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Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot down

Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot downRussia has said it is to supply its ally Syria with more advanced anti-missile technology, and jam radar signals in the eastern Mediterranean, after a deadly incident of friendly fire. Moscow will send newer S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks, Sergei Shoigu, defence minister, said in a statement on Monday. The missile system, originally developed by the Soviet military but since modernised, fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The decision came a week after Israeli F-16 planes struck targets near Moscow’s air base in Latakia, western Syria, prompting the Syrian government to respond. Its unsophisticated air defence missiles instead hit a Russian Il-20 surveillance plane, killing all 15 servicemen onboard. Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hizbullah, threatened Israel after the Jewish state bombed a target linked to the Lebanese Shia group in Syria Credit: AFP Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems were unable to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one. “This forced us to take adequate response measures aimed at improving the security of Russian military personnel,” Mr Shoigu said. He said the supply of S-300s and so-called "friend or foe" identification technology to Syria will "calm down some hotheads" whose actions "pose a threat to our troops." The missile defence systems had been on order since 2013, Mr Shoigu revealed, but it had been delayed at the request of the Israelis who feared it would be used against them. Mr Shoigu also announced Russia would be blocking satellite navigation, airborne radar and communication systems of combat aviation in the eastern Mediterranean, which could prevent Israel from carrying out sorties off the coast of Syria.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in a phone call that giving the S-300 to "irresponsible players" would make the whole region more dangerous. John Bolton, Donald Trump's national security advisor, warned Russia that it would be a "major mistake" to provide the Syrian regime with the S-300 system. Mr Bolton also said US troops would remain in Syria as long as Iran keeps forces in the country. The S-300 could also serve as a deterrent against UK, US, or French strikes the three countries have threatened against the Syrian regime in the event of another chemical attack. Russia's defence ministry on Sunday released a computer simulation purporting to show Israeli jets near to the Russian reconnaissance plane, shown in red, before it was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces Credit: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP   Israel has for more than a year been bombing Iranian and Lebanese Hizbullah bases and munitions factories inside Syria that it sees as a threat to its national security. Russia agreed to turn a blind eye unless the Syrian regime itself was directly targeted. An Israel Defense Forces delegation travelled last week to Moscow in an attempt to ease the tensions caused by the incident -  the deadliest for Russians caused by friendly fire since they intervened on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.  The delegation, headed by the commander of the air force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, offered Russian Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Andrey Yudin their view of what transpired. However, the Kremlin has continued to blame Israel for the incident, and on Monday accused Israeli pilots of "premeditated actions", warning it will harm relations between the two countries. "According to [the] information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) was premeditated action by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, said. Russian president Vladimir Putin aims a rifle at the Kalashnikov shooting centre at Patriot military park Credit: Tass President Vladimir Putin had attempted to defuse tensions with its ally, saying it had been a tragic accident. Analysts said Moscow's latest move was as much about reining in Israel as it was about controlling its own partners in Syria. “Moscow’s decision to provide Syrian forces with S-300 air defense system and Russian personnel to operate them is aimed at making Israel more careful in the vicinity of Russian assets, while also controlling Syrian allies,” said Dmitri Trenin‏, director of Carnegie Moscow Centre. “Russian MoD is stepping up as a leading player in Syria.”



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Girl, 4 others shot during memorial service expected to live

Girl, 4 others shot during memorial service expected to liveSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police searched Friday for suspects who witnesses said opened fire on dozens of people gathered for a memorial service outside a Syracuse home, wounding an 8-year-old girl and four other people.



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Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes: ministry

Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes: ministryA Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli fire in clashes near the border in southern Gaza late Wednesday, the health ministry in the enclave said.



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The Latest: Affidavits: Border agent shot 4 women in head

The Latest: Affidavits: Border agent shot 4 women in headHOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a Border Patrol agent accused in the killing of four women in Laredo, Texas (all times local):



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Dallas police face ire over portrayal of man shot by officer

Dallas police face ire over portrayal of man shot by officerAttorneys for the family of a black man who was killed in his own apartment by a white officer accused police of trying to "assassinate his character."



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Police: Man arrested in death of Detroit girl shot in head

Police: Man arrested in death of Detroit girl shot in headDETROIT (AP) — A 5-year-old Detroit girl was fatally shot in the head while in bed with her mother, who was shot at least 16 times during an attack that may have resulted from a rift between the woman and her relatives, police said Friday.



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Dallas Cop Who Shot Neighbor After Going Into Wrong Apartment Said He Ignored 'Verbal Commands': Affidavit

Dallas Cop Who Shot Neighbor After Going Into Wrong Apartment Said He Ignored 'Verbal Commands': AffidavitShe has been charged with manslaughter.



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Dallas officer who killed man in home she thought was hers also shot suspect in 2017

Dallas officer who killed man in home she thought was hers also shot suspect in 2017The off-duty Dallas police officer who fatally shot a neighbour after mistaking his home for her own also fired her weapon and wounded a man in 2017, court documents have revealed. Police in Texas named Amber Guyger as the white officer who shot and killed 26-year-old black man Botham Jean on Thursday night. Mr Jean died later at a hospital.



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Texas Cop Who Fatally Shot Man After Entering Wrong Apartment Identified

Texas Cop Who Fatally Shot Man After Entering Wrong Apartment IdentifiedPolice in Texas have identified the officer accused of fatally shooting a man



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Dallas officer who killed black man also shot a man in 2017

Dallas officer who killed black man also shot a man in 2017DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas police officer who says she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment after work earlier this week and fatally shot a black man also fired her weapon and wounded a man during an on-duty confrontation in 2017, according to court documents.



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