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

english.ruvr.ru – 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

voltairenet.org – 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.

voltairenet.org – 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.

voltairenet.org – 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.

stratfor.com – 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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