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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