Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Israel Wants US and Russia To Know it Can Wreck Syrian Deal

The title of this post is the original Bloomberg headline. As evidenced by the url below.

You can read the new headline for yourself- I'm not bothering with the new politically palatable version. It will be obvious to you that Israel is intending to threaten regional peace and an opportunity for war cessation in Syria, once you read the last paragraph

  •  Israel wants deal to exclude an Iranian presence in Syria
  •     Military strike an option if concerns ignored, Israelis say

"As world powers seek an endgame to Syria’s six-year war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a seat at the table.

Israel says Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah are working to entrench themselves militarily in neighboring Syria, where they’re backing Syrian government troops, and it’s rattled that a recent truce deal brokered by Russia and the U.S. doesn’t block that. Israel’s fear that Tehran is establishing launchpads in Syria for future attacks against the Jewish state dominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talks Wednesday with President Vladimir Putin in Russia.

The strengthening of Iran’s position in Syria represents a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the whole world, Netanyahu said after the three-hour meeting, and said he had made very clear to Putin that Israel considered this unacceptable.

Past such discussions with Putin had advanced Israel’s security interests, Netanyahu said in comments posted to YouTube, adding, “I think I can say the same thing about this one.”

Complicated alliances in the Syrian war make Netanyahu’s mission a tough one. Israel could escalate the pinpoint strikes against Iran and Hezbollah it has already carried out during the war if it isn’t satisfied that Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump are taking its security concerns into account. Moshe Ya’alon, who served as Israel’s defense minister during part of the war, said Israel may be forced to act militarily if Iran isn’t expelled.

“We had the expectation that a deal between Trump and Putin would deal with the Iranian threat on our border,” Ya’alon said in an interview in Tel Aviv. “It’s clear that if there is no solution, in the end we might have to take action ourselves.”
Antagonizing Iran

Netanyahu set off for Russia with Mossad spy chief Yossi Cohen and internal security head Meir Ben-Shabbat after an Israeli delegation came back from Washington this month with no announcement of progress on Israel’s demands. Russia, whose military intervention turned the tide in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, may not support the demand for a complete Iranian withdrawal: Iran is one of the co-sponsors of Moscow’s peace efforts in Syria, and Russia is unlikely to antagonize it.

Israel -- which waged the loudest campaign against the Iran nuclear deal -- accuses the Shiite-led Islamic Republic of building military bases in Syria and carving out a land corridor to transfer arms and fighters from Tehran to Beirut. It also says Iran is building precise-munition factories in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s base.

“There should be no arrangement that allows Iran and its proxies to base themselves militarily in Syria,” said Chagai Tzuriel, director-general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry. “An Iranian military presence in Syria will be a constant source of friction and tension not only with Israel, but with the Sunni majority in Syria, with the Sunni countries in the region, and with Sunni minorities outside the region.”

Compromise Seen

Russia probably will try to find some kind of compromise, analysts said.

“The dominant view is that Iran is still a partner in Syria and now is not the time to sow tensions,” said Alexander Shumilin, head of the Middle East Conflict Analysis Center at the government-run Institute for U.S. and Canada in Moscow. What it might do is “let Iran strengthen its positions in western Syria,” further from Israel, he said.

Zvi Magen, a former Israeli ambassador to Moscow and now a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, expects Netanyahu and Putin “will try to find a solution in which the Iranians can stay in Syria under Russian control,” with no military units and no military bases. 
Longtime Enmity

Israel never accepted Iran’s assertion that its nuclear program -- temporarily curbed under the nuclear pact -- has no military component. It also has clashed over the decades with Hezbollah, which has significantly expanded its military arsenal since its last war with Israel 11 years ago.

While Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian fighting, Netanyahu recently said the Israeli military struck Hezbollah in Syria dozens of times. Ya’alon hinted Israel also has targeted Iranian operatives, noting that when Iran tried to orchestrate terrorist attacks in the Israeli-held Golan Heights, “all those operatives are no longer alive.”

Russia won’t brush off Israeli concerns because it wants to prevent a direct Israeli-Iranian confrontation that would deepen the region’s chaos, said Yossi Mekelberg, a senior consulting research fellow at the Chatham House research center in London.

“Unlike with the nuclear project, Israel actually has the capability to kill Iranian operatives in both Syria and Lebanon with quite some ease,” Mekelberg said. “The fear then becomes that both sides miscalculate to the point of direct confrontation between Iran and Israel. This is a very delicate, explosive situation.”
 Israel has been killing people in Syria, Lebanon and Iran for quite some time............


Assad's Speech - Eyes On The Deir Ez-Zor Keystone

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Assad's Speech - Eyes On The Deir Ez-Zor Keystone

The Deir Ez-Zor Keystone - This vital piece, if taken by SAA and allies will ensure Syria remains intact. How far will the US go to ensure this does not occur?

Russian Armed Forces General Staff sees Deir ez-Zor liberation in Syria as key objective


  1. I agree Deir ez Zor is key and am working on a post to address that, for today, hopefully 

 Here is that post!

Oped MK Bhadrakumar

I’m going to be adding additional related information- either flashbacks to previous posts or recent news articles-
MKB "President Bashar al-Assad made an important speech in Damascus on Sunday, outlining – before an audience of diplomats – his vision of the transition toward a political settlement in Syria.

Assad gave notice to those foreign powers who have pushed a regime change agenda – an agenda that has spectacularly failed – that he expects them to abandon their residual links with rebel groups. He said: “There will be neither security cooperation, nor the opening of embassies, nor a role for certain states that say they want to find a way out [of Syria’s war], unless they explicitly cut their ties with terrorism.”

Assad had in mind the US and its regional and western allies – principally Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France. He duly highlighted the robust support received from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah in turning the tide of the war, but also dwelt on the “big picture.” The “strategic future of Syria,” he said, “must be towards the East.” He ended with the tantalizing remark that Syria needs to reconsider the map of its external relations.

Evidently, Assad intends to regain control of the entire country and is confident that such an achievement is not far off. The Astana talks and any UN-sponsored peace process have become sideshows; the accent now is on crushing rebel groups through a mix of coercive diplomacy and sheer military power. Syrian government forces will press ahead with their military offensive to liberate the city of Deir Ez-Zor; they’ll then cross the Euphrates and take control of the southern regions bordering Iraq, vanquishing Islamic State (ISIS)"

Eyes on Deir Ez- Zor! The SAA and allies are making gains- What is or will be the US response?

New Battalion Formed in SDF to 'Fight Terrorism and Occupation' in Syria

It sure looks as if the US has conspired with Kurds to rebrand the PKK/YPG/SDF into yet another ‘battalion’ to advance the annexation of Syria’s north.  Obviously I do not believe this new battalion has not already been trained and armed by the US and allies- Is the attempt to take territory westward a go? Dependent on Deir ez Zor or not?
MKB: To be sure, the US has to take some major decisions in the weeks ahead. It has set up 12 military bases in the Kurdish regions of northern Syria, indicative of plans for a prolonged stay in Syria. The Kurds, allied to the US, expect a permanent American presence. The US objective still appears to be to beat the government’s forces to Dier Ez-Zor and seize control of the oil fields in the north-eastern province of Hasaka (which are important for ensuring the economic viability of a Kurdistan in northern Syria.) This plan looks increasingly like a pipe dream, however.
All this rubbish  previously about the Kurds not really being interested in Deir ez- Zor or Raqqa- I can't even recall how many times or places I read this conjecture-

Flashback: US to Remain In Syrian “Kurdistan” For Decades After ISIS is “Defeated”

Image of bases leaked by Turkey

 Flashback: July 2016- The Puzzle of the US Multi-Base Deal with Iraq's Kurds- One On Iran’s Border   5 New Military bases were to be built-----One big continuous US occupied area

One continuous area- fully occupied and supported with a minimum of 17, but likely more, US military bases
 Flashback: Taking Raqqa: Dam, Airport Captured- US Deal with Kurds On Syrian Territory
"Traditionally, Syrian diplomacy has been quite adept at exploiting the fault lines in regional and global politics to preserve the country’s own strategic autonomy. The bottom line is that a sort of inter-dependency has developed in the Russian-Syrian alliance. Syrian forces cannot make headway in their offensive along the banks of the Euphrates in the coming weeks without Russian air cover; but this is also emerging as part of a joint enterprise to prevent a long-term US military presence in Syria and the balkanization of the country.

It is also in Iran’s interest that the US retrenches from Syria. Tehran’s best bet is that Assad holds onto power. Both Russia and Iran are stakeholders in Syria’s unity and territorial integrity.

The visit by the head of Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, to Turkey last week, which was the first such event in over four decades, and the signing of a Turkish-Iranian military agreement on August 17 in Ankara to expand military cooperation, signifies that the two countries have shared interests in preventing any independent Kurdish entities appearing on the maps of Iraq or Syria. Simply put, all these factors work to Syria’s advantage"

Iran and Turkey to boost relations- the US is not pleased with these neighbourly developments- Though these developments would have been expected----  Janes: Iran and Turkey Hold High Level Military Talks
Janes: The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces visited Turkey on 15–17 August, meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, and other senior Turkish officials, marking the highest-level military visit between the two countries since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Major General Mohammed Bagheri was accompanied by around nine generals, including Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces.

Gen Akar and Gen Bagheri discussed the "joint struggle with all terror organisations posing a threat to the region, the necessity of co-operation for the security of borders, and possible contributions to regional security and stability," a statement released by the Turkish General Staff's office on 15 August said.
MKB: "An additional booster for Syrian diplomacy comes in the guise of the nascent Russian-Turkish-Iranian axis, which is compelling Turkey to terminate its support for extremist groups in Syria. Russia has been cajoling Turkey with appreciable success and the Turkish-Iranian entente hastens that process. Equally, acute contradictions in the Turkish-American relationship make the US military presence on a long-term basis in northern Syria unsustainable."

Astana Meeting Next Month
Russia, Turkey and Iran plan to hold a technical expert meeting by the end of August to determine the agenda and the date of a new meeting within the framework of Astana settlement process, he said referring to the information provided by Russia, TASS reported.

MKB: "The US faces an uphill task to cobble together a credible rebel force that can challenge the might of the Syrian government forces and Iran-backed militia in the southern and eastern regions of Syria. A shift in the overall military balance in Assad’s favor is borne out by reports that Hezbollah has cut back its involvement in Syria from a peak level of 20,000 fighters in Syria to a force level of 5,000.

All in all, therefore, the big question is not whether but when US commanders decide to call it a day in Syria. That point is still not within sight. But Assad has made it clear that although Syria will be open to negotiating diversified external relationships, in this conflict the winner will take all"

Last but certainly not least! 

 US Sends 60 Trucks With Heavy Weapons, Armored Vehicles to Raqqa - SDF

Recall for years and years my posting of images of Kurds driving around in the same trucks as ISIS?   The Toyotas. The White Toyotas. Driven by British special forces. Kurds. ISIS all equalling KurdIShIS.

Since, as I've stated here for years and years (since 2014) both Kurds and ISIS are part of the same team. Making  great theatre for the dupes back home, but, deadly serious for the Syrians.

"A spokesman revealed that yesterday the SDF received another batch of heavy weapons and armored vehicles from the United States.

"In addition, this time we also received Toyota pickup trucks, which have given us an opportunity to transfer additional forces during a military operation. The transportation of weapons and armored vehicles was carried out along the highway through the territory of Northern Iraq, and afterwards they were delivered to Raqqa," he added"
 from a 2015 post- image borrowed from times of Israel
Kurds sure do love their white toyota trucks- just like ISIS :))
Just like British Special Ops. And undoubtedly the American special forces too!

Monday, August 21, 2017

US Navy Suspends Operations Globally- USS John S McCain 10 Sailors Dead

Gaping Hole in USS John S McCain- 10 Sailors Lost
Updating : USS John S. McCain Collides with Merchant Vessel- 10 Sailors Missing

WASHINGTON — United States Navy ships worldwide will suspend operations for a day or two this week to examine basic seamanship and teamwork following the second collision of a Navy destroyer and larger commercial ship in two months, the top naval officer said Monday.

The officer, Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said he had ordered two major actions after the collision between the destroyer John S. McCain and an oil tanker early Monday off the coast of Singapore that left 10 sailors missing and five injured.

First, Admiral Richardson said he had ordered an “operational pause” for Navy fleet commanders to review within the week teamwork, safety, seamanship and other “fundamentals.” During that time, commanders will suspend ship operations for a day or two. Second, the admiral said he had ordered a broader, monthslong review to examine the specific situation in the western Pacific, where the Navy has suffered four major ship accidents since February.

“That gives great cause for concern that there’s something out there that we’re not getting at,” Admiral Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon.

At 5:24 a.m. local time, before dawn broke, the destroyer collided with the Alnic MC, a 600-foot vessel that transports oil and chemicals, the Navy said. The destroyer was damaged near the rear on its port, or left-hand, side.

More than half a day after the crash, 10 sailors on the ship remained unaccounted for. Five others were injured, none with life-threatening conditions, a Navy official said. Ships with the Singaporean and Malaysian navies and helicopters from the assault ship America were rushing to search for survivors.

Families of the ship’s crew members waited through the night in the United States, hoping for news of their loved ones.

The collision occurred in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a narrow waterway of strategic significance connecting the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, where Beijing has been challenging American naval dominance. It immediately raised questions about the training and safety record of Navy ships, coming just two months after another Navy destroyer, the Fitzgerald, collided with a freighter off Japan, killing seven American sailors.

site of collision in the Strait of Malacca

“Clearly this is an annus horribilis for the U.S. Navy,” said Euan Graham, the director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia.

Kirk Patterson, a former dean of the Japan campus of Temple University who has crossed the Pacific in a sailboat and circumnavigated Japan, said the collision was “really hard to understand with all the technology that’s out there in the world on a boat, especially a naval destroyer that’s supposed to be the best in the world.”
For a destroyer to be hit by an oil tanker would be “like an F1 sports car and a garbage truck,” he said. “Which one is going to be able to avoid the collision? An F1 racing car equipped with state-of-the-art missiles.”
A destroyer going through a difficult a passage like the Strait of Malacca would typically have half a dozen sailors, including two officers, on the bridge watching for the lights of other ships, (that didn't happen) said retired Navy Capt. Bernard D. Cole, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and professor emeritus at the National War College.

In such clogged traffic, it would also be common for the commanding officer or the executive officer, the two most senior officers on board, to be on the bridge,(doubtful they were) he said. There would also be a navigator and other enlisted men in the combat information center scanning radar.
The oil and chemical tanker Alnic MC after the collision on Monday in waters east of the Strait of Malacca.
I don’t think this ship was carrying much of anything from it's appearance. And the media isn't mentioning the load weight either

Coming hot on the heels of USS Fitzgerald leadership being 'kicked to the curb'

USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officers (Guilty) Relieved of Duties

Another F1 race car that hit a garbage can!
There are still other posts on the Fitzgerald
 We've been talking electronic warfare in the previous post comments- It's possible, but the human factor is a huge problem. If electronic warfare is occurring then eyes and hands on deck are utterly necessary

This over reliance on technology is detrimental to us all. I also suspect arrogance is a huge factor. Over inflated entitlement and ego on the part of US/Britannia - ruling the seas
Also- The US Navy negligence/carelessness makes then both a nuisance and a danger on the seas.
Think about if this ship had been carrying oil or chemicals? Ecological disaster.

USS John S. McCain Collides with Merchant Vessel- 10 Sailors Missing

It seems obvious the US Navy has some problems. 2nd Destroyer Collision in about 2 Months!
I have just posted the news that the Captain and senior officers of the USS Fitzgerald were guilty and relieved of duties-  An expected outcome.

USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officers (Guilty) Relieved of Duties

 hattip Gordon!
I think this is more non-sence to bulk up the airwaves with to keep people from seeing what is actually happening . Just a thought.. By the way What is it that keeps American Destroyers from seeing and avoiding 30,000 tonne freighters...
  1. Again!
    over dependence on electronics and no use of common sense and physical observation?

    Even if the computers didn't work, from my reading the people/sailors should be observing at all times
    clearly that isn't happening
    as for Antifa- it's being done to create a perception amongst the masses

Now let's read about the USS John McCain

WASHINGTON, August 21. /TASS/. Five people were injured and 10 reported missing after a US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel early on Monday to the east of Singapore, the Navy 7th Fleet said in its statement.

According to the statement the USS John S. McCain "was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore," when it collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Damage to the USS John McCain

Fox News
American, Singaporean and Malaysian armed forces on Monday are searching for 10 U.S. sailors missing after an early-morning collision between a Navy destroyer and a tanker near Singapore--the second collision involving a Navy ship in the Asia-Pacific region in two months.

"There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured," the Navy 7th Fleet reported. "The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port."

"Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft," the statement said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities."

"In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant, RSS Resilience, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," the statement added.
Alnic MC is a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker.

From earlier the USS Fitzgerald news above and the Quebec City Antifa rampage- meme wars for perception management


USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officers (Guilty) Relieved of Duties

By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Commander, 7th Fleet Aug, 18.

Additionally, a number of officer and enlisted watch standers were held accountable.

The determinations were made following a thorough review of the facts and circumstances leading up to the June 17 collision between Fitzgerald and the merchant vessel ACX Crystal.

The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership contributed to the collision that claimed the lives of seven Fitzgerald Sailors, injured three more and damaged both ships.

With absolute accountability for the safe navigation of Fitzgerald, Cmdr. Bryce Benson was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead. He had previously been temporarily relieved of his duties due to medical reasons from injuries sustained during the collision. Benson is being reassigned to Naval District Washington at the Washington Navy Yard, where he will have access to medical facilities in the area.

Inadequate leadership by the executive officer, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, and command master chief, Master Chief
 screenshot included

Petty Officer Brice Baldwin, contributed to the lack of watch stander preparedness and readiness that was evident in the events leading up to the collision.

Several junior officers were relieved of their duties due to poor seamanship and flawed teamwork as bridge and combat information center watch standers. Additional administrative actions were taken against members of both watch teams.

Cmdr. Garret Miller will assume command from Fitzgerald's acting commanding officer, Cmdr. John "Jack" Fay sometime mid-to-late-August.

It was also evident from this review that the entire Fitzgerald crew demonstrated real toughness that night. Following the collision these Sailors responded with urgency, determination and creativity to save their ship. Their rigorous damage control efforts and dauntless fighting in the immediate wake of the accident prevented further loss of life.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Flashback: Charlottesville, Virginia: The Three Ring Circus Show with Grand Finale
"A colour revolution fomented via identity politics? Sure looks that way!
Oh. Canada. We'll get ours too.....
And so it begins.... 

antifascists that act exactly like fascists.... imagine that Canada?
antifascists vs  'far right' aka 'nazis' aka haters (however that's defined?)

The original CTV news story has been edited- what I have below is as originally reported 

Here is the politically corrected version
And the media happily sells the perception management to the masses
Original reporting highlighted in blue


Police have declared a far-right rally and associated anti-fascist counter-demonstrations in Quebec City illegal due to violence and vandalism.
CTV Montreal’s Rob Lurie reports that the anti-fascist group set off fireworks, lit a garbage can on fire, and threw bottles at police, who declared the gathering illegal.
Things getting very out of control. Anti-fascist protest with throwing chairs, bottles at Police
— Rob Lurie (@RLurieCTV) August 20, 2017 The opposition protest comes on the heels of last week’s violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which at least two Quebecers attended.
La Meute, which called itself anti-illegal immigration group,  organized the Quebec City demonstration. It says it does not discriminate based on race. 
Protester: "we are not racist, we are just against Islam" (she went on to explain she likes muslims but is against Sharia law &halal food)
— Rob Lurie (@RLurieCTV) August 20, 2017
Even in the revamped version it is clear Antifa was the promoter of violence

Anti-fascist grilling fireworks at police. Police declare protest illegal
— Rob Lurie (@RLurieCTV) August 20, 2017

Clearly Antifa ensured a lawful protest, here in Canada, was shut down!
Antifa serves the elites- this cannot be doubted. It's too obvious!

Recall my prognosticating about Trudeau when he was elected?

October 2015- Canada Saw Red

Trudeau will divide this country, same as Harper did, just in a different manner.

We will suffocate under political correctness. We already did under Harper, but, it will get so much worse under Trudeau. Free speech will be further restricted

It was so easy to see coming. So very easy. It just required a bit of attention.
Here it is Canada. Just as I stated nearly two years ago 

Another image of Antifa in action- Quebec

 Antifa = Black Bloc rebrand? 

It always seemed Black Bloc served an elitist agenda. We're they in need of a rebrand?
It seems so. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Terrorism in Siberia? Fake Suicide Belts and Multiple Stabbings..

Curiously, but, not coincidentally, this attack in Siberia is extremely similar to the second incident in Spain, yesterday. Fake suicide belts and stabbings.
An aside. But a rather important one: 

‘Europe is lost’: Barcelona’s chief rabbi urges Jews to move to Israel

“I tell my congregants: Don’t think we’re here for good, and I encourage them to buy property in Israel,” Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen said in an interview with Jewish news agency JTA.

“This place is lost. Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than later.

Weaponized migration to Europe looks to be good for Israel’s expansionist agenda, no?
Barbara Spectre anyone?

Flashback: Barbara's Spectre: Israel's Refugee's Materialize in Europe

If Europe is "lost" why is that, exactly?

An informative comment
--> The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – - The genocide of the Peoples of Europe - The key to understand the mass immigration crisis in Europe [Link]
English translation of selections of Practical Idealism - The Racist and Supremacist Roots of the Ideology behind the European Union [Link]
Genocidal Kaufman and Hooton Plans for Germany that became the Reality for all of Western Europe [Link]
Rabbi says migrant influx into Europe is ‘excellent news for the jews’ because "Edom" (Christianity) must be destroyed before "Messiah" can "return" [Link] [Link]
Holocau$t survivor: We owe it to mankind to allow Syrian refugees into Europe [Link]
The Yiddish 'Muslim' Invasion of Europe [Link]
Just ONE IN FIVE migrants claiming asylum are from Syria, EU figures show [Link]
German mayor blames Israel for Syrian refugee crisis [Link]
 Onto Siberia:

Siberian Times
The  man wielding a knife and wearing a mock suicide belt was named as Artur Gadzhiev, 19, originally from Dagestan, in the Caucasus.
Dagestan. That brings to mind the Boston bombing suspects: The Dagestan connection
 "the two brothers implicated in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, lived briefly in Dagestan before coming to the United States"
Back to Siberia:
Law enforcement officials were checking whether the incident was a terrorism related attack.

The man appeared to strike out randomly at passers-by in central Surgut.

All the victims are alive, but two are reported to be in a grave condition.

Gadzhiev's name was published by Mash, a media seen as close to law enforcement sources.

He was from Khasavyurt town, and it was unclear why he was in Surgut.

He was reported to be a supporter of Zenit St Petersburg and Manchester United football clubs.

The same media earlier published the name Bobichel Abdurakhmanov, 23,  with links to Central Asia as being the identity of the dead knifeman.

There did not appear to be a man of this name in Surgut.

Gadzhiev's father Lametulakh was reported to be registered with police as an extremist and supporter of radical Islamic religion.
Some sources said there were more victims, up to 15, with reports of incidents in several parts of the city. 

There were also unconfirmed claims that the attacker had accomplices.

The attack came at around 11.20am on Saturday in the city, in western Siberia's Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, some 2,100 km east of Moscow.
Initially there was information that there were two attackers and one of them fled.

Later officials said the attacker was alone.

'A man was running along the main streets stabbing people", TASS reported.

The Investigative Committee said the attacker was 'liquidated'.

Daesh claims responsibility

Which tells us nothing at all. Could have been or not.