Author and journalist Webster Tarpley, from a visit to Syria, says it’s very simple: the Western powers, Israel and the Gulf States are the true forces behind the violence in Syria. They are funding Foreign Terrorist Snipers; “Death Squads”, to come into Syria and Murder Innocent Syrians randomly in their twisted bid to destabilize Syria.
Many of the so called “free syrian army” are in FACT just foreign fighters and fanatics, brought into Syria by the Western Powers, the CIA and Mossad, so as to engineer a false and highly exaggerated impression of the situation there, in order to intervene militarily in Syria and depose Assad’s Government.
- ” Arab League Report Provides Evidence CIA, MI6, Mossad Behind Violence in Syria Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind! (2012indyinfo.com)
- Mossad, CIA and Blackwater operate in Syria – report (therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com)
Alex talks with a young woman going by the moniker of “Syrian Girl” who recently posted a video breaking down the role of the U.S. and Israel in provoking unrest in Syria. She also eloquently dismantles the myth of al-Qaeda, the CIA created terror group.
Russia demanded Wednesday that NATO apologize for civilian casualties during the uprising in Libya last year and accused the Libyan government of supporting a training center for Syrian rebels, provoking a sharp response from the U.S. and Libya’s prime minister.
The sparring was another indication of how deeply divided the international community remains over the turmoil in the Middle East, particularly the bloody uprising in Syria.
Russia and China have accused NATO of overstepping its Security Council mandate to protect civilians in Libya during the uprising last year, and have strongly opposed any similar action in Syria.
Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his country has received information that “a special training center for Syrian revolutionaries” has been established in Libya with support from government authorities.
He did not elaborate but expressed concern about “the uncontrolled proliferation of Libyan arms in the region” and said training fighters to attack Syria’s government was undermining stability in the Middle East.
Churkin said he wanted to the raise the issues in the presence of Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib, who moments earlier had addressed the U.N. Security Council on the challenges Libya is facing after ending Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year dictatorship.
Responding to Churkin’s accusations, el-Keib said that a matter “which concerns the blood of Libyans should not be a matter of political propaganda by any country against other countries.”
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- Russia accuses Libya of training Syrian rebels (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels (seeker401.wordpress.com)
Leon Panetta Says Obama Admin Will Seek “International Permission” To Attack Syria, not Congressional permission. And they will “inform” Congress what their plans are.
ANKARA, Turkey — The Syrian army launched an offensive early Saturday against rebels in the village of Ain al-Beida, not far from the border with Turkey, the Turkish news agency Anatolia reported.It quoted witnesses as saying around 2,000 soldiers and 15 tanks were involved in the operation to seize control of the village only a few kilometres from Turkey.The army overran the village and set fire to the houses, Anatolia said.The agency said opposition fighters injured in the clashes had been taken to Turkey for treatment.Residents in the Turkish village of Guvecci, just across the border in the southern province of Hatay, told AFP by telephone they had heard automatic gunfire and artillery at dawn.
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BRUSSELS – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday called on Syrians “butchering” Syrians to turn their backs on the “criminal” Damascus regime or face justice for the blood on their hands.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime “is butchering its own people. The history of Homs is being written in the blood of its citizens,” Cameron told a news conference at the close of a two-day European Union summit.
Describing the situation in Homs as “truly terrible,” with residents under constant shelling, with no water, no food and no medicine, he said: “It is a scene of medieval barbarity.”
As the EU issued a strong new call for the perpetrators of the violence in Syria to be brought to book, Cameron said, referring to the war crimes trial of dead Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic:
“We will make sure, as we did in Serbia, that there is a day of reckoning for those who are responsible.
“So I have a clear message for those in authority in Syria: turn your back on this criminal regime or face justice for the blood that is on your hands.”
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Syrian opposition forces say they’ve withdrawn from a key neighborhood in the embattled city of Homs. Government forces have been trying to take over the area, saying it’s used as a base by armed militants. All this while the country waits for the arrival of Kofi Annan, the new UN and Arab League envoy, who’s vowed to stop the killing and start dialogue.
Russia has modernized two radars in Syria and Lebanon that could threaten U.S. or Israel’s ability to launch a surprise attack against Syria and Iran, Israeli DEBKAfile portal said on Monday.
The range of the Jabal Al Harrah electronic and surveillance station south of Damascus has been increased to cover all parts of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia.
The range of a Russian-equipped Syrian radar stationed on Lebanon’s Mount Sannine has also been extended, and the data-sharing capability of both radars has been improved.
As a result, the radars are now capable of tracking “U.S. and Israeli naval and aerial movements in the Eastern Mediterranean up to and including Cyprus and Greece.”
“Moscow decided to boost its radar tracking and surveillance reach for Iran’s benefit in response to a complaint from Tehran that it could not longer count on Russia for a real-time alert on an incoming U.S. or Israeli military strike, because those resources were stretched to the limit in support of the Assad regime,” DEBKAfile said citing its sources in the U.S. military.
By ZEINA KARAM and BEN HUBBARD
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. and its allies dismissed the Syrian regime’s referendum on a new constitution Sunday as a “farce” meant to justify the bloody crackdown on dissent.
But voters in government strongholds suggested why some Syrians have not joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad: Loyalty, distrust of the opposition and fear his fall will ignite a civil war.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the poll “a cynical ploy” and urged Syrians who still support Assad to turn against him. A “farce” and a “sham vote” was how German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle described it.
A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization.
By David Lev
A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization, if the killing in the country continued. A senior American official quoted in the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the action would be based on the UN intervention in Kosovo several years ago: Establishment of a beachhead and carving out an area that was off-limits to forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where refugees could come to flee Assad’s troops, and which could be used as aforward base to reduce Assad’s hold on the country, and eventually remove him.
By Omar Fahmy and Nidal al-Mughrabi
(Reuters) – Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.
The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim supporters in the Arab world and deepens his international isolation. It was announced in Hamas speeches at Friday prayers in Cairo and a rally in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas went public after nearly a year of equivocating as Assad’s army, largely led by fellow members of the president’s Alawite sect, has crushed mainly Sunni protesters and rebels.
In a Middle East split along sectarian lines between Shi’ite and Sunni Islam, the public abandonment of Assad casts immediate questions over Hamas’s future ties with its principal backer Iran, which has stuck by its ally Assad, as well as with Iran’s fellow Shi’ite allies in Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.
“I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, visiting Egypt from the Gaza Strip, told thousands of Friday worshippers at Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque.
“We are marching towards Syria, with millions of martyrs,” chanted worshippers at al-Azhar, home to one of the Sunni world’s highest seats of learning. “No Hezbollah and no Iran.
“The Syrian revolution is an Arab revolution.”
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The Syrian Arab Red Crescent Friday began evacuating wounded or sick women and children from the Baba Amro district of the besieged city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
“Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams have started evacuating women and children, the operation is underway,” ICRC chief spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters in Geneva. “The evacuation operation started with SARC ambulances that entered Baba Amro.”
“It’s a first step forward,” she said.
There was no immediate information from the humanitarian agency’s teams on the ground as to whether wounded foreign journalists were among them, she said.
The United States, Europe and Arab nations are preparing to demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad agree within days to a ceasefire and allow humanitarian aid into areas hardest hit by his regime’s brutal crackdown on opponents.
U.S., European and Arab officials were meeting in London on Thursday to craft details of an ultimatum to Assad that diplomats said could demand compliance within 72 hours or result in additional as-yet-unspecified punitive measures, likely to include toughened sanctions. The ultimatum is to be presented at a major international conference on Syria set for Friday in Tunisia.
American officials accompanying U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Tunis meeting of the “Friends of Syria” said the goal is to make it clear to Assad that his regime has a moral obligation to end the shelling of civilian areas and allow assistance into the country. The message will be that the burden is on Assad to respond to the demands of the international community, they said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing discussions over how the ultimatum will be presented at the Tunis conference. Several nations have proposed creating protected corridors through which humanitarian relief can flow but it was not clear if a consensus could be reached on the matter, as such a step would almost certainly require a military component.
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- ‘Friends of Syria’ consider ultimatum to Assad (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Friends of Syria preparing to challenge Assad (cbc.ca)
Pat Buchanan: America’s crusade under the banner of ending tyranny in the world is “utterly utopian”
America simply cannot afford to continue “to carry this enormous burden, defending 40 or 50 countries around the world”
“You cannot replicate the Middle West in the Middle East,”
” Getting rid of these bases essentially means dismantling the American Empire to help the US survive beyond 2025.
” 300 nukes in Israel yet Iran is a threat?”
By Alex Lantier
20 February 2012
US military officials confirmed Saturday that US drones are flying over Syria, as fighting spreads inside the country and US officials discuss military or “humanitarian” intervention to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
The drone flights, which flagrantly violate Syrian air space, include a “good number” of both military and US intelligence drones, according to US defense officials. These officials said the drones’ mission is to obtain “intercepts of Syrian government and military communications in an effort to ‘make the case for a widespread international response.’”
The Israeli daily Ha’aretz also reported Saturday that Syrian forces had captured 40 Turkish intelligence operatives working with the “opposition” inside Syria. It said the Turkish operatives confessed to working with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to train the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), and claimed that Mossad operatives were working with Al Qaeda operatives in Jordan planning operations in Syria.
This echoes testimony Thursday before the US Senate Armed Services Committee by US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He said that recent bombings in Damascus and Aleppo “had all the earmarks of an al Qaeda-like attack. So we believe that al Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria.”
As in last year’s war in Libya, Washington is seizing on violence between the Assad regime and US-backed opposition forces—which are organizing protests and killings inside Syria—to justify military intervention.
Significantly, the US relied extensively on former Al Qaeda fighters of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) to topple Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and it appears a similar relationship is being established in Syria.
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DAMASCUS, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a judge and the general attorney of the northwestern province of Idlib in Syria, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
The armed group targeted the officials’ car in which they were heading to work, killing Idlib’s General Attorney Nidal Ghasal and Judge Mohammad Ziadeh along with their driver, according to SANA.
The northwestern province of Idlib, on borders with Turkey, has emerged as one of the hotbeds of armed insurgency against the Syrian government forces.
Syria has accused Turkey of supporting armed groups in the northern region by giving refuge to armed groups and providing them with arms.
The Syrian government has blamed the unrest in Syria on plots by terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs and said more than 2, 000 army and security personnel were killed during the past months, while the UN put the death toll in the Syrian unrest at around 6, 000.
Vice foreign minister in Damascus to meet Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, as violent crackdown on protests continues.
Syrian government forces have continued a crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government, despite the arrival of a Chinese diplomat for talks on the unrest.
Zhai Jun, China’s vice foreign minister, is due to hold talks on Saturday with the Syrian president on resolving the country’s crisis.
Demonstrations against began in March last year, and unrest has so far claimed thousands of lives, according to UN estimates, as the government continues to suppress protests and the armed opposition has taken to carrying out attacks on Syrian security forces.
China joined Russia in vetoing a recent UN Security Council resolution that would call for an immediate halt to violence and for the president to abide by an Arab League plan to step down.
Before leaving for Damascus, Zhai said: “China does not approve of the use of force to interfere in Syria or the forceful pushing of a so-called regime change.”
Upon arriving in the Syrian capital, he said he would strive to “play a positive role” and “make some contribution” to
seeking a “proper solution to the Syrian issue”, the Xinhua news agency said.
The UN general assembly passed a similar, but non-binding, resolution, on Thursday.
China’s embassy in Damascus said Zhai would meet his Syrian counterpart on Friday night, hold talks with Assad on Saturday and also meet opposition figures in Damascus.
Zhai’s comments came as US defence officials told a US network that “a good number” of unmanned US military and intelligence drones are operating in the skies over Syria to monitor Assad’s government forces attacks against civilians and armed opposition.
“The officials said this surveillance is not in preparation for US military intervention,” NBC News reported on Friday.
‘No intention to intervene’
In Turkey, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a UN mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiralling violence.Rasmussen said on Friday that he also rejected the possibility of providing logistical support for proposed “humanitarian corridors” to ferry relief to towns and cities embroiled in violence.
“We have no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria,” Rasmussen said in an interview with Reuters news agency, during a visit to mark the 60th anniversary of Turkey joining the alliance.
The diplomatic developments came as gunfire and loud explosions were heard on Friday in Damascus, the Syrian capital, while the bombardment of Homs by security forces entered a 13th day.
Activist groups said tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets after the main weekly Muslim prayers, from Deraa in the south to Aleppo and Idlib in the north and Deir ez-Zour in the east to areas around Damascus.
The Local Co-ordination Committees, an umbrella organisation of opposition groups, said security forces opened fire on some protests, which came in response to a call by internet-based activists for a rally for a “new phase of popular resistance”.
In Damascus, one civilian died and 12 were wounded, some critically, when they were fired on at a demonstration in the Mazze neighbourhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based opposition group, said.
The SOHR said at least 10,000 people demonstrated in the southern town of Dael, in Deraa, the cradle of the uprising which human rights groups say has cost more than 6,000 lives in the past 11 months.
Other rallies were staged in the towns of Jasem, Inkhel and Nimr al-Hara, where security forces wounded some demonstrators when they opened fire on them.
In Homs, rockets crashed into opposition strongholds at the rate of four a minute on Friday, according to one political activist who said the central Syrian city was facing a humanitarian crisis.”It’s the most violent in 14 days. It’s unbelievable – extreme violence the like of which we have never seen before,” HadiAbdullah, of the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution, another opposition group, said.
A tank fired into a residential part of Homs before bursts of machinegun fire clattered across the neighbourhood, according to a video uploaded by activists to YouTube.
“The regime troops are still shelling at the moment but are reluctant to enter Bab Amr [neighbourhood]. They are on the periphery and are moving slowly. The army will lose if it begins urban warfare,” Omar Shakir, a prominent activist, said.
International rights groups have estimated that the assault on Homs has killed almost 400 people, and a medic reached on Skype said 1,800 have been wounded.
“There are injuries that cannot be treated because of a lack of medical equipment,” Ali al-Hazzuri said.
“There are casualties who are close to dying.”
Nine bodies of unidentified people were found on Friday morning in Homs, according to the SOHR, which also reported the heaviest shelling in the city for two weeks.
Al Jazeera and agencies