23-05-13

The Military and Political Aspects of Euro-Atlantic Security

Russian Military Intelligence.Gen. Igor Sergun.jpgRussian Military Intelligence Chief Warns of Increased Numbers of Terrorists from Europe Fighting in Syria  

 

 

May 23, 2013
 

Director of Russian Military Intelligence, Gen. Igor Sergun, warned against the dangers of the increasing number of terrorists who are fighting within the ranks of the armed opposition in Syria coming from Europe.

Sergun's warning came in his speech addressed to an international conference held Thursday in Moscow on "the Military and Political Aspects of Euro-Atlantic Security".

He cautioned that those terrorists "would come back to their countries having acquired a combat experience and would be able to use their experience in the European continent."

He pointed out that "The extremist groups in Syria risk the collapse of the state by continuing to impose their conditions in the issue of creating the state's regime."

He considered that those acts by the extremist groups indicate more chaos and risk the collapse of the state and increasing the number of the displaced in the neighboring countries.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/23/483801.htm

Brussels: Syrian 'crisis' - EU - Russian Diplomat

Russia.Russian Diplomatic Mission to the European Union.Vladimir Chizhov.jpgRussian Diplomat: EU Discussions on lifting Arms Embargo on 'Syrian Opposition" Inappropriate 

May 23, 2013

The Head of the Russian Diplomatic Mission to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, stressed that talks on lifting arms embargo on "the Syrian opposition" is inappropriate at present time in light of the Russian-US initiative that calls for an international conference on Syria.

Chizhov told journalists in Moscow Thursday " the EU Council for Foreign Affairs should look into this issue on the 27th of the current month."

"According to our estimations, the majority of the EU states reject the abolishment of arms embargo," the Russian official said, adding that cancelling weapon prevention to one side only in view of the circumstances of the continuous crisis in Syria is a dangerous move.

"Sending more weapons to such places will never contribute to bringing peace," Chizhov said, pointing out that the "Syrian opposition" is a contradictory combination of different backgrounds.

He said that the "extremist groups control "the armed opposition," adding when they talk that weapons will not go to extremists, it seems very dangerous, as Russia will not accept such a stance.

The Russian official added that the EU has its particular systematic instructions on acting with regard to arms trade and military technology adopted in 1998 and was modified in 2008, clarifying that they stipulate for not sending weapons to areas of conflict where it may be used in the context of human rights violations.

He referred that the Syrian crisis will be one of the central issues to be tackled by the EU Summit due to be held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on 3rd and 4th of June.

Chizhov said that the EU will normally participate in Geneva meeting, as it participated in the last meeting, a matter that will not hinder the member states, particularly those permanent in the UN Security Council from participating in this meeting.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/23/483733.htm

21-05-13

The ‘operational freedom of the Israel Air Force’ to bomb Syria (2)

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May 15, 2013

Netanyahu to Putin: ‘Your missile sales to Assad could trigger war’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Moscow’s sale of a sophisticated missile defense system to President Bashar Assad ‘could push the Middle East into war’.

Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin for emergency talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, told the Russian president that the S-300 ‘had no relevance to Assad’s civil-war battles against rebel groups, and urged Moscow not to deliver the systems’, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday night.

Lavrov said the weapons were to help Syria defend itself against air attacks.

At a brief joint press conference, the Russian president said that the only way to resolve the crisis was via “the soonest end to armed conflict and the beginning of political settlement.”

Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-to-putin-your-miss...

The 'operational freedom of the Israel Air Force' to bomb Syria (1)

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November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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Is Israel responsible for terrorist attacks in Syria ?

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May 21, 2013

A Syrian terrorist seriously injured in fighting across the border was treated in the Ziv hospital in northern Israel. Israel Radio said the man had been brought initially to an IDF field hospital by Israeli soldiers. It did not explain how Israeli forces reached the injured man.

Photo: February 21, 2013 - terrorist attack in Syria

 

Israel's war with Syria

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‘US, Turkey, Israel made strategic errors on assessments of Syria situation’

May 21, 2013

An Israeli website has said in an article that the US, Turkey, and Israel had made "strategic errors" on their assessments of the situation in Syria.



Mossad-connected DEBKAfile wrote that "Strategic errors, which may turn out to be irreversible, because they emanated from faulty assessments shared by Israel and the Obama administration of the strengths on the Syrian battlefield."

"To this day, the US, Israel and Turkey cling to the belief that Assad's days are numbered and refuse to recognize the steady advances made by the Syrian army in its counter-offensive for dislodging the rebels from land they captured in more than two years of combat," the article said.


DEBKAfile added that "the next stage of the Syrian war" would "evolve into a war of attrition against Israel waged from the Syrian Golan."

"At all events, the Syrian civil conflict appears poised ready to spill over to one or more of its neighbors, starting with Israel," it warned.

The article also acknowledged that the US and Israel had failed "to break up the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah alliance."

The report came as Tel Aviv has recently boosted military activities in the occupied Golan Heights, where clashes between Syrian forces and foreign-sponsored militants have spiked dramatically in recent weeks.

The Israeli military also has carried out three airstrikes against Syria so far this year.

This is while, the Syrian army is advancing on the foreign-militants in several battlefields across Syria.

The army has restored security in al-Qusayr in the central province of Homs, after taking back control of 50 percent of the city from foreign-backed militants.

Fierce battles are still going on in the city as the Syrian army continues its operations there, while large numbers of militants abandon their weapons and flee the city.

The Syrian army entered the strategic city from every front on Sunday following weeks of battle.

The Syrian army says it has also found Israeli-made rockets in a weapons cache seized from militants in Homs province.

Unrest erupted in Syria over two years ago. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos in the country is being orchestrated from outside, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on May 18 that militants from 29 different countries were fighting against the government in different parts of the country.

DB/HN

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/21/304603/us-turkey-...

Photo:The Israeli military has carried out three airstrikes against Syria so far this year.

Israel's war with Syria

Netanyahu looks into Syria from the Golan Heights in January 2013.jpgGeneral Command : Army Units Destroyed Israeli Vehicle Crossed Cease-Fire Line

May 21, 2013

DAMASCUS, SANA - General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that our armed forces destroyed an Israeli vehicle entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line towards the village of Bir Ajam.

"The village is located in the liberated area of Syrian territories where there are armed terrorist groups, " the General Command said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"Following that, the Israeli enemy fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of our sites in al-Zubaydiah village; no casualties reported, " the statement said.

It added that the aggression aims at raising the terrorist groups' collapsed moral due to the painful blows they received at the hands of our armed forces in more than one place, especially in al-Qsier area.

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that the blatant aggression confirms again the involvement of the Zionist entity in the ongoing events in Syria and the direct coordination with the armed terrorist gangs.

The statement stressed that any breach or an attempt to violate the state sovereignty will be responded.

It stressed that whoever thinks that he is able to test our strength, alert and readiness to maintain our dignity and sovereignty is mistaken.

Ghossoun / http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/21/483331.htm

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Nov. 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484


Syrian Army: News from the Syrian News Agency Sana

Syrian.army.21.5.13.2.jpgTerrorists Killed in Large Numbers, Infiltration Attempt Foiled in Homs

May 21, 2013
 

PROVINCES, (SANA) - Units of the armed forces on Tuesday continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in the farms surrounding al-Wa'ar area in Homs, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the army discovered a field hospital and seized a big amount of medicine and medical equipment which were stolen from the public and private hospitals in Homs.

In al-Qseir, SANA reporter said that the army destroyed many terrorists' tunnels in the central and northern area of the city, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weaponry and equipment.

Among the killed terrorists were Abdul-Wareth Ismael, Ibrahim Harba, Bilal Qarqwaz, Mohammad Ammar, Hilal Darweesh and Ammar al-Iter, terrorist Suhayb Khaled Ismael, a most dangerous terrorist, was seriously injured.

Dozens of explosive devices that were planted by terrorists in the houses and public institutions and on the roads were dismantled.

Units of the armed forces continued pursuing terrorists in the northern and southern areas in the city after the army restored security and safety to the eastern area, the stadium, parts of the western area and the area surrounding the municipality, the cultural center, the Church and the municipality roundabout and to al-Ghaita area.

Terrorists Infiltration Attempt from Lebanon Foiled

In another context, units of the armed forces foiled armed terrorist groups' infiltration attempts from Lebanon into Syria across several sites in al-Qseir countryside, inflecting heavy losses upon them.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the armed forces confronted armed terrorist groups tried to infiltrate from Lebanon across al-Sarhanieh, Hit and Bwiet to the Northern neighborhood in al-Qseir city, killing scores of terrorists, injuring others and destroying their vehicles.

Army Destroys Terrorists' Gatherings in Sirmin, Idleb Countryside

Units of the armed forces destroyed, in a qualitative operation, terrorists' gatherings in Sirmin city in Idleb countryside with all the weapons and ammunition inside them.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that the operation resulted in destroying a warehouse for the terrorists' weapons, ammunitions and vehicles, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others.

The source added that the engineering units dismantled 3 explosive devices planted by terrorists near the Youth Camp, each one weighs 100 kg linked with a remote control device. The units also dismantled 2 anti-personnel landmines.

Jabhat-al-Nusra-Linked Terrorists Eliminated in Daraa

In Daraa countryside, an official source said that units of the armed forces carried out a qualitative operation against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists' hideouts in Busr al-Harir town.

The operation resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and vehicles.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/21/483379.htm

16-05-13

NATO: 'We deal in lead'

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We Deal In Lead Friend: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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US President Barack Obama (L) walks alongside NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R), with other heads of state and government, as they arrive for the official family photo at Soldier Field in Chicago during the NATO 2012 Summit on May 20, 2012.

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The NATO leaders gather for a group photo during the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012.

 

 

15-05-13

Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons

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Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Der Spiegel magazine reports that photographs have proven that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2010, 1:08 AM / Last Update: 8/13/2010, 

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told Der Spiegel: "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland  occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: "We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

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Obama meets Erdogan: Peaceful...

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The White House website released a photo of Obama with his right hand on a baseball bat as he talked on the phone with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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Opposition slams Turkish government over Patriot missiles…

Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party over the deployment of Patriot missiles along the country’s border with Syria.

During a Sunday parliamentary session at which the country’s budget plan for 2013 was to be discussed, a heated debate on foreign policy broke out between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Osman Koruturk, English-language newspaperToday’s Zaman reported.

“Turkey had never lost so much dignity in the eyes of its neighbors [as it has today],” Koruturk said.

He noted that Ankara maintained good relations with Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus in the past, and even mediated negotiations between Damascus and Tel Aviv over the Golan Heights.

“Today, we are at daggers drawn with all these,” Koruturk added.

The CHP deputy leader also criticized Turkey’s relations with NATO, stressing that Turkey is far from playing an active role in the Western military contingent.

“It looks as though major NATO members are directing Turkey through the alliance,” Koruturk said.

He highlighted that Syria is being used as an excuse for the deployment of Patriot missiles, and said the real aim for such a deployment is to protect the radar in the Kurecik district of Malatya province, which reportedly protects Israel.

NATO has approved of Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in its territory.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed orders to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/17/278505/turkey-opposition-slams-patriot-missiles/

14-05-13

Congo to create city in honor of Patrice Lumumba

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KINSHASA, Congo -- The Congolese government is naming a town after Patrice Lumumba, the country's first prime minister whose assassination more than 50 years ago made him a liberation symbol worldwide.

The new city in central Congo, named Lumumbaville, will be made of several existing communities in the Kassai-Oriental province and will be more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from the capital.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Tuesday that Lumumbaville will "honor the memory of a great Congolese statesman."

Lumumba was elected prime minister when Belgium granted independence to Congo in 1960 after almost a century of colonial rule.

The responsibility for Lumumba's 1961 death remains a mystery. Lumumba's son, Laurent, welcomed the creation of a town in his father's honor but called on the government to conclusively determine who assassinated him.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/14/3396894/congo-to-create-city-in-honor.html

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