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The Ultimate Visual Guide To Syria

by Tyler Durden

Everything you wanted to know about the potential Syrian conflict (and didn’t
want to read) in 10 handy infographics…

Targets of a U.S. strike could include helicopter and fixed wing aircraft air
bases across the country, including the Mezzeh air base in Damascus, and Nairab,
a major military air base in Aleppo. Because of Assad’s extensive air defense
systems, officials believe it is too risky – at least initially – to deploy
fighter aircraft or even low-flying drones that could be shot down.

Experts don’t believe Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile will be targeted
because of the risk of accidental release of the deadly nerve agents that
include mustard gas, tabun, sarin and VX. But systems for moving the weapons
could be in the crosshairs. Western forces could also zero in on the
headquarters of the Syrian Army’s 4th Division, 155th Brigade, the unit believed
to be responsible for the purported Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack. The brigade
is headed by Maher Assad, Bashar Assad’s younger brother…

fullarticle at source:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-29/ultimate-visual-guide-syria

Rats leaving the sinking ship

guardian.co.uk,             Wednesday 26 December

The head of Syria‘s military police has defected from the army and declared allegiance to the uprising against the president, Bashar al-Assad, according to a video and a Syrian security source.

The news came as government shelling in the northern province of Raqqa killed about 20 people, at least eight of them children, according to a video posted by activists on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a video showing rows of the blood-stained bodies laid out on blankets. The sound of crying relatives could be heard in the background.

The shelling hit the province’s al-Qahtania village, but it was unclear when the attack happened.

The high-level defection, while not a strategically significant development in the 21-month-old conflict, will be a blow to morale for Assad’s forces, which are hitting back at a string of rebel advances….

fdull article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/syria-military-police-chief-defects

Comment:

Ireland Jul-Aug2012 105

This Henchman should face the Gallows as over 40,000 people have now lost their lives as this criminal stood by and allowed the murder of these people an international tribunal should be set up to investigate all acts of genocide carried out by the thugs in Damascus. Rats leaving the sinking ship spring to mind as I read this article! Still this could be yet another nail in the coffin of |Assad and his henchmen!

Syrian refugee crisis hits new high as 11,000 flee in single day

More than 11,000 refugees fled Syria on Friday, in what is thought to be the highest daily exodus since the insurrection began 19 months ago.

At least 9,000 of those fleeing the unrelenting violence in Syria headed for Turkey and Jordan, who are both warning that refugee numbers could soon overwhelm them.

The first large winter storm of the season made the journey miserable for the new arrivals in Turkey. Torrential rain along much of the eastern Mediterranean coast is not forecast to let up throughout the weekend, after which temperatures are expected to sharply chill.

The onset of winter poses a new and dangerous dimension to the looming humanitarian crisis on Syria’s borders. Many of the 400,000……………………………………

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full article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/09/syria-refugee-high-11000-flee

Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War

By: F_William_Engdahl

On October 3, 2012  the Turkish military launched repeated mortar shellings inside Syrian  territory. The military action, which was used by the Turkish military,  conveniently, to establish a ten-kilometer wide no-man’s land “buffer zone”  inside Syria, was in response to the alleged killing by Syrian armed forces of  several Turkish civilians along the border. There is widespread speculation  that the one Syrian mortar that killed five Turkish civilians well might have  been fired by Turkish-backed opposition forces intent on giving Turkey a  pretext to move militarily, in military intelligence jargon, a ‘false flag’  operation.

Turkey’s Muslim  Brotherhood-friendly Foreign Minister, the inscrutable Ahmet Davutoglu, is the government’s main  architect of Turkey’s self-defeating strategy of toppling its former ally  Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.

According to one  report since 2006 under the government of Islamist Sunni Prime Minister Recep Tayyip  Erdoğan and his pro-Brotherhood AKP party, Turkey has become a new center for  the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A  well-informed Istanbul source relates the report that before the last Turkish  elections, Erdogan’s AKP received a “donation” of $10 billion from the Saudi  monarchy, the heart of world jihadist Salafism under the strict fundamentalist  cloak of Wahabism. Since the 1950’s when the CIA brought leading members in exile of the Egyptian  Muslim Brotherhood to Saudi Arabia there has been a fusion between the Saudi  brand of Wahabism and the aggressive jihadist fundamentalism of the  Brotherhood……………………….

full article at source:http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article36956.html

 

Putin’s Geopolitical Chess Game with Washington in Syria and Eurasia

Since reassuming his post as Russia’s   President, Vladimir Putin has lost no minute in addressing the most urgent   geopolitical threats to Russia internationally. Not surprisingly, at the center   of his agenda is the explosive situation in the Middle East, above all Syria.   Here Putin is engaging every imaginable means of preventing a further   deterioration of the situation into what easily could become another “world war   by miscalculation.” His activities in recent weeks involve active personal   diplomacy with Syria’s government as well as the so-called opposition “Syrian   National Council.”  It involves intense   diplomacy with Erdogan’s Turkey regime. It involves closed door diplomacy with   Obama. It involves direct diplomacy with Israel’s Benjamin   Netanyahu

Syria itself, contrary to what most western   media portray, is a long-standing multi-ethnic and religiously tolerant secular   state with an Alawite Muslim President Bashar Al-Assad, married to a Sunni wife.   The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam which doesn’t force their women to   wear head scarves and are liberal by Sunni standards, especially in the   fundamentalist places like Saudi Arabia where women are forbidden to even hold a   driver’s license. The overall Syrian population is a diverse mix of Alawites,   Druze and Kurds, Sunnis, and Armenian Orthodox Christians. Were the minority   regime of Al-Assad to fall, experts estimate that, like in Egypt, the murky   Sunni (as in Saudi Arabia) Muslim Brotherhood organization would emerge as the   dominant organized political force, something certainly not welcome in Tel Aviv   and certainly not in either Russia or China.

full article at source:  http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35727.html

13th July 2012 – Worst Syria Massacre leaves 200 dead in Tremseh

More than 200 men, women and children appear to have been killed in this latest atrocity. Everything we have seen of the Syrian regime’s behaviour over the last seventeen months suggests that these reports are credible. They demand a united response from the international community.

We have two urgent priorities – to establish an accurate account of what happened in Tremseh so that those responsible can and will be held to account; and to agree urgent action at the United Nations Security Council.

To that end, the UN mission in Syria must be able to access Tremseh quickly and without hindrance so they can carry out an independent investigation into what has happened and who is responsible.

And we will redouble our efforts to agree a Chapter VII resolution of the UN security council. This would compel the Syrian regime to fulfil the commitments it has made under the Annan plan, to withdraw its military from residential areas, and establish a transitional government as called for by Kofi Annan and endorsed by the P5 and Arab League.  It should be a legally binding security council resolution with teeth, that creates a trigger for sanctions if the Assad regime does not comply. British diplomats in New York will continue negotiations on a resolution at the security council today:

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/13/syria-hama-massacre-live

see also: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/2012/07/13/gJQAyfUahW_story.html

Comment:

This butchery must stop and the UN should now just move in and restore order and the criminals who are responsible for these murders must be brought to justice ASAP.

The world stands condemned for standing by and allowing this genocide to continue !

The World must stop this “Genocide” Bashar Assad must face justice!

Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power.

For nearly 12 hours of fighting that lasted into the early hours Saturday, rebels armed mainly with assault rifles fought Syrian forces in the heaviest fighting in the Assad stronghold since the 15-month-old uprising began. UN observers said rebels fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the local power plant, damaging parts of it and reducing six buses to charred shells, according to video the observers took of the scene.

Syrian forces showed the regime’s willingness to unleash such firepower in the capital. At least three tank shells slammed into residential areas in the central Damascus neighborhood of Qaboun, an activist said. Intense exchanges of assault-rifle fire marked the clash, according to residents and amateur video posted online.

At least 52 civilians were killed around the country outside Damascus on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,( a Britain-based activist group )Among them were 20, including nine women and children, who died in heavy, pre-dawn shelling in the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising against Assad began in March 2011. Six children were among 10 killed by a shell that exploded in a house they took cover in during fierce fighting in the coastal region of Latakia, the group said.

The group’s figures could not be independently confirmed.

In a Daraa mosque, a father stood over his son killed in the shelling, swaddled in a blanket in a hooded sweater, amateur video showed. “I will become a suicide bomber!” the father shouted in grief.

Another video showed tens of thousands of Daraa residents burying their slain victims later Saturday singing, dancing and parading the dead in coffins around a large square and giving the mass funeral the appearance of a mass party.

The Damascus violence was a dramatic shift; the capital has been relatively quiet compared with other Syrian cities throughout the uprising. Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, the country’s largest, are under the firm grip of security forces

Full article at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10812134

Syrian forces shelling ‘kills at least 90’ in Houla.

 Warning: contains images of dead bodies.

Syria‘s fragile peace process is in shreds after what was claimed to be a regime-backed massacre left 32 children among more than 90 dead and triggered a wave of international revulsion. As UN observers in the central town of Houla confirmed one of the bloodiest death tolls of the 15-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, rebels said they were on the brink of abandoning a negotiated plan to end the conflict.

Videos uploaded to the internet and purporting to be from Houla show many dead and badly mutilated infants. Residents say some victims were killed with knives, while many more died from 18 hours of relentless shelling that left buildings wrecked and homes destroyed in a large residential area near the centre of town.

Major General Robert Mood, head of the UN team in Syria, deplored the attack, which began at midday on Friday, as “indiscriminate and unforgivable” but did not say who had been to blame. Syrian state television blamed “terrorist gangs”.Syrian authorities on Sunday denied responsibility for the massacre. A foreign ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdesi, told reporters in Damascus: “Women, children and old men were shot dead. This is not the hallmark of the heroic Syrian army.”

Opposition activists reported fresh shelling on Sunday, with residential districts in Hama and the rebel-held town of Rastan coming under attack from government troops. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported clashes between troops and rebels in Hama, in the Damascus suburb of Harasta and in the capital’s central Midan district.

full article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/27/syria-condemnation-violence-children?newsfeed=true

Comment:

What can I say? That I haven’t said before  If you haven’t done so in the past please do so now write call and sent an e-mail to your local TD  and the UN demanding that Assad and his henchmen be brought to trial for the murder of these children. No Government must be allowed to carry out such atrocities on its own people. These pictures are so horrible I feel sick ,where is the United Nations? How can Russia and China now continue to support this monstrous regime? These thugs must be brought to Justice  !

Syria: Extrajudicial Executions

Let’s not forget the brave men and woman fighting and dying for the right to live in freedom in Syria. Weeks ago a little girl was brutally murdered by the forces of the Assad regime  these murdering thugs must be brought to the international court of justice or Assad and his henchmen will get to know  to the people’s justice just like Gaddafi did.

Saudi Arabia: House of Saud, Falling House of Cards

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Flag Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: erjkprunczyk)

By: Washingtons_Blog

Saudi rulers are struggling to contain a new wave of public protests that has erupted across the Arabian kingdom as security forces open fire on unarmed civilians.

The big question: is the House of Saud finally beginning to collapse like the fragile house of cards that this creaking, ruling monarchy represents?

 

The irony is rich indeed. For the past year, the Saudi rulers have done their utmost to crush the slightest dissent in their country, while at the same time they have backed Western interference, aggression and regime change in Libya and Syria – under the guise, wait for it, of advocating democratic freedom and human rights.

At least two people have been reported dead from Saudi police violence against an outpouring of crowds who have taken to the streets in the kingdom – a female student and a man, described as a well-known human rights activist, are the latest victims. Many others have been injured or arrested as state security forces mobilise in what appears to be a desperate bid by the rulers to contain spreading protests.

The irony is that Saudi Arabia is one of the most vocal members of the Arab League to denounce Syria for alleged human rights violations against protesters in that country. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has even called on Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad to step down and give way to greater democratic reforms.

The irony comes in at least two parts: Saudi’s King Abdullah presides over an absolute monarchy that is brutally suppressing all and any peaceful dissent in his country calling for democracy; and, two, Saudi Arabia is funding and arming subversive groups in Syria who are accused of committing assassinations, kidnappings and many other terrorisms to bring down the secular Assad government.

For the past year, Saudi Arabia – the world’s biggest oil producer and a key Western ally – has witnessed persistent protests against the ruling House of Saud.

Up to now, the demonstrations calling for democratic freedoms have been mainly located in Saudi’s oil-rich Eastern Province, principally in the city of Qatif.

But, most worryingly for US-backed King Abdullah and his entourage of brothers and half-brothers, there is this week growing public dissent in all quarters of the kingdom.

Major street demonstrations are reported in the capital, Riyadh, in the Central Province. Protests are also taking off in the north, such as the city of Ar’ar, the western port of Jeddah and in the southern university city of Abha.

When other Arab countries saw mass protests last year against their dictatorial rulers, Saudi Arabia was also embroiled in the regional ferment. However, Saudi Arabia appeared peripheral to the momentous changes sweeping the Arab region with few media reports of any substantive popular uprising.

This can be explained partly by the ruthlessness of the Saudi authorities in crushing any incipient sign of protest in the kingdom. At least 10 people have been killed over the past year from Saudi state forces attacking peaceful demonstrations. Another explanation for the apparent low-key public protests in Saudi Arabia is the under-reporting of such events by the Western mainstream media.

The popular dissent in Saudi Arabia against its rulers is to be sure there; it is just not being reported by the Western corporate media. That is because Saudi Arabia is a major strategic ally of Western governments, for example in supplying oil, buying huge amounts of weapons, and advancing geopolitical agenda in support of the garrison state of Israel or facilitating the NATO conquest of Libya, hammering Syria, and trying to destabilise Iran.

The so-called free press and media in the West take tacit orders from their governments. The corporate media also take, depend on, lucrative advertising money from Saudi and Gulf Arab super rich entrepreneurs and state Sovereign Wealth Funds. Reporting on protests in Saudi Arabia and more especially reporting on state brutality is for the more accurately termed unfree media tantamount to cutting off the hand that feeds.

But, despite the suppression of protests and information, the people of Saudi Arabia are on the move against their Western-backed despotic rulers. And the grievances are as abundant as the oil in that country.

For a start, the Eastern Province has a large Shia Muslim population – perhaps 50 per cent compared with 10 per cent overall in Saudi Arabia. The Shia have been grossly discriminated against by the Wahhabi rulers of the House of Saud. Despite possessing the vast oil wealth of the Arabian Peninsula, poverty is rampant among the Eastern Province Shia.

Secondly, the Shia of Eastern Saudi Arabia are inflamed by the House of Saud’s invasion of neighbouring Bahrain and the ongoing brutal crackdown against the mainly Shia-led pro-democracy movement on that island. Recall that before the relatively recent imposition of European colonial boundaries, the people of Bahrain had close kinship with those of Eastern Saudi Arabia. It is not uncommon for families to have members in both territories until this day.

But the issue is much bigger than that. Right across Saudi Arabia, there are deep, seething grievances in the populace against the House of Saud, grievances that unite Shia, Sunni and non-religionists alike.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth and official GDP per capita, unemployment and poverty are rampant. As with the other Gulf Arab countries, Saudi Arabia’s rulers rely on a slave labour economy recruited from South Asia and Africa. This means that many young Saudis have to endure a life of unemployment.

Other grievances include no elections and negligible freedom of expression – all forms of public protest are strictly banned; the state is run on an extreme Wahhabist application of Sharia law, where limbs are amputated for petty crimes and women are forbidden from driving cars because the kingdom’s religious police view that particular activity as being “unchaste”.

Nevertheless, the winds of change that have swept the region seem now to be assailing Saudi Arabia with increasing force.

While analysts have been focusing on the implications of a weakened Syria and Iran, the other side of coin has not received much attention. The fallout from a determined pro-democracy movement succeeding to overthrow the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia could be the surprise to rock the region, akin to the seismic event of the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Such an outcome would not be hard to contemplate. After all, Saudi Arabia as a state is a very recent and fragile construct. It was only formed in 1932 when imperialist Britain shoe-horned Ibn Saud into power against the Ottoman Empire and after the violent ouster of several tribal rivals.

Ever since, the House of Saud has ruled with fragile control over a fissile territory with deep, enduring tribal animosities. The present ailing and 87-year-old King Abdullah is one of 37 reputed sons of Ibn Saud. Rifts within the House of Saud and rivalries as to the successor of King Abdullah are constantly boiling. But even more explosive than these House of Saud tensions are those of the general population who are weary of dynastic, despotic rule.

A collapse of the House of Saud would have explosive consequences. How would the US-led warmongering towards Syria and Iran be conducted/blunted? How would that especial affront to international law and human rights, Israel, continue to survive? The price of oil would hit record levels beyond $150 a barrel and that would surely spell a coup de grace to the death-gasping capitalist world economy.

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