Syria crisis- Russia won’t pressure Assad, says minister – del av en intervju med Rysslands utrikesminister Sergej Lavrov
Press TV – France calls on Russia to convince Assad to resign
Hollande said on Friday that although he would try to persuade the Syrian opposition to hold talks with other officials in Syria rather than the president , “the Russians still need to reach out and convince Bashar al-Assad to stand aside”.
”For the moment we’re still not there,” he added.
Hollande’s remarks come shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there would be “absolutely” no chance that Moscow pressures al-Assad to step down.
Lavrov said that Moscow was not in the “regime change game,” adding that Russia was opposed to interference in domestic conflicts.
english.ruvr.ru – Seized UN peacekeepers already in Jordan
Twenty-one UN peacekeepers seized near the Golan Heights have already crossed the border with Jordan, AFP said Saturday.
Tony Cartalucci – US-British Al Qaeda Airlift: 3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria’s Destruction
The primary reason, we are told, that the West must immediately begin wider operations to support the so-called Syrian rebels, is to head off extremists, namely Al Qaeda, from overrunning Syria. This narrative has been sold for nearly a year now, as it has become evidently clear that all major offensives in Syria against the Syrian people and their government have been led by Al Qaeda terrorist fronts, including most notoriously, Jabhat al-Nusra.
It turns out, however, according the London Telegraph, that the US and Britain have already been arming terrorists operating in Syria for some time, including a massive airlift of 3,000 tons of weapons, sent across Syria’s borders with Jordan and NATO-member Turkey. In the Telegraph’s article titled, ”US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’,” it is reported:
It claimed 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November
Press TV – UK, France training Syrian militants in Jordan, report says
On Friday, The Guardian quoted Jordanian security sources as saying that the training program, which started last year, is led by the United States.
“It’s the Americans, Brits and French with some of the Syrian generals who defected. But we’re not talking about a huge operation,” a Jordanian source said.
He noted that the trainees are still waiting for a “green light” to be dispatched to the northern Syrian city of Daraa.
A European diplomat has implicitly confirmed the report.
“As is normal, before any major decision is taken on this issue, the preparations are made so that when that decision is taken, everything is in place for it to go smoothly. That is what these groups [special forces] do. They go in in advance,” said the diplomat, who was not identified.
nyhetsbanken.se – Så levererar USA vapnen
USA har samordnat transporten av tusentals ton vapen från Kroatien till terroristarméerna i Syrien med stöd från Storbritannien och andra europeiska länder, säger en rapport i den kroatiska tidningen Jutarnji List.
Tidningen ger fulla detaljer om vapenleveranserna och hävdar att 3 000 ton av vapen, som betalas av Saudiarabien på begäran av USA, har flugits från Zagreb flygplats. Totalt 75 leveranser har gjorts via Jordanien sedan november.
Press TV – US coordinates arms transfers to Syria militants: Croatian newspaper
The Croat newspaper Jutarnji List, which provided the fullest details on the arms shipments, claimed that 3,000 tons of weapons, paid for by Saudi Arabia as requested by the US, have been airlifted from Zagreb airport in 75 planeloads to the militants through Jordan since November.
Previous reports had said that the weapons dated back to the former Yugoslavia but the newspaper revealed that they also came ”from several other European countries including Britain.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office rejected the report, saying “the UK has not supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition.”
The weapons include rocket launchers, recoil-less guns and the M79 anti-tank weapons.
The report added that Russian-made Ilyushin jets from Jordanian International Air Cargo have regularly been seen in Zagreb airport in recent months.
almanar.com.lb – “US to Send Arms in Afghanistan to Syrian Militants”
The Pentagon had decided to send a major part of its light and semi-heavy weapons systems and military equipment to the Syrian militants, along with its pullout from Afghanistan, Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
A ranking member of the US marine troops deployed in Afghanistan told the agency on Saturday that “the Pentagon made the decision when former US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, was still in office.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, he stated: ”The decision to send our arms and weapons systems in Afghanistan to the rebel groups in Syria was originally made when the former US Secretary of Defense was in his final days of office.”