NATO deploys missiles & troops on Syrian border, Jeremy Salt, a Middle Eastern history and politics professor from Bilkent University says NATO is actually now realizing who it’s supporting, and losing its appetite for direct action in Syria.
Press TV – Several Syrians injured as mortar shells hit Damascus
Several people have been injured after a mortar shell landed near the shrine of Hazrat Zeinab in the suburb of the violence-plagued Syrian capital city, Damascus.
Initial reports from Syria say a number of people have been injured in the Saturday attack.
A shell was also fired on the Christian neighborhood of Bab Tuma.
Earlier, a car bomb ripped through the Rokn Eddin neighborhood in Damascus with no immediate reports of casualties.
There are also reports of clashes between the Syrian army and foreign-backed militants in Homs, Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Many militants are reported to have been killed in the confrontations.
Press TV – Saudi spy chief calls for al-Qaeda leadership of anti-Syria militants
The Saudi Arabian spy chief has ordered al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, to take leadership of the foreign-backed militants in Syria through assassinating the members of the so-called Free Syrian Army.
According to Syrian media, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has decided to bring the militants fighting the Syrian forces under the umbrella of al-Nusra Front.
According to Prince Bandar’s orders, any militant commander who refuses to join the terrorist group should be assassinated.
Last month, the US State Department designated al-Nusra Front group as a terror organization linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
independent.co.uk – Syrian regime captures al-Qa’ida chief’s brother on ‘aid mission’
The brother of the head of al-Qa’ida is reported to have been captured by regime forces in Syria. Mohamed al-Zawahiri is said to have been seized in Deraa in the south-west where he was meeting opposition activists.
‘Main supporters of militants in Syria: US, Britain & France’, Press TV has conducted an interview with Ala’a Ebrahim, freelance journalist and analyst (intervjun som text)
Western media set stage for Syria intervention: Chris Bambery, interview with Mr. Chris Bambery
“No Fly Zone” Over Syria? U.S. Patriot Missile Batteries, Troops Arrive In Turkey
Franklin Lamb – Will Al-Nusrah Front Announce Islamic Emirate for Yarmouk Palestinian Camp?
Some fleeing Palestinians refugees at the Maznaa crossing mention that they fear that al-Qaeda affiliates are taking over Yarmouk camp and want to establish an Islamic emirate.
With a long-time Palestinian friend, I visited the camp this morning and inquired. Contrary to some of the many rumors regarding late breaking developments in Damascus, Syrian army units guarding the main entrance to Yarmouk camp and patrolling the adjacent areas are not preventing Americans and other foreigners from entering. They simply warn them not to enter but do not block them or arrest them. Certain parts of the large camp, more like a large urban neighborhood, divided along Yarmouk and Palestine streets, appear quite safe.
But there are sections of Yarmouk where the Al Nusra Front is very much in control and are actively setting up social service centers and training bases for arriving recruits from a number of countries as well as, regrettably, some Palestinians. The latter I was advised are mostly unemployed, school dropouts, or perhaps under the sway of a fiery salafist sheik who gives sermons on the virtues of jihad. The recruits are receiving a weapon, some training and cash and “religious instruction” wherein they are falsely instructed that the Holy Koran demands of them to liberate Yarmouk from non-believers including those who are not Sunni, and to establish in the liberated areas an Islamic Emirate while dismantling the legacy of Sykes-Picot.
Syrian president to give speech Sunday – Press TV – Assad plans major address to Syrians on crisis
Syria’s state run news agency says President Bashar Assad will deliver a speech on Sunday in a rare address to the nation.
SANA said Saturday that Assad will speak about the latest developments in Syria. It did not provide more details.
nyhetsbanken.se – Vem spränger bensinstationer?
Enligt nyhetsbyrån Reuters i Beirut förnekar Syriens regering i att de senaste dagarnas sprängningar av bensinstationer skulle ha orsakats av regeringsstyrkor.
På fredagen sprängde terrorister en bilbomb vid en fullsatt bensinstation i Damaskus.
En annan explosion på torsdag kväll dödade 11 människor och skadade 40 vid en station där syrier köade för bränsle, som det uppstått brist på sedan terroristerna skadat viktig infrastruktur.
8dagar.com – Stöveln i ansiktet
Det är idag mycket svårt att skaffa sig en bild av situationen i Syrien och gränskorrespondenterna med ena foten i Turkiet gör inte saken mycket bättre.
Men nog är det märkligt att dessa korrar, som nu i 22 månader flåsande försökt framställa det som att Assad faller i natt, aldrig med ett ord kommenterar det faktum att alla deras prognoser slagit fel.
Om man vill bedöma halten av ”upproret” i Syrien kan man till att börja med se när det startade. De första hatdemonstrationerna mot Assad utbröt 24 timmar efter resolution 1973 i FN:s säkerhetsråd som gav grönt ljus åt Nato att börja bomba Libyen. 24 timmar!
Denna opposition hade då i över ett årtionde stått på Washingtons lönelista och mottog miljontals dollar varje år.
Michel Chossudovsky – Terrorism with a “Human Face”: The History of America’s Death Squads, Death Squads in Iraq and Syria. The Historical Roots of US-NATO’s Covert War on Syria
The gruesome Iraqi version of the “Salvador Option” under the helm of Ambassador John Negroponte has served as a “role model” for setting up the “Free Syrian Army” Contras. Robert Stephen Ford was, no doubt, involved in the implementation of the Syrian Contras project, following his reassignment to Baghdad as Deputy Head of Mission in 2008.
The objective in Syria was to create factional divisions between Sunni, Alawite, Shiite, Kurds, Druze and Christians. While the Syrian context is entirely different to that of Iraq, there are striking similarities with regard to the procedures whereby the killings and atrocities were conducted.
The project required an initial program of recruitment and training of mercenaries. Death squads including Lebanese and Jordanian Salafist units entered Syria’s southern border with Jordan in mid-March 2011. Much of the groundwork was already in place prior to Robert Stephen Ford’s arrival in Damascus in January 2011.
Ford’s appointment as Ambassador to Syria was announced in early 2010. Diplomatic relations had been cut in 2005 following the Rafick Hariri assassination, which Washington blamed on Syria. Ford arrived in Damascus barely two months before the onset of the insurgency.
Washington and its allies replicated in Syria the essential features of the “Iraq Salvador Option”, leading to the creation of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and its various terrorist factions including the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra brigades.
While the creation of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was announced in June 2011, the recruitment and training of foreign mercenaries was initiated at a much an earlier period.
In many regards, the Free Syrian Army is a smokescreen. It is upheld by the Western media as a bona fide military entity established as a result of mass defections from government forces. The number of defectors, however, was neither significant nor sufficient to establish a coherent military structure with command and control functions.
The FSA is not a professional military entity, rather it is a loose network of separate terrorist brigades, which in turn are made up of numerous paramilitary cells operating in different parts of the country.
Each of these terrorist organizations operates independently. The FSA does not effectively exercise command and control functions including liaison with these diverse paramilitary entities. The latter are controlled by US-NATO sponsored special forces and intelligence operatives which are embedded within the ranks of selected terrorist formations.
These (highly trained) Special forces on the ground (many of whom are employees of private security companies) are routinely in contact with US-NATO and allied military/intelligence command units (including Turkey). These embedded Special Forces are, no doubt, also involved in the carefully planned bomb attacks directed against government buildings, military compounds, etc.
The death squads are mercenaries trained and recruited by the US, NATO, its Persian Gulf GCC allies as well as Turkey. They are overseen by allied special forces (including British SAS and French Parachutistes), and private security companies on contract to NATO and the Pentagon. In this regard, reports confirm the arrest by the Syrian government of some 200-300 private security company employees who had integrated rebel ranks.
Video – Damascus: Authorities find French-made missiles with many explosive heads