(The Guardian) – The EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions to aid the opposition has accelerated a scramble for control over wells and pipelines in rebel-held areas and helped consolidate the grip of jihadist groups over the country’s key resources.
Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated with al-Qaida and other extreme Islamist groups, control the majority of [...]
(Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday it regarded the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war as a “red line”, echoing major adversary the United States but saying Syrian rebels were the main culprit and not the Damascus government.
(WaPo) – Two senior Israeli military officials asserted Tuesday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have deployed chemical weapons that killed dozens of rebel fighters and civilians, saying their evidence — including photographs of victims foaming at the mouth — made them “very close to 100 percent sure.”
Color me skeptical of Israeli’s [...]
Given that it appears that the greater blogosphere has finally woken up to the impending deployment of an element of US 1st Armoured Division Headquarters to Jordan, I figured it might be germane to offer a some general thoughts on what appears to be developing. Let’s see if this maybe helps keep the impending Internet [...]
(RT) – Syria’s president has disavowed all rumors of being in hiding somewhere in Iran or aboard a Russian battleship. In an interview to Turkish TV, Bashar Assad accused the Turkish government of being “knee-deep in Syrian blood.”
“I am in Syria living in the same place I always did. I am not hiding in [...]
(AFP) – A massive suicide car bomb ripped through the heart of Damascus on Monday, killing at least 15 people and littering a central street with dead bodies and the carcasses of charred cars.
** UK: – British troops recount human rights abuses at US detention facility in Iraq, British soldiers and airmen tell of prisoners brought in by SAS and SBS snatch squads being hooded and given electric shocks ** US: Judge rules Stockton, Calif., to enter bankruptcy, A judge accepted the California city of Stockton’s bankruptcy application [...]
(Reuters) – The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group declared a “formal and clear ceasefire” with Turkey on Saturday after the rebels’ jailed leader ordered an end to the decades-long armed campaign for autonomy.
(Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters on Thursday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, riven the country and battered its economy.
AFP – Syria’s opposition coalition met in Istanbul to choose its first prime minister on Monday, as Syrian warplanes bombed northern Lebanon for the first time in what Washington labelled “a significant escalation” of the conflict.
A former Syrian agriculture minister, an economist and a communications executive lead the race to head a rebel government [...]
(LATimes) – not sure what the purpose of this article is, other than war game contingency planning or scare tactics.
** EU says official from its Syria delegation killed in Damascus ~ Reuters ** Syrian regime losing grip on border with Iraq as militants step up attacks ~ CNN ** Syria’s Children: A lost generation? ~ UNICEF(PDF) ** Syria denies mass conscription, says military remains strong ~ LATimes ** Above story in response to stories [...]
New York Times, By Nick Cumming-Bruce, March 6
Geneva — The relentless exodus of Syrians fleeing two years of increasingly violent conflict pushed the number of refugees in neighboring countries passed the million mark on Wednesday, the United Nations Refugee agency said, warning that resources for helping them are dangerously thin.
The total number [...]
New York Times, By Duraid Adnan & Rick Gladstone, March 4
Baghdad, Iraq — More than 40 Syrian soldiers who had sought temporary safety in Iraq from rebel fighters along the border were killed on Monday in an attack by unidentified gunmen as the Iraqi military was transporting the soldiers back to Syria in a [...]
BBC, March 3
Britain cannot rule out providing arms to the Syrian opposition in the future, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
The situation in Syria now is “too dangerous to the peace and security of that entire region, and thereby to the world, to ignore it”, he said.
His words come after Syrian President Bashar [...]