Syria says United States lying on chemical weapons use
BEIRUT – Syria’s foreign ministry said the United States was lying about chemical weapons use to give it an excuse to intervene in the country’s two-year-old civil war.
“The White House…relied on fabricated information in order to hold the Syrian government responsible for using these weapons, despite a series of statements that confirmed that terrorist groups in Syria have chemical weapons,” it said.
“The United States, in resorting to a shameful use of pretexts in order allow President Obama’s decision to arm the Syrian opposition, shows that it has flagrant double standards in the way it deals with terrorism.”
Russia: US claims of Syria chemical arms use unconvincing
MOSCOW- Information the United States provided Russia over suspected use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces “does not look convincing,” President Vladimir Putin’s senior foreign policy adviser said on Friday.
Yuri Ushakov said expanded US military support for Assad’s opponents would undermine joint efforts to organize a peace conference, but added that Moscow was “not yet” considering sending Assad S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems in response.
France says UN decision on Syria no-fly zone ‘unlikely’
PARIS – France said on Friday that establishing a no-fly zone in Syria was unlikely for now because of opposition from some members of the United Nations Security Council.
“The problem with this type of measure is that it can only be put in place with approval from the international community,” French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told journalists.
“A decision from the United Nations Security Council is needed, and not just any decision,” he said. A Chapter 7 resolution authorizing military action was needed and that was unlikely to be passed, he said.
Britain holds off arming Syrian rebels despite US decision
LONDON – Britain is still not ready to arm the Syrian opposition despite a decision by US President Barack Obama to do so, but is not ruling out the introduction of a no-fly zone or any other measure, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.
“Nothing is off the table,” the spokesman said when asked whether Britain would back a no-fly zone, adding that “no decision has been taken” on arming the opposition. “We are in urgent discussions with our international partners.”
Russia: Data on chemical arms use by Assad fabricated
MOSCOW – A senior pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker said on Friday that information on the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces was fabricated and suggested the United States would use it to justify intervention in the conflict.
A US official said on Thursday that President Barack Obama has authorized sending US weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, after the White House said it has proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces.
“Information about the use by Assad of chemical weapons has been fabricated in the same place as the lies about (Saddam) Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign policy committee in the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, said on Twitter. “Obama is taking the same path as George Bush.”
Germany won’t supply weapons to Syrian rebels – Foreign Ministry
“Berlin will not itself supply Syrian rebels with weapons, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said Friday. However, Germany “takes into account” the US’s decision to do so and Washington’s statement that chemical weapons had been used by the Syrian government forces, he added. Germany supports efforts to hold an international conference on the Syria conflict and will insist that this issue be discussed by the UN Security Council, the spokesman said.”
Moscow concerned about Western states’ decisions to arm Syrian rebels
“Russia is seriously concerned by the decision of the US and other states to give military assistance to the Syrian opposition on the so-called “liberated territories,” spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Friday. The military aid would be rendered under the pretext of having alleged proof of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian authorities. He reminded of the killings of 60 Shia in Hatla village in Syria’s Deir el-Zour region near Iraq, perpetrated by Al-Nusra Front fighters, adding that the Syrian government asked the UN Security Council to condemn the massacre.”
U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’
“Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.
A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.
Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.”
Germany’s BND intelligence agency restores security cooperation with Assad regime
“Diplomatic sources have revealed that the head of Germany’s BND intelligence agency went to Damascus last month for an unscheduled visit during which he met with Syrian officials led by Major General Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syrian military intelligence. Gerhard Schindler made the trip to Damascus just days after Israel’s bombing raid on the Syrian capital on May 5 accompanied by the Director of the German intelligence unit dedicated to fighting “international terrorism”.
The security chief was passed information about the jihadist organisations which are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria. This information was obtained by Syrian intelligence after the capture of a number of jihadist leaders. The data includes the names of some foreign fighters, especially Europeans, who are fighting alongside those groups. Representatives from the intelligence agencies in Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have arrived in Damascus for the same purpose.
The sources also claim that one of the objectives of Schindler’s visit was to reach an agreement by which Israel will allow Hezbollah to enter Syria to defend the regime, as long as “that does not affect the interests of Israel”.
Although the German government has supported the sanctions imposed on the Assad regime and has stressed repeatedly the necessity for him to step down, it now looks as if there is a noticeable shift in Berlin’s assessment of the conflict. News magazine Der Spiegel’s May 22 edition quoted Schindler as saying, “The Syrian army has now become very organised with the best combat experience after two years of armed conflict, in addition to its capacity to counter armed rebels and defeat them.””
Americans on Both Sides of the Aisle Oppose War In Syria
With Scandals Raging At Home, Obama (Conveniently) Discovers Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
“Barely a week after President Obama announced the ascendance of the left-neocon, humanitarian interventionist cultists Susan Rice and Samantha Power to the top of his foreign policy team, and in a time of choking scandal, alas a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared for the Obama regime: his old friend war!
The entirety of the US corporate media is breathlessly — and, predictably, in lockstep — amplifying the Obama administration’s sudden amazingly convenient discovery that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons after all!
Just a few weeks ago the US Intelligence Community did not believe claims that the Syrian government used chemicals, then, after scolded by the Israelis they changed their tune to a very qualified “maybe.” Now, with no formal investigation at all and no word on the chain of evidence or its source, we are told with absolute certainty that the Assad government has used the weapons. And they can’t tell us because it is secret! Just like magic these things happen when needed!”
Importing Jihad: Obama Considers Resettling Thousands of Syrian Refugees in America
“More of Obama’s immigration war on America. Obama supports the jihadist opposition in Syria — al Qaeda elements. And he is bringing those savages here? He has turned a blind eye to religious minorities that are being persecuted under Muslim rule. So it will be more Muslim immigration. Clearly, jihadist groups linked to al Qaeda pose a grave security concern. It’s another giant middle finger to the American people by the Obama administration, endangering national security.
We have suffered the effects of importing whole Muslim communities from jihad regions (i.e. Somalia). More here. Law enforcement officials have reported to Congress on the growing Somali Muslim threat.
This will be worse.
The growing concern of ‘Home-Grown,’ Spectacular Jihad Growing Problem, Authorities Fear” is a direct result of the huge influx of whole Muslim communities from jihad areas and nations into the US since 911.”
Obama promises more aid to Al Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria, Claims ‘Red Line’ crossed on Chemical Weapons Use, despite UN Human Rights Counter claims
Russia Hits Back at U.S. Over Syria
“MOSCOW—The Kremlin Friday dismissed as unconvincing evidence that U.S. officials provided of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons and criticized Washington’s decision to arm Syrian opposition fighters, but stopped short of threatening to deliver air-defense missiles to the Assad government in response.
A senior Kremlin official said Moscow is “not yet” discussing the delivery of the advanced air-defense system in the wake of the U.S. decision. Last month, Russian officials threatened to fulfill the 2010 contract for the S-300 missiles as a way to deter potential outside military intervention in the two-year-old Syrian civil war. Western powers and Israel have staunchly opposed the sale of the system.