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"Push for Assad’s ouster in Syria weakened"

March 25, 2013

Via FLC

“… Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical weapons as the regime more firmly entrenches itself, giving no sign of stepping down any time soon… 

On Thursday, a U.S. official cited strong indications that chemical weapons were not used in an attack Tuesday in northern Aleppo province, but could not rule out the possibility. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter involved intelligence-gathering. At the same time, the U.N. said it would investigate whether chemical weapons were used and specifically is looking at the regime’s claim that rebel forces launched the deadly agents….
The chemical weapons quandary is the newest of several issues that have distracted the Syrian opposition and international community, while Assad digs in even deeper against disjointed plans on how to oust him….
 

The Assad regime is receiving arms and other military assistance from Iran, Russia and Lebanese Hezbollah. Ford also cited indirect help from Iraq and Iraqi fighters that “is absolutely prolonging the conflict,” although Baghdad denies being involved on either side of the Syrian war. 

House delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a nonvoting Democrat from American Samoa,(Long tradition of expertise on Syria!) described the foreign aid to the regime more bluntly. “It’s all military hardware that Assad needs to continue his killing spree,” Faleomavaega said…. 

Disarray within the opposition forces also has stymied the move to unseat Assad, although rebels control territory in Syria’s north and east. Ford described the opposition as divided into political and military wings, and “both are not entirely unified.”…”

 

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Aleppo chemical attack, NATO to step in?

March 23, 2013

by deLiberation

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013



Published by PressTV

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has described the use of chemical weapons by the militants as the “first act” by the so-called opposition interim government. The Syrian minister also said Turkey and Qatar bore “legal, moral and political responsibility” for the chemical attack in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. Twenty-five people were killed and over 80 others were injured when militants fired missiles containing “poisonous gases” into Aleppo’s Khan al-Assal village.

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America & Aleppo today; Halabja then: "You don’t want Iran (and Syria) to win the War!"

March 22, 2013

Via FLC

I donno why, but today’s attack against ‘loyalist Syria’, and the US’s complacency, strikes a HARSH resemblance to the US’s stance on Halabja & its support for Saddam Hussein!

“… Halabja marked something of a turning point in the United States’ scandalous support for Saddam Husayn’s war of aggression against the Islamic Republic—including his use of chemical weapons against civilian as well as military targets. Ever since the Iraqi military had started using chemical weapons in 1982 and Iran had started complaining about it to the United Nations Security Council, the United States had blocked any Security Council action on the matter. As we recount in Going to Tehran, UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, acting on his own (because the Security Council wouldn’t support him), sent six fact-finding teams to investigate Iraq’s use of chemical weapons between 1984 and 1988. Their reports consistently confirmed Iran’s charges—and just as consistently, the United States refused to let the Council act. As then Secretary of State George Shultz later explained, Washington blocked international pressure on Iraq to stop using chemical weapons because “you don’t want Iran to win the war.…”

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UN TO LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK IN ALEPPO

March 22, 2013

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SYRIA REQUESTS THE UN INVESTIGATE THE DEADLY CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK

Russia Welcomes UN Decision to Launch Probe into Incident of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
Mar 21, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, expressed Russia’s welcome of the decision taken by the UN Secretary General to conduct inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“We positively received the news about the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon quickly meeting the Syrian government’s request to conduct an investigation into the incident of using chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal in Alepo Countryside on March 19,” Gatilov told journalists in Moscow.
Earlier, the UN Secretary General announce that the UN intends to launch an international probe into the incident of launching a chemical weapon by terrorist group on Khan al-Assal area upon the Syrian government’s request.
“I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Ban Ki-moon said according to Reuters.
He told reporters that the investigation will focus on “the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government.”
He noted that the UN will cooperate with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the World Health Organization.
“There is much work to do and this will not happen overnight… It’s obviously a difficult mission. I intend for this investigation to start as soon as practically possible,” said Ban Ki-moon.
Russia Expresses Readiness to Participate in Investigation Committee
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, announced that Russian is ready to send experts to join a committee to investigate into chemical weapons use in Syria in case such a committee was formed.
“In case such a committee or experts delegation was formed, we would gladly propose for our experts to work within it,” said Lukashevich.
He warned against the intention of the “Syrian opposition” to bring military intervention in Syria, saying this would cause “bloody chaos”.
“This opposition has placed in front of it the mission of bringing foreign intervention after it became certain of the extend of support extended by its sponsors outside Syria…but we can’t feel worried by such dispositions,” Lukashevich added.
The Russian diplomat said that “There is nothing for Russia to discuss with the so-called ‘head of the interim government’,” reiterating however Moscow’s readiness to continue dialogue with the “Syrian opposition” figures who are interested in the peaceful settlement.
“That who is called the new head of the interim government rejects any possibility for dialogue with the Syrian government and calls for foreign intervention as soon as possible. So what issue could we discuss with him,” said Lukashevich.
He pointed out that Moscow considers it a must to implement the Geneva Statement on Syria and not talk about expanding the circle of participants in Geneva dialogue.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow, Riyad Haddad, discussed the situation in Syria in light of the information on terrorist groups using chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal.
Both sides stressed the need to conduct an independent investigation into this incident.
Terrorists on Tuesday launched a rocket with chemical materials from Kafar Dael in al-Neirab area on Khan al-Assal, killing 25 people and injuring scores of others.
Churkin Calls For Neutral, Thorough And Objective Investigation
Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, President of the U.N. Security Council for March, Vitaly Churkin, reiterated his country’s call for holding a neutral, thorough and objective investigation into the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Russia Today Website quoted Churkin as saying after closed consultations at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, “We ask the Syrian government to investigate the incident and we have experts from several countries including Russia…I think that the UN Secretary-General will form a team encompassing highly experienced members, and we expect that this investigation will be neutral and objective…This issue will be considered carefully.”
He indicated that France and Britain have resorted to an undue tactic which aims at hindering the consultations similar to what happened in Iraq when the US tried to justify its invasion of this country through fabricating information claiming that Iraq possesses mass destruction weapons.
He added that “he cited similar examples about what happened in Iraq when the Council’s members talked about the necessity of sending experts to Syria to investigate the issue of chemical weapons in general,” and not only about the accident of firing a rocket with chemical materials on Khan al-Assal in Aleppo by the terrorist groups.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the UN has received a written request from Syria’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari to hold an investigation.
The Agence France-Presse quoted France’s UN Ambassador, Gerard Aro, as saying following last night UN session that the issue is one of conducting investigation in the whole Syrian territories to shed light on what he described as “allegations”.
For his part, Assistant of Britain’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Philip Praham, that other countries could agree to the request for investigation.
Chizhov Warns Against Repeating Libyan Scenario in Syria
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU), Vladimir Chizhov warned that repeating the Libyan scenario by the NATO in Syria will be a “flagrant strategic mistake.”
Answering a question on the intentions of repeating the Libyan scenario in Syria, Chizhov said “If there is an element of the political pressure, I don’t think that this situation will serve in solving the issues, and the /worst/ is that it will be an outrageous strategic mistake.”
He indicated that the mistake also lies in the agreement on implementing what has been announced by France and Britain on lifting the embargo imposed by the EU on importing weapons to the “Syrian opposition”.
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Iran Condemns Chemical Attack Against Khan Al-Asal
Mar 21, 2013

TEHRAN, (SANA)- Iran on Wednesday strongly condemned firing a rocket carrying chemical materials on Khan al-Asal by the armed terrorist groups, describing it as “a hostile step against humanity”.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, expressed his country’s solidarity with the families of the victims.

In a press statement, Mehmanparast held the perpetrator of the crime and the countries which support them responsible for such crimes.

Affirming its principled stances on the necessity of adhering to the peaceful compromise to the crisis in Syria, Iran considered that the stability in the region depends on the commitment to the political option in solving the crisis, he said.

He asserted that Iran calls upon all human rights organizations and institutions to condemn this crime and to shoulder their responsibilities.

The armed terrorist groups on Tuesday fired a rocket carrying chemical materials on Khan al-Asad area in Aleppo, killing and injuring dozens of citizens.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Summons Swiss Charge D’affaires, Strongly Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons by Terrorists

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Swiss Charge D’affaires – who represents U.S. interests in Tehran, and told him Iran’s strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups in Syria, holding the countries which support these groups accountable for this dangerous act.

Foreign Ministry’s Assistant Director General for Political and International Affairs Mohsen Naziri said, “ The Islamic Republic of Iran has frequently warned against such crimes. It strongly urges the U.S. government to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Syria rebels.”

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Syrian Students, Community Abroad Denounce Terrorists’ Use of Chemical Weapon in Khan Al-Asal
Mar 21, 2013

CAPITALS,(SANA)-Syrian students in Slovakia strongly condemned the heinous crime perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups against the citizens in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo Countryside where they used a poisonous chemical weapon that is banned in the international, ethical and humanitarian levels.

Syrian Students National Union/ Slovakia Branch stressed in a statement that “The armed groups and the countries which support them have trespassed all the values when they committed this crime which comes in the framework of a new and dangerous conspiratorial series.”

“This crime aims at undermining the political process and the national dialogue along with the political program of solving the crisis,” the statement added.

It reiterated “The Syrian students’ confidence that such brutal crimes will fail in undermining the will of the Syrian people who aspire for solving the crisis and building the new Syria that is stronger than ever.”

It also called for “Stopping the support and the finance of the armed terrorist groups which aim to undermine the security and stability of Syria.”

In their statement, the students called upon the UN to investigate how the armed terrorist groups obtained the chemical weapons in a way that is contradicted with the international laws.

They also called upon all the parties to sit to the dialogue table to get out of the crisis.

Syrian Students,Community in Czech Republic: Countries Supporting Terrorism Responsible for Khan al-Asal Attack

Syrian community and students in the Czech Republic also condemned the chemical attack by the armed terrorist groups against Khan al-Asal in Aleppo Countryside.

In a press statement, members of the Syrian community in the Czech Republic said that this attack and the Arab and Western reactions towards it have divulged again the malevolence of these groups and the hypocrisy of the West which backs them and guarantees their security in a time when it claims that it is keen on the international security and stability.

The statement indicated that this dangerous escalation comes in the framework of the plan of brining the foreign interference in Syria.

The community expressed confidence that this new crime will enhance the steadfastness of the Syrians and make them more determined to continue the battle against the Gulf-Western axis of evil and their tools.

For their part, the Syrian students in a similar statement held all the countries which support terrorism responsible for the crime committed by the terrorists in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo Countryside.

They called upon the UN to form a specialized and neutral technical mission to investigate this new crime.

They affirmed that the political program to solve the crisis proposed by the Syrian leadership and sitting to the dialogue table is the only solution to restoring peace, security and stability to Syria.

R. al-Jazaeri /

Syrian Communist Party (Unified) Condemns Terrorists’ Chemical Attack in Aleppo

Mar 20, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian Communist Party (Unified) condemned on Wednesday the armed terrorist groups’ launch of a missile loaded with chemical materials against Khan al-Assal people in Aleppo countryside.
In a statement, the Party said that this criminal act comes after the terrorists failed to achieve any military gains in confronting the Syrian army, and it comes within a dangerous escalation of events and a qualitative leap in confronting terrorists.
The statement added that this crime coincides with the escalation made by some Arab League members, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar to legitimize the flow of weapons to terrorists in Syria, and it coincides with the efforts exerted by France and Britain to legitimize smuggling weapons to terrorists in Syria. 
 

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Have the Syria equation changed after usig the chemical

March 21, 2013

هل تغيرت المعادلة السورية بعد الكيماوي؟


‏الخميس‏، 21‏ آذار‏، 2013

أوقات الشام
أمين حطيط

فوجئ البعض من لجوء الجماعات المسلحة الارهابية المتحركة على الارض السورية الى استعمال السلاح الكيماوي ، كما ان البعض استهجن لردة الفعل الغربية جراء هذا الامر ، خاصة لجهة محاولة التمييع من جهة او تحريف الحقائق و استثمار معطيات محرفة من جهة اخرى للتصعيد ضد سورية بما يترافق مع تعيين كردي اميركي رئيسا لما اسمي حكومة المعارضة السورية ، و وضعاً للامور في نصابها نقارب الموضوع من جوانبه الاساسية التي لا بد من طرقها بحثا عن الحقيقة و اظهارها و تحديد الموقع الفعلي بعد التصعيد .

و من الطبيعي ان نبدأ بالتأكيد على تحديد المستخدم للسلاح الكيماوي ، و هنا لا يجد الباحث الموضوعي كبير جهد في تحديد الجهة التي اطلقت الصاروخ هذا على خان العسل قرب حلب ، حيث ان البقعة المقصوفة هي تحت السيطرة التامة للجيش العربي السوري و يقطنها مواطنون اظهروا كبير تمسكهم بالدولة و بالحكومة الشرعية القائمة و رفضهم للمسلحين الغرباء كما و رفضهم لمن ضللوا و رفعوا السلاح بوجه دولتهم ، هذا من جهة و من جهة اخرى جاء القصف في لحظة حرجة ظهر فيها عجز المسلحين بالقدرات التي يملكونها عن احداث تغيير في الميدان لصالحهم يكسبهم سيطرة على منطقة يغلقونها بوجه الدولة و ينازعونها الشرعية في حكمها ، اضف الى ذلك الازمة التي تعيشها ما يسمى المعارضات السورية المتنازعة و المشتتة بين داخل و خارج و التي لا يجمعها الا فكرة العداء للنظام ثم تفرقها شهوة السلطة .

كل هذا يقودنا الى القطع بان الجماعات المسلحة لجأت و بقرار من قيادة العدوان و تسهيل و تواطؤ من المثلث الاقليمي و الثنائي الاروبي التنفيذي لجأت الى القصف الكيماوي رغبة منها في تحقيق ما يلي :

1) تخطي الازمة البنوية و العجز الميداني الذي تعانيه ما توصف بالمعارضة ، و ادخال سلاح جديد في المعركة من اجل تحقيق التوازن الذي تحلم به جبهة العدوان و الذي روج له وزير خارجية فرنسا فابيوس بالقول “ان تسليح فرنسا للمعالرضة هو بقصد منحها القوة التي تقيم التوازن و تدفع لحل السلمي” . و نحن نعرف وفقا لقواعد العلم العسكري و الاستراتيجي بان الخصم في الميدان اذا وقف على عجزه عن تحقيق الهدف فانه يلجأ الى احد امرين او الامرين معا / اما ان يطلب التعزيز بالقوى او ان يزج في الميدان سلاح جديد ، و بالعودة الى واقع المسلحين فاننا نشهد عجزهم عن فرض السيطرة على الحالة العامة رغم تعزيز قدراتهم بالقوى البشرية التي وصلت في عديدها الى 135 الف مسلح ثم انخفضت الى 65 الف مسلح تحت ضربات الجيش العربي السوري و متغيرات البيئة العامة لذلك لم يتبق لهؤلاء الا ان يستعملوا السلاح الكيماوي رغبة في تحقيق التوازن المفقود . ان المسلحين المأزومين سياسيا و ميدانيا حاولو تفجير ازمتهم بصاروخ كيماوي يخرجهم منها .

2) رغبة تركية اطلسية في ارسال رسالة جدية و حادة الى سورية بان التهديدات السابقة بتسليح المعارضة و تدريبها على استعمال اسلحة نوعية فتاكة انما هو فرار جدي و على الحكومة السورية – برأيهم – ان تأخذه بالاعتبار و ان تعيد حسباتها كما صرح اكثر من مسؤول غربي في هذا الصدد . و الحسابات المفصودة هنا تتعلق بتمسك الحكومة السورية و الرئيس الاسد بالقرار الشعبي و الانصياع له و حده و رفض الاملاءات الخارجية مهما كان مصدرها وهي تهدف الى تعيين الحكام مع تجاوز صناديق الاقتراع . و قد جاء تعيين اميركي من اصول كردية سورية رئيسا لحكومة مدعاة ، بمثابة النموذج الذي يريد الغرب فرضه على السوريين ، و هو مرفوض طبعاً من قبل الشعب السوري و من قبل قيادته الوطنية و القومية العربية . لذلك جاء الصاروخ الكيماوي بقصد الترهيب و الضغط و التهويل على القيادة السورية حتى تتراجع عن ثوابتها في فهم الحكم و اختيار الحكام و اتخاذ القرار المستقل .

3) حاجة اميركية لاختبار الواقع الحالي للقيادة السورية خاصة في تماسكها و رباطة جأشها ثم استدراجها الى مبادلة الفعل الاجرامي الذي ارتكبته الجماعات المسلحة بالمثل و اللجوء الى السلاح الكيماوي – هذا اذا فشلت في الصاق الجريمة اصلا بالنظام – و عندها يكون لاميركا المبرر الكافيكما صرحت سابقا- للتدخل عسكريا في الازمة تحت غطاء من الهيئات الدولية او الاقليمية من اجل اسقاط النظام الذي صمد حتى الان و هو قادر على الاستمرار و الثبات رغم كثافة العدوان و حجم المعتدين ، صمود جعل دولة كروسيا تقول بان بوضوح “سقوطه مستحيل” .

ان القرار باستعال غاز السارين هو قرار اميركي و طأت له اميركا منذ شهرين ( راجع التقرير الذي وزعته شبكة س ن ن في مطلع السنة تحت عنوان ما هو غاز السارين و لماذا قد تستخدمه دمشق) و رغبت جبهة العدوان من اللجوء اليه تحقيق ما تقدم لكن احلامها– كما يبدو – ذهبت كغيرها ادراج الرياح فكانت ردة الفعل السورية على الصعد العسكرية و السياسية و الاعلامية متماسكة و واثقة بالنفس و بقدراتها ما جعل الخطة الغربية تفشل في تحقيق الاهداف الاساسية منها ، لكن الفعل الاجرامي لم يذهب دون نتائج و تداعيات ، حيث ان دماء الشهداء الذين اختنقوا اثر هذه الجريمة و معهم المصابين بغاز السارين ( SAREN) الذي نتج عن الصاروخ الكيماوي المسبب للاختناق و التأثير على الاعصاب كان لها من المفاعيل ما دفع الامور في اتجاه معاكس للرغبات الاميركية حيث اننا نسجل في هذا المضمار :

1) ادانة دولية شاملة و عامة احرجت اميركا و الغرب و اظهرت بشكل خاص النفاق الاميركي في المسألة فبعد ان ادعت اميركا انها لا تملك الدليل على استعمال السلاح هذا ، عادت و زعمت انها لا تعرف الجهة التي استعملته اضطرت للهروب الى الامام للقول بانها لن تقبل ان يستعمل النظام السلاح الكيماوي ، و اذ بها تعترف ضمنا و بشكل مباشر انها تقبل و تشجع لا بل تأمر الجماعات المسلحة باستعمال هذا السلاح . نقول احرجت اميركا رغم يقيننا ان اميركا تتحرك متفلتة من اي قيد قانوني او اخلاقي او انساني لكن هذا الموقف الذي وضعت فيه الان معطوفا على البئية الدولية القائمة الان من شأنه ان يعطل المسعى الاميركي للتذرع بالسلاح الكيماوي لدفع المجتمع الدولي للتدخل عسكريا في سورية .

2) فضيحة لما يسملى معارضة سورية و احراج لها زاد من تشتتها و تنافرها خاصة و ان ضحايا الجريمة هم في معظمهم من الاطفال و النساء و قد كان بليغا كلام تلك الطفلة السورية المصابة بالغاز السام و هي تقول ” هذه هي حريتهم ؟ الله لا يوفقهم “؟

3) و لن نعتني بمواقف الاعراب القابعين في حظيرة النعاج حيث يلتقون تحت اسم ” جامعة دول عربية” ، فهم لم يتخذوا مواقف اصلا بل كان سكوتهم هو الموقف الذي يعني قبولهم و اشتراكهم بالجريمة المنكرة و المدانة على لسان كل عاقل و شريف و طبعا هذا لا يتوفر في قاموسهم .

ان لجوء الجبهة المعتدية على سورية و بالقيادة الاميركية ، الى السلاح االكيماوي و رغم انه مثل تصعيدا مهما في الازمة و مجرياتها الا انه عجز عن احداث خرق في الميدان العسكري و لم يحقق شيئا من التوازن الذي تستميت اميركا لتحقيقه قبل الجلوس الى طاولة التفاوض و افقد اميركا اوراق اضافية لن يعوضها تعين كردي اميركي مفوضا ساميا او حاكما لسورية برتبة “رئيس حكومة مؤقتة “، و نرى ان التصعيد على المستوى الميداني بالكيماوي و على المستوى السياسي بتعيين اميركي رئيس حكومة مزعومة لسورية لن يحقق شيئا من المتوخى منه و لم يغير في جوهر المعادلة القائمة لمصلحة الدولة السورية و شرعيتها .

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Russia: West Delaying UN Probe into Syria Chemical Attack

March 21, 2013

Russia accused Western powers of attempting to delay a United Nations probe into the recent use of chemical weapons by foreign-backed militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

 
During a Wednesday session at the UN Security Council, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin voiced Moscow’s support for the Syrian government’s call for an independent inquiry into the chemical attack by foreign-backed militants in Aleppo.
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However, France and Britain reportedly cited new claims by the Syrian opposition that there had been two chemical weapons attacks, one in Aleppo and another in the capital Damascus, demanding that both be investigated.

The Russian envoy strongly disagreed with the idea of focusing the urgently needed UN probe on the recent claims, which he described as “propaganda balloons.”

“As far as I know, there is only one allegation of the use of chemical weapons…. There have been no other allegations,” said Churkin, who holds the rotating presidency of the Council for March.

“To me, a concern which I expressed in the Council, was that this was really a way to delay the need for immediate, urgent investigation of allegations pertaining to March 19 [chemical attack] by raising all sorts of issues,” he added.

The Russian diplomat further questioned the credibility of the allegation about the second chemical attack in Syria, saying, “Instead of launching those propaganda balloons I think it’s much better to get our focus right.”

Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari also said he was not aware of an alleged second chemical attack in the country.

“This (second) allegation was set up on purpose to torpedo the investigation on the real use of chemical weapons which took place in Aleppo,” Ja’afari said.

On March 19, at least 25 people were killed and many others injured when militants fired missiles “containing a chemical substance” into Khan al-Assal village near Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, according to a report by the official Syrian news agency SANA.
 

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Syria Requests for UN Chemical Attack Inquiry

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Syrian militant rebels uses chemical weapons against civiliansSyria on Wednesday called on the UN secretary general to set up an “independent” investigation into the news that opposition rebels have used chemical weapons in an attack, its UN envoy said.

Western diplomats claimed there was no confirmation that chemical weapons had been used by either side in the two-year-old conflict.

However, the Syrian government confirms chemical arms were used Tuesday in the town of Khan al-Assal near the conflict hotspot of Aleppo.

Syria’s UN envoy said he had delivered a letter which “requested the secretary general of the United Nations to form a specialized, independent and neutral technical mission to investigate the use by the terrorist groups operating in Syria of chemical weapons yesterday against civilians” in Khan al-Assal.

The Syrian opposition has accused government forces of using chemical weapons and also demanded an independent investigation.

UN Security Council nations are remaining cautious about the charges.
“We simply don’t have any information to corroborate, verify, substantiate” the allegations, a senior UN diplomat said.

Source: AFP
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Britain’s Iraq war criminals-still at large

March 21, 2013

If they had a scintilla of decency, Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett would not show their faces in public again

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Ten years ago today, American and British tanks stormed across the border of Kuwait into Iraq, precipitating a torrent of violence which has since cost more than 100,000 Iraqi and Allied lives. 
 
We, the British people, were told by our leader Tony Blair that the invasion was indispensable to Britain’s national security because Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction which could be used against us.
Soon after Western forces reached Baghdad, it became plain that no such weapons existed.

Blair said the invasion was vital to Britain's security because Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. Soon after Western forces reached Baghdad, it was clear that no such weapons existed

Blair said the invasion was vital to Britain’s security because Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. Soon after Western forces reached Baghdad, it was clear that no such weapons existed
 

Alastair CampbellMoreover, it also emerged that the Prime Minister had assured President George Bush of Britain’s armed support in deposing Saddam Hussein, well ahead of the WMD claims, because he wished to assist the Americans in doing what he considered a good deed in the world. 
 
Blair’s trusted henchman, Alastair Campbell, colluded with John Scarlett, chairman of Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee, to produce a document which afterwards proved to be a mass of falsehoods, offering ‘evidence’ of the case for war.


John Scarlett
Alastair Campbell (left), colluded with John Scarlett,
chairman of Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee, to produce a
document which has proved to be a mass of falsehoods,
offering ‘evidence’ of the case for war

All three men thus committed what seems to some of us a heinous political crime. They concocted a false manifesto to justify taking Britain to war, with the loss of 179 British servicemen’s lives.

Yet a decade on, not only are those responsible walking the streets of London as free men, but they are without shame.

Blair said this week on BBC’s Newsnight that he does not regret the war. ‘If we hadn’t removed Saddam from power, just think, for example, what would be happening if these Arab revolutions were continuing and Saddam, who’s probably 20 times as bad as Assad in Syria, was trying to suppress an uprising in Iraq.’

Blair, Campbell and Scarlett thus committed what seems to some of us a heinous political crime. They concocted a false manifesto to justify taking Britain to war, with the loss of 179 British servicemen's lives
Blair, Campbell and Scarlett thus committed what seems to some of us a heinous political crime. They concocted a false manifesto to justify taking Britain to war, with the loss of 179 British servicemen’s lives
I exclaimed at the screen: Yes, maybe, Mr Blair. But in 2003 you did not tell us you intended to start a war to make the Middle East a better place. You professed that an invasion of Iraq was essential to the security of the British people. You lied, you lied, you lied.
 

I feel passionate because I was among those duped by the WMD claims.
Before 2003 I wrote many times in these pages that Britain should have nothing to do with a recklessly irresponsible American Republican adventure in Iraq. But then I read the government’s report on Saddam’s weapons. I felt that this had to be believed, and an invasion reluctantly supported.

Shameless: Campbell is nowadays welcomed into studios as if he was a national treasure

My wife Penny, who never swallowed Blair and Campbell’s claims, argued bitterly with me. I said pompously: ‘It’s impossible that the Government and the Secret Intelligence Service would lie to us about something this big.’

I was as wrong as I could be. Blair, Campbell and Scarlett made fools of many of us.
What seems to make it all much worse is that they got away with it.
Shameless: Campbell is nowadays welcomed into studios as if he was a national treasureScarlett, whom Campbell described to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War as ‘a mate’, was discredited as an intelligence officer by his role in the scandal. He was the professional spook who processed the material he and Downing Street then served up to the nation. He formed an unholy partnership with his political masters.

When it was all over, however, instead of posting him to Ulan Bator as he deserved, Blair rewarded Scarlett’s misconduct by making him director of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Much of the secret service was thoroughly unhappy about the appointment. But the Prime Minister used his power, and Scarlett served his term. Not only that, but having retired from the SIS, he now serves as an ‘independent director’ of The Times newspaper, a role in which Vladimir Putin would be more credible.

Campbell, meanwhile, has become the darling of the BBC, forever a guest on its chat shows and invited to air his views on news programmes as if he was an elder statesman rather than spinmaster of the most mendacious government of modern times.

Campbell’s off-camera behaviour, as a foul-mouthed bully, was brilliantly captured in the political satire The Thick Of It. But the man himself is nowadays welcomed into studios as if he was a national treasure.

Why have we lost our capacity for anger? I suspect that much of the public is content to forgive these people not from Christian charity, but because it does not care much about anything any more. 
 
I spoke at a dinner last week at which a guest asked me how I would behave if Tony Blair walked in. There was obvious surprise and even disbelief when I said that I would decline to shake his hand.

Enlarge   John Prescott said this month that the Iraq invasion 'cannot be justified' and offered a bizarre excuse for his support at the time - that he thought George Bush had a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

John Prescott said this month that the Iraq invasion ‘cannot be justified’ and offered a bizarre excuse for his support at the time – that he thought George Bush had a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
 

But I meant what I said. It seems outrageous the former Prime Minister is travelling the world, collecting tens of millions of pounds in consultancy and speaking fees, masquerading black-comically as a Middle East ‘peace envoy’, while in Iraq the killing goes on and on. Yet Blair still insists the invasion was a splendid idea.
Amazingly, David Cameron has invited him into Downing Street to give advice — no doubt about how to persuade the British people that we should get stuck into Syria.

Most of Blair’s former Cabinet colleagues, by contrast, have distanced themselves to some degree from the war. John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister in 2003, said this month that the Iraq invasion ‘cannot be justified’ and offered a bizarre excuse for his support at the time — that he thought George Bush had a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prescott was, of course, the Blair government’s resident buffoon rather than a serious politician, but at least he has brains enough now to see that he was complicit in a disaster.

Tony Blair now lives in a splendour that seems to satisfy even his wife’s sybaritic tastes

Some people think that public and political attitudes to Blair and Campbell (nobody outside Whitehall remembers Scarlett’s name, luckily for him) will change when the interminable Chilcot Inquiry’s report is published later this year.

I will believe that only when it happens. Official inquiries have a long history of making their conclusions so equivocal that, somehow, nobody ends up getting blamed.
Tony Blair now lives in a splendour that seems to satisfy even his wife's sybaritic tastesA dispute is continuing  between Chilcot and the Cabinet Secretary, who has refused to release pre-war correspondence between Blair and President Bush deemed likely to prove that the Prime Minister signed up for the Republicans’ war long before the issue of WMDs was even raised.

Whatever the outcome of this argument, I shall be amazed if Chilcot’s report displays the courage and clarity of thought to say what most of the British people know already — that Blair and his associates are guilty as hell.

Some people say: ‘Oh, but it’s all a long time ago and, anyway, we are out of Iraq now.’

True, but the nightmare Bush and Blair created continues, with scores dead in a bomb blast in Baghdad only yesterday. 
 
The two Western ‘crusaders for freedom’ achieved the remarkable feat of precipitating the killing of almost as many Iraqis as Saddam Hussein accounted for during his murderous rule.

Yet Tony Blair now lives in a splendour that seems to satisfy even his wife’s sybaritic tastes. Alastair Campbell is said to be advising Ed Miliband on how to get into Downing Street and will probably end up with a peerage for his pains.
The former prime minister and his spin doctor have wrought such tragedy and grief in the world that they should be regarded as pariahs. But people choose to forget.
Political rage focuses instead on phone-message hackers from the Press. Yet at least their crimes, repulsive as they were, never killed anyone. That is more than can be said for  those of the former tenant of  Downing Street.

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US-NATO Backed Al Qaeda Terrorists use Chemical Weapons in Syria

March 20, 2013

SYRIA: US-NATO Backed Al Qaeda Terrorists Armed with WMDs. Chemical Weapons against the Syrian People

NATOBLOODAfter a 10 year war/occupation in Iraq, the death of over a million people including thousands of US soldiers, all based on patently false claims of the nation possessing “weapons of mass destruction,” (WMDs), it is outrageous hypocrisy to see the West arming, funding, and politically backing terrorists in Syria who in fact both possess, and are now using such weapons against the Syrian people.

At least 25 are reported dead after a chemical weapons attack targeting Syrian soldiers was carried out by NATO-backed terrorists in the northern city of Aleppo.

Aleppo is located near the Syrian-Turkish border. Had Libya’s looted stockpiles of chemical weapons been shipped to Syria, they would have passed through Turkey along with weapons sent from Libya by the US and thousands of Libyan terrorists who are admittedly operating inside Syria, and would most likely be used to target cities like Aleppo.

Worse yet, any chemical weapons imported into the country would implicate NATO either directly or through gross negligence, as the weapons would have passed through NATO-member Turkey, past US CIA agents admittedly operating along the border and along side Western-backed terrorists inside Syria.

Libya’s WMD’s are in Terrorist Hands

Libya’s arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance in 2011 during the culmination of efforts to overthrow the North African nation . Since then, Libya’s militants led by commanders of Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.
In addition to small arms, heavier weapons are also making their way through this extensive network. The Washington Post in their article, “Libyan missiles on the loose,” reported:

“Two former CIA counterterrorism officers told me last week that technicians recently refurbished 800 of these man-portable air-defense systems (known as MANPADS) — some for an African jihadist group called Boko Haram that is often seen as an ally of al-Qaeda — for possible use against commercial jets flying into Niger, Chad and perhaps Nigeria.”

While undoubtedly these weapons are also headed to Niger, Chad, and perhaps Nigeria, they are veritably headed to Syria. Libyan LIFG terrorists are confirmed to be flooding into Syria from Libya. In November 2011, the Telegraph in their article, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:

Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”

Another Telegraph article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels,” would admit

Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.
“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

Later that month, some 600 Libyan terrorists would be reported to have entered Syria to begin combat operations and have been flooding into the country ever since.

Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as “foreign invasion.” 
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Washington Post’s reported “loose missiles” in Libya are now turning up on the battlefield in Syria. While outfits like the Guardian, in their article “Arms and the Manpads: Syrian rebels get anti-aircraft missiles,” are reporting the missiles as being deployed across Syria, they have attempted to downplay any connection to Libya’s looted arsenal and the Al Qaeda terrorists that have imported them. In contrast, Times has published open admissions from terrorists themselves admitting they are receiving heavy weapons including surface-to-air missiles from Libya.
In Time’s article, “Libya’s Fighters Export Their Revolution to Syria,” it is reported:

Some Syrians are more frank about the assistance the Libyans are providing. “They have heavier weapons than we do,” notes Firas Tamim, who has traveled in rebel-controlled areas to keep tabs on foreign fighters. “They brought these weapons to Syria, and they are being used on the front lines.” Among the arms Tamim has seen are Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, known as the SAM 7.
Libyan fighters largely brush off questions about weapon transfers, but in December they claimed they were doing just that. “We are in the process of collecting arms in Libya,” a Libyan fighter in Syria told the French daily Le Figaro. “Once this is done, we will have to find a way to bring them here.”

Clearly NATO’s intervention in Libya has left a vast, devastating arsenal in the hands of sectarian extremists, led by US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization LIFG, that is now exporting these weapons and militants to NATO’s other front in Syria. It is confirmed that both Libyan terrorists and weapons are crossing the Turkish-Syrian border, with NATO assistance, and it is now clear that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons have crossed the border too.

The Guardian reported in their November 2011 article, “Libyan chemical weapons stockpiles intact, say inspectors,” that:

Libya’s stockpiles of mustard gas and chemicals used to make weapons are intact and were not stolen during the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, weapons inspectors have said.

But also reported that:
The abandonment or disappearance of some Gaddafi-era weapons has prompted concerns that such firepower could erode regional security if it falls into the hands of Islamist militants or rebels active in north Africa. Some fear they could be used by Gaddafi loyalists to spread instability in Libya.
Last month Human Rights Watch urged Libya’s ruling national transitional council to take action over large numbers of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, it said were lying unguarded more than two months after Gaddafi was overthrown.On Wednesday the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said the UN would send experts to Libya to help ensure nuclear material and chemical weapons did not fall into the wrong hands.

And while inspectors claim that Libya’s chemical weapons are in the “government’s” hands and not “extremists’,” it is clear by the Libyan government’s own admission, that they themselves are involved in sending fighters and weapons into Syria.

It remains to be seen where these chemical weapons came from. Should they appear to be from Libya’s arsenal, NATO, especially the US and Turkey, would be implicated in supplying Al Qaeda terrorists with WMDs, the very scenario the West has been paralyzed in fear over for the past 10 years, has given up its liberties, and spilled the blood of thousands of its soldiers to prevent.
The implications of Western-backed terrorists using chemical weapons, regardless of their origin, has cost the West its already floundering legitimacy, jeopardized its institutions, and has further shook the confidence of the many shareholders invested in them – politically, financially, industrially, and strategically. Such shareholders would be wise to begin looking for exits and cultivating alternatives outside the Wall Street-London international order.
 

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ALEPPO: 25 CIVILIANS KILLED BY FSA IN TOXIC CHEMICAL ROCKET ATTACK

March 20, 2013

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25 Killed by Rocket with Chemical Materials Fired by Terrorists in Aleppo Countryside

Mar 19, 2013


ALEPPO,(SANA)- Terrorists on Tuesday launched a rocket containing chemical materials on Khan al-Asal area in Aleppo Countryside.

The explosion of the rocket claimed the lives of 25 martyrs, while 110 citizens were injured, many of them in critical condition.

Foreign Ministry.. Syria has warned of offering Chemical weapons to terrorists

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday sent two identical letters to President of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General stating that in a dangerous escalation to the crimes perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups in north Syria, they launched a missile at 7,30 in the morning from Kfar Dael region into Khan al-Asal area in Aleppo governorate.

“The missile fell in a region populated by civilians on a 300- m distance from the post of the Syrian Arab army soldiers,” the Ministry said in the letters.

It added that after the missile was exploded, a dense smoke has occurred which led to direct faint cases among citizens who were subjected to inhale those gases. The missile explosion and the gases have led to the martyrdom of 25 citizens until now while more than 110 others between civilians and soldiers were injured who were admitted to Aleppo hospitals.

“In two previous identical letters sent to President of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General on December 8th, 2012 issued by document 917/2012 S 628/ 67, Syria expressed its serious fear of offering chemical weapons to the terrorists by some countries which support them to accuse the Syrian government of using such weapons,” the Ministry said.

It added that Syria has warned of the danger of failure to confront the possibility of reaching banned kinds of weapons to the hands of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, particularly after these groups have seized a private factory in East Aleppo which contains tons of the poisonous chlorine material when terrorists threatened to use chemical weapons they make in a lab near Turkish Gaziantep city to claim that the Syrian government has used such weapons.

“Video tapes broadcast at that time on websites have showed the way of manufacturing the poisonous gases through chemical materials received by al-Qaeda from a Turkish company as they were tested on creatures,” the Ministry said.

It affirmed that Syria, who reiterates its commitments announced scores of times through diplomatic channels that it will not use those chemical weapons, if found, against its people, will go ahead in its constitutional commitment to pursue the terrorists and their supporters to maintain the country’s safety and security.

The Ministry went on to say that Syria calls on the international community to seriously move to prevent those terrorist groups from perpetrating more dangerous crimes against Syrian people through putting an end to the military, financial, political and logistic support offered by the countries which back those terrorist groups, particularly Turkey, Qatar and some western states without thinking in the repercussions of that support on the innocent Syrian civilians whom bloods are shed at the hands of the terrorist groups.

Health Ministry Calls on UN to Pay Attention to Terrorists’ Flagrant Crimes against Defenseless Civilians

In a statement, the Health Ministry called upon the UN and its health and humanitarian organizations to pay attention to the flagrant crimes committed by terrorists against defenseless civilians, demanding that they pressure the countries that are openly arming and funding armed groups to stop their support immediately.

The Ministry affirmed its commitment to providing citizens’ health needs, particularly in light of the current events.

The Ministry said that the citizens who were affected by the missile attack in Aleppo and were rushed to the hospitals are suffering from cases of unconsciousness, pupil contraction, neurological symptoms, rapid pulse, breathing irregularity, murmurs in lungs, and general weakness, in addition to a decrease in cholinesterase efficiency in patients’ plasma.

The statement affirmed that all health workers in the hospitals to which the injured civilians were rushed are in a state of alert and that they took all the necessary measures to save the patients’ lives who are being treated, adding that some of them have been discharged after their condition improved.

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Russia: Use of Chemical Weapons by “Syrian Opposition” Is Very Serious Precedent

Mar 19, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the use of chemical weapons by “the Syrian opposition” is “a very serious precedent”.

“This incident constitutes a very worrying and serious development in the context of the crisis in Syria,” the Ministry said in a statement published on its website.

The statement expressed Russia’s deep concern “over weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of gunmen, which further aggravates the situation and pushes the confrontation in the country to a new level.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry called upon all rational parties in Syria to abandon violence and move to realistic steps towards achieving the political solution through negotiations based on the Geneva Statement adopted by the action group on Syria on June 30.

Terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances on Khan al-Asal area in the countryside of Aleppo. Information indicated that 25 people, mostly civilians, were killed and over 100 others were injured.

Moscow Voices Regret over Doha Coalition’s Election of So-called Prime Minister

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement that the Syrian opposition’s act of electing a “prime minister” may lead to further instability in Syria, voicing regret over this step which doesn’t help reach a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis and contradicts the Geneva statement.

Lukashevich said that this decision increases the danger of division as it not only excludes the supporters of the legitimate current Syrian government, but also excludes the opposition forces that aren’t part of the coalition.

He said that what happened and the statements made by Ghassan Hito, who was elected on Monday by the Doha coalition as a so-called “prime minister,” show that this coalition has shifted from its affirmations in support of dialogue made in February to its hardliner course of its statement in Doha in November 2012.

Lukashevich said that Russia still believes that the way out is through ending all kinds of violence and achieving tangible agreements between the Syrian government and the opposition according to the Geneva statement, reiterating calls to all sides to support this resolution and to refrain from obstructing it.

H. Said / H. Sabbagh
 

Al-Zoubi: Terrorists’ Firing of Rocket with Chemical Substances in Aleppo is Serious Escalation

Mar 19, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi held the countries that are arming the ‘opposition’ responsible for the crime committed in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo countryside.

In a statement to the journalists on Tuesday, Minister al-Zoubi said that the terrorists’ firing of a rocket with chemical substances from Da’el area in al-Neirab on Khan al-Asal is a “dangerous escalation”.

He stressed that the governments of Erdogan and Qatar bear legal, moral and political responsibility for the crime which claimed the lives of 25 persons and wounded over 100, the majority of them are in critical condition.

Al-Zoubi said that the crime is a first impact of the Arab League’s decision on the Ministerial Level. “Whoever got involved and announced direct and public military support to the terrorists, whether he was an emir, a minister or a prime minister, must be held to account for the crime,” he stressed.

The Minister indicated that that the terrorists used an internationally-banned weapon, calling upon the international community and the countries which are funding and arming the terrorists to assume their responsibility for this crime.

Al-Zoubi said that using this banned weapon is considered as a “dangerous shift in the course of what is taking place in Syria on the security and military levels”.

He added that the Syrian government has the right to act in accordance with the international law and file a lawsuit against the countries which are arming the opposition with internationally-banned weapons as to face the risks of providing such weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization.

He pointed out that the toxic gases and materials involved in the rocket cause immediate fainting, quiver and death, stressing that this type of weapons usually come under the category of “lethal and internationally-banned weapons”.

Minsiter al-Zoubi reiterated that “This shift in the type and manner of arming the terrorists embodied in using weapons imported from outside Syria across the border with some neighboring countries means that all allegations made by some countries, such as France, UK, Qatar and Turkey on providing logistic and “non-lethal” weapons to the armed terrorist groups in Syria are mere talk to sell the media.”

He stressed that the terrorist crime committed in Aleppo is “an exceptional case, compared to the events in the world at least over the last fifty years, that an internationally-banned weapon being used publically in this manner and from an area where Western and Turkish intelligence, among others are operating, along with the Jabhat al-Nusra members among other armed terrorist groups.”

He lashed out at “the false logic” of Europeans and Americans when they talk about the existence of chemical weapons in Syria that are being prepared to be used by the Syrian military leaderships, stressing that this “horrible crime is a clear indisputable evidence on terrorists using such internationally-banned weapons.”

The Information Minister affirmed that the Syrian armed forces can never use any internationally banned or prohibited weapons, if it possess any, and that Syria is always committed to the agreements and protocols it signed in this regard.

He said that resolutions the Arab Ministerial Council came out with on “arming the opposition” is “an attempt to provide a cover, legitimacy and legality to a standing reality” since arms supplies to the terrorist groups are coming from various countries paid by the Qatari government.

Al-Zoubi stressed that the situation on the ground is good and going well as planned for in terms of confrontation with the terrorist groups and that the morale of the armed forces are at their best contrary to the lies circulated by the media around the clock.

He pointed out that a number of terrorists, as shown in a filmed video, recently conducted tests under the name “Gale” in which they used chemical materials and toxic gases on rats treating to launch chemical attacks.

The armed forces restored security and stability to parts of Khan al-Asal area last November.

Deputy Foreign Minister: Syria Committed to Defending Its People

Later, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Faisal al-Mikdad, said this new crime in Khan al-Asal adds to the record of the terrorist groups that are backed by some countries in the Gulf and the West and Turkey in particular, “which we hold responsible for the crimes against the civilians and the destruction taking place in Syria.”

“We warned throughout the past months of the allegations circulated by some countries and parties on the possibility of us using chemical weapons, and we stressed that in case Syria possessed any such weapons, it wouldn’t use them against its civilians under any circumstances,” al-Mikdad pointed out.

He stressed that Syria is committed to its right to defend its people and combat terrorism and its supporters, calling upon the international community to put an end to the interference of the US, France, Britain and Gulf states in the Syrian affairs and their training and arming of terrorists as this would reflect negatively on the region and the countries backing terrorism.

M. Nassr/ H. Said
 

Mikdad: Crime in Khan al-Asal Adds to Record of Terrorist Groups Supported by Arab Gulf Countries, West and Turkey

Mar 19, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Deputy Foreign an Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad affirmed that the crime committed against civilians by the armed terrorist groups who launched a missile which produced gases in the area adds up to these groups which are supported by some countries in the Arab Gulf, the West and particularly Turkey which is responsible for the crimes committed against civilians and the destruction taking place in Syria.

In statements to journalists following his meeting on Tuesday with ambassadors in Damascus and representatives of international organizations operating in Syria, Mikdad said that this criminal acts proves the correctness of the analysis made by Syria which states that all the propaganda used in past weeks which made false accusations against the Syrian government were in preparation for committing this crime.

He said that the explosion of the missile martyred over 21 civilians and 10 Syrian soldiers who were near the site, adding that citizens who inhaled the gases resulting from the explosion passed out immediately and were rushed to hospitals in Aleppo city.
Mikdad affirmed that Syria will defend its people, continue its war against terrorist, and resume work to end the violence and the attacks committed by terrorist groups and those who arm, support, fund, harbor and send into Syria.

He called on the international community to be vigilant, because the threat posed by terrorist group won’t affect only Syria; rather it’s a prelude that will affect the entire region and the whole world.

“Encouraging terrorism and supporting it in Syria contradicts international law and Security Council resolutions,” Mikdad said, adding that Syria will send a letter to the Security Council requesting it shoulder its responsibly and put an end to the crimes of terrorists and those who support them.

Answering journalists’ questions, Mikdad noted that Syria warned long ago that the allegations on the possibility of using chemical weapons were meant to assist terrorists when they launch their missiles, which is exactly the scenario which was implemented on Tuesday before the convening of the Arab Summit and other international activities in order to mislead world public opinion.

He said that the countries that claimed Syria could use these weapons against its own people were in fact preparing the terrorist group to launch such attacks, pointing out that the authorities are examining the explosion site, the soil there and the patients who are suffering from the results of this criminal acts, and that the results will be presented to the concerned sides.

Responding to a question on the allegations that the Syrian Army launched the missile, Mikdad said that the missile was launched from an area controlled by terrorists and it fell near a Syrian Army location in area under the control of the Army and supporters who are not influenced by the terrorist groups, reiterating that Syria would never use such weapons if it possessed any against its own people and forces.

He said that the international community now knows through reports the true intentions of the terrorist groups and witnessed the tests they conducted on such weapons, particularly after the terrorists seized a factory for making chlorine and possibly used materials from it to produce such a weapon.

Answering a question on media leaks saying that Britain made a decision to transport troops from Afghanistan to the area for the purpose of intervention in Syria, Mikdad said that if such a decision was true, then it’s wrong to consider it or the arming of the opposition by some EU countries including France and Britain to be new decisions, because these countries have been arming the opposition and terrorist groups since the events began, in addition to participating in their operations, planning and executing and the murder of Syrians.
“Syria holds these countries since the first hours of violence responsible for complicity in murdering Syrians and shedding their blood,” he said.

Mikdad called upon the UN and the international community to put an end to the interference by the US, France, Britain and certain involved Arab Gulf countries in Syrian affairs and to the training and arming of terrorists, because this will have negative repercussions on the region and on countries which support terrorism under different justifications which only elicit sarcasm from Syrians and more self-confidence in confronting these countries which want to return Syria to the ages of colonialism, affirming that the steadfast Syrian people will thwart this conspiracy.

In response to the opposition’s political statements, Mikdad said that the political program for resolving the crisis by ending all forms of violence concurrently and by going to the dialogue table which is open to all those who wish to end this crisis through dialogue constitute the answer to all these questions.

H. Sabbagh
 

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NATO PROXIES AND THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION USING WMDS AGAINST CIVILIANS IN SYRIA

March 20, 2013

Posted on March 19, 2013 by

NATO Proxies Using “Libyan” WMD’s in Syria?

Editor’s Comment:

Yesterday I published an article by Alexander Mezyaev, “Libya: Two Years After Imperialist Military Intervention“, where he states,
 

On March 14 a special United Nations session marked the two year anniversary of NATO’s aggression, a new resolution was adopted. The authors were Australia, Luxemburg, Morocco, Ruanda, Great Britain, France and the United States.
The same UN-NATO agenda that destroyed Libya is now attempting to repeat that scenario in Syria. These weapons are not flooding into Syria from Libya due to any negligence on NATO’s part. They are destined for Syria. Libya had no chemical weapons until NATO’s “intervention”.

Please read it carefully because these revelations are critical to understanding the scope of the agenda and the role of the UN in perpetrating these crimes. I quote:
[S]ignificant steps taken aimed at liberalization of arms supplies. In important adjustments to the arms embargo, the Council lifted the requirement that the Sanctions Committee approve supplies of non-lethal military equipment and assistance for humanitarian or protective use.(3) It also removed the need for notification to the Committee of non-lethal military equipment being supplied to the Libyan Government for security or disarmament assistance, and urged the Government to improve the monitoring of arms supplied to it, including through the issuance of end-user certificates.(4)

At that the resolution concedes there are constant breeches of the rules according to which the measures are to be implemented. The arms from Libya are spreading out across the whole continent. On December 16 the government announced the closure of borders with Algeria, Chad, Niger and Sudan. The southern areas of the country were declared “closed military zones”. By the way, Mali is not the only victim of arms supplies coming from Libya. The Darfur conflict may get sparked again: Sudan says the arms supplies to the rebels have significantly increased. Al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, acknowledged he supplied with the Libyan “revolutionaries” with weapons in 2011 to topple Gaddafi.(5)

NATO has an arms smuggling center established in Benghazi. The use of WMDs against civilians in Libya (most recently in Bani Walid) and in Syria, is not new either.
 

See the following articles as evidence:

Alexandra Valiente
Editor of Syria 360°

Tony Cartalucci
After a 10 year war and occupation in Iraq, the death of over a million people including thousands of US soldiers, all based on patently false claims of the nation possessing “weapons of mass destruction,” (WMDs), it is outrageous hypocrisy to see the West arming, funding, and politically backing terrorists in Syria who in fact both possess, and are now using such weapons against the Syrian people.
 
At least 25 are reported dead after a chemical weapons attack targeting Syrian soldiers was carried out by NATO-backed terrorists in the northern city of Aleppo.
 
Aleppo is located near the Syrian-Turkish border. Had Libya’s looted stockpiles of chemical weapons been shipped to Syria, they would have passed through Turkey along with weapons sent from Libya by the US and thousands of Libyan terrorists who are admittedly operating inside Syria, and would most likely be used to target cities like Aleppo.
 
Worse yet, any chemical weapons imported into the country would implicate NATO either directly or through gross negligence, as the weapons would have passed through NATO-member Turkey, past US CIA agents admittedly operating along the border and alongside Western-backed terrorists inside Syria.
 
Libya’s WMD’s are in Terrorist Hands
 
Libya’s arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance in 2011 during the culmination of efforts to overthrow the North African nation. Since then, Libya’s militants led by commanders of Al-Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.
 
In addition to small arms, heavier weapons are also making their way through this extensive network. The Washington Post in their article, “Libyan missiles on the loose,” reported:
 
“Two former CIA counterterrorism officers told me last week that technicians recently refurbished 800 of these man-portable air-defense systems (known as MANPADS) – some for an African jihadist group called Boko Haram that is often seen as an ally of al-Qaeda – for possible use against commercial jets flying into Niger, Chad and perhaps Nigeria.”
 
While undoubtedly these weapons are also headed to Niger, Chad, and perhaps Nigeria, they are veritably headed to Syria. Libyan LIFG terrorists are confirmed to be flooding into Syria from Libya. In November 2011, the Telegraph in their article, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:
Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr. Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”
Another Telegraph article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels,” would admit
Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.
“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”
Later that month, some 600 Libyan terrorists would be reported to have entered Syria to begin combat operations and have been flooding into the country ever since.
Washington Post’s reported “loose missiles” in Libya are now turning up on the battlefield in Syria. While outfits like the Guardian, in their article “Arms and the Manpads: Syrian rebels get anti-aircraft missiles,” are reporting the missiles as being deployed across Syria, they have attempted to downplay any connection to Libya’s looted arsenal and the Al-Qaeda terrorists that have imported them. In contrast, Times has published open admissions from terrorists themselves admitting they are receiving heavy weapons including surface-to-air missiles from Libya.
In Time’s article, “Libya’s Fighters Export Their Revolution to Syria,” it is reported:
Some Syrians are more frank about the assistance the Libyans are providing. “They have heavier weapons than we do,” notes Firas Tamim, who has traveled in rebel-controlled areas to keep tabs on foreign fighters. “They brought these weapons to Syria, and they are being used on the front lines.” Among the arms Tamim has seen are Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, known as the SAM 7.
 
Libyan fighters largely brush off questions about weapon transfers, but in December they claimed they were doing just that. “We are in the process of collecting arms in Libya,” a Libyan fighter in Syria told the French daily Le Figaro. “Once this is done, we will have to find a way to bring them here.”
 
Clearly NATO’s intervention in Libya has left a vast, devastating arsenal in the hands of sectarian extremists, led by US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office listed terrorist organization LIFG, that is now exporting these weapons and militants to NATO’s other front in Syria. It is confirmed that both Libyan terrorists and weapons are crossing the Turkish-Syrian border, with NATO assistance, and it is now clear that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons have crossed the border too.
 
The Guardian reported in their November 2011 article, “Libyan chemical weapons stockpiles intact, say inspectors,” that:
 
Libya’s stockpiles of mustard gas and chemicals used to make weapons are intact and were not stolen during the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, weapons inspectors have said.
But also reported that:
 
The abandonment or disappearance of some Gaddafi-era weapons has prompted concerns that such firepower could erode regional security if it falls into the hands of Islamist militants or rebels active in north Africa. Some fear they could be used by Gaddafi loyalists to spread instability in Libya.
 
Last month Human Rights Watch urged Libya’s ruling national transitional council to take action over large numbers of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, it said were lying unguarded more than two months after Gaddafi was overthrown.
 
On Wednesday the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said the UN would send experts to Libya to help ensure nuclear material and chemical weapons did not fall into the wrong hands.
 
And while inspectors claim that Libya’s chemical weapons are in the “government’s” hands and not “extremists’,” it is clear by the Libyan government’s own admission, that they themselves are involved in sending fighters and weapons into Syria.
It remains to be seen where these chemical weapons came from. Should they appear to be from Libya’s arsenal, NATO, especially the US and Turkey, would be implicated in supplying Al-Qaeda terrorists with WMDs, the very scenario the West has been paralyzed in fear over for the past 10 years, has given up its liberties, and spilled the blood of thousands of its soldiers to prevent.
 
The implications of Western-backed terrorists using chemical weapons, regardless of their origin, have cost the West its already floundering legitimacy, jeopardized its institutions, and have further shaken the confidence of the many shareholders invested in them – politically, financially, industrially, and strategically.
 
Such shareholders would be wise to begin looking for exits and cultivating alternatives outside the Wall Street-London international order.
TC/SL

Use of chemical weapons, “first act” by opposition interim government

Residents and medics transport a Syrian soldier, wounded in  Aleppo chemical attack to a hospital on march 19, 2013.
Residents and medics transport a Syrian soldier, wounded in Aleppo chemical attack to a hospital on march 19, 2013.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has described militants’ use of chemical weapons as the “first act” by the so-called opposition interim government.
The Syrian minister also said that Turkey and Qatar, which support militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, bore “legal, moral and political responsibility” for the chemical attack in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday.
At least 25 people were killed and 86 others were injured after militants fired rocks containing “poisonous gases” into Aleppo’s Khan al-Assal village. Women and children are reported to be among the victims.
According to a Reuters photographer in Aleppo, victims of attack were suffering breathing problems.
“I saw mostly women and children. They (witnesses) said that people were suffocating in the streets and the air smelt strongly of chlorine,” he said adding that “people were dying in the streets and in their houses.”
Foreign-backed militants, who had threatened to use chemical weapons against the army government forces and Assad supporters a few months ago, have denied using chemical weapons and have accused government forces of being behind the attack.
The attack comes hours after Syria’s opposition National Coalition elected Ghassan Hitto, a former US-based IT executive, as prime minister for what it called an interim government.
HM/JR/SL

‘Syrians snub opposition deadly agenda’

Published on 19 Mar 2013
 
A political commentator says the opposition in Syria does not have a parliament to support a PM, but is merely paid personnel doing the bidding of the US imperial agenda.
He also added that the foreign-backed militants were pursuing a deadly agenda across the Arab country.
 
In the background of this Syria’s foreign-backed opposition has picked a prime minister with a grand total of 35 votes. The people of Syria had no say in the matter. The new prime minister Ghassan Hito is an American citizen of Syrian descent having lived in the US for decades and worked apparently as an IT Manager. The appointment of Opposition PM comes as militants have for the first time used chemical weapons against Syrian forces with fatal consequences and also at a time when Britain and France are pushing the EU to lift an arms embargo on Syria to allow major weapons to be imported into the hands of insurgents.
Press TV has interviewed Ralph Schoenman, political commentator, Berkeley about this issue.
 

Chemical Weapons Attack On Aleppo by Rebels Syria

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