were allegedly spied upon japan also fell foul to u.s. surveillance now moving it to the middle east iran's nuclear facilities of course a long time cause of contention were apparently targeted by a computer virus created by the u.s. and israel in two thousand and nine it's claimed the n.s.a. got their hands on top secret communications between russian president dmitri medvedev and his delegation during the g. twenty in london if we move to europe french president francois hollande said negotiations over a huge pending trade deal between the u.s. and the shouldn't go ahead until washington halted any surveillance activity on a new allies moving to latin america where oil and military purchases were monitored in venezuela there were also telephone and e-mail intercepts in colombia
a close military ally of washington while brazil has expressed its deep concern about revelations that its citizens were spied on in an industrial scale now these are just some examples of the thirty eight countries missions and embassies the u.s. thought to have spied on a many of these nations remember a friendly to washington one such country is germany which was particularly stung by snowden's revelations europe's strongest economy is it seems being closely watched by the united states with around five hundred million data intercepts each month these include mehta data on emails telephone calls s.m.s. text instant messages meanwhile in china of course the country that allowed snowden to slip through the net when he fled hong kong leaks revealed that of every chinese computer that is hacked thirty three percent of these attacks originate from in america. can i pay addressed and it's not just civilians being monitored hospitals and universities are also being targeted when you look at the scale and the scope
of america's global surveillance program and the fact that allied governments have also been bugged in recent years it makes it increasingly difficult for washington to get continue using national security as a justification for simply appears to be mass espionage in a while in germany the words of a united america head on the walls of the u.s. embassy on sunday comparing washington spying tactics to ease germany's infamous secret police the stand was carried out by the hacktivist group anonymous just a week after a similar action by the notorious into an activist conduct called. and of course we'll have more news for you online including russia stagers its largest military drills in soviet times about one hundred sixty thousand servicemen one thousand times and one hundred thirty planes are taking part in the war games who have the full story on our website. taking to the skies at canadian
engineer has created the world's first human powered helicopter had to alter dot com to watch the video of the revolutionary machine fueled only by the pilots pedaling. hundred now so well news in brief for you this hour violence is on is on the rise in the rest of the area with militants firing a missile at a boss killing three people and wounding seventeen more security officials say the vehicle was carrying workers going to a local cement plant tree and another incident of militants blew up a police station that was under construction leaving one person seriously injured the mayhem in egypt has led to concerns over security in sinai which borders israel as the region is flooded with weapons smuggled from libya. the israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu is again raising his ante raney and rhetoric and the interview with america's cbs he called iran's incoming president
hassan rouhani a walls and ships clothing netanyahu also warns rushing out of sanctions on tehran and is prepared for military measures if they don't walk. away with longs across iran killed more than forty people on sunday alone in one incident three bombs exploded near the party headquarters in the city of basra claiming at least eight lives the death toll has now surpassed of three hundred in the month over july as iraq is swept by sick terror and violence that's going to need to escalate despite the ramadan fast. and up next to me have a very special part of russia's ministry that's just ahead. or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers
to make themselves feel better or who cares if stores aren't the end this piece of paper a one hundred thousand tons of potatoes that is good enough for me well now we're in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans a sense of the government is out there to buy likes oh what a fantastic use of tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it worked and really helped spread the message of the u.s. state department effectively well inspector general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but if you hard core fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for a rainy and which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one
percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by providing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting our tax dollars but that's just my opinion. music is our job the army our destiny. yes of ago i always say that we are on the front line. touch.
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