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National solidarity and unity will stop the war on Syria


National solidarity of the suffering Syrian people and respect for Syria’s sovereignity is the only way to change the long colonial history:

‘Ancient Syria was conquered by Egypt about 1500 B.C. , and after that by Hebrews, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, and Alexander the Great of Macedonia. From 64 B.C. until the Arab conquest in A.D. 636, it was part of the Roman Empire except during brief periods. The Arabs made it a trade center for their extensive empire, but it suffered severely from the Mongol invasion in 1260 and fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1516. Syria remained a Turkish province until World War I. A secret Anglo-French pact of 1916 put Syria in the French zone of influence. The League of Nations gave France a mandate over Syria after World War I, but the French were forced to put down several nationalist uprisings. In 1930, France recognized Syria as an independent republic but still subject to the mandate. After nationalist demonstrations in 1939, the French high commissioner suspended the Syrian constitution.’

Source: http://www.infoplease.com/country/syria.html?pageno=1


Nelson Mandela is dead

December 5, 2013 (20 minutes ago)

South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, "the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed," adding that he "passed on peacefully."

"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," Zuma said.

"Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.… This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.”


"The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom."


Latest News Syria: Saudi colonel killed

December 5, 2013

Provinces, (SANA)- Army units continued to smash terrorist groups' dens and gatherings in intensified operations carried out in various areas across the countryside during which heavy weaponry carried in cars were destroyed and a large number of terrorists were eliminated, including group's leaders and foreigners. 

Arab terrorists killed in Damascus Countryside

A series of concentrated operations were carried out against terrorists' gatherings in different areas in Damascus countryside in which the army units killed non-Syrian terrorists, including Jordanians and Somalis.

SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that army units destroyed several terrorists' dens in Rima farms and the eastern and northern farms of al-Nabek city, killing all terrorists inside them.

Ahmad Harro and Abdul-Mawla al-Ghazal were identified among the dead.

An army unit chased fleeing members of terrorist groups and killed many of them in the farms of Qara city, which has recently been brought under the army's control. Jordanian terrorist Tarek al- Ereiji, leader of a terrorist groups was among the dead, in addition to a number of his group's members.

The source told the reporter that a number of terrorists were also killed in the farms of al-Abbadeh, including Mahrous Ward from the so-called "Ansar al-Shariah Battalion" and another one nicknamed Abo Ali, who is the leader of the os-called "Saif al-Islam Battalion".

Army units clashed with terrorist groups in the farms of Deir Salman and the surrounding of al-Qarieh al-Shamiyeh. The clashes resulted in the killing of Khalid Barakat and scores of other terrorists.

Other units of the armed forces destroyed an armed terrorist group's den that contained an amount of weapons and ammunition in Alieh farms in Douma area.

A number of the terrorists, some of them are of Arab nationalities, were killed in the operation, including Sami Abdullah Ahmad from Somalia.

Members of an armed terrorist group were killed in al-Rihan town, including Jamal al-Masri and Hisham al-Hanash.

Meanwhile, Zamalka-Erbin axis witnessed a number of operations that resulted in the killing of several terrorists in Erbin town, including Rajab Obeid, while Ahmad Hreir was identified among the dead in Zamalka town.

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Corniche area, killing most of its members.

In the southern countryside of Damascus, a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and equipment in Yelda town. Terrorists Eido Ghandour and Walid Ali were among the dead.

Clashes erupted between army units and terrorist groups to the east of al-Sayyeda Zainab shrine and the bakery roundabouts in Daraya city in which 3 terrorists were killed and others were injured.

Another army unit ambushed members of an armed terrorist group in the eastern mountains in al-Zabadani city, killing many of them, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition. Among those were Shaher Khaito and Bilal Awad.

Three terrorists were killed by an army unit near al-Hassan Mosque in al-Qaboun neighborhood in the city of Damascus.

Army kills terrorists including foreigners in Lattakia, Saudi colonel among the killed

Units of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists, injured others in the village of al-Wadi in Rabi'a, in Lattakia countryside and destroyed terrorists' cars loaded with rockets, RPG launchers, machineguns, a military source told SANA.

Terrorists Ahmad al-Tabji, nicknamed Abu Omar, Amer al-Hamzawi, nicknamed Abu Hatim al-Yamani, Abdul-Rahim Damerji, nicknamed Abu Youssef al-Homsi and Ahmad al-Sabih, nicknamed Abu Omar al-Idelbi, the source added.

Another army unit killed 12 terrorists and injured others in the village of Zahiyeh, among them Mahmoud Mustafa al-Sweid, nicknamed Abu Mustafa al-Homsi, leader of the so-called Ahrar al-Sham Battalions and Jaber Mahmoud, nicknamed Abu Ahmad al-Bakistani, in addition to destroying 6 cars equipped with heavy machineguns and a car loaded with ammunition.

A number of terrorists were eliminated in the villages of al-Khadraa and al-Rihaniyeh, among them Abdul-Elah al-Haiyani and Samer Kalash. Two cars loaded with locally-made rockets, ammunition and a car loaded with mortar rounds, were destroyed.

Units of the armed forces eliminated a big number of terrorists, among them Ahmad Kalouh, Samer Bash Mili, Mohammad Nassan, Amer Qarali, Abdel-Rahim Mousa, Mazen al-Asafiri, Hassan al-Boushi and Egyptian terrorist Mohammad Ashouri. The army also destroyed locally-made rockets.

The source said that other army units killed a number of terrorists in the village of Kastal Ido, among them terrorists Abo al-Kassem al-Tunissi, Abu Azzam al-Marakishi , Mohammad al-Sayyed Omar, Riyad al-Qasem, Mohammad Hamed and Mua'taz al-Rashed.

The army also destroyed a number of cars loaded with rockets, launchers and devices.

18 terrorists were eliminated, others were injured and a car loaded with launchers, 3 cars equipped with heavy machineguns were also destroyed in al-Aliya village, The source added, asserting that terrorist Abu Mahmoud al-Jesri and Turkish terrorist Osman Nor-Eddin, in addition to 3 Danish snipers were identified among the dead.

Units of the armed forces killed and injured a number of terrorists in the villages of Tirtiyah and Eyen al-Samour, among them Sulieman al-Hajji, Mahmoud Darwish, Ahmad al-Khaled, Mohammad al-khaled, abdul-Rahim Hamdo, Abu Sulieman al-Hritani affiliated to the so-called Ahrar al-Sham battalions.

The source said that 46 terrorists, among them a Saudi connection colonel named Abu Daifallah al-Saudi and a French and two British terrorists, were killed.

Terrorists' cars loaded with ammunition, Grad rockets and other cars equipped with various heavy machineguns in addition to a sophisticated communication car were destroyed.

The source added that army units killed and injured terrorists in Salma and Rabi'a villages and destroyed a locally-made warehouse and a number of cars equipped with heavy machineguns.

Terrorists Mohammad Hamdo, Ahmad Khaled al-Sheikh, Mohammad al-Sarraj, Ahmad al-Kishek, Abdul-Qader al-Hamandar, nicknamed Abu Zahran al-Halabi, Omar al-Hayyani, Abu Kamel al-Sudani, Abdel –Aziz al-Wahoud and Ramez Hamido, were identified among the dead.

An army unit confronted armed terrorist groups' attempt to attack the village of Kherbet Solas, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, among them the leader of the attack Abu Omar al-Turkumani, from Turkey and his two assistants Abu Mohammad al-Omari and Abdel-Rahman al-Shami from Palestine and terrorist nicknamed Abu al-Aynain al-Maqdisi.

Army foils terrorists' attack on al- Kindi hospital in Aleppo

A military source said that all members of armed terrorist groups who were looting and attacking the citizens in al-Dbait street, the vegetables souk in al-Ashrafiyeh neighborhood, Salah-Eddin and Bustan al-Kasser neighborhoods and the old city of Aleppo, were eliminated and injured.

The source told SANA that an army unit confronted an armed terrorist groups' attempt to attack al-Kindi Hospital and foiled terrorists' attempts to detonate two cars bomb in the area surrounding the hospital, killing and injuring scores of them.

The source added that a big number of terrorists were killed and injured in an operations by the army against the terrorists' hideouts in Talet al-Ghali, al-Nakarin, Biyanon, al-Sheikh Said, Maqtaa al-Bakkarah, the area surrounding Aleppo central prison and al-Kastillo.

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Israel ‘furious’: Delivery of Osprey helicopter-airplanes to Israel

November 1, 2013,

Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia.

Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally to be acting in this way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying.

A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets. It said some previous leaks were believed to have come from the Pentagon, and that consideration had been given at one point to establishing a panel to investigate the sources.

Channel 2′s military analyst, Roni Daniel, said the Obama administration’s behavior in leaking the information was unfathomable. Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks. But the US leaks “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” This in turn would inevitably draw further Israeli action, Daniel posited, and added bitterly: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”

Satellite footage of alleged missile base in Latakia, Syria (photo credit: Wikimapia)

Satellite footage of alleged missile base in Latakia, Syria (photo credit: Wikimapia)


Channel 2 speculated that the US might have leaked word of Israel’s attack as a warning to Israel to desist from such actions. Alternately, it might be seeking to signal that it was part of the tough policy designed to prevent a flow of sophisticated weaponry to Assad. But these and other possible explanations simply didn’t justify the leak, which the TV report described as “illogical” and “foolish.” 

On Thursday, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, reiterated America’s commitment to thwarting Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions. “Let me be absolutely clear: President Obama is determined to ensure that the Islamic Republic does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Power said at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial conference held Thursday in a Manhattan hotel. Addressing the subject of nuclear negotiations with Iran, she said the Obama administration considers a bad deal worse than no deal and that the administration will not accept a bad deal. 

Later Thursday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the US will fast-track delivery of six advanced Osprey helicopter-airplanes to Israel. “Israel will get six V-22s out of the next order to go on the assembly line, and they will be compatible with other [Israeli defense] capabilities,” Hagel said, anticipating delivery in two years time. NBC News said Israel requested that the delivery of the Ospreys be expedited "because of threats from Iran and Syria". Hagel added that “the Israeli and American defense relationship is stronger than ever, and it will continue to strengthen.”

Nonetheless, the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman, who has close ties to the Israeli leadership, told the conference that American wariness of foreign military involvement is making it seem “weak and retreating.” In unusually bitter comments, 

Foxman declared that, “The combination of America’s unsatisfactory involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, together with the financial crisis at home, have generated a broader opposition to American military involvement overseas.” 

Citing among other things the recent congressional resistance to authorizing a strike on Syria, Foxman said: “America is being seen as weak and retreating… 

The world looks at our choices, looks at our public opinion polls, looks at congressional reactions, looks at the paralysis in Washington on budgeting matters and wonders.” 

Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-furious-with-white-house-for-leak-on-syria-strike/


Latest News Syria: Belgian weapons

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Profit and Proliferation, Part 2: Will Belgian Arms End Up in Syria?

April 6, 2012

In a post yesterday, At War looked at how legal arms sales by Belgium’s main weapons manufacturer, FN Herstal, became a troubling factor in the Libyan conflict over the past year. Now there are concerns about where those weapons may turn up next.

Does Belgium share any responsibility in trying to secure Libya’s arms? That depends on whom you ask, and what you mean by “arms.”

Photo: FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012.

Belgium promised 225,000 euros (about $300,000) to an international program led by the United States that is intended to secure the loose stock of heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles in Libya. These weapons were provided to Libya not by Belgium but by former Eastern bloc states. In 2013, a future phase of this program could focus on securing small arms, which Belgium did supply to Libya. While Belgium doesn’t exclude participating in it, the Walloon government, which is FN Herstal’s sole shareholder, has categorically refused to get involved. Its president, Rudy Demotte, argued that the problem was exclusively Libya’s and that his government did not want to enter a “neocolonial logic.”

But Belgium could be confronted with another problem in terms of small arms. Many Libyans say that Qatar, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates provided Libyan rebels with weapons during the recent war. Some of these countries are FN Herstal customers, raising the question of whether Belgian small arms, exported to countries that agreed not to re-export them, were nonetheless re-exported.

On Feb. 26, 2011, the United Nations voted the Resolution 1970, imposing an arms embargo in Libya. Nevertheless, in the spring and summer of 2011, Qatar started shipping military material to the rebels in Benghazi. Some of the weapons shipped by Qatar could well have been FN FAL assault rifles produced in Belgium, according to anti-Qaddafi fighters who received them.

Several fighters said in interviews that their FN FALs were supplied by Qatar. Also, a Libyan operator who worked at the Benina airport in Benghazi in April 2011 said he remembered crates from Qatar full of Belgian FALs. Those particular FALs match the weapons sold by Belgium to the Qatar armed forces. It was impossible to trace serial numbers, however, as this procedure requires a special Interpol request. The Walloon authorities as well as FN Herstal declined to comment.

Belgium’s federal authorities insisted they did not receive any re-export request from Qatar, but also said they have no intention to investigate further.

“The Belgian interpretation of the arms embargo is strict: no weapons were to be supplied,” said Michel Malherbe, a spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Affairs. In this interpretation, if the anti-Qaddafi fighers’ accounts are accurate, then Qatar potentially breached the terms of the U.N. resolution, and Belgium’s refusal to investigate is at odds with the position of one of its neighbors.

Switzerland, upon seeing military material it sold to Qatar in 2009 reappear in Libya in 2011, suspended its arms-export licenses to Qatar from July to December 2011.

The European Common Position on Arms Sales, adopted in 2008, stipulates that the selling country has to assess “the existence of a risk that the equipment will be diverted within the buyer country or re-exported under undesirable conditions.” Qatar, according to the Libyan fighters’ accounts, presents such a risk, as it re-exported military goods to third parties without authorization.

As the fighting continues in Syria, this issue could become more pressing. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari prime minister, declared on Feb. 27 that he was favorable to supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels in their fight against Bashar al-Assad. “We have to do what it takes to help them,” he said during an official visit to Norway, “including giving them weapons so that they could defend themselves.”

The same position was adopted by Saudi Arabia. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, declared that humanitarian help was “not enough” and that arming Syrian rebels was “an excellent idea.” (On the other hand, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced concerns that arming the Syrian opposition could also end up helping Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups get weapons more easily.)

Saudi Arabia is the second-most-important Belgian small-arms customer, behind the United States. This puts Belgian authorities into a difficult position: “The European code and the new Belgian law we tried to install are clear: we cannot export weapons to a country that doesn’t respect non re-export clauses,” said Sophie Paczkowski, spokesperson for the Walloon Region.

On March 9, the Walloon government invited Belgian federal authorities to ask the European Union partners about the Syrian situation. This request was made ahead of the meeting of an European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports on April 26. The Walloon region first decided to suspend issuing new arms export licenses for Qatar and Saudi Arabia. On March 20, however, the region reversed its decision. Until the working group’s gathering, Wallonia will adapt its license policy to the decisions of other European Union countries.

Odds are that little will change after the meeting: no formal decisions will be made at this level. “For questions of this nature, it works more like a consultative body,” said Roy Isbister, from the violence watch group Saferworld. “Countries have an opportunity to ask their E.U. partners what they think about a particular issue, but they don’t have to, and anyway any decision is still then taken at the national level. The problem is that the European Common Position allows for multiple interpretations. It is the selling country that has to assess by itself, following its own interpretation of the criteria, including the risk of arms diversion, when it comes to selling military goods.”

The question remaining is: What will the European countries decide on their own national levels? If the arms licenses to Qatar and Saudi Arabia are not suspended, the sector’s regulations will prove to be no more than empty shells. If they are suspended, FN Herstal loses one of its bigger customers, and the whole Belgian weapons industry is endangered. Regarding Belgian and European arms interests, the Arab uprisings look more and more like a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. The Walloon region will not be able to indefinitely shift its responsibilities onto its European neighbors, and will ultimately face a critically tough decision.


Photos: A Belgian FN FAL assault rifle said to have been supplied by Qatar during the war. Benghazi, February 2012 - FN Herstal cartridges from 1977 in a magazine for an FN FAL assault rifle. Tripoli, February 2012 - Former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, who was pleading for military interventions in Libya and Syria, pleading for the delivery of weapons to the so called Syrian 'opposition'.  Verhofstadt has good contacts with the European weapons ans arms lobby.




Latest News Syria: Israel, an obstacle to Peace


Bashar Asad has already indicated his desire to renew peace negotiations with Israel, largely because of his strategic predicament following the U.S. military action in Iraq. But Sharon rejected Bashar’s overture.


Photo: On the Syrian outpost at the Syria-Israel armistice line in the Golan Heights, it reads: “Peace is our target; the peace which retrieves our Occupied Syrian Golan.”

Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 – Syria: Israel A “Major Obstacle” To Peace

May 23, 2009 – Associated Press – Syria’s Assad: Israel Is ‘Obstacle’ to Peace

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace – Israel News, Ynetnews

May.23, 2009 – Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace

4 June 2008 – Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and “peace talks”



Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK


Shocking Images of Dead Kurdish Fighters: Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

August 12, 2010 

German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.

It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.

In March, the activists gave the photos to a German human rights delegation comprised of Turkey experts, journalists and politicians from the far-left Left Party, as SPIEGEL reported at the end of July. Now Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and a forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the initial suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Did the Turkish army in fact use chemical weapons and, by doing so, violate the Chemical Weapons Convention it had ratified?

Repeated 'Mysterious Incidents'

German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident. "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things," said Claudia Roth, the co-chair of Germany's Green Party. "It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

The politician said there had been repeated "mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation." Roth demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons "in order to nullify further allegations."

Ruprecht Polenz, a member of the German parliament with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union and the chairman of the Bundestag's Foreign Relations Committee, sees it the same way. "Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding that an international investigation would be the best approach.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons for years, points out Gisela Penteker, a Turkey expert with the international medical organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. "Local people have said that again and again," she explained. Finding proof is difficult, however, she said, because bodies were often released so late that it was hardly possible to carry out a thorough autopsy.

'PKK Propaganda'

In Turkey, human rights advocates have long demanded an investigation. The army, however, has refused to comment on the issue. Similarly, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stubbornly silent or tried to portray the accusations of war crimes as "PKK propaganda."

"The prime minister is not interested in human rights violations," says Akin Birdal, a member of the Turkish parliament whose pro-Kurdish BDP opposition party has repeatedly questioned in parliament if Erdogan's war in the southeast of the country is really being conducted legally. In Birdal's view, the only thing that matters to Erdogan is that the army eradicates the PKK problem once and for all "by any means necessary."

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations, according to the Berlin daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung, which reported on the case Thursday. Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons, the ministry reportedly said.

The newspaper also reports that it has obtained additional, shocking pictures in the meantime, supposedly autopsy photographs of six other killed Kurds. These images, too, have now been submitted to the Hamburg-based experts.



Law Suits against Those Inciting Youth to Fight in Syria

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Parliament Speaker Calls for Law Suits against Those Inciting Youth to Fight in Syria

Jun 11, 2013

Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, called for bringing law suits in the Arab countries against the parties which incite young people to go and fight in Syria under the name of 'jihad'.

Speaking during a meeting with an Egyptian media delegation currently visiting Syria, al-Laham pointed out that there are terrorists of 29 nationalities who are committing acts of violence against the Syrians funded and supported by Arab, regional and international countries.

Members of the delegation, who include representatives of various Egyptian media institutions, universities and political parties and a number of activists, lawyers and students, asked to be allowed to contact the Egyptian young men who were arrested in Syria fighting against the Syrian army.

The delegation stressed that the Egyptian people realize the reality about what Syria is being subjected to, saying that Syria is targeted because of its role in resisting the Zionist-U.S. project in the region.

"Syria's victory is a victory of the Egyptian national and pan-Arab trend," the Egyptian delegation members stressed.

In this context, the People's Assembly's Speaker reiterated that Syria is strong and firm thanks to its army, people and leadership.

He renewed Syria's readiness for dialogue to find a peaceful solution to the crisis away from any foreign intervention, stressing however that the opposition abroad is divided and that each party of it receives its orders from the side that funds it.

Al-Laham also affirmed that Syria is committed to the option of Arab solidarity despite all the conspiracies and relapses which the Arab nationalist movement has gone through, stressing the importance for Egypt to restore its pan-Arab role.

H. Said



Latest News Syria: foreign backed moslim-terrorists are brainwashed


Foreign terrorists in Syria are so brainwashed by american war propaganda that they don't even know that through collaboration with the U.S. and Qatar, they are reponsible for the murder of their Muslim brothers in Afghanistan...


Qatar, a small peninsular country in the Persian Gulf, emerged as a partner of the United States in the mid-1990s and currently serves as host to major U.S. military facilities. Qatar holds the thirdlargest proven natural gas reserves in the world, and its small citizenry enjoys the world’s highest per capita income.

Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid airbase south of Doha, the Qatari capital. Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.


As a reminder: 26 October 2011

'Qatar admits sending hundreds of troops to support Libya rebels'

Qatari chief-of-staff reveals extent of involvment, saying troops were responsible for training, communications and strategy...

Qatar has admitted for the first time that it sent hundreds of troops to support the Libyan rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The Gulf state had previously acknowledged only that its air force took part in Nato-led attacks.

The revelation came as Qatar hosted a conference on the post-Gaddafi era that was attended by the leader of Lybia's ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, who described the Qataris as having planned the battles that paved the way for victory.

Abdel-Jalil also said he was asking Nato to extend its mission beyond the end of the month, when it had been due to end, until the end of the year. Help was needed because regime loyalists posed a threat from neighbouring countries, he said.

Gaddafi relatives and other key figures have fled to Algeria and Niger, amid speculation about the whereabouts of the deposed leader's son Saif al-Islam.

A Libyan military official with the NTC told Reuters that Saif and the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are proposing to hand themselves in to the international criminal court. A spokesman for the ICC, however, said it had received no confirmation of the claim.

The Associated Press meanwhile reported an adviser to Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, as saying Senussi was in their country.

It also has emerged that now the fighting is over, Qatar is to lead international efforts to train the Libyan military, collect weapons and integrate often autonomous rebel units into newly established military and security institutions – seen by the UN and western governments as the key challenge facing the NTC.

Qatar played a key role in galvanising Arab support for the UN security council resolution that mandated Nato to defend Libyan civilians in March. It also delivered weapons and ammunition on a large scale – without any clear legal basis.

There were repeated rumours about and occasional sightings of Qatari special forces in Libya during the war. Until now, however, there had been no official confirmation of actions that were not explicitly authorised by the UN.

The Qatari chief-of-staff, Major-General Hamad bin Ali al-Atiya, said: "We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on the ground were hundreds in every region. Training and communications had been in Qatari hands. Qatar … supervised the rebels' plans because they are civilians and did not have enough military experience," AFP quoted him as saying. "We acted as the link between the rebels and Nato forces."

Qatar, whose gas reserves and tiny population make it one of the richest countries in the world, has long pursued an activist foreign policy, promoted by al-Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite TV channel.

But there was still surprise when it sent most of its air force to join Nato's operation and delivered large quantities of what were described as defensive weapons but which included Milan anti-tank missiles to the rebels.

Qatari special forces are reported to have provided infantry training to Libyan fighters in the western Nafusa mountains and in eastern Libya. Qatar's military even brought Libyan rebels back to Doha for exercises. And in the final assault on Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli in late August, Qatari special forces were seen on the frontline. Qatar also gave $400m to the rebels, helped them export oil from Benghazi and set up a TV station in Doha.

Libyan gratitude is clear. The maroon and white flag of Qatar is often flown at celebrations and Algeria Square in central Tripoli has been renamed Qatar Square in honour of the country's support in toppling Gaddafi. Some, however, express concern at the emirate's support for Islamist elements such as the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, one of the most influential rebel formations, led by Abdel-Hakim Belhaj.

Ali Salabi, an influential Libyan Islamist cleric, lived in exile in Qatar for years before this year's revolution. For some analysts the emir's strategy is to support democratic forces selectively in the Arab world, partly to improve the country's international standing while diverting attention from the Gulf, where anti-regime protests have been crushed in Bahrain and bought off in Saudi Arabia.

Photos: 1) The leaders of Qatar live in luxury while the ordinary people in Lybia, Syria and Afghanistan are the victims of their sinful life -  2) Qatar, Arab League, U.S. secretary of State John Kerry


U.S. government: spying on citizens (1)


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Larry Page deny knowledge of PRISM

June 8, 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Larry Page have responded to media reports on the Internet surveillance program PRISM. Both deny having any knowledge of the program before yesterday and say that they have given no one “direct access to our servers.”

A top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post describes Facebook and Google as corporate partners in a program that allows the National Security Agency and the FBI to track foreign targets by collecting data directly from Internet companies’ servers.

Several companies named in the document have denied involvement in PRISM.

“It is possible that the conflict between the PRISM slides and the company spokesmen is the result of imprecision on the part of the NSA author,” authors Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras explain. “In another classified report obtained by The Post, the arrangement is described as allowing ‘collection managers [to send] content tasking instructions directly to equipment installed at company-controlled locations,’ rather than directly to company servers.”

Voice of Russia, washingtonpost.com


PRISM program: spying on citizens or protecting Americans?

The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency launched a massive E-MAIL surveillance program. The program code-named PRISM provides the collection and analysis of users’ data directly from 9 largest web-services in the US - among them Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.

On Thursday the Director of the National Intelligence - James Clapper - said that the PRISM program was directed only at foreigners residing outside the US. This report about the Internet surveillance program came soon after the Guardian obtained a top secret federal court order that required the Verizon telephone company to hand over all the information regarding customer phone calls, to the NSA. The record contains calls both within the US and between the US and other countries.

VoR took to the streets of Washington DC and asked by-passers, how they feel about being wired. The reaction was devided.

And for more we are joined live on the phone by Zaid Jilani- Senior Reporter for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Hello, Mr.Jilani and welcome to the show! Is this news? Didn't we know that this was happening?

Basically we knew that Bush widely expanded his surveillance power. What we didn’t know was that they would be targeting people in this way. We didn’t know that they will be going to Verizon and asking for phone records of customers rather than saying we have 7 people who we suspect, we go to a court and get evidence. So, often when we know something bad is happening in sort of a vague broad aspect, but we actually see example of it. It is what creates the most outrage.

From the LEGAL point of view, how would you assess actions by NSA and FBI?

From what we know what they did was legal. That is probably the biggest outrage because in 2001 Congress passed patriot act and then in 2008-2012 in reauthorized law without any real changes that would defend our liberty. So, unfortunately Congress has made this wide surveillance legal which is probably the most frightening thing of all.

NSA says that this data collection is important for tracking terrorists. How protected is customers' private life then?

 They say this is important to responding terrorism and other crimes. Certainly people would think that if they found a certain person that was doing harm to America, they want to go to that person, request a warrant to survey them, we don’t complain, but when they are doing that to millions of people at the same time, then honestly I as an American don’t feel like my privacy and my rights are being respected. I think a lot of Americans feel the same way no matter what their political view is.

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Latest News Syria: Syrian Army troops take full control


Syrian Army troops take full control of al-Daba’a town

June 6, 2013

Syrian Army troops have taken control of al-Daba'a town in the central province of Homs, a day after they fully purged the strategic border town of al-Qusayr from foreign-sponsored militants.

On Thursday, Syrian troops liberated the town after fierce exchange of fire with the militants. 

Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday that Syrian forces had regained full control of Qusayr following three weeks of fighting. 

Many foreign-backed militants were killed or injured throughout the mop-up operations conducted by Syrian soldiers in the town.

The militants fled to farms and a nearby village. Reports indicate that peace and security have now been restored in the region. 

Syrian troops backed by the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19. 

Qusayr had been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants. 

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes. 



Latest News Syria: Syrian army - Golan Heights


Syrian Army recaptures key Golan Heights crossing

June 6, 2013

Syrian army troops have established control over a key crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shortly after it fell into the hands of foreign-backed militants.

On Thursday, Syrian forces liberated the Quneitra Crossing - situated between Syria and the Golan Heights - after heavy clashes with anti-government gunmen. 

Earlier in the day, Israeli media reported that foreign-backed militants had seized the crossing. 

Meanwhile, Austria has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights in wake of ongoing battles in the area. 

Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission. 

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, although the move was never recognized by the international community and was a violation of international law. 

The Israeli regime has used various means to help the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria, including the provision of medical assistance. 

Also on Thursday, the Syrian troops recaptured the town of al-Daba’a. This came after the Army liberated the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday following three weeks of fighting with the militants. 

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. 

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. 




Latest News Syria: Syrian army eliminates foreign armed terrorists


Army Ambushes Terrorists, Eliminates Terrorists Leaders

Jun 4, 2013

Units of the armed forces ambushed an armed terrorist group fled from al-Qseir into Homs-Damascus Highway.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces killed, in an ambush, in Shamsin area a number of terrorists, injured others and seized an RPG launcher.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist group in Al Rajjoub street in Jourt al-Shayyah, and killed and injured a number of terrorist in another operation in Wadi al-Saieh and Bab Hud neighborhoods in Homs City.

In the framework of its continued operations against terrorists in Homs and its countryside, a unit of the armed forces killed an armed terrorist groups tried to inter al-Qseir city from Dhairij village to support the terrorists in al-Qseir.

An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorists, who were coming from Irsal mountains, were killed and injured on al-Dabaa-Dhairij road.

In Talbeiseh town, a unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists in al-Mshajar al-Janoubi neighborhood, among them terrorists Mohammad Khder Hammadeh, Mohammad Khalid Swaif, Abdul Mun'am Diyab and Mohammad Jamil Yahya.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces continued their operations against terrorists in al-Khaldiyeh and al-Qarabis neighborhoods and al-Bwida al-Sharkia village and in al-Rastan and Aqrab. The army also destroyed terrorists' hideouts and criminal tools.

Army Kills Terrorists' Leaders in Damascus Countryside

The armed forces eliminated a number of terrorists' leaders in Damascus Countryside, among the killed terrorists were the leaders of two terrorist groups.

An official source said that the army continued operations to restore security and stability to Damascus-Homs highway and killed two terrorists' leaders, Abu Hamza of "Rijal Allah Battalion" and Yaser al-Hamwi of "Ansar al-Haq Brigade", and dismantled 3 explosive devices planted by terrorist near the highway in Harasta.

An army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the area of Zamalka and killed and injured the terrorists hiding in it, terrorist Mohammad Amen Sharaf was identified among the injured.

Another army unit killed scores of terrorists to the east of Masraba town, among them were Abdullah Sanari and Otham Thalja.

Terrorists Abdul-Karem al-Khateeb and Muhaymen al-Nasser were killed in al-Mleiha and terrorists Khaled Katkout and Mohammad Barbar were eliminated in Joubar.

In Hijjera town, an army unit carried out several operations in which it destroyed a mortar and a number of heavy machineguns and eliminated scores of terrorists, among them were Mohammad al-Shalabi and Taher al-Ghosh.

Meanwhile, the army clashed with terrorist groups in the area of al-Tal and killed scores of terrorists, among them were Hassan al-Qalmouni, the leader of the so-called " Ansar al-Haq Brigade" terrorist group and Mur'e Zaidan. 

Army Continues Operations, Eliminates Terrorists in Aleppo

The army continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in the areas of Minnegh, Khan al-Assal and Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo.

An official source said that a 23-mm anti-aircraft machinegun was destroyed in addition to a number of heavy machineguns in the areas of Hreitan and Kifr Hamra, adding that scores of terrorist were killed during the operations.

The army also targeted terrorists' gatherings near Minnegh Airport and the Agricultural Research Center, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and munitions.

A terrorist group was eliminated on the road of al-Mislamyeh-al-Owaijeh, among the killed terrorists was the group's leader, Abu al-Qaqa' and nine of his group's members.

Meanwhile, the army units clashed with terrorists in the areas of Khan al-Assal, Karm al-Tarrab, al-Naqqaren, al-Amiryeh and Bustan al-Qasr and killed and injured scores of terrorists.

English Bulletin



Latest News Syria: Protests against government in Turkey



Popular Protests against Erdogan's Government Continue, Almost 1,000 Injured

June 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Sunday took out to the streets in the main cities in Turkey chanting slogans demanding the Turkish government's resignation and Erdogan's departure.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which continue for the third day in a row  in Ankara, Istanbul and other areas, described the government as being "fascist".

The protestors stressed that they will not bow to that who believes himself "the new Ottoman wali' of  the Turkish people.

The Turkish police has responded to the peaceful protest by using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, in addition to other areas.

In reaction, some protestors tried to throw stones near Erdogan's office in Istanbul, while hundreds of protestors ignited fire in Tunali area in Ankara.

Helicopter launched tear gas on the residential neighborhoods, while photos on the Youtube showed an armored police truck hit a protestor.

A protestor in Taksim Square said that "demonstrations are for democracy and they will grow on".

The protestors expressed anger for the limited converge of the demonstrations by the Turkish TV channels due to the terrifying policy of the Government as dozens of journalists were arrested at Erdogan's era.

Erdogan Calls Demonstrators "Saboteurs"

Meanwhile, Erdogan lashed out at the demonstrators who took to the streets in protest against his policies as leader of the government of the Justice and Development Party which, according to them, lay the foundations for a new dictatorship.

Speaking during a conference of the Balkan Turks Association today, Erdogan described the protesters as "saboteurs" who want to block the development of Turkey.

Erdogan used the pretext of "military coup d'état" to justify the crackdown on the peaceful protesters, a pretext he previously used to get rid of his opponents by deposing them and putting them in jail and prosecuting them.

He ignored the popular demands for launching public liberties, stopping the "Brotherhoodization" of the Turkish state's institutions and the resignation of the government, by trying to make believe that the protest was all about opposition to uprooting trees in Taksim Square.

According to media reports, two persons were killed and more than 1000 others were injured because of the use of violence and excessive force by the security forces which receive their orders from Erdogan.

Rescue people told the media that about 1000 people were admitted to hospitals in Istanbul, while hundreds others were injured in Ankara due to clashes with the police.

A large number of protesters were arrested, which was estimated by the Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler at 939 detainees in more than 90 protests.

Amnesty International Criticizes Excessive Force Use by Turkish Police against Protesters

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government which caused the death of two protesters and the injury of more than 1000 others.

"The Turkish authorities must order police to stop using excessive force against peaceful protesters in Istanbul and immediately investigate alleged abuses," said Amnesty International.

It noted that excessive force is routinely used by law enforcement officials to disperse protests in Turkey.

However, Europe and Central Asia Director at the organization, John Dalhuisen, said "The use of violence by police on this scale appears designed to deny the right to peaceful protest altogether and to discourage others from taking part."

The organization talked about the Turkish police officers using water cannon and tear gas for two days "to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul," stressing that this is unacceptable.

It pointed out that Amnesty activists who were observing the protest were also hit with truncheons and tear gasses.

"The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately," said Dallhuisen.

“The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly.

The organization has received several reports about preventing the injured protesters from receiving any medical care and taking them to police stations.

The Amnesty International issued an urgent call upon its activities around the world to take procedures regarding Turkey and called on Erdogan to cease the police' violence and end all aspects of abuse.

The spark of protests was triggered because of a project to uproot 600 trees from the Gazi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul in the framework of a plan set by Erdogan government's to build a shopping centre as part of a large scale regeneration of the area. The Park has always been  considered an outlet for the city's citizens.

English Bulletin



Latest News Syria: Russian humanitarian aid

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More Russian humanitarian aid to Syrians

May 30, 2013

Russia will continue to render humanitarian aid to Syria’s population and refugees who have fled from Syria to other countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

On Thursday, a plane of the Russian Foreign Ministry landed in Jordan’s capital Amman.

It brought 38 tons of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The aid includes portable electric power generators, blankets and food.

Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Christine Beerli has praised Russia for its help to the Red Cross’s workers in Syria.

She says that Russia has allocated about $ 2 mln for helping the Red Cross in Syria.

Voice of Russia, TASS


Latest News Syria: Syrian army


Army Units Kill Terrorists in Several Areas

Jun 1, 2013

PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the armed forces on Saturday continued operations against terrorist groups in several areas, which resulted in killing numbers of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that an army unit killed 4 terrorists who were committing acts of looting and blocking roads near al-Bayarat al-Gharbiyeh on Homs-Palmyra highway.

The terrorists' weapons and ammunition were seized, in addition to forged documents they had with them, according to the source.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces destroyed terrorist's dens and gatherings in Darkoush and near al-Janoudiyeh roundabout in Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb countryside, a military source said.

The source told SANA reporter that other dens for terrorists were destroyed in the areas of Binnesh, Taftanaz, Serjeh, al-Nairab, Jidar Bkafloun, Abo al-Duhour, Maaret al-Numan, Jarjanaz, Jabal al-Arbaeen and Sarmin in the countryside.

The source also mentioned that all members of an armed terrorist group were killed and injured in Taleg Kfarhaya in the countryside of Idleb. A terrorists' den in al-Rab area was destroyed along with the weapons and ammunition inside.

Army Continues Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo

Units of the armed forces killed and injured terrorists in the vicinity of the central prison and Khan El-Asal in Aleppo, destroying their weapons and ammunition, including anti-aircraft machineguns.

An official source told SANA that an army unit clashed with terrorists near Indomie factory in Khan El-Asal area, killing most of them, among them snipers, while another unit killed leaders of terrorist groups in al-Shaar area and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

The source added that two 23mm anti-aircraft machineguns and a number of Jabhat al-Nusra dens were destroyed in Handarat, the industrial city, to the east of the glass factory and southwest of al-Blaka restaurant in the vicinity of Aleppo Central Prison.

The source added that a unit of the army clashed with a terrorist group on al-Maslamieh-Aleppo road, killing 18 of its members and destroying their weapons, including a 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun.

An army unit eliminated armed terrorist groups in Hreitan, al-Kleirieh and Ebteen villages in Aleppo northern countryside, destroying a 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun, while another unit killed and injured terrorists near Toyota company on Aleppo Highway and destroyed their weapons.

Army Tightens Control over Damascus-Homs Highway in Harasta, Damascus Countryside

The Syrian Army inflicted major losses on the armed terrorist groups in Harasta area in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in the neighboring farms to al-Miliha town and killed the majority of its members, whereas another army unit destroyed a terrorist concentration to the west of al-Shifonia town.

The source added that the Syrian army tightened its control over Damascus-Homs Highway near Harasta city after eliminating the terrorists who were attacking citizens.

The source pointed out that two heavy machineguns were destroyed to the east of al-Zabadani city and some 20 terrorists from so-called "Ahrar al-Sham battalion" were killed.

In Wadi Barada, clashes erupted between the Syrian army and armed terrorist groups. The army killed several terrorists and destroyed their equipment.

In Jobar town, the army units gained control over al-Afran and al-Masalekh neighborhoods after eliminating scores of terrorists, including 7 terrorists near the Great Mosque.

Units of the Syrian army also clashed with terrorists in Barzeh and al-Nabek districts and eliminated scores of them and destroyed their equipment.

Three Terrorists Killed, One Arrested in al-Rashideen Neighborhood in Aleppo

A unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group trying to attack a military checkpoint in al-Rashideen neighborhood in Aleppo and confiscated two explosive devices, a machinegun and a number of documents.

An official source told SANA reporter that the clashes resulted in killing three terrorists and arresting a fourth one who confessed to belonging to an armed terrorist group and that he was trained how to plant explosive devices.

He also confessed to setting checkpoints with his fellow gunmen to loot food and fuel materials.

Army Eliminates Terrorists in al-Quseir, al-Rastan, Confiscates Israeli-Made Rockets

Units of the Syrian Army eliminated scores of terrorists and confiscated arms and ammunition, including Israeli-Made rockets.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the Syrian Army eliminated an armed terrorist group in the Northern neighborhood in al-Quseir.

In al-Rastan, the army confronted an armed terrorist group attacking citizens and killed many of them.

The source added that arms and ammunition, including 17 machineguns, 2 RPG launchers, 3 Israeli-made  Law rockets and a large number of DShK bullets and hand grenades.

English Bulletin


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Latest News Syria: Interview President al-Assad (3)


Al-Manar: He actually said that you would be given 20 days, 500 people, and no guarantees. You’ll be allowed to leave but with no guarantee whatsoever on whether legal action would be taken against you or not. Mr. President, this brings us to the negotiations, I am referring to Geneva 2. The Syrian government and leadership have announced initial agreement to take part in this conference. If this conference is held, there will be a table with the Syrian flag on one side and the flag of the opposition groups on the other. How can you convince the Syrian people after two and a half years of crisis that you will sit face to face at the same negotiating table with these groups?

President Assad: First of all, regarding the flag, it is meaningless without the people it represents. When we put a flag on a table or anywhere else, we talk about the people represented by that flag. This question can be put to those who raise flags they call Syrian but are different from the official Syrian flag. So, this flag has no value when it does not represent the people. Secondly, we will attend this conference as the official delegation and legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. But, whom do they represent? When the conference is over, we return to Syria, we return home to our people. But when the conference is over, whom do they return to – five-star hotels? Or to the foreign ministries of the states that they represent – which doesn’t include Syria of course – in order to submit their reports? Or do they return to the intelligence services of those countries? So, when we attend this conference, we should know very clearly the positions of some of those sitting at the table – and I say some because the conference format is not clear yet and as such we do not have details as to how the patriotic Syrian opposition will be considered or the other opposition parties in Syria. As for the opposition groups abroad and their flag, we know that we are attending the conference not to negotiate with them, but rather with the states that back them; it will appear as though we are negotiating with the slaves, but essentially we are negotiating with their masters. This is the truth, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves.

Al-Manar: Are you, in the Syrian leadership, convinced that these negotiations will be held next month?

President Assad: We expect them to happen, unless they are obstructed by other states. As far as we are concerned in Syria, we have announced a couple of days ago that we agree in principle to attend.

Al-Manar: When you say in principle, it seems that you are considering other options.

President Assad: In principle, we are in favour of the conference as a notion, but there are no details yet. For example, will there be conditions placed before the conference? If so, these conditions may be unacceptable and we would not attend. So the idea of the conference, of a meeting, in principle is a good one. We will have to wait and see.

Al-Manar: Let’s talk, Mr. President, about the conditions put by the Syrian leadership. What are Syria’s conditions?

President Assad: Simply put, our only condition is that anything agreed upon in any meeting inside or outside the country, including the conference, is subject to the approval of the Syrian people through a popular referendum. This is the only condition. Anything else doesn’t have any value. That is why we are comfortable with going to the conference. We have no complexes. Either side can propose anything, but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people. And as long as we are the legitimate representatives of the people, we have nothing to fear.

Al-Manar: Let’s be clear, Mr. President. There is a lot of ambiguity in Geneva 1 and Geneva 2 about the transitional period and the role of President Bashar al-Assad in that transitional period. Are you prepared to hand over all your authorities to this transitional government? And how do you understand this ambiguous term?

President Assad: This is what I made clear in the initiative I proposed in January this year. They say they want a transitional government in which the president has no role. In Syria we have a presidential system, where the President is head of the republic and the Prime Minister heads the government. They want a government with broad authorities. The Syrian constitution gives the government full authorities. The president is the commander-in-chief of the Army and Armed Forces and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council. All the other institutions report directly to the government. Changing the authorities of the president is subject to changing the constitution; the president cannot just relinquish his authorities, he doesn’t have the constitutional right. Changing the constitution requires a popular referendum. When they want to propose such issues, they might be discussed in the conference, and when we agree on something – if we agree, we return home and put it to a popular referendum and then move on. But for them to ask for the amendment of the constitution in advance, this cannot be done neither by the president nor by the government.

Al-Manar: Frankly, Mr. President, all the international positions taken against you and all your political opponents said that they don’t want a role for al-Assad in Syria’s future. This is what the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal said and this is what the Turks and the Qataris said, and also the Syrian opposition. Will President Assad be nominated for the forthcoming presidential elections in 2014?

President Assad: What I know is that Saud al-Faisal is a specialist in American affairs, I don’t know if he knows anything about Syrian affairs. If he wants to learn, that’s fine! As to the desires of others, I repeat what I have said earlier: the only desires relevant are those of the Syrian people. With regards to the nomination, some parties have said that it is preferable that the president shouldn’t be nominated for the 2014 elections. This issue will be determined closer to the time; it is still too early to discuss this. When the time comes, and I feel, through my meetings and interactions with the Syrian people, that there is a need and public desire for me to nominate myself, I will not hesitate. However, if I feel that the Syrian people do not want me to lead them, then naturally I will not put myself forward. They are wasting their time on such talk.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, you mentioned the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal. This makes me ask about Syria’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, with Qatar, with Turkey, particularly if we take into account that their recent position in the Arab ministerial committee was relatively moderate. They did not directly and publically call for the ouster of President Assad. Do you feel any change or any support on the part of these countries for a political solution to the Syrian crisis? And is Syria prepared to deal once more with the Arab League, taking into account that the Syrian government asked for an apology from the Arab League?

President Assad: Concerning the Arab states, we see brief changes in their rhetoric but not in their actions. The countries that support the terrorists have not changed; they are still supporting terrorism to the same extent. Turkey also has not made any positive steps. As for Qatar, their role is also the same, the role of the funder – the bank funding the terrorists and supporting them through Turkey. So, overall, no change. As for the Arab League, in Syria we have never pinned our hopes on the Arab League. Even in the past decades, we were barely able to dismantle the mines set for us in the different meetings, whether in the summits or in meetings of the foreign ministers. So in light of this and its recent actions, can we really expect it to play a role? We are open to everybody, we never close our doors. But we should also be realistic and face the truth that they are unable to offer anything, particularly since a significant number of the Arab states are not independent. They receive their orders from the outside. Some of them are sympathetic to us in their hearts, but they cannot act on their feelings because they are not in possession of their decisions. So, no, we do not pin any hopes on the Arab League.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, this leads us to ask: if the Arab environment is as such, and taking into account the developments on the ground and the steadfastness, the Geneva conference and the negotiations, the basic question is: what if the political negotiations fail? What are the consequences of the failure of political negotiations?

President Assad: This is quite possible, because there are states that are obstructing the meeting in principle, and they are going only to avoid embarrassment. They are opposed to any dialogue whether inside or outside Syria. Even the Russians, in several statements, have dampened expectations from this conference. But we should also be accurate in defining this dialogue, particularly in relation to what is happening on the ground. Most of the factions engaged in talking about what is happening in Syria have no influence on the ground; they don’t even have direct relationships with the terrorists. In some instances these terrorists are directly linked with the states that are backing them, in other cases, they are mere gangs paid to carry out terrorist activities. So, the failure of the conference will not significantly change the reality inside Syria, because these states will not stop supporting the terrorists – conference or no conference, and the gangs will not stop their subversive activities. So it has no impact on them.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, the events in Syria are spilling over to neighboring countries. We see what’s happening in Iraq, the explosions in Al-Rihaniye in Turkey and also in Lebanon. In Ersal, Tripoli, Hezbollah taking part in the fighting in Al-Qseir. How does Syria approach the situation in Lebanon, and do you think the Lebanese policy of dissociation is still applied or accepted?

President Assad: Let me pose some questions based on the reality in Syria and in Lebanon about the policy of dissociation in order not to be accused of making a value judgment on whether this policy is right or wrong. Let’s start with some simple questions: Has Lebanon been able to prevent Lebanese interference in Syria? Has it been able to prevent the smuggling of terrorists or weapons into Syria or providing a safe haven for them in Lebanon? It hasn’t; in fact, everyone knows that Lebanon has contributed negatively to the Syrian crisis. Most recently, has Lebanon been able to protect itself against the consequences of the Syrian crisis, most markedly in Tripoli and the missiles that have been falling over different areas of Beirut or its surroundings? It hasn’t. So what kind of dissociation are we talking about? For Lebanon to dissociate itself from the crisis is one thing, and for the government to dissociate itself is another. When the government dissociates itself from a certain issue that affects the interests of the Lebanese people, it is in fact dissociating itself from the Lebanese citizens. I’m not criticizing the Lebanese government – I’m talking about general principles. I don’t want it to be said that I’m criticizing this government. If the Syrian government were to dissociate itself from issues that are of concern to the Syrian people, it would also fail. So in response to your question with regards to Lebanon’s policy of dissociation, we don’t believe this is realistically possible. When my neighbor’s house is on fire, I cannot say that it’s none of my business because sooner or later the fire will spread to my house.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, what would you say to the supporters of the axis of resistance? We are celebrating the anniversary of the victory of the resistance and the liberation of south Lebanon, in an atmosphere of promises of victory, which Mr. Hasan Nasrallah has talked about. You are saying with great confidence that you will emerge triumphant from this crisis. What would you say to all this audience? Are we about to reach the end of this dark tunnel?

President Assad: I believe that the greatest victory achieved by the Arab resistance movements in the past years and decades is primarily an intellectual victory. This resistance wouldn’t have been able to succeed militarily if they hadn’t been able to succeed and stand fast against a campaign aimed at distorting concepts and principles in this region. Before the civil war in Lebanon, some people used to say that Lebanon’s strength lies in its weakness; this is similar to saying that a man’s intelligence lies in his stupidity, or that honor is maintained through corruption. This is an illogical contradiction. The victories of the resistance at different junctures proved that this concept is not true, and it showed that Lebanon’s weakness lies in its weakness and Lebanon’s strength lies in its strength. Lebanon’s strength is in its resistance and these resistance fighters you referred to. Today, more than ever before, we are in need of these ideas, of this mindset, of this steadfastness and of these actions carried out by the resistance fighters. The events in the Arab world during the past years have distorted concepts to the extent that some Arabs have forgotten that the real enemy is still Israel and have instead created internal, sectarian, regional or national enemies. Today we pin our hopes on these resistance fighters to remind the Arab people, through their achievements, that our enemy is still the same. As for my confidence in victory, if we weren’t so confident we wouldn’t have been able to stand fast or to continue this battle after two years of a global attack. This is not a tripartite attack like the one in 1956; it is in fact a global war waged against Syria and the resistance. We have absolute confidence in our victory, and I assure them that Syria will always remain, even more so than before, supportive of the resistance and resistance fighters everywhere in the Arab world.

Al-Manar: In conclusion, it has been my great honor to conduct this interview with Your Excellency, President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic. Thank you very much. President Assad: You are welcome. I would like to congratulate Al-Manar channel, the channel of resistance, on the anniversary of the liberation and to congratulate the Lebanese people and every resistance fighter in Lebanon.

Al-Manar: Thank you.


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Latest News Syria: Interview President al-Assad (2)


Interview Given by President al-Assad to Lebanese Al-Manar TV

May 30, 2013

Al-Manar: But, Mr. President, the nature of the battle that you and Hezbollah are waging in Al-Qseir seems, to your critics, to take the shape of a safe corridor connecting the coastal region with Damascus. Consequently, if Syria were to be divided, or if geographical changes were to be enforced, this would pave the way for an Alawite state. So, what is the nature of this battle, and how is it connected with the conflict with Israel.

President Assad: First, the Syrian and Lebanese coastal areas are not connected through Al-Qseir. Geographically this is not possible. Second, nobody would fight a battle in order to move towards separation. If you opt for separation, you move towards that objective without waging battles all over the country in order to be pushed into a particular corner. The nature of the battle does not indicate that we are heading for division, but rather the opposite, we are ensuring we remain a united country. Our forefathers rejected the idea of division when the French proposed this during their occupation of Syria because at the time they were very aware of its consequences. Is it possible or even fathomable that generations later, we their children, are less aware or mindful? Once again, the battle in Al-Qseir and all the bemoaning is related to Israel. The timing of the battle in Al-Qseir was synchronized with the Israeli airstrike. Their objective is to stifle the resistance. This is the same old campaign taking on a different form. Now what’s important is not al-Qseir as a town, but the borders; they want to stifle the resistance from land and from the sea. Here the question begs itself - some have said that the resistance should face the enemy and consequently remain in the south. This was said on May 7, 2008, when some of Israel’s agents in Lebanon tried to tamper with the communications system of the resistance; they claimed that the resistance turned its weapons inwards. They said the same thing about the Syrian Army; that the Syrian Army should fight on the borders with Israel. We have said very clearly that our Army will fight the enemy wherever it is. When the enemy is in the north, we move north; the same applies if the enemy comes from the east or the west. This is also the case for Hezbollah. So the question is why is Hezbollah deployed on the borders inside Lebanon or inside Syria? The answer is that our battle is a battle against the Israeli enemy and its proxies inside Syria or inside Lebanon.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, if I might ask about Israel’s involvement in the Syrian crisis through the recent airstrike against Damascus. Israel immediately attached certain messages to this airstrike by saying it doesn’t want escalation or doesn’t intend to interfere in the Syrian crisis. The question is: what does Israel want and what type of interference?

President Assad: This is exactly my point. Everything that is happening at the moment is aimed, first and foremost, at stifling the resistance. Israel’s support of the terrorists was for two purposes. The first is to stifle the resistance; the second is to strike the Syrian air defense systems. It is not interested in anything else.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, since Israel’s objectives are clear, the Syrian state was criticized for its muted response. Everyone was expecting a Syrian response, and the Syrian government stated that it reserves the right to respond at the appropriate time and place. Why didn’t the response come immediately? And is it enough for a senior source to say that missiles have been directed at the Israeli enemy and that any attack will be retaliated immediately without resorting to Army command?

President Assad: We have informed all the Arab and foreign parties - mostly foreign - that contacted us, that we will respond the next time. Of course, there has been more than one response. There have been several Israeli attempted violations to which there was immediate retaliation. But these short-term responses have no real value; they are only of a political nature. If we want to respond to Israel, the response will be of strategic significance.

Al-Manar: How? By opening the Golan front, for instance?

President Assad: This depends on public opinion, whether there is a consensus in support of the resistance or not. That’s the question. Al-Manar: How is the situation in Syria now?

President Assad: In fact, there is clear popular pressure to open the Golan front to resistance. This enthusiasm is also on the Arab level; we have received many Arab delegations wanting to know how young people might be enrolled to come and fight Israel. Of course, resistance is not easy. It is not merely a question of opening the front geographically. It is a political, ideological, and social issue, with the net result being military action.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, if we take into account the incident on the Golan Heights and Syria’s retaliation on the Israeli military vehicle that crossed the combat line, does this mean that the rules of engagement have changed? And if the rules of the game have changed, what is the new equation, so to speak?

President Assad: Real change in the rules of engagement happens when there is a popular condition pushing for resistance. Any other change is short-term, unless we are heading towards war. Any response of any kind might only appear to be a change to the rules of engagement, but I don’t think it really is. The real change is when the people move towards resistance; this is the really dramatic change.

Al-Manar: Don’t you think that this is a little late? After 40 years of quiet and a state of truce on the Golan Heights, now there is talk of a movement on that front, about new equations and about new rules of the game?

President Assad: They always talk about Syria opening the front or closing the front. A state does not create resistance. Resistance can only be called so, when it is popular and spontaneous, it cannot be created. The state can either support or oppose the resistance, - or create obstacles, as is the case with some Arab countries. I believe that a state that opposes the will of its people for resistance is reckless. The issue is not that Syria has decided, after 40 years, to move in this direction. The public’s state of mind is that our National Army is carrying out its duties to protect and liberate our land. Had there not been an army, as was the situation in Lebanon when the army and the state were divided during the civil war, there would have been resistance a long time ago. Today, in the current circumstances, there are a number of factors pushing in that direction. First, there are repeated Israeli aggressions that constitute a major factor in creating this desire and required incentive. Second, the army’s engagement in battles in more than one place throughout Syria has created a sentiment on the part of many civilians that it is their duty to move in this direction in order to support the Armed Forces on the Golan.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not hesitate to attack Syria if it detected that weapons are being conveyed to Hezbollah in Lebanon. If Israel carried out its threats, I want a direct answer from you: what would Syria do?

President Assad: As I have said, we have informed the relevant states that we will respond in kind. Of course, it is difficult to specify the military means that would be used, that is for our military command to decide. We plan for different scenarios, depending on the circumstances and the timing of the strike that would determine which method or weapons.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, after the airstrike that targeted Damascus, there was talk about the S300 missiles and that this missile system will tip the balance. Based on this argument, Netanyahu visited Moscow. My direct question is this: are these missiles on their way to Damascus? Is Syria now in possession of these missiles?

President Assad: It is not our policy to talk publically about military issues in terms of what we possess or what we receive. As far as Russia is concerned, the contracts have nothing to do with the crisis. We have negotiated with them on different kinds of weapons for years, and Russia is committed to honoring these contracts. What I want to say is that neither Netanyahu’s visit nor the crisis and the conditions surrounding it have influenced arms imports. All of our agreements with Russia will be implemented, some have been implemented during the past period and, together with the Russians, we will continue to implement these contracts in the future.

Al-Manar: Mr. President, we have talked about the steadfastness of the Syrian leadership and the Syrian state. We have discussed the progress being achieved on the battlefield, and strengthening the alliance between Syria and the resistance. These are all within the same front. From another perspective, there is diplomatic activity stirring waters that have been stagnant for two and a half years. Before we talk about this and about the Geneva conference and the red lines that Syria has drawn, there was a simple proposition or a simple solution suggested by the former head of the coalition, Muaz al-Khatib. He said that the president, together with 500 other dignitaries would be allowed to leave the country within 20 days, and the crisis would be over. Why don’t you meet this request and put an end to the crisis?

President Assad: I have always talked about the basic principle: that the Syrian people alone have the right to decide whether the president should remain or leave. So, anybody speaking on this subject should state which part of the Syrian people they represent and who granted them the authority to speak on their behalf. As for this initiative, I haven’t actually read it, but I was very happy that they allowed me 20 days and 500 people! I don’t know who proposed the initiative; I don’t care much about names.


SYRIA: President Bashar Al-Assad: Full interview:


Latest News Syria: Interview with President al-Assad


Interview with President al-Assad to Lebanese al-Manar TV to Be Broadcast Thursday 

May 30, 2013

The Lebanese al-Manar TV channel is going to broadcast an interview with President Bashar al-Assad on the developments in Syria and the region at 9 pm next Thursday.

The Media Office at the Syrian Arab Presidency mentioned on its Facebok page that the interview will be simultaneously broadcast by the Syrian satellite channels.

H. Said


Photo: President Assad - Damascus University


Latest News Syria: 'Political solution' with American weapons

Syria.Friends_of_Saudi.Arabia.jpg“Friends of Syria”: Assad Has no Role in Future of Syria

May 23, 2013

Participants in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference considered on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had no role in the future of Syria and pledged to “boost support to the opposition until a transitional government is in place.”

In a joint statement issued at the end of more than five hours of talks in Jordan, the 11 nations agreed that “Assad, his regime, and his close associates with blood on their hands cannot play any role in the future of Syria”.

The statement added that “the ministers also said that until Geneva conference in June results in the formation of a transitional government, they will intensify support to the opposition, and will take all the necessary measures.”



'New US Senate bill on Syria'


May 20, 2013

Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.

President Barack Obama called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to rile against Hezbollah’s intervention, at odds with Lebanon’s policy of neutrality.



'Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution'

May 22, 2013

(Reuters) - Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry said recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, "then he is miscalculating".

Kerry was speaking in Amman before a meeting of the Friends of 'Syriagroup of nations' - mainly Western and Arab opponents of Assad.


Latest News Syria: Israel’s military intelligence



Nov. 2, 2010

'IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties'

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria...

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484


May 14, 2013

'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer' 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin despite have only just returned from a trip to China, took with him his National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and the head of military intelligence in the IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin went too, to help with translations.


Israel threatens world peace


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Photo: Netanyahu looks into Syria from the Golan Heights in January 2013


Israel provokes a new war with the Arabian countries

Obama.netanyahu.jpgIn a clear warning to Syria 'to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region', a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated.

Nearly two weeks ago, Israeli warplanes carried out two strikes in Syria.

There was a more limited strike on May 3 at Damascus International Airport.

The Syrian government publicly condemned Israel for the assaults, saying it “opened the door to all possibilities.” The Syrian deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, declared, “We will respond immediately and harshly to any additional attack by Israel.”


Israeli officials are lying

December 5, 2012

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.

No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.

The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries.

The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement, according to current and former administration officials. But they said the United States has growing concerns that, just as in Libya, the Qataris are equipping some of the wrong militants.

The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A. officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided little oversight of the arms shipments. Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.

The Qatari assistance to fighters viewed as hostile by the United States demonstrates the Obama administration’s continuing struggles in dealing with the Arab Spring uprisings, as it tries to support popular protest movements while avoiding American military entanglements. Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means they may play out in ways that conflict with American interests.

“To do this right, you have to have on-the-ground intelligence and you have to have experience,” said Vali Nasr, a former State Department adviser who is now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, part of Johns Hopkins University. “If you rely on a country that doesn’t have those things, you are really flying blind. When you have an intermediary, you are going to lose control.”

He said that Qatar would not have gone through with the arms shipments if the United States had resisted them, but other current and former administration officials said Washington had little leverage at times over Qatari officials. “They march to their own drummer,” said a former senior State Department official. The White House and State Department declined to comment.

During the frantic early months of the Libyan rebellion, various players motivated by politics or profit — including an American arms dealer who proposed weapons transfers in an e-mail exchange with a United States emissary later killed in Benghazi — sought to aid those trying to oust Colonel Qaddafi.

But after the White House decided to encourage Qatar — and on a smaller scale, the United Arab Emirates — to ship arms to the Libyans, President Obama complained in April 2011 to the emir of Qatar that his country was not coordinating its actions in Libya with the United States, the American officials said. “The president made the point to the emir that we needed transparency about what Qatar was doing in Libya,” said a former senior administration official who had been briefed on the matter.

About that same time, Mahmoud Jibril, then the prime minister of the Libyan transitional government, expressed frustration to administration officials that the United States was allowing Qatar to arm extremist groups opposed to the new leadership, according to several American officials. They, like nearly a dozen current and former White House, diplomatic, intelligence, military and foreign officials, would speak only on the condition of anonymity for this article.

The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical jihadi factions have imposed Shariah law in the northern part of the country, the former Defense Department official said. Others have gone to Syria, according to several American and foreign officials and arms traders.

Although NATO provided air support that proved critical for the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration wanted to avoid getting immersed in a ground war, which officials feared could lead the United States into another quagmire in the Middle East.

As a result, the White House largely relied on Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, two small Persian Gulf states and frequent allies of the United States. Qatar, a tiny nation whose natural gas reserves have made it enormously wealthy, for years has tried to expand its influence in the Arab world. Since 2011, with dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa coming under siege, Qatar has given arms and money to various opposition and militant groups, chiefly Sunni Islamists, in hopes of cementing alliances with the new governments. Officials from Qatar and the emirates would not comment.

After discussions among members of the National Security Council, the Obama administration backed the arms shipments from both countries, according to two former administration officials briefed on the talks.

American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.

“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”

For its part, Qatar supplied weapons made outside the United States, including French- and Russian-designed arms, according to people familiar with the shipments.

But the American support for the arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be completely hidden. NATO air and sea forces around Libya had to be alerted not to interdict the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and the emirates, American officials said.

Concerns in Washington soon rose about the groups Qatar was supporting, officials said. A debate over what to do about the weapons shipments dominated at least one meeting of the so-called Deputies Committee, the interagency panel consisting of the second-highest ranking officials in major agencies involved in national security. “There was a lot of concern that the Qatar weapons were going to Islamist groups,” one official recalled.

The Qataris provided weapons, money and training to various rebel groups in Libya. One militia that received aid was controlled by Adel Hakim Belhaj, then leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who was held by the C.I.A. in 2004 and is now considered a moderate politician in Libya. It is unclear which other militants received the aid.

“Nobody knew exactly who they were,” said the former defense official. The Qataris, the official added, are “supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.”

No evidence has surfaced that any weapons went to Ansar al-Shariah, an extremist group blamed for the Benghazi attack.

The case of Marc Turi, the American arms merchant who had sought to provide weapons to Libya, demonstrates other challenges the United States faced in dealing with Libya. A dealer who lives in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Turi sells small arms to buyers in the Middle East and Africa, relying primarily on suppliers of Russian-designed weapons in Eastern Europe.

In March 2011, just as the Libyan civil war was intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided. (American citizens are required to obtain United States approval for any international arms sales.)

He also e-mailed J. Christopher Stevens, then the special representative to the Libyan rebel alliance. The diplomat said he would “share” Mr. Turi’s proposal with colleagues in Washington, according to e-mails provided by Mr. Turi. Mr. Stevens, who became the United States ambassador to Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.

Mr. Turi’s application for a license was rejected in late March 2011. Undeterred, he applied again, this time stating only that he planned to ship arms worth more than $200 million to Qatar. In May 2011, his application was approved. Mr. Turi, in an interview, said that his intent was to get weapons to Qatar and that what “the U.S. government and Qatar allowed from there was between them.”

Two months later, though, his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials say he remains under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The Justice Department would not comment.

Mr. Turi said he believed that United States officials had shut down his proposed arms pipeline because he was getting in the way of the Obama administration’s dealings with Qatar. The Qataris, he complained, imposed no controls on who got the weapons. “They just handed them out like candy,” he said.

David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim reporting from Cairo.



Latest News Syria: China


China: Political Solution Only Way for Solving Crisis in Syria 

May 16, 2013

China on Thursday renewed assertion that the political solution is the only realistic way for solving the crisis in Syria.

The Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, as saying " China attaches great importance to the development of the situation in Syria, and plays a constructive role in solving the crisis politically, as it believes that the future of Syria should be decided by the Syrian people."

He added " The pressing problem lies in urging all the concerned parties to cease violence as soon as possible and start a political transition based on Geneva Statement."

He pointed out that whatever procedure is adopted by the international community, including the UN General Assembly, should lead to realizing the aforementioned goals, taking into account the principles of the UN Charter and the basic rules that govern international relations.

Hong clarified that China expressed its concern over a part of the contents of the draft resolution presented yesterday to the UN General Assembly, and thus asked the sponsor states to take into consideration the opinions of all relevant parties, and not to push for voting by force in order not to hinder the political solution.

The Chinese official expressed his country's readiness to exert joint effort with the international community including the Arab countries to continue in finding a political solution for the crisis in Syria in a just, peaceful and suitable way.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun


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Jeruzalem Post: 'Turkey used chemical weapons'

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'Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'


LAST UPDATED: 8/12/2010 

Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved Photo: Associated Press BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.

MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.

The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.

Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.

Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.



Latest News Syria: Heavy losses foreign armed terrorists

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Terrorists Receive Severe Blows in Several Areas

PROVINCES, (SANA) – The Armed Forces on Tuesday continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in several areas, inflicting heavy losses upon them Read more

Woman Injured in Mortar Shell Launched by Terrorists in al-Qassa Neighborhood in Damascus:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – A woman was injured on Tuesday by a mortar shell launched by terrorists in al-Qassa neighborhood in Damascus city Read more 

The Army Restores Security to Areas in al-Qseir and Aleppo:

HOMS/ALEPPO, (SANA) – The Armed Forces on Tuesday restored security and stability to the town of al-Salloumiyeh and the surrounding farms in the northern countryside of al-Qseir in Homs Read more

Iran, Jordan Stress Need to Find Political Solution to Crisis in Syria through Dialogue

AMMAN, (SANA)- Iran and Jordan stressed the need to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria that maintains Syria's territorial integrity and the unity of its people through comprehensive dialogue involving all components of the Syrian people Read more

PM Instructs All Ministries to Remain in High Readiness to Provide Basic Needs to Citizens:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – In a session chaired by Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, the Cabinet stressed on Tuesday that the Martyrs' Day is a minaret for the coming generations in Syria Read more

Mass Rally in Yemen in Solidarity with Syria:

SANAA, (SANA)- A mass rally took place in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday to express solidarity with Syria and condemnation of the Israeli aggression against Syria sites Read more

Interior Ministry Cadres Donate Blood for Injured Military and Security Colleagues:

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- The Interior Ministry on Tuesday carried out a blood donation campaign in which officers and members from the Internal Security Forces and civilian workers at the Ministry took part Read more

Condemnations of Israeli Aggression on Syrian Sites Continue

CAPITALS, (SANA)- Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, expressed Venezuela's strong condemnation of the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites last Sunday Read more

Media Delegation from Latin America Visits Wounded Soldiers: 

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- A media delegation from Latin America on Tuesday went to Martyr Yusuf al-Azmah Hospital in Damascus to visit the soldiers who were injured by the terrorist groups' acts and the Israeli aggression against Syria sites on Sunday Read more

Golan People Stress Faithfulness to Syria's Martyrs' Souls:

QUNEITRA, (SANA)- People of the occupied Syrian Golan reiterated their commitment to their national identity, deep adherence to their homeland Syria and faithfulness to the martyrs' souls Read more

Asian Parliamentary Assembly Council Condemns Israeli Aggression on Syria:

TEHRAN, (SANA)- The Executive Council of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly denounced the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites and called upon the UN Security Council to condemn these attacks that constitute a flagrant violation of the international law Read more

The Armed Forces Commemorate Martyrs' Day:

Damascus, (SANA) – The Armed Forces commemorated the Martyrs' Day who sacrificed their souls for the dignity of the homeland Read more

Al-Moallem to Lavrov: Syria Has Right to Respond to Israeli Aggression:

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moalled discussed in a phone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday the volatile situation in the region following the Israeli aggression Read more

Tehran… Israeli Aggression on Syrian territories is "Playing with Fire"

TEHRAN, (SANA)-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned the Israeli aggression on the Syrian territories, describing it as "playing with fire." Read more

Martyrs' Day Commemorated…Martyrs Protected Syria's Unity and Sovereignty: 

PROVINCES, (SANA) – In appreciation of the martyrs' sacrifices for the sake of the dignity of the homeland, families of the martyrs across Syria were honored as Syria's top officials visited the Martyrs' monuments Read more

Media Source: Erdogan's Statements Scornful of Religious, Human and Ethical Values:

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_A media source said that Erdogan's statements which coincide with the Martyrs' Day make light of the religious, human and ethical values, adding that they prove his government's involvement alongside Israel Read more




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Latest news: Israel declares war on Syria


Explosions Hit Scientific Research Center in Jamraya Caused by an Israeli Rocket Attack

May 5, 2013

Several explosions hit al-Hameh area in Damascus countryside on Sunday.

Initial information indicated that the explosions took place in Jamraya and targeted the Scientific Research Center there causing casualties.

The information also indicated that these explosions have been caused by Israeli rocket attacks.

The new Israeli aggression is a clear attempt to raise the gunmen morale after the painful blows they received at the hands of our valiant army in several places and after the achievements which were realized on the ground by our armed forces to restore security and stability to Syria.

The new Israeli aggression shows the direct involvement of the Zionist entity in the conspiracy against Syria and the relationship that links the armed terrorist groups with the Israeli hostile schemes backed by the Western, regional and some Gulf states.

Senior Israeli Official Admits Aggression on Jamraya Center

Meanwhile, a high ranking Israeli official admitted that Israel launched an aggression on Syria early Sunday.

AFP quoted the Israeli official, who asked not to be named, as saying that Israel launched an air attack early Sunday morning on sites in Damascus Countryside using "Iranian weapons" as a pretext.

The Israeli official added that Israel's air force is at a very high level of readiness to face any possibility.

US President Barack Obama reiterated in a statement on Saturday thatIsrael has the right to work to defend itself.

Earlier, the Jamraya site was the target of an Israeli strike on January 30.

Ghossoun /H. Said



Syria: "We hope that the Jordan government be sincere in its statements”


"We hope that the Jordan government be sincere in its statements”


The Syrian army has put on its agenda the conclusive removal of foreign-backed armed terrorists since 10 days ago, said Syrian member of parliament Sharif Shehadeh, adding that it now fully controls the city of Dara’a.


Syrian army launches massive ops against terror

In an interview with Iranian 24-hour Arabic News Channel, Al-Alam, the Syrian MP stressed that “the situation in Daraa is under full control. Many terrorists had entered the city via Jordan borders, but the Syrian army has successfully managed to force them to withdraw and gain command in the region”. MP Shehadeh was responding to the question that armed terror groups had planned to launch an attack on capital Damascus through controlling Dara’a. 

“The Jordanian regime endorsed armed groups from the beginning and allowed them to enter Syria through its borders; But later on, it realized that terrorist groups will cause trouble for it and the Jordanian community, so it retreated from its stance and declared to the Syria government that it would not permit transfer of armed terrorists to Syria. We also hope that the Jordan government be sincere in its statements”, the Syrian MP said about Jordan’s take on the Syrian crisis.

“The army has started massive operations in different parts of the country since 10 days ago, and will soon wrap it up successfully” he added, referring to the nation and the army’s support for the Syrian leadership.

Referring to supports being given to al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in Syria by some regional states, Shehadeh noted that “any attempt to create insecurity and weakening security in Syria will become a catastrophe to the whole region”.

He concluded that discord among Syrian opposition groups has its roots in the fact that they are serving the interests of various countries in the region.

“Some of these groups are linked to Qatar and some to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the U.S, and other countries”.

The unrest in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government believes the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports confirming that a very large number of terrorists fighting in Syria are foreign nationals.



Obama's secret order: 53 Syrian citizens killed















Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

Israel enters the war on Syria

terrorist.bombing.Damascus1Car bomb explosion rocks Syrian capital

20.12.2004 - Hezbollah: Not Just Israel's Problem http://www.ideasinactiontv.com/tcs_daily/2004/12/hezbolla...

13.6.2006 - Sherman: Israeli Reaction a Justified Response to Repeated Hezbollah Provocations

26.7.2006 - Hezbollah, Israel, and the lessons of 1982

26.9.2006 - US Says Hezbollah Still Strong After War With Israel

21.4.2011 - Secretary Clinton Meets With Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal
Secretary Clinton Meets With Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal

8.10.2012 - Dutch Foreign Minister Rosenthal, a Dutchman’s Vendetta Against Hezbollah

14.10.2012 - Report in 'Sunday Times' says UAV struck down over Negev beamed images of IDF preparation for joint US exercise.

18.12.2012 - Bulgaria asks for permanent US troops presence

29.1.2013 - NATO crisis management center opens in Bulgaria

30.1.2013 - Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says

16.2.2013 - Hezbollah warns Israel not to count on weaker Syria

18.2.13 - Thomas E. Donilon, U.S. National Security Adviser: 'EU must include Hezbollah in terrorist list. Europe can no longer ignore the threat that this group poses to the Continent and to the world.'

18.2.2013 - Israel and Syria: Behind the Bombs

18.2.2013 - Israel enters the 'civil war' in Syria

19.2.2013 - Bulgaria Presses Europeans to Toughen Stance on Hezbollah

19.2.2013 - Hezbollah, Syria and the Golan Heights, Jerusalem Post

21.2.2013 - Dichter Slams EU Delay in Blacklisting Hezbollah

21.2.2013 - Peres urges EU to put Hezbollah on terror list

21.2.2013 - Latest News Syria: US backed terrorists threaten Hezbollah

21.2.2013 - Israel Presses EU to Place Hezbollah on Terror List

21.2.2013 - 2 hours ago - William Hague discusses Hezbollah with Lebanese president

(The first 4O pages of the search results for 'United States Israel Hezbollah' on Google always repeat that Hezbollah should be seen as a 'terrorist organization'. It is on this way that the news about the war on Syria is manipulated by the western media)

Photo: US-backed terrorist-attack in Syria (21.2.2013)


American 'Peace Process'

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.