10 Anti-tank Missiles Supplied to Military Council for Aleppo Fight

New anti-Tank missiles acquired by secular opposition elements. They claim to have acquired 10 very recently.

Ten anti-Tank rockets have been acquired by the Syrian Supreme Military Council, led by Brigadier Selim Idris. Each costs between $20 to 25 thousand. This is a photo of one taken today.

Addendum: Pirouz writes:

 This is a M79 Osa (Wasp) 90 mm portable anti-tank rocket launcher, a Yugoslavian/Serbian modernized variant of the French-made LRAC F1 -unguided rocket

The weapons have been handed over to Abu Ali Sulaibi, commander of the front-line, Saif al-Dawla area of Aleppo. “He lives in the district with his wife, Um Ali, three daughters, a son, and a cat named Sanjoob, or Squirrel,” wrote Ghaith Abdul Ahad.  Fifty metres from Abu Ali’s sector, across the Saif al-Dawla Boulevard, an array of shattered buildings is occupied by government troops. They are close enough that during lulls in the shooting they can continue the conflict by shouting abuse.

Why have these weapons been supplied now? Who approved them? We don’t know. It is said that these weapons may have come from Libya and have been sitting in Turkey for some time but approval “may not have been” given for them to be released. It seems that this has changed as of late.

Abdul Ahad writes of Abu Ali:

Abu Ali’s brothers had actively opposed the rule of Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez, joining the Muslim Brotherhood in the 80s. In their fight against the state, one of the brothers was killed and another spent 15 years in jail.

Abu Ali chose a different path, training to be an assistant engineer. He got a job with the government. Life was good. “I had a good income, my own car and my own house,” he says. “My kids used to go to the best schools and we had a perfect family life.

“When Bashar [al-Assad] came to power I disagreed with my father and brother. I said he would be good, that things would change.”

But little did change, and when the revolution came in 2011, Abu Ali was one of the first people to take up arms in Aleppo. With a group of friends he formed a small armed unit to target security forces.

“See this pistol,” he says, pulling the weapon from his belt and placing it on the floor. “The first bullet in Aleppo was fired from this pistol.”

The small girl grabs at the shiny gun but he snatches it away. “I knew there wouldn’t be a revolution without violence, and the people of Aleppo needed someone to drag them into the revolution.”

“He was the first who carried weapons and I encouraged him,” says Um Ali, who trained as a mechanical engineer. “His parents and family blamed me and still blame me. He was hesitant in the beginning because he had three children, but I encouraged him.

“He used to go out without telling me where, but I knew it was to do with the revolution. I used to pray for him and felt ashamed in front of God because I was praying only for him.”

He has been hit several times in the fighting: he shows two shrapnel wounds on his head and pulls up his T-shirt to reveal a depression under his right shoulder blade where a machine gun bullet struck him. He is often referred to as the “majnoon” – the madman – for his reckless bravery….

… After dinner he becomes reflective: “I mix everything. Filth with honesty. Street language with religion. I have mixed all the revolutions in me. I am the Bolshevik revolution, the French revolution. I am the modern Guevara.

“Do you know, I am so special. My wife hates it when I say this, but I have had angels fight with me. Many times. In battle, I can feel myself flying,” he says. “Flying above the ground.”

Here is video of the Saif al-Dawla district at the very outset of the revolution before it had been destroyed by fighting

Ahrar Al Sham – attacking an Army checkpoint in Saif al-Dawla, Aleppo -  Sep 30, 2012

Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo on Tuesday. Several districts in Aleppo were also bombed.

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251. Aldendeshe said:

@REVENIRE
Those guys must have worked for Saddam before,,,looks like his advanced trinkets…lol.

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February 18th, 2013, 12:49 am

 

252. ghufran said:

this may be like al-ikhwan almaseehyeen:
أعلن المعارض السوري ميشيل كيلو انه التقى في مدينة أنطاكيا، مع قوى مسيحية سورية، حضرت من الداخل والخارج، لتشكيل هيئة سياسية خاصة بمسيحيي سوريا، أطلق عليها اسم: «سوريون مسيحيون من أجل العدالة والحرية».
وقال كيلو إنه سيعمل من خلال تلك الهيئة التي انضم إليها، على هدم الهوّة بين المسيحيين الذين لا يزالون يؤيدون النظام السوري وبين الثورة السورية، لتحقيق موقف مشترك بين أغلبية المسيحيين وغالبية السوريين.
وأضاف كيلو ان المشاركين في لقاء الهيئة السياسية، هم من المسيحيين المؤيدين للثورة ولحرية الشعب وخياراته، ومع رهانات الثورة الحقيقية، كما انهم ضد الفوضى والخيار الإسلامي.

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February 18th, 2013, 12:53 am

 

253. omen said:

more on that earlier scud story:

Three Scud missiles were fired by the 155th company in Damascus’s Kalamun region towards the north of Syria.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), a member of the Syrian General Revolutionary Council, Vail Qadi said that three Scud missiles were fired from Kalamun region to the north of Syria where opposition members are present.

Qadi said that one of the Scud missiles exploded in air.

The Scud missiles destroyed several homes in Aleppo and killed and wounded several people, Qadi also said.

Meanwhile, local activists said that 650 Syrian troops from Damascus and surrounding region have joined the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

scuds are capable of carrying a chem payload. is this a trial run?

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February 18th, 2013, 1:21 am

 

254. ghufran said:

we have heard the claims that victory is imminent by both sides, the truth is that there is a stalemate desite the “progress” made by rebels in the north and the east and the defeat of rebels in Homs and most of Hama and Latakia, this fact beside the anxiety about having anther Afghanistan in Syria is what made the US and EU lean towards dialogue, rebels now want to reverse that,I do not think they will succeed,not after the world saw who the rebels really are and what ideology they have.
the rebels have a lot of volunteers and they are financing their operations by grants, smuggling, theft and ransom money but they still need heavy weapons to take major cities, I do not see how that will happen especially after Syrians found out that it is the islamists and foreigners ,not moderate elements in the opposition ,who will call the shots.
ignore the garbage posted by the belly dancer and the drummers, we heard that before.

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February 18th, 2013, 1:21 am

 

255. omen said:

this fact beside the anxiety about having anther Afghanistan in Syria is what made the US and EU lean towards dialogue

now, ghufran, you know better than i do that the US waged shock & awe in iraq. the west is responsible for creating the conditions in afghanistan. what “anxiety” are you talking about? these powers constantly talk up dialogue (with deluded fairytale schemes of “political solutions”) in order to buy the regime more time to remain in power.

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February 18th, 2013, 1:51 am

 

256. ann said:

angels (apparently sent by Allah) to defend NATOs mercenary Islamist terrorists fighting in Syria :D

this is a segment ran by the Syrian state tv about the video that was broadcasted on the sham news as an “authentic angel sighting” by NATOs Islamist terrorists in Syria..

Muhammad al Arifi, a Saudi sectarian cleric and outspoken supporter of terrorism was very quick to publicize the sighting, he also cited the alleged incident as a reason “since it is a sign from Allah” to continue the targeted sectarian killings in order for the “mujahedin” to secure “victory for the revolution”..

other Saudi clerics dismissed the “sighting” as being authentic, and considered the claim as being outlandish, they also dismissed the probability that the fighters were capable of seeing angels, citing the historical accounts of “angel visitation” as a reason.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=61a_1361162007

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February 18th, 2013, 1:57 am

 

257. ann said:

Better footage of Qusayr fight with “Hizbollah”

Really good footage of these idiots running out in middle of open field and getting killed also rpg falls on their heads as well. Also, if this is Hezbollah their fighting like ghosts where the hell are they?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8f3_1361158156

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February 18th, 2013, 2:12 am

 

258. ann said:

SHAMSEIN Report # 2: SAA Cleansing Ops, EU “Worried” Syria is Jihadist Haven, & 11 Other Stories

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBOiFVd556M

Published on Feb 17, 2013

In this second weekly SHAMSEIN report, the following 13 stories are discussed:

00:10 Syrian Army Cleansing Operations Continue

07:25 UK & Netherlands Express “Concern” about Jihadist Blowback in Europe from Syria’s Fighting

10:10 Disagreement about Number of Casualties in Syrian Conflict

11:45 People of Aleppo Refuse Turkish Products

13:32 Turkish Press Correspondents Show Solidarity with Syria & its People

15:04 Jordanian Delegation Shows Solidarity with Bashar al-Assad

16:22 Syrians Defy Cold Weather of Paris to Show their Support for Syria

17:40 UAE Offered Syria’s Government $30B to Break Ties with Iran

21:36 Briefly Why Israel Supports the Rise of Radical Islamists

23:48 Daraya’s Huge Underground Tunnels Dug by Jabhat al-Nusra

25:20 Jabhat al-Nusra Teaches a Kid to Sing Praise Songs for bin Laden & to Slaughter Alawites

28:50 Brave Syrian Girls Tell why they Decided to Enlist in the National Defense

30:20 Pro-FSA Lebanese Protest Fuel Export to Syria

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February 18th, 2013, 2:22 am

 

259. ann said:

Russia to send two planes full with humanitarian aid to Syria – Feb 18, 2013

Humanitarian aid ;)

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_18/Russia-to-send-two-planes-with-humanitarian-aid-to-Syria/

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is preparing to send two planes with 44 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Syria.

“Consistent with the directives of the Russian president and government, it is planned to take humanitarian aid to the population of the Syrian Arab Republic suffering from hostilities,” says a report published on the ministry website on Monday.

Ilyushin Il-62 and Il-76 jets from the ministry will take aboard respectively 11.02 tonnes and 33.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid, the report said.

The date of the planes’ departure to Syria has not been reported.

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http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_18/Russia-to-send-two-planes-with-humanitarian-aid-to-Syria/

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February 18th, 2013, 2:31 am

 

260. William Scott Scherk said:

For the ANN in all of us, gore for nothing:

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February 18th, 2013, 2:33 am

 

261. ann said:

Antique mosaics stolen in Syria – Feb 18, 2013

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_18/Antique-mosaics-stolen-in-Syria/

In the north-east of Syria at least 18 ancient mosaics depicting scenes from Homer’s Odyssey were stolen during illegal excavations. This was reported by Syria’s culture minister Loubana Moushaweh in an interview for Tishreen newspaper.

According to the ministry, the artifacts are on the border with Lebanon.

Mushaveh underscored the Culture Ministry’s difficulties protecting the “10,000 historic sites across Syria.” According to the minister, illegal excavations were a particularly dangerous threat.

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http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_18/Antique-mosaics-stolen-in-Syria/

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February 18th, 2013, 2:35 am

 

262. ann said:

Quick hide your boys and private IP addresses!

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February 18th, 2013, 2:39 am

 

263. ann said:

Growing Jihadist [Al-Qaeda] power, threat to major opposition groups in Syria – February 18, 2013

http://truthdive.com/2013/02/18/Growing-Jihadist-power-threat-to-major-opposition-groups-in-Syria.html

London, Feb 18 (ANI): The number of Jihadist groups that have entered Syria following the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is a major threat to the power of mainstream opposition groups as well as the authority of the Free Syrian Army, a report has said.

One of the increasingly influential groups, Jabah al Haq (The Front for Justice), said that Jihad is spreading across North Africa and the Middle East.

The group warned that it will not stop at Syria but will include Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and even Israel, Sky News reports.

Jabah al Haq is led by a charismatic young cleric called Sheik Abu al Homan.

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http://truthdive.com/2013/02/18/Growing-Jihadist-power-threat-to-major-opposition-groups-in-Syria.html

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February 18th, 2013, 2:44 am

 

264. Uzair8 said:

So MGR likes to eat dogs for breakfast, huh?

The Kalbiyyah tribe better watch out!

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February 18th, 2013, 2:52 am

 

265. Juergen said:

I used to know an merchant at the Aleppo souq. He could be an ordinary example for most merchants there. He rented his small place( it was about 10square metres) from an old family. He sold fabrics and the famous soap. As small as his shop looked like, he was an exporter of fabrics and the soap as far as to Japan. He told me once, in a good month he made 10.000 Euro. That was very good money then. He was often travel to Lebanon and Turkey to sell his products as well. I think like him many of the merchants looked only for stability and peace, they depend on that to do their business.
For most people such small shops look rather shaby,but actually all of them were global players with their goods.

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February 18th, 2013, 2:56 am

 

266. MarigoldRan said:

Save your breath, regime losers.

As I’ve said before (and I’m normally right): this will be a long war.

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February 18th, 2013, 3:18 am

 

267. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Be careful when you cut and paste like maniac that you don’t paste your IP information….

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February 18th, 2013, 4:06 am

 

268. Citizen said:

AKBAR PALACE
In early February 2011 Hamster dark tunnels underground sent me an email in which he wrote:
In virtual syria I’ll be a president!
Deserves compassion!
Then i prayed for his mind!
let him be a real president in your great palace!
————–
When oppositioneer choosing sophisticated role for himself starting the game of death aided by the Western world and the Gulf raising his arms gave him there is no excuse for him as it gets!
————-

Kerry Calls for ‘Negotiated
Outcome’ in Syria
Kerry, Obama Visits Offer Hope, Caution
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/02/john-kerry-barack-obama-syria-truck-tunisia-belaid.html
There is truth in the old saw that the United States cannot want peace more than those in the region want it themselves. Geoffrey Aronson writes this week that Secretary of State John Kerry venturing to the Middle East to listen and seek advice on how best to move the Israeli-Palestinian process forward is akin to seeking advice from inmates on the running of an asylum.
There is some déjà vu here. The Obama administration came into office in 2009 with a similar vigor. President Barack Obama appointed George Mitchell as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace on Jan. 22, 2009, just two days after the president took office. Mitchell also began with a “listening tour” in the region. The process went nowhere.
A significant difference from 2009 is that Kerry’s visit will precede a trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan by President Obama himself next month.
Ben Caspit writes that most Israelis support the peace process, and that Obama could have an even greater impact if he gave a speech at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Nadav Eyal reported for Al-Monitor about a Facebook initiative in Israel to support Obama speaking at the square.
Expectations are still, perhaps prudently, kept in check. In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor this week, Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, told Shlomi Eldar that an Israeli freeze on settlements must be a precondition for renewed talks. Daoud Kuttab writes that while Palestinians have an interest in US engagement, it should not hinder the development of their own simultaneous strategic track which is both rights based and anchored in international law. Hazem Balousha reported for Al-Monitor from Gaza that Palestinians there expect nothing much to come of Obama’s visit.
Kerry Calls for Negotiated Solution in Syria
Kerry’s willingness to pursue diplomacy in the Middle East is a marked change from his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, who mostly avoided direct involvement in regional diplomacy and left office with a thin record there, as Barbara Slavin reported here last month ……

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February 18th, 2013, 5:22 am

 

269. Mina said:

One year in jail for “incompetence”!
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentMulti/64964/Multimedia.aspx

Beware! It will reach the Arabian Peninsula!

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February 18th, 2013, 5:26 am

 

270. Citizen said:

هذا الرجل يظهر بوادر الشجاعة الدبلوماسية و التعقل السياسي!
الخطيب سيزور موسكو الشهر المقبل
http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/608026/
أكد الأخضر الإبراهيمي المبعوث الدولي لسورية، خلال مؤتمر صحفي له مع نبيل العربي الأمين العام لجامعة الدول العربية الاحد 17 فبراير/ شباط في القاهرة، إن معاذ الخطيب رئيس الائتلاف السوري المعارض، سيزور العاصمة الروسية موسكو الشهر المقبل.

وكان الخطيب قد تلقى دعوة رسمية لزيارة موسكو لبحث الأزمة السورية.

من جانبها ذكرت وكالة “الاناضول” ان الخطيب تلقى دعوة رسمية لزيارة العاصمة الأمريكية واشنطن، لبحث آلية الحل السياسي للأزمة السورية، بحسب ما ذكره المتحدث باسم الائتلاف.

وقال وليد البني المتحدث الرسمي باسم الائتلاف الاحد إن هناك توجها لقبول الدعوة الامريكية، غير أنه لم يتحدد حتى الآن موعد السفر.

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February 18th, 2013, 5:40 am

 

271. Syrialover said:

The ugly, filthy, pointless existence of the Assad regime. It comes down to this:

Omar Aziz, a gentle, decent, hugely loved and respected man in his 60s who has just died under torture for his intellectual “crimes”.

And many, many more like him. A deep loss to Syria’s present and future, a loss to the world.

All of them dying at the hands of their lowest inferiors, sub-humans who are not fit to walk on the same earth or breathe the same air as their victims. Why? And by what right?

Reading pro-regime comments here fills me with revulsion. The commentators’ brains and souls are not just dead, they are decaying with a foul stench.

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February 18th, 2013, 6:17 am

 

272. Uzair8 said:

Rula Amin ‏@RulaAmin – 11 mins -
18+ Syria – Assad Army Suffers Dozens of Casualties in Defeat at Daraa C…: http://youtu.be/9P67RIcuvYg via @youtube activist posted this #syria

View video:

[...]

https://twitter.com/RulaAmin/status/303465128513372160

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February 18th, 2013, 6:40 am

 
 

274. Akbar Palace said:

Citizen,

Thanks for the link and the comments about President Hamster.

As far as Obama, Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, and their retarded quest to revive the PA/GOI peace talks and a negotiated settlement in Syria:

1.) Kerry and Clinton both were praising the long neck prethident without any cause or reason just months before Betho starting killing peaceful demonstrators. Neither is qualified to be a Secretary of State.

2.) One day, people will pay less attention to the Pali-Isra conflict because only these two parties can solve it. I believe each side is happy with the current, status quo. To me, any where there are many thousands being killed has priority over this dreamy, half-baked peace process.

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February 18th, 2013, 7:13 am

 

275. Syrialover said:

A warning to both sides.

Article: U.N. says has list of Syrian war crimes suspects

Syrians in “leadership positions” who may be responsible for war crimes have been identified, along with units accused of perpetrating them, United Nations investigators said on Monday

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/18/us-syria-crisis-warcrimes-idUSBRE91H06920130218

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February 18th, 2013, 7:20 am

 

276. Citizen said:

Reading against-regime comments here fills me with revulsion. The commentators’ brains and souls are not just dead, they are decaying with a foul stench.and love the smell of murder, destruction and sabotage and bombing innocent people in safe places!They rejoice for more killing and destruction and are proud of it!Terminally their recovery

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February 18th, 2013, 7:22 am

 

277. zoo said:

Turkey, time to think again?

http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/firdevs-robinson/has-turkey-reached-dead-end-in-syria

Turkey has already alienated some of its traditional allies by allowing itself to become a jihadist congregating point. The perception of Turkey as a key power contributing to the radicalising of the conflict in Syria is growing. For a country that has suffered from long years of violence perpetrated by extremists who found shelter in neighbouring countries, Turkey now needs to be very careful not to be seen to be doing the same.

Turkey has been a significant player in this conflict right from the start. Some of its policies have had long term consequences both for itself and for the region.

Now is the time for Turkey and other powers engaged in the Syrian conflict to come forward and to assist in undoing the harm that has been caused in part by their national or sectarian interests.

The priority for everyone concerned about Syria should be to stop the appalling levels of violence and destruction.

Getting rid of the Assad regime that had embarrassed and ignored Turkey should not be a matter of honour for Ankara. It is up to the Syrians to do that. There are plenty of opposition activists struggling to create a democratic and independent Syria that will not repeat the mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though they are grateful for the humanitarian support they received from their neighbour, increasingly, they, too, are getting impatient with Turkey for bringing its proxy-war onto their lands.

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February 18th, 2013, 7:40 am

 

278. zoo said:

If this true, any help to crush Al Qaeda fighters in Syria is welcome.

(In the article, just replace “Free Syrian Army” by “Al Nusra”)

Hezbollah threatens Israel but attacks in Syria

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-threatens-israel-but-attacks-in-syria/

Homs is major target of Hezbollah assaults

“Deaths follow clashes between Syrian rebels and armed Hezbollah fighters” is one of the leading stories on the website of the Doha-based media channel Al-Jazeera. In the last twenty-four hours, residents of the western Syrian city of Homs have seen the greatest fighting between the rebel Free Syria Army and Hezbollah since the start of the Syrian civil war. Up to 12 Syrian rebel fighters have been killed along with 3 Hezbollah militants.

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February 18th, 2013, 7:50 am

 

279. zoo said:

Hollande’s enthusiastic promise to lift the arms embargo fo rebels turned out to be more hot air..
Jealous of France’s apparent success in Mali, Britain’s Hague is now the only European supporter for an escalation of violence in Syria.

Europe split over arms for Syria rebels

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/europe-split-over-military-support-syria-rebels-022602663.html

“but France appears to have cooled, leaving Britain facing opposition even from EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, a British baroness who represents London on the European Commission.”

Hague: “I think there is a broader range of equipment that we could give to them.”

But Britain has found little support and ministers began Monday’s talks divided with time running out for a decision.

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February 18th, 2013, 7:58 am

 

280. zoo said:

U.N. Rights Panel Says Violence in Syria Is Mounting

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/world/middleeast/un-rights-panel-says-violence-in-syria-is-mounting.html?_r=0

Armed conflict has escalated, “aggravated by increased sectarianism,” radicalized by the growing presence of foreign fighters and “permeated by opportunistic criminality,” the panel of four investigators led by Paulo Pinheiro of Brazil said in a report to the Human Rights Council on Monday. It says the conflict was also “becoming more militarized because of the proliferation of weapons and types of weapons used.”

The investigators say they found credible evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both government and opposition forces in the six months to mid-January, citing accounts of massacres, summary executions, torture, attacks by armed groups on civilians, sexual violence and abuses against children.

The panel report stated there can only be a political solution to the conflict in Syria and calls for a negotiated settlement but it noted that “regional and international actors hampered the prospects of a negotiated settlement owing to their divergent interests. The position of key international actors remains unchanged.”

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February 18th, 2013, 8:08 am

 

281. zoo said:

Are the ‘thumbs down’ automatically triggered? If not, thanks to the 11 contributors.

191. zoo said:

test to get free thumbs downs

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February 18th, 2013, 8:11 am

 

282. Akbar Palace said:

Does anyone want to comment on the following:

Hezbollah condemned for ‘attack on Syrian villages’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21496735

We like to talk about Jewish conspiracies, but actually Iranian and Hezbollah militants are firing on Syrians inside Syria!

I think it’s time to reevaluate who your friends and enemies are.

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February 18th, 2013, 8:12 am

 

283. sami said:

Omen and SyriaLover,

Omar Aziz was a threat to the regime because people like him are the promise that Syria can be fine after the Assads. His only crime was daring to think, which is the most dangerous crime anyone can commit under any dictatorship.

Syria lost a true son, an intellectual that carried the most deadly of all weapons and that is his unwavering love for his country and a message of peace.

He was picked up three months ago by the Airforce Intelligence, he was on his way to help in Darayya. He documented the atrocities, helped the wounded and the unfortunate and for that he died under three months of the most heinous torture.

I grew up calling him 3amou Omar, now I call him my Hero.

He will not be forgotten, nor will his killers.

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February 18th, 2013, 8:19 am

 

284. zoo said:

After Muslim rebels seize two priests in Aleppo, there are fears for their life

02/12/2013
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/After-Muslim-rebels-seize-two-priests-in-Aleppo,-there-are-fears-for-their-life-27116.html

An Armenian Catholic priest, Fr Michael, and an Orthodox clergyman were abducted last Sunday in Aleppo’s Christian neighbourhood. Sources speak to AsiaNews about barbarous murders carried out my Islamic extremists. A car bomb explodes at the Turkish-Syrian border crossing of Cilvegozu.

Aleppo (AsiaNews) – A group of rebels close to Muslim extremists on Sunday abducted an Armenian Catholic priest, Fr Michael, as well as a yet unknown Orthodox clergyman. Both were working in Aleppo. Sources, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews that the city’s Christian community is very concerned about the attack. “Extremist violence is getting worse day by day. Muslim militias are killing anyone suspected of ties with the regime, including women and children. People in the neighbourhoods are comparing these days to the Ottoman conquest five centuries ago.”

For several weeks, residents had complained about the presence of al-Nusra Front forces, Islamic extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state, feared even by the rebel Free Syrian Army.

On 6 February, Front troops stormed the Christian neighbourhood of Jdeideh where extremists had already destroyed the city’s main Evangelical church in November.

Al-Nusra forces include many foreigners, including Muslims from Indonesia and the Philippines, as evinced by a statement posted online by the leader of Abu Sayyaf, an extremist Muslim group with ties to al-Qaeda operating in the Philippines. In it, Muslims are urged to go to Syria and sacrifice their lives for Islam.

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February 18th, 2013, 8:25 am

 

285. Citizen said:

الامم المتحدة: البلدان المجاورة لسورية مستمرة في تزويد المعارضة السورية بالاسلحة
http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/608028/

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February 18th, 2013, 8:31 am

 

286. Citizen said:

بوتين يلتقي العاهل الاردني بموسكو لبحث الوضع في سورية وتسوية أزمة الشرق الاوسط
http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/608014/

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February 18th, 2013, 8:32 am

 

287. zoo said:

Brahimi is burnt and with his silly declarations, he is now hampering any prospect for a dialog It’s time he steps aside.
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Brahimi tries to kick start talks between Syrian regime and opposition

Phil Sands Feb 18, 2013

Mr Brahimi has little credibility with both sides. Last month, supporters of the Syrian president branded him a conspirator in an international plot against Damascus, after he said Mr Al Assad must hand over his powers to a transitional government to end the crisis.

Opposition activists have accused Mr Brahimi of fruitlessly recycling the same unfulfilled demand for talks, buying time for the regime while doing nothing concrete to halt a conflict in which almost 70,000 people have been killed, according to UN estimates.

The Syrian regime says it is amenable to negotiations but has made it clear that Mr Al Assad’s position as president is not up for discussion and that opposition groups taking part in talks must surrender their weapons.

In contrast, the opposition sees talks as a way of managing Mr Al Assad’s departure from power after more than four decades of Assad family rule over Syria, and has demanded regime forces cease their military operations.

What constitutes an “acceptable delegation” is also certain to be a sticking point.

Moaz Al Khatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition, proposed Syrian vice president Farouq Al Sharaa for the job but there appears little prospect of Mr Al Assad nominating him as his representative, even in preliminary talks.

Although technically the Syrian president’s deputy, Mr Al Sharaa is not part of the decision-making inner circle and has been highly critical of the regime’s violent response to dissent.

“Brahimi is a fool, here we are again with more talks about talks when every one knows there nothing these two sides can side down and talk about, they have no common language,” said a resident of southern Damascus.

A regime supporter in the same neighbourhood also brushed aside the idea of negotiations, saying they were a trick by the international community seeking to unseat Mr Al Assad and seize control over Syria.

“We will fight for our freedom, victory or death,” he said.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/brahimi-tries-to-kick-start-talks-between-syrian-regime-and-opposition#ixzz2LG2mXfhU
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February 18th, 2013, 8:42 am

 

288. zoo said:

Assad says will win Syria war: newspaper

BEIRUT – Agence France-Presse

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visiting Lebanese politicians that his troops will win the ongoing war against rebels fighting to oust his regime, a pro-Damascus Lebanese daily reported on Monday.

The As-Safir newspaper said that Assad also told the politicians, who were unnamed in the report, that Syria’s future belonged to his camp.

“We are sure we will win, we are reassured by the political and military developments,” Assad was quoted as telling the Lebanese politicians, the newspaper said.

“That does not mean that everything is settled, we still have a lot to do politically and in the battle against extremist terrorist groups.” Assad frequently receives Lebanese supporters of his regime such as Talal Arslan, a Lebanese Druze leader who was in Damascus on Sunday.

“We are convinced that the future is ours… Syria has the willpower to defeat the conspiracy,” said Assad, according to As-Safir.

He said those “loyal” to his regime “represent the absolute majority of Syrians”.

“Otherwise, how do you explain that the Syrian diplomatic corps the world over has remained faithful despite seductive offers made to ambassadors and consuls… millions of dollars have been offered to them, but they refused. This proves how great Syrian patriotism is.” Two Syrian ambassadors — serving in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates — defected in 2012.

The Syrian charge d’affaires and top diplomat in London, Khaled al-Ayubi, and the charge d’affairs in Cyprus defected in 2012.

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February 18th, 2013, 8:47 am

 

289. zoo said:

The collapse of Al-Jazeera’s credibility

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/2741/the_collapse_of_al_jazeera_s_credibility

“Before the beginning of the Arab Spring, we were a voice for change…a platform for critics and political activists throughout the region. Now, Al-Jazeera has become a propaganda broadcaster.”
Mic
A voice for change? Or a voice for the Muslim Brotherhood?

Ghaffar Hussain On 18 February 2013 12:32

Since the commencement of the War on Terror and the subsequent media focus on al-Qaeda and bin Laden, Al-Jazeera has become a household name. The emergence of this channel is seen as a breath of fresh air by many, in that it provides much needed balance to the public debate and offers alternative views in a world dominated by western media discourse.

The fact that the channel is owned and tightly controlled by the undemocratic and authoritarian Qatari royal family, that jails independent journalists who criticise the regime at home, seems to have gone unnoticed and ignored by many. But since the start of the Arab Spring, that is slowly starting to change

According to an article that appeared in the German magazine Der Spiegel, many leading journalists and TV anchors have started to leave the channel in recent months. According to one of those that has recently left, the German based Aktham Sulimen, “Before the beginning of the Arab Spring, we were a voice for change…a platform for critics and political activists throughout the region. Now, Al-Jazeera has become a propaganda broadcaster.”

According to another Beirut based correspondent, “Al-Jazeera takes a clear position in every country from which it reports – not based on journalistic priorities, but rather on the interests of the Foreign Ministry of Qatar……In order to maintain my integrity as a reporter, I had to quit.”

In truth, Al-Jazeera was never an independent media outlet and always had a political bias.

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February 18th, 2013, 8:53 am

 

290. majedkhaldoun said:

Would anyone be kind enoygh to translate this word to English
Mtayless, this describe Bashar,it means he refused to leave inspite of all the hints,incentives or threats

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February 18th, 2013, 10:41 am

 

291. revenire said:

Assad is a hero. Translate that into 100 languages. Name your children after Bashar.

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February 18th, 2013, 10:45 am

 

292. apple_mini said:

Some reports from both sides indicate that the Syrian front and Mali front are now connected by the Jihadists.

Jihadists in Syria are traveling to Mali for their Holy War against a new evil oppressor, the French government. It is their calling and it is quite urgent.

We are glad finally the French is back with us and we are fighting together against the same enemy. Maybe the French government and the Syrian government ought to set up a hotline. The Syrian government will promise the French that they won’t tell the opposition.

While the French are fighting hard in Africa, we’d like to wish them best performance and hope their fighters will watch The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo. We hope this time the French would do better and show the world their men are getting more skill and morale than any other time in their history.

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February 18th, 2013, 10:48 am

 

293. Juergen said:

Smart Kristin Helberg ( she was the only western journalist legally working in Syria from 2001-2009)
has written this article:

The Time for Caution is Past

In view of the suffering and the destruction in Syria and the reticence of the US, the Europeans must assume more responsibility. They should expedite the reconstruction of liberated territories, bolster the National Coalition, finance rebels fighting for a democratic Syria and apply diplomatic pressure to pave the way for a political transition, says Kristin Helberg

“Damascus may appear to be a city on an alien planet when viewed from Washington, but for Berlin, Paris, Rome and Athens, Syria is pretty much on the doorstep (unlike Mali). If this is why US President Barack Obama believes his nation can do nothing more in Syria than help with the distribution of food, clothing and medicaments, then it is the responsibility of the Europeans to act even more decisively.”

http://en.qantara.de/The-Time-for-Caution-is-Past/20694c22872i1p523/index.html

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February 18th, 2013, 11:13 am

 

294. Uzair8 said:

New post up.

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February 18th, 2013, 2:26 pm

 

295. omen said:

290. majedkhaldoun Would anyone be kind enoygh to translate this word to English Mtayless, this describe Bashar,it means he refused to leave inspite of all the hints,incentives or threats

yes, can somebody please translate? what is this word?

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February 18th, 2013, 4:12 pm

 

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