Arkiv för december, 2013

31 dec

Press TV – Syria CW removal deadline won’t be met: OPCW, UN

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations says the deadline of December 31 for the removal of Syria’s chemical arms stockpile will not be met.
“A number of external factors have impacted upon timelines, not least the continuing volatility in overall security conditions, which have constrained planned movements,” the OPCW and the UN said in a joint statement on Saturday.

‘More than 4,000 European jihadists fighting against Assad’

The French-language Belgian daily La Libre Belgique on Friday cited a Belgian security source saying that “four to five thousand” European jihadists were waging war in Syria. This number far exceeds the figure in a late November study by Norwegian counterterrorism specialist Thomas Hegghammer, which said that “at least 1,200 European Muslims have gone to Syria since the start of the war.”

FN´s senste rapport för nedladdning – UN Report on Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic

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30 dec

Robert Parry – NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis

For months, the “slam-dunk” evidence “proving” Syrian government guilt in the Aug. 21 Sarin attack near Damascus was a “vector analysis” pushed by the New York Times showing where the rockets supposedly were launched. But the Times now grudgingly admits its analysis was flawed.
The New York Times has, kind of, admitted that it messed up its big front-page story that used a “vector analysis” to pin the blame for the Aug. 21 Sarin attack on the Syrian government, an assertion that was treated by Official Washington as the slam-dunk proof that President Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people.
But you’d be forgiven if you missed the Times’ embarrassing confession, since it was buried on page 8, below the fold, 18 paragraphs into a story under the not-so-eye-catching title, “New Study Refines View Of Sarin Attack in Syria.”

voiceofrussia.com – Syria gov’t claims evacuation of 5,000 near Damascus

Syria’s government said it evacuated 5,000 residents of the town of Adra near the capital Damascus over the weekend, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
”Thanks to the efforts of the Syrian army, the ministry of social affairs evacuated more than 5,000 residents of the town of Adra,” SANA said late Sunday, saying the operation was on Saturday.
”They were trapped by terrorist groups and are now in a safe place,” the agency added.

voiceofrussia.com – Damascus asks UNSC to make Turkey answerable for aiding terrorists in Syria

Official Damascus has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to make Turkey and other countries answerable for their help to terrorists, who are crossing into Syria, and for arms supplies to terrorists.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the Head of the UN Security Council that was released today, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said that such conduct is a brazen violation of the resolutions of the international guiding bodies, including the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, from California, to discuss recent developments in Syria.

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29 dec

Press TV – Syria committed to Iran’s presences in Geneva 2: FM

Damascus says it is committed to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s participation in the Geneva 2 conference on the situation in Syria next month.
Syria is committed to Iran joining the peace conference,” said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Sunday.
It is illogical that the United States or the so-called opposition exclude this country from the conference for political reasons,” the foreign minister said.
At a press conference held after a meeting with US and Russian officials in the Swiss city of Geneva on December 20, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that there was no agreement on participation of Iran yet.
It’s no secret that we in the United Nations welcome the participation of Iran,” Brahimi said, adding that the US opposed the idea.

voiceofrussia.com – Danish, Norwegian ships off Cyprus making preparations to remove Syria’s chemical weapons

A flotilla consisting of two dry -cargo ships and two frigates, offered by Denmark and Norway, off Cyprus, is making preparations for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons. The frigates, “ Esbern Snare” and “ Helge Ingstad”, will accompany the two frigates, which will have to take the containers with more than 1,000 tons of dangerous chemical substances from Latakia a representative of the Danish- Norwegian operation Ainstein Malkenes Kwarving told newsmen.

nsnbc.me – OPCW-UN Underline Progress With Syria’s Chemical Weapons As Intelligence Leaks To Al Qaeda

The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations (UN), which is tasked with the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities, expressed that significant progress has been made in its work. Meanwhile, there remain security concerns about the safe transportation of the chemical weapons to the Syrian port of Lattakia. A recent, large scale attack by Saudi Arabia sponsored Liwa-al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusrah mercenaries suggests that certain countries which are supporting the terrorist organizations, are leaking high-level intelligence about planned transports to the terrorists.

Analysts have previously warned of a possible scenario where large scale attacks on chemical weapons transports by Saudi and Western backed mercenaries, or a chemical weapons transport that is falling into the hands of “Al-Qaeda”, could be used as a pretext for renewed calls for a foreign military intervention in Syria.

Press TV – New video shows atrocities committed by Syria militants

A new video has emerged on the Internet, showing atrocities committed by foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
The shocking footage showed militants who had cut off the head of a government soldier killed in the northern city of Aleppo.

Russia’s Stance on the Syrian Crisis

Today, delegations from 26 countries have agreed to participate in the Geneva-2. They are to put an end to the conflict in Syria and stop the bloodshed on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué of June 30, 2012. This goal is difficult to achieve: numerous radical groups, for whom the peace process isn’t profitable at all, are operating in the country.
Nevertheless, all the participants of the “Syrian story” understand: the peak of the conflict is in the past, they have once again managed to prevent a full-scale war in the Middle East. Of course, diplomatic battles are still going on; how can we do without them. But Damascus is already thinking about its peaceful future. On December 25, Syria signed a 25-year agreement on oil and gas exploration in its territorial waters with the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company.

Patrick Cockburn – Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world

There is now a fast-expanding pool of jihadis willing to fight and die anywhere. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies may find, as happened in Afghanistan 30 years ago, that, by funding or tolerating the dissemination of Sunni-Shia hate, they have created a sectarian Frankenstein’s monster of religious fanatics beyond their control.

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28 dec

Working Together: Russia and China conduct their First Joint Military Operations

Russia and China are in charge of providing security for the Syrian government’s chemical arsenal as it is being taken out of the country, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.
“We have undertaken ensuring that those chemicals are safely loaded onto Dutch and Norwegian container ships and safely transported while in Syrian waters. In other words, we will convoy these vessels,” Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the foreign ministry’s security and disarmament department, told RIA Novosti.
“We are not going to do this on our own, our Chinese partners will assist us,” he said. “It will be the first time when the military of Russia and China will perform their professional tasks side-by-side in a real-life crisis, not during joint drills.”
The operation to destroy the Syrian government’s arsenal of more than 1,000 metric tons of weapons-grade chemicals is due to take place in two stages. The most dangerous weapons have to be removed from Syria by the end of December and destroyed at sea by April, whereas the rest is slated for destruction by mid-2014.

voiceofrussia.com – Syria ‘unlikely’ to meet chemical deadline – UN

Syria is ”unlikely” to meet a December 31 deadline to transport its most dangerous chemical arms out of the country, the United Nations acknowledged Saturday.

Ulf Bjerén – Sanktionerna mot Syrien förvärrar humanitär kris

I riksdagen finns inget parti som motsätter sig det globala imperialistiska förtrycket. Sällan hörs där någon röst som solidariserar sig med jordens fördömda. De som ska representera folket böjer sig för den härskande propagandabilden.

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26 dec

Press TV – Syria talks should focus on fighting terrorism: Syria FM

Referring to militant groups fighting against the Syrian government, Muallem went on to say that the international peace talks between Syria’s warring sides should also focus on “compelling the countries which are supporting these groups to stop funding, arming and hosting these groups because ending terrorism in Syria is the basis for the success of any political solution.”

Press TV – Syria militants blow up gas pipeline near Damascus

Foreign-backed Takfiri militants operating inside Syria have blown up a gas pipeline in the countryside of the capital, Damascus, causing blackouts in a southern region.

Sharmine Narwani – “Security Arc” forms amidst Mideast terror

Many observers are correct in noting that the Middle East is undergoing yet another seismic shift – that the Russian-brokered destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a US-Iranian rapprochement, the diminished strategic value of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and a US withdrawal from Afghanistan will all contribute to changing regional dynamics considerably. But what is this new direction? Where will it come from, who will lead it, what will define it?

nsnbc.me – Saudi High-Level Intelligence behind Liwa-al-Islam Attack on Syrian Chemical Weapons Transport

The involvement of Liwa-al-Islam in the attack on the chemical weapons site outside Damascus, on 21 December, at a time when preparations for a transport were made by the government, in cooperation with the experts of the OPCW and UN, suggests that Liwa-al-Islam has access to extremely sensitive intelligence, which it could not acquire without its close liaison to top-level Saudi Intelligence sources.

voiceofrussia.com – Militants’ raids on chemical weapons storage sites look like preplanned action – Russia

Attacks by Syrian militants on chemical weapons storage facilities look like a pre-planned, determined action, Mikhail Ulyanov, deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Security and Disarmament, said on Wednesday.
“There have been frequent attacks by militants on chemical weapons storage sites lately. One gets the impression that this is a determined effort aimed at disrupting the operation,” he said.

Moscow exhibition highlights Syria conflict, The main aim of this exhibition is to tell the truth about the armed conflict in Syria. Several journalists, taking part in the event, have recently visited the crisis-hit Arab nation and collected exclusive photographs and videos.

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25 dec

‘West trying to ‘flirt’ with Islamic front in Syrian crisis’ – LavrovRT talks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Intervjun utskriven som text på Russia Today

voiceofrussia.com – Syria lashes out at US, calling it a ‘one-eyed pirate’

Syria lashed out at the United States Tuesday, describing it as a ”one-eyed pirate.” a day after Washington condemned President Bashar al-Assad’s government over an aerial operation over Aleppo. ”The White House is ignoring the crimes committed by the terrorists,” the state news agency SANA said.
”Meanwhile, it condemns what it describes as ”incessant aerial attacks” by Syrian government forces in Aleppo.”
”Washington is a pirate that only looks with one eye,” said the agency, adding that ”in the areas named by the White House… all you have are groups of Saudis, Qataris and Chechens.”

en.alalam.ir – Nearly 10,000 foreign terrorists killed Syria war

A Salafi movement in Jordan has revealed that nearly 10,000 foreign militants were killed in Syria since the foreign-hatched conflict hit the country in 2011.
The so-called Jordanian Jihadi Salafi Movement said that some 9936 extremist militants from different parts of the world, especially from Tunisia, Libya and Iraq, have been killed during the nearly three years of conflict in Syria, Manama Voice news agency reported on Monday.

Robert Parry – UN Investigator Undercuts New York Times on Syria. Assad Government not Responsible for August 21 Chemical Attack

Amid last summer’s rush to judgment on the Aug. 21 Sarin attack in Syria, the New York Times joined the stampede blaming the Assad regime by pushing a “vector analysis” showing where the rockets supposedly were launched, but now that certainty has collapsed.
Ake Sellstrom, the head of the United Nations mission investigating chemical weapons use in Syria, agrees that the vector analysis – at the heart of the New York Times’ indictment of the Syrian government for the deadly Aug. 21 Sarin gas attack – doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
In a little-noticed comment at a UN press conference on Dec. 13, Sellstrom disputed claims that the launching point for the two missiles, which were recovered after the Aug. 21 attack, could be traced back following the angles of their final descent until they intersected at a Syrian military base about 9.5 kilometers away.
Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, chief of the United Nations mission to inspect chemical weapons use in Syria, stands next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon chemical weapons investiaSecretary-General speaks to correspondents before his meeting with A*’ke SellströmInstead, Sellstrom said he accepted as accurate other analyses that estimated the range of the rockets at about two kilometers. “Two kilometers could be a fair guess,” he said, noting that the UN team had consulted its own missile experts on the subject. “If you simulate the flight path, it seems not to meet as may be indicated in the report.”
In other words, the lead author of the UN report on the Aug. 21 incident has contradicted the much-touted “vectoring” claims of a New York Times front-page story and Human Rights Watch, which has been pushing for a U.S. military intervention in Syria. Their “vector analysis” of the two flight paths implicated an elite Syrian military unit, the 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard, based northwest of Damascus, near the Presidential Palace.

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23 dec

Press TV – Geneva II confab preparations ‘on track’: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says preparations for the upcoming Geneva II conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria are “on track.”
“We are on track to convene the conference,” the UN chief said on Monday, adding, “We expect the Syrian Government and opposition to focus hard in the coming days on making their delegations as strong and representative as possible.”

Press TV – Syria facing major extremist offensive: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country is being confronted by a major offensive led by Takfiri extremists.
”This is terrorism without limits, an international scourge that could strike anywhere and anytime,” The Syrian president said in a meeting with a delegation of academics, researchers and activists from Australia, who had come to express their solidarity with the Syrian government.

Syria: Sky News Gains Access To UK Jihadists

In a series of wide-ranging and frank interviews, the jihadists, who have asked Sky News to protect their identities for fear of a backlash against their families in the UK, reveal that hundreds of young men from Britain have joined the fight against Bashar al Assad’s government and that ”at least” four die each month.
They also claim that the UK remains the largest single source of private fundraising for jihadi fighters, outdoing countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

Shamus Cooke – Last Chance for Peace in Syria. Will Obama Sabotage the Geneva II Syria Peace Talks?

The war in Syria grinds on, an endless wreckage of shattered limbs and lives. The blood flows across borders, fueling the religious sectarian killing across the Middle East that is the life-blood of the Syrian conflict.
Hopes rose in Syria after Obama’s last minute decision not to “punish Assad” with a missile attack. Then came the U.S.-Iran nuclear peace deal, and it was hoped that peace in Syria was part of the broader shift in U.S. policy, “pivoting” away from the Middle East towards China.
The “Geneva II” Syrian peace talks have been discussed for months, but there always seems to be an endlessly complicated barrier. Contrary to what the media and politicians say, stopping the mass carnage is sadly easy. And it could be done relatively quickly, if the power brokers behind the conflict actually wanted it stopped.

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22 dec

Press TV – Seven civilians killed in Syria car bombing

At least seven civilians, including five schoolchildren, have been killed in a car bomb explosion near a primary school in the Syrian town of Um al-Amad in Homs Province.

Catherine Shakdam – Propaganda, misinformation real face of evil in Syria

For well over two years now, western powers and their media have actively worked to destroy Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s image and that of his regime, painting him as a ”rapacious, bloodthirsty tyrant”, whose evil and amorality equate that of Satan himself.

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21 dec

voiceofrussia.com – Syrian foreign minister to lead delegation at Geneva-2 – Russian diplomat

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem will lead his country’s delegation to the upcoming Geneva II international conference scheduled for January 22, 2014, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

Press TV – US opposition to Iran role in Syria conference illogical: Russia

voiceofrussia.com – Geneva-2: Syrian opposition has still not announced delegation – Russian diplomat

rt.com- Amnesty Int’l: Al-Qaeda in Syria kidnaps, tortures, executes prisoners in secret jails

rt.com – Russia did not ‘block’ Syria draft statement at UN – Foreign Ministry

The UN Security Council failed Thursday to adopt a statement on the recent civilian deaths in Syria. The US-proposed draft had condemned Damascus for indiscriminate attacks on Aleppo, but the Americans would not accept Russia’s balancing amendments.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected the Western narrative in an official statement, saying that the draft statement proposed by the US did not have “a single word about mentioning the crimes committed by the armed opposition groups, including the use of civilians as ‘human shields’ in order to defend occupied settlements, attack medical institutions and infrastructure facilities.”

english.al-akhbar.com – Syrian Prime Minister: Beirut Partly to Blame for Syria Chaos

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi seems very optimistic. In an interview with Al-Akhbar, he seemed to understand the magnitude of the security risks facing Syria, but continues to work on a reconstruction program. Though he believes Geneva II will be held on time, Halqi nevertheless is convinced that the solution will only materialize in Damascus.

James Corbett and Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Media Disinformation and the Framing of the Syrian War

Months after the events took place, Pulitzer prize winning journalists and others are finally reporting about the lies and manipulations of the US government regarding the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria. Far from shining a light on the true situation in the country, however, these reports continue to avoid the underlying causes and explanations for what is happening in Syria, and the forces that are behind it. This is the GRTV Backgrounder on Global Research TV.

Yuram Abdullah Weiler – Ghouta Attacks: Who was responsible?

..contrary to the claims of the White House or other US government officials, I cannot believe that His Excellency President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was in any way responsible for the August 21, 2013 attacks. I do believe, based on the evidence available, that this was a false-flag operation, planned and executed by Saudi-funded terrorists with the collusion of the Israeli entity and the approval of the United States.

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18 dec

UPPDATERING

Patrik Paulov – ”Rebeller hade tillgång till sarin”

I september var USA på väg att bomba Syrien som straff för Assad-regeringens påstådda kemiska attack. Men Barack Obama sade inte ett knyst om att han flera månader tidigare fått varningar om att rebellgrupper i Syrien har tillgång till sarin.
Avslöjandet görs av den amerikanske journalisten Seymour Hersh i London Review of Books. Om artikelförfattaren hade varit någon annan hade detta förmodligen gått spårlöst förbi.

voiceofrussia.com – West views Assad as ”best-case scenario” for SyriaAssad must stay and run for reelection – Western diplomats

Western politicians are beginning to openly acknowledge that President Bashar al-Assad staying in power would be the “best-case scenario” for Syria. Russia has repeatedly warned that Syria might become a breeding ground for Islamist terrorism if the opposition wins. Now it looks like the West is at last awakening to the threat.

voiceofrussia.com – US ambassador says Syria’s biggest rebel alliance rejects talks

The US ambassador to Damascus has said a newly formed Islamist alliance in war-torn Syria has refused to meet with American officials, in an interview aired Wednesday on Al-Arabiya television.
”The Islamic Front has refused to sit with us without giving any reason,” Robert Ford said, a day after US State Secretary John Kerry described as ”possible” a meeting with Syria’s biggest rebel alliance.

voiceofrussia.com – Saudi Arabia ready to act alone without West’s policies

A top Saudi diplomat said on Tuesday the Gulf kingdom was prepared to act on its own to safeguard security in the region, describing the West’s policies on Iran and Syria as a “dangerous gamble.”

voiceofrussia.com – Syria: the end of Christian civilization?

The Syrian city of Homs, the third in the country in terms of population, has almost completely lost its Christian population. Thousands have been killed and about a million have fled. The situation is similar in Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and other cities. It is a real religious war, which is being carefully ignored by the world community, thinks Eugeniy Satanovsky, president of the Institute of Middle East

West doesn’t mind if Assad stays as extremists massacre Syria

Amir Azarvan – Misconceptions regarding Politics and Human Rights in War-Torn Syria

Since polling on the Syrian war began, majorities of Americans (some quite large) have consistently expressed their opposition to US military intervention in Syria.
Nevertheless, in the weeks leading up to Syria’s acceptance of Russia’s proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control, many policy makers and much of the mainstream media seemed to be working overtime to reverse these trends. And they did this, in part, by vilifying the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to almost mythical proportions. It is easier to entertain the idea of dropping bombs on a country that is governed by such a demonized leader.
My objective in this paper is not to build an apology for president Assad. My intention, rather, is to present a more objective view of the Syrian crisis, so that more Americans can form a rational and just position on this conflict. I will do this by critically addressing seven popular conceptions pertaining to the Assad regime.

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Thierry Meyssan – Whither the Syrian ”revolutionaries” ?

On the eve of the Geneva 2 Conference, the American organisers no longer have any puppets to play the role of Syrian revolutionaries. The sudden disappearance of the Free Syrian Army shows those who believed in it that it was a fiction. There has never been a popular revolution in Syria; just foreign aggression staged by mercenaries and billions of dollars.

Indeed, the Free Syrian Army, which a few weeks ago we were told included 40,000 men, has disappeared. After its headquarters was attacked by mercenaries and arsenals were looted, its historic leader, General Salim Idriss, fled through Turkey and found refuge in Qatar.

‘West negotiates with terrorists as Syria atrocities reach new level’ , Michel Chossudovsky. Intervjun utskriven

Webster Tarpley ger sin syn på Syrien-läget i första delen av sin senaste rapport för några dagar sedan.

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17 dec

Press TV – Militants behind Syria CW attack: Russia

Russia has reiterated that foreign-backed militants in Syria were behind a chemical weapons attack in August in the Arab country.
”It is absolutely obvious that on August 21 a wide scale provocation was staged” by the militants ”to provoke foreign military intervention,” said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin on Monday following a UN Security Council meeting, AFP reported.

rt.com – US ‘manipulated public opinion,’ ignored appeals for Syria chem attack evidence – Churkin

While building up a case against the Syrian government, the US has relied on the sophisticated filtration of information and manipulation of public opinion through carefully weighted statements with no hard proof, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

Stephen Gowans – Under-Reported UN Investigation Points to Rebel Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

It can’t be said that the media failed to mention it altogether, because The New York Times made passing reference to it on December 12 (Chemical Arms Used Repeatedly in Syria, U.N. Says).Other media outlets did too. They just didn’t give it much coverage.
The ‘it’ was the finding of the UN inspector mission in Syria that chemical weapons were used on two occasions against Syrian soldiers and on one occasion against soldiers and civilians (presumably by insurgents.)
This is the same mission whose report on the August Ghouta incident is now widely misreported in the Western media to have strongly suggested that the Syrian army was responsible for the gassing deaths of hundreds. In fact, while the UN report concluded that a chemical weapons attack had occurred, it did not assign blame for the attack, and noted that physical evidence at the site had been manipulated, complicating whatever inferences one cared to make about who the perpetrators were.

Syriens FN-ambassadör Jafari om FN och attacken med kemiska vapen i Khan Al Asal i mars i år. En längre video, 27 min, från Jafaris presskonferens finns – HÄR

rt.com – ‘Whole families murdered’: Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians outside Damascus

Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields.

Sectarian-Based Massacres and Burning Committed in Adra, Syria by Saudi-Backed Wahhabi Militants

Pepe Escobar – It’s Putin vs Bandar Bush on the Syrian chessboard

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16 dec

voiceofrussia.com – US ignored appeals for Syria chemical arms proof – Russia

Russia on Monday accused Washington of ignoring Moscow’s appeals for proof of Syrian government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country’s more than 2-1/2-year old civil war.
”Our requests for additional information which could prove the Syrian government involvement in the use of chemical weapons were ignored by Washington,” Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters after a closed-door meeting on chief UN chemical arms investigator Ake Sellstrom’s final report.
Churkin said allegations about Syrian government involvement in chemical attacks, including an August 21 sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people, ”were not persuasive.” He added that Moscow viewed the August 21 incident as a massive provocation by rebels aiming to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

nsnbc.me – Turkey exported Weapons for USD 500.976.441 to Syria in 2012

According to the United Nations Comtrade database, Turkey has sent more than 47 tons of weapons to insurgents in Syria since June, reports Tolga Tanis, a journalist for Turkey’s Hürriyet newspaper. A closer look at the Comtrade database reveals that Turkey, according to the database, has exported weapons and weapons parts for USD 500.976.441 to Syria in 2012.

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15 dec

Patrick Cockburn – Britain’s policy on Syria has just been sunk, and nobody noticed

The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. The FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited.

The US, Britain and France do not have many options left except to try to control the jihadi Frankenstein’s monster that they helped create in Syria and which is already helping destabilise Iraq and Lebanon.

The Geneva II peace conference on Syria looks as if it will be born dead. In so far as the FSA and its civilian counterparts ever repres-ented anyone in Syria they do so no longer. The armed opposition is dominated by Saudi-sponsored Islamist brigades on the one hand and by al-Qa’ida affiliates on the other.

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14 dec

consortiumnews.com – Fresh Doubts about Syria’s Sarin Guilt

A new analysis, buried in a UN report, reveals that one of the two missiles at the center of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, which nearly led to a U.S. military attack, showed no evidence of Sarin, further undermining Official Washington’s certainty that the Syrian government was to blame, reports Robert Parry.

Om FN-gruppen kommit fram till några indikationer på vem som använt kemiska vapen så pekar dessa på att de väpnade grupperna gjort det.
Vilket då föranleder en rubrik som den här i västmedierna – sverigesradio.se – Sellström: ”Svårt peka ut skyldiga till kemattacker”

voiceofrussia.com – Syrian opposition used chemical weapons in a bid to provoke Western invasion – Churkin

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has said that chemical attacks in Syria, including the one in Guta on August 21, were staged by the Syrian opposition, which was trying to provoke armed intervention by Western countries.
Churkin was speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly behind closed doors on Friday. A transcript of his statement has been circulated by Russia’s permanent mission at the United Nations.
”As is known, the Opposition has always wished to see external armed intervention. It is common knowledge that World War II began with a provocation. A provocation triggered the US war in Vietnam and NATO’s bombardments of Serbia. In this (Syrian) case, there was a provocation involved, too, but a big war was prevented with the well-known initiatives,” Churkin said.

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13 dec

Tydligen har FN-observatörerna varit och besökt Khan Al Asal till slut. Platsen som Syrien och Ryssland sa sig ha bevis för att ”rebellerna” använt kemiska vapen i mars i år, och som FN-teamet kom till Syrien för att undersöka någon dag innan den stora kemvapen-händelsen i augusti, och som man inte hann med då.
sverigesradio.se – FN-rapport om kemattacker i Syrien
voiceofrussia.com – UN report inconclusive of Syrian troops’ involvement in chemical incidents – Moscow
voiceofrussia.com – ‘Chemical weapons were used at multiple sites against both civilians and military targets’ – Farhan Haq
voltairenet.org – UN Report on Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic (hela rapporten för nedladdning som pdf)

Michel Chossudovsky and Julie Lévesque – The UN Syria Mission Confirms that Rebels Were in Possession of Chemical Weapons

The UN has published its final report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
While the UN Mission has skirted the central issue as to “who is behind the attacks”, its findings, nonetheless, suggest that the Al Qaeda affiliated opposition rebels rather than government forces were involved in the use of chemical weapons against civilians and government forces.
The findings show that in at least 3 attacks, civilians as well as soldiers were targeted, which is a strong indication that the rebels (supported covertly by the the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and Qatar) were in possession of chemical weapons and that these chemical weapons were used against both Syrian government forces as well as civilians.

Press TV – Russia voices concern over arms capture in Syria

bbc.co.uk – Syria crisis: Time to rethink a future with Assad?

foreignpolicy.com – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight? Hint: Syria

Alexander Mezyaev – Syria: Strike Probability Increases as Chemical Disarmament Proceeds

The process of Syria’s chemical weapons elimination is making headway fully in accordance with the plan worked out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The United Nations Secretary General said the Geneva-2 talks are to kick off on January 22 (8).
The fact that the plan is being successfully implemented evokes fury among those, who, as before, rely exclusively on the use of force and toppling the SyriPresident as the ways to solve the issue…
The weapons are to be fully destroyed till June 30 2014 outside Syria. The nearest step is the destruction of another category of chemical weapons on the Syrian territory till December 2013. (9)
Those who relied on undermining the process of peaceful management in Syria realize they have very little time left.

Tony Cartalucci – Syria’s War: The Next Phase

“Moderate” myth is dropped as West prepares to leverage terror threat to end war in their favor.
The alleged fleeing of General Selim Idriss of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), was more symbolic than anything else. Whether or not he really fled, and whether he is in Turkey or Qatar is of little consequence. The so-called “moderates” he commanded were nothing more than a smokescreen, a cheap veneer applied to the hardcore Wahabist extremists of Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra franchise and similar fronts that have formed the core of foreign-backed militancy turned against the Syrian people from the very beginning of the conflict.
The West has abandoned the “moderate” myth to fully embrace the terror menace it itself has created in Syria. By threatening Syria’s allies with a prolonged Iraq-style terror threat, and the possibility of it being used as a springboard for operations elsewhere, it hopes to pressure the end of their support for the Syrian government and an end to the conflict favorable for Western interests. Instead, this new “terror threat” gives Syria’s allies a chance to more openly and extensively support Syria to combat what is truly a “war on terror.”

Ismail Salami – Qatar Trains Death Warriors For Syria War

It is now more evident than ever before that Qatar is playing a vital role in stoking up the chaos which is tearing Syria apart.
Informed sources have recently exposed that in the heart of Doha stand centers for training assassins of different nationalities who are dispatched to Syria to fight against the government of Bashar al-Assad. These would-be assassins are subjected to heavy military training as well as Wahhabi teachings.

Phil Greaves – Syria: Media Disinformation, War Propaganda and the Corporate Media’s “Independent Bloggers”

A glaring example of one of the major pitfalls emerging in supposed “new media” has arisen during the conflict in Syria. Most notably in the form of YouTube blogger, and self-proclaimed weapons expert Eliot Higgins, aka “Brown Moses”. The clique of highly ideological analysts, think-tankers and journalists Higgins’ regularly works with and consults – alongside the dubiously funded western NGO’s he receives payment from – provide a stark indication as to the factions within the corporate media circus this supposedly independent blogger is operating in unison with.

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