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  • Wash Post nails Pelosi: Pratfall in Damascus

    04/05/2007 2:50:29 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 420 replies · 16,064+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad...
  • Caption Pelosi in Damascus

    04/03/2007 1:18:22 PM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 83 replies · 3,032+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/07 | Yahoo News
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wears a scarf inside Ommayad Mosque during her tour at a popular market in downtown Damascus, Syria, Tuesday April 3, 2007. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Syria on Tuesday, the highest-ranking American politician to visit the country since relations began to deteriorate four years ago. President George W. Bush criticized the trip, saying it sends mixed signals to President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
  • Pelosi will visit Syria next week

    03/30/2007 9:06:23 AM PDT · by rjp2005 · 85 replies · 348+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | March 30 2007 | AP
    "U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Damascus next week for talks with Syrian officials, a U.S. Embassy official said Friday, making her the highest-ranking American politician to come to Syria since relations began souring in 2003. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Pelosi would be leading a delegation of members of Congress and would arrive on Tuesday and leave Wednesday."
  • Jumblatt - most fierce liberal in Lebanon (& on Syrian, Palestinian crimes)

    02/15/2007 12:20:23 AM PST · by Posting · 4 replies · 406+ views
    YaLibnan ^ | 02,14,07 | M. Tottem
    Walid Jumblatt - the most fierce liberal in Lebanon Jumblatt’s history with the imperial Baath government is a long and twisting one. His father Kamal was assassinated by Syrian agents during the civil war in 1977. The details of the assassination are shrouded in mystery even today. In the most common version Baath-aligned terrorists in the Syrian Social Nationalist Party pulled the trigger. Another (unreliable) version of the story goes like this, as told to me by a young Druze friend while we stood on the murder site in the Chouf: Kamal Jumblatt was ambushed on the forested road by...
  • Why Did Our Tax Dollars Send Kerry to Damascus?

    12/22/2006 2:21:59 PM PST · by jdm · 19 replies · 486+ views
    BC Magazine ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Uncredited
    I noticed (in the press photos) that Sen. John Kerry (and Sen. Christopher Dodd D-Conn) used military aircraft to travel to Damascus, Syria, to meet with President Assad. Kerry arriving at Damascus Is this a routine thing? I mean, for a Senator to use military transport for a private meeting with the Head of State of a nation we have accused of sponsoring terrorism, ordering political assassinations and the supporting of those killing American troops in Iraq? Kerry & Dodd meet with Assad in Damascus I always thought that foreign policy was the responsibility of the President/Executive Branch of government...
  • Why Did Our Tax Dollars Send Kerry to Damascus?

    12/22/2006 6:22:49 AM PST · by Hadean · 47 replies · 1,351+ views
    Blogcritics Magazine ^ | December 22, 2006 | Bird of Paradise
    I noticed (in the press photos) that Sen. John Kerry (and Sen. Christopher Dodd D-Conn) used military aircraft to travel to Damascus, Syria, to meet with President Assad. Is this a routine thing? I mean, for a Senator to use military transport for a private meeting with the Head of State of a nation we have accused of accused of sponsoring terrorism, ordering political assassinations and the supporting those killing American troops in Iraq? I always thought that foreign policy was the responsibility of the President/Executive Branch of government through the Department of State. News reports describe Kerry's journey...
  • Iran and Syria Helping Hizballah Rearm

    11/24/2006 9:41:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 598+ views
    TIME.com (excerpt) ^ | November 24, 2006 | Elaine Shannon and Tim McGirk
    Excerpt - Iran is smuggling weapons through Syria to re-arm Lebanese allies Hizballah, despite renewed efforts by United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese army to seal off the mountain borders with Syria in the wake of last summer's war between the Shi'ite militia and Israel, according to reports by Saudi and Israeli intelligence sources that have been confirmed by western diplomats in Beirut. ~ snip ~
  • Megapastor Rick Warren blasts Iraq war, praises Syria

    11/22/2006 7:13:43 PM PST · by Tim Long · 157 replies · 4,412+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 15, 2006 8:34 p.m. Eastern
    Official state news report quotes 'Purpose-Driven' author criticizing U.S. Syria's Grand Mufti Sheik Badr al-Din Hassoun and Rick Warren California mega-church pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling "Purpose-Driven Life," reportedly told a Syrian-controlled news agency the U.S. should have been holding dialogues with Damascus; Syrian Muslims and Christians co-exist peacefully; and the Syrian leadership is responsible for the nation's tolerance and stability. That's according to the news agency SANA, which has issued a number of reports this week as Warren visits Syria and meets various leaders and officials, much to the dismay of many in the U.S. "We at...
  • Lebanon - Nasrallah: Be 'Psychologically' Ready for Street Protests

    11/19/2006 2:56:44 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 525+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 19, 2006
    Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a speech aired Sunday urged his supporters and anti-Syrian allies to be "psychologically" ready for street protests to demand for a national unity government. But Nasrallah, who did not set a date for the demonstrations, warned that the protests should be peaceful and avoid riots. "We have to be psychologically prepared to take to the streets because we may send for you 24 hours ahead or 12 hours or even 6 hours (in advance)," Nasrallah threatened. "There has to be a patriotic opposition in the street … our action is peaceful and civilized,"...
  • Carbon nanotubes: Saladin’s secret weapon

    11/17/2006 2:38:03 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 50 replies · 1,602+ views
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 11/15/06 | Lionel Milgrom
    Carbon nanotubes are no longer the proud boast of 21st century materials scientists. It appears their discovery was unwittingly pre-empted by mediaeval Muslim sword-smiths whose tough Damascus blades taught the Crusaders the true meaning of cold steel when they fought over the Holy Land. Peter Paufler and colleagues at Dresden’s Technical University discovered carbon nanotubes in the microstructure of a 17th century Damascus sabre. Intriguingly, the nanotubes could have encapsulated iron-carbide nanowires that might give clues to the mechanical strength and sharpness of these swords. To Europeans, Damascus steel blades seemed magical. Not only could they cut a piece of...
  • Sharpest cut from nanotube sword-Carbon nanotech may have given swords of Damascus their edge

    11/16/2006 1:26:06 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 9 replies · 1,939+ views
    Nature ^ | 15 Nov 2006 | Katharine Sanderson
    Think carbon nanotubes are new-fangled? Think again. The Crusaders felt the might of the tube when they fought against the Muslims and their distinctive, patterned Damascus blades. Sabres from Damascus, now in Syria, date back as far as 900 AD. Strong and sharp, they are made from a type of steel called wootz. Their blades bear a banded pattern thought to have been created as the sword was annealed and forged. But the secret of the swords' manufacture was lost in the eighteenth century. Materials researcher Peter Paufler and his colleagues at Dresden University, Germany, have taken electron-microscope pictures of...
  • US arrests two Hamas 'racketeers'

    08/20/2004 2:30:50 PM PDT · by anonymoussierra · 351+ views
    BBC News ^ | BBC News
    The US authorities have arrested two alleged members of Palestinian militant group Hamas on racketeering and terrorism charges. Officials said Muhammed Hamid Khalil Salah and Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar were arrested on Thursday in Chicago and in northern Virginia. A warrant was also issued for an alleged senior Hamas leader in Syria. The US attorney general said the trio "allegedly ran a US-based terrorist and financing cell" associated with Hamas. They "were indicted for their roles in a 15-year racketing conspiracy in the US and abroad", said US Attorney General John Ashcroft, quoted by the Associated Press. "The cell allegedly...
  • Secret's Out For Saracens Sabres (Damascus Steel)

    11/15/2006 11:04:58 AM PST · by blam · 109 replies · 3,070+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-15-2006
    Secret's out for Saracen sabres 15 November 2006 NewScientist.com news service DURING the middle ages, the Muslims who fought crusaders with swords of Damascus steel had an edge - a very high-tech one. Their sabres contained carbon nanotubes. From about AD 900 to AD 1750, Damascus sabres were forged from Indian steel called wootz. Peter Paufler of the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and colleagues studied samples of a 17th-century sword under an electron microscope and found clear evidence of carbon nanotubes and even nanowires. The researchers think that the sophisticated process of forging and annealing the steel formed the...
  • Stock Advisor with prior knowledge of 9-11's press release "don't exploit our fellow Americans"

    05/24/2002 8:59:02 PM PDT · by Registered · 37 replies · 2,948+ views
    Googled ^ | 09-12-01 | Tony
    To read entire article click text: In a court hearing in San Diego, Kenneth Breen, an assistant United States attorney, said the adviser, Amr Ibrahim Elgindy, tried to sell $300,000 in stock on the afternoon of Sept. 10 and told his broker that the stock market would soon plunge. "Perhaps Mr. Elgindy had preknowledge of Sept. 11, and rather than report it he attempted to profit from it," Mr. Breen said. So, what did Mr. Elgindy, who was trying to sell $300k in stock, tell the financial world the day after 9-11?  Read it for yourself! Immediate release InsideTruth.com...
  • US thanks Syria over embassy raid

    09/12/2006 1:05:26 PM PDT · by Mark Felton · 25 replies · 1,091+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/12/06 | BBC
    The US has thanked Syria for foiling an attack on its embassy in Damascus. Syria said three attackers were killed and a fourth captured as they tried to drive two cars at the compound. One security officer was killed. Syrian media blamed Islamic extremists but no-one has said they carried out the attack. One car went up in flames but the second bomb failed. The US, which lists Syria as a sponsor of terrorism, said it was grateful that the embassy staff's safety was ensured. There were no reports of US casualties. There is currently no US ambassador to Damascus...
  • MK Bishara warns Syria of Israeli attack

    09/09/2006 12:04:26 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Ynet ^ | 09.09.06, 19:46 | Roee Nahmias
    MK Bishara warns Syria of Israeli attack Arab MK arrives in Damascus with his party members, sends alarming message that 'Israel may launch onslaught in bid to restore deterrence' Roee Nahmias Published: 09.09.06, 19:46 National Democratic Assembly chairman, Knesset Member Azmi Bishara, arrived in Damascus on Friday and immediately began making public statements condemning the Israeli occupation of the territories. Bishara joined his party members, MKs Jamal Zahalka and Wasil Taha, as well as former MKs Muhammad Kanan and Mohammed Miari, who have been in the city since Thursday. In the course of his meeting with senior members of the...
  • Chávez Rolls Into Damascus To Charm Another US Foe

    08/31/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 260+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-31-2006 | Albert Aji
    Chávez rolls into Damascus to charm another US foe Albert Aji in Damascus Thursday August 31, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, said yesterday he and Syria would "build a new world" free from US domination. "We have decided to be free. We want to cooperate to build a new world where states' and people's self-determination are respected," Mr Chávez said after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, at his presidential palace in Damascus. "Imperialism's concern is to control the world, but we will not let them despite the pressure and aggression," the...
  • Officials: U.S. blocked missiles to Hezbollah

    08/18/2006 12:15:02 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 42 replies · 1,659+ views
    The United States blocked an Iranian cargo plane's flight to Syria last month after intelligence analysts concluded it was carrying sophisticated missiles and launchers to resupply Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, two U.S. intelligence officials say. (Related: How the U.S. found the missiles) Eight days after Hezbollah's war with Israel began, U.S. diplomats persuaded Turkey and Iraq to deny the plane permission to cross their territory to Damascus, a transfer point for arms to Hezbollah, the officials said. The episode was detailed by one U.S. intelligence official who saw a report on the incident. It was confirmed by a U.S. official...
  • Xinhua - Mossad fails to kill Hamas chief in Syria: sources

    08/16/2006 5:42:46 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 928+ views
    Mosad fails to kill Hamas chief in Syria: sources GAZA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The external Israeli security intelligence service, better know as Mosad, has failed to assassinate Damascus-based Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, sources in the movement revealed Wednesday. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, were quoted bya Palestinian independent news agency as saying that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) knew about the Israeli attempt to kill Meshaal through a Western intelligence security service. They added that several Mosad agents arrived in Damascus in mid-July during the Israeli military offensives on Lebanon, disguising as foreign relief volunteers...
  • Exclusive: Iran was behind Hezbollah-Israel war

    08/16/2006 2:58:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 643+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | August 16, 2006
    London, Aug. 16 – Iran masterminded the July 12 attack on an Israeli military squad by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah which ignited a major military offensive against the group by the Jewish state, Iran Focus has learnt. A well-placed source inside the clerical establishment told Iran Focus that prior to the start of hostilities Tehran dispatched several top officials including the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to attend a summit in Syria which took place on July 4 and focused on ways to upset the regional balance in the Middle East. Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of...
  • 10 katyushas fired towards israel BREAKING ON CNN

    08/14/2006 4:24:01 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 481 replies · 24,667+ views
    CNN ^ | Augest 14 2006 | CNN
    CNN Is saying live on t.v. that 10 katyushas were fired from nothern lebanon towards israel!
  • Israel shows video of Hezbollah fighter

    08/07/2006 3:05:01 PM PDT · by humint · 10 replies · 1,004+ views
    Associated Press ^ | SARAH EL DEEB
    JERUSALEM - Israel's army released a video Monday purporting to show the interrogation of a Hezbollah fighter acknowledging his part in the raid on an Israeli army patrol July 12 - the spark that ignited the current conflict in Lebanon. In the video, Hussein Ali Suleiman, 22, said the seizure of the two Israelis was the second time he had taken part in such an attempt, following an unsuccessful raid in 2005. He also spoke about training in Iran. The tape shown on Israeli television appeared to be heavily edited, and some answers were cut off in mid-sentence. He appeared...
  • Military Officers Attempted a Coup in Iraq

    08/06/2006 11:10:15 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 2,377+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 7 2006 | ELI LAKE
    The government of Iraq is secretly holding a Baathist cabal of military officers it claims attempted a coup against Prime Minister al-Maliki. The plotters were rounded up July 5 with the help of American military authorities after the Iraqi government's security warning center sent word to Mr. Maliki, who was in Kuwait on his first official visit as head of state, two highly placed Iraqi sources said. The prime minister quickly canceled a scheduled trip to Amman, Jordan, and returned to Baghdad to attend to the matter. At the time, Mr. Maliki's staff told reporters that the prime minister was...
  • Why a Multinational Force is Essential in Lebanon

    08/04/2006 10:20:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy ^ | August 4, 2006 | Robert Rabil
    As Lebanon plunges deeper into ruin and chaos as a result of Hizballah’s “gang war” tactics against Israel’s expanded military campaign to degrade the power of the Islamist party, Hizballah, Syria, and its allies in Lebanon are devising plans to subvert an international agreement on a multinational force to guard the Israel-Lebanon border. They are also preparing for a political comeback in a postconflict Lebanon by riding the wave of the victory Hizballah is sure to claim whatever the outcome—a supposed triumph that in reality will be at best a Pyrrhic victory. Hizballah’s Political Offensive From the time the...
  • Arab newspaper: Israel retaliates after Syria shot down unmanned Israeli spy aircraft

    07/28/2006 1:19:28 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 1,796+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | July 28, 2006
    UNCONFIRMED REPORT - News Flash *Al Liwa newspaper says Syria shot down an unmanned Israeli spy aircraft and the Jewish state retaliated by destroying the base from which the plane was downed
  • Nasrallah in Damascus

    07/27/2006 3:09:16 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 22 replies · 871+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 27, 2006 | INN
    Hizbullah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah traveled to Syria late Wednesday night in a bulletproof vehicle, according to a Kuwait newspaper. Nasrallah is expected to meet for talks with Syrian officials on Thursday to discuss developments in Hizbullah’s war against Israel. A number of the Katyusha rockets fired by the terrorists at northern Israeli cities have contained parts made in Syria.
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 7/26/06-Paphos,Beirut,Tyre,Khiam,Maghar,Rihaniya,Avivim,Haifa,Gaza

    07/25/2006 4:02:05 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 61 replies · 4,116+ views
    NASA, DOD, IDF, Yahoo, AP, AFP, Reuters, and the usual suspects, and many brave photographers | 7/26/06 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 7/26/06 - Paphos, Cyprus, Beirut, Tyre, Khiam, Maghar, Israel, Rihaniya, Kiryat Shmona, Nahariya, Tel Aviv, Avivim, Haifa, Gaza City, Khan Younis, Damascus, Syria, Moscow, San Jose, Calif, Kiev, Santiago Israeli Response to many years of Hamas and Hizb'allah terror using Iranian and Syrian technology in 'Kofi Annan's War' in Civilizations War on Terror BREAKING: Paphos, Cyprus, U.S. Air Force rescues American girl to Ramstein Air Base, Germany BREAKING: Beirut- U.S. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit rescue American citizens BREAKING: Beirut - Hassan Nasrallah admits over televison he told Beruit government...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 7/17/06-Beirut,Bourj Shimali,Choueifat,Khiam,Ouzai

    07/17/2006 6:15:25 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 54 replies · 4,789+ views
    DOD, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, AFP and the usual suspects | 7/17/06 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 7/17/06 - Beirut, Dahyieh Junubiya, al-Ghubeiri, Beir al-Abed, Bourj Shimali, Choueifat, Jiyeh, Khiam, Nabatiyeh, Ouzai, Saida, Sawfar, Taanayel, Tyre, Kiryat Shmona, Zebqine, Masnaa, Jdaydet Yabous, Damascus, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Cyprus, Poriat, Kabul, Bagram, Fallujah, Baghdad, Samawa BREAKING: Israel ground forces enter Lebanon BREAKING: Beirut - Israeli airstrike on the terrorist strongholds BREAKING: Dahyieh Junubiya - Israeli airstrike on the terrorist stronghold BREAKING: Bourj Shimali - Israeli airstrike on the terrorist stronghold BREAKING: Choueifat - Israeli airstrike on the terrorist stronghold BREAKING: Jiyeh - Israeli airstrike on the terrorist stronghold BREAKING: Khiam -...
  • All Roads Lead to Damascus

    07/14/2006 9:09:21 AM PDT · by Blogger · 7 replies · 1,318+ views
    Omega Letter ^ | July 13, 2006 | Omega Letter
    The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest Vol: 58 Issue: 13 - Thursday, July 13, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Roads Lead to Damascus With tensions already running high from the June 25 capture of a 19-year-old Israeli corporal by Hamas terrorists, Hezbollah terrorists infiltrated Israel on Wednesday and kidnapped two more Israeli soldiers. Three other Israeli soldiers were killed in the raid, and five more died after Israeli forces pursued the kidnappers into Lebanon. In an instant, Israel opened a second front against Lebanese targets, calling the move "an act of war" -- and vowed to hold the Lebanese government accountable for the...
  • The Same War - Hezbollah, natch

    07/13/2006 6:17:16 AM PDT · by veronica · 4 replies · 671+ views
    NRO.com ^ | 7-13-06 | Michael Ledeen
    No one should have any lingering doubts about what’s going on in the Middle East. It’s war, and it now runs from Gaza into Israel, through Lebanon and thence to Iraq via Syria. There are different instruments, ranging from Hamas in Gaza to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon and on to the multifaceted “insurgency” in Iraq. But there is a common prime mover, and that is the Iranian mullahcracy, the revolutionary Islamic fascist state that declared war on us 27 years ago and has yet to be held accountable. It is very good news that the White House immediately denounced...
  • Hezbollah Rocket Attack Hits Israeli Town of Safed

    07/13/2006 5:23:20 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-Dees · 139 replies · 5,653+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/13/2006 | FOXNews
    Breaking on FoxNews
  • Iran’s national security adviser flies to Damascus/ Syrian army on a state of preparedness

    07/13/2006 12:42:59 AM PDT · by Hadean · 35 replies · 2,187+ views
    Debkafile ^ | July 13-2006
    DEBKAfile reports: Iran’s national security adviser Ali Larijani flies to Damascus aboad special military plane Wednesday night as war tension builds up around Hizballah kidnap of 2 Israeli soldiers Larijani is also Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator. He will remain in Damascus for the duration of the crisis in line with the recently Iranian-Syrian mutual defense pact. His presence affirms that an Israeli attack on Syria will be deemed an assault on Iran. It also links the Israeli hostage crisis to Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West. The White House released a statement holding Syria and Iran responsible for Hizballah abduction...
  • IDF warns civilians in s. Beirut to leave homes

    07/13/2006 12:34:18 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 40 replies · 1,350+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 13th, 2006 | YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Israel laid siege Thursday morning to Lebanon, shutting down the country and closing off access by air, land and sea. IDF navy missile ships were patrolling off the Lebanese coast and preventing ships from entering Lebanon or leaving. Any ships arriving at Lebanese shores were being turned back. Earlier on Thursday morning, Beirut International Airport was struck by an IAF air strike, killing 15. IDF officers threatened they would bomb additional airports later in the day. Al-Jazeera television network reported that 15 people were killed in the airstrike. It was the first time since 1982 that the airport in south...
  • Mass Demonstration in Damascus in Solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza

    07/02/2006 12:43:18 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 27 replies · 456+ views
    DAMASCUS , (SANA)- A huge mass demonstration was staged in Yarmouk camp, Damascus on Sunday evening protesting Israeli hostile and terrorist practices against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories. The protestors chanted slogans condemning the barbarian Zionist aggression which destroyed humans, trees and stones in the Gaza and other Palestinian cities. The demonstrators also carried banners hailing the Syrian solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, demanding the international community to put an end to Israel's dangerous violations against the Palestinian people without any consideration of the international legitimacy or minimum human rights.
  • ''Intelligence Brief: Russia's Moves in Syria''

    06/30/2006 2:10:53 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 19 replies · 1,108+ views
    In early June, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Moscow's decision to establish naval bases in the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia. The Russian Defense Ministry officially denied the report, even though more than one source confirmed it. As part of the plan, the port of Tartus would be transformed into a naval base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet when it is away from the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. The Russian plan involves the installation of an air defense system with S-300PMU-2 Favorit ballistic missiles. The missiles have a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles), allow a larger warhead...
  • Israeli missile hits bridge in central Gaza

    06/27/2006 2:09:27 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 240 replies · 10,816+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2006
    An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a bridge in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday as troops prepared for a threatened offensive into the territory, Palestinian witnesses said. Israel has been planning a major push into the territory following the capture of an Israeli soldier by militants from Gaza on Sunday.
  • Islamofascism, the broader, deeper & wider reality - How radical Islam makes you into a fascist!

    06/17/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT · by NeoOldCon · 1 replies · 1,471+ views
    How [radical] Islam makes one into a fascist, whether you are Arab, black, etc. The broader view of the deep & wide reality of Islamofascism What do the Arab Muslim massacre in NYC WTC, The Pakistani Muslim bombing in London, the Arab Muslim bombing in Madrid, an Indonesian attack on Australians in Bali, an Arab Muslim racist attack on an ordinary Jew in Paris, Arabs' onslaught in the genocide campaign in Sudan, WW2's Bosnian Muslims attacking Christian Serbs, Jordanian Arab murderer: Zarqawi that seperated (Nazi style) between Shiite & Sunni kids on a bus, Arab slave masters in Mauritania, a...
  • US reportedly offering deal to neutralize Hezbollah

    05/30/2003 7:15:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 230+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | May 30 2003 | Nicholas Blanford
    ‘$500m on table’ if Beirut complies The United States is reportedly making a fresh attempt to strike a behind-the-scenes deal to neutralize Hizbullah, offering the government half a billion dollars if the resistance is dismantled and Syria pulls its troops out of Lebanon. The offer is reportedly being conveyed by Darryl Issa, a Republican congressman for California, and Democrat Robert Wexler during a visit to Beirut Friday, the daily As-Safir said Thursday. The two congressmen will also travel to Damascus to discuss the offer with Syrian officials, the paper said. The daily quoted sources in the US Congress as saying...
  • Iran FM makes surprise visit to Syria

    05/18/2006 9:57:33 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 333+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | May 19th, 2006
    Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed Tehran's right to civilian nuclear technology, after talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a surprise visit to Damascus, AFP reported. "We reiterated our indisputable right to peaceful nuclear technology," he said at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem. The Iranian foreign minister also said that he would visit Kuwait on Saturday as part of regular consultations with Iran's Arab neighbours across the Persian Gulf. "I will tell them (Kuwaiti officials) that the Bushehr nuclear plant (under construction in southern Iran) is in keeping with the highest international norms...
  • Syria requests Khaddam arrest

    05/14/2006 2:02:01 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 325+ views
    gulfnews.com ^ | May 14, 2006
    Damascus: The Syrian government has officially asked interpol to arrest former vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam so he can face charges of treason and corruption. The request states that he should be turned over to Damascus so he can be questioned for charges including inciting a foreign country to attack Syria. Khaddam, who lives in France, gave an interview in December in which he said that Syrian president Bashar Al Assad had threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri just months before he was assassinated. It is unlikely that France will agree to the request as Khaddam has lived...
  • Iran’s president recruits terror master

    04/23/2006 1:49:01 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 895+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | Sarah Baxter and Uzi Mahnaimi
    Plot for revenge attacks on WestIRAN’S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended a meeting in Syria earlier this year with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, according to intelligence experts and a former national security official in Washington. US officials and Israel intelligence sources believe Imad Mugniyeh, the Lebanese commander of Hezbollah’s overseas operations, has taken charge of plotting Iran’s retaliation against western targets should President George W Bush order a strike on Iranian nuclear sites. Mugniyeh is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list for his role in a series of high-profile attacks against the West, including the 1985 hijacking...
  • Syria: New crackdown on government opponents

    04/06/2006 12:54:41 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 2 replies · 273+ views
    Scoop, NZ ^ | April 6th, 2006
    Reacting to a recent wave of arrests of activists and others in Syria and yesterday's sentencing of a civil society activist to five years in prison, Amnesty International today called on the Syrian government to immediately release all those arrested for peacefully expressing their opinions. "This new crackdown on suspected government opponents is deeply troubling," said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa programme. "We are particularly concerned that many of these people are being held in incommunicado detention, where they are at risk of torture." Scores have been arrested from across the social and political...
  • Eleven Cities Want Dem Convention in 2008

    02/28/2006 11:37:13 AM PST · by rebrane · 40 replies · 2,338+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON Feb 27, 2006 (AP)-- Eleven cities have shown interest in playing host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, twice the number of cities that applied to get the 2004 gathering. The DNC initially sent out letters to more than 30 cities, giving them an overview and finding out their level of interest. The 11 cities that said they were interested: Anaheim, Calif.; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and San Antonio. Some of the cities are in critical swing states like Florida and Arizona, while others are in population centers like New...
  • Syrians Torch Embassies Over Caricatures

    02/04/2006 11:31:17 PM PST · by anymouse · 66 replies · 2,109+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/5/06 | ALBERT AJI,
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam's revered prophet torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday — the most violent in days of furious protests by Muslims in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In Gaza, Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags. Protesters smashed the windows of the German cultural center and threw stones at the European Commission building, police said. Iraqis rallying by the hundreds demanded an apology from the European Union, and the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas called the cartoons "an...
  • Hamas’ win: historical revisionism, a dark reality, but a little hope

    01/27/2006 5:22:09 AM PST · by forty_years · 1 replies · 404+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | January 27, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    Hamas' victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections is already being sanitized by the politically correct, despite the terrorist group's bloody track record and its fallacious and dubious historical claims to the land of Israel. Thankfully, some Western leaders are condemning the selection of murderers by Palestinians for their government. At the top of a BBC article yesterday regarding the Hamas terrorist group winning Palestinian elections: The win poses problems for efforts to restart peace talks with Israel, say analysts. Israel insists it will not deal with an authority including Hamas. So this is all just Israel's problem/fault because the majority of...
  • Saddam's Nephew Finds Sanctuary In Syria

    05/17/2003 5:28:46 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 430+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-18-2003 | Con Coughlin
    Saddam's nephew finds sanctuary in Syria By Con Coughlin in Baghdad (Filed: 18/05/2003) A leading member of Saddam Hussein's family has been discovered living in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government after fleeing Iraq last week, The Telegraph can reveal. Fatiq al-Majid, one of Saddam's nephews, entered Syria last Monday after leaving Iraq at the al-Rabie'a checkpoint, which is under the control of American troops. Majid was given a Syrian visa and made his way to Damascus, where he is now living in exile. Majid confirmed his presence in Damascus when contacted by telephone by The Telegraph last...
  • Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria

    01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST · by French_for_Bush · 138 replies · 9,408+ views
    <p>The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.</p>
  • U.N. commission investigating Hariri assassination wants to question Syria president Assad

    01/01/2006 11:08:55 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 272+ views
    Associated Press | January 2, 2006
    AP News Alert BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- A U.N. spokesperson says the U.N. commission investigating the assassination of a Lebanese politician wants to question Syria's president.
  • Khaddam’s Bombshell Tightens Noose Around Syria: Experts

    12/31/2005 12:53:00 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 1,390+ views
    IslamOnline.net ^ | December 31, 2005 | Ahmed Fathy
    CAIRO , December 31, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) - The bombshell dropped by former Syrian vice-president Abdel Halim Khaddam on a possible Syrian role in the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri has sent seismic waves in Damascus and would tighten the noose around the Arab country, experts agreed on Saturday, December 31. “Khaddam’s testimony at this critical juncture in Syrian history has, in effect, sent shock waves across the country’s political landscape and ushered in grave consequences,” Syrian opposition writer Akram Al-Beni told IslamOnline.net. Speaking from Paris, where he has lived since resigning as vice-president in June, Khaddam said in...
  • Syria - Syrian MPs want Khaddam charged with treason

    12/31/2005 9:44:17 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 470+ views
    Agence France Presse | December 31, 2005
    Syrian lawmakers on Saturday accused former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam of treason and demanded action against him after he implicated President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. "I demand, in my own name and the name of the people that Khaddam is judged because he has attacked the dignity of Syria and humiliated milliions of Syrians," said MP Umeima Khudur. In an explosive interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television, Khaddam said Assad had threatened Hariri just months before his February murder.