Saturday, 2 March 2013


Posted on March 1, 2013 by Veritas

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on March 1, 2013.
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on March 1, 2013.

An anti-US demonstration has been held outside the Turkish prime minister’s office in Ankara to protest against the official visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in the country to coordinate plans to support militants fighting the Syrian government.

On Friday, police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who were trying to break through a security cordon around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office in the capital, the Associated Press reported.

The demonstrators were holding banners reading “Kerry get out” and condemned the “imperialist powers” for waging wars against countries.

Kerry, who is making his first overseas trip as secretary of state, arrived in Ankara earlier in the day on the fifth leg of his tour of nine European and Middle Eastern countries to rally support for the militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday, the US secretary of state hailed Ankara’s leading role in backing the armed insurgency against the Syrian government, saying that Washington and Ankara will continue “to try to create a political transition” in Syria.

Before arriving in Turkey, Kerry visited Britain, Germany, France, and Italy.

In Rome on Thursday, he pledged an additional $60 million in assistance for the foreign-backed opposition in Syria — the so-called Syrian National Coalition.

Kerry is also scheduled to visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar before returning to the United States.

Meanwhile, female members of Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), held a conference in the southern city of Iskenderun to denounce the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missiles along the country’s border with Syria.
All of the Patriot systems, which are deployed by the US, Germany, and the Netherlands, became operational in the southern cities of Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, and Adana last month.

In November 2012, NATO announced a plan to deploy six batteries to “protect Turkey” from potential Syrian missile strikes.

Damascus has censured the deployment of the Patriot missiles along the Syrian border, calling it another act of provocation by the Turkish government.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed.

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

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the armed groups.

In an interview recently broadcast on German television, the Syrian president said that the government did not start the conflict and the militant groups were the ones killing Syrian citizens and destroying the country’s infrastructure.

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Putin: Extremists Must Be Prevented from Exploiting Crisis in Syria

Mar 01, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)_Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called the international community to prevent extremists and international terrorists from taking advantage of the tragedy unfolding in Syria for serving their goals.
In a press conference following talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Moscow on Thursday, Putin recalled the terrorist bombing outside the Russian embassy in Damascus a week ago that claimed several lives, among them children.
”Such brutal operation should have drawn a strong international condemnation,” Putin said.
He said that he had ”heated” talks with his French counterpart on Syria, adding he believes that the French president has “agreed to certain views we had proposed.”
”Despite the differences in the Russian and French stances on the Syrian crisis, we call for preserving Syria as an undivided democratic state,” said Putin, adding ”we have plenty of common denominators in the general assessment of the situation there.”
”It is our duty to heed our partners’ views on certain aspects in this intricate issue and think it over,” Putin said.
Putin indicated that the French president had formulated new proposals on the crisis, adding he believes they might be discussed with all partners.
Putin recalled Russia’s firm position in backing the legitimate government and combating terrorists and extremists everywhere, indicating that Russia stands by France on this as it supported Paris in Mali.
For his part, Hollande renewed his country’s intransigent stand on Syria, affirming that ”France and Russia are working in two parallel courses on settling the crisis in Syria which are difficult to reconcile…but we can confirm a tangible progress was made as we share the same goal of fighting terrorism and preventing the disintegration of the country.”
He called for pushing ahead with the political dialogue without wasting time, considering that his responsibility lies in finding an exit route from the crisis.
Hollande said France considers that the settlement in Syria is ”impossible in the context of cooperation with President Bashar al-Assad,” although acknowledging that other sides consider president al-Assad a representative of the Syrian people.
Churkin: Syria Will Be among Russia’s Focal Issues during Its UNSC Presidency
In another context, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, stressed that the situation in Syria will be among the focal issues which Moscow will focus on during its rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in March.
Speaking to Russia Today TV, Churkin pointed out that the Russian and American stances on the crisis in Syria have converged to some extent, calling for following the path of dialogue to solve this crisis.
He reaffirmed that Russia’s stance is clear and simple as it believes in the need to halting the violence and starting dialogue without preconditions based on Geneva Statement.
Churkin said that the international community cannot solve the crisis in Syria without the Syrians themselves.
“We can help them in getting out of the crisis, and this is what Russia is doing by talking to the government and the opposition,” he added.
Russia Committed to all Arms Deals Signed with Syria
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stressed on Thursday that Russia is committed to all arms deals signed with Syria, reiterating his country’s concerns over the U.S. plans in the field of anti-missiles defenses in Europe.
Meeting Head of the Polish National Security Bureau, Stanisław Koziej, Patrushev said, “We have to implement the deals that we have signed.”
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Kerry in Turkey after Aid Vow to Syrian Militants
Local Editor
US Secretary of State John KerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry was due to discuss the Syria crisis with Turkey's leaders on Friday in talks likely to be strained by controversial comments by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan branding Zionism a "crime against humanity."

The talks come a day after Washington announced that it would for the first time provide direct aid to Syrian rebels in the form of food and medical supplies as well as $60 million in extra assistance to the political opposition.

The two-year civil war in neighboring Syria will top the agenda for Kerry, who is due to meet with President Abdullah Gul, Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

But the talks are likely to be overshadowed by renewed tension between Turkey and the Zionist entity, two major Washington allies, following comments Erdogan made earlier this week at the UN-sponsored forum in Vienna.

"As is the case for Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it is inevitable that Islamophobia be considered a crime against humanity," Erdogan said.

His comments were dubbed as "a dark and mendacious statement," by Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while Washington strongly stated that "characterization of Zionism as a crime against humanity... is offensive and wrong."

Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, has joined the west in its campaign to oust the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and has given shelter to Syrian militant opposition groups and to nearly 200,000 refugees along its volatile border.

In January, the United States began deploying Patriot missiles, along with Germany and the Netherlands, as part of a NATO mission to protect Turkey from any spillover of the Syrian conflict.

Kerry was also due to attend a memorial ceremony in Ankara, in honor of the US embassy guard who was killed in a February 1 suicide attack claimed by the anti-US group the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C.)

Among the issues on his agenda during the talks is also Washington's pressure for increasing sanctions on Iran for its peaceful nuclear program.

Iran is Turkey's second-biggest natural gas supplier after Russia, and third biggest in oil.
Source: AFP
01-03-2013 - 18:38 Last updated 01-03-2013 - 18:54

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Assad legitimate president until 2014: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (R) listens near his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem during a press conference part of a visit that aimed at ending the nearly two-year conflict in Syria on March 2, 2013 in the Iranian capital Tehran. Close Damascus ally Iran expects Bashar al-Assad to remain Syria's president until elections next year, Salehi said. (Photo: AFP - Atta Kenare)
Published Saturday, March 2, 2013
Close Damascus ally Iran expects Bashar al-Assad to remain Syria's president until elections next year, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday.

"The official position of Iran is that... Assad will remain legitimate president until the next... election" in 2014, Salehi said at a news conference with his visiting Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Muallem.
Muallem arrived on Saturday for talks aimed at ending the nearly two-year conflict in Syria that the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people and is tearing the country apart.

His visit comes after a week of intense international diplomacy aimed at ending the bloodshed.
Salehi threw Iran's weight behind Damascus's call this week for dialogue with the armed opposition, calling the initiative a "positive step," but reiterated Assad's regime has "no choice" but to keep fighting rebels.

"We believe that the crisis has no military solution and only a Syrian political one," said the Iranian minister.

"Iran firstly wants stop to the bloodshed but the Syrian government has no choice but to fight against the terrorists and we cannot ask the Syrian government not to do so and leave them alone," he added.
Muallem condemned the announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that Washington would provide $60 million in "non-lethal" assistance to support the Syrian political opposition.

"When the US (says it has) allocated $60 million to the opposition and this opposition is killing people, I don't understand this initiative... are there any weapons that do not kill people? Who are you kidding?" Muallem asked.

He repeated calls for pressure to be exerted on Turkey and Qatar, among the main supporters of the rebels alongside Western countries.

While in Tehran, Muallem is also due to meet the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, Mehr news agency reported.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has said that his government is ready to talk to armed rebels as well as the armed opposition, after two years of bloody political deadlock between the two parties.

"We believe in a political solution and say to the Syrians, stop the bloodshed," Moallem said at the joint press conference.

"Even the armed fighter has a role to play in building the future of Syria."

Syrian external opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib has said talks with the government would be held only if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepped down.

He later said of the United States which pledged over $60 million in aid to the opposition earlier this week: "The United States can end the bloodshed if it wished for a political solution."

"I do not understand how the United States can give support to groups that kill the Syrian people," he said.

"This is nothing but a double-standard policy ... one who seeks a political solution does not punish the Syrian people," he added.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)
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Posted on March 1, 2013 by

Tony Cartalucci

The US State Department, and to a greater extent, US foreign policy itself, having exhausted completely their collective credibility, has attempted yet another “reset.” By bringing in John Kerry to pose as the next US Secretary of State, it is hoped global opinion will see US foreign policy in a new, more tolerant light. Kerry, however, has wasted no time attempting to simply resell verbatim the same failed, absurd policy US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton destroyed her career peddling, spinning, and covering up – as finalized in the case of Benghazi, Libya.

Image: US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with pro-Al Qaeda Mouaz al-Khatib, who heads the militant front set to receive an additional $60 million in US aid claimed to be “non-lethal.” The UK, and more astonishingly, France who is fighting terrorists in Mali created by a similar intervention in Libya in 2011, have announced similar plans to further aid and abet terrorists in Syria.
The Washington Post’s piece, “U.S. announces expanded battlefield aid to Syrian rebels, but not arms,” rehashes the same tired, patently false narrative that has been used throughout the duration of the US-fueled Syrian conflict. The Washington Post reports:
The Obama administration will provide food and medicine to Syrian rebel fighters, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday, announcing a cautious U.S. foray into front-line battlefield support that falls far short of the heavy weapons or high-tech gear the rebels seek.
“The stakes are really high, and we can’t risk letting this country — in the heart of the Middle East — be destroyed by vicious autocrats or hijacked by the extremists,” Kerry said following discussions among a group of Western and Arab nations that are funding, and in some cases arming, the fighters.
The United States will, for the first time, send supplies through the rebels’ central military headquarters, with U.S. advisers supervising the distribution of food rations and medical supplies, U.S. officials said. The shift is intended to give the U.S.-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition greater say over the aid, but it is also a test of the rebels’ ability to keep donated supplies out of the hands of extremists in their midst.
The Washington Post report is a verified lie. US assistance, cash, weapons, and covert military support had been ongoing in Syria since 2007 – in other words – before the current conflict even began. And the US has been providing this support not for moderates, but specifically and intentionally for the ideological foundation of Al Qaeda itself, the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood, since the Bush administration.

Outright admissions by administration officials, Saudi and Lebanese officials working in tandem with the US, and US intelligence agents have outlined a criminal conspiracy that has now transcended two presidencies and provided the clearest example yet of the corporate-financier driven “continuity of agenda” that truly guides Western foreign policy. This criminal conspiracy has also incurred a staggering list of egregious crimes against humanity, crimes we are reminded of daily by the very interests responsible for them, including the 70,000 alleged dead in the Syrian conflict so far.

Secretary John Kerry’s Narrative is a Verified Lie

Secretary Kerry’s “desire” to keep weapons out of the hands of extremists is willfully disingenuous misdirection. It has been extremists the US has been, on record, purposefully propping up in Syria years before the conflict even began in 2011.
Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, in his 2007 New Yorker report titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?“stated explicitly that:
“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”
Hersh’s report would also include:
“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.”
Hersh also reported that a supporter of the Lebanese pro-US-Saudi Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:
“[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said.”
The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007 US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:
“There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.”
At one point in Hersh’s report, it is even admitted that officials from US ally Saudi Arabia admitted to “controlling” the “religious fundamentalists.” The report states specifically:
“…[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”
While Kerry, as did Clinton before him, and others throughout the Western establishment attempt to portray the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its armed front, Al Qaeda, in Syria as an unforeseeable, unfortunate consequence of an equally unforeseeable, unfortunate conflict – it is clear that in 2007, such “consequences” were essential elements of a premeditated conflict the West had poured cash, weapons, and logistics into the creation of, along with its partners in the Middle East, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Also in 2007, the Wall Street Journal would publish a report titled, “To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers.” In this report, it was revealed that even in 2007, Syrian opposition groups were being created from whole-cloth by the US State Department and paraded around in front of Syria’s embassies in the West. The article begins with one such protest, stating:
On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syria’s largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside Damascus’s embassy here to protest Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule. The participants shouted anti-Assad slogans and raised banners proclaiming: “Change the Regime Now.”
Later in the article, it would be revealed that the National Salvation Front (NSF) was in contact with the US State Department and that a Washington-based consulting firm in fact assisted the NSF in organizing the rally:
In the weeks before the presidential election, the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes regional democracy, and NSF members met to talk about publicizing Syria’s lack of democracy and low voter turnout, participants say. A Washington-based consulting firm, C&O Resources Inc., assisted the NSF in its planning for the May 26 anti-Assad rally at the Syrian embassy, providing media and political contacts. State Department officials stress they provided no financial or technical support to the protestors.
And while the Wall Street Journal then, just as the US State Department and the Western media houses are now portraying the Syrian opposition as representing a wide range of interests across Syrian society, it was admitted then, just as it is plainly obvious now, that the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood was in fact at the very center of the “uprising:”
One of the NSF’s most influential members is the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood — the decades-old political movement active across the Middle East whose leaders have inspired the terrorist groups Hamas and al Qaeda. Its Syrian offshoot says it has renounced armed struggle in favor of democratic reform.
It was evidently clear, even in 2007, that extremists would play a leading role in any future armed conflict to overthrow the Syrian government, and now, years later, that engineered conflict has been executed verbatim and to horrific consequence – consequences the West not only refuses to take responsibility for, but seeks to further compound with increased aid to the forces of armed sedition it itself created.

Absurdity of Kerry’s Narrative Only Outdone by Proposed Solution

The solution Kerry proposes is to flood Syria with more cash, equipment, training, weapons, and other aid, either directly, or laundered through proxies such as Al Qaeda’s chief financiers and arms providers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Washington Post’s report states:
The goal of the new money is to counter the increasingly effective network of services provided by militants.
Unfortunately, the so-called “Syrian Opposition Coalition” handcrafted by the US, and founded in Doha, Qatar, is led by an extremist, Mouaz al-Khatib, who openly embraces Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front in Syria, credited with some of the most heinous atrocities committed during the 2 year conflict, as well as systematic abuse, oppression, and subjugation in all areas along Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey it controls.
In late 2012, al-Khatib demanded that the US reverse its decision to list al-Nusra as a foreign terrorist organization. Reuters quoted al-Khatib as saying:
“The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed. We might disagree with some parties and their ideas and their political and ideological vision. But we affirm that all the guns of the rebels are aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical criminal regime.”
The more recent Washington Post article, in fact, reaffirms al-Khatib’s support for extremists groups, stating:
Coalition chairman Mouaz al-Khatib angrily appealed for a humanitarian corridor to the besieged city of Homs and said the rebels are tired of Western complaints about extremists in their ranks. He argued that the real enemy is the Assad regime but said too many outsiders are worried only about “the length of a beard of a fighter.”
“No terrorists in the world have such a savage nature as those in the regime,” Khatib said in Arabic.
The Syrian opposition leader’s finger-jabbing anger was in marked contrast to Kerry’s clipped and measured tone. Kerry looked at Khatib without expression as the Syrian spoke.
And yet this US-created “opposition” movement, run by a leader openly embracing and defending Al Qaeda, will be the recipient of some $60 million in “non-lethal aid” and “training” to allegedly “undermine” Al Qaeda. The Washington Post indicated that France and the UK were even considering sending armored vehicles to the openly pro-Al Qaeda front.
The face-value absurdity of current Western foreign policy in the wake of a decade-long “War on Terror” that has left it bankrupt, thousands of its soldiers dead, tens of thousands more maimed or mentally ill, is perhaps so profoundly acute, it is hoped it is easier to instead believe US Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated lies.
And astonishingly, even as French soldiers die fighting militants in Mali – armed, trained, and funded by NATO’s similar intervention in Libya in 2011, and allegedly still funded and armed by US, UK, and French ally Qatar – the Washington Post article indicates France will be eagerly making the same “mistake” in Syria, and will be further assisting terrorists there, including the training of rebel forces “outside Syria.”
The exhausted legitimacy of the West, punctuated by unhinged hypocrisy, and rapidly unraveling financial and military might, would seem a perfect opportunity for the United Nations to prove its relevance or legitimacy by condemning the purposeful expansion of an already intolerable proxy war initiated by Western interests. Instead, it remains silent, or worse yet, complicit in the premeditated, documented assault on Syria under the increasingly tenuous guise of “democracy promotion,” “revolution,” and “humanitarian concern.”

Nations existing outside the West’s unraveling international enterprise would do best to continue resisting, and increasingly condemning the overt state-sponsorship of terrorism that is destroying Syria. For the rest of us, we must identify the corporate-financier interests driving this agenda – interests we most likely patronize on a daily basis, and both boycott and permanently replace them to erode the unwarranted influence they have used to both plan and execute this assault on Syria’s people.
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Terrorist's Cell Confessions: Had planned to assassinate President Assad - the first part

بالفيديو: إعترافات خلية خططت لإغتيال الرئيس الأسد - الجزء الأول

‏السبت‏، 02‏ آذار‏، 2013
أنس عبد الحكيم الحسيني، أحد افراد الخلية المنفذة لعملية اغتيال الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، يعمل منذ ١٤ سنة في مجال التنظيفات في القصر الجمهوري ووزارة الخارجية ومجلس الوزراء.

قال أنس "ذهبت أنا وإبن عمي جوان للقاء رجل يدعى هيثم في الكيكية في منطقة ركن الدين، بدوره، عرّفنا هيثم على ابو كوردو الذي طلب مني اعطائه معلومات من داخل القصر، مدّعين في البداية انهم يريدون المعلومات لقناة "كردستان تي في" الكردية.
وأضاف أنس "غاية ابو كوردو، كانت ان يحصل على تصوير من داخل القصر الجمهوري ووزارة الخارجية وأوراق مهمة لجهة خارجية موجودة في تركيا".
وكانت وكالة أنباء "آسيا" حصلت على حقوق نشر بعض أجزاء الفيلم الوثائقي "حروب المخابرات في سورية" والذي يتضمن رواية الاعترافات الموثقة بالصوت والصورة لمتورطين في مخطط تركي فرنسي لاغتيال الرئيس بشار الاسد. وقد أنجز الفيلم الإعلامي الزميل خضر عواركة ومن كتابته.
أحبطت الأجهزة الأمنية السورية قبل فترة قصيرة محاولة تركية – فرنسية لإغتيال الرئيس بشار الأسد والوزير وليد المعلم.
وجاء في المعلومات أن السلطات السورية تابعت منذ فترة تزيد عن الستة أشهر ما كانت تقوم به المخابرات التركية والفرنسية المتعاونة على تحقيق هدف إسقاط النظام في سورية، وعندما فشلت الدولتان في مسعاهما، عملت استخبارات البلدين على قضية تمثل لهما أولوية؛ وهي اغتيال الرئيس بشار الأسد، لذا أنشأت استخبارات الدولتين غرفة عمليات مشتركة لإدارة العمليات الأمنية المشتركة كان عملها يتقاطع أحياناً مع جهات أمنية في السعودية وقطر وفي الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وكلها تعمل في الإطار نفسه، أي محاولة الوصول إلى الرئيس بشار الأسد بهدف إغتياله.
وكانت بداية العملية الأخيرة للمخابرات الفرنسية والتركية تتمثل في محاولات تجنيد عاملين أو موظفين في مرافق حكومية سورية منها مكتب الوزير وليد المعلم ومكاتب إدارية تابعة لقصر الروضة الرئاسي في دمشق.
وبينت المعلومات التي حصلت عليها وكالة أنباء "آسيا " في بيروت بأن العملية الأمنية تلك شارك في التخطيط لها ضباط أتراك وآخرين فرنسيين، وكان الدور الفرنسي مرغوباً به من الأتراك لأن لفرنسا علاقات قوية مع أحزاب كردية لا يتعرض ناشطون منتمون إليها لمضايقات أو لمتابعات أمنية.
وقد قدم الفرنسيون أحد عملائهم في سورية لخدمة المخابرات التركية التي كانت ترصد العاملين في مكاتب الرئيس الأسد المتعددة إلكترونياً ومن خلال عملاء ميدانيين، وبينت إستقصاءاتها أن عدداً من العاملين في مكاتب الرئيس الأسد هم من الأكراد فعمدت إلى الطلب من الفرنسيين المساعدة في تجنيدهم. وكان القرار الكبير في باريس بتقديم كل ما يمكن للأتراك.
تقول معلومات مصدر أمني سوري رفيع المستوى (تابع العملية لحين إفشالها): لقد انتحل المشاركون الأتراك في المؤامرة صفة "ناشطين أكراد" في حزب متصالح مع الحكومة السورية وذلك في مسعى منهم لإختراق شركة تنظيفات تؤمن الخدمات والعاملين في هذا المجال لمرافق حكومية منها مجمع رئاسة الوزراء ووزارة الخارجية وقصر الروضة الرئاسي.
وقد كانت تلك العملية مكشوفة تماماً بالنسبة إلى "الأجهزة السورية" فتابعناها حتى القبض على المتآمرين.
وحول الضابط التركي المعتقل، رفض المصدر تأكيد أو نفي هذا الامر متابعاً: كان لنا مصدر بين المتآمرين، وعرفنا تفاصيل التحركات الفرنسية التركية فور بدء نشاطها الميداني، وقد سعى الطرفان إلى تنفيذ العملية بطريقة محترفة وقد تبين لهم خلال الأعداد أن هناك فرصة لإغتيال الوزير وليد المعلم؛ كون أحد المنفذين المفترضين يمكنه الوصول إلى مكتب الوزير، حيث أنه من العاملين في التنظيفات داخل مكاتب الحكومة.
وكشف المصدر عن اسم المتآمر العامل في التنظيفات الذي جنده ناشط كردي يعمل مع المخابرات الفرنسية وقدمته الأخيرة لقيادة عمليات التنفيذ ليتعاون في ذلك مع المخابرات التركية. وعرف المشاركون في عملية الاغتيال الناشط الكردي باسم "أبو كوردو" وهو من استخدم متعاونين أكراداً يملكون علاقة قرابة مع الموظف في التنظيفات "أنس الحسيني" (فضلاً انظر الصورة) وهو ينحدر من منطقة القامشلي السورية ويسكن في دمشق ويعمل في شركة التنظيفات التي تتولى تنظيف المقرات الحكومية منذ أكثر من عقد من الزمن.
وكان المطلوب من أنس أن يعمل على تصوير مقر وزير الخارجية ومكتبه ففعل بواسطة آلة دقيقة موضوعة برأس قلم يحمله في جيب قميصه سلمه إليه "أبو كوردو" في ثاني اجتماع له به في منطقة ركن الدين.
بعدها طلب "أبو كوردو" من أنس عبد الحكيم الحسيني ترشيح مجندين ليساعدوه في العملية ضد الوزير المعلم وطلب منه أيضاً أن يسعى لجمعه بشخصين؛ الأول صديق له يدعى "مؤيد الحشتر" يعمل في شركات تنظيفات تتولى الاهتمام بنظافة المكاتب في قصر الروضة الرئاسي، والثاني يعمل سائقاً في شركة التنظيفات وهو مكلف بإيصال المواد المنظفة والمطهرة إلى مخازن قصر الروضة.
وكشفت اعترافات الموقوف "أنس الحسيني" عن نجاح جزئي له في مهمته إذ أنه نجح في تجنيد "الحشتر" عامل التنظيفات في الروضة، ولكنه فشل في تجنيد الشخص الآخر الذي تبين أنه مؤيد للرئيس الأسد مع أنه شديد التدين وملتزم ومن الطائفة السنية التي راهن الفرنسيون والأتراك على إنتماء السائق لها لتأليبه ضد الرئيس.
ولما فشلت المحاولات الأولية لتجنيد الرجل قرر المخططون خطف السائق وإستبداله برجل يحمل هويته وإذن المرور الخاص به، وقد اختاروا لذلك شخصاً شديد الشبه به وجدوه مصادفةً أثناء البحث عن خلفية المطلوب تجنيدهم لتنفيذ تلك العملية، وهو ما أخّر العملية لحين ترتيب هذا الأمر المفصلي، لأن المطلوب كان تجاوز عقبة إدخال المتفجرات إلى قصر الروضة عبر استخدام مواد متفجرة (صناعة فرنسية) كانت ستوضع في عبوات تماثل عبوات المنظفات التي تدخل أسبوعياً إلى القصر الرئاسي.
خطفُ السائق واستبداله كان يفترض أن يتم خلال ساعات حين قرر ضابط استخبارات سوري إنهاء العملية والقبض على المتورطين، الذين تؤكد المصادر أن من بينهم ضابط مخابرات تركي.
وقالت مصادر متطابقة بأن العملية ليست الأولى وجرى إفشال العديد من الخطط المماثلة للمس بالرئيس السوري وبرجالات نظامه، وهو أمرٌ تورطت فيه استخبارات دولية في معظم الأحيان، ولكن المستغرب أن تقوم المخابرات الفرنسية بمثل هذه المحاولة في الوقت عينه الذي تقوم به بتوسيط دول عديدة، ومنها الأردن واستخباراته لطلب مساعدة السوريين في محاربة الخلايا الإرهابية في فرنسا، وهو طلب رفضه السوريون.
وراهنت المخابرات الفرنسية على الصمت الشامل فيما يتعلق بالعمليات الأمنية السورية، الذي تمارسه سلطات دمشق في محاولة لملمة التورط الفرنسي في دعم الارهاب الذي يقاتل الجيش السوري باسم الثورة السورية.
وتكشف مصادر سورية عن أن من طلبت السلطات الفرنسية التواصل معهم بخصوص الإرهاب في فرنسا معظمهم من الموضوعين على قائمة الأوروبيين السوداء وممنوع دخولهم إلى باريس، وتشهر بهم الوسائل الإعلامية الفرنسية يومياً.

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Instagram Scandal Highlights Racism Among Israeli Youth

Israeli youths dance under a huge national flag during a parade marking Jerusalem Day in Jerusalem, May 20, 2012.

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An image of a Palestinian child in the crosshairs of a gun posted on an Israeli soldier’s Instagram account went viral in February after being published by the Electronic Intifada, the US-based blog on Palestinian issues, attracting widespread negative attention in international media. Israeli authorities were quick to assure that this was not a typical case and that the photo did not accurately portray the Israeli military. A few days later, more disturbing pictures of soldiers, including Rambo-like posing and hailing the killing of Arabs, went viral.

According to Rebecca Stein, a professor at Duke University, the use of social media by the soldier on the ground to capture his or her everyday life is nothing new. In a phone interview with Al-Monitor, Stein explained that what makes the Instagram images interesting is the way of aestheticizing the military and thereby normalizing warfare and the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

"It becomes clear the extent to which the occupation as a reigning paradigm in Israel is now so banal that it can be rendered in an aestheticized form and circulated like a souvenir,” said Stein.

Yehuda Shaul is a former Israeli soldier and cofounder of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli organization that gathers testimonies of veteran combatants to reveal the reality of everyday life as soldiers in the occupied territories. He was not surprised to see the Instagram photo, which he said was almost identical to an image from the second intifada.

"It’s just a fact that in 2013 there is Instagram. It’s not like the disrespect for Palestinian life wasn’t there before Facebook, for instance. It just gives another window into the mindset of what it means being a soldier and how you see Palestinians when you serve in the Palestinian territories — and the answer to that is, not as equal human beings to you,” said Shaul in a phone interview with Al-Monitor. ”[As a soldier] you stand at your post for eight hours, bored to death, and you look for ways to pass some time. Taking pictures through your scope is just something you do.”

Israel authorities aestheticize military culture

The Israeli army guaranteed that the recent case attracting so much attention would be “examined and properly handled,” referring to investigations into whether any criminal acts had taken place. Shaul finds this reaction nonsensical.

"The army is trying to dampen the PR damage while not giving any concern to the real problem this photo is portraying,” said Yehuda. ”It’s not about whether we commit crimes according to the criminal law, but about whether we commit crimes to the moral laws we want to stand up to.”

Stein has been researching new media technologies in connection with the Israeli occupation since Operation Cast Lead in 2008–2009. According to her, the army as well as the state and its different branches of government have since that time been fully aware of the importance of new media and have tried to catch up with the highly digital young soldiers both on and off the battlefield.

Stein also points to the fact that social media tools are not only used by soldiers, but also by Israeli authorities, who have incorporated these tools into their "toolbox of military occupation and war.” While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been a part of the army’s PR strategy for years, Instagram was added to the list prior to the Pillar of Defense campaign against Gaza in November 2012.

“The operation mission in 2012 made it abundantly clear to anyone who had any doubts about the central role of new media, both in the hands of Israelis and Palestinians on the ground, but also in the hands of the state. Instagram was being used as a platform to celebrate military culture and the targeting of Palestinians,” said Stein.

While it seems that the Israel Defense Forces has taken down its Instagram platform, posting only a select few images on its blog, more can be viewed in a November feature in the New Inquiry, an independent online magazine.

Racism is nothing new

The message of racism and targeting of Palestinians expressed in Israeli soldiers’ Instagram images is apparently not confined to social media. In recent weeks, Israeli media have featured cases of young Israeli Jews who attacked Arab Israelis. During the Jewish holiday of Purim, 40-year-old Hassan Ausruf was severely beaten in Tel Aviv by a group of Israeli youths who, according to Ausruf, shouted racist incitements. On Feb. 26 in Jerusalem, an eyewitness took pictures of an alleged hate crime in which a Jewish woman attacked a Muslim woman, tearing off her head scarf, at a light rail stop.

Hebrew University professor Moshe Zimmerman, a historian specializing in anti-Semitism in Europe and the role of the Holocaust in Israel and postwar Germany, warned some 20 years ago about the growing issue of racism among Israeli youth.

“What is happening now is just a demonstration of what has already been going on for a long time. There is a feeling that Jews are superior to others, and there is a lot of hate to[ward] ‘the other.’ All the racism that we know from European and American history is also found in the Israeli society,” said Zimmerman in a phone interview with Al-Monitor.

Zimmerman attributes the culture of racism to a process of socialization in formal and informal education, which is also reflected among young Israeli soldiers. “The military is the outcome. You educate the Israeli youth to believe in a racist ideology, and the first place where they can practice this is in the army when being confronted by Palestinians in the Palestinian territories,” said Zimmerman.

According to Zimmerman, there is little being done to tackle the issue of racism. He would like to see a bigger effort, especially in the education system, to confront this racist trend.

Lena Odgaard is a Danish journalist reporting from around the Middle East, mainly on Israel and Palestine. She tweets @l_odgaard.

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Nasser Kandil on Syrian television - 02/27/2013

Nasser Kandil on Syrian television - 02/27/2013

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Zionist Entity Disappointed by Sayyed Nasrallah Speech

In case you missed it: Sayyed Nasrallah Refutes Rumors, Stresses: “We Won’t Be Dragged into Sedition”
Tzvi Yekezkeli, Zionist expert in Arab affairs
נסראללה: אני לא חולה
Nasrallah: I’m not sick

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The circulated rumor about the bad health conditions of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah didn’t meet the expectations inside the Zionist entity in using it as a kind of psychological warfare which they admitted for long Sayyed Nasrallah’s ability to use against them professionally.

As soon as Sayyed Nasrallah started his live televised speech on Wednesday, Zionist channels cut their programs to broadcast his eminence confident appearance, through which he indirectly proved his very good health.

“He (Sayyed Nasrallah) appears very good… this proves that all has been said about his health is untrue,” Tzvi Yehezkeli said, a Zionist expert in Arab affairs.

Zionist channel broadcasting Sayyed Nasrallah speech; Feb. 27, 2013
Zionist media stated that Sayyed Nasrallah has been able to turn the rumors – made by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - into a media victory.

“He (Sayyed Nasrallah) has the ability to turn anything hostile to him into a real support,” Yaron, a Zionist correspondent said.

“Even though I am not a doctor, but I can say that Nasrallah is too far from being sick. He has turned the spreading rumors into a media victory. Why do you think this has been happened? It was because Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been behind the rumors.

 He (Sayyed Nasrallah) has gotten out of this battle holding the upper arm,” Yehezkeli added.
חסן נסראללה, מנהיג החיזבאללה
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Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader:
“All what you have heard is untrue”
However, Zionist analysts believed that the most important point in favor of the occupation entity is that the Syrian opposition is confronting the “bitter enemy of Israel”, i.e. Hezbollah, portraying the ambushes it plans as the same which Hezbollah had made against the enemy entity.

Ahmad Ammar contributed to this report.
Source: Al Manar TV
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Jewish terror state breaches truce 820 times in three months


Israel breaches truce 820 times in three months

Israel has breached its ceasefire agreement with the Palestinians on more than 800 occasions since it was signed last November.
Human rights organisations have revealed that Israel has breached its ceasefire agreement with the Palestinians on more than 800 occasions since it was signed last November. In stark contrast, the Palestinians have broken the truce just twice.

Data based on reports produced by the United Nations, the Israeli Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement (GISHA) and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, as well as Israeli and Palestinian media outlets, found that the three months old ceasefire is not being taken seriously by the Israeli occupation authorities.

According to the data sources, four Palestinian civilians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since November and 91 have been wounded. In the West Bank, meanwhile, six Palestinians have been killed by Israel, with 618 wounded.

A breakdown of the statistics shows that 63 attacks and 13 incursions were carried out by the Israelis in several areas of the Gaza Strip. Israel detained nine people from Gaza during the incursions.
At sea off the Gaza coast, the Israeli navy has carried out 30 attacks on fishing boats belonging to Palestinian fishermen, resulting in several casualties. Thirty-nine fishermen were detained by Israel, including two children. Ten fishing boats were shot at, with 8 being damaged significantly. British Members of Parliament visiting the Gaza Strip last week at the invitation of London-based charity Interpal witnessed Israeli gunboats attacking Palestinian fishing boats well within the 6-mile limit agreed as part of the ceasefire deal.

Palestinians in Gaza launched just two mortar shells in the same period, causing little or no damage in Israel. The human rights groups say that no rockets were fired from Gaza during the three month period covered by the survey, from November 22, 2012 to February 22, 2013.

The ceasefire agreed between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel brought to an end the eight-day Israeli offensive on the besieged territory. Around 170 Palestinians were killed, including 43 children, 15 women and 18 elderly; more than 1,250 people were injured, including 430 children, 207 women and 88 elderly. Three Israelis were killed and about 240 were either injured or treated for psychological trauma. Research in the Gaza Strip claims that 86 per cent of Palestinian children there now suffer trauma at the sound of the Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft which overfly the territory frequently.

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Meeting in Rome with the so-called Friends of Syria—fellow NATO powers and the reactionary Sunni monarchies of the Gulf states—Washington’s new secretary of state, John Kerry, announced on Monday that for the first time the US will begin funneling “non-lethal” aid directly to the armed militias seeking the overthrow of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
A Syrian teen watches as Aleppo residents walk through the rubble left by a terrorist attack. (File photo)
“Friends of Syria” encourage extremists
On its face, the new aid fell short of impressive. US officials spoke of providing the so-called Free Syrian Army with medical supplies and the US military’s Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) field rations. In addition, Washington has announced it is providing an additional $60 million in “humanitarian aid” to areas held by the Western-backed rebels.

Kerry indicated, however, that these public acts to assist the anti-regime militias were merely the tip of the iceberg. “We’re doing this, but other countries are doing other things,” Kerry explained.
While not going into detail, the meaning was clear to anyone following the civil war in Syria. In recent months, more advanced weaponry has poured across the country’s borders, paid for by Washington’s key Arab allies, the monarchical dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and covertly organized by the CIA.
Syrian militants
The Times: US and Allies Are Training Rebels in Fight against Assad
Meanwhile, the European powers are discussing proposals to stretch the definition of “non-lethal” assistance to include military equipment ranging from body armor and night-vision goggles to armored vehicles, all of which will be used to sharply escalate the lethality of the Syrian conflict.
A statement issued at the close of the meeting in Rome described the Syrian National Coalition—a formation cobbled together by the US State Department at a luxury hotel in Doha last November—as “the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” Kerry appeared at a joint press conference with Mouaz al-Khatib, the Sunni preacher and ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, whom Washington is grooming to become the Syrian equivalent of Iraq’s Ahmed Chalabi or Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai.
The US-sponsored coalition was supposed to convene a meeting Saturday in Istanbul to announce the formation of a “transitional government.” It was reported on Thursday, however, that the meeting had been postponed, likely due to another falling-out over the division of posts and spoils.

Taken together, these steps point to the elaboration of a strategy for ever-more direct US military intervention in Syria.

Demands for such action are becoming increasingly shrill in the media and sections of the ruling establishment. The Washington Post, for example, published an editorial Thursday demanding that Washington “move decisively to break Syria’s bloody stalemate” or risk losing “what may be a last chance to partner with the more moderate forces challenging Mr. Assad and to steer the country toward a new regime that the West could support.”

It calls on the Obama administration to engineer the formation of a “full-fledged alternative government on Syrian territory…recognizing it as the legal government of Syria. That would legitimize the supply of arms and allow the U.S. military to protect the Syrian population with airstrikes or Patriot anti-missile batteries, if that were necessary…”

Increasingly, the argument is being advanced within ruling circles that the US must intervene aggressively because of the danger that Al Qaeda-linked forces will dominate the anti-Assad forces and pose a threat to US interests if the regime collapses.
This amounts to US imperialism pointing to its own crime to justify an even greater atrocity. By all accounts, the Al Qaeda-linked elements of Jabhat al-Nusra and foreign fighters are playing the decisive role in prosecuting Syria’s civil war.
As the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, the al-Nusra front “is now seen as the most powerful force in … rebel areas along the Turkish and Iraq borders.” The Journal went on to quote Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as declaring, “The Syrian conflict is gong to be as big, if not bigger, than Afghanistan was in the 1980s in terms of mobilizing jihadi fighters.”
Of course the mobilization in Afghanistan was carried out under the auspices of the CIA, then in alliance with Osama bin Laden and the organization that became Al Qaeda. While publicly claiming to be involved in a never-ending global war against Al Qaeda, once again, in Syria, Washington has utilized these reactionary Islamist forces for the purpose of overthrowing a secular regime seen as an obstacle to US hegemony in the Middle East.

The results of this policy have been catastrophic. Syria, following in the wake of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, has seen its entire society torn to pieces as a result of a US-backed war for regime change, with tens of thousands killed and wounded, the country’s economy devastated and its population confronting a humanitarian crisis of tragic proportions.

A recent report prepared by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) estimated that the losses to the country’s economy over the last 22 months amounted to $48.4 billion—the equivalent of 81.7 percent of the country’s GDP for 2010. It estimated that GDP had declined by 18.8 percent in 2012, this on top of a decline of 35 percent since the fighting —together with punishing Western sanctions—began. According to the report, losses to the country’s capital stock amount to $42 billion, with the outright physical destruction of plants, equipment and buildings accounting for $20.8 billion.
The US-backed “rebels” have systematically looted the economy in areas of the industrial capital of Aleppo that have fallen under their control, stripping factories of their goods and machinery and smuggling them across the border to Turkey.

The war has sent nearly one million refugees fleeing across Syria’s border to escape the fighting. Another estimated two million are internally displaced within Syria. According to the United Nations, three quarters of the refugees are women and children.

The US-backed war is destabilizing the entire region as Washington attempts to utilize regime change in Syria as a means of redrawing the map of the Middle East to suit its own interests and to prepare for a far more dangerous war against Iran.

If the Obama administration now feels it can move ahead toward more direct military intervention, it is in large measure thanks to an official “antiwar” movement that has been thoroughly integrated into the Democratic Party. Pseudo-left organizations have functioned as adjuncts of the CIA in promoting “humanitarian” intervention and portraying a bloody sectarian conflict as a “social revolution.”
Nonetheless, the policy of military aggression abroad, like that of austerity at home, is deeply unpopular among working people, the vast majority of the population. Preventing another catastrophic eruption of American militarism depends upon the political mobilization of the working class against the root cause of war, the capitalist system.

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Jewish terror state Kidnapped 382 Palestinians, Including 10 Women, In February

The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights reported, Thursday, that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 382 Palestinians, including 10 women, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip in February. Source
Israeli Soldiers - File
Israeli Soldiers - File
The center said that six Palestinians were kidnapped in the Gaza Strip while the rest were kidnapped in the West Bank, including 10 who were kidnapped in Nablus, in northern West Bank. Some of the kidnapped Palestinians were released later on.

The Ahrar Center also reported that 38 of the kidnapped Palestinians have been taken prisoner at military roadblocks in different parts of the West Bank,

Two patients were kidnapped at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) terminal, between the Gaza Strip and Israel, despite the fact that they were granted permits to enter Israel for urgently needed medical treatment.

Three of the Palestinians who were kidnapped in the West Bank have been taken prisoner at the Al-karama between the West Bank and Jordan; one of them is a local Caricature identified as Mohammad Saba’na.

Furthermore, the army kidnapped several political leaders of the Hamas movement, including three elected legislators.

The Ahrar Center said that the arrests carried out by the army in February witnessed a sharp increase comparing to January as the army kidnapped 350 Palestinians last month

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