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  • Murder

    08/21/2014 9:34:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I never crossed paths with James Foley. I regret not having met him. A freelance reporter of great skill and courage, Foley was murdered, on camera, by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq by cutting off his head. I know "beheading" is a mellower term, but I don't think this kind of barbarism should be softened. According to the BBC:"James Foley, 40, had reported extensively across the Middle East, working for US publication GlobalPost and other media outlets including French news agency AFP." Foley had been reporting on the appalling situation in Syria when he was abducted on Nov....
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Rhetoric Does Not Match U.S. Actions

    06/10/2014 4:00:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Ron Paul
    resident Obama's recent foreign policy speech, delivered at this year's West Point graduation ceremony, was a disappointment to anyone who hoped the president might be changing course. The failure of each U.S. intervention thus far in the 21st century might have inspired at least a bit of reflection. However, the president made it clear that interventionism and American exceptionalism would continue to guide his administration in its final two years. The president said, "I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," adding the dubious claim that "because of American diplomacy and foreign assistance, as well as the...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/03/2014
    Iraqi Al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead. Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another Al Qaeda-aligned group, the Nusra Front. He said on May 2 in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had instead worked to "busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its...
  • CROSSING THE LINE? French Believe Assad Still Using Chemical Weapons.

    04/21/2014 5:39:36 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    French leaders announced that there are significant reasons to believe that Syrian forces continue to use chemical weapons on their own citizenry in its effort to crack down on opposition targets. Appearing on the Europe 1 radio show this weekend, French President Francois Hollande indicated his government had "a few elements of information" that government forces in Syria are behind recent chlorine gas attacks in at least three towns, although he stressed that at the moment concrete proof was still lacking. While French intelligence officials work to substantiate the claim, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabuis told the radio station that...
  • America's Quiver of Outrage is Empty

    02/27/2014 5:08:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Don't step over the line and re-militarize the Rhineland. Absorbing Austria would cross a red line. Breaking up Czechoslovakia is unacceptable. Get out of Poland by the announced deadline. The rest was history. Don't dare blow up another American military barracks overseas. Don't ever consider another attack on the World Trade Center. Don't even try blowing up one more American embassy in East Africa. Don't ever put a hole in a U.S. warship again. The rest was history. President Obama issued yet another one of those sorts of warnings to stop the violence to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych just before...
  • Open Thread: Obama Tries to Mop Up Syria Mess With Frantically Rewritten Speech

    09/10/2013 5:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Does anyone believe the president had the foggiest idea what he'll say tonight as recently as mid-afternoon?  He's blown through three different Syria policies -- that we know of -- in the last 48 hours.  And because he promised America a speech, a speech we shall receive.  How will he frame his remarks?  Will they be tailored primarily for a domestic political audience, or for America's adversaries, who have been running rings around him while giggling?  My guess is that he'll issue a deadline and an ultimatum, while talking a lot about how US pressure created an opening for diplomacy...
  • What if Assad Wants the US to Bomb Syria?

    09/10/2013 3:51:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    While President Barack Obama and Congress pontificate over whether Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on his own people and whether a limited U.S. attack on Syria would be justified, what Washington needs to realize is this: Assad launched sarin on its citizens in hopes of moving the U.S. like a chess piece into his civil war and deeper onto the Middle East war map. According to New York University political scientist Alastair Smith, Assad's use of chemical weapons is in reality "a brilliant play internationally" on the global field of politics and power -- if, of course, you're...
  • Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar Assad

    09/08/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/8/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning. --- UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Rose's preview of the interview as relayed by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday: [Assad] denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in...
  • Iran threatens rape of Obama daughters

    09/06/2013 10:01:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller (via WND) ^ | September 5, 2013 | The Daily Caller
    Iran threatens rape of Obama daughter Warns of mass abductions, brutal killings of American citizens if U.S. hits Syria (Daily Caller) As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.” And in an unprecedented statement, a...
  • Has Pentagon chief reversed his position on striking Syria?

    09/04/2013 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/04/2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top Pentagon officer repeatedly warned against the costs and potential entanglements of military involvement in Syria. Now he's testifying on behalf of the White House. The nation's top military officer warned repeatedly in recent months that getting US military involved with Syria is a dangerous proposition... Did he change his mind or is he just doing the White House's bidding? In the past, he has made it clear that US military intervention could tip the balance of power in favor of Islamist rebels who don't necessarily have the interests of the United States at heart...
  • The President Must Personally Make His Case for War

    09/02/2013 9:23:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The grossly obese Syrian officer was coming in the door of the King Khalid Military City exchange while I was coming out. I saw instantly that this was no soldier; this was a thug, a threat only to the unarmed civilians that are his kind’s prey. My eyes fell downward from his cruel face to the piece of flair gracing his olive green fatigues. “Nice Assad button,” I sneered. Real warriors don’t wear pictures of dictators on their uniform. He glared back at me with his dark, rat eyes, not understanding my words but fully appreciating my contempt. Though Syria...
  • Constitution Gives Obama No Power to Use Force in Syria

    08/28/2013 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "We're actively looking at the various legal angles that would inform a decision." That is what an anonymous administration official told the Washington Post this week about President Barack Obama's deliberations on whether he will personally involve the United States in another Middle Eastern war by ordering military action in Syria. But the only law that ultimately matters here is the one Obama swore to preserve, protect and defend: the Constitution of the United States. As recently as six years ago, Obama exhibited a clear understanding of the power the Constitution does and does not give the president in using...
  • Report: Iran to send 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to bolster Assad’s forces

    06/16/2013 2:38:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | June 16, 2013
    Iran is to reportedly send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against opposition forces, according to the The Independent on Sunday. In what was described as an Iranian “military decision,” the British newspaper said Iran was now “fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime,” citing unnamed pro-Iranian sources. The sources “have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel,” The Independent’s Robert Fisk wrote. The decision, allegedly made before this week’s presidential election, was...
  • (Cannibal Islamist "Freedom Fighter") Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video

    05/13/2013 7:02:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | May 13, 2013 | REUTERS
    Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video BEIRUT (Reuters) - A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier. The video has caused outrage among both...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • U.S. Troops Are Reported Back in Iraq Over Syrian Crisis

    12/10/2012 7:20:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 10 December 2012 12:45 | Jack Kenny
    More than 3,000 U.S. military personnel have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait and 17,000 more are on their way in response to the civil war in Syria that has spilled over into northern Iraq, according to a report published Monday by Iran's Press TV. The news follows by four days a report from the Russian news service RT that the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower has joined the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Syria. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week issued stern warnings to Syria about unspecified but serious "consequences" that would follow if...
  • FLASHBACK: 7/20/12 Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

    12/09/2012 10:36:24 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | July 20, 2012
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • American Islamist Groups Shape Arab Revolutions

    07/31/2012 8:55:16 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 31JUL12 | David J. Rusin
    Illustrating that the jihadist enterprise transcends all borders, American Islamist groups typically preoccupied with remaking the U.S. have been leaving their fingerprints on the campaign to exchange secular authoritarianism for religious authoritarianism in the Middle East. As these organizations labor stateside to nudge the governing class to embrace Arab Islamists at the expense of liberals — prompting Egyptian intellectual Essam Abdallah to lament that "the most dramatic oppression of the region's civil societies and the Arab Spring … is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington" — several of the groups' past and current officials have emerged as key...
  • The Crown of Aleppo

    10/17/2012 8:12:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Aleppo is burning. You can read about it day after day on the front pages, or on the websites of Syrians trying to organize support for their fight against the latest Assad. Caught between regulars and irregulars, thugs in uniform and out, Aleppo's inhabitants run for cover, or hunker down where they are and wait for the next air raid, the next suicide bombing, the next massacre. Or just the next bus out. Which could be blown to smithereens. By either side. The choices grow limited: Is it better to be killed by the grandly styled Free Syrian Army or...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

    12/28/2011 3:27:23 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies · 1+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal
    According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force commandos and “activists” armed with iron rods and knives aboard the ship. The paper’s source for the story is the rebel leader himself: Mahdi al-Harati, the commander of the so-called Tripoli Brigades, which are widely credited with having played a decisive role in the rebel...
  • Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

    07/19/2012 6:26:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 19, 2012
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • US SILENCE ON SYRIA

    08/04/2011 8:56:08 AM PDT · by NationalSpotlight · 10 replies
    National Spotlight ^ | 8/4/11 | Derek Petrella
    As more people continue to die for freedom everyday in Syria, the US acts like nothing is happening. Since last weekend, the Syrian regime has launched attacks in Hama, which is 130 miles north of the capital of Damascus, killing at least 100 people. According to human rights organizations, about 1700 people have been killed since the attacks began in March.The cautious European Union is enforcing more economic sanctions on Syria. The problem is that you do not push just sanctions on Syrian government officials, but also on the country's imports and exports. Even the UN Security Council condemned the violence...
  • Syria's 'Butcher of Hama' living in Ł10 million Mayfair townhouse

    06/15/2011 7:53:32 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 12, 2011 | G. Rayner
    Syria's 'Butcher of Hama' living in Ł10 million Mayfair townhouse The massacre of civilians in the rebellious Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur has awoken terrible memories for the people of Hama, 60 miles to the north, where up to 40,000 people were killed during an uprising in 1982. Rifaat al-Assad moved, more than a year ago, to a Georgian mansion off Park Lane By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter 9:00PM BST 12 Jun 2011 Today, Mahar al-Assad, the bloodthirsty brother of President Bashar al-Assad, is the man leading his army on a mission of vengeance against those who have dared to...
  • Syrian government resigns: state television

    03/29/2011 6:50:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Syrian government resigns: state television Photo 8:44am EDT DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignation of the government on Tuesday, Syrian state television said. "President Assad accepts the government's resignation," an announcement on state television said.
  • What is that strange globe behind Charlie Rose in his interview with Bashar al-Assad?

    05/30/2010 5:58:04 PM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 27 replies · 1,098+ views
    Charlie Rose ^ | May 30, 2010 | Rona Badger
    (1) LA Times Blog, "SYRIA: President Bashar Assad says Iran supported indirect Israel talks, denies Scud claims...
  • Peace talks, Bashar’s [Assad] war by other means

    04/13/2010 8:56:34 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 12 replies · 642+ views
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is known to have a penchant for brinksmanship. Calculating that he has nothing to fear from a timid Obama administration, he is upping the ante in his direct military support to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The latest brazen act may involve the shipment of Syrian Scud D missiles to his Shia allies. Assad’s move appears to have followed his recent tripartite summit with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. It also comes after numerous reports in recent months about a steady increase in the quantity and quality of Syrian-supplied weapons to Hezbollah –...
  • Bashar al-Assad "Wins" Syrian elections

    05/30/2007 1:02:49 PM PDT · by Celerity · 21 replies · 369+ views
    Gulf-Times.com (Various reports, AP, ABC) ^ | Published: Wednesday, 30 May, 2007, 08:33 AM Doha Time
    DAMASCUS: Syria’s Pre-sident Bashar al-Assad has won a second seven-year mandate after netting 97% of the vote in a referendum boycotted by the opposition, officials announced yesterday. Interior Minister Bassam Abdel Majid said Assad, 41, won a massive 97.62% in Sunday’s referendum, with some 11.19mn Syrians taking part, or almost 96% of those eligible. In a referendum in which Assad, who has resisted Western pressure to reform Syria, was the sole candidate, “no” voters numbered almost 20,000 and some 250,000 ballots were void, he said.
  • SYRIA SEEKS RUSSIAN DEFENSES

    01/16/2007 10:14:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 816+ views
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing ^ | 1/16/07 | Ilan Berman, ed.
    Middle East Newsline reports that on his recent trip to Moscow, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad received briefings on the technical specifications and potential applications of one of Russia’s most effective air- and missile defense systems: the S-300PMU2. The reason for Assad’s interest in the advanced weaponry appears to be the need for expanded deterrence against Israel. "Syria wants a strategic air defense system that would present a major threat to Israeli warplanes," a source has told the news agency. "I think Assad will buy and deploy the S-300 over the next few months."
  • Contact Info For Bill Nelson (Suckup to Syria Senator! Florida FREEPers Scramble!!)

    12/13/2006 6:39:38 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 38 replies · 7,662+ views
    Contact Bill: office locations Senator Nelson has eight offices throughout Florida and one in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. United States Senate 716 Senate Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-5274 Fax: 202-228-2183Orlando Landmark Two 225 East Robinson Street, Ste 410 Orlando, Florida 32801 Phone: 407-872-7161 Toll Free in Florida: 1-888-671-4091 Fax: 407-872-7165Miami-Dade 2925 Salzedo Street Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 305-536-5999 Telephone Fax: 305-536-5991Tampa Sam Gibbons Federal Court House 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor Tampa, Florida 33602 Phone: 813-225-7040 Fax: 813-225-7050West Palm Beach 500 Australian Avenue Suite 125 West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 Phone: 561-514-0189 Fax: 561-514-4078Tallahassee...
  • US senator [Democrat Bill Nelson] meets Syrian president for talks

    12/13/2006 11:47:37 AM PST · by jdm · 62 replies · 720+ views
    Reuters via yNet ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    US Senator Bill Nelson met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, a week after a US bipartisan panel recommended the Bush administration engage Syria to help stabilize Iraq. Nelson, a Democrat, was named to the Senate Intelligence Committee this week and said he was on a fact-finding mission to the region. He left later for Amman, Jordan.
  • Humor: U.S. Congress hires Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (aka "Beaker" the Muppet)

    07/31/2006 6:25:00 AM PDT · by blessu · 4 replies · 586+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 31, 2006 | blessu
    The U.S. Congress has apparently hired Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (aka "Beaker" the Muppet) to help keep order in the balcony.
  • Behind the Israeli Cabinet's Decisions (Is Israel Relaying A Cave-In Message To Hezbollah?)

    07/27/2006 6:50:14 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 46 replies · 1,583+ views
    Stratfor ^ | 07.27.2006 | Stratfor
    Israeli security Cabinet led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided the military campaign in south Lebanon would not be expanded, and any modifications to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation, such as deploying more troops, would require Cabinet approval. Israel is essentially broadcasting to the world that its political and military circles are severely divided over the current operation, and it might have no choice but to cave in to diplomatic pressure to put an end to the fighting and draw up a cease-fire. This might not be true to Israeli thinking, but it is certainly a message they are...
  • US Congress seeks military action on Hezbollah, Hamas

    11/22/2002 6:47:35 AM PST · by veronica · 37 replies · 233+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 11-19-02 | Maxim Kniazkov
    The United States should conduct military strikes against Hezbollah and Hamas facilities in the Middle East before engaging in any military action against Iraq, the leaders of an influential US Senate committee demanded Sunday. Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham and his Republican counterpart, Richard Shelby, made their recommendation amid increasing concern among member of the US intelligence community that if faced with certain downfall, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could hand over weapons of mass destruction to regional terrorist groups. "Against those international terrorists such as Hezbollah and Hamas, we need to be launching attacks on their headquarters and...
  • Caption this photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

    01/02/2006 10:54:23 AM PST · by blessu · 52 replies · 1,635+ views
    AFP ^ | Jan. 2, 2006 | blessu
    Can anyone post this photo next to the Muppets character who works with the scientist, I think his name is "Beaker"...
  • Syria to hold own Hariri murder probe

    10/29/2005 8:56:51 PM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 269+ views
    Faced with the threat of United Nations' sanctions, Syria has launched its own investigation into the killing of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik al-Hariri. The inquiry has been ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It will question Syrian civilians and military personnel and cooperate with a UN inquiry that has implicated senior Syrian officials in the February 14 assassination. Detlev Mehlis, who is leading the UN investigation into Mr Hariri's murder, urged Syria at a Security Council meeting earlier this week to set up its own probe and to cooperate fully with international investigators. Syria has denied any role in...
  • Syria sanctions 'not ruled out'

    10/24/2005 3:25:25 PM PDT · by Valin · 170+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/24/05
    Tony Blair has refused to rule out imposing sanctions against Syria over the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister. A United Nations report has suggested Syrian involvement in the death of Rafik Hariri in February. Mr Blair said there could be no more serious crime than trying to destroy the democracy of another country. Asked on Sky News about sanctions, he said: "I don't think you rule anything out in going forward." 'Must be dealt with' Mr Blair added that the assassination was a "very, very serious issue". "If there is any implication at all, as indeed there is in...
  • Who Are Al Ahbash?

    10/24/2005 9:16:44 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 370+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 10/24/05 | Daoud Ibrahim
    Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat- The name al-Ahbash, recently mentioned in the media in connection to the UN investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, refers to The Association of Islamic Charitable Projects in Lebanon which was founded by A Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Yusuf al Hirari, nicknamed “al Habashi”, referring to his Ethiopian origin. Born in the city of al Hirara , near Somalia , al Hirari settled in Lebanon in 1950 where he taught religious studies and cultivated a personal following. Maintaining strong relations with the Syrian government, the groups leader, Nizar al Halabi was killed...
  • Fundamentalist Arrested in Hariri Killing (breaking news)

    10/22/2005 4:41:34 PM PDT · by Valin · 18 replies · 1,348+ views
    AP ^ | 10/22/05 | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - The son and political heir of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Saturday called for an international tribunal to try his father's killers after a U.N. probe implicated top Syrian and Lebanese intelligence officials. Lebanese security officials, meanwhile, said police had arrested an Islamic fundamentalist in connection with the assassination _ the first since chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis released his findings into the investigation of Feb. 14 killing of Hariri in a Beirut car bombing. Saad Hariri, the former premier's son and a Lebanese legislator, made the appeal two days after Mehlis handed his report...
  • Syria pledges to cooperate after U.N. Hariri murder report

    10/22/2005 4:14:15 PM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 239+ views
    Jaapan Today ^ | 10/23/05
    DAMASCUS — Syria on Saturday pledged to cooperate with the international community even as it rejected a U.N. report on the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri that implicated top Syrian figures. The report accused Syria of blocking and misleading the four-month-long investigation into the February bomb blast that killed Hariri and 20 others on the Beirut seafront, and raised the threat of international sanctions. "The report was influenced by the political climate that prevailed in Lebanon after the (Hariri) assassination, and it is based on preconceived ideas that led to accusatory and slanderous conclusions against Syria without...
  • UN Gives Green Light for Israel, Syria, Iran War

    10/21/2005 2:42:54 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 33 replies · 1,666+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 21, 2005 | Joel Leyden
    UN Gives Green Light for Israel, Syria, Iran WarBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem----October 21......Israel has been living in a state of war with Syria for decades. Living under the constant threat of missile attacks from both Syria and Lebanon territory hour after passing hour. This tiny, democratic Jewish state has reached out for peace time and time again. Syria responded with Katusha rocket terror attacks across the Israel Lebanon border and the planning of Islamic terrorism inside both Israel and Lebanon. Now the UN has provided clear proof that Syria has been an open aggressor in the Middle-East...
  • Iraq Made 11th-Hour Appeal to Avert War, Intermediaries Say

    11/05/2003 6:21:32 PM PST · by Brian S · 102 replies · 593+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11-05-03
    By JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 — As American soldiers massed on the Iraqi border in March and diplomats argued about war, an influential adviser to the Pentagon received a secret message from a Lebanese-American businessman: Saddam Hussein wanted to make a deal. Iraqi officials, including the chief of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, had told the businessman that they wanted Washington to know that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction, and they offered to allow American troops and experts to conduct an independent search. They also offered to hand over a man accused of being involved in the...
  • Bashar al-Assad's Lebanon Gamble

    06/27/2005 7:22:11 AM PDT · by Valin · 203+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Summer 2005 | William Harris
    After almost three decades of occupation, Syrian troops exited Lebanon in April 2005. International pressure for Syrian withdrawal resulted from a cascading series of Syrian miscalculations. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's August 2004 decision to force an extended term for Lebanon's sitting president galvanized the opposition. Misreading the international atmosphere paved the way for escalating diplomatic sanctions. The February 14, 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri caused anti-Syrian sentiment to boil over. The decision will have as profound an impact upon Syria as Lebanon. Command of Lebanon has long been fundamental to Syrian regional prestige and the Syrian regime's...
  • U.N. Envoy Meets With Syrian President

    06/12/2005 2:02:56 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 12, 2005 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria - President Bashar Assad met with a top U.N. envoy Sunday amid accusations that Syria has not fully withdrawn its intelligence operatives from Lebanon and was perhaps even organizing political assassinations. U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, who met with Assad for two hours, left the country without commenting on the outcome of the talks. The government also had no comment. In a statement issued in Beirut, Lebanon, U.N. spokesman Nejib Friji said Roed-Larsen discussed with Assad "all relevant issues and they will continue their dialogue." Roed-Larsen planned to brief U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the talks when they meet...
  • Behind Lebanon Upheaval, 2 Men's Fateful Clash

    03/19/2005 11:40:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 418+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 20, 2005 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 19 - On an unseasonably mild day last August, a small group of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's closest political allies could tell from his flushed face and subdued manner that something awful had happened in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where he had been summoned to a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad. The four men, all Lebanese Parliament members, recalled waiting for him at the Beirut mansion of the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, in the so-called garden, basically a carport paved with concrete bricks, plus one short orange tree in a faux terra cotta tub. Mr. Hariri...
  • Syria's Assad Discusses Lebanon Crisis with Saudis (Russia, Germany join calls for withdrawal)

    03/03/2005 10:58:46 AM PST · by Wolfstar · 70 replies · 2,184+ views
    DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Saudi Arabia on Thursday for crisis talks on the future of Syrian troops in Lebanon as Russia and Germany joined international demands for their speedy withdrawal. Damascus has faced mounting calls to end its military and political dominance of Lebanon since last month's assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister in a Beirut bomb blast. Diplomats said Assad and his foreign minister, Farouq al-Shara, met Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in Riyadh in the presence of Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal. Prince Saud earlier told reporters in Egypt his country had "no...
  • Assad says U.S. may attack (Syria)

    02/28/2005 6:33:03 AM PST · by anotherview · 50 replies · 1,259+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth/Reuters ^ | 28 Febraury 2005 | Reuters
    Assad says U.S. may attack Syrian President denies accusations Damascus played role in Hariri killing or Tel Aviv bombing By Reuters 'We are the key to the solution' Photo: Reuters ROME - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Monday that he thought the United States might attack his country, but did not believe a strike was imminent. Assad told Italy's la Repubblica newspaper that Syria wanted stability in the region, and insisted it had no hand in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri on Feb. 14 or in a suicide bombing in Tel...
  • Professor friends with Leader of Ba'ath Party in Syria

    01/23/2005 7:10:13 AM PST · by alienken · 112+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | Dave Cantrell
    Texas Professor And Bashar Assad, Sitting In A Tree Posted By: Dave_Cantrell.. Reneé just handed me a copy of last Sunday’s “Life” section from the local Express-News wherein columnist Susan Yerkes gushes over Trinity University Middle East history professor David Lesch, “a widely recognized Middle East expert.” He lamented the “lack of post-war planning” and demanded that the United States immediately withdraw from Iraq “in an orderly way.” So what has professor Lesch been doing in his spare time? Vacationing with Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad, of course! Assad invited Lesch to bring his wife and son to spend their vacation...
  • Syrian Security Forces Clamp Down on Damascus Rights Demo

    12/13/2004 5:08:34 PM PST · by ddtorque · 320+ views
    Syrian security forces stopped human rights activists from holding a protest in Damascus Thursday to protest against the continued detention of about 500 political prisoners. Nine demonstrators, most of them Kurds, were briefly questioned. On Tuesday, Syrian authorities released 112 political prisoners under a presidential amnesty. (AFP/Yahoo)
  • The World's Tyrants Are Running Scared

    12/26/2003 1:46:10 PM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 30 replies · 239+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | December 26, 2003 | Joseph Perkins
    Moammar Gadhafi had a message this week for Kim Jong Il, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Bashar al-Assad. North Korea, Iran and Iraq "should follow the steps of Libya," he said, "so that they prevent any tragedy being afflicted upon their own people." Gadhafi's remarks follow his surprise agreement – announced by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair – to disclose and dismantle the North African country's chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs. Libya's leader wisely recognized that President Bush meant what he said in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City and...
  • (Syrian President) Assad accuses Israel of causing 'regional turbulence' (BARF ALERT)

    10/26/2003 10:14:12 AM PST · by anotherview · 7 replies · 111+ views
    AP/The Jerusalem Press ^ | 26 October 2003 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Oct. 26, 2003 Assad accuses Israel of causing 'regional turbulence' By ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday accused Israel of causing "turbulence" in the region and said it was the only country benefiting from the unrest, particularly in Iraq and the Palestinian territories. Assad was speaking in Damascus to a visiting Iraqi delegation of political, tribal and religious representatives opposed to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. Assad distressed the need to "preserve Iraq's national unity" as a way to end the crisis in that country, according to the official Syrian news agency, SANA. "Israel, which tries to plant...