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The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China's east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage.


The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tons of light crude oil from Iran, sank in a ball of flames in the East China Sea on Sunday, a week after colliding with Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter the CF Crystal.


The bodies of only three of 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi crew members have been found.


Chinese State Oceanic Administration said late Wednesday that it was monitoring four slicks with a total area of almost 101 square kilometers, roughly the same size as Paris.


The office is attempting to "control the spread of the oil spill and is carrying out work to estimate its impact on the marine ecological environment," it said on its website.


The type of condensate oil carried by the Sanchi does not form a traditional surface slick when spilt, but is nonetheless highly toxic to marine life and much harder to separate from water.


Japan's coast guard said Thursday a patrol ship and plane examined the oil spill and found that it was spreading 30 kilometers east and eight kilometers northwest from the wreck, with a maximum width of 800 metres.


"The swathe of oil slick is being diffused and disappearing," the coast guard said in a statement. "Chinese and other patrol ships continue to look for missing [crew] members and carrying out oil removal missions."


On Tuesday, China had reported two slicks measuring about 69 square kilometers and an additional 40-square-kilometre area of "scattered" oil.


The transport ministry said late Wednesday the vessel lay at a depth of around 115 metres and that robots would be deployed to explore the shipwreck.


(Agencies)

Syrian government forces fire artillery during a battle against the Islamic State group on May 16, 2017 in the town of Maskana, on the edge of Lake Assad in the eastern part of the Aleppo province. (AFP photo)

by Hummam Sheikh Ali


DAMASCUS, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army and its allies haveunleashed a military campaign called the "Great Dawn" against theIslamic State (IS) group on several Syrian fronts, a militarysource told Xinhua on Friday.


The operation has started a few days ago, during which the armyand its allies captured 13,000 square kilometers in central Syria,mainly in the Syrian desert in the southeastern countryside of Homsprovince in central Syria, and in the mountainous Qalamoun regionnorthwest of the capital Damascus.


The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said theoperation is the largest against IS since the war in Syria startedover six years ago.


The Syrian army and allies swiftly advanced and broke throughthe defenses of the IS militants in the southeastern countryside ofHoms, where they captured several key areas from theterror-designated group, the source said.


The military operation also enabled the Syrian army to securethe highway between the capital Damascus and the ancient city ofPalmyra.


This operation, which has started days ago, aims primarily todefeat IS in the Syrian desert and secure the triangle of borderareas between Syria, Jordan, and Iraq.


On May 18, the U.S. air force struck a convoy of pro-governmentfighters advancing in the desert near the Tanf border crossing witIraq.


Then, reports said the U.S. was protecting its troops and rebelsits backing in Tanf, where the U.S. and Britain have bases.


At the time, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said America'srole in Syria's conflict was unchanged, after the strikes.


"No. We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war. Butwe will defend our troops," Mattis said, when asked about thestrikes.


For its part, the Syrian army stressed that it will continue tofight the terrorist groups and capture areas near the Jordanian andIraqi borders, as it's the "legitimate" duty of the Syrianarmy.


Since then, the army and its allies of Shiite fighters continuedto make progress in the desert and are reportedly closing in onareas where the U.S. troops are located.


On Friday, the pro-government al-Watan online newspaper, whichis close to the Syrian government, said the Syrian army captured amilitary base northwest of the Zaza area, as part of the progresson the road toward Tanf.


Meanwhile, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the timing of theoperation to liberate the eastern desert from IS is to secure thesupply route between Iran and Syria through the Iraqi territoriesand also to the Lebanese territories.


Such goal is what pushed the U.S. to strike the Syrian militaryconvoy near Tanf, as the U.S. and its allies of the Gulf Statesdon't want any Iranian sway on the borders, particularly after thevisit of Iraq's national security advisor, Faleh al-Fayad, to Syriaon May 18, during which he discussed with President Bashar al-Assadways to commence joint military operations between the Syrian andIraqi military forces on the Iraqi-Syrian borders.


The al-Mayadeen report said the U.S. desire to expand its swayin eastern Syria, mainly in Deir al-Zour province and the Syriandesert at the triangle between Syria, Iraq and Jordan, is toprevent Iran and its allies from connecting in Syria andLebanon.


The second goal is to control the border crossings by trainingthe new rebel groups called New Syria Army, which is set to bedeployed across the Syrian-Jordanian borders, and part of theSyrian-Iraqi borders.


The third aim, the report said, is to have the Kurdish-led SyriaDemocratic Forces (SDF) deployed at the Iraqi-Syrian borders, whilethe Turkish-backed rebels and Turkish forces on the northernfrontier betwe. Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Soccer Shirts Free Shipping Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale NBA Shirts Wholesale MLB Shirts Wholesale Soccer Hoodies


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