April fools' jokes 2013 - the best on the web: John Kerry
Doha (Qatar) April 24, 2013 : The US secretary of state has said that NATO needs to consider its role in the Syrian crisis, including how prepared it is to respond to a potential chemical weapons threat.
John Kerry told a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday that the planning that the alliance had already done was appropriate.
“We should also carefully and collectively consider how NATO is prepared to respond to protect its members from a Syrian threat, including any potential chemical weapons threat,” he said.
NATO, a US-led military alliance of 28 countries, has said repeatedly it has no intention of intervening militarily in the Syrian war.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad
Brigadier General Itai Brun made the comments at a Tel Aviv security conference a day after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said, at the end of a visit to Israel, that US intelligence agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed.
According to Kerry, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, could not confirm Brun’s comments about Syrian chemical arms.
Jay Carney, the White House spokesperson, said on Tuesday that the US has not concluded that chemical weapons had been used and that it was difficult to determine if they were.
US President Barack Obama has called the use of chemical weapons a red line for the United States that would trigger unspecified US action.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary-general of NATO, said the organisation was “extremely concerned about the use of ballistic missiles in Syria and the possible use of chemical weapons”.
Rasmussen also said that NATO was concerned about the risk of the conflict spilling over Syria’s borders.
“I can assure you that we stand ready to defend, protect our allies, in this case Turkey, as a neighbour of Syria. We have all plans ready to ensure effective defence and protection of Turkey,” he added.
“The situation in Syria has dramatically deteriorated,” Rasmussen said. “This continues to pose a threat to regional stability.”
NATO has previously sent Patriot missile batteries to neighbouring Turkey to help defend the NATO member against possible missile attack from Syria.
Brun said that evidence of the usage of chemical weapons could be seen in the physical symptoms suffered by those who had apparently been exposed to chemical agents.
“The reduced pupils, the foam coming out of the mouth and other additional signs provide evidence that deadly chemical weapons have been used,” he said adding that the chemical used is most likely Sarin, a deadly, colourless and odourless nerve agent.
Sarin, which was developed as a pesticide in Germany in 1938, in high doses, paralyses the muscles around the lungs and prevents chemicals from “switching off” the body’s secretions, so victims suffocate or drown as their lungs fill with mucus and saliva.
There were more than a thousand tonnes of chemical agents in Syria and “a lot” of warheads and missiles that could be armed with the deadly substance, reported Haaretz newspaper quoting Brun.
16-6-13 - Israeli ‘chemical weapons’ campaign:
Syrians celebrate 39th anniversary of hoisting Syrian flag in liberated Quneitra
June 27, 2013
The Syrians mark the 39 anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in liberated Quneitra on June 26th, 1974 with renewed determination to liberate every single grain of their occupied lands.
The day of hoisting the Syrian Arab flag in the liberated city of Quneitra is one of the everlasting days in our contemporary history which crowned the heroism and sacrifices of martyrs and people in October Liberation War 1973.
On this very glorious day, the late President Hafez Al-Assad said: ''All words won't suffice to describe this occasion. I can say in brief that the will of the people is invincible, and the homeland is second to none. We have to pursue preparations as to expel the enemy from every span of the occupied Arab territories. I am confident in victory, future and confident that no power whatsoever can deter us from restoring our rights in full.''
Popular Front for the Liberation of the Golan: Resistance sole way to liberate occupied lands
The Popular Front for the Liberation of the Golan on Wednesday stressed that resistance is the sole way to liberate the occupied lands and restore rights.
In a statement on the 39th anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in the liberated Quneitra, the Front said that Quneitra city has become a witness to the savagery of the Israeli occupation forces, adding that the killing, domination and expansion are the essence of the Zionist racist scheme in the region.
The Front said that the 39th anniversary coincides with the victories achieved by the Syrian army in al-Qseir and its countryside, Damascus Countryside and Aleppo and its countryside, adding that these victories honored every Arab citizen who stands by and defend his nation's issues.
"Quneitra was the most prominent evidence of the Syrians' resolve to continue the liberation process that started to crystallize the day late president Hafez al-Assad raised the Syrian flag in Quneitra on June 26th, 1974," the statement affirmed, adding that this process will continue until that historic moment when President Bashar al-Assad will raise the Syrian flag over the Syrian Golan.
People of Golan and al-Qunaitera celebrate the anniversary
Meanwhile, the Syrian citizens in Golan affirmed the inevitability of victory over the enemy and liberating the whole Golan from the Israeli occupation.
"Resistance is our way towards liberation, the victory of the Syrian army today is an assertion that liberation is very near as we wait for the resistant men on the lands of Golan," Bishr al-Mikt, who spent 25 years in the Israeli prisons said during a celebration on this great day.
Other citizens underlined that in spite of the policies of Judaization and repression by the Israeli occupation authorities, the people of Golan will remain committed to the national identity.
For their part, citizens of the liberated city of al-Qunaitera also celebrated the 39th anniversary of hoisting the Syrian flag in al-Qunaitera.
Governor of the city and al-Baath party's secretary in al-Qunaitera appreciated the struggle of the Syrian people and army who defend the homeland's unity and national role.
M. Nassr/M. Ismael/ Mazen
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December 20th, 2012
The U.S.-Korea relationship is about to undergo a major transition, and that’s not just because Lee Myung-Bak is stepping down after five years in which his American advocates professed their love for him even as his popularity sank ever lower at home. The big difference, from the U.S. perspective, is the likely appointment of a new secretary of state, John Kerry, whose view on Korea may well be quite different from that of his predecessor, Hillary Clinton.
Kerry says 11 nations meeting in Qatar made firm new pledge because of changes “on the ground.”
June 22, 2013
'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.
Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.
Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central, No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.
Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
June 26, 2013
The armed forces continued its operations against the armed terrorist groups in Homs and its countryside and eliminated scores of the terrorists.
A military source told SANA reporter that the army fully controlled al-Sha'er gas field in Palmyra countryside and killed the terrorists in the area.
The army killed scores of terrorists in the areas of al-Qarabees, al-Khaldyeh and al-Qusour in Homs city.
The army units also pursued the armed terrorist groups in the areas of al-Wa'er, Kiseen, Talbeseh, Deir foul, Eyon Hassein, al-Ghanto and Beit Hajjo in Homs countryside and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.
Army units eliminate terrorist leaders, destroy weapons and munitions cache in Damascus Countryside
Armed Forces unit eliminated a number of terrorists including Mahmoud Bashir Abu al-Lail in the areas of Adra al-Balad and its surroundings, Zamalka and Erbin in Damascus countryside, destroying their weapons and munitions, in addition to eliminating five terrorists near Harmala turnpike.
An Army unit clashed with a terrorist group near al-Thanawiya roundabout in the town of Harasta, eliminating two of its members: Osama Shelleh and Ghaith al-Barhamji.
In Douma area, another Army unit destroyed eliminated terrorists from "Liwa'a al-Islam" group including their leader Mustafa al-Waqaq and destroyed two heavy machineguns.
A weapons and munitions cache was destroyed in the farms surrounding Deir Salman in the eastern Ghouta area, eliminating a number of terrorists including Khaled Ghannoum and Amer al-Khatib.
Army units also destroyed terrorist gatherings in Qara, al-Nabek, Halboun mountains and al-Zabadni, with one unit eliminating and injuring members of a terrorist group including Ahmad Sanyour in Halboun mountains and destroying their weapons, while another unit pursued terrorists in the western mountains of al-Zabadani and eliminating a number of them including Ali Burhan.
In Daraya, Army units eliminated terrorists Rami Layla and Abu Saeed al-Derani, the latter being the elader of a terrorist group operating in the town.
In the town of Yelda, the Army destroyed terrorists' equipment and weapons and eliminated terrorists Mazen Saad and Walid Shakrin.
Army units eliminate terrorists, destroy their weapons and munitions in Aleppo
Army units eliminated a number of terrorist and destroyed three 23mm anti-aircraft guns in al-Layramoun area in Aleppo province, with one unit inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Layramoun roundabout and surrounding farms.
Other Army units carried out special operations west of al-Mansoura, near Jisr Babiss and al-Klairiye, eliminating a number of terrorist groups and destroying heavy machineguns they were using.
Army units repelled terrorists form Jabhat al-Nusra who attempted to attack Mennegh miltiary airport, destroying their gatherings in the villages of Mennegh and Kafr Antoun and in al-Alqamiya area.
In the southern entrance of Aleppo city, Army units eliminated terrorist groups which were committing robberies on the Aleppo-Idleb highway, while another unit clashed with terrorists in the village of al-Malkiye and killed four of them.
In Aleppo city, the Army eliminated terrorists and destroyed their weapons in al-Marjeh and Baidin roundabouts and in al-Sakhour, in addition to repelling a terrorist group which attempted to sneak into the Scientific Research Center in al-Rashidin neighborhood, killing a number of them including a Tunisian called Mohammad al-Haj Saleh who is wanted by the Tunisian authorities for committing assassinations.
Army units discover terrorists' tunnels in Aleppo
A unit of the armed forces, in cooperation with the citizens, discovered a number of tunnels drilled by terrorists toward al-Sulimania and al-Sayyed Ali in Aleppo.
An official source told SANA that citizens reported about hearing strange sounds in late night hours, adding that the authorities investigated the matter and discovered a number of tunnels drilled by terrorists from al-Wakilia and al-Hazaza toward al-Sulimania and al-Sayyed Ali.
The source added that an army unit in cooperation with citizens closed the tunnels.
Army units destroy terrorists' warehouse in Palmyra countryside
A unit of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' warehouse full of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices in al-Tayba village in Palmyra countryside.
The source added that another army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group who were perpetrating acts of terrorism at the entrance of the same village, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.
He pointed out that an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in Bab-Houd , while another army unit destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings along with the weapons and ammunition inside them.
Army destroys weapons' warehouse for terrorists in Lattakia
A unit of the armed forces destroyed ammunition's warehouse in Lattakia countryside, killing a number of terrorists.
An official source told SANA reporter in Lattakia that a unit of the armed forces targeted an armed terrorist group's gathering in the villages of al-Shahrourah and al-Zwaik, killing a number of terrorists and destroying 3 heavy machineguns and weapons and ammunition's warehouse.
Army targets terrorists' warehouses in Hasaka
An army unit destroyed a weapons' warehouse for terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization in Markada area in Hasaka.
An official source told SANA reporter that the majority of the members of the group were killed or injured.
The army units eliminated 5 terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra in the area of Sabah Elkhair in Hasaka countryside.
Army units eliminate terrorist in Hama and Idleb
Army units destroyed a number of hideouts for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the areas of al-Thaljiya, Issa, al-Tarfawi and Rasm al-Ward in Hama countryside, along with the munitions and weapons inside them.
In Idleb countryside, Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in the villages and towns of al-Janoudiye, Deir Othman, al-Quniya, Maartamsrin, Tal Touqan, and Ma'aret al-Nu'man.
Another unit dismantled four explosives devices ranging in weight between 25 and 100 kilograms and rigged for remote detonation which were planted by terrorists on the road between al-Mastuma and Ariha.
The Army also eliminated an entire terrorist group and destroyed a heavy machinegun and a mortar launcher in the villages of Nahleh, al-Loza and al-Rami.
Army eliminates terrorists in Daraa
The armed forces clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military checkpoints in the areas of Jasem, Tafas and al-Mukhayam in Daraa countryside.
An official source told SANA that terrorists' hideouts were destroyed in Tafas and scores of terrorists, among them Ibrahim Mohammad al-Shaabanen, were killed.
An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group that was committing murder and looting acts in al-Mukhayam, killing and injuring scores of the terrorists and destroying their weaponry and ammunition.
Another army unit clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military checkpoints near Jasem National Hospital, killing and injuring many of them, terrorist Sameh Mohammad al-Sahreef was identified among the dead.
Army units destroy terrorists' den in Homs countryside
Units of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' den and killed all terrorists inside it near al-Ghajar crossroad in Talbisa area in Homs countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that the operation resulted in destroying 2 anti-aircraft guns and heavy machineguns.
The source pointed out that another army unit targeted an armed terrorist group in al-Karitain- al-Safuania road to the east of Homs, inflicting heavy losses on them.
1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.
3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.
4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
Nablus, June 26, 2013 - Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday closed the maid road between Nablus and Ramallah as part of a large-scale military raid on the outskirts of eastern Nablus, Balata camp, Sahl Rujaib and the Old City.
June 25, 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks on the Lebanese Armed Forces which have led to serious losses in the army. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Lebanon.
Lebanon Complaints to UN over Israeli Violations
June 2, 2013
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman ordered caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour to file a complaint with the United Nations over Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.
The president's office announced the order in a statement after Israeli warplanes could be heard flying over several parts of the country on Sunday morning.
"President Michel Sleiman tasked Foreign Minister Adnan Mansur with filing an urgent complaint to the United Nations about Israel's persistent airspace violations, including over all of Lebanon this morning, including the capital Beirut," a statement said.
Al-Manar correspondent reported that the Israeli airplanes were staging many low and high overflights on Sunday morning.
The sound of the Israeli overflights could be heard in several areas across Lebanon, our correspondent said.
Israeli warplanes regularly violate Lebanese airspace and have launched several attacks against Syrian targets in recent months, some reportedly carried out from over Lebanon.
November 2, 2010 - Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin: 'A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force.'
Jun 25, 2013
Iran has condemned twin bombings that killed at least 11 people in a Turkmen-majority region in Iraq's Salahuddin province as a "targeted" crime aimed to sow divisions among the Iraqi nation.
The persistent bombings in Iraq and the killing of innocent people on the account of their religious beliefs is a crime against humanity and aimed at sowing sectarian violence in the Muslim country, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi stated on Tuesday.
The Iraqi nation managed to pass through the “dark age of [US] occupation and sectarian sedition,” Araqchi noted, calling on the Iraqis to unite against their “real” enemies and foil the plots they have drawn to target the country’s stability and political process.
Army units Ambush terrorists, confiscate weapons in their possession
Jun 25, 2013
The competent authorities on Tuesday ambushed an armed terrorist group near the junction of al-Sukari village in Palmyra countryside in Homs and eliminated a number of terrorists and seized weapons in their possession.
SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying: " The competent authorities confiscated three pickup trucks, two of which are equipped with heavy machineguns.
In Talkalkh in Homs countryside and during inspecting Jabal Ghalion district, units of our armed forces killed and wounded a number of terrorists, arrested others and seized various types of weapons.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army killed scores of terrorists in al-Rastan city and destroyed their weaponry and ammunition.
The source added that terrorists Abdul-Aziz Salamah, Mahmoud Habib and Abdul-Haj Hassan were identified among the dead.
The army units also destroyed a terrorists' hideout in al-Houla area and killed the terrorists hiding in it.
Terrorists killed in Damascus Countryside
Units of the armed forces carried out a series of special operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in the farms and villages of the eastern Ghouta and in the northern countryside of Damascus, killing a number of terrorist leaders and destroying large amounts of weapons and ammunition, including an anti-aircraft gun.
An official source told SANA that the army units foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate 9 explosive devices weighing between 15-25 Kg planted around al-Iman Mosque in Harasta.
The source added that the army units killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist groups at al-Thanwia roundabout in Harasta. Among the dead terrorists was Kamil Trabishi.
The source pointed out that an army unit killed Ahmad Dahir, a leader of an armed terrorist group affiliated to "al-Islam Brigade," and most his group members, including Zakarayia Kashwa, at al-Baladia roundabout in Douma city.
In Adra al-Balad, another army unit destroyed a 23 mm anti-aircraft gun. While it was pursuing an armed terrorist group, inflicting heavy losses upon its members.
In Erbein, another army unit carried out a special operation and killed Basam Aurabi, Maher al-Ghoush and Mohammad al-Erbini, in addition to destroying a terrorists' den in the area.
Meanwhile, other army units carried out several operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Nabik and the mountains overlooking of Halboun town, killing a number of terrorists, including Osama al-Sadafa, Ziad al-Sheikh Ali and Mohammad Salim al-Rifaai who was a leader of terrorist group.
An official source told SANA that army units killed a number of terrorists at al-Manashir roundabout in Joubar neighborhood, including the leader of an armed terrorist group called Abu Islam.
The source added that other army units pursued armed terrorist groups in al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods, killing and injuring several terrorists.
Hassan al-Jroudi, leader of the so-called " Ahfad al-Rasoul Brigade" terrorist group was identified among the dead terrorists.
Army eliminates Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in Hama
The armed forces carried out several special operations against gatherings and hideouts of terrorists affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists organization in Hama countryside.
SANA reporter quoted an official source in the province as saying that a number of Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists were killed and other were injured, adding that weapons, including heavy machineguns were destroyed in the areas of al-Thulaija, al-Fitrawi, Rasm al-Tena and al-Jezdanyeh in Hama countryside.
Terrorists assassinate Franciscan monk, sabotage a church in Idleb
The armed terrorist groups on Tuesday assassinated monk Francois Murad of the Franciscan monastery in Jisr al-Shughour countryside in Idleb.
Vatican news agency quoted head of all Franciscans in the Holy Land and Custos of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, as saying that father Murad decided to be a hermit and resorted to the monastery few weeks earlier.
Custos of the Holy Land said that gunmen entered the monastery and looted all of its items before killing monk Murad.
"The world must know that supporting the gunmen by the west help extremists kill the Syrians", Pizzaballa said, adding that "With such stances, not a single Christian will remain in the East."
Army eliminates terrorists' leaders in Daraa
The armed forces clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military posts in Daraa and killed and injured the majority of the attackers.
A military source told SANA reporter that the army units pursued terrorist groups in the areas of Daraa al-Balad, Bushruq, al-Mizarya, al-Nafe'a, Hait, Sahm al-Golan and Jinnin and killed and injured scores of the terrorists, among them was sniper Mustafa Dabbour.
The army also clashed with terrorists who tried to attack military posts in Daraa countryside and killed large numbers of them.
The army controled the areas of the National Hospital, Abdul-Aziz Mosque and the social insurance building's area and killed scores of terrorists who were hiding in these areas.
Among the killed terrorists were Ahed Fareed Abu Aoun, leader of a terrorist group affiliated to the so-called "al-Tawhid Brigade" terrorist group, Jaber Abu Shilleh and AymanAhmad al-Mahameed, leaders of two terrorist groups, Nasser Mohammad Abu Zaid, Tamer Marwan al-Dayyat, Mohammad Mahmoud al-Masri and Imad Saleh Fandi.
In Khrbat Haman village, an army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.
In Idleb countryside, the armed forces targeted terrorists' gatherings in the area of Maarat Masareen and killed scores of terrorists, the majority of them were Chechens.
Premier: Government supports national medicinal industries
Jun 24, 2013
Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi affirmed that the government supports the national medicinal industries and expands them to cover all sorts, providing all citizens with any kind of medicine in the hospitals and pharmacies.
"The government backs all first aid which enters in the manufacture of medicines and encourage the establishment of new factories to boost the continuity of this strategic industry as 41 new factories were given license, particularly in the stable areas," al-Halqi said during a special meeting with the Scientific Council for Medicinal Industries.
He added that the state is still giving facilitations to fund the imports of the private sector through the Iranian Credit line or other friendly countries, calling on the industrialists to endure additional burdens and achieve simple profit margin.
Army eliminates terrorists in several areas
Jun 24, 2013
The source said that another unit killed and injured terrorists in Barzeh neighborhood.
The source added that another army unit also clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Manasher roundabout in Jouber, killing and injuring a number of the terrorist group's members.
Citizen martyred and two others wounded of terrorists fires in Harasta
A citizen was martyred and two others wounded due to targeting their bus by terrorists' fires in Harasta area in Damascus Countryside.
An official source at Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorists opened fire on a bus at the entrance of Harasta city, causing the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of two others who were admitted to hospital for treatment.
Citizen martyred of terrorists' shell at Joubar entrance
A citizen was martyred due to mortar shell fired by terrorists on the area surrounding the entrance of Joubar in Damascus.
A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that a mortar shell fell on the area surrounding Joubar entrance, causing the martyrdom of a citizen who was passing in the area, in addition to material damage to the citizens' properties.
Army units took control over most parts of al-Khamasua town in Damascus Countryside
Units of the armed forces continued hunting the armed terrorist groups in al-Khamasia, Deir Salman and Beir al-Qasab towns in Damascus Countryside, destroying their dens and equipment, in addition to killing a number of terrorists.
An official source told SANA that the army units took control over most parts of al-Khamasia town in the eastern Ghouta after killing and injuring scores of terrorists and destroying their equipment
The source added that the army units took control over terrorists' supply road between al-Khamasia and Deir Salman.
The source pointed out that the army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in the farms surrounding Deir Salman town.
Terrorists Dens Targeted in Hama
A military source said that units of the armed forces targeted terrorists' dens in the villages of Jib al-Hinta, Jib Othman and Rasm al-Daheriya, north-east Hama.
The army units killed a number of terrorists and destroyed big amounts of weapons and ammunition, the source added.
Army destroys weapons and ammunition warehouse in Homs countryside
A military source told SANA that big numbers of terrorists were killed , among them snipers in al-Kousour , al-Karabis, Jouret al-Shiyyah and Wadi al-Sayeh neighborhoods and near the financial building in Bab Hud and al-Ghota groves.
The source added that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a warehouse contains big amounts of weapons and ammunition, killing a number of terrorists in the villages of Rahoum, Um Rjaim and al-Sa'en in Homs countryside.
Meanwhile, units of the armed forces clashed with armed terrorist groups on Talbeiseh –al-Darwish garage, Bait al-Nabhan-Bait al-Rashed roundabout, killing big numbers of terrorists.
Another unit of the armed forces arrested a number of terrorists and killed others in al-Baroujeh village and the farms surrounding Talkalakh.
Terrorists killed in Aleppo and its countryside
Units of the armed forces carried out a series of special operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aleppo and its countryside, destroying anti-aircraft cannons and ammunition.
An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed a 23 caliber anti-aircraft and ammunition used by terrorists in their attack on Aleppo Central Prison, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
The source added that an army unit killed a number of terrorists near the glass factory and destroyed P-10Cannon, while another army unit destroyed a mortar and killed 3 terrorists near al-Blaka restaurant.
The source pointed out that other army units repelled terrorists who were attempting to attack Mennegh Airport, killing and injuring scores of them.
Another army unit destroyed a locomotive along with the weapons and ammunition inside it and killed all terrorists, while another army unit killed 6 terrorists and destroyed a mortar to the west of Saif factory.
In al-Layramoun, the army units destroyed a mortar and killed 2 terrorists, while another army unit killed 8 terrorists and destroyed their ammunition at the Bus Station in the area.
To the east of the Bus Station, the army units destroyed a rocket launcher and killed 6 terrorists.In Aleppo city, the army units carried out several operations near Issam al-Ghadri school in al-Sakhour neighborhood, killing and injuring several terrorists.
Spanish interior minister: dismantled terrorist network sent 50 terrorists to fight in Syria
At a press conference, the Spanish interior minister explained that the network has two bases; the first is located in Spain and the second in Morocco, pointing out that among the terrorists who were sent to Syria, there were some persons underage.
The minister added that investigations revealed that this group was linked to Jabhat al-Nusra which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, adding that the group sent terrorists to several European countries in order to be transferred to Syria.
He stressed that this group sent tens of terrorists who took part in suicide attacks in Syria, warning that this network is similar to other networks operating in European countries which are sending Jihadists to Syria.
Diaz pointed out that the 8 terrorists was transferred via a helicopter to Madrid where they will be prosecuted.
Earlier, the Spanish Interior Ministry announced dismantling a network affiliated with al-Qaeda composed of 8 terrorists who had been sending fighters to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
Terrorist groups suffer severe losses during army operations
Another unit of the armed forces destroyed terrorists' den in Hosh Arab, killing a number of terrorists inside it and destroying their weapons and ammunition.
An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group to the east of al-Manasher roundabout and the Pullman garage in Joubar in Damascus Countryside.
Most of the terrorist group's members were killed, among them was Bilal al-Omar.
In al-Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus, an army unit killed members of an armed terrorist group and destroyed their weapons and ammunition, an official source told SANA reporter.
Terrorists Osama Nashwati and Osama Eibo were identified among the dead.
Other terrorists were killed in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus, including Bilal al-Hamwi and Omar al-Khishn.
Syrian Army eliminates terrorists in Damascus countryside
The Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in several towns and villages in Damascus countryside.
In Douma, an armed teorrist group was eliminated in al-Ibb farms, including the leader of the group, Fris al-Najjar and Yazan al-Biswani, an official source said.
The source added that a unit of the army destroyed a den for an armed terrorist group dubbed as "Jamaet Jund al-Risalat" in al-Ziabieh town.
In Deir Salman town, the Syrian army made major advancements and eliminated several terrorists, including Maher al-Lababidi.
In al-Zabadani, units of the army continue pursuing the armed terrorist groups and killed and injured many gunmen.
Operations continue near Aleppo Central Prison
Large numbers of terrorists were killed and their heavy machineguns were destroyed in several areas in the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison, said an official source.
The areas where the army operations were carried out included those near the Industrial City al-Sheikh Najjar, the surrounding of al-Kindi Hospital and around al-Tawwabin Mosque in Handarat camp in the countryside.
The source told SANA reporter that a unit of the armed forces carried out a special operation against a terrorist group's den near the glass factory in the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison in which it destroyed a rocket launcher and killed four of the group's members.
Other army units, the source said, clashed with terrorists who had been committing acts of looting and blocking roads on Azaz-Minnegh road and near Ahran gas station on Aleppo-Idleb road.
Many of the terrorists were killed and injured and three vehicles carrying their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
In Aleppo city, units of the armed forces confronted terrorist groups which tried to infiltrate into al-Rashidin area and inflicted heavy losses upon them.
Other army units clashed with terrorists in Masaken Hanano and al-Kallaseh neighborhoods, killing numbers of them and destroying two heavy machineguns.
Terrorists' attack on a military checkpoint in Hama repelled
A unit of the armed forces confronted an armed terrorist group's attack against a military checkpoint in Atshan area, north of Murek in Hama countryside, killing a number of terrorists.
A military source told SANA that terrorists, Ahmad Abbas, Basel Abdullah, Omran Joubasi, and Abu al-Abbas were identified among the dead.
Boats carrying terrorists destroyed, terrorists' gatherings targeted in Homs
Units of the armed forces carried out a series of operations in which they targeted terrorists' gatherings in the neighborhoods of al-Qarabis, Jouret al-Shayah, al-Khalidiyeh and Basatin al-Waer and the towns and villages of Kisin, Taldao, Taldahab, Burj Qaei, Kafrlaha, al-Rastan and Talbiseh, a military source told SANA reporter.
The source added that army units stormed into terrorists groups' dens in al-Gharbi and al-Fares neighborhoods in the city of Talkalakh. A number of terrorists were arrested in the operations, while others were killed.
Units of the armed forces also targeted boats carrying terrorists in al-Rastan Lake. The boats were destroyed and the terrorists were killed.
An army unit destroyed a weapons and ammunition warehouse in al-Hosn town in the countryside of Talkalakh.
Another army unit killed members of an armed terrorist group near Jabourin crossroads in al-Ghanto town. Thaer al-Ahmad, the group's leader was killed.
Terrorists trying to cross border from Lebanon into Talkalakh confronted
Meanwhile, units of the armed forces and the border guards thwarted an attempt by terrorists to cross the border from Lebanon into Talkalakh at Noura site. Many of the terrorists were killed.
Jordanian terrorist leader killed in Daraa
In Daraa, a military source said that units of the armed forces pursued terrorists in Daraa al-Balad, killing a number of them, among them Aghyad Abu Da'if and Imad Abu Da'if.
The source added that terrorists' dens were destroyed in the villages of al-Shabrak, Sahem al-Golan, Jilin, Tsil, Tafas. Jassem, al-Ajami, al-Shajara and Abdin in Daraa countryside.
Jordanian terrorist Abu Huzaifa, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra in Daraa, was killed.
Terrorists burglarize two relief aid trucks on Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road
An armed terrorist group burglarized on Friday night two trucks loaded with tens of tons of relief aid on Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road.
An official source in Deir Ezzor told SANA that terrorists intercepted the trucks while they were en route from Damascus to Deir Ezzor and robbed their cargo, and attacked the accompanying relief cadre.
The source indicated that the terrorists opened fire at the ambulance that was accompanying the trucks, seriously injuring a doctor and causing material damage to the ambulance.
Spain Dismantles al-Qaeda linked terrorist network responsible for sending fighters to Syria
Spanish security forces on Friday broke up an Al-Qaeda-linked network in north Africa suspected of sending fighters to Syria, arresting eight people in early morning raids.
In a statement to Agence France Presse, Spanish Interior Ministry said : " We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria,"
The network, operating in Ceuta and the neighbouring Moroccan town of Fnideq, sent dozens of combatants , some minors, to Syria, the ministry said.
It added that the dismantled Spanish-Moroccan network was, according to police investigations, responsible for sending jihadists to groups affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria,"
"Some of them would have carried out suicide attacks while others would have been incorporated into training camps prior to carrying out armed action," the ministry said.
Security forces confirmed that several "jihadists" were waiting to travel from Spain to Syria, it added.
The Spanish official statement didn't describe the terrorist groups in Syria as an opposition since it includes foreign mercenaries linked to al-Qaeda.
It refuted the alleged mottos of such groups to carry out commands and dictates of the West for targeting Syria. Dismantling this network also coincides with the continued controversy about the Anglo-French unbridled desire to send more Weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria after the European Union's decision to end the embargo on arms supplies to the so-called opposition.
European Union governments are showing growing alarm over the potential security threat posed by the hundreds of young Europeans believed to be fighting alongside rebels in Syria.
Lavrov slams US, UN for undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria
June 21, 2013
The US must choose whether it wants to stage a peace conference on Syria or keep fueling the rebels’ hopes of victory as it’s impossible to do both things at the same time, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said.
Lavrov told Bloomberg that Russia wants to understand if their partners in America and the United Nations are really consistent with the idea of the Geneva 2 conference on Syria as their actions keep sending the wrong message to the country’s opposition.
The US and its European allies are considering arms supplies and a no-fly zone over Syria to help the rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to president, Bashar Assad.
“The message the opposition is getting: ‘Guys, don’t go to Geneva. Don’t say that you are going to negotiate with the regime. Soon things will change in your favor.’ So, that’s what we want to clarify. It’s either the conference or the instigation of the opposition not to be flexible. I don’t think it’s possible to do both at the same time,” Lavrov said.
The Foreign Minister reminded that Russia has been pushing for the peace solution “irrespective of the situation on the ground,” while the West started speaking of a conference only after Assad’s forces began advancing on the rebels.
“They weren’t ready to discuss it when many people believed that the opposition would take Damascus in recent weeks,” he stressed. “If now they’ll be moving in the direction of what some opposition leaders are saying – namely, let’s first restore military balance on the ground and then we’ll go the conference. This’ll be a disaster for all diplomatic efforts because this would never end.”
According to Lavrov, Russia, the US and the UN are currently working on the list of invitees to the Geneva 2 conference, with two key issues currently being unsolved.
Read more on: http://rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-geneva-us-084/
British spy agency has access to global communications, shares info with NSA
The British spy agency GCHQ has access to the global network of communications, storing calls, Facebook posts and internet histories – and shares this data with the NSA, Edward Snowden has revealed to the Guardian in a new leak.
GCHQ’s network of cables is able to process massive quantities of information from both specific targets and completely innocent people, including recording phone calls and reading email messages, it was revealed on Friday.
"It's not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight," Snowden told the Guardian. "They [GCHQ] are worse than the US."
The Government Communications Headquarters agency has two different programs, aimed at carrying out this online and telephone monitoring – categorized under ‘Mastering the Internet’ and ‘Global Telecoms Exploitation.’ Both have been conducted in the absence of any public knowledge, reports the Guardian.
“If you remember, even the NSA said that they did not record phone calls, but according to these latest revelations by Edward Snowden, that up to ‘600 million’ telephone events last year were recorded a day by the GCHQ,” said RT’s Tesa Arcilla from London.
“There’s no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were, having put them in place,” she said, emphasizing the titles.
The agency is able to store the volumes of data it amasses from fiber-optic cables for up to 30 days in an operation codenamed Tempora. The practice has been going on for around 18 months.
GCHQ which was handling 600m telephone ‘events’ a day, according to the documents, had tapped into over 200 fiber-optic cables and had the capacity to analyze data from over 46 of them at a time.
The cables used by GCHQ can carry data at 10 gigabits per second, which in theory, means they could deliver up to 21petabytes of information per day. The program is continuing to develop on a daily basis with the agency aiming to expand to the point it is able to process terabits (thousands of gigabits) of data at once.
By May last year, some 300 GCHQ-assigned analysts and 250 from the NSA had been specially allocated large quantities of data to trawl through as a result of the operations.
The Guardian reports that 850,000 NSA and outside contractors had potential access to the databases. However, the paper does not explain how it came to such an enormous figure
“These revelations reveal the scale of and the scope of cooperation between UK and US intelligence services,” said RT’s Gayane Chichakyan from Washington. “From these revelations we learned how dramatically it has expanded over the years.”
“The document shows the FISA court lets the NSA use data snagged ‘inadvertently.’ They basically give a warrant to target suspects,” she said, recalling Lieutenant General Keith Alexander's quote after a 2008 visit to the Menwith RAF base in England: "Why can't we collect all the signals all the time? Sounds like a good summer project for Menwith," he had said.
The GCHQ project was first trialed in 2008. The intelligence organization has been labeled an ‘intelligence superpower’ on account of its technical capabilities, which by 2010 gave it the strongest access to internet communications out of the ‘Five Eyes’ – an international intelligence sharing alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US, brought into existence in 1946.
The mass-surveillance has seen the interception of data from transatlantic cables that also carry data to western Europe through ‘intercept partners’ commercial companies that had entered into private agreements with GCHQ. Many have been paid off for their cooperation.
GCHQ feared that exposure of the names of the companies involved could lead to “high-level political fallout,” and took measures to ensure names were kept secret. Warrants had reportedly been issued to compel the companies to cooperate so that GCHQ could engage in spying through them.
“They have no choice," said a Guardian intelligence source.
Snowden previously warned that he would be releasing further information pertaining to mass security operations carried out on the unwary public, stating in a previous Q & A with the Guardian that the“truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”
Algeria and Spain stress on political solution in Syria
Jun 19, 2013
Algeria and Spain reiterated their support to a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
AFP quoted Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci, as saying in a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, that the language of violence is negative and the only calls now are for starting dialogue.
For his part the Spanish Foreign Minister stressed that there can not be a military solution to the crisis, asserting that the solution should be through dialogue.
He expressed hope that the international conference on Syria in Geneva would reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria and a dialogue among the Syrians to curb the acts of violence.
H. Zain/ H. Said
November 2, 2010
‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’
‘Syria is a military obstacle’…
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…
In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.
May 6, 2013 – May 21, 2013
May 6, 2013 – ‘Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report’:
May 21, 2013 – ‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’:
June 17, 2013
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Israeli general: Syrian ‘regime has used and is using chemical
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Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace
May 23, 2009 - Syria: Israel A "Major Obstacle" To Peace
May 23, 2009 - Associated Press - Syria's Assad: Israel Is 'Obstacle' to Peace
7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace - Israel News, Ynetnews
May.23, 2009 - Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
4 June 2008 - Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and "peace talks"
MARCH 2005 - CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE?
OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
Some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange (Monsanto) were sprayed over South Vietnam at up to 50 times the concentration recommended for killing weeds. About 5 million acres of forests and crops were destroyed and an estimated 4.5 million Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were exposed.
Barack Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration):
- At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.
- As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
- As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.
- As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.
On March 26, 2013, Obama signed bill H.R. 933 into law which had the biotech rider known as the “Monsanto Protection Act” in it.
The Monsanto Protection Act, part of the HR 933 continuing resolution, allows Monsanto to override U.S. federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the country. Even if those experimental crops are found to be extremely dangerous or to cause a runaway crop plague, the U.S. government now has no judicial power to stop them from being planted and harvested.
As ibtimes.com reports, the bill “effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”
Sending arms for the first time ?
France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report
February 29, 2012
In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]."
The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly.
This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border.
In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons.
Thus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country.
The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad.
After concluding that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the country's insurgency, thus crossing a ‘red line,’ the Obama administration has decided to start sending arms to anti-Assad rebels for the first time, officials say.
June 13, 2013 - US to give military support to Syrian rebels as ‘red line' crossed
Government to take procedures to restore Syrian Pound’s price to normal
Premier wael al-Halqi affirmed that the government pursues the Syrian Pound price against foreign currencies and takes a package of economic procedures that guarantee “the stability of the national economy in the face of the media and economic war waged on the country.”
“The great victories of the Syrian Arab Army in addition to the measures taken by the government on all levels would gradually restore stability to the Syrian pound and national economy, al-Halqi, heading a meeting of the economic committee on following up the price of the Syrian pound said.
He affirmed that the government has big reserve of the foreign currency to provide the local market with the needs of the production requirement.
Central Bank of Syria to sell foreign currency, fund Imports
In a relevant context, Governor of Central Bank of Syria (CBS) Adeb Mayaleh said that as of Tuesday, the bank will respond to the banks’ demands for buying the foreign currency from CBS to finance imports according to the market needs.
“CBS will provide the exchanging institutions and the Commercial Bank of Syria with the foreign currency by acceptable prices in order to meet the citizens’ requests to buy the foreign currencies according to regulations which sell each citizen an amount of 1000 Euro per month,” Mayaleh said in a statement.
In this regard, Mayaleh affirmed that the government put the needed mechanisms to activate the credit facilitation line granted by Iran with 1 billion USD to fund a big part of the market needs.
The CBS procedures come to restore the price of the Syrian pound against the foreign currencies back to normal.
Al-Jaafari: UN reports took two years to recognize that terrorist groups recruited children
“The Syrian government is committed to protecting citizens, particularly children. Any violation of their safety and security will be subject to mechanisms of strict accountability,” al-Jaafari said during the UN Security Council session held to discuss recruiting children in armed conflicts.
“For the first time, the report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, mentioned the crimes and violations of the armed terrorist groups, particularly recruiting children… we regret that it took the special representative more than two years to recognize that,” Syria’s representative said.
We hoped that the special representative would have asked in her recommendations of the report from the countries which are supporting and sponsoring the armed terrorist groups to stop their support and lift their unilateral economic measures imposed on the Syrian people, al-Jaafari added.
Concerning the shelling of schools and hospitals, al-Jaafari stressed that Syria welcomed the special representative in 2012 and she met Syrian officials and the minister of education who provided her with confirmed information showing the volume of terrorism which targeted the educational sector by the armed terrorist groups. She also paid field visits to schools, hospitals and refugee centers in Damascus and Homs and their countryside, but she decided, for some reasons, to ignore what she saw firsthand.
He went on to say that the health sector was targeted by the armed terrorist groups which sabotaged, burned and looted more than 35% of the Syrian hospitals. Syria provided the special representative with videotapes on the preparations of the terrorists to detonate al-Qseir Hospital and the detonation operation itself as well which took place on September 5th, 2012, nevertheless, the report did not mention this crime.
As for killing and mutilating children, Dr. al-Jaafari said the world witnessed a series of appalling crimes committed by the armed terrorist groups against children since the beginning of the crisis; for example, the 14-year-old boy, Mohammad Qattaa, was shot to death by a fundamentalist terrorist group affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra after they lashed and tortured him before the eyes of his parents accusing him of blasphemy.
Fayssal, a 4-year-old boy, was hanged to death by an extremist terrorist group in Aleppo in late 2012 after he was raped and dragged along on the ground for a long distance, al-Jaafari added.
Syria’s Special Representative reasserted Syria’s commitment to protecting its citizens and children in particular, clarifying that the Syrian government approved a law on May 6th, 2013 on sentencing everyone who recruited children under 18 years old in any form of fighting to hard labor from 10 to 20 years.
Who is Paul Wolfowitz ?
Päul Wolfowitz is born in Brooklyn, New York, into a Polish Jewish immigrant family, and grew up mainly in Ithaca, New York, where his father was a professor of statistical theory at Cornell University.
In 1961 he entered Cornell University and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry. Then he dicided to go to graduate school to study politics.
From 1970 to 1972, Wolfowitz taught in the Department of Political Science at Yale University.
In the 1970s Wolfowitz served as an aide to Democratic Senator Henry M. Jackson, who influenced several neoconservatives, including Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. Jackson was a Cold War liberal supporting higher military spending and a hard line against the Soviet Union.
In 1977, during the Carter administration, Wolfowitz moved to the Pentagon. He was U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs for the U.S. Defense Department, under U.S. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.
Following the 1980 election of President Ronald Reagan, offered Wolfowitz the position of Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State.
Wolfowitz demonstrated himself to be one of the strongest supporters of Israel in the Reagan administration.”
In 1982, the new U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz appointed Wolfowitz as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
From 1986 to 1989, during the military-backed government of dictator Suharto, Wolfowitz was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.
From 1989 to 1993, Wolfowitz served in the administration of George H.W. Bush as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, under then U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Wolfowitz’s team co-ordinated and reviewed military strategy, raising $50 billion in allied financial support for the operation.
After the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Wolfowitz and his then-assistant Scooter Libby wrote the “Defense Planning Guidance of 1992,” which came to be known as the Wolfowitz Doctrine, to “set the nation’s direction for the next century ”.
Wolfowitz: “ With an eye toward deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role, the United States would maintain unquestioned military superiority and, if necessary, employ force unilaterally ”.
Many of the ideas in the Wolfowitz Doctrine later became part of the Bush Doctrine. He left the government after the 1992 election.
Wolfowitz was associated with the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
In September 2000 the PNAC produced a 90-page report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century, advocating the redeployment of U.S. troops in permanent bases in strategic locations throughout the world where they can be ready to act to protect U.S. interests abroad.
From 2001 to 2005, during the George W. Bush administration, Wolfowitz served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense reporting to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Wolfowitz was "a major architect of President Bush's Iraq policy. In the first emergency meeting of the National Security Council on the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Rumsfeld asked, “Why shouldn’t we go against Iraq, not just al-Qaeda?” with Wolfowitz adding that Iraq was a “brittle, oppressive regime that might break easily—it was doable.”
On April 16, 2002 the National Solidarity Rally for Israel was called in Washington to promote US support and collaboration with Israel. Wolfowitz was the sole representative of the Bush administration to attend, speaking alongside Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. As reported by the BBC, Wolfowitz told the crowd that US President George W. Bush “wants you to know that he stands in solidarity with you”.
Following the declaration of 'victory' in Afghanistan the Bush administration had started to plan for the next stage of the so called War on Terror. According to John Kampfner, “Emboldened by their experience in Afghanistan, they saw the opportunity to root out hostile regimes in the Middle East and to implant very American interpretations of democracy and free markets, from Iraq to Iran and Saudi Arabia. Wolfowitz epitomised this view.” Wolfowitz “saw a liberated Iraq as both paradigm and linchpin for future interventions.” The 2003 invasion of Iraq began on March 19.
Prior to the invasion, Wolfowitz actively championed it, as he later stated: “For reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason”.
The job of finding WMD and providing justification for the attack would fall to the intelligence services.
Kampfner and Wolfowitz, they set up what came to be known as the ‘cabal’, a cell of eight or nine analysts in a new Office of Special Plans (OSP) based in the U.S. Defense Department.” According to an unnamed Pentagon source quoted by Hersh, the OSP “was created in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true—that Saddam Hussein had close ties to Al Qaeda, and that Iraq had an enormous arsenal of chemical, biological, and possibly even nuclear weapons that threatened the region and, potentially, the United States.”
Within months of being set up, the OSP “rivaled both the CIA and the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, the DIA, as President Bush’s main source of intelligence regarding Iraq’s possible possession of weapons of mass destruction and connection with Al Qaeda.”
The actions of the OSP have led to accusation of the Bush administration “fixing intelligence to support policy” with the aim of influencing Congress in its use of the War Powers Act.
Kampfner outlined Wolfowitz’s strategy for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which “envisaged the use of air support and the occupation of southern Iraq with ground troops, to install a new government run by Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress.” Wolfowitz believed that the operation would require minimal troop deployment, Hersh explains, because “any show of force would immediately trigger a revolt against Saddam within Iraq, and that it would quickly expand.” The financial expenditure would be kept low, Kampfner observes, if “under the plan American troops would seize the oil fields around Basra, in the South, and sell the oil to finance the opposition.”
During Wolfowitz’s pre-war testimony before Congress, he dismissed General Eric K. Shinseki’s estimates of the size of the post war occupation force and estimated that fewer than 100,000 troops would be necessary in the war.
In March 2005, Wolfowitz was nominated to be president of the World Bank by U.S. In the U.S. there was some praise for the nomination. An editorial in The Wall Street Journal states: “Mr. Wolfowitz is willing to speak the truth to power … he saw earlier than most, and spoke publicly about, the need for dictators to plan democratic transitions”.
World Bank Group’s board of executive directors and staffers complained that Wolfowitz was imposing Bush Administration policies to eliminate family planning from World Bank programs.
On May 17, 2007 the World Bank Group’s board of Executive Directors announced that Paul Wolfowitz would resign as World Bank Group president at the end of June 2007.
Wolfowitz is a former steering committee member of the Bilderberg group.
Photo: Etienne Davignon, former president of the Bilderberg Group, and Wolfowitz - Germany 2005
1. Guy Verhofstadt, MEP and President of ALDE Group; Mr Jacques Delors, Founding President of 'Notre Europe' and Etienne Davignon, former President of the Bilderberg Group
2. Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves.” Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”
The so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ always has rejected any proposal for peace talks and since 2 years, the U.S. and its satellite states provide Idris and all kind of terrorist groups continuously with weapons wich are also used for terrorist attacks on Syrian civilians.
Official Bilderberg Attendee List and Agenda Released
Bilderberg 2013 (video)
Bilderberg 2013 – Your guide to ‘The Bilderberg Group’ (video)
Why don’t the mainstream media report on Bilderberg meetings? – Gerard Batten MEP (video)
Italian Supreme Court President Blames Bilderberg For Terrorist Attacks
Bilderberg Feast (video + update)
Bilderberg Conference (video)