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Syria News June 28


CIA Begins Shipping Arms for Syrian Rebels for Deployment by August; Saudi Antiaircraft Missiles Expected-

DOD wants assurances terrorists won't get US weapons - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Dempsey: No-fly zone in Syria would be 'act of war' - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Lawmakers want details before funding Syria - Longview News-Journal: Nation


Congressional bipartisan group opposes arming Syrian rebels - Yahoo! News


Robert Gates: No-Fly-Zone in Syria Will Change Nothing - Bahrain News Agency


American media not telling truth about Syria: Kissinger - Press TV


Syria: Would the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels? - Blog from The Heritage Foundation


Angela Merkel warns against arms in Syria: 'Incalculable' risks - Washington Times


Iraqi official: Baghdad would welcome US military help as Pentagon considers sending trainers -


Russia says Saudi arming Syria terrorists -


Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base Tartus- Yahoo! News


POLL: Hezbollah Losing Support Among Palestinians - Al-Monitor




Suicide blast in Christian neighborhood in Syria kills 4 - Fox News

Syria troops storm rebel town, NGO says - AFP

Syria's Rebels In Rift With Aleppo's Civil Opposition - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: A rebel faction's statement warning residents that all cars on the Damascus Airport highway will be targeted - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Muhajireen Army, closely tied to the Al Nusrah Front, fires on Syrian helicopter with surface-to-air missile (VIDEO) - Threat Matrix


Muhajireen Army uses BMP to launch suicide assault on Aleppo airport (VIDEO) - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Syrian rebels shell gas station near Idlib - Telegraph




Turkey Investigates Social Media Postings That Allegedly Insult Officials - AP

Turkey takes steps to monitor Twitter content, users - Al Akhbar English

Turkish actor defends Gezi tweet misunderstood - World Bulletin


Annulment case for Taksim renovation plan underway -


Turkey's Political Conflict Takes a Toll on Economy - VOA



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Syria News June 27

Christian leader testifies in a congressional hearing : Syrian religious minorities face threat of "eradication" by armed insurgents -



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Syria: Where the Obama Doctrine of Covert War Spectacularly Backfired

Barack Obama's rise to power in 2008 raised fundamental questions about the duty of a newly-elected government in a country that has been engaged in war crimes, from aggression against other countries to systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions and human rights laws.

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus

The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement. It will almost certainly accelerate the chaos spreading from the almost three-year old civil war. It will also align Washington with one of the most undemocratic alliances on the planet, and one that looks increasingly unstable.

In short, we are headed into a perfect political storm.

Syria: The Faces Behind The Terror

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In her extraordinarily bold and direct speech addressed to the Irish Parliament, Clare Daly (TD, Dublin North) called Obama a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the century”.  In describing the fawning reception of Obama in Ireland akin to pimping and prostituting of that nation,  Ms. Daly hit the nail on the head.   Sadly, America dwarfs Ireland and elsewhere in the undignified category of prostitution – the 29 standing ovations from Congress in May 2011 for war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu attests to this tragic fact.  

While Daly was quite right in censuring Obama for his criminal policies, including aiding terrorists in Syria, it is worthwhile noting that Obama is merely a willing instrument; the  faces and factors behind his handlers and the policies merit greater scrutiny and exposure. 

The US's Afghan Exit May Depend on a Syrian One

Washington’s options in Syria are dwindling - and dwindling fast.

Trumped up chemical weapons charges against the Syrian government this month failed to produce evidence to convince a skeptical global community of any direct linkage. And the US’s follow-up pledge to arm rebels served only to immediately underline the difficulty of such a task, given the fungibility of weapons-flow among increasingly extremist militias.

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

National Days of Action, June 28- July 17, 2013

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country.  Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan.  Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years.  Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.  

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:

StoStop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and allforms of intervention against Syria!

·        Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!

·        Fund people’s needs, not the military!

·        U.S. Out of the Middle East!


  • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
  • United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
  • AFI3RM
  • All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
  • Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
  • Arab Americans for Peace
  • Arab Americans for Syria - AA4S
  • CRI-Panafricain
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  • Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space
  • Green Party of the United States
  • Honduras Resistencia USA
  • International Action Center
  • International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
  • Iran Working Group VFP
  • KmB Pro-People Youth
  • March Forward!
  • May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
  • Revival of Panafricanism Forum
  • SI Solidarity with Iran
  • Socialist Action
  • Syrian American Forum
  • The Green Shadow Cabinet
  • U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  • U.S. Peace Council
  • Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
  • Veterans For Peace
  • World Can't Wait
  • Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
  • Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
  • David Swanson, RootsAction
  • Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  • Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
  • Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
  • Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Nada Khader, WESPAC
  • Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
  • Ron Jacobs, journalist
  • Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
  • Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  • ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston(organization for identification purpose only)
  • Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
  • Community Futures Collective
  • Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
  • Habi Arts
  • Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
  • LEF Foundation
  • Los Angeles Peace Council
  • Maine Code Pink
  • Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
  • Peoples Video Network
  • Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
  • RI Peoples Assembly
  • RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
  • RI Unemployed Council
  • Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
  • School of the Americas Watch - LA (SOA Watch-LA)
  • Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
  • Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  • Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
  • The Dream Team 2013, RI
  • Union of Progressive Iranians
  • West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.

Syria News June 25



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Trafficking in Lies about Syria


Trafficking in Lies about Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Media scoundrels substitute lies for truth and full disclosure. They violate core journalistic ethics doing so. They threaten world peace. 


They're waging war on freedom. They do it shameless, recklessly and unapologetically. They continue ad nauseam.


Enemies of Syria Plan Escalated Aggression


Enemies of Syria Plan Escalated Aggression


by Stephen Lendman


So-called "Friends of Syria" are their worst enemies. They're a rogue's gallery of scoundrels. They're complicit with Washington's imperium. They violate core international law principles. 


They're no friends of peace, stability and freedom. Umbrella group members America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, and Qatar met in Doha. 

Syria News June 23



Friends of Syria pledge to arm rebels -  Al Jazeera English

Qatar: Friends of Syria agree on ‘secret’ measures to arm rebels -

Syrian rebels say they received heavy weapons that could ‘change the course of the battle’, CIA secretly providing training - Washington Post

FSA leader urges extremist fighters to unify in return for weapons - The National

In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons -

First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected - DEBKAfile

900 U.S. Troops In Jordan To Boost Security In Wake Of Syria Conflict - Reuters

US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels - DEBKAfile

VIDEO: Friends of Syria approve 'urgent' support for rebels - YouTube


UN expert says still no proof who used Syria chemical arms - AFP

In Syrian chemical weapons claim criticism about lack of transparency, experts say there is no reliable way to assess its authenticity - The Washington Post

Putin: Chemical weapons produced for Syrian rebels in Iraq - Fars News Agency

Al-Akhbar: Two Qatari officers transferred chemical materials used by terrorists in Khan al-Assal - Friends of Syria

Syrian Troops Launch Offensive On Rebel Strongholds Outside Damascus - AP

Damascus raises army, civil service pay - AFP

Damascus rebels reject SNC in favour of Islamic committees - The National

Suspected Syrian rebels fire over 12 rockets at Lebanon - Al Akhbar English

New wave of foreigners in Syrian fight - The Washington Post

Spain: Arrest of 8 suspected jihadists busts terror recruitment network that attacked in Syria - The Washington Post

Military Source: Most Salafis Fighting in Syria Come from Afghanistan -

Iraqi military: Security efforts thwarted plans to set up direct contact between Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria and al-Qaeda in Iraq - Central Asia Online

Iraq Minister warns thousands of Shiites ready to join fight in Syria - Middle East Online

'Rebels murdered my 14-year-old for a joke': Anguish of Syrian mother who saw her son being shot dead - Mail Online


Turkey protests put strain on Syria planning - The Washington Post

Police clash anew with Istanbul protesters - AFP

31 protesters arrested over Gezi Park protests in Ankara and Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews


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Syria News June 21



Russia says it will fulfil S-300 missile system contract with Syria as a deterrent to no fly zone, will block all demands for the Assad resignation - Yahoo! News

Russian Yak-130 Jets For Syria Awaiting 'Political Decision' - Source - RIA Novosti

Russia: West 'not sure' it can bring Syria rebels to peace meet - AFP

Syria no-fly zone would cost billions, say analysts -

France's Fabius wants more talks with Syria rebels before arming - Reuters

Syria: President Assad’s grip on Damascus suggests David Cameron’s ‘coup’ is little more than fantasy - The Independent

Germany will not supply weapons to the Syrian opposition - Merkel - The Voice of Russia

Four U.S. senators seek to bar military aid to Syrian rebels - Reuters

POLL: Obama agenda: Pew shows Obama's approval holding steady - First Read

Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to pull out of Syria - Reuters

Tunisia FM urges peaceful solution to Syria crisis-THE DAILY STAR

World Refugee Day: UN calls Syria 'worst humanitarian disaster' since two decades -

UNESCO lists 6 Syrian heritage sites as "endangered" - AFP


Syria rebels seek arms, no-fly zone from Friends of Syria to avert disaster - The Times of India

Rivalries complicate arms pipeline to Syria rebels, A fighter says the new shipment by Gulf countries went to an extreme Islamist group, Ahrar al-Sham -

FSA general grapples with disarray in his ranks - Reuters

Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis, Missiles Making Impact in Aleppo - Telegraph

Rebels hang on near Damascus, hope for deal on arms from Jordan - Reuters

Special Report: How Syria's Islamists govern with guile and guns, the national coalition has little influence on the ground - Reuters

Syrian ‘National Coalition’ Rejects G8 Call to Fight Qaeda -

Aleppo prison: More than 100 prisoners killed by the rebel bombardment, malnourishment, lack of medicine and execution by the regime forces - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria’s internal opposition: An alternative proposed from within? - The Economist

Arab Islamist rebels, Kurds clash in northern Syria - Reuters

Syriac Christians, Kurds Boost Cooperation in Syria - Al-Monitor

Alawites and Christians in Syria–United in Uncertainty - The American Conservative

Syria Complains to UN Over Edicts Urging Jihad, SANA Reports - Bloomberg

VIDEO: FSA receive the first batch of sophiscated weapons - LiveLeak.coms

VIDEO: Missile Konkurs targeting Syrian tank - YouTube


Istanbul to vote for Gezi Park if court gives green light -

Istanbul: memorials and vigils honour anti-government protesters (VIDEO) - euronews

Bikini-clad woman joins standing protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square -


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10 Problems with the Latest Excuse for War

If you own a television or read a newspaper you've probably heard that we need another war because the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

If you own a computer and know where to look you've probably heard that there isn't actually any evidence for that claim.

Below are 10 reasons why this latest excuse for war is no good EVEN IF TRUE.

1. War is not made legal by such an excuse.  It can't be found in the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the United Nations Charter, or the U.S. Constitution.  It can, however, be found in U.S. war propaganda of the 2002 vintage.  (Who says our government doesn't promote recycling?)

2. The United States itself possesses and uses internationally condemned weapons, including white phosphorus, napalm, cluster bombs, and depleted uranium.  Whether you praise these actions, avoid thinking about them, or join me in condemning them, they are not a legal or moral justification for any foreign nation to bomb us, or to bomb some other nation where the U.S. military is operating.  Killing people to prevent their being killed with the wrong kind of weapons is a policy that must come out of some sort of sickness.  Call it Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

3. An expanded war in Syria could become regional or global with uncontrollable consequences.  Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, China, the United States, the Gulf states, the NATO states . . . does this sound like the sort of conflict we want?  Does it sound like a conflict anyone will survive?  Why in the world risk such a thing? 

4. Just creating a "no fly zone" would involve bombing urban areas and unavoidably killing large numbers of people.  This happened in Libya and we looked away.  But it would happen on a much larger scale in Syria, given the locations of the sites to be bombed.  Creating a "no fly zone" is not a matter of making an announcement, but of dropping bombs.

5. Both sides in Syria have used horrible weapons and committed horrible atrocities.  Surely even those who imagine people should be killed to prevent their being killed with different weapons can see the insanity of arming both sides to protect each other side.  Why is it not, then, just as insane to arm one side in a conflict that involves similar abuses by both?

6. With the United States on the side of the opposition in Syria, the United States will be blamed for the opposition's crimes.  Most people in Western Asia hate al Qaeda and other terrorists.  They are also coming to hate the United States and its drones, missiles, bases, night raids, lies, and hypocrisy.  Imagine the levels of hatred that will be reached when al Qaeda and the United States team up to overthrow the government of Syria and create an Iraq-like hell in its place.

7. An unpopular rebellion put into power by outside force does not usually result in a stable government.  In fact there is not yet on record a case of U.S. humanitarian war benefitting humanity or of nation-building actually building a nation.  Why would Syria, which looks even less auspicious than most potential targets, be the exception to the rule?

8. This opposition is not interested in creating a democracy, or -- for that matter -- in taking instructions from the U.S. government.  On the contrary, blowback from these allies is likely.  Just as we should have learned the lesson of lies about weapons by now, our government should have learned the lesson of arming the enemy of the enemy long before this moment.

9. The precedent of another lawless act by the United States, whether arming proxies or engaging directly, sets a dangerous example to the world and to those in Washington for whom Iran is next on the list.

10. A strong majority of Americans, despite all the media's efforts thus far, opposes arming the rebels or engaging directly.  Instead, a plurality supports providing humanitarian aid.

We might better spread democracy by example than by bomb. 

There are nonviolent pro-democracy movements in Bahrain and Turkey and elsewhere, and our government doesn't lift a finger in support.

But if you remember all those years of protesting wars and wishing millions of foolish partisan Republicans would join us in protesting blatant mass-murder even though the president was a Republican, I have good news for you.  The Republicans are leading the way in pretending to oppose war this time.  So, if you Democrats, who I'm sure were 100% sincere in opposing wars some years back are still ready to act, maybe -- just maybe -- we can build right now the sort of broad movement we've wanted.

If you're not too busy.

Syria News June 20



Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fight rebels in Damascus suburb housing major Shiite shrine - The Washington Post

Syrian rebels get first heavy weapons supplied Saudi Arabia on the front line of Aleppo - Telegraph

Regime Erodes Hopes for Rebel Enclave in Syria's North -

Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither - Reuters

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the opposition groups - CNN

VIDEO: 60% of Free Syria Army fighting for Islamic State: Channel 4 News - Informed Comment

Al-Nusra kills several Free Syrian Army officers -

Syrian rebels claim attack on Shias in Lebanon, say they were members of Hizbullah - Irish Times

VIDEO: Syrian rebels claim responsibility for killings in Lebanon - euronews

VIDEO: Kuwaiti Sheikh beheaded Hezbollah fighters and captured village in Syria - YouTube

Hezbollah says spared lives of wounded Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

Syrians turn to dollar as local currency tumbles - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Group of opposition fighters in Syria beheading a man and shooting two women near Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO [ENG SUB]: Jabhat al Nusra terrorize thier supporters in Aleppo - 

VIDEO: A bomber prepares for the fight in an Aleppo suburb - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO: FSA accuses Syrian army, Hezbollah of chemical weapons use - English


Obama refuses to specify US aid to Syrian rebels - AFP

Senators' letter to Obama: Arming Syrian rebels not enough , U.S. should consider no fly zone-

U.S. slow to deliver promised aid to Syrian rebels -

Core Group on Syria to probe FSA "wish list" on Saturday - KUNA

Qatar PM: Al Assad exit a must for Syria peace -

Syrian Brotherhood says Geneva conference aims to legitimise regime - middleeastmonitor

Syria opposition says any solution must bring down Assad - AFP

Russia urges presence of Iran, Saudi Arabia in Geneva talks on Syria - The Shia Post

Abdulbaset Sieda asks Syria Kurds to join SNC - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Hamas says its Iran ties worsen over Syrian civil war - Reuters


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Republicans Lead Opposition to War on Syria

Americans alternate in their pretended opposition to mass-murder, depending on the brand name attached to their president.  When Bush was in the White House, Democrats filled the streets against an attack on Iraq.  With Obama in the White House, the usual anti-war folks are nearly comatose, but Republican columnists like Cal Thomas and idiots like Sarah Palin are against arming and bombing in Syria.  And we're starting to see local Republicans rise up in pretended opposition to warmaking:

Anti-war rally to be held at Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – A state lawmaker will lead an anti-war rally on the south steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. The public is invited.

The rally’s theme is “Not Our War!” and will be held to reflect the views of those who oppose U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, state Rep. Paul Wesselhöft said.

“The U.S. has no political or moral obligation to intervene in Syria’s intractable civil war. It’s none of our business,” said Wesselhöft, R-Moore. “Our involvement in shipping arms to the Syrian rebels commits us to a proxy war with Russia. This is not good, not wise, not acceptable, so we object.”

Wesselhöft said the rally will be bipartisan in nature. Musical entertainment will precede the speakers from 6-7 p.m. There will be co-sponsors representing both the left and right political spectrum. Each spectrum will be given equal time, he said. Wesselhöft hopes the Oklahoma rally will spark similar events in other state capitols and Washington, D.C.

“I was working on a significant project this summer and did not want to lead an anti-war rally,” he said. “I was hoping the President would not involve America in another country’s civil war, but we are now arming the rebels.

This rally will be a single-issue event on our involvement in the Syrian civil war.  It will not be about other issues supported or opposed by the President. We will be united, regardless of political party, in one clear message to our government: ‘Syria is NOT OUR WAR!’”

Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria

World Exclusive: US urges UK and France to join in supplying arms to Syrian rebels as MPs fear that UK will be drawn into growing conflict

By Robert Fisk, the Independent

Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.

Putin at G8


Putin Alone at G8


by Stephen Lendman


On June 17, G8 leaders began two days of talks in Northern Ireland. Seven nations want escalated war on Syria. Putin's alone. He's an outlier for peaceful conflict resolution.


Obama's hands are bloodrenched. He bears full responsibility for ravaging Syria. It's been ongoing since early 2011. It was planned many years earlier. 


Syria News June 19



G8 calls for urgent peace talks and a transitional government in Syria, no mention of Assad's fate in statement - AFP

Obama on Charlie Rose of PBS: Syria is not Iraq, "It is very easy to slip slide your way into deeper and deeper commitments" - usatoday

Obama: Striking Syria carries risk of hitting chemical weapons sites, Skeptical About Syria No-Fly Zone - 

VIDEO: Obama on Syria in interview on Charlie Rose of PBS - CBS News

Putin: Russia won't rule out new arms supplies to Syria's Assad - AFP

VIDEO: Putin on Syria at G8: Do You Want to Supply Arms to People who Eat their Enemies' Organs? - YouTube

Pentagon Shoots Down Kerry’s Syria Airstrike Plan - Bloomberg

Consideration of Syria no-fly zone relies on Iraq experience - Navy Times 

France's Hollande open to Iranian presence at Syria talks -

UK's Cameron wants Syria peace plan, with or without Russia - Yahoo! News

Lavrov Says Syria Talks Must Not imply 'Capitulation' of Regime - Naharnet

Syria rebels assail G-8 leaders on Syria - usatoday


Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns: Der Spiegel - Al Akhbar English

Iran reportedly preparing to send 4,000 troops into Syria - Fox News

Iran Denies Plans to Send Troops to Help Syria’s Assad - RIA Novosti

Syria Counts on $1 Billion Iran Fund to Support Pound - Bloomberg

Analysis: Saudi role in Syria driven by fear of Shi'ite 'full moon' - Reuters

Hezbollah leader's brother killed in Syria clashes - The Times of Israel

Lebanon Clashes: Security Officials Clash With Gunmen Loyal To Hezbollah Critic In Port City Of Sidon - AP

4 Lebanese Shiites Killed In Ambush Near Syria

Hamas to Hizbullah: Leave Syria, Fight Israel - Israel National News

Iraq Moves Troops To Syrian Border - Al-Monitor

Egypt seen to give nod toward jihadis on Syria - Yahoo! News

The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria - Reuters

Private money pours into Syrian conflict as donors pick sides - The Japan Times

Qatar Red Crescent Funds Syrian Rebel Arms - Al Akhbar English

Qatar shares edge down; Syria fears weigh on most markets - Gulf Times

U.A.E. Shares Retreat as Syria Civil War Concern Grips Region - Bloomberg


Full transcript of Assad interview to the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper- SANA

Assad denounces chemical arms claim as ‘lies’ – FAZ : The Voice of Russia

Defected Syrian general will be conduit for U.S. military aid to rebels - The Washington Post

Qaeda-linked militants blow up Shiite hall in Syria - AFP

VIDEO: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham have exploded a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham exploding a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged by rebels in Afrin -YALLA SOURIYA

Is Anyone Counting the Guns in Syria? -

Syrian fighters funded in part by jizya - Money Jihad

In civil war, Syria's Kurds search for place but increasingly clash with Arab rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: FSA Fighters Insulting Kurdish Flag - YouTube


Turkey's Defiant PM Says Police to Get More Power - ABC News

Dozens held in Turkey, silent protester goes viral - Reuters

POLL: Poll shows Erdogan's popularity has taken a hit. Could he lose his mandate? -

POLL: Most Turks Do Not Support Erdogan's Syria Policy - Al-Monitor

Turkish unions march in support of Istanbul protesters -

Anti-Government Protests In Turkey Reach Syrian Border (RADIO) - KGOU

Syrians protest in Damascus backing Turkey demos - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Istanbul: silent standing protest shut down by police -

VIDEO: Mayhem in Istanbul hotel as police target protesters seeking rufuge - CBS News


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U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

  • 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'

By Louise Boyle

Daily Mail, January 29

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.

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War games: An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs last month. It has been now been suggested that the U.S. backed the use of chemical weapons to spur international military intervention

War games: An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs last month. It has been now been suggested that the U.S. backed the use of chemical weapons to spur international military intervention

According to, the December 25 email was sent from Britam's Business Development Director David Goulding to company founder Philip Doughty.

It reads: 'Phil... We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

'We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.

'They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

'Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

'Kind regards, David.'

Britam Defence had not yet returned a request for comment to MailOnline.

The Chemical Weapons Hoax


The Chemical Weapons Hoax


by Stephen Lendman


Greater US intervention in Syria looms. Manufactured threats facilitate doing so. Replacing Assad with puppet leadership is planned. Independent governments aren't tolerated. More on that below.


Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Middle East/North Africa/Central Asian wars. Resource control is prioritized. So is imperial dominance to Russian and Chinese borders.


One-Sided Anti-Syrian Human Rights Council Resolution


One-Sided Anti-Syrian Human Rights Council Resolution


by Stephen Lendman


HRC mocks human rights, It systematically spurns them. It's a de facto US imperial tool. It defiles its own mandate. It does so lawlessly. It does it unapologetically.


HRC was established to strengthen "the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them."

Syria News June 16



Russia questions Syrian chemical weapons evidence as it doesn't meet criteria for reliability, says Assad has no need to use them - Yahoo! News

Chemical weapons experts still skeptical about U.S. claim that Syria used sarin - McClatchy

U.S. missiles, jets to stay in Jordan as Syria crisis rages - Yahoo! News

The Syrian War: Israel and U.S. Coordinating How to Target Assad’s Arsenal -

Kerry: Syria's use of chemical weapons jeopardizes political solution - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

G8 Summit: David Cameron pushes for no-fly zone over Syria - The Independent

Mursi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone - Yahoo! News

Russia says illegal to impose Syria no-fly zone from Jordan - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Zbigniew Brzezinski on Syria: US is engaging in "mass propaganda", "Who's fighting for democracy?" - YouTube


Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons and a no-fly zone, says he could defeat Assad's army within six months -

Getting U.S. weapons to Syria rebels will take weeks -

Syrian troops capture Damascus suburb near airport, days after attack on the facility - Fox News

Al-Qaeda in Iraq rejects Zawahiri ruling on Nusra - AFP

Nusra Militants Kill Young Man Accused of Theft by Amputating Hand, Foot in Syria's Aleppo -

Moscow blasts UNHRC's 'Hezbollah-focused' resolution on Syria - RT Russian politics

Russia says 50 groups in U.S. raise funds for North Caucasus extremists, Some of them are in Syria - Money Jihad

Russian Laurov stresses Syria Kurds should attend in Geneva 2 - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin against the FSA -


Saudi Arabia funding fuels jihadist terror,  Oil earnings spent on spreading a violent and intolerant variety of Islam - Vancouver Sun thru Money Jihad

Qatar: State Sponsor of International Terrorism - Oriental Review thru Money Jihad

Saudi Arabian Shares Drop Most in Two Years on Syria Escalation - Bloomberg

Saudi king flies home early as Syria war intensifies - zeenews

Moderate cleric Rowhani declared new Iran president, says "This is a victory of intelligence, of moderation, of progress... over extremism" - AFP

Turkish riot police storm Istanbul park to end protests after Erdogan ultimatum - Reuters

Mother of Turkish protester killed in Ankara: 'Erdogan must resign' - Telegraph


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Obama Ups the Stake in Syria


Obama Ups the Stakes in Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Obama lied. He's a serial liar. He claims Syria used chemical weapons. His so-called red line was crossed. No verifiable evidence provides proof. Clear facts prove he lied.


Syria's Foreign Ministry called Obama's accusations "a caravan of lies" and "fabrications."


Syria News June 15



U.S. says it has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons, starts arming Syria rebels but still moving warily - Chicago Tribune

Obama move to arm Syrian rebels comes as Assad gains upper hand (VIDEO) - The Washington Post

Russia: U.S. claims of Syrian chemical arms use unconvincing, military support for Assad's opponents undermines the peace talks - Yahoo! News

Syria: US chemical weapons charges 'full of lies', cheap tactics to justify decision to arm the Syrian opposition -

VIDEO: Syria Denies Using Chemical Weapons - YouTube

U.N. leader Ban Ki opposes U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels, says there is no certainty of chemical weapons use without on-the-ground investigation - AP

Text of White House Statement on Chemical Weapons in Syria -

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice: Syria regime used sarin twice in Aleppo - San Jose Mercury News

UK: Al-Qaeda groups in Syria tried to obtain chemical weapons - The Times of Israel

Report: CIA will run US arming of Syrian rebels - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

U.S. aid to Syria rebels likely to include mortars, RPGs: sources - Reuters

Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons -

As the US wants to arm 'nice Syrian rebels' hardware will end up in the hands of al-Qa’ida, says Robert Fisk - The Independent

U.S. studying Syria no-fly zone near Jordan border: diplomats - Yahoo! News

White House: No plans for no-fly zone over Syria for now - Army Times

US sees "downsides" to Syria no-fly zone, Rice says - AFP

US to leave air defense weapons in Jordan along Syrian border — RT USA

Russia Keeps Freeze on S-300 Contract with Syria – Kremlin - RIA Novosti


Syrian troops, rebels clash in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city -

Unspecified US weapons for Syrian rebels, but no intervention in Aleppo - Debkafile

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says to keep fighting in Syria “wherever needed" - Chicago Sun-Times

Syria says UN should condemn massacre in Hatla village - PressTV

Hatla Massacre: Sectarian Beasts Prey on Children, Women, Elderly - Friends of Syria

English Transcripts Of Witnesses Describing The Execution Of A 14-Year-Old For Blasphemy In Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO (Arabic): The father of Muhammad Qatta gives first hand testimony of the murder of his child - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Testimonies of the younger brother of Muhammad Qatta and a passerby by Muhammad's coffe stand - YouTube

7 of 9 key Syrian rebel fighter groups are Islamist -

Egypt Brotherhood backs Syria jihad, denounces Shi'ites - JPost

Thousands of Egypt Islamists rally for Syria jihad - FRANCE 24

Gezi Park protesters win a concession, but Erdogan insists they must still leave - The Independent

Regime Change in Qatar - Foreign Policy

On Syria, OHCHR Didn't See Any Reason to Ask Who Paid for Study Ascribed To It & UN by Reuters - Inner City Press


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Syria: Pros and Cons

Mr. President, if I were a professional con artist paid to give you the pros and cons on engaging in a war in Syria, here's what they would be:

As you know, former president Clinton, probably understood by many to also be speaking on behalf of his wife, has called you a wuss.  Virtually nobody remembers or cares that you said "I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place."  The majority of Americans, exercising that mindset, want you to get us into a new war in the first place if the alternative is having a wuss in the White House.  I don't have a poll on that, but trust me.

This is not contradicted by public opposition to U.S. engagement in the war in Syria (as seen in the polls).  If U.S. casualties are minimized and if the financial cost can come out of the base DOD budget -- at least at first -- then the political cost is negligible while the political gain is enormous.  Unless you drag this out.  The military budget is being increased right now, and in violation of the sequester, and nobody gives a rat's ass.  They think it means jobs and non-wussiness.  Unless you drag it out.

With regard to claims of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, the best approach is to claim certainty, and to insist on the necessity of secrecy for the evidence.  You've had a great deal of success with this approach on drone kills, NSA programs, etc.  Let the conversation focus on a demand for the evidence.  This allows you to talk about the scary dangers requiring secrecy, and to question whether your opponents have the appropriate level of patriotic barbarism. 

Meanwhile, everyone has completely forgotten that both sides in Syria are using hideous weaponry and committing horrible atrocities, while we're only aiding one side rather than both.  Nobody, in this framework, will be capable of thinking about the internationally condemned weapons we deploy, or wondering whether killing Syrians to prevent Syrians from being killed by the wrong kind of weapons even makes sense in our humanitarian (wink wink) scenario.  Much less will the legality or morality of using war to prevent war be questioned or even be questionable.  Keep the focus on the extensive evidence of chemical weapons use by Assad, one of the few individuals in the world -- we should say constantly -- evil enough to do such a thing.  Stop mentioning Syria at all.  Always refer to Assad.

Key also is swiftness.  Get this battle started!  Get progress and movement toward victory underway immediately.  If possible get a very small number of Americans killed, and killed by Assad.  Remember that the resistance to the 2003 invasion of Iraq shriveled away once the invasion happened, and that the same sort of resistance is not even here now for you.  Your image is firmly established as a non-killer.  Your telling the New York Times about your kill list terror-Tuesday meetings did nothing to change that.  Your bin-Laden announcement did nothing to change that.  The danger for you is not Texan sadist.  The danger for you is Wuss.

The secondary danger is drawing the thing out.  You've been able to escalate and prolong the war on Afghanistan for five years only because you've labeled it your predecessor's war.  The House just voted that you only get another year-and-a-half there unless they vote again.  I know, I know, it's cute how they think we give a shit what they vote for.  But Syria is not Bush's war.  If you drag it out you'll be in trouble.  And here's why you might: The people of Syria are largely against the rebels and will be even more strongly against the United States or NATO.  There won't even be a momentary flowers-and-chocolate welcome.  Both sides are heavily armed already, and the more popular side is winning.  You're proposing to fight on the less popular side in support of overthrowing a more popular government in exchange for a government that could end up opposed to Iran, but which will also be opposed to the United States, not to mention its opposition to restraint in mutilating and murdering blasphemers.  There will be a temptation to try to fix and control what is guaranteed to be broken and uncontrollable.  And that's if the whole thing doesn't expand internationally into a broader war involving several nations and costing you practically as much as Wussihood.

So, what you need is swiftness and overwhelming strength, devastation sufficient to shock and awe the Syrians as it were.  And then get the hell out of there and leave those people to their catastrophe.  That would be my advice.  You don't need, and the weapons makers and contractors who will show you their gratitude don't need, a lengthy war in order to profit.  You need an example of a successful war that can be held up as potentially needed again.  Because, of course -- while you must absolutely not say this yet -- this is what will get you into Iran.  And Iran is where the real men go, Mr. President.

You need to clamp down on Senator McCain and all other voices connecting Syria to Iran.  The two need to be separate and happen sequentially.  You need to control the media by continuing to beat the existing sticks of intimidation, while offering some carrots as well.  Do they want to break the story of the chemical weapons evidence? Do they? Do they? Then they need to watch what they say.  This can be a win-win for everyone involved, Mr. President.  The footage of the bombing of Syrian air defense batteries in urban centers will be stunning.  It should come before the Fourth of July. 

Footage from the ground in those cities, however, should be banned under the threat of indictment for aiding the enemy.  This is important.  Syria is not Libya.  A lot more people are going to die, and we do not want those images except in one key case.  We want the death of Assad on every television.  And we want it from a bomb, not a night raid.  We want to justify the killing of tens of thousands through the killing of someone so demonized that his killing justifies all killing.  At that point, you can forget anyone caring about the fate of Syria.  Just look at Iraq.  It's worse off right now than Syria is, and I can count on one hand the number of Americans who give a damn.

Courage, Mr. President!  Don't be a wuss!

Syria: Why Is the Nonviolent Opposition Being Ignored?

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The New York Times reports an anonymous leak from the government: "The Obama administration, concluding that the troops of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in his country’s civil war, has decided to begin supplying the rebels for the first time with small arms and ammunition, according to American officials."

JAMES PAUL, Author of Syria Unmasked, until recently Paul was executive director of Global Policy Forum, a thinktank that monitors the UN, for 19 years.

    He said today: "'Our' rebels are losing the war in Syria, in spite of billions of dollars and huge arms transfers from the Saudis and Qatar, aided by the Turks, the U.S. and the Europeans. So now the White House warriors are about to send U.S. arms too. But the shifting tide of the conflict is not about Hezbollah forces and it’s not about arms either (the Gulf oil monarchs have not stopped providing them, nor have the Iranians and the Russians shown restraint). There are plenty enough killing devices on both sides. The shifting tide of the conflict reflects the diminishing support for the rebels inside the country. In a diverse, multi-ethnic society, there is waning enthusiasm and growing opposition to victory by the Sunni fundamentalists and their Saudi friends. Syrians don’t want Washington and the West in charge either, or the Turks and the Qataris. So deep opposition to the dictatorship is proving less salient than the horror of what might replace it if the rebels win. Fortunately, there is a third force that can come to the fore now.

    "But the New York Times and all the media are in a chorus of propaganda favoring arms to the rebels and a vision of a two-sided conflict. Day after day, articles that aim in this direction, pumped into the press from the usual sources in Washington, including but not limited to the pro-Israel lobby. The progressive press has had little original to say." Paul adds, regularly ignoring "the non-violent, non-sectarian democrats in Syria and their achievements." 

    "The humanitarian interventionists and the democratic imperialists in the U.S. are ready to fight another war and utterly ignore the possibility of a negotiation involving the real democrats. When are the people in the U.S. and even the 'progressives' going to inform themselves and stand up to say 'no?'"

See Syrian opposition leader Haytham Manna's recent piece in the Guardian: "Syrians Can be Reconciled -- Through Negotiation, not Violence." 

Video: "The Realities of the Syrian conflict: Carla del Ponte" with a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

Syria: Questions of Life and Death Remain Unanswered

In recent weeks I continued to try to get some answers related to an attack on the Syrian-Turkish border that led to the deployment of Patriot missile systems to Turkey. Here’s the report of my odyssey involving the US Pentagon, the General Staff of the Turkish Army, and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.
By Lars Schall
At the end of the article “False flag conspiracy of Assad opponents?,“ which I've published together with Middle East expert Prof Guenter Meyer from the University of Mainz on May 11, 2013 about alleged false-flag activities undertaken by the opponents of the Syrian government (see here), I mentioned an e-mail request that I sent to the Headquarter of NATO in Brussels. I had a very specific problem with respect to a report in the semi-official Austrian military magazine, which suggested that the mortar grenade attack that has been conducted on the Syrien-Turkish border in October 2012 was a staged event. Literary, the journal wrote in its Issue No. 1/2013, January 18, 2013:
“Turkey: The mortar grenade from Syria, that killed five Turks, came clearly from NATO stocks. It seems as if NATO member Turkey supported the Syrian rebels with arms. However, these supplies would have needed to be coordinated with other NATO countries.“

Stop Western Intervention in Syria

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Tomorrow: demonstrate against US sending arms to Syria

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Saturday 15 June 2013 1pm

Earlier today the US approved sending arms to Syrian rebel groups, a policy that has been pushed by Britain and France for months and one that threatens to escalate violence in Syria.

The possibility of a no fly zone - the prelude to the horrific bombing campaign carried about by Britain and France in Libya - now looks more likely as the West seeks to intensify an already difficult conflict with devastating humanitarian consequences.

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Obama to step up military support of Syrian rebels

By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against opposition forces trying to overthrow him.

Obama has repeatedly said the use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line" triggering greater American intervention in the two-year crisis.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the strongest proponents of U.S. military action in Syria, said he was told Thursday that Obama had decided to "provide arms to the rebels," a decision confirmed by three U.S. officials. The officials cautioned that no decisions had been made on the specific type of weaponry or when it would reach the Syrian rebels, who are under increasing assault from Assad's forces.

Syria News June 13



Rebels fighters in Syria attack a village killing dozens of Shiites - CBS News

Syria Islamists celebrate Shiite deaths, videos show - AFP

VIDEO (English subtitles): Syria Islamists celebrate Shiite deaths - Liveleaks

More details of an alleged massacre of Christians by rebels in Homs last month - Syria Report

Al Manar TV: Over 6000 foreign militants killed in Syria, A detailed list by foreign country-

Syria: The Insurgency's New Weapons - M of A

Syria Kurds need unity against FSA: KNC official tells Kurdpress - Kurdpress News Aganecy

New Agreement Arab Tribes & Kurds in Tall Tamr, Syria - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft

United for reconciliation with Muslims, Christians return to al-Qusair - Asia News

Analysis: Zawahiri’s Letter to al Qaeda Branches in Syria, Iraq - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Officials: Top Obama aides split on arming rebels as they gather at White House to talk Syria - The Washington Post

U.S. approves waivers to aid opposition-controlled areas of Syria - KUNA

Sanctions Eased for Syrian Opposition - US State Department

Putin talks NSA, Syria, Iran, drones in RT interview (FULL VIDEO) — RT News

Syrian forces'' advance must be stopped before Aleppo -- French FM Fabius - KUNA

France, Saudi Arabia Increase Syria Coordination Post-Qusair - Al-Monitor

Signs Labour could break ranks on Hague's Syria mission -

Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese town, two wounded - Reuters

General Command of Syrian Army and Armed Forces: Syrian Helicopter Targeted Terrorist Groups Fleeing into Lebanese Territories - SANA

Austria begins pullout from tense Golan Heights - DW.DE 

Iran gets 'verbal invitation' to Syria conference: report - Yahoo! News

Turkey's ruling party considering referendum on park redevelopment plans that sparked protests - Fox News


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