4 dec

Mycket bra artikel – Patrik Paulov – Syriens tystade röster

Två svenska journalister är försvunna i Syrien. Magnus Falkehed och Niclas Hammarström har troligen kidnappats av någon rebellgrupp eller kriminella.
Att bli tillfångatagen av väpnade män i krigets kaos i Syrien är ett skräckscenario. Jag hoppas för deras skull och för deras familjers, vänners och kollegors skull att de snart är frisläppta och i trygghet.
Men det inträffade väcker inte bara medkänsla. Det gör mig än en gång förbannad på den svenska journalistkåren och de stora medierna. För skriverierna efter kidnappningen befinner sig på samma bottennivå som tidigare Syrienbevakning.

En Damaskusbo skrev förra veckan ett långt svar efter att jag berättat om de två svenska journalisterna. Han beklagade det inträffade, uttryckte sin sympati och hoppades att allt skulle gå bra för dem. Men han kunde inte låta bli att berätta om det som inte lockar västjournalister, rebellernas terror.
”Bara igår dödades 20 civila i Damaskus, och fem läkare och åtta vårdpersonal massakrerades på Deir Attiah-sjukhuset norr om huvudstaden. För att inte tala om Aleppo och andra platser.”
Han lägger huvudskulden på västvärlden och Gulfstaterna. Stödet till rebellerna har aldrig handlat om demokrati, utan om storpolitik och naturresurser.
”Den syriska tragedin utgör en evig skam för västvärlden och dess retorik från upplysningen och renässansen. För oss är den västerländska civilisationen död”, skriver han från Damaskus.

Press TV – Syria militants to use kidnapped nuns as human shields

Latest media reports from Syria say foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government plan to use a group of nuns they kidnapped from their convent in the town of Ma’loula as “human shields.”
Twelve Syrian and Lebanese nuns were kidnapped from a Greek Orthodox convent after foreign-backed militants, including members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, moved into the center of Ma’loula on Monday following several days of fighting.

Press TV – Foreign intelligence services back militants: FSA

One of the former commanders of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) says militants in Syria are supported by foreign intelligence agencies, including Israeli services, a Syrian TV channel says.
Saddam al Jamal, former leader of the FSA Eastern Front and a member of the FSA Staff Board or Supreme Military Council, said in a sound bite broadcast by the Syrian channel that intelligence agencies from Britain, the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan as well as Israel support the militants.
He also said that the Israeli intelligence services operate in Jordan and help the militants.

Press TV – Saudi criminals fighting in Syria: Al-Ja’afari
Syrian UN Perm Rep Dr. Jaafari confirms arrest of 300 Saudis and death of thousands attacking Syria

voiceofrussia.com – Putin, Saudi Prince Bandar discuss Syria, Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan near Moscow, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Nicola Nasser – Western Sponsored Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Foreign Supported Insurgency Responsible for Civilian Deaths

But the official Arab Syrian Army had been on the defensive for some two years since the eruption of the insurgency in 2011. It needed this time to adapt, train and allocate counter insurgency units to fight in irregular city wars.
Since its strategic victory in al-Qaseer early last June it has gone on the offensive and is rapidly gaining more ground and achieving successive successes ever since.
However, the insurgency bears the main responsibility, mainly during the “defensive” interval, for the civilian plight; waves of refugees and displaced people came out from the areas under their control to find refuge either in government held cities or across the nearest borders with neighboring states. The latest largest wave of refugees of the Syrian Kurds into northern Iraq had nothing to do with government and was caused by infighting among insurgents.
The fact that the Syrian state and government were reacting rather than acting against the insurgency is now coming to light. This fact is now acknowledged by the UK-based opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported on this December 3 that it had documented the death of (50,927) government soldiers versus (36228) insurgents including (6261) non-Syrian fighters.
Rebel infiltration into countryside towns and villages was the main reason for more than two million internally displaced civilians who left their homes as soon as they could out of fear either of the rebels themselves and their practices or the inevitable government retaliation. They were taken care of by the government in government shelters.

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Press TV – Condemn attacks on Syrian people: Syria

Syria urges the international community to condemn attacks on the Syrian people and to call to account countries that back terrorism and crimes against the Arab country.
Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry made the remarks in two identical letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary General and president of the UN Security Council.
The letters mainly focused on an attack on a convent in the Christian town of Ma’loula by foreign-backed militants, saying, “Terrorists” stormed Mar Takla Convent and held its mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf, and a number of nuns “as hostages and sabotaged churches and houses.”
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