Syrian refugees – when will war end for them?UNHRC
Will there be any ‘good’ Syrian rebels left to provide credible representation at the January United States – Russia sponsored Geneva II peace conference?
The U.S. favored rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), experienced major setbacks in December. On the first, the Syrian Arab Army killed a key FSA commander in Daraa Province in southern Syria. On the eighth, “the top Western-backed rebel commander in Syria,” General Salim Idris, head of the FSA, fled Syria after an Al Qaeda aligned rebel faction took over FSA weapons warehouses north of Aleppo near the Syria-Turkey border. On December 15, an Al Qaeda affiliated rebel group killed another FSA regional commander in a town near Aleppo.
General Idris ended up in Doha, Qatar. The United States is urging him to return to his command in Syria. Read More
In a major change in policy, Egypt now supports of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The shift in policy reflects the Egyptian military’s characterization of the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood protesters as terrorists and the close alignment of the deposed Morsi government and its Muslim Brotherhood supporters with the Syrian rebel cause.
Policies shifted after the June 30 revolution during which Mohamed Morsi was ousted as president. The army chief who removed the Muslim Brotherhood aligned Morsi, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, stopped the recruitment and transport of Egyptian citizens to fight for the Syrian rebel cause. The new Egyptian government quickly restored diplomatic relations with Syria which were severed under Morsi.
Imagine that. The wonderful, freedom fighters serving NATO-Gulf state interests by destroying Syria have a dark side. They captured Syrian troops then executed them. They are terrorists, dumb ones at that since the video is their undoing.
The UN high commissioner for human rights has called for an investigation into allegations that Syrian rebels executed dozens of government soldiers captured after a battle near Aleppo.
Navi Pillay said that images of the killings in Khan al-Assal in July were deeply shocking, and highlighted yet again the need to ensure those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law on all sides are made to account for their crimes. Guardian 8/3
The Obama administration is reluctantly upping its involvement in the Syrian civil war. Though the White House offers few details, reports indicate that American personnel will arm and train teams of rebel fighters on Jordanian territory, then send them across the border to fight the Assad government.
This is unlikely to bring a rapid turn of events in the war. The Syrian army is on the move and rebel forces are in disarray. The new US directives will nonetheless present problems for Assad, though they may also pose problems for the US – eminently foreseeable ones.
Units deploying from Jordan into Syria will, it is hoped, constitute a second front of sorts, which will take pressure off beleaguered Free Syrian Army and al Nusra Front forces in the north and east. They will likely try to solidify rebel control over the city of Daraa and the surrounding province, which was an early site of protest and armed rebellion, and which is presently embattled. Read More
They used to behead them. Now, Saudi Arabia sends their murderers to fight with Syrian rebels. Image.
From our “foreign correspondent,” Al Akbar-English in Beirut, Lebanon, we hear this:
“A memo leaked in January revealed that Saudi Arabia was … sending death row inmates to fight jihad in Syria.” Al Akahbar, June 20 2013
And more from the same article:
“At least 18 Lebanese citizens have been expelled from Qatar, a government source in Beirut told AFP Thursday, after the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to act against members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.”
The GCC is getting desperate regarding Syria. What looked like a done deal when Hillary Clinton was globe trotting out her histrionic demands that Syria’s elected president leave the country has turned into a not-so-sure thing.
A chronicle of the spectacular incompetence of those who purport to lead us
The invasion of Syria – Preplanned?
I don’t know but some interesting evidence surfaced this week that supports a serious look. Roland Dumas, French Foreign Minister under Mitterrand, made some disturbing statements on French television. He said that the British were preparing an invasion of Syria two years before the start of the conflict in 2011. In the video below, Dumas describes his meetings with the British.
This is a much-delayed sequel to the famous first hand report by Wesley Clark about his conversations in the Pentagon just after 9/11. Clark was informed of a plan “to take out seven countries in five years.” One of those countries was Syria.
By Anas Zarza Al-Akahbar-English Posted by Michael Collins Remember all those articles over the last few months – Syria to fall soon; what will post-Assad Syria look like? Soon, we were lead to believe, the demands of Former Secretary of State (and neo-colonialism) Hillary Clinton would come true. When didn’t she say – “Assad must go!” Ironically, Assad is still around and Clinton is gone. That’s one big step for mankind and an even bigger step backwards for the Syrian rebels, particularly the very Al Qaeda fighters operating under the name Al Nusra. They fight and win but rely on direct or indirectfunding, weapons, and technical assistance from NATO and the Gulf plutocrats. In fact, we now know that Ms. Clinton and the disgraced General Petraeus were pushing for the United States to openly arm the rebels. Cooler heads prevailed. Weapons and other items were stalled. Assad’s military made some changes. And now, voila!, the Syrian Arab Army is defending the capital.
Was any of this dreadful, deadly conflict worth it? — Michael Collins
The armed Syrian opposition declared yet another “zero hour” to take Damascus on Wednesday. By nightfall, however, the army managed to restore order in the capital and widen its offensive against the rebels in the countryside. (Image: Syrian Army, Damascus, SANA) Read More