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  • Damascus 'Risking Genocide'

    06/06/2012 1:40:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Italian foreign minister Guilo Terzi on Wednesday warned Bashar al-Assad's policies in Syria risk creating a genocide in Syria unless there is "rapid intervention." "The strategy of Damascus risks causing a genocide without rapid intervention," Mr Terzi said. Italy was among those countries who expelled the Syrian ambassador to Rome last month in a coordinated action with other Western powers after a massacre in the town of Houla. The Syrian leadership "is fighting for its survival with an ever more direct and brutal escalation, with terror against the civilian population and with the artificial fuelling of internal conflict," Mr Terzi...
  • The Shabiha: Inside Assad's death squads

    06/02/2012 9:18:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00PM BST 02 Jun 2012 | Harriet Alexander and Ruth Sherlock in Beirut
    The door to Dr. Mousab Azzawi's clinic, on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, was always open to anyone who needed help. But, operating in the heartland of the feared Shabiha militia, there were some patients the doctor would have preferred not to treat. "They were like monsters," said Dr. Azzawi, who worked in Latakia. "They had huge muscles, big bellies, big beards. They were all very tall and frightening, and took steroids to pump up their bodies. I had to talk to them like children, because the Shabiha likes people with low intelligence. But that is what makes them so...
  • French President: No Solution in Syria Unless Assad Leaves

    06/02/2012 3:03:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/12
    On Friday, French President Francois Hollande stated that the only way out of the ongoing crisis in Syria was the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which would require an increase in international pressure and more UN sanctions. "The regime of Bashar al-Assad has behaved in an unacceptable and intolerable manner and has committed acts which disqualify it," Hollande told a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. "No solution to this crisis is possible without the departure of Bashar ..."
  • 11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre

    05/31/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother's blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.
  • Israel To Remain an Enemy, Says Syrian Rebel Leader

    05/20/2012 1:30:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    As the Syria creeps into total anarchy, rebels also insist that Israel will remain an enemy after the anticipated fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad. President Barack Obama told the G-8 Summit Saturday that Assad must leave. Regardless of whether he continues in power or is replaced, Israel is destined to remain an enemy state. Syrian opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun told a Saudi Arabian newspaper Saturday that Israel is "the main enemy of the Syrian revolution,” and he accused Jerusalem of being Assad’s “strongest ally.” .....
  • Assad: We're Fighting Against Foreign Mercenaries

    05/17/2012 2:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/5/12 | Elad Benari
    In his first interview since December, Syrian President Bashar Assad insisted his regime is fighting back against foreign mercenaries who want to overthrow him and not innocent Syrians aspiring for democracy. The interview with Russian TV, recorded on Tuesday and aired on Wednesday, showed that Assad is still standing his ground despite widespread international condemnation over his deadly crackdown on dissent. “There are foreign mercenaries, some of them still alive,” Assad was quoted by The Associated Press as having said in the interview on Russian state news channel Rossiya-24. “They are being detained and we are preparing to show them...
  • Fmr IDF Spokeperson: Israel's Striving for Peace in the Middle East vs Fanatic Islam

    05/15/2012 12:40:24 PM PDT · by se99tp · 3 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 14th, 2012 | Avi Lipkin
    Very often, people in Israel, Jews, Christians and Moslems ask whether peace is attainable in the Middle East, considering that two peoples- Arab and Jews- are fighting over a very small piece of land in a very large territorial sea of Islam... ...The reason I mention these five wars between Israel and the Arabs is not to try to attempt to give a history of Israel's military history, but to put into perspective certain quotes by Syrian President Hafez Assad, who has gone on record as saying: "These Arabs have lost five wars against Israel. We can afford to loose...
  • Erdogan Encourages Syrian Opposition

    05/06/2012 2:19:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/5/12
    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan of Turkey said, Sunday, that President Bashar Al-Assad's grip on Syria is getting weaker by the day and "victory is close," according to the Associated Press. Unde heavy protection, Erdogan spoke to thousands of cheering Syrians who fled the brutal crackdown...
  • More than 34 children killed in Syria since truce: U.N.

    05/01/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    More than 34 children allegedly have been killed in Syria since a shaky truce between President Bashar al-Assad's security forces and opposition groups began on April 12, a U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. "I urge all parties in Syria to refrain from indiscriminate tactics resulting in the killing and wounding of children," said Radhika Coomaraswamy, special envoy for children and armed conflict.
  • Baathist-Facsist butcher Assad: can't detach Arabism from Islam... (Muhammad’s Quraish stock)

    04/16/2012 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    The ideology behind the Butcher Assad's Baathist fascist, racist regime is backed by the supremacist for 'Greater Syria,' the infamous SSNP. The latest crackdown has claimed over 10,000 people, scores were tortured to death, especially children. Straight from the horse's mouth about Arabism and Islamism: President al-Assad meets Levant Scholars\' Union delegation ... Last Update: 11-04-2012 11:59PM Syrian Radio & TV Online As for extremism, the President said that there is nothing called extremism in Islam, adding "Islam is extremist in good and amity and in regards to organizing societies, promoting and developing them." On Islam and Arabism, President al-Assad...
  • Clashes In Syria As U.N. Ceasefire Monitors Due

    04/15/2012 6:57:54 AM PDT · by edpc · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 15 Apr 2012 | Oliver Holmes
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces shelled the city of Homs on Sunday, resident opposition activists and a rights activist said, as a six-person advance party of U.N. observers is due to arrive in Syria to monitor a ceasefire meant to start four days ago. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the 30 unarmed observers who have been sanctioned to enter Syria by a unanimous vote at the Security Council on Saturday was insufficient and had to be "beefed up."
  • Report: Assad forces fire at Syrian refugee camp in Turkey

    04/11/2012 3:51:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/4/12
    Shots were fired Wednesday morning by Syrian forces toward a refugee camp in Turkey, located across the border from Syria, Turkish media reported. CNN-Turk broadcast images showing Syrian forces firing at Turkish territory from a border surveillance building flying the Syrian flag near southeastern Turkey. Photo Moreover, Turkish media reported that Assad troops fired at Syrian refugees trying to cross the border with Turkey. On Monday, Syrian forces fired into Turkey and Lebanon, killing two people in a Turkish refugee camp. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Syrian activists have reported fresh violence....
  • U.S. Senators Call to Arm Syrians

    04/10/2012 2:21:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/4/12
    United States Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman called Tuesday for the U.S. to arm Syrian rebels. “The international community is failing the people of Syria,” said McCain. “The only way to reverse this is to help the opposition change the military balance of power on the ground.” Lieberman called to arm President Bashar Assad’s political opponents...
  • Turkey says U.N. "indirectly" backs Syria oppression

    04/05/2012 5:14:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Apr 3, 2012
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday of indirectly supporting the "oppression" of the Syrian people by failing to adopt a united stance on Syria. Once a friend of Damascus, Turkey has become a fierce critic of President Bashar al-Assad over his year-long crackdown on his opponents and has called for the Syrian leader to step down. "In not taking a decision, the U.N. Security Council has indirectly supported the oppression. To stand by with your hands and arms tied while the Syrian people are dying every day is to support the oppression," Erdogan said.
  • Syria says revolt over, army to pull out gradually

    03/31/2012 6:47:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    News Daily ^ | 3/31/2012 | Douglas Hamilton and Erika Solomon
    Syria says the year-long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is now over, but it will keep its forces in cities to "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in keeping with a U.N.-backed peace deal. The agreement proposed by United Nations-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian authorities must be first to withdraw troops and stop violence immediately. The army kept up an offensive against opposition strongholds on Saturday, pummelling the Khalidiya district of Homs city. "Mortars are falling every minute and the sounds of explosions are shaking the neighborhood," an activist report said. A child...
  • Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources

    03/31/2012 1:15:41 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2012 | Jessica Donati
    Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated $80 million. Iran, itself a target of Western sanctions, is among Syria's closest allies and has promised to do all it can to support Assad, recently praising his handling of the year-long uprising against Assad in which thousands have been killed. China has also shielded Assad from foreign intervention, vetoing two Western-backed resolutions at the United Nations over the bloodshed, and is not...
  • Russia stares down the West on Syria

    03/29/2012 6:41:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 3/29/2012 | Vladimir Radyuhin
    If one needed a textbook example of how propaganda can help turn defeat into victory then one should look at Western media coverage of recent diplomatic battles on Syria. Everybody agrees that the so-called “presidential statement” on Syria the U.N. Security Council adopted on March 21 was a turning point in efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. It marked the first time the Security Council (SC) had reached an agreement on Syria and endorsed a peace plan proposed by U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The surprise consensus in the Council, which was earlier riven by divisions, raised the...
  • Syria imposes travel ban on men under 42: reports

    03/26/2012 7:05:56 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies · 13+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/26/2012 | AFP
    The embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has banned all men between the ages of 18 and 42 from traveling outside the country without prior authorisation, according to local media. "Syrians between the ages of 18 and 42 are banned from travel if they don't have prior authorisation from the (army's) recruitment office," Aliqtisadi business magazine said on its Internet site. The travel ban until now had only applied to men who had not completed their two-year compulsory military service. Aliqtisadi said the new measure, clearly linked to the revolt gripping the country, was being applied at border posts,...
  • Iranian weapons help Bashar Assad put down Syria protests, officials say

    03/24/2012 7:30:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    MSNBC/Reuters ^ | 3/24/2012 | MSNBC/Reuters
    Iran is providing a broad array of assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad to help him suppress anti-government protests, from high-tech surveillance technology to guns and ammunition, U.S. and European security officials say. Tehran's technical assistance to Assad's security forces includes electronic surveillance systems, technology designed to disrupt efforts by protesters to communicate via social media, and Iranian-made drone aircraft for overhead surveillance, the officials said. They discussed intelligence matters on condition of anonymity. "Over the past year, Iran has provided security assistance to Damascus to help shore up Assad. Tehran during the last couple of months has been aiding...
  • Iran helping Assad to put down protests: officials

    03/24/2012 7:49:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 23, 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    Iran is providing a broad array of assistance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to help him suppress anti-government protests, from high-tech surveillance technology to guns and ammunition, U.S. and European security officials say. Tehran's technical assistance to Assad's security forces includes electronic surveillance systems, technology designed to disrupt efforts by protesters to communicate via social media, and Iranian-made drone aircraft for overhead surveillance, the officials said. They discussed intelligence matters on condition of anonymity. Iran has also provided lethal materiel that can be used for riot control, they said... Iran has for decades been a patron to Syria, which has...