“Exclusive: Secret Assad Emails Lift Lid on Life of Leader’s Inner Circle,” in Guardian

The Assad emails
Exclusive: secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader’s inner circle
BY Robert Booth, Mona Mahmood and Luke Harding – Guardian

• Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran
• Leader made light of promised reforms
• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture

Assad emails: ‘If we are strong together …’

Date: 28 December 2011
A simple supportive message from Asma al-Assad to her husband.

If we are strong together, we will overcome this together…I love you…

 

Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several thousand emails received and sent by the Syrian leader and his wife.

The Syrian leader was also briefed in detail about the presence of western journalists in the Baba Amr district of Homs and urged to “tighten the security grip” on the opposition-held city in November.

The revelations are contained in more than 3,000 documents that activists say are emails downloaded from private accounts belonging to Assad and his wife, Asma.

The messages, which have been obtained by the Guardian, are said to have been intercepted by members of the opposition Supreme Council of the Revolution group between June and early February.

The documents, which emerge on the first anniversary of the rebellion that has seen more than 8,000 Syrians killed, paint a portrait of a first family remarkably insulated from the mounting crisis and continuing to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

They appear to show the president’s wife spending thousands of dollars over the internet for designer goods while he swaps entertaining internet links on his iPad and downloads music from iTunes.

As the world watched in horror at the brutal suppression of protests across the country and many Syrians faced food shortages and other hardships, Mrs Assad spent more than £10,000 on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers from Paris and instructed an aide to order a fondue set from Amazon.

The Guardian has made extensive efforts to authenticate the emails by checking their contents against established facts and contacting 10 individuals whose correspondence appears in the cache. These checks suggest the messages are genuine, but it has not been possible to verify every one.

The emails also appear to show that:

• Assad established a network of trusted aides who reported directly to him through his “private” email account – bypassing both his powerful clan and the country’s security apparatus.

• Assad made light of reforms he had promised in an attempt to defuse the crisis, referring to “rubbish laws of parties, elections, media”.

• A daughter of the emir of Qatar, Hamid bin Khalifa al-Thani, this year advised Mr and Mrs Assad to leave Syria and suggested Doha may offer them exile.

• Assad sidestepped extensive US sanctions against him by using a third party with a US address to make purchases of music and apps from Apple’s iTunes.

• A Dubai-based company, al-Shahba, with a registered office in London is used as a key conduit for Syrian government business and private purchases by the Syrian first lady.

Activists say they were passed username and password details believed to have been used by the couple by a mole in the president’s inner circle. The email addresses used the domain name alshahba.com, a conglomerate of companies used by the regime. They say the details allowed uninterrupted access to the two inboxes until the leak was discovered in February.

The emails appear to show how Assad assembled a team of aides to advise him on media strategy and how to position himself in the face of increasing international criticism of his regime’s attempts to crush the uprising, which is now thought to have claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Activists say they were able to monitor the inboxes of Assad and his wife in real time for several months. In several cases they claim to have used fresh information to warn colleagues in Damascus of imminent regime moves against them.

The access continued until 7 February when a threatening email arrived in the inbox thought to be used by Assad after the account’s existence was revealed when the Anonymous group separately hacked into a number of Syrian government email addresses. All correspondence to and from the two addresses ceased on the same day.

The emails appear to show that Assad received advice from Iran or its proxies on several occasions during the crisis. Ahead of a speech in December his media consultant prepared a long list of themes, reporting that the advice was based on “consultations with a good number of people in addition to the media and political adviser for the Iranian ambassador”.

The memo advised the president to use “powerful and violent” language and to show appreciation for support from “friendly states”. It also advised that the regime should “leak more information related to our military capability” to convince the public that it could withstand a military challenge.

The president also received advice from Hussein Mortada, an influential Lebanese businessman with strong connections to Iran. In December, Mortada urged Assad to stop blaming al-Qaida for an apparent twin car bombing in Damascus, which took place the day before an Arab League observer mission arrived in the country. He said he had been in contact with Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon who shared the same view.

“It is not out of our interest to say that al-Qaida organisation is behind the operation because this claim will [indemnify] the US administration and Syrian opposition,” Mortada wrote not long after the blasts. “I have received contacts from Iran and Hezbollah in my role as director of many Iranian-Lebanese channels and they directed me to not mention that al-Qaida is behind the operation. It is a blatant tactical media mistake.”

In another email Mortada advised the president that the regime needed to take control of public squares between 3pm and 9pm to deny opposition groups the opportunity to gather there.

Iran and Hezbollah have been accused throughout the year-long uprising of providing on-the-ground support to the regime crackdown, including sending soldiers to fight alongside regime forces and technical experts to help identify activists using the internet. Iran and Hezbollah both deny offering anything more than moral support.

Among others who communicated with the president’s account were Khaled al-Ahmed, who it is believed was tasked with providing advice about Homs and Idlib. In November Ahmed wrote to Assad urging him to “tighten the security grip to start [the] operation to restore state control and authority in Idlib and Hama countryside”.

He also told Assad he had been told that European reporters had “entered the area by crossing the Lebanese borders illegally”. In another mail he warned the president that “a tested source who met with leaders of groups in Baba Amr today said that a big shipment of weapons is coming from Libya will arrive to the seashores of one of the neighbouring states within three days to be smuggled to Syria.”

Link to this videoThe emails offer a rare window on the state of mind of the isolated Syrian leader, apparently lurching between self-pity, defiance and flippancy as he swapped links to amusing video footage with his aides and wife. On one occasion he forwards to an aide a link to YouTube footage of a crude re-enactment of the siege of Homs using toys and biscuits.

Throughout 2011, his wife appears to have kept up regular correspondence with the Qatar emir’s daughter, Mayassa al-Thani. But relations appear to have chilled early this year when Thani directly suggested that the Syrian leader step down.

“My father regards President Bashar as a friend, despite the current tensions – he always gave him genuine advice,” she wrote on 11 December. “The opportunity for real change and development was lost a long time ago. Nevertheless, one opportunity closes, others open up – and I hope its not too late for reflection and coming out of the state of denial.”

A second email on 30 January was even more forthright and including a tacit offer of exile. “Just been following the latest developments in Syria … in all honesty – looking at the tide of history and the escalation of recent events – we’ve seen two results – leaders stepping down and getting political asylum or leaders being brutally attacked. I honestly think this is a good opportunity to leave and re-start a normal life.

“I only pray that you will convince the president to take this an opportunity to exit without having to face charges. The region needs to stabilise, but not more than you need peace of mind. I am sure you have many places to turn to, including Doha.”

The direct line of reporting to Assad, independent of the police state’s military and intelligence agencies, was a trait of his father, Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria for three decades until his death in 2000 ushered the then 36-year-old scion into the presidency.

Assad Sr was renowned for establishing multiple reporting lines from security chiefs and trusted aides in the belief that it would deny the opportunity for any one agency to become powerful enough to pose a threat to him.

His son has reputedly shown the same instincts through his decade of rule. The year-long uprising against his decade of rule appeared to be faltering this week as forces loyal to Assad retook the key northern city of Idlib.

Much of Assad’s media advice comes from two young US-educated Syrian women, Sheherazad Jaafari and Hadeel al-Al. Both regularly stress to Assad, who uses the address sam@alshahba, the importance of social media, and particularly the importance of intervening in online discussions. At one point, Jaafari boasts that CNN has fallen for a nom-de-guerre that she set up to post pro-regime remarks. The emails also reveal that the media team has convinced Twitter to close accounts that purport to represent the Syrian regime.

Several weeks after the sam@alshahba.com email was compromised in February, a new Syrian state television channel broadcast two segments denying that the email address had been used by Assad.

Opposition activists claim that this was a pre-emptive move to discredit any future leaking of the emails.

The US president, Barack Obama, signed an executive order last May imposing sanctions against Assad and other Syrian government officials.

In addition to freezing their US assets, the order prohibited “US persons” from engaging in transactions with them. The EU adopted similar measures against Assad last year. They include an EU-wide travel ban for the Syrian president and an embargo on military exports to Syria.

Syrian National Council is an “Illusion”

(AP) — “Two prominent Syrian dissidents said Wednesday they have quit the main opposition group that emerged from the year-old uprising against the regime in Damascus, predicting more would soon abandon what one of the men described as an “autocratic” organization.

The resignations from the Syrian National Council dealt another blow to the opposition, which has been hobbled by disorganization and infighting …. One of the dissidents who resigned, Kamal al-Labwani, accused the leadership of the Syrian National Council of controlling the body’s work while sidelining most of its 270 members.
“There is no council, it’s an illusion,” said al-Labwani, who worked for years against the Assad family regime before being jailed in 2005. He joined the council soon after being released in November.

He accused council chief Burhan Ghalioun and a few others of running the organization autocratically, even comparing it to Assad’s ruling Baath party….
He said that another council member, Catherine al-Talli, has also quit and said he expected many more to quit soon to pressure the council leadership. Al-Labwani called for an international conference in Turkey to give the council a new charter and make it more democratic.

Another dissident, 80 year-old lawyer Haitham al-Maleh, said he too had quit the council, but did not say why. He has accused the group in the past of being out of touch and not consulting those long opposed to the regime…. “

The Rafiq Hariri brigade demonstrates in this video how many soldiers they killed and captured prior to the military assault of Idlib. It also shows the tanks they captured.

By Sharmine Narwani - Tue, 2012-03-13 15:12- The Sandbox – Al-Akhbar
Last October I was asked to write an article on the direction of the crisis in Syria – a month later, I had still not made it beyond an introductory paragraph. Syria was confusing. The public discourse about events in the country appeared to be more hyperbole than fact. But even behind the scene, sources strained to provide informed analyses, and it was fairly evident that a lot of guesswork was being employed.
By December, it occurred to me that a big part of the problem was the external-based opposition and their disproportionately loud voices. If you were actually in the business of digging for “verified” information on Syria last year, you would have also quickly copped on to the fact that this wing of the Syrian opposition lies – and lies big.
This discovery coincided with a new report by US intelligence analyst Stratfor that claimed: “most of the opposition’s more serious claims have turned out to be grossly exaggerated or simply untrue, thereby revealing more about the opposition’s weaknesses than the level of instability inside the Syrian regime.”
I had another niggling feeling that just wouldn’t quit: given the amount of regime-initiated violence and widespread popular dissent being reported in the mainstream media, why was the Syrian death toll so low after 10 months of alleged brutality?
Because, if the regime was not engaging in the kind of reckless slaughter suggested by activists, it would appear that they were, in fact, exercising considerable restraint.
Stratfor said that too. The risk analysis group argues that allegations of massacres against civilians were unlikely because the “regime has calibrated its crackdowns to avoid just such a scenario. Regime forces,” Stratfor argues, “have been careful to avoid the high casualty numbers that could lead to an intervention based on humanitarian grounds.”
For me, the events in Homs in February confirmed rather than contradicted this view. The general media narrative was very certain: there was a widescale civilian massacre in Baba Amr caused by relentless, indiscriminate shelling by government forces that pounded the neighborhood for weeks.
The videos pouring out of the besieged city were incriminating in the extreme. Black smoke plumes from shelling choked the city, piled up bodies spoke of brutal slaughter; the sound of mass wailing was only interrupted by explosions, gunfire and cries of “Allahu Akbar.”
But when it was over, we learned a few things. Contrary to reports during the “siege,” there were only a few thousand civilians in Baba Amr at the time – all others had already evacuated the area. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and its local partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), had been administering assistance at nine separate points in Homs for the duration. They would not enter the neighborhoods of Baba Amr and Insha’at because of continuing violence on “both sides.”
The armed opposition fighters holed up in Homs during that month were, therefore, unlikely to be there in a purely “protective” capacity. As American journalist Nir Rosen points out, what happened in Homs on February 3 was a government response to direct and repeated “provocation:”
“Yesterday opposition fighters defeated the regime checkpoint at the Qahira roundabout and they seized a tank or armored personnel carrier. This followed similar successes against the Bab Dreib checkpoint and the Bustan al Diwan checkpoint. In response to this last provocation yesterday the regime started shelling with mortars from the Qalaa on the high ground and the State Security headquarters in Ghota.”
This account contrasts starkly with the oft-repeated notion that armed opposition groups act primarily to protect “peaceful demonstrators” and civilians.
Homs also marks the point in the Syrian crisis when I noticed a quiet cynicism developing in the professional media about sources and information from Syria. Cracks are bound to appear in a story this widely broadcast, especially when there is little actual verifiable information in this highly competitive industry.
Cue the now infamous video by Syrian activist Danny Abdul Dayem – dubbed by the Washington Post as “the voice of Homs” – where he dazzles CNN’s Anderson Cooper with little more than bad 1950s-style sound effects, blurry scenes of fires and a breathless rendition of “facts.” Of all the media-fraud videos Syrian TV broadcast two weeks ago, none were as compelling as Danny’s – his credibility stock plummeting almost as fast as his meteoric rise to media “darling.”
It reminds me of August 2011 news reports of warships shelling the coastal city of Latakia. Three separate sources – two opposition figures from the city and an independent western journalist – later insisted there were no signs of shelling. It was also the first time I learned from Syrians that you can burn rubber tires on rooftops to simulate the after-effects of exploded shells.
Question: Why would activists have to resort to stage-crafting scenesand sound effects of violence if the regime was already “pounding Homs” to bits?
What have we actually seen in Homs? Explosions. Fires. Dead bodies. Injured civilians. Men with weapons. The government has openly admitted to shelling, so we know that is a fact. But how much shelling, and is it indiscriminate? Observers afterward have said Baba Amr resembles a destroyed ghost town. How much of this was done by the regime? And how much was done by the opposition?
Turkish publication Today’s Zaman reported on Sunday: “Last week, a Pentagon report stated that IED usage by the opposition has more than doubled since December.” How are these Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) – used mainly in unconventional warfare – being employed? As roadside bombs, targeting security forces, inside towns and cities?
On Sunday I was included in a private messaging thread with seven Syrians who I have communicated with over the course of some months. Most are known to me either directly or with one degree of separation. This was not a usual thread on Syria – the initiating participant, who I will call Ziad, was informing the others privately about what was taking place in Idlib as government forces moved into the area.
Ziad’s family is from Idlib, and although I wasn’t a participant in the conversation, it appears that he had spent much of the weekend making phone calls to family members who were reporting the following. I have changed the names of participants to protect their identities. Two things strike me about this chat – the first is the information that armed groups are rigging the town with IEDs before the army arrives, either to target security forces or to create material damage to buildings. The second is that there is a malaise among the message participants about this information. As in, so what? Who is going to believe this? Who is going to do anything about this?
Ziad:
Today the Army went into the city of Idleb (the city itself not the province).
There was no random shelling, they were slowly moving into neighborhoods, starting from the east and southern.
The militants had seeded IEDs (improvised explosive devices, basically remote detonated landmines) across the city, one of them was under my uncles balcony , who now lost half his home, his living room got bigger and has a panoramic view.
They had set up machine gun nests on a few mosques and communication towers.
Around 200 militants were gathered near my grandmother’s house and took refuge in the building right next to them. The neighborhood is a Christian neighborhood (cant confirm or deny it’s a coincidence).
The battle lasted all day, my family is safe but both my grandmother’s house and my uncle’s house got damaged. The first by the IED and the second by exchange of fire, largely done by the militants and the army was returning fire.
The army was moving in slowly and checked Idleb neighborhood by neighborhood. They searched most houses but there were no mass random arrests. Mainly they asked adult men out before searching and they were released after. I assume at this point they have a list of who to arrest so there was no surprise there.
The rumors of electricity and water cuts are not true. The entire country is suffering from electricity cuts, so Idleb will not be an exception. There is no cell phone coverage but landlines are working, though there is heavy pressure and you have to attempt several times for the call to go through.Ziad:
The plan will probably be pushing them into what is called “the northern quarter” an area already emptied from civilians and largely a militant stronghold. Once they corner them in the northern area the army will take them out decisively. Most people expect this to end within the next two days.

Outside the city there was a clash on the Turkish border with militants attempting to come from turkey to Idleb to reinforce the militants.
Ziad:
Just to make it clear the Army did not finish sweeping the entire city
Joumana:
I don’t know what to say Ziad. Should I be happy or sad? I feel sorry for the people caught in the middle, but this has to be done! So is the city clean?
Ziad:
No its not clean. Operation started yesterday from 5 am till around 6. The same thing today but today the army went in deeper. They are doing it progressively and trying to avoid the most damages.
Most damages are caused by the IEDs (some up to 50kgs of explosives) and random firing by militants (using PKT/PKC and DUSHKA/DShk machine guns), with the army returning fire when attacked, but no excessive use of force i.e no artillery barrages as reported by al Jazeera and other channels)
Ziad:
Also, contrary to what is being reported, the town of Benech (بنش ) was not shelled today and was not even attacked.
Oh and since the morning the army was asking people to go down to the shelters and take refuge using speakers across the city.
I just heard on Aljazeera that the army dragged over 20 civilians and executed them in “Dabbit neighborhood”(ضبيط ), that is not true because I have family there too and that did not happen.
Hanan:
Ziad, they are using the propaganda of the 80′s. Want to lead people’s brains to the Hama massacre. To make it look believable
Joumana:
The MB are insisting on getting their revenge. Linking the events to what happened in Hama. Many people will believe.
Ziad:
Just to give you a perspective on the scale of irresponsibility and damage by the militants. Just under my uncles house there were 4 IEDs, one of them exploded damaging a BMP (and the building) as the army was approaching and the army stopped there and pulled back to reassemble for another try. In that single spot there was over 60 kgs of explosives. Once large one was planted in a 2×2 hole. Right now the army reached their neighborhood and is still there.
These militants don’t even live there and are just making those neighborhoods their front using civilians as shields. Once they are pushed back into the open fields the army will mow them down like grass.
I’m optimistic this will be over in the coming two days.
Jouwana:
But Ziad, why isn’t there anyone reporting this to the media?
Mohammad:
if they report it no one (outside Syria) will believe it …
Ziad:
I think by now we can all agree the pro Syrian media has limited clout and the anti Syria media just doesn’t do any fact checking and research and is resorting to sectarian tone and hysteria.
The government I think it focusing its energy and resources on finishing the security element of the crisis while juggling the economy and foreign diplomacy. They realize they cannot win the media war and might as well focus on what they are good at and what is more important. Syria never was “popular” and it certainly won’t be done during this crisis.
Ziad is not a reporter, he relies entirely on his family’s accounts and estimates in Idlib, and his claims cannot be verified at this point. But these are important testimonies – the anecdotal evidence that provides the basis for further investigation. We used to hear many more of these accounts from all sides in the first few months of the Syrian crisis, before the pressure of the dominant narratives intimidated even the best bloggers into toeing a hyper-cautious line.
Conjecture and hysteria aside, there is plenty of indication that the Syrian government is pursuing a policy of eliminating armed groups in a slow, measured sweep of the country, particularly focusing on towns and neighborhoods where they have allowed these elements to swell in recent months.
There are many who would find this offensive enough to continue raging against the Syrian regime – it is unnecessary to concoct daily stories of civilian slaughters to keep Syria in the headlines.
There is also increasing evidence that armed opposition groups are targeting civilians, security forces and property with violence in ever greater numbers. Is there absolute evidence of this? Not yet. Is there absolute evidence for the allegations against the regime? Not yet. I doubt that there has been a recent conflict with this much finger-pointing, and this little established fact.
Today, reporting from inside Idlib, Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught described the bombing as “earth-shaking and relentless.” Bombing caused by who?
“Hollywood” in Syria? Oh yes. Scene-setting the likes of which we have not yet seen outside of celluloid fiction. Delivering lines to a rapt audience that seems incapable of questioning the plot. Some of what transpires in Syria in the future will depend on this: Do people want to go behind the velvet curtain and see the strings – or are they content to be simply led by the entertainment.
Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East. You can follow Sharmine on twitter @snarwani.

A journey into Syria’s nightmare

Reuters By Zohra Bensemra | Reuters

Zohra Bensemra is a news photographer for Reuters. Based in Algiers, she traveled on assignment to Syria in February. This is her account of that journey:

…. Smoke was still rising from some buildings as we entered through back roads. Local people kept approaching us: “Come and see my father, he was killed!” one would say; “Come down this road, there are two bodies!”; “Come and see my house that was destroyed.”

The shelling seemed to have been indiscriminate. Houses in different parts of town had been hit. It was as if a blind man had been firing the guns and could not see or did not care where the shells fell.

Local people took us to a house where they said a woman of 70 had died. A shell had hit it. The mirror in her bedroom was spattered in blood, and flesh. It was as if she had exploded…..

Monastery in Sednayya attacked

Syrian Kurds get cold reception from Iraqi Kurds
By LARA JAKES and YAHYA BARZANJI | Associated Press

QAMISHLI, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish Syrians fleeing their nation’s bloody uprising are all but prisoners in northern Iraqi refugee camps, though they seek shelter in a region that was created specifically as a safe haven for ethnic Kurds.

Local Kurdish officials in the Iraqi province of Dahuk, which borders Syria, voted Wednesday to open a second refugee camp for the growing number of Syrian Kurds who are arriving every day. But they are not allowed to leave the first, spartan camp at Qamishli, and have been told they must apply for residency before they may live freely in the region widely referred to as, simply, Kurdistan.

It’s a twofold irony: Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority but long have been considered illegal immigrants there. Moreover, Iraqis used Syria as a safe haven during the worst of the sectarian violence that nearly plunged their nation in civil war just a few years ago.

“We can’t move or work freely, and our family can’t send us money,” Qamishli refugee Radhwan Nadhum al-Ali said in an interview this week. He compared the small camp to “living in a big prison cell.”

“I’m mulling whether to go back and face death rather than staying here,” al-Ali said.

Iraqi Kurdish soldiers guard the camp at Qamishli, about 60 kilometers (30 miles) from the border. Dahuk provincial immigration director Mohammed Abdullah Hammo said its Syrian Kurdish residents “are not allowed to leave the camps.”

“They need security approval and residency permission to be in Kurdistan, just like anyone else,” he said Wednesday. He estimated that process would take a month. (…)

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301. Son of Damascus said:

SyriaLover,

DBOX is streaming the Syrian documentaries for free online until the 18th.

http://dafilms.com/event/61/

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March 16th, 2012, 11:21 am

 

302. Jad said:

Mina
As Ann wrote before, it has nothing to do with politics, it’s gay men hatred toward women.

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March 16th, 2012, 11:33 am

 
 

304. Syrialover said:

Bashar’s best friend will have his backside set ablaze on 17 March when the international banks cut their ties with Iran at 4pm London time.

The Iranian regime is being spun into crisis mode by these unprecedented financial sanctions. They will bite far worse than anything previously.

The resulting economic fallout is expected to affect Iran’s domestic stability. The mullahs won’t have time or resources to play in little brother Bashar’s team.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-15/swift-will-halt-financial-messaging-for-sanctioned-iranian-banks.html

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March 16th, 2012, 11:39 am

 

305. irritated said:

#297 Juergen

I am not surprised you share the same naive views as the West that are suddenly surprised and shocked that the replacement of a secular authoritian regime is another authoritarian religious regime as in Iran, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, Yemen etc…

“the muhabarat we would have seen an end to this long time before.”
…and replaced by a tolerant Sunni islamist regime friendly to the West and to the minorities.

The weakening of the surveillance is the last few years is what has allowed all kind of underground movements to shape up.
Unfortunately not all are for the good of the country.

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March 16th, 2012, 11:55 am

 

306. jad said:

I linked this news before, but today I can confirm it, it’s official all of the Syrian Christians of Alhamidiyeh were forced by the terrorists armed militias to leave and those armed men took over those people’s apartments to use it as bases for armed attacks so the army retaliate and to accuse it of attacking the religious minorities as they did before in front of that neighbourhood’s church:

مسلحو ” كتيبة الفاروق” أنهوا تهجير معظم مسيحيي أحياء حمص واستولوا على منازلهم بقوة السلاح
آخر المهجرين بقوة السلاح أستاذ جامعي وشقيقه من آل “غريبه”، والمسلحون داروا على المنازل بيتا بيتا وأبلغوا أصحابها : غادروا قبل أن نقتلكم ونبلغ”الجزيرة” بأن النظام قتلكم

حمص ، الحقيقة (خاص): علمت “الحقيقة” من مصادر كنسية في حمص بأن المدينة أصبحت شاغرة بنسبة 90 بالمئة تقريبا من المسيحيين ، ومن المتوقع أن يجري “تطهيرها” بالكامل من أبناء الطائفة المسيحية في غضون أيام أو أسابيع قليلة على أبعد تحديد على أيدي مسلحي “كتيبة الفاروق” الوهابيين. وقال مصدر في المطرانية الأرثوذوكسية لـ”الحقيقة” إن مسلحي “كتيبة الفاروق” داروا على بيوت المسيحيين بيتا بيتا في حيي”الحميدية” و” بستان الديوان”، وأبلغوهم بأن عليهم مغادرة بيوتهم ومدينة حمص فورا. وكشف المصدر أن آخر دفعة ممن شملتهم عملية التهجير بقوة السلاح كانت يوم أمس ، وشملت الدكتور طالب مشهور غريبة ، وهو أستاذ رياضيات في جامعة” البعث” بحمص ، وشقيقه الموسيقي مروان مشهور غريبة ( موسيقي في فرقة الفنان صباح فخري) ، القاطنين في حي “الحميدية” ، وشقيقتهما ماري مشهور غريبة التي تقيم في حي ” بستان الديوان”، وكذلك والدهم وزوجته المدرسة مها حبو ، اللذين يقيمان في مساكن حي “الوعر” الجديد. وشملت دفعة التهجير أيضا سكان بناية في حي “الحميدية” مؤلفة من ستة طوابق تقيم فيها 18 عائلة جميعها تقريبا من قرية “عيون الوادي”.

وقال المصدر الكنسي إن المسلحين أبلغوا أصحاب المنازل قبل مغادرتهم بأنهم وفي حال عدم المغادرة فورا سيطلقون عليهم النار ويصورون جثثهم ويرسلونها إلى “الجزيرة” على اعتبار أن “السلطة هي التي قتلتهم”! وأكد المصدر أن جميع من جرى تهجيرهم “لم يسمح لهم بأخذ أي شيء من ممتلكاتهم ، حتى ملابسهم الاحتياطية ، وفور خروجهم من المنازل جرى احتلالها من قبل المسلحين باعتبارها غنائم حرب من النصارى”!

يشار إلى أن عصابات ” كتيبة الفاروق” التي يسيطر عليها مسلحو “القاعدة” والوهابيون بمختلف ولاءاتهم التنظيمية ، ومرتزقة ليبيون وعراقيون وأفغان ، أقدمت الشسهر الماضي على استهداف كنيستين بالقذائف الصاروخية ، ما أدى إلى احتراق إحداهما وتضرر الأخرى.
http://www.syriatruth.org/news/tabid/93/Article/6923/Default.aspx

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March 16th, 2012, 11:59 am

 

307. Syrialover said:

305. # Irritated

“The weakening of the surveillance is the last few years is what has allowed all kind of underground movements to shape up.
Unfortunately not all are for the good of the country.”

Ah, so you are saying the regime took their eyes off Syria’s rural poor.

Not any more.

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March 16th, 2012, 12:07 pm

 

308. jad said:

The terrorists formed another armed gang, they call it ‘Rafik Al7ariri’ and immediately the Future movement of Lebanon denied any link..how sad!
Worth noting that those terrorists are now having a tank on top of their rpgs and big guns so we may see the ‘results’ on TV through another massacre with the criminals claiming that someone else did it…as usual for these days!

سرية الشهيد رفيق الحريري
http://youtu.be/MdAvXSd6T5s

Future Movement denies link to ‘Rafik Hariri Brigade’
BEIRUT: Future Movement spokesperson Ayman Jezzini denied Friday any links to the “Martyr Rafik Hariri Brigade,” a group that recently announced its formation on YouTube and claims to be made up of Syrian army defectors based in Idlib province.

“We have nothing to do with the [Syrian] revolution,” Jezzini told The Daily Star.

“We support human rights, the right of expression and free speech and we have nothing to do with that,”

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Mar-16/166899-future-movement-denies-link-to-rafik-hariri-brigade.ashx#ixzz1pIRv5LdG
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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March 16th, 2012, 12:10 pm

 

309. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Assad is a stupid person. That is very obvious. He is basically a death body. But he is not responsible for the mess at the end. Those who should be politically responsible for what has happened in Syria are the memebrs of parliament who elected this silly and mentally unabled person as the president of a whole state. I remember the day Assad died. Street were deserted and all people looking at Syrian Tv. When the president of the parliamnet said ¨Bil ijmaa¨ then we knew that a great mistake was being done. Although we never imagined to what degree the fear apparatus would be able to avoid any reforms.

History will see Assad as a stupid politician who destroyed his father heritage.

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March 16th, 2012, 12:11 pm

 

310. jad said:

Regarding the new star ‘Hadeel’ announcement on BBC, Razan Ghazawai a famous Syrian blogger reply:
“Your words about raping the detainee is a lie”:

رزان غزاوي ترد على هديل كوكي: كلامك عن اغتصاب المعتقلات “اتهام باطل”

انتقدت رزان غزاوي، الناشطة السورية في المركز السوري لحرية الإعلام والتعبير، تصريحات الناشطة السورية المسيحية “هديل كوكي” في الأمم المتحدة والتي قالت فيها إن “جميع النساء المعتقلات تعرضن للإغتصاب” خلال مداخلة لها في الأمم المتحدة.

وقالت رزان غزاوي على صفحتها على الفيسبوك: “هديل كوكي تقول أن جميع النساء المعتقلات في الأفرع الأمنية للنظام تمّ اغتصابهنّ. تعميمعها خطير وباطل ولا يجب تحت أي ذريعة استدراج أي تنديد دولي وحقوقي بناء على اتهامات باطلة ضد النظام. فلدينا ما يكفي من توثيق جرائم ضد الانسانية ارتكبها النظام ويرتكبها يوميا بحق المدنيين العزل. لا أدري من أعطى كوكي الحق بالتحدث باسمي وباسم جميع المعتقلات ونشر هكذا أقوال. مما يثير في داخلي شكوك بصحة روايتها آسفة”.

وعلى صعيد متصل، قال أحد رجال الدين المسيحيين في سوريا لموقع “سيريا بوليتيك” حول كلام هديل كوكي عن وجود “اضطهاد رسمي للمسيحيين في سوريا” بالقول إن “النظام لم يعتقل هديل لأنها مسيحية ولم يعتقل فلان الفلاني لأنه مسلم أو مهما كان، فالنظام يعتقل من يصدر قرار باعتقاله لقيامه بنشاط ما بصرف النظر عن دينه، ولكن هناك جهات أخرى تستهدف المسيحيين لأنهم مسيحيون وقم تم تهجير آلاف العائلات المسيحية من أماكن سكنها في مناطق عديدة في سوريا على يد جماعات قادمة من خارج سوريا، والإتحاد الأوربي والفاتيكان ورجال الدين المسيحيين في الشرق الأوسط لديهم التفاصيل والأرقام الكاملة، والجهات الغربية تخشى التنديد العلني بما تعرض المسيحيون خشية أن يعطي تنديدها هذا نقطة إيجابية لصالح النظام”.

وأضاف رجل الدين المسيحي “نتعاطف مع أي سوري يدخل السجون ويتعرض لمعاملة سيئة بصرف النظر عن دينه ومذهبه، ولكن يجب أن نكون أكثر دقة عندما نتكلم كأشخاص باسم دين أو باسم جميع الناس، وليتحدث كل شخص عن نفسه فقط”.

http://www.syria-politic.com/ar/Default.aspx?subject=464#.T2NnGMWPVyI

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March 16th, 2012, 12:18 pm

 

311. jad said:

Adonis: “The Islamists and the Americans are the only winners of the Arab Spring”

أدونيس: لم يجن ثمار الربيع العربي غير الإسلاميين والأميركيين
وكالات – عربي برس

أكد الشاعر السوري أدونيس أن ثورات “الربيع العربي”، تعد المرة الأولى التي لا يقلد العرب فيها الغرب، ولذلك فإنها الاستثناء، موضحا أن هذه الثورات كانت السبب في وصول الإسلاميين إلى الحكم في تونس ومصر، ولجوء المعارضة المتصدرة للمشهد السياسي في ليبيا وسورية إلى الاستنجاد بدعم الغرب لإسقاط الأنظمة القائمة في بلدانها.
وبرر أدونيس في حواره مع برنامج “مع زينة يازجي من باريس” على شاشة تليفزيون دبي، تراجع إعجابه بثورات الربيع العربي بالقول: لم يجن ثمار هذه اللحظة الثورية غير الإسلاميين والتجار والأميركيين.
وفيما يتعلق بموقفه من الأزمة السورية، قال أدونيس إنه لن يدعم أبداً ثورة تنطلق من الجامع، مشدداً على أن الثورة الحقيقية، ، يجب أن تخرج من الجامعة وليس من الجامع

http://arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=27722

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March 16th, 2012, 12:26 pm

 

312. zoo said:

Assad’s Frustrated Foreign Enemies
By: Ibrahim al-Amin
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/assad%E2%80%99s-frustrated-foreign-enemies

Various parties have been assessing the outlook for the crisis in Syria based on the evidence on the ground. The domestic scene is set to remain polarized for a long time. National understandings that can restore the country’s political unity and a cohesive national identity cannot be expected any time soon. The external scene has meanwhile become more complicated in light of the intensifying battle between the two camps over who will take hold of Syria, or who will wield the most influence in it.

On the domestic front, sources recently in Damascus say the political split is as sharp as ever. The pro-regime camp is holding together and its members have become more politically hard-line in their intolerance of all moves made by any opposition group. They deem the battle to be one against groups that have been armed – not just militarily but also in the political, propaganda, and economic senses – to target Syria, and not just its regime. They see President Bashar Assad as a symbol, and they want him to make no concessions at present. This loyalty has been accompanied by mobilization which has a minority, sectarian, and confessional dimension, though this is not fully reflected in the big cities.

On the other side, opposition groups loudly trumpet their rejection of any kind of dialogue with the regime. Indeed, they have moved on to refusing to deal with the regime’s institutions, conflating the state with the regime. They have thus started justifying attacks by gunmen on policemen and police stations or public institutions, or the bombing of vital infrastructure, as well as seeking to maximize pressure on the Syrian pound. They have also become increasingly virulent in their verbal attacks on people in the regime, and also on sects and denominations, betraying their need to keep tensions high.

A third group, which grows in size by the day, fears for Syria. This includes people who refuse to be asked where they stand. They are no longer prepared to get into a debate about who is right and who is wrong. Their concern is for the country’s unity and stability, and that priority overrides all others – even while they concur that this view ultimately works to the advantage of the regime at present.
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March 16th, 2012, 12:37 pm

 

313. jad said:

Syria accepted most of the UNCHR suggestions, stopping torture and illegal raids on citizens’ houses:

ضمنها وقف التعذيب ومداهمة المنازل .. سورية تعلن موافقتها على مجمل توصيات مجلس حقوق الإنسان

(دي برس)
أعلنت سوريا الخميس 15-3-2012 أمام مجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف الموافقة والعمل على تنفيذ توصيات المجلس، ودمج التعريفات القضائية الواردة في معاهدات حقوق الإنسان على نحو فعال في التشريعات الوطنية، وحظر التعذيب والتوقيف الأمني ومداهمة المنازل والتي قدمتها بعض الدول في إطار الاستعراض الدوري الشامل لملفها.
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المصدر: http://www.dp-news.com/pages/detail.aspx?articleid=114662#ixzz1pIaV2jyq

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March 16th, 2012, 12:44 pm

 

314. jad said:

The same old lie of WMD, how convenient! The Brits and the Americans already have all the old materials to reuses:

Warning over Syrian WMD capability

A new warning has been given about the difficulties facing the international community in Syria about weapons of mass destruction.
Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a former CIA official, told the Today programme’s Justin Webb that Syria has been developing chemical weapons since the 1980s and has the “most sophisticated chemical and biological weapons arsenal in the Arab world” and “the means to deliver them”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9705000/9705865.stm

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March 16th, 2012, 12:48 pm

 

315. jad said:

LOLOLOLOL
For this sectarian cook, Shia and Jewish food are ‘HARAM’ to coock…
عندالوهابية الطبخ الايراني غير جائز كي لاينتشر التشيع

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March 16th, 2012, 12:54 pm

 

316. bronco said:

Jad

Turkey is seeing with apprehension 500,000 Syrians re-occupying peacefully the province of Antakya that they stole to Syria.
Would they ever be able to send the back to Syria?

In Turkey, these people are considered “guests” as the Turkish law recognize the status of “refugees” only to Europeans fleeing war.

The UNHCR has no juridiction over the Syrians in Turkish camps as they are not ‘refugees’. A headache for the Turks.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:11 pm

 

317. jad said:

Bronco,
That would be a great idea, it means that Syrians will regain Iskandaron without any fight.
The Ottomans of Ankara must be frustrated of the mess they stuck themselves in.
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After ‘Alhariri’ new terrorist gang, another one came out, this time with a saudi flag:

مجموعة بني خالد الارهابية السعودية في حمص

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March 16th, 2012, 1:25 pm

 

318. irritated said:

#318 Jad

Waiting for the Geagea brigade…

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March 16th, 2012, 1:35 pm

 

319. Alan said:

No opposition group can bid for monopoly to speak from Syria people

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/367760.html

MOSCOW, March 16 (Itar-Tass) —— No opposition group can claim for the monopoly right to speak on behalf of the Syrian people, Russian presidential representative for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday.

“We believe that the top priority is to stop violence no matter from where it comes,” the Russian high-ranking diplomat said. “Weapon supplies to illegal armed groups should be averted, because Al Qaeda militants are known to join their ranks,” he said. “We oppose strongly a foreign interference with the use of military force,” he noted.

“The mechanism of monitoring should be developed to declare the ceasefire so that no one will seek to take advantage of the current situation,” Bogdanov pointed out. “In this respect, we consider the end to the LAS observer mission as a mistake,” he remarked.
“The second task is to make relief supplies to people affected in the combat actions,” the deputy foreign minister went on to say, adding that “the UN should play the leading role in this issue.” In this respect, Bogdanov recalled that Russia already began to settle this problem. “Russian emergency airplanes have brought about 78 tonnes of relief supplies, which were passed to the Syrian Red Crescent Society,” the deputy foreign minister said. The Russian government already decided to make a donor contribution of one million Swiss francs to the International Red Cross Committee.

“Our third task is the soonest launch of Syrian domestic dialogue between the government and all opposition groups without any preconditions and any hasty results,” Bogdanov remarked. “The national dialogue should be maintained simultaneously with the reforms, which the Syrian government announced,” he said.

The high-ranking diplomat noted that the Syrian referendum on a new constitution is an important step, “which Russia encouraged Damascus to take for a long time.” “The results of the referendum in Syria showed that the incumbent authorities enjoy a real support among people,” he said. “Therefore, no opposition group can claim for the monopoly right to speak on behalf of the Syrian people, moreover, to be their legitimate representative,” he underlined.

“We are keeping contacts with all representatives of Syrian opposition, there are many of them. I do not mention notorious extremists and terrorists, who are numerous in Syria,” he indicated. “This is beyond the scope of our contacts. I hope that our partners will also adhere to this,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Russian deputy foreign minister stated that Russian assessments on Syria are taken with understanding recently in the world.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:37 pm

 

320. Alan said:

Russia considers dialogue only with Syrian opposition unacceptable

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/367725.html

MOSCOW, March 16 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia does not intend to participate in a next meeting of the group of friends of Syria, Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told a press briefing here on Friday.

“We did not participate in the previous meeting. We do not intend to participate in this meeting as well,” Bogdanov said. “The group of friends looks like the contact group for Libya,” the deputy foreign minister added.

Bogdanov noted that the group of friends is negotiating only with the Syrian opposition.

“It is unacceptable for us,” Bogdanov underlined.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:39 pm

 

321. bronco said:

Jad

The Syrians have put mines in the area that Turkey was planning to occupy and to declare it a free zone. Turks intentions were to send back all the refugees as they cost them money since the UN will not support them. The law in Turkey does not recognize them as ‘refugees’ but as guests therefore not under the juridiction of the UNHCR. In addition these ‘guests’ may want to stay in a land that Syria owned and reclaim it peacefully. This is why the Turkish camps are like prisons where ‘guests’ are not allowed to move around freely or to talk to the press.

The Syrian army have disrupted this plan and, furious, Turkey is accusing the Syrian army of ‘preventing’ the refugees to leave by putting mines. Legal borders are open, why would the Syrians government prevent frightened women and childen to go to a safe place? In the contrary, without the civilians used as humans shields, dealing with the armed militias is much easier for the Syrian army.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:49 pm

 

322. Alan said:

http://ecfr.eu/blog/entry/russias_syrian_dilemma/print

Russia’s Syrian dilemma

Dramatic developments in and increasingly active diplomacy around Syria over recent weeks have given rise, internationally, to several strings of heated debate. The projection of this debate on Russia, and Russia’s contribution into it, has taken vivid forms because of the ongoing presidential campaign and Moscow’s official decision to adopt a distinct position on Syria.

Within Russia, the ‘Arab Spring’ debate has focused on the internal, regional and global sources and security implications of sudden regime changes across the Arab world. The vast majority of Russian experts and officials have shared the widespread view that the revolutions in North Africa and Yemen opened the door to the forces of chaos and presented extremists of all stripes with new opportunities. Pointing to the victory of Islamist parties in Egypt’selections and continuing political uncertainty in Libya, these observers proudly claim to have warned, from the outset, that “it wasn’t going to get better anyway”. On these grounds, they strongly condemn foreign intervention in Libya as allegedly driven by the parochial interests of both Western powers and their Middle Eastern allies.

The second school of thought has emphasised the inevitability of the fall of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Qaddafi and Saleh. Its proponents have argued that the revolutionary nations had no other choice but to remove their stale dictators. This line of argument suggests they will become pluralist democracies in the distant but visible future, even if that road first takes them through a period of Islamist rule.

Both groups of Russian observers, as well as their like-minded international counterparts, are engaged in a search for convenient facts and arguments to claim moral victory. Yet neither school of thought is likely to emerge as a winner because they both succumb to an inadequate deterministic view of reality. What they miss is the highly contingent nature of both international and domestic politics – a clear reflection of the probabilistic and uncertain nature of the world.

Across both the Middle East and beyond, the turbulence is so strong that any turn of events has become possible even in the short term, to say nothing about the more distant future. According to known Chinese observers, who could boast unrivalled strategic vision, two centuries are too early to call the results of a revolution. In such a context, to predict, for example, that the ultimate beneficiaries of the Arab revolts will be different from the social strata that implemented the change of regimes looks naively deterministic.

Given to uncritical determinism, both schools of thought fail to see the important role of risky gambles with unpredictable outcomes (as opposed to implementation of pre-meditated strategies) and limited-choice situations (as opposed to the intentional application of ‘double standards’) in world politics. It may be more exciting to discuss why France and the UK recognised the Libyan rebel government so early in the conflict when even its stakeholders (to say nothing of the outcome) were totally unclear. What drove President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Cameron to gamble so hard when Gaddafi’s troops were closing in on Benghazi, with the Obama administration still undecided about the usefulness of an intervention? And even if such intervention was likely to happen at that point, no one could have predicted its result – as the actual course of events later demonstrated.

The second – ethical – question that escapes many Russian and international observers is whether the international community (including Russia) was left with a wide array of options after Colonel Gaddafi openly threatened to eviscerate a substantial part of the civilian population of Benghazi as his troops were bracing to enter the town. Posing this question appears similar to asking whether Soviet President Gorbachev had many decent choices available in 1990-91 when he was negotiating German reunification and the Soviet Union was unraveling on his watch. At the level of everyday life, one may ask himself whether he would feel deterred from punching a hooligan who has just insulted his female companion because the impending fight could “trigger instability” across the neighborhood or even the whole town (such things happened more than once in the world history). If he refrains from fighting, it would be for totally different reasons.

Assessment of the ‘Arab Spring’ has arguably informed the Russian approach to Syria. So far, Moscow’s official line has been to avoid placing the blame for the hostilities exclusively on President Assad, and preventing any form of outside intervention in Syria.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:55 pm

 

323. son of Damascus said:

Massive protest in Al-Raqqa today.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:55 pm

 

324. Son of Damascus said:

Bronco,

“why would the Syrians government prevent frightened women and childen to go to a safe place?”

So that they can butcher and rape them, hence why none of the refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, or Jordan used legal border crossing to get to safety.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:59 pm

 

325. Alan said:

Syria: Towards a Political Solution

http://ecfr.eu/content/entry/syria_towards_a_political_solution

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the urgency of finding a political solution is increasing. Kofi Annan has launched this process, but more effort will be needed to unify the international community to exert pressure on Bashar al-Assad.

In this ECFR policy memo Julien Barnes-Dacey proposes a political strategy that gives Moscow the lead role in formulating a ceasefire, and accedes to its demand that negotiations with the regime not be preconditioned on Assad’s demise:

It is also increasingly apparent that a political resolution for the crisis in Syria is, at minimum, dependent on Russian acquiescence. Without pressure from Moscow, the regime will neither relent in its use of violence nor enter into a political process. Thus engaging with Russia may be the only way of halting the bloodshed and stopping Syria from falling into a deep and prolonged civil war.
The newly appointed UN-Arab League representative to Syria, Kofi Annan, should therefore begin a political process that gives Russia a lead role and includes direct negotiations with the regime despite the horrific nature of its crimes.

An international contact group that includes representatives of Russia, the regime and the opposition, as well Syria’s neighbours, should meet in order to set out the parameters for a ceasefire.

The international response should now be based on three strategic aims: Establishing an international consensus to end the violence, delinking the crisis from broader strategic aims and empowering the political opposition in Syria.

The intended aim of these different measures is to stop the violence and lay the groundwork for a subsequent political transition process.

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March 16th, 2012, 1:59 pm

 

326. zoo said:

Turkey in escalating internal problems.

Fearing militant attacks, Turks arrest Kurdish activists
Thomas Seibert
Mar 17, 2012
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/fearing-militant-attacks-turks-arrest-kurdish-activists

“People here are wondering whether a new war is about to start,” said Devrim Baris Baran, a lawyer in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s biggest Kurdish city.

In another sign of mounting tensions, police this week evacuated a group of 25 Kurdish construction workers from a building site in the western Turkish province of Kutahya. The evacuation came after a crowd of about 500 Turks tried to lynch the workers following a brawl between Kurds and Turks, news reports said. Officers smuggled the Kurds out of the danger zone by dressing them up in police uniforms.

The escalation came as Kurds in several cities gathered for the first rallies of the annual Newroz spring festival. Called Nowruz in Iran and Central Asia, the festival is celebrated on and around March 21.

In some cities of Turkey’s Kurdish region, traditional Newroz bonfires were lit this week, news reports said. Mass rallies are scheduled in Istanbul, home to hundreds of thousands of Kurds, and the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir tomorrow.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a rebel group fighting for Kurdish self-rule and against the Turkish state since 1984, has called for a mass turnout during this year’s festival.

“Newroz is a festival of resistance, unity and freedom,” Murat Karayilan, the acting PKK leader, said this week. He said the rallies in Istanbul and in Diyarbakir were of special significance.
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March 16th, 2012, 2:00 pm

 

327. Alan said:

Annan urges UN to unite for Syria peace
http://rt.com/news/annan-address-un-syria-769/
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Valerya 307
Federal Reserve Bank Scam and
Monetary System Videos
http://www.bushstole04.com/monetarysystem/fed_embed_video.htm

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March 16th, 2012, 2:07 pm

 

328. Alan said:

Genocidal Turkish Government Eyes Syria
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/genocidal-turkish-government-eyes-syria.html

Shoot In The Foot: Iran oil ban to recoil on EU

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March 16th, 2012, 2:13 pm

 

329. Alan said:

[ Fixed broken link]

Peacing Together: How long till West intervenes in Syria?

US admits Israel is arming and training terrorist groups to create terrorism

So much for this War on Terror! It is actually War OF Terror. This is proof THEY are creating terror directly and indirectly. This was shown live on US television !!

Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.

The group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980.

The attacks, which have killed five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 and may have destroyed a missile research and development site, have been carried out in dramatic fashion, with motorcycle-borne assailants often attaching small magnetic bombs to the exterior of the victims’ cars.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration is aware of the assassination campaign but has no direct involvement.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:19 pm

 

330. Juergen said:

SOD

thanks for sharing the news about the films, now i have a plan for the eveing!

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March 16th, 2012, 2:21 pm

 

331. Son of Damascus said:

This is how the regime responds to peaceful protest in Al Raqqa.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:23 pm

 

332. Atheist Syrian Salafist Against Dictatorships said:

قال أدونيس إنه لن يدعم أبداً ثورة تنطلق من الجامع، مشدداً على أن الثورة الحقيقية، ، يجب أن تخرج من الجامعة وليس من الجامع

And look what they have done to the revolution that came out of the university, of Aleppo in this case, look how they arrested and beat and tortured and murdered the students who tried to protest peacefully. Has Adonis been speaking out FOR them, supporting them? But they don’t need his support and they continue to try to demonstrate despite the horrendous brutality of the Assadist Mafiosi and Associates.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:24 pm

 

333. irritated said:

#332 SOD

I don’t see any protesters… Where are they?
BTW, I am muting soundtracks, as I have no prof of their authenticity

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March 16th, 2012, 2:32 pm

 

334. SOn of Damascus said:

Juergen,

My pleasure, but the original thanks should be to SyriaLover as he pointed out that these movies are playing in various cities across the globe, from the website he linked I found that they are streaming free online as well.

By the way my apologies for mistyping your name, I keep missing the first E.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:32 pm

 

335. son of Damascus said:

Irritated,

“I don’t see any protesters… Where are they?”

I guess you missed the first post about Al Raqqa.

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=13992&cp=7#comment-301484

I will mention to you when a CSI team has gone over the videos so that they can authenticate the sounds for you.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:34 pm

 

336. SANDRO LOEWE said:

The monster is awaken and everyone around him is in danger. For 40 years all neighbours stayed in silence watching the syrian monster sleeping comfortably. From time to time the monster wake up and was given some human lifes in order to calm him and fall asleep once again. But this time the monster has been waken up from its own sons and is very furious. The beast is ready to kill through PKK and Alawi terrorists in Turkey, to kill christians, sunnis and druzes and destroy in Lebanon through the men of the Old of the Mountain, to introduce tons and tons of explosive devices to be activated in Iraki markets. If someone wishes to survive in this Middle East show be wise enough to exterminate the Beast as soon as possible before it gets too late.

Is may be much easier than it seems. Just making Bashar, Maher and Assef disapear all the rest could be easier than anyone ever imagined.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:36 pm

 

337. irritated said:

#325 SOD

Ah I see, that’s the pastime of the 300,000 sunnis, alawites, druze, christans army conscripts, raping and butchering. I thought they were busy ‘bombing’ and destroying cities to dislodge the armed gangs who are butchering and raping.

And that’s the army that will rule after Bashar is removed? Sounds promising.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:40 pm

 

338. Tara said:

ASSAD

Thank you. Eloquently put.

What a hypocrite Adonis. Noises noises noises to blur the truth.

Will be victorious with or without those hypocrites.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:41 pm

 

339. irritated said:

#337 SL

“Just making Bashar, Maher and Assef disapear all the rest could be easier than anyone ever imagined.

Why wait, go for it! Oh, maybe you forgot your magic wand!

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March 16th, 2012, 2:42 pm

 

340. irritated said:

#336 SOD

Maybe they should have been merged during the editing. Like this they make no sense at all as they seem to have been taken in a different location, maybe they have been actually.

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March 16th, 2012, 2:46 pm

 

341. Son of Damascus said:

Irritated,

I never blamed the entire Syrian Army, or the army for that matter. I blamed the regime, and continue to blame the regime for everything that has happened.

I know that not the entire Syrian Army has not been used, and that is why to this day I don’t support any military intervention against the regime because I would like to see our country be able to defend itself (However the 4th Brigade, Republican Guard and any paramilitary units including the Moukhabarat to be dissolved).

If you really care about my opinion regarding this subject please see what I wrote on 7ee6an the other day.

https://7ee6an.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/no-title/#comment-6965

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March 16th, 2012, 2:48 pm

 

342. irritated said:

#325 SOD said:

“none of the refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, or Jordan used legal border crossing to get to safety.”

It seems that the refugees are passing legally through the Turkish borders

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrians-flee-to-turkey-as-syria-plants-mines-on-border.aspx?PageID=238&NID=16075&NewsCatID=338

The number of Syrians arriving at the Turkish border is increasing daily as Turkish officials ready themselves for every scenario involving the mass arrival of people mostly women, children and youngsters. “We are getting ready for any scenario, there is the expectation that the numbers will rise,” said the foreign ministry spokesman Unal.

In Sanliurfa province, near the halfway point of Turkey’s 910-kilometre (560-mile) border with Syria, Turkey has already started building a massive camp site that can house up to 20,000 people, Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.

Jordan legal border:

Jordanian officials have estimated that there are 80,000 Syrian refugees who have legally entered the country from Syria across Jordan’s northern border. Ankara says 10,000 Syrians have trickled into Turkey.

Lebanon legal border

In Lebanon, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees and the Higher Relief Council in the north estimates some 7,000 Syrian refugees, registered with the agency, have crossed into Lebanon since the uprising in neighboring Syria began in mid-March of 2011.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Mar-15/166768-riyadh-to-provide-relief-for-syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-turkey-jordan.ashx#ixzz1pJA9pDdh

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March 16th, 2012, 2:59 pm

 

343. irritated said:

#342 SOD

Sorry, your analysis cannot be taken seriously if you keep using animal names to depict people. I have no interests in the Jungle Book.

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March 16th, 2012, 3:10 pm

 

344. Son of Damascus said:

Irritated,

Desperate Syrians dodge bullets in border dash
Ruth Pollard, Ramtha
March 17, 2012

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/desperate-syrians-dodge-bullets-in-border-dash-20120316-1vas8.html#ixzz1pJBnbc8O

Syrian refugees pour across border into Lebanon

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1140993–syrian-refugees-pour-across-border-into-lebanon

And this one is from UNHCR

http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/topic,4565c22514,4565c25f1eb,4ddb87232,0,,,.html

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March 16th, 2012, 3:13 pm

 

345. Son of Damascus said:

Irritaed,

“Sorry, your analysis cannot be taken seriously if you keep using animal names to depict people. I have no interests in the Jungle Book.”

Then you better find a new hero, Assad is arabic for Lion. I much rather his old family name Wahesh.

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March 16th, 2012, 3:14 pm

 
 

347. irritated said:

#345 SOD

Lots of dramatic inventions that blurs the reality, Sorry, but the story of the truck driver sounds totally invented.

After shooting at him and killing more than 10 persons ( who were they?, why would the Syrian military give him back his truck and let him pass the border!! It sounds absurd.

“He managed to reclaim his truck from the military compound and drove the painful eight kilometres across the Turkish border,”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/desperate-syrians-dodge-bullets-in-border-dash-20120316-1vas8.html#ixzz1pJG6lWev

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March 16th, 2012, 3:31 pm

 

348. ann said:

Talks with Syria continue, decisions to be made by Syrian people: Annan – 2012-03-17

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-03/17/c_122845808.htm

“I was encouraged by the very strong support and the determination of the coucil to work together and I hope pretty soon you’ll be hearing one voice from the council,” he told reporters after a close-door briefing to the security council by video about his mission to Syria.

“As long as you believe the discussions and talks you are having are meaningful, I think you should continue; if you come to the conclusion or make the judgement that it’s waste of time or one side is playing for time, you draw the consequences and take appropriate action,” he said.

“We need to handle the situation in Syria very very carefully. Any miscalculation that leads to major escalation will have impact in the region which will be extremely difficult to manage,” he warned.

He again emphasized that decisions should be made by the Syrian people.

[...]

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March 16th, 2012, 4:27 pm

 

349. zoo said:

The Neocon view

Advantages of a Syrian War
Morton Abramowitz
March 16, 2012
http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/considering-syrian-war-6646?page=1

A military attack on Syria would need the whole-hearted political and material support of Turkey and Arab states. That is by no means assured.

The politically besieged Turkish military is averse to invading an Arab country and concerned that a Syrian Kurdish entity might emerge from Syria’s internal disorder.

Arab support, particularly the Saudis, who talk much about supplying arms to the opposition but apparently do little, is also politically indispensable.

To have this effect on Iran, President Obama must first send an unmistakable message to Assad: unless he is prepared to give up power, his government will be destroyed. Such a military effort cannot win UN approval and requires a coalition of the willing.

How Iran would respond is obviously uncertain. But the United States should consider the opportunity to change the regional dynamics in a way that might end or put off the nuclear issue and create domestic upheaval in Iran. One cannot preclude that an U.S. attack on Syria would harden Iran’s dedication to developing nuclear weapons. But though it would be hard to propose and defend, the United States would be starting a war in Syria in part to prevent a far bigger war with uncertain but immense consequences. There seems little doubt that it would result in two desirable outcomes for U.S. strategy: hastening the end of the Syrian conflict and creating a new climate for negotiating the stalemate with Iran.

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March 16th, 2012, 4:59 pm

 

350. jad said:

Bronco,

Check this out, more trouble ahead to the MBs council, the Neo-ottomans threatening the SNC not to let them in the second episode of ‘enemies of Syria’ charade:

خاص – تركيا تهدد المعارضة السورية بإستبعادها عن مؤتمر اسطنبول

مدحت أبو هادي – مصر
في العام الأول على إنطلاقتها، تقف قيادات الثورة السورية على مفترق طرق خطير يحدد وحدة ما تبقى منها، فبعد تباهي قادة المجلس الوطني السوري المعارض حتى الأمس القريب بأنهم يمثلون الشارع السوري دون غيرهم، وبان السوريين المعارضين في اعطوا رأيهم في هيئات التنسيق الوطنية بفرعيها الداخلي والمهجر، وقالوا كلمتهم في هيثم المناع ولؤي حسين وحسن عبد العظيم وميشال كيلو، إنتقلت الخلافات إلى البيت الداخلي للمجلس الوطني وخاصة بين أركان المكتب التنفيذي الذي يعتبر مركز القرار في هذا المجلس.
معارض سوري مقيم في مصر اشار لعربي برس إلى “أن الخلافات بين اركان المعارضة آخذة في التفاقم على نحو أوسع ما قد يهدد مشاركة المجلس والهيئات المنشقة عنه في مؤتمر اصدقاء سورية المزمع عقده في إسطنبول”مضيفاً” وصلت رسائل تركية حازمة غلى المعارضين تهددهم بإمكانية إستبعادهم عن المؤتمر إذا ما استمروا ينسجون على منوال الخلافات بين بعضهم البعض، ووصل التهديد التركي إلى حد إمكانية إلغاء المؤتمر وفضح المعارضين أمام الشعب السوري والعالم لأنه لم يعد مطاقاً ما يفعلونه، فالمطالب إنخفضت من إسقاط النظام السوري ورحيله إلى إنتزاع شرعية من يمثل المعارضة ومن ينتزع كرسيها في مؤتمر اسطنبول”.
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http://arabi-press.com/?page=article&id=27772

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