26/06/2013

Britain joins chorus of concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons

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

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

December 8th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/08/2012

Aleppo: Decisive Turning Point For More Than Syria

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After the retreat of the armed gangs in Aleppo, Britain that secretly provided these gangs with weapons and the latest satellite phones, has openly declared that it is in war with Syria.  British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the gangs, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).  

The British taxpayer will not be happy with these new costs.

Britain has spent already more than £18 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK’s seven-month-old military intervention in Libya on £1.75 billion.

Britain will pay €1billion (£841 million) for the construction of Nato's new headquarters in Brussels...

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Voice of Russia
August 11, 2012

Syria in flames
Ilya Kharlamov

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"Evidently, rebel forces, which consist of defectors, mercenaries and members of al-Qaeda, are powerless against a regular army. The West is thus faced with a dilemma: to leave everything as it is, or resort to a military intervention. Syria, Iran, Iraq, and probably, Lebanon, are planning to form an economic alliance. Opposition forces have become active in Turkey driven by a belief that President Erdogan’s policies are too premature and detrimental to the country’s interests. Erdogan is beginning to cross the Red Line drawn by Kemal Ataturk which precludes going beyond the borders of Turkey."

"{The Syrian people] should also foster relations with Russia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba – countries that support Syria. Hopefully, the circle of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' will expand as more countries favor Damascus’ position over that of neo-globalists, who are trying to subdue Syria and restore chaos in the Middle East."

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This week, international attention has been focused on the “hot” phase of the conflict in Syria. Government forces dislodged rebels from Syria’s second largest city Aleppo where opposition forces had planned to organize a base for foreign assistance and a springboard for launching further attacks.

Syrian and Jordanian servicemen clashed on the border between the two countries. The US slapped new sanctions on Damascus, while the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of maintaining the presence of international observers in Syria whose mandate expires in August. Mr.Ban holds rebel forces responsible for the escalation of military operations in Aleppo.

Hopes voiced by Pentagon chief Leon Panetta to the effect that seizure of Aleppo by rebel forces would “drive the last nail into Assad’s coffin” fell through. The battle for Aleppo was deemed decisive by all parties involved, including the Assad regime, the rebel forces, and experts in the West. In case of success, the opposition was prepared to seize neighboring Idlib and turn it into a powerful base for launching new attacks. Western media kept repeating that seizure of Aleppo would provide the ‘Syrian uprising’ with a new vigor and would force the president to quit.

Judging by recent developments, the situation is changing in favor of the authorities.

Andrey Volodin of the Oriental Research Center met with a Voice of Russia correspondent.

"Evidently, rebel forces, which consist of defectors, mercenaries and members of al-Qaeda, are powerless against a regular army. The West is thus faced with a dilemma: to leave everything as it is, or resort to a military intervention. Syria, Iran, Iraq, and probably, Lebanon, are planning to form an economic alliance. Opposition forces have become active in Turkey driven by a belief that President Erdogan’s policies are too premature and detrimental to the country’s interests. Erdogan is beginning to cross the Red Line drawn by Kemal Ataturk which precludes going beyond the borders of Turkey."

However, Ankara is doggedly pursuing this track. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Turkey, reportedly to discuss support for Syria’s split opposition and Syria’s development after Bashar Assad’s departure with the Turkish leadership.

The Syrian people and authorities have a clear plan of action, says Oleg Fomin, co-chairman of the Russian Committee for Solidarity with Syria.

"The Syrian people should continue to defend their cities and villages against invaders and see to it that all sober-minded groups within Syrian society agre to sit down at the negotiating table. They should also foster relations with Russia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba – countries that support Syria. Hopefully, the circle of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' will expand as more countries favor Damascus’ position over that of neo-globalists, who are trying to subdue Syria and restore chaos in the Middle East."

As it became clear in the wake of the Aleppo battle, rebel forces include a large number of foreign mercenaries from Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Contacted by a Voice of Russia correspondent, the commander of the Free Syrian Army Riad al-Asaad denied the presence of al-Qaeda linked terrorists among rebel forces. According to Riad al-Asaad, the Syrian opposition is against all forms of extremism. Strange as it might seem, extremism seems to be the mildest word to describe the methods opposition forces are using against the country’s legitimate authorities.

Rebels and their western patrons are waging an info war. This week, they posted a report saying that a Russian general who coordinated the government’s military operations against the rebels was killed in Syria. Later in the week, the general met in person with journalists in Moscow.

As the armed conflict in Syria rages on, a number of countries have been making attempts to stop the bloodshed. Ministers from more than twenty countries and a UN representative gathered in Tehran on August 9th to discuss Syria.

Nevertheless, the situation is following the worst scenario, Irina Zvyagelskaya of the Oriental Studies Institute, says:

"The purpose of the current scenario is to force the regime to disintegrate and President Assad to resign. The opposition is set on pressing on with their demands. Once they achieve their goal, they will start to build a regime of their own, but their regime is unlikely to be better than the current one."

Washington and Brussels have been adding fuel to the fire by threatening to use force. The US has slapped new sanctions on Assad’s government and organizations that help Syria’s leadership. The US Treasury Department has included Hezbollah in the list of organizations that support the Syrian president. Earlier sanctions which were imposed on Syria by the US and the EU have brought no results.

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Photo: Erdogan, friend of Israel

10/08/2012

Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria

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Several media reports published by a gamut of media outlets from the British Daily Mail to the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile have taken the lid off Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria.

It is therefore that British Foreign Secretary William Hague who secretly provided the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones, has now openly declared war to Syria after the retreat of the by Britain sponsored armed groups in Aleppo. Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). 

The British taxpayer will not be happy with all these new costs.

Britain has spent already more than £18 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK’s seven-month-old military intervention in Libya on £1.75 billion.

On February 7, 2011, Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.  Despite the promises, of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, NATO began the construction on a new building to house military officials.  

'Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) 'at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets' (Bruno Waterfield, journalist for the Telegraph, Brussels).

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Nato Brussels headquarters to cost €1billion

Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets and despite promises by the Alliance to cut its costs.

7 Feb 2011 - Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.

But despite the promises of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, construction began in mid-December on a stylish new building to house military officials. Work is scheduled to finish in 2015.

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and a member of the House of Commons defence select committee, expressed “frustration” at the spending of hundreds of millions of pounds on a building while British armed forces faced severe reductions.

”I find it very difficult to square news of this expenditure alongside the painful cuts that the MOD has had to bear,” he said. “I would urge Liam Fox, the Secretary of State, to work with other defence ministers across Nato to reduce the burden on the exchequer. We cannot afford it.”

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said: “A lot of eyebrows will be raised and the government must be clearer that this is value for money for British taxpayers.”

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A British government spokesman said that Britain's contribution to the building's costs would be £105 million.

"The UK will contribute 12.5 per cent of this budget and we're scrutinising it closely for value for money. It is important that Nato has a good HQ," he said.

The announcement of the rising building bill came as Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of Nato, pleaded with national governments not to cut Alliance spending too far.

“Governments need to cut wisely because cuts that are too deep will make us unable to defend the security on which our democratic societies and prosperous economies are based,” he said.

Alliance officials insist that it is no longer possible to continue operating out of its current HQ, a “temporary” building given to Nato by Belgium in 1967 after it was expelled from Paris by France.

Since then, Nato has grown from 15 to 28 members and no longer has room for all its delegations.

The building’s undulating structure will consist of eight wings, converging in a glass-covered central hall, a design said to “symbolise the allies coming together, while glass walls are supposed to represent Nato’s transparency”.

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http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/liby-o07.shtml

Photo: A scale model of the new NATO headquarters is diplayed at the construction site in Brussels

 

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