Arkiv för december, 2012

31 dec

nz.week.com – Syrian troops arrest 4 Turkish fighter pilots in Aleppo – english.ruvr.ru – 4 Turkish jet-fighter pilots arrested in Syria

Syrian troops arrested four Turkish fighter pilots near a military airport in the northern province of Aleppo, a pro-government daily said Monday.
The guarding troops of the Koerc military airport arrested four Turkish officers who were trying to sneak into the airport with an armed group, al-Watan said, giving no further details about the fate of the Turkish pilots but saying that the incident came to explicitly implicate Turkey.

english.ruvr.ru – Syria’s govt troops repel attack near Jordan

Syria’s forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have repelled a rebel invasion attempt near the border with Jordan eliminating several militants.
Border police also managed to seize a large pile of weapons, some of them Israeli-made, designated for the Free Syrian Army in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

Press TV – Syria will respond to any initiative to solve crisis through talks: PM

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi says Damascus will respond to any initiative meant to resolve the turmoil in Syria through dialogue.
“The government is working to support the national reconciliation project and will respond to any regional or international initiative that would solve the current crisis through dialogue and peaceful means and prevent foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs,” Halqi said on Monday.

Press TV – Militants blow up gas pipeline in eastern Syria

Militants fighting against the Syrian government have reportedly blown up a section of a gas pipeline in eastern Syria.
The Monday explosion, which was carried out near the city of Deir el-Zour in the oil-rich eastern region of Syria, resulted in the loss of some 1.5 million cubic meters of natural gas.
Syrian officials say the targeted oil field fed electricity plants and a fertilizer factory in the region.
The militants in Syria have repeatedly attacked the country’s oil infrastructure. Last week, the militants said they had seized the al-Tanak oil field also located in eastern Syria.

Ismail Salami – Syria swings between hell and dialogue

What roles Turkey play in Syria’s insurgency?
The US and its allies have been campaigning against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in their new outlets since the unrest began in the country. The United States and Israel have tried to use Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyeb Erdogan as a tool to keep the Syrian government away from Hezbollah and Iran. Refugee camps in Turkey have turned into training centers by groups such as al-Qaeda and people who are not Syrian refugees by no means.
In this edition of INFocus we set out an investigative mission in Turkey to uncover its pivotal role in Syria’s insurgency. We will also describe how foreign countries such as America, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya are sending weapons into the country.

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30 dec

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english.ruvr.ru – Brahimi says has Syria plan that world powers may adopt – almanar.com.lb – Brahimi: Situation in Syria Getting Worse, Plan to be Adopted

International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday he has a proposal to end the deadly 21-month conflict there ”that could be adopted by the international community.”
”I have discussed this plan with Russia and Syria… I think this proposal could be adopted by the international community,” the UN and Arab League envoy said in Egypt after meeting League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

almanar.com.lb – Behind the Scenes: Qatari PM Says Syria Proved ‘Unbreakable’

During a meeting between UN-Arab league envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad this week, Assad was resilient on basics but showed some flexibility to form committees to discuss the constitution, form an expanded government, and follow up with the process of government’s reforms and achievements to pave the way for national reconciliation.

Är det så att Thierry Meyssan vet mer än någon annan om vad som pågår bakom kulisserna vad gäller Syriensituationen? I en ny artikel håller han självsäkert fast vid den bild han givit sen ett par månader tillbaka, att Obama är inställd på en överenskommelse som ska få slut på striderna i Syrien.
Tänk om han matas med falsk information av någon. Redan i februari-mars 2012 menade han att USA slutat ge stöd åt ”rebellerna”, efter Rysslands och Kinas veto i FN mot en resolution som skulle kunna bana väg för ett militärt Nato-ingripande.
Men det finns en del som tyder på att det kan vara som han säger, t.ex. att man i västmedierna pratar om en möjlig fredsöverenskommelse, och att man i lite högre grad nu lyfter fram de väpnade gruppernas brutala illdåd.
Thierry Meyssan – The FSA continues to shine like a dead star

While the French press persists in announcing the ”imminent fall” of Syria and the ”flight of Bashar al-Assad,” the reality on the ground has turned around completely. Even though chaos is plaguing most of the territory, the ”liberated zones” have melted like snow in the sun. Deprived of its anchor points, the FSA has been left with no prospects in sight, while Washington and Moscow are poised to blow the whistle to end the game.

The countdown has begun. As soon as the new Obama administration will be confirmed by the Senate, it will present a peace plan for Syria to the Security Council.

Meanwhile back at the UN, things have moved on. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) signed a Memorandum with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in September. In October, it monitored CSTO maneuvers in Kazakhstan simulating a deployment of ”blue chapkas” in Syria. In December, the DPKO convened the military representatives of the permanent Security Council members to brief them on the manner in which the deployment could be carried out. Despite their opposition to this solution, the French and the British bowed to the wishes of the United States.

The truth is that on the ground the upper hand is held by the Syrian government. The military situation has been reversed. The French themselves have ceased to mention the ”liberated zones” they yearned to govern through a United Nations mandate. These areas have been steadily shrinking, and those that are still holding out are in the hands of the disreputable Salafists.

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29 dec

Press TV – Russia once again calls for political solution to end crisis in Syria english.al-akhbar.com – Russia: opposition stance on Assad a ”dead-end” – english.ruvr.ru – 2013: crunch in Syria?

Russian foreign minister has highlighted that there is still a chance of coming up with a political solution to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria.
”The confrontation is escalating. But we agree the chance for a political solution remains,” Sergei Lavrov said after talks with UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Saturday.
The top diplomat further noted that he was ”surprised” when the opposition’s National Coalition rejected Moscow’s offer for talks.
Lavrov went on to say that nothing can be done to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Real Syria Updates – Jaafari: Syria reserves the right to claim compensation for the damage left by the gunmen in Aleppo

The UN Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari said in a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations that the Syrian Federation of Chambers of Industry as the representative of economic activities in Aleppo ‘reserves the right to use all international bodies for compensation material and moral of countries that support the armed opposition to the transfer of such compensation for all employees in the city of Aleppo who have been affected. He added that ‘because of the terrorist operations carried out by armed groups in Syria, the significant damage caused to the city of Aleppo at all levels including the humanitarian, economic and cultural exceeded all expectations’. He stated that ‘this is especially true with regard to the cultural and heritage aspects of the city, which was the repository of human cultural heritage for more than seven thousand years.’

Real Syria Updates – Weapons Shipment Seized in Wadi Khaled Area in Lebanon

news.antiwar.com –Syrian Army: Rebels Massacred Civilians in Hama Province

Amin Hoteit, Lebanese political analyst, expert in military strategy and brigadier general in the reservesSyria: What are the true intentions of the United States?

Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, member of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organizationsom text

Christof Lehmann – The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria. Conflict Versus Conflict Resolution. (Part 5)

With 2013 approaching, the crisis in Syria is about to enter its second year. Feasible solutions to the crisis seem more far removed than ever after a recent Russia – E.U. Summit in Bruxelles failed to enter into a constructive dialog about the primary causes. The influx of fundamentalist Salafist or Wahabist fighters which have been streaming to Syria since the failure of two major Free Syrian Army assaults on Aleppo in June and July 2012 made it increasingly difficult to build a coherent and credible Syrian political and military opposition among the proponents of regime-change. The international anti Syrian alliance has difficulties in identifying a political or military opposition that could be used as an argument for regime change.

After the discovery of the Pars gas-field in 2007, Iran, Russia, Iraq, Syria formed a cartel to build the 10 billion USD Pars pipeline which traverses all of the above mentioned countries and which is planned to end at the Syrian Mediterranean Coast. The Pars pipeline is currently completed to the outskirts of Damascus, Syria.
Notice also that 2007 was the year when the global economic crisis set in. 2007 was the year when Saudi Arabia declared that the investment of the future is an investment in gas, not oil.
2007 was the year when Qatar sent 10 billion USD to the Freedom and Justice Party of Turkey´s Prime Minister R. Tayyip Erdogan. The money was earmarked for boosting the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood in preparation of a war on Syria.
Never before has the value of the Petro Dollar been as critically challenged as it is today and the USA, together with the UK, literally fighting for the survival of the Dollar and their Dollar based economies.

För några dagar sen gick regimkontrollerade västmedier ut med stora rubriker om att syriskt flyg skulle ha bombat en brödkö utanför ett bageri i Halfaya med ca 60 människor dödade som följd, se inläggen 23 dec och 24 dec nedan. Och igår igen upprepade Nato’s propagandaminister Cecilia Uddén detta som en händelse som självklart ägt rum. Förutom videon från platsen som jag länkat till tidigare, som knappast övertygar som bevis, har inte mycket framkommit. Det är så det brukar gå till, man går ut stort med rubriker som de flesta sväljer som en bekräftelse på den bild man fått sig påtvingad sen länge, att det senare framkommer uppgifter som motsäger bilden ”råkar” man glömma att meddela. Det är definitivt inte journalistik såna som Uddén sysslar med, det är krigspropaganda. Det minsta man kunde begära är ju att de tillåter kommentarer så att man kunde kräva att de försvarar och förklarar sina påståenden, när de nu har fräckheten att missbruka det som är menat att ska vara fri, skattefinansierad media!
Den bild som ges i citatet nedan om händelsen låter sannolik, strider mellan väpnade grupper och syriska armén ägde rum i staden, med ca 50 dödade varav 7 civila som kommit i vägen för striderna. Detta har sedan använts för att skapa en föreställning om att dessa människor dödats av flyg i en brödkö. Se t.ex. videon med en man som lägger ett bröd i en blodpöl!

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Halfaya Massacre: Big Terrorist Ruse
Dec 28, 2012 |Nidal Hmedeh – Paris
The Salafist armed militiamen had once again played a huge ruse on the massacre committed in Halfaya, Hama’s Countryside, accentuating that it was nothing but a fabrication. Similar events occurred when ”al-Jazeera” Channel’s reporter in Homs Palestinian Khaled Abu Salah used techniques to fabricate artillery sound effects and massacres. Several areas witnessed massacres committed by the militiamen on the evening of every Arab League and UN Security Council meeting on Syria or the UN envoy visit to Damascus.
Moreover, in Halfaya, the same policy was adopted by these militiamen and their regional and international advocators, since the fake massacre occurred on the evening of UN envoy al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi’s visit to Damascus.
In this context, sources in the Syrian opposition abroad iterated to ”al-Ahed” news website what ”al-Haqiqa” website – managed by Syrian opposer Nizar Nayouf – had mentioned about the huge ruse the armed terrorists plotted in Halfaya, indicating that, ”the area does not even have a bakery.”
The sources explained what had happened, stating that the battle took place between the Arab Syrian Army and the Salafist militiamen,” adding, ”The Syrian Army was able to annihilate 43 armed gunmen, while 7 civilians who happened to be in the area were killed.”
”13 corpses were not identified, indicating that they are foreign militiamen, since corpses that could not be identified in a small village strikes as an odd matter,” the sources further elaborated, adding that, ”An Aleppo militiaman was identified because he was Syrian, while other names were blackened out because they are non-Syrian.”
Al-Ahed News website was able to acquire the names of the 50 killed men from the Syrian opposition sources, excluding the 13 foreigners killed. All corpses were males, raising questions on why there were not any children or women around the ”bakery” during a bread crisis.
Source: al-Ahed News, translated and edited by moqawama.org

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28 dec

Press TV – Russia urges Damascus to open dialogue with Syria opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, “We actively encouraged… the Syrian leadership to maximally put into action its declared readiness for dialogue with the opposition.”
He made the remarks in response to questions about his meeting with the Syrian deputy foreign minister in Moscow on Thursday.
Lavrov added that Russia had urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “underscore that they are open to discussing the widest range of items in line with the agreements reached in Geneva on June 30.”

Press TV – Blast in northwestern Syria kills several civilians

Several Syrian civilians have been killed in an explosion in the northwestern province of Idlib, as militant groups continue their attacks on the Syrian government.

Russia Today – Russia hopes ‘reasonable’ Syrian opposition will seek dialogue

Moscow hopes that the Syrian opposition will substantially size up the situation in the country and search for ways to begin a political dialogue with President Bashar Assad’s government, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russia pushes for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis that has been going on for almost two years and urges the conflicting sides to get to the negotiating table

english.ruvr.ru – Syria ready to see peacekeepers

The Syrian government and the opposition are ready to see international peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country.
Briefing reporters in Damascus on Thursday UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi underscored the need for the quickest possible end to violence, which he said is something international peacekeepers can do.
He added, however, that a final decision on the matter was still pending and required a special resolution by the UN Security Council agreed by Russia, China on the one side, and the US, France and Britain on the other.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Tahsin al-Halabi, political commentator from the Syrian capital city of Damascus

Tony Cartalucci – UN Syria ”Peace Plan” a Fraud

Michel Chossudovsky – Hidden US-Israeli Military Agenda: “Break Syria into Pieces”

A timely article in the Jerusalem Post in June brings to the forefront the unspoken objective of US foreign policy, namely the breaking up of Syria as a sovereign nation state –along ethnic and religious lines– into several separate and “independent” political entities.

US-NATO-Israeli Agenda: Syria to be Subdivided into “Three Weaker States”

Egyptian media pundit Tawfik Okasha, owner of the Egyptian opposition TV channel al-Fara’een, blamed the Mainstream Media of being complicit with the Muslim Brotherhood in feeding the Egyptian people lies about the Syrian crisis.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey – Syrian Opposition uses chemical weapons, backed by US and NATO

The commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard confirmed to PressTV that seven Syrian soldiers were murdered by the Free Syrian Army terrorist forces on Saturday using a chemical weapon which produced a yellow toxic gas.

guardian.co.uk – Syrian rebels sidetracked by scramble for spoils of war, Looting, feuds and divided loyalties threaten to destroy unity of fighters as war enters new phase

”It is extremely sad. There is not one government institution or warehouse left standing in Aleppo. Everything has been looted. Everything is gone.”
Captured government vehicles and weapons have been crucial to the rebels since the start of the conflict, but according to Hussam and other commanders, and fighters interviewed by the Guardian over a fortnight in northern Syria, a new phase has been reached in the war. Looting has become a way of life.
”Spoils” have now become the main drive for many units as battalion commanders seek to increase their power.

friendsofsyria.wordpress.com – Al Qaeda FSA Terrorists Shoot at a Civilian Airplane Mid Air

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27 dec

Tydligen pågår intensifierade förhandlingar mellan olika parter med Brahimi som mellanhand. Ska man tolka den ryske utrikesministerns uttalande om att möjligheterna för en diplomatisk lösning håller på att ta slut, som att USA/väst insisterar på att det i överenskommelsen ska ingå att president Al-Assad ska avgå?

english.ruvr.ru – Lavrov reaffirms Russia’s stance on Syria

Chances are running out for a diplomatic solution of the Syrian problem, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after his talks with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in Moscow on Thursday.

Och att sen sånt här är en del i förhandlingsspelet? Press TV- US preparing for military invasion in Syria: Israel

english.ruvr.ru – Moscow hosts Syria talks

This Thursday, December 27, President Assad’s envoys, headed by the Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad, came to Moscow for talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr is also arriving to Moscow for talks with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on Friday.
On Saturday, December 29, the UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is also coming to Moscow to discuss the Syrian stabilization plan.
Speaking at a press conference in Damascus on Thursday, Brahimi said, ”The situation in Syria poses a great danger not only on the Syrian people, but also to the neighboring countries and the world… The crisis in Syria should be solved by the Syrians with a great help of the world and I think that the world is ready to provide help”. Earlier, Mr. Brahimi met President Assad and representatives of three Syrian opposition groups.
According to a SANA report, Mr. Brahimi also pointed out, that ”there are organizations and some foreigners involved, in one way or another, in the clashes on the Syrian territories. …No one supports actions of the extremist groups in Syria,” Brahimi said, adding, ”Violence and the flow of arms into the Syrian territories must be stopped.”

almanar.com.lb – Russian Ships to Stage Anti-Terror Drills off Syria Coast

Russian Marines stationed off Russian fleetthe Syrian coast are to stage anti-terror drills, the Defense Ministry announced.
The ministry said the war games will involve anti-submarine, anti-ship and air defense exercises in the Mediterranean, where a group of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet vessels are being deployed.

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The UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi: ”There are organizations and some foreigners involved, in one way or another, in the clashes on the Syrian territories. …No one supports actions of the extremist groups in Syria,” Brahimi said, adding, ”Violence and the flow of arms into the Syrian territories must be stopped.”
”The situation in Syria poses a great danger not only on the Syrian people, but also to the neighboring countries and the world… The crisis in Syria should be solved by the Syrians with a great help of the world and I think that the world is ready to provide help”.

Syria TV news in English, December 27, 2012
* Tunisian-Algerian borders: camps to train terrorists to be sent to Syria
* Russian Foreign Ministry : No Russian-US Plan to Settle the Situation in Syria
* 4 Martyred, 10 Injured in Explosion of Booby-Trapped Car in Damascus Countryside, Terrorists Killed in Idleb
* Brahimi: Geneva Agreement Includes Enough Ideas to Resolve Crisis in Syria, Not Need to Add Any New Points
* Authorities intercept truck loaded with 3 tonnes of explosives

Christof Lehmann – Saudi Smuggling Route to Syria Disclosed

The smuggling route, used for transporting various types of weapons, ammunitions, bombs,military equipment and not least drugs to Iraq begins in Al-Nakhib in the western Al-Anbar province, near the Ar´ar border crossing. From there, the deadly contraband is shipped to the variety of terrorist organizations in Syria who are euphemistically described as “Free Syrian Army” as well as to terrorist organizations who are destabilizing Iraq.
Many of the Saudi weapons and equipment which have been used in military operations as well as in several suicide bombings and attacks in Iraq for years are now being re-routed to boost the foreign led mercenary troops in Syria.

So far, however, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have failed in their attempt to add a sectarian dimension to the crisis in Syria. In fact, the deployment of Salafist extremists to Syria has united the entire political spectrum within the genuine Syrian political discourse behind the Syrian military and the government.

Syria Half of Homs Destroyed – Homs Professor

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War from Hamilton

jinge.se – På besök i Syrien

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26 dec

Nya rubriker idag i regimkontrollerade medier om 8 barn som ska ha dödats, av granater från regeringsstyrkor vill man som vanligt få det att låta som. Och källan är den gamla vanliga tröttsamma mannen i Storbritannien. Medierna kan inte få lov att hålla på så här längre! Jag har ingen aning om vad som hänt idag, men det finns ingen anledning att tro annat än att det på sin höjd finns ett korn av sanning i mediapropagandan.
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Syria, ”massacre in al-Qahtanieh” / UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has extended his visit to Syria until December 30 and FSA gangs and their propaganda prepared next ”massacre” for media (after ”air strike” in Halfaya). Every visit of UN representative to Syria is accompanied by hysteria in the media about another ”massacre” to create a public opinion. This time FSA gangs killed several civilians in al-Qahtanieh town, western al-Raqaa province, including women and children, and published video with their dead bodies. Several terrorists, who participated in this massacre, were killed by Syrian army units after the receiving information from locals.

New Syria massacre?

Press TV – Syrian officials leave for Moscow to discuss proposals to end unrest

Syrian officials have headed to Moscow to discuss with Russian officials the latest proposals to end the country’s months-long unrest.
On Wednesday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad together with another foreign ministry official headed to Moscow to discuss proposals reportedly made in Damascus earlier this week by the UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Reuters quoted a Syrian source as saying.

english.ruvr.ru – Brahimi to visit Moscow

After discussing ways to resolve the Syrian crisis in Damascus on Monday, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to take his mission to Moscow Saturday.
The announcement came from Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
In Damascus, Brahimi and Bashar Assad pored over a compromise roadmap plan based on the Geneva resolutions on Syria.

Nya strider i närheten av den palestinska stadsdelen – Clashes erupt near Palestinian refugee camp in Syrian capital

Fresh clashes have broken out between Syrian Army forces and foreign-backed militants outside the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp near the capital Damascus, Press TV reports.
The clashes erupted on Wednesday after militants attacked the municipality building near the camp, which is home to Palestinian refugees and is located in the southern outskirts of Damascus.

Press TV – Displaced Syrians return home in Aleppo

Från den 22 dec, Franklin Lamb i den palestinska stadsdelen Yarmouk i Damaskus – Is Yarmouk Headed for the Same Fate as Nahr al Bared? – då var läget lugnt där, han t.o.m. drack te med Al-Qaeda-män som lagt ner vapnen.

Danny Makki, the co-founder of the Syrian Youth in Britain (SYB), from London, Talib Ibrahim, political analyst, Damascus, Osman Bakash, with director of the Central Office of al-Tahrir party from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut

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25 dec

Angående den påstådda flygattacken mot ett bageri i Halfaya i Hama med många dödade, så är Scott Creighton övertygad om att det hela är en iscensatt föreställning, producerad åt västmedierna. Och visst är det svårt att tro att den plats man ser på videon (se gårdagens inlägg) har utsatts för ett flyganfall! De döda kropparna då? Enligt uppgift hade de väpnade gängen gått till offensiv mot Hama för några dagar sen, men de hade slagits tillbaka av armén, med många ”rebeller” dödade. Kanske kommer många av de döda kropparna därifrån, och kanske dödades några på plats av en bilbomb eller liknande – Syrian Crisis Actors Bring You “Bakery Airstrike Show” – Biggest Wag the Dog Production Yet

In comparison to the bullshit they have produced in the past, this is definitely a step up. But, as you can see, there are certainly production value issues. You can’t really blame them they are doing the best with the talent they have. After all, which really talented artist wants to use their gifts and hard earned skills to bring about another NATO bombing of civilians for the sake of international bankers and multinational corporations?

West unleashing terrorism against Syria: Mark Glennvideo

Press TV: Do you think that the United States and their allies in the region miscalculated? Do you think they expected things to change a lot more rapidly inside of Syria and now basically they’re reaching a point of no return that anything goes in order to try to bring down the Syrian government?
Glenn: Yes I think that is precisely what we see taking place here. The United States, Israel and these other Western countries that have been behind all of this unrest from the beginning figure that this is going to be another Egypt or another Tunisia or at the very least it’s going to be another Libya.
If the diplomatic pressure and the social pressures were not enough to bring these governments down then a relatively short bombing campaign on the part of NATO would be enough to drive President Assad from power.
The fact of the matter is however that we have other players involved namely Iran, Russia, China and other players who recognize that what is at stake here is not just about Syria, but really for all intents and purposes it’s about the rest of the world.
And this is the reason why the West has miscalculated, you are correct in that analysis, and they have gotten themselves into something much bigger than I think they possibly had imagined.
For the rest of us it is just a big question mark as to whether or not the West and Israel are going to back down or whether they’re going to go the full distance in all this and actually initiate some type of military conflict in Syria that could very easily wind up involving Russia, China, Iran and other major players.

english.ruvr.ru – UN-Arab League peace envoy extends visit to Syria

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has extended his visit to Syria until December 30 in order to hold additional talks with the representatives of the authorities and the opposition, Xinhua news agency reports.

Syria peacekeeping ‘must respect national sovereignty’ – Assad

Syria cannot accept an international peace-keeping mission that violates its national sovereignty.
President Bashar Assad spoke about this in Damascus Monday after discussing the Syrian crisis with the visiting international envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
He said a roadmap peace plan was on the table.

Russian Military Denies Sending Commandos to Syria

Tony Cartalucci – Syrian Military: Militants Using Chemical Weapons

PressTV has reported (more details via Fars News) that chemical weapons have been used by militants fighting Syrian government forces in Daraya, near Damascus. PressTV also reported that threats have been made against Syria’s ethnic minorities that their water supplies will be poisoned by militants – this on the heels of the UN itself warning of (and preemptively spinning) impending sectarian-driven genocide.

‘US forms alliance with violent terrorists’, Press TV has interviewed Mr. James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, Washington

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24 dec

UPPDATERING

Det är inte lätt att få riktig klarhet i vad som egentligen hände vid händelsen i Halfaya då många människor dödades utanför ett bageri. Video från platsen för dådet. Ett annat kortare klipp visar en man som lägger ett bröd i en blodpöl! Kan ju tyda på att det hela, i vanlig ordning, handlar om en föreställning som ställts i ordning åt västmedierna. T.ex. så skriver en av USA/Nato/västs propagandalakejer så här: ”I ett av videoklippen som dokumenterat attacken, hör man hur kameramannen gråter. Och det han och kameran bevittnar, är en scen som beskrivits bara alltför ofta tidigare, med kontrasten mellan det vita mjölet och det röda blodet.
En bilbomb exploderade utanför bageriet menar Syrian Perspective

The attack on Halfaya was by the FSA. A car bomb exploded in front of a baker where people had queued up for bread. The FSA, with the aid of British terrorist-enablers, then fashioned a story so that blame would be cast on our army.

Press TV – Syria militants kill several civilians in Maan village

On Sunday, dozens of people were killed in the northern town of Halfaya, where foreign-backed militants attacked a bakery and killed civilians including women and children.
“An armed terrorist group attacked the town of Halfaya committing crimes against the population, killing many women and children,” the official SANA news agency reported.

nyhetsbanken.se – 198 döda i Syrien söndag

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Längre intervju med Rysslands utrikesminister Lavrov. Finns som text – HÄR

‘West faces dangerous game choosing ‘bad’ vs ‘acceptable’ terrorism’ – Lavrov
As the Syrian war grows more sectarian and violent with each day, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov tells RT that Western powers’ habit of dividing terrorists between ”bad and acceptable” could have lasting consequences for the whole world.

Christof Lehmann – Russia – E.U. Meeting in Bruxelles: Risk of Middle East and European War significantly increased

Even though Washington is doing all it can to avoid giving the impression that it is involved in the military aggression against Syria, it is obvious that the conflict would end within weeks after Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA and UK stop sponsoring, arming and supervising or commanding the mercenaries in Syria.
In spite of western mainstream media´s attempts to convey the opposite, the Syrian government enjoys the support of the majority of the Syrian population. The massive influx of Salafist extremists who daily commit the most serious atrocities and war crimes on behalf of the NATO/GCC/Zionist alliance have had the effect that the population of Syria rallies in support of its government, its peaceful opposition and in support of the Syrian military.
The Syrian government is by far more stable than one is led to believe by western propaganda. Even if the insurgency would succeed in ousting the Syrian government it is highly unlikely the ousting of the Syrian government and its substitution by Salafist extremists would not warrant a response from both Iran, Hezbolla. The result would invariably be a widening of the conflict into a regional war which may at first be limited to include Lebanon and Israel, but which would be almost impossible to contain.
Russia and China may propose a Security Council Resolution which would secure the deployment of Russian led UN-Peace Keeping Forces in Syria. Behind the scenes such an initiative would most likely to be paralleled by intense negotiations about how to save the ailing Petro Dollar without risking a regional war in the Middle East and Europe.

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23 dec

Uppgifterna idag i mediernaRussia Today – om att syriskt stridsflyg ska ha bombat ett bageri i Hama med tiotals dödade som följd, får man som vanligt förutsätta är en ordentlig förvrängning av skeendena. T.ex. så är det den gamla vanliga mannen i Storbritannien, som kallar sig Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, som anges som källa.
En icke regeringsfientlig syrisk blogg skrev att de väpnade gängen gått till en offensiv mot Hama, att de slagits tillbaka av syriska armén och många legokrigare dödats. Det kan ha varit så att de sk ”rebellerna” avfyrat en granat in i en brödkö, vilket man genast skyllt syriskt stridsflyg för, för att skapa en historia åt medierna. En raket från flygplan som gått fel är kanske ett tänkbart scenario. Fast det brukar mest vara NATO-bomber i Afghanistan och Libyen som går fel och av ”misstag” bombar barn och bröllop, sen ber de stackars ansvariga militärledarna, som ju bara ville väl, om ursäkt så är den saken glömd.

Real Syria Updates – Syria: 75 insurgents killed in Hama

The militias of Free Army have attacked Sheizar, al-Zalakiat and Abu Obaida towns of Hama countryside, on the ”Battle of Liberating Hama”.The armed attacks were foiled by the Syrian Army, where the militants used thermal rocket, light and medium weapons

US and its regional allies arming Syria militants, interview with Ala’a Ebrahim, freelance journalist

Ebrahim: Well everyone is saying that a political settlement is approaching. Everyone is saying that we are at the door steps of a new political settlement to the Syrian crisis but if we take a look at the field developments whether inside Syria or outside Syria we will see that this might not be completely true.
Russia hasn’t changed its stance, the United States of America hasn’t changed its stance, foreign-backed insurgents are still launching attacks against government forces, they are trying to enforce their control over areas inside Syria and many people say that this might be an indication of an upcoming settlement because the insurgents are trying to prove that they have control over certain areas in case that a settlement is reached. They managed to freeze at these lines and establish that they have control over certain areas inside Syria.
Everyone is saying it but I think it is a long shot right now.

Press TV: We have reports, I want to know if you can confirm it or not that the insurgents have used chemical weapons on Syrian troops?
Ebrahim: Well I’ll tell you something. The original report came from Russia Today which quoted a field commander who was inside Dara’a speaking to other field commanders inside Dara’a.
They told me that there has been several cases where soldiers died from mysterious reasons, they cannot confirm now the exact cause of death but some of them are speculating that it might be a chemical component of some sort but it is too early now before we see Forensics reports, before a military investigation is carried out to say that how those soldiers were killed.

english.ruvr.ru – Syrian opposition surrenders

Swarms of Syrian militants are surrendering to the government troops around Damascus, local media reports. Over the last 72 hours regular army units delivered powerful blows on the militants in several places to the south-east of Damascus and put them to flight.

Press TV – Syrian troops find tunnels full of weapons near Damascus

Press TV – Syria air defense no nonsense: Russian commander

“Syria’s air defense system is a no-nonsense force. As a result, no one has ever used serious air combat power against it,” said Russia’s Ground Forces Air Defense commander Major General Alexander Leonov in a Saturday radio interview.
Leonov also stated that the militants in Syria have focused on the Syrian air defense system as a prime target.

Press TV – Syria militants film new chemical test, threaten to poison water supply

Anti-government militants in Syria have released new footage, threatening to use chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on a sectarian basis.

Iraq stops militants from smuggling arms into Syria

The Iraqi army says it has thwarted efforts by militants to smuggle weapons into Syria as well as an attempt by men from different nationalities to infiltrate the neighboring country.
“We have confiscated many weapons terrorists intended to dispatch to so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ in order to aggravate the situation in Syria. We have seized a great number of Kalashnikovs”, Lieutenant Colonel Sadeq Rissan said.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s head of the 15th border security Brigade, Colonel Saleh Jalu Mur’i said the army has “arrested infiltrators from different nationalities on the Iraqi and the Syrian side of the border in addition to heavy weapons”.

nyhetsbanken.se – USA trappar ner kring Syrien

voltairenet.org – Syria: Apocalypse Cancelled

The situation around Syria has been eased the last days. The Americans are withdrawing the USS Eisenhower and USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Groups from the Eastern Mediterranean. President Obama expects this step would ‘ease the tension in the region’.
What kind of tension has happened to be a matter of sudden concern of the US Administration after 22 months of direct interference into Syrian affairs? Let’s make a brief outlook on the preceding events.
NATO’s decisionto deploy Patriot missile systems on Turkey-Syria border early December is being rushed. The justification of the deployment by alleged defense of Turkish territory against bomb shells and mines occasionally coming from Syria was ridiculous. The Patriot system is not capable for such protection. It is designed to withstand aviation and has a limited capability to bring down tactical missiles as well. So the Patriots in Turkey can fight Syrian MIG aircrafts only. But this scenario is impossible in case Turkey does not invade Syria.
At the same time US strike groups arrivedto the Eastern Mediterranean indicating NATO preparation for a potential ground intervention.
In response Russia has strengthened its fleet in the area. A Russian strike group headed by the heavy cruiser ‘Moskva’ will be joined by several warships (cruisers, landing ship tanks and destroyers) from the Russian Baltic and Northern Fleets scheduled to arrive to the Eastern Mediterranean next week.

‘Syrians expect more help from Russia’, interview with Ala’a Ebrahim, freelance journalist and political commentator

Palestinians return to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

UN being used to further Western agenda in Middle East
Uttalandet som sägs komma från en FN-tjänsteman –

Adama Dieng — Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide — issued a statement expressing fear that groups loyal to the Syrian government ”could be subject to large scale reprisal attacks.”
Dieng failed to address the foreign-backed insurgent groups that he feared would carry out the attacks — however — instead saying that any such attacks would be the ”price for crimes committed by the Syrian government.”

är något alldeles oerhört! Dåd utförda av de väpnade gängen mot grupper lojala till syriens ledning, får ses som det pris som får betalas för brott begångna av den syriska regeringen! Herr Dieng måste veta att allt fler inser att Syrien är under attack från utlandsstödda legokrigare. Han måste ha bra betalt för att kunna förnedra sig genom ett sånt uttalande.

I första halvan berättar en man hur han försetts med mobiltelefon och avlönats och jobbat åt de som ligger bakom destabiliseringskampanjen mot Syrien, med att ge falsk information åt medierna. Andra halvan från Russia Today om journalister som hoppat av Al-Jazeera i protest mot deras tydliga medverkan i kampanjen mot Syrien.

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22 dec

Syriska armén ser ut att ha klarat av att ta hand om anstormingen mot den palestinska stadsdelen Yarmouk i Damaskus, hade de väpnade gängen lyckats etablera sig där hade de kanske kunnat göra tillslag därifrån mot andra delar av Damaskus. Detta efter att ett annat angrepp mot Damaskus slagits tillbaka i början av december. Massor av dödade legokrigare vid båda anfallen. Nog borde de väststödda gängen få svårt att ta hur mycket motgångar och förluster som helst.
Idag kommer uppgifter från debka.com om uttalanden som den ryske utrikesministern Lavrov gjort om att syriska regeringen med rysk assistans flyttat kemiska vapen till en eller två platser, för att kunna ha bättre kontroll över dem. Genom detta tar man bort det möjliga motivet från USA att gå in med trupper för att säkra de kemiska vapnen, så att de inte de hamnar i de extremistiska gruppernas händer. Samtidigt visar Ryssland att man är beredda till ett större militärt engagemang i Syrien. Kan denna vändning av situationen göra att utsikterna för en överenskommelse mellan USA och Ryssland ökar? Detta trots Lavrovs uttalande för ett par dagar sen om att ”det har funnits möjligheter för en fredlig lösning, men de är borta nu” (se gårdagens inlägg).
Russian forces take Syrian chemical, biological weapons under control

The chemical warfare threat looming over Syria’s civil war and its neighbors has taken an epic turn with the announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saturday, Dec. 22, that “the Syrian government has “consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two locations amid a rebel onslaught and they are under control for the time being.”
He added that Russia, “which has military advisers training Syria’s military, has kept close watch over its chemical arsenal.”
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report: The Russian foreign minister’s statement was a message to Washington that the transfer of Syria’s weapons of mass destruction to one or two protected sites was under Russian control. This had removed the danger of them falling into the hands of the al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra ,which had come ominously close Friday, Dec. 21, when the Islamists spearheaded a Syrian rebel assault for the capture of the al-Safira military complex and Bashar Assad’s chemical and biological stores.

Russia Today – The West ‘prays’ Russia and China will continue blocking Syria action

The West has “no appetite” for a military intervention in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday. At the same time, Moscow’s intelligence shows the Arab country’s chemical arsenal is “so far” secured, he revealed.

So far, the arsenal is under control. The Syrian authorities have gathered all the stock in one or two locations. It used to be scattered all over the country,” the FM said adding that Moscow and Washington’s intelligence agree on the matter.

Our American partners admit that the main threat is rebels seizing the chemical arsenal. The opposition forces include all kinds of groups even ones the US has recently proclaimed terror groups. We tell them: ‘Guys but you support the opposition and its armed struggle. This armed struggle might result in exactly what you fear. You decide on your priorities.’ But there is no clear response to that,” said Lavrov.

Press TV – Syria Car bomb kills 5, injure dozens in Damascus

Press TV – Gunmen kill Syrian television cameraman in Damascus

Armed men have killed a Syrian television cameraman named Sumudi during an attack in the Syrian capital Damascus

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An armed terrorist group Friday evening assassinated Syrian TV cameraman, colleague Haidar al-Smoudi in front of his house in Kafer Sousseh, Damascus while he was heading for his work at the News Center in the Syrian TV.

Militants fire at Syrian civilian plane in Aleppo airport

Militants fighting against the Syrian government have fired at a civilian plane as it was preparing to take off from Aleppo airport.
A militant commander told Reuters on Friday that snipers from his brigade had hit the wheels of Syrian Airways flight RB201 a day before.
The commander, who gave his name only as Khaldoun, said the attack was a message to the government that all planes, either military or civilian, are within the militants’ reach.
It was the first direct attack on a civilian flight since fighting escalated between foreign-backed militants and government forces a few months ago.

Syria: Prospects for a political solution, Ibrahim Moussawi (Moussawis del som text), political analyst, Richard Murphy, former US ambassador to Syria and Vladislav Motozov, former Russian diplomat.

english.ruvr.ru – Brahimi to visit Syria soon

The UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Damascus in the next few days and is expected to meet President Bashar al-Assad as well as the opposition, Reuters said Saturday.

Cleo Paskal – Expert: West Helping Wahabbi Winter Spread to Syria

One person watching the situation very closely is Prof. M D Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair, and Director of the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University. Prof. Nalapat has an unusually spot-on record in predicting trends in the region. He was in New York City on September 11, 2001, having just warned that the U.S. was likely to be targeted. At the start of the Arab Spring, he was already predicting a ‘Wahabbi Winter’. And he foresaw the current catastrophic situation in Libya from the early days of the conflict. This is what he has to say about Syria.
Who are the people who have just been recognized by the U.S.?
Nalapat: The U.S. and the EU are essentially recognizing people whose influence disappears outside the borders of NATO member states. On the ground, the groups that President Obama has recognized as the ”legitimate representatives of the Syrian people” have no say whatsoever, and not even a pretense of having, the allegiance of any segment of the Syrian public, nor any influence among any of the groups now battling the Assad regime.

One problem facing the NATO powers is their reliance on the intelligence agencies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other allied Arab states. Many of these have become infested with Wahabbis, who are expert at conveying a distorted version of ground realities upward to their superiors. In particular, these Wahabbi nests within the Saudi, Qatari and other NATO-allied intelligence services sponsor individuals whom they know to be hostile to the core security interests of the West, but for whom they seek backing. Just as in Afghanistan and Libya, the West is funding elements that will very soon work against them.

Tony Cartalucci – UN Defends NATO’s Premeditated Genocide in Syria, As long-planned sectarian bloodbath unfolds, UN deceitfully labels atrocities as ”reprisals.”

As early as 2007, it was reported that the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, together were not only organizing, funding, training, and arming militants directly linked to Al Qaeda to be used against Syria and Iran, but knew well in advance that by doing so, they would trigger an unprecedented ”cataclysmic conflict” driven by sectarian extremism. Not only was such sectarian violence expected, it was desired ahead of redrawing a new map for the Middle East – one that favored Western corporate-financier and geopolitical interests, while keeping the region weak, divided, and infighting.

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21 dec

english.ruvr.ru – There were opportunities to put end to Syrian conflict, but they are gone now – Lavrov

There were chances not to escalate the conflict in Syria, but to put it to an end, but they are gone, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told in an exclusive interview with a Russian channel. According to the top official, Russia has tried its best to help find a diplomatic solution for the violence, but was undermined by those countries pushing for immediate intervention.
We are “not in the business of regime change”, Lavrov clarified Russia’s position over the issue once again.
Those who suggest President Assad should leave the country, should address the Syrian president directly, not Russia, Lavrov said.

english.ruvr.ru – ‘Free Syrian Army’ evicted from Yarmouk

Thousands of Palestinian refugees have begun to return to the Yarmouk Refugee Camp near Damascus after an agreement was reached between armed Syrian insurgents and the Syrian authorities.
Under the agreement, the Yarmouk camp was declared a neutral zone and the local Palestinian Authority will assist with security.
All members of the so-called Free Syrian Army must leave the camp and Syrian troops are not to seize it or launch an assault on it.

Situation in Damascus, Yarmuk refugee camp remains tense

This interview taken from a Turkish TV station, Ulusal, from inside Turkey shows how Syrian refugees feel about their homeland and the current government.

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20 dec

Press TV’s News Analysis has conducted an interview with Caleb Maupin (Maupins del som text), with the International Action Center in New York. The video also offers the opinions of two additional guests: Sharif Nashashibi, chairman of the Arab Media Watch in London, and James Jatras (Jatras del som text) who is the former US Senate Foreign Policy analyst in Washington.

Enligt Syrian Perspective har de grupper som försökte ta över den palestinska stadsdelen Yarmouk definitivt besegrats. Över 2000(!) krigare ska ha dödats och 600 finns kvar men är avväpnade. I artikeln av Franklin Lamb längre ner i dagens inlägg sägs det att slaget om denna stadsdel var av strategiskt stor betydelse, ”hur det går för Yarmouk är avgörande för hur det går för Damaskus, och hur det går för Damaskus är avgörande för hur det går för Syrien”.

english.al-akhbar.com – Thousands of Palestinians return to Damascus refugee camp

Press TV – Displaced Palestinians return to refugee camp in Damascus

Palestinians have returned to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus after being driven out of their residences due to intense clashes between Syrian government forces and foreign-sponsored militants.
Local media reported that Palestinian refugees started moving back to their homes on Thursday as rebels withdrew from the camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus.
Armed men pushed into the camp earlier this week and fought pitch battles with Syrian troops. The rebels managed to sweep the camp, triggering deadly skirmishes there.

Franklin Lamb rapporterar från Damaskus, om den svåra situationen för palestinier som tvingats fly när väpnade grupper försökte ta över stadsdelen Yarmouk för några dagar sen. – Rebel Controlled Yarmouk Empties Pending Government Counter-Attack

This is one of the ‘hot-line’ areas of Yarmouk, where on 12/16/12 approximately 400 Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) militia fighters joined by various other salafist jihadists defeated Palestinian “popular committees” fighters supposedly loyal to Ahmed Jabil’s, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-GC (PFLP-GC). There are various unconfirmed estimates of how many ‘General Command’ fighters defected during the fighting to the rebel forces, but the PFLP-GC admits that some did. Also in the camp are some fighters from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front (PFLP).

Nearly 70% (UNWRA puts the figure at 90%) of the 180,000 Yarmouk camp residents in the 2.1 square-kilometer camp area have, as of this morning fled. This figure was provided by, Anwar Raja, politburo member of the ‘General Command” with whom this observer had a three hour meeting during the night of 12/18/2012 inside the north edge of Yarmouk. Any camp resident with a MTN or Syriatel mobile phone got a text message, from the Syrian military to leave the camp for their own safety.

Reports from the camp claim that more than half of the GC’s 1000 fighters, mainly younger ones, defected to the rebels. It is difficult to know the truth, but it is fairly clear that Yarmouk has substantially been emptied and that government forces are surrounding the camp, presumably in preparation for a massive counter-attack and or aerial bombardment.
One statement that Ahmed Jebril, who contrary to a New York Times report, has not fled to Iran or Tartous, made that is probably accurate is that “As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”. Jebril’s aid Anwar Raja said that the camp will be used by the rebels to destroy the airport and to launch their “final assault” into the center of Damascus. They showed this observer fragments of ‘home made’ weapons similar to those collected from around Syria by military intelligence who in late October briefed this observer.

english.ruvr.ru – Russia ready to work with Syria’s opposition – FM

Russia doesn’t recognize Syria’s National Opposition Coalition but is ready to work with it, the country’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
He added that Russia is now interacting with all representatives of the Syrian opposition and is trying to push them towards a dialogue.
Lavrov believes that there would be no winner in the conflict and urged not to drag Palestinians who appeared to be in Syria at the moment into the conflict.

sana-syria.com – Russia Reiterates Support for Speedy Political Settlement to Syria Crisis

The Chairman of the International Affairs Committee at the Russia State Duma, Alexei Pushkov, said that the United States and the so-called Friends of Syria signed the Geneva statement with one hand and continued to provide arms and funds to armed groups with the other.
In a statement to SANA’s correspondent in Moscow on Wednesday, Pushkov said that the maneuvering of the Friends of Syria group led matters into a dead end due to their insistence to resolve matters through violence and military action and their rejection of political solutions
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Pushkov also held the US responsible for hindering dialogue between the government and the opposition by acknowledging the Doha coalition, warning that the western escalation seeks to topple the government in Syria via constant support for the opposition, adding that Russia has information showing that the armed opposition is connected directly to special units in certain countries which provide them with weapons and training

Bra artikel i en indisk tidning, med värdefulla uppgifter, bl.a. om att det redan i april 2011 fanns al-Qaeda-grupper i Syrien. De stoppade ett militärfordon och dödade de 18-20 soldater som färdades i det, genom att skära halsen av dom! Hur skulle den amerikanska eller brittiska eller franska ”regimen” ha agerat om samma händelse inträffat i deras länder? Man citerar också uppgifter från tidningen Foreign Policy i oktober i år om att ca 30 000 islamistkrigare fanns i Syrien – thehindu.com – Looming clouds of destruction

This threat has not developed suddenly. Indeed the U.S. has been fully aware of the presence of al-Qaeda in the so-called Free Syrian Army since April 20, 2011 when Jihadis captured a truck (or Armoured Personnel Carrier) near Dera’a, and killed all the 18 or 20 soldiers it was carrying not by shooting them but by cutting their throats in the approved Islamic manner. A few days later, the U.S. ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford, called some of his colleagues in Damascus, including the Indian ambassador, and told them that al-Qaeda had arrived in Syria.
April 20, however, was only the beginning. All through the summer and autumn of 2011, and throughout 2012, videos posted by the rebels themselves showed that the armed opposition in Syria has been sliding inexorably into the hands of radical Islamists. Thousands of foreign fighters have poured into Syria from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and places as far apart as Pakistan and Chechnya. Syrian television broadcast interviews with numerous young men captured in Homs and elsewhere, who gave graphic descriptions of how they had been recruited by al-Qaeda to fight for Islam against a heretical regime in Syria. The rebels themselves have posted YouTube videos showing them executing captured Syrian soldiers and civilians in the approved manner.
But the Obama administration has steadfastly chosen to believe that the jihadis make up only ‘a tiny fraction’ of the Free Syrian Army, and has continued to provide FSA with logistical support, that is, satellite-based information about Syrian troop and VIP movements, and look the other way while Qatar and Saudi Arabia have provided it with guns and mounted pick-up trucks, mortars and RPGs.
This make-believe game had to end, and it did so when a Libyan ship docked in a Turkish port in September 2012 with 400 tons of weapons for the rebels in Syria. This shipment contained SA-7 portable anti-aircraft missiles and Rocket Propelled Grenades. When interviewed, the captain of the ship admitted that he belonged to an organisation that reported directly to the Libyan government. As if that was not disturbing enough, on October 10, the New York Times reported that most of the weapons that had been supplied by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had gone to hard line Islamist groups in Syria.

english.ruvr.ru – ‘Brilliant’ work by US Administration turns Syria into yet another terror hotspot – Pushkov

Like Iraq and Libya, Syria has been turned into yet another crazy hotspot of terror attacks and kidnappings, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee Alexei Pushkov wrote on his Twitter blog on Thursday.
He described the situation in Syria as the result of “brilliant” work by the US Administration and especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

sana-syria.com – Joint Military Units form the Russian Navy to Conduct Drills near Syrian Coast

An official at the Russian General Staff announced on Wednesday that joint units from the North Sea, the Baltic and the Black Sea Fleets will conduct military drills near the Syrian coast by the end of December.
The source added that naval units from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea Fleets headed to the Eastern Mediterranean where a group of warships from the Black Sea Fleet are positioned.
The source added that the warships will train on military operations near the Syrian coast, indicating that the Black Sea Fleet warships are ready to leave to the Mediterranean.

Press TV – 2,000 foreign troops to be deployed to Turkey-Syria border: Report

Nearly 2,000 foreign troops are expected to be deployed along Turkey’s border with Syria to operate the surface-to-air Patriot missile batteries, a report says.
The Turkish daily Today’s Zaman on Tuesday reported that the troops will be from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. The three NATO members have agreed to send the missiles to the border region.

larouche.se – Amerikanska kongressledamöter mot krig

På onsdagen (19.12) samlades makthavare och experter i Washington, D.C. för att stoppa president Obama från att militärt gå in i Syrien. Förutom den vid det här laget namnkunnige republikanske krigsmotståndaren och kongressledamoten Walter Jones återfanns nu även Obamas partikamrat ledamoten Charles Rangel, veteraner från militär och underrättelsetjänst samt representanter från amerikanska LaRoucherörelsens organ Executive Intelligence Review.
Jones inledde med ett brev han, Rangel och fyra andra kongressledamöter skrivit till Obama, där de betonar Kongressens lagliga ensamrätt att starta krig, i Syrien lika mycket som någon annanstans. De nämner även, att presidentens tal om ”kemiska vapen” i Syrien ödesdigert påminner om tongångarna innan irakkriget. Under presskonferensen underströk Jones ånyo, att en omedelbar riksrättsprocess måste inledas om Obama sätter sig över Konstitutionen.

Press TV – Turkey surrenders to Western imperialism on Syria: Ralph Schoenman

syrianews.cc – Tunisian man explains why he has left Syria after joining the ”jihad”

Från facebook-grupp om situationen angående mat och olja för uppvärmning

1) Bread – Syria before freedom had complete food sufficiency, one pack of bread of 8 loaves was SYP 15 ($0.30, 1/5th of neighboring countries’), now it’s SYP 150 ($3) if you can find & have to wait few hours to get one.
2) Cooking gas cylinder – was SYP 250 available everywhere, now if you can find it for 1,500 you’re more than lucky.
3) Trees in Syria have wept its green out crying for those who planted it, cared for it for years, being slaughtered in the name of freedom.
4) Mazot, heating oil, sufficient at SYP 25/ Liter before sanctions, now almost impossible to find at more than SYP 100/ Liter.

En annan facebookgrupp skrev idag att Iran nu skickar 5000 ton mjöl till Syrien.

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19 dec

Fortsatta strider i den palestinska stadsdelen Yarmouk, enligt Syrian Perspective. Syriska armén ska ha omringat området och terroristerna kan inte fly därifrån. Många, om inte de flesta, boende i området har begett sig till andra platser tillfälligt.
almanar.com.lb – Clashes Continue in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp

Syrian daily al-Watan quoted residents in the camp as saying the “clashes were taking place, in Thalatheen street and the neighborhoods of Taqaddom and Oroubah, netween the armed groups and the Palestinian popular committees.”
The residents added that all during yesterday they were hearing sounds of powerful explosions in the camp.
Witnesses said that the Syrian army has brought forward reinforcement outside the camp, and was preventing anyone from entering in order to save the lives of people.
Meanwhile, Tens of thousands of the residents have fled the 2.1 square-kilometer camp.
”Our conservative estimate would be that at least 50 per cent of the people living in the Yarmouk suburb have left or are leaving, taking refuge in other parts of Damascus, UNRWA schools and facilities or leaving altogether,” Sami Mshasha, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said.

Press TV – MI6-trained militants fuel unrest in Syria: Hisham Jaber, Interview with Hisham Jaber, retired Lebanese Army General

A political analyst tells Press TV that from the very beginning Britain was among the first Western countries that intervened in Syria and provided weapons and intelligence services to the insurgents.
The comments came after the UK government said it seeks a “diplomatic solution” to resolve the unrest in Syria, amid continuing support by certain Western states for the militants in Syria.

Press TV: It is not just the UK but other Western countries that are playing the same tune. They claim they want a diplomatic solution but on the other hand they continue to support the armed opposition and the militants. What will be the repercussion of this influx of arms and military logistics for the region and for the Western countries ?
Jaber: Yes from the beginning and for almost twenty months Britain was among the first Western countries who head intervention in Syria and provided weapons and intelligence services to the insurgents against the regime in Syria.

‘Western colonial powers bent on destructing Syria’, an interview with Kamel Wazne, political commentator. Som text

Press TV – Taliban militants use Turkey to infiltrate into Syria: Turkish lawmaker

The leader of the Turkish Democratic Party says 10,000 Taliban militants have been using a camp in Turkey to infiltrate into Syria via the two countries’ common border.

almanar.com.lb – Quartet Meeting Tackles Syria Crisis in Beirut

At the invitation of Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi, envoys of Russia, China and Syria met at Iran’s embassy in Beirut Friday to discuss the latest developments in Syria.
The four ambassadors underlined that armed conflicts in Syria – supported by a number of alien countries against Syria – have had no results except destruction and massacres, thus they should be stopped immediately.

Venezuela skickar 600 000 fat olja till Syrien

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18 dec

Tydligen har de väpnade gängen gjort ett allvarligt försök att ta över Yarmouk, den palestinska stadsdelen i utkanten av Damaskus. Syrien har gjort mer än någon annan för palestinierna och majoriteten av de som bor där stöder nuvarande styre. Det har varit hårda strider och de flesta har flytt stadsdelen nu, troligen sattes stridsflyg in mot de väpnade gängen vid något tillfälle.
Syrian Perspective om detta, han menar att de flesta legokrigarna nu kommer från Jordanien. Se också artikeln av Christof Lehmann i förra inlägget.

english.al-akhbar.com – Yarmouk residents flee Syria fighting

Rebel and Palestinian sources said Syrian rebels took full control of Yarmouk camp on Monday after fighting raged for days in the district on the southern edge of Damascus.
The government’s air force on Sunday began launching airstrikes on areas of the camp as rebel forces advanced.
Khalidi said he had contacted the Syrian Foreign Ministry to request an end to airstrikes on Yarmouk, but Syrian officials insisted rebels must leave the camp first.

english.ruvr.ru – Syrian rebels delay execution of Ukrainian reporter – en.rian.ru – Syrian Rebels Say Delay Execution of Ukrainian Reporter

Syrian rebel fighters have delayed the execution of a Ukrainian reporter Ankhar Kochneva, who was kidnapped in October, claiming they are giving Ukraine another chance to meet their demands.

en.rian.ru – Efforts Underway to Free 2 Russians Abducted in Syria

Russia’s Foreign Ministry will do everything within its power to establish the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the Russian nationals in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
”We are actively engaged in this. All the necessary steps are being taken,” Lavrov told journalists during talks in the Uzbek capital Tashkent

Press TV – Syria’s enemies may deliver chemical weapons to militants: Syria envoy

On Monday, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said in letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the foreign-backed militants could use chemical weapons against Syrians and shift the blame to the government, the Associated Press reported.
Damascus is ”genuinely worried” that Syria’s enemies could provide chemical weapons to armed groups ”and then claim they had been used by the Syrian government,” he said.

fib.se – Dohaprotokollet (på engelska i inlägget 12 dec nedan)

Protokollet från den splittrade syriska oppositionens möte i Doha avslöjades av den algeriske journalisten Noureddine Merdaci

Det är en fantastisk läsning. Den skall träda i kraft om oppositionen segrar men ingenstans i detta protokoll finns någon antydan om någon uppnådd vinst för denna syriska opposition. Det är tvärtom ett nederlagsdokument där alla s.k. ”Syriens vänner” plockar åt sig godbitar och syrierna betalar. Syrien skall avväpnas, tvingas förhandla om Golan, avträda landområden till Turkiet, driva ut kurdiska arbetarpartiet, tvingas dra ledningar för gas och olja som gynnar Israel, Turkiet och Qatar, bryta överenskommelser och kontrakt med Ryssland och Kina och avbryta relationerna med dem och Iran men tvingas till kontrakt för återuppbyggnad som gynnar Qatar och Förenade Arabemiraten. Däremot finns inga punkter om demokrati, frihet eller mänskliga rättigheter.
Varje syrier som frivilligt ställer upp på detta måste ses som en landsförrädare.

sana-syria.com – Indian Ambassador in Damascus: Syria is Facing Extremist Movements That Hold no Value to Human Life

sana-syria.com – Minister of Health: Urgent Medical Shipment Arrives at Aleppo International Airport

Russia Today – US Navy pulls two aircraft carriers from Syria shores

Two aircraft carriers stationed off the Syrian coast were sent back to the US this week in a move that the Obama administration thought would ease tensions, but angered Turkish officials who hoped for significant US military presence in the region.
The USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and its 2,500 marines were recalled after being stationed on the Syrian coast, allegedly in preparation of potential military invasion.

syria-updates.blogspot.se – The New Orient News Agency: Saudi Liaison Officer Coordinates Arming Terrorist in Syria

The New Orient News Agency on Monday said that it obtained a document classified as top secret on a Saudi liaison officer in Syria who coordinates funding and arming the terrorists in Syria and supervises the field plans for attacking the Syrian state.
The agency said that the document is a copy of warrant…
issued by the Saudi Interior Ministry, indicating that there is a Saudi colonel who is supervising the operations in Syria and planning for a major operation.
The document is dated on October 8th, 2012, addressed to the Secret Bureau at the Interior Ministry.

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17 dec

Syria prime minister pays first visit to Aleppo since start of unrest

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi has arrived in the northwestern city of Aleppo to inspect the situation in the crisis-hit city for the first time after the outbreak of unrest in 2011.

Christof Lehmann – Insurgents attack Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

Palestinian refugee camps throughout Syria have been attacked by the insurgents since representatives of the Palestinian factions and representatives of the camps declared that they would not join the foreign backed insurgents fight against the Syrian government and the Syrian Army.

Raja stated that the trick to provoke a response from the Syrian Army to protect refugees for then to use media to make it look as if the army had attacked refugees was by no means a new invention.

english.ruvr.ru – Syria ‘no country for peacekeeping’ – Moscow

According to Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, Russia will continue to oppose designs to send UN peacekeepers to Syria as long as there is no peace to keep in this Middle Eastern country.
Speaking to the Interfax news agency Monday, Mr Gatilov also said that Russia is determined to block attempts to use UN personnel as an instrument of outside intervention in the Syrian crisis.
There have been media reports that the UN is considering plans to dispatch up to 10,000 peacekeeping troops to Syria. Any deployment of this kind is subject to approval by the UN Security Council.

english.ruvr.ru Two Russians, an Italian abducted in Syria

Two Russians and one citizen of Italy have been abducted outside Latakia in Syria, Italian Sky TG24 reports.
A statement earlier released by Italy`s Foreign Ministry said that the three abducted men, including engineer Mario Belluomo, worked at a steel plant.

‘Foreign terrorists destroying Syria’s infrastructure’, Press TV’s News Analysis program has talked with Ala’a Ebrahim (Ebrahims del utskriven), freelance journalist from the Syrian capital city of Damascus, Mr. Haitham Alsibahie (Alsibahies del utskriven), member of the Syrian Social Club from London and Jihad Mouracadeh, political analyst from Beirut.

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