Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.
UPI, By Ed Adamczyk, April 17
Amman – In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.
The State Department on Tuesday announced the official closing of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and said that Syrian diplomats there and in consulates elsewhere in the United States must leave by the end of this month.
Daniel Rubinstein, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Syria, tied the decision to this week’s three-year [...]
A no-fly zone is an act of war http://t.co/IvQHKWzLcA
— Patrick Lang (@pat_lang) February 21, 2014
Pretty soon we can add Syria to a long list of countries destroyed by the American inability to mind its own fucking business, especially when it has no vital national interests at stake. And yes, I am quite [...]
Syrian Arab Army troops celebrate recent victory (liveleak.com)
The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr. The hotly contested battles rage in [...]
(Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with Iran’s foreign minister that Saudi Arabia’s political and religious ideology is “a threat to the world,” state television reported.
He was referring to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim tradition which is predominant in Saudi Arabia, a key backer [...]
Turkey’s President Gul is making a bold move to calm the political chaos in Turkey. Will he succeed or will the paranoid Prime Minister Recep Erdogan decide that Gul’s efforts are part of the conspiracy to remove Erdogan from power? (Image: Turkish Presidential Seal)
Since December 17, scores of Erdogan cronies have been arrested for [...]
James Joyce began Finnegans Wake with this passage:
“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s from swerve of shore to bend of bay bring us back by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howrth Castle and Environs.”
Those sturdy enough to navigate the hallucinogenic, recursive, rhythmic prose to the very last page [...]
The only plausible scenario that fits the evidence is an attack by opposition forces. Following is a description of the main findings, with each one linked to the evidence that backs it. Who Attacked Ghouta blog, Nov 1
The New York Time article casting doubt on the blame Syria interpretation of the chemical weapons [...]
New York Times, By C. J. Chivers, December 28
A new analysis of rockets linked to the nerve-agent attack on Damascus, Syria, in August has concluded that the rockets were most likely fired by multiple launchers and had a range of about three kilometers, according to the two authors of the analysis.
The authors said [...]
Aleppo’s bloodiest week By Edward Dark, Al Monitor
ALEPPO, Syria — Aleppo has seen its bloodiest week since the Syrian conflict began more than 32 months ago. I’d even venture to say it’s the bloodiest in its entire recent history, a grotesque carnival of mayhem, death and carnage, perpetrated against the hapless and helpless citizens [...]
PM Cameron must answer for his role in Syrian deaths Image
British Prime Minister David Cameron called for answers from the Syrian government for the death of a British doctor in a Syrian jail. In a letter to the doctor’s mother, the PM said: “Abbas’ death is a sickening and appalling tragedy and it [...]
Syria is a swirling cauldron of battles and tragedies as the thirty-day countdown begins for the January 22, 2013 United States-Russia sponsored peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (Image)
Syrian government sources reported between 80 and 100 killed in Adra, an industrial town northwest of Damascus. Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra rebels and the Saudi sponsored [...]
Survivor – President Bashar al-Assad, Syria
Reuters just broke an exclusive indicating that the U.S. and NATO powers expect Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to continue as president. Portions of the exclusive are quoted below with comment in italics.
Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Dec 18
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 [...]
Seymour Hersh, investigative journalist – Montersino
Evaluations of Seymour Hersh’s article, Whose sarin? should begin with that question. A yes answer lays the foundation for receptivity to Hersh’s claim that the Obama administration lied when it claimed with a high degree of certainty that the Syrian government committed the attack on its [...]