Syria: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili


Aug 12, 2012

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili affirmed that democracy in Syria cannot be achieved by sending armed terrorists into it, calling for giving the Syrian people a chance to decide their own destiny and stressing that resolving the crisis in Syria cannot be done through foreign interference.

In an interview with Al-Alam TV, Jalili said that he pointed out to UN Envoy Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran that the solution in Syria can be only achieved through democracy and allowing the Syrians to decide their own future and destiny, but this cannot be achieved through armed assaults and sending militants and terrorists; rather it’s achieved through the public willpower, not the desires of the centers of power and wealth.

He reiterated that the solution in Syria is internal, and not through national interference, noting that his country underlined articles for ending the crisis which are ending violence and bloodshed, entering national dialogue, and then holding free and fair elections.

Jalili pointed out that some of the countries that claim to be part of the solution in Syria are actually part of the problem as they are want to destabilize Syria, calling for exerting efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

He also noted that Syria and its people are paying the price of their firm and principled positions in support of the resistance, adding that the US has clearly declared that it has specific goals and interests regarding what is happening in Syria.

Jalili said that President Bashar al-Assad is still in power despite all pressure and conspiracies because he has popular support, with the popular willpower in general on his side and the side of the resistance.

He also denied that the Iranian Revolution Guard has any involvement in Syria’s internal affairs, saying that such rumors aim to harm the Syrian-Iranian relations.

H. Sabbagh, SANA

Photo: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili


The website of the Syrian News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn’t stop its war propaganda and its military aid to the gangs in Syria.


NATO wants to bomb Syria


'The first attack happened about 4:30 pm, which was a twin engined Dornier Do 17 that came from the South, dropping approximately twelve 50-kilogram bombs over the town. On its flight back to the base, Do 17 started bombing buildings, the three story headquarters of the Izquerda Republican and the church of San Juan. At about 6 pm, the third wave of attacks occurred. This time, it was a Heinkel He 111 escorted by five Italian Flats under the command of Corrado “Rocca” Ricci. The next two waves of attacks were made by German twin-engine planes. From 6:30 to 6:45 pm the three squadrons of the Condor Legion, total twenty, nine planes attacked Guernicca. Meanwhile Bf 109 B and the Heinkel He 515 started shooting the civilians on the road out of town.

The attacks created a firestorm, which destroyed and most other were damaged. Only the arms factories of unceta and Company and Tallers de Guernica and Assembly House and the Oak survived. It was eventually estimated that there were as many as 10,000 deaths overall. Most dead were elderly people, women, and children.

The Condor Legion was assigned aerial missions throughout Spain as the main contribution to Nazi Germany to Francisco Franco’s forces. The Motivation of this attack was to scare the civilians and to go against the Republican Government of Spain as total; the condor Legion dropped 66 tons of bombs, overall.


Photo 1: Nazi Germany bombs and destroys Guernica

Photo 2: NATO that actually arms gangs in Syria and calls for the bombing of Syria, bombs and destroys Belgrade


Syria slowly destroyed: role of Israel...

There is a media silence about Israel but Washington and Tel Aviv have a common military strategy in the Middle East 

Last week U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.

So it will not be a coincidence that the Egyptian military said yesterday that it had launched missile strikes from helicopters against suspected Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula.

After the military action, Israeli forces said 'they killed some of the militants who broke through into Israel'.

There is now a heavy military build-up around al-Arish, correspondents reported, and Egypt's Rafah border crossing to Gaza has been indefinitely closed.

It clearly proves the West’s double-standard policy. The U.S. and its military allies are fighting 'terrorists' in Egypt but at the same time they support terrorist gangs in Syria with money and weapons.  They only think about their own interests. It is for this reason that the Syrian people suffer every day and why Syria is slowly destroyed.


Trip Message: “Arab Spring” – Challenge and Opportunity

To All Department of Defense Personnel:
Last week, I took a four-day trip to the Middle East and North Africa – my 13th international TDY as a Secretary of Defense. Now that I am back in Washington, I wanted to share some of my experiences from the trip with you.

My visit to Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan took place during a critical moment for the region. Amidst a great deal of turmoil, a real confluence of challenges and opportunities is emerging. We’ve seen peaceful democratic transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, brutal violence in Syria, and a continued threat to regional stability posed by Iran and violent extremism.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta conducts a press conference after a wreath-laying ceremony at the North Africa American Military Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, July 30, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

As we left Washington on the way to Tunisia, it was clear that this trip would encompass many of these challenges and opportunities. Our first stop was Tunis, the capital of Tunisia and the site of the ancient city of Carthage. Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring, and one of the main purposes of the visit was to commend Tunisia’s leaders, and the people of Tunisia, on the success of their revolution. In meetings with President Marzouki, Prime Minister Jebali and Minister of Defense Zbidi I told them that the United States strongly supported Tunisia’s democratic transition. We all agreed that Tunisia’s emergence as a democracy provides an opportunity to build an expanded relationship across a range of issues – including economic and security cooperation.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lays a wreath at the North Africa American Military Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, July 30, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

After a series of bilateral meetings, I had the opportunity to pay my respects at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, where nearly 7,000 U.S. personnel who were killed or missing during the North Africa campaign in World War II are memorialized. It was an incredibly moving experience to lay a wreath at the cemetery, which is immaculately maintained thanks to the dedication of the American Battle Monuments Commission. I paused beside the grave of Foy Draper, an American gold medalist who ran with Jesse Owens during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Draper was killed in the battle of Kasserine Pass in 1943. Like thousands of others who perished during that campaign, he will never be forgotten.

After visiting the cemetery, we made a brief stop to see the ruins of the old forum at Carthage, situated atop Byrsa Hill overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean. During a brief tour of the Carthage National Museum, I paused to look at beautiful, ancient mosaics – testament to the rich culture and history of the region.

My visit to Tunisia ended with an Iftar dinner graciously hosted by Minister of Defense Zbidi. It was an honor to break the Ramadan fast with the Minister and Tunisia’s senior military leaders, who have played a very positive role in the revolution. Tunisia still faces a number of challenges as it continues its democratic consolidation, but I came away from my time their impressed with its leaders courage and vision, and pleased to be able to assure them that the United States supports Tunisia’s democratic change.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, walks with Egyptian Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo, July 31, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to visit leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Our next stop on this trip was Cairo. Egypt is also undergoing a peaceful democratic transition, and the main purpose of this visit was to meet with their newly elected leader, President Morsi, and with Field Marshal Tantawi, who has been instrumental in leading the historic transition to democratic, civilian rule. The U.S.-Egypt security relationship has been the bedrock of regional stability for more than 30 years. President Morsi affirmed his commitment to that partnership. In private and in public, my message to Egypt’s leadership and the Egyptian people was simple: the United States strongly supports Egypt’s democratic future through an orderly, peaceful and legitimate transition to a democratic system of government.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak brief the press at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

From Cairo I took a quick flight aboard a C-17 to Tel Aviv for my second visit to Israel as Secretary of Defense – and my fifth since joining the Obama administration in 2009. I have built a strong working relationship with my counterpart, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, and he joined me at my hotel in Jerusalem for a private dinner soon after I arrived. Our conversation focused on the range of pressing security challenges confronting Israel and the United States in the region – most notably Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the violence being perpetrated by the Assad regime in Syria, on Israel’s northern border. The challenges facing the U.S. and Israel are significant, but in the face of those challenges we have reached what Minister Barak has called the strongest levels of defense cooperation in our history.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speak with Israeli soliders at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to meet with leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

One tangible sign of that cooperation is the $275 million we have provided Israel to acquire the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. During my time in Israel, Minister Barak and I had the opportunity to travel to the outskirts of Ashkelon – about 45 minutes south of Tel Aviv – to tour an Iron Dome battery. Iron Dome has had a better than 80 percent success rate at hitting rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli population centers, and it has successfully intercepted more than 100 rockets. We can be proud of this system’s record of saving lives and preventing wider conflict in that region.

At the Iron Dome battery, I spoke publicly of the United States’s rock solid commitment to Israel’s security, which extends to dealing with the threat posed by Iran. The United States shares Israel’s commitment to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and I carried that message to President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu. While we are focused on increasing diplomatic pressure on Iran through sanctions, I also made clear, publicly and privately, that all options are on the table.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta meets with Jordanian King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan, in Aug. 2, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to meet with leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

From Israel, I made the short trip to Amman, Jordan, to consult with King Abdullah. This was my first trip to Jordan as Secretary of Defense. The situation in Syria, and its impact on Jordan, dominated our discussion. I told the King we appreciate Jordan’s efforts to keep his country’s borders open to those fleeing the violence in Syria, and that we will work closely with the Government of Jordan to provide humanitarian assistance in support of those affected by the violence in Syria. We both agreed that strong international pressure needs to be sustained to make clear that Assad must go, and that the Syrian people deserve to determine their own future.

After my meeting with the King, I returned to the airport and boarded the Air Force E4-B for the twelve and a half hour flight back to Washington. On the flight, I reflected on the many challenges and opportunities that are facing the region.

In each country, there was a clear desire for closer partnership with our military, and once again I was struck by the deep respect foreign leaders have for our Department of Defense. That is a tribute to you – the millions of men and women who support our mission of protecting the country, and advancing U.S. security interests around the globe. In a time of challenge and turmoil, your efforts are helping American play a positive role in supporting change throughout the region.

You will always have my gratitude, and the gratitude of the American people, for your work in helping us achieve a safer and more secure future.

Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense


We have a lot of problems now with publishing our messages. The photo of Panetta and Barak's meeting was continuously blocked.  Is it a crime to say 'NO' to the American war propaganda and the armament of mercenary forces in independent countries ? 


Breaking News Syria: Users of chemical weapons warn for 'chemical weapons'...


As was the case in the war against Iraq and Libya, the U.S. and its allies which were the first to use chemical weapons against civilians during their colonial wars, talk now about a  'threat of chemical weapons' to justify their war against Syria...



U.S. used napalm in Falluja

By David Hoskins

Nov 17, 2005 - New evidence came to light earlier this month that confirmed reports in Workers World newspaper and elsewhere that the U.S. military had used internationally banned chemical weapons, including white phosphorus and napalm, during its November 2004 attack on Falluja.

The U.S. government adamantly denied these reports at the time. Reports of the alleged U.S. war crimes were notably absent from the pages of most Western newspapers and there was virtually no discussion of the issue on cable news stations or talk radio. Al Jazeera’s facility in Iraq was forcibly shut down in an attempt to stifle journalistic inquiry into these reports.

Now, almost a year later, Italian state television RAI has produced a documentary confirming that U.S. forces in fact used white phosphorus and MK77 Mod 5—a napalm derivative—in Falluja. And the Guardian of London has called Falluja an atrocity on the scale of Mylai and Guernica, estimating 7,000 civilian dead.

While MK77 Mod 5 uses a formula consisting of a smaller concentration of benzene, the effects are exactly the same as napalm. The use of these incendiary wea pons is a violation of the 1980 UN Conven tion on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Workers World newspaper had published an article in its Dec. 2, 2004, issue based on a talk by Workers World Party Secre tariat member Sara Flounders in which she described how the use of illicit chemical weapons, poison gas and bunker busters had virtually destroyed the city of Falluja.

Jeff Englehart, a former soldier in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, says in the Italian documentary that he saw “burned bodies, burned children and burned women.” Entitled “Falluja: The Hidden Massacre,” the film contains video footage showing the bodies of civilian women and children following the U.S. air and artillery bombardment.

The innocent victims appear to have been burned to the bone. Others have partially melted flesh hanging from their bodies. These chemical weapons primarily affect the flesh of their targets. The evidence leaves no doubt that the victims were unarmed and in civilian clothing at the time of their deaths.

Orders to shoot children

Describing the United States’ intention to target civilians in Falluja, Englehart states that he was told by military superiors going into Falluja that “every single person that was walking, talking, breathing was [an] enemy combatant. As such every single person that was walking down the street or in a house was a target.” Englehart confirms that soldiers had orders to shoot children as young as 10 years old.

The use of white phosphorus and napalm in Falluja is just another example of criminal action and conspiracy to hide the truth. It fits into a domestic and international agenda to reshape world politics in favor of the extreme right wing of the U.S. ruling class. The breakup of the Soviet Union emboldened the most conservative sector of U.S. imperialism and its allies to try to assume for themselves absolute control of the world.

Recent news reports have provided myriad instances of criminality, corruption and conspiracy. Since 2004 alone, troops directed by the Bush administration have been caught committing torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, desecrating the Koran in the concentration camp in Guantanamo in occupied Cuba and now using internationally banned chemical weapons in Falluja.

The U.S. government first lied in 2002-2003, claiming the existence of massive amounts of chemical weapons in Iraqi hands, to justify the invasion of Iraq. The same U.S. government then turned its own arsenal of chemical weapons against innocent civilians in Falluja and has now been caught lying in an attempt to cover up its criminal actions.



Photo: The U.S. used napalm, mustard gas, and nerve gas when it attacked Fallujah in November 2004.

Syria: victim of U.S.-colonialism

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Voice of Russia
August 7, 2012

Isn’t the US too late in its scramble for Africa?
Boris Volkhonsky


While the US was flexing its muscles in Iraq and Afghanistan (later, in Libya, currently in Syria, and further on other nations), taking a much less outspoken but nonetheless more effective approach of “soft power” penetrated the abandoned regions. The role of the frontrunner among new patrons of the developed world was unambiguously taken by China, which has established itself as the number one trade partner and a prominent investor not only in Africa but also in the region that for centuries had been regarded as the US’ “backyard” – Latin America.

[W]hat is surprising, though, is the fact that a call to Africa not to fall prey to “new colonialism” comes from Washington. Or do US political and business leaders think that the “forgotten continent” is also forgetful and that the people of Africa have forgotten what real colonialism and neocolonialism is, and who were the main bearers of the phenomenon?


As reported by The Wall Street Journal, a high-ranking delegation of US officials and representatives of huge American companies including Boeing and General Electric is currently in South Africa with the aim of boosting trade and investment in what until recently was called a “forgotten continent”.

The delegation is headed by Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the US and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama administration.

The task facing the US business leaders is not a simple one. For decades, Africa was looted by colonial and later neo-colonial powers, the US being the leader among the latter. Then, for some reason, the West largely lost interest in the continent (at least in its sub-Saharan part). The tendency became more than obvious during George W. Bush tenure – he was so preoccupied with the idea of establishing US dominance in the “Greater Middle East” that he left other regions virtually unattended – Africa being the most obvious but not the only among them.

But as is widely known, there is no such thing as a vacuum in nature. While the US was flexing its muscles in Iraq and Afghanistan (later, in Libya, currently in Syria, and further on other nations), taking a much less outspoken but nonetheless more effective approach of “soft power” penetrated the abandoned regions. The role of the frontrunner among new patrons of the developed world was unambiguously taken by China, which has established itself as the number one trade partner and a prominent investor not only in Africa but also in the region that for centuries had been regarded as the US’ “backyard” – Latin America.

The basic statistics quoted in the WSJ speak for themselves. In 2011 the US was only the third largest exporter to Africa after China and former colonial power France, while exports from numbers 2 and 3 on the list (France and the US) combined together do not even match those from China.

Barack Obama’s administration has realized that the narrow focus on the Broader Middle East is fraught with too many risks – both domestically and internationally.

At the end of 2011, the administration proclaimed the Asia-Pacific as the area of core US interests. The move was universally recognized as aimed at containing China’s influence. But as it turns out, China’s growing influence is not limited to the adjacent regions only. China has established itself as a marine power with perpetual presence in the Indian Ocean, and, as has been said above, is successfully positioning itself as the main partner on other distant playgrounds.

So, the task of containing China becomes the administration’s obsession – whoever occupies the chair in the Oval Office. And the task is a multi-faceted one. Today, the US finds itself in a position of a pursuer in the scramble. And it is not only China that is the only contender the US has to catch up with. Africa has become the focus of attention of many important global players, including India, Brazil – that is, not to mention former colonial European powers.

In this context, the visit of the US business delegation cannot be regarded as an isolated event. Not surprisingly, about a week ago, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton also paid a visit to a number of sub-Saharan African countries. During the visit, she took all pains to persuade her African partners that the relationship with the US is more beneficial for them than relations with China. Among the arguments Ms. Hillary put forward were the usual appellations to the “respect for democracy and human rights that accompany US investments”. The Secretary of State also warned African countries of the risks of falling prey to “new colonialism” with was just a barely veiled reference to China’s policy on the continent.

It is true that the methods China is using in Africa (an elsewhere) are far from being truly respectful of the local partners and more often than not violate basic socio-economic, environmental and other humanitarian principles. A recent incident in Zambia, when a Chinese manager of a mine was killed during a local workers’ riot is just one of numerous examples showing the real nature of China’s relationship with its partners.

But what is surprising, though, is the fact that a call to Africa not to fall prey to “new colonialism” comes from Washington. Or do US political and business leaders think that the “forgotten continent” is also forgetful and that the people of Africa have forgotten what real colonialism and neocolonialism is, and who were the main bearers of the phenomenon?

Boris Volkhonsky, senior research fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies



Photo 1: North Korea 1951, village bombed with napalm by the United Nations military forces.

Photo 2: Vietnam, June 8, 1972. Crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places as South Vietnamese forces from the 25th Division walk behind them.

Napalm is a thickening gelling agent generally mixed with petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device, primarily as an anti-personnel weapon.
"Napalm" is a combination of the names of two of the constituents of the gel: naphthenic acid and palmitic acid.
Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212°F). Napalm generates temperatures of 800 (1,500°F) to 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,200°F).
France used napalm against civilians during the First Indochina War (1946–1954) and the Algerian War(1954–1962).
The U.S. Army Air Forces used napalm bombs for its fire raids on the large Japanese cities and the bombings of villages during the Vietnam War.
'Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine,' said Kim Phúc, a napalm bombing survivor known from a famous Vietnam War photograph.
The use of napalm or other incendiaries against civilian populations was banned by the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons(CCW) in 1980. Protocol III of the CCW restricts the use of all incendiary weapons, but a number of states have not acceded to all of the protocols of the CCW. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), states are considered a party to the convention, which entered into force as international law in December 1983, if they ratify at least two of the five protocols. The United States, for example, is a party to the CCW but did not sign protocol III.


Latest News Syria: Russian and Chinese leaders are naive...

The Russian and Chinese leaders are naive.
They believed only in the U.N. while the U.S. and its allies, provided the terrorist gangs in Syria secretly with modern weapons, logistic support and sophisticated satellite technology.  


May 7, 2012

13 years since NATO bombing of Chinese Embassy


Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Serbia Zhang Wanxue, Belgrade correspondents of the Chinese media and representatives of the Association of Serbian Journalists (UNS) paid on Monday respects to the Chinese journalists killed in the NATO bombing that took place 13 years ago.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Serbia Zhang Wanxue, Belgrade correspondents of the Chinese media and representatives of the Association of Serbian Journalists (UNS) on Monday paid respects to the Chinese journalists killed in the NATO bombing that took place 13 years ago.

They laid wreaths at the site of the former Chinese embassy in New Belgrade, which at 11:45 p.m. on May 7, 1999, suffered a blast that left three Chinese journalists dead.

In 2009, then Chinese Ambassador to Belgrade Wei Jinghua and Belgrade Mayor Dragan Djilas unveiled a plaque in memory of the Chinese journalists: Xu Xinghu and Zhu Ying, correspondents of the Guang Ming Daily, and Shao Yunhuan, a correspondent of the Xinhua news agency.

Tanjug News Agency


Latest News Syria: U.S. armed terrorists destroy water supply systems


Water Supply Systems in Damascus Countryside Suffer SYP 21 Million in Losses Caused by Sabotage Acts

Aug 7, 2012 - DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (SANA) – Water supply systems in Damascus countryside have suffered up to SYP 21 million in losses because of Sabotage acts and attacks perpetrated by armed terrorist groups.

Director General of Drinking Water Establishment, Hussam Hreidin, pointed out that damages affected the buildings and vehicles of the establishment, adding the armed terrorist groups are attacking the employees while they are repairing what has been sabotaged in some areas.

He called on citizens to take part in protecting the water units as they provide water to all people, adding that the goal of sabotaging the water supply systems is preventing the establishment from delivering drinking water to citizens in low prices.


Photo: While Syria is systematically destroyed, the 'first ladies' of the rich western countries feast...

'Obama very concerned about safety of Syria's chemical weapons'...



To take action go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  

There are images from the U.S. War against Vietnam that have been indelibly imprinted on the minds of Americans who lived through it. One is the naked napalm-burned girl running from her village with flesh hanging off her body. Another is a photo of the piles of bodies from the My Lai massacre, where U.S. troops executed 504 civilians in a small village. Then there is the photograph of the silent scream of a woman student leaning over the body of her dead friend at Kent State University whose only crime was protesting the bombing of Cambodia in 1970. Finally, there is the memory of decorated members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War testifying at the Winter Soldier Hearings, often in tears, to atrocities in which they had participated during the war.

These pictures are heartbreaking. They expose the horrors of war. The U.S. War against Vietnam was televised, while images of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have intentionally been hidden from us. But what was not televised was the relentless ten years (1961-1971) of spraying millions of gallons of toxic herbicides over vast areas of South Vietnam. These chemicals exposed almost 5 million people, mostly civilians, to deadly consequences. The toxic herbicides, most notably Agent Orange, contained dioxin, one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).

From the beginning of the spraying 51 years ago, until today, millions of Vietnamese have died from, or been completely incapacitated by, diseases which the U. S. government recognizes are related to Agent Orange for purposes of granting compensation to Vietnam Veterans in the United States. The Vietnamese, who were the intended victims of this spraying, experienced the most intense, horrible impact on human health and environmental devastation. Second and third generations of children, born to parents exposed during the war and in areas of heavy spraying — un-remediated “hot spots” of dioxin contamination, — suffer unspeakable deformities that medical authorities attribute to the dioxin in Agent Orange.

The Vietnamese exposed to the chemical suffer from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Their children and grandchildren have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam were devastated and denuded. Centuries-old habitat was destroyed, and will not regenerate with the same diversity for hundreds of years. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles are threatened with extinction, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, causing dislocation of crop and animal life.

For the past 51 years, the Vietnamese people have been attempting to address this legacy of war by trying to get the United States and the chemical companies to accept responsibility for this ongoing nightmare. An unsuccessful legal action by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange against the chemical companies in U.S. federal court, begun in 2004, has nonetheless spawned a movement to hold the United States accountable for using such dangerous chemicals on civilian populations. The movement has resulted in pending legislation HR 2634 – The Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011, which attempts to provide medical, rehabilitative and social service compensation to the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, remediation of dioxin-contaminated “hot spots,” and medical services for the children and grandchildren of U. S. Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese-Americans who have been born with the same diseases and deformities.

Using weapons of war on civilian populations violates the laws of war, which recognize the principle of distinction between military and civilian objects, requiring armies to avoid civilian targets. These laws of war are enshrined in the Hague Convention and the Nuremberg principles, and are codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Optional Protocol of 1977, as well as the International Criminal Court statute. The aerial bombardments of civilian population centers in World Wars I and II violated the principle of distinction, as did the detonation of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9 of 1945. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese people were killed in an instant, even though Japan was already negotiating the terms of surrender.

The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violated the laws of war and yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for the U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year. The chemical companies, most specifically Dow and Monsanto, which profited from the manufacture of Agent Orange, paid a pittance to settle the veterans’ lawsuit to compensate them, as the unintended victims, for their Agent Orange related illnesses. But the Vietnamese continue to suffer from these violations with almost no recognition, as do the offspring of Agent Orange-exposed U.S. veterans and Vietnamese-Americans.

What is the difference between super powers like the United States violating the laws of war with impunity and the reports of killing of Syrian civilians by both sides in the current civil war? Does the United States have any credibility to demand governments and non-state actors end the killings of civilians, when through wars and drones and its refusal to acknowledge responsibility for the use of Agent Orange, the United States has and is engaging in the very conduct it publicly deplores?

In 1945, at the founding conference of the United Nations, the countries of the world determined:

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.

If we are to avoid sinking once again into the scourge of war, we must reaffirm the principles of the Charter and establish conditions under which countries take actions that promote rather than undermine justice and respect for our international legal obligations. The alternative is the law of the jungle, where only might makes right. It is time that right makes might.

August 10th marks 51 years since the beginning of the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam. In commemoration, the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign urges you to observe 51 seconds of silence at 12 noon, to think about the horrors of wars which have occurred. We ask you to take action so as not to see future images of naked children running from napalm, or young soldiers wiping out the population of an entire village, or other atrocities associated with war, poverty, and violence around the world. We urge you to take at least 51 seconds for your action. In the United States, you can sign an orange post card to the U.S. Congress asking it to pass HR 2634. This would be a good start to assist the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange as well as the next generations of those exposed to these dangerous chemicals in both Vietnam and the United States.

Jeanne Mirer, a New York attorney, is president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. They are both on the board of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign.

To sign the petition, go to http://www.vn-agentorange.org/  

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Photo: victims of American chemical weapons


Latest News Syria: Saudi regime pays weapons and salary of terrorist gangs

Belgrade.Chinese embassy.jpgAug 6, 2012 - The UK newspaper Guardian reported on June 22 that the Saudi regime would pay the salary of the members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army to encourage “mass defections from the military and… pressure” the Damascus government.

On June 21, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.

The foreign-backed insurgents in Syria comprise of extremist elements, including al-Qaeda militants. A German intelligence report estimates that around 90 percent of the terror attacks in Syria are carried out by al-Qaeda affiliates. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and insurgents’ are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. 

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone with the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, from Ontario, to further discuss the issue.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Welcome to the program. First of all, recently reports have come out about Obama's secret authorization for providing support to the militants in Syria; we know Turkey is providing training and logistical support to these rebels as well. Why is it that these governments are supporting the very groups to topple Assad that they have not tolerated elsewhere: namely Al-Qaeda and the Kurdish militants?

Stone: Well, the intervention in Syria by the West, which the Harper government of Canada is accomplice in, is an attempt under the guise of humanitarian intervention to effect regime change.

And one of the means that they are using to effect the regime change, which is illegal under international law and United Nations Charter, is to insert terrorists into Syria to terrorize whole neighborhoods, to kill Syrian police and army and basically to provide an excuse using the old canard of humanitarian intervention for military intervention by the armies of NATO and the West.

Press TV: Well, footage upon footage shows how these armed rebels use heavily populated civilian city centers to launch their assaults. Aren’t such tactics very far off from the “people's revolution” the Western media has portrayed the situation in Syria as? 

Stone: Absolutely. The hypocrisy in the west and the media in the West and the governments of the West including the Harper government of Canada is boundless. 

On one hand they are supposed to be supporting the Annan peace plan to bring peace to Syria through diplomacy and dialogue, but really what they are doing through this so-called Friends of Syria, which is really a misnomer, of which the government of Canada is a part is to arm and equip a bunch of mercenaries to go into this country and portray it as supporting and protecting the people against the government.

While, actually the opposite is the case. It is the west that is using mercenaries, including al-Qaeda mercenaries, to create an insurrection in Syria and then provide an excuse for regime change by the West. 

Press TV: Where is this headed though? Do you see this escalating into a full blown military assault on Syria by NATO and its allies, or do you think that maybe the West is going to run with this proxy war in order to achieve its purposes in Syria? 

Stone: Well, at this point it is difficult to say. At the moment, governments like the Harper government of Canada are denying that they are considering a full scale military intervention, but at the same time the Foreign Minister [of Canada] John Baird said on July 25th that Canada is already participating in talks for a post Assad government, which means that they have already said in their minds that they are going to overthrow the government of Syria.

They do not tell us here if they are planning just to continue supporting and instigating terrorism in Syria which would perhaps in the long run undermine the Syrian government or if they are looking for some excuse, some supposed massacre. 

They have portrayed to the media a number of massacres which they tried to pin on the government of Syria and later turned out to be the work of the insurgents.

So it is possible that they could just keep on financing this because they got endless money from Qatar and Saudi Arabia or perhaps they are waiting for some incidence to a Libyan-style intervention or Yugoslavian-style intervention or Iraqi-style intervention or an Afghanistan-style intervention. We do not know but we know something is coming. 





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Syria: CIA and British MI6 responsible for killing Syrian Defence Minister ?

Are the CIA and British MI6 (Military Intelligence) responsible for the suicide bombing of July 18, 2012 that was called the 'final battle for the capital' and that killed three men at the heart of President Assad's defence team ?


Some days ago President Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government (but probably there were already secret missions without the U.S. Senate was informed about).

And yesterday the British Daily Mail reported that Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones...



Daily Mail: Britain Is Secretly Equipping Armed Groups in Syria with Latest Satellite Phones

August 5, 2012 - LONDON, (SANA) - Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones that are designed to resist water, dust and shock, the British Daily Mail reported.

"The supply of the latest generation of handsets is part of the Foreign Office’s mission to mould militias into a coalition capable of governing the country," said an article published on Sunday.

It highlighted that the phones that are being supplied to the terrorist groups are used by the Ministry of Defense as they are "designed for rugged environments and are shock, dust and water resistant."

The newspaper cited British government sources as confirming that the "Foreign Office is teaching negotiation and ‘stabilisation’ skills to opposition leaders, and advising on how to address the Syrian people and international audiences," a mission that "is complicated by the expansion of the conflict to all Syria’s major cities."

The Daily Mail reported, according to military experts, that "the presence of Foreign Office officials and the provision of training and equipment to the opposition means that British Special Forces are likely to be operating in Syria."

It indicated that teams from those units are believed to be infiltrating into Syria from their bases in Jordan.

The British newspaper quoted a former British Army commander, Richard Kemp, a former member of the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee, as saying "The UK Government cannot give practical support to the rebels without a presence inside Syria, and any Foreign Office officials seeking to liaise with the opposition leaders would require close protection from Special Forces."

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced last week that Britain is stepping up what he called 'practical help' to the armed terrorist groups in Syria in the coming weeks.

Hague did not reveal the nature of this help, but said that more details on this additional support to the Syrian opposition will be provided soon.


'Three men at the heart of President Assad's defence team have died in a suicide bombing, Syrian state TV says'

BBC News, 18 July 2012 - The president's defence minister, brother-in-law and head of his crisis team were at a meeting at national security headquarters in Damascus.

No footage has yet emerged of the attack in which the national security chief and interior minister were also said to have been wounded.

It comes as rebels claim to have launched an offensive on the capital.

For the past three days, rebels have fought with troops in several parts of the city, declaring their operation, entitled Damascus Volcano, a final battle for the capital.

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and a jihadist group calling itself Lord of the Martyrs Brigade both said they were behind the security headquarters bombing.

Breaking News: mass demonstration in solidarity with Syria


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Mass Rally in Sydney in Solidarity with Syria

SYDNEY, (SANA) – More than 7000 Syrian, Arab and Australian people participated in the mass rally organized by "Australians for Syria" group in cooperation with other youth groups and figures from the Syrian and Arab communities in Australia.

Syria's Honorary Consul to Sydney, Maher Dabbagh, said that the participants wanted to stress to the whole world that Syria is strong in the face of the most severe attack launched by the West and the oil monarchies.

The gathering crowds reiterated solidarity with Syria and their standing by its leadership, people and army, expressing thanks to the friendly countries over their stances towards Syria.

The participants toured main streets of Sydney City and stopped in front of the Office of the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr condemning the Australian official stance and Carr's statements against Syria.

R. Raslan/ M. Ismael 


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Latest News Syria: Syria's Permanent Representative in the UN

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Al-Jaafari: Draft Resolution on Syria Hysteric and Misleading, Violates International Legitimacy Principles

NEW YORK, (SANA) - Syria's Permanent Representative in the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, on Friday said that the draft resolution on Syria submitted by Saudi Arabia to the UN General Assembly is hysteric and misleading, violating all international legitimacy principles, primarily the principle of respecting national sovereignty and non-interference in countries' internal affairs.

In a speech before the UN General Assembly, al-Jaafari stressed that the Qatari-Saudi-western draft resolution serves only the interests of Israel.

Al-Jaafari said that adopting the draft resolution sends a wrong message to extremists and terrorists in Syria and elsewhere, since the terrorist acts these people carry out as an alternative to dialogue and peaceful settlements are encouraged and supported by UN member countries, which will only exacerbate the situation, increase violence and strengthen terrorism in Syria and the entire region, which will eventually cause terrorism to reach the very areas that spawned it, including some of the countries that adopted the draft resolution.

He pointed out to the irony in that the countries adopting the resolution presented it under article 34 on the prevention of armed conflicts, while these very same countries have had a considerable part in the militarization of the situation in Syria and pushing it away from the desired political solution by providing weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, adding that the French Foreign Minister admitted to this three days ago when he acknowledged that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are delivering weapons to these groups, while some western media outlets confirmed that US anti-aircraft Stinger missiles have reached these armed groups via Turkey.

Al-Jaafari said that some of the countries which adopt the draft resolution are leading a hysteric political media and intelligence campaign against Syria, funding and arming the armed terrorist groups – not to the peaceful, honest internal national opposition – and providing them with logistic support, adding that some of these countries also provide media and political cover to the armed groups and impose unilateral sanctions that contradict the six-point plant and pose an injustice on the Syrian people in a manner violating UN resolution, which further exacerbated the humanitarian situation on the ground, while at the same time these same sides bemoan the humanitarian situation in their statements.

He stressed that if these countries voicing concern over the humanitarian situation in Syria were truly honest in their concern, they would have allocated the billions of dollars spend of funding, arming and equipping terrorists with communication devices for humanitarian aid, noting that all promises made by these countries regarding humanitarian aid were mere deceptions as no-one in Syria saw any such aid even months after agreeing to the humanitarian response plan with the UN.

Al-Jaafari added that some of the countries that adopted the draft, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, cannot be considered as examples of democracy and respecting human rights, as these countries are governed by oligarchic, tyrannical regimes that don't hesitate to suppress their people and murder protestors, adding that the state of human rights and basic liberties in them is considered among the worst in the world according to documented reports by human rights organizations and opposition sources abroad.

He went on to affirm that other countries that adopted the draft are among the direct contributors to the deterioration of the situation in Syria, and that they have no credibility in terms of commitment to UN resolution in light of prior experiences, as many of these countries manipulated such resolutions and tailored them to fit their interests as to permit them to partake in military intervention in other countries using pretexts of disarming weapons of mass destruction, protecting human rights, protecting civilians, and other noble principles that were never truly among these countries goals; rather they were mere slogans employed to interfere in other countries' affairs, topple governments and plunge countries into chaos, civil wars and sectarian infighting.

Al-Jaafari warned against the danger of the UN General Assembly becoming a cover for spreading "Halal" - "legal" - terrorism and undermining stability and security around the world through political, financial and media pressure, or having the Assembly be used to give legitimacy to agendas that shook most member countries' faith in the rule of law on the international level, particularly after the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and the manipulation of the resources of several developing countries, particularly in Africa.

He pointed out that during the current crisis, Syria witnessed a series of terrorist bombings, and that the Syrian authorities arrested and killed large numbers of Arab and non-Arab terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda and other extremist, Salafi and Wahabi organizations linked to Al Qaeda in terms of mentality and ideology.

Al-Jaafari pointed out to the contradiction in some countries – which always claimed to denounce terrorism and Al Qaeda and waged wars on this basis – are directly or indirectly supporting the growing terrorist activities of Al Qaeda and other extremist groups in Syria to serve "creative chaos" as it is well-known that some countries facilitated, funded and instigated the sending of terrorist to Syria, which explains why those who submitted the draft didn't refer to these terrorists at all as this would indict them.

He went on to say that while many western countries are combating Salafi, Wahabi and Takfiri sleeper terrorists cells in their territories, the same countries are working hard to  activate such cells in Syria, with some countries carrying out a methodical campaign of promoting violence and terrorism to Syria despite the fact that UN laws prohibit such acts and equate instigation of these crimes to committing them.

Al-Jaafari wondered of this draft resolution actually aims at invoking international law to hold those responsible for terrorism, violence and acts of murder and vandalism in Syria responsible for their crimes.

He called on member countries to not vote for it so that they do not become indirect accomplices in supporting chaos and terrorism and interfering in countries' internal affairs and legalizing unilateral sanctions, calling on them to vote against it to support UN principles that equate countries in sovereignty and respect people's right of self-determination.

He added that Syria was expecting from Saudi Arabia to submit a draft resolution to liberate the Saudi islands in the Red Sea which were occupied by Israel instead of faking sorrow over the Syrians and manipulating the fate of Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Al-Jaafari went on to say that Saudi and Qatari media wasn't content with targeting Syria; it also targeted him and his family members in an immoral manner to extort him, with Saudi and Qatari media attacking him directly for hours-long programs and fabricating lies and allegations defaming his family, not to mention hosting social interaction sites that encourage murder and make lists of Syrians to be killed in Syria and outside it, wondering if this is how terrorism is combated or how diplomacy is carried out.

"You're all ambassadors and defend your countries' interest; this is something, and being targeted along with your families is another thing which I leave to your conscience," he said, adding that many threats of murder were directed at him and other Syrian diplomats from sites based in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States.

Al-Jaafari concluded by saying that the General Assembly Chairman assumed a position towards the draft resolution in advance, which violates the General Assembly's internal laws which require the Chairman to be neutral and direct the session impartially, noting that this is the tenth such violation committed by the Chairman during his chairing of the Assembly.

Cuba's Representative to the UN: Ending Violence in Syria Requires Stop Funding and Arming of Terrorists

In turn, Cuba's Representative to the UN said that the draft resolution doesn't resolve the Syrian crisis, rather it increases violence and treats the issue in a biased and non-objective manner, paving the way to military intervention which Cuba will not support.

He said that ending violence and terrorism requires preventing the funding and arming of terrorists, adding that Europeans want to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country and change its government to meet the interests of the United States and others.

The Representative voiced regret over the misuse of mass media to wage campaigns and instigate further bloodshed, affirming that Cuba opposes foreign intervention in countries' internal affairs, expressing support to the right of the Syrians in implementing reforms without foreign interference.

Venezuela's Representative to the UN: Syria Faces Opposition that Resorts to Terrorism 

For his part, Venezuela's Representative to the UN said that the Syrian government is not facing a democratic and peaceful opposition, adding that Syria is facing an opposition that supports and resorts to terrorism, adding that this opposition is receiving foreign support and refusing dialogue.

In a speech before the UN General Assembly, Venezuela representative said that the draft resolution suggests taking steps for foreign intervention in a sovereign country, which makes the draft non-objective and in violation of humanitarian principles.

"Venezuela takes its stances under the principle of respecting the sovereignty and national unity of the independent countries, that is why we hope that this draft will be rejected," he added.

He stressed that funding and arming the armed groups of the opposition is a violation of the international laws and the UN Charter, urging all the UN organization to provide aid to the Syrian people with full respect of the Syrian sovereignty.

He also stressed the need to end violence regardless of form and source, and that political dialogue is the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis, adding that his country supported the Plan of UN Envoy Kofi Annan and regrets his resignation and the fact that warmongers destroyed Annan's plan.

The Representative voiced Venezuela's support for the efforts exerted by Russia to resolve the Syrian crisis and the decision suggested by Russia and China in this regard, noting that colonialist countries are imposing sanctions against Syria and continue to push draft resolutions in the General Assembly that interfere in Syria's internal affairs and suit the goals of terrorists.

Brazilian and Iranian Representatives to the UN Stress Need for All Sides in Syria to Engage in National Dialogue

To this effect, Brazil's Representative stressed the need for everyone to engage in national dialogue, and for the international community to guarantee the implementation of Annan's plan through actions, not just words.

Similarly, the Iranian Representative voiced regret that some of the countries pushing for the draft are supporting terrorists, noting that the draft resolutions involves sanctions on Syria while the Syrians are suffering from the repercussions of the crisis, and that calls for sanctions constitutes group punishment against Syrians.

He stressed that the international community must call for ceasing the funding and arming of terrorist groups in Syria, expressing Iran's regret over Annan's resignation and noting that some countries sought to hinder Annan's work by saying that they will seek methods outside the UN and the Security Council to deal with the Syrian situation.

The Iranian Representative voiced deep concern over the regional repercussions of violating Syria's territorial sovereignty by some sides, calling on all Syrian political forces to engage in dialogue and reiterating his country's readiness to host talks between the government and the opposition.

He also said that current draft resolution is unbalanced, unilateral and isn't reflective of the reality in Syria, sending a wrong message.

Meanwhile, Qatar's representative once again violated the UN Charter which calls for the Assembly's Chairman to be objective and neutral towards any draft resolution, then went on to boast about his government's achievements in conspiring against the Syrian people and issuing a statement based on the reports of al-Jazeera and rife with lies and allegations.

He also bemoaned the Security Council which – thanks to Russia and China's moral position – prevented the undermining of Syria's sovereignty.

Similar to the representative of Al Thani, the representative of Al Saud recited a statement which seemed to have been written by Israel with the aim of revitalizing the delusions of terrorist groups after their crushing defeats at the hand of the Syrian Arab Army.

The Saudi representative completely ignored the crimes committed by the mercenaries of the Saudi regime who are running amok in Syria and spoke of a political solution, ignoring the fact that a political solution requires non-interference in countries' affairs and launching dialogue, not sending weapons and extremist mercenaries to Syria.

He also ignored Arab and western media reports confirming the responsibility of terrorists groups of massacres and bombings in Syria, hypocritically talking about the need to prevent the shedding of Syrians' blood in clear disregard for the fact that Al Saud support terrorists organizations with the aim of undermining the stability of countries that reject their U.S. masters' hegemony.

In turn, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced regret that the Security Council couldn't pass a resolution to justify foreign intervention in Syria, and he didn't forget to shed tears over the humanitarian state of the Syrian people while pushing for a resolution that would impose more sanctions on them.

Ki-moon blamed the Syrian leadership, alleging that it didn't commit fully to Annan's plan, conveniently neglecting to mention any responsibility on the part of the armed groups, contradicting himself by saying that government's are responsible for protecting their people while blaming the Syrian government which is confronting mercenary terrorist groups that are killing Syrians.

12 countries in the General Assembly voted against the non-binding draft resolution on Syria, while 31 countries declined to vote on this Saudi-presented resolution which aims at interfering in Syria's affairs and imposing more sanctions on the Syrian people.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh


U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People


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Internal Trade Minister: The U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People

Aug 3, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Qadri Jamil, said Syria is facign an unfair Western economic blockade, stressing that the Western and U.S. sanctions on Syria target the Syrian people in their livelihood.

In a press conference in the Russian capital following meeting Russian officials, Jamil described the talks in Moscow as "constructive" as both sides agreed on boosting economic cooperation between Syria and Russia in various areas.

"Russia wants to help and support the Syrian people to overcome the current crisis," said Minister Jamil, stressing that the unilateral Western and U.S. sanctions imposed on Syria are illegitimate and contradict with the international law and target the Syrian people in their livelihood.

He noted that the unfair Western economic siege on the country has contributed to preventing essential materials from reaching the Syrian people.

Jamil stressed that the solution to the crisis in Syria begins with stopping foreign interference in the Syrian internal affair, adding that national dialogue is the main issue towards resolving this crisis.

He continued that the Syrians alone are the ones to determine their country's destiny by themselves and that putting any precondition regarding the Syrian leadership leaving office in order for the dialogue to start is to undermine this dialogue.

The Minister reiterated the Syrian government's strong commitment to having the national reconciliation accomplished, adding that the West and the US are not the ones to determine the Syrians' choices and way of living.

Jamil said the Western countries' stance towards what is happening in Syria is marked by hypocrisy, as these countries do not want a halt to the bloodshed but they want it to continue, as while they know that extremist terrorists are perpetrating crimes against the Syrian people, they are providing support to those terrorists and speak of a political solution.

Speaking of the repercussions of the unfair Western ban imposed on Syria, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Said Hneidi, said that because of this ban, Syria's oil production has dropped down to less than 200, 000 barrels per day.

For his part, Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Abdul-Fattah Ammoura, stressed that Syria welcomed the plan of the UN envoy Kofi Annan and its six points, agreed on it and has put it into effect.

He said that Anan's plan has been a Syrian demand in the first place to have the crisis resolved through dialogue and peaceful means, but it is the other parties who do not want this plan to succeed and do not seek a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Ammoura stressed that the Syrian people are steadfast in the face of what they are faced with and seek the independence of Syria's sovereign decision, adding that the Western countries have turned away from what they committed to at the Geneva meeting regarding the necessity of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

M. Nassr/ H. Said

U.S. and EU Sanctions on Syria Target the Livelihood of the Syrian People

Breaking news Syria: Russia sends navy vessels to Syria base

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President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the Syrian armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.
These new provocations are going too far for Russia.
It is clear that Washington wants a military confrontation with Russia, Iran and China and it is time that these countries realize that they have to close a military pact of self-defense against Washington and its allies...


Aug 3, 2012 13:23 Moscow Time - Moscow is sending three large landing ships The Alexander Ostrakovsky, the Georgy Pobedonosets and the Kondopogaassault, each with a Marine company on board, are scheduled to call at Tartus late this week-early next, a source at the Defense Ministry said in Moscow on Friday. The source said that each ship would have up to 120 marines onboard and the ships, currently in the Mediterranean Sea, would arrive in Tartus by the end of this week.

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Latest News Syria: Washington confirms secret support for Syrian terrorists

napalm attack, June 8, 1972.jpgAugust 2, 2012 - President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the so called rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter said.

Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.


'Obama authorized secret support for Syrian rebels':






Syria: Large Numbers of Terrorists eliminated

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Authorities Pursue and Eliminate Large Numbers of Terrorists in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idleb 

Aug 01, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) – Authorities on Wednesday clashed with an armed terrorist group that opened fire on passing cars in Khanaser area in Aleppo Countryside.
An official source at the province told SANA that the terrorists were driving machineguns-mounted SUV cars, adding that the terrorists were all killed or wounded in the clash.

An armed terrorist group of three gunmen attacked law-enforcement personnel in Talkalakh area in Homs Countryside. The three terrorists: Mustafa al-Kurdi, Ahd Najm and Iyad al-Kurdi were killed and their car was destroyed. 

Army Units Pursue vanquished terrorist groups in Yalda, Babila and Jdaidat Artouz 

An Army unit today stormed dens used by armed terrorist groups in Yalda and Babila, Damascus countryside, clashing with their members, killing a number of terrorists and arresting others. 


In Jdaidat Artouz, Damascus countryside, a unit from the Syrian Army pursued vanquished armed groups, clashing with them and killing, injuring a number of them. 

Scores of the terrorists have surrendered and handed their weapons to the authorities. 


In the central city of Homs, the authorities discovered a tunnel that links al-Qarabees neighborhood to al-Qosor and Dek al-Jin. 


The tunnel was used as a passage by the armed groups in order to confiscate weapons. 


The Syrian armed forces clashed with the terrorists inside the tunnel, killing scores of them. 

Military Forces Cause Losses to Terrorists in North Aleppo

Military forces on Wednesday hunted armed terrorist groups in Handarat area, to the north of Aleppo, and clashed with them.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that tens of the terrorists were killed and injured during the clash, some of them are from Arab nationalities.

The army members destroyed a number of SUV cars supplied with DShK machine gun, the source added. 

In the town of al-Shahara west of Aleppo, the authorities set an ambush for a terrorist group, leading to the deaths and injuring of a large number of terrorists, including some of Arab and foreign nationalities.

A source in the province told SANA that the dead terrorists include Ali Sakerdeli and Abdelsalam Jebrael.

In the same context, the authorities set another ambush for a terrorist group in al-Atareb area in Aleppo countryside, killing and injuring most of the terrorist and destroying a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft machinegun.

The source added that the authorities confronted an armed group which attempted to attack law-enforcement forces in the village of Kafer Aleppo.

As for Aleppo city, the source said that the Syrian armed forces pursued fleeing terrorists in Ard al-Hashkal area south of Salah Eddin neighborhood and engaged them, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and arresting others.

The security of the Badiye Development Center in Khansar area, Aleppo countryside, confronted terrorists who attempted to break into the center, killing and wounding its members, in addition damaging three pickup trucks and confiscating five cars the terrorists were using. Seven of the terrorists were arrested.

Authorities Raid Two Terrorist Hideouts in al-Sadat Neighborhood in Damascus

After investigations and observation and in cooperation with locals, the authorities raided a terrorist hideout in al-Sadat neighborhood in al-Amara area in Damascus, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and arresting the rest.

A source at Damascus police said that during the preliminary interrogation of the arrested terrorists, they revealed the location of another terrorist hideout in the same area which was likewise raided by the authorities, killing and injuring some of the terrorists and arresting the others.

Weapons confiscated from the two hideouts include automatic rifles, handguns, a sniper rifle, PKC machineguns, grenades and ammo.

The police source pointed out that the arrested terrorists' IDs showed that they're not locals of al-Sadat neighborhood; rather they came from several areas in Damascus countryside.

Several Terrorists Killed, Others Surrender in Homs

Authorities last night set up an ambush against an armed terrorist group in al-Qseir countryside.

An official source told SANA correspondent that the ambush led to killing all members of the armed terrorist group.

The source added that the authorities also stormed a hideout of an armed terrorist group in al-Mouj town in al-Qseir countryside and killed and injured several terrorists.

In al-Ghanto village in Talbiseh district, security forces clashed with an armed terrorist group and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists, while other terrorists surrendered themselves and their weapons.

Authorities Pursue Terrorist Groups in Deir Ezzor, Inflict Heavy Losses Upon Them

In Deir Ezzor, the authorities continued to pursue terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Jbaile and Jamiyet al-Rasafa, killing and injuring many of them.

A source in the province told SANA that among the dead terrorists were Salah al-Hamada and Salah al-Jassem.

On a relevant note, the authorities pursued feeling terrorists in al-Qusour neighborhood in the city, resulting in the killing and injuring of several terrorists.

In the town of al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor countryside, the authorities likewise pursued and engaged a terrorist group, killing and wounding its members. 

Authorities in Homs confront attacks by armed terrorist group 

The competent authorities today confronted attacks by armed terrorist groups on several law enforcement checkpoints in al-Qseir, killing or injuring a number of terrorists. 

SANA reporter quoted a source in Homs as saying that the clashes led to the killing of 5 terrorists while 15 others were injured.

Authorities Confront Terrorist Group in Idleb Countryside

The authorities confronted a terrorist group which had been blocking roads and attacking passersby at the Kafer Najda junction in Idleb countryside, with the clash resulting in the deaths and injuring of the terrorists.

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Syria: Infiltration Attempts from Lebanon and Jordan Foiled

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July 30, 2012 - PROVINCES, (SANA) – The border guards on Monday foiled an armed terrorist group's attempt to infiltrate from Jordan to Syria at the area of Tal Shihab in Daraa Countryside.

An official source in the province said that authorities clashed with the group, killed or injured scores of them, adding that the others fled back to the Jordanian territories.

In Talkalakh area in Homs countryside, authorities foiled several infiltration attempts made by armed terrorist groups to cross from Lebanon to Syria in different border areas.

Huge losses were inflicted upon the terrorists and the survived gunmen fled back to Lebanon.

Authorities Hunt Terrorists In Aleppo Causing them Heavy Losses

Authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group who were riding four SUV cars equipped with machine guns in Dara Ezza and Qabtan al-Jabal axis in Aleppo countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that the authorities destroyed the four cars, killing the terrorists.

Authorities Pursue Terrorists in Harasta Farms, Eliminating a Number of Them and Arresting Others

In Damascus Countryside, the authorities continued their pursuit of armed terrorist groups in the farms of Harasta area, eliminating a number of terrorists and arresting others.

A source told SANA that some of the terrorists surrendered to the authorities and threw down their weapons, adding that the authorities also recovered cars stolen by the terrorists.

Tunnels Discoverd in Qarabees, Homs, Stability Restored

Meantime,  the army forces cleared al-Qarabees neighborhood from the remnants of the mercenary terrorists and dismantled the system of their terrorism, restoring peace and stability to it.

An official source in the Province told SANA reporter that many tunnels were discovered in the neighborhood after clearing it , pointing out that the terrorists were using them to transfer weapons, ammunition and for movement to practice acts of killing and sabotage against citizens and law-enforcement members.

The source added that one of the tunnels links al-Ghouta neighborhood with al-Qarabeesm while another tunnel links Jurat al-Shayyah to the neighborhood, adding that the other tunnels were linking building blocks together where a weapon store was found containing different sorts of weapons, explosive devices and explosives.

The authorities arrested a number of terrorists, some of them were from Arab and foreign nationalities, and confiscated a big amount of weapons according to the source.

Terrorist Leader Killed in al-Khalidiye, Another Terrorist Leader Arrested in Juret al-Shiyah

During their pursuit of terrorists in al-Khalidiye neighborhood in Homs, the authorities clashed with a terrorist group, wiping out all the terrorists including their leader, Hamza al-Tesh.

The authorities also arrested terrorist Ali al-Bashan, the leader of the terrorists operating in Juret al-Shiyah area in Homs, while trying to carry out a terrorist attack in al-Khalidiye neighborhood along with several other terrorists who were also arrested.

Armed Forces Continue Canvassing Farms in Idleb and Raiding Terrorist Hideouts

The armed forces continued their canvassing of the farms surrounding Idleb city and raiding terrorist hideouts in Bakfaloun and Falioun, killing or injuring a large number of terrorists while arresting others and confiscating their weapons.

A source at the province told SANA that the during the searching of farms and hideouts, the armed forces found materials and chemicals used for making explosives, rockets, anti-armor launchers and explosive charges, in addition to stolen license plates and large supplies of medicine.

Explosive Device Discovered in Hasaka

SANA reporter in Hasaka said that the authorities arrested a terrorist who was planting an explosive device near to al-Shadaydi bridge in the province.

The engineering units in Idleb dismantled two explosive devices which were planted by an armed terrorist group on al-Amoudia –al-Ghafar road in al-Rouj plain in Idleb to target citizens and law-enforcement members.

In Deir-Ezzour, authorities clashed with an armed terrorist groups, killing and injuring many, as they also destroyed two pickups equipped with PKC machine gun.

Explosive Device Kills Several Terrorists in Hasaka

An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in a house used by terrorists to make IEDs in al-Saada village in Hasaka province.

A source in the province told SANA correspondent that the explosion resulted in killing several terrorists along with two children.

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Syria - Authorities Foil Terrorist Infiltration Attempts 16-6-2012:


Iran Stands by Syria


President Ahmadinejad: Iran Stands by Syria in the face of Conspiracy.. Al-Moallem: Syria Possess Defense Capabilities Sufficient to Defend Each Grain of Its Soil

Jul 29, 2012


TEHRAN, (SANA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that Iran is a brotherly country to Syria and stands by it in the face of conspiracy till right wins over unjust.

Meeting Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that Syria will win thanks to the wise leadership of President Bashar al-Assad  and the Syrian people's support to his leadership.

Al-Moallem, stressed Syria's determination to foil the conspiracy to which it is exposed, and to fight the armed terrorist groups which perpetrate terror acts, kill civilians, attack private and public properties, supported by Arab and western countries which supply them with weapon and money.

Al-Moallem also met  the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani, briefing them on the current situation in Syria.

Jalili and Larijani, for their part, underlined the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries, expressing confidence that Syria will win its war against the conspiracy to which it is exposed.

Earlier, al-Moallem discussed during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salihi the bilateral relations and the current situation in the region, particularly in Syria, expressing Syria's determination to come out of the crisis stronger.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria has agreed on the six-point plan of the UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, most importantly halting violence by all sides.

Foreign Minister also hailed the stances of Russia and China which stand by the international law and the UN convention and the assertion of Syria's territorial integrity and non-intervention in its domestic affairs.

Al-Moallem: Syria Possess Defense Capabilities Sufficient to Defend Each Grain of Its Soil

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, stressed that Syria possesses defense capabilities sufficient to defend each grain of its soil, stressing the Syrian people's steadfastness in the face of the crowd of countries that are ferociously conspiring against them.

"The Syrian people are determined to face the conspiracy hatched against them and achieve victory over it," al-Moallem said in a joint press conference with Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Sunday, stressing that the Syrian army will continue facing the armed terrorist groups on the ground.

He highlighted the Syrians' steadfastness throughout the crisis despite the inhumane siege imposed by the US, the EU countries and the states of the so-called Arab League which targets the Syrians with their living.

Al-Moallem: The Syrians' Determination to Face the Conspiracy Is Now Stronger

He said what has increased the Syrians' steadfastness and rallying around their leadership was that they have exposed the dimensions, parties and tools of the conspiracy and Israel's involvement in it along with some Arab states.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria is facing a systematic media instigation, referring also to the scheme behind the terrorists bombing of the National Security building which claimed the lives of four military leaders.

He cited in this regard what his Iranian counterpart told him when offering condolences over the leaders' martyrdom when he said that Iran get out stronger after the assassination of Iranian leaders during a meeting at the Republican Party building.

"Today I say to you that Syria is stronger and our determination to face this scheme is stronger, and we have proved this on the ground since the Wednesday when they planned for what they called "The Great Battle for Damascus"," said al-Moallem.

He continued that despite the groups of terrorists who were mobilized for the battle, "they were defeated in less than a week and the battle failed, so they moved to Aleppo where they will certainly fail."

Al-Moallem: Syria Committed to a Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Minister al-Moallem reiterated Syria's position proclaimed since 2003 on calling for establishing a Middle East weapons of mass destruction free zone when it submitted a draft resolution regarding this issue to the Security Council which is still there but not put to the vote because of the US obstruction.

He said that Syria has been facing for more than a month now an intensive campaign by the US, western and some Arab countries about possession of chemical weapons.

"Whether or not we possess unconventional weapons, Syria has repeatedly declared its readiness to establish a region free of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction," al-Moallem stressed.

"The truth is that Syria is a country of confrontation as part of its land is under the occupation of Israel which possesses nuclear capabilities acknowledged by the US," al-Moallem added, pointing out at the Pentagon Israel is said to have over 200 nuclear bombs.

He noted that in 1968 Syria joined the 1925 Geneva protocol on the prohibition of biological weapons proliferation and is committed to what it signed.

"As with regard to the convention on prohibition of chemical weapons, we are ready to sign it if signed by Israel. This is fair and legitimate and Syria is a responsible country that respects international legitimacy and the rules of international law in this regard," said Minister al-Moallem, adding that Syria wants welfare to prevail the region.

Asked on the plan of the UN envoy Kofi Annan, al-Moallem reiterated Syria's full abidance by the plan being "a reasonable plan and an appropriate means to resolve the crisis in Syria."

He cited two essential points in the plan: the preventing of foreign interference in Syria and the stress on the political solution.

With regard to the implementation of Annan's plan, the Foreign Minister made clear that the Syrian government has offered all it could and pulled out its forces from the Syrian cities.

He highlighted the fact that the implementation of the plan will guarantee preventing interference in the Syrian internal affair by such countries as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

"This is an important point in Annan's plan to prevent disrupting security in Syria as the opposition still up to this moment can engage into serious dialogue with the government," said al-Moallem.

Al-Moallem added that the conspirators are so fierce that even when security and stability  are restored to Syria, the conspiracy will not end, and that Israel is the  mastermind of the conspiracy and regrettably there are some Gulf states supporting Israel in implementing the conspiracy, which is why the international  activity against Syria has not ended.

Answering a question, al-Moallem said, "the terrorist groups which come across the borders from Turkey to Syria are from various nationalities: Egyptians, Libyans, Iraqis and others," pointing out that a number of the Iraqi terrorists arrested in Syria belong to Al Qaeda.

He added, "There are others who came to Syria as journalists and later the authorities discovered they were not journalists, and many of those who were arrested in Syria took up arms and fought  against the Syrian Arab Army and the government," pointing out that those who surrenders their weapons and whose hands are clear of blood will be pardoned immediately, and as for those who want dialogue and have demands, their demands will be studied and the legitimate ones will be addressed.

The Foreign and Expatriates Minister said "what we want from Lebanon is to remain safe and united and to help us prevent the infiltration of terrorists through its borders."

On the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which he laid the responsibility of bloodshed in Syria on the west and some regional countries, Minister al-Moallem said these statements come from a man with considerable experience who is well-informed of what is going on the Syrian, regional and internal arenas .

Al-Moallem described his talks with his Iranian counterpart as very productive, stressing that the viewpoints of the two countries were identical on the regional issues and the conspiracy hatched against Syria to serve the interests of Israel.

For his part, the Iranian Foreign Minister stressed that the Israel is behind what is going on in Syria and that some states are rushing madly against Syria to weaken its position and hinder its development.

Salehi pointed out that an international conspiracy is targeting Syria, saying that some sides are looking  for pretexts and reasons for the developments and events in Syria, while he believes that the only reasons for these developments is that Israel is inciting against Syria.

Salehi added that the Syrian leadership has met most of the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

He pointed out to the reformative laws issued by the Syrian government regarding political pluralism, elections and media laws, calling on all sides to give the Syrian leadership enough time to implement these reforms.

Salehi said "we are working to achieve security and stability in this region which is full of problems, and the wrong acts undertaken by some states prove that a conspiracy is targeting Syria … they naively believe that they can replace the government if they created vacuum in Syria, which is a naive misconception and they certainly should reconsider and pay attention to the internal situation in Syria and decide accordingly."

He voiced certainty and confidence that the Syrian people will be victorious, as victory comes from righteousness.

President Ahmadinejad… Iran Stands by Syria in the face of Conspiracy

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that Iran is a brotherly country to Syria and stands by it in the face of conspiracy till right wins over unjust.

Meeting Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that Syria will win thanks to the wise leadership of President Bashar al-Assad  and the Syrian people's support to his leadership.

Al-Moallem, stressed Syria's determination to foil the conspiracy to which it is exposed, and to fight the armed terrorist groups which perpetrate terror acts, kill civilians, attack private and public properties, supported by Arab and western countries which supply them with weapon and money.

Al-Moallem also met  the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani, briefing them on the current situation in Syria.

Jalili and Larijani, for their part, underlined the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two countries, expressing confidence that Syria will win its war against the conspiracy to which it is exposed.

English Bulletin

News Syria: U.S. censored

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All the news about Syria is censored and manipulated by the U.S. and its allies who are directing armed gangs in Syria.

For those who are having trouble accessing the SANA website; please do not type www. before the address


Photo: Television crews and South Vietnamese troops surround 9 year old Kim Phuc on Route 1 near Trang Bang after she was burned by a misdirected aerial napalm attack, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane targeting suspected Viet Cong positions dropped its flaming napalm on the civilian village.
Let us make an end to the U.S. hypocrisy on 'human rights'... 

CIA, MI6 agents direct massacres in Syria

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An American author says agents of the CIA and MI6 are directing armed groups to carry out massacres inside Syria, Press TV reports.
Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host from Chicago, said the CIA and MI6 “special forces” are in Syria now, directing massacres.

“They go after pro-Assad loyalists,” Lendman stated in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

“There is no question this is a Washington-orchestrated war.” “It is a low-level war to the extent that NATO has not gotten directly involved. But it is exactly what happened in Libya last year. An insurgency began. Washington orchestrated it. Insurgents were recruited. They were funded. They were armed.”
The American author stated that Syria has been “targeted for regime change for years, at least a decade.”

Lendman also referred to the six-point peace plan presented by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, in March.

“His so-called peace plan puts the onus on a side. He barely mentions these insurgents, these death squads, these killers.”

“I have written about Kofi Annan. I have written several times about him. During his tenure as UN secretary general, a decade, a solid decade, he never did a thing to stop imperial wars,” Lendman added.



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Photo: South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on a Saigon street, on Feb. 1, 1968.

American and NATO misadventures

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July 28, 2012

American and NATO misadventures
Abid Mustafa, Frontier Post

After having fought for more than a decade in Afghanistan, America has yet to show any considerable gains for its brutal occupation. Nonetheless, there are some diehard American strategists who beg to differ, and argue that America has achieved its primary objective, which was to establish a few military bases in Afghanistan to counter Russia, China and the future Caliphate state for eventual supremacy over Eurasia.
But, even this lofty ideal when measured against the reality on the ground appears too remote to be categorized as a worthy accomplishment. On the contrary, the rampant instability in Afghanistan not only puts into jeopardy the viability of such strategic objectives, but more importantly raises questions about how long can America afford to stay stuck in the Afghan quagmire and continue to report failure after failure.
Clues about this very prospect were provided at the NATO summit convened in Chicago back in May 2012. Speaking about America's ubiquitous nemesis the Taliban, Obama candidly admitted that they were a hardened opponent and whatever gains NATO had made could easily be undone.
He said, "The Taliban is still a robust enemy, and the gains are still fragile. But think about it. We've been there now 10 years. Ten years in a country that's very different, that's a strain, not only on our folks but also on that country, which at a point is going to be very sensitive about its own sovereignty."
Just how much time does the world's lone superpower need with all of its sophisticated weaponry to defeat a ragtag army of no more than 25,000 or so? Did America not assemble under its supervision 400,000 soldiers - not to mentions the tens of thousands of private contractors - on both side of the Afghan-Pakistan border? After several years of warfare, America is still unable to crush their avowed adversary. Outgunned and outmanned Taliban are definitely proving to be more than a 'robust enemy'.
Equally unfathomable is that it has taken several years for the US to accept the fact that NATO is not only fighting the Taliban but also the Afghan people. The reference to "be[ing] very sensitive about its own sovereignty" is an admission by President Obama that NATO faces a popular resistance which cuts right across ethnic fault lines and trumps traditional tribal loyalties.
Another fiasco of America's Afghan war is its exorbitant cost, which has placed a huge toll on the defense budget and this has been further exacerbated by the economic crisis of 2008. America has spent circa $550 billion on the Afghan war since 2001.
Other NATO member states like Britain have spent in the region of $20 billion. Yet despite squandering billions of dollars of taxpayers' money, NATO has very little to show. Karzai's government is corrupt to the core and hated by ordinary Afghans.
Karzai's writ does not extend beyond parts of Kabul, and if it does exist elsewhere, it is totally reliant on foreign forces. According to some estimates Taliban controls around 80% of Afghanistan. This probably explains why it is so difficult for NATO to hold on to territorial gains. All attempts to coopt the Taliban into a political solution have likewise failed.
The Financial Times summed up the West's sorry state: "Five years ago the Americans were refusing to speak to the Taliban. Now the Taliban are refusing to speak to the Americans. That is a measure of how the balance of power has shifted in Afghanistan. The western intervention there has failed."
Added to this is the human toll on NATO forces, which cannot be quantified in monetary terms. So it came as no surprise to find that the joint communique issued at the end of the Chicago summit expressed the collective desire of all the NATO countries to draw the curtain on their Afghan misadventure. The statement read: "After 10 years of war and with the global economy reeling, the nations of the West no longer want to pay, either in treasure or in lives, the costs of their efforts in a place that for centuries has resisted foreign attempts to tame it".
Whilst 2014 (a date revised several times) is the final withdrawal date for most NATO countries, America and her opportunist partner Britain both steeped in arrogance have still not learnt their lesson and plan to stay beyond this date.
No doubt they will do their utmost to delay the inevitable collapse of Karzai's government and try and save face with their domestic audience.
Concluding, the writing is on the wall; America and NATO are heading for a catastrophic defeat and no matter how hard they try to dress up their failings, their only success will be to unite and embolden Afghans along with their brethren across the border in Pakistan to claim the scalp of Pax-Americana and deal a devastating blow to NATO's first ever mission in Eurasia.


Photo: South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc (center left), as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The children from left to right are: Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division.


Syria needs no arms but water, electricity and medicines !


The Syrian people doesn't need the imperial wars of the US and NATO but it needs water, electricity and medicines...

Syrian delegation visits Tehran

A Syrian delegation on a visit to Tehran has signed agreements with Iran in the fields of electricity, health and water, Syria’s state-run Sana news agency said.

The Iranian Energy Ministry and the Syrian Electricity Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding on supplying Syria with electricity, importing transmission and distribution equipment, establishing generating plants and installing automatic remote reading systems, Sana said.

Another agreement covered the establishment of waste-water treatment plants and setting up a water resource management plan in Syria, while officials also discussed sale of medical equipment and medicine, according to the agency.

Photo: Water Wheel, Hama, Syria

Latest Syria developments: UN human rights chief...


The UN human rights chief voiced alarm at reports of atrocities in Syria but didn't say something about the continuous war-propaganda and the weapon deliveries of the U.S. and its allies to the terrorists in Syria.

As a reminder:

Obama meets Ban Ki-moon to discuss Libya

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama met United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to discuss further steps in the international bid to deter the violence by Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi against anti-government protesters in the African nation.

Mr. Obama met Mr. Ban at his Oval office of the White House on Monday.

“With respect to Libya, the Secretary General indicated that he intended to name a senior-level person to coordinate the United Nations humanitarian and political efforts with respect to Libya,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice told reporters at the White House.

“That was something that we had encouraged and welcomed. So there was a real effort discussed and agreed that would help to coordinate and consolidate both the humanitarian response, particularly with respect to Libya, and the political efforts to help support the democratic transformations that we hope are underway in various parts of the region,” she said.

The U.N. has played a positive and important role in efforts to end the bloodshed there and to hold the Qadhafi regime accountable, Ms. Rice said, adding that “Indeed, in Libya, the United Nations is demonstrating the indispensable role that it can play in advancing our interests and defending our values.”

Ms. Rice said Mr. Obama and Mr. Ban also discussed the region broadly and the international efforts, including those led and coordinated by the United Nations, to be responsive to developments in each of these countries.

“So, for example, the Secretary General reported that he has sent high-level teams to both Egypt and Tunisia to engage those governments about the process of transition and the political support that the United Nations and the international community might be able to provide in support of those political transitions,” she said.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Ban discussed the situation elsewhere in the Middle East as well as the situation in Cd’Ivoire. “With respect to Cd’Ivoire, they expressed their concern about the escalation of violence there and the need to enable the legitimately elected president, Alassane Quattara, to assume responsibility for governing Cd’Ivoire,” she said.

Sudan referendum was also discussed during the meeting.

“They discussed the vital work that the U.N. and the international community have still to do, along with the parties to the Sudanese conflict, to resolve outstanding issues and ensure lasting peace as the South gains its independence in July of this year,” Ms. Rice said.

The U.S. President and the U.N. Secretary General also shared ideas to build on the strengths of the United Nations while pursuing and implementing important management reforms as well as budgetary discipline.

“Obama reaffirmed the administration’s strong belief that the United Nations continues to play a vital role in addressing tough, global and transnational threats, and in doing so, its work enhances the safety and well-being of the American people,” Ms. Rice said.


Keywords: Libya unrestQadhafi regime

Photo: Barack Obama meets with his friend, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office of the White House,


Latest News Syria: Government's Statement

We have been bombarded for years with American war propaganda that distorted the facts. Let us put an end to it...



People's Assembly Continues Discussions of the Government's Statement

During a session chaired by Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham on Monday, the People's Assembly continued its discussions of the government's statement for upcoming stage, with Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, his deputies and most ministers.

The interpositions of the People's Assembly members focused on providing citizens' necessities and needs, combating terrorism, preserving security and safety, expediting national reconciliation, and healing wounds and closing rifts.

The members called for adopting a national strategy and working together to build a modern and strong Syria, with emphasis on earning citizens' trust and relying on them to gauge the performance of each ministry.

They also called for giving attention to the public service by preserving it, reforming it and developing as it forms the basis of economic and social development.

The members stressed the need for basic executive mechanism for the government's program, noting that the security situation requires that the government revaluate its priorities.

They called for reconsidering the law on combating corruption and holding the corrupt accountable, creating a realistic economic model that achieves social justice, improving work in the judicial system, focusing on the horizontal expansion of universities, improving the standards of private universities, combating squandering, adopting new standards for university admission, and achieving balanced governmental spending between cities and the countryside.

The members also called for monitoring private banks to protect exchange rates, linking facilitations provided to the private sector with the job opportunities and training it provides, resolving shortages in gas and fuel, combating profiteering and those who exploit the crisis for financial gains, preserving Syria's cultural identity, reforming the tax system, lowering communication fees, recovering the funds that were smuggled out of the country, compensating people affected by the events and returning displaced citizens to their areas.

They warned that adopting a policy of austerity can exacerbate the crisis as it would lead to inflation, rising unemployment and debts, weakening the economy and banks, and causing capitols to leave the country.

They touched on several issues related to agriculture, irrigation, health, investment, retirement, combating illicit gains,  education, tourism, housing, guiding governmental spending, supporting and protecting farmers, decentralization, and bridging the gap between citizens and officials.

The members also stressed the need to confront the plot against Syria and cleansing Syria of terrorists, underlining the need to ensure the success of national reconciliation and stopping bloodshed, noting that the elements that helped maintain the crisis such as unemployment, poverty must be dealt with.

Some members also called for Syria to leave the Arab League and considering the organization's decisions irrelevant due to its blatant conspiring, support of terrorists, and use of channels to antagonize Syria.

The members underlined the role of the People's Assembly in monitoring the government's work and evaluating it, saying that those who act with negligence must be held accountable and be given votes of no confidence.

For his part, Speaker al-Lahham said that it's up to the cabinet to consider the ministerial statement a work plan or not, noting that presenting the statement to the Assembly is a constitutional step, and that if the Assembly members as a whole are against an item in the statement or vote against it, then only that item should be considered rather than the entire statement, adding that most discussions supported the statement and called for enriching it.

In response to the discussions and interpositions, Prime Minister Hijab said that the statement was presented within the specified timeframe as per the constitution, and that the government was careful to make sure that the statement can actually be implemented word for word.

He suggested that each ministry should present its plan separately to the Assembly to give the members time to discuss them sufficiently, calling for the first ministry to do so to be the National Reconciliation Ministry since the government's primary concern is ending bloodshed and violence.

Hijab said that state of services and economy is a priority of each Cabinet meeting and every step it takes, adding that all ministers have been committed to field work since their first week in office.

He also said that another priority is revaluating all aspect of administrative works, beginning with governors and moving on to assistant ministers, stressing that all steps taken in this regard will be removed from courtesies and personal considerations.

Hijab also underlined stapes already taken to combat corruption, dealing with the shortage of gas, providing fertilizers to farmers, providing work opportunities, noting that the government isn't against raising wages, but the current resources don't permit this, affirming that the government's work focuses on helping the working classes.

The session, which lasted for more than five hours, was adjourned until 11 AM on Tuesday.

H. Sabbagh



Syria latest news: Damascus cleaned from terrorists



Syrian Armed Forces Clean al-Midan in Damascus, Seize Weapons, Restore Security to the Region

July 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian armed forces cleaned al-Midan region in Damascus from vanquished mercenary terrorists.

SANA reporter quoted a security source today as saying that the armed forces cleaned al-Midan and restored security and tranquility to region.

The source added that the authorities seized large amounts of weapons including Dushka machineguns, explosive belts and devices, military uniforms, RPG launchers, ammunition and communication devices.

Flash-bang Explosion in Tunnel at Umayyad Square Causing Material Damage Only

A flash grenade exploded inside a tunnel at the Umayyad Square in Damascus causing minor material damage. No injuries were reported in the explosion and the traffic moment was back to normal.

Authorities Repel Terrorists Attacking Police School in Aleppo

In Aleppo province, the authorities repelled an attack by a group of terrorists on the Police School in Khan al-Asal area.

The authorities clashed with the terrorists and killed most of them.

Syrian Army Units Kill Terrorists in Deir Ezzor, Destroy Their Cars

Syrian army units on Thursday night clashed with terrorists in al-Bukamal City in Deir Ezzor killing and wounding dozens of them while others surrendered.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorists Ibrahim al-Debs, the leader of an armed group, Ayman al-Obadi and Thaer al-Qadam were identified among the dead.

The source added that the clash resulted in destroying a mortar, a pick-up truck equipped with machinegun and two cars.

R. Raslan/ H. Said/ al-Ibrahim

(It was very difficult to find this information because of all the news about Syria on the Internet  is manipulated by the U.S. and its allies)

Photo: Weapons captured by Syrian security forces in Homs. Saudi Arabia delivers weapons to armed gangs in Syria.

Syria: 'chemical weapons'...


The U.S. war propaganda talks now of 'chemical weapons'. But it is the U.S. that uses continuously chemical weapons and uranium-bombs in its imperialist wars.

The U.S. dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah (Iraq) during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.


NATO aggression: Syria needs sophisticated weapons



Photo 1: Flying-wing, Shenyang University, one of China's biggest makers of fighter jets

Photo 2: Afghanistan, victim of NATO-bombings


The war against Syria an Iran: Clinton visits Israel...


The American war maker Hillary Clinton visits Israel to speak about Syria and the support for an ally in a 'difficult neighborhood' (Syria, Iran).

She met the Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Her visit to Israel follows a weekend visit by President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to visit Israel soon.

Photo: Hillary Clinton and Avigdor lieberman.  Since 2001, Lieberman who is also leader of Israel's far right party, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.

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Washington destabilizes Syrian government to prepare bombings


As was the case in Indochina, the U.S. government uses special forces to destabilize governments and to prepare bombings.

From 1964 through 1973, the United States flew 580,000 bombing runs over Laos — one every 9 minutes for 10 years. More than 2 million tons of ordnance was unloaded on the countryside, double the amount dropped on Nazi Germany in World War II.


July 15, 2012

Strategically Timed Syrian Massacre
By Stephen Lendman

Insurgents are enlisted, armed, funded, trained, and directed by Western and regional special forces.
They decide strategy, targets, and timing. Armies need leadership to operate effectively. So do killer gangs.
Special forces have tactical expertise. They're directing Washington's war on Syria. They plan and lead attacks and bombings.
Treimseh's massacre was strategically timed. Questions about it remained unanswered. More on that below.
Coming when the Security Council considered harsher anti-Assad measures raises obvious red flags.
Why then is clear. At issue is pressuring Russia and China to bend. So far both countries hold firm. They oppose further sanctions and outside intervention.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov was clear, saying.
"In case (Western countries) decided to submit the draft resolution for voting on Thursday although they already know that it is rejected, Russia will veto the draft resolution."
Washington won't quit trying. Hillary Clinton is an unabashed war criminal. She had direct involvement in America's war on Libya. She's at it again targeting Iran and Syria.
She's pushing for Security Council authorization for war without saying so. On July 13, a State Department Press Statement headlined "Assad Regime Massacre in Traymseh," saying:
She's "outraged (about) another massacre committed by the Syrian regime" she claims killed "over 200 men, women, and children...."
Official death toll numbers aren't known. Reports suggest insurgents comprised most of them.
Despite no corroborating evidence, she claims "the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians. Syria cannot be peaceful, stable, or democratic until Assad goes and a political transition begins."
"Those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable."
"(T)he international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime...."
"The Security Council should put its full weight behind" regime change.
There must "be consequences for non-compliance."
"History will judge this Council. Its members must ask themselves whether continuing to allow the Assad regime to commit unspeakable violence against its own people is the legacy they want to leave."
Washington's bloodstained hands are all over the Treimseh massacre. Obama officials also bear direct responsibility for earlier Houla and Qubair ones.
Expect much more ahead. Likely larger-scale false flags are planned. Assad will be wrongfully blamed.
Washington will either get Security Council authorization for intervention or circumvent it. None approved war on Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Libya.
International law is clear. The UN Charter prohibits attacking another nation except in self-defense - until the Security Council acts. It has final say.
The right of self-defense is limited solely to deterring armed attacks, preventing future ones after initial assaults, or reversing the consequences of enemy aggression, such as heavily armed Western-backed Syrian insurgents.
International law supports Assad. He's obligated to defend his people under armed attack.
At the same time, he must conform to the principles of necessity, distinction, and proportionality.
Necessity permits only attacking military targets.
Distinction pertains to distinguishing between civilian and military ones.
Proportionality prohibits disproportionate force likely to damage nonmilitary sites and/or harm civilian lives.
A fourth consideration requires preventing unnecessary suffering, especially affecting noncombatant civilians.
If these objective aren't possible, attacks are prohibited, but not when civilian lives are threatened by hostile elements doing most of the killing.
Clearly that's the case in Syria.
Just war, humanitarian intervention, and/or responsibility to protect (R2P) notions don't wash. International law is clear and unequivocal. So is constitutional law. Only Congress can declare war, not presidents.
It hasn't deterred America's permanent war policy. Multiple direct and proxy ones rage illegally. Obama itches for more. So does Clinton. Media scoundrels support them.
On July 13, the Washington Post published an AP report headlined " 'Outraged' Clinton demands UN Security Council action after new Syria massacre," saying:
She demands Security Council action. Without naming either country, she effectively blamed Russia and China for blocking Washington's rage for war.
She wants Security Council language authorizing stiffer sanctions and clear steps for regime change. Noncompliance assures consequences, she warned.
Ban Ki-moon played his usual complicit role. On July 13, he said:
He's "outraged by reports of horrific (Treimseh) mass killings."
Despite no evidence whatever, he "condemn(ed), in the strongest possible terms, the indiscriminate use of heavy artillery and shelling....including by firing from helicopters."
Again he pointed fingers the wrong way. Assad was wrongfully blamed for Western-backed killings.
"The Syrian Government must halt this bloodshed," he said.
"I call upon all Member States to take collective and decisive action to immediately and fully stop the tragedy unfolding in Syria. Inaction becomes a license for further massacres." 
"Members of the Security Council must build on the Action Group communiqué and follow through on their promises to act accordingly."
He wants regime change. He suggested outside intervention. Initiating it means war. NATO or third party belligerence violates international law. He's sworn to uphold it.
Like Kofi Annan, his predecessor, his record reflects failure and betrayal. They're both imperial tools. They spurned their mandate to promote peace. They're complicit with Washington-led NATO's crimes of war and against humanity.
They're both at it again. They're advancing the ball for war. On Friday, the Security Council met in closed session. Talks got nowhere. Russia and China won't play Washington's game.
An unnamed Western diplomat blamed Moscow, saying:
"The problem is Russia. I'm not saying they are not working behind the scenes, but clearly it hasn't worked and they have to admit that either they haven't been pushing Assad hard enough or they have and they have failed to persuade him."
"At the moment, the effect of what they are doing, maybe not the intention, but the effect, is just to give space for the massacres to continue."
French President Francois Hollande added:
"A regime has decided to use force to crush its own people." By blocking tougher action, Russia and China let "chaos and war take hold in Syria."
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said:
"Without anticipating the results of the investigation of the crime, on which we insist, we would like to stress that we have no doubt that this atrocity benefits the forces that do not seek peace but obstinately keep trying to sow the seeds of sectarian strife and civil conflict in Syria, and those for whom the grief and suffering of the Syrian people mean nothing."
He added that reports suggest civilians were shot at point blank range "by unidentified monsters."
He emphasized that killings occurred while Security Council members met behind closed doors. Without saying so, he likely inferred its suspicious timing.
Russia's UN envoy Alexander Pankin said:
"We are prepared for various compromises, but there is the ‘red line’ that we cannot step over."
Conflict resolution can't succeed "with the stick of sanctions directed against only one party to the Syrian process – the government."
Russia drafted a resolution extending UNSMIS observers another three months.
Washington, Britain, and France want it limited to 45 days. They also insist on a 10 day deadline imposed solely on Syria to end violence and withdraw all troops from cities and towns.
Otherwise they demand Security Council action under the UN Charter's Chapter VII. They range from economic sanctions to blockades or military intervention if other measures fail.
Pankin knows the risks. He warned about "harsher steps (including) the use of military force" Moscow opposes.
Events in Treimseh are still being sorted out. Insurgents attacked the village and nearby Syrian troops. They counterattacked. Killer gangs were routed. They suffered heavy casualties.
SANA state media reported it. Many insurgents were captured.
SANA said terrorists "spread across the town before the army entered it, and that this was based on orders they received to attack law-enforcement forces and prevent civilians from going to work."
Four captured insurgents appeared on Syrian television. They participated with "around 250 gunmen."
They acted on direct orders. They were surprised when security forces confronted them. Many insurgents were killed. Scores were arrested. Clashes lasted around 90 minutes.
Gunmen had been gathering in and around the town for nearly three weeks. On Thursday, they heard that army forces encircled it. They got orders to attack.
Insurgent Mohammad Sattouf said "he was in charge of fabricating videos of protests and uploading them to YouTube."
On July 14, SANA said security forces acted "in response to" Treimseh residents calls for help. Death squads were attacking civilians and "exploding a number of houses."
Large weapons supplies were seized. They include:
"45 machine guns, 13 Nato sniper rifles, 9 RPG launchers, 7 BKC machineguns, 3 mortars, 3 hand-made rockets, 14 pump-action rifles, 10 military pistols, 24 mortar shells, 32 RPG shells, 53 machinegun chargers, 30 sniper rifle chargers, 8 explosive devices, 10 grenades, 150 detonators, 1500 sniper rifle bullets, 5000 BKC machinegun bullets, 4200 machinegun bullets, 500 pistol bullets, 7 gas masks, 5 prism binoculars, 25 satellite wireless devices, 30 shields, in addition to materials for making explosive devices, explosives and large amounts of gunpowder, TNT templates, highly explosive C4 material, a field hospital and an amount of military equipment, stolen cars and registration licenses."
Eyewitnesses said over 50 civilians were killed and many more injured before security forces arrived. Most deaths likely were insurgents.
Western accounts are entirely fabricated. They're bald-faced lies. Media scoundrels regurgitate them. They're complicit in Washington's rage for war. Attacking Syria could happen any time.
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Clinton talks about 'human rights' in Cambodia...


Human Rights Watch and Clinton talking about 'human rights' in Cambodia...

July 9, 2012 (New York) – United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should make it clear in public and private to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that closer relations with the US will not be possible without significant improvements in the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia. Clinton will visit Cambodia from July 11-13 for the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of government meeting.



Cambodian-Vietnam border: 2.750.000 tons of bombs...

Starting in April 1969 the United States started dropping bombs along the Cambodian-Vietnam border, 2,750,000 tons of bombs in total over a 14 month period (more than the total dropped by the Allies during World War II). The bombing was hidden from the American public.

Following the coup of Prince Sihanouk in 1970 Cambodia's borders became closed and the United States invaded Cambodia, claiming they were trying to buy time for the South Vietnamese army to gain advantage against the Viet Cong. Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia on April 30th 1970 on national television.

The invasion of Cambodia however sparked protests back in the United States, most notably at Kent State University in Ohio. The Ohio National Guard was called in to remove the protestors and shot into crowds of people, killing four students, some of them bystanders. In response to the shootings hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of eight million students, and the event further divided the United States public over the war.

In 1971 the Pentagon Papers were leaked to The New York Times. The top-secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, commissioned by the Department of Defense, detailed a long series of public deceptions. The same year the South Vietnamese army launched an attack in neighbouring Laos, a neutral country. Despite the American training and Vietnamization of the South Vietnam military the action was a complete rout. They met with unforeseen resistance and went into full scale retreat. When they ran out of fuel, soldiers abandoned their vehicles and attempted to barge their way on to American helicopters sent to evacuate the wounded. Half of the invading South Vietnamese troops were either captured or killed. The operation was a fiasco and represented a clear failure of Vietnamization, despite many of their military leaders being shipped back and forth to the United States for training over a period of 10 to 15 years.

In 1971 Australia and New Zealand withdrew their soldiers. The U.S. troop count was further reduced to 196,700, with a deadline to remove another 45,000 troops by February 1972.