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Real Syria Updates – Armed Forces Kill Terrorists in Damascus Countryside and Homs, Confiscate Weapons in Daraa –
The Free Army militia has committed two new massacres today in Qinis town of Edlib countryside and in Homs
Press TV – Russian warships gathering off Syria waters to deter West: Report
Russian warships are being deployed off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean Sea to deter any military intervention by the Western states in the Arab country, a report says.
Citing a Russian diplomat, The Sunday Times said that Russia has sent five landing ships, carrying military vehicles and hundreds of marines, as well as combat vessels in the eastern Mediterranean recently.
“Russia should be prepared for any developments, as it believes the situation in Syria might reach its peak before Easter,” the Times quoted the diplomatic source as saying on condition of anonymity.
Den lista med namn på 108 legokrigare från utlandet som Syrien lämnat till FN – Names of Foreign Fighters and Terrorists Arrested by Syrian Government
Intervju med Webster Tarpley, från igår – som text
Syria: How Many People Have Been Killed? The Procurement of “UN Figures”, UN’s Syria Study Contractor Benetech Has ”Anonymous” Funder, State Dept Funds Affiliate
How many people have been killed in Syria? The day after New Years the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the figure has reached 60,000.
A major UK newspaper — The Independent — said these were “UN figures.”
Then at the US State Department’s briefing, spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, “we’ve seen this report by UN Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.”
Not so fast. The number is from an outside contractor chosen and presumably paid by the OHCHR, Benetech.
As Inner City Press reported earlier in the day, on Benetech’s website, following the only link for “Human Rights,” there are eight funders listed, including the National Endowment for Democracy and, yes, the US Department of State.
Syria: Report of International Commission of Inquiry on Syria Lacks Professionalism and Neutrality
The periodic report issued by the International Commission of Inquiry last December 20 on Syria lacks the professionalism and neutrality, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said.
In a letter addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on Friday, the Ministry added that the report was characterized by hastiness in presentation of information depending on one side.
The Ministry said that the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has so far stopped short of talking about the role of the countries which are funding, arming and training gunmen and providing them with intelligence, media and political cover, and hindering national dialogue and the political solution to the crisis, expressing concern over the Commission’s negligence of its role.
The Ministry concluded its letter by saying that ”The Commission’s report has demonstrated again its lack of professionalism and neutrality, and that its findings are in tune with the political views of certain countries, as its focus on certain topics shifts according to the stances of these countries, which proves once again that it is not serious in dealing with the situation in Syria.
The letter indicated that “The Commission was presented with various opportunities to prove its neutrality and objectivity in tackling the events in Syria, but, regrettably, it has squandered every single opportunity.”