Syria, Venezuela to unify stances in face of international terrorism
July 2, 2013
Speaker of the People's Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said that the Syrians are determined to defeat the Zionist, imperialist projects aiming at targeting Syria sovereignty and unity.
"It is very important to unify the stances of Syria and Venezuela at the international circles to face the international terrorism and support the just issues of peoples," al-Laham said during a meeting with Venezuelan National Assembly Member Saul Ortega.
He referred to the importance of getting acquaintance with what is really going on in Syria and covey a true image of the events to the Venezuelan friendly people.
"The Syrian people are struggling against the powers of international imperialism in order to preserve Syria sovereignty and independence as the victory of Syria is an important matter to Venezuela," Ortega said.
In a similar meeting with Ortega, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mekdad, stressed on Tuesday the importance of popular and parliamentarian diplomacy in communicating among peoples and the role of parliamentarians in conveying the true image through direct communication with their peoples.
For his part, MP Otega stressed Venezuela's support to Syria, hailing its steadfastness in face of the pressure facing it.
He expressed confidence that Syria will eventually win against the conspiracies targeting the region.
Otega lauded the unity of the Syrian people in face of the western conspiracy which aims at subjugating Syria and facilitating the U.S.-Israeli hegemony on the region.
June 30, 2013
Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, stressed during a meeting with new Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the necessity of preserving the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria to provide suitable conditions to emerge from the current crisis and move towards the Syrian-Syrian political dialogue.
Salehi, who is visiting Qatar heading a political delegation, explained the Iranian policy towards Syria and the importance of consolidating security and stability in the Gulf region, stressing the necessity of upgrading regional cooperation.
The Qatari Emir described Iran as an influential country in the region, stressing the importance of making use of Iran's capacities to resolve and settle regional problems.
Iran's Chief of Staff: U.S.-Western calculations about Syria have all failed
Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major-General, Hassan Fairouz Abadi, stressed that the calculations of the US and the West have failed in Syria and victory is now in the hands of the resistance in the region.
In a speech, Fairouz Abadi slammed the behavior of some countries which support terrorists in Syria with weapons, saying "The west must know well that the balance of power on the ground does not change by the flow of weapons to al-Qaeda and its allies in Syria."
He added that the West and the Zionists have lost the lead as sending weapons to the terrorists in Syria is no more feasible and does not help them carry out their schemes.
Kerry: Political solution to Syria crisis only way out
US Secretary of State, John Kerry said that the political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only way out.
Kerry, who concluded a visit to the occupied Palestinian lands, said in a press conference on Sunday ''I am looking forward to talks with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, because the situation in Syria is dangerous, and part of the talks will focus on how to ramp up efforts to have a bearing on the events.''
Kerry affirmed that peaceful solution is the only way to save Syria, stressing that there is no military solution to the crisis.
Washington is sending contradictory signals on Syria as Kerry's statements emphasize the importance of political solution while the US announced that it will provide military aid to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.
On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.
They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows.
Israel's 'chemical weapons campaign' against Syria, as a justification for providing direct U.S. military aid to the so called 'Free Syrian Army'.
June 28, 2013
Units of the armed forces carried out a series of operations against terrorists' gatherings in al-Ziabieh, al-Hussainieh, Hijjera towns and the area surrounding al-Bahdalieh in Damascus southern countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment.
An official source told SANA that the army units discovered a field hospital in al-Ziabieh town full of medical equipment and medicine which were stolen by terrorists from the public and private hospitals in the area.
The source added that an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in Hijjera town. Among the dead terrorists were Gassan Atia and Abdullah al-Mo'ajl.
The source pointed out that another army unit destroyed a mortar and a heavy machinegun in al-Hussainieh town, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, including Mohammad al-Kurdi and Iman al-Sheikh.
In the area surrounding al-Bahdalieh town, the army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapon and ammunition inside it, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Nayf Kaaki.
Tunnel for storing weapons discovered in Joubar
Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Shaifounia, Ein Tarma valley, Kafr Batna, Zamalka, Erbein, al-Baharia and Deir Salman in Damascus Countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to discovering a tunnel in Joubar neighborhood which was used by terrorists to store weapons and ammunition.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed all members of an armed terrorist groups in al-Shaifounia farms, including their leader Mustafa Dybo and Abdurrahman al-Ajoua, in addition to destroying a terrorists' den in Kafr Batna and killing all terrorists inside it, including Kasem Mouhsen and Hussein Darwish.
The source added that another army unit killed terrorists in Zamalka and Erbein, including Khaldon Bakhdonis, Hamza Jouma and Bilal al-Ashi, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in Ein Tarma valley, in addition to killing a number of terrorists, including Fadi Hasno and Firas al- Jandali.
In the eastern Ghouta, the army units pursued terrorists in the farms surrounding al-Baharia and Deir Salman towns, destroying a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Abdurrahman Shahin and Khalid al-Khatib.
In Joubar, other army units discovered a tunnel to the east of al-Manasher roundabout which was used by terrorists to hide and store weapons.
Army units target terrorists in Aleppo and its countryside
Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aleppo and its countryside, tightening control over several building in al-Rashiden neighborhood, in addition to killing and injuring scores of terrorists.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed all members of an armed terrorist group to the north of Blaka and Somar restaurants and in the farms located to the east of the Central Prison of Aleppo.
The source added that other army units destroyed terrorists' heavy machineguns and ammunition in Babis and al-Mansoura towns.
The source pointed out that other army units killed scores of terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism on Andan-Hayan road, in addition to destroying a number of cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in al-Castillo area, causing large fire and dense smoke in the area.
Other army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings near the Gas Station in Minnegh village, al-Alqamiah, al-Zira'a and Kafr Antoun and destroyed weapons and ammunition for terrorists who were attempting to attack Noubl village and Minnegh Airport from Tall Rifaat, Hritan and Mayer villages.
In Aleppo city, the army units tightened control over a number of buildings in the area surrounding al-Rashiden neighborhood, after killing scores of terrorists who were positioning inside them and using these buildings to store weapons and target the citizens in the neighboring areas.
Army units destroy terrorists' gatherings in Idleb countryside
Units of the armed forces destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra gatherings in several villages and towns in Idleb countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army units killed scores of terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in al-Janoudia, Mshmshan and Bashlamoun in Jisr al-Shogour countryside, in addition to destroying terrorists' weapons and equipment in Jabal al-Arbaain, Ram Hamdan, Matram and Saraqeb.
The source added that other army units pursued terrorists in Abu Dhour town and destroyed their weaons and ammunition, while another army unit killed and injured scores of terrorists in Maaret al-Nouman, Kafranbel, Kfar Roma and Hisho.
A military source said that the army targeted an armed terrorist group in Qatroun town in Jisr al-Shoghour, adding that scores of terrorists were killed and injured in the operation.
Authorities arrest two terrorists in Homs
The authorities arrested two wanted terrorists in Homs eastern countryside.
A military source told SANA that terrorists Abdul-Elah Ahmad Saad Eddin and Adnan Rashed al-Mansour were arrested in the area of Terma'la in Homs countryside.
Authorities seize car loaded with weapons in Homs
Authorities seized a car loaded with weapons and ammunition in al-Wa'ar neighborhood in Homs city.
An official source at the province told SANA that the seized weapons included 19 automatic rifle, RPG launcher, 38 RPG rounds, 4 anti-tanks missiles, 4 shoulder-mounted rockets and 32 communication devices.
U.S. military base in Qatar
June 27, 2013
Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci reiterated the necessity for solving the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves, asserting that nobody can replace the Syrians regarding what they will decide whether it is good or bad.
"Dialogue is the only outlet for the crisis in Syria," Medelci told Russian Kommersant newspaper on Thursday.
He said that his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow dealt with the issues connected with the preparations for holding the upcoming international conference on Syria.
Medelci didn't rule out not holding the conference, considering that this will be the worst development of the events as all the crisis always end with dialogue.
Lavrov and Medelci stressed, in a press conference on Tuesday, that Russia and Algeria agree on the necessity of the peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
Lavrov pointed out that "solving the crisis in the region can be achieved through dialogue, halting violence, stopping the infiltration of terrorists and gunmen and smuggling weapons across the borders."
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'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.
'U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan'
Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.
Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central, No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.
Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
There was a £500m arms deal between Qatar and BAE Systems...
Qatari investment fund pays £400m for Park Lane hotel
InterContinental is latest London asset for emirate investing oil and gas cash in European real estate
28 March 2013
The gas and oil wealth of Qatar has been used to snap up another UK asset after the emirate bought the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a £400m deal.
Constellation Hotels, part of the Qatar Holding investment vehicle that has invested in Sainsbury's and Barclays, has paid £301.5m for InterContinental Hotel Group's 57-year lease on the 447-bedroom property close to Hyde Park, the company announced on Thursday.
In a separate £100m deal it also acquired the freehold from the Crown Estate, the property company that controls the assets of the Queen. The Qataris beat six other bidders to the deal, thought to include other sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia. The level of competition meant the £301.5m price tag gave IHG a 62% premium to the hotel's book value.
One IHG source said: "We are pretty pleased." The move comes after it emerged last year that the Qataris had backed indebted Irish property investor Patrick McKillen, who was seeking £70m to buy a controlling stake in Maybourne Hotel Group – which includes Claridges – from billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.
The increasingly bitter saga between McKillen and the twins ended up with the two sides fighting for control of the hotels in London's high court.
The latest announcement comes after a run of deals that are thought to have resulted in Qatar investing £3bn in European real estate in the 12 months to mid-August 2012, the equivalent to six weeks' revenue from the country's liquefied natural gas exports, according to Reuters.
It is also Qatar's latest asset in London, after investments in the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store and the athlete's village in the Olympic Park.
However, despite these high profile moves, the Qatari companies remain opaque. A spokesman for Qatar Holding declined to comment on the deal, as he had been given no details by the sovereign wealth fund.
Those who have worked with Qatar Holding say it is the personal investment vehicle of the emir – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – and it prefers to buy overseas assets in order to diversify its vast natural resource wealth into investments that guarantee future prosperity.
The chairman of Qatar Holding is Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister, cousin of the emir and known to City bankers as HBJ.
HBJ paid the Jersey authorities £6m as a "voluntary reparation" as "the structures put in place by his advisers may have contributed to the cost and complexity of the inquiry" and the case was dropped while all parties denied any wrongdoing.
There have been other brief controversies too, and most recently Barclays has been dealing with allegations about its relationship with Qatar at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, when the emirate was the main contributor to a £7.3bn lifeline that allowed the bank to avoid a taxpayer bailout.
The Serious Fraud Office and Financial Services Authority are reportedly investigating whether Barclays lent Qatar funds to buy shares in the bank.
Photo: Constellation Hotels' acquisition of the InterContinental on Park Lane is the latest in a string of high-profile London property deals by the Qataris.
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Qatar is backing the so called 'Free Syrian Army' and the terrorists groups in Syria with money and weapons...
The expression 'civil war' proves that the BBC is now a third-rate news channel that focuses to people of the same level...
On the Fall of Qusair
13 June 2013
We discuss the latest fighting in Syria.
'Britain joins chorus of concerns over Syria's chemical weapons'
December 8th, 2012
British Foreign Secretary William Hague cited evidence that the Syrian regime could use its stockpile of chemical weapons against rebels battling government forces.
"We are extremely concerned," Hague told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security conference Saturday.
Hague said that there was no simple "red line" which could trigger international military action, but that Britain and its allies had "contingency plans concerning chemical weapons" which he declined to disclose.
He noted several "dangerous scenarios" for the use of chemical weapons. One would be terror groups obtaining such munitions.
Recent U.S. intelligence suggests the Syrian government has started mixing chemical weapons compounds and loading them into bombs, though the bombs are not being moved to any delivery devices, CNN's Barbara Starr reported.
The U.S. military continues to revise its plans for a potential strike against Syria over chemical weapons.
President Barack Obama said this summer that any effort to move or use chemical weapons was a red line.
"A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized," Obama said. He prefaced that remark by saying the concern was the weapons falling into the hands of others.
With the new intelligence, administration warnings have focused not on moving, but on using the weapons.
As diplomats continue to seek a more peaceful resolution, international powers are weighing their military options.
The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday warned the Obama administration it must act more urgently to prevent Syria's government from using chemical weapons.
Rep. Mike Rogers told attendees at the IISS Manama Dialogue conference in Bahrain that the United States has a moral obligation to use military intervention if there is concrete proof chemical weapons are loaded and being readied for launch.
"I don't see any other way of making sure those weapons aren't used," he said. "As a coalition, we will have the moral obligation (to intervene) if we can say with even a moderate degree of certainty that these weapons have been prepared and are put in an arsenal for use."
On Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said any use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's regime against the rebels would be an "outrageous crime."
Although Hague said the option of international military intervention had not been ruled out, Britain was working along with the United States and others to support a peaceful transition.
Hague acknowledged that rebel fighters were "receiving arms and making progress on the ground," but said Britain's policy was not to send arms to the Middle East.
"We will continue to give them strong practical assistance; communication equipment and humanitarian assistance," he said, adding that he hoped the international community would increase its support to the new Syrian opposition coalition during the Friends of Syria meeting in Marrakesh next week.
Photo: (L to R) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk the opening meeting of the Libya Conference. A meeting of international allies to discuss the next steps for Libya on March 29, 2011 in London, England. A summit consisting of 40 governments and international bodies is being held in London to improve ties with the Libyan National Council, the umbrella group representing rebel Libyan forces, and in preparation for the intended aim of ending of the reign of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
War on Syria: So called 'use of chemical weapons' as a pretext
November 2, 2010 - Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin: 'A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts 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.'
Photo: victims of American chemical warfare in Vietnam
August 10, 2011
Compensate Victims of U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring.
H.R. 2634, the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011 [ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-2634], which California Congressman Bob Filner just introduced in the House, would provide crucial assistance for social and health services to Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and U.S. victims of Agent Orange.
From 1961 to 1971, approximately 19 million gallons of herbicides, primarily 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.
In Vietnam more than three million people, and in the United States thousands of veterans, their children, and Vietnamese-Americans, have been sickened, disabled or died from the effects of Agent Orange/dioxin.
Vietnamese of least three generations born since the war are now suffering from disabilities due to their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange or from direct exposure in the environment. The organization representing Vietnam’s victims, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, has set up some ‘peace villages’ to care for the severely disabled, but many more such facilities and services are needed. Dioxin residues in the soil, sediment, and food continue to poison many people in 28 “hot spots” in southern Vietnam.
Many U.S. veterans suffer from effects of Agent Orange due to their exposure in Vietnam, as do their children and grandchildren. Vietnamese-Americans exposed directly to Agent Orange and their offspring suffer from the same health conditions.
Fifty years is long enough. It is high time to compensate the victims for this shameful chapter in our history. H.R. 2634 will go a long way toward doing just that.
Marjorie Cohn is co-coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (http://www.vn-agentorange.org).
The Paris Peace Conference 1919 seen through the eyes of a Zionist
What caused the civil war in Syria? I think it was none other than the fatal Paris Peace Conference in 1919, when the two winners of the First World War divided the world between themselves. The two were England and France; Italy retired early from the conference and Wilson announced his doctrine that the continent of America belonged to the USA and went home. The Conference decided to impose punishing tributes on Germany, which led to its economic collapse and to Hitler, whose sole objective was to roll back the Conference's diktats (pic.: the Mirrors Hall of Versailles). Austro-Hungary was dissolved and new countries were formed, which led to one hundred years of tensions and wars in Eastern Europe, all to re-group the countries along ethnic reality on the terrain. The last "correction" was the creation of Bosnia, in the Balcans, a few years ago. The hundred years re-arrangement of borders may not have ended, as Hungary is very bitter and is ruminating on how to harmonize its borders with the area settled by ethnic Hungarians.
The Middle East was divided between England and France. The Zionist lobby led by Chaim Weizmann succeeded in achieving a "promise" that Palestine was to be Jewish; then, we were double crossed by a secret pact (Sykes-Picot) that gave Syria and Lebanon to France, and the rest to England. The British were mandated by the Conference to create a Jewish State in Palestine (see map) but they cut off Transjordan to create a kingdom for an Arab collaborator.
The peoples of the Middle East had been fighting to break up the artificial borders decided in Paris a hundred years, and to create ethnic frameworks where they can live in security and peace. Lebanon has been destroyed and cantonized, the shape of Syria is being fought out in these days and probably it will end as ethnic cantons, like Irak today. Syria may survive as a formal fiction, like Irak, while in fact the Kurdish areas are already autonomous from East Turkey to Mosul, and the Druze have formed one block with their brothers in the Golan, the Galil and the mountains of Lebanon.
For a hundred years, we Jews are fighting to make true the Paris Accords of 1919, and we are claiming Palestine for ourselves as promised but never delivered. We have taken possession of CisJordan; how and when the process will be completed may take another hundred years. From the perspective of one hundred years, the Paris Conference has originated immense human suffering. The people in Syria may not be aware that they are fighting a hundred years old injustice (worse, bad decision), but that is the cause that their country is being leveled. Israel still has not reached its natural borders. All these wars have to be fought off to the end, till the map reflects the ethnic reality on the land. It will take another one hundred years, may be, but it will be done.
As a reminder: November 2, 2010 - 'Syria is a military obstacle'
‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’
'Syria is a military obstacle'...
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, conflicts 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.