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english.ruvr.ru – Syrian insurgents’ training at “Assad’s citadel”

American, French and British instructors are providing training to Syrian rebels at a camp in the Jordanian desert. Observers say that this camp can be used as a bridgehead for the activities of US special troops in Syria, if Washington finds that Bashar Assad is going to use chemical weapons.
The training camp is located to the north from the Jordan capital of Amman, Corriere Della Sera newspaper reports. It is a mock-up of “Assad’s citadel”. There are 67 buildings, an airport with a passenger liner, an embassy mock-up, roads, a take-off strip and a field firing range. There Western instructors teach rebels of the Free Syrian Army how to fight with anti-tank fire systems, to conduct battles in city conditions, to make ambushes etc.

The reports about the Western coalition’s intention to switch to invade Syria have become more frequent recently. But they are not more than a component of the information war, political analyst Stanislav Tarasov says.
”The US diplomats in particular new State Secretary John Kerry are now making attempts to find new partners and to work out a new scenario for the Syrian crisis’ settlement . So are Russian diplomats. Just the other day a phone conversation between Obama and Putin took place on a US initiative. All these facts show that the parties are trying to find a peaceful diplomatic solution to settle the crisis. That is why such media reports are nothing else but a component of psychological information war.”

english.ruvr.ru – UN peacekeepers – victims of blackmail

The recent seizure of 20 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights near the Syrian-Israeli border demonstrates that many rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have no intention of observing international agreements or complying with the law on the territory of Syria.

Both Syria and Israel claim control of the Golan Heights, an area where no armed contingents, except for the UN forces, are allowed to stay. However, a group of armed people who spoke of themselves as Syrian rebels detained a UN convoy near an observation post on Wednesday.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who is presiding in the UN Security Council in March, has said the Council has condemned the seizure.

nyhetsbanken.se – Svenska vapen i Syrien

Syriska ”rebeller” verkar med svenska vapen, framgår av en video där en legosoldat framträder med ett Carl Gustaf raketgevär på sin högra axel.

Det var TV4 som i onsdags kväll gjorde upptäckten på YouTube. Carl Gustaf beskrivs av tillverkarna som en framgångssaga, ”effektiv, populär och enkel att använda”.
”Sverige har sålt denna modell till cirka 40 länder”, säger Christoffer Burnett-Cargill på Svenska Freds-och Skiljedomsföreningen (Svenska Freds).

thelocal.se – Stray Swedish weapons show up in Syria

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