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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

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

America – the world’s largest emerging market?

Have you noticed how expensive petrol is these days? It now costs over €100 to fill up an average family car. In Ussher’s Quay the other day, there was a tailback of cars because a petrol station decided to offer a cut-price deal on petrol.
Why is the price of fuel going up?

Lots of media coverage is focusing on the Straits of Hormuz and the sabre-rattling between Iran, America and Israel at a time when Syria burns in the background. We are told that old-fashioned supply problems can explain the price of oil. Then, last Thursday, the main oilman in Saudi Arabia told us to chill out there was loads of the stuff left and there wouldn’t be any supply problems. Of course, this is all playing out against a background where the proponents of ‘peak oil’ argue that the stuff is running out anyway.

But might there be another reason that petrol prices are so high? Is there anything else driving up the price of petrol at the pumps that could be closer to home?

The answer is yes. At the moment, the central banks of the world are responding to this mega-debt crisis and huge de-leveraging everywhere with lower and lower interest rates. Earlier this month, a report from the US Federal Reserve (www.federalreserve.gov) on the flow of funds in the US made for quite shocking reading if you are someone who worries about what central banks all around the world are doing.

The report reveals that the Fed bought 61 per cent of the net new debt the US government issued last year. Before the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve used to buy small amounts, but not the lion’s share of the US government’s debt. This is quantitative easing like we have never seen before.

One way of putting all this into context is to examine how much this is in terms of US total income. This is particularly important right now in order to ascertain whether the US recovery is real or temporary.

full article at source:

http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2012/04/02/america-the-worlds-largest-emerging-market?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=38d6d50671-02042012&utm_medium=email

 

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