23/01/2014

Jewish Voice for Peace: War on Iran

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Ask 41 U.S. senators to stand strong and support diplomacy over war

As I write this, the U.S. Senate is just eight votes shy of a veto-proof bill that could send the U.S. to war over Iran.

This AIPAC-backed bill would torpedo ongoing diplomatic efforts and open the way to military action and further draconian sanctions. The results could be disastrous for everyone.

The good news is that outrage is growing, and 21 senators have come out against pro-war bill S.1881. But there is a chance it could reach a veto-proof majority. Unless we act now, the 20 senators who have not signed yet could succumb to the march to war. Can you sign this petition to tell them to stand strong ?

Click here: http://www.JVP.org/Iran

This legislation is being pushed by Israel lobby groups who want a pretext for Israel to take military action against Iran. Remarkably, it would pre-commit the United States to military involvement should Israel attack.

If we get at least 15,000 to sign this petition, we’ll take out ads in a major political news outlet to show that American Jews and our allies oppose the bill, and support diplomacy over war.

Click here: http://www.JVP.org/Iran

An interim deal brokered by the U.N. Security Council has already begun implementation, with Iran taking steps to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

But S.1881 (the "Nuclear Weapon-Free Iran Act of 2013") has the support of 59 of 60 co-sponsors needed for it to pass.

Click here: http://www.JVP.org/Iran and help stop the march to war.

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War on Iran

March 7, 2012 - AIPAC pushing for war with Iran? http://rt.com/usa/aipac-war-iran-israel-917/

January 20, 2014 - Geneva 2 Syria: A UN spokesperson announced that UN chief Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his invitation for Iran.
http://rt.com/news/iran-syria-peace-geneva-916/

3 hours ago: AIPAC is eight votes short of a veto-proof bill that would make war on Iran more likely - Take action now: http://t.co/3r4MHA5cve

04/12/2013

War on Syria: Israel

Military document:

... 'Syria does have long-range chemical weapons and shows a continuing interest in biological ans nuclear weapons. Its biological capabilities - if any - are unknown, but are most likely to be limited. Syria does, however, have a long history of interest in nuclear technnology, some of which seems to have been driven by the desire to at least lay the groundwork  for creating a nuclear weapons option. It also seems to have obtained North Korean aid in building a reactor facility similar to the one that North Korea used to obtain weapons-grade plutonium. Syria did not, however, co-locate facilities that could be tied to either creating reactor fuel or processing the rods from a reactor into weapons-grade material. Israel destroyed this reactor facility during an aid raid in 2007, and this means the Syrian threat now seems to consist only of chemical weapons...'

US & Israel masterminds behind Syria proxy war:
http://youtu.be/Sn1so6EusP8

30/11/2013

Latest News Syria: cooperation with Iran at all levels

November, November 29, 2013

Tehran, (SANA) _ Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Friday paid an official visit to Iran, leading an official delegation to hold talks with top Iranian officials aimed at enhancing cooperation and coordination between the two friendly countries.

In statements to journalists upon his arrival at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Dr. al-Halqi said the visit comes in the framework of bolstering mutual cooperation and coordination at all economic, scientific, trade, health and development levels, broadening their prospects and opening new venues for cooperation.

He also underlined the importance of activating agreements between the two sides and inking new ones, providing the basic requirements for Syrian citizens, establishing new development projects and activating the Iranian credit line for enhancing the steadfastness of Syria.

Read more at: http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/29/515090.htm

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02/09/2013

Latest News Syria: Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, South Africa, Iraq

Russia says US proof of chemical attack in Syria 'unconvincing' as international opposition to US strike mounts

Sep 2, 2013

 

Capitals, (SANA) –Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support to the Russian Parliament's initiative to send a parliamentary delegation to discuss the crisis in Syria with the U.S. Congress.

"There is no better way than direct dialogue and presenting attitudes publicly," Russian Itar Tass news agency quoted Putin as saying on Monday.

Chairman of the Russian Duma Council, Sergei Naryshkin, and President of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, asked President Putin to use parliamentary ties between Russia and the US to encourage dialogue with Washington on Syria. 

Lavrov: Military strike against Syria will delay international conference, hinder resolving crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that directing a military strike against Syria will delay holding an international conference on the crisis in Syria and hinder its resolution.

In a joint press conference with South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Lavrov said that if the operation announced by the US President, then the international conference will be delayed for a very long time if not forever.

He said that the political solution will prevail in the end, but the more we forestall it and the more those who influence the opposition delay, they will find that they will be unable to coerce the opposition to participate in the conference, and there will be more civilian victims.

Lavrov hoped that the proponents of the military solution for the crisis in Syria will take into consideration the answers provided by experts on the baseless allegations of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He pointed out that the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg doesn't include discussing the Syrian issue, but any participating president can pose any issue, and Russia is prepared to discuss the crisis in Syria during the summit.

Lavrov stressed that Moscow is committed to the agreements reached during the G8 summit, and that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any side is unacceptable, but all information on its used must be investigated and the results must be submitted to the Security Council, noting that despite recent statements, Washington hasn't abandoned the international conference on Syria.

He warned that any attempt to legitimize the violation of international law will lead to chaos and destroy international legitimacy, saying that if some people think that chaos would eb better than international law, the Security Council and the UN, then Russia cannot agree with this at all, asserting that Russia will do its best to defend international law, the UN charter and the Security Council's role.

Lavrov said that the situation in Syria in the Middle East affects Russia's interests directly, and that the negative effects of the growing international terrorism has been felt for a long time, asserting that the situation in Syria affects other countries' national security, adding that terrorists have increased their activities recently and have become very comfortable.

He stressed that the common priority in national security must be preserving citizens' lives, taking precedence over procuring oil and gas.

Lavrov: US evidence on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapon intangible, unconvincing

Earlier, Lavrov Lavrov stressed that the evidence presented by the US to Russia on the Syrian authorities' alleged use of chemical weapon "are intangible and did not convince the Russian side."

Lecturing at the International Relations University affiliated to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, Lavrov said "Yes, they presented some things but they do not contain any tangible things and do not contain geographical coordinates and names and there is no evidence that the samples were taken by professional specialists."

He added that what our US, British and French partners have previously and recently offered for us absolutely didn't convince us as there are no facts but a mere talk about what we surely know and if you asked them about a detailed evidence they say that it is characterized by secrecy, asserting that it means that there are no such facts.

He said that the foreign players are applying double standard policy regarding the events in the Middle East and North Africa.

He reiterated that Russia and China agree on the need of solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue.

The Russian Minister expressed doubts over the possibility of convincing the Syrian opposition to participate in the upcoming international conference on Syria if a strike was directed against Syria.

Lavrov described the statements of his US counterpart, John Kerry, as "odd" regarding what Washington said that it had offered "irrefutable evidence" to Moscow on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He pointed out that Russia seeks to hold a conference for the establishment of zones free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, asserting that Syria was one of the countries which called for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Western attempts to justify potential strike against Syria 'rejected'

The Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, criticized as 'flawed' the US attempts to justify a potential aggression on Syria to ''protect civilians''.

''This kind of argument is flawed by all accounts,'' Dolgov said on his Twitter page on Monday, citing previous interventions in in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya proved in the past, which proved invalid.

Dolgov said that the best way to safeguard human rights is through a political settlement process based on negotiations and dialogue.

''We can see this kind of 'protection' in Afghanistan where the warplanes are snuffing out hundreds of lives, which they dub as collateral damage,'' he pointed out.

China emphasizes importance of respecting UN Charter in any military action against Syria

China affirmed that any measure about Syria must respect the UN Charter and the principal rules of international relations, expressing grave concerns over US threats of taking a unilateral military action against the country.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, was quoted as saying that China is gravely concerned about a possible unilateral military action against Syria. ''Any measure should avoid causing more complications to the Syrian issue and more catastrophes in the Middle East," he pointed out.

There should be no rushing to prejudge the results of the UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, Hong pointed out, calling on the UN to conduct an independent and professional probe into CW use allegations.

UN, Iran stress need to political solution to crisis in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, expressed rejection of any military intervention in Syria, asserting the necessity of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

In a phone call with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday, Zarif expressed his country's readiness to reach a peaceful solution to get out of the crisis in Syria.

He condemned the use of chemical weapons.

For his part, Ki-Moon reiterated the need for finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Iran denies as "distorted" statements attributed to Rafsanjani on using chemical weapons in Syria

Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted as " distorted" the statements attributed to head of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani about the use of Chemical weapon in Syria.

"Rafsanjani's statements have been distorted and the issue has been rejected by his office as well,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement on Monday quoted by ISNA News Agency.

Afkham said that the head of the Expediency Council has always described Syria as a ‘firm stronghold’ to confront Zionist regime which is seeking strike on Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons.

Earlier, some tendentious mass media, as part of their campaigns which rely on disinformation and fabrication, quoted statements attributed to Rafsanjani in which he said that the Syrian government has launched chemical attacks against the population.

The statements were issued the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Venezuela rejects military strike against Syria

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called upon US counterpart Barack Obama to resort to peace and not take any military action against Syria

In a letter sent to Obama, Maduro affirmed that his country joins the forces which oppose any military attack by the US against Syria.

On a relevant note, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua Milano and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed during a phone call their opposition to the use of force and waging war in Syria instead of resorting to political methods and dialogue.

Cuba denounces any US attack on Syria, calls for protests to prevent it

The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning any military action the US may take against Syria, saying that such an action violates international law and the UN charter, will cause further bloodshed and destruction, and escalate the crisis in Syria.

Cuba called upon the Security Council to prevent any such violation, demanding that the UN General Assembly convene urgently to prevent any aggression against Syria.

The statement hoped that the US Congress will follow the example of the British House of Commons, calling on opinion leaders in the US to be reasonable and refrain from launching illegal attacks against other countries.

Cuba also called upon religious, youth, student, labor, artistic and intellectual activities and all those who reject war in Syria to organize protests to stop this war, stressing the need to respect Syria's sovereignty, independence and safety and Syrians' right to self determination, affirming the need for supporting a peaceful solution through dialogue without further violence.

South Africa stresses role of UN in solving crisis in Syria

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, criticized the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria, adding that the UN is the sole side authorized to intervene militarily in any country in case all other means have been exhausted.

In a speech before the 59th session of the Commonwealth parliamentary conference, Zuma said "we believe that the UN Security Council cannot be misused to carry out agendas for other country, referring to the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria.

He stressed that the UN is the only side authorized to military interfere in any country.

Iraq reiterates support to political solution to crisis in Syria

Iraqi Foreign Ministry reiterated Iraq's stance in supporting the political solution to the crisis in Syria through the international conference due to be held in Geneva.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry stressed that the Iraqi delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Arab league had reservation and opposed many parts of the resolution draft on Syria, particularly the ones regarding the foreign intervention.

Baghdad reiterated Iraq's stance in support of the will of the Syrian people and calling for a political solution to the crisis in the country.

Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi representative to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawi, stressed his country's rejection of any military aggression on Syria.

He stressed that "It is wrong for the Arabs to give a green light to a military strike on Syria. Iraq will never allow using its soil to launch a strike on any Arab country."

English Bulletin 

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/09/02/500518.htm

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26/08/2013

Attaques chimiques Etats-Unis : Iran

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26 août 2013

Les Etats-Unis continuaient à renseigner Bagdad dans les années 80 alors qu'ils savaient pour les armes chimiques, révèle «Foreign Policy», documents de la CIA à l'appui.

Les Etats-Unis ont renseigné l'Irak sur des préparatifs d’offensives iraniennes pendant la guerre Iran- Irak dans les années 1980 tout en sachant pertinemment que Bagdad y répondrait par des attaques à l’arme chimique. C'est ce que révèle ce lundi Foreign Policy, magazine américain spécialisé dans les affaires étrangères, en s’appuyant sur des documents déclassifiés de la CIA et des témoignages d’anciens responsables. Une information qui résonne avec l’actualité syrienne de 2013.

 

D'après le magazine, les États-Unis savaient dès 1983 que l’Irak opérait des attaque au gaz sarin ou de tabun. Le site de Foreign Policy relaie un document de la CIA rapportant l’année suivante que l’Irak «avait commencé à utiliser de l’agent neurotoxique sur le front de Bassorah». 

Fin 1987, la CIA repère, grâce à des images satellites, une brèche dans la défense irakienne à hauteur de Bassorah. A la même époque, l’Agence du renseignement de la défense américain (DIA) prévient dans un rapport que l’offensive de printemps de l’Iran allait être plus importante que les précédentes. Si Bassorah tombait, les forces armées s’effondreraient et l’Iran gagnerait la guerre.

Pour le président de l'époque Ronald Reagan, informé, «une victoire iranienne est inacceptable». La DIA est alors autoriseé à divulguer des informations à l’Irak sur les positions et sur les mouvements de troupes iraniennes, mais également sur la localisation de points stratégiques et sur ses défenses anti-aériennes.

Le gaz sarin et le gaz moutarde est utilisé avant quatre attaques militaires début 1988, organisées grâce aux renseignements américains. A chaque fois elles sont coordonnées avec un feu d’artillerie nourri pour déguiser les effets des agents neurotoxiques. La CIA n’est pas sûre du nombre de victimes. Le bilan pourrait se situer entre «plusieurs centaines» et «plusieurs milliers».

Seringues d’atropine

Selon la CIA, les deux-tiers de toutes les armes chimiques utilisées lors de la guerre l’ont été dans les derniers 18 mois. La guerre a duré de 1980 à 1988 et a fait plusieurs centaines de milliers de morts selon les sources.

«A partir de 1988, le renseignement américain parvenait sans obstacle aux forces armées de Saddam Hussein. En mars de la même année, l’Irak lançait une attaque de gaz neurotoxique sur le village kurde d’Halabja dans le nord du pays», relève Foreign Policy. L’attaque avait fait 5 000 morts.

L’article rapporte également les propos d’un officier retraité de l’Air Force, Rick Francona, attaché militaire à Bagdad en 1988. Il explique avoir visité la péninsule de Fao juste après l’attaque, «il a trouvé un champ de bataille jonché de seringues auparavant remplies d’atropine, le médicament couramment utilisé pour traiter les effets létaux du sarin». Il ajoute : «les Irakiens ne nous ont jamais dit qu’ils comptaient utiliser des gaz neurotoxiques. Ils n’ont pas eu à le faire, on le savait déjà».

http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/08/26/armes-chimiques-contre-l-iran-washington-en-savait-trop_927190

http://fr.scribd.com/doc/163048832/CIA-Confirms-Iraq-Used-Nerve-Agent

Etats-Unis: Attaques chimiques contre l'Iran

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La CIA a aidé Saddam Hussein à mener des attaques chimiques contre l'Iran en 1988. C'est ce qu’affirme Foreign Policy, documents déclassifiés et témoignages de hauts-gradés américains à l'appui.

Des rapports jusqu'à présent secrets, qui prouvent que, dès 1984, les renseignements américains savaient que leur allié officieux de l'époque, l'Irak de Saddam Hussein, en guerre contre l'Iran de 1980 à 1988, détenait un stock d'armes chimiques, composé de gaz moutarde et de sarin. Deux substances létales, dont l'usage est interdit par le protocole de Genève, ignoré par l'Irak, mais ratifié par les Etats-Unis dès 1975.

"Les Irakiens ne nous ont jamais dit qu'ils comptaient utiliser des gaz neurotoxiques. Ils n'en avaient pas besoin. Nous le savions déjà", a confié à Foreign Policy le colonel retraité Rick Francona, spécialiste du Moyen-Orient pour les renseignements américains.

http://bigbrowser.blog.lemonde.fr/2013/08/26/secret-defense-la-cia-a-aide-sadam-hussein-a-gazer-les-troupes-iraniennes/

Photo: Queue body of Iranian student victims by Iraqi Bombers Attack to a school in Borujerd at 10 January 1987.
فارسی: سالن ورزشی آیت‌الله طالقانی در بروجرد. اجساد دانش‌آموزان ایرانی که بر اثر حملهٔ هواپیماهای عراقی در ظهر ۲۰ دی ۱۳۶۵ شهید شدند.

30/07/2013

Latest News Syria: Iran ink banking arrangements agreement

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July 30, 2013

A banking arrangements agreement for implementing a $ 3.6 billion oil credit line was inked in Tehran between Iran's Central Bank and the Central Bank of Syria.

The agreement included the Syrian side to pay the value of oil, which is supplied from Iran, through Iranian investments in Syria in various fields.

Earlier, Minister of Oil Suleiman Abbas and his Iranian counterpart Rostam Ghasemi discussed following up the implementation of the inked agreements in the fields of gas, oil and petroleum products and supplying it to Syria and carrying out the related credit line.

Both sides also reviewed means of working together to overcome the economic sanctions and the fierce war which the Syrian people are exposed to.

Governor of the Central Bank of Syria, Adib Mayaleh and Governor of Iran's Central Bank Mahmoud Bahmani signed the agreement.

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http://sana.sy/eng/24/2013/07/30/494882.htm

02/07/2013

Latest News Syria: Iran and Russia

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Iran, Russia presidents to negotiate Syria, Caspian Sea in Moscow

June 30, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to discuss regional issues, including the Syrian crisis, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he travels to Moscow on Monday.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that the negotiations between Ahmadinejad and Putin will also focus on the ongoing developments in Central Asia and Caucasus as well as the Caspian Sea.

Araqchi noted that Iran and Russia have persistently held “constructive” talks in different domains.

Araqchi also expressed hope that the Iranian president’s upcoming visit to Russia will further deepen Tehran-Moscow relations.

President Ahmadinejad will head to Russia at the head of a high-ranking delegation to attend the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) on July 1. The two-day summit will kick off on the same day in the Grand Kremlin Palace and will be chaired by the Russian president.

On June 24, Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, said the first day of the summit will be devoted to leaders’ meeting and bilateral discussions are planned to be held among experts from the member states on the second day of the event.

The first GECF summit was held in the Qatari capital, Doha, in 2011, bringing together 12 permanent members and three observer countries. The Islamic Republic is to host the third summit of the organization, according to Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi.

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an intergovernmental organization comprising Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The GECF was founded in 2001 in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and its members control over 70 percent of the world's natural gas reserves, 38 percent of the pipeline trade, and 85 percent of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production.

The three largest reserve-holders in the GECF - Russia, Iran and Qatar - together hold about 57 percent of global gas reserves.

MKA/KA/SS

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/30/311549/ahmadinejad-putin-to-discuss-syria/

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25/06/2013

Iran condemns bomb attacks in Iraq

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Jun 25, 2013

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

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

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

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/25/310827/iran-censures-deadly-bombings-in-iraq/

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16/06/2013

Latest news Syria: Iran

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Syria’s Assad congratulates Rohani on election victory

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has congratulated Iranian president-elect, Hassan Rohani, for securing the highest number of votes in the country’s 11th presidential election.

In his letter, the Syrian leader offered “heartfelt congratulations and best wishes” to Rohani on behalf of the Syrian nation for gaining “the trust of millions of the brotherly Iranian people,” Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.

President Assad further underlined the Arab state’s determination to boost bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries. 

He also stressed the need for “confronting the plots of hegemony and aggression against the national sovereignty in our region in a way that reflects positively on the peoples of both friendly countries as well as the peoples of the region and the whole world.”

Foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which broke out in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers. 

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as keys to the settlement of the crisis in the country.

In a similar congratulatory note, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar Hakim also felicitated Iran’s president-elect, expressing the need for the expansion of bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential race, gaining 18,613,329 votes, or 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots.

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the country’s Supreme National Security Council, is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, and is also president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research. 


MKA/HGH/SS

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/16/309366/syrias-assad-congratulates-rohani/

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03/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Iraq

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Iraq will not Allow Using its Airspace to Attack Syria

Jun 3, 2013

Iraq stressed that it will not allow using its airspace to launch any aggression on Syria, warning that it will respond any Israeli violation of its airspace in case Israel has directed a strike against Iran.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Hussein Al-Shahristani, said Monday in an interview with Agence France Presse that Iraq will not allow using its airspace to strike Syria as also will not allow using its airspace or territories to transfer weapons into Syria from any side.

He pointed out that the Americans were also informed not to use the Iraqi airspace and territories for this propose.

Regarding the possibility of launching an Israeli aggression on Iran across the Iraqi airspace, al-Shahristani said that "We warned Israel that if it violated our airspace it will bear the repercussions."

H. Zain / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/03/485483.htm

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12/05/2013

Syria: Peaceful Cooperation with Iran

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Project to Establish Five Grain Mills with Iranian Company's Cooperation

May 12, 2013

Syria and Iran on Sunday discussed means to immediately start implementing a project to build five grain mills in a number of Syrain provinces.

The discussion came during a meeting between Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and General Manager of the Iranian Arad Machine company for manufacturing grinding machines, Jafar Shivazi.

Al-Halqi stressed during the meeting that this project comes in the framework of the strategic development plan set up by the government to boost the capabilities of the national economy in the future and secure the requirements of sustainable development in the various sectors.

He pointed out that the government will take all the necessary measures to immediately embark on the implementation of this project so as to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in Syria.

For his part, Shivazi stressed that the company is ready to start implementing this vital project, voicing his appreciation of the interest shown by the Syrian government and the facilitations it has offered to implement this project.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/24/2013/05/12/481781.htm

09/03/2013

US effort to pull Syria out of Iran’s orbit…

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January 20th, 2012

Spain’s Syrian efforts received US backing

Wikileaks cables show that Spain’s Socialist government made substantial diplomatic attempts to calm tensions in the Middle East. Spain's foreign minister said Syria had promised to exert its influence on Hizballah to help resolve the Lebanon crisis.

In 2006, the United States was optimistic about the Spanish government’s initiative to act as a mediator between the Syrian government of Bashar Assad and Hizballah over the latter’s disarmament. Then-Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos made a series of trips to Damascus, which the United States saw as a positive sign to try to defuse the volatile situation in the Middle East. In a series of cables sent by the US Embassy in Madrid and released by the Wikileaks website, American diplomats advised Washington that Spain could play a constructive role in the region.

On August 3, 2006, the US Ambassador in Madrid at the time, Eduardo Aguirre, reported Moratinos as saying that Syria had promised to exert its influence with Hizballah to help resolve the conflict in Lebanon.

“Asked whether his visit was an effort to ease Syria’s diplomatic isolation, Moratinos responded that ‘it would be good to reestablish dialogue with Syria,’” Aguirre wrote.

Earlier that year, Moratinos, telling the ambassador about his trip to Syria, said it was worth “making one last effort to pull Syria out of Iran’s orbit.”

Describing the situation in Syria as “very complex,” Moratinos said that a high-ranking member of the Syrian leadership, whom he did not name, “had raised with him the possibility of Damascus recognizing Israel as a sign of responsible intentions.”

Spain had sent about 1,200 troops as part of an international brigade to patrol Lebanon following the tensions in the region ignited by the attacks by Hizballah and Syrian-backed forces.

In October 2006, Moratinos gave the US Embassy a written briefing about his renewed meetings with Assad. The foreign minister said that he got the impression that Assad was open to dialogue.

“My perception is that Assad has changed, not only in his general attitude or even body language, but also in the way he reacted to my questions and proposals,” Moratinos told the ambassador. “He confirmed his willingness to work efficiently and constructively towards regaining the trust of the international community. Without using the traditional Syrian rhetoric, he was clear and to-the-point. I saw him focused and aware of the need to seize the opportunity. He believes that it would be possible to reopen the Syria track where it was left before his father passed away.”

The Spanish minister said he also requested Assad’s help in helping win the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been captured during a cross-border raid by Gaza militants in June 2006.

“I insisted that a positive Syrian role in the Palestinian issues (kidnapped Israeli soldier and negotiations for a new Government) would be the best way to prove that Syria is part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. I think my point was well taken.”

Shalit wasn’t released until October 2011 in a prisoner swap.

The United States viewed Moratinos’ efforts in a positive light. “Moratinos has long sought to make Spain a more relevant player in the Middle East Peace Process, due in large part to his long-standing engagement in the region – as well as his desire to normalize relations with Syria,” the ambassador said in an October 18, 2006 cable.

“Moratinos’ visit is likely intended to send a signal to other EU governments that they should not shy away from direct contact with Syrian leaders, nor from travel to Damascus. At the same time, Moratinos’ approach on the Israeli prisoner may be a way for him to demonstrate his value to both sides.”

http://iberosphere.com/2012/01/spain-news-5240/5240

Photo: White House - President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama pose for a photo with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero (c.), his wife Sonsoles Espinosa and daughters Laura and Alba.

30/10/2012

US uses Turkey as a launching pad for bombing Syria

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President Obama, was the 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

As a reminder: In 2003 Turkey was being bitterly criticized in the US for 'failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq'.

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US offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders...

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Photo: Victim of an American drone attack in Afghanistan


October 3, 2012

'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'

Iraq has called for an end to the presence of Turkish military forces on its land, demanding that Turkey stop its attacks on members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

 
“The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on Iraqi land and to reject the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi land,” said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh in a statement issued on Tuesday. 
 
Dabbagh reiterated that the Turkish military action against the PKK members on Iraqi land “contradicts the principles of good neighborly relations.” 
 
The Iraqi cabinet “recommends that parliament cancel or not extend any treaty signed in the past with any foreign state that allows the presence of foreign forces and military bases on Iraqi land or the entry of these forces,” the Iraqi government spokesman stated. 
 
The remarks were made in response to a request by the Turkish government on Monday from its parliament to renew a mandate, expiring on October 17, that allows Turkish military strikes against the PKK in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.
 
The treaty in question was signed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1995, allowing Turkish forces to have presence in the northern regions of Iraq to target the Kurdish group. 
 
The military presence of Turkish forces and their crossing into Iraq “is a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security,” Dabbagh added. 
 
Some analysts believe that Baghdad’s decision may be a reaction to Turkey’s refusal to extradite fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court for running terror squads in Iraq. 
 
Over the past months, Turkish military forces and the PKK have been involved in one of their heaviest clashes since the beginning of the Kurdish group’s armed opposition against Ankara. 
 
In July, Baghdad warned Ankara against the “violation” of its territory and airspace by Turkish fighter jets and called on its foreign ministry to file a complaint with the UN Security Council over the issue.


Oct 18, 2012

'US envoy reveals secret assistance offer to Turkey in PKK fight'


The US ambassador to Turkey has revealed that Washington secretly offered Ankara to have an “anti-bin Laden” type of joint operation against a number of military leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...


On Tuesday, Francis Ricciardone revealed to Turkish journalists that the US had offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders.


However, the Turkish government turned down the offer, saying it would continue battling with the PKK “on the basis of its laws and experiences.”


The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.


Ankara has carried out several military operations against the PKK in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.


Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also confirmed on October 16 that he had rejected the offer on a rather technical basis.


Erdogan recalled the US operation near the Pakistani capital Islamabad in May 2011 that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.


“Bin Laden was caught in a house,” said the Turkish premier, adding, “But the struggle here is in mountainous geography.”


This is reportedly the second disclosed secret offer of assistance by the US.


http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/18/267356/us-secret-offer-to-turkey-revealed/

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October 29, 2012

'Turkish policeman, eight PKK members killed in clashes'

At least nine people, including one policeman, have been killed in clashes between police and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak...

Heavy fighting erupted after PKK members attacked the building of Sirnak provincial government, a police department and a police checkpoint with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday.

Law enforcement agents have cordoned off the area and launched manhunt operations to arrest PKK members involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, Turkish troops backed by jets, launched an offensive against the Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.

Clashes between Turkish troops and PKK fighters have intensified in recent months.

Six Turkish soldiers and three PKK members were killed in overnight clashes along a highway in the remote province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran.

PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

http://presstv.com/detail/2012/10/29/269380/9-killed-in-pkk-clashes-in-turkey/

01/10/2012

Iran: 'holding dialogue is better than arming terrorists groups'

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Velayati: West is Waging War Against Syria, Syria's Victory Inevitable

Sep 29, 2012
 

TEHRAN, (SANA) – Advisor of the Iranian Islamic Revolution's Supreme Leader for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that the western countries waged a war against Syria to compensate for their losses in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

In a speech on the occasion of starting the new academic year at the Iranian National Defense University, Velayati stressed that Syria's victory over the armed terrorists groups, USA, and western and Arab countries is inevitable.

He added that some countries which wanted to downfall the Syrian government are now adopting Iran's calls for holding dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.

He highlighted that the stances of some regional countries, which were arming and funding the Syrian opposition, have changed in the last period.

Velayati expressed regret over the stances of some Arab countries which know nothing about democracy and falsely pretend they are keen on the Syrians and their right to vote.

He said that the confrontation line between the East and West is in the Middle East and in Syria, adding that the presence of US and Russian military fleets in the Mediterranean Sea proves that a new cold war began, with the Middle East in its core.

M. Nassr/ Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/09/29/444354.htm

28/09/2012

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly

Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly (Live cut version)

http://youtu.be/RKaBayz0r2I

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Photo: US. President Barack Obama and Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

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Photo: US-President Obama and his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a State Lunch in Washington. Ban Ki-Moon has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992.

24/09/2012

Middle East in Motion: Western 'Specialists on Middle East affairs'...

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Harvard Gazette of September 24th, 2012:

... Murhaf Jouejati, a Syrian-born 'specialist on Middle East affairs', also condemned China, Iran, and Russia for sending military aid to support Assad. “The government of Russia is a partner in mass murder, and let history show that,” Jouejati said. Above all, he called for “human decency.”

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/09/syria-in-the-crosshairs-httpnews-harvard-edugazettewp-adminpost-phppost116825actionedit/ 

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/section/national-n-world-affairs/

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Who's responsible for the terrorist acts and suffering of the Syrian people ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  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 terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case...

14/09/2012

Iran's Threat News

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'IRAN THREAT'

Latest Stories on Iran threat

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

Amid Israeli threat to strike Iran, 35-nation board of the UN nuclear agency adopts resolution voicing 'serious concern' about Iran's nuclear progress, while stating a peaceful diplomatic solution is desired.

by Reuters

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U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

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Russia, China agree to back IAEA resolution critical of Iran

Amid U.S.-Israel tension over Iran's nuclear program, West persuades Russia and China to adopt a resolution demanding that Iran halt any action that could promote development of nuclear bomb.

by The Associated Press

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Clinton's slap in the face

Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

IAEA passes resolution rebuking Iran over nuclear program

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Netanyahu’s Iran comments cause American media stir

‘Red line’ comments renewed tensions between Washington and Jerusalem.

by Natasha Mozgovaya

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White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

Obama phones Netanyahu after White House snubs Israeli PM’s request to meet

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New poll: Majority of Americans oppose military strike on Iran

As tensions mount between Israel and the U.S. over Iran, a poll by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs shows widespread support for the Administration’s cautious policies.

by Chemi Shalev

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Netanyahu’s challenge: Keeping Iran on boil until November

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

U.S. strike on Iran could lead to all-out Mideast war, experts say

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On 9/11 anniversary, U.S. envoy to Israel commemorates victims, cautions against nuclear Iran

U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro leads ceremony at Israeli 9/11 memorial in Jerusalem, attended by relatives of Israeli victims.

by Mordechai I. Twersky

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9/11 first responders find respite

Obama commemorates 9/11 victims at Pentagon ceremony

Shofar so good

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The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, September 11

From Netanyahu’s criticism of the international community over its position on Iran, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Tel Aviv, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

by Haaretz

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After one-month rift over Iran issue, Peres, Netanyahu meet in private

The meeting was an effort to mend the rift between the President and the Prime Minister, after Peres said that Israel must not strike Iran’s nuclear facilities without U.S.support.

by Barak Ravid

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Netanyahu aides: In opposing Israeli attack on Iran, Peres forgot his place

Former Israeli President Yitzhak Navon backs Peres on Iran statements

Top Israeli official: U.S. refusal to set 'red lines' helps Iran reach nuclear goals

In secret visit to Israel, U.K. officials warn Netanyahu against unilateral attack on Iran

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

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IAEA demands immediate access to suspected Iranian nuclear weapons site

Yukiya Amano, director general of UN's nuclear watchdog says it is 'frustrating' that no concrete progress had been made in talks between Iran, IAEA geared at resolving nuclear standoff.

by Reuters

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Clinton rejects Netanyahu's call for 'red lines' over Iran nuclear program

U.S.: Iran 'systematically demolishing' facility at Parchin

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U.A.E. official: We will strike in Iran if Iranian terror squads target Gulf states

Speaking to al-Arabiya network, Dubai's police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Syria in wake of Assad's possible ouster.

by Avi Issacharoff

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Romney: Iran's nuclear progress is Obama's biggest foreign policy failure

Speaking to NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Republican presidential candidate says Tehran closer to achieving nuclear capabilities than when Obama entered office in 2008.

by Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz

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Netanyahu 'lost his temper,' reprimanded U.S. envoy over Iran, says congressman

U.S. Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham urge tougher stand on Syria, Iran

Obama's lead over Romney grows

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Iran military official says Tehran set to unveil long-range cruise missile

Speaking to Press TV, Iran's deputy defense minister says Islamic Republic will 'soon' display the Meshkat missile, with a reported range of 2,000 kilometers.

by Haaretz

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German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Report: Amid talk of new nuclear sanctions, Iran's currency hits record low

Semi-official Iranian news agency says rial drops 7 percent in a single day to 24,300 rials to the dollar, in what could be the effect of the West's financial measures against Tehran.

by The Associated Press and Haaretz

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Crippling sanctions and isolation likely to drag Iran back to the negotiating table

EU preparing new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

German FM to Netanyahu: Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites could fracture international coalition

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Reshuffling the deck: Barak now opposes Israeli strike on Iran, sources say

People who have met the defense minister in recent weeks say he cites his objections with the same conviction and skill he used to support an attack just two months ago.

by Yossi Verter

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Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

Barak rejects reports he now opposes Israeli strike on Iran

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Deputy U.S. army chief arrives in Israel, amid continued debate on nuclear Iran

Admiral James A. Winnefeld makes unannounced visit, to meet Israeli security officials and discuss the countries' continued military cooperation.

by Gili Cohen

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Report: U.S. General Dempsey says he does not want to be 'complicit' in Israeli attack on Iran

Senior U.S. intelligence official: Israel won't strike Iran before November

Barak hints U.S. military preparations may eliminate Israel's need for Iran strike

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Netanyahu, the serial violator of Israeli gag orders

Senior Haaretz analyst Amir Oren says Netanyahu's outrage over leaks from the security cabinet is laughable in light of Netanyahu's own leaks over the attack on a nuclear reactor in Syria.

by Amir Oren

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Netanyahu cancels security cabinet meeting, citing information leak

Netanyahu rebukes Mofaz for 'irresponsible' remarks on Iran policy

Netanyahu mulls polygraph tests for ministers after Iran discussion leaked

 

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/meta/Tag/Iran%20threat

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Photo: A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are visiting Israel each month. Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July. The Israeli Tourism Ministry: ‘Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month.’    Iran, a ‘threat to Israel’ ?

30/08/2012

US-Israel: 'Iran's clandestine and dangerous nuclear weapons'...

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Israel’s Secret Nuclear Alliance with Racist South Africa

In the mid-70s, the world’s two pariah states, Israel and South Africa, sought to seal their relationship with a nuclear kiss. A new book claims Israel tried to sell South Africa nuclear-tipped missiles – the price was too high. Israel denies the charge, but Tel Aviv has never told the truth about its atomic arsenal and activities, so why should anyone believe them...

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“Israel arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.”

Israel has been called an apartheid state. Now its links to the original apartheid state have been brought to light. In a new book, The Unspoken Alliance, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, the principal journal of the US foreign policy establishment, cites declassified South African documents that reveal that Israel forged a secret military alliance with South Africa in the 1970s, and offered to sell the apartheid state nuclear weapons. (1)

From its founding in 1948 until the mid 1970s, Israel was critical of South Africa’s apartheid, and sought allies among the newly independent black African states. But for many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model they had struggled to break free from. They weren’t going to become allies of a colonial power.

Then Israeli defense minister (and now president) Shimon Peres, accompanied South African prime minister John Vorster, a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag, on a 1975 visit to the Holocaust memorial. Peres signed an agreement with Vorster’s government to establish a secret military alliance, and offered to sell Pretoria nuclear warheads.

South Africa, a white racist state, proved to be more amenable to Israel’s offers of alliance, seeing in the Zionist state a kindred country of European settlers “situated in a predominantly hostile world inhabited by dark people.”

The cementing of the alliance was helped along by an existing relationship: South Africa was already shipping yellow cake to Israel. Now, safeguards against nuclear proliferation were lifted, allowing the Israelis to divert the yellow cake to their nuclear weapons program.

The strength of the new relationship was signaled by the 1976 visit to Jerusalem of South Africa’s prime minister, John Vorster. Accompanied by Yitzhak Rabin and then defense minister (now president) Shimon Peres, Vorster visited the Holocaust memorial, a grotesque spectacle considering the South African prime minister was a Hitler-admirer who had been jailed during the war for supporting the Nazis and belonging to the fascist Ossewabrandwag.

“For many African countries, Israel was the replication in Palestine of the same European colonial settler model.”

In 1975, South Africa’s defense minister, P.W. Botha met with Peres to buy Israeli nuclear warheads. While the deal fell through – the South Africans thought the asking price too high – the two men signed an agreement to establish a secret military alliance. Israel also arranged to send Pretoria 30 grams of tritium, which South Africa later used to build a number of atomic bombs.

Alon Liel, a former Israeli ambassador to South Africa, told the British newspaper The Guardian that South Africa used its mineral wealth (based on the exploitation of oppressed black miners) to fund joint military projects while the Israelis provided the technical know-how. South Africa would soon become Israel’s largest arms customer. According to Liel, “After 1976, there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies. We were involved in Angola as consultants to the [South African] army. You had Israeli officers there cooperating with the army. The link was very intimate.”

Israel regarded the relationship as based on more than just convenience, but on a common position as colonial oppressor, under pressure from national liberation movements. The two countries shared “unshakeable foundations of…common hatred of injustice and…refusal to submit to it,” wrote Peres to South Africa’s information minister, Eschel Rhoodie. The “injustice” each refused to submit to was ending apartheid (South Africa) and reversing the Nakbah (Israel), in both cases the subordination of indigenous people to the interests of settlers from Europe. Rafael Eitan, Israel’s then military chief of staff and Ariel Sharon, a future prime minister, sympathized with the “plight” of the South Africa’s apartheid regime, presumably seeing in it a reflection of the difficulties faced by Israel in enforcing its own racist regime.

“The fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator 'undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them'.”

By the late 1980s, the apartheid regime in Pretoria was bleeding support, and it was no longer tenable to back South Africa. Israel decided that it would “have to switch from white to black.” The security estblishment balked, pointing out that South Africa, as Israel’s chief arms customer, had “saved Israel,” a conclusion Liel says is “probably true.”

Chris McGreal, a reporter at The Guardian who has written a series of articles on the revelations in Polakow-Suranky’s book, points out that the fact that Israel was willing to act as a nuclear proliferator “undermines Israel’s attempts to suggest that, if it has nuclear weapons, it is a ‘responsible’ power that would not misuse them, whereas countries such as Iran cannot be trusted.”

But how responsible was France? It probably played a role in Israel’s development of nuclear weapons, transferring technology to Israel in return for its role in the attempted 1956 British-French take-over of Egypt (the Suez Canal crisis.) (2) How responsible, for that matter, is the United States, which dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, despite the reality that a Japanese surrender was imminent, and, even if it weren’t, could have been obtained easily without the use of atomic bombs? (3) What’s more, the United States continues to threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states (4) – hardly the acts of a responsible nuclear power, and nothing less than nuclear terrorism.

Polakow-Suransky’s book, and McGreal’s reporting, reveal that Israel entered into a military alliance with an overtly racist regime – and aided South Africa in its attempt to smash Angola’s national liberation movement — the foundations of the alliance all the stronger for being based on shared problems related to the maintenance of oppressive rule over dispossessed indigenous majorities.

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1. The bulk of this article is based on Chris McGreal’s articles for The Guardian: “Israel and apartheid: a marriage of convenience and military might” May 23, 2010; “Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons”, May 24, 2010.

2. See Richard Becker, “A turning point in the Middle East balance of forces”, PSLWeb.org, November 1, 2006.

3. See Jacques R. Pauwels, The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2002, p 172-173

4. Stephen Gowans, “Nuclear Posture Review 2010“, what’s left, April 10, 2010.

 

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http://blackagendareport.com/content/israel%E2%80%99s-sec...

28/08/2012

Erdogan and Iran's 'nuclear threat'...

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Turkish prime minister Erdogan, which is playing now a very active role in the arming of terrorist groups in Syria, called Nuclear Israel a threat to Middle East...

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Nuclear Israel is a 'threat' to Middle East, says Turkey's Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, escalated his war of words with Israel yesterday by claiming that the Jewish state poses a "threat" to the Middle East because of its undeclared nuclear capabilities.

Launching one of his bluntest attacks yet in his increasingly outspoken feud with Israel, the Turkish leader also accused Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "state terrorism" for its military incursions into Gaza in the past five years.

"Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed from bombs that have rained down on them from Israel," he said during an official visit to South Africa. "You sleep at night peacefully and secure, yet Palestinians can't find a single trace of peace in Palestine."

Mr Erdogan's broadside comes a month after Turkey retaliated against Mr Netanyahu's refusal to apologise for Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, 2010 by expelling the Israeli ambassador to Turkey.

The diplomatic crisis worsened after Mr Erdogan announced plans to step up Turkish naval patrols in the Mediterranean and signalled his intention to counter Israel's offshore gas exploration.

Mr Erdogan has been a longstanding critic of Israeli policies in Gaza and while his latest comments will deepen irritation in the Netanyahu administration, they will also come as no surprise.

But his attack on Israel's nuclear capacity will be viewed differently, with officials fearing that Turkey could now become the champion of an Arab campaign to force Israel to open its Dimona reactor to UN inspectors.

Secret Turkish diplomatic cables leaked by the Israeli press last month contained a threat by Mr Erdogan to work against Israel in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

By claiming that he saw "Israel as a threat for its region because it has the atomic bomb", Mr Erdogan could be signalling the start of just such a campaign.

Arab states dropped plans at the IAEA general assembly last month to pass a resolution calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a step it has resisted in order to prevent inspections of its atomic facilities.

But Israel, which maintains a policy of ambiguity on its nuclear capabilities, fears fresh attempts could be made to introduce a similar resolution next year and Turkish support could increase its prospects of passing.

Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem, 5 Oct 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/isra...

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Photo: Erdogan remains the best friend of the US. and Israel

27/08/2012

Syria: Iran wants a political process, no foreign interference

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August 27, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar said that Iran's role is in the interest of the Syrian people and is based on preventing foreign interference and halting violence, stressing that the political process in Syria must be between national sides.

At a press conference on Monday, Haidar affirmed that and that any call for foreign intervention will have no place in the coming political stage, and that any suggestion that manifests the US-western project to fragment the region is a non-national suggestion.

He said that everyone knows that Iran has an active role in producing a political process that helps Syrians emerge from the crisis, and that the Syrian themselves - both the people and the leadership – are moving towards a political solution, not any other sort of solution.

Haidar stressed that that Syrian wants a change that makes Syria stronger and more capable of confronting and resisting the US-western project and its tools in the region, adding that any political solution must be based on preventing foreign intervention and rejecting violence from any side, and that this solution must be achieved by the Syrians without interference from any external side and must preserve the unity of people and land and Syria's historic strategic choices.

He pointed out that doors are still open for everyone, and that this was discussed with friends and allies in Iran, affirming that militants who cross borders from other countries to carry out their own agendas in Syria have nothing to do with the political process and will never be a part of it since they didn't come to Syria to defend the Syrians' interests and just demands, adding that this is an entirely different issue that the Syrian government is dealing with through confrontations on the ground against these militants.

Haidar underlined the need to distinguish between the political process as a whole and national dialogue which is one of the axis of the political process and a method to find safe ways out of the crisis that meet the Syrians' just demands which are well-known and which the government is working to achieve.

"As for the reason behind the insistence by the US and some western countries and their tools in the region to have President al-Assad abdicate as a first step to resolving the crisis in Syria, I will respond that this is unacceptable in principle for the reason – as everybody knows – that this suggestion came from abroad and is a direct interference in Syria's internal affairs and a violation of the sovereignty of a country, a sovereignty which is acknowledged by all countries of the world, and this violates the international convention of the people's right to self-determination," he explained.

Haidar went on to say that the issue, structure and mechanisms of change are purely Syrian issues, and that no-one has the right to interfere in them. Therefore, discussing these points constitutes interference in Syrian affairs, adding "all suggestions – whether they are abdication, a transitional phase, a transitional government or otherwise – that interfere in these points are rejected by the Syrians."

He stressed that the only acceptable thing is helping Syrians engage in dialogue, abandon weapons and adopt a political process, noting that it's possible to pose ideas through dialogue which is open to everyone, and that there will be no veto on any idea.

Haidar said ''There are voices abroad who raise slogans that call for rejecting the othe, or who seek resort to weapons and the continuation of fighting until one side conquers the other and speak about fragmenting Syria.''

He said that any project that leads to the rise of the Western-US project in the region, that is redrawing the region on sectarian and racist foundations will have no place in the upcoming political process.

''We want the kind of change that makes Syria more powerful in the face of US-Western project and their tools in the region, which is, on the whole, intended to serve the Zionist project.''

He stressed that the Palestinian cause is in the heart and mind of every Syrian citizen until whole Palestine is back.

Haidar added that the Iranian proposal for solving the crisis in Syria consists of a host of ideas and is not the full proposal to be put forward during the Summit, ''This proposal is based on the principles of rejecting foreign interference and violence or even attempts to justify it for one reason or another, and emphasizes the political solution by the Syrians themselves.''

He said that halting violence must be part of an integral project, adding that there must be a handover of weapons and finding a solution to the issue of gunmen, and that no other weapon exist except that of the state.''

''There are more than 300 armed groups in Syria that are not linked to each other, and the terms used by media such as ''Free Army'' or specific groups with leadership and authorities are untrue,'' Haidar added.

He said that reconciliation goes far beyond than a meeting of two sides, but it is about producing a new environment for a web of relationships among the Syrians that eliminate the effects of the past and addresses its problems in a serious and true manner.

Haidar said that some thought that national reconciliation is a political dialogue, but there still are hundreds of questions, especially about that parties who are to come to dialogue and their actual representation of the Syrian people.

Haidar said that national dialogue takes time and work for achieving the so-called social reconciliation that allows for producing the real representatives of the Syrian people.

On the countries who are interfering in the Syrian internal affairs, Haidar said that no country would accept that another provides weapons, funds, media and political support to armed groups with the aim of weakening or disintegrating the state.

"Iran stands at one distance among all Syrians, doesn't support a side at the expense of the other side.. so the countries concerned should retreat from their measures of boycott and restore the diplomatic relations.. at that time, Syria sees what could be fulfilled in this file," Haidar said.

On the Egyptian initiative, Haidar said that Egypt or any country has to stand at one distance among the Syrians, so it has to adopt a clear stance on the violence and who fund it.

"Iran's vision on the crisis and the way of solution is based on a reality which states that the Syrians have rights and demands that should be met, and the Syrian state seeks to fulfill these demand, but the problem lies in the foreign intervention," Haidar said.

As for the hostile stances of Turkish Premier and his Foreign Minister to Syria, Haidar underlined that the Turkish leadership doesn't say what it is content with, and that the Turkish leaders were conveying messages from the West and the US in particular.

On the Iranian initiative, Haidar said that it concentrates on the halt of violence to make the atmospheres available to go for the political process.

As for the plan of the new UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Haidar stressed that the average of success or fail of his paln is related to the international agreement on this plan, adding "the issue is not a personal one."

H. Sabbagh/M. Ismael/ Mazen

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/27/438293.htm

22/08/2012

Japan: trade deficit

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A larger-than-expected trade deficit has hit Japan as Europe’s debt crisis slows exports, and higher oil prices, precipitated by the illegal US-led sanctions against Iran, increase the cost of imports for the East Asian country.


Japan’s Ministry of Finance reported on Wednesday that the country’s trade balance had left a deficit of JPY 517.4 billion (USD 6.5 billion) in July, almost double a market forecast of a JPY-275-billion deficit, and contrasted with the surplus of JPY 60.3 billion in June. 

The month’s overall exports were also down by 8.1 percent to JPY 5.31 trillion in a blow to Japan’s export-reliant economy. 

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The Iran threat...

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Booming Israeli tourism sets records

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18/08/2012

Americans tired of clownish anti-Iran threats

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We have one thing in our news every day now, secret plans Israel leaks about their upcoming “shock and awe” attack on Iran. We don’t get it once a week, it’s a new story every 2 hours on every network, every paper.

Then come the admissions, that Israel can’t attack anyone without America doing the fighting. We knew that all along. What Israel also knows is that no American will fight an Israeli battle again, not after Afghanistan and Iraq.

Very interesting to know is that nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in Israel in July, a record for the month and an 8% increase over the previous July.  Israeli Tourism Ministry: 'Each month of 2012 has set an all-time record for the month'.  

But despite the tourism boom, Israeli politicians talk in a ridiculous way about the so called 'nucleair threat of Iran' in the hope that the US and its allies will plung in a new military adventure that would give Israel the absolute hegemony over the Middle East. 

It is not the first time that Israeli politicians put pressure on the US.
In the past, Israel used the development of its secret nuclear weapons arsenal as a blackmail against the US.  The American government was providing them with the most sophisticated weapons...

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Photo: A Tel Aviv beach on Friday.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists are visiting the so called 'by Iran threatened Israel' each month.   

14/08/2012

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

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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

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/08/12/436075.htm

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.