31 jan

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Efter rapporter de senaste dagarna om framgångar för syriska armén mot de väpnade gängen, kommer en flygattack från Israel, förhandlingstrevare från den västtillsatta oppositionsledaren utan att nämna kravet att Al-Assad ska avgå, och meddelande om att USA’s vicepresident ska träffa Rysslands utrikesminister och den västtillsatte oppositionsledaren på lördag.

Press TV – US vice president to meet Russian FM, Syria opposition chief

US Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and head of the so-called Syrian National Council Moaz al-Khatib on Saturday.
The White House says Biden is scheduled to meet with Lavrov and Khatib on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in order to discuss the situation in Syria.
The US vice president would reportedly raise the issue of getting more humanitarian aid into Syria and would also discuss the political way forward in the Arab country gripped by more than 20 months of unrest.

Press TV – Syria summons UN peacekeeping cmdr. over Israel attack

The head of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Major General Iqbal Singha, was called to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, where the protest was delivered.
According to a Syrian Army statement, Israeli fighter jets violated Syrian airspace in the early hours of Wednesday and carried out a direct

‘Israeli air strike opens new front in Syria war’, Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire

US-Israeli claims on Syria full of inconsistency: Gordon Duff

This attack… I have no idea what it means, but there seems to be far more publicity to this and far more unreality than anything involving any military necessity. There is no way anyone would attack a chemical weapons facility as the Israelis claim. It would have killed tens of thousands of people, just the attack within Israel depending on the direction the wind was blowing.
None of this makes any sense at all and I’m not sure any of it can be taken seriously.

english.ruvr.ru – Israel gets involved in Syria conflict

Outside interference in the conflict in Syria is strengthening. Israel hit Syria immediately after 6 Patriot missile air defence systems were deployed in Turkey on its border with Syria. Expert with the Institute of Strategic Assessments and Analysis Sergei Demidenko says.
”There is no doubt that all this may finally lead to a grandiose chaos in the Middle East. Syria is the heart of the Arab world. Thus, the worse the situation in Syria is the worse it is for the region at large. In case of a chaos the situation in Syria will become uncontrollable, and neither international forces nor any means would be of help there.

almanar.com.lb – Syria Opposition Chief Offers Talks with Government

The head of Syria’s main foreign-based opposition coalition, Muaz Al-Khatib, said on Wednesday he was ready to hold talks with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad outside Syria if authorities released tens of thousands of detainees.
Syrian officials said this week that political opposition figures could return to Damascus for ”national dialogue” and that any charges against them would be dropped.
The Syrian National Council, which was the most internationally recognized external opposition group prior to the formation of the coalition, slammed the remarks.

moonofalabama.org – Syria: First To Blink …

Look who blinks:
Syria’s opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib said on Wednesday he is ready for dialogue with officials of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, subject to conditions including that some 160,000 detainees are released.
”I announce I am ready for direct discussions with representatives of the Syrian regime in Cairo, Tunis or Istanbul,” Mr Khatib said via his Facebook page, citing as another condition that passports for exiled citizens be renewed in embassies abroad.
Missing is the condition that many ”western” governments and their puppet Syrian opposition had earlier set for talks. There is no longer the demand that Bashar al-Assad has to leave before any negotiations can take place.
It is likely that many of the exile Syrian opposition will reject these negotiations and further split their coalition.
I expect that the Syrian government will take up this offer but it will take time for the process to start. There obviously will be no release of opposition fighters from prison before negotiations start. When they start al-Khatib and his bosses in Washington will have little to offer. The fighters on the ground are not under the command of the exile opposition. They will care little about what he negotiates.
Still this offer will have effects. On the ground it will diminish the motivation of some of the fighters. It will also have effects on those that finance and support the opposition fighters. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar will have to treat more carefully now as al-Khatib negotiation offer implies that Washington wants the conflict to end. Whoever stands in the way will have to watch out.

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Russia condemns Israeli strike on Syria as attack on sovereign state

Russia Today – Russia denounces Israeli strike on Syria as unprovoked attack on sovereign country

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement expressing deep concern over Israel’s airstrike on Syria saying that it violates the UN Charter.
The Ministry website says; if this information is confirmed that would mean that we have to deal with unprovoked attacks on the territory of a sovereign state which is inadmissible, whatever objectives are declared as a justification.

Tony Cartalucci – Israeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign

For Syria and its allies, the goal now must be to deter further Israeli aggression and avoid wider conflict at all costs. If NATO’s proxy terrorist forces are as weak as they appear – incapable of tactical or strategic gains, and tapering off into desperate terrorist attacks, it is only a matter of time before NATO’s campaign grinds to a halt. As mentioned before, such a failure on NATO’s part will be the beginning of the end for it, and the Western interests that have been using it as a tool to achieve geopolitical hegemony.

Press TV – Israeli regime deploying forces on Syria border: Syria TV

Syria’s state television says the Israeli regime is deploying military forces on the Syrian border.
The move comes a day after an Israeli airstrike reportedly targeted a defense research center near the Syrian capital city of Damascus, killing two people and injuring five others.

english.ruvr.ru – Russia hopeful about US Secretary Kerry – Lukashevich

Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich held a media briefing Thursday, where he answered questions on the most pressing global issues, Voice of Russia’s Polina Chernitsa reports.
Speaking on the Syrian conflict, Mr. Lukashevich bashed the exit interview of America’s outgoing Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in which she had allegedly distorted the Russian stand on Syria. He said the Russian foreign office deplored the “biased and incorrect” assessment of Russia’s attitude towards continuing bloodshed in Syria.
Lukashevich said, however, Russia was ready to go ahead with its US relations, provided America was ready to move in “a forward-oriented direction.” He said Russia hoped for “positive momentum” that John Kerry’s experience might give to US-Russia ties.
The VoR correspondent says Mr. Lukashevich praised UN peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on the proposals he has reently made at a UN Security Council meeting. “Mr. Brahimi put forth several ideas that wouldn’t violate the Geneva Communiqué,” he pointed out.
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