Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Russia: Syrian rebels could join peace talks

October 1, 2013
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ABC News    

"Russia's foreign minister says 'reasonable' representatives of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad could take part in prospective peace talks with the regime. Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the West should help encourage those rebels who don't harbor 'extremist or terrorist views' to join the talks to settle the 2 1/2-year conflict." (10/01/13)

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Syria: Islamist rebels reject National Coalition

September 25, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria have announced they do not recognise the authority of the main opposition alliance, the National Coalition. A joint statement says: 'All groups formed abroad without having returned to the country do not represent us.' They also call for the opposition to unite under an 'Islamic framework.' Islamist rebel forces have become increasing prominent in the conflict in Syria, and they are believed to command tens of thousands of fighters. The signatories include members of the Free Syrian Army as well as more radical Islamists -- among them the powerful al-Nusra Front, which has links to al-Qaeda." (09/25/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24239779  

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Syria: Mortar shell hits Russian embassy

September 22, 2013
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RIA Novosti [Russian state media]    

"A mortar shell struck the Russian embassy in Damascus on Sunday injuring at least three, Russian officials said. 'About an hour ago a mortar shell fell on the territory of the embassy,' the embassy spokesman said, adding that it has continued its work. The Foreign Ministry released a statement later on Sunday saying that at least three people working at the embassy received injuries, but their lives were out of danger." (09/22/13)

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Israel “test fires” missile amid Syria strike anxiety

September 3, 2013
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CBS News    

"Israel's Defense Ministry said Tuesday it had carried out a missile test in the Mediterranean sea, apparently explaining news alerts run about an hour earlier after Russia's radar systems detected two 'ballistic objects' fired from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern part of the sea. The Defense Ministry said that it, together with the U.S. Defense Department, had carried out a "successful test" in the Mediterranean and on an air force base in central Israel." [editor's note: Of course, they weren't testing the missile. They were testing the detection capabilities of Syria and its allies, and possibly hoping to provoke a panic response attack - TLK] (09/03/13)

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UN: Number of Syria refugees tops two million

September 3, 2013
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Fox News    

"The number of refugees fleeing Syria's bloody civil war has surged past the 2 million mark, with almost 5,000 people crossing into that country's neighbors every day, according to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency issued Tuesday. ... Reuters reported that government officials from the four main hosts of Syrian refugees -- Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey -- were due to meet with U.N. officials Wednesday in Geneva to determine ways to raise more international aid. A $2.9 billion refugee aid effort is already under way." (09/03/13)

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Arab League urges UN-backed action in Syria

September 2, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Arab League foreign ministers have urged the international community and the United Nations to take 'deterrent' action against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons. 'The United Nations and the international community are called upon to assume their responsibilities in line with the UN Charter and international law by taking the necessary deterrent measures,' the ministers said in a statement on Sunday following a meeting in Cairo." (09/02/13)

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UK: Parliament tells Cameron “no war on Syria”

August 30, 2013
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Washington Post    

"Invoking the specter of the Iraq war, British lawmakers on Thursday rejected military action in Syria, dealing a stunning blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and effectively ruling Washington’s staunchest military ally out of any U.S.-led strike. After a marathon eight-hour debate, Cameron lost a vote that was initially seen as a symbolic motion setting up a final vote in the days ahead authorizing force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for allegedly using chemical weapons. But the surprise loss of even the weaker piece of legislation -- by a vote of 285 to 272, including a group of rebels from Cameron’s Conservative Party in opposition -- appeared to cost the United States its centerpiece ally in a still-forming coalition.

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The return of the dodgy dossier

August 30, 2013
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The UK government has released a dossier on the Houta incident which is remarkably free of science and big on supposition. We are told the Assad regime has engaged in chemical warfare on at least 14 previous occasions, and yet none of these are named and no evidence is cited. This Dodgy Dossier II avers that it’s impossible for the rebels to have had anything to do with it in spite of the fact that they have conquered large portions of Syria and we don’t know where the chemicals are stored." (08/30/13)

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Anticipating US terror campaign, UN orders inspectors out of Syria

August 30, 2013
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Guardian [UK]    

"UN weapons inspectors have been ordered to leave Syria early amid mounting anticipation of US-led military strikes. As the five permanent members of the security council held a second emergency meeting on Syria in two days on Thursday evening, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, instructed the 20-strong inspection team in Damascus to leave on Saturday, a day ahead of schedule. Ban also announced that the team would report to him immediately on departure, raising the possibility that the UN could issue an interim report on the 21 August chemical attacks that left hundreds of people dead." (08/30/13)

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John Kerry’s tender sensibilities

August 30, 2013
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The overall American policy arc in Iraq from the ’80s on seems to be: 1) Help Saddam to make war on his neighbors; 2) help Saddam use weapons of mass destruction against his neighbors; 3) encourage Saddam to invade Kuwait; 4) bomb the hell out of Saddam in 1991 for invading Kuwait and making war against his neighbors; 5) bomb the hell out of Saddam in 2003 for possibly still having weapons of mass destruction. In short, the United States simply does not give a rip about Saddam, Assad, or anyone else using chemical weapons or committing war crimes of any kind. The US routinely supports regimes that engage in war crimes -- and then publicly condemns them for war crimes only when they stop taking orders from Washington or otherwise become a liability." (08/29/13)

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The bellicose Obama regime

August 30, 2013
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Grant  

"'We can’t do a third war in 12 years!' This exasperated response was not from a lefty peace activist ready to do civil disobedience; it was from Colonel David Hunt on the Bill O’Reilly Show. ... Hunt was joined on the O’Reilly Show by the usually bloodthirsty right-wing militarist Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters. He agreed with Hunt that an attack on Syria was a terrible idea. 'In Syria now our enemies are killing each other,' he said. 'We should let them continue.'" (08/29/13)

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US, British, French regimes agree: War of aggression against Syria within two weeks

August 26, 2013
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Discussing the matter in a 40 minute phone call on Saturday night, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed in principle to start attacking Syria within the next two weeks. France, long calling for such a war, is also reportedly in on the idea. ... Britain is said to be particularly eager to get the attacks going quickly to avoid having to deal with the prospect of parliament voting on the war, and possibly preemptively rejecting the attack. ... The question of war debate in the US seems to be entirely beside the point, after President Obama managed to get the US into a Libyan War without even the obligatory after-the-fact Congressional authorization." (08/25/13)

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Syria: Regime troops kill scores of rebels in ambush

August 7, 2013
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New York Times    

"The Syrian Army ambushed a large group of antigovernment insurgents near Damascus on Wednesday, killing more than 60 of them in what seemed a significant assault on rebels seeking to penetrate the capital, according to monitors and state media. SANA, the state news agency, said the rebels belonged to an Islamist unit, the Nusra Front, and some of them were foreigners. It published a series of photographs showing bloodstained bodies in olive drab uniform lying on what seemed to be open sandy, desert ground." (08/06/13)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/world/middleeast/syria.html  

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Syria: Rebels overrun key Aleppo air base

August 6, 2013
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Agence France-Presse    

"Rebels seized control of a key air base in Aleppo province Tuesday, marking another major advance after overrunning a string of villages in Latakia province, the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect. The rebel successes come after a string of battlefield setbacks in recent months at the hands of regime forces in the central city of Homs and in the town of Qusayr in Homs province." (08/06/13)

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Syria: Assad agrees to UN chemical weapons investigation

August 1, 2013
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Bloomberg    

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has agreed for the first time to let United Nations inspectors into his country to investigate three reported incidents of chemical weapons use, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said today in an e-mailed statement. The Assad regime made the agreement after discussions last week in Damascus with Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and Ake Sellstrom, head of the UN team of chemical weapons experts created in March, Nesirky said. The UN will send the investigators 'as soon as possible' to probe the three incidents, which include an alleged March chemical attack in Khan al-Asal, a town near Aleppo, that killed at least 30 people, he said, without giving further details." (07/31/13)

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Syria: Opposition presses for weapons as Syria death toll tops 100,000

July 26, 2013
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CNN    

"Syria's opposition urged the United States to provide arms to rebel groups in a Thursday meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in New York City. ... The session between Kerry and coalition President Ahmad Jarba came as the United Nations announced more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. It occurred at the U.S. mission to the United Nations." (07/26/13)

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/26/world/meast/syria-violence/  

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Syrian rockets hit pro-militant area in Arsal, Lebanon media say

July 18, 2013
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Press TV [Iranian state media]    

"A Syrian military helicopter has fired a number of rockets into Lebanon’s eastern town of Arsal, Lebanon’s National News Agency says. 'A military helicopter violated Lebanese airspace and fired four rockets at 01:30 am [local time on Thursday] (2230 GMT) in the Arsal area, two of which exploded, causing damage,' a Lebanese security source said on condition of anonymity. No casualties have been reported." (07/18/13)

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Lebanon: 12 regime troops killed in clashes with Sunni radicals

June 24, 2013
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CNN    

"Twelve Lebanese soldiers have been killed in the southern city of Sidon since Sunday, in fighting with armed followers of Lebanese Sunni hardline cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, according to the Lebanese state news agency. ... Al-Asir is a vocal supporter of the Syrian rebels who have been fighting Hezbollah and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." (06/24/13)

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/24/world/meast/lebanon-syria-conflict/  

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Syria: Damascus bomb kills ten

June 17, 2013
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ABC News    

"A car bomb targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in an upscale neighborhood of the Syrian capital has killed 10 soldiers, activists said Monday as President Bashar Assad's troops pressed ahead with an offensive to regain territory they lost to rebels trying to topple his regime. The army has scored major victories in key battlefields in western and central Syria in the past weeks, and is now setting its sights on the country's largest city, Aleppo, in the north, parts of which have been opposition strongholds." (06/17/13)

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Syria: Regime troops “preparing for Aleppo assault”

June 10, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings. A security source said it would start 'in the coming hours or days,' echoing a pro-government newspaper article saying troops were 'deploying heavily.' Activists said there were no signs yet of a renewed push on the Aleppo. The development comes only days after government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Qusair." (06/10/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22840728  

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Syria: Regime troops “retake Golan Heights crossing”

June 6, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Syrian army has taken control of a UN-monitored crossing in the Golan Heights which had been overrun by rebel forces, Israeli military sources say. Tanks and armoured vehicles were used in the raid at Quneitra, near Israeli-held territory, the BBC was told. The fighting came a day after Syrian troops -- backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah militants -- retook the key town of Qusair after a three-week siege." (06/06/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22795655  

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Syria: Regime troops retake al-Qusayr

June 5, 2013
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USA Today    

"Syrian rebel fighters and wounded civilians were forced to flee al-Qusayr Wednesday, as Syrian troops, supported by Hezbollah militia, advanced on the strategic city close to the Lebanese border. ... The Free Syrian army, which had held on to the city for months through increasingly fierce bombardment and attacks by the regime, killing hundreds, conceded that they had to make a retreat from the town that lies on a key supply route." (06/05/13)

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Russia confirms long-range missile deal with Damascus, says weapons deter foreign intervention

May 28, 2013
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Winnipeg Free Press    

"Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday, May 28, 2013, that Moscow has a contract for the delivery of the S-300s to Syria and sees the deal as a key deterrent against foreign invasion in that country. The Deputy Foreign Minister wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism." (05/28/13)

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Syria: Russia sends more missiles to Assad regime

May 17, 2013
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New York Times    

"Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday. ... Unlike Scud and other longer-range surface-to-surface missiles that the Assad government has used against opposition forces, the Yakhont antiship missile system provides the Syrian military a formidable weapon to counter any effort by international forces to reinforce Syrian opposition fighters by imposing a naval embargo, establishing a no-fly zone or carrying out limited airstrikes." (05/16/13)

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UN General Assembly calls for political transition in Syria

May 16, 2013
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RTT News    

"The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and condemning the the Syrian government's increased use of heavy weapons in the escalating conflict. The non-binding resolution was adopted by the Assembly 107 votes to 12, with 59 abstentions. While China and Russia were among the 12 nations which voted against the draft resolution, those abstained from voting included Brazil, South Africa and India." (05/16/13)

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