Arkiv för februari, 2013

28 feb

Press TV – US military training of militant gangs in Syria ‘underway’

The training mission, “already under way,” represents the “deepest” US intervention to date in the internal Syrian crisis and will accompany “for the first time” direct funding and supply of “nonlethal assistance and equipment” to the armed gangs that are evidently engaged in terror and destruction across the nation in a bid to bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a New York Times report says on Thursday.

“Another major goal” of the surging US intervention in Syrian affairs, the report notes, is to “jump-start negotiations” over a “political” transition by sending a message to President Assad that militants gangs on the ground “would ultimately prevail.”

almanar.com.lb – Behind the Scenes: Syrian Opposition to Talk with Gov’t without Preconditions

Well informed sources in the Russian foreign affairs confirmed the information that the Syrian opposition is ready to go into negotiations with the Syrian government without preconditions that President Assad should not be part of the process. The Russian sources say that opposition is displaying a more realistic approach after the recent achievements of the governments on both military and political levels.

Tony Cartalucci – US Policy Vs. Syria Indicative of Exhausted Legitimacy

It was evidently clear, even in 2007, that extremists would play a leading role in any future armed conflict to overthrow the Syrian government, and now, years later, that engineered conflict has been executed verbatim and to horrific consequence – consequences the West not only refuses to take responsibility for, but seeks to further compound with increased aid to the forces of armed sedition it itself created.
Absurdity of Kerry’s Narrative Only Outdone by Proposed Solution
The solution Kerry proposes is to flood Syria with more cash, equipment, training, weapons, and other aid, either directly, or laundered through proxies such as Al Qaeda’s chief financiers and arms providers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Washington Post’s report states:
The goal of the new money is to counter the increasingly effective network of services provided by militants.
Unfortunately, the so-called ”Syrian Opposition Coalition” handcrafted by the US, and founded in Doha, Qatar, is led by an extremist, Mouaz al-Khatib, who openly embraces Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front in Syria, credited with some of the most heinous atrocities committed during the 2 year conflict, as well as systematic abuse, oppression, and subjugation in all areas along Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey it controls.

The exhausted legitimacy of the West, punctuated by unhinged hypocrisy, and rapidly unraveling financial and military might, would seem a perfect opportunity for the United Nations to prove its relevance or legitimacy by condemning the purposeful expansion of an already intolerable proxy war initiated by Western interests. Instead, it remains silent, or worse yet, complicit in the premeditated, documented assault on Syria under the increasingly tenuous guise of ”democracy promotion,” ”revolution,” and ”humanitarian concern.”

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Patrik Paulov – Stoppa vapenleveranserna och börja förhandla!

Ena stunden säger USA att de är att emot skicka vapen till de syriska rebellerna. I nästa stund stoppar USA en FN-resolution som fördömer ett av de värsta terrordåden på länge i Damaskus, och utrikesminister John Kerry lovar förnyat stöd till den väpnade oppositionen.
Ena stunden säger den utlandsstödda Syriska nationella koalitionens (SNC) nyvalde ledare Muaz al-Khatib att den eventuellt skulle kunna tänka sig att förhandla med vissa personer i Syriens regering. I nästa stund utpekas regeringen som ansvarig för all terror i landet…

Ben Schreiner – Washington’s Strategic Policy Shift on Syria: Edging Closer to Direct Military Intervention?

Writing in Foreign Policy, Christopher Chivvis of the RAND Corporation and Edward Joseph, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, argue that the threat of Western military intervention is what is needed to bring Russia around to supporting the “regime change” line.
“Changing the Russian position means changing Moscow’s calculus on Syria,” Chivvis and Joseph write. “And that means presenting the Kremlin with an alternative that it finds more unpalatable than the status quo: a NATO-backed, Turkey-led military coalition invited by the Arab League to intervene in the Syria conflict.”
And here we have the bankruptcy and hubris of the American foreign policy elite. It’s all rather transparent: capitulate to our demands, or face the brunt of military force. Only war is serious.

english.ruvr.ru – EU agrees to allow some non-lethal aid for Syrian opposition

The European Union said it amended sanctions on Syria on Thursday to permit the supply of armoured vehicles, non-lethal military equipment and technical aid to the Syrian opposition, provided they were intended to protect civilians.

english.ruvr.ru – Extremists attack Damascus University, 3 students wounded

Scott Creighton – Sec. Kerry is Just as Much of a Warmongering Liar as Clinton Was – What’s the Difference Between Them and the Myth of bin Laden?

Recently, John Kerry stated that Syria’s leader, President Assad, “must go”. Cynically, Kerry stated that the people of Syria deserve to live without fear of death or bombings and so he and his UK counterpart were continuing to call for forced regime change in that country. He has also said that we must now openly support the terrorists with arms and munitions in the effort to oust or murder a leader of a sovereign state.
How is that any different than what Bush accused bin Laden of doing? Did the Seals not “execute” bin Laden in Pakistan for his involvement in organizing and funding 9/11? Isn’t that the official story? So how is it that we are training, supporting and now calling to openly arm terrorists using terrorism in Syria and it isn’t the exact same thing bin Laden was accused of doing?
Well, here’s one difference: bin Laden didn’t do it. But we sure are.

sana-syria.com – Terrorists Torture Children in Aleppo to Blame the Army

Terrorists impersonating the Syrian Arab Army committed acts of torture against a number of children at Baraket al-Hajar area in Masaken Hanano neighborhood in Aleppo.
The terrorists filmed the operation to have the footages broadcast by the channels involved in the shedding of the Syrian blood so that to accuse the Army of committing this crime.

sana-syria.com – Al-Jaafari: Syria Needs Real Aid Not Just a Highlight

He lashed out at some Security Council member states that, even after two years now, ”still ignore many of the important data,” noting that the Syrian government has so far sent around 300 letters to the Security Council, some of them include the names of 143 foreign terrorist along with information on their nationalities and the date on which they entered Syria across the border.
He referred to reports published by Reuters and the New York Times on shipments of advanced weapons, including from Croatia, making their way to the terrorist groups in Syria across the border, demanding that the Security Council focus on these facts.

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27 feb

Jag säger samma som igår, det är konstigt att det här pratet om att ge de väpnade grupperna ökat stöd sammanfaller med Kerrys resa till Europa och Ryssland. ”Rebellerna” har försetts med rikligt med vapen hela tiden, och tydligen med tyngre varianter de senaste veckorna. Nog ser det ut som att det är en del av förhandlingsspelet, ”om det inte ingår i överenskommelsen att Al-Assad ska avgå så kommer vi att trappa upp krigföringen genom ombud”, är nog vad man säger. Konstigt bara att någon fortfarande kan gå på västmediernas prat om att väst vill ha ett slut på våldet och dödandet. Att sända in än mer och tyngre vapen borde väl inte vara det första man tänker på om man vill ha slut på dödandet. Det är precis det motsatta som behövs, sluta ge legokrigarna stöd och vapen.

english.ruvr.ru – Arms deliveries disrupt internal Syrian dialogue

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have come to the conclusion that Russia and the US are not always determinant factors in world affairs. Still, it is essential to continue attempts to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opponents to his regime to start talks.
Russian-US consultations took place in the context of rumours about Washington possibly deciding to expand its assistance to Syrian rebels. This was reported by The Washington Post with reference to officials from Kerry’s team who are accompanying him in his trip. According to these officials, a U-turn in the US policy on Syria could result in starting deliveries of bullet-proof jackets and armoured vehicles to the rebels, conducting military training among them and providing direct humanitarian aid to the coalition of opposition forces.

Sergey Lavrov says that at present the situation in Syria is at the cross-roads. There are forces that are aiming at the continuation of the bloodshed and aggravation of the conflict which is fraught with collapse of the Syrian state. On the other hand, there are level-headed forces that realize the need to start talks, so as to achieve political settlement. The number of the advocates of this realistic policy is growing, Lavrov says, because there is no alternative to political settlement through a dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

Russia Today – US, EU may start training and equipping Syrian rebels

jinge.se – USA utvidgar sin angreppspolitik mot Syrien

proletaren.se – Vrede mot väst efter terrordåd i Damaskus

De blodiga attentaten i Damaskus förra veckan väcker vrede bland stadens invånare. För dem är det som sker ingen frihetskamp eller revolution mot förtryckare utan terror mot civila. Två invånare i Damaskus som Proletären talat med tvekar inte att lägga skulden för terrorn på väst.
– Vi vet vilka som är terroristerna och vi vet vilka som stöder dem. Snälla, lämna oss i fred!

almanar.com.lb – More Than 100 Militants Killed in Failed Attempt to “Invade” Damascus

Syrian daily, al-Watan, reported on Wednesday that there was a new attempt by armed groups to “invade” the capital.
As it said that the attempt was thwarted by the Syrian army, the newspaper reported that more than hundred said of militants were killed during the battle.Al-Watan said that Damascus’ east northern entrance in the outskirts of al-Qaboun region was under attack by armed groups on Monday night.
The daily reported that the attack started “as usual”, by a powerful suicide explosion followed by another blast.
Then the “invasion” started, but it was quickly ended by the death of more than hundreds of militants, “who staged a mass suicide attack at the entrance of Damascus, which will remain invincible.”

Insight: Syria rebels bolstered by new arms but divisions remain

Several rebel commanders and fighters told Reuters that a shipment which reached Syria via Turkey last month comprised shoulder-held and other mobile equipment including anti-aircraft and armor-piercing weapons, mortars and rocket launchers.
Rebels told Reuters the weapons, along with money for cash payments for fighters, were being distributed through a new command structure, part of a plan by foreign backers to centralize control over rebel units and check Islamists linked to al-Qaeda. However, in a sign of the difficulty in uniting disparate fighting groups, some rebels said they had turned down the arms and refused to submit to the new command.

democratic-syria.blogspot.se – Mainstream Media And The Art of Trolling

In Syria, well.. Here is where the western powers are still working hard to ‘achieve democracy’ in any way they could, even getting their old buddies from Al Qaeda and rebranding them: Freedom Fighters, Rebels, Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al Nusra.. whatever, just to exhaust the Syrian Army systematically while the mainstream media, NATO’s propaganda machines work hard to demonize the army by repeating: Syrian Army killing own people and such silly accusations to engrave it in the conscious of their audience: the Sleeping Sheeple.

‘Saudi Arabia arms, funds Syria militants’, interview with Zayd al-Isa Middle East expert, ”supplying terrorists with arms in Syria is without doubt a flagrant and a blatant violation of international law

Vet inte vad man ska tro om det här, från debka.com – där det som sägs finns utskrivet.

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26 feb

Just som USA’s nye utrikesminister John Kerry reser till Europa för att träffa bl.a. Rysslands utrikesminister Sergej Lavrov och det den senaste tiden förekommit spekulationer om att USA varit beredda till en överenskommelse om Syrien, att de skulle dra tillbaka sitt stöd för de väpnade gängen, då trappas ”rebellernas” attacker upp tycks det, efter att de försetts med tyngre vapen de senaste veckorna. Och ordkriget trappas upp, från Erdogan, Hague m.fl. Är detta ett försök att sätta press på Syriens ledning inför förhandlingarna?

jinge.se – Imperialisterna, terroristerna och Sverige fortsätter det cyniska spelet om Syrien

jinge.se – Staffan Heimersson & Anders Romelsjö (jag) i Läkartidningen om Syrien del I

Press TV – Saudis supply militants in Syria with Croatian arms: Report

Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list reported on Saturday that ”there had been an unusually high number of sightings of Jordanian cargo planes at Pleso Airport in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital in recent months.”
Disclosing the possible US role in the Croatian weapons shipments, the daily said that Ilyushin 76 aircraft owned by Jordan International Air Cargo had been seen at Pleso Airport on Dec. 14 and 23, Jan. 6 and Feb. 18.

The US and its Western allies, as well as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, claim that they want to see the Syria crisis end, but at the same time they continue to arm and fund the militants.

EA World View – Syria Live Coverage: Insurgent Attacks in Damascus

0545 GMT: Damascus. Insurgents launched a series of attacks inside the capital on Monday, with heavy fighting reported not only in the southern districts — where clashes have been sustained for some time — but also in northern areas such as Qaboun, Jobar, and Abaseen and even central locations.
As we discussed the situation after several hours of coverage, EA’s James Miller said, ”I’m not sure there’s been a night quite like this. The fighting is in so many areas of the city.”

1550 GMT: Fighting in Damascus. Damascus is a violent place today, but it’s hard to see whether this is just an expected escalation after last night’s surprise attack by the rebels, or whether this is the start of a new phase in the fighting. nterestingly, one of the newest flash points is Al Tall, north of the capital (map), an island of rebel control in a sea of Assad military bases. The town has been heavily bombed (or shelled by artillery, it’s not clear which) and many casualties are reported.
There is also fighting in the Yarmouk Camp, Jobar, Babbilla, Qaboun, and Barzeh – though it’s unclear if these areas are all just being shelled and bombed, or whether there are actual battles ongoing. As you can see from the map of Damascus, however, all these areas form a semi-circle that just a few weeks ago was much further to the east and is now pushing right up against the heart of the city:

Press TV – Kerry hints renewed US efforts to intervene in Syria

We are determined that the Syrian opposition is not going to be dangling in the wind wondering where the support is or if it’s coming. And we are determined to change the calculation on the ground for President Assad.

english.ruvr.ru – Russia, US determined to facilitate dialogue between Syrian govt, opposition – Lavrov

Russia and the United States are determined to do whatever they can to create conditions facilitating the beginning of a dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said following talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Berlin on Tuesday.
”As concerns Syria, the most important is that we have reaffirmed our common understanding that we cannot tolerate violence and, through this understanding, our determination to do everything that depends on Russia and the U.S. Surely, not everything depends on us, but we will be doing what does depend on us in order to create conditions facilitating the soonest possible beginning of a dialogue between the government and the opposition,” Lavrov said at a press conference following the talks.

Tony Cartalucci – US State Department’s ”Syriasly” Campaign Reaches New Level of Absurdity

While the West and its Arab partners, the brutally autocratic regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are now admittedly funneling heavy weapons to Al Qaeda’s stronghold in Daraa, southern Syria, the US State Department and its extensive network of faux NGO’s funded by the same corporate-financier interests that write its policy, have rolled-out a front organization they call ”Syriasly.”

Sporting the French colonial colors that flew over Syria during its Western subjugation, and echoing the now defunct fraud that is the ”Responsibility to Protect (R2P)” (and here) which lead to, not prevented, mass nationwide genocide in Libya in the wake of NATO’s brutal bombardment of the North African nation in 2011, ”Syriasly” attempts to pose as ”student-led.”
However, ”Syriasly,” which claims to be a campaign of STAND, is merely a carbon-copy of other US State Department, corporate special interest fronts masquerading as human rights crusaders to manufacture consent for long-planned wars of profit and domination.

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25 feb

UPPDATERING

US’s Kerry calls Syria opposition, urges to attend Rome talks

John Kerry, in London on his first trip as U.S. Secretary of State, telephoned Moaz Alkhatib, head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, on Monday to urge him to attend a planned Syriameeting in Rome this week, a U.S. official said.

english.ruvr.ru – Loud explosion shakes Syrian Damascus – residents

A powerful explosion shook the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, residents reported, and state television said it struck the eastern district of Qaboun.

Ska man kalla det någon sorts hemvärns-trupper, de grupper som har bildats för att försvara sina närområden mot väpnade grupper? Thierry Meyssan – A popular anti-guerrilla force

In guerrilla warfare, the victory belongs to those who have the support of the population. This is why Syria has recently formed popular militias to hold back the Contras supported by the West and the Gulf monarchies. In three months, the result is spectacular: the areas where local militias are already operating have been stabilized.

This is an event that profoundly changes the geopolitical facts on the ground in the region. On the one hand because this paramilitary force has quickly stabilized villages in areas where it is already established, especially because now the Basij and Hezbollah find themselves with a little brother, with the same training as them, but being mixed and multi-faith, educated in the secular spirit of the Baath movement and not in that of the Islamic Revolution.
While one of the main goals of the war triggered by the West against Syria was to install a government that would break with Hezbollah and Iran, as admitted by Burhan Ghalioun in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, western action has had the opposite effect. Common resistance has led to a tightening of the ranks despite religious and political differences.

sana-syria.com – McClatchy Newspaper: Israel Coordinates with USA in Supplying Armed Groups in Syria with Weapons

McClatchy Newspaper, run by the US army, stressed that Israel coordinates with the USA in the domain of supplying the armed opposition in Syria with weapons.
In a report published on its website, the newspaper quoted Israeli officials as saying ”Israel is consulting with the American officials over the weapons sent to the armed groups in Syria, and it closely watches all types of the most complicated weapons that can be sent to these groups.”

nyhetsbanken.se – Tunga vapen i terroristernas händer

En brittiskt bloggare Elliot Higgins, som kallar sig ”Black Moses”, har systematiskt gått igenom de syriska terroristernas filmer på YouTube liksom den syriska regeringens bilder av beslagtagna vapen och visat att en mängd moderna vapen har strömmat in i landet sedan nyår.
Det handlar bla om den rekylfria M60-kanonen (82 mm; se bilden), M79 Osa raketgevär – båda av jugoslaviskt ursprung, RPG-22 raketgevär och Milkor MGL/RBG-6 granatkastare, den sistnämnda av sydafrikansk konstruktion men även tillverkad i Kroatien.

Christof Lehmann – Irish Teen killed in Syria. Classified Document reveals, Qatar´s Embassy recruits Mercenaries

A 16 year old Irish teen has been killed in Syria after travelling to Libya first, and then to Syria after crossing Turkish – Syrian border to join insurgents, The Telegraph reports. The news about the teen mercenary come, as a secret document is revealed, according to which Qatar´s Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, is directly involved in recruiting mercenaries for Syria.

Press TV – West and its regional allies losing control of Syria militants : Naser al-Omrivideo

Press TV – US and its regional allies committing war crimes in Syria: Stephen Lendmanvideo

france34.com – Syria jihadists claim bus bombing on Hama factory

The jihadist Al-Nusra Front on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack earlier this month on an army factory in the central province of Hama that reportedly killed at least 60 people.

Conversation With a Syrian in Syria

Aref Hamdoush lives in Lattakia. He is a military and political analyst and has studies military science for 5 years. His sources include friends in the Syrian army, and former friends who have joined the FSA.

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english.ruvr.ru – Militants from 28 countries fight on Syrian opposition’s side – Syrian foreign minister

”Jabhad an-Nusra, a branch of al-Qaeda, is the main force fighting in Syria. They have invited to Syria militants from 28 countries, including Chechnya,” Walid al-Mualem said before meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.

Det är väl vad vissa önskar, att Syrien bryts upp i delar! english.ruvr.ru – Russia’s Lavrov warns of Syrian breakup

Continuing bloodshed in Syria can lead to the country’s breakup, the Voice of Russia’s Olga Denisova has cited Russian foreign chief Sergei Lavrov as saying Monday.
“We are closely following the situation [in Syria], and we believe it to be at a crossroads,” he said. “There are those who want the bloodshed to continue, to spread the conflict, which can potentially result in the breakup of the Syrian state,” Mr. Lavrov stressed.

Russia’s top foreign official has pointed out that the forces who are set to fight till the bitter end are also trying to nip in the bud all attempts at dialogue between the two warring parties.
He added however that more sensible political forces viewed dialogue as the only way out of the crisis, and the number of peace-proponents is rising. “There can be no alternative to a peace settlement in Syria,” Mr. Lavrov noted.

Tony Cartalucci – Dead French Photographer was State Department-Funded – Embedded With Al Qaeda

Further indication of the depraved nature of the West’s campaign against Syria, and the depraved nature of its institutions, methods, and faux-NGOs, vindicating a growing trend of ejecting Western ”journalists” and NGO’s from an ever increasing number of nations, it is revealed that a French photographer recently killed in Syria was embedded with terrorist militants in Idlib, northern Syria, and was working on behalf of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded ”Reporters Without Borders.”

Syria militants committing worst HR violations: Mimi al-Lahansom text

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24 feb

Nu skrivs det även i Washington Post om de nya tunga vapen som ”rebellerna” försetts med de senaste veckorna, som nämndes i en artikel det länkades till härifrån den 21 feb, Who is arming the Syrian rebels.
In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad

“The idea was to get heavier stuff, intensify supply and make sure it goes to the good guys,” said an Arab official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation. “If you want to weaken al-Nusra, you do it not by withholding [weapons] but by boosting the other groups.”
Louay al-Mokdad, the political and media coordinator for the Free Syrian Army, confirmed that the rebels have procured new weapons donated from outside Syria, rather than bought on the black market or seized during the capture of government facilities, the source of the vast majority of the arms that are in the hands of the rebels. But he declined to say who was behind the effort.

Such is the secrecy surrounding the effort, however, that even those receiving the weapons can’t say with certainty who is supplying them, he said, though it is widely assumed that they are being provided by Saudi Arabia, with the support of its Arab, U.S. and European allies.
“All we can say for sure is that there are some new weapons coming across the border in the south, they are coming with high secrecy and they’re only going to groups that they want,” he said.

EA World View – Syria Live Coverage: Civilian Deaths in Aleppo

Tony Cartalucci – West Pours Arms into Syria as Al Qaeda Mass Slaughters Civilians

Repeat a lie often enough, and hopefully people will begin to believe it. That is what a concerted effort by Western media houses hopes to achieve as they claim the recent flow of heavy weapons from Western nations and their Arab-Israeli partners is boosting ”moderate rebels” and ”tilting” the balance of Syria’s conflict against the Syrian government.

Also in 2007, reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article, ”The Redirection,” it was stated (emphasis added):
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”
Hersh’s report would continue by stating:
the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
Further admissions of a joint US-Israeli-Saudi conspiracy against Syria included:
”…[Saudi Arabia’s] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

sverigesradio.se – Hårt tryck på USA:s Kerry att ta tag i Syrienfrågan

USA:s nya utrikesminister John Kerry åker på söndagen på sin första utlandsresa. Situationen i Syrien väntas bli en av huvudfrågorna för hans samtal med ledare i Europa och Mellanöstern. Inför resan har John Kerry sagt att det finns mer att göra för att övertyga Syriens president Bashar al-Assad om en förhandlingslösning.

english.ruvr.ru – Lavrov, Kerry to meet on February 26 – Russian Foreign Ministry

nyhetsbanken.se – Terrorister kräver förtroende

Igår blockerade amerikanska tjänstemän en ryskstödd resolution i FN:s säkerhetsråd som fördömde torsdagens terroristdåd i den syriska huvudstaden Damaskus.
FN-Arabförbundets fredssändebud i Syrien Lakhdar Brahimi sade att attackerna i Damaskus hade dödat ca 100 personer döda och sårat ytterligare 250.
Brahimi beskriver attackerna som en ”krigsförbrytelse” och tillade att ”ingenting kan motivera sådana fruktansvärda handlingar som utgör krigsförbrytelser enligt internationell rätt.”
Europeiska unionens utrikespolitiske talesperson Catherine Ashton sade ”ingenting kan rättfärdiga en handling av sådan brutalitet som dödade så många människor, de flesta civila, inklusive barn.”

Press TV –Foreign-backed militants responsible for Syria violence: Assad

Assad said in an interview broadcast on German television that the Syrian government did not start the conflict and it is the militants who are killing Syrian people and destroying the country’s infrastructure.

english.ruvr.ru – US – the puppeteer of the Arab World

Sergey Filatov, Member of the Editorial Board of Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn Magazine, which is a publication of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, about influence of the US in Arab world.
See, I believe that the most important thing is the position of the United States. Look at the Arab League. Previously many years ago the Arab League was leaded by Algeria, Syria, Jamahiriya, Egypt. Arabs were friends of Moscow, friends of Soviet Union. Now in the Arab League there are other leaders – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the friends of Washington. And just to remark the position of Obama: he told 5 weeks ago that he is not ready to assist insurgents in Syria, those military forces from all over the Arab world really, it was intervention, international intervention in Syria. So, Obama said “stop”, and at the same time the position of the League of Arab states changed because they are against Assad from the first days and now they are ready to organize some negotiations, maybe peaceful settlement, something like this. I believe that they are not free in their policy. They are very close to Washington and now the change of policy in Washington makes echo in their position.

Syria News 24.2.2013
* Russian Communist Party: Syria Is Facing New Form of Colonial War
* Terrorist Abdelhadi Mohammad al-Khalif confessed to taking part in destroying the National Hospital in al-Qseir, Homs countryside,
* Army Units Foil Terrorists’ Infiltration Attempts, Inflict Heavy Losses Upon Them
* Golan People Stage Event in Condemnation of Damascus Terrorist Bombing
* Syrians in Sweden Strongly Condemns Damascus Terrorist Bombing
* Dialogue Subcommittees Continue Meetings in Several Provinces

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23 feb

Christof Lehmann – Lavrov: US Veto of UNSC Resolution to Condemn Damascus Blasts Indicates Double Standards

Foreign Minister Lavrov´s condemnation of the US veto underlines a previous statement, in which he explicitly held the USA accountable for acts of terrorism in Syria, because even if the USA officially proclaims that it no longer will support armed insurgents, it still fails to use the influence it has over its allies, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who do support the armed insurgency.
International lawyers and analysts are warning of a rapid deterioration of international law at its very foundation since the onset of the war on terror in 2001. In a 2012 article by Black, Fetzer, Mezyaev and Lehmann, the authors warn about the gravest possible consequences this explosion of international law at its foundations has for international, national and individual security.
The Russian and Chinese unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attacks and the US-American veto could however, signal that this abuse of international law and international institutions by the USA and NATO is increasingly met by a more assertive Russian and Chinese opposition.

In this third weekly SHAMSEIN report, the following 9 stories are discussed:
00:10 Jabhat al-Nusra Claims Responsibility for Damascus Bombings after Fabricating Lies about al-Hayat Hospital
03:32 Developments in Syria’s Occupied Golan Heights: 03:40 Israel Preparations for Incursions into the Golan 04:38 Israel Wants to Build Field Hospital to treat FSA 05:45 Oil Drilling Operations in Occupied Golan Heights Approved by Israel 06:08 Syria Shot Down Israeli Drone over Lebanon, close to Golan Heights 07:37 Occupied Golan’s Druze Standing Strongly with Syria, their Homeland
08:25 West Prepares War in Lebanon after Syria, as FSA Vows to Eliminate Hezbollah from Lebanon: 08:34 FSA & Alleged Hezbollah Clashes in Qusayr, on Syrian-Lebanese Border 09:43 FSA Gives Ultimatum to Hezbollah and Vows to Eliminate it 12:10 Salafi Cleric & Lebanon’s Agent Provocateur Wants to Fight against Hezbollah 13:58 UK to Train Lebanese Troops Amid Fears of Syria Spillover
14:14 Update on Syrian Army Cleansing Operations in Syria
16:21 Athletes Targeted by FSA: Football Player Talks about Losing his Colleague
18:11 Jabhat al-Nusra’s Sectarian Slogans: Calls for Killing of Shia Muslims & Demands for Islamic Caliphate
19:30 Syria’s Sunni Grand Mufti on Turkey’s Policies & Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood
22:01 Lebanese Interior Minister Says Turkey Can Secure Release of Lebanese Pilgrims Kidnapped by FSA but Won’t Do it
23:38 FSA… the Grendizer Warriors

Franklin Lamb – Israel instructs Obama: “Iranian and Syrian Sanctions are Not Painful Enough!”

Zionist prospects for Syria aren’t any better at the moment. Tel Aviv’s to intimidate the White House into invading Syria have not worked. Plan A has failed miserably according to the Israeli embassy people attending the Engel-Ros Litinen’s informal conflab. Neither did the “how about we just arm the opposition” plan that originated last year with David H. Petraeus and was supported by Hillary Clinton while being pushed by AIPAC. The goal was to create allies in Syria that the US and Israel could control if Mr. Assad was removed from power. Moreover, the White House believes that there are no good options for Obama. It has vetoed 4 recent Israeli proposals including arming the rebels and is said to believe that Syria is already dangerously awash with “unreliable arms.”
The recent shriveling in Israeli prospects for a dramatic Pentagon intervention in Syria reflect White House war weariness. And also Israel’s predilection to bomb targets itself in Syria, as it did recently to assassinate a senior Iranian officer in the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Hassan Shateri. Contrary to the false story that Israel attacked a missiles convoy, some unassembled equipment was damaged but that was not the primary target according to Fred Hof, a former U.S. State Department official. Gen. Shateri was.

Stephen Lendman – Washington Backs Syrian Anti-Government Terrorism

Press TV – ‘Erdogan policy on Syria grave mistake’

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party Kemal Kilicdaroglu has described as “grave mistake” the policy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan toward Syria.

maverabloggen.wordpress.com – Israel vill söka efter olja på Syriens territorium

Från en dansk sida som ger upplysning om propaganda i danska nyhetsmedier. Precis en sådan behöver vi i Sverige. Den här artikeln är några månader gammal och handlar om granatbeskjutningen in i Turkiet som kom från Syrien och dödade ca 5 människor. Mediabevakningen verkar vara mycket lik den i Sverige vilket understryker hur väldresserade och styrda västmedierna är. medieoplysning.dk – Den syrisk-tyrkiske krise og pressens knæfald for krigstrommerne

Alle de vestlige medier, jeg ser episoden beskrevet i, følger imidlertid en bekymrende endimensionel og farvet nyhedsdækning. Så mangelfuld og fordrejet, at det svært at se pressen som andet end en forlænget arm for Vestens og NATO’s ønske om en militær intervention i Syrien, ligesom man ønskede det i Libyen, i Irak, i Afghanistan osv.

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22 feb

english.ruvr.ru – Syrian border guards wipe out several groups of terrorists

Syrian border guards wiped out several groups of terrorists who tried to sneak into Syria from the neighbouring Lebanon last night.

english.ruvr.ru – What next for Syria talks after Damascus attack?

None of the opposition groups has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to discuss the situation during the talks in Berlin on February 26. There is not much optimism about the meeting, though.

Victoria Nuland also said that the U.S. urges the opposition to sit down for talks with the regime, adding that the meeting could take place anywhere, including Moscow.
Meanwhile, Russian analysts have different views on how Moscow and Washington could influence the outcome of the Syrian crisis. Boris Dolgov, expert at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies, believes that the U.S. has been softening its position on the issue with Moscow and Washington having a good potential for finding a common ground for cooperation.
”First of all, Moscow and Washington could agree to stop arms supplies to militants in Syria. Certainly, this would require Russia and the U.S to pressure on both the Syrian government and the opposition to sit down for talks.”

‘Blasts targeting Syrian kids reveal real face of West, NATO’

Från EA Worldwiev som angavs som källa i en artikel i gårdagens inlägg, Who is arming the Syrian rebelsEA Video Analysis: Syria — How and Why the US is Arming the Insurgents, A six-minute guide to how and why the US — despite public denials — are involved in the supply of weapons to the Syrian insurgents, and what it means for the future of the conflict:
Washington wants to provide the insurgents with enough weapons to put pressure on the Assad regime, possibly leading to a coup, but not enough to bring about a final bloody conflict and the decimation of Damascus.

english.ruvr.ru – Moscow denounces Washington’s vetoing Russian draft condemnation of Damascus blast

Moscow has denounced the US blocking, at the UN Security Council, of Russia’s draft statement for the press condemning the recent terrorist attack in Damascus.
According to a press release of the Russian Ambassador to the UN, the US delegation has deplorably, for the umpteenth time, vetoed the UN Security Council required reaction to a terrorist attack by tying it with other issues.
Russia sees this kind of effort to justify terrorists’ moves as unacceptable.

Press TV – US encourages militants in Syria by foiling UN condemnation: Russia

‘Peaceful solution or Syria will be destroyed’ – UN envoy Brahimi (RT EXCLUSIVE)

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