Top Chinese Nuclear Expert Jumps To His Death After Accident At Taishan Nuclear Power Plant

Click to see full-size image Originally published by ZeroHedge. On June 14, China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant near Hong Kong experienced damaged fuel rods that triggered a build-up of radioactive gases. French company Framatome, a part-owner of the plant, requested the US Department of Energy for assistance as an “imminent radiological threat” seemed inevitable. Radioactive gasses were released, and US officials at the time said the situation at the nuclear plant did not “pose a severe safety threat to workers at the plant or Chinese public.” But three days later, Zhang Zhijian, one of China’s top nuclear scientists and the Vice-President of Harbin Engineering University, allegedly committed suicide after jumping off a build. Here’s the video in GIF format in case it’s deleted (viewer discretion). South China Morning Post (SCMP) said police in the capital of Heilongjiang ruled out homicide as the cause of death. “Harbin Engineering University announces with deep grief that Professor Zhang Zhijian regrettably fell off a building and died at 9.34 am on June 17, 2021,” the university’s official account

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Harsh Response From Minsk: Belarus Withdrew From EU’s Eastern Partnership, Prepared More Surprises For Brussels

Illustrative image: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Belarus’ counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI KARPUKHIN On June 28, Belarus suspended its participation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, according to the statement by the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. Such a move was a response to the introduction of new sanctions against 78 persons and 8 companies on June 21. The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the EU was recalled to Minsk for consultations. The head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus, Dirk Schubel, was also invited to come back to Brussels for consultations in order to explain to his leadership the position of the Belarusian side. Belarus also began the procedure of suspending of the Readmission Agreement with the EU that was the consent of the sides to receive back their citizens who were subject to deportation from another side. It was intended to stem illegal migration. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said Monday that the government will also impose a travel

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In Videos: Huge Fire Broke Out In London

Click to see full-size image On June 28, a huge fire broke out near the Elephant and Castle metro station in London. About 70 firefighters were mobilized on the spot. According to the media reports, witnesses claimed to have heard an explosion. At the moment, the Metropolitan Police has denied a terrorist attack. One man was reportedly injured as a result of the explosion. He was treated by London Ambulance Service crews. A huge plume of smoke rises above the rooftops of the British capital, as evidenced by several photos and videos posted on social networks: Breaking: Elephant & Castle Station Is On Fire#London | #UK pic.twitter.com/525JKVYiqu — #VinchiCode (@VishnuKumbhar7) June 28, 2021  Breaking: Elephant & Castle Station Is On Fire#London | #UK pic.twitter.com/525JKVYiqu — #VinchiCode (@VishnuKumbhar7) June 28, 2021

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Former Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Commander Confirmed Meeting With British Intelligence Representative

Support SouthFrontIllustrative image A former commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has confirmed that the group leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani met with Jonathan Powell, a representative of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6. The Russian TASS news agency revealed the meeting in a report on May 31. The agency cited a diplomatic source in Moscow. A day later, former HTS commander Saleh al-Hamwi, commonly known as “As al-Seera fi al-Sham,” confirmed TASS report in a post on his Telegram channel. The commander was among the very first founders of the al-Nusra Front along with al-Julani, who later rebranded the group as HTS. In 2015, al-Hamwi was expelled from the group by the al-Julani. Nevertheless, he maintained contact with many of the group’s senior officials. According to al-Hamwi, the meeting was held four years ago. A commander of HTS known as Hussam al-Shafi, “Abu A’asha,” arranged the meeting. “A Russian news outlet confirms, and the British government does not comment, which is an acknowledgment,” al-Hamwi said on Telegram. “I revealed the meeting four years ago.” The meeting was reportedly aimed at the establishing of contact with international terrorist groups

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Military Situation In Donetsk People’s Republic On June 2, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFrontClick to see full-size image 1. UAF in Mayorsk shelled the 6/7 Mine in Gorlovka with grenade launchers2. UAF in Novgorodske shelled the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka with 82-mm artillery3. UAF in Avdeevka shelled DPR positions in Yasinovataya with 120-mm artillery4. UAF in Vodyanoe shelled DPR positions in Leninskoe with grenade launchers and RPG5. DPR in Gorlovka shelled UAF positions in Novgorodske with 82-mm artillery6. DPR forces in Donetsk City shelled UAF positions in Katerynivka with grenade launchers7. DPR forces in Donetsk city targeted UAF positions in Pesky with small arms MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront

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Military Situation In Yemen On June 2, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFrontClick to see full-size image The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 115 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours On June 1, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 18 airstrikes on the Sarwah area On June 1, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Hazm area On June 1, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Baqim area On June 1, three civilians were killed by Saudi shelling on Raqu border district On June 1, several UAE-backed Hizam al-Amni militants were wounded by a mine blast in Khur Maksur of Aden On June 2, sporadic clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued to the west of Marib city MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront

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Military Situation In Yemen On May 30, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFrontClick to see full-size image The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 133 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours On May 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 13 airstrikes on the Sarwah area On May 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on the Madghal area On May 29, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area On May 30, Ansar Allah attacked King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait with a Qasef 2k suicide drone On May 30, sporadic clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued to the west of Marib city Ansar Allah captured an area of about 150 sq km from the Saudi-led coalition forces in southwest of Saadah province, According to the Ansar Allah official media Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront

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Military Situation In Syria On May 30, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFrontClick to see full-size image On May 29, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 45 times: 25 – in Idlib province, 12 – in Latakia province, 8 – in Hama province On May 30, a car bomb explosion was reported in the city of al-Bab On May 29, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Sallur area in northern Lattakia On May 29, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Mansurah and Khirbat al-Naqus villages On May 29, the Russian military police and US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of Malekiyah On May 29, SDF arrested four ISIS suspects in Jadeidat Akidat area MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront

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Hamas Releases Footage Of Israeli Forces Taken By New Reconnaissance Drone

Support SouthFrontThe Shehab suicid drone, Click to see full-size image. On May 19, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement, released aerial footage which were taken by a new reconnaissance drone. The footage shows Israeli military posts, fortifications, equipment as well as two Mirkava-type battle tanks situated in the outskirts of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian group said that the footage was taken on May 18. The footage was recorded by a new reconnaissance drone dubbed “Al Zouari”. The drone was named after Mohamed Zouari, a Tunisian Aerospace engineer and the mastermind behind al-Qassam drone program. Zouari was the developer of the Ababeel1, the first reconnaissance, armed drone to be made in Gaza by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The engineer was assassinated on December 15, 2016 in Tunisia’s Sfax when he was shot dead in a drive-by shooting operation generally attributed to the Israeli Mossad. Hamas drone program continued to grow after the assassination of Zouari. Last week, the group unveiled a suicide drone dubbed “Shehab”. The drone was used in several attacks on Israeli targets, including a naval gas platform and a chemical

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New Rocket Attack From Lebanon Shakes Israel (Video, Photos)

Support SouthFrontAn Iron Dome antimissile system is installed near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. IMAGE: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS On May 19, a barrage of rockets was launched from the outskirts of the village of Seddiqine in South Lebanon at northern Israel.The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed that a total of four rockets were launched from Lebanon. Rocket sirens were heard in several parts of northern Israel, including the port city of Haifa. 4 rockets were fired from Southern Lebanon into Israel, reportedly from near Tyre. pic.twitter.com/eRScV33vUa — Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) May 19, 2021 What are you? That’s not a grad I don’t think? Fixed fins? pic.twitter.com/gKIHI6AOpJ — Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) May 19, 2021 IDF: 4 rockets launched from Lebanon towards Israel. 2 fell in the sea, 1 intercepted, 1 landed without injuries pic.twitter.com/y8KGjNuAgN — Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 19, 2021 According to the IDF, one of the four rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, while the rest fell in open areas without causing any losses. عودة الهدوء إلى المنطقة الساحلية في الجنوب بعد استهداف العدو لمنطقة حرجية مفتوحة بين

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Houthis Attack Warplanes Shelters In Saudi Jizan Airport and King Khalid Air Base

Support SouthFrontIllustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing On April 11, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) attacked two airfields in the southern region of Saudi Arabia with suicide drones. Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, announced that two Qasef-2K drones had been launched at Jizan Regional Airport in the province of Jizan and King Khalid Air Base in the province of ‘Asir. The drones targeted warplanes shelters. The spokesman claimed that the attack was successful. According to him, the attack was a response to the Saudi-led coalition continuous strikes and siege on Yemen. From its side, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that it had intercepted two drones launched from Yemen by the Houthis. The first was shot down over the city of Khamis Mushait near King Khalid Air Base, while the second was shot down over Jizan. The Houthis stepped up their drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this April. In the first ten days of the month, the following attacks were reported: On April 1, sensitive targets near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, were struck with four drones; On April 1 also, King Khalid Air Base in ‘Asir was

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Saudi Arabia Executes Three Of Its Soldiers Convicted Of ‘High Treason’

Support SouthFrontSaudi troops at their base in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden in 2015. IMAGE: Reuters On April 10, the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia announced that three of its soldiers were executed after being convicted of committing “high treason”. In a brief statement, the ministry said that the three soldiers had collaborated with an “enemy” and acted against the interests of the Kingdom. “The three soldiers were convicted of high treason following the investigation which uncovered their collaboration with the enemy over plots against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s military interests, security and stability, adding that the convicted soldiers had been referred to the specialized court with all judicial guarantees essential for fair trial, the rule of law and the proper administration of justice,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted the statement as saying. The three soldiers were identified as Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Yahya Akam, Shaher bin Isa bin Qasim Haqqawi, and Hamoud bin Ibrahim bin Ali Hazmi The Ministry of Defense said it “denounced the heinous crime,” adding that “it is alien to its members and the country’s values.” Saudi Arabia didn’t provide any further details on

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Protests In Afrin: Syrian Mercenaries Who Fought In Karabakh Ask For Salaries

Support SouthFrontIllustrative image Dozens of Turkish-backed militants, who fought as mercenaries for Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year, have held a protest in the occupied Syrian area of Afrin to demand their “rights”. A video of the protest surfaced online on April 9. In the video, the militants, some of whom were disabled, acknowledge that they fought against Armenia. The militants go on to reveal that their salaries were stolen by Mohamad Jasim, also known as “Abu Amsha,” the leader of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Division. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=HCma2NpWxDc[/embed] “We fought with the Turkish state in Karabakh,” one of the protestors says in the video. “We have dead and injured. Abu Amsha stole our salaries, we are dying from hunger.” More than 2,500 Syrian mercenaries were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh by Turkey, which backed Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenian forces in the region. The attack, which started on September 27, came to an end on November 9 with a Russian-brokered peace deal. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 514 mercenaries were killed by Armenian forces during the heated battle. Syrian mercenaries were promised a monthly salary of

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New Satellite Images Reveals Target Of Recent Israeli Strikes On Syria

Donate IMAGE: An Israeli F-35I takes off from Uvda airbase during Blue Flag 2019 On February 17, the Aurora Intel Twitter account shared satellite images revealing the target of the recent Israeli strikes on Syria. The strikes, which took place early on February 15, destroyed a large warehouse located between the Damascus-Beirut highway and the suburb of Qudssaya south of the Syrian capital. It remains unclear if the warehouse was the only target of the strikes. Several sources claimed that the targeted warehouse was the property of the Syrian Arab Army 4th Division. This is yet to be verified. Imagery courtesy of @planetlabs shows the warehouse that was struck. pic.twitter.com/83sOodDpgZ — Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) February 17, 2021 During the Israeli aerial attack, the Syrian Air Defense Force intercepted a number of hostile missiles, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. The Israeli military attacks Syria on a regular basis. On February 3, a series of Israeli strikes hit the country’s southern region. Damascus International Airport was the main target. Israel hopes that its repeated attacks on Syria will drive Iranian forces out of the country. This is yet to happen. In fact, Tel Aviv

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Military Situation In Syria On February 9, 2021 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 8, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positons near Arimah On February 8, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SAA positons in Dar al-Kabirah On February 8, the US-led coalition sent a convoy of weapons and logistical equipment to its military bases in Hasakah via the Semalka border crossing On February 8, ISIS reportedly attacked the SDF positions in the Western Kabash area killing 4 SDF members On February 8, an IED blast targeted a car near Kafr Takharim, no casualties were reported MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Syria On February 8, 2021 (Map Update) Military Situation In Syria On February 7, 2021 (Map Update) Donate

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At Least 5 ISIS Members Were Killed In Recent Clashes With Government Forces At Homs-Deir Ezzor Highway (Photos)

Donate At least 5 ISIS members have been killed in recent clashes with government forces at the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway in central Syria. In recent months, the terrorist group significantly increased its activity in the central desert. This situation triggered a series of security operations by the Syrian Army and its allies in the region. The Russian Aerospace Forces also employed its warplane and combat helicopters to support these operations. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Syria On January 27, 2021 (Map Update) In Video: Russian Warplanes Pound ISIS Targets In Homs-Deir Ezzor Desert Donate

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20$ Bill Redesign: U.S. Neo-Liberal Regime To ‘Speed Up’ Replacing Of 7th President With Black Activist

Donate Click to see the full-size image The neo-liberal regime of the United States has declared the aim to speed up the removal of 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson from the 20$ bill with somebody that fits its world view. The current candidate is Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist and political activist. On January 25, White House press secretary Jen ‘Meme Queen‘ Psaki said that the Treasury Department is “taking steps to resume putting Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes” but did not provide any additional details. The initial idea to remove the 7th U.S. President from the 20$ bill (he has been shown there since 1928) and to put a black activist there belongs to the Obama administration (fully accidentally led by the first black US president). Nonetheless, now, this great plan is finally about to be employed. “In the event of a Belarusian invasion of Ukraine, the 6th US Fleet will immediately be deployed to the shores of Belarus.” (C) Psaki However, even when this is done, the US democracy will likely remain in danger as there still will be a lot of US presidents to remove from

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Ukrainian Parliament Approved Increase In Number Of US, NATO Troops Deployed ‘For Drills’

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE On January 26, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law that approved the decision of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to allow units and subdivisions of the armed forces of other states into the country to ‘participate in exercises’ in 2021. The adopted law allows a long-term presence in Ukraine of up to 2,000 US soldiers and the same number from other NATO countries. This is 1000 more than it was allowed in 2020. The also allows foreign military equipment and ten NATO aircraft to stay in Ukraine all year round. In other words, under pretext of holding ‘multinational exercises’, the US and NATO have been steadily increasing their permanent military presence in Ukraine. MORE ON THE TOPIC: London, Ankara And Kiev Create Informal Alliance Against Russia Neverending ‘Civil War’ In Security Service Of Ukraine Donate

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Ground Forces Of Iran

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Written by Colonel N. Turchin, Candidat of Military Sciences, Lieutenant-Colonel A. Volodin; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review 2020 #6, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront The ground forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) are one of the main branches of the armed forces of the country, which are organisationally part of the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), they have their own management system and are subordinate to the commanders of the army and IRGC. The Ground Forces of the Army (GFA) are designed to solve strategic, operational (operational-tactical) tasks in land theaters of military operations by conducting or participating in independent or joint (with other types of armed forces) air-ground defensive (offensive) operations on their territory, and if necessary, beyond its borders. The main tasks of the GFA: in peacetime: maintaining the necessary level of combat training of personnel, ensuring readiness for operational and mobilisation deployment; operational equipment of the country’s territory, creation of weapons stocks, military equipment and other material resources; participation in the elimination of the consequences of natural disasters; in the threat period: increasing the number of personnel, increasing the combat and mobilisation readiness of troops; completion of formations

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CIA Officer Killed In Combat In Somalia – Report

Donate An officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, was recently killed in combat in Somalia, the New York Times reported on November 25, citing former and current U.S. officials. According to the newspaper, the officials didn’t say if the officer was killed during a counterterrorism raid or as a result of an enemy attack. The officer, whose identity is still classified, was a member of the Special Activities Center, the paramilitary division of the CIA, and a former member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6. U.S. forces have been supporting the Somali National Army against al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, for years now. The forces are carrying out airstrikes, ground assaults and training Somali forces. Al-Shabaab, which is mainly active in the southern part of Somalia, has between 5,000 and 10,000 fighters, according to estimates from the U.S. Africa Command. Click to see full-size image In September, al-Shabaab attacked U.S. and Somali forces in Jana Cabdalle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and mortars. A U.S. service member was injured in the attack. Washington is reportedly making plans to withdraw more than 600 troops from Somalia in the near future. President Donald Trump may

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