April 28, 2013
The White House says that United States President Barack Obama may approve of using military force against the Syrian government.
Early afternoon on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the administration has a number of options in regards to handling reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, and those routes include but are not exclusive to using military force.
Fielding a question from the [...]
RT_America: BREAKING: White House says the US may use military force against Syria
The White House says that United States President Barack Obama may approve of using military force against the Syrian government.
Early afternoon on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the administration has a number of options in regards to handling reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, and those routes include but are [...]
Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying‘the idea is approved by Washington’
Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was ‘totally unacceptable’
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 [...]
Syria has 500 scud missiles aimed at Israel, Israel’s Channel 2 is reporting.
According to the report, the IDF is on high alert.
The report comes a day after news that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has instructed his top military generals to attack Israel were he to be assassinated.
Are Yugoslavian Anti-Tank Weapons Being Smuggled Into Syria?
In the past few weeks a number of videos have been appearing from the Horan region of [...]
Hundreds of supporters swarmed around Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after he made a speech denouncing the opposition as “puppets of the West”.
Fleet of Russian warships reportedly en route to Syria to head off a Western attack.
Fleet of Russian warships reportedly en route to Syria to head off a Western attack.(TOI).flotilla of five Russian warships laden with hundreds of troops, which is headed toward Syria, is a show of force meant [...]
LIVE NOW: #Syria President Bashar al-#Assad making rare public statement
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced what he described as a peace plan on Sunday, calling for a reconciliation conference with “those who have not betrayed Syria”, to be followed by the formation of a new government and an amnesty.
“The first stage of a political solution would require that regional powers stop funding and arming (the opposition), an end to terrorist operations [...]
Fears of the worst possible scenario in Syria have been confirmed in a video released by rebels that shows victims of chemical warfare.
An almost sure sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed his chemical weapons for use against rebels is his regime’s claim on Saturday that rebels are preparing to use chemicals in their uprising. Assad systematically has accused opposition forces, which he labels as “foreign terrorists,” of carrying [...]
The US Senate has recommended that President Barack Obama study the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone over Syria.
In an amendment approved Wednesday, the senators voted 92-6 to require the Pentagon to report on options for using US military assets to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using air power against opposition forces.
Clinton admits ulterior motive for deploying patriot missiles on Turkish border to impose ‘No Fly Zone – Safe [...]
Will Hype and Over-Reaction Lead to War?
Anonymous U.S. officials are accusing Syria of building chemical weapons, and DebkaFile is reporting (via RT) that an aircraft carrier, numerous battle ships, amphibious ready group, 10,000 troops and heavy military equipment have already been sent to the Syrian coast:
The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a [...]
The embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is considering the possibility to claim political asylum for himself, his family and his close circle in Latin America if he has to cede power, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
“Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister held meetings in Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador over the past week, and brought with him classified personal letters from Assad to local leaders,” the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported.
Some Western and Arab countries [...]
As rebellion gets closer to capital Damascus, intelligence analysts concerned that Syrian government might get ‘desperate’
Obama tells Syria: ‘The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable’
Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad yesterday that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.
In a strongly-worded speech on Monday, the U.S. president told the beleaguered Syrian regime:
‘The world is watching. The use [...]
ideos Show Complete SA-7 MANPADS Reportedly Looted From The 46th Regiment Base
Captured from the 46th Regiment base outside of Aleppo, it appears as at least 10 crates of the type used to store a variety of SA series surface to air missile systems were looted from the base by the Syrian opposition. The ten crates in question can be seen in this video.
The crate is used to transport SA [...]
Oct 7, 2012
Bloomberg, Guardian, Ynet, and others are all posting in their headlines an identical unconfirmed report that Turkey and Syria have “agreed” to establish a 6 mile wide “buffer zone” running the length of the Turkish-Syrian border.
The report states specifically (emphasis added):
The Syrian government has told its military to keep aircraft at least six miles (10 kilometers) from Turkey’s borders after a deadly shelling incident left five Turks dead, [...]
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun moving chemical agents in the country’s arsenal to the port city of Tartus.
According to diplomatic sources quoted in an interview published in the Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper, the regime is attempting to create a “safe zone” for top leaders and their families.
It is not clear, however, which chemical agents, or what amount, were moved.
Mass execution by Assad forces of handcuffed men in [...]
President Barack Obama said any discovery that Syria’s chemicals or biological weapons are being moved or used may shift his position of not ordering U.S. military engagement in that nation’s upheaval “at this point.”
“A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president told reporters yesterday in a news conference at the White House. “That would change my calculus.”
Obama said [...]
Syrian Humanitarian Crisis – As Food, Fuel Prices Soar al-Assad Desperately Attempts To Get Gold
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,614.50, EUR 1,305.60, and GBP 1,028.34 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,622.25, EUR 1,317.30 and GBP 1,035.33 per ounce.
Gold fell $12.10 or 0.75% in yesterday in New York and closed at $1,608.30/oz. Silver fell to a low of $27.73 and finished with a loss of 1.28%.
Gold Prices/Rates/Fixes /Volumes – [...]
By Christoph Dreier
31 July 2012
Behind the scenes, the German government has long been active in the civil war in Syria and in preparations for military intervention.
Berlin is an important hub for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian National Council (SNC), who discreetly work there on plans to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The 70 states comprising the “Friends of the Syrian People” group, who have supported the armed [...]
Syrian security forces have cleared the Salahuddin and Hamdaniya neighborhoods in the northwestern city of Aleppo of foreign-sponsored armed gangs.
The Syrian army said on Monday that most of the city is now under its control.
Meanwhile, fighting continues in the southern district of Sokari and the central neighborhood of Bab al-Hadid.
Hezbollah unit 910 moved to Syria, to participate in the suppression of the revolution in Homs
Using Google Translate:
Qallt newspaper “An Nahar” [...]
Al Arabiya English:
Turkey’s Erdogan says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his circle are close to departing from power
Deputy Head BBC Newsroom:
“TURKEY’S ERDOGAN SAYS SYRIA’S ASSAD AND HIS CIRCLE ARE ABOUT TO GO, PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR “NEW ERA”
In Syria massacres, some see signs Assad trying to carve out breakaway Alawite enclave
BEIRUT — In the recent sectarian violence in Syria, some observers see a grim pattern: Alawite fighters from President Bashar Assad’s [...]
Government warplanes and helicopter gunships bombarded Syria’s business capital
Activists claim rebels had control over new pockets of Syria’s largest city
Rebels also continue to hold on to large chunks of Aleppo
Meanwhile, a Syrian army bombardment killed at least six children in the town of Herak
Video footage showed the bodies of several children in Herak with holes in their legs, torso and heads
Rebels accuse al-Assad of moving chemical weapons to country’s borders
A top Iranian military official warned on Tuesday that Syria’s allies “will not allow regime change” and would land “decisive blows” on Damascus’s enemies if they entered the growing conflict.
“The Syrian people and the friends of Syria will not allow regime change,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy chief of Iran’s joint armed forces, was quoted as saying on the official website of the Revolutionary Guards, sepahnews.com.
“Neither the friends of [...]
By David Lesch, Special to CNN
Editor’s note: David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and author or editor of 12 books, including the upcoming “Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad.” The views expressed are solely those of the author.
The past couple of weeks haven’t been good to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. First, his long-time friend and presumed regime insider, General Manaf [...]
Arab League foreign ministers have called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, as rebels tell the BBC they are encouraged by last week’s assassinations in Damascus.
The rebels told the BBC’s Paul Wood, undercover near the Syrian capital, that the deaths of four top officials were a severe blow to the government.
Our correspondent says Islamist rebels where he is are receiving weapons and money from outside.
Fighting continued overnight.
Syrian troops clashed with rebels in the city of Aleppo for a second day today, forcing residents to flee to safer areas in some of the fiercest fighting to date.
The rebels are trying to seize the momentum after a week of battles in the capital, Damascus, including a bombing that struck at the heart of the regime, killing four high-level officials and hundreds of civilians.
Two days of clashes in Aleppo’s [...]
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has vowed to step up support for terrorist groups in Syria in a further attempt to cause additional unrest in the country.
Frustration has grown in the recent months among British MPs, as attempts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government have failed.
Hague addressed the state-run BBC on Friday 20 July, that British policies will focus more outside the Security Council and intensify its [...]
BreakingNews: Russia says Assad ready to step down but ‘in civilized manner’
Russian Foreign Ministry briefing on rt
Syrian President Bashar al Assad is ready to leave power in an “orderly way”, the Russian ambassador to France has said.
The leader has accepted that he will have to leave power, Alexandre Orlov said on French radio.
Russia and Syria are allies, however the Syrian Information Ministry has dismissed the claims as ‘baseless’.
Mr Orlov told the RFI network: [...]
Clashes erupt near the government headquarters in Syria’s capital Damascus
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in the coastal city of Latakia, directing a response to the assassination of three of his top lieutenants, opposition sources and a Western diplomat said on Thursday.
Assad, who has not made a public appearance since Wednesday’s bombing, which killed his brother-in-law and two other key military figures, was commanding the government operation, they said.
US and Israel [...]
The brother-in-law of Syrian president Bashar al Assad and his defence minister are among three killed by a bomb that struck at the heart of the country’s security elite.
Assef Shawkat and defence chief Daoud Rajha died in the blast at a meeting of senior security and government figures in Damascus.
Syrian general Hassan Turkmani, a former defence minister and senior military official, was also killed, and several others were wounded.
The attack, [...]
Despite mounting fury from the Syrian rebels, who are seeking assistance for their efforts to overthrow the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the White House has refused all requests for heavy weapons and intelligence support.
Syrian lobby groups in Washington, who only a few weeks ago were expressing hope that the Obama administration might give a green light to the supply of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, said they had now been forced [...]
Israeli National News
July 14, 2012
Former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said on Thursday that Israel is preparing for the possibility of military action in Syria, in case its chemical weapons were to end up in the hands of Hizbullah or other terrorist organizations in the region.
Yatom spoke to the British Sky News, which reported that Israel is deeply concerned that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may deliberately give Hizbullah chemical weapons or [...]
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is prepared to facilitate talks between the Syrian government and opposition by hosting a meeting between the two sides in Tehran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to hold a meeting with the Syrian opposition and invite them to Iran,” Salehi said on Sunday.
“We are prepared to provide grounds for and facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition,” the [...]
July 10, 2012
Friday, we read in the New York Times and elsewhere about one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s most important supporters and allies having defected. The impression one gets is that Assad’s government is in a state of collapse— and this gives credibility to those pushing for Assad to turn over power.
But what the media are not mentioning is that Brigadier General Manaf Tlass did not defect directly from the [...]
China joined Russia on Thursday in boycotting a meeting aimed at coordinating efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria, where three senior army officers were among more than 150 people reported killed in 48 hours.
Moscow confirmed that some Western countries had asked it to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a haven in exile, saying it had dismissed the idea as a “joke.”
In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said China would not attend the so-called “Friends of Syria” [...]
A convoy of about 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missile batteries, arrived in Turkey’s coastal town of ?skenderun and deployed near the the Syrian border 50 kilometers away, Turkish agencies said.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo?an, who has given shelter in the border area to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, announced after Syrian air defences shot down a Turkish warplane last Friday he would step up security there.