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.