Arkiv för juli, 2013

31 jul

Christof Lehmann – Khan al-Assal Massacre to Cover-up Chemical Weapons Use by Jabhat al-Nusrah

Both Russia and Syria have condemned the massacre in Khan al-Assal, committed by the Jabhat al-Nusrah affiliated “Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa” brigade. Russia is calling for an immediate political settlement of the conflict in Syria. Syria’s Ambassador to Moscow stressed, that the al-Qaeda linked terrorists committed the massacre on 27 July to cover-up the use of chemical weapons in the area.
Russian Foreign Ministry called Khan al-Assal Massacre Genocide. The Russian Foreign Ministry sharply condemned the massacre committed by terrorist groups in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo, in which more than 123 Syrians, predominantly unarmed, non-combatant civilians were murdered.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry stressed, that the two terrorist groups had committed the crime of genocide, saying:
“The fighters of the two extremist groups have committed the crime of genocide by killing the captive Syrian officers as well as the pro-government civilians”. – UN chemical weapons investigators to visit three Syrian sites

The head of a UN chemical weapons investigation team, Ake Sellstrom, and the head of the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, visited Damascus last week at the invitation of the Syrian government to discuss access.
”On the basis of the information evaluated by the Mission to date and further to the understanding reached with the Government of Syria, the Mission will travel to Syria as soon as possible to contemporaneously investigate three of the reported incidents, including Khan al-Assal,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s press office said in a statement.
The United Nations did not identify the other two locations to be visited by investigators.

Press TV – Syria militants take 200 Kurds hostage

Press TV – Takfiri militants kidnap Italian priest in Syria

Yusuf Fernandez – Saudi Arabia responsible for Syria bloodshed: Political Analyst

Damascus has recently lashed out at the Saudi regime, accusing the kingdom of backing “terrorists” after Riyadh condemned Syria for accepting fighters from Hezbollah in its struggle againtst foreign-backed terrorists.
Syria has denounced that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which work closely with the United States and its European allies, are responsible for the conflict and the ongoing bloodshed in its territory.

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30 jul

Press TV – Syria army continues mop-up operations across country

Finian Cunningham – West war crimes in Syria exposed

There was a time during the 30-month covert dirty war on Syria when the Western governments and mainstream media would make a clamor over reported massacres. Now, despicably, these governments and media just ignore such atrocities.
Why? Because it is increasingly clear that the groups committing these crimes against thousands of Syrian civilians are the foreign-backed mercenaries, whom the Western media and their governments have tried to lionize as “rebels” fighting for “democratic freedom”.
That charade is rapidly disintegrating, exposing not just criminal Western governments sponsoring the violence against civilians, but an entire media industry that is also guilty of war crimes through its willful complicity.
Syrian soldiers patrol the Sheik Said neighborhood of Aleppo. Photo, Sharif via PRESS TVThis is not mere hyperbole. To disseminate false information and lies about conflict – under the guise of independent news – is to be complicit in covering up war crimes. You can hardly get more serious misconduct than to tell lies about crimes against humanity.

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29 jul

Press TV – Syrian forces retake full control of Khaldiyeh in Homs

Syrian forces have managed to retake full control of the key district of Khaldiyeh in the western city of Homs after weeks of heavy clashes with the foreign-backed militants.

Press TV – West worries: Threat posed by militants in Syria begins to sink in

Security experts say thousands of foreign fighters – including 600 from Europe, North America, and Australia – have traveled to Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Anti-terrorism experts at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado said many of those fighters in Syria travel first to Turkey, where militant facilitators often link them up with specific groups, including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. The fighters are then armed by some Western and regional countries.

Christof Lehmann – Syrian Armed Forces Make Progress but Face Onslaught of Foreign-Backed Mercenaries

A new, major military campaign by foreign-backed insurgents in Syria, which analysts expect in August and September is beginning to manifest. During the weekend, al-Qaeda linked insurgents committed a massacre in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo, killing at least 123 while many are still reported missing.
The campaign in August and September has, according to intelligence reports, been designed to create the conditions which would justify renewed calls for a no-fly-zone, humanitarian corridors and a foreign intervention. The Syrian Armed Forces however, has so far been limiting the onset of the campaign and is making steady progress with counter-insurgency operations throughout Syria.

Christof Lehmann – Growing Inner-European Discord about Lifting E.U. Ban on Arming Syrian Opposition

The Austrian Foreign Minister, Michael Spindelberger and Germany´s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have expressed their opposition against lifting the E.U. ban on arming the Syrian opposition.
Inner-European discord about lifting the ban grows as more details about massacres and chemical weapons use by opposition forces emerge. The inner-European discord also reflects discord with regard to energy-security, regional and international politics.

Christof Lehmann – New Massacre in Khan al-Assal Kills 123, Many Are Reported Missing. Syrian Minister “Terrorists and Countries Supporting Them Will Pay Dearly” – Russia urges an end to Syria bloodshed

Moscow is calling on all responsible sides in Syria to put an end to the bloodshed unleashed by what it termed ”international terrorists,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
”Over the weekend it became known about the atrocious killing of some 150 people by militants from extremist groups Jabhat al-Nusra and Ansar al-Khilafah during an attack on Khan Assal, a town outside the northern city of Aleppo,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
Both militant groups, which have conducted joint operations in the past, have claimed credit for taking control of Khan Assal on July 22-23 and killing more than 100 soldiers. The Russian ministry expressed deep condolences to the entire Syrian people and strongly condemned the acts by ”terrorists and their accomplices” on Syrian soil. – Syrian rebels carry out massacre in Aleppo

The Syrian extremists have carried out a massacre in the city of Khan al-Assal in northern Aleppo province to get rid of witnesses of a chemical attack in March, Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari told the UN General Assembly on Monday. – Syria: avoid the worst political solution!, Two French deputies (UMP), including the president of the mission for information on the situation in Syria, warn of the dangers of France’s politics in the region.

Consequently, it’s essential to keep a clear head, and admit that for the moment, only a reasonable compromise with the current regime can ease tension and enable a political transition – with the participation of Russia.

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28 jul


Press TV – Syria army forces pressing to retake western city of Homs

Syrian army forces continue to press forward to retake the country’s western city of Homs, after taking control of a historic mosque which was used as a bastion by the foreign-backed militants.
On Sunday, Syria forces gained control over most of the western city’s Khaldiyeh area, including the Khalid bin Walid Mosque. – Syrian Army Secures Grip on Homs’ Khaldiyeh, Regains Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque

Syrian sources told al-Manar that Syrian army made more achievements in Old Homs as its forces advanced in Khaldiyeh and killed dozens of foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government.Syrian army soldier
Al-Manar correspondent in Homs reported that the Syrian army has recaptured Khalid Bin al-Walid Mosque in Khaldiyeh neighborhood.
He added that militants targeted Homs oil refinery with mortar shells leading to great damage.

Press TV – Israel, allies trying to hold onto Aleppo by arming militants: Redwan Rizk

Press TV has conducted an interview with Redwan Rizk, political commentator in Beirut, about a report in Israeli media that says Israel has made a 50 million dollar arms deal to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons and equipment for the insurgency in Syria.

slut på uppdateringen __________________________ – International community must not ignore blood bath arranged by rebels – Syrian FM

On Saturday the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a message to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which it notified the Security Council about the massacre carried out by militants in the town of Khan al-Assal 20km west of Aleppo.
The message reads that 132 Syrian citizens – civilians and servicemen – became victims of a massacre carried out by militants from an extremist organisation associated with al-Qaeda.
Hundreds of rebel fighters invaded Khan al-Assal a few days ago to control the area and interrupt food and medication supplies to Aleppo besieged by them, the message reports. The rebels arranged a slaughter of civilians and servicemen taken prisoner in the town.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry places responsibility for this crime upon those countries that support the anti-government gangs in Syria.

Press TV – Syria urges UN action against terrorists following Khan al-Assal massacre

Christof Lehmann – US Talks About “Political Solution” while Continuing War Effort against Syria. USA Accountable for Full Responsibility for Syria

Principally, the situation pertaining Syria and the USA has not changed significantly since February 2013, when Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin stated, that:
the US´s announcement not to arm the opposition in Syria does not absolve the USA from its full responsibility for what is taking place in Syria or the practices of the opposition”.
Also in February, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grutchko, stated, that NATO cannot see every problem as a nail because it perceives itself as a hammer. – Syrian crisis: still a long way to Geneva-2 despite diplomatic efforts

Hyperactivity was observed in the lines of the Syrian crisis – both military and diplomatic – all week. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry had several phone conversations to discuss the preparation for the expected Geneva conference on Syria. The bustle reached its peak on the 26th of July when New York became the site of an informal meeting of 15 UN Security Council member-states with the Syrian opposition represented by Ahmed Jarba, chairman of the Syrian National Coalition.
Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations, cautiously reported after the meeting that the delegation of the opposition is prepared to take part in the second conference in Geneva aimed at the settlement of the situation in Syria. This does not mean that the problem of convening the Geneva-2 conference has been solved. However, it is being considered. The main obstacle for the conference is the opposition’s preliminary conditions. In New York the opposition demanded again that the country’s current President Bashar al-Assad should be expelled from the Interim Government planned to set up in Syria.

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27 jul

Inte ett knyst på Sveriges Radio om att en FN-delegation, med bl.a. svensken Åke Sellström, är på besök i Syrien för att undersöka de bevis som Ryssland menar sig ha om att de väpnade grupperna använde kemiska vapen vid en attack i mars i år.

Christof Lehmann – Positive Talks between UN and Syria after Russian Expert Report on Chemical Weapons

Both UN Representatives in Damascus and the Syrian government describe their discussions about chemical weapons use in Syria as fruitful. The UN team accepted Syria’s invitation, after a report from a Russian expert commission which investigated the use of chemical weapons in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo on 5 March concluded, that it was the opposition, and not Syria’s armed forces, that had fired the deadly projectile which killed 25 and injured more than 100.

Inte ett knyst på Sveriges Radio om en ny fruktansvärd massaker som de väpnade gängen begått. Enligt uppgift över hundra dödade varav ca 50 civila. – Media source: 123 martyrs in Khan al-Assal massacre

A media source said that the death toll from the massacre that armed terrorist groups committed in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside reached 123 martyrs, with many others still missing.
The majority of the victims are unarmed civilians, the source pointed out.

Press TV – Militants execute 51 civilians in Syria – Foreign Ministry: What happened in Khan al-Assal exposed neighboring countries’ role in supporting terrorist groups

Är det en tillfällighet att massakern ägde rum på samma plats som attacken med kemiska vapen i mars som FN-gruppen just nu ska undersöka? Video från Syrian Girl – Syrian Army Advances in Aleppo despite Militants’ Massacres

Press TV – ‘S Arabia signs deal with Israeli army to buy weapons for militants fighting Syria govt.’

Israeli Radio reported that Saudi Arabia signed a 50-million-dollar deal with Israeli army to supply the foreign-backed militants with old Israeli military equipment and arms.

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26 jul

Thierry Meyssan håller fast vid sin bild, att USA är inställda på en förhandlingslösning och att man nu vill att de olika väpnade grupperna ska ta kål på varandra – Soon, no more obstacles to the new Sykes-Picot

You’ve probably noticed the change in tone of the atlanticist press on the Syrian issue. The ”rebels”, these ”champions of Freedom”, have suddenly turned into fanatical terrorists who tear each other apart. For Thierry Meyssan, there is nothing new under the sun: Washington has simply abandoned the idea of overthrowing Assad and is heading to the Geneva II conference. Next step: the loss of French influence in the region.

What has happened, then, that could have transformed the war of ”liberation” of Syria into this enormous mess? In fact, none of the stakes have changed in a month: the Syrian Arab Army has never used chemical weapons against the ”rebels”, and the latter have not ”radicalized”. However, the U.S. plan that I was the first to bring to light, last November, is slowly unfolding. The current stage is the desertion of the armed opposition.

Men samtidigt tycks det finnas en fraktion, israelisk(?), som vill att väst ska ingripa direkt militärt, vilket framförs av en av deras representanter, Olle Schmidt (fp), här – FN har misslyckats i Syrien – Diplomats say Syrian opposition supports Geneva talks

Syrian opposition groups are ready to attend a new Geneva conference to find an end to the conflict provided the government is committed to relinquish power to a transitional body, diplomats said Friday.
Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition made a strong commitment to fight extremism and terrorism, British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters following a 3-hour meeting. His remarks were backed by French Ambassador Gerard Araud.
”We received a very positive message from Ahmad al-Jarba, who gave a clear commitment to the Geneva conference and the communique calling for a transitional body,” Grant said.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called the meeting ”useful.”
He added: ”We should not be carried away (by the commitment). The meeting was not to officially recognize the coalition.”

Press TV – Syria army gains ground in clashes in Homs neighborhoods – Arms flow inversion in Syria

Hezbollah concluded in late June and early July, two major transactions with the leaders of the Free Syrian Army. In particular, the Lebanese Resistance acquired anti tank and Russian-made RPG missiles that the rebels had received from Saudi Arabia. The second transaction was pulled off at a very low price ($ 1 million), before the ”rebels” scrammed to the West with their loot. – Hype over Latakia arsenal explosions

For two weeks, the web and the Atlanticist media have been buzzing with rumors about the explosions, on 5 July 2013, at a Syrian Arab Army’s arms depot in the strategic port of Latakia.
According to some, the arsenal was attacked by Israeli aircraft; others claim that it was struck by an Israeli submarine. The arsenal purportedly contained Russian-made missiles.
The Free Syrian Army said it did not participate in this operation. Turkey denied any involvement in the affair. Israel yelped that it was being compromised. The loyalist army did not inform on the quantities of ammunition destroyed. It also failed to indicate whether it had pinpointed the source of the operation.
In reality, the arsenal was attacked from the ground. No aircraft or submarine were ever involved. It can only be asserted that the arsenal was attacked and partially destroyed by unidentified commandos. – Latakia arsenal blast: the Syrian version

According to the Lebanese press agency, Al Khabarpress, President Bashar al-Assad convened a meeting of his joint chiefs of staff to respond to the attack on the stockpile of Yakhont missiles in Latakia.
The operation was conducted by Israeli commandos. – Global Arms Markets as Seen Through the Syrian Lens

One of the functions of the U.S. presence in Benghazi, Libya, was to help facilitate the flow of Libyan arms to Syrian rebels. From the American point of view, sending weapons to Syria not only helps the rebels there, but every SA-7b shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile sent to Syria to be fired at a regime helicopter or MiG fighter is one less missile that can find its way into the hands of militants in the region.

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25 jul – 10 citizens martyred, scores injured in car bomb explosion in Jaramana

10 citizens were martyred and scores injured in a car bomb explosion on Thursday that ripped through al-Siyouf Square in Jaramana city in Damascus countryside.
An official source at Damascus Countryside Police Command said that terrorists blew up a car rigged with big amounts of explosives in the densely-populated area. Ten were martyred, among them a woman, and 66 injured, including children. – Syria Calls on Security Council to Condemn Jaramana terrorist explosion

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Thursday sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary General and President of the Security Council on the terrorist explosion which took place in Jaramana, Damascus countryside on July 25th, 2013.

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Here’s something unexpected: Head of the Egyptian armed forces said ”if the US tries to intervene in Egypt, Israel will be wiped of the map” . Meanwhile , the US its put on hold its delivery of F-16’s to Egypt. – Nya konstellationer i Syrien

Situationen i Syrien håller på att ändras, rapporterar välinformerade Al-Monitor, med säte i Washington.
Den växande kontingenten utländska jihadister, främst i Al Qaida-anknutna Nusra-fronten, oroar den syriska oppositionen till den grad att delar av FSA överväger att ompröva sitt krig mot den syriska regimen.

Phil Greaves – “Progressive” Mainstream Media Supports the Destabilization and Balkanization of Syria

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, Martin Chulov of the Guardian has continuously been one of the most prominent “journalists” whose coverage, to put kindly, has been skewed beyond any recognition of objective journalism. His narratives have systematically relied on sectarian overtones and cherry picked “activist” quotes from such bastions of objectivity as the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Chulov has gone to great to lengths to portray the conflict in simplistic and sectarian terms: “Assad the Alawite, versus the Sunni majority.”

Christof Lehmann – Mass Kidnapping and Massacre of Syrian Kurds sparks International Condemnation of State-Sponsored Terrorism and Double Standards

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24 jul

Al-Qaeda-linked extremists are holding around 200 Kurdish civilians hostage. Meanwhile some western states, including the UK, have so far backtracked on their arms supply to the opposition – voicing concerns about the threat of extremists in Syria. The Free Syrian Army has admitted it will accept help from anyone, including Al-Qaeda. All this while Syrian opposition figures are lobbying Paris for advanced weapons, and then will go to the US. RT’s Paula Slier and Paul Scott have the details. RT is also joined by rebel army spokesperson Zaky Mallah

Press TV – Britain organizing informal meeting of UN Security Council to discuss Syria

The UK government has launched an initiative for the UN Security Council to informally discuss future of Syria with the heads of the country’s so-called opposition group.
Britain’s ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant is organizing the informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday so members can exchange views with Syria’s Western-backed main opposition group.
Mark Lyall Grant said Tuesday that the delegation from the Syrian National Coalition will be led by Ahmed Al Jarba, president of the Western-backed umbrella group. – Russia willing to make public its info on use of chemical weapons in Syria – Lavrov

”As we have told the [UN] secretary general, we are ready to make our information public. We expect those who have information on other instances of the use of chemical weapons to act in the same way,” Lavrov said at a press conference summing up outcomes of his negotiations with Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman on Wednesday. – UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus

Two UN inspectors arrived in Damascus on Wednesday with examining claims that chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria’s civil war.
Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane, the UN high representative for disarmament, arrived at a hotel in the Syrian capital.
They were scheduled to hold talks with regime officials regarding access to areas of the country in order to pursue their investigations. – Pakistan urges UN to clamp down on weapon shipments to Syria

Masood Khan, current Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, called for cessation of weapon shipments to war-torn Syria.
”Syria is ablaze with conflict, blood is being spilt. We can’t end this war with weapons,” the diplomat said during a session of the UN Security Council.
He added that the ”UN Security Council and the world community have to take measures to prevent both sides of the Syrian conflict from receiving arms. – Syria, uncontrollable enclave of jihad

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has characterized the actions, taken by the fighters of the Syrian opposition against the peaceful Kurdish population in the north-east of the country as “bloody provocations”. Fierce fighting between the extremists and the Kurdish militias has been going on for a third day there now. The Al Qaeda –linked extremist groups, which have taken hostage more than 200 Kurds, including women, children and old people, are using them as a living shield. A wave of robberies and arson attacks has spread to the Kurdish cities.
Moscow is sure that a “terrorist international” is behind the events in the Kurdish inhabited areas of Syria. Till recently the Kurds observed factual neutrality in the continued conflict. Russian diplomats say that all these bloody provocations are aimed at the further aggravation of the inter-tribal relationships, at the collapse of the country and at turning Syria into a bridgehead of international terrorism.

Musa al-Gharbi – Syria; game theory vs. reality

Despite the overwhelming skepticism on the part of the international community, the Obama Administration recently changed its evaluation of the ‘evidence’ of chemical weapons use in Syria.
By its own admission, this was to serve as a pretext for their previously-rendered and domestically unpopular decision to deepen US involvement in the conflict in an attempt to offset the Syrian army’s momentum in recent months.
Simultaneously, the Administration deployed a number of US assets to Jordan and delayed the scheduled Geneva II summit on Syria in the hopes that the rebels could gain ground in the interim.

Press TV – UN officials to visit Syria over allegations of using chemical weapons

Two senior United Nations (UN) officials are planned to travel to Damascus to discuss allegations of using chemical weapons in the Arab country.
On Tuesday, Swedish scientist ”Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane, the UN high representative for disarmament, arrived in Beirut from Paris,” said an airport official on condition of anonymity.
”They will travel to Damascus on Wednesday,” said a UN source in the Lebanese capital. – Pentagons planer för Syrieninvasion

Pentagon har för första gången offentliggjort detaljer i några scenarier för militär invasion i Syrien som USA:s militär arbetar med. De framgår av ett brev som general Martin Dempsey skickade till senaten den 22 juli. Den amerikanska generalstabens chef säger att alla varianter redan presenterats för landets president.
Bland de möjliga scenarierna är följande: vapenleveranser till rebellerna, flygattacker mot regeringstrupperna, införande av flygförbud över Syrien och skapande av en buffertzon på gränsen mellan Syrien och Turkiet och Jordanien. Slutligen kan USA sätta in specialstyrkor ”för att få kontroll över kemiska vapen”.
Det tresidiga brevet är ett svar på republikanen John McCains hot. Som den största anhängaren av militär intervention till Syrien har han hotat att blockera generalens utnämning till USA:s högsta militära post i fall sådana planer inte skulle presenteras inom en snar framtid.

Amerikanska generaler ger sällan politiska värderingar av Pentagons planer. Men den här gången följde Dempsey inte denna regel och tillade hårda politiska kommentarer till brevet. Ibland kan oväntade konsekvenser följa efter användning av militärt våld och stämningen kan bli ännu värre, sade Dempsey:

Clashes intensify in Damascus as battle for Yarmouk Camp control rages

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22 jul

Kanske är det så att en förnyad samlad attack håller på att förberedas, för augusti-september. Specialtrupper från Storbritannien/USA t.ex. backar upp en ”rebell”-offensiv samtidgt som västmedierna drar igång en bred kampanj om att ”rebellerna” gör stora framsteg i striderna. I detta läge meddelar USA att man går in med trupper för att ”säkra” kemiska vapen så att de inte hamnar i händerna på extremister? Låter inte som ett osannolikt scenario.

Christof Lehmann – Top US General, “US is Preparing “Kinetic Strikes” against Syria”

The United States highest-ranking military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has said that the USA is deliberating whether it should or should not use military force in Syria, and that various scenarios, including “kinetic strikes” are being prepared.
The information correlates with recent intelligence, according to which US Special Forces in Jordan are training “rebels” for ground assistance during U.S. air raids against high profile military and political targets in Syria. A major, internationally backed, political and military campaign against Syria is expected in August and September. – Western countries responsible for Syrian people’s suffering – Syrian Deputy PM

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, has placed the blame for the current situation in his country primarily on Western countries, a Voice of Russia correspondent reports.
”The main responsibility for the siege should be placed on the West which is the main culprit of all the current sufferings of the Syrian people,” he said ahead of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Press TV – Palestinian fighters take on Syrian militants at Yarmouk camp

Many Palestinian refugees have joined the Syrian Army in its fight against the foreign-sponsored militants at the Yarmouk refugee camp near the capital Damascus, Press TV reports.
Yarmouk camp is home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. The camp turned into a flashpoint area in Damascus when unrest broke out in the Arab country in 2011.

Press TV – Syria say Russia committed to S-300 systems contract

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says all agreements for Russia’s contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Damascus are still in place.

Press TV – West, Israelis exploiting divisions in Syria case: Dean

Press TV has invited Jim W. Dean, the editor of the Veterans Today from Atlanta, to shed more light on the latest developments in the political scene in Syria.

Crisis in Syria is getting more complex. Kurdish fighters have been fighting al-Nusra and they have also fought the Syrian military earlier.

Cameron admits weapons could be in ‘bad guys’ hands in Syria

Press TV – Army continues mop-up ops across Syria, kills dozens of militants

Christof Lehmann – Syrian Sand Drawings – More Colorful than Red Lines in Sand of Troubled Coutry

Over the course of the last decade, a new art form has been added to the palette of arts, which are practiced in Syria, a country with a history of more than 5000 years of cultural development.
The colorful images are crafted with the most simple tools, colored sand, bottles, and sticks to move the sand.

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20 jul

Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Center for Research on Globalization from Montreal about Britain’s recent announcement that the al-Nusra Front group in Syria as an al-Qaeda terrorist group.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – From Turkey with Love: Another Israeli attack on Syria?

Chris Marsden – US, Britain Push for Military Intervention in Syria

The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has told the Senate that the Obama administration is actively considering the use of military force in Syria.
Dempsey said Thursday that he had provided President Barack Obama with options for military strikes in Syria. Responding to hostile questioning from Republican Senator John McCain, a leading advocate of US military intervention, he said the use of “kinetic” strikes—i.e., missiles and bombs—“is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government.”

John Robles – McCain harangues Dempsy, Obama wants invasion plans for Syria

Despite apparent overtures by the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, pointing to U.S. willingness to seek a peaceful solution to the internal conflict in Syria, the U.S. continues to seek a pretext and prepare for a military intervention in yet another Middle East country and another country that cannot properly defend itself against U.S. aggression. Recently John McCain has revealed the blood lust driving American politics and the subservient role that the U.S. military plays to politicians whose only interest is their own well-being.

Press TV – US paying ‘craziest terrorists’ in Syria

The United States and its Western allies are funding “some of the craziest terrorists on the planet” who are fighting against the Syrian government, says an American analyst.
“They’ve been arming and supporting al-Qaeda and the extremist al-Nusra people against the Syrian people and they’ve got this tremendous carnage going on with huge loss of life by some of the craziest terrorists on the planet,” Jim W. Dean, managing editor and columnist at the Veterans Today, said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

Syria facing new ‘kinetic’ plots, The Syrian Army has gained full control over al-Rashedin District in the northern city of Aleppo following fresh advances in the strategic city.

Press TV – Syria Army gains control over Aleppo’s al-Rashedin district – Britain’s Top Military Brass: The UK Must be Prepared “To Go to War”. “We Must Risk War with Syria”

Press TV – Turkey beefs up military presence near Syrian border

Turkey has deployed military unites along its border with Syria following clashes between a Syrian Kurdish armed party and al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, a new report says.
The Friday report by Turkish daily, Hurriyet, said that Turkish F-16 jets and unmanned aerial vehicles have been scrambled from southeastern Turkey for patrolling over the border.

The Role of Turkey in the US-NATO-Israeli War on Syria, från 29 maj

When the U.S. and its allies launched the covert war on Syria in 2011, they were expecting that either Syria’s political establishment would collapse within a short duration or they would find a way to ignite an open war. As Syria’s leaders and people proved to be exceptionally resilient, increasingly more brutal means have been deployed to tear the country apart. Being at the forefront of this covert war in every respect, Turkey has been thoroughly complicit in monumental war crimes committed against the neighbouring people of Syria.

Press TV – Western banksters fund WWIII: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken O’Keefe, former US marine, from London, over recent developments in Syria, including bombing Lebanon from Syrian land and US stance on military strike against the crisis-hit country.

Press TV – Increasing number of fighters from US, Europe pour into Syria: US official

An increasing number of fighters from Europe and the United States are heading for Syria to join militants in the fight for the overthrow of Syrian government, says director of the US government’s National Counterterrorism Center.
“Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world,” Matthew Olsen said at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, on Friday, Bloomberg reported.

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19 jul – U.S. military prepares for potential chemical weapons in Syria

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told a Senate panel Thursday that he has military options for Syria — should the president ever give the order. That order might come if Assad’s chemical weapon stockpiles are in danger of falling into the wrong hands. U.S. troops are training for that, and we went along.

About 1,500 paratroopers dropped out of the night sky from an altitude of just 800 feet, bringing with them nearly 190,000 pounds of equipment. They were the first of some 4,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division parachuting into an exercise designed in part to prepare for the worst in Syria. – US preparing for military action in Syria, top US general says

Den galna clownen senator John McCain (vars motto är: ”bomba alltid allt och alla”) har en diskussion med general Dempsey, där McCain avslöjar att Syrien-attacken är en del i en kampanj mot Iran.

Press TV – UK will take no options off table on Syria: British Defense Secretary

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says London is keeping all options on the table regarding Syria despite earlier warnings by the UK armed forces chief against arming the militants in the Arab country.
According to a report published on the Guardian website on Thursday, Hammond said, “We must never take any of the options off the table” in approaching the situation in Syria.

En video med en avgående general och försvarsministern i England, några av dessa brutala, hänsynslösa element som är ett hot mot mänskligheten, som lydigt ställer upp på vad än det finansiella prästerskapet ger order om (en annan video som visar deras allierade på marken i Syrien).
I början av videon säger TV-reportern att generalen avgår i ett känsligt läge som bl.a. handlar om: ”the military options for regim change in Syria ….” – ! ! ! Ja, men då behöver vi inte träta om den saken längre, naturligtvis är det det som allt handlar om, en västledd kampanj för att byta styre i Syrien.

Press TV – Britain abandons plans to arm Syria militants: sources

The sources, however, said London will continue to train the foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
“It [Britain] will train them, give them tactical advice and intelligence, teach them command and control. But public opinion, like it or not, is against intervention,” said one source.

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18 jul


Mer hot om militära insatser från väst – Pentagon provides Obama with options for military actions in Syria – Martin Dempsey

The Pentagon has provided Obama with options for the use of force in Syria, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said to a Senate panel earlier today.
The American military officer underscored that “the question is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government”, but refused to go into detail, although Senate panel’s members insisted on clarifying the strategy to end the Syrian conflict.

Medan det låter lite annorlunda från det här hållet – Military action not to solve conflict in Syria – EU President

The EU deems impossible to solve the Syrian conflict by military actions and supports a Russia-US initiative to hold a conference on Syria in Geneva, UN President Herman Van Rompuy said at a press conference concluding SA-EU summit. – Aleppo Governor: Over 100 trucks loaded with supplies arrived in Aleppo within past 24 hours – U.K. House of Commons opposes weapons delivery to ”rebels” in Syria

slut på uppdateringen _________________

Som jag skrev tidigare (16 jul) så har Sveriges Radio återupptagit sin psykologiska krigföring mot Syrien efter ett uppehåll. Detta kanske är en del i en förnyad offensiv mot landet.
Det har talats om att den humanitära situationen är den värsta sen Rwanda, det namn som brukar dras upp när det ska propageras för den angreppstaktik väst använt de senaste åren, RTP (Responibility To Protect). Och sen skriver man att ”världen drabbats” av denna situation! Man försöker beskriva det ungefär som en naturkatastrof som de moraliskt högtstående västländerna måste ta sitt ansvar för och hjälpa till att få ett slut på. Helt otroligt att man fortfarande försöker låtsas som att det inte är väst som ligger bakom detta angreppskrig mot Syrien, mot ett lands ledning som inte låter sig mutas och korrumperas av västs finansgangsters. För den som fortfarande tvivlar på att det är så, titta på videor och bakgrund under flikarna för det i ovankanten och artiklar i högerkanten.
Idag refererar Sveriges Radio uttalanden av USA’s tillträdande FN-ambassadör, krigshöken Samantha Power:

I utfrågningen var hon också mycket kritiskt mot att FN inte gjort mer för att få stopp på inbördeskriget i Syrien.
– Ett misslyckande som historien kommer att döma hårt, sade hon.

Om FN inte kan fatta beslut om att sanktionera våld i besvärliga fall, ja då kan den amerikanske presidenten självklart göra det, i USA:s intresse, enligt henne.
– Om amerikanskt säkerhet hotas och FN inte kan sanktionera våld, och presidenten anser att det behövs våld så kan han självklart göra det, sa USA:s blivande FN-ambassadör Samantha Power.

Till denna framväxande hotbild kan man lägga uppgifter om att Storbritannien tänker levera skyddsutrustning mot kemiska vapen – Britain will provide anti-chemical weapons protection kits for Syrian opposition – (man håller bilden av ett hot om användning av kemiska vapen vid liv) Och det faktum att syriska armén funnit stora mängder kemikalier i rebellfästen, som kan användas för kemisk krigföring, på senaste tiden.
Om det plötsligt dyker upp stora rubriker i västmedierna om att ”regimen” använt kemiska vapen så måste man vara på sin vakt och förutsätta att det är en lögn-operation som pågår. Detta tycks vara det enda halmstrå man har kvar för att kunna vaska fram en ursäkt för att släppa lös den fruktade NATO-dödsmaskinen över Syrien.

Deltar Sveriges Radio i en uppladdning mot något som kan utvecklas till ett storkrig? Galningarna som styr västländerna från bakom kulisserna är inte vana att inte få sin vilja igenom. Trots att man har obegränsade ekonomiska resurser, världens största krigsmakt att ta till, och en avsaknad av moraliska betänkligheter, har man inte lyckats få bort Al Assad. I och med Powers uttalande ser det ut som att de hellre ser jorden gå under än att de överväger att uppträda anständigt och mänskligt. För hur reagerar Ryssland, Kina, Iran m.fl. om väst anfaller Syrien? Dessa länder vet att de själva står på tur för destabilisering.
Till hotbilden kan läggas indikationer på att den svenska regeringen fått order om att förbereda sig på en krigsinsats!
Och.. uppgifter om att en uppladdning för en förnyad offensiv mot Syrien i augusti-september pågår.
Ännu en indikationPrime Minister David Cameron said last month, however, that the government reserved the right to intervene in Syria if it felt Britain’s national interests were under threat. – ”Storbritanniens nationella intressen hotas” !? Vad kan han mena med det, annat än just att västs finansoligarker upplever att de inte får sin vilja igenom! – Syrien: Sveriges Radios skämmer ut sig – Israel beväpnar Syrienrebeller

Enligt den israeliska dagstidningen Haaretz den 15 juli 2013 har Benjamin Netanyahus regering ändrat kurs i fråga om vapenleveranser till ”rebellerna” i Syrien.
Tidigare har man avstått från sådana åtgärder, uppenbarligen av taktiska skäl. Men nu stiger Israels oro för att Assads regeringsstyrkor med stöd av Hizbollah och Iran ska segra i inbördeskriget. Dessutom har tronskiftet i Qatar inneburit att vapenstödet därifrån inställts.

Terror Territory: Al-Qaeda plans own state in Syria north

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17 jul

Press TV – Several people killed in Syria car bomb blast

Several people including women and children have been killed in a car bomb attack in the Syrian town of Kanaker.
According to a report by Syria state television on Wednesday, the car was parked near a mosque in the town, south of the capital Damascus.

Press TV – Gunmen assassinate pro-Syrian-government figure in Lebanon

On Wednesday, the state-run news agency said Mohammed Darrar Jammo, the head of the political and international relations division of the International Organisation for Arab Immigrants, was killed outside his home in the southern Lebanese coastal town of Sarafand.

Finian Cunningham – West losing on all fronts in Syria

Now, however, the UN chemical weapons top expert, Ake Sellstrom, has agreed to hold talks in Damascus at the invitation of the Syrian government. He is accompanied by UN disarmament chief Angela Kane. It is believed that the discussions will work out a modality for a proper probe in order to settle the competing claims about who used the illegal weapons.
Why have the UN weapons inspectors suddenly become more amenable to the Syrian government’s terms in the conduct of an investigation? The answer seems to be that the weight of evidence supporting the Syrian authorities’ claims has become too large to ignore. – Syrian authorities hopeful for UN delegation on chemical weapons

Syrian authorities have little doubt the visit to Damascus of a UN delegation on chemical weapons, comprising Professor Oke Selstrem and current UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane will take place in the near future, although the exact dates are yet to be determined, the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic at the UN Bashar Ja’afari told reporters. – Blev Syrien attackerat av Israel?

Rykten om att den serie av explosioner som skedde den 5 juli i ett förråd i staden Latakia i Syrien, skulle ha direkta kopplingar till Israel, spekuleras det nu vida kring. Om det stämmer skulle det innebära att Israel för fjärde gången gått till direkt attack mot Syrien. När attacken inträffade skyllde både syriska regeringen och Hezbollah i Libanon på väpnade oppositionsgrupper.

Israel allegedly using Turkish military base to attack Syria, A new report has been released by the Russian media claiming Israel used a Turkish military base to attack Syria on July 5th.
According to the report published by Russia today, Israeli war planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached the Syrian city of Latakia from the sea. The report says Israelis used this route because they wanted to make sure they stayed out of Syrian air space, in order not to become a legitimate target for the Syrian army.

Delivery Error? US weapons show up in hands of pro-Assad fighters

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16 jul

Sveriges Radio har varit knäpptysta om Syrien ett tag, till för några dagar sen då de hade ett inslag om att Israel låg bakom en attack mot militära mål i Latakia. Undrar vad västmedierna vill uppnå med att gå ut med det. Och igår och idag är man igång med den traditionella anti-Syrien-propagandan igen. Alla kemiska vapen som syriska armén hittat i rebell-fästen råkade de glömma att nämna. Som vanligt skyddar de sina inlägg från kommentarer som skulle kunna störa propagandan. Här ger Syriens FN-ambassadör sin bild av läget – Al-Jaafari: Syrian government does its best to provide citizens’ needs

He pointed out that the Syrian Army is facing unprecedented terrorism around the clock, confronting terrorists and extremist groups brought over from all over the world to destroy Syria and murder Syrians.
”We may be witnessing a historic stage that requires everyone to take brave stances; to admit they were wrong and to confront this border-crossing terrorism which is currently affecting Syria and disregards all international accords on counter-terrorism,” al-Jaafari said, adding that this terrorism will eventually reach the very countries that sponsor it, and in some cases, it already reached them. – Industry Minister: Government spares no effort to find a fundamental solution to Aleppo crisis

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Monday, al-Sukhni said ”the committee set temporary and strategic solutions to ensure the food and oil requirements of the citizens despite all the difficulties.”
”The committee started to run convoys which include all the citizens’ daily requirements and exerts all efforts to find a fundamental solution to the crisis in Aleppo as soon as possible,” the Minister added.
He pointed out that the government spare no efforts to ease the suffering of Aleppo citizens due to the armed terrorist groups’ crimes regarding destroying the infrastructure, burning the public and private institutions, looting the factories and hindering the livelihood requirements. – FSA chief accuses UK of betraying Syrian opposition

General Salim Idris, the head of the Free Syrian Army, gave an interview to The Daily Telegraph.
“The West promises and promises. This is a joke now,” Idris said. “I have not had the opportunity to ask David Cameron personally if he will leave us alone to be killed. On behalf of all the Syrians, thank you very much.”
Cameron on Monday abandoned plans to arm the rebels on advice from the British military, according to The Telegraph, despite previously lobbying two months ago for an end to the European Union arms embargo. – UN did not support Russia’s initiative to investigate illegal arms deliveries to Syria

Russia’s initiative to request Libya, Qatar and Turkey to provide more information about the cases of illegal arms deliveries to Syria mentioned in the press was not supported by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee.
An informed source at the UN headquarters says that one member of the Sanctions Committee had doubts about the wisdom of such requests based on media reports alone. – More evidence of Jabhat al-Nusra militants using foreign weapon – Rebellerna i Homs ger upp

En officiell källa i Homsprovinsen sa att 78 beväpnade rebeller från städerna Hasya och Janda överlämnat sig själva och sina vapen till myndigheterna i söndags.
I ett uttalande till SANA tillade källan att de 78 personerna släpptes efter att ha lovat att aldrig ta till vapen eller begå något sabotage igen.
Den 8 juli, kapitulerade 350 personer från byarna Tal Shor, Rabia, Ghasbia, Jdeidet al-Assi och al-Tenbeh i Homsprovinsen och överlämnade sina vapen till de berörda myndigheterna i Homs och släpptes efteråt.
Rebellerna har centralt annonserat en ”taktiskt reträtt” från Homsprovinsen men håller ännu minst 2 miljoner invånare gisslan bl a i och kring Aleppo.

Thierry Meyssan – The World Without Qatar

Since the team change in Qatar, money stopped flowing freely to the Brothers, whether in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya or elsewhere

Ultimately, the withdrawal of Qatar implies a rebalancing of forces in the Anglo-American world. Subsequently, the control commissions of the secret services of the United States Congress and of the British House of Commons opposed the sending of arms to the ”rebels” in Syria.
The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood is not only a failure of the Brotherhood, but also a failure of those in London and Washington who thought they could reshape North Africa and the Middle East, and, failing that, prefer to allow chaos to reign rather than lose control.

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15 jul

Press TV – Syria army marches on to clear Damascus suburbs of Takfiris

Press TV – US and Qatar arm rival militant gangs in Syria amid slow delivery of arms – Israeli strike on Syria carried out from Turkish base: Israel Denies

Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a reliable source told RT. Israel has been under scrutiny since last week, when it was reported to be responsible for a July 5 depot attack in Latakia.

Israel Used Turkish Military Base in Latakia Attack: Unanswered Questions – Kongressen stoppade Obamas vapen till Syrien

Reuters skrev följande:
– Inget av det militära bistånd som USA aviserade för flera veckor sedan har nått Syrien, enligt en tjänsteman från ett arabiskt land och källor från den syriska oppositionen. Källorna uppgav att budgetmedlen, som regeringen begärt av Kongressutskotten att få använda för att betala för vapenleveranserna till Assads fiender, tillfälligt har spärrats.

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