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West has discussed co-operation with Syria, Damascus claims
The Guardian ^ | January 15, 2014 | Agencies

Posted on 01/15/2014 6:31:42 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

Some western nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have discussed security co-operation with his government, Syria said on Wednesday, a move which if true would suggest a rise in western concerns about foreign militants in rebel ranks.

The UK government denied having any such co-operation with the Assad regime and the top US and French diplomats both said they were personally unaware of such contacts though did not go so far as to deny that any had taken place.

Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said several western intelligence services had visited Damascus for discussions. His comments were broadcast a day after the Wall Street Journal reported that French and Spanish spy services had made contact with Assad's government. French media have carried similar reports.

"I will not specify [which countries] but many of them have visited Damascus, yes," Mekdad said in a BBC interview.

Any suggestion that western countries were talking to Assad's government could complicate their relationships with opposition groups supported by the United States and Europe, and with wealthy Gulf states that fund the rebels.

Asked about the report, US secretary of state John Kerry indicated he was not aware of such contacts. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Egypt; Extended News; Israel; Syria; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; europeanunion; france; iran; israel; lebanon; nato; spain; syria; turkey; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 01/15/2014 6:31:42 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I really don’t know jack about the middle east- but Egypt and Syria attacked Israel when I was young. The US and allies forged a structure after that bought comparative stability to the region thereafter ( after Israel kicked serious ass) which we have largely enjoyed until recent years.

I prefer Assad to the current options.


2 posted on 01/15/2014 6:40:50 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name
I wouldn't be surprised to find out we are supporting both sides in Syria. That's what happens when self centered idiots are in charge. America's foreign policy is in shambles right now. This regime screws up everything it touches.
3 posted on 01/15/2014 6:49:13 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: peeps36

I can’t make heads or tails out of “US” strategy- we are in and out with no continuity as regime challenges arose in Iran, Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere.

The net result is the worst stability in decades and Israel no longer knows if we have their back.(The One Burning Light, whom God will never forsake, though they travail much)

Israel is the center of this spiritual and geo-political universe, dispensation and battleground, IMHO.


4 posted on 01/15/2014 7:06:52 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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> Any suggestion that western countries were talking to Assad’s government could complicate their relationships with opposition groups supported by the United States and Europe, and with wealthy Gulf states that fund the rebels.

Thanks Brad from Tennessee.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 9:07:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Any suggestion that western countries were talking to Assad’s government could complicate their relationships with opposition groups supported by the United States and Europe, and with wealthy Gulf states that fund the rebels.

Thanks Brad from Tennessee.


6 posted on 01/15/2014 9:07:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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