Arkiv för februari, 2014

26 feb

UPPDATERING

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english.farsnews.com – Analyst: Battle of Southern Syria Propaganda Campaign of US, Saudi Arabia

A senior Syrian political analyst underlined that Saudi Arabia and the United States have launched a media propaganda about the military operations of the military forces trained by them in Jordan in a move to make up for their failures in Syria.
“The terrorist groups in Southern Syria are publicizing that they will begin a war under the title of ‘Battle for a Way to Damascus’ in line with propaganda by the US and Saudi Arabia while they (the militants) are unable to do anything,” Salim Harba told FNA on Tuesday.
He stressed that the victories of the Syrian army in Yabroud and Qalamoun in Damascus countryside and also the army’s continuous advances in Aleppo have all enraged the militants.
“Saudi Arabia has reached the end of the road in the Syria battle, because this country does not have the military knowledge and it only executes the US orders,” Harba said.

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Press TV – Russia worried by Saudi’s plan for Syria militants

Russia has raised concerns about Saudi Arabia’s plans to provide the militants in Syria with advanced arms.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it is worried about reports that Riyadh is seeking to arm the foreign-backed militants in Syria with man-portable air defense systems (MPADS).
Reports say Riyadh is in talks with Pakistan to buy anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons for the militants.
We are seriously concerned about the mass media reports citing gulfnews.com and saying that Saudi Arabia is willing to provide the Syrian opposition with MPADS and anti-tank systems made in Pakistan,” the statement said.
It warned that such deals are meant to tip the balance of power in favor of the militants.
This deal will change the balance of power in favor of Syrian opposition militants who began their attacks on Damascus last spring from the southern territories,” the statement added.
It also noted that this would provide the armed extremist groups with better military capability in their planned attack on the capital Damascus in spring.

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25 feb

Franklin Lamb rapporterar från ett Damaskus som är lugnare än på länge. Men!…. frågan är om nya planer håller på att smidas.
‘Coalition of the Willing’ Promotes No Fly Zone

Over the past 30 months of frequent visits to Damascus, the city has never appeared more ‘normal’. Last night this observer was up all night reading and there was not one bombing run or mortar or artillery fire to he heard, a first for more than two years.

Susan Rice, now Obama’s national security adviser, met with Saudi officials last week to discuss a NFZ and related strategy despite White House claims that it is still skeptical. Rice told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee late last month that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are working together again on Syria policy after a year of occasional bitter disagreement.

Ominously, the U.S. has already positioned Patriot air defense batteries and F-16 fighter aircraft in Jordan, which would be integral to any no-fly zone.

Press TV – US preparing insurgents for an attack on Damascus

The United States and some of its Arab allies are preparing insurgents fighting against the Syrian government for an attack from the direction of the Jordanian border, hoping the insurgents will be able to reach the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday that the attack will originate in Jordan and the US, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are planning the way it will be launched.

Franklin Lamb – How Homs, Yarmouk, 9.3 Million Syrians Do Not Get Aid by a UN Resolution

Who authored the seemingly designed-to-fail UN Security Council Draft Resolution on delivering urgent humanitarian aid into the Old City of Homs and other besieged areas of conflict-torn Syria? When we know this, much may become clearer with respect to the cynical politicization of the continuing civilian suffering.
The draft resolution was put forward by Australia, Luxembourg, and Jordan, and according to a UN/US congressional source—one who actually worked on rounding up the three countries to front for the US and its allies—none was pleased with the decidedly raw and undiplomatic pressure they received from the office of US UN Ambassador Samantha Power.
When this observer inquired how such a poorly drafted, one-sided, adversary-bashing draft resolution could actually have seen the light of day and been submitted to the UN Security Council, the reply he received was terse: “Ask Samantha.”

Press TV – ‘US anti-Syria policy entering new stage’, Press TV has interviewed ANSWER coalition’s Bryan Becker to discuss the US policy toward Syria.

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23 feb

En ny FN-resolution som jag tycker låter alarmerande. Våld kan komma ifråga om inte resolutionen efterföljs. Naturligtvis kommer då de obotliga vaneförbrytarna, Kerry och c/o, att se till att den inte följs, eller att skapa en bild av att den inte efterföljs!
Har Ryssland glömt bort att vara vaksamma, på grund av OS?

voiceofrussia.com – UNSC unanimously approves Syria aid access resolution

The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, where the United Nations says 9.3 million people need help, that threatens to take ”further steps” in the case of non-compliance.

The binding resolution that makes provision for the use of force in the case of non-compliance comes after a deadlock in the council as Syria-allies Russia and China blocked previous humanitarian resolutions.

voiceofrussia.com – Syria ready to cooperate with UN aid resolution if it respects sovereignty

Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects state ”sovereignty.”

Press TV – US still seeking regime change in Syria: Analyst

Press TV – KSA after Pakistan arms for Syria militants: Sources

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria with anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets, sources say.

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22 feb

Press TV – Syrians hold rallies in support of President Assad

strategic-culture.org – The New Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria. A Refined Version of Clumsy Work

With good reason, Russia and China rejected the draft resolution, not allowing the Security Council to be used as a tool to escalate the conflict.

Russian, Syrian diplomats discuss 2nd round of Geneva talks

Press TV – UK involved in importing and exporting terror: MP

In a recent interview with The Times of Israel, Robert Halfon said extremists are ”indoctrinated in the UK” and then go ”to Syria to fight.”

Press TV – ‘Saudis main sponsor of terror in Syria’

Press TV has talked with Zayd al-Isa, Middle East affairs specialist from the city of London, to shed more light on the Saudi regime’s role in sponsoring the Salafi and Wahhabi terrorists in Syria.

Press TV – Infighting erupts between militants in N Syria

voiceofrussia.com – US policy on Syria aids ‘terrorism’ – Russia

Speaking in Baghdad, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said America’s policy on Syria ”encourages extremists who are financing terrorism and supplying terrorist organisations and groups with weapons”.
”In the end, this will not result in anything except the escalation of the Syrian conflict,” he said in remarks translated from Russian into Arabic.

Timothy Alexander Guzman – Is Washington Considering a Full-Scale Drone War over Syria?

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21 feb

Syrians across the Country Say No to Terrorism and Foreign Interference

We invite GR readers to review the video and images below and make up their own mind as to what is happening in Syria.
There is a mass movement across the country against foreign interference.

Press TV – US eyeing drone strikes in Syria

As the United States is revisiting its plans for Syria, US Congressional officials say the idea of using drones against targets in the Middle Eastern country is gaining popularity in Washington.

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20 feb

CrossTalk: Geneva 2 Intentional Failure?

nsnbc.me – Now Official: Israel supports Al-Qaeda from the Occupied Syrian Golan

In June 2013 an Austrian UNDOF officer warned that Israel maintains a joint operations room with “jihadists” in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan and provides active combat support against the Syrian Army. Earlier this year, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, publicly called for “settling Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights within the framework of the Israeli – Palestinian negotiations” . On 19 February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a field hospital for “wounded Syrians” in the occupied Golan. The “wounded Syrians”, however, are predominantly fighters under the banners of Al-Qaeda linked brigades.

US Intelligence and Arab Allies Meet in Washington: “Secret Arrangements” to Topple Syrian Government, Channel Support to Al Qaeda

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19 feb

Phil Greaves – Israel and Saudi Arabia’s Priorities in Syria. Covert Militarism and the “Lebanonization Strategy”

Current developments both inside and outside of Syria have shown that the primary sponsors of the extremist-dominated insurgency – namely, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel and Turkey – aren’t quite ready to throw in the towel.
One may be forgiven for thinking the Obama administration had decided to abandon the policy of regime change following the failed attempt to incite intervention, through the chemical weapons casus belli in August. But the harsh reality remains that the above mentioned alliance is indeed continuing its covert military support of the insurgency, in one form or another, in the full knowledge the vast majority of rebels are religious fundamentalists with a sectarian agenda, and vehemently opposed to any form of democracy or political pluralism.

More than 100 Foreign Spies Imprisoned in Syria

A new report shows that more than 100 foreign intelligence and military agents from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are imprisoned in Syria.
According to a report published by the Lebanon-based Al-Manar, 85 Saudi officers, mostly from Saudi intelligence service, are incarcerated in Syria for assisting and training terrorists.

Ghaleb Kandil – The defeat of Saudi Arabia in Syria

Press TV – US revisiting military options in Syria: Report

Syria at the Edge of ‘Shock Doctrine’

Disappointed that President Obama didn’t bomb Syria last year, the neocons and other war hawks are using the frustrations over initial peace talks in Geneva to ratchet up pressure for a “humanitarian” military assault now.

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18 feb

UPPDATERING

Thierry Meyssan – Washington forever scheming in Syria and in Geneva

While negotiating with one hand in Geneva, with the other Washington is preparing a new military operation against Syria. Whatever the sequence of events, it will be sure to advance its pawns one way or another. War comes at no cost to Washington. It is the Syrians who are dying. To save time, it submitted to the Conference participants a Statement tabled by the ”opposition”. Behind a conciliatory rhetoric, there are at least three traps that Thierry Meyssan breaks down for us.

voiceofrussia.com – Syria: Western media coverage duplicitous, seeks to justify eventual intervention – expert

Western news reports on Syria still rely heavily on unreliable sources. That’s according to James Tracy, whose article titled ”The corporate media’s dubious Syria coverage” was posted on the Global Research website. The Voice of Russia contacted the author to ask him about the Western media’s biased approach to covering the situation in Syria.

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voiceofrussia.com – Syrian opposition sponsors reportedly working on new structure – Lavrov

Russia possesses information that a foreign sponsor of the Syrian opposition is trying to create a new Syrian opposition structure with the purpose of obstructing the peace talks. ”There is information [and we are verifying it] that certain sponsors of the opposition are starting to create a new structure from the groups, which have separated from the National Coalition,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

voltairenet.org – Geneva 2 peace talks suspended

In violation of their own signature, the United States adopted in mid-January a plan to rearm the opposition until 30 September 2014. They had nevertheless committed themselves in the final communiqué of Geneva 1 ”to work urgently and intensively to bring about an end to the violence and human rights abuses.” The Pentagon is currently organizing an airlift and taking part in the transportation of jihadists and equipment to Jordan to attack Syria again. According to the Wall Street Journal of 16 February, Saudi Arabia has allegedly provided the rebel army with the antiaircraft missiles that Washington had refused to deliver.

nsnbc.me – Lavrov plays Hardball with Obama over Call to Pressure Syria

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rebuked US President Obama’s call on Russia to increase pressure on the Syrian government, saying that if this pressure is of political nature, then he advises Washington to work directly with the Syrian authorities. The US calls on Russia, to “pressure Syria”, come as US-ally Saudi Arabia started arming al-Qaeda brigades in Syria with advanced anti-aircraft and anti-tank missile systems.

Press TV – Russia prevents US from preying on Syria: Expert

Press TV has conducted an interview with Lajos Szaszdi, political commentator, San Juan about John Kerry saying that Russia’s support of President Bashar al-Assad let the Syrian government stonewall the Syria talks.

Bill Van Auken – US Escalates Syrian Intervention

Press TV – Syrian forces recapture village in central Hama

Militants pull out of Yarmouk refugee camp under deal with Palestinians

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17 feb

nsnbc.me – 10,000 EU Citizens among Terrorists in Syria. Western Intelligence begs Syria for Help while sending High-Tech Weapons

EU Intelligence reports that 10,000 EU Citizens are fighting in Syria. In 2013, Germany’s Intelligence Chief went to Damascus 5 Times, asking Syria for Help. Meanwhile, Core NATO Member’s Special Forces distribute High-Tech Weapons, train, and command Al-Qaeda Brigades in Syria.

Michel Chossudovsky – Convicted Criminals Serve as “Freedom Fighters” in Syria: Saudi, Pakistani and Iraqi Prison Inmates Replenish Al Qaeda Ranks

nytimes.com – Syrian Rebels Sketch Peace Plan That Omits Demand for Assad’s Ouster

The Syrian opposition coalition on Wednesday presented its most detailed vision yet of a political transition to end Syria’s conflict, in a 24-point plan that, strikingly, made no mention of President Bashar al-Assad or his ouster, while outlining strong requirements for human rights and justice in a future Syria.

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16 feb

Press TV – Syria talks broken off with no result: Brahimi

UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi says negotiations to resolve the Syrian crisis have broken off without any result and no date has been set for another round.

Press TV – Obama threatens Syrian president with more pressure

US President Barack Obama has threatened that he will step up pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Obama’s threat came after he hosted King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Sunnylands retreat in Palm Springs, California, where the two discussed, among other things, the unrest in Syria.

Press TV – US to rethink options on Syria: Kerry

Kerry said on Friday that Obama “has asked all of us to think about various options that may or may not exist.”
The US secretary of state added that evaluation by necessity is occurring at this time and new options will be presented to the president when he calls for them.
“And when these options are ripe and when the president calls for it, there will undoubtedly be some discussion about them,” Kerry stated.

english.farsnews.com – Syrian Army Defeating Rebels. US has Boosted its Support to Al Qaeda Terrorists

The Syrian army has triumphed in the recent battle in Yabroud in Damascus countryside, informed military sources said, adding that the army is only a few days away from concluding the battle in Al-Qalamoun region as well.

nsnbc.me – Saudi Arabia to supply Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Mercenaries in Syria

Wall Street Journal misinformation covers up direct US control over which weapons can and cannot be introduced by mercenary field commanders.

nsnbc.me – Russia – Egypt – Syria: The Emergence of a New Strategic Alliance

voiceofrussia.com – Syrian minister says UN aid chief’s comments ‘absolutely unacceptable’

”Mrs Amos, in many of her statements does not recognise that there is terrorism in Syria and there are terrorist organisations which are hindering the movement of goods and humanitarian assistance to many parts of Syria in addition to ignoring very important places where the assistance should go.”

voiceofrussia.com – Syrian peace talks: what tactic could show its effectiveness? Professor Samir Saul, a Mideast and international relations analyst who Teaches History at the University of Montreal

It’s obvious that Russia will continue to support the Syrian government and hope that eventually the other side will understand that this warfare is leading nowhere, that it’s not achieving any political results, and the only possibility is to negotiate in Geneva, and do it quickly, before the eventual presidential election that could take place or should take place in Syria this year. And if they do, the likelihood is that Bashar Assad will win the election. So the US itself cannot prolong this war indefinitely

voiceofrussia.com – Most rebels left Syria’s Yarmuk – Palestinian official

Press TV – West calling colonizers back to Syria: Sukant Chandan video

Press TV has conducted an interview with Sukant Chandan, a political analyst and film maker, from London, about the situation in Syria.

Sharmine Narwani. “65 Armenians have been killed since the Syrian crisis began”

Armenian journalist Narine Daneghyan interviews Sharmine Narwani about the sectarian aspects of the Syria war for the Armenian publication Mediamax.

What is disturbing today is the staggering amount of financial assistance flowing to sectarian groups and individuals, both in and out of the Middle East. Part of this comes from the «politics of polarization» – what you might find in an Iranophobic Saudi Arabia or a Shia-hating Pakistani donor. But the real shocker is how far countries like the United States, Great Britain and France have been willing to go to isolate, marginalize, destabilize and destroy adversaries (Syria, Iran, Hezbollah) – even if it has meant investing heavily in sectarianism to make those gains…

moonofalabama.org – Real Or Propaganda? New Weapons To Syrian Mercenaries

sverigesradio.se – Uppgifter om dödade svenskar i Syrien

Två svenskar har enligt uppgifter i GT dödats i strider i norra Syrien de senaste dagarna.
Flera andra svenskar ska ha skadats och förts till sjukhus i Turkiet.
Dödsfallen har inte bekräftats av utrikesdepartementet.
Säkerhetspolisen har tidigare uppgett att omkring 75 personer åkt från Sverige till Syrien för att delta i strider där. Omkring 15 av dem har dödats i striderna.

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14 feb

Violation of International Law: Frozen Syrian Bank Assets Confiscated by EU, Transferred to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Foreign Ministry : release of Syrian assets frozen by EU to fund elimination of chemical weapons flagrant violation of law

globalresearch.ca – US-UN Fears Assad Win in Free Syrian Election?

Roknabadi told the Daily Star that the Iranian government had been under pressure to convince Syrian president Bashar al-Assad not to run again for president. As Syria’s only regional ally, Iran presumably has a good deal of influence with the Assad government.
Ambassador Roknabadi:
[U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey] Feltman, during a visit to Iran last summer, asked officials to convince Assad not to run in the elections. The Iranian officials asked him: ‘What’s the problem if he runs,’ to which Feltman responded: ‘If he runs, he will win the elections.’

voiceofrussia.com – Geneva-2 peace talks on Syria should not have any ‘artificial deadlines’ – Russian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed attempts to set some deadlines for the Geneva II international conference on Syria as unconstructive. ”When the Russian-American initiative was announced, it was said clearly that these negotiations should not have any artificially set time parameters, or any artificial deadlines,” Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow on Friday.
It is being said today that any further talks are pointless because the [Syrian] government does not want to agree on the composition of a transitional ruling body. We are going in circles. I have already explained why such an approach can hardly be called logical and constructive,” the Russian minister said.

voiceofrussia.com – Only strong resolution can help in Syria – US Ambassador

The US is only interested in passing a strong UN Security Council resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria that can lead to meaningful action, says Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN.

The Debate – Syria Situation (P.1)del 2Syria must expel foreign troops: W.G. Tarpley
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13 feb

nsnbc.me – Counterterrorism added to Agenda of Geneva II – Syrian People March against Terrorism

The Syrian delegation to the Geneva II conference succeeded in putting counterterrorism on top of the agenda of the talks about the country. Thousands of Syrians in major cities defied all dangers and turned out to protest against terrorism and to voice their support of the Syrian military and the government’s fight against the menace of foreign-backed terrorists.

voiceofrussia.com –US trying to force in counterproductive resolution against Syria – Russian FM – Press TV – US distorting Russia stance on Syria: Moscow

‘This is another attempt to misinform the international community and create a background for forcing in an unbalanced and counterproductive resolution through the UN Security Council,’ Lukashevich said answering the media questions in connection with US President Obama’s statements on Syrian issues made at a joint press-conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Press TV – UN must rewrite draft resolution on Syria: Expert

Press TV has conducted an interview with Franklin Lamb, international lawyer, about Russia saying it will block a current United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would impose more sanctions on Syria.

Pres. Assad’s advisor: War imposed on Syria to change regional balance

Michel Chossudovsky – Media Disinformation. British Citizens Fighting for Al Qaeda in Syria involved in “Executions and Acts of Torture”

sverigesradio.se – Sångförbud i norra Syrien

Ett förbud mot att sjunga och spela musik i bilar, på fester, i affärer och på allmänna platser har införts i norra Syrien.
Det är den islamistiska rebellgruppen ISIL, kort för Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant, som har tagit kontrollen över regionen Raqqa.

sverigesradio.se – Sverige ger en miljon till Syriens opposition

McCain Explodes at Syrian Christians Who Describe Atrocities Committed By Rebels He Wants to Arm

Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.

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12 feb

nsnbc.me – Syrian Government rejects Talks with “Coalition” before Counterterrorism tops the Agenda

The second round of the Geneva II talks, today, stalled when the delegation of the foreign-backed “opposition” rejected to include counterterrorism in the agenda. Meanwhile, the delegation of the Syrian government asserts that the delegation has begun discussing the issue of terrorism and that it will continue to do so until a common national project for counterterrorism is reached.

Press TV – Russia slams UN move on Syria as one-sided

Russia has lashed out at the UN Security Council over a draft resolution that would impose more sanctions on Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to aid delivery.
“Indeed, our Western partners in the [UN] Security Council addressed us and offered to work together to draft this resolution. However, the ideas that they shared with us are absolutely one-sided and divorced from fact,” Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

alalam.ir – Russian diplomat: Syria militants have no resource of their own

Head of the Russian parliament’s international affairs committee says Syria militants can keep going in their war as long as they receive backup from foreigners.

alalam.ir – Exclusive: Keys to Syria war given from Qatar to Saudi Arabia

Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian president’s political and media advisor, says the United States has adopted a hypocritical stance toward Syria, but it calls it a “policy” which we now witness is showing signs of failure.
Speaking at an exclusive interview with Al-Alam in Syrian capital Damascus Shaaban said, the United States is struggling to make an exit for itself from the chaos it has been leading in Syria which not only targeted Syria, but was also aimed at “changing the image of the region”.
“Since three years ago and start of the extensive war on Syria, we saw that international criteria have changed; that’s why I think the result of this war is going to show which axis is more powerful and will stay in the region… The result will as well determine characteristics of the regional balance,” she said.

James F. Tracy – The Corporate Media’s Dubious Syria Coverage

Western news media reportage on the rampant criminal activities of foreign-backed paramilitary groups operating within Syria still relies heavily on unreliable sources frequently referred to as “activists.” Such spokespersons routinely claim the Syrian military are committing atrocities against the Syrian population. The reports are often disputed by the Bashar al-Assad government and proven suspect or false when additional information is unearthed by independent researchers and alternative news media.

Brad Hoff – Syria: Christian City Attacked by “Freedom Fighters”. CNN, NYT Justify Rebel Assault, Saidnaya under rebel attack

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11 feb

Press TV – Russia, China snub UN ‘political move’ on Syria – voiceofrussia.com – UN draft resolution on Syria may undermine humanitarian efforts – Churkin

Russia and China have skipped a UN Security Council meeting called to discuss a draft resolution that would impose more sanctions on Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver aid.
The Russian and Chinese ambassadors to the UN did not attend the meeting on Monday to discuss the resolution drafted by Australia, Jordan, and Luxembourg.
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin pledged to veto the proposed measure if necessary, saying that the resolution would increase tension in Syria.
”This text would not have any positive impact on the situation,” Churkin said, ”If anything, it would create disruption of humanitarian efforts.”

nsnbc.me – Jabhat al-Nusrah commits Massacre in Maan, near Syrian City of Homs

The Saudi Arabia and Western-backed Jabhat al-Nusrah has committed a massacre in the Syrian village Maan, near the city of Homs, killing forty-two women and children.

voiceofrussia.com – Syria destroys 93% of its isopropanol – OPCW

Syria’s government recently destroyed 93% of the country’s isopropanol stockpiles, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Monday.

Press TV – Britons implicated in execution, torture in Syria

New footage posted online suggests that British citizens fighting in Syria have been involved in acts of execution and torture.
The footage obtained by the Sky News on Monday, shows British members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front torturing and beating their fellow militants.

voltairenet.org – Contras free own hostages in Homs

The Syrian armed forces besiege the areas held by the Contras who, to avoid an assault, take civilians hostage.

Besieged Homs Described as ”Jungle of Monsters” by Evacuated Civilians

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10 feb

voiceofrussia.com – Brahimi to open second round of Geneva-2 talks to end crisis in Syria

Syria’s warring sides headed Monday into a new round of peace talks in Geneva, 10 days after a debut session that ended with the agreement to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Homs. After government and opposition delegates arrived at their Geneva hotels Sunday, they held separate closed-door meetings with UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

Press TV – Militants commit massacre in Syrian village

Foreign-backed militants in Syria have taken control of an Alawite village in the province of Hama, massacring a number of people there.
On Sunday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of spies working for the foreign-backed opposition, said the militants killed 25 pro-government fighters in the village of Maan.
However, Syrian officials said the victims were mainly women and children and accused the extremists of committing a massacre in the village.
”This massacre isn’t the first,” Social Affairs Minister Kinda al-Shamat said, adding that similar attacks had occurred during the nearly three-year unrest.

Syria: Al Qaeda Terrorists Fired Mortar Shells to Derail Homs U.N. Relief Efforts, 611 civilians Evacuated from Homs old city

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