Ramadan Is Over, Result: 174 Jihad Attacks in Just 30 Days!

Muslims are commanded to obey their religion with especial strictness during the time of Ramadan. Too often, this results in a higher number of terrorist attacks all through Islam’s “holiest” month.

A 10News Update

TheReligionOfPeace.com has documented and counted Islamic jihad attacks ever since September 11, 2001, when devout Muslims flew two full passenger airliners into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York and another passenger jet into the Pentagon, killing 2,977 innocents. Some 44 of that number perished when United Airlines Flight 93 impacted in Pennsylvania—after heroic passengers valiantly sought to reclaim control of the plane from its terrorist Islamic hijackers.

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29 Replies to “Ramadan Is Over, Result: 174 Jihad Attacks in Just 30 Days!”

  1. …when devout Muslims flew two full passenger airliners into the World Trade Center’s twin towers…

    Slight nitpick:

    From: Planes, The — Flying weapons.

    The first of the four planes [P4] to depart was American ­Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767-200ER. It was 159 feet and two inches long, with a sixteen-foot-six-inch-wide body that allowed for two aisles. The plane made daily flights between Boston and Los Angeles, and when it took off at 7:59 a.m. on the morning of the eleventh, it carried only 81 passengers in its 158 seats. Forty-seven minutes later, it crashed into the North Tower at 440 mph, carrying 9,717 gallons of jet fuel, 14,000 gallons under capacity.

    United Flight 175, also a Boeing 767-200ER, was the second. Like American Airlines 11, it was scheduled to fly between ­Logan and LAX. When United 175 took off at 8:14 a.m., it was even lighter than the American flight: Only 56 out of 168 seats were occupied. When it crashed into the South Tower at 9:03 a.m., traveling 540 mph, it had 9,118 gallons of fuel in its tanks.

    The article really should read, “two fully-fueled” passenger airliners—and not, “two full passenger airliners”—as each plane was carrying about 30 TONS of fuel (but not a full complement of passengers).

    This is a crucial detail in that both planes were 767-200ER (i.e., Extended Range), meaning that they possessed extra fuel capacity. Having just taken off from their respective departure points, with less than an hour in air, it was the massive quantity of highly flammable fuel that brought down the twin towers. The impacts alone may not have been sufficient to cause catastrophic collapse in either case.

    The extreme heat of all that burning jet fuel was just enough to soften (no “melting” necessary) the steel girders and that is what brought about complete structural failure. This is why that “Truther” sow, Rosie O’Donnell, of “The View” was so insanely stupid when she squealed, “I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel.

    Even if we do neglect how fire always has been used to “melt steel”, there was no need for any melting to happen in order for the twin towers to collapse. You cannot imagine how many times I’ve had to refute “Truther” loons with this simple fact, especially whenever they try to squawk about “red thermite”.

    See: Debunked: Iron Microspheres in 9/11 WTC Dust as Evidence for Thermite

    Carry on…

    • Planes took off from here. Everybody I know experienced a direct, immediate loss. The passengers. The wipe-out of entire floors of firms with close ties to our community. Our own Akamai!

      Waiting for contact from immediate family in NYC took a long time. Transfixed by those images, we watched. Most gasping in relief in the next day or two, one life at a time.

      My mother’s first cousin waited for the call, ‘Hi, Ma! I’m okay.” Until the day she died. DNA wasn’t convincing to this professor of microbiology. Not her son, our precious Richie.

      So many experienced this thing together, how can I have processed it so differently from my peers?
      They’re who they were, I guess. They snapped back into familiar blue-state mental processing.

      I didn’t. I had to separate myself entirely. Recent Russian émigrés had a feel for reality that eluded my compatriots. Maybe I chose the Red Pill.

      • You chose the Red Pill, you are doomed to walk the path of knowledge and fear. Reality is scary and painful but it is also full of satisfaction when you have won the fight for freedom.

        • I don’t expect to win that fight.
          Unless the Messiah comes [returns] speedily.

          But believers are enjoined to be strong and have courage to do that which is right. Life and good, death and evil. The word – knowledge of good and evil – that’s in our hearts from our first breath. We know it; it’s up to us to choose between the two.

          At times that choice is stark: it’s your life so that your children might live. Submission is death. I’ll die fighting so the word still living in every child’s heart can live on. That’s all I can do.

          • Don’t worry, we will win, in the long run we always win. Of course the short and medium run can get very rough. Remember towards the end of the Revolutionary war things were looking bad and there was a plan to move the government and the military “over the mountains” to the Ohio valley and continue the war. The the “over the mountain boys” came in and defeated Ferguson and the Loyalists at the battle of the Cow Pens and France came into the war on our side.

  2. Romanian criminals flee home for UK, but human rights laws mean they CAN’T be sent back (express, Jun 28, 2017)

    “ROMANIAN criminals in the UK have been told they will not be extradited – because smaller jail cells at home would breach their human rights.

    Two offenders will now remain in the UK after judges said the smaller cells contravene rulings from the European Court of Human Rights.

    Prisoners, according to the ruling, should have ‘personal space’ amounting to around three metres squared.

    In Romania, inmates are made to live in cells around two metres squared.

    The High Court in London stated there must be a guarantee of cell size before extradition.

    British taxpayers will also foot the bill for legal aid and court costs while

    Ionel-Remus Grecu and Cosmin-Ionut Bagarea will now be sent to semi-open prisons.

    In the prisons the men will enjoy unlocked areas for walking and smoking zones.

    Grecu, 42, landed himself in UK courts after fleeing his home nation because he was wanted for violent burglary offences.

    Once on UK soil he launched an appeal against an extradition order.

    Bagarea, 39, is wanted for breaking conditions placed upon him after he was caught growing cannabis.

    In Romania was given a suspended sentence but broke the terms.

    It was argued by the pair’s lawyers their cell size in Romania would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    Lord Justice Irwin said the extradition process had be put on hold to give the Romanian authorities a chance to guarantee three metres squared for the men.

    He also sad the delay was “highly undesirable”.

    George Munteanu, Bagarea’s half-brother, said he was given legal aid to fight extradition…”

    • Six ‘with links to Islamic State’ arrested in raids across Europe (express, Jun 28, 2017)

      “SIX people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to Islamic State, and the indoctrination and radicalisation of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said today.

      The arrests, organised by Spanish police in conjunction with police in Germany and Britain, detained four people in Palma de Mallorca, one in Britain and one in Germany, the ministry said.

      The police forces from the different countries co-operated using European Union agencies set up to help share information related to fighting crime within member states – Europol, Eurojust and Sirene, the ministry said.

      Those arrested devised and circulated videos with violent content and organised secret weekly meetings to recruit young people to travel to conflict zones to fight.

      The police investigation began in 2015 after discovering a web page with a series of videos showing the indoctrination, capture and journey to Syria of a young Muslim resident in Spain.

      The producer of the films, an ultra-conservative Salafi imam, was arrested in Britain as part of the operation. He was already under surveillance by several European countries, the ministry said…”

  3. Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties (abcnews, Jun 28, 2017) (abcnews, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Hamas says bulldozers in Gaza are creating a 100-meter-wide (330-foot) buffer zone along the Egyptian border as part of the Islamic militant group’s efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo.

    The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said Wednesday the creation of a 12-kilometer-long (7.5-mile) corridor was agreed upon in recent face-to-face negotiations with Egyptian officials. It expressed hope that Egypt would reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a regular basis once the buffer zone is complete.

    Egypt has long accused Gaza’s Hamas rulers of aiding an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, allegations denied by Hamas. Egypt and Israel have imposed a blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized power in 2007.”

  4. US travel ban is ‘racist’ and ‘unfair,’ Iran says (abcnews, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Iran says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the U.S,” without elaborating.

    The Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case.

    Critics say the ban is intended to meet Trump’s campaign promise of keeping Muslims out of the country. The administration says the restrictions are needed to keep out terrorists while it tightens vetting procedures.”

    • US travel ban is ‘racist’ and ‘unfair,’ Iran says

      And Iran’s dearth of synagogues isn’t ‘racist’ and ‘unfair’ in exactly what way?

      POT -> KETTLE -> BLACK

  5. Pope repudiates ‘martyr’ moniker for suicide bombers (abcnews, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Pope Francis has repudiated the idea that suicide bombers can be considered “martyrs,” saying true martyrs don’t harm others but rather are meek, honest and persecuted for their faith as true children of God.

    Francis dedicated his weekly Wednesday catechism lesson to the strength of martyrs, returning once again to an issue he has raised frequently amid Islamic extremist attacks against Christian minorities in the Middle East and elsewhere.

    He said: “Christians are repelled by the idea that suicide bombers can be called ‘martyrs.’ There’s nothing in them that can be even close to the attitude of children of God.”

    Francis has lamented that there are more Christian martyrs today than in the times of the early church. He has demanded Muslim leaders reject committing violence in God’s name.”

    • There is are actual.passports that gets Muslim Believers into Paradise.
      “ISIS militants have been issuing ‘passports to heaven’ to encourage members to carry out suicide attacks and keep control of its self-declared capital, Raqqa.

      Copies of the passports were discovered by Syrian Defence Forces in newly liberated neighbourhoods of the northern Syrian city, and photos of the documents were posted to social media.”

      But I’ve never seen actual Guarantee Cards endorsed by Ransom that gets Christians into Heaven

      Out of the Koran into the Friar.

    • Pope Francis has repudiated the idea that suicide bombers can be considered “martyrs,” saying true martyrs don’t harm others but rather are meek, honest and persecuted for their faith as true children of God.

      I’ve been screaming this from the rooftops for over a decade.

      Sorry, Francis-the-Talking-Mule, you’re a day late and a dollar short.

  6. UN expert: Al-Jazeera should not be closed in Qatar standoff (abnews, Jun 28, 2017)

    “An U.N. human rights expert says it would be a “major blow against media pluralism” if Qatar shutters the Al-Jazeera network as demanded by other Arab states.

    David Kaye says any such move by Qatar in exchange for a lifting of sanctions imposed by its neighbors would further dent media freedoms in a region that “already suffering from severe restrictions on reporting and media.”

    The demand is among 13 that Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates presented to Qatar as conditions for restoring air, sea and land traffic to the energy-rich Gulf country.

    Kaye, the special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, appealed to the international community “to urge these governments not to pursue this demand against Qatar.””

  7. Targeted Shiites take their protest to Pakistani capital (abcnews, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan’s Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins.

    The daily demonstrations began last week after twin bombings killed more than 70 people in Parachinar, the center of the Kurram region along the Afghan border. Hundreds were wounded and police killed three protesters earlier in the week, officials said.

    Mohammad Hussein Turi, a social worker from Parachinar, said protesters are demanding greater protection for Pakistan’s minority Shiites, particularly in the tribal region. The area has been targeted several times in the recent past.

    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni extremist group, claimed the twin bombings.”

  8. ISIS used spies to root out traitors – wives of Tunisian fighters reveal (express, Jun 28, 2017)

    “ISLAMIC State’s leaders used spies to root out suspected enemies in their ranks in the countdown to this month’s U.S.-led attack on their de-facto capital Raqqa, the wives of three Tunisian fighters who fled the Syrian town said.

    They described how the leaders had fled Raqqa as pressure mounted from the U.S.-backed campaign and separate offensives by Turkey-backed rebels and Russian-backed government forces.

    One said ordinary fighters had been left behind to die like “sheep”.

    Their accounts also indicate growing dissent within the ultra-hardline group in northern Syria in recent months.

    Khadouja al-Humri, one of three women who fled Raqqa around six months ago, said Islamic State leaders were worried about an uprising or coup, and the Tunisians were seen as a threat because they had criticised the way the group was run.

    “My husband was scared. Towards the end there were around 70 Tunisians on the list of the (Islamic State) security services, wanted. They wanted to shoot them,” she told Reuters at a camp for displaced people in Ain Issa, a village north of Raqqa.

    “You couldn’t speak freely or criticise IS, you didn’t know who was listening.”

    The women, two Tunisians and one from Lebanon, said they had travelled to join Islamic State in the hope of leading the kind of religious lifestyle they had long dreamt of. It did not turn out as they expected.

    Some Tunisian jihadists declared the IS leadership non-believers, or kuffar, over the extreme way they were running Raqqa, Humri said, adding that inequality between leaders and the rank-and-file fighters had become ever more obvious…”

  9. French Mayor Demands Pork in School Lunches to Promote Secularism (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “The conservative mayor of Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur has announced he will ban alternative school menus that do not include pork to promote secular values in schools.

    Mayor Michel Rotger, a member of the conservative Republican party, said the move would promote secularism but would also save the local government money saying ‘alternative menus’ led to too much waste, L’Express reports.

    “We are putting an operation in place so the children eat everything and their diets are balanced. There is too much waste so we will teach them to eat meat, be it poultry or pork,” Rotger said.

    Parents of children who attend schools in the town, which boasts a population of around 10,000, were informed of the mayor’s proposal in a letter. The letter said the pork menu would promote the “ideas of secularism” and that only those with medical allergies would be able to opt out.

    Some have spoken out against the mayor’s plans including Paul Garrigue, president of a group of associations which includes Amnesty International and the League of Human Rights. Garrigue said: “Today, we are talking about secularism in a generally anti-Muslim way.”

    “We see secularism as a tool of tolerance and living together and not exclusion,” he said adding that pupils who refuse to eat pork should feel “at ease”….”

  10. Italy: Mafia and Migrant Gangs Running Heroin and Prostitution Rings Together (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Nigerian migrant gangs are collaborating with the Sicilian Mafia in the organisation of prostitution rackets and the heroin trade, according to Italian police sources.

    An investigative report by The Times reveals that machete-wielding gangsters calling themselves ‘the Vikings’ have now taken the lead in trafficking of around 8,000 prostitutes a year into Palermo, a port city which has become one of the major landing grounds for hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants.

    The Vikings have displaced a rival organisation called the Black Axe, which The Times described as a Europe-wide operation which uses “voodoo rites” to intimidate African women into submission.

    Rodolfo Ruperti, who leads the Palermo flying squad, told the newspaper that it was acting against the Black Axe which allowed the Vikings to take over: “When you take out one [gang], others will try to fill the gap,” he explained.

    In many ways, the Vikings represent a bigger challenge for the authorities than the Black Axe, which another police source described as “very hierarchical, with bosses from each town, a boss for Italy and meetings to elect a European boss”.

    The Vikings, in contrast, are not known to have a boss, and are “less structured, with less of a code”.

    The migrants operate mainly in neighbourhoods such as Ballaro, which transforms from street market to drug den at night, with the apparent blessing of the notorious ‘Cosa Nostra’.

    In Ballaro, police say: “The Nigerians may use primordial violence against each other, but not against the Italians … There is harmony [and] Nigerian lookouts posted to watch for the police will alert Cosa Nostra members as well as their own.”

    They fear, however, the balance between the old crime gangs and the new is delicate, and if a crackdown by the authorities were to “weaken the Italians”, then “the Nigerians may start to operate outside their own communities, just as the north Africans are now doing in Naples”.

    The truce between the established mobsters and the newcomers is by no means set in stone, with journalists saying they were “at war” in 2016 and reporting that men were being gunned down in broad daylight.

    The migrant influx has had such a dramatic impact on the Sicilian capital that the city’s mayor, Leoluca Orlando, now argues that “Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European. You can walk in the city and feel like you’re in Istanbul or Beirut.”

    Despite this, Mayor Orlando is a staunch supporter of mass migration into Europe, to the point where he has called for free movement not only for asylum seekers but for economic migrants, too.

    “Europe is guilty of slavery and genocide when it comes to migration,” he insisted in an April 2017 interview with The Guardian. “People have the right to move in search for a better life.””

  11. African Migrants Arrested After Sexually Assaulting Swedish Women and Girls as Young as Eleven (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “Two African migrants have been arrested and charged with sexual assault after sexually abusing multiple women and young girls including an 11-year-old.

    The pair, both migrants from Africa aged 27 and 30, are accused of sexually harassing and abusing women and girls in Stockholm and Uppsala over a period from October of last year to April 2017. The men each molested three women and three children separately and one 15-year-old together, Afton Bladet reports.

    One incident, which occurred on Christmas Eve, saw a 25-year-old woman attacked in the basement of a shopping centre where she worked. The woman claims she went to the basement to get extra wrapping paper for gifts when the 27-year-old molested her by lifting her shirt and groping her.

    The youngest victim of the unnamed 27-year-old was an 11-year-old girl. The attack took place at the Stockholm Central railway station and saw the man sit next to the young girl and her grandmother where he then gripped the young girl’s thigh close to her genital area.

    The grandmother shouted at the African, “what are you doing?!” and the pair escaped. They said they saw the man doing the same thing to other young girls before they alerted the police who later arrested him. The entire incident was caught on CCTV…”

  12. Europe Taking in Five Times the Number of Migrants Agreed from Turkey (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “European Union countries are taking in far more migrants from Turkey than required by the migrant agreement, with Germany taking in more than a third of the migrants.

    The European Union (EU) migrant agreement with Turkey began in March 2016. Since then, the EU has taken in 6,907 Syrian asylum seekers directly from Turkey.

    Ankara, by contrast, has taken only 1,229 migrants from Greece which contradicts the agreement in which Turkey is expected to take back one migrant for every migrant Europe takes from Turkey, Die Welt reports…”

  13. Paris Residents Unable to Sleep Through ‘Intense’ Overnight Mosque Loudspeaker Sessions (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “The loudspeakers of a Mée-sur-Seine mosque blasting out prayers and songs in the early hours of the morning through Ramadan caused chaos with the sleep patterns of Parisians living in the French capital’s south-eastern suburb, locals have said.

    As well as operating year-round on Friday afternoons, the loudspeakers were in action from 11.30 pm each night until past 1 am during the Islamic holy month so as to allow Muslims praying on the streets outside, due to lack of space in the mosque, to hear.

    “The loudspeaker is so intense,” a resident told Le Parisien. “We hear prayers, songs and readings delivered in a fashion that is completely disrespectful of people who follow other religions, and atheists.

    “Some nights it is impossible to get more than four hours sleep because even after the prayers end, the faithful then engage in discussions which can last for another two hours.”

    The French newspaper reports that frustrated locals said neither Mée-sur-Seine’s mayor, Franck Vernin, nor the police responded to their complaints.

    Contacted by Le Parisien, the Union of Democrats and Independents mayor said he is “well aware” of residents’ distress at the nocturnal noises emanating from the mosque, reporting that he contacted the local Muslim union to “ensure calm”, asserting that the Union of Méens Muslims (UMM) are “very responsive, whenever there is a problem”.

    UMM boss Mourad Salah said the mosque “tried to solve the problem by reducing the sound”, but explained the noise pollution will continue to be an issue until Muslims in the district have a sufficiently large place of worship.

    “The loudspeaker is not located on the outside of the building, but in the prayer room, and the doors are left open so that the faithful who are having to pray outside can hear.

    “For more than five years we have been doing this for want of a more suitable place to pray,” he said, explaining that the mosque held more than 300 people during Ramadan, with as many faithful praying outside on the street on some nights this year.

    “On the night of June 21 to 22, we were collecting alms to build a mosque which properly serves our needs, and there were 150 people out there.

    “I understand that locals are fatigued with the heat and we apologise for that,” said the UMM chief, adding: “But the ball is in the mayor’s court. Until we have a place of prayer worthy of the name, with a much greater capacity, it is difficult for anything to change.”

    President of the Union of Seine-et-Marne Muslims, Boudjema Hammache, agreed with Salah, telling Le Parisien: “It is a duty to show respect and appeasement to others.””

  14. Human Rights Watch Slams France for Upping Counter Terror Measures (breitbart, Jun 28, 2017)

    “A major human rights group has blasted the French government for a proposed law aimed at countering Islamic terror attacks, alleging that it undermines human rights as well as the rule of law.

    A draft Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism was presented to the French Council of Ministers on June 22, 2017, in an effort to bolster its counterterrorism forces, which have been conspicuously ineffective in preventing terror attacks.

    The new law would grant greater powers to local authorities to protect an event or location thought to be at risk from attack, without first seeking permission from the courts. This could include, for example, placing a security cordon or carrying out bag checks and searches without seeking approval beforehand.

    The proposed law would also permit authorities to close down places of worship thought to be promoting extremism for up to six months.

    France has been particularly hard hit by Islamic terror attacks, with five separate assaults by jihadists in 2017 alone, including a machete attack, two shootings, an assault on a police officer with a hammer, and a car bomb. The country has also been victim to the brutal throat-slitting of a Catholic priest in Normandy, the mowing down of scores of pedestrians by a jihadi-driven truck in Nice, and numerous Paris attacks including the mass murder of November 2015 and the Charlie Hebdo slaughter in January of the same year—all perpetrated by Muslim terrorists.

    According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the new counterterrorism bill would move some “overly broad emergency powers into normal criminal and administrative law without adequate judicial safeguards” and thereby “undermine the rule of law.”

    “Instead of truly ending France’s 19-month temporary state of emergency, the government is making some of its far-reaching powers permanent but with little effective court oversight,” said Kartik Raj, Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

    “If France’s new government is serious about defending core values while fighting terrorism, it should amend this law to restore the rule of law to counterterrorism efforts.”

    But among France’s “core values,” the one that seems to have suffered the most in past months is the right not to be murdered on the streets by armed terrorists.

    While HRW complains that France “already has some of the continent’s most expansive laws to deal with terrorism,” the fact remains that they have been totally insufficient in thwarting Islamic terror efforts on French soil.

    And while the draft bill may be too “vaguely worded” for HRW’s tastes, Muslim terrorists have continuously adapted their strategies and methods, suggesting that security efforts must be correspondingly elastic.

    HRW also expresses its concern that poorly worded laws likely to lead to closing solely Muslim places of worship “may also help feed anti-Muslim rhetoric and prejudice prevalent in wider society.”

    While this risk undoubtedly exists, honesty requires that everyone—including human rights groups—soberly acknowledge the facts society is dealing with at this time…”

  15. To avoid endless war in Syria, US deconflicts with Russia – Pentagon (RT, Jun 28, 2017)

    “The US has “a very active deconfliction line” with Russia in order to not “get drawn into a fight” in Syria, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said.

    Mattis touched upon the ongoing operation in Syria at a press briefing on Tuesday. He said that while the US has coordinated with various “converging forces,” it has to maintain high-level interactions with Russia to keep moving against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

    “We deconflict with the Russians; it’s a very active deconfliction line,” Mattis said. “It’s on several levels, from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the secretary of state with their counterparts in Moscow, General Gerasimov and Minister Lavrov.”

    “So we just refuse to get drawn into a fight there in the Syria civil war,” the secretary of defense said, adding that the conflict can be ended “through diplomatic engagement.”

    Mattis added that while US forces open fire only on Islamic State enemies, they will fire back “under legitimate self-defense” if somebody “takes a heading on us or fires on us.”

    On June 18, US-led coalition forces downed a Syrian Su-22 warplane over Raqqa Governorate. Washington justified the attack, saying that the Syrian jet was dropping bombs on US-allied militia fighting ISIS terrorists. Damascus denied the allegations, saying that the plane was carrying out an anti-ISIS operation in the area.

    Despite Mattis’ statement on the line of communication in Syria, it was not used during that attack. The downing coincided with a Russian warplane mission in the area. Moscow slammed the coalition’s actions, calling it “military aggression” against Syria, and demanded an explanation for the downing.

    To avoid any such accidents in Syrian airspace, Russia and the US signed the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in 2015. The agreement was paused following a US airstrike on Shayrat Airbase on April 7, but the Russian and US militaries kept direct communication channels open. Cooperation was ultimately ended following the coalition’s attack on the Syrian military jet.

    On Monday, the White House alleged that the Syrian government is preparing “another chemical weapons attack,” and threatened retaliation if it occurs. Russia called the threats unacceptable and groundless, recalling that Washington has not provided any hard evidence regarding the April attack in Idlib which provoked the April 7 attack on the airbase, and for which the US still blames Assad.”

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