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07-05-2013, 12:17 PM
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EvilMaster, this fellow Canadian was hearing scuttlebutt out of Western Europe that the Euros are expecting a pipeline to route through Syria across Turkey and into their neck of the woods; supplying them with cheap gulf oil and providing relief from the price gouging Russian oil barons.

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07-06-2013, 04:07 PM
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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/05/...-in-syria/

Russia urges probe of Libya arms shipment to militants in Syria

Fri Jul 5, 2013 4:9PM

Russia has called on the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) to probe reports that massive arms stockpiled by former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi are making their way to foreign-sponsored militants in Syria.

“Russia applied to the UNSC Committee overseeing sanctions against Libya asking to initiate an investigation of the information (about the alleged arms supply to the Syrian opposition from Libya)…,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"If this information is correct, it means a severe violation of international embargo imposed on Libya," the statement added.

On June 21, the New York Times reported that the evidence collected in Syria together with flight-control data and interviews with militia members, smugglers, militants, analysts and officials in several countries attest to the fact that a great deal of effort, spearheaded and financed by Qatar, is underway to transport arms from Libya to Syrian anti-government gunmen.

The report further noted that Qatari C-17 cargo planes have landed at least three times in Libya this year, including flights from Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli on January 15 and February 1 as well as another that departed Benghazi on April 16.

The aircraft would pick up a shipment of weapons each time. The munitions were then taken to the Turkish-Syrian border, and passed onto the Syrian militants.

Officials say the arms shipments from Libya to Syria principally appear to be the work of armed groups in the North African country rather than the weak central government in Tripoli.

Fawzi Bukatef, a former revolutionary commander who has recently been appointed as Libya’s ambassador to Uganda, said Libyan militiamen have been shipping weapons to Syrian militants for more than a year.

Turmoil has gripped Syria for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.

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07-07-2013, 08:11 AM
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07-07-2013, 01:12 PM
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07-10-2013, 08:19 AM
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07-11-2013, 02:59 AM
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First they murder a Catholic Priest, now an Orthodox one.. who knows how many others.

Yet western liberal humanitarian activists are not showing outrage.
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07-11-2013, 08:52 AM
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Al Qaeda forces place food embargo on West Aleppo, western media ignoring the story.




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07-13-2013, 02:09 PM
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Terrorist state Israel at it again:

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/07/12/us-of...ia-attack/

US Officials: Israel Behind Recent Syria Attack
Strikes Targeted Coastal Base in Latakia


by Jason Ditz, July 12, 2013

Last Friday, a series of explosions tore through a coastal base in the Syrian port city of Latakia, destroying a cache of anti-ship missiles acquired from Russia. No one claimed responsibility at the time.

But US officials are now confirming that the attack was the result of a series of Israeli airstrikes against Latakia, the latest in a series of Israeli attacks against Syrian military targets.

The strike killed between 10 and 20 Syrian soldiers according to various reports from last weekend, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted at responsibility, saying that Israel would be blamed for any attack in the Middle East anyhow, but not denying anything.

It’s the fourth confirmed Israeli attack on Syria in the past six months, though Israel hasn’t officially commented on any of them and seems contented to just strike at will and forget about it.
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07-13-2013, 02:14 PM (This post was last modified: 07-13-2013 02:14 PM by BRIC Countries.)
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http://news.antiwar.com/2013/07/12/rebel...-al-qaeda/

Rebel FSA Declares War on Syrian al-Qaeda
Cites Assassination of FSA Commander as Reason


by Jason Ditz, July 12, 2013


Skirmishes between Syrian rebel factions are nothing new, but seem to be reaching a whole new level today, with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the largest secular rebel group, declaring “war” on Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda linked Islamist faction that is seen as the frontline fighters for most of the war’s major battles.

The two factions have clashed, but have also fought side-by-side in the past. The FSA accused al-Qaeda fighters of killing one of their top commanders yesterday when they met for what was supposed to be a coordination talk.

The declaration may be aimed at speeding pledges of US aid for the FSA fighters, who have been openly backed by the US. The Obama Administration has been keen to see the FSA start fighting al-Qaeda openly, even if it means “temporarily” forgetting about the war with Syria’s government.

In the end, the big winner could be the Assad government, as it divides their two biggest opponents int he civil war, and, if the new fight holds, will keep the FSA from using foreign jihadists to do the heavy lifting in major clashes.
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07-13-2013, 02:18 PM
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(07-11-2013 08:52 AM)Megatherium Wrote:  Al Qaeda forces place food embargo on West Aleppo, western media ignoring the story.




Saw the interview at her website.

Sad to see what has happened to Aleppo.
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07-13-2013, 04:28 PM
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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/12/...ia-report/

Pakistani Taliban set up base in Syria: Report


The Pakistani Taliban have set up a base in Syria to join foreign-sponsored militants in their fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a report says.


A senior Taliban commander said that the base was established by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the help of former Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin who moved to Syria in recent years, the state-run BBC reported on Friday.

Mohammad Amin, a Taliban operative and "coordinator of the Syrian base,” said some 12 warfare and information technology experts had travelled to Syria during the past two months to assess the situation in the Arab country.

He claimed that the cell in Syria was set up six months ago, adding that it sends "information and feedback" on the crisis.

"They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan," Amin added.

Their task is to assess the needs of the militants in Syria, and to work out joint operations.

"There are dozens of Pakistani hopefuls in line to join the fighting against the Syrian Army, but the advice we are getting at the moment is that there's already enough manpower in Syria."

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced 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 -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants.

The Syrian troops have recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on Takfiri extremists.

The Syrian Army’s push against the militants rattled their foreign sponsors.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army’s recent successes against the militants.

In a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal insisted on June 25 that the militants in Syria must be armed with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.

Zoubi said that the Saudi weapons and money is the main reason behind bloodshed in Syria, adding that Faisal “is lost in the Syrian blood.”

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07-14-2013, 12:08 AM
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http://rt.com/op-edge/usa-syria-chemical-weapons-959/

Obama wags the dog over Syria chemical weapons

Nile Bowie is a political analyst and photographer currently residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Published time: July 12, 2013 10:03

A team of Russian experts recently submitted reports to the UN detailing how chemical weapons used in Syria were not consistent with what the armed forces use, suggesting that rebels groups were responsible for the attack.

The Obama administration unwaveringly holds Bashar Assad’s forces responsible for using sarin nerve gas against civilians, and is now using these allegations to justify a military escalation of the conflict.

When a crude chemical weapon containing sarin nerve gas killed 30 people after it was set off near Aleppo on March 19, the Syrian government immediately called for an investigation into the incident, prompting accusations and speculation from all sides.

President Obama immediately cast doubt over concerns that the rebels could have been behind the attack and, despite the lack of any compelling evidence, the US concluded in June that Syrian government forces were the perpetrators.

The use of chemical weapons signified the crossing of Obama’s much-touted ‘red line’ by government forces, prompting Washington to announce that it would now openly supply the rebels with arms. Meanwhile, Russia made it clear that they were not convinced by Washington’s claims as prominent Russian political figures made comparisons between Obama’s unverified claims of chemical weapons in Syria and Bush’s fabricated claims of WMDs in Iraq.

The results of a test recently conducted by a Russian team directly contradict US assertions that Assad used chemical weapons. Russian experts claim that the missile used in the chemical weapons attack was not factory made, and that the chemical components found were not consistent with what the Syrian military uses.

Damascus initially asked the UN to investigate, but protested when Russian and Chinese experts were excluded from the investigation team over concerns of bias. Previous statements by Carla Del Ponte, head of a UN commission of inquiry that looked into the March 19 incident, suggested that the rebels used chemical weapons, not the Syrian government. The way the Syrian conflict is played out on the international stage displays the stranglehold that Washington enjoys over the United Nations, as investigation and testimony seen to be unfavorable to the US position has been suppressed, overlooked or outright blocked.

A man injured by chemical weapons smiles during the visit of Syrian government officials at a hospital in Aleppo, March 21, 2013 (Reuters / George Ourfalian)

Why is the tail wagging the dog?
The fact that the Obama administration intends to overtly arm non-state actors in Syria isn’t all that significant, given that the CIA has covertly been syphoning arms to ‘moderates’ (non-cannibals presumably) for the greater duration of the conflict. The White House has been trying to distance itself from hardline jihadist brigades, which should be seen as completely disingenuous, given that the biggest suppliers of arms to Syria have been Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are among the biggest purchasers of American weapons – there is no way that Washington can deny its hand in enabling terrorism in Syria.

The timing of Obama’s statement accusing Assad’s forces of using chemical weapons begs comparison to the 1997 black comedy flick ‘Wag the Dog’, starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. The plot revolves around De Niro, a PR-spin doctor, and Hoffman, a Hollywood director, who are tasked with channeling public opinion away from a presidential sex scandal just days before elections.

De Niro and Hoffman accomplish this by staging an entirely fabricated war against Albania, playing up the “Albanian threat” and the alleged crimes taking place there, which then claim all the headlines and earn the president another term. In other words, attention was diverted away from an issue of significance to something entirely baseless and fabricated.

It’s no coincidence that Obama publicly charged Assad with using chemical weapons in the fallout of the PRISM leaks and the ongoing Edward Snowden saga, which continues to dominate headlines, much to the embarrassment of the US. Those who have been skeptical of the Russian position on Syria should ask themselves, what does Assad have to gain from using chemical weapons and crossing the proverbial red line?

On the other hand, do the rebels, who have used every opportunity to call for more foreign intervention and aid, have anything to gain from using chemical weapons? The answer is abundantly clear for anyone looking at the situation impartially.

A boy, affected in what the government said was a chemical weapons attack, is treated at a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo March 19, 2013 (Reuters / George Ourfalian)

Is there still hope for Geneva talks?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hit the nail on the head when he called for the US to either choose to stage a peace conference or continue to channel arms to militants and non-state actors in Syria – obviously, it cannot do both.

The possibility of peace talks between the Syrian government and representatives of the fragmented array of armed groups is again uncertain, as Moscow accuses Washington of encouraging the rebels not to cooperate or negotiate. The situation on the ground in Syria shows that Assad has claimed the upper hand, following the recapturing of the strategic town of Qusair by government forces.

The recent resignation of Ghassan Hitto, the ‘interim prime minister’ of the Syrian Opposition Coalition further illustrates the ineptitude of the foreign-funded opposition, which has been created solely to secure the interests of its US-Qatari-Saudi sponsors in a post-Assad scenario.

In light of the changing situation on the ground, the US has increased the number of combat-ready troops to almost 1,000 in neighboring Jordan following an earlier announcement that it will leave Patriot missiles and warplanes in the country.

Following the recent Russian studies of chemical weapons use by the rebels, Damascus has invited chief UN chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and UN disarmament chief Angela Kane for talks following announcements that a rebel-linked storage site containing copious amounts of dangerous chemicals had been discovered.

It’s clear that Western-Gulf efforts to topple the government of Syria have been nearly exhausted, and as these parties get more desperate to bring about the outcome they would like to see, a final push into Syria can still be in the cards.

The only certainty at this point is that if peace talks ever come to fruition, the catering company is going to have a difficult time putting together a menu to appease the exotic taste buds of those in the Farouq Brigade and their friends in the Al-Nusra Front.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT
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07-14-2013, 03:27 AM
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(07-13-2013 02:09 PM)BRIC Countries Wrote:  Terrorist state Israel at it again:

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/07/12/us-of...ia-attack/

US Officials: Israel Behind Recent Syria Attack
Strikes Targeted Coastal Base in Latakia


by Jason Ditz, July 12, 2013

Last Friday, a series of explosions tore through a coastal base in the Syrian port city of Latakia, destroying a cache of anti-ship missiles acquired from Russia. No one claimed responsibility at the time.

But US officials are now confirming that the attack was the result of a series of Israeli airstrikes against Latakia, the latest in a series of Israeli attacks against Syrian military targets.

The strike killed between 10 and 20 Syrian soldiers according to various reports from last weekend, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted at responsibility, saying that Israel would be blamed for any attack in the Middle East anyhow, but not denying anything.

It’s the fourth confirmed Israeli attack on Syria in the past six months, though Israel hasn’t officially commented on any of them and seems contented to just strike at will and forget about it.

Absolutely disgusting that Israel gets to lob missles at its neighbors with impunity.

I guess it didn't matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.
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07-14-2013, 03:40 AM
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(07-13-2013 04:28 PM)BRIC Countries Wrote:  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/12/...ia-report/

Pakistani Taliban set up base in Syria: Report


The Pakistani Taliban have set up a base in Syria to join foreign-sponsored militants in their fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a report says.


A senior Taliban commander said that the base was established by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the help of former Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin who moved to Syria in recent years, the state-run BBC reported on Friday.

Mohammad Amin, a Taliban operative and "coordinator of the Syrian base,” said some 12 warfare and information technology experts had travelled to Syria during the past two months to assess the situation in the Arab country.

He claimed that the cell in Syria was set up six months ago, adding that it sends "information and feedback" on the crisis.

"They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan," Amin added.

Their task is to assess the needs of the militants in Syria, and to work out joint operations.

"There are dozens of Pakistani hopefuls in line to join the fighting against the Syrian Army, but the advice we are getting at the moment is that there's already enough manpower in Syria."

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced 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 -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants.

The Syrian troops have recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on Takfiri extremists.

The Syrian Army’s push against the militants rattled their foreign sponsors.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army’s recent successes against the militants.

In a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal insisted on June 25 that the militants in Syria must be armed with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.

Zoubi said that the Saudi weapons and money is the main reason behind bloodshed in Syria, adding that Faisal “is lost in the Syrian blood.”

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So now Taliban AND Al Qaeda members are fighting against Assad?!

I guess it didn't matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.
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07-14-2013, 03:52 PM
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul...hes-aleppo

Free Syrian army clashes with jihadists in wake of commander's assassination
Fighting in Aleppo widens cracks in splintering opposition as military gains are reversed


Martin Chulov, Beirut
The Observer, Sunday 14 July 2013

The body of a rebel being carried into Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, where jihadists have been trying to exert their influence. Photograph: Dona Bozzi/Corbis
Months of uneasy calm between jihadists and the mainstream Syrian opposition spilled into fierce fighting in Aleppo on Saturday, days after a senior Free Syria army commander was assassinated by a jihadi group.

The fighting was in Bustan al-Qasr in the south-east of the divided city, near a main checkpoint between the regime-held west and the opposition-held east. The east has been under the nominal control of units associated with the FSA for much of the past year. However, jihadists who have also been trying to assert themselves and this week took over the checkpoint, stopping people and supplies from crossing.

The battle underscored the fast-splintering nature of the Syrian opposition, which made sweeping military gains across much of northern Syria last year, but has been unable to advance from its key strongholds in Aleppo and elsewhere since January.

Using a mix of charity and conciliation, the jihadists had initially won the trust of reluctant communities in Aleppo and the countryside between Syria's second city and the Turkish border. However, their more strident posture in recent weeks is now earning them enemies among their hosts.

The anger is centred towards foreign jihadists who, while still a minority among the myriad groups, are often aggressively operating outside the control structures of the Syrian extremists and the FSA. Foreign fighters are believed to have led the attack on the Aleppo checkpoint and killed the senior commander, Kamal Hamami, in the Jebel al-Krud country side north of Latakia on Thursday.

Jabhat al-Nusra, the main jihadist group, and the FSA had until recently worked alongside each other during major operations in the north. While relations between them have not yet broken down, the rise in prominence of fringe organisations is eroding discipline across opposition ranks.

The infighting comes as the regime, heavily backed by Hezbollah forces from Lebanon and a large contingent of Shia foreign fighters, many from Iraq, continue to slowly advance into rebel-held areas of Homs, Syria's third city 150 miles to the south of Aleppo, which has been under intensive air and ground attack for much of the past week.

Opposition groups posted a video online on Saturday, which purports to show Syrian air force jets attacking a crusader castle, Krak de Chevaliers, near the city. Some opposition strongholds in Homs, which is now a divided city, have been bombed more heavily than at any time since February last year, activists say. Syrian military formations to the south and east suggest a ground invasion may follow the bombardment. The battle comes one month after Hezbollah and Syrian forces took the town of Qusair, 30 kilometres to te south it what was seen as the first leg of a summer offensive.
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