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11 June 2013 @ 12:13 am
Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: “The West should Pay War Reparations to Syria”  
Interview with Michel Chossudovsky
“What we must now tackle at an international level is war reparations. The war is over unless of course the West decides to continue this war e.g. with a no fly zone. That would be an extremely dangerous option at this stage because Syria has an advanced air defense system.”
Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Center for Research on Globalization, Montreal, on the back of UN concern for the Syrian war spilling over into other countries.
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Press TV: The UN is warning of an explosion in the Middle East if the war on Syria continues. The question is what has the UN itself done to prevent the war from exacerbating?
Chossudovsky: First of all, that statement was made by the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. And the statement says that if the fighting doesn’t stop… the fighting is going to stop because the terrorists have been defeated.
And essentially if Western powers put a moratorium on their support to these al-Qaeda affiliated rebels, the war is over – at least, the ground war is over. Recent developments suggest and confirm that the country is under the control of the Syrian government. The rebel forces have been defeated in al-Qusayr and they’ve also been defeated in other parts of the country.
The question of humanitarian aid has to be, from my standpoint, addressed because, who are the protagonists of humanitarian aid, so-called humanitarian aid? Precisely the countries, which supported these rebel terrorists.
And I think what we should be raising at this stage is that it is well established that this war was waged by the United States, NATO and Israel with the support of the [Persian] Gulf states, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in particular and that under international law what is now required is war reparations.
So I would say: let us put the “humanitarian dimension” aside and focus on the billions and billions of dollars of war reparations, which are due to the Syrian government as a result of the legal support of these terrorist formations in Syria, which constitute essentially the ground forces – the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance.

An approximate full transcript of the interview here
globalresearch.ca/humanitarian-crisis-in-syria-the-west-should-pay-war-reparations-to-syria-interview-with-michel-chossudovsky/5338250
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clothcapclothcap on June 10th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Syria update via MT
Syria is bleeding to death and the west stands by
Sceptics about humanitarian intervention in Syria hit you with what they
regard as a killer question: "Where do you stop?" If the "international
community", such as it is, tries to halt the massacres in Syria, why
doesn't it intervene in North Korea or ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/09/william-hague-syria-policy

Syria crisis shows why Israel must remain strong
Fareed Zakaria explained why neither side in the Syrian conflict is likely
to surrender: “People fight to the end because they know that losers in
such wars get killed or 'ethnically cleansed.'”
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Analysis-Syria-crisis-shows-why-Israel-must-remain-strong-315895

IDF warned Syria against moving tanks to Quneitra
Syria told Israel through a UN mediator on Thursday that its tanks and
armored personnel carriers that moved inside the disengagement zone along
the border were “solely for the purpose of fighting the armed members of
opposition and asked that the IDF ...
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/IDF-warned-Syria-against-moving-tanks-to-Quneitra-315896

Syria arms: Parliament would get vote, Hague pledges
Parliament would get to vote before the UK sent any arms to Syrian
opposition forces, William Hague has said. More than 80 Conservative MPs
have written to David Cameron urging Parliament to be consulted if the UK
decides to provide any weapons.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22832202

Syria's online troops wage counter-revolutionary cyber war
All sides in Syria's war have used social media to try to drum up support
and document atrocities being inflicted on an almost daily basis.
Opposition groups were quick to build Facebook pages and post videos
depicting gruesome acts by regime forces ...
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/9rLCxkf4GgygzVcriVxr9H/Syrias-online-troops-wage-counterrevolutionary-cyber-war.html

Syria: Assad forces massing for major assault on Aleppo
News outlets close to the Syrian regime and the Lebanese Shia militia
Hizbollah, which has come to its support, said that "Operation Northern
Storm" to retake Aleppo, the biggest city in the country, and the
surrounding countryside had begun.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10109013/Syria-Assad-forces-massing-for-major-assault-on-Aleppo.html

How Syria conflict affects its neighbours
Formerly an ally of Syria, Turkey turned against Bashar al-Assad within
months of the conflict breaking out, publicly condemning the brutality of
Syria's response to the uprising. Turkey has allowed the Syrian political
and military opposition to base ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22815222

The Least Bad Option in Syria
Until a few weeks ago, political leaders in the United States and Western
Europe had claimed with monotonous regularity that the government of Syria
was on the verge of collapse. “Assad's rule is coming to an end. It is
inevitable,” Jeffrey ...
http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2013/06/09/the-least-bad-option-in-syria/

Syria is now Saudi Arabia's problem
Hassan Hassan writes: Hezbollah can finally claim a victory in Syria. The
town of Qusayr, adjacent to the Lebanese border, has fallen to the Lebanese
militia after nearly a month of fierce battles with Syrian rebels.
http://warincontext.org/2013/06/09/syria-is-now-saudi-arabias-problem/
clothcapclothcap on June 10th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Al-Qusayr, Syria: A Conclusion
Meanwhile, figures were released to the losses of the rebel gangs in al-Qusayr. 2,745 rebel fighters were killed, 344 wounded. Of the latter, about 200 are in Lebanese hospitals for treatment. Approximately 1,000 fighters were arrested. Not less than 600 had success to escape from the encirclement.
The ratio of the killed fighters in the comparison to the wounded fighters is interesting. It testifies to the fact that there is virtually no medical help. Therefore, a good part of the rebels simply had to die because there was no medical treatment for them. The ratio seems generally quite characteristic for this war.
“Normally”, the ratio of the wounded to the killed would be something like 3:1, but here, it is at least the other way around. The hot weather and the result what it could mean for the untreated wounds is to take under a consideration, too.
Numbers about the losses of the Syrian army are “traditionally” not published (since about March 2012).
The taking of al-Qusayr comes along with the open occurrence of Hezbollah with a relative huge amount of fighters. The “international community” has not really been able to formulate a unanimously protest – to call the Lebanese Shiites foreign regular units would mean to give Hezbollah a completely different status than it is currently the case, when one is speaking of them as a “terrorist organization”.
The public and undisguised appearance of Hezbollah is, when one considers the matter, a quite unexpected step. That’s probably what Bashar al-Assad meant with his “asymmetric response” to Israel after the Israeli Air Force has attacked Syria. The Hezbollah fighters will certainly not return to Lebanon with empty hands.
[...] Thereby, Hezbollah appeared in Syria at a quite well chosen moment. Probably this was not planned well in advance, but it is finally now relatively the same from where the help comes in the eyes of the war-weary people – the main thing is that the horror is over as soon as possible. If Hezbollah would have occurred in Syria a half or a year earlier, this would have probably fueled the confessional conflict between the Sunnis and Shiites.
However, in the meantime, the version of a war in sense of “Sunnis against Shiites” is, notwithstanding the fact that this is still boosted by the internet platforms of the rebell gangs and by the relentless media war on the channels of the Gulf monarchies, hardly up to date and this propaganda does not find a fertile ground in the hearts of the vast majority of Syrians. They consider Hezbollah as a true ally, without holding on to the religious peculiarities.
However, this very delicate situation should induce Syria and Hezbollah to limit their cooperation. Hezbollah’s leadership signifies that it is primarily acting against these gangs in whose inventory are radical Sunnis from Lebanon. And that’s just logical.
There are large quantities of Lebanese in the units of Al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front) in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. That is probably the reason that we have heard a few days ago about the fact that several thousand Hezbollah fighters establish themselves around Aleppo.
Full http://www.syrianews.cc/qusayr-syria-conclusion/
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
Turkish police use water cannons, tear gas to oust protesters from Taksim Square

Hundreds of Turkish police are fending off protesters after taking over Taksim Square in Istanbul. Violent clashes are happening in the surrounding streets, which the RT crew on site describes as ‘a real meat grinder’.
Read RT's live updates on the Turkish protests.
http://rt.com/news/istanbul-park-protests-police-095/
Hundreds of security troops have arrived at the scene early morning. The square itself was mostly empty of protesters at the time.
[...] Turkish officials told the media they are taking control of the square to protect a monument in it from vandalism.
The Monument of the Republic, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 is located in Taksim Square. The monument was covered with some anti-government and pro-revolution graffiti by the protesters.
"Our aim is to remove the signs and pictures on Ataturk statue and the Ataturk Cultural Centre. We have no other aim," Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu wrote on Twitter. "Gezi Park and Taksim will not be touched."
Pics, more text http://rt.com/news/police-turkey-taksim-square-505/
Will Assad ask the UN for an NFZ over Istanbul?

Edited at 2013-06-11 08:43 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: Turkish police use water cannons, tear gas to oust protesters from Taksim Square
"Will Assad ask the UN for an NFZ over Istanbul?"
Hardly, though the fool has issued a silly travelwarning for Syrians wishing to travel to Turkey. I have just spoken to a University Professor just back from Istanbul and other parts of Turkey and he says everything is more or less normal except for some rubbish left by protesters in the square.
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
Social media
Révolutions Info
#Syria Rebels' Losses in Syria Complicate Options for US Aid - New York Times (blog): New York... http://bit.ly/13vVB7M

nsnbc international
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Tactical Things
Russia ready to consider asylum for NSA whistleblower Snowden http://rt.com/news/russia-consider-asylum-snowden-517/

RT
Another police vehicle set ablaze as they try to clean barricades from roads leading to Taksim - via @MahirZeynalov http://on.rt.com/jyo1lv

'There are serious clashes in small streets surrounding Taksim Square' - RT's @aelsabbagh_RT http://on.rt.com/jyo1lv

Hatuxka
Syria's Fake Sectarian War http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/06/09/18738182.php

Edward Snowden exposes the Orwellian state http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2013/06/10/edward-snowden-orwell/

Hatuxka
Report Confirms Canada Has Its Own Phone Meta-Data and Internet Surveillance Program http://zite.to/17Cj2Cc

State of Emergency and "Continuity of Government": What is the Real Reason the Government is Spying on Everyone http://zite.to/13Tq1RQ

From 9/11 To PRISMgate - How The Carlyle Group LBO'd The World's Secrets http://zite.to/11SFA9q warprofiteer zionist calls Snowden "traitor"

Syria: Hizbullahs Involvement Is Limited http://www.moonofalabama.org/2013/06/syria-hizbullahs-involvement-is-limited.html

A. Smith
#Apartheid Israel offers to eliminate indigenous Mayan protesters inside Mexico promoting physical,ethnic genocide http://is.gd/S2uvbb

USA Agents under Obama-Biden @Whitehouse involved in massive taxpayer funded Sex,Drug buying coverup. http://is.gd/bbsW0S #ScandalX

USA senator plans legal suit against Obama-Biden @Whitehouse admin for massive domestic warrantless spying operation http://is.gd/FilsxP

What spying apologists don’t tell you about “thwarted plots”
Defenders of the government's spying programs claim they're stopping massive attacks. Here's the real story
http://www.salon.com/2013/06/10/what_spying_apologists_dont_want_you_to_know/
Mostly about Headley, informant turned (Gladio type?) terrorist
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Joke time.
A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site..

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. What's your name?

"Morris Feinberg," he replied.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to theWestern Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."

"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."

"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man."

"I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests.."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fucking

Brick wall.."
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Joke time.
I know the feeling.
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
Iran update via MT, 2 days worth
Iran says it sets up center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead
Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking
center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead, the breakthrough
claimed by the Islamic Republic in its space program. President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who inaugurated the ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/report-iran-sets-up-center-to-monitor-objects-passing-in-orbit-overhead/2013/06/09/42a49824-d0ca-11e2-9772-6fcf660e8c49_story.html

Iran poll rivals clash over foreign policy
Centrist Hassan Rouhani, Iran's former nuclear negotiator and Saeed Jalili,
the present negotiator, traded harsh accusations during the four-hour
debate between the eight June 14 poll candidates on foreign policy and
domestic issues on Friday.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/20136716524971769.html

Protester killed outside Iran's Beirut embassy
A Lebanese protester was killed outside the Iranian embassy in
Beirut on Sunday after gunmen from the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia
Hezbollah opened fire when anti-Hezbollah Shi'ite demonstrators approached,
witnesses and officials said.
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Protester-killed-outside-Irans-Beirut-embassy-315928

Iran gas project can't be set aside: Iqbal
The new government moved to smother speculation about the
Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline on Saturday, with a minister asserting that the
country needed to lap up the commodity from “wherever it comes, whether
from Iran or the Arabian Sea”.
http://dawn.com/2013/06/09/iran-gas-project-cant-be-set-aside-iqbal/

Should Iran's Election Really be Discounted?
by Farideh Farhi. I read with great interest the writing of Washington's
new Iran expert, Dennis Ross. With a title like “Don't Discount the
Iranian Election”, I thought, wow! Iran's contested and improvised
politics are finally being taken seriously.
http://www.lobelog.com/should-irans-election-really-be-discounted/

Israeli leader accuses Iran of cyberattacks - seattlepi.com
Benjamin Netanyahu told a security conference that Iran, along with its
proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, are targeting Israel's "essential systems."
Israel considers Iran to be its most dangerous enemy, citing Tehran's
support for Arab militant ...
http://www.seattlepi.com/business/technology/article/Israeli-leader-accuses-Iran-of-cyberattacks-4589851.php

In Iran Race, All 8 Candidates Toe Hard Line on Nuclear Might
A group of chador-wearing female supporters of Iran's nuclear
negotiator, Saeed Jalili, cheered wildly when he entered a packed
conference hall during a campaign stop at Tehran University last week.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/world/middleeast/iran-candidates-toe-hard-line-for-nuclear-bid.html

Iran clerical group for Velayati as president: report
A leading Iranian conservative clerical group has endorsed
veteran diplomat Ali Akbar Velayati to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the
June 14 presidential election, a media report said on Sunday.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9Nh2L_dXoJ-yQgmX3OyicLlRJ4g?docId=CNG.dab512d43f62005f04e8a64b4f621e92.2c1
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Iran update via MT, 2 days worth c'nt'd

A rare Iran presidential poll shows Tehran mayor Ghalibaf as runaway favorite
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf holds a strong lead in the eight-way
Iranian presidential race, according to survey data from a company that
claims to run the only tracking poll in the election. The U.S.-based
Information and Public Opinion ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/10/a-rare-iran-presidential-poll-shows-tehran-mayor-ghalibaf-as-runaway-favorite/

Iran's accidental envoy for reformists brings spark to presidential race
He talks about easing the political restrictions imposed
by Iranian authorities. He tells crowds that rebuilding ties with Western
governments is better than denouncing them as irreconcilable enemies. At a
rally Monday, crowds gathered ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/report-iran-may-disqualify-centrist-candidate-in-presidential-election/2013/06/09/8b11cb8c-d16e-11e2-9577-df9f1c3348f5_story.html

Iran election: 'No optimism left'
As Iran's presidential election draws closer, many Iranians are still
deciding who to vote for - or whether to vote at all. Of the 680 candidates
who registered to run in this year's election on 14 June, Iran's Guardian
Council approved eight. Five of ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22777580

Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant had generator problem-envoy
MOSCOW, June 10 (Reuters) - Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant has
experienced technical problems with its generator and experts are working
to resolve the issue, Tehran's envoy to Moscow said on Monday. Ambassador
Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said ...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-iran-nuclearbushehrl5n0em2t4-20130610,0,50565.story

Why the West has trouble understanding Iran's political language ...
The previous 2009 elections came amid a large-scale opposition campaign to
review the voting results – but that was before the Arab Spring, while
the future elections have dovetailed with a crisis of the revolution in
Egypt, a war in Syria and a ...
http://rt.com/op-edge/west-trouble-understanding-iran-politics-442/

Israeli minister claims Iran wants to build 30 nuclear bombs a year ...
Iran is working round the clock to enlarge its nuclear infrastructure with
the eventual aim of developing an industry capable of building up to 30
bombs a year, an Israeli minister charged on Monday. Speaking to reporters
in Jerusalem, ...
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/10/israeli-minister-claims-iran-wants-to-build-30-nuclear-bombs-a-year/

President Obama Can Still Channel Kennedy on Iran
As tensions with Iran rise, President Obama would be wise to heed Kennedy's
words “not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side,
not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and
communication as ...
http://www.lobelog.com/president-obama-can-still-channel-kennedy-on-iran/

Iran upset about slow progress on gas pipeline – The Express Tribune
The project envisages supply of 750 million cubic feet per day of gas to
Pakistan beginning at the end of December 2014.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/561464/iran-upset-about-slow-progress-on-gas-pipeline/

Iran: Bushehr nuclear plant has generator problem - Economy news
Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant has had an electric generator
malfunction, an Iranian official said Monday. The flaw at the Bushehr plant
wasn't caused by recent ...
http://www.mail.com/int/business/economy/2141698-iran-bushehr-nuclear-plant-generator-problem.html

Report: Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on hand Sunday as officials at a
nuclear plant took a critical step toward completing a reactor, the
semiofficial ...
http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/09/world/meast/iran-nuclear-reactor
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
Libya update via MT
Libya Doesn't Need More Militias
TWO years after the Libyan revolution, the police and army remain weak and
hollow. Neglected by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in favor of more loyal units
commanded by his sons, they are ill-equipped, understaffed, bloated at the
senior ranks and tainted by ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/opinion/libya-doesnt-need-more-militias.html

Libyan army chief quits as 31 killed in clashes
The violence broke out on Saturday when protesters stormed a base belonging
to Libya Shield, a grouping of militias aligned with the military that were
tasked with helping to maintain security.
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/libyan-army-chief-quits-as-31-killed-in-clashes-29332567.html

Libya's Deserts a Source of Worry for its Neighbours
TRIPOLI, Jun 10 2013 (IPS) - All eyes have turned to Libya since Nigerien
President Mahamadou Issoufou's statement claiming that recent attacks in
north Niger were perpetrated by Malian terrorists based in south Libya.
While some security analysts have ...
http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/libyas-deserts-a-source-of-worry-for-its-neighbours/

Libya-Togo qualifier moved to Tripoli
The African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier between Libya and Togo set to
take place on Friday was switched on Monday from Benina to the capital
Tripoli, football's world governing body Fifa announced.
http://www.supersport.com/football/africa/news/130610/LibyaTogo_qualifier_moved_to_Tripoli

Libya army chief resigns after clash in Benghazi
One of Libya's highest military officers resigned Sunday
after clashes between protesters and a government-aligned militia he was in
charge of killed 31 people in the eastern city of Benghazi, the deadliest
such violence in a country ...
http://www.boston.com/news/world/middle-east/2013/06/09/libya-army-chief-resigns-after-clash-benghazi/tyK9WL5M7tUGbKwCq9BCnJ/story.html

Libya, Iraq offer lessons for Syria
Those planning for Syria's “day after” should learn a lesson from the
past and avoid an approach just adopted in Libya, and before that in Iraq,
that would widen divisions rather than heal the wounds.
http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/jun/11/libya-iraq-offer-lessons-for-syria/?newswatch

Libya-Togo World Cup qualifier moved to Tripoli
San Francisco Chronicle
ZURICH (AP) — Security issues in Libya have forced a key World Cup
qualifying match against Togo on Friday to be switched to Tripoli from
Benghazi. FIFA says the change is due to "the latest security incidents in
Benghazi."
http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Libya-Togo-World-Cup-qualifier-moved-to-Tripoli-4591303.php

UN Libya Mission Calls for Restraint After Latest Violence in Benghazi
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)today expressed "deep
concern" regarding the outbreak of violence in Benghazi that claimed the
lives of many people and left many others injured. "UNSMIL calls on all
concerned to exercise maximum ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/201306101069.html

Libya to open oil facilities in south as protests halt output
Libya's state-owned oil company will open
exploration and refining operations in the southwest of the country to meet
demands for jobs from protesters, who have halted output at its major El
Feel oilfield.
http://www.trust.org/item/20130610163329-b6qd5/?source%20=%20hpbreaking

Libya moves urgently to block assets from leaving South Africa ...
Libya is pressing the South African authorities, as a matter of urgency, to
help stop Qaddafi-era assets from being spirited out of their country. At
the start of May, Tripoli urged Pretoria to give “urgent” assistance in
blocking more than $1 billion ...
http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/06/10/libya-moves-urgently-to-block-assets-from-leaving-south-africa/

Libya protests kill 28 in Benghazi
At protests in the Libyan city of Benghazi, 28 people have been killed at
the headquarters of former rebels who had fought against Moamar Gadhafi.
Civilians ...
http://www.dw.de/libya-protests-kill-28-in-benghazi/a-16868771
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
New post on http://clothcap2.livejournal.com about the Tim Yeo scandal.
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Syria update via MT
Syria's rebel leadership makes new pleas to Washington
Following its loss of the key border town of Qusair last week, Syria's
rebel leadership has made impassioned new pleas to the Obama administration
for U.S. weapons shipments and described its situation as dire, according
to senior administration officials.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syrias-rebel-leadership-makes-new-pleas-to-washington/2013/06/10/d743ebf0-d201-11e2-8cbe-1bcbee06f8f8_story.html

Syria: US moves closer to arming rebels
"The pace at which the US government appears to be moving towards harder
support for the rebels is much faster than has been their recently
slackened push to make Geneva happen in the very near future," said Dan
Layman, a spokesman for the Syria ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10111571/Syria-US-moves-closer-to-arming-rebels.html

Syria troops 'preparing for Aleppo assault'
Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive
on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings. A
Syrian security source said it would start "in the coming hours or days".
Opposition activists in the ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22840728

Israel avoids US debate on arming Syrian rebels
Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made clear on Monday that
Israel was not getting involved in that discussion. “Israel does not take
sides in the Syrian civil war,”
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-stays-clear-of-US-debate-on-arming-Syrian-rebels-316060

Syrian war enters new phase but no end in sight
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are
massing around Aleppo in preparation for an offensive to retake the city
and build on battlefield gains that have swung the momentum of Syria's war
to Assad and his Hezbollah allies.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/10/us-syria-crisis-future-idUSBRE9590P520130610

Syria forces ready Aleppo assault after Qusair victory
On the international front, Britain said Syrian government gains on the
ground had made organising peace talks harder, as Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Syria's
conflict by telephone.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-forces-ready-Aleppo-assault-after-Qusair-victory/articleshow/20524342.cms

Syria arms: Parliament would get vote, Hague pledges
The UK and France have led calls for more support for the official
opposition in Syria, but MPs from all parties have warned of the dangers of
escalating a conflict that has already claimed the lives of 80,000, and of
strengthening extremist elements.
http://www.tribune.com.ng/news2013/en/world-news/item/14018-syria-arms-parliament-would-get-vote,-hague-pledges.html

Russia to Arm Syria, EU Lifts Embargo on Rebels
The European Union recently decided to lift the embargo on weapons to the
rebels in Syria. Perhaps in response, Russia announced intentions to supply
the Syrian army with anti-aircraft missiles.
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/15663-russia-to-arm-syria-eu-lifts-embargo-on-rebels

Jordan wargames: Patriot batteries, F-16s and 4,500 US troops near ...
“This is happening very close to Syria, where for more than two years the
flames of a devastating conflict are burning that Russia and its American
partners are trying to stop by proposing to hold an international peace
conference as soon as ...
http://rt.com/news/jordan-multinational-military-exercises-459/

Belgian fighter killed in Syria
A young Belgian man has been killed in Syria while fighting for an Islamist
group and his brother was arrested on his return home from the war-stricken
country, newspapers said Monday.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/belgian-fighter-killed-syria
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Syria – Israel Is Losing the Battle
[It took half a century for the truth about "the Israel lobby" involvement (i.e. zionist influence) in the decision to go to war against Germany, to become readily available info. Thanks to internet there is a much shorter lag today.]
Gilad Atzmon wrote;
In the last week we have been following British and French’s desperate attempts to push for a military intervention in Syria. It is far from being a secret that both British and French government are dominated by the Jewish Lobby. In Britain it is the ultra Zionist CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel) – apparently 80% of Britain’s conservative MPs are members of the pro Israeli Lobby. In France the situation is even more devastating, the entire political system is hijacked by the forceful CRIF.
But in case anyone fails to grasp why the Jewish Lobby is pushing for an immediate intervention, Debka, an Israeli news outlet provides the answer. Seemingly, the Syrian army is winning on all fronts. Israel’s military and geo-political calculations are proved to be wrong.
According to Debka, “the battle for Damascus is over”. The Syrian army had virtually “regained control of the city in an epic victory”. The rebels, largely mercenaries, have lost the battle they “can’t do much more than fire sporadically. They can no longer launch raids, or pose threats to the city centre, the airport or the big Syrian air base nearby.?The Russian and Iranian transports constantly bringing replenishments for keeping the Syrian army fighting can again land at Damascus airport after months of rebel siege.”
But it isn’t just the capital. Debka reports that “Hezbollah and Syrian units have tightened their siege on the rebels holding out in the northern sector of al Qusayr; other (Syrian army) units have completed their takeover of the countryside around the town of Hama; and a third combined Syrian-Hizballah force has taken up positions around Aleppo.”
Debka maintains that senior IDF officers criticized the Israeli defense minister (Moshe Ya’alon) who “mislead” the Knesset a few days ago estimating that “Bashar Assad controlled only 40% of Syrian territory.” Debka suggests that Israeli defense Minister drawn on a “flawed intelligence assessment and were concerned that the armed forces were acting on the basis of inaccurate intelligence.” Debka stresses, “erroneous assessments… must lead to faulty decision-making.”
Debka is clearly brave enough to admit that Israeli military miscalculations may have lead to disastrous consequences. It reports, “the massive Israeli bombardment of Iranian weapons stored near Damascus for Hezbollah, turned out a month later to have done more harm than good. It gave Bashar Assad a boost instead of weakening his resolve.”
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/07/syria-israel-is-losing-the-battle/
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
Syrian Capital: 14 People died in new Bomb Attacks
Sad news from the Syrian capital Damascus. At least 14 people have been killed by two bomb attacks carried out by the foreign-backed militants and jihadists, often called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) or “democratic innocent people just defending themselves” by Western mass media. So according to the facts on ground in Syria since over two years, some might wish these European states some of these “democratic freedom-lovers” due the situation that their media and politicians love these militants so much.
The two bomb attacks in the Syrian capital Damascus were carried out near a police station after other explosive devices blew off near the known Marjeh Square in the central area of the Syrian capital Damascus. According to the Syrian Al-Ikhbariya television station, not only (at least) 14 people died due to the next terrorist attack in the Syrian capital, but also some 31 innocent Syrians were injured in this incident today.
Although there is so far no group which has claimed the responsibility for this terrorist attack in the capital of Syria, it seems logical that the foreign-backed militants and jihadists are behind such acts of pure terrorism against the innocent citizens of the Syrian capital. Thus, that the Syrian television channel Al-Ikhbariya has soon blamed the US-backed terrorists within Syria is not very far fetched, but logical.
After all the successful operations of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in recent weeks, for example in al-Qusayr and the countryside of al-Qusayr near the border to Lebanon and the recent successful operations in the largest Syrian city Aleppo and the northern region of Syria, these next car bombs and acts of terror against the Syrian citizens of the capital Damascus can be taken as a cruel revenge and a last attempt of these foreign-backed militants and Islamists to spread fear in the capital. It is possible that these armed thugs wanted to give a sign that they are still able to carry out such horrible attacks against civilians in the capital of Syria.
More http://www.syrianews.cc/syrian-capital-14-people-died-new-bomb-attacks/
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Seven Citizens Martyred by Terrorist Car Bombs in Homs, Quneitra
Hague wants to arm car bombers that target civilians. The definition of "terrorism". A couple of days ago -
Seven Citizens Martyred by Terrorist Car Bombs in Homs, Quneitra
PROVINCES, (SANA)- Seven citizens were martyred and others injured on Saturday by a terrorist car bomb blast near al-Mukhles (The Redeemer) monastery in al-Adawiya residential neighborhood in Homs.
An official source in Homs told SANA reporter that a suicidal terrorist detonated a car loaded with big amounts of explosives near the monastery, killing 7 people and injuring many others.
The source added that the explosion caused big material damage in the infrastructure and in the cars parked at the site. On May 27th, terrorists detonated a car bomb in al-Wa'er neighborhood in Homs city, causing the martyrdom of 6 people and the injury of 40 others.
The explosion also caused big material damage in the buildings and the supermarkets and cars in the site.
Five Citizens Injured in Explosive Device Blast in Qamishli City
Later on the day, an explosive device planted by terrorists near al-Zuhour roundabout in the middle of Qamishli city in Hasaka went off, injuring five citizens. An official source told SANA reporter that the terrorist blast caused material damage to the cars parked in the site.
Terrorists Blow up Car Bomb in Khan Arnaba, Quneitra
Terrorists blew up a trapped car in the city of Khan Arnaba in Quneitra Province, several civilians were injured.
A military source told SANA reporter that the explosion caused damage to the near shops, adding that the terrorists blew up another explosive device near the bus station in the city, causing material damage to the near shops and buildings.
The source added that the engineering units dismantled another explosive device in the city.
Pics - http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/06/09/486345.htm
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
Al Manar
Eight Rockets from Syria Hit Hermel, Lebanon
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=97129&frid=23&seccatid=14&cid=23&fromval=1
No deaths

Double Suicide Attack in Central Damascus Cause Casualties
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=97099

Netanyahu Accuses Iran of’Non-Stop’ Cyber Attacks
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=97069

Zionist Minister Admits: Assad May Win
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=97049

8000 Soldiers in “Eager Lion” Jordan Maneuvers
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=97029

New Sample of Syria Militants Brutality: Teenager Shot Dead in front of Family
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=96939

Wave of Attacks in Iraq Market Kills Scores
Two car bombs and a suicide attack killed at least twenty people in a fruit and vegetable wholesale market north of Baghdad on Monday, officials said.
The blasts, which went off in Judaida al-Shat that lies just west of the restive city of Baquba, left around 48 people wounded, a police officer and a medic said.
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=96929

Celebrations in Al-Qusayr as Reconstruction Begins

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=96919

2013/06/11 Latest Developments
15:50 Mandela in 'serious, but stable condition': S. African government
15:49 Suicide car bomb in Kabul leaves 10 casualties
15:49 Powerful explosion near US embassy in Kabul
13:48 'No more tolerance' for Turkey protests: Erdogan
13:24 4 rockets from Syria fall in Hermel, Lebanon's Bekaa
13:16 Iran denies 'problem' at Bushehr nuclear reactor
12:45 China launches Shenzhou-10 space mission: CCTV
12:45 Ex-Iran president Khatami urges vote for moderate Rouhani
12:29 Turkey protests have killed four people: PM
12:04 Toll from Iraq carnage rises to 73 dead
clothcapclothcap on June 11th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
GCC to take measures against Hezbollah loyalists
BEIRUT/ADLOUN, Lebanon: The Gulf Cooperation Council announced Monday it would take measures against Hezbollah loyalists’ residencies as well as against their financial and trade transactions. The GCC urged the Lebanese government to “shoulder its responsibilities” regarding “Hezbollah’s behavior and its illegal and inhumane practices in Syria and the region.”
“The GCC strongly condemns Hezbollah’s blatant intervention in the crisis in Syria which caused the death of civilians,” said a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
Etc http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jun-11/220010-gcc-to-take-measures-against-hezbollah-loyalists.ashx

Syria rebels advance on key Aleppo airbase: activists
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jun-10/219938-syria-rebels-advance-on-key-aleppo-airbase-activists.ashx

Bekaa bombing believed aimed at Hezbollah fighters
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2013/Jun-11/220009-bekaa-bombings-believed-aimed-at-hezbollah-fighters.ashx

U.S. officials start talks on response to Assad gains
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jun-11/220011-us-officials-start-talks-on-response-to-assad-gains.ashx