18 mars

Förra veckan rapporterades det om att ”rebeller” upprepat sköt mot mål i Syrien inifrån Libanon, och att syriska myndigheter flera gånger sagt att man hittills visat återhållsamhet men att det finns en gräns för deras tålamod. Nu verkar det som att man skjutit tillbaka – US State Department confirms Syrian government fired rockets into Lebanon – vilket då regimtrogen västmedia är snabba att uppmärksamma utan att ha nämnt vad som har försigått tidigare!

Press TV – US won’t hinder Europeans’ arm supply to Syria militants: Kerry video

”President (Barack) Obama has made it clear that the United States does not stand in the way of other countries that have made a decision to provide arms, whether it’s France or Britain or others,” top US diplomat John Kerry said Monday.
Kerry’s comments come prior to an EU leaders meeting later this week, in which they plan to discuss easing an EU arms embargo.
On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that Paris and London will arm the militants even if an agreement is not reached during the upcoming meeting.
The UK has also expressed support for lifting the arms embargo.
However, Several European countries have disagreed with the move, warning that increasing the number of weapons on the ground will intensify the Syrian conflict.
On February 28, EU foreign ministers last extended the embargo for three months. The sanctions are, however, always up for review by the bloc’s member states.
Meanwhile, four bomb explosions have been heard in the Syrian capital city of Damascus amid ongoing clashes between militants and government forces, a Press TV corresponded in the city reported.

almanar.com.lb – “Assad: We Negotiate under Our Conditions, Battle in our Favor”

Under the headline “An Optimistic Panorama from the Syrian Regime’s Perspective; Assad Tells Visitors: We Negotiate under Our Conditions, Battle in Our Favor,” As-Safir newspaper said Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s visitors have cited a positive atmosphere in Damascus.
Sami Kleib wrote on Monday that the opposition’s seizure of Al-Riqqa did not affect the regime’s morale, as President Bashar Al-Assad assured to his visitors: “The battle is long because we are fighting terrorism, which global powers failed to fight. However, things have improved on the military and political levels.”
“The army has become more experienced of the militants’ movements. Its new strategy requires that it sets the time and location of the battle rather than being dragged into one. This prevented the military forces from dispersing. It contributed in enclosing several ignited regions. It limited militants’ movements in areas where they planned to wage attacks,” he clarified.
“The way of jamming communications changed, and surveillance equipments were advanced, so operations have become topical and painful to the militants. Essential changes occurred to intelligence and military structures. Coordination increased with allies that presented their experiences in the fields they excel in. Public committees, which are turning day after day into a substitute army, took part in protecting areas that the army withdrew from.

Franklin Lamb – The 7th Century Heroine of Karbala-Protected by Her Own

The seemingly rapid escalation of Shia-Sunni sectarian strife pulsating back and forth across Syria and in and out of Iraq and Lebanon appear to some analysts to be unstoppable. This week the UN Security Council expressed alarm that rising sectarian violence threatened a return to civil war in Lebanon. The sect targeted for destruction, is mainly, but not exclusively, Shia Muslims and a potential conflagration among a few Muslim sects is smoldering from Yemen to Libya to Pakistan and in more than a dozen countries. Places of worship are being attacked with the hope of creating flight and destruction among so-called kuffar (infidels) and other alleged “enemies of Allah.”
As the violence continues in parts of Syria it is not always clear who exactly is behind, for example, the thefts of antiquities from museums and shops, the carting off of medical equipment from hospitals, the widespread stripping of certain factories in places like Aleppo and moving their assets to Turkey, apparently with little if any objection from Ankara, and the damaging of mainly Christian and Shia places of worship. But there is little doubt that Islamist extremists, are behind many of these crimes.
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