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Since there are always conspiracy theories saying that the US or UK are creating distractions or an excuse to crackdown due to terrorist attacks, maybe we need to start wondering if it is Russia. Almost no one is looking at Russia’s military exercises in Belarus and the Baltic, nor their attacks in Syria now (see blog post bottom). Consider the Russian apartment bombings: “Political analyst Vladimir Pribylovsky says the apartment bombings enabled a virtually unknown bureaucrat [Putin] to sweep into the presidency months later…. That line of reasoning has proved highly dangerous. Two of its leading proponents have been killed. Another was sent to a Siberian prison….” https://www.rferl.org/a/Ten_Years_On_Troubling_Questions_Linger_Over_Russian_Apartment_Bombings/1818652.html
For the London Tube attack: “ISIS has claimed responsibility for the assault. The terrorist group, however, has a history of claiming responsibility for attacks the group may not be connected with.” (VOA)
From VOA: “British Police Search Home, Evacuate Area in London Suburb After Arrest in Subway Bombing, Last Updated: September 16, 2017 11:28 AM, VOA News
Armed British police searched a home Saturday in a London suburb and evacuated the surrounding area as a precaution after an earlier an arrest in connection with Friday’s rush-hour bomb attack on a London subway train.
The search and evacuation occurred in Sunbury, located on the southwestern outskirts of the capital.
Authorities said an 18-year-old man was arrested in the port area of Dover, a major ferry port for travel between Britain and France. A police statement called the arrest “significant.”
Earlier Saturday London Transport authorities said they have re-opened the Parsons Green station where the bomb on a train partially detonated.
Images of the bomb posted on social media appear to show a bucket on fire that had been placed inside a plastic bag close to a rail car door.
Prime Minister Theresa May said after the attack that the country’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Center decided to raise the country’s threat level to “critical” – meaning that a further attack may be imminent.
London police commissioner Cressida Dick told reporters Saturday the threat level has been altered.
“We have a very considerable threat. My colleagues in the intelligence agency would say that this is a shift in threat, it’s not a spike. I won’t go on in detail about that, but it is a change threat,” Dick said.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the assault. The terrorist group, however, has a history of claiming responsibility for attacks the group may not be connected with.
Shortly after the attack, armed police descended into the Parsons Green station.
May said the public may see more armed police on the streets and the transport network. The prime minister also said members of the military will begin aiding police, providing security at some sites not accessible to the public.
The National Health Service said late Friday that 21 people who were in the subway car at the time of the explosion were being treated at hospitals, while eight other people had been discharged.
The blast was the fifth major terrorist attack in Britain this year….” Read the rest including Trump’s blah, blah here: https://www.voanews.com/a/london-police-chasing-down-suspects-in-subway-blast/4031564.html
“British police arrest man at Dover in London bomb manhunt
Posted:Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:51:54 -0400 LONDON (Reuters) – British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a property in a small town outside London on Saturday as they hunted for whoever planted a bomb on a commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jQMgtFSF76g/british-police-arrest-man-at-dover-in-london-bomb-manhunt-idUSKCN1BQ0S1
“Second man arrested over London train attack: police
Posted:Sun, 17 Sep 2017 03:43:22 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – A second man has been arrested over Friday’s bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_XOUM_6MZj8/second-man-arrested-over-london-train-attack-police-idUSKCN1BQ0S1
“Political analyst Vladimir Pribylovsky says the apartment bombings enabled a virtually unknown bureaucrat [Putin] to sweep into the presidency months later…. That line of reasoning has proved highly dangerous. Two of its leading proponents have been killed. Another was sent to a Siberian prison https://www.rferl.org/a/Ten_Years_On_Troubling_Questions_Linger_Over_Russian_Apartment_Bombings/1818652.html
Germany’s Deutsche Welle reported within the last 24 hours:
“NATO’s eyes in the sky zoom in on Russian Zapad war games
… From a Baltic point of view, when NATO’s second-highest military commander in Europe says he expects the Zapad 2017 exercises to be a “pattern of normal Russian activity,” it’s not exactly reassuring…” Read the article here: http://www.dw.com/en/natos-eyes-in-the-sky-zoom-in-on-russian-zapad-war-games/a-40532077
And related from earlier:
“NATO says more Russian buzzing of Baltic airspace a risk for deadly mistakes. Russian military planes have been flying too close for comfort in Baltic and Nordic airspace. Experts warn that the tension in the skies could lead to dangerous accidents or kick off an “escalation spiral.” http://www.dw.com/en/nato-says-more-russian-buzzing-of-baltic-airspace-a-risk-for-deadly-mistakes/a-39440788
Reuters reported this morning:
“Jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria – SDF
Posted:Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:17:56 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/FYF9RVDyfSI/jets-strike-u-s-backed-forces-in-eastern-syria-sdf-idUSKCN1BR09K