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  • Syria Goes Deep

    11/10/2009 2:11:47 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 603+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/10/2009 | The Strategy Page
    For the last five years, satellite photos have shown continuing constructing of an underground bunker complex north of Damascus, Syria, This is believed to be the control center for the national air defense system. Progress has been slow because Syria is broke and unable to pay for the new missile systems that that the people in this underground complex would control. Earlier this year, Russia suspended its program to upgrade Syria's MiG-31 fighters. In 2007, Russia and Syria signed an agreement by which Russia would provide the country with seven MiG-31 aircraft, as well as equipment and services to upgrade...
  • Damascus the World's Most Dangerous Destination!

    09/30/2009 5:50:36 PM PDT · by Sharondownunderinnz · 9 replies · 801+ views
    Bible Phophecy Today ^ | Wed. 30 Sept. 09 | Bill Salus
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Damascus the World's Most Dangerous Destination! By Bill Salus According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, tourism in Israel has steadily declined in 2009 in comparison to 2008. There appears to be a developing concern among would be “holy land” travelers that a major Mideast war involving Israel, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and others is inevitable and soon to happen. In a semi-related area, Israel’s concerns are further fueled by the genuine possibility that immigration into Israel will come to a complete halt the minute Iran possesses its own nuclear weapon. Ephraim Sneh, the former...
  • THE NATIONS ARE ABOUT TO SEE THROUGH DESTRUCTION GOD'S MAJESTY \o/

    09/14/2009 4:07:12 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 122 replies · 3,259+ views
    A great explosion is about to come , Destroying things not of my kingdom , Prophecies told about to unfold , Things new wiping out the old , The storehouses of God's lightning released , Disturbing things now resting in peace , Ancient walls suddenly cut down , Nothing left but burnt glass on the ground , As paper mache burnt and blown away , A prophecy of the past happening in one day , A blink of the eye and nothing left to see , Yet all the nations witnessing God's majesty , A turning point in a war...
  • Hamas 'Victory Festival' in Damascus

    08/23/2009 12:22:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1,022+ views
    MEMRI.org ^ | August 21, 2009 | n/a
    Special Dispatch - No. 2499 August 21, 2009 No. 2499 In March 2009, Hamas held a festival at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria to mark "the victory of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades," its military wing, in the "Al-Furqan War," [1] i.e., the 2008-9 war with Israel in Gaza. The festival included a photo exhibit and the screening of films showing the Al-Qassam Brigades at their training camps; distribution of videos about the Brigades' operations during the war; and an evening poetry program featuring poets and children's choirs from across the Arab world. There were also speeches by...
  • More undeclared uranium discovered in Syria

    06/06/2009 1:16:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 1,095+ views
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3726884,00.html ^ | Published: 06.05.09, 21:56 / Israel News | (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com
    "More undeclared uranium discovered in Syria" SNIPPET: "International Atomic Energy Agency finds traces of processed uranium at second site in Syria, leading to fears of covert nuclear activity" Reuters Published: 06.05.09, 21:56 / Israel News SNIPPET: "The UN nuclear watchdog has discovered traces of processed uranium at a second site in Syria, the agency said on Friday, heightening concern about possible undeclared atomic activity in the Arab state. The International Atomic Energy Agency has been examining U.S. intelligence reports that Syria almost built a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor meant to yield weapons-grade plutonium before Israel bombed it to rubble in...
  • MI5 linked to arrest of Britons in Syria

    05/16/2009 2:12:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 487+ views
    GUARDIAN.co.uk ^ | Thursday 14 May 2009 10.52 BST | Ian Cobain
    "MI5 linked to arrest of Britons in Syria Spy agency investigated woman accused by Damascus of sending UK money to al-Qaida offshoot, says Labour peer" SNIPPET: "Relatives of Maryam Kallis and Yasser Ahmed say they have not been told the reasons for their arrests two months ago and are concerned they may be suffering severe mistreatment. The Syrian embassy in London has alleged that Kallis received funds from an individual "who resides in the UK" and conveyed them to "a terrorist network related to al-Qaida". The assertion suggests that the individual would have been investigated by MI5." SNIPPET: "Kallis, 36,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: CURIOUS DEVELOPMENT IN SYRIA (Joel Rosenberg)

    03/02/2009 1:13:14 AM PST · by Squidpup · 35 replies · 1,334+ views
    Joel Rosenberg's Weblog ^ | March 2, 2009 | Joel Rosenberg
    On Monday night, something remarkable is going to take place in the capital of Syria. More than 1,100 senior Syrian government officials, journalists, business leaders and religious leaders — Muslim, Catholic and evangelical Christian — will attend the gala premiere of a major motion picture entitled Damascus, written, produced and directed by entirely Arab Christians. The film, part documentary and part narrative drama, tells the story of how Saul of Tarsus — one of the first prominent persecutors of Christ-followers in the Holy Land — himself became a follower of Jesus during a miraculous encounter with Jesus on the road...
  • Analysis: Hamas desperate for lull, but wants to show some type of 'victory'

    01/05/2009 8:43:00 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 31 replies · 1,364+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 6, 2009 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    As the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip entered its 10th day, Hamas has begun sending conflicting messages regarding its intentions. These contradictory messages, Palestinian political analysts said, reflected the state of confusion in Hamas and raised questions as to who was calling the shots in the Gaza Strip. While some Hamas leaders have been openly signaling their readiness to accept a new cease-fire, others are still calling for pursuing the fight against Israel "until victory." What is clear is that Hamas is now desperate for a lull in the fighting. But it is also eager to score some kind...
  • Indiana Man Charged With Trying To Sell Secrets To Iraq

    03/04/2005 12:49:51 AM PST · by Samwise · 34 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Indy Channe; ^ | March 3, 2005
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A Greenfield man has been indicted on accusations he tried to sell the names of U.S. intelligence agents to Iraq before the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Authorities: Man Was In Iraq In '02 Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban, a 52-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested Thursday after an investigation of more than a year by the FBI and other agencies, U.S. Attorney Susan W. Brooks said. Shaaban, also known as Shaaban Shaaban Hafed and Joe H. Brown, is suspected of going to Iraq in 2002 and making a deal to sell the names. He isn't accused...
  • Hamas Praises Obama, Hopes for 'New Page' in U.S. Relations(Syria nicknames Obama "Abu Hussein")

    11/07/2008 11:44:26 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 620+ views
    haaretz.com/AP ^ | November 7, 2008 | Yoav Stern/AP
    Hamas strongman Mahmoud Zahar on Friday said he hoped that Barack Obama's presidential election victory would open a new page in relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. However, Zahar said he does not expect immediate change in U.S policy toward Hamas. The Bush administration is boycotting the Palestinian Islamist group, along with most of the international community.
  • US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria

    10/26/2008 4:23:46 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 36 replies · 1,620+ views
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as "serious aggression." A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area because Syria was out of the military's reach. "We are taking matters into our own hands," the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political...
  • Report: Syria has restarted nuclear weapons program

    10/02/2008 6:52:12 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 10-02-08 | Israel Today Staff
    Following last year’s Israeli bombing of a suspected Syrian nuclear facility, Damascus has reportedly restarted its nuclear weapons program, but is now following the Iranian model of housing the program at numerous different locations. London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat cited unnamed Israeli military sources as saying that the North Koreans and Iranians are still involved in the Syrian nuclear program, which has accelerated in recent months.
  • Damascus blast kills at least 17

    09/26/2008 11:48:08 PM PDT · by james500 · 39 replies · 1,770+ views
    BBC ^ | 06:35 GMT, Saturday, 27 September 2008
    At least 17 people been killed by a suspected car bomb in the Syrian capital Damascus, say local media reports. ... Syria's Dunia television said the explosion had targeted a security forces installation.
  • Israel fears Russia may sell arms to Syria

    08/21/2008 7:22:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies · 623+ views
    Latimes.com ^ | 6:44 PM PDT, August 21, 2008 | By Ashraf Khalil, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    Fears that Russia might sell advanced weaponry to Syria kicked up a mini-storm of concern in Israel on Thursday. Syrian President Bashar Assad, in Russia for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev, has been campaigning to acquire weapons systems that include long-range surface-to-surface missiles, according to Russian media reports. The news of Assad's reported ambitions prompted immediate hand-wringing among Israeli officials and analysts. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was "analyzing the ramifications" of Assad's visit.
  • Natural Gas Rush in Northeast Opposed!!

    06/07/2008 3:59:05 AM PDT · by finnsheep · 55 replies · 357+ views
    The Marcellus Shale play is the latest huge thing in natural gas, considered by some to be a "super giant" gas field. Read more here http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/246893563.shtml The edge of the Marcellus Shale in Northeast PA and NY is about 100 miles from NYC, which means the gas needs only a very short trip by pipeline to the major metropolitan centers. Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and also is a source for hydrogen for hydrogen powered vehicles. So here are a bunch of "concerned citizens" planning to oppose it with all their might. "The Damascus group has...
  • Hamas leader says militant group won't recognize Israel

    04/21/2008 7:55:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies · 72+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2008 | ALBERT AJI,
    Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says his militant Islamic group will not recognize Israel. Earlier, former President Jimmy Carter said that Hamas is prepared to accept the Jewish state's right to "live as a neighbor next door in peace."
  • Mashaal Praises ‘Palestinian Reproductive Machine’ (Demographic conquest)

    04/15/2008 12:41:53 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 163+ views
    israel national news ^ | April 15, '08
    Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal made a speech in favor of the “Palestinian reproductive machine” at his daughter Fatima’s wedding over the weekend. The “machine” is constantly active, Mashaal said. He told his daughter and son-in-law that their children would one day live in the “48 territories,” that is, within Israel’s 1948 borders. Mashaal took time from his speech to thank Syria for allowing him, Islamic Jihad head Ramadan Shallah, and other senior terrorists to live in Damascus. “We realize the pressures on Syria for housing Mashaal and Shallah,” he said. Shallah attended the wedding, as did PFLP head Mahir at-Tahir,...
  • Syria drafting reserves in preparation for Israeli attack

    04/02/2008 12:15:25 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 64 replies · 231+ views
    Damascus is preparing for a large-scale Israeli attack on Syria and Hizbullah, London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Wednesday. According to the report, the Syrian army has been maneuvering its forces and drafting some of its reserve forces in preparation for such a contingency. Damascus has also raised the alert level along its borders, and has placed three armored divisions, nine infantry brigades and special forces near its border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, fearing an Israeli infiltration there. The report claimed that this would be a strategic spot for Israeli ground forces to strike, as it is both a Hizbullah stronghold and...
  • Cheney hits out at Iran, Syria as he wraps up Mideast peace push

    03/24/2008 8:27:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 432+ views
    YahooNews/AFP ^ | Mar 24, 2008
    Cheney hits out at Iran, Syria as he wraps up Mideast peace push Mar 24, 2008 JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday hit out at Iran and Syria as he wrapped up a Middle East peace push, saying they were undermining the renewed but faltering Israeli-Palestinian talks. Iran and Syria "are doing everything they can to torpedo the peace process," Cheney told reporters in Jerusalem as he wrapped up a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories before heading to Turkey. During his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leadership, "I reaffirmed the president's commitment to help...
  • Syria arrests Palestinians suspects in connection Mughniyeh assassination

    02/16/2008 11:43:51 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 37 replies · 584+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 15, 2008 | Jpost.com staff
    Syrian security forces have arrested several Palestinians suspects in connection with the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, a Lebanese security source told Reuters on Friday. The source added that Hizbullah had appointed a successor to Mughniyeh within hours of his death in a car bomb blast in the Syrian capital.
  • Syria may pay price for killing (Bashar Assad has boasted Damascus is "the capital of resistance")

    02/14/2008 7:20:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 156+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/08 | Hamzi Hendawi - ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - President Bashar Assad boasts that Damascus is "the capital of resistance," a claim borne out by the presence here of Hamas leaders and a host of other radical Palestinian groups. But the killing of Imad Mughniyeh, one of America's most-wanted fugitives, in the Syrian capital shows how costly the regime's traditional hospitality toward Arab hard-liners can be. Mughniyeh's presence on Syrian soil was a deep embarrassment to Damascus, fueling U.S. accusations that the country allows extremists of many stripes — Palestinian militants, Hezbollah operatives and Iraqi insurgents — to operate freely. And the fact that someone was...
  • As Important as Who was Killed is Where (Excellent Point)

    02/13/2008 11:07:58 AM PST · by afortiori · 7 replies · 175+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 13, 2008 | Michael Rubin
    Imad Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus. I'm wondering whether Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) or Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) still believe that their private consultations with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad were successful, especially given that the Syrian president had, apparently, continued to give one of the world's most notorious terrorists free passage and haven inside Syria. 02/13 11:16 AM
  • Military Intelligence: Hizbullah lost its number one figure

    02/13/2008 8:48:49 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 191+ views
    ynet ^ | 02.13.08
    Reservist Military Intelligence officers tell Ynet of Imad Mugniyah's prowess as terrorist mastermind. Former Mossad chief Danny Yatom: One of most dangerous terrorists ever. "Hizbullah lost its most important operative in the organization in recent years," a reservist Military Intelligence officer told Ynet on Wednesday in reference to the killing of senior Hizbullah military commander Imad Mugniyah in an explosion in Damascus. "He was an expert in carrying out terrorist attacks and at the same time, he was an expert in maintaining a low profile and knowing, for 20 years, how to evade the many that tried to get him,"...
  • Going Out In The Appropriate Manner (Senior Hezbollah Leader Imad Mughniyeh Killed)

    02/13/2008 7:30:10 AM PST · by jdm · 12 replies · 127+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 13, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Scratch one terrorist from the FBI's Most Wanted list. An explosion killed Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, one of the planners of the 1983 bombings in Beirut that killed 241 Marines and another 63 people at our embassy in Lebanon. He also took part in the 1985 TWA hijacking that resulted in the beating death of Navy diver Robert Stethem: A senior Hezbollah commander implicated in some of the most high-profile international terrorist attacks of the last 25 years has died in an explosion in Syria, Hezbollah TV said Wednesday. Imad Mughniyeh was suspected by Western intelligence agencies in the 1983...
  • Syria blast killed Moughniyah - Hezbollah [Commander of]

    02/13/2008 12:52:19 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 448 replies · 2,955+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 13, 2007
    DAMASCUS BLAST ON TUESDAY KILLED SENIOR HEZBOLLAH MILITARY COMMANDER - LEBANESE POLITICAL SOURCE
  • Obama Adviser Leads Delegation to Damascus

    02/12/2008 11:44:24 AM PST · by DFG · 26 replies · 2,661+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 02/12/08 | Eli Lake
    A foreign policy adviser to Senator Obama is scheduled to arrive in Syria today as the leader of a RAND Corp. delegation. Zbigniew Brzezinski will travel to Damascus for meetings as part of a trip Syria's official Cham News agency described as an "important sign that the end of official dialogue between Washington and Damascus has not prevented dialogue with important American intellectuals and politicians."
  • President al-Assad: Damascus capital of resistance-Arab Capital of Culture and dignity

    01/20/2008 2:16:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 266+ views
    IMRA/SANA ^ | 1-20-08
    President al-Assad Launches official opening of festivity of Damascus, capital of Arab culture for 2008 Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 09:50 PM - Syrian news agency www.sana.sy/eng/21/2008/01/19/157105.htm ...Today, Damascus not only represents the Arab Capital of Culture, but the Arab Capital of dignity. It provides us with a strong sense of Arab and human dignity, an infinite sense of national pride. It is the capital of resistance, as resistance is an original aspect of our Arab culture. It is the culture of freedom and the defense of freedom. The culture of resistance is creativity; our freedom is a prerequisite for...
  • Suicide bombers head to Iraq from Damascus

    10/07/2007 12:07:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies · 960+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/7/2007 | Hala Jaber and Ali Rifat
    IN a small flat in Damascus, a young man in jeans and T-shirt draws frequently on a Gauloises cigarette as he describes how he dressed his brother in a suicide belt and watched him blow up some American soldiers at a drinks stall in Iraq. The young man calls himself Ahmed. He is 23 and he has a degree in chemistry. He knows all about explosives. Last year, he says coolly, he took 15kg of TNT, packed it into pouches with some nails and strapped the bomb to his 19-year-old brother’s waist. There was never any doubt that it would...
  • Prophesied Destruction Of Damascus Imminent?

    09/21/2007 12:20:09 PM PDT · by Fennie · 44 replies · 919+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 21, 2007 | Hal Lindsey
    A stunning report published by Jane's Defense Weekly confirms rumors of a July explosion at a Syrian military base at al-Safir, near Aleppo, in which reportedly "dozens" of Iranian engineers were killed along with their Syrian counterparts. Syria had originally dismissed reports of the explosion by saying the blast was generated by the desert heat causing the accidental detonation of a stockpile of explosives. Jane's reported that the explosion was actually triggered while the engineers were fitting a chemical warhead onto a Scud-C missile. The explosion and fire released containers of the deadly nerve agents VX and sarin gas, as...
  • French FM Kouchner: 'We must prepare for war against Iran'

    09/16/2007 11:48:49 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 48 replies · 1,408+ views
    The nuclear Iranian crisis forces the world "to prepare for the worst" which "is war," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Sunday evening, while emphasizing that negotiations should still be the preferred course of action. Kouchner, quoted by French daily Le Figaro, added that "Iran does whatever it pleases in Iraq ... one cannot find in the entire world a crisis greater than this one."
  • Damascus Airport Called Al Qaida Hub

    08/25/2007 8:57:40 PM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies · 587+ views
    World Tribune ^ | August 26, 2007
    WASHINGTON -- Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, has been recruiting support for legislation that would sanction Damascus International Airport. Lieberman said the airport has become the major conduit for Al Qaida fighters to Iraq as well as Iranian weapons shipments to Lebanon. He based his assertion on briefings from the U.S. military. On Thursday, the Bush administration released an unclassified version of a national intelligence estimate that supported Lieberman's allegations against Syria. But the report said Damascus, despite its increase in support for militias in Iraq, has cracked down on Al Qaida in wake of a determination that...
  • Al Qaeda's Travel Agent--Damascus International is terrorism's hub airport.

    08/19/2007 8:46:03 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies · 879+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 20, 2007 | JOSEPH LIEBERMAN
    The United States is at last making significant progress against al Qaeda in Iraq -- but the road to victory now requires cutting off al Qaeda's road to Iraq through Damascus. ... Recently declassified American intelligence reveals just how much al Qaeda in Iraq is dependent for its survival on the support it receives from the broader, global al Qaeda network, and how most of that support flows into Iraq through one country -- Syria. Al Qaeda in Iraq is sustained by a transnational network of facilitators and human smugglers, who replenish its supply of suicide bombers -- approximately 60...
  • Russia Could Re-establish Naval Base in Syria

    08/04/2007 6:50:45 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 33 replies · 1,015+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21 Av 5767, August 5, '07 | IsraelNN.com
    (IsraelNN.com) Russia is seeking to establish a naval base in the Middle East – most likely in Syria, experts said. "For the Black Sea fleet, the Mediterranean has the highest strategic importance," the RIA Novosti and Interfax news agency quoted Admiral Vladimir Masorin as saying in the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol. "I think a permanent presence of the Russian navy should be restored there using the forces of the North and Baltic fleets." During the Cold War, the Soviet navy had a permanent presence on the Mediterranean, using the Syrian port of Tartus as a supply point. Russia recently...
  • 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...