Bombs in New York and Syria

John Key could be heading for a very tense United General Assembly and also a Security Council special debate on Syria that he is due to chair next week.

Bombs have gone off recently in New York and New jersey. Injuries have been reported but as yet no deaths have been confirmed.

Stuff: New York blast: 29 reported hurt after explosion rocks Chelsea

Police in New York have found a suspicious device, hours after a “deafening” explosion rocked Manhattan, injuring 29.

New York City police and fire department personnel swarmed the Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea after the blast about 8.30pm on Saturday (12.30pm, Sunday NZT).

The New York Fire Department said at least 25 people were sent to the hospital with injuries, none considered life-threatening. Police put the number of injured at 29.

Since then, a second device has been found; NBC News and ABC News describe it as having the appearance of a “pressure cooker”. NYPD was asking residents in the area to stay away from windows.

Another bomb, thought to be unrelated, is reported to have gone off in nearby New Jersey with no reported injuries.

It is not yet known if terrorism is involved.

Meanwhile tension between the  US and Russia has blown up after US planes are thought to have bombed Syrian troops, with Australian planes also involved.

NZH: Russian UN envoy says Syria deal in trouble

8:45 p.m.

Syria’s military says the U.S.-led coalition struck its base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, allowing the Islamic State group to advance in the fiercely contested area.

11 p.m.

The U.S. military says it halted an air raid against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria after being told by Russia that it might have struck Syrian government forces.

The U.S. Central Command statement was issued late Saturday, after Syria and Russia said the U.S.-led coalition had struck a Syrian military base in Deir el-Zour that is surrounded by IS militants, enabling them to advance.

11:30 p.m.

The leader of an al-Qaida-linked insurgent group in Syria has condemned a U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire, saying it places Washington on the side of President Bashar Assad and against the Syrian people.

12:45 a.m.

The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting for Saturday night at Russia’s request to discuss a U.S. airstrike that Moscow says struck Syrian government troops battling the Islamic State group.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Moscow is demanding “full and detailed explanations about whether this was deliberate support of the Islamic State or another mistake.”

1:35 a.m.

A senior Obama administration official says the United States has “relayed our regret” for the unintentional loss of life of Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group.

2:50 a.m.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is expressing regret for the loss of life in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that may have struck Syrian government troops, but is accusing Russia of pulling a “stunt” by calling for an emergency Security Council meeting over the incident.

Power said the U.S. is investigating the incident in remarks made outside the Security Council chamber Saturday night as Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was condemning the U.S. airstrike inside the closed meeting.

She told reporters that “Even by Russia’s standards tonight’s stunt ” a stunt replete with moralism and grandstanding ” is uniquely cynical and hypocritical.”

It’s a regretful mistake when the big ones do it.

It looks being a tense week in New York, and death and destruction as usual in Syria despite a ceasefire.



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  1. lurcher1948

     /  18th September 2016

    Sounds like a trump supporter scaring the masses to vote for the bigot(he will save you)

    • Klik Bate

       /  18th September 2016

      To be honest Lurcher, it’s more likely to be an employee of ‘Allan’s New Snack Bar’.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  18th September 2016

        That is an old, old joke that wasn’t very good when it was new and is now very tired indeed. It is also very boring, as such things tend to become when they are repeated as nauseam.Is there anyone in the world who hasn’t heard it ?

        If it had been Isis doing the bombing, it would probably have been lethal, they would have said that it was them and the mayor et al wouldn’t be saying that there was no evidence of terrorism. It is hardly unheard of for Americans to set off bombs in America.We will soon find out, anyway.

        • Klik Bate

           /  18th September 2016

          You have actually cut and pasted that exact same opening paragraph of yours on more than thirty different comments now Kitty.

          It is very boring, as such things tend to become when they are repeated as nauseam.

    • Corky

       /  18th September 2016

      You may be right on this one, Lurchey. Trump needs a good bombing, and a good body-count to get over the line.

  2. Gezza

     /  18th September 2016

    The Russian Federation Ambassador to the UN absolutely roasted the US live at a Press Conference on Al Jazeera, among other things, for effectively supporting Al Nusra because it can’t be separated from the other “opposition” groups and is about 2/3rds of the “opposition’s” most effective fighting forces. They say the US refuses to coordinate attacks on ISIS with them, and that have been trying to get agreement to publish the full details of the ceasefire agreement, but the US keeps refusing to agree to that.

    Interesting developments.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  18th September 2016

      Thank you for that-I missed part of it on the news & wasn’t sure what was going on.

      • Gezza

         /  18th September 2016

        You’re welcome, and you’re right. Yesterday AJ was showing footage of Free Syrian Army forces in Northern Syria yelling at US Forces to get the hell out of it. Since the ceasefire was announced, Turkey has been moving more forces across the border up there where they are fighting The Kurds, with the FSA, to stop the Kurds gaining any more territory from ISIS. The US Forces withdrew. One wonders what the full details of the ceasefire agreement actually are.

  3. Corky

     /  18th September 2016

    Meanwhile Oktoberfest is harder to get into than the Federal Reserve.

  4. Gezza

     /  18th September 2016

    Cabbage was our Latin teacher. He went fermented at me a few times.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  18th September 2016

    SIGH it’s so hard to post a non PC post in the hope that people don’t notice that it’s not PC
    DON’T MENTION THE WAR that means every war since forever cause it causes offence


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