31-01-14

U.S. undermining Geneva II

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US fuelling Syrian carnage

Jan 30, 2014

The United States increased more than twice its supply of light weaponry and munitions to militants linked to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA)’s Supreme Military Command in the month of January.

Accordingly, the country has delivered over 600 tons of military aid to militants since the launch of the Geneva II crisis talks in Switzerland on January 22.

The Supreme Military Command is aligned to the Western-backed opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) which is currently in talks with the government.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Meqdad has slammed Washington for supporting “terrorist groups,” with Damascus issuing a separate statement accusing the US of “undermining” the Geneva II talks.

The opposition and its Western supporters insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down and a transitional government be formed in Syria.

Damascus rejects the demand, arguing that the foreign-backed SNC does not represent the Syrian opposition.

http://www.presstv.ir/Program/348440.html

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20 January 2008 - Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”
http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-and-the-war-on-terrorism/7718

July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/07/17/usa-and-al-qaeda-holy-alliance.html

June 17, 2013 - Obama Lies America Into Another War:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/obama-lies-a...

September 25, 2013 - Breaking: Whistleblower Reveals U.S. State Dept. Ships Arms Directly to al-Qaeda - A former CIA gun runner revealed that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in order to cover up the U.S. State Department’s direct arm shipments to al-Qaeda
http://www.infowars.com/breaking-whistleblower-reveals-u-...

December 16, 2013 - Al-Qaeda Now Has Weapons US Sent To Syria
For those worried that dumping US arms into the Al-Qaeda dominated Syrian opposition areas was a bad idea, you win. After President Obama bypassed a rule on funding terrorists, US arms began flowing to the Syrian opposition. The arms were, in some abysmally stupid theory, supposed to go to the “moderate” opposition only.
http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/12/16/al-qaeda-now-has-weapons-us-sent-to-syria/

U.S. undermining Geneva II

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Syria gov't slams U.S. rearmament of rebels as undermining Geneva II

2014-1-29

DAMASCUS, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian official delegation to the Geneva II conference slammed on Tuesday the U.S. decision to restart sending non-lethal help to the Syrian rebels, saying the move aims to thwart the success of the peace talks, according to the state-run SANA news agency.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the U.S. decision "aims at thwarting the conference," stressing that the side which provides weapons to terrorist groups doesn't care about the conference's success.

"The U.S. decision is a very bad message because Washington has launched this conference, and it should not support the armed terrorist groups as they know that the weapons, which had been previously sent, flowed into the terrorists," Mekdad said, according to SANA.

The remarks came a day after Western reports said that Washington has restarted sending non-lethal aid to the "moderate" rebels in Syria, after suspending its previous aid for a month.

The latest move raised the ire of the Syrian government.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the U.S. decision reflects Washington's backtracking on the political solution.

He wondered: "How can the U.S. position be supportive to Geneva II and aim at reaching a political solution when at the same time it supports, creates and backs up terrorism, violence and the military option?"

For her part, Syria's Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said that the U.S. decision is contradictory to the efforts exerted by Russia, the U.S., and the international community for launching the Geneva II conference.

She refuted the U.S. allegations on so-called "non-lethal weapons," saying that all of the weapons that are being funneled inside Syria, end up in the hands of the radical groups.

The Geneva II conference has started last week and will end on Friday. However, no breakthrough has resulted from the conference so far as both the opposition and government delegations are holding tight to their demands.

The Syrian government wants the conference to focus on fighting terrorism while the opposition's delegation wants the establishment of a transitional government with full executives without any role for President Bashar al-Assad.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-01/29/c_126076477.htm

25-01-14

Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King

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We can wonder what Martin Luther King would think of the war on Syria. 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/16/president-obama-and-dr-king

http://youtu.be/d_-_I-oXA3Y

In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US. Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials…

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/17/335123/israel-s-arabia-united-against-iran/

24-01-14

Latest News Syria: Dr. Buthaina Shaaban raises her voice

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Shaaban: we came to Geneva to stop terrorism, bloodshed in Syria

Geneva, Jan 24, 2014 (SANA) - Presidential political and media advisor Dr. Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Chairman of Syria’s official delegation taking part in Geneva 2 conference said on Friday that no force on land would be able to touch a little bit of Syria’s soil or target the dignity of any Syrian citizen.

Dr. Shaaban added in a statement to journalists in Geneva “We came to Geneva for the sake of our country, people and to stop terrorism, bloodshed through a political track that would be determined by the Syrians themselves, and we will not retreat”, clarifying that “because we believe that our army and people are the only ones who determine… and we represent them and the decision wouldn’t not be except for Syria and the Syrians ,”

She pointed out that “what is confirmed till today is that the coalition called /opposition/ has no issue of a homeland or people.

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/01/24/524089.htm

(The website of Sana was blocked yesterday)

Latest News Syria: A Syrian woman speaks out

http://youtu.be/pMuTF4TPc30

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June 20, 2013 - ‘Syrian Rebels: We’ve Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis’: The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that “no immediate decision” would be made on sending arms to the rebels.  ”Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies,” President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169117#.Up9x2MTuK5U

November 7, 2013 - Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force – Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of “blowback” by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)

November 10, 2013 - ‘The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists’: http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 30, 2013 - Terror Actions in Syria – Saudi Colonel Captured by Syrian Army: http://www.aydinlikdaily.com/Saudi-Colonel-Captured-by-Syrian-Army-144518+…Graphic Video……Saudi lieutenant colonel killed in Syria Warning – Item 18+…Graphic Video……Saudi lieutenant colonel killed in Syria might contain content that is not suitable for all ages. By clicking on CONTINUE you confirm that you are 18 years and over. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=bed_1373652652

December 6, 2013 - Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131206

December 12, 2013: ‘No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles’:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_saudi_arabia_buying_15000_us_anti_tank_missiles_for_a_land_war_it_will_ne#sthash.otwdA4hc.dpbs

December 17, 2013 - Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone “Saudi Arabia has global responsibilities and we will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners”http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/saudi-arabia-will-go-it-alone.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.  Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials… 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/17/335123/israel-s-arabia-united-against-iran/

23-01-14

Geneva II conference Syria: American 'dialogue'

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Geneva II confab on Syria highlights gaps between Damascus, opp.

Jan 22, 2014

The Geneva II conference on the Syria crisis has revealed major differences of opinion between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition from the very outset.

The much-anticipated talks kicked off on Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux to discuss a transition plan ahead of direct talks between the opposition and the government in Geneva on Friday.

But deep differences soon emerged with the opposition and its foreign sponsors insisting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must not have any role in the country’s new government.

“We agree completely with Geneva I decisions that everyone has agreed upon. I invite partners to sign on Geneva I right now during their presence here and start a transition of Assad’s power to a transitional body that will build the structure of new Syria,” said Ahmad al-Jarba, head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition.

He was referring to an earlier round of international talks on Syria held in Geneva in June 2012, where participants agreed on a transitional government with full executive powers with members from both the government and opposition.

Jarba’s remarks were echoed in comments made by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who insisted that there was no room for Assad in the future government of Syria.

“There is no way, no way possible in the imagination, that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern.”

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, however, dismissed the remarks, noting, “No one in the world has the right to confer or withdraw the legitimacy of a president, a constitution or a law, except for the Syrians themselves. This is their right.”

Muallem expressed regret that some countries attending the international conference “have the blood of Syrian people on their hands.”

The Syrian foreign minister blamed them for “exporting terrorism, as well as tools of murder” and “flooding media with lies” to cover the crimes of the mercenaries and militants they have been funding in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also called on all foreign players to “abide by basic principles of international law: respect for Syria’s sovereignty and not interfering in its internal affairs.”

He rejected the use of force in Syria and reiterated Russia’s call for dialog among Syrian parties as the only solution to the crisis that has been plaguing the Arab nation over that past three years.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/22/347166/syria-conference-shaken-by-divisions/

January 22, 2014 - 'Al-Moallem to Ban Ki-moon: Need to prioritize combating terrorism'

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/01/22/523830.htm

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

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06-06-13

United Nations Human Rights Council: Washington's toy

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1) United Nations Human Rights Council: Lybia - March 1, 2011

'UN General Assembly Suspends Libya's Human Rights Council Membership'

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

The United States applauds the move by the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership rights in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We continue to demand an immediate halt to the violence perpetrated by the Qadhafi government against its own citizens. The General Assembly today has made it clear that governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place on the Human Rights Council.

Today’s historic action is the first time that any country serving on the Human Rights Council, or the Commission before it, has ever had its membership suspended. The international community is speaking with one voice and our message is unmistakable: these violations of universal rights are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Two years ago, the United States announced that we would seek to join the Human Rights Council with a commitment to reform the Council from within. The actions the Council has taken over the last few days, setting the stage for today’s decision, is the latest example that our engagement is paying dividends, even as we keep pressing for further reforms.

The United States will continue to work with the international community on additional steps to hold the Qadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/157526.htm

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2) United Nations Human Rights Council: Syria - June 5, 2013

'Russia: Use of UNHRC to Benefit Extremist Opposition Hinders Resolving Syrian Crisis'

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that using the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support one side of the crisis in Syria creates an obstacle for preparing the international conference to resolve the crisis due to be held in Geneva.

A statement published on the Ministry's website on Wednesday said that the use of the UNHRC to benefit one side of the crisis in Syria, specifically the extremist opposition, does not help find a way out of the Syrian crisis.

The statement pointed out that the bias of the report submitted at the UNHRC was exploited by some countries' delegation to once again assign blame for what is happening in Syria to the Syrian government, all while neglecting the many crimes and human rights violation committed by armed terrorist groups.

The Foreign Ministry said that the experts who submitted the aforementioned reported didn't bother to listen to the victims and witnesses to violence perpetrated by extremists, although these experts admitted that the growing numbers of extremists among gunmen in Syria are committing summary executions, torture, abduction and employ children in aggressive actions.

The statement also noted that the committee in charge of the report once again decided not to include bombings committed by armed groups in Syrian cities in the list of terrorist acts; it even refused to describe them as terrorist acts!

The Ministry said that the atrocities committed by extremists are being condoned through remaining silent over them, especially rape and violence against women.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485907.htm

05-06-13

Latest News Syria: Geneva Conference

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Moscow: Geneva Conference to Be held in July, Brahimi: Political Solution to Crisis in Syria is the only solution  

Jun 5, 2013

A tripartite meeting including Russia, the United States and the United Nations started in Geneva on Wednesday to further the preparations for the international conference on Syria.

AFP said that the meeting encompasses Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

Brahimi is accompanied by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman.

The meeting aims at discussing preparations to hold an international conference on Syria which was called "Geneva2" and would include representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, agreed early in May to hold an international conference on Syria in Geneva.

Gatilov: International Conference Won't Be Held Before July

In statements to the press after the preparatory meeting, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the international conference on Syria will not be held before July, but a second consultative meeting to prepare for it will be held in June.

Gatilov said the conference will be held after agreement is reached over all issues related to it, and that the issues that still need to be discussed will be addressed in a second tripartite meeting between Russia, the UN and the US.

Gatilov said that the tripartite talks in Geneva between Russia, US and UN on Wednesday have reached no agreement as to the list of participants in Geneva 2, indicating that the issue of the participants in the conference remains the most intricate sticking point.

''Contrary to the Syrian government, the opposition has not yet decided officially whether it will take part in the conference…Another important point is that the opposition does not have a clear vision as regards its delegation,'' said Gatilov.

''Opposition groups tend to be inclined to have individual representation with different agendas, that's what makes it a complicated matter,'' he said, indicating that ''Our partners, especially the Americans, have to exert efforts to convince the opposition to form a unified delegation. Otherwise, numerous opposition delegations will attend the conference.''

Bogdanov: The West Started to See Only Exit for Syria Is Political Dialogue

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, said there is a change in the stance of the West on the crisis in Syria which started to realize that the only exist from the crisis is the political dialogue.

"I think that over more than two years of war, the eyes of many of them opened to see it is a bloody dead-end with no exit but through starting political dialogue between the Syrians themselves with our support," Bogdanov said in an interview with the Russian Interfax news agency.

Bogdanov is representing Moscow to the tripartite consultations between Russia, the US and the UN on Syria due to be held in the UN headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday.

He said that the discussions will focus on the participation of the Syrian government and the opposition in the upcoming international conference on Syria, noting that he and Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov will meet representatives of the Syrian opposition in Geneva.

Bogdanov clarified that the preparatory meeting will mainly discuss the list of participants and the level of representation to the international conference.

"The international parties agreed that there shouldn't be any preconditions regarding the participation of the Syrian government and the opposition in the conference," he said, pointing out that there could be a unified delegation for the opposition or several delegations in case the opposition failed to agree on a list of representatives.

Bogdanov noted that Moscow is waiting for Washington to clarify its stance with regard to Iran's participation in the international conference on Syria.

"Tomorrow we will listen to our American partners, and it is natural that we will present the logical basics behind our stance that are in support of the participation of Iran and some other regional players," Bogdanov told the reporters Tuesday evening.

He cited Egypt and some Gulf states and neighboring countries of Syria as the countries which Russia would like them to attend the conference.

"Some other states from the Arab and Islamic world might join the conference such as Algeria for instance," he added.

Answered a question on the possibility that exporting S-300 missiles to Syria could negatively affect Russia's relations with Israel, Bogdanov said "What regards Israel was reviewed during Netanyahu's visit to Russia."

"Contacts are still underway, and I believe that we should understand each other and hope that there will be understanding from the Israeli side," he added.

Asked on the Israeli officials' statements which said that Israel "knows what it will do" if Syria received S-300 missiles, Bogdanov said "The Israeli prime minister has corrected his ministers' position."

Netanyahu had previously given orders to the Israeli officials not to comment on the issue of exporting S-300 missiles to Syria.

On the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gatilov said Moscow doubts the possibility that the UN experts could conduct a rapid investigation into reports that chemical weapons have been used in the course of the crisis in Syria.

"The issue on the chemical weapons is politicized to a very large extent that there could be no hope that anything concerning the experts' evaluation could happen soon," Gatilov said in statements in Geneva.

He noted that the prospects of conducting such investigation fell to second place due to the preparation to hold the international conference on Syria.

As for investigation into relevant news on confiscating chemical materials in Turkey that were bound to the Syrian opposition, Gatilov said "This is unlikely right now because sending experts from the UN to Turkey requires its government's approval."

He noted that Russia will not raise the issue of the US's plans to deploy Patriot missile systems during today's meeting, adding however that the reports on deployment of Patriot missiles would complicate the situation, "which is why we should talk about the need to start the political process."

Brahimi: Political Solution to Crisis in Syria is the only solution  

For  his part, the UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi described the discussions of Geneva meeting as constructive, adding "additional positive steps were realized to hold the international conference as participants underlined that the political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only one."

"It is not possible to hold the international conference in June, it would be held in July," Brahimi said at a press conference following the meeting.

"We are holding the necessary preparations to convene the conference.. I am very happy of the nature of constructive talks run today," he said.

Brahimi added that the crisis in Syria should come to an end for the sake of Syria and its people.

"We will intensify work during the two coming weeks and we will meet here on June 25th.. we agreed that Geneva conference will be convened under the patronage of the UN Secretary General, Russia and the US," Brahimi said.

He noted that the aim of the conference is to achieve a political solution to the crisis in Syria through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian government  and "the opposition" to carry out Geneva Communiqué issued on June 30th, 2012.

"The situation in Syria is tragic and I believe it is embarrassing for us not to hold this conference," Brahimi added.

Gatilov: Issue of Chemical Weapons Politicized to Very High Degree

Earlier, Gatilov said that Moscow doubts that UN experts can conduct a fast investigation of reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, stressing that the issue of chemical weapons is politicized to a very high degree, and that the prospect of investigating this issue has become secondary to preparing the international conference.

Gatilov added that it's likewise unlikely that investigation will be conducted over the chemical weapons bound for armed groups in Syria which were confiscated in Turkey.

He also said that Russia will not discuss the UN plans to deploy Patriot missile systems during the preparatory conference, adding that the reports on sending Patriot missiles complicate the situation.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich criticized plans to deploy Patriot missile systems in the neighboring countries of Syria, including Jordan, after such systems were deployed in Turkey.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/05/485888.htm

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