News Round Up (1 March 2013)

Give Us the Weapons We Need to Beat Assad
The chief of staff of the opposition Syrian Military Joint Command calls on the United States to provide arms, not just non-lethal aid.
BY SALIM IDRIS (Commander of the Military Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army)| MARCH 1, 2013 – FP

…The Syrian Military Joint Command has built strong links with FSA brigades around the country in order to develop a countrywide military strategy. But there is only so much that can be done without the determined support of the United States. What Syrians need today to bring an end to the conflict are anti-aircraft weapons systems, not more words…..

Syria crisis: European countries expected to start arming rebels
Syrian opposition representative in UK says ‘breakthrough’ is expected after relaxation of EU rules
Julian Borger, The Guardian, Friday 1 March 2013

William Hague at the Friends of Syria meeting in Rome, where he stressed that military aid was possible in future.

Some European countries are expected to break with Washington and start supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons in the next few months, the representative of the Syrian opposition in Britain has told the Guardian. The National Coalition’s London representative, Walid Saffour, predicted that by the next meeting of the western and Arab Friends of Syria group in Turkey, due in late spring or early summer, “there will be a breakthrough that will end the restrictions of the European countries”.


Heartbreaking: young man describes what happened to his neighborhood, family and friends in Aleppo scud attack

Paul Mutter — “I’d just like to note that the $60 million in aid Kerry has promised the rebels is equal to one week’s worth of US direct military aid to Israel and sixteen days worth of direct military aid to Egypt.”

U.S. vow of non-lethal aid for Syrian rebels fails to satisfy Assad opposition
By Hannah Allam and David Enders | McClatchy Newspapers

Kerry visits Turkey for talks as Syrian opposition blasts U.S. aid announcement – FP

The Syrian opposition responded to the announcement by Kerry, and the expectation that Britain will provide combat gear, as insufficient; they have been appealing for weapons supplies. In recent months, senior U.S. officials have advised President Barack Obama to send arms to moderate factions within the Syrian opposition. However, the White House continues to refuse over fears that the weapons will end up in the hands of Islamist radicals. Head of the opposition coalition, Sheik Moaz al-Khatib stated, “The media pays more attention to the length of the beards of the fighters than the massacres.” He said the opposition is working to appoint the head of an interim government that will operate inside Syria, and attempted to quell fears that an Islamist government will take power. A meeting on the transitional government was scheduled for March 2 in Istanbul, but has been delayed for “logistical reason.”

Kerry has also said that he will criticize Erdogan for recent comments comparing Zionism to fascism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.

Putin told reporters that while there was a significant gulf between the two countries’ approaches to the Syrian conflict, this might be resolved “only with a bottle of vodka, or a bottle of fine wine”.

CBS News: McCain: U.S. is “raising a generation of Jihadists” in Syria,  2013-03-01

(CBS News) On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry extended non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, promising food and medical supplies to rebels in the first offer of direct aid since the Syrian conflict erupted two years ago. Kerry said the aid is …

Syria’s Foreign Legions – Sada Journal

Mona Alami: Who are the jihadis in Syria—and where are they coming from?

Syria’s Hard Landing, by Marc lynch – february 2013 – Policy brief – CNAS

Rebel cooperation in Syrian town shows challenge of isolating Islamists
Syrian rebels and their weapons cropped
By David Enders | McClatchy Newspapers

KFAR NBOUDA, Syria — Sophisticated new weapons now in the hands of rebels in north-central Syria underscore how difficult it will be, once more lethal aid begins to arrive, to keep those weapons from Islamist extremists who’ve become key to rebel military advances throughout the country.

Rebels who belong to the Victory Brigade – a group whose alliance with the Hama provincial military council makes it acceptable to U.S. officials who are deciding where aid should go – were giddy as they showed off their new weapons this week. They included Russian-made RPG-27s – shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades capable of piercing the armor on the Syrian military’s most advanced tanks – and RG6 grenade launchers, another Russian-designed weapon, this one capable of spewing projectiles that explode on contact.

But the brigade doesn’t fight alone, and a video that another rebel group, the Islamist Ahrar al Sham, posted to YouTube this month showed fighters using the same kinds of weapons in an assault that was coordinated with the Victory Brigade.

“Of course they share their weapons with us,” said Ali Ankir, a spokesman for Ahrar al Sham. “We fight together.”

Indeed, Victory closely coordinated its offensive in December to seize the town of Kfar Nbouda from forces loyal to President Bashar Assad not just with Sham, but also with fighters from the Nusra Front, which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization aligned with al Qaida in Iraq.
Nusra and Sham share the goal of establishing an Islamist state in a post-Assad Syria, and unlike Victory they don’t recognize the authority of the Hama military council.

Victory rebels were cagey about how they’d gotten the new weapons. “We have our ways,” said Ahmed Darwish, a brigade leader. The timing of the weapons’ arrival suggests they were part of a recently publicized shipment brokered by Saudi Arabia from Croatia. The RG6 rounds the rebels displayed this week were manufactured in Serbia…..

WSJ [Reg]: Islamists Gain Momentum in Syria, 2013-02-28

BEIRUT—Extremists intent on establishing an Islamist state in Syria have gained power within the rebel insurgency, while moderates have lost clout since moves by Washington late last year aimed at the opposite result, U.S. officials and rebel …

WSJ [Reg]: Fouad Ajami: John Kerry’s Syrian Second Chance
2013-02-28

Not so long ago, the new secretary of state was among those who saw hope in reasoning with Bashar Assad.

Syrian rebel put his dreams on hold in civil war
By BEN HUBBARD | Associated Press

…. “I try to ask myself where I’ll be after the revolution, and I can’t imagine myself anywhere but in the grave,” Qadi told me the last time I saw him in person.

I saw Qadi again earlier this week: As I sat at my computer in Beirut, a YouTube video flashed across the screen showing his body after he had been killed in northern Syria during government shelling and airstrikes. The video, posted online by the rebels, declared him a “martyr” in the fight against President Bashar Assad…..
Ben Hubbard, an Associated Press correspondent based in Beirut, interviewed rebel fighter Abdullah Qadi during reporting trips into Syria. Here is his remembrance of the young brigade commander who died this week while fighting in northern Syria.

The Economist (@TheEconomist) – 2/28/13, 5:50 PM

Not everyone agreed with our Syria cover last week. A young Syrian designer’s more optimistic version went viral econ.st/ZMumIE

Manaf Tlass is in Russia (arabic) Here is English

Fighting Shortages, Syrian Civilians Take Reins in Rebel Areas
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, February 28, 2013 – NYTimes

TILALYAN, Syria — Bundled in a thick overcoat against the frosty afternoon, Mohamed Moussa watched with concern as the town baker worked by flashlight to repair the conveyor belt on his aging oven, the town’s principal food source.

Miles from the front lines of the Syrian civil war, Mr. Moussa, the 33-year-old English teacher who leads the new governing council of this rebel-controlled town, spends his time locked in a more mundane battle against desperate shortages of almost everything.

Until about three weeks ago, Tilalyan’s roughly 3,800 residents had bread at most twice a week, and its appearance set off a fierce melee among hundreds of families. There was no consistent supply of electricity or water, to say nothing of medicine or heating fuel.

“The people get crazy,” he said. “They will have a revolution against the revolution because they are so hungry.” …

LA Times [Reg]: Damascus in the grip of a tense stalemate
2013-03-01, BEIRUT

Rebel forces have dug in to the north, east and south of Syria’s capital, occupying stretches of suburban and rural terrain and threatening to break through to the heart of Damascus. Government troops have largely pulled back to a well …
Many were still too afraid of Mr. Assad to link their names to a rebel government.

“Not to be slaughtered with their families,” Mr. Moussa said, chuckling. “The old people think Bashar Assad is very strong and he will never leave,” he said. “But we think they are not thinking the right way, because we see every day that he is vanishing and going away.”

Exasperated, Mr. Osman made a surprise announcement late last year at Friday Prayer: a new council had already been set up and was ready to hear complaints. Two hours later Mr. Osman summoned Mr. Moussa and four others: the job was theirs, the imam told them, by his own unilateral appointment.

All are bookish graduates of Aleppo University with little aptitude for combat. Two are 26, one is 27; the oldest is 34. Until then, their only involvement in the war was forming a “media committee” to spread information. (Mr. Osman and the town’s military leader, Mustafa Jaber, 38, sit on the council as well.)

The elders were scornful. “I need men standing in front of me, I need men to talk to, I don’t need children!” one patriarch complained, as Mr. Moussa, the imam and others recalled.

The local military brigades resisted more forcefully.

“The civil council takes away some of their power,” Mr. Moussa said. “They say, ‘Where did we see you when they were shooting at us? Where were you when we were outside in the cold? You were in your house and going to work, so shut up!’ ”

Each brigade, most of them loosely organized under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, now has its own rival relief and political wings to position itself for post-Assad Syria, and at one point the Tawhid Brigade from the town of Marea confiscated about a ton of flour from Tilalyan’s dwindling supply.

Ahmad Khatib, in charge of relief efforts for the Tawhid Brigade, said Mr. Moussa had no right to make demands since his town had paid so small a price in the fight.

“If you bring them 10 prophets from God they will still keep complaining!” Mr. Khatib said of Tilalyan’s young council.

But the young civilians quickly shouldered their mandate. With $1,000 given to the council by the Western-backed Syrian national coalition, they fixed damaged converters to restore electricity, needed to power the well in the town. They then set out to negotiate for electricity. A brigade from the town of Al Bab had recently seized control of the hydroelectric generators at the Tishreen Dam but initially refused to share the power. How did they know that the council was not a pack of thieves, the brigade demanded?

Then the larger neighboring town of Tal Rifaat was hogging all the electricity, refusing to allow any to pass through to Tilalyan or Marea, Mr. Moussa said. But when it came to electricity, Marea’s powerful brigade and civilian leaders stepped in to help; Marea and Tilalyan are on the same power line.

To supply bread, the council pleaded in vain for flour from the international groups camped at the Turkish border. Then they tried to buy it through Tal Rifaat and finally in the battle-torn provincial capital, Aleppo.

The answer, council members said, came from Jabhet al-Nusra, the Islamist militia that the United States recently classified as a terrorist organization. The group has distinguished itself not only through its battlefield prowess, aid workers say, but also through its determination to capture resources like wheat silos from the government, so that the group could dispense the spoils as patronage.

“They give us flour at less than 20 percent of the real price from the black market,” said Mr. Moussa, surveying the 14 metric tons stored in the Tilalyan bakery, enough for 13 days.

Adhan Naser, 34, another teacher on the council, interrupted him.

“Jabhet al-Nusra now controls the most important things for life — like flour, water and electricity — to make the people see Jabhet al-Nusra as the model, the perfect thing,” he said. “This plan is very clear to all of us. But this kind of game is not going to work, because our future is not Jabhet al-Nusra. We don’t need Afghanistan in Syria.”

To end the daily melee for bread, the council counted the town’s 3,824 adults and children and arrived at a ration of two loaves of flatbread per person and arranged to have it delivered for five Syrian pounds — less than a dime. By then, the council had spent all of its $1,000 in seed money and $300 more from its own pockets. …

Syrian Rebel Leader Deals With Old Ties to Other Side
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Published: March 1, 2013

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Gen. Salim Idris, convinced that the last stand of the Syrian Army in the long, grisly fight to control Aleppo will take place soon at the Academy of Military Engineering, dreads the moment.

It is not just the 2,000 or so well-armed soldiers already holed up there, inside the square-kilometer campus on Aleppo’s eastern outskirts. Nor is it the reinforced concrete bunkers built under every building to withstand an Israeli air raid.

The toughest part for him is his fondness for both the officers in charge and the campus itself. When he defected in July 2012, General Idris, now chief of staff of the rebel forces, was a brigadier in the Syrian Army and dean of the academy after teaching there for 20 years.

“I cannot imagine that we will attack the academy,” General Idris said in a wide-ranging interview in a hotel cafe. “All the officers inside the academy are my colleagues. I don’t want to fight against them; I don’t want to see them killed or injured. I hope they leave before we attack.”

General Idris, 55, a stocky figure with a neatly trimmed mustache who was wearing a dark suit and tie, said he planned to deploy outside the academy when the fight begins, to make one last-ditch attempt to persuade his old colleagues to defect.

“We cannot do anything about it if they don’t,” he said with a shrug.

Much of Syria’s future rests on General Idris’s success on the battlefield. Critics say the newly unified command structure he presides over lacks both the ground presence and the heavy weapons that are so desperately needed. Without both, they say, it will be impossible for him to forge a cohesive force from the thousands of fractious, fiercely independent rebel brigades arrayed against the still formidable military of President Bashar al-Assad.

Under intense pressure from Western and Arab backers, hundreds of Free Syrian Army commanders gathered in Turkey last December to select a 30-member Supreme Military Council, which in turn chose General Idris as chief of staff.

They unified, grudgingly, because they were promised heavy weapons, they said, in particular antiaircraft and antitank weapons, and other, nonlethal aid.

Some has materialized, although not nearly enough to transform the rebel effort, General Idris said. He spoke before Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $60 million in additional nonlethal aid and training this week.

Previous American aid seemed to amount to a trickle of small, odd lots. The Americans gave him nine ordinary black and gray Toyota pickup trucks, for example. General Idris kept three to move around with his staff and turned over the rest to field commanders. The communications equipment provided is too weak to reach across the country, he said, so he uses Skype. There were enough fatigues from the United States for 10,000 soldiers, which were nowhere near enough, given the roughly 300,000 rebel fighters, he said.

In addition to planned training efforts by the Americans, General Idris is urging Washington to train handpicked commando teams to help secure Syria’s suspected stock of chemical weapons if the government teeters. As for financial support, General Idris said very little had been forthcoming.

“We were promised a lot,” he said, “but when the moment of truth arrives, they think a lot and give very little.”

General Idris and various aides say that some 70 percent to 80 percent of the field commanders are loyal to the joint military command, but other opposition leaders and rebel commanders say the number shrinks continuously because of the credibility gap created by the lack of a reliable weapons supply.

“He is excellent, well respected and well liked — he has a clean past,” said Emad ad-Din al-Rashid, an opposition leader in Istanbul. “But the problem is that the Supreme Military Council is not a good representative of the battalions on the ground.”

There is also no shortage of field commanders who say the council leaders are too identified with the Assad government and have too little battlefield experience.

“He is a professor, not a soldier, “ said Abu Abdelrahman al-Suri, the pseudonym of a commander of Ahrar al-Sham, a jihadi fighting movement.

General Idris and his officers bristle at such criticism, rattling off their years of military training and pointing out that they defected at great personal risk

Turkey, the Unhelpful Ally By Halil M. Karaveli | The New York Times
The Arab Revolutions’ Reality Check By Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate
Islamists Gain Momentum in Syria By Nour Malas | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

U.S. Intervention in Syria Expert Q & A | Salman Shaikh | March 1, 2013 – Brookings – “the situation is critical and notes that the Syrian people need more than simply “biscuits and band aids” they need U.S. leadership.”

Comments (160)


Visitor said:

Dr. Landis’ new post highlights, by distilling opinions from various sources, the facts that the US has been playing a malicious role in this global war against criminal dictators.

I agree with this assessment and I have been saying all along that the US is malicious and ‘machinative’ in this war. Therefore, the US should go to hell.

It becomes imperative for those who claim to support this revolution of the Syrian people to agree with this asssessment which seems to be universally agreed upon. We cannot claim that we support the revolution and then act stupid by looking at the US as if it is on the same side of the revolution. The US is NOT on the same side of this Revolution. The US is ON the OPPOSITE side in bed with dictators in order to make sure that Israel is happy.

We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by the US repeatedly.

March 1st, 2013, 11:22 am

 

Aldendeshe said:

Paul Mutter — “I’d just like to note that the $60 million in aid Kerry has promised the rebels is equal to one week’s worth of US direct military aid to Israel and sixteen days worth of direct military aid to Egypt.”
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It could have taken just 12 million for SNP to remove the Baath Party from Syria and bring genuine freedom and democracy better than the United States one to Syria. Not only that, it would have brought peace to the Middle East. But this is not about freedom and democracy for Syrians nor (God Forbid) peace in the Middle East. This is about “ISRAEL” and bringing its entire neighbor under utter social and economic destruction using asymmetric warfare and slavery of these idiots. In the end, you can spend trillions, and you will not succeed in your evil plan, in fact the end result is demise of the Jews in the Middle East through endless INTIFADA and border attacks by genuine Islamist, not stooges of Israel, the Moslem Brotherhood and Al Ciada/ Al Qaida D.B.A. Alnusra Front, LLC.

March 1st, 2013, 11:46 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

What Manaf Tlass can do, he is not part of FSA,he is not part of syrian Coalition,is he still a friend of Assad?I don’t see a role for him.
Long time ago I said Turkey is a natural leader of the middle east,Turkey is an extension of the Arab world, It was a major mistake to antagonize Turkey, Erdogan is better leader of Arab than any Arab leader ,specially if he allows Turk to learn Arabic

March 1st, 2013, 11:58 am

 

Aldendeshe said:

Kerry has also said that he will criticize Erdogan for recent comments comparing Zionism to fascism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.
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Fascism is honorable, Islamophobia is genuine, Islam is the most serious threat to humanity evolution that can only be overshadowed only by Zionism, which is Satanism in disguise (worship of re6pt^ili#an race expelled from the heaven by god).

Amos 5:25-27
English Standard Version (ESV)
25 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 26 You shall take up Sikkuth your king, and Kiyyun your star-god—your images that you made for yourselves, 27 and I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.

Acts 7:43
Amplified Bible (AMP)
43 [No!] You took up the tent (the portable temple) of Moloch and carried it [with you], and the star of the god Rephan, the images which you [yourselves] made that you might worship them; and I will remove you [carrying you away into exile] beyond Babylon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizXjfQ7x3Q

March 1st, 2013, 12:08 pm

 

zoo said:

By giving little weapons, it seems that the USA’s strategy and priority are to pressure the coalition create a ‘government in exile’ in North Syria and give it a ‘state’ legitimacy.
Many questions arise.
Can the crooked and divided opposition be able to achieve that that? and if they did, will Al Nusra and other islamists allow these ‘moderates’ pro-West to control the areas they liberated.

In my view, once that ‘mini-government’ is announced, there will internal new fights among the FSA factions as well as with al Nusra for the control of the North Syria.
As usual, it appears like another destructive, murderous and messy USA strategy

US help might see Syrian rebels form alternate govt

http://rt.com/op-edge/us-funds-militant-syria-668/

It appears that the US State Department under John Kerry will soon shift its focus to helping the rebels establish a full-fledged alternative government on Syrian territory and recognize it as the legal government of Syria. Such a move would legitimize the transfer of heavy weaponry and would allow the US to directly employ air strikes or Patriot anti-missile batteries against Assad’s forces.

Some would argue that these moves could help to marginalize the notable al-Qaeda presence among rebel forces. Pumping more arms and heavier weapons into Syria is unconscionable at this point, and continuing to do so will inevitably bolster the muscle and reach of jihadi and Salafist fighters. The argument that the US and its allies have only armed the “moderate” rebels is a deeply flawed one; weapons are in high demand by all rebel factions and there is little means to effectively prevent arms from gravitating toward hardcore Al-Qaeda fighters.

March 1st, 2013, 12:13 pm

 

ghufran said:

A simple post or two about why violence is wrong triggered a number of angry responses. from day one it was clear to many of us that the challenges for this revolt against Assad were mainly to limit the use of violence to self defense,instead of active ambushes and terrorism, to keep islamists out of this struggle or at least limit their role, and finally to win support from fence sitters including minorities, instead this revolt failed on all of the three challenges and that is why it earned my Toz and the Toz of millions of people like me. unlike many of you,I never pretended that I an an “expert” or that I have a “plan”,I yet have to see a real plan from the rebels, I have general ideas that are widely accepted by a lot of Syrians and most of Syria’s neighbors and international powers.
I ,form the first day I started posting here, have asked for Assad departure and denounced the use of the army in small battles that should be fought by the police and security forces but when the rebels started using car bombs, anti tank missiles, mortars. RPGs, stolen tanks and SAMs, the regime found a golden opportunity to use heavy weapons and excessive force including jet fighters and SSMs. GCC and NATO-Turkey have led rebels to believe that they can topple a regime with a loyal large army by using light weapons,that did not work,then the same powers added heavier and more lethal weapons and allowed terrorists to join the fight which only resulted in the massive destruction of many syrian towns and cities when the army responded brutally and indiscriminately. I can not be held responsible for the fact that some people are born ,or taught,to be hateful,dumb or angry.
look at what foreigners have planned for Syria as a “solution”:
A- an islamist state
B- an algerian type solution
C- Lebanese style government
D- another Somalia
when the revolt started, none of the four options were on the table, most people wanted a democratic pleural government, this civlized solution can not be reached when you have a civil war, Mullahs, GCC pimps, Nusra and sectarian hatred, Syria is the victim of a larger conflict and is probably doomed but any solution that does not keep the current regime intact or put Nusra thugs,and their friends, in charge will be better than what we have today, I support forming a government that does not exclude secular and non Nusra islamist figures, that government is not enough to save Syria but it can reduce violence and end criminal sanctions that crippled the Syrian economy and humiliated the same people NATO was trying to “help”.
ignore belly dancers and drummers on this blog, the focus must be to end violence and form a government that does not include Assad and his family, that is doable.

March 1st, 2013, 12:16 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Brian_Whit
Sharmine Narwani: spinning the Assad line … with a little help from Oxford http://bit.ly/VSJ39u (http://t.co/4M7unUQX62) #syria

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Sharmine Narwani: spinning the Assad line

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 1 March 2013

Sharmine Narwani, an Assad apologist who can be found on Twitter denouncing British universities and the western mainstream media, managed to cast off enough of her principles last month to write an article for the mainstream media while citing Oxford University in her author’s credentials.

Read more:

http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2013/blog1303.htm#sharmine-narwani-spinning-the-assad-line

PS: Don’t think S Narwani is alone in not reading her copy/paste’s.

March 1st, 2013, 12:21 pm

 

zoo said:

Majie

Do you know who pressured Al Khatib to accept to cancel the boycott and meet the 11 friends of Syria and get peanut butter and toothbrushes in return?
It’s surely Turkey and Qatar. They would have been too humiliated to meet in Rome with Kerry but without Khatib.
Erdogan is a noisy coward and crawls in front of the USA and Europe.
He does not give a damn about Syrians. After all the failures, he now wants the Syria’s situation to be just contained so he can be elected president in 2014. That and the PKK neutralization are all what counts for him in 2013.

March 1st, 2013, 12:28 pm

 

ghufran said:

Tlas is not in Russia on a vacation, there are attempts to include him in a future government,may be as a defense minister or as an army chief:
أعرب مناف طلاس عن أمله في اتفاق روسي ـ امريكي لتسوية الوضع في سورية، مشيرا الى امكانية روسيا للضغط على طرف من الاطراف لتجاوز الأزمة.
وقال طلاس قبل بدأ مباحثاته مع وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف ان “الشعب السوري تعرض لآلام كثيرة وروسيا والاسرة الدولية قادرة على وضع حد لها، ويمكن لروسيا ان تضغط على طرف من الاطراف لتجاوز الازمة.. ويمكن لنا ان نتوصل الى حل بمساعدة روسيا وامريكا”.
وفي سياق رده على سؤال فيما اذا كان يعتقد ان الرئيس السوري مستعد للتنحي قال طلاس ان “هذا الامر غير مطروح لديه شخصيا والأهم هو تكثيف الجهود للتوصل الى تسوية والجلوس الى طاولة المفاوضات بدون سلاح”. واكد طلاس ان “التاريخ قد تجاوز الديكتاتوريات ولم يعد لها مكان فيه”.
وتابع طلاس قوله “اما مناورات النظام واعتماده على الحل الأمن لا يجدي نفعا.. واذا اتفق الروس والامريكان فهذا سيصب في مصلحة الشعب السوري”.
وفي سياق تعليقه على سؤال حول ما اذا كان المسلحون يفرضون ارادتهم على الساحة السورية قال طلاس “لا أود الحديث عن هذه التفاصيل.. والمهم الآن بالنسبة لنا جميعا هو تخفيف معاناة الشعب السوري ووقف ارهاق الارواح بضمانات دولية تؤدي الى وقف العمليات العسكرية بالكامل”.

March 1st, 2013, 12:29 pm

 

mjabali said:

Kerry is doing the right thing. He may get results. He looks that he is going for it.

McCain also started seeing that Jihadis are growing in Syria. There are thousands of Jihadis in Syria today.

Only idiots can deny the current good assessments and policies by American politicians. The main question is if they are able to come up with a workable plan with the Russians!

March 1st, 2013, 12:29 pm

 

mjabali said:

Uzair the freak who hates the Alawis

keep on bringing irrelevant “info”…go watch some TV..

March 1st, 2013, 12:32 pm

 

Citizen said:

Syrian authorities uncovered the French – Turkish plan of physical removal of Syrian President
http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fanna-news.info%2Fnode%2F10002

March 1st, 2013, 12:32 pm

 

mjabali said:

Visitor the thumbs up clow..mr. al-Nusra 4eva himself: المهرج الرخيص ذو الصيت السيئ والرائحة النتنة

You gave me 5 thumbs down right away. I see also that you gave Ghufran 7 thumbs down. hahaaaa dude you are not even discreet about it anymore. My dog smelled you right away and barked. I told him: don’t worry this is uncle Visitor the thumbs up and down clow..

Mr. al-Nusra 4 Evarrr what the hell are you doing?

March 1st, 2013, 12:38 pm

 

Aldendeshe said:

@MJABALI

6- it is script for block of 6. When you see 7 thumb downs it is 2, when you see 12 t is 2, when you see 13 it is 3, when you see 20, it is 5 in fact.

March 1st, 2013, 12:42 pm

 

Ghufran said:

ندد وزير الخارجية الأميركي جون كيري بالخطاب الذي تطرق فيه رئيس الحكومة التركية رجب طيب أردوغان إلى الصهيونية التي ربطها بالجرائم ضد الانسانية واعتبره “مرفوضا”.
وقال كيري في مؤتمر صحافي عقده مع نظيره التركي أحمد داود اوغلو، في أنقرة: “لسنا فقط غير موافقين على هذا الكلام بل نجده مرفوضا”، مضيفا بأنه “سيتطرق الى هذا الخطاب” مع اردوغان خلال لقائه به مساء اليوم.
Oppps, I thought Turkey is respected by the US

March 1st, 2013, 12:48 pm

 

revenire said:

The US recently floated the proposal for humanitarian corridors to protect their rats. That sort of thing won’t work without direct military involvement and even then it will only result in the death of thousands of civilians caught in the war. Humanitarian intervention in the case of Syria would the same as an invasion by foreign powers.

The new government being announced tomorrow (?) might try to create a Benghazi-like enclave for their rats that NATO would protect via Patriots etc. in Turkey. I can’t see how that would work either without more direct military involvement than the Patriot batteries. I feel that if the US gets more involved they could trigger a similar response from Russia

As has been pointed out many times, the fake revolution didn’t start two years ago (thanks to Zoo for pointing this article out):

http://rt.com/op-edge/us-funds-militant-syria-668/

“Reports in the Washington Post indicate that US support for anti-government groups in Syria began in 2005, transcending two presidential administrations:

“‘The U.S. money for Syrian opposition figures began flowing under President George W. Bush after he effectively froze political ties with Damascus in 2005. The financial backing has continued under President Obama, even as his administration sought to rebuild relations with Assad. Syrian authorities ‘would undoubtedly view any U.S. funds going to illegal political groups as tantamount to supporting regime change,’ read an April 2009 cable signed by the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Damascus at the time. ‘A reassessment of current U.S.-sponsored programming that supports anti-[government] factions, both inside and outside Syria, may prove productive,’ the cable said. The cables report persistent fears among U.S. diplomats that Syrian state security agents had uncovered the money trail from Washington.’

“The article describes how Washington funneled about $12 million to anti-government programs in Syria between 2005 and 2010 to recipients affiliated with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. Israel, which is now illegally conducting exploratory drilling in the occupied Golan Heights, and the US view the toppling of Damascus as a means of extinguishing the critical conduit between Iran and Hezbollah, the political and militant Shi’a organization centered in Southern Lebanon, in addition to helping isolate the Palestinian resistance.”

The April 2009 State Department cable is conclusive proof of a conspiracy led by the US to overthrow a sovereign government to change the geopolitical map of the region.

March 1st, 2013, 12:48 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

Paul Mutter — “I’d just like to note that the $60 million in aid Kerry has promised the rebels is equal to one week’s worth of US direct military aid to Israel and sixteen days worth of direct military aid to Egypt.”

and…?

this isnt enough money for war crimes against a sovereign country, an innocent people with a legitimate government?

paul is muttering before his neck gets squeezed by a noose.

with the u.s. european economies in the toilet, one noose will have to fit mutter, obama, clinton, the english and french turds, and bernard henri levy, the jew pussi war monger

March 1st, 2013, 12:49 pm

 

Visitor said:

غفران

يللا معليش مع انو الطز فيك كتير عليك بس يللا طز فيك

ما بتضيع فيك

March 1st, 2013, 12:50 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

I’m not anti Alawite. This is about oppression no matter who is involved.

Revenire brought up Elvis and I fell for the bait. It just so happened that I came across Elvis Costello and remembered his song. I remember when young I could never make out what he was saying (‘Oliver’).

I in fact expressed sympathy when I described how Alawites are being forced to defend Assad. The song has an antiwar theme as well as the appearance of an ‘arab’ in the video and mention of palestine.

Let’s not forget that Prof JL and countless SC users have mentioned how the army is fast becoming an alawite militia.

There are plenty of heroes of the revolution of Alawite background. One being Fadwa Suleiman.

March 1st, 2013, 1:06 pm

 

zoo said:

After Rome, when will the 11 FOSsers gang meet again?.

As long as the opposition cannot show they are united and able equipped to handle the country’s security, there is no point in asking Bashar al Assad to go and even less to have the government to go.

Until now, there has no been a shred of evidence that the opposition is anywhere close to be united and to have control on its military.
It is also doubtful that providing more weapons would change that. In the contrary, it may increase and radicalize the divisions and encourage extremists.

The outcome is on the ground. The rebels have taken areas in North Syria that are still insecure, but they still have a lot to go to take anything in the South and winning Damascus.
Until a breakthrough happen on the ground, the gang of the 11 Fossers will need to meet again and again..

March 1st, 2013, 1:07 pm

 

Observer said:

First and foremost the news I would like to add from RT Arabic below
ذكر المكتب الصحفي للكرملين ان الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين اجرى يوم الجمعة 1 مارس/آذار مكالمة هاتفية مع نظيره الامريكي باراك اوباما.
واشار المكتب الصحفي في بيان له الى ان “الحديث اتسم بطابع بناء”، مضيفا انه “جرى التأكيد خلاله على الاهمية المبدئية للتعاون بين روسيا والولايات المتحدة من أجل ضمان الاستقرار في العالم. واعرب الجانبان عن الاستعداد للعمل بنشاط على تطوير التعاون الثنائي المتبادل المنفعة في كافة المجالات”.
وقال البيان ان “الرئيسين اتفقا على ان يتعاملا بشكل وثيق بشأن المواضيع الدولية الساخنة المتعلقة بسورية والتسوية الشرقاوسطية وايران وكوريا الشكالية والخطط في مجال الدفاع الصاروخي”.
وفيما يتعلق بالازمة السورية اشار بوتين خلال المكالمة الى ضرورة وقف الاعمال القتالية بأسرع ما يمكن. وكلف الرئيسان وزيري الخارجية في البلدين سيرغي لافروف وجون كيري “بمواصلة الاتصالات الكثيفة الرامية الى وضع مبادرات ممكنة جديدة تهدف الى تسوية الازمة سياسيا”.
ولفت بوتين انتباها خاصا الى “اهمية زيادة الصلات التجارية الاقتصادية التي لا يتناسب مستواها مع قدرات البلدين”.
وذكر المكتب الصحفي للكرملين ان الرئيسين أجمعا على “السعي الى تفادي خطوات معينة من شأنها ان تنعكس سلبيا على العلاقات الثنائية”.
واكد بوتين دعوته لاوباما للقيام بزيارة رسمية الى روسيا. وحسب البيان “جرى الاتفاق على ان الرئيسين سيعقدان لقاء ثنائيا ارتباطا بقمة مجموعة “الثمانية الكبار” في ايرلندا الشمالية”.
واشار المكتب الصحفي للكرملين الى ان المكالمة الهاتفية جرت بمبادرة من الجانب الامريكي.
المصدر: “انترفاكس” + “روسيا اليوم

I feel that the Russians are panicking as they say that they want immediate cease fire. Is this because the SAA is winning? Or more likely is about to collapse?

ZOO is frightening himself with quotes from McCain about jihadists in Syria. What did people expect when the regime painted it as a sectarian MB instigated rebellion and in response to sectarian massacres to hold the Alawis and Christians hostage to its fate it got a Sunni extremist backlash.

Ghufran where do you think the rebels got their weapons, 99% of which came from army depots? It was because the regime has used excessive and illegitimate force from the outset.

I do not know what will come after Assad but I can tell you
1. Alawi rule over Syria is over. Even with a compromise solution over the next generation they will not be part and parcel as trust is irrevocably broken.

2. Big mafia rule is also over. Multiple small mafias and multiple warlords may spring up with Somalia like situation is a possibility

3. Lebanese style no winner and no loser is not an option. That was what Laughvrov wanted as he said “Sunnis” cannot rule and ” the minorities” need protection. If Russia wants to protect minorities it will have to intervene in a massive way. It cannot and will not as it has the Afghanistan syndrome etched in stone in its memory

4. Islamist Syria is a possibility which spells doom for the Lebanese and the Iraqis as the conflict between Sunnis and Shias will escalate. Maliki does not want to concede power; power he gained on American tanks and he does not have what it takes to hold Iraq together. Just as in Lebanon, there will be compromise or an explosive civil war.
Lebanon is reeling from the refugees and as expected not a dime came through as the GCC were not willing to help a HA led regime in Lebanon look good. To the contrary there is relish in making Lebanon suffer for now.

5. Iran has been effectively sidelined for now with the proposal of counter offers on the positive side rather than the sanctions side. It is ripe for concessions on both sides. If it can come back to accomodation with the West and can restart its economy it will abandon in my opinion Athad.

6. Today’s news of fighting within the city of Damascus and more airports being besieged and two aircrafts down is also a testimony that events on the ground are the main mover.

Assaif asdakou anb’an min al kutubi fi haddih al hadd bayn al jad wa alla’ibi

March 1st, 2013, 1:15 pm

 

revenire said:

EXCELLENT NEWS !!
ARMY TAKES CONTROL TRAPPING TERRORISTS NEAR NEIRAB AIRPORT !!
https://www.facebook.com/homs.news.network.english?ref=stream

The unstoppable Syrian Army has now taken control of “Tal Shaghib” after , surprising Terrorists and advancing from the Holy site of Nabi Idris, along with combing operations completed in “Al-Dahabieh”, the Syrian Army has now forced remaining Terrorists to become trapped between our Troops from Neirab Airport and Armed Forces from Neirab Camp …

LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS OR DIE, THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO … – J

March 1st, 2013, 1:16 pm

 

zoo said:

For the Moslem Brotherhood eyes only

Dozens of young men and women put on a public ‘Harlem Shake’ performance in front of the Muslim Brotherhood’s national headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam district on Thursday.

March 1st, 2013, 1:17 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Dear JUERGEN,

When I read “VISITOR’S” comments like this one to you in the previous thread* I suspect he is a semi-comical entity someone has made up for the purpose of making Muslims look bad.

His aggressive rants and insults to others here don’t represent Muslims or Islam, only his own version.

If your hundreds of posts to this forum are an indication, you care more about Syria and Syrians, understand and have experienced recent Syria in more detail than VISITOR, have been following the current situation more closely and are far more sympathetic to the Syrian people’s struggle and sacrifice to control their future than he is.

He mainly gets a buzz from the holy warrior stuff. That’s the lens through which he appears to view Syria from his sofa vantage point.

* VISITOR’S post referred to above: http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=17835&cp=all#comment-352230

March 1st, 2013, 1:18 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

 
Zoo, you always support the tyrant Assad and the red KGB mafia in the Kremlin.

Then you pretend to be evenhanded and concerned about casualties etc.

It’s very dishonest of you to support Bashar and Putin, and then claim to be troubled by the violence in Syria. They are the ones firing Scuds and Migs.
 

March 1st, 2013, 1:20 pm

 

zoo said:

Observer

“What did people expect when the regime painted it as a sectarian MB instigated rebellion”

It did not need to paint it, history shows it is.

Was the the Sunni Moslem Brothehood rebellion in Hama about ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘democracy’?

March 1st, 2013, 1:23 pm

 

Ziad said:

Dear Prof Landis. The heart breaking video at the beginning of today’s post is fake and too obviously staged. The boy is bathed and well groomed without a spec of dirt on him just hours after the attack. His bandage is too clean without a drop of blood on it. He does not display any symptoms of a head injury no matter how slight it is. He is reciting a well rehearsed text without any deep emotion. If he lost all his siblings, relatives, and neighbors he would be too heartbroken and would not be able to utter a single word. I dare say that not a single civilian died in this attack. If one body of a child or woman was recovered it would be all over YouTube by now.

March 1st, 2013, 1:26 pm

 

Visitor said:

Syrialover @24,

When I read your comments, I conclude that you are an impostor in this revolution whose only purpose is to undermine it.

Syrians are much smarter than you think. And you, idiot, think you can fool us by continually claiming that you care about so-called relatives, I do not know where in Syria?

Listen, stupid idiot, shut your stupid mouth and get the hell out of here.

March 1st, 2013, 1:30 pm

 

zoo said:

#24 Syrialover

I thunk Visitor is a true Syrian representative of some factions in the ‘revolution’, MajedalKhaldoon too.
If you disagree with them, and I do too, I still think they have a right to express what they want. You don’t have to like them.

You are trying to reassure yourself by deciding that everyone who is anti-regime but disagree with you is dismissed as a fantasy creations. Face the reality, they do exist. That’s free speech and democracy.

March 1st, 2013, 1:32 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

israel and jewry manipulate usa and other jewish stooges (turkey to name one) to fight syria because israel, the jew-polluted jewish ghetto for jews, would get treated like the western/gulf puppies-supplied rats are getting crushed.

the syrian army would stomp the israeli pussies like a syrian army boot stomps a cockroach.

take away usa/western support, the jews are just a bunch of drug dealing, money laundering, organ stealing, slavers and thieves. and homosexual.

nothing to brag about. a history worthy of toilet paper.

the low of the low.

2500 years of history confirms and proves this. that is why jews destroy books and libraries and publishers and try to intimidate scholars (not academic propagandists),

March 1st, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

“Allah, Bless the Syrian Army and the Syrian Government and President Assad.”

March 1st, 2013, 1:48 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Syrian rebels advance despite regime attacks
Tue 26 Feb 2013

Simon Assaf argues that Syrian rebels should resist calls for Western intervention, despite the regime’s superior firepower

[…]

The regime is mortally wounded, but still capable of terrible destruction.

Syria is in the grip of a dark winter. The fate of the uprising is tied to that of the Arab revolutions. Its ultimate success is that of these revolutions.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=30698

March 1st, 2013, 1:52 pm

 

ghufran said:

الرياض ـ (يو بي اي) ـ لندن ـ “القدس العربي” ـ اعتقلت الشرطة السعودية الجمعة 176 شخصا كانوا يعتصمون أمام مقر هيئة التحقيق والادعاء بمدينة بريدة بالقصيم بوسط المملكة للمطالبة بالإفراج عن ذويهم الذين يقولون انهم رهن الاعتقال منذ سنوات من دون محاكمة.
وقال الناطق الإعلامي بشرطة منطقة القصيم في بيان الجمعة” أنه تم عند الساعة الثالثة من فجر الجمعة القبض على 161 شخصاً يرافقهم 15امرأة وذلك بعد رفضهم الاستجابة لتعليمات ومحاولات رجال الأمن التي امتدت لأكثر من اثنتي عشر ساعة لإنهاء تجمعهم غير النظامي أمام مقر هيئة التحقيق والادعاء بمدينة بريدة” .
وأضاف ان التجمع ” تمّ لمحاولة تأليب الرأي العام باستغلال قضايا عدد من المدانين والمتهمين بجرائم ونشاطات الفئة الضالة “.
وقال الناطق الإعلامي في تصريح لوكالة الأنباء السعودية “واس” أنه “سيتم إحالة المقبوض عليهم للجهات المختصة لإكمال الإجراءات النظامية بشأنهم”، مشيراً إلى” أنه تجري محاولات لتسليم 6 أطفال كانوا برفقة المقبوض عليهم لمن يتولى أمرهم من ذويهم”.
وشدد على “أن رجال الأمن لن يتهاونوا في تنفيذ الأنظمة والتعليمات التي تقضي بمنع التجمعات والمسيرات والاعتصامات بكافة أنواعها وسيتعاملون بحزم مع كل من يخالفها”.
يشار الى مناطق في السعودية شهدت في أوقات سابقة احتجاجات للمطالبة بالإفراج عن معتقلين منذ سنوات من دون محاكمة.
من جانبها أدانت الشبكة العربية لمعلومات حقوق الإنسان، قيام قوات الأمن السعودية باعتقال عدد من النساء والأطفال فجر يوم 27 فبراير 2013, أثناء اعتصامهن أمام سجن بريدة للمطالبة بالإفراج عن ذويهن المعتقلين في السجون السعودية بدون اتهامات او محاكمات منذ سنوات.
وكانت قوات الأمن السعودية قد قامت باعتقال أكثر من 50 امرأة وطفل, وذلك عقب مشاركتهن في اعتصام أستمر قرابة 48 ساعة في بريدة بمنطقة القصيم. للمطالبة بالإفراج عن ذويهن المعتقلين منذ عدة سنوات دون محاكمات, حيث داهمتهن الشرطة فجر يوم الأربعاء 27 فبراير، 2013, وأجبرتهن على ركوب سيارة الشرطة وتم نقلهن بعد ذلك إلي سجن الصفراء ببريدة.
demonstrations are illegal in KSA, women are not allowed to drive and elections are considred unislamic.

March 1st, 2013, 1:56 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Tony Blair calls for UK intervention in Syria crisis
27 February 2013

In the second part of a wide-ranging interview Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark talks to the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair about the crisis in Syria, the revolutions across the Middle East, and his role as the Middle East envoy representing the EU, UN, US and Russia.

Kirsty begins by asking Mr Blair at what point he realised there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

[See video – Syria from 03:30]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21602723

March 1st, 2013, 2:00 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

dont come any sorrier than blair.

March 1st, 2013, 2:06 pm

 

ghufran said:

zoo,
people in the opposition who spread messages of hate and violence are useful for the regime, they hurt the opposition, I hope most of us can agree.
look at this sample of news from SOHR (opposition):
المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان_محافظة الحسكة ::تمكنت القوات النظامية من اعادة سيطرتها على معبر اليعربية الحدودي مع العراق بعد اقل من 24 ساعة من سيطرت مقاتلين من جبهة النصرة والفاروق و احرار الشام وكتائب اخرى على المعبر كما تمكنت القوات النظامية من السيطرة على اكثر من نصف مدينة اليعربيىة المجاورة للمعبر وتسمع اصوات اطلاق رصاص متقطعة في المدينة
the point is, there is no way for either side to dominate militarily, Syrians have been told for two years that the rebels will prevail very soon,the same was said about the syrian army, the truth is this is not a war of liberation, it is a war of destruction and it needs to stop.

March 1st, 2013, 2:08 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#29. ZOO

Wrong ZOO, I don’t see “VISITOR” as having any links or role or representation on what is actually happening in Syria.

He is more a sofa cowboy who gets a kick out of saying things here I suspect he wouldn’t be willing to say in public in person.

March 1st, 2013, 2:13 pm

 

zoo said:

#37 Syrialover

Sorry, but I think that ,like you, he does represent one facet of this ‘revolution’, whether you like him or not.

March 1st, 2013, 2:22 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

With not an exception this is what the hyenas, including “softies” have been defending for two years.

احصائية ضحايا النظام السوري من منتصف آذار 2011 وحتى 28 شباط 2013
……………………………………………….

ضحايا بشار الأسد طوال 23.5 شهراً / 716 يوماً / 17,184 ساعةً

– عدد الشهداء: 65,100
منهم: 4,819 أطفال، 4,439 نساء، 1,542 تحت التعذيب
– عدد الجرحى التقريبي:فوق 101,500
– عدد المعتقلين التقريبي: فوق 240,500
– عدد المفقودين التقريبي: فوق 82,950
– عدد اللاجئين خارج سورية: فوق 1,122,717

……………………………………………….

كل 4 دقائق……. يعتقل النظام مواطناً سورياً
كل 10 دقائق…. يجرح النظام مواطناً سورياً
كل 13 دقيقة….. يغيّب النظام مواطناً سورياً
كل 15 دقيقة….. يقتل النظام مواطناً سورياً
كل يوم…………يقتل النظام 8 أطفال سوريين
وكل يوم…. يهجّر النظام 1,568 مواطناً سورياً

……………………………………………..
إحصائيات الثورة السورية / شبكة التضامن مع الثورة السورية
دمشق 01-03-2013

Statistics of victims of Syrian regime from mid-March 2011 until February 28, 2013
………………………………………….. …..

Total number of Victims of Bashar al-Assad over 23.5 months / 716 days / 17.184 hours

– Number of martyrs: 65,100
Including: 4,819 children, 4,439 women, 1,542 under torture
– Approximate number of wounded: over 101,500
– Approximate number of detainees: over 240.500
– Approximate number of missing: over 82.950
– The number of refugees outside Syria: Above 1,122,717

………………………………………….. …..

Every 4 minutes . A syrian citizen is detained by the regime
Every 10 minutes . The regime injures a Syrian citizen
Every 13 minutes . The regime disappears a Syrian citizen
Every 15 minutes .. The regime kills a Syrian citizens
Every day ……. The regime kills 8 Syrian children
And every day …. 1,568 Syrian nationals are made refugees by the regim

………………………………………….. …
Statistics of the Syrian Revolution / network solidarity with the Syrian Revolution
Damascus 03/01/2013

Expecting conscience from the likes of regime defenders and apologists is like expecting a bucket of shxt to be shy because it stinks.

March 1st, 2013, 2:27 pm

 

Citizen said:

US Policy Vs. Syria Indicative of Exhausted Legitimacy
February 28, 2013 (LD) – The US State Department, and to a greater extent, US foreign policy itself, having exhausted completely their collective credibility, has attempted yet another “reset.” By bringing in John Kerry to pose as the next US Secretary of State, it is hoped global opinion will see US foreign policy in a new, more tolerant light. Kerry, however, has wasted no time attempting to simply resell verbatim the same failed, absurd policy US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton destroyed her career peddling, spinning, and covering up – as finalized in the case of Benghazi, Libya.

Image: US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with pro-Al Qaeda Mouaz al-Khatib, who heads the militant front set to receive an additional $60 million in US aid claimed to be “non-lethal.” The UK, and more astonishingly, France who is fighting terrorists in Mali created by a similar intervention in Libya in 2011, have announced similar plans to further aid and abet terrorists in Syria.
….

The Washington Post’s piece, “U.S. announces expanded battlefield aid to Syrian rebels, but not arms,” rehashes the same tired, patently false narrative that has been used throughout the duration of the US-fueled Syrian conflict. The Washington Post reports:
The Obama administration will provide food and medicine to Syrian rebel fighters, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday, announcing a cautious U.S. foray into front-line battlefield support that falls far short of the heavy weapons or high-tech gear the rebels seek.

“The stakes are really high, and we can’t risk letting this country — in the heart of the Middle East — be destroyed by vicious autocrats or hijacked by the extremists,” Kerry said following discussions among a group of Western and Arab nations that are funding, and in some cases arming, the fighters.
The United States will, for the first time, send supplies through the rebels’ central military headquarters, with U.S. advisers supervising the distribution of food rations and medical supplies, U.S. officials said. The shift is intended to give the U.S.-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition greater say over the aid, but it is also a test of the rebels’ ability to keep donated supplies out of the hands of extremists in their midst.
The Washington Post report is a verified lie. US assistance, cash, weapons, and covert military support had been ongoing in Syria since 2007 – in other words – before the current conflict even began. And the US has been providing this support not for moderates, but specifically and intentionally for the ideological foundation of Al Qaeda itself, the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood, since the Bush administration.
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/

March 1st, 2013, 2:27 pm

 

Syrialover said:

#28 VISITOR,

I don’t give details about my family until the day they are out of danger.

But I been open about the fact they are in Aleppo and thankfully in touch by phone.

That’s how I know Assad’s agents are still monitoring and threatening people.

And unlike you, I have a vision of Syria having a legitimate government and being rebuilt to the ideals and aims of this revolution, not to jihadist fantasies.

March 1st, 2013, 2:28 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Dear VISITOR

Thank you for your response in #28.

I don’t give details about my family until the day they are out of danger.

But I been open about the fact they are in several areas of Aleppo, thankfully managing to survive and keep in touch by phone.

That’s how I know Assad’s agents are still monitoring and threatening people.

And unlike you, I have a vision of Syria having a legitimate government and being rebuilt to the ideals and aims of this revolution, not to jihadist fantasies.

March 1st, 2013, 2:33 pm

 

zoo said:

#36 Ghufran

It is clear that all anti-regime, anti-Alawites war mongers on this blog are precious assets to the Syrian government because they confirm the government’s narrative.
These people reject dialog, they obsessively repeat their murderous and uncompromising hatred for Bashar al Assad, they call for more weapons from Western countries allies to Israel, they want to destroy the Hezbollah the pillar of Resistance, they want more bombings to destroy cities, they want more death for the sake of the ‘revolution’.

While it may be terrifying and repulsive to read what they write, they are real people and they express their deep conviction.
Is it not because what they say serves better the Syrian government that they are fake or pretending.
By believing they are contributing to “revolution”, they are actually polluting it.
I won’t stop them, quite the contrary. They are helping to show how failed and disastrous that revolution has been

March 1st, 2013, 2:38 pm

 

Akbar Palace said:

Syrian Hamster doesn’t Like You Either

the syrian army would stomp the israeli pussies like a syrian army boot stomps a cockroach.

5 Dancing Ahmads,

Sbeaking of “pussies”, why is it the syrian army can only kill unarmed Syrians and “out-source” their jew-resistance thru Hezbo-allah?

Have a nice jihad,

AP

March 1st, 2013, 2:45 pm

 

Citizen said:

The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2010/09/06/the-imperial-anatomy-of-al-qaeda-the-cia-drug-running-terrorist.html#comments
read it to the end !

March 1st, 2013, 2:47 pm

 
 
 

revenire said:

Syrian Hamster do you even bother to do the math on your casualty list? Over 50,000 of the deaths you yourself provide us are MEN (and we can guess most of those fall into two categories: 1.) Syrian Arab Army soldiers 2.) rats).

What funny rodents hamsters are.

March 1st, 2013, 3:03 pm

 

zoo said:

In Morsi’s kind-hearted Moslem Brotherhood ‘democracy’

‘They beat us like animals’: Egypt’s children detained, abused

Rights groups report on the rise of Egyptian police brutality against children after 13 minors were arrested in Cairo on Tuesday; Ahram Online speaks with the victims

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/65829/Egypt/-They-beat-us-like-animals-Egypts-children-detaine.aspx
Bel Trew, Friday 1 Mar 2013
..
“He won’t tell me where the marks come from or what the security forces did to him, he’s too scared… when he went missing no words can describe how I felt, I wasn’t sure I’d see my son ever again,” said Abdel-Meneem.

However, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim stated on 19 February that no violence is used by the police force against peaceful protesters.

“The authorities have discovered if they really want to break us, they have to use the most important people to us – our children,” concluded Taysir Mohamed Ahmed. “This is why they are arresting and torturing children. Our children are our weak point. They are our future.”

March 1st, 2013, 3:04 pm

 

Syrialover said:

Apologies for repeat posts in #41 and #42.

I notice this is also been happening with others.

Others be aware, the first was “awaiting moderation”, so I requested it be deleted and re-wrote it.

But it then appeared as well as the replacement comment.

Technical problems?

March 1st, 2013, 3:10 pm

 

zoo said:

Are the Croatian weapons offered by Saudi Arabia in December already exhausted? What are Qatar and KSA waiting to replenish them from Libya’s stock ?

Syrian rebel chief: Fighters desperate for weapons

By ZEINA KARAM | Associated Press – 9 mins ago

Idris denied media reports that the rebels have recently received arms shipments and said his troops were suffering from “severe shortages” in weapons and ammunitions.
….
Mouaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian opposition coalition, has lamented the West’s focus on the presence of Islamic militants among the fighters. In a forceful speech Thursday to the Rome conference, he said the media reports give “more attention to the length of fighters’ beards than to the (regime’s) massacres.”

March 1st, 2013, 3:22 pm

 

ALI said:

“Only idiots can deny the current good assessments and policies by American politicians”

That’s the clown Visitor

March 1st, 2013, 3:44 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

Factionalism, factionalism.

March 1st, 2013, 3:49 pm

 

ALI said:

“Uzair the freak who hates the Alawis”

Why Uzair why do you hate Alawis?
Did we sleep with your underage Sunni girls like your GCC (Visitor’s brothers) do?

March 1st, 2013, 3:52 pm

 

zoo said:

The ‘good’ rebels say that Al Nusra has better weapons and more money. So the USA should match that unless they want Al Nusra to take over the country or Bashar to stay in power.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/96565515-5b7d-41d1-a8e4-aec140ca649d.aspx

Rebels of the mainstream Free Syrian Army have told AFP that Al Nusra fighters, despite their small numbers, have greater economic and logistical support than other insurgents and funding from abroad.

The jihadist group targets strategic points mainly in eastern Syria, including oil and gas facilities, and draws recruits from the local population by paying them a salary.

It aspires to create an Islamic state in Syria, whose regime accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of financing Islamist fighters in the two-year-old conflict that the UN says has killed at least 70,000 people.

March 1st, 2013, 4:16 pm

 

Visitor said:

Syrialover,

I am going to take you to task on the bullsh*tting rants you made in 24, 37, 41, 42 & 50.  But first you need to be dressed down to size in order to learn next time to speak accordingly.  You, idiot, do not ‘dear’ me when you address me.  It is not acceptable from your ilk.  Second, your 5 second elevator sales pitch about your care for Syria, its reconstruction and your so-called vision has become stale and worn out.  It certainly won’t fool any authentic Syrian, and no one cares about you so-called vision.  Third your nervousness exhibited by the repitition of the same comment reveals your state of unease about what you’re claiming, because you know it is false.  Your explanation in 50 is even more stupid, because we know exactly the reason why this modration comment appeared, and we have very effective means to deal with it without your amateurish advice.

Now, taking you to task about what you claim in those comments.  Respond to the following challenge or simply buzz off and do not show us your ‘face again’:

اكتب لنا تعليق بالعربية من ١٠٠ الى ٢٠٠ كلمة.  يمكنك ان تختار الكتابة بالعامية او بالفصحى كما تشاء.  كنت اود ان اتحداك ان تذكر لنا اسماء بعض العائلات الحلبية المرموقة من غير ان تذكر اسم عائلة من تدعي انهم اقربائك.  الا انني لاحظت ان هذا التحدي سهل للغاية اذ انني اعلم انك تزور موقع حمودة الحلبي ويمكنك ان تستفسر منه عن الاجابة وبذلك يصبح الاختبار لا معنى له.  لقد ادعيت في تعليق ٢٤ علما بالاسلام لذلك ساختبرك بهذا الموضوع.  

اذكر لنا كيف يتم الصلاة في الاسلام على الميت.  ما هي هيئة الصلاة وماذا يقال فيها؟

اذكر لنا حادثة مشهورة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم حين جادله بعض اليهود في اية قرانية تصف اليهود والنصارى بانهم يعبدون اناسا من دون الله.  اسرد لنا الاية الكريمة وماذا اجابهم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم؟
اذكر لنا حادثة رهبان نجران حين زاروا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وجادلوه في عيسى.  اذكر لنا الايات المعنية بالحادثة وماذا تفهم منها.
هنالك ايات في القران الكريم اكثر من ان تعد وتحصى حيث يصف الله تعالى لنا المؤمنين والمشركين والكفار.  اذكر لنا ٣ او ٤ ايات من كل فئة وكيف تفهم تلك الايات.

تذكر انه عليك الاجابة بالعربية لكي تمر في هذا الاختبار.

March 1st, 2013, 4:53 pm

 

Syrian said:

Rows after rows of dead Batt’s militias out side Jesser Alshgor
Was Batta worth it?!
YouTube:http://youtu.be/rqononvRxA8

March 1st, 2013, 5:15 pm

 

revenire said:

“Syrian” who are you talking to? I am not sure if you know this but dead people can no longer hear us. The soldiers won’t be answering. I am sure their brothers and sisters will have an answer for you though.

🙂

March 1st, 2013, 5:22 pm

 

Syrian said:

Exactly Rev. This question was for their families,who willl see their loved one dead. Left by Batta on the field without any concern to their corpses
Obviously you would not know what I’m talking about because you don’t have any family in Syria

March 1st, 2013, 5:41 pm

 

revenire said:

Yeah “Syrian” all the families the FSA rats have murdered. Those?

I don’t have any relatives in Syria? LOL okay, whatever you say.

March 1st, 2013, 6:09 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

Manaf Tlass interview he said the regime has to go ,the replacement does not mean islamic radicals , there are those who believe in freedom and democracy and not radicals, and he said both US and Russia must agree to change the regime and put those moderate.
Well I don’t trust Manaf tlass simply because his father was the one who helped Hafiz to come to power, his father is womenizer, and financially corrupt, he may be better than his father,but he did not join the FSA so I don’t like him, he needs to go to the barber first.

Syrian
how many dead assad thugs they were? probably over 50.

March 1st, 2013, 6:41 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

* : بتعرفي حنان إخت فاطمة بنت خالة نورة
إللي بتكون اخت حمات مريم بنت سعاد إخت
محمد ابن أم علي جيران منال بنت منيرة !!

* : لا والله ما عرفتها /:)
يو تضرسي لك حنان اللي شفناها بعرس زهور بنت.
محمد اللي أبوها بيكون خال زهور واخوها أخد
ابن عمة خالتا وخالتا وبنت احمد بكونو
بنات خاله

* : لك اي اي عرفتا شبها ؟؟

* : نحفت طقيق على جوز عمتها يلي أخدوه على بيت خالته !!!

March 1st, 2013, 6:46 pm

 

Observer said:

ZOO’s comment above that this revolution is a MB rebellion is the best sign that he is a regime insider.

He confounds the 80’s with the current revolution and this has been the deliberate operative of this regime and apparently on the advice of Anitha herself.

This is a revolution against slavery and barbarity and corrupting and corrupt and illegitimate regime from its tiniest roots to its highest branches. Trying to paint it as a MB rebellion is farcical at best.

RT in English claims that the Iraqi army helped the regime take back the Yaroubia crossing by bombarding the rebels.

It was not on Arabic RT. Is this because Russia wants it a regional war to keep the regime? Is it because Maliki is feeling the heat?

I am not sure of this new development.

Croatian troops are leaving for Croatia has sold weapons to the rebels.

Meanwhile, the news from Cham Press and you can go and check out is that the general aviation commission is asking the airlines to resume flights to Damascus Latakia and Kamishli airports with an incentive of reducing fees by 25% and that the airport and the road from the airport to Damascus is secure.

Now I challenge anyone to travel to Damascus today.

March 1st, 2013, 7:00 pm

 

Ziad said:

بوتين واوباما يكلفان لافروف وكيري بوضع مبادرات جديدة للتسوية في سورية

محلل سياسي: هناك بوادر ايجابية على الصعيد الدولي

هذا واعتبر المحلل السياسي السوري حسام شعيب في حديث لقناة “لروسيا اليوم” من دمشق ان “هناك بوادر ايجابية على الصعيد الدولي، وهذا ما لعبه الجانب الروسي الذي كان منذ بداية الازمة حريصا، اولا على السلم في المنطقة، وثانيا على ان تختار الشعوب لمصالحها وتحافظ على شؤونها الخاصة”.

http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_news/news/609076/

March 1st, 2013, 7:06 pm

 

ghufran said:

نشرت مصادر اعلامية صوراً يظهر فيها جهاد مقدسي المتحدث السابق باسم الخارجية السورية قيل إنه التقط في دبي.
و يظهر مقدسي في الصورة مرتدياً لباس البيسبول الأمريكي، و قيل إنه كان جالساً في مقهى سبع نجوم في دبي.
و كان أصدر مقدسي بياناً بعد اختفاءه بعد خروجه من دمشق، و قال إنه ترك سوريا بسبب “الاستقطاب والعنف اللذين لم يتركا مكانا للاعتدال والدبلوماسية”، معتبرا أن الاحتجاجات التي اندلعت في سوريا قبل نحو عامين “تحمل مطالب مشروعة”.

March 1st, 2013, 7:19 pm

 

revenire said:

It’s sort of funny to see Iraq shelling the rats.

March 1st, 2013, 7:20 pm

 

zoo said:

Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopening supply line

Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:39 GMT
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/assad-forces-take-aleppo-village-reopening-supply-line

Source: reuters // Reuters

* Assad’s gains reverse rebel push south late last year

* Rebels still control most of Aleppo; want more arms

* Ban Ki-moon says Syria in danger of disintegration

By Dominic Evans

BEIRUT, March 1 (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces seized a village southeast of the city of Aleppo on Friday, reopening a supply line to the country’s biggest city where they have been battling rebels for eight months, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the capture of Tel Shghaib marked the last step to creating a land supply route north into Aleppo from Hama province, crucial for Assad’s forces who have lost control of part of the main north-south highway.

“It’s a significant gain for the regime,” the British-based Observatory’s director Rami Abdelrahman said of the army’s push north, which reversed many rebel advances when they moved south into Hama from Aleppo province at the end of last year.

Further east, on the Iraqi frontier, government troops also managed to wrest back control of the Yarubiyah border crossing after insurgents seized it 24 hours earlier, he said.

March 1st, 2013, 7:22 pm

 

ALI said:

“It’s sort of funny to see Iraq shelling the rats.”

Business as usual

They burned the rats in Paris

March 1st, 2013, 7:31 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

Bucket @ 48
Spoken exactly like the bucket filler it is.

March 1st, 2013, 7:50 pm

 

Tara said:

Erdogan is my type of a president. 

• The crisis in Syria is set to dominate talks between US secretary of state John Kerry and Turkey’s leaders in Ankara today, but is not clear how the two Nato allies can narrow their differences on the subject, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet. It noted prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pessimism ahead of the talks and his accusation that the US is not assuming responsibility on Syria. Hurriyet said:

While Ankara has been aggressive in its policy toward Syria and is not eager to consider the continuation of [Bashar] al-Assad’s government – even as a transitional administration – Washington is notably hesitant toward a decisive move against al-Assad. Washington appears to prefer seeing the government fall without intervening in the situation via further help or support to the opposition.

The Guardian

March 1st, 2013, 7:53 pm

 

zoo said:

Did Al Khatib take side again with Al Nusra in Rome?

“In a forceful speech Thursday to the Rome conference, he said the media reports give “more attention to the length of fighters’ beards than to the (regime’s) massacres.”

If Khatib is defending indirectly again Al Nusra, he has certainly lost more credibility and burnt more bridges with the Western FOS.

By not providing them with fresh weapons the FOS are leaving them to be crushed by the Syrian Army. We’ve seen the same when the USA deserted the Shias after encouraging them to revolt against Saddam Hossein. The USA is only concerned by its national interests not by Syrian lives and they fully support Maliki in his fight against islamist terrorists.

Neither the USA nor Maliki not want more of these Islamist terrorists praised by Al Khatib to enter Iraq, there are enough of them already to deal with already.
As Lebanon does not want them either, they should be either eliminated or send back to Turkey and Jordan where they will be well taken care off.

March 1st, 2013, 8:03 pm

 

Tara said:

Majed,

“he needs to go to the barber first.”

I agree. I too do not like his hair.

March 1st, 2013, 8:06 pm

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

عدد حروف القرآن الكريم ..240740 حرف
عدد آيات القرآن الكريم … 6236..آيه
عدد كلمات القرآن الكريم …77429..كلمة

فهي تعد وهي تحصى

March 1st, 2013, 8:06 pm

 

ALI said:

Syrian Hamster

لك عديت نجوم السما طلعوا ثلاث نجمات
نجمي لسوريا
ونجمي للحزب
ونجمي لابو سليمان

March 1st, 2013, 8:13 pm

 

Roland said:

The USA is in the Empire business.

That Hof guy said it all in the piece linked in Dr. Landis’ previous posting: all the US cares about is getting a nice, docile, impotent, compliant, submissive Syria.

Some “friend” of Syria…

March 1st, 2013, 8:19 pm

 

Visitor said:

#73,

What’s your point فيلسوف ?

Are you acting stupid?

Do you know what a figure of speech is?

لا تتفلسف علينا من بعد امرك

March 1st, 2013, 8:24 pm

 

Tara said:

Uzair@7

So this is how Sharmine the “regime’s lap dancer” looks like? Ugly from inside out!

There is not enough money in the whole world that should silence one’s conscience in not condemning the death of a child. Of course only “intellectual” lap dancers do not think that way as opposed to the physical ones.

March 1st, 2013, 8:32 pm

 
 

majedkhaldoun said:

It will be huge embarassement to Russia if Assad lose Damascus,three vetos,political financial and military support and then Assad lose Damascus,Wow!
Today Obama and Putin talked,Putin asked Obama to stop the FSA attack,some concluded that Putin is nervous,because Bashar is worried he may lose Damascus.
Assad is massing troops to protect the road to Homs,to safeguard his withdrawal.
Two jets were downed today, Jober is completely under rebels control,one of Assad troops position located in Qassioun mountain has been desroyed
بوتين يدعو اوباما لوقف العمليات العسكرية في #سوريا .. هذا مؤشر ان الروس لديهم الآن قناعة تامة ان النظام اصبح منهارا ولا يمكنه ان يصمد اكثر من ذلك .. لذلك يريدون ايقاف العمليات العسكرية لانقاذه من السقوط .. الروس يعلمون ان هذا النظام لن يرحل الا اذا هزم عسكريا ..

سابقا كانت روسيا تستخدم الفيتو لتعطي النظام فرصة للاستمرار بالعمليات العسكرية لانها كانت تعتقد ان النظام سينتصر عسكريا ..

انقلبت الآية الآن .. الروس سيعملون على ايقاف العمليات ليحموا مجرم الحرب بشار الأسد ..

March 1st, 2013, 9:24 pm

 

Visitor said:

As the sun sets on another day, we offer a ‘solemn song’ to, الله لا يرحمو, dog-in-chief-leader-of-all-dogs, Hafez

لكيلعن روحك يا حافظ

March 1st, 2013, 9:28 pm

 

apple_mini said:

This is a little awkward for the West. The announcement by opposition and rebels for promised future weapons supply puts their sponsors under spotlight. If those countries do have the plan, now that is a PR disaster. Supplying weapons is never a popular policy. That is why it needs to be in secret or at least low profile.

The opposition definitely is quite disappointed and desperate after the fruitless Roma meeting: no weapons. This is a very immature move by the opposition and it shows how poorly organized it is.

It also gives the regime and its backers incentive and time to prepare militarily and politically.

On the front, even MSM starts to report significant gains by the regime, especially in Aleppo area. Apparently, SAA has more urgency to do more in Aleppo and along Turkey border. After all, many weapons and fighters are from Turkey. We shall see more fierce battles over there and possibly more gains by SAA. And that is also happening close to Jordan border.

Turkey government is in dilemma. Ideologically, it is Islamic and it wants to playing leading figure among Islamic country. Inevitably, they clash with Israel. That won’t go well with US. On national interest level, Israel beats Turkey any day. Right now, US and Turkey also disagree on Syria.

To me, Turkey government is quite rigid and radical, lacking pragmatic thinking and maneuver.

There is sign that US and EU are planning to re-organize the opposition and FSA. They are definitely looking at a future mission: they need FSA to cooperate with them or even SAA to rid of radical Islamists and Jihadist. And it is their national interests now.

March 1st, 2013, 9:37 pm

 

Syrian said:

The FSA honor their fallen when they can not locate them,
Here they are doing the absentee Prayer for the missing body of an FSA martyr
The great Father Paulo was with them
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/555413_569283316415814_1521151410_n.jpg?dl=1

March 1st, 2013, 9:43 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

75. Roland said:

The USA is in the Empire business.

all the US cares about is getting a nice, docile, impotent, compliant, submissive Syria.

 
So, people in “docile, compliant” countries are enslaved to USA?

For example, a millionaire in Geneva is enslaved to a homeless African-American?

March 1st, 2013, 9:51 pm

 

Visitor said:

This is a confirmation of MajedKhaldoun @79,

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/814a63a5-3886-4a27-8e3f-195fa8fddfd2?GoogleStatID=1

One MIG shot down near 7hama while committing acts of crime. Another one was shot down near Aleppo.

Jobar is liberated, while holy fighters of Nusra hit once again where it hurts most, causing shockwaves to be felt by easily shockable characters here on SC, as usual. They took over يعربية crossing at the border with Iraq. Qassion where the 4th brigade is stationed also came under attack and several positions were demolished.

We also know that the FSA is less than 300 meters from Abbasseen square.

For all practical purposes, Damascus is a done deal.

There was another report which I read recently about the state of extreme anxiety and apprehension felt by the residents of the upscale neighborhood of Maliki because, for the first time in two years, they feel that their future is uncertain. Well-to-do communities abhor uncertaintities. They now realize that the time for them to pay for their indifference and surreal way of life during the last two years has come.

March 1st, 2013, 9:56 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

كيف يستقيم الظل والعود أعوج؟
bhttp://youtu.be/ixb5Vs7dykg
http://7ee6an.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/short-comment-on-syria-is-not-iraq/#comment-18977

March 1st, 2013, 9:59 pm

 

Syrian Nationalist Party said:

73. SYRIAN HAMSTERsaid:
عدد حروف القرآن الكريم ..240740 حرف
عدد آيات القرآن الكريم … 6236..آيه
عدد كلمات القرآن الكريم …77429..كلمة

فهي تعد وهي تحصى

__________________________________________________________________

ABSURDITY IN THE QURAN:

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/abs/long.html

Top 10 Quran quotes every woman MUST SEE:

http://infidelsarecool.com/2008/01/top-10-quran-quotes-every-woman-must-see/

March 1st, 2013, 11:02 pm

 

Aldendeshe said:

UNHOLY QUOTES FROM THE UNHOLY KORAN

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/koran.html

March 1st, 2013, 11:07 pm

 

ghufran said:

SOHR:
محافظة الحسكة ::سيطر مقاتلون من وحدات حماية الشعب الكردي على مدينة القحطانية بعد انسحاب كافة عناصر المفارز الامنية والشرطة المدنية منها دون مقاومة وذلك اثر حصار استمر لمدينة اسبوع من قبل وحدات حماية الشعب الكردي التي من المفترض ان تقوم بتسليم كافة المقرات الامنية والحكومية للمجلس المحلي الذي اتفق على تشكيله من قبل مكونات المدينة يوم السبت الفائت ويتكون من 30 عضوا يتوزعون على الشكل التالي 10 اعضاء للكرد، 10 اعضاء للعرب، 5 للسريان و 5 للإيزيديين

March 1st, 2013, 11:08 pm

 

MarigoldRan said:

At the rate things are going, the regime’s going to be out of airplanes by the end of this year.

March 1st, 2013, 11:13 pm

 

ghufran said:

This does not look good:
أصدر عبد القادر الصالح قائد لواء التوحيد، أحد أكبر التشكيلات العسكرية المقاتلة في حلب، بياناً انتقد فيه تشكيل حكومة للمعارضة السورية دون استشارة الثوار في الداخل.
وقال الصالح في البيان الذي نشره على صفحته على الفايسبوك، إن “الثوار هم أولى بأن يستشاروا بتشكيل هذه الحكومة”، لافتاً إلى أن “الشعب السوري سئم من التهميش الذي اتبعه النظام طوال الأربعين عاماً “.
و بين الصالح ” لقد خرجنا كي نقرر مصيرنا بأنفسنا و دفعنا الغالي و النفيس كي نسمع صوتنا للعالم، لماذا الآن بعد أن سمع صوتنا يفرض علينا صوت آخر بعيداً كل البعد عن مطالبنا و أهدافنا و أحلامنا ؟؟”.
none of the islamist terror groups and most of rebel groups are excited about a new government whether anti regime, pro regime or a unity government, they prefer to keep things as they are as long as money keeps coming. Have you asked youselves what those rebels do if the war comes to an end?

March 1st, 2013, 11:30 pm

 

Aldendeshe said:

Have you asked youselves what those rebels do if the war comes to an end?

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If they for real, not mercenaries, they should take the fight against the infidel Jews, free the Golan and Palestine, then Arabia from Jewish house of Saud. Let’s see if that will come or they take orders from Alciada and will move them away to trash another country.

March 1st, 2013, 11:37 pm

 

ALI said:

Mari:

“At the rate things are going, the regime’s going to be out of airplanes by the end of this year”

c’mon don’t be deceived by these fabricated news released by the terrorists. Yes we did encounter a couple of incidents here and there but all in all our jets army is still in a good shape for the big battle against Israel.

March 2nd, 2013, 12:31 am

 

revenire said:

Mari’s thought processes are clouded from too much self-enjoyment. It happens with teenagers sometimes.

To hear these apes talk they’re shooting down 10 MIGs a day. It’s funny to watch them make their claims.

Any jets shot down get replaced. We have our friends…

March 2nd, 2013, 12:59 am

 

revenire said:

My feeling is when the war ends with Assad’s victory there will be many rat suicides. It will be like in the Pied Piper of Hamelin when they all went over the cliff.

If I was an enterprising man from Tartus I’d start a rat coffin business and clean up.

March 2nd, 2013, 1:02 am

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

92. ALI:

“all in all our army is still in a good shape for the big battle against Israel.”

Ali Baby, forget about Israel. Your boys aren’t even able to muster up a halfway decent hard-on…

March 2nd, 2013, 1:53 am

 

revenire said:

Oooh, naughty Johan with the dirty talk.

March 2nd, 2013, 1:56 am

 

Hanzala said:

If Iraq keeps shelling the FSA, Islamic State of Iraq will be doing more of this:

March 2nd, 2013, 2:28 am

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

The Ironclad rule of the Syrian Civil War:

DEAD OPPOSITION SOLDIERS GET REPLACED; DEAD REGIME SOLDIERS DO NOT.

March 2nd, 2013, 2:43 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:


زيادة فلسفة

عجبت لمسلم يقرأ الايات التي تصف المشركين والكفار ويستشهد بها مرارا وتكرارا ولكنه غافل عن الآيات التي تصف المؤمنين الصالحين


في عندي كتير هيك فلسفة

March 2nd, 2013, 4:29 am

 

Syrialover said:

VISITOR

رسالتي الك أن تتوقف عن إيذاء مشاعر الآخرين وتضيع بدون فائدة المساحة الكتابية هون
إذا كان عندك الوقت فيجب أن تستخدمه في جمع التبرعات الشعب السوري عندها متحكم عليك انك مسلم جيد
توقف عن تطرقك تجاه لآخرين و بمكن سوف تحكون سورية و تكلموا الأفواه والحريات

March 2nd, 2013, 4:33 am

 

SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

math genius @ 74

My pet Lady Bug can count to 5..

March 2nd, 2013, 4:39 am

 

Visitor said:

Syrialover @100,

Fake and an impostor. Get lost.

Keep your advice(s) to yourself. Having too many of them does not mean others are in need. The space is NOT yours.

March 2nd, 2013, 7:25 am

 

Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

Sometimes we are deceived into believing that others are trying hard to help…

But oftentimes there are other facts hidden from view.

http://m.ak.fbcdn.net/sphotos-e.ak/hphotos-ak-snc7/574776_495122000544929_817327971_n.jpg
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Congratulations Dr Landis, you got to be interviewed by AJA’s Ghada 3weis, the darling of the Syrian revolution and vice versa. We look forward to seeing the whole interview uploaded soon.

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@Juergen re video of Israelis giving aid to Syrian refugees:
Why is it that I can’t help but feel that these groups/individuals have ulterior motives? A true giver is the one who does not reveal his/her identity and expects nothing in return. After the tsunami disaster in Japan, the majority of donations from within Japan (especially the sizable ones) were from anonymous donors.

March 2nd, 2013, 7:30 am

 

Visitor said:

مدعي علوم الفلسفة

اكيد بتعرف ابو النواس. وللا بتحب حدا يذكرك؟

March 2nd, 2013, 7:30 am

 

Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships said:

Found this on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/taofikalhallak/posts/418274611595148

قلبي معك ياأخي معاذ الخطيب … استمعت إلى خطابك في روما بكل جوارحي .. أحسستك واحدا منا بمانحمله من مشاعر وعواطف صادقة .. تذكرت ياسر عرفات في الأمم المتحدة وهو يحمل غصن الزيتون ويقول : لاتدعوه يسقط من يدي !! لكنهم وهو أكثر من مئتي دولة تركوا غصن الزيتون يسقط ثم يسقط معه صاحبه !! أنت طلبت في آخر كلمتك من الطاغية أن يتخذ موقفا واحدا في حياته يحقن دماء السوريين وتعلم أنك تنادي أصما !! وتعرف أكثر مني أن من يستمعون إليك لايملكون القدرة على اتخاذ قرار خارج حدود بلادهم حتى وإن تأثروا بمعاناتنا وبكلماتك التي تهز قلب الحجر . القرار هناك في البيت الأبيض والبيت الأبيض محكوم بألف سبب كي لايساعد . حسنا لقد بلغت وأشهدت الله وشعبك أنك بلغت .. تعال الآن إذن إلى ساحة الثورة فمثلك من يستطيع التأثير في الجيش الحر وفي الحراك الشعبي .. كن رسول الوحدة والتنسيق بين الجميع والجسر القوي بين أهل الداخل وأهل الخارج من السوريين . هذا مانحتاجه اليوم : تجميع قوانا وتوحيدها في الداخل والخارج , وهذا مايكفينا للننتصر وحدنا . أعلم أنك فدائي وتعلم أن من تطلب من السوريين سيلبي نداءك فلا تتأخر في النداء .

By Tawfiq al Hallaq, A defector and ex-radio presenter

March 2nd, 2013, 7:36 am

 

Juergen said:

Syrian Atheist Against Dictatorships

I think Israelis are the least liked people in this part of the world, and as true as it is, giving without selfish motives is better, but still I think vanity is one motor for charity in this world, at the end everyone likes to be remebered for his good deeds.

March 2nd, 2013, 8:10 am

 

ghufran said:

That is what Taliban did in afghanistan in areas under their rule:
يقوم فصيل مسلح معارض تابع للجيش الحر بفرض اتاوة على المدنيين الراغبين بنقل أثاث منازلهم ، بحجة دعم المحكمة الشرعية و مجلس القضاء الموحد، وفقاً لشكوى موثقة وصلت إلى عكس السير.
و أحضر المشتكي ورقة صادرة من لواء “جيش محمد” عليها ترويسة و كأنها صادرة عن أمن الثورة ، تطلب فيه من كتائب الجيش الحر عدم التعرض للشخص الوارد اسمه في الورقة مقابل 500 ليرة سورية
و عمل كل تشكيل عسكري خلال الفترة الماضية على انشاء ما بات يعرف “بأمن الثورة”، التي ما لبث ان انحل قسم كبير منها ، فيما يتم العمل حالياً على تشكيل قوى الامن الداخلي.
ويقود اللواء المذكور “محمود مجدمي”، و سبق أن فرض اتاوات على سيارات الأجرة و الميكروباصات التي تعبر من و إلى المناطق الخاضعة لسيطرة الجيش الحر.

March 2nd, 2013, 9:10 am

 

ghufran said:

أعلنت القيادة العامة لوحدات حماية الشعب الكردية (YPG) في بيان لها أن لواء الشهيد لوند التابع لوحدات حماية الشعب في منطقة الرميلان قام ومنذ ساعات الصباح الأولى بتحرير معظم مدينة الرميلان، وحاصرت الوحدات المراكز الأمنية للنظام في المدينة.
وأشار البيان الى أنه “لا تزال عملية التحرير مستمرة، وخلال فترة قصيرة سيتم تحرير المدينة من كامل بقايا النظام البعثي”.
وتابع البيان “تسعى وحداتنا بإخراج قوات النظام البعثي من المدينة دون إلحاق الضرر بالمؤسسات الاقتصادية والادارية المرتبطة بشركة رميلان للبترول، لأننا نرى بأن هذه المؤسسات الاقتصادية هي مؤسسات وطنية وملك للشعب، ومن الواجب القيام بحمايتها”.
وفي هذا السياق ناشدت القيادة العامة لوحدات حماية الشعب YPG”جميع الموظفين والاختصاصيين والاداريين في شركة رميلان للبترول أن يبقوا على رأس عملهم وأن يبقوا على تواصل مع وحدات حماية الشعب حتى أن تتضح الامور ولكي لا يلحق أي ضرر بالشركة”.
without an accountable government most of Syria’s oil will be lost to smuggling and Turkey and most of the oil under rebels control will not find its way to ciitzens who need it for their cars, homes and businesses. this crisis made a lot of thugs rich, the only thing you have to do today to get away with a theft is to say that you are anti regime and wear a head band with allahuakbar written on it. there are now primitive refinaries in areas like idleb where stolen crude oil is prepared for local consumption at the expense of Syrian economy and people’s health. for decades the Baathist regime directed revenue from oil export to the presidential palace, that is how the Assads started to collect their billions, now instead of having one thief we have few thousands of them.

March 2nd, 2013, 9:21 am

 

ghufran said:

GEN. SALIM IDRIS, convinced that the last stand of the Syrian Army in the long, grisly fight to control Aleppo will take place soon at the Academy of Military Engineering, dreads the moment.
It is not just the 2,000 or so well-armed soldiers holed up there, inside the square-kilometer campus on Aleppo’s eastern outskirts. Nor is it the reinforced concrete bunkers built under every building to withstand an Israeli air raid.
The toughest part for him is his fondness for both the officers in charge and the campus itself. When he defected in July 2012, General Idris, now chief of staff of the rebel forces, was a brigadier in the Syrian Army and dean of the academy after teaching there for 20 years.
“I cannot imagine that we will attack the academy,” General Idris said in a wide-ranging interview in a hotel cafe. “All the officers inside the academy are my colleagues. I don’t want to fight against them; I don’t want to see them killed or injured. I hope they leave before we attack.”
(Source: NY Times)

March 2nd, 2013, 9:33 am

 

revenire said:

Why didn’t the FSA rats threaten Iraq? Ha ha. FSA can do nothing as Iraqi artillery tears them a new one.

FSA has Iraqi Army on one side, Hezbollah on the other and the Syrian Arab Army grinding them to pieces in the middle.

Assad let loose 1000s of Scuds on the rats! Give the order Bashar!

March 2nd, 2013, 10:04 am

 

Ghat Al Bird said:

The estimated 70,000 plus dead Syrian men, women and children and destruction of Syria are the result of what was expressed several years ago by Ariel Sharon then PM of Israel in the following quote:-

” Iran, Libya and Syria are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve.”

Is it not time to stop the madness?

March 2nd, 2013, 10:10 am

 

msher said:

This is from a fan in America to the brave Syrian freedom fighters. I am with you more than you could ever know. You fought
for your own freedom and democratic values, as much as any people
has ever. And we ignored your pleas, and let you get slaughtered
in your sleep. And even when your successes would help America.

God be with you!

March 2nd, 2013, 10:16 am

 

Dolly Buster said:

It looks like USA and Russia have opposite interests in Syria, and there can be only 1 victor.

It is strange that Russia keeps raising the stakes, if the likely outcome is a Russian defeat in the end.

March 2nd, 2013, 10:46 am

 

ghufran said:

This is a wake up call for those who think Turkey is a good neighbor:
قال داود اوغلو ان تركيا تسعى للتقدم في الداخل والاندماج مع خارج حدودها وخصوصا في شمال العراق وشمال سوريا من دون أن يعني ذلك تغيير الحدود. وأضاف ان “خصوصية تركيا أنها قوة قديمة وعريقة تعود للنهوض من جديد مغلقة مرحلة ضعف، وهذا يتطلب ما نقوم به، أي أن نكون فاعلين في البلقان والشرق الأوسط والقوقاز والآن في أميركا اللاتينية وأفريقيا”

March 2nd, 2013, 10:59 am

 

Johannes de Silentio said:

106. JUERGEN:

“I think Israelis are the least liked people in this part of the world”

Not even close, dude. You “home-grown” Syrians are the least liked. No one likes you…and that’s the principal reason no one really wants to help you.

A New Bashar Cartoon:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267875.html?PHPSESSID=5slcgnogpuue1h44l1le511h17

March 2nd, 2013, 11:07 am

 

revenire said:

The Turkish people are good friends of Syria. The Turkish leader is a pig.

March 2nd, 2013, 11:07 am

 

ghufran said:

Turkey and NATO want Aleppo to be the capital of a new government until Damascus falls, but the battle is not finished yet:
أعادت قوات النظام فتح خط إمداد إلى مدينة حلب بعد أن استعادت، السبت، سيطرتها على قرية “تل شغيب”جنوب شرقي المدينة.
وتمثل السيطرة على قرية “تل شغيب” الخطوة الأخيرة نحو إقامة خط إمداد بري إلى حلب من محافظة حماة، وهو المحور الذي فقدت قوات النظام السيطرة على الجزء الأكبر منه، وفقا لما ذكر المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان

March 2nd, 2013, 11:15 am

 

majedkhaldoun said:

قامت القوات العراقية صباح اليوم بقصف منطقة اليعربية بالمدفعية كما حلق الطيران العراقي فوق المنطقة ولايزال ، مما ادى الى استشهاد عدد من السوريين ،

تورط حكومة المالكي في قصف القرى الحدودية واستهداف الجيش الحر يكشف الغطاء عن سياسةالحكومة الخفية في دعم #الاسد #سورية تزويده بالوقود والأسلحة

March 2nd, 2013, 11:32 am

 

zoo said:

#81 Apple_mini

“To me, Turkey government is quite rigid and radical, lacking pragmatic thinking and maneuver. ”

The Turkish government is first interested in business and money, as this is how the AKP can keep it supremacy and Erdogan elected as president.
The Arab world is a huge under-developped market, much more lucrative than Israel or the EU. In addition, after years of knocking at the door and executing required reforms, Turkey is still at the door of the EU.
Turkey made a strategic decision of turning toward the Arab market where they could sell their goods and benefit of the rich oil countries money. So Turkey has made an effort in emphasizing its Moslem roots and purposely antagonized Israel to obtain the full trust of the Arabs.
It worked. Arab countries ignored Turkey for decades when it was friend to Israel, when it was claiming its secularism and that it was part of Europe, now they see Turkey as a Moslem country, enemy to Israel, close to Hamas and part of the Middle-East.
The problem is that Turkey needs the USA and Europe, as it is part of NATO and therefore cannot afford to antagonize the West by being too aggressive with Israel.
If Turkey solves its problem with Israel, it may loose the Arabs’ trust, therefore it has to play a subtle game.
Israel is very eager to reestablish its relation with Turkey as they have no military powerful allies in the region. Israel is now in a internal political crisis. When it will be solved,it will try all it can to put Turkey at odds with the USA and with the Arabs. It is not impossible that Israel is trying to derail the PKK deal being worked out.
As for Syria, Israel is quite happy to see Turkey invaded by refugees, and I wouldn’t be surprised that the Mossad is fomenting troubles in Turkey presented as Islamist terrorists attacks to discredit Qatar and KSA.

Israel’s medium range plan is to destroy the intimacy between Turkey and the Arab world, the intimacy between Turkey and Iran and most of all the intimacy between Turkey and the West.
Then weakened and isolated Turkey will come back to befriend Israel.

March 2nd, 2013, 11:39 am

 

Citizen said:

Give Us the Weapons We Need to Beat Assad ! In this way will turn Syria into mass destruction! Bravo!

March 2nd, 2013, 11:47 am

 

zoo said:

Syrian Rebels Expecting European Arms ( through Turkey)
Opposition spokesman says a ‘breakthrough’ is coming soon

http://www.aawsat.net/2013/03/article55294499

The newspaper also quoted an anonymous source involved in supplying the Syrian rebels, who said that the movement of weapons to rebel fighters in Syria from across the Turkish border had increased in recent days.

“These were not weapons that had been captured from Syrian army bases as before. These were released from the Turkish warehouses. These are weapons the opposition had purchased previously but had not been allowed to take across the border,” the source told The Guardian.

This may be a reference to the appearance of Chinese-made surface-to-air missiles in the hands of Syrian rebels, according to Eliot Higgins, a British blogger who tracks the spread of different weapons across Syria. His ‘Brown Moses’ blog has become a valuable source of information to journalists covering the Syrian conflict, and has been used by media outlets like the New York Times, among others.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat: “What’s interesting about that is in the last week there’s been footage of the Chinese FN-6 [missiles] being used to shoot down a helicopter near Mengis airbase in Aleppo, so if that quote is accurate than it makes me wonder if it’s a reference to that.”

March 2nd, 2013, 11:56 am

 

Citizen said:

111. DOLLY BUSTER
Can you explain how it will defeat Russia in the end, especially the Western alliance for two years and is howling about the fall of the Syrian regime?

March 2nd, 2013, 12:01 pm

 

ghufran said:

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most active branch of the terror network, has released an English-language magazine advising would-be militants on how to torch cars and cause traffic accidents.
The magazine, released on militant websites, also warns France to pull back from Mali and lists 11 public figures in the west, including the author Salman Rushdie, who it says are “wanted dead or alive for crimes against Islam”.
AQAP, based in Yemen, has previously plotted to bring down international airliners and is seen by western governments as a danger to oil-producing Gulf states and major crude shipment routes.
In a section entitled “open source jihad”, the magazine gives tips on how to set fire to parked cars, including advice such as “don’t get petrol on yourself”, and suggests spilling oil on road bends to cause crashes
(The Guardian)

March 2nd, 2013, 12:12 pm

 

apple_mini said:

Looks like both sides are rushing to an unknown and unpredictable deadline: Both wanted to score big in order to gain grounds before negotiation. Let us face it. The war is not sustainable for either side. It will be ended by political solution. The unsettled question is when and who is going to ”give up” in the negotiation.

If the rebels keep losing grounds in the north and eventually giving up Aleppo to the regime, will it be enough to convince the themselves and their backers that their plans are not going to work, they need to sit down with the regime?

The danger is what if the West decides to help the rebels to tilt the balance on the ground after the regime makes big gains. The regime will naturally step up using forces. Are we going to see more violence in Syria?

The rebels seem to have made their mind at current state. But the West can go either ways.

Unfortunately, this time, it is still the case the West gets to call: they are the one who will eventually determine the fate of Syrians in this war. Not the regime or the opposition/the rebels since both of them are too weak to dominate the other. Not the Russians.

The naked truth: if the rebels cannot get weapons supplied from the West directly or indirectly, then they will not be able to fight and it is over.

March 2nd, 2013, 12:23 pm

 
 
 

Ziad said:

The Oft-Predicted Fickle Syrian ‘Tipping Point’ Has Tipped

Based on personal observations and interviews with a fair number of informed people who actually live in Syria, as opposed to the Zionist “think” tank-arm chair “expert” variety, this observer concedes that prognosticators are finally right.

In point of fact, I have concluded over the past few months that the long elusive “tipping point” in Syria has indeed been reached and the momentum has shifted decisively in this embattled.

But not the tipping point that the rebel promoters were hoping for, including the NATO countries.

But rather the momentum here has tipped in favor of the current regime due to its capacity to maintain a slowly rising level of popular support, and good relations with key foreign supporters during the current run up to next year’s Presidential election. Then, it will be up to the Syrian voters to decide who stays, goes, and/or joins in their next government.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/01/the-oft-predicted-fickle-syrian-tipping-point-has-tipped/

March 2nd, 2013, 12:56 pm

 

zoo said:

USA is using humanitarian aid as a political tool.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –

The decision by the Obama administration to provide nonlethal aid to Syrian rebel forces seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad is drawing fire from some in the aid community, saying it politicizes aid and violates principles of neutrality which governs aid delivery.
….
Aid efforts, he said, must remain neutral in order for groups to access needy populations in areas held by both sides in the conflict and receive safe passage through war-torn areas. Groups seen as favoring one side over the other may be viewed with suspicion and lose their access to those in need or expelled from the country.

“Assistance that saves people’s lives should not be based on foreign policy considerations,” Natsios said. “It should conform to the international agreed-upon standards we’ve been following for two decades, and it would really be a serious compromise of that which the NGOs, the UN, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, most of the aid agencies would strenuously object to if (the Obama administration) starts politicizing it.”

March 2nd, 2013, 1:04 pm

 

Citizen said:

Friends of Syria’s decisions herald direct Western intervention – analyst

MOSCOW, March 2 (Itar-Tass) – The decisions made at the meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Rome may be regarded as the West’s declaration of direct intervention in the affairs of that Arab republic, the president of the Middle East Institute, Yevgeny Satanovsky, told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“From now on, at any mention of arms supplies or of the training of militants the West will stop raising eyebrows and playing innocence,” Satanovsky said. “The statements that the external players have made in the Italian capital can be regarded as an outright declaration of intent, because the West has been directly interfering in the Syrian conflict for quite a long time, from the very beginning of the crisis.”
Asked about the point of view to the effect the militants kept mounting terrorist attacks against Damascus with the aim to distract attention from Aleppo in order to create a sort of a government-in-exile there Satanovsky said that was “standard practice.”
“It has already worked in Libya,” he said. “Next, a territory is to be won where an alternative body of government would be located. Then a no-fly zone would be declared and troops sent in. For instance, commandos from Qatar. Ultimately the capital and the whole country can be taken over quite easily.”
This sort of scenario was tested in Libya. However, in Syria it has been disrupted again and again.
“In terms of combat readiness the Syrian army is far better than the Libyan one was,” Satanovsky said.
About the latest controversial statements by the head of the National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Ahmed al-Khatib, concerning the possibility of talks with the Syrian government Satanovsky said the coalition’s leader was a “casual, temporary figure.”
“He has surfaced amid the ongoing turmoil. He is here today, but he may be gone tomorrow,” the analyst said. “Al- Khatib has no major forces behind him. He is a compromise figure. Indeed, how can one bring the fore some very savage figures or personalities close to Al-Qaeda? The main flows of cash and military assistance to the militants come from the agents of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”
“Al-Khatib may go on proposing anything he wants and as long as he wants. The money and the guns are beyond his control,” Satanovsky said. “Who cares about what a puppet in puppet theater may propose?”
http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/665068.html

March 2nd, 2013, 1:06 pm

 

ann said:

SURPRISE! 😀

Iraqi army helped Syrian government retake border checkpoint – reports – March 02, 2013

http://rt.com/news/syria-iraq-border-checkpoint-706/

The Iraqi army has reportedly shelled Free Syrian Army positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency.

Syrian troops have recaptured the Al-Ya’robiya checkpoint on the border with Iraq on Friday night. According to witness reports on Twitter, Iraq’s armed forces moved in to help with the operation and shelled the border post, which was held by the rebels.

An Al-Arabiya correspondent also confirmed that targets inside Syria had been shelled while Iraqi snipers took positions near the crossing. Massive reinforcements have also been deployed to the border.

http://rt.com/news/syria-iraq-border-checkpoint-706/

March 2nd, 2013, 1:09 pm

 
 

ann said:

AP Interview: Iraqi premier warns fall of Syria’s Assad would will spark war in Iraq, Lebanon – February 27, 2013

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/27/ap-interview-iraqi-premier-warns-fall-syria-assad-would-will-spark-war-in-iraq/

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s prime minister cautions that a victory for [rebels] fighting to overthrow the government in neighboring Syria will spark a sectarian war in his own country and Lebanon That would create a new haven for al-Qaida that would destabilize the whole Middle East.

The candid warning from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press was his strongest statement yet about the instability that could follow the toppling of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/27/ap-interview-iraqi-premier-warns-fall-syria-assad-would-will-spark-war-in-iraq/

March 2nd, 2013, 1:18 pm

 

zoo said:

I applaude this excellent depiction of Al Khatib. I am sure he is starting to realize that and will soon resign..

“Who cares about what a puppet in a puppet theater may propose?”

No wonder, nobody talks anymore about the USA and Russia’s invitation to Al Khateeb to visit. In Rome, they got the confirmation that he is a powerless puppet.

March 2nd, 2013, 1:18 pm

 
 

ann said:

SURPRISE! 😀

URGENT ¥¥¥ Wounded Syria soldiers treated in Iraq: spokesman – March 2, 2013

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/urgent-wounded-syria-soldiers-treated-iraq-spokesman

Four wounded Syrian soldiers are being treated at a north Iraq hospital after clashes with rebels on the Syrian side of the border, the Iraqi defence ministry’s spokesman said on Saturday.

“Four wounded Syrian soldiers were moved to Rabia Hospital, which is close to the Yaarubiyeh border crossing” from Syria into Iraq’s Nineveh province, Mohammed al-Askari told AFP by telephone.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/urgent-wounded-syria-soldiers-treated-iraq-spokesman

March 2nd, 2013, 1:23 pm

 

revenire said:

God bless Iraq.

The resistance alliance of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah won’t be defeated by NATO’s rats.

Obama must be freaking out.

http://syrianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/03/first-post-march-2-2013-syrian-army.html

AL-DAYR EL-ZOR: Sometimes a short stay at a Black Sea resort can be more refreshing than a long sojourn in an Algerian hotel in Paris. And so it was for the rodents who tried to take over the Ya’rubiyya border crossing between Syrian and Iraq. Oh, the vermin came in spouting the Qur’an, mispronouncing every word, misconstruing every “Aaya” with shouts of “Allahu Akbar”. It took our army 24 hours to clean them out and kill almost every one of them. Two were taken prisoner. Monzer sends this list:

Dhafer Muhammad Ali Shallal
Ali BaaSaleem
Luqmaan Abdul-Jabbar Rikaabi
Raafid Idris Al-Uqoobi
“Abu Al-Arab”
Mukhlis “Al-Iraqi” (ID pending)
Hammood BaaSaleem

March 2nd, 2013, 1:42 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

want to be like america? want what democracy, american style, can deliver?

Polluted America: GMO Manmade Biological Threats, Plant Diseases, Germ Warfare

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts February 26, 2013

In the United States everything is polluted.
Democracy is polluted with special interests and corrupt politicians.
Accountability is polluted with executive branch exemptions from law and the Constitution and with special legal privileges for corporations, such as the Supreme Court given right to corporations to purchase American elections.
The Constitution is polluted with corrupt legal interpretations from the Bush and Obama regimes that have turned constitutional prohibitions into executive branch rights, transforming law from a shield of the people into a weapon in the hands of government.
Waters are polluted with toxic waste spills, oil spills, chemical fertilizer run-off with resulting red tides and dead zones, acid discharges from mining with resulting destructive algae such as prymnesium parvum, from toxic chemicals used in fracking and with methane that fracking releases into wells and aquifers, resulting in warnings to homeowners near to fracking operations to open their windows when showering.
The soil’s fertility is damaged, and crops require large quantities of chemical fertilizers. The soil is polluted with an endless array of toxic substances and now with glyphosate, the main element in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide with which GMO crops are sprayed.
Glyphosate now shows up in wells, streams and in rain.
Air is polluted with a variety of substances, and there are many large cities in which there are days when the young, the elderly, and those suffering with asthma are warned to remain indoors.
All of these costs are costs imposed on society and ordinary people by corporations that banked profits by not having to take the costs into account. This is the way in which unregulated capitalism works.
Our food itself is polluted with antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, and glyphosate.

and

virtually everything is controlled by jewry – the worst pollution.

March 2nd, 2013, 1:45 pm

 

5 dancing shlomos said:

need to clarify #135

“and

virtually everything is controlled by jewry – the worst pollution.”

is from me not dr roberts.

March 2nd, 2013, 2:01 pm

 

revenire said:

American “freedom” is not something anyone should be jealous of. Everything in America goes for Wall St. and endless bailouts of bad bets at the casino. Obama lets his people suffer and die without health care or jobs.

I had to laugh at the West’s Muslim Brotherhood puppet-dictator Morsi bowing to Kerry – who demanded Egypt get on her knees to the IMF. Beg Morsi, beg. The Egyptian opposition refused to meet with warhawk Kerry.

Syria was free before NATO sent their rats.

March 2nd, 2013, 2:02 pm

 

ann said:

[opposition] selling their guns to the Syrian Army 😉

Is Syria using U.S. weapons against the [opposition]? – Mar 02, 2013

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14153005-does-syrian-regime-use-us-weapons-against-the-opposition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzlhylyuq2s

An unexploded US missile-type M47 appeared in the video in the city of Talbeesa in Homs provision.

The missile belongs to an American M47 Dragon, a wire-guided anti-tank missile in service with the US military until 2001.

The information written on the missile was P/N: 9215698. According to military observers, this figure is enough to find the original source of the missile and the way it reached the Syrians.

There hasn’t been any official comment by the U.S. State Department or the Pentagon on this regard.

[…]

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14153005-does-syrian-regime-use-us-weapons-against-the-opposition

March 2nd, 2013, 2:18 pm

 

Citizen said:

Joshua!How Mr. Kerry understand practically, that President Obama does not want to get sucked into Syria, or a hot proxy war with Iran because the Situation will get worse, and could overflow to other states?

March 2nd, 2013, 2:18 pm

 

Citizen said:

Kerry finishes his maiden voyage overseas as secretary of state in the embrace of the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships, which have been openly supporting Al Qaeda-style terrorism in Syria and elsewhere in the region. Forget the illusions of diplomatic nicety. This reliance of Washington on reactionary, absolute tyrants is the true and ugly face of American geopolitical interests. Kerry’s only significance is the illusion of form over content, style over substance. In terms of expecting any meaningful change in Washington’s foreign policy, you may as well be watching American-style wrestling.
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/03/02/kerry-brings-image-dapper-diplomacy-ugly-face-us-imperialism.html

March 2nd, 2013, 3:09 pm

 
 

Johannes de Silentio said:

136. 5 DANCING SHLOMEISTERS

“and virtually everything is controlled by jewry”

If that’s true, shlomo, why don’t you give up? If everything’s controlled by the Jewboys, sooner or later they’re gonna put you back in the asylum from whence you came. Give up. So surrender. You can’t win.

But if you’re wrong and everything is NOT controlled by the Jews, you might win. So which is it?

Oh and by the way, Shlomo, the nurse at the asylum is not pregnant and she has agreed not to press charges. As long as you get a vasectomy.

A New Bashar Cartoon:

http://www.cartoonistsrights.org/upload/AkramRaslanToonAssadOrBurnTheCountry.jpg

March 2nd, 2013, 3:26 pm

 

Dolly Buster said:

134. revenire said:

God bless Iraq.

The resistance alliance of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah won’t be defeated by NATO’s rats.

 
Nouri al-Maliki came to power through Bush invading the country and occupying it for 8 years. What is he resisting exactly, monotheism?

Shia animals used to pretend their fight was all about democracy and purple fingers.
Today, they show their true face by scrambling to save Bashar “Dead” Assad.
 

March 2nd, 2013, 3:45 pm

 

Citizen said:

Des forces spéciales américaines entraînent des rebelles syriens en Jordanie
Des instructeurs américains entraînent des rebelles de l’Armée syrienne libre (ASL) passés en Jordanie, nous affirme une source militaire française au Moyen-Orient.

« Ils structurent, encadrent et donnent des conseils aux insurgés syriens depuis la fin de l’année dernière », poursuit notre source.

Cette formation se déroule au « King Abdallah special operation training center » (Kasotec) situé au nord d’Amman, la capitale jordanienne.

Les membres des Forces spéciales américaines participent à cette instruction en vue de renforcer la capacité d’action des opposants à Bachar el-Assad. Ceux-ci peinent en effet face à la supériorité aérienne de l’armée syrienne. Des Forces spéciales britanniques et une poignée de Français aident également les rebelles syriens, toujours au Kasotec.

Les Forces spéciales américaines déployées en Jordanie font également « des pénétrations en territoire syrien » pour surveiller les armes chimiques du régime. Leur dissémination aux mains des djihadistes ou du Hezbollah libanais pro-iranien suscite la plus grande inquiétude en Israël, aux Etats-Unis mais également chez l’allié russe de Bachar el-Assad.

Nous révélions l’autre jour que des unités Delta des Forces spéciales américaines étaient déployées à Harissa au nord de Beyrouth. Officiellement pour la formation de leurs homologues libanaises. Mais en fait, ces unités Delta font également de la pénétration en territoire syrien.

Hier à Rome, John Kerry, le nouveau secrétaire d’Etat américain, a annoncé des aides non léthales à la rébellion syrienne (gilets par balles, véhicules blindés et de l’entraînement). Mais comme souvent lors d’un conflit, les Forces spéciales n’ont pas attendu les annonces officielles pour passer à l’action. Dans le plus grand secret, bien sûr…
http://blog.lefigaro.fr/malbrunot/2013/03/des-forces-speciales-americain.html

March 2nd, 2013, 3:47 pm

 

Citizen said:

“The “color revolution” media training for the insurgency propaganda was started even before the insurgency and was done, like in other countries, by U.S. financed groups.”

Some aspects of that corruption:

Dead French Photographer was State Department-Funded – Embedded With Al Qaeda

“Further indication of the depraved nature of the West’s campaign against Syria, and the depraved nature of its institutions, methods, and faux-NGOs, vindicating a growing trend of ejecting Western “journalists” and NGO’s from an ever increasing number of nations, it is revealed that a French photographer recently killed in Syria was embedded with terrorist militants in Idlib, northern Syria, and was working on behalf of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded “Reporters Without Borders.”

Voisin’s organization, Reporters Without Borders, is a notorious faux-NGO that plays a pivotal role globally, undermining nations targeted by Western corporate-financier interests, working in tandem with US State Department-backed proxies in Iran, China, Russia, Sudan, and everywhere else Wall Street and London seek to plant their flag. In 2008, Reporters Without Borders received cash from the State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) whose board of directors is a who’s who of warmongering Neo-Conservatives and corporate special interests.

And as Syria’s government and people fight against Al Qaeda militants coddled, armed, and funded by NATO, admittedly based in Turkey side-by-side US-provided Patriot missile batteries, CIA agents, as well as French and British special forces, the Western corporate-media seems only able to condemn Voisin’s death along with unconfirmed, most likely fabricated accounts made by militants that Syria is firing “Scud missiles” into Aleppo. This, while confirmed, deadly car bombings bearing all of Al Qaeda’s hallmarks killed scores of civilians in Damascus, and was promptly excused, dismissed, and buried by the West. In fact, the US is blocking a UN resolution that would condemn the most recent Al Qaeda bombing in Damascus which claimed over 50 lives including school children.

The runaway depravity of the West, its governments, institutions, media, and faux-NGO’s are permanently disfiguring any potential concept of “international law” and has left the people of the West with a floundering legitimacy that will inevitably impact all other aspects of their life, not merely foreign policy. Criminal foreign policy is just one of many symptoms of a corrupt, corporate-financier dominated ruling oligarchy that has hijacked the institutions, charters, and social contracts that bind together a functional society.

March 2nd, 2013, 4:00 pm

 

majedkhaldoun said:

In Damascus sometimes I witnessed the FSA and the Syrian army fighting within 5 to 10 meters of each other.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-syria-crisis-damascus-idUSBRE91J08N20130220

Mini-Zoo stop playing games

March 2nd, 2013, 4:10 pm

 

revenire said:

HNN Homs News Network
https://www.facebook.com/homs.news.network.english?ref=stream
GOD IS GREAT !!! .. IT’S CRUMBLING FAST AND FURIOUS NOW FOR ALL ENEMIES OF SYRIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..

TURKEY HAS DROPPED ITS DEMAND FOR THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD …

CAN YOU HEAR THE VICTORY SPEECH YET PEOPLE ?? INSHALLAH SOON … – J

March 2nd, 2013, 4:13 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

2013-02-24

الشيخ أبو الهدى اليعقوبي لـ نيوز سنتر: روسية تعتبر سوريا خط دفاعها الأول وتنصب نفسها حامية الأرثوذكسلا خوف في سوريا من التطرف فقد عانى شعبنا من التطرف العلماني خمسة عقود وليس مستعداً لأي نوع من الاستبداد

نيوز سنتر

:اقرأ المزيد

http://www.snewscenter.com/ar/news/view/11653.html

March 2nd, 2013, 4:23 pm

 

Uzair8 said:

Abdullah ‏@SyrianSmurf 39mins
Many soldiers surrender at Police Academy in #Aleppo. FSA is currently combing the area. Expecting an announcement of liberation shortly.

https://twitter.com/SyrianSmurf/status/307955450496839680

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Abdullah ‏@SyrianSmurf 55mins
Second prison in #Syria goes down…this time the Central prison in #Raqqa!

https://twitter.com/SyrianSmurf/status/307952067937447936

March 2nd, 2013, 4:30 pm

 

zoo said:

“Al Assad exit in two months”, Syrian National Council’s prime ministerial candidate Salam al Moslet says
‘70% of Syria land is in the hands of the rebels’

Transitional government will not consider talks until Al Assad goes, Al Moslet says

Published: 13:11 March 2, 2013

http://gulfnews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1152899!/image/2502081438.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_475/2502081438.jpg

The three SNC prime ministerial candidates are Al Moslet (24 votes), Dr Osama Kadi (19 votes) and Dr Burhan Ghalioun (17 votes). At that time, members of the SNC, a Cairo-based umbrella group, called on the Council to appoint a transitional government, with guarantees that it will be internationally recognised and supported

“I visited these liberated territories two weeks ago with SNC members and realised the achievements. Almost 70 per cent of the Syrian land is in rebel control,” he said.

March 2nd, 2013, 4:42 pm

 

revenire said:

Smurf lives in Michigan, California or Canada? Or is he back in Syria? He is clueless either way and you are very selective about what you post of his. Why not post the one about Homs? You rats keep on posting the victories. It gives us something to laugh at.
🙂

الرئيس الأسد في رده على وصف الحكومة البريطانية للحل السياسي السوري بأنه “يتجاوز حدود النفاق”:

“ما يتجاوز حدود النفاق هو التحدث عن الديمقراطية بينما أوثق حلفائك هي الأنظمة الأكثر أحادية وسلطوية في العالم والتي تنتمي للقرون الوسطى.
ما يتجاوز حدود النفاق هو أن تتحدث بريطانيا عن حرية الرأي والتعبير وفي نفس الوقت يتم حظر الإعلام السوري عن الأقمار الأوروبية.. الحكومة البريطانية تريد إرسال مساعدات عسكرية إلى ما تسميه “المجموعات المعتدلة” في سورية وهي تعرف تمام المعرفة بأننا نحارب جبهة النصرة ومجموعات أخرى تتبنى ايديولوجيات متطرفة.. كل ذلك هو ما يتجاوز حدود النفاق..”

March 2nd, 2013, 4:43 pm

 

Juergen said:

7 minute report from German national tv crew from Aleppo

mostly English and arabic narrators

http://tagesschau.de/ausland/syrien2598.html

March 2nd, 2013, 4:46 pm

 

Citizen said:

من راقب الناس مات بالحمى !

March 2nd, 2013, 4:53 pm

 

zoo said:

Winning the hearts and minds?

Syrian rebels hang Palestinians publicly

Updated 9:23 AM Sunday Mar 3, 2013
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10868877

Syrian rebels have hanged two Palestinians at a refugee camp in Damascus on suspicion of aiding the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a rights watchdog says.

“Rebels in the Yarmuk camp executed two men accused of co-operating with the regime by identifying targets that were bombed last week,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

“They were hanged from trees in the camp.”

The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground to collect information, provided a picture illustrating the hangings.

In it, two men are seen hanging from trees next to buildings as a crowd of people surrounds them, some taking pictures of the scene.

March 2nd, 2013, 4:55 pm

 
 

revenire said:

Juergen in the 2014 elections who do you see that might have a chance to beat Assad?

My guess is being a war president – wildly popular before but now FLUSH with victory – will catapault Assad into the rare 80-90% of the vote category i.e. massive landslide.

I can’t see any candidate beating him. It’s pretty amazing.

March 2nd, 2013, 5:36 pm

 

ghufran said:

قال “رئيس الائتلاف الوطني لقوى المعارضة والثورة” معاذ الخطيب، إنه “لم يتلقى أي جواب من قبل النظام، يتعلق بموافقته أو رفضه الحوار”، مجددا “استعداده الجلوس مع ممثلي النظام والتحاور معهم
islamists thugs esp Nusra will probably try to assassinate Moaz and accuse the regime, he has a brain and he cares about Syria, and that is a dangerous combination according to islamist playbook.

March 3rd, 2013, 4:44 pm

 

revenire said:

I believe if Moaz remains in Syria for more than a few hours hiding he will be blown to pieces by the army or murdered the FSA/Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

He’s a pathetic puppet.

March 3rd, 2013, 4:47 pm

 

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