22-10-13

Belgium is responsible for terrorism in Syria

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19 October, 2013

Belgian arrested on suspicion of terrorist acts in Syria

An 18-year-old Belgian man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of carrying out terrorist acts, after spending eight months in Syria, according to state prosecutors cited by the Belga news agency.

The man, identified as Jejoen Bontinck, is suspected of having gone to Syria at the behest of Fouad Belkacem, the former spokesman of Sharia4Belgium, an internet group promoting the introduction of Islamic law to Belgium.

Bontinck has denied this, however, telling various media outlets that he went to Syria for humanitarian reasons and worked as a driver for medical workers.

Police arrested Bontinck at his mother's house in Antwerp, and questioned him for several hours.

He had left for Syria on February 22, according to Belga. He is suspected of having fought with Islamist rebels opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Bontinck's father reportedly travelled twice to Syria to bring his son home, to no avail.

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Photo: The picture was placed yesterday on Islamic Site: 'Belgian New Weapens in hands of Americanized Mujaheeds from the Al nusra Brigade'

13-10-13

Latest News Syria: "democratization" of Iraq

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As a reminder:

'The Bush administration then turned its attention to Iraq, and argued the need to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq had become urgent. Among the stated reasons were that Saddam's regime had tried to acquire nuclear material and had not properly accounted for biological and chemical material it was known to have previously possessed, and believed to still maintain. Both the possession of these weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the failure to account for them, would violate the U.N. sanctions. The assertion about WMD was hotly advanced by the Bush administration from the beginning, but other major powers including China, France, Germany, and Russia remained unconvinced that Iraq was a threat and refused to allow passage of a UN Security Council resolution to authorize the use of force.  Iraq permitted UN weapon inspectors in November 2002, who were continuing their work to assess the WMD claim when the Bush administration decided to proceed with war without UN authorization and told the inspectors to leave the country.  The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, along with a "coalition of the willing" that consisted of additional troops from the United Kingdom, and to a lesser extent, from Australia and Poland. Within about three weeks, the invasion caused the collapse of both the Iraqi government and its armed forces, however, the U.S. and allied forces failed to find any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. Traces of former materials and weapons labs were reported to have been located, but no "smoking guns". Nevertheless, on May 1, George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, where he gave a speech announcing the end of "major combat operations" in the Iraq war. Bush's approval rating in May was at 66%, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll.  However, Bush's high approval ratings did not last. First, while the war itself was popular in the U.S., the reconstruction and attempted "democratization" of Iraq lost some support as months passed and casualty figures increased, with no decrease in violence nor progress toward stability or reconstruction. Second, as investigators combed through the country, they failed to find the predicted WMD stockpiles, which led to debate over the rationale for the war.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2004

Latest News Syria: Army continues pursuing terrorists

Oct 13, 2013 - Provinces, (SANA)

The Syrian army on Sunday continued operations of pursuing the remnants of the armed terrorist groups in a number of cities, killing scores, injuring many others and destroying their criminal tools.

Army units  eliminate terrorists in Idleb

Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

An official source told SANA that the army units killed and injured many terrorists to the south of Om Jren town in Idleb countryside.

The source added that an army unit targeted a terrorists' gatherings in al-Za'laneh village in Maaret al-Nouman countryside, killing  all terrorists inside it, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment.

Terrorists including non-Syrians eliminated in Damascus countryside

In Damascus countryside, a military source told SANA reporter that the army units targeted terrorists' gatherings in al-Saqi area in an-Nabek, al-Nasiriyah , Yabrood, western Jroud of Maloula , eastern Jairoud.

The source added that terrorist Nazeeh Ayman al-Houz , the responsible for a number of terrorist bombings took place in an-Nabek was killed.

A large number of terrorists were killed, most of them are non-Syrians, as their vehicles and equipment were destroyed.

Meanwhile, other army units destroyed terrorists' dens  and gatherings in Adra and al-Nabik cities and to the east of Deir Atyyeh, killing and injuring many terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment.

Army units destroy terrorists' tunnel, kill many of them in Deir Ezzor

Units  of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists' tunnel used to transport weapons and ammunition  and a warehouse full of weapons, in addition to killing and injuring several terrorists in Deir Ezzor and its countryside.

An official source told SANA that the army units destroyed a terrorists' tunnel used for transporting  weapons and ammunition, killing all terrorists inside it in al-Arfi neighborhood, in addition to destroying a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition.

Another army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Haweiqa neighborhood, killing and injuring many terrorists.

The source added that another army unit destroyed two terrorists' dens of the so-called "Om al-Qura Brigade" and "Faisal al-Aqaidi Brigade" in al-Jbayleh neighborhood, killing many of them.

 Wa'ad al-Khalaf, Mohammad al-Jasim and Qutaiba Abdulrahman were identified among the dead terrorists.

The source pointed out that the army units targeted a terrorists' gatherings in Hatla Fuqani village in the countryside, killing 20 terrorists and destroying a number of their vehicles.

Other army units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Rashdiyeh, al-Sinaa, al-Sheikh Yasin, al-Ordi and the area surrounding al-Bassel Square in the city.

Rocket launch pads, many vehicles destroyed in Aleppo countryside

Army units destroyed rocket launch pads and a number of vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition and killed a number of terrorists in a series of operations carried out in Aleppo countryside.

A military source told SANA reporter that the operations resulted in destroying rocket launch pads in Kwairis in the eastern countryside of Aleppo and a number of cars north of Neirab, an-Nakarin, north of Rasm al-Aboud, on al-Kastello road in the western countryside of Aleppo.

All weapons and ammunition inside the cars were destroyed and terrorists were killed.

Rocket launcher, two tunnels destroyed, Israeli-made weapons seized in Homs 

 Army units destroyed a rocket launcher and found a variety of weapons , including automatic rifles, snipers, ammunition, some are Israeli-made, and eliminated a number of terrorists in Homs and its countryside.

A military source said the army units destroyed two tunnels were used by terrorists in their movements in Bab al-Sebaa, eliminated a number of terrorists and wounded others in al-Hamidieh district and al-Jaje market and toward the city center in Jouret al-Shiyah.

The source added that the army units destroyed terrorists' dens southeast building of the civil affairs department and near al-Tahyyah mosque in the golden street in Bab Hood, killing a number of terrorists and wounding others.

In Homs countryside, a number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the village of al-Khalidiya and near electricity station in al-Dar al-Kabira as varied weapons and ammunition, some are Israeli-made, were found including automatic rifles and snipers in the Western district.

Most members of an armed terrorist group were eliminated in al-Zara farms in Talkalakh.

The source added that another army unit destroyed a rocket launcher and a vehicle equipped with a heavy machine gun northwest Kafarnan and eliminated a terrorist group was trying to attack the village of Qanieh al-Asi in al-Rastan.

Army units pursue the remnants of terrorists in Idleb and it countryside

A military source told SANA reporter that the army units pursued the remnants of the armed terrorist groups in the vicinity of al-Daif (guest ) valley and destroyed four machinegun-equipped vehicles in al-Za'lana, and Ma'rshamsheh villages and in Ma'arrat al-Numan in Idleb countryside.

B. Mousa/ M. Ismael

http://213.178.225.235/eng/337/2013/10/13/507186.htm

09-10-13

Latest News Syria: American 'Peace Corps'

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Estonia: NATO Air Forces Practice Air Combat On Russia’s Border

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Libya, Syria and Now Lebanon?

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Aldous Huxley: All devote themselves methodically and scientifically to general massacre and wholesale destruction

Source: http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/09/

American 'Peace Corps': http://www.peacecorps.gov/

http://www.ask.com/question/which-american-president-founded-the-peace-corps

08-10-13

Latest News Syria: Western propaganda, chemical weapons

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Propaganda is a powerful weapon in war; it is used to dehumanize and create hatred toward a supposed enemy, either internal or external, by creating a false image in the mind. This can be done by using derogatory or racist terms, avoiding some words or by making allegations of enemy atrocities. Most propaganda wars require the home population to feel the enemy has inflicted an injustice, which may be fictitious or may be based on facts. The home population must also decide that the cause of their nation is just.

http://georgeorwellnovels.com/reference/propaganda/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Protocol

Photo: Victims of Agent Orange used by the US military in Vietnam - Wikipedia / The Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, usually called the Geneva Protocol, is a treaty prohibiting the first use of chemical and biological weapons in international armed conflicts. It was signed at Geneva on 17 June 1925 and entered into force on 8 February 1928. It was registered in League of Nations Treaty Series on 7 September 1929.  The Geneva Protocol is a protocol to the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907...

05-10-13

Latest News Syria: british-american spy

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Belgacom downplays UK hacking allegations at EU hearing

4.10.13

BRUSSELS - Belgian telecommunications firm Belgacom has played down revelations it was hacked by British intelligence.

The state-owned company, which supplies services to EU institutions and whose subsidiary, Bics, handles data transfers between Europe and the Middle East, sent two top men to answer questions at an EU parliament hearing on Thursday (3 October).

Its secretary general, Dirk Lybaert, told MEPs: "This is a kind of attack that a single company or country would be unable to withstand on its own … The intruder had massive resources, sophisticated means and a steadfast intent to break into our network."

But he declined to speculate on the "hypothesis" that Britain's spy hub, GCHQ, did it, as reported by German daily Der Spiegel last month on the basis of files exposed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

 

Belgacom vice president Geert Standaert echoed Lybaert in saying the malware was "extremely sophisticated."

He said "at the moment, Belgacom cannot confirm or deny allegations in the press [on British involvement]" because the case is under scrutiny by Belgian prosecutors.

He noted that Belgacom discovered the spyware in June, but it does not know how long ago it was compromised.

He added that it penetrated just 124 out of its 26,000 IT systems and that it has been "cleaned out" over the past few months. "The attack had no impact on customers," he said.

Frank Robben, Belgium's data protection chief, also claimed the intercepted data was on a minor scale and that Belgacom's "rapid reaction" fixed the bug.

For their part, MEPs voiced frustration on what they called Belgacom's evasiveness.

"Why would Belgacom internal systems be a target for a state? We’re talking about a massive, sophisticated attack," Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in 't Veld, who chaired the hearing, said.

Claude Moraes, a British centre-left MEP, noted: "You have allegations of the UK spying on Belgian telephone systems which were part of the infrastructure of the European Union … I think that's quite an unusual allegation and of course it can't just stand, it has to be investigated."

MEPs also criticised the UK for declining to send a speaker.

They left an empty chair for GCHQ chief Iain Lobban, who had been invited, but who did not come because the UK says EU bodies have no jurisdiction on security affairs.

Two British security sources did speak out in a report also on Thursday by British state broadcaster, the BBC, on the broader US and UK snooping affair, however.

Baroness Neville-Jones, a former UK intelligence chief, who is currently Britain's special representative to business on cyber security, told the BBC's flagship news programme, Newsnight, that mass surveillance is needed to weed out terrorists.

She said the ethical issues raised by Snowden are nothing new because "there has always been a tension" between security and privacy.

David Omand, a former GCHQ head, attacked Snowden for compromising security assets.

He said the fact Snowden is now in Russia means the Kremlin has access to the thousands of secret files which he downloaded from the US' National Security Agency, in a coup which Moscow "could never have dreamed of, even in the days of Burgess, Philby and Maclean," referring to three Cold-War-era Russian agents.

Glen Greenwald, a journalist for British daily The Guardian, who helped Snowden bring the secrets to light, told Newsnight that Snowden's files are so well encrypted that neither US nor Russian intelligence could crack them.

"Data is stored on thumb drives, and on those thumb drives are very sophisticated means of encryption shells, that, as I said before, and I know this because I’ve read the documents that I have on this, not even the NSA can break," he said.

http://euobserver.com/justice/121668

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23-09-13

Latest News Syria: US

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Forgotten US War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-korean-atrocity-forgotten-us-war-crimes-and-crimes-against-humanity/5335525

Latest News Syria: US

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Thirty-two year old Agent Orange victim, Chu Chi, Vietnam

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Thirty-two year old Agent Orange victim, Chu Chi, Vietnam - See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Fred_A_-Wilcox/3662#sthash.QGc1NU0q.dpuf
Thirty-two year old Agent Orange victim, Chu Chi, Vietnam- See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Fred_A_-Wilcox/3662#sthash.QGc1NU0q.dpuf
Thirty-two year old Agent Orange victim, Chu Chi, Vietnam - See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Fred_A_-Wilcox/3662#sthash.QGc1NU0q.dpuf

Latest News Syria: US

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As a reminder:

'The Bush administration then turned its attention to Iraq, and argued the need to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq had become urgent. Among the stated reasons were that Saddam's regime had tried to acquire nuclear material and had not properly accounted for biological and chemical material it was known to have previously possessed, and believed to still maintain. Both the possession of these weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the failure to account for them, would violate the U.N. sanctions. The assertion about WMD was hotly advanced by the Bush administration from the beginning, but other major powers including China, France, Germany, and Russia remained unconvinced that Iraq was a threat and refused to allow passage of a UN Security Council resolution to authorize the use of force.  Iraq permitted UN weapon inspectors in November 2002, who were continuing their work to assess the WMD claim when the Bush administration decided to proceed with war without UN authorization and told the inspectors to leave the country.  The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, along with a "coalition of the willing" that consisted of additional troops from the United Kingdom, and to a lesser extent, from Australia and Poland. Within about three weeks, the invasion caused the collapse of both the Iraqi government and its armed forces, however, the U.S. and allied forces failed to find any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. Traces of former materials and weapons labs were reported to have been located, but no "smoking guns". Nevertheless, on May 1, George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, where he gave a speech announcing the end of "major combat operations" in the Iraq war. Bush's approval rating in May was at 66%, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll.  However, Bush's high approval ratings did not last. First, while the war itself was popular in the U.S., the reconstruction and attempted "democratization" of Iraq lost some support as months passed and casualty figures increased, with no decrease in violence nor progress toward stability or reconstruction. Second, as investigators combed through the country, they failed to find the predicted WMD stockpiles, which led to debate over the rationale for the war.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2004

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Credibility gap is a political term that came into wide use during the 1960s and 1970s. At the time, it was most frequently used to describe public skepticism about the Lyndon B. Johnson Vietnam War.
Today, it is used more generally to describe almost any "gap" between the reality of a situation and what politicians and government agencies say about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credibility_gap

Photo: Fallujah (Iraq): Victims of white phosphorus chemical weapon used by the Americans.

Latest News Syria: US

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US Government Refuses to Compensate Victims of Chemical Weapons in Vietnam

From 1961 to 1971, approximately 19 million gallons of chemical agents including Agent Orange, were sprayed over the southern region of Vietnam. Much of it was contaminated with dioxin, a deadly chemical. Dioxin causes various forms of cancers, reproductive illnesses, immune deficiencies, endocrine deficiencies, nervous system damage, and physical and developmental disabilities.

So while the US government is attempting to “police the world” in search of chemical weapons, it is important to remember the long history that they have of using these weapons themselves.

Just this week BBC reported that:

The Vietnam War ended nearly 40 years ago, but the casualties continue as birth defects plague the country.  There are claims that thousands of children continue to be born with horrific facial deformities due to the 20 million gallons of Agent Orange chemical sprayed by the United States.  The Vietnamese call the disfigured youngsters ‘the children of Agent Orange’.  Da Nang in central Vietnam is thought to have the highest level of congenital deformity in the world.

There are also many US veterans who suffer from agent orange poisoning, causing thousands of birth defects in America as well.  Just recently the veterans began to receive compensation for their suffering, however the millions in Vietnam who are effected will likely never see any kind of real help from the agencies responsible.

The US Government Refuses to Compensate Victims of Chemical Weapons in Vietnam.

http://intellihub.com/2013/09/09/us-government-refuses-compensate-victims-chemical-weapons-vietnam/

18-09-13

Latest News Syria: NATO

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Photos: NATO bombing of Libya and the destruction of Libya’s infrastructure - The bombing of the Nasser University in Tripoli on June 12, 2011.

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_63736.shtml

Latest News Syria: NATO

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NATO bombing of Yugoslavia