30/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Sit-in outside Egyptian embassy in Damascus

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June 30, 2013

Scores of citizens organized a sit-in outside the Egyptian embassy in Damascus on Sunday in solidarity with the Egyptian people in their movement to withdraw confidence from the Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and demand the departure of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The participants chanted slogans of solidarity with the Egyptian people, condemning the Muslim Brotherhood rule and rejecting Morsi's attempts to break the bonds between the two countries.µ

They raised placards demanding shutting down the Israeli embassy in Cairo and stressing the unbreakable bonds between the Syrian and Egyptian people against Zionism and its tools in the region.

The participants said the sit-in comes to express full support to the Egyptians in their rejection of the Brotherhood rule, affirming the deep Syrian-Egyptian relations.

They saw that backing the Egyptian people in their struggle to recover their freedom from Morsi and his group is a duty, stressing that the Egyptians are facing the same powers which are waging a war against the Syrian people.


M. Ismael

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/30/490072.htm

Latest News Syria: Army units destroy terrorist gatherings

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June 30, 2013

Army units killed numbers of terrorists in a string of operations against their gatherings in eastern Ghouta and Damascus southern countryside, among them leaders of terrorist groups affiliated to the so-called ''Liwa al-Islam.''

An official source told SANA that terrorists' dens were destroyed near al-Jalaa Park in Douma city, adding that the terrorist Hatem Abdul-Raouf, a ''Liwa al-Islam'' leader and Yehiya al-Sa'our were killed, in addition to members of an armed terrorist group affiliated to the so-called ''Douma Martyrs Brigade,'' among them Ali Fayyad.

The source added that an army unit also destroyed a weapons' cache for terrorists near al-Thanawiyah roundabout in Harasta city, killing and injuring all the terrorists inside, among them Abdul-Latif Ghbeis, as other units clashed with terrorists in Deir Salman and al-Khamisieh in eastern Ghouta, killing Omran al-Misrabi, a leader of a terrorist group in Deir Salman and a number of his group's members.

4 terrorists were also killed in al-Khamisieh.

In Damascus southern countryside, a terrorists' den was destroyed with the weapons and ammunition inside in al-Ziabieh, killing a Jordanian terrorist nicknamed Abu Baker, and the terrorists Fouad Abdul-Salam and Kaser al-Mitwari.

The source added that army units pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods, as other units are besieging terrorists' hideouts in a number of buildings in Barzeh neighborhood having tightened grip on al-Sweideh quarter and most of Tallet al-Mistah.

The armed forces carried out several operations against the armed terrorist groups in the areas of al-Nabk, Rankous, Qara and Adra.

A military source told SANA that scores of terrorists were killed and injured in the operations, adding that rocket launchers, heavy machineguns and vehicles were destroyed.

10 citizens injured in bomb blast in Damascus countryside

A number of citizens were injured as an explosive device that terrorists attached to a private car went off in al-Kisweh town in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA that the blast caused the injury of ten citizens who sustained wounds of varying severity and huge material damage to the citizens' properties in the area.

Terrorists launch rockets on al-Ghab, Hama

Terrorists launched 6 rockets from Jabal al-Zawyeh into Joureen town in al-Ghab in Hama Province, causing fires and damage to houses and fields.

An official source told SANA that a fire erupted in two houses, adding that 40 hectares of olive fields and vast areas of oak forests were burnt.

Meanwhile, an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization in the area of Morek, killing and injuring scores of the terrorists.

An army unit seized two explosive devices weighing 300 kg each at a house in Hilfaya town.

Army takes control over buildings in Aleppo

Army units continued operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aleppo old city and the towns and villages of Minnegh, Mayer, Orm al-Kubra, Abtin and the vicinity of the central prison.

An official source told SANA that a terrorist attempt to attack Aleppo central prison from al-Blacka restaurant, al-Saif factory, MTN tower and al-Zira'a building was repelled. Scores of terrorists were killed in the operation.

The source added that army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Babli farm in Mayer and Minnegh, as another unit killed terrorists who stationed inside an inn in Orm al-Kubra village and near the gas station in Abtin.

The source added that an army unit tightened control over a number of buildings in Saif al-Dawla and al-Zibdieh neighborhoods, having eliminated the terrorists who were stationed there.

In Aleppo city, an army unit clashed with armed terrorist groups in the local Souq and Sami Dahhan School in Kadi Askar area and killed their members, while another unit killed terrorists near the Umayyad Mosque and the Justice Palace in Aleppo old city.

Terrorists killed in Homs 

Units of the army destroyed terorist gatherings in a number of Homs neighborhoods and its countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that a number of terrorists were killed and their weapons and ammuniton were destroyed in Khalidyieh neighborhood where the army made major advances.

The source added that scores of terrorists were killed in Qusour, Qarabis, Jouret al-Shayah, Bab Hud, al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Ghanto, al-Rastan and Talbiseh.

The army discovered large amounts of mortar shells and explosive devices in the farms surrounding al-Qaryatin city.

Army units eliminate terrorists in Deir Ezzor

A unit of the army confronted a terrorists' attempt to attack a military checkpoint in al-Mri'a village in Deir Ezzor countryside and eliminated the majority of the terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that three leaders of armed terrorist groups were among the terrorists who were killed.

The source added that units of the army clashed with armed terrorist groups in Hweika, Hamidiyeh, Sinaa and Aridi areas and eliminated several terrorists near Siasiyeh square in Deir Ezzor city.

Clashes between terrorist groups kills many members in Deir Ezzor, Daraa

Fierce clashes erupted between two armed terrorist groups as they disagreed on their shares of the loots in al-Mayadin city in Deir Ezzor province.

An official source told SANA reporter that the clashes resulted in killing and injuring scores of terrorists.

The source added that the terrorists used machineguns and various grenades, causing the destruction of their den completely.

In Daraa Province, intense clashes erupted between two armed terrorist groups in diagreement over the loots in al-Mseifra town in Daraa countryside.

A military source told SANA reproter that the two sides used various machinguns and rifles, causing the killing of 20 terrorists and injuring tens others.

Terrorists, some Jordanian, killed in Daraa countryside

Army units continued operations against terrorists' gatherings and dens in Jassem farms, Jlein and al-Nasserieh, al-Naziheen camp, Saissoun, al-Shabraq and al-Shajara in Daraa countryside, killing and injuring many.

A military source told SANA that army units killed a number of terrorists in Jassem farms, Jlein and al-Nasserieh, among them Eid Mohammad al-Ahmad, in addition to destroying terrorists' dens and gatherings in the vicinity of al-Quds mosque in al-Nazihin camp, killing all the terrorists inside them, among them Suleiman Awad al-Qarrad, Ali al-Arabi and Mansour Talla'a.

The source added that an army unit killed the Jordanian terrorist Zouhair al-Khaled and a number of his group's member in Saissoun village, as another unit destroyed terrorists' dens and weapons in al-Sahbraq and al-Shajara towns and killed the terrorists inside, among them Thabet Abdul-Jaouni, Hayyan Khaled al-Mohammad, Mohammad Ahmad Badawa and Abdul-Salam Abdo al-Mohammad.

Army units kill leader of terrorist group in Lattakia countryside

An army unit carried out a qualitative operation in Lattakia countryside, killing the Libyan terrorist nicknamed Abi al-Labbad, leader of the so-called ''Al-Muhajerin ila Allah'' (Immigranst to Allah) battalion and most of his group's members in Durein village in Lattakia countryside.

A military source said that the operation also resulted in destroying a car loaded with huge amounts of various explosives.

Army units eliminate terrorists in Idleb countryside

Units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings  in several towns and villages in Idleb countryside and dismantled explosive devices planted by terrorists on al-Mastouma road.

A military source told SANA that the army units killed a number of terrorists in Binish, al-Bouiti, Sarjat al-Barda, Maar Dabsa and Kfar Ruma.

The source added that an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in Kfar Shlaia and destroyed their weapons and equipment.

The source pointed out that another army unit foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 3 explosive devices weighing 20 kg for each, planted on Idleb- al-Mastouma  to be detonate remotely.

Army units destroy terrorists' dens and gatherings in Hasaka countryside

Units of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas of Hasaka countryside, killing and injuring scores of them.

An official source told SANA that the army units carried a series of operations against terrorists' dens in al-Krama, Khana and al-Arisha villages in the southern countryside of Hasaka, destroying their weapons and ammunition, in addition to killing large number of them.

The source added that other army units destroyed terrorists' equipment in Khrab Askar area in al-Qamishli and killed several terrorists. 

Authorities arrest terrorists while transporting weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra in Hama countryside

Units of the armed forces arrested terrorists in Zour al-Sous and Jinan in Hama countryside who were transporting weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Talbisa and al-Rastan in Homs.

An official source told SANA that the army units arrested 5 terrorists, including an armed terrorist group leader, and seized their weapons.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/30/489988.htm

Latest News Syria: law on penalties for involving children in combat activities

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June 30, 2013

President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued law no. 11 for 2013 which adds a new article to the penal code to cover involving children in combat activities.

The new article stipulates for a penalty of a sentence of penal labor for 10-20 years and a fine of SYP 1-3 million to individuals who recruit a child under 18 for the purpose of involving them in combat activities or other related activities.

The sentence is extended to of penal labor for life if the recruitment results in a permanent disability to the child or of the child suffers sexual assault or is given narcotics or any mind-influencing substances, and the sentence is extended to the death penalty if the child dies.

The updated penal code punishes everyone who recruits a child under 18 for the purposes for involving them in combat activities, carrying and transporting weapons or equipment or ammunition, planting explosions, standing watch at checkpoints or carrying out surveillance or reconnaissance, acting as a distraction or human shield, or assisting or serving the perpetrators in any way or form.

The penal code now punishes those who force another person to have intercourse through violence or threats with a life sentence of penal labor, and the punishment becomes the death sentence if the crime is against someone under 15 and/or if the crime is carried out with the victim at gunpoint.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/30/490101.htm

29/06/2013

Silence about Israeli use of chemical weapons

 

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Silence breeds impunity - investigations are needed

23 August 2006

First there were allegations of illegal tactics. Now it is the illegal use of certain weapons. Such allegations are hardly new. Israel has for years been accused of both in its systematic dispossession, oppression and killing of Palestinians. However, the continued silence on the part of the international community has sent a dangerous message to Israel that it need not feel restrained in either the methods or weapons it uses in its military operations, and so it has set the bar of violence ever higher.

Following repeated allegations of Israel’s disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force, reprisals and collective punishment against civilians in Lebanon and Gaza, all of which are grave violations of international law, one could only have expected outrage from the international community.

And the outrage came, though slowly.

It first came from citizens all over Europe, Canada, United States and South Africa, who took to the streets to express their anger at Israel’s attacks against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. Demonstrations are still taking place, including at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Scotland’s Prestwick airport in protest at the transit through these airports of weapons from the United States, destined for Israel’s military.

Top UN officials Louise Arbour and Jan Egeland also came out early with strong statements criticising the behaviour of both sides. However, given Israel’s complete disregard for international law and apparently deliberate attacks on UN installations, it was unavoidable that their criticisms mostly focussed on Israel’s violations. The latest Resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council confirms this.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice simply dismissed Hezbollah as a “terrorist organisation”, while Israel was politely urged to “exercise restraint in exercising its right to self-defence”. Such arguments came across as hollow as the US continued to pound Iraq, ignoring the UN Security Council if it didn’t “co-operate”, exercising little restraint itself either in its choice of weapons or tactics and dismissing the Geneva Conventions as “inapplicable”.

Supported by its benefactor, a confident Olmert smiled before the cameras, not being asked to justify Israel’s justifications for its continued military aggression in Lebanon and Gaza. The final reckoning, however, may yet come, including from Israel’s increasingly mutinous military.

The new level of disregard for international law displayed by the Israeli leadership not only prompted a massive escalation in its hostilities against Lebanon and Occupied Gaza, it also granted tacit permission to Israel’s war commanders to experiment with a vast and sophisticated arsenal of deadly weaponry. An arsenal, it must be noted, that is supplied through United States and European arms companies, paid for with billions of dollars provided each year by the American taxpayer.

The New York-based organisation Human Rights Watch has come out strongly against Israel’s use of cluster bombs, which it argued were indiscriminate weapons. The bombs released multiple “bomblets”, which did not distinguish between soldiers or resistance fighters (or “combatants”) and civilians.

Although cluster bombs are not (yet) banned under international law, it is illegal for any military to use weapons or tactics that do not make such a distinction. It is therefore not the weapon itself, but Israel’s use of these weapons in such an indiscriminate way, in civilian areas, which have amounted to potential war crimes.

Towards the end of July, Human Rights Watch also began investigating gruesome reports by medical doctors of bodies that had been blackened, but had not been burnt. According to a medical doctor in Beirut, such injuries were consistent with the use of unconventional weapons, such as white phosphorous.

These were confirmed by Italian scientists of the International Peace Bureau, who on the 9th of August issued an urgent appeal. Referring to these and other “countless” reports from hospitals and journalists, the appeal claimed that “new and strange symptoms are reported” that are consistent with the use of banned weapons, including “chemical and/or biological agents”. Similar allegations were reported by doctors in Gaza.

Allegations of the use of white phosphorous by Israel came in the wake of earlier allegations of its use by US armed forces in Iraq. The US military had also notoriously used this substance as a weapon in Vietnam, referring to it as “WP” or “Willy Pete”.

Similar to cluster bombs, while white phosphorous as a substance is itself not (yet) banned in international law, the way in which it is used is heavily restricted. Like other incendiary devices, such as napalm, the use of any offensive weapon against civilians, or in circumstances where civilians are likely to be the victims of an attack is banned in international law.

As reported by the American Society of International Law, its renewed use in Iraq has generated a worldwide debate, not only because of the indiscriminate (i.e. illegal) way in which it is used, but because of the particularly nasty nature of the injuries that it causes. As such, there is currently a debate as to whether white phosphorous ought specifically to be banned as a chemical weapon in international law.

Read more at: http://electronicintifada.net/content/silence-breeds-impunity-investigations-are-needed/6380

Israel used chemical weapons against Lebanon and Gaza

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Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.

On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.

They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows. 

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Israel's 'chemical weapons campaign' against Syria, as a justification for providing direct U.S. military aid to the so called 'Free Syrian Army'.

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27/06/2013

Latest News: U.S. calls to NATO to interfere in Syria

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April fools' jokes 2013 - the best on the web: John Kerry

Doha (Qatar) April 24, 2013 : The US secretary of state has said that NATO needs to consider its role in the Syrian crisis, including how prepared it is to respond to a potential chemical weapons threat.

John Kerry told a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday that the planning that the alliance had already done was appropriate.

“We should also carefully and collectively consider how NATO is prepared to respond to protect its members from a Syrian threat, including any potential chemical weapons threat,” he said.

NATO, a US-led military alliance of 28 countries, has said repeatedly it has no intention of intervening militarily in the Syrian war.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad

Brigadier General Itai Brun made the comments at a Tel Aviv security conference a day after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said, at the end of a visit to Israel, that US intelligence agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed.

According to Kerry, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, could not confirm Brun’s comments about Syrian chemical arms.

Jay Carney, the White House spokesperson, said on Tuesday that the US has not concluded that chemical weapons had been used and that it was difficult to determine if they were.

‘Regional threat’

US President Barack Obama has called the use of chemical weapons a red line for the United States that would trigger unspecified US action.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary-general of NATO, said the organisation was “extremely concerned about the use of ballistic missiles in Syria and the possible use of chemical weapons”.

Rasmussen also said that NATO was concerned about the risk of the conflict spilling over Syria’s borders.

“I can assure you that we stand ready to defend, protect our allies, in this case Turkey, as a neighbour of Syria. We have all plans ready to ensure effective defence and protection of Turkey,” he added.

“The situation in Syria has dramatically deteriorated,” Rasmussen said. “This continues to pose a threat to regional stability.”

NATO has previously sent Patriot missile batteries to neighbouring Turkey to help defend the NATO member against possible missile attack from Syria.

Nerve-gas

Brun said that evidence of the usage of chemical weapons could be seen in the physical symptoms suffered by those who had apparently been exposed to chemical agents.

“The reduced pupils, the foam coming out of the mouth and other additional signs provide evidence that deadly chemical weapons have been used,” he said adding that the chemical used is most likely Sarin, a deadly, colourless and odourless nerve agent.

Sarin, which was developed as a pesticide in Germany in 1938, in high doses, paralyses the muscles around the lungs and prevents chemicals from “switching off” the body’s secretions, so victims suffocate or drown as their lungs fill with mucus and saliva.

There were more than a thousand tonnes of chemical agents in Syria and “a lot” of warheads and missiles that could be armed with the deadly substance, reported Haaretz newspaper quoting Brun.

http://www.qatarchronicle.com/world/americas/22133/us-calls-to-nato-to-interfere-in-syria/

16-6-13 - Israeli ‘chemical weapons’ campaign:
http://brusselbruxellesbrussels.skynetblogs.be/archive/2013/06/16/latest-news-syria-israeli-chemical-weapons-campaign.html

Anniversary of hoisting Syrian flag in liberated Quneitra

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Syrians celebrate 39th anniversary of hoisting Syrian flag in liberated Quneitra

June 27, 2013

The Syrians mark the 39 anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in liberated Quneitra on June 26th, 1974 with renewed determination to liberate every single grain of their occupied lands.

The day of hoisting the Syrian Arab flag in the liberated city of Quneitra is one of the everlasting days in our contemporary history which crowned the heroism and sacrifices of martyrs and people in October Liberation War 1973.

On this very glorious day, the late President Hafez Al-Assad said: ''All words won't suffice to describe this occasion. I can say in brief that the will of the people is invincible, and the homeland is second to none. We have to pursue preparations as to expel the enemy from every span of the occupied Arab territories. I am confident in victory, future and confident that no power whatsoever can deter us from restoring our rights in full.''

Popular Front for the Liberation of the Golan: Resistance sole way to liberate occupied lands

The Popular Front for the Liberation of the Golan on Wednesday stressed that resistance is the sole way to liberate the occupied lands and restore rights.

In a statement on the 39th anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in the liberated Quneitra, the Front said that Quneitra city has become a witness to the savagery of the Israeli occupation forces, adding that the killing, domination and expansion are the essence of the Zionist racist scheme in the region.

The Front said that the 39th anniversary coincides with the victories achieved by the Syrian army in al-Qseir and its countryside, Damascus Countryside and Aleppo and its countryside, adding that these victories honored every Arab citizen who stands by and defend his nation's issues.

"Quneitra was the most prominent evidence of the Syrians' resolve to continue the liberation process that started to crystallize the day late president Hafez al-Assad raised the Syrian flag in Quneitra on June 26th, 1974," the statement affirmed, adding that this process will continue until that historic moment when President Bashar al-Assad will raise the Syrian flag over the Syrian Golan.

People of Golan and al-Qunaitera celebrate the anniversary

Meanwhile, the Syrian citizens in Golan affirmed the inevitability of victory over the enemy and liberating the whole Golan from the Israeli occupation.

"Resistance is our way towards liberation, the victory of the Syrian army today is an assertion that liberation is very near as we wait for the resistant men on the lands of Golan," Bishr al-Mikt, who spent 25 years in the Israeli prisons said during a celebration on this great day.

Other citizens underlined that in spite of the policies of Judaization and repression by the Israeli occupation authorities, the people of Golan will remain committed to the national identity.

For their part, citizens of the liberated city of al-Qunaitera also celebrated the 39th anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in al-Qunaitera.

Governor of the city and al-Baath party's secretary in al-Qunaitera appreciated the struggle of the Syrian people and army who defend the homeland's unity and national role.

M. Nassr/M. Ismael/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/27/489460.htm

Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight

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March 12, 2013 - Bradley Manning Speaks: In Leaked Court Recording, Army Whistleblower Tells His Story for First Time:
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/12/bradley_manning_speaks_in_leaked_court

June 25, 2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that US whistleblower Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone of a Moscow airport. Putin denied allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had worked with Snowden:
http://www.dw.de/putin-us-whistleblower-free-to-leave-russia/a-16904274

June 26, 2013 13:41 - Snowden may have got transit Russian visa - Voice of Russia:
http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_26/Snowden-may-get-Russian-transit-visa-source-0878/

June 26, 2013 - Germany Criticizes U.K. 'Project Tempora' Cyber Spy Program:
http://www.informationweek.com/security/privacy/germany-criticizes-uk-project-tempora-cy/240157371

June 26, 2013 - PRISM: Tim Berners-Lee urges web freedom in wake of spying scandal:
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2277576/prism-tim-bernerslee-urges-web-freedom-in-wake-of-spying-scandal

'Anti-war protester' John Kerry

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John Kerry in war and peace: U.S. allies would be right to question his reliability

December 20th, 2012

The U.S.-Korea relationship is about to undergo a major transition, and that’s not just because Lee Myung-Bak is stepping down after five years in which his American advocates professed their love for him even as his popularity sank ever lower at home. The big difference, from the U.S. perspective, is the likely appointment of a new secretary of state, John Kerry, whose view on Korea may well be quite different from that of his predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

There’s no certainty that Kerry, on the basis of his record from the Vietnam War onward, will be in favor of all the military support the United States guarantees South Korea. The record shows Kerry as an anti-war figure from his student days, a Vietnam War hero who turned against the war and an early advocate of U.S. intervention in Iraq who turned against the U.S. role there too.

John Kerry, then a prominent member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.

So who’s to say where Kerry would end up on Korea? As chairman of the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee, he’s called for dialogue between North and South Korea and between the U.S. and North Korea. It’s not a matter of “rewarding bad behavior,” he’s said, but common sense to negotiate.

He might have been a little disillusioned when North Korea in April launched a long-range missile six weeks after signing off with the U.S. on a “moratorium” on nuclear and missile tests and one week after North Korea’s UN representative solemnly informed him of the North’s intent to honor the deal. Still, it’s a safe bet that Kerry will see dialogue as the next essential step for Korea, North and South.

That’s fine, but where would Kerry stand if the dialogue goes nowhere, or if it results in an agreement that’s quickly broken, or if the North stages another incident in the Yellow Sea, a campaign, perhaps to snatch back one of those islands within easy eyesight of North Korean shore gunners?

Those are questions for which Kerry’s record provides no sure answers. After serving as a navy officer on a Swift boat on patrol against Viet Cong forces in the vast Mekong River delta of South Vietnam, he returned as an anti-war founder of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Kerry was no ordinary protester. He made a show of throwing away his medals, which included a silver star for bravery and three purple hearts for wounds that did not require hospitalization. Kerry’s antics were enough to get President Richard Nixon to ask who this guy was and how he came to have such a strong anti-war viewpoint. Kerry answered that question in testimony before a congressional committee in which he enumerated war crimes, the destruction of villages, the alienation of Vietnamese by the rough tactics of U.S. forces.

Kerry’s position on the U.S. role in Vietnam struck a popular chord in the U.S. as protest rose to the point at which the U.S. withdrew its troops in 1973, two years before the North Vietnamese stormed south on the way to victory. Many people would commend him for contributing to understanding the horrors of the war.

Many, however, would accuse him of betraying the U.S. forces in which he served, of denigrating the sacrifices of those who also served in Vietnam and of misunderstanding the feelings of millions of South Vietnamese who looked to the U.S. to defend them. In quite a different way, Kerry has gone through reversal on Iraq. Yes, he supported President George W. Bush’s decision in 2003 to wage war against Saddam Hussein, but he completely reversed himself when he ran for president against Bush in 2004 on an anti-war platform.

All of which raises huge doubts as to where Kerry would stand on the U.S. role in conflict anywhere. We can be pretty sure that Kerry, as secretary of state, would declare ritual support of the U.S.-Korean defense treaty, as would anyone in that position. He would enthusiastically call for dialogue with North Korea and would proclaim close ties with the incoming South Korean government.

The question, though, is how he would respond in a crisis. How strongly would he want to face down the North? Would he go for the peace treaty that Pyongyang has long been demanding with Washington? I don’t know of anyone who sees a U.S.-North Korean treaty as anything other than a gambit to separate the U.S. from its South Korean ally and press for withdrawal of U.S. forces, but would Kerry fall for it s a gesture to bring about reconciliation?

Questions about his dedication to America’s allies would extend to Japan and Taiwan. The U.S. has said it would honor its defense relationship with Japan if the current stand-off on the Senkakus were to explode in armed conflict. One has to wonder, though, if he would share this sentiment. Or would he be more anxious to appease Beijing than to defend American allies?

Kerry’s record on foreign policy has been one of dramatic shifts. The history shows he’s loudly opposed U.S. forces at critical moments. Assuming he does become secretary of state, watch out for double-talk, shifting positions and uncertain loyalties.

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November 12, 2012 - Former anti-war protester John Kerry to be Secretary of Defense?
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Syrian rebels’ backers, meeting in Qatar, agree to send weapons

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Kerry says 11 nations meeting in Qatar made firm new pledge because of changes “on the ground.”

June 22, 2013

DOHA, Qatar — The Syrian opposition’s major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide “urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment” to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The agreement did not specify what kind of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad’s air force and tanks.

Despite offering a series of pledges of coordination and increased aid in recent months, the rebels’ backers have been divided and inconsistent in acting on them. But officials insisted the new pledge was firm and specific in terms of both quality and quantity of supplies.

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Taliban talks in Qatar

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CIA,MI6,MIT, DGSE, Mossad and any other alphabet intelligence agency are transporting foreign fighters to regional borders of Syria.

“Afghans affiliated to the al-Qaeda constitute over 65% of the Jihadi Salafi groups in (the Syrian province of) Deir Ezzor and they have come to Syria from Iraq,” the military source told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

Reports had also earlier revealed that Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria.

“The Turkish intelligence agency sent 93 Al-Qaeda terrorists and Talibans from Waziristan to Hatay province near the border with Syria on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012 and via the Karachi-Istanbul flight route,” the source told FNA in September, adding that the flight had a short stop in Istanbul.

Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office

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'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'

Jun 21, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.

The opening of the office in Qatar was seen as a first step towards a peace deal as the US-led NATO combat mission ends next year, but a furious Kabul accused the rebels of posing as a government-in-exile.


Talk of a meeting between US and Taliban officials has been put on hold, and the US has stressed the office must not be treated as an embassy for the hardliners who were ousted from power in 2001.


"We welcome the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, and we are happy about it," Mullah Ehsanullah, a local Taliban fighter in the Zherai district of southern province Kandahar, told AFP by telephone.

"With the establishment of this office, we want to hold talks with the international community like an independent and sovereign state.

"We are reaching our goals in defeating the US, now we want to free our country from occupation. We want to build our country on our own."


When the Qatar office opened on Tuesday, it used the title of the rebels' 1996-2001 government, the "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan" and flew the white Taliban flag -- a provocative symbol of oppression to many Afghans.


Afghanistan's envoy to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, on Thursday described the opening as "theatrical" which he said contravened an agreement on how the occasion would be managed.


A well-informed member of the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan told AFP that peace moves would not impact the fighters' guerrilla campaign of roadside bombs, suicide attacks and ambushes.

"There is not likely to be any immediate change on the ground, with fighting ongoing despite the starting of talks," he said, warning that any Qatar deal would be hard to implement as the insurgents were decentralised.

"Taliban representatives in Doha are not very powerful and influential within the insurgency," he said, speaking from Pakistan.

"So they might not be powerful enough to impose the outcome of negotiations on the main shura (council) which has the power."


In Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan -- the country's most notorious bastion of militants -- a regular visitor told AFP that insurgents believe peace talks are possible only if all US troops leave Afghanistan and all Taliban prisoners are freed.


"It (the peace process) is new but I'm not very hopeful," said the visitor to Miranshah, the main town in the district.

"The Taliban know that the Afghan government may allow the US to keep nine military bases in the future, which means the US will not withdraw.

"In the mind of many jihadis, as long as the US is in Afghanistan one way or the other, they will fight them."


The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the largest US-led military base in Afghanistan that killed four Americans.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/taliban-fighters-welcome-qatar-office

U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan

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Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.

Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces CentralNo. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.

Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, commandand basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

26/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Foreign backed terrorists killed

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June 26, 2013

The armed forces continued its operations against the armed terrorist groups in Homs and its countryside and eliminated scores of the terrorists.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army fully controlled al-Sha'er gas field in Palmyra countryside and killed the terrorists in the area.

The army killed scores of terrorists in the areas of al-Qarabees, al-Khaldyeh and al-Qusour in Homs city.

The army units also pursued the armed terrorist groups in the areas of al-Wa'er, Kiseen, Talbeseh, Deir foul, Eyon Hassein, al-Ghanto and Beit Hajjo in Homs countryside and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Army units eliminate terrorist leaders, destroy weapons and munitions cache in Damascus Countryside

Armed Forces unit eliminated a number of terrorists including Mahmoud Bashir Abu al-Lail in the areas of Adra al-Balad and its surroundings, Zamalka and Erbin in Damascus countryside, destroying their weapons and munitions, in addition to eliminating five terrorists near Harmala turnpike.

An Army unit clashed with a terrorist group near al-Thanawiya roundabout in the town of Harasta, eliminating two of its members: Osama Shelleh and Ghaith al-Barhamji.

In Douma area, another Army unit destroyed eliminated terrorists from "Liwa'a al-Islam" group including their leader Mustafa al-Waqaq and destroyed two heavy machineguns.

A weapons and munitions cache was destroyed in the farms surrounding Deir Salman in the eastern Ghouta area, eliminating a number of terrorists including Khaled Ghannoum and Amer al-Khatib.

Army units also destroyed terrorist gatherings in Qara, al-Nabek, Halboun mountains and al-Zabadni, with one unit eliminating and injuring members of a terrorist group including Ahmad Sanyour in Halboun mountains and destroying their weapons, while another unit pursued terrorists in the western mountains of al-Zabadani and eliminating a number of them including Ali Burhan.

In Daraya, Army units eliminated terrorists Rami Layla and Abu Saeed al-Derani, the latter being the elader of a terrorist group operating in the town.

In the town of Yelda, the Army destroyed terrorists' equipment and weapons and eliminated terrorists Mazen Saad and Walid Shakrin.

Army units eliminate terrorists, destroy their weapons and munitions in Aleppo

Army units eliminated a number of terrorist and destroyed three 23mm anti-aircraft guns in al-Layramoun area in Aleppo province, with one unit inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Layramoun roundabout and surrounding farms.

Other Army units carried out special operations west of al-Mansoura, near Jisr Babiss and al-Klairiye, eliminating a number of terrorist groups and destroying heavy machineguns they were using.

Army units repelled terrorists form Jabhat al-Nusra who attempted to attack Mennegh miltiary airport, destroying their gatherings in the villages of Mennegh and Kafr Antoun and in al-Alqamiya area.

In the southern entrance of Aleppo city, Army units eliminated terrorist groups which were committing robberies on the Aleppo-Idleb highway, while another unit clashed with terrorists in the village of al-Malkiye and killed four of them.

In Aleppo city, the Army eliminated terrorists and destroyed their weapons in al-Marjeh and Baidin roundabouts and in al-Sakhour, in addition to repelling a terrorist group which attempted to sneak into the Scientific Research Center in al-Rashidin neighborhood, killing a number of them including a Tunisian called Mohammad al-Haj Saleh who is wanted by the Tunisian authorities for committing assassinations.

Army units discover terrorists' tunnels in Aleppo

A unit of the armed forces, in cooperation with the citizens, discovered a number of tunnels drilled by terrorists toward al-Sulimania and al-Sayyed Ali in Aleppo.

An official source told SANA that citizens reported about hearing strange sounds in late night hours, adding that the authorities investigated the matter and discovered a number of tunnels drilled by terrorists from al-Wakilia and al-Hazaza toward al-Sulimania and al-Sayyed Ali.

The source added that an army unit in cooperation with citizens closed the tunnels.

Army units destroy terrorists' warehouse in Palmyra countryside

A unit of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' warehouse full of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices in al-Tayba village in Palmyra countryside.

The source added that another army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group who were perpetrating acts of terrorism at the entrance of the same village, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

He pointed out that an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in Bab-Houd , while another army unit destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings along with the weapons and ammunition inside them.      

Army destroys weapons' warehouse for terrorists in Lattakia

A unit of the armed forces destroyed ammunition's warehouse in Lattakia countryside, killing a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter in Lattakia that a unit of the armed forces targeted an armed terrorist group's gathering in the villages of al-Shahrourah and al-Zwaik, killing a number of terrorists and destroying 3 heavy machineguns and weapons and ammunition's warehouse.

Army targets terrorists' warehouses in Hasaka

An army unit destroyed a weapons' warehouse for terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization in Markada area in Hasaka.

An official source told SANA reporter that the majority of the members of the group were killed or injured.

The army units eliminated 5 terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra in the area of Sabah Elkhair in Hasaka countryside.

Army units eliminate terrorist in Hama and Idleb

Army units destroyed a number of hideouts for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the areas of al-Thaljiya, Issa, al-Tarfawi and Rasm al-Ward in Hama countryside, along with the munitions and weapons inside them.

In Idleb countryside, Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in the villages and towns of al-Janoudiye, Deir Othman, al-Quniya, Maartamsrin, Tal Touqan, and Ma'aret al-Nu'man.

Another unit dismantled four explosives devices ranging in weight between 25 and 100 kilograms and rigged for remote detonation which were planted by terrorists on the road between al-Mastuma and Ariha.

The Army also eliminated an entire terrorist group and destroyed a heavy machinegun and a mortar launcher in the villages of Nahleh, al-Loza and al-Rami. 

Army eliminates terrorists in Daraa

The armed forces clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military checkpoints in the areas of Jasem, Tafas and al-Mukhayam in Daraa countryside.

An official source told SANA that terrorists' hideouts were destroyed in Tafas and scores of terrorists, among them  Ibrahim Mohammad al-Shaabanen, were killed.

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that was committing murder and looting acts in al-Mukhayam, killing and injuring scores of the terrorists and destroying their weaponry and ammunition.

Another army unit clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military checkpoints near Jasem National Hospital, killing and injuring many of them, terrorist Sameh Mohammad al-Sahreef was identified among the dead.

Army units destroy terrorists' den in Homs countryside

Units of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' den and killed all terrorists inside it near al-Ghajar crossroad in Talbisa area in Homs countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that the operation resulted in destroying 2 anti-aircraft guns and heavy machineguns.

The source pointed out that another army unit targeted an armed terrorist group in al-Karitain- al-Safuania road to the east of Homs, inflicting heavy losses on them.  

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Latest news Palestine: Israeli settlements

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces

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Nablus, June 26, 2013 - Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday closed the maid road between Nablus and Ramallah as part of a large-scale military raid on the outskirts of eastern Nablus, Balata camp, Sahl Rujaib and the Old City.

Palestinian sources said that fierce clashes erupted between the Palestinians and the Israeli soldiers who stormed Nablus and closed all military barriers around the city in the West Bank.
The sources noted that dozens of Palestinian vehicles are currently stuck at the military checkpoints south of the city, especially at the Hawara and Za'atara military barriers, adding that combing campaigns are taking place near the barriers where also gunfire is being heard.

UN Secretary General Condemns Aggression on Lebanese Armed Forces

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June 25, 2013  - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks on the Lebanese Armed Forces which have led to serious losses in the army. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Lebanon.

The Secretary-General stresses that all in Lebanon should fully respect the authority of the State and its institutions under the leadership of President Sleiman, in particular the Lebanese Armed Forces whose role is essential to protect all Lebanese. The international community remains united in its support for Lebanons sovereignty, security and stability, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said in statement .
The Secretary-General reminds all concerned in Lebanon of their responsibility to avoid conflict and uphold the principles of mutual respect and coexistence in order to preserve Lebanons national unity, the Spokesperson said.

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Lebanon Complaints to UN over Israeli Violations

June 2, 2013

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman ordered caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour to file a complaint with the United Nations over Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.

The president's office announced the order in a statement after Israeli warplanes could be heard flying over several parts of the country on Sunday morning.

"President Michel Sleiman tasked Foreign Minister Adnan Mansur with filing an urgent complaint to the United Nations about Israel's persistent airspace violations, including over all of Lebanon this morning, including the capital Beirut," a statement said.

Al-Manar correspondent reported that the Israeli airplanes were staging many low and high overflights on Sunday morning.

The sound of the Israeli overflights could be heard in several areas across Lebanon, our correspondent said.

Israeli warplanes regularly violate Lebanese airspace and have launched several attacks against Syrian targets in recent months, some reportedly carried out from over Lebanon.

War on Syria: So called 'use of chemical weapons' as a pretext

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November 2, 2010 - Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin: 'A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force.'

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In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

Britain joins chorus of concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons

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War on Syria the so called 'use of chemical weapons' as a pretext...

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‘Britain joins chorus of concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons’

December 8th, 2012

British Foreign Secretary William Hague cited evidence that the Syrian regime could use its stockpile of chemical weapons against rebels battling government forces.

“We are extremely concerned,” Hague told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security conference Saturday.

Hague said that there was no simple “red line” which could trigger international military action, but that Britain and its allies had “contingency plans concerning chemical weapons” which he declined to disclose.

He noted several “dangerous scenarios” for the use of chemical weapons. One would be terror groups obtaining such munitions.

Recent U.S. intelligence suggests the Syrian government has started mixing chemical weapons compounds and loading them into bombs, though the bombs are not being moved to any delivery devices, CNN’s Barbara Starr reported.

The U.S. military continues to revise its plans for a potential strike against Syria over chemical weapons.

President Barack Obama said this summer that any effort to move or use chemical weapons was a red line.

“A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized,” Obama said. He prefaced that remark by saying the concern was the weapons falling into the hands of others.

With the new intelligence, administration warnings have focused not on moving, but on using the weapons.

As diplomats continue to seek a more peaceful resolution, international powers are weighing their military options.

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday warned the Obama administration it must act more urgently to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical weapons.

Rep. Mike Rogers told attendees at the IISS Manama Dialogue conference in Bahrain that the United States has a moral obligation to use military intervention if there is concrete proof chemical weapons are loaded and being readied for launch.

“I don’t see any other way of making sure those weapons aren’t used,” he said. “As a coalition, we will have the moral obligation (to intervene) if we can say with even a moderate degree of certainty that these weapons have been prepared and are put in an arsenal for use.”

On Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said any use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against the rebels would be an “outrageous crime.”

Although Hague said the option of international military intervention had not been ruled out, Britain was working along with the United States and others to support a peaceful transition.

Hague acknowledged that rebel fighters were “receiving arms and making progress on the ground,” but said Britain’s policy was not to send arms to the Middle East.

“We will continue to give them strong practical assistance; communication equipment and humanitarian assistance,” he said, adding that he hoped the international community would increase its support to the new Syrian opposition coalition during the Friends of Syria meeting in Marrakesh next week.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/08/britain-joins-chorus-of-concerns-over-syrias-chemical-weapons/

Photo: (L to R) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk the opening meeting of the Libya Conference. A meeting of international allies to discuss the next steps for Libya on March 29, 2011 in London, England. A summit consisting of 40 governments and international bodies is being held in London to improve ties with the Libyan National Council, the umbrella group representing rebel Libyan forces, and in preparation for the intended aim of ending of the reign of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In June 2012, Reuters suggested that the prospect of British special forces entering Syria on the ground is growing, following unconfirmed reports from an Israeli website that SAS Commandos were conducting covert operations within Syrian territory, operating from Turkey on 26 June 2012.

25/06/2013

Iran condemns bomb attacks in Iraq

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Jun 25, 2013

Iran has condemned twin bombings that killed at least 11 people in a Turkmen-majority region in Iraq's Salahuddin province as a "targeted" crime aimed to sow divisions among the Iraqi nation.

The persistent bombings in Iraq and the killing of innocent people on the account of their religious beliefs is a crime against humanity and aimed at sowing sectarian violence in the Muslim country, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi stated on Tuesday. 

The Iraqi nation managed to pass through the “dark age of [US] occupation and sectarian sedition,” Araqchi noted, calling on the Iraqis to unite against their “real” enemies and foil the plots they have drawn to target the country’s stability and political process.

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Latest News Syria: weapons confiscated

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Army units Ambush terrorists, confiscate weapons in their possession

Jun 25, 2013

The competent authorities on Tuesday ambushed an armed terrorist group near the junction of al-Sukari village in Palmyra countryside in Homs and eliminated a number of terrorists and seized weapons in their possession.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying: " The competent authorities confiscated three pickup trucks, two of which are equipped with heavy machineguns.

In Talkalkh in Homs countryside and during inspecting Jabal Ghalion district, units of our armed forces killed and wounded a number of terrorists, arrested others and seized various types of weapons.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army killed scores of terrorists in al-Rastan city and destroyed their weaponry and ammunition.

The source added that terrorists Abdul-Aziz Salamah, Mahmoud Habib and Abdul-Haj Hassan were identified among the dead.

The army units also destroyed a terrorists' hideout in al-Houla area and killed the terrorists hiding in it.

Terrorists killed in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out a series of special operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in the farms and villages of the eastern Ghouta and in the northern countryside of Damascus, killing a number of terrorist leaders and destroying large amounts of weapons and ammunition, including an anti-aircraft gun.

An official source told SANA that the army units foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 9 explosive devices weighing between 15-25 Kg planted around al-Iman Mosque in Harasta.

The source added that the army units killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist groups at al-Thanwia roundabout in Harasta. Among the dead terrorists was Kamil Trabishi.

The source pointed out that an army unit killed Ahmad Dahir, a leader of an armed terrorist group affiliated to "al-Islam Brigade," and most his group members, including Zakarayia Kashwa, at al-Baladia roundabout in Douma city.

In Adra al-Balad, another army unit destroyed a 23 mm anti-aircraft gun. While it was pursuing an armed terrorist group, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.

In Erbein, another army unit carried out a special operation and killed Basam Aurabi, Maher al-Ghoush and Mohammad al-Erbini, in addition to destroying a terrorists' den in the area.

Meanwhile, other army units carried out several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Nabik and the mountains overlooking of Halboun town, killing a number of terrorists, including Osama al-Sadafa, Ziad al-Sheikh Ali and Mohammad Salim al-Rifaai who was a leader of terrorist group.

An official source told SANA that army units killed a number of terrorists at al-Manashir roundabout in Joubar neighborhood, including the leader of an armed terrorist group called Abu Islam.

The source added that other army units pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods, killing and injuring several terrorists.

Hassan al-Jroudi, leader of the so-called " Ahfad al-Rasoul Brigade" terrorist group was identified among the dead terrorists.

Army eliminates Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in Hama

The armed forces carried out several special operations against gatherings and hideouts of terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists organization in Hama countryside.

SANA reporter quoted an official source in the province as saying that a number of Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists were killed and other were injured, adding that weapons, including heavy machineguns were destroyed in the areas of al-Thulaija, al-Fitrawi, Rasm al-Tena and al-Jezdanyeh in Hama countryside.

Terrorists assassinate Franciscan monk, sabotage a church in Idleb

The armed terrorist groups on Tuesday assassinated monk Francois Murad of the Franciscan monastery in Jisr al-Shughour countryside in Idleb.

Vatican news agency quoted head of all Franciscans in the Holy Land and Custos of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, as saying that father Murad decided to be a hermit and resorted to the monastery few weeks earlier. 

Custos of the Holy Land said that gunmen entered the monastery and looted all of its items before killing monk Murad.

"The world must know that supporting the gunmen by the west help extremists kill the Syrians", Pizzaballa said, adding that "With such stances, not a single Christian will remain in the East."

Army eliminates terrorists' leaders in Daraa

The armed forces clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military posts in Daraa and killed and injured the majority of the attackers.

A military source told SANA reporter that the army units pursued terrorist groups in the areas of Daraa al-Balad, Bushruq, al-Mizarya, al-Nafe'a, Hait, Sahm al-Golan and Jinnin and killed and injured scores of the terrorists, among them was sniper Mustafa Dabbour.

The army also clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military posts in Daraa countryside and killed large numbers of them.

The army controled the areas of the National Hospital, Abdul-Aziz Mosque and the social insurance building's area and killed scores of terrorists who were hiding in these areas.

Among the killed terrorists were Ahed Fareed Abu Aoun, leader of a terrorist group affiliated to the so-called "al-Tawhid Brigade" terrorist group, Jaber Abu Shilleh and AymanAhmad al-Mahameed, leaders of two terrorist groups, Nasser Mohammad Abu Zaid, Tamer Marwan al-Dayyat, Mohammad Mahmoud al-Masri and Imad Saleh Fandi.

In Khrbat Haman village, an army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.

In Idleb countryside, the armed forces targeted terrorists' gatherings in the area of Maarat Masareen and killed scores of terrorists, the majority of them were Chechens.

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24/06/2013

Latest News Syria: national medicinal industries

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Premier: Government supports national medicinal industries

Jun 24, 2013

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi affirmed that the government supports the national medicinal industries and expands them to cover all sorts, providing all citizens with any kind of medicine in the hospitals and pharmacies.

"The government backs all first aid which enters in the manufacture of medicines and encourage the establishment of new factories to boost the continuity of this strategic industry as 41 new factories were given license, particularly in the stable areas," al-Halqi said during a special meeting with the Scientific Council for Medicinal Industries.

He added that the state is still giving facilitations to fund the imports of the private sector through the Iranian Credit line or other friendly countries, calling on the industrialists to endure additional burdens and achieve simple profit margin.

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Latest News Syria: Foreign backed terrorists

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Army eliminates terrorists in several areas

Jun 24, 2013

An army unit on Monday killed members of an armed terrorist group near the electricity company in al-Qaboun neighborhood and destroyed their weapons and tools, an official source told SANA reporter.

The source said that another unit killed and injured terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood.

The source added that another army unit also clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Manasher roundabout in Jouber, killing and injuring a number of the terrorist group's members.

Citizen martyred and two others wounded of terrorists fires in Harasta

A citizen was martyred and two others wounded due to targeting their bus by terrorists' fires in Harasta area in Damascus Countryside.

An official source at Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorists opened fire on a bus at the entrance of Harasta city, causing the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of two others who were admitted to hospital for treatment.

Citizen martyred of terrorists' shell at Joubar entrance

A citizen was martyred due to mortar shell fired by terrorists on the area surrounding the entrance of Joubar in Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that a mortar shell fell on the area surrounding Joubar entrance, causing the martyrdom of a citizen who was passing in the area, in addition to material damage to the citizens' properties.

Army units took control over most parts of al-Khamasua town in Damascus Countryside

Units of the armed forces continued hunting the armed terrorist groups in al-Khamasia, Deir Salman and Beir al-Qasab towns in Damascus Countryside, destroying their dens and equipment, in addition to killing a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA that the army units took control over most parts of al-Khamasia town in the eastern Ghouta after killing and injuring scores of terrorists and destroying their equipment

The source added that the army units took control over terrorists' supply road between al-Khamasia and Deir Salman.

The source pointed out that the army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in the farms surrounding Deir Salman town.

Terrorists Dens Targeted in Hama

A military source said that units of the armed forces targeted terrorists' dens in the villages of Jib al-Hinta, Jib Othman and Rasm al-Daheriya, north-east Hama.

The army units killed a number of terrorists and destroyed big amounts of weapons and ammunition, the source added.

Army destroys weapons and ammunition warehouse in Homs countryside

A military source told SANA that big numbers of terrorists were killed , among them snipers in al-Kousour , al-Karabis, Jouret al-Shiyyah and Wadi al-Sayeh neighborhoods and near the financial building in Bab Hud and al-Ghota groves.

The source added that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a warehouse contains big amounts of weapons and ammunition, killing a number of terrorists in the villages of Rahoum, Um Rjaim and al-Sa'en in Homs countryside.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups on Talbeiseh –al-Darwish garage, Bait al-Nabhan-Bait al-Rashed roundabout, killing big numbers of terrorists.

Another unit of the armed forces arrested a number of terrorists and killed others in al-Baroujeh village and the farms surrounding Talkalakh.

Terrorists killed in Aleppo and its countryside

Units of the armed forces carried out a series of special operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aleppo and its countryside, destroying anti-aircraft cannons and ammunition.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed a 23 caliber anti-aircraft and ammunition used by terrorists in their attack on Aleppo Central Prison, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

The source added that an army unit killed a number of terrorists near the glass factory and destroyed P-10Cannon, while another army unit destroyed a mortar and killed 3 terrorists near al-Blaka restaurant.

The source pointed out that other army units repelled terrorists who were attempting to attack Mennegh Airport, killing and injuring scores of them.

Another army unit destroyed a locomotive along with the weapons and ammunition inside it and killed all terrorists, while another army unit killed 6 terrorists and destroyed a mortar to the west of Saif factory.

In al-Layramoun, the army units destroyed a mortar and killed 2 terrorists, while another army unit killed 8 terrorists and destroyed their ammunition at the Bus Station in the area.

To the east of the Bus Station, the army units destroyed a rocket launcher and killed 6 terrorists.In Aleppo city, the army units carried out several operations near Issam al-Ghadri school in al-Sakhour neighborhood, killing and injuring several terrorists.

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/24/489052.htm

23/06/2013

Dernières nouvelles 'Free Syrian Army'

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Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Danny the Red) et son comparse Guy Verhofstadt, chef des libéraux au Parlement européen

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1 octobre 2012 – Les chefs de file respectifs des libéraux et des Verts au Parlement européen, Guy Verhofstadt et Daniel Cohn-Bendit, présentent leur livre-manifeste Debout l’Europe !  à Bruxelles

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1) Guy Verhofstadt, député européen et président du groupe ALDE, membre du conseil d’administration de Sofina (pétrole, plates-formes de gaz et de pétrole) 2) Jacques Delors, président fondateur de «Notre Europe» 3) Etienne Davignon, directeur honoraire de Sofina / ancien président du Groupe «Bilderberg» / président de «Friends of Europe» (BP, BT, Cargill, The Coca Cola Group, Deutsche Post, Dow, Eni, EUGAO, Eurofuel, Europia, ExxonMobil, Facebook, First Solar, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Bilderberg , GIZ, Huawei, l’Association internationale des fragrances (IFRA), LM & CO, Merifin Capital, Microsoft, New médias bulgares Group Holding, Repsol, Sanofi, Sanofi Pasteur MSD, Schuttelaar & Partners, Shell International, Statnett, Statoil, Tata Consultancy Services, Telefónica, l’Alliance pour les cartons à boissons et de l’Environnement (ACE), Total, Toyota Europe, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) du European Policy Office (EPO), Yara)

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6 mars 2013. Chef d’état-major de la soi-disant «Armée syrienne libre» Gen Salim Idris et Guy Verhofstadt au Parlement européen à Bruxelles. Idris déclarait que son armée avait besoin de  “des armes et des munitions”, afin que ses forces peuvent “se défendre”. Verhofstadt plaidait pour la fourniture d’armes lourdes à l’armée mercenaire d’Idris. Guy Verhofstadt: «Le temps des négociations de paix est terminée, nous devons agir dès maintenant. Si l’ONU ne réagit pas, alors l’OTAN devrait “.

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22/06/2013

Spanish interior minister dismantled terrorist network

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Spanish interior minister: dismantled terrorist network sent 50 terrorists to fight in Syria 

Jun 22, 2013
 
Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz revealed that al-Qaeda-linked terrorist network which was dismantled on Friday sent 50 terrorists to carry out terrorist operations in Syria.

At a press conference, the Spanish interior minister explained that the network has two bases; the first is located in Spain and the second in Morocco, pointing out that among the terrorists who were sent to Syria, there were some persons underage.

The minister added that investigations revealed that this group was linked to Jabhat al-Nusra which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, adding that the group sent  terrorists to several European countries in order to be transferred to Syria.

He stressed that this group sent tens of terrorists who took part in suicide attacks in Syria, warning that this network is similar to other networks operating in European countries which are sending Jihadists to Syria.

Diaz pointed out that the 8 terrorists was transferred via a helicopter to Madrid where they will be prosecuted.

Earlier, the Spanish Interior Ministry announced dismantling a network affiliated with al-Qaeda composed of 8 terrorists who had been sending fighters to the armed terrorist groups  in Syria.

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http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/22/488850.htm

Latest News Syria: foreign backed terrorists

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Terrorist groups suffer severe losses during army operations 

Jun 22, 2013
 
A unit of the armed forces targeted terrorists' gatherings in al-Nabek, Adra, Qara and Rankous in Damascus Countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition, a military source told SANA reporter.

Another unit of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' den in Hosh Arab, killing a number of terrorists inside it and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group to the east of al-Manasher roundabout and the Pullman garage in Joubar in Damascus Countryside.

Most of the terrorist group's members were killed, among them was Bilal al-Omar.

In al-Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus, an army unit killed members of an armed terrorist group and destroyed their weapons and ammunition, an official source told SANA reporter. 

Terrorists Osama Nashwati and Osama Eibo were identified among the dead.

Other terrorists were killed in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus, including Bilal al-Hamwi and Omar al-Khishn. 

Syrian Army eliminates terrorists in Damascus countryside

The Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in several towns and villages in Damascus countryside.

In Douma, an armed teorrist group was eliminated in al-Ibb farms, including the leader of the group, Fris al-Najjar and Yazan al-Biswani, an official source said.

The source added that a unit of the army destroyed a den for an armed terrorist group dubbed as "Jamaet Jund al-Risalat" in al-Ziabieh town.

In Deir Salman town, the Syrian army made major advancements and eliminated several terrorists, including Maher al-Lababidi.

In al-Zabadani, units of the army continue pursuing the armed terrorist groups and killed and injured many gunmen.

Operations continue near Aleppo Central Prison

Large numbers of terrorists were killed and their heavy machineguns were destroyed in several areas in the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison, said an official source.

The areas where the army operations were carried out included those near the Industrial City al-Sheikh Najjar, the surrounding of al-Kindi Hospital and around al-Tawwabin Mosque in Handarat camp in the countryside.

The source told SANA reporter that a unit of the armed forces carried out a special operation against a terrorist group's den near the glass factory in the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison in which it destroyed a rocket launcher and killed four of the group's members.

Other army units, the source said, clashed with terrorists who had been committing acts of looting and blocking roads on Azaz-Minnegh road and near Ahran gas station on Aleppo-Idleb road.

Many of the terrorists were killed and injured and three vehicles carrying their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

In Aleppo city, units of the armed forces confronted terrorist groups which tried to infiltrate into al-Rashidin area and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

Other army units clashed with terrorists in Masaken Hanano and al-Kallaseh neighborhoods, killing numbers of them and destroying two heavy machineguns.

Terrorists' attack on a military checkpoint in Hama repelled

A unit of the armed forces confronted an armed terrorist group's attack against a military checkpoint in Atshan area, north of Murek in Hama countryside, killing a number of terrorists.

A military source told SANA that terrorists, Ahmad Abbas, Basel Abdullah, Omran Joubasi, and Abu al-Abbas were identified among the dead.

Boats carrying terrorists destroyed, terrorists' gatherings targeted in Homs

Units of the armed forces carried out a series of operations in which they targeted terrorists' gatherings in the neighborhoods of al-Qarabis, Jouret al-Shayah, al-Khalidiyeh and Basatin al-Waer and the towns and villages of Kisin, Taldao, Taldahab, Burj Qaei, Kafrlaha, al-Rastan and Talbiseh, a military source told SANA reporter.

The source added that army units stormed into terrorists groups' dens in al-Gharbi and al-Fares neighborhoods in the city of Talkalakh. A number of terrorists were arrested in the operations, while others were killed.

Units of the armed forces also targeted boats carrying terrorists in al-Rastan Lake. The boats were destroyed and the terrorists were killed.

An army unit destroyed a weapons and ammunition warehouse in al-Hosn town in the countryside of Talkalakh.

Another army unit killed members of an armed terrorist group near Jabourin crossroads in al-Ghanto town. Thaer al-Ahmad, the group's leader was killed.

Terrorists trying to cross border from Lebanon into Talkalakh confronted

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces and the border guards thwarted an attempt by terrorists to cross the border from Lebanon into Talkalakh at Noura site. Many of the terrorists were killed.

Jordanian terrorist leader killed in Daraa 

In Daraa, a military source said that units of the armed forces pursued terrorists in Daraa al-Balad, killing a number of them, among them Aghyad Abu Da'if and Imad Abu Da'if.

The source added that terrorists' dens were destroyed in the villages of al-Shabrak, Sahem al-Golan, Jilin, Tsil, Tafas. Jassem, al-Ajami, al-Shajara and Abdin in Daraa countryside.

Jordanian terrorist Abu Huzaifa, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra in Daraa, was killed.

Terrorists burglarize two relief aid trucks on Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road

An armed terrorist group burglarized on Friday night two trucks loaded with tens of tons of relief aid on Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road.

An official source in Deir Ezzor told SANA that terrorists intercepted the trucks while they were en route from Damascus to Deir Ezzor and robbed their cargo, and attacked the accompanying relief cadre.

The source indicated that the terrorists opened fire at the ambulance that was accompanying the trucks, seriously injuring a doctor and causing material damage to the ambulance.

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http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/22/488724.htm

Woodstock - G8

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1969 - Le festival de Woodstock - Rassemblement contre la guerre du Vietnam

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June 2010 - Les dirigeants des pays du G8, un groupe de discussion et de partenariat économique de huit pays parmi les plus puissants économiquement du monde, font une promenade

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21/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Spain

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Spain Dismantles al-Qaeda linked terrorist network responsible for sending fighters to Syria 

Jun 21, 2013
 

Spanish security forces on Friday broke up an Al-Qaeda-linked network in north Africa suspected of sending fighters to Syria, arresting eight people in early morning raids.

In a statement to Agence France Presse, Spanish Interior Ministry said : " We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria,"

The network, operating in Ceuta and the neighbouring Moroccan town of Fnideq, sent dozens of combatants , some minors, to Syria, the ministry said.

It added that the dismantled Spanish-Moroccan network was, according to police investigations, responsible for sending jihadists to groups affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria,"

"Some of them would have carried out suicide attacks while others would have been incorporated into training camps prior to carrying out armed action," the ministry said.

Security forces confirmed that several "jihadists" were waiting to travel from Spain to Syria, it added.

The Spanish official statement didn't describe the terrorist groups in Syria as an opposition since it includes foreign mercenaries linked to al-Qaeda.

It refuted the alleged mottos of such groups to carry out commands and dictates of the West for targeting Syria. Dismantling this network also coincides with the continued controversy about the Anglo-French unbridled desire to send more Weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria after the European Union's decision to end the embargo on arms supplies to the so-called opposition.

European Union governments are showing growing alarm over the potential security threat posed by the hundreds of young Europeans believed to be fighting alongside rebels in Syria.

Ghossoun /

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/21/488651.htm

Russia: US, UN undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

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Lavrov slams US, UN for undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

June 21, 2013

The US must choose whether it wants to stage a peace conference on Syria or keep fueling the rebels’ hopes of victory as it’s impossible to do both things at the same time, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said.

Lavrov told Bloomberg that Russia wants to understand if their partners in America and the United Nations are really consistent with the idea of the Geneva 2 conference on Syria as their actions keep sending the wrong message to the country’s opposition. 

The US and its European allies are considering arms supplies and a no-fly zone over Syria to help the rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to president, Bashar Assad. 

“The message the opposition is getting: ‘Guys, don’t go to Geneva. Don’t say that you are going to negotiate with the regime. Soon things will change in your favor.’ So, that’s what we want to clarify. It’s either the conference or the instigation of the opposition not to be flexible. I don’t think it’s possible to do both at the same time,” Lavrov said. 

The Foreign Minister reminded that Russia has been pushing for the peace solution “irrespective of the situation on the ground,” while the West started speaking of a conference only after Assad’s forces began advancing on the rebels.   

“They weren’t ready to discuss it when many people believed that the opposition would take Damascus in recent weeks,”
 he stressed. “If now they’ll be moving in the direction of what some opposition leaders are saying – namely, let’s first restore military balance on the ground and then we’ll go the conference. This’ll be a disaster for all diplomatic efforts because this would never end.” 


According to Lavrov, Russia, the US and the UN are currently working on the list of invitees to the Geneva 2 conference, with two key issues currently being unsolved. 

Read more on: http://rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-geneva-us-084/

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British spy agency has access to global communications

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British spy agency has access to global communications, shares info with NSA

The British spy agency GCHQ has access to the global network of communications, storing calls, Facebook posts and internet histories – and shares this data with the NSA, Edward Snowden has revealed to the Guardian in a new leak.

GCHQ’s network of cables is able to process massive quantities of information from both specific targets and completely innocent people, including recording phone calls and reading email messages, it was revealed on Friday. 

"It's not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight," Snowden told the Guardian. "They [GCHQ] are worse than the US."

The Government Communications Headquarters agency has two different programs, aimed at carrying out this online and telephone monitoring – categorized under ‘Mastering the Internet’ and ‘Global Telecoms Exploitation.’ Both have been conducted in the absence of any public knowledge, reports the Guardian. 

“If you remember, even the NSA said that they did not record phone calls, but according to these latest revelations by Edward Snowden, that up to ‘600 million’ telephone events last year were recorded a day by the GCHQ,” said RT’s Tesa Arcilla from London. 

“There’s no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were, having put them in place,” she said, emphasizing the titles. 

The agency is able to store the volumes of data it amasses from fiber-optic cables for up to 30 days in an operation codenamed Tempora. The practice has been going on for around 18 months. 

GCHQ which was handling 600m telephone ‘events’ a day, according to the documents, had tapped into over 200 fiber-optic cables and had the capacity to analyze data from over 46 of them at a time.  

The cables used by GCHQ can carry data at 10 gigabits per second, which in theory, means they could deliver up to 21petabytes of information per day. The program is continuing to develop on a daily basis with the agency aiming to expand to the point it is able to process terabits (thousands of gigabits) of data at once. 

By May last year, some 300 GCHQ-assigned analysts and 250 from the NSA had been specially allocated large quantities of data to trawl through as a result of the operations. 

The Guardian reports that 850,000 NSA and outside contractors had potential access to the databases. However, the paper does not explain how it came to such an enormous figure 

“These revelations reveal the scale of and the scope of cooperation between UK and US intelligence services,” said RT’s Gayane Chichakyan from Washington. “From these revelations we learned how dramatically it has expanded over the years.” 

“The document shows the FISA court lets the NSA use data snagged ‘inadvertently.’ They basically give a warrant to target suspects,” she said, recalling Lieutenant General Keith Alexander's quote after a 2008 visit to the Menwith RAF base in England: "Why can't we collect all the signals all the time? Sounds like a good summer project for Menwith," he had said.

The GCHQ project was first trialed in 2008. The intelligence organization has been labeled an ‘intelligence superpower’ on account of its technical capabilities, which by 2010 gave it the strongest access to internet communications out of the ‘Five Eyes’ – an international intelligence sharing  alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US, brought into existence in 1946. 

The mass-surveillance has seen the interception of data from transatlantic cables that also carry data to western Europe through ‘intercept partners’ commercial companies that had entered into private agreements with GCHQ. Many have been paid off for their cooperation. 

GCHQ feared that exposure of the names of the companies involved could lead to “high-level political fallout,” and took measures to ensure names were kept secret. Warrants had reportedly been issued to compel the companies to cooperate so that GCHQ could engage in spying through them. 

“They have no choice," said a Guardian intelligence source. 

Snowden previously warned that he would be releasing further information pertaining to mass security operations carried out on the unwary public, stating in a previous  Q & A with the Guardian that the“truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”

http://rt.com/news/snowden-uk-agency-spy-075/

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