Afghan Reports Contradicting Western and Pakistani Press Reports On TTP

[The following Afghan press reports could either be following the government line, trying to calm US/Afghan relations, or it could be the truth.  The report from Khaama Press contradicts initial Washington Post report, claiming that US Spec. Forces seized Mehsud from Afghan forces, arguing that the Americans had made the capture.  Another Afghan press report, this one from Pajhwok, refutes the Pak. press report claiming that Fazlullah had been killed in Kunar (SEE:  Jalala denies Fazlullah killed in Kunar).] 

The governor of eastern Kunar province, Shujaul Mulk Jalala:

“A number of Pakistani Taliban fought alongside their Afghan comrades against government forces in the border region.

‘There is no doubt about the presence of Pakistani Taliban in our border areas. They have joined Afghan Taliban in their attacks on Afghan forces,’ he said.”]

NDS rejects capture of senior TTP leader by Afghan intelligence

Khaama

By Ghanizada – Tue Oct 15

Latif MehsudAfghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday announced that the intelligence/NDS forces were involved behind the detention of senior Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) commander Latifullah Mehsud.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said, “In the aftermath of the arrest of Latifullah Masoud, a leader of Pakistan Taliban, a number of Western media and diplomats have stated that National Directorate of Security NDS was involved in the arrest of Mr. Masoud.”

The statement further added, “While NDS refutes these baseless allegations, we would like to clarify that NDS was not involved in this
arrest at all and there was no coordination with NDS in this regard.”

“NDS personnel are committed to a stable, independent and sovereign Afghanistan and will spare no effort in safeguarding these values,” the statement added.

The senior Pakistani Taliban commander, Latifullah Mehsud was arrested during a military operation by US forces in eastern Afghanistan. He a close confidante of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud and was arrested in easter Logar province of Afghanistan.

Pakistani Taliban commanders and intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity said Latiullah Mehsud was returning from a meeting to discuss swapping Afghan prisoners for money.

Unconfirmed reports also suggest that Latifullah Mehsud had travelled to Afghanistan in a bid to broker peace talks between the militant groups and Afghan government.

Mehsud, believed to be around 30 years-old, once served as Hakimullah Mehsud’s driver but eventually worked his way up the ranks to become a trusted deputy. The two are not related and Mehsud is a common name in the region.

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The Myth of “Al-Qaeda” In Syria

[Every time that Ayman Al-Zawahiri opens his mouth, he confirms his own irrelevance.  He only issues one of his infamous video/audio tapes to the Israeli SITE Al-Qaeda mouthpiece, whenever he thinks that he can assert his "terrorist" credentials.  In truth, he has never served in ANY Mujahedeen fighting force, never been credited with ANY terrorist attack (he was put in jail with the Anwar Sadat assassins without proof of association with the attack).  He had virtually ZERO influence upon the "Al-Qaeda In Iraq" group, whatsoever, yet he and the puppet leader of the group at that time, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, maintained the popular farce that they were both in sync.  The groups claiming to be "Al-Qaeda" among the anti-Syrian terrorists have ZERO connection to bin Laden's group,

meaning that the old fart with the dark spot on his forehead is simply blowing smoke.    Al-Zawahri

Even the fake "Al-Q" have stopped paying attention to him, frequently doing the opposite of what he asks.  This Saudi attempt to forge a solid Islamist alliance from these groups is getting nowhere, hence the rulers of Riyadh have dragged-out this old faker to call for "Unity" among his fanatical step-children.  He is truly a desperate figure, daring to reverse himself publicly, by now calling for Nusra and AQII to join as one group, after his recent embarassment, telling the newly formed union of the two groups to re-split, and ordering emir, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to take his boys back to Iraq.  (WHAT WAS HE THINKING?)  Now that the Islamist old-geezer has calmed down and thought about the situation, he has realized the error of his ways or the error made by his Saudi/Israeli overlords(SEE:  Israeli-Saudi Alliance Slips into View), calling now for the two groups to get back together, after some of the Islamist sheeple had actually done what Zawahiri asked them to do, and re-split.  Well, it's too late now, baby.]

(SEE:  Syria: ISIS Orphans al-Nusra Front, Cutting Its Funding)

Al-Qaida leader urges Egypt’s Islamists to unite

Friday Oct 11, 2013  |  The Associated Press

Al-Qaida leader urges Egypt’s Islamists to unite to rid the country of military rule

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader urged Islamists in Egypt in an audio-recording that surfaced Friday to unite under the banner of religion to rid the country of the rule of the military, saying it is fighting a war against Islam.

In a 17-minute video posted on the Internet, Ayman al-Zawahri blasted the Egyptian military, calling its leader “the Americanized butcher of the military coup.” He said the “secular military” has colluded with the United States, Israel, secular movements and Christians against Islam.

Al-Zawahri also accused Egypt’s secularists of cooperating with the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and taking money from Gulf countries in a “dirty conspiracy” to crush Islamic movements and plans to restore a broad Islamic Caliphate.

His speech was preceded with more than four minutes of footage from the violent crackdown on protests held by supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, in which more than 1,000 people have been killed since August.

Morsi was deposed by the military on July 3, and has since been held in an undisclosed location. His supporters have kept up a near-daily protest movement that has often ended up in clashes with security forces and Egyptians supportive of the military.

“Here is the tragedy in Egypt unfolding before your eyes, showing the extent the hatred of the seculars, the U.S. agents, have for Muslims and Islamist groups,” al-Zawahri said. “The secular military and its allies, the enemies of Islam, what to eradicate anyone who raises the banner of Islam.”

Since Morsi’s ouster, Islamic militants have intensified their campaign of attacks against security and the military in the volatile Sinai peninsula and in some other places in Egypt— reinforcing authorities’ claim that Morsi supporters are fuelling violence to undermine the transitional government.

In a jab at Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, al-Zawahri criticized Islamists who “compromised” with secular groups in Egypt and Tunisia, only to end up being persecuted by them. He said the anti-Islam alliance doesn’t distinguish between Islamists who wage holy war or those who seek power through democratic means.

“They held on to secularism, fought for it, turning against the so-called democracy idol they asked Muslims to submit to in place of the rule of Shariah (or Islamic law),” he said.

Al-Zawahri urged Islamists to unite and wage a “popular” religious uprising “to rid Egypt of this criminal gang that jumped over power with fire and iron.”

The recording was produced by the media arm of the group which issues Zawahri’s messages. This is al-Zawahri’s second message about Egypt since August.

Obama’s War-Generated Tsunami of Dark-Skinned People Turning Mediterranean Into Massive Watery Cemetary

[Long before the Obama/Hillary State Dept. managed to generate these regime-change wars, disguising them as “democratic-revolutions,” “Boat People” were fleeing from other US-generated wars, the terror wars in Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.  At that time, most of these people choosing to leave Africa left from the ports of Libya, seeking “the good life” in Europe.  Obviously, those refugees were all “people of color,” most likely Muslims, making them the least-wanted out of all the refugees who have been flooding Europe, seeking asylum (SEE:  Camp of the Saints).  Whenever wars are generated in civilian areas, floods of refugees are certain to follow.  ANY FOOL KNOWS THIS.  In the case of Obama and Hillary’s wars “for democracy,” overwhelming flows of refugees were the INTENDED EFFECT.  All of the American and British studies on the civilian effects of their wars against enemy cities, have focused upon manipulating refugees as a terror weapon, to be used to influence the strategic decisions made by the enemy leadership.  In WWII, agitating the civilian populations had the direct effect of forcing undesired actions upon the high command.  This is the SAME POLICY being followed by the Obama Administration as they put the squeeze upon targeted leaders, like Bashar Assad.  More refugees, the louder the public outroar over the “bad guys” who produce them.

The ongoing “Boat People” issue is merely the same terror policy, being followed upon a liquid medium, the Mediterranean.  Forcing helpless women and children onto the choppy Mediterranean waters has the desired indirect effect of forcing European leaders to accept American neo-liberal multiculturalism, as well as US-designated security roles for the individual govts. in the EU.  Italy has been the primary target in this particular manipulation, because of their far-flung possession, Lampedusa Island, the site of two recent boat people tragedies.  Malta is next in line after Italy, owing to its own proximity to the N. African coast. 

Refugees were sent back to Libya by Italy after they were rescued at sea in Malta’s search-and-rescue waters in (June 6, 7, 2010). Here, the exhausted refugees wait to hear their fate, in Tripoli (photo, M Alwash/UNHCR)—

The FRONTEX agreements are an excuse for the Imperial power to intervene between the govts. of Southern Europe and those of N. Africa.  Nothing more…issues like responsibility for refugees, in particular, the right to “Non-refoulement,” for the refugees from war zones, not being forced to go back to the wars.  We are facing a diabolical plan, which treats human beings as nothing more than cattle, “useless eaters” to be stampeded, or forced into dangerous waters, whenever it suits the Imperial will.  This plan requires a level of callous cruelty, which is unimaginable to the normal or sane person.  This is why most humans cannot even understand that there is a plot against the Nation and against the entire human race, which defies normal logic, even though it is completely “logical” from a pathological point of view.  What kind of megalomaniacal genius did it take to foresee, and plan for, this little Boat People confrontation, turning it into the cornerstone of international humanitarian policies, known as “R2P,” or “responsibility to protect”?]

[SEE: The Obscenity of Humanitarian Warfare]

Malta warns EU waters ‘a cemetery’ after fresh tragedy

BBC

Malta’s prime minister has said European waters close to Africa are turning into a cemetery, after another boat laden with migrants capsized.

Malta PM Joseph Muscat: “As things stand we are just building a cemetery within our Mediterranean Sea”

Joseph Muscat said Malta felt “abandoned” by the rest of Europe and urged the EU to take action.

Malta and Italy launched a rescue operation after a boat capsized on Friday, killing at least 50 people.

It happened 120km (70 miles) off Lampedusa, the Italian island where at least 300 migrants drowned last week.

The loss of life has renewed the debate within EU member states on migration rules.

Children among dead

In the latest incident, the vessel carrying more than 200 migrants is believed to have encountered difficulties in Maltese waters just before sunset on Friday.

The migrants used a satellite phone to raise the alarm but the boat capsized when passengers crowded to one side as they tried to get the attention of a passing aircraft, the Maltese navy said.

The BBC’s Matthew Price, on Lampedusa, says the boat was carrying Syrians and Palestinians.

The Syrians already in the refugee centre on Lampedusa had spoken to friends and relatives who had boarded the vessel, he says.

One couple who had survived the journey with their nine-month-old daughter said they had spent an hour in the water.

The husband had held the child to his chest to keep her alive, but he had been unable to help his son, who had drowned in front of them.

“Helicopters rescued 120 people”

Earlier on Friday, at least 500 other migrants travelling in separate boats were rescued in coastguard operations near the Italian island of Sicily.

Also on Friday, a separate boat accident off the Egyptian port of Alexandria claimed the lives of at least 12 migrants.

Egyptian security officials said 116 people, mostly Palestinians and Syrians, were pulled from the water.

Budget cuts

Mr Muscat said prompt action between Malta and Italy had saved lives, but he complained that the rest of Europe had supplied only “empty talk”.

“I don’t know how many more people need to die at sea before something gets done,” he said.

“Rules need to change, whether they are tighter or looser is not the issue, the fact is that this thing is broken and it needs to be fixed.

Lampedusa map

“As things stand we are building a cemetery within our Mediterranean Sea.”

After last week’s tragedy off Lampedusa the European Commission called for the EU to launch Mediterranean-wide search and rescue patrols to intercept migrant boats.

The EU’s Frontex border agency, set up in 2004, has seen its budget cut from 118m euros (£100m; $160m) in 2011 to 85m euros in 2013.

Italy has previously appealed to EU states for help in coping with the thousands of illegal migrants who wash up on its shores every year.

Our correspondent says European leaders face a quandary as they struggle to balance political pressures to restrict migrant numbers with the need to assist those desperate enough to risk such a perilous journey.

‘Sadness and anxiety’

Lampedusa, 120km off the North African coast, is a key destination for migrant vessels bound for Europe.

Tens of thousands attempt the crossing to Lampedusa, Sicily and other Italian islands each year.

The latest rescue operation swung into action after the Maltese air force spotted the boat and alerted Italian naval vessels still in the area after last Thursday’s disaster.

Helicopters were used to lift many to safety but nightfall hampered the rescue operation.

At least 33 people were confirmed dead, with one report estimating the death toll at 50.

Mr Muscat’s office said 147 survivors had been picked up by a Maltese patrol boat and were being taken to Malta. Another 56 had been saved by Italian crews.

The prime minister said the dead included three small children.

Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, praised the swift Italian and Maltese rescue effort, which she said had helped reduce the potential death toll.

She said in a statement that she was following the operation with “sadness and anxiety”.

“These new horrible events are happening while we still have the shocking images of the tragedy in Lampedusa in our minds,” she added.

Map of migrants routes

Zawahiri—Terrorist Outcast, Calls for “Al-Qaeda” Boycott of Walmarts and Starbucks

[You kinda have to feel sorry for this obsolete former terrorist leader, even his own former organizaton ignores everything he has to say.  His own alleged henchmen in Syria ignore what he tells them to do.  He issues fatwas to his puny, perhaps nonexistent organization, to wage economic war against "the great Satan," further demonstrating to the world just how obsolete and powerless Bin Laden's baby has become.  Reduced to calling for Islamist volunteers to wage a jihad of papercuts and shoving bombs up each others' asses, now Bandar has rebranded his Qaeda army as "Al-Nusra," hoping to leave al-Qaeda's baggage behind, especially now that the Pentagon and the Islamists openly fight on the same side, against the same targets. ]
 

Al-Qaeda calls for economic boycott of U.S.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslims to continue attacking Americans in an hour-plus audio message.

An al-Qaeda leader is calling on Muslims to continue attacking Americans in the U.S. in order to attack the economy, the BBC, CBS News and other news organizations are reporting.

“To keep up the hemorrhage in America’s security and military spending, we need to keep the United States on a constant state of alert about where and when the next strike will blow,” CBS News quoted Ayman al-Zawahri as saying in an hour-plus audio message released on jihadi blogs and produced by al-Qaeda.

The message was released to mark the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, CBS reports.

The recording by Zawahri also hailed the April 15th bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line and stressed the importance of small-scale attacks as part of the terror group’s strategy, the BBC reports.

“We must bleed America economically by provoking it, so that it continues its massive expenditures on security,” Zawahri said. “America’s weak spot is its economy, which began to totter from the drain of its military and security expenditure.”

The BBC speculated that the emphasis on smaller-scale strikes might illustrate a diminished ability to carry out attacks of the same magnitude it has planned in the past.

Of the economic boycott, Zawahri said, “We must explain to them that every dollar’s worth of goods that we buy from America and her allies amounts to a bullet or shrapnel that kills a Muslim or Palestine or Afghanistan.”

Pakistan Claims To Release 7 “Taliban,” Half of Them Already Listed As Dead

[Several of the Taliban figures have been reported as both dead and/or captured.  Mansoor Dadullah, Abdul Manan and Karim Agha have all been reportedly killed in Afghanistan, while Gul Muhammad is a Pakistani Taliban.]

Pakistan releases seven Afghan Taliban fighters

Reuters

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) speaks during a joint news conference as Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif listens at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

ISLAMABAD/KABUL

(Reuters) – Pakistan freed a group of Afghan Taliban on Saturday in an attempt to improve its troubled relations with the South Asian neighbor, but risked angering Afghanistan by not handing them over directly to the Kabul authorities.

The announcement followed last month’s trip by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan, where he sought the handover of some Afghan insurgents as part of the stalled peace process.

Both Karzai and the United States want Pakistan to hand the insurgents directly to the Afghan authorities, but on Saturday, a group of seven Taliban was simply allowed to walk out of their cells into Pakistan.

“In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, Pakistan is releasing seven Taliban detainees,” the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.

A ministry spokesman separately said all seven, including a senior commander called Mansoor Dadullah, were freed on Saturday.

Asked if they had been handed over to the Afghan authorities or were just released in Pakistan, the spokesman said: “Just released.”

Pakistan is key to the fate of U.S. and Afghan efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan, a challenge gaining urgency as the end of the U.S. combat mission in 2014 draws closer.

But mutual suspicions between Afghanistan and its nuclear-armed neighbor have hampered efforts to tackle militancy in one of the world’s most explosive regions.

Besides Dadullah, the foreign ministry statement identified the released fighters as Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Zai.

“These releases are in addition to twenty-six Taliban detainees released during the last year,” it said.

ONE-LEGGED COMMANDER

Dadullah is the younger brother of the one-legged Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, who was known for his brutal methods and killing of civilians. He was killed himself in 2007.

The Taliban’s operational commander in southern Afghanistan, Dadullah was behind a campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings of foreigners and Afghans, and beheadings of hostages. After his death Mansoor took control of his group.

A Karzai spokeswoman, Adela Roz, declined to comment on the latest release. The U.S. embassy in Kabul, which has played a mediation role regarding the prisoners, also declined comment.

Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, adviser on foreign relations on the Afghan High Peace Council, appointed by Karzai to promote reconciliation, said Kabul had given Pakistan a list of Taliban detainees it wanted released as part of the president’s visit.

He declined to say whether the seven released Taliban were on that list.

“The HPC and the Afghan government appreciate the release of anyone from that list,” he said. “We hope their release turns to a goodwill act and an act of trust building between both sides. We also hope that those who get released from prison will turn into social ambassadors for peace.”

Afghanistan has been pressing Pakistan to hand over Taliban members who can help promote peace negotiations and transform the Taliban insurgency into a political movement.

But there are fears that the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan would only galvanize the insurgency straddling the porous Afghan-Pakistan frontier, where many Taliban and al Qaeda linked groups are entrenched.

Pakistan backed the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s and is now seen as a crucial gatekeeper in attempts by the U.S. and Afghan governments to contact insurgent leaders who have fled to Pakistan.

One crucial Taliban member still in detention in Pakistan is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s former second-in-command. Pakistani officials have said they will consider freeing him.

Afghanistan, however, believes Pakistan is playing a double game, making public pronouncements about peace while allowing militants to take refuge in safe havens on its soil.

Pakistan denies the charge, saying it has sacrificed more than any other country in the fight against militancy. It acknowledges that it has contacts with the Taliban but says it has no influence over them.

(Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Ron Popeski)

Misinformation Claiming Professional Rocketry Forces Would Deploy “MacGyvered” (Homemade) Rockets

[Photo above is typical of the rockets found.  Notice size comparison to man.--ed.]

Syrian “gas rockets” appear homemade and incapable of flying 5-10 miles to target.

dem underground

 

“Photos of devices allegedly used to carry Sarin gas show they appear to be homemade and are clearly incapable of accurately reaching targets 5-10 miles away. That is crucially important because the State Department report asserts that the gas barrage was launched from gov’t controlled territory. But the map (below) that accompanied that report shows that several of the targets were miles away from the area in pink shown to be under the control of government forces.

These rockets have only the crudest stabilizers, no guidance systems, and would be highly inaccurate at any significant distance, which is why they are unlikely to have been the weapon used in the attack of 8/21, if the US target map is accurate along with the statement that they were launched from government-held territory.”

[There seems to be a lot of misinformation posted in this forum post---the first mistake was in misidentifying the rocket as a common Soviet-era BM-14 rocket-launching system,

then claiming that it was firing projectiles modelled on an old USARMY fuel-air-explosive mine-clearing system

SLUFAE fuel air explosive USA1 

posting videos of previous FSA homemade projectiles found and similar ones being fired, mislabled as "Syrian Army," even though the Syrian military fires professionally-made Soviet-era rockets, which look exactly like any other type of rocket.  Why would professional rocketeers experiment with these top-heavy "albatross" weapons (which are more than likely to kill the operators than any intended targets), except perhaps, if they were building a convincing copy of an FSA weapon.  The following video posted is of a similar type of weapon, packed with high-explosives, an obvious dud.]
 

[Below is a video of a much larger version of the same weapon being fired from a truck launcher.  Notice the very large rocket lying on the bed of the crane truck.]

[In the following snapshots from the video, we see the true size of the weapon being fired from the converted crane truck launcher. 

Chemical rocket a 

Compared to the men who are loading/arming the damned thing, it appears that the tank end, as well as the nozzle end of the rocket is close to 3' in diameter, indicating that this design is for a tube-type launcher only.

Chemical rocket1a 

Chemical rocket4a

Notice the length of the pipe section bearing the rocket fuel is several feet longer than an approximately 6' tall man.]
(from Democratic Underground)  Here’s the State Dept. map of the 12 alleged targets in the North Damascus suburbs. Note the distances of some of the targeted neighborhoods from government-held territory (in pink):

 

 

“R2P” Can of Worms Reopened—Compassionate Response, Or Lawyers’ Excuse for Imperial Invasion?

Syria carnage reopens debate over ‘responsibility to protect’

By Andre Viollaz

NEW YORK — France’s President Francois Hollande on Tuesday became the first leader to raise the UN-backed “responsibility to protect” to justify possible military action against Syria.

However, world powers remain deeply divided over whether outside military intervention to halt atrocities is justified, with critics viewing the so-called R2P as a smoke screen for Western meddling in other countries’ internal affairs.

The so-called R2P doctrine was passed by the UN General Assembly in 2005 as the world sought a way to prevent a repeat of the horrors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.

UN leaders from Kofi Annan onwards and Western governments have hailed R2P as a humanitarian breakthrough, but its invocation, most recently in the 2011 intervention in Libya, has been controversial.

A 2005 UN summit laid down the responsibility for each state “to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

If a state fails to do so, the 2005 declaration committed signatories “to take collective action, in a timely and decisive manner, through the Security Council, in accordance with the Charter, including Chapter VII, on a case-by-case basis and in cooperation with relevant regional organizations as appropriate, should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations.”

The Security Council used R2P in resolutions on Libya and Ivory Coast in 2011.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the use of the doctrine “came of age” when used in the resolutions that allowed military force against Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi after his forces laid siege to the city of Benghazi and the dictator vowed to hunt down and kill rebels “house by house.”

Russia and China, veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, abstained in the votes on the landmark resolutions 1970 and 1973, which allowed a no-fly zone and appropriate military strikes to protect Libyan civilians.

Russia later complained, however, that NATO went beyond the mandate and used the resolutions to bring down Kadhafi, who was eventually killed in October 2011.

Russia and China have since blocked any Security Council attempt to increase pressure on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are now accused by Western nations of launching a chemical weapons strike in the Damascus suburbs last week that left hundreds dead.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that any “outrageous” use of chemical weapons in Syria’s 29-month old conflict would be a war crime.

The responsibility to protect can be carried out through the International Criminal Court investigations into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

But as Syria is not a member, only the Security Council could refer the case, and Russia is sure to block such a move.

Under a 1950 resolution, at the start of the Korean War, the UN General Assembly decided that if the Security Council was deadlocked, the 193-member assembly could step in to defend international peace and security.

The assembly could give its approval for a military operation now, but it would take time to build up a credible majority.

More Zionist Press Manipulation of Truth, To Justify the IDF Intensification of the Suffering In Lebanon

[This is the original photo which accompanied the Daily Star report.... Notice the "wooden launch pad" below is merely a 2x12 board, turned on its edge.  Also notice the "shit-eating grin" on the face of the Lebanese soldier, watching the UNIFIL soldier photographing the Katyusha rocket, which is held together with duct tape and black electrical tape, as it is leaning on the "wooden launcher."  It is obvious to all that this rocket would tip the board over and fall-down, if ignited.  This brings us to the "fuse."  These rockets are fired like a rifle, with an ignition cap, NOT a fireworks type of fuse.  The rocket is also missing a warhead detonating tip.  Just more garbage being circulated by the Zionist press.]

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[Below is the new photo on the report.  Today, IDF warplanes violated Lebanese airspace and bombed the area of the alleged rocket attack (SEE:  Israeli warplane strikes area south of Beirut).]

UNIFIL soldiers arrive at the site where rockets were launched into Israel, on the outskirts of Tyre in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

Rockets fired from south Lebanon at Israel

UNIFIL soldiers arrive at the site where rockets were launched into Israel, on the outskirts of Tyre in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Two of four rockets fired from south Lebanon fell into Israel Thursday, Lebanese security sources said, and Israeli media said one projectile was shot down by the “Iron Dome” defense system.

No casualties have been reported.

The Lebanese Army confirmed the attack in a statement, saying four Katyusha rockets were fired from Tyre, south Lebanon, into Israel at 4:50 p.m.

It added that four wooden launching pads were discovered on the outskirts of Hosh village.

The Army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon have launched a probe into the incident.

 

Assad Welcomes UN Weapons Inspectors To Damascus On Monday, Then Gasses Hundreds In Damascus On Tuesday?

[Even an illiterate "Islamist" wouldn't believe such a wild accusation.  If the Free Syrian Army and their "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" are idiotic enough to believe the illogical claims that they are making, then it is no wonder that Bandar's boys have decided to take the terror war out of their hands.]“This is a media war but the way they think is really stupid,” purported the official to Baghdadi. “Would you imagine that we would use chemical weapons where a UN team is here to inspect?”

U.N. chemical weapons inspectors to start work in Syria on Monday

(Reuters) – A team of U.N. chemical weapons experts have arrived in Damascus and will start work on Monday to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.

[SEE:  Syria opposition group claims hundreds killed in "poisonous gas" attack in Damascus suburbs ]

Activists accuse Syrian forces of using “poisonous gases” in Damascus countryside

Xinhua net

DAMASCUS, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Syrian opposition activists on Wednesday posted online videos of dead people who they claimed were “victims of the regime chemical attack,” accusing the army of using “poisonous gases” in Damascus’ countryside overnight.

The report, the first of its kind in activist coverage, showed bodies tossed on the ground in the eastern Gouta and the western Muadamieh suburbs of the Syrian capital.

The accusation came amid a UN mission here to investigate possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. The probe was requested by the Syrian government, who accused the Western- backed rebels of using sarin agent in the northern town of Khan al- Asal.

The Syrian government welcomed the arrival of the UN inspectors on Sunday, pledging to cooperate with them and facilitate their work.

Syria is fulfilling “what we have agreed on with the international mission,” Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi said. “Our colleagues in the foreign ministry have prepared all the procedures in order to make their work a success.”

The prime minister also accused Turkey of providing armed rebels with chemical weapons that were used in Khan al-Asal, near the northern restive city of Aleppo.

The United States and several European countries have expressed fears that Syria’s chemical weapons may “fall into the wrong hands ” if the Syrian administration falls.

Israel also has said it had intervention plans to secure the arsenals in case of a “regime collapse” in Syria

While Washington warns the Syrian forces’ use of chemical weapons would be “a red line,” the violation of which would trigger military intervention, Damascus repeatedly stressed “even if we had such weapons, we would not use them,” and alleged the rebels might use chemical bombs against civilians to frame the government.

If The Rumor Is True, Then Where Did Obama Siphon the $8Billion To Bribe Muslim Brotherhood?

[SEE: Does Jailed Brotherhood leader have goods on Obama? ]

 

Secret $8 billion deal between Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Below is a summary of the video in Arabic that reveals an agreement made between Barack Obama and Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, to give 40% of Sinai to Hamas in exchange for $8 billion has already been paid to Morsi by Obama.No wonder Obama is asking the Egyptian Army to release Morsi: Obama has asked for the release mohamed-morsi

• SECRET agreement between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood (not the Egyptian government) to give 40% of the Sinai and the annexation of that part of Egyptian territory in Gaza. The objective is to facilitate the conclusion of a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians

• This agreement was signed by Khairat el Shater (number 2 of the Brotherhood) by Morsi and the Supreme Guide of the Mulsim Brotherhood.

• A sum of U.S. $ 8 billion was paid in exchange for the land.

• An investigation is ongoing Morsi and El Shater. An arrest warrant was filed against the Guide to MB and other members of his office.

• MB signatories to the agreement are liable to the death penalty for treason.

• The Obama administration would try to reach an agreement with El Sissi (Defense Minister): recognition of the legitimacy of the “coup” in exchange for his silence about the secret agreement. But El Sissi would be more interested in the conviction of MB and discredit their organization which is Egypt’s main source of danger.

• The Republican members of Congress are seriously looking into the case. If proven, the process of Obama impeachment could be triggered.

 

Today the CIA Reveals Area 51—What’s Next, “Project Blue Beam”?

 

Two Reuters Reports On Tunisian “Neutral Cabinet” Contradict Each Other—What’s Up With That?

[The Gulf Times report carries a Reuters tag, yet it is dated before the actual Reuters report.  A search on several different search engines yields no link to an earlier Reuters "Calls For Neutral Cabinet" report, so what is up?]

Tunisian Islamist leader calls for neutral cabinet

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The secretary general of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party said yesterday that he favoured a non-partisan cabinet, in what may be a significant concession to the secular opposition after weeks of anti-government unrest.

Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, speaks during an intervew with a Reuters journalist in Tunis August 5, 2013. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia Islamist chief rejects demand for neutral government

 (Reuters) – Aug 15, 2013
The chairman of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country’s crisis.

 

 

Western Media Claim Bandar Bribed Putin With Renewed Arms Deal To Abandon Syria

[SEE  Russia eyes $4 bln arms contract with Saudis , 05-14-2008]

Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support – sources

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By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Amena Bakr

AMMAN/DOHA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

The proposed deal between two of the leading power brokers in Syria’s devastating civil war was set out by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, they said.

Russia has supported Assad with arms and diplomatic cover throughout the war and any change in Moscow’s stance would remove a major obstacle to action on Syria by the United Nations Security Council.

Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia’s position as a main gas supplier to Europe.

In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and agree not to block any future Security Council Resolution on Syria, they said.

A Gulf source familiar with the matter confirmed that Prince Bandar offered to buy large quantities of arms from Russia, but that no cash amount was specified in the talks.

One Lebanese politician close to Saudi Arabia said the meeting between Bandar and Putin lasted four hours. “The Saudis were elated about the outcome of the meeting,” said the source, without elaborating.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, could not immediately be reached on Wednesday for comment about the meeting. A Saudi Foreign Ministry official was also not immediately available to respond.

Putin’s initial response to Bandar’s offer was inconclusive, diplomats say. One Western diplomat in the Middle East said the Russian leader was unlikely to trade Moscow’s recent high profile in the region for an arms deal, however substantial.

He said Russian officials also appeared skeptical that Saudi Arabia had a clear plan for stability in Syria if Assad fell.

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However, in a possible sign of greater flexibility by Moscow, other diplomats said that in the run-up to the meeting Russia put pressure on Assad to allow in a U.N. mission to investigate the suspected use of chemical weapons.

The U.N. team is expected to visit Syria next week.

“This was one of those unannounced meetings that could prove much more important than the public diplomatic efforts being made on Syria,” one diplomat said.

A senior Syrian opposition figure said there had been a “build-up of Russian-Saudi contacts prior to the meeting”.

“Bandar sought to allay two main Russian fears: that Islamist extremists will replace Assad, and that Syria would become a conduit for Gulf, mainly Qatari, gas at the expense of Russia,” he said. “Bandar offered to intensify energy, military and economic cooperation with Moscow.”

Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim powers have been strong supporters of the mainly Sunni rebels battling Assad, from Syria’s minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. The rebels have been joined by foreign Sunni jihadis.

Assad has enjoyed military support from Iran and fighters from Hezbollah and Iraqi Shi’ites.

Russia has maintained military sales to Syria throughout the two year conflict in which 100,000 people have been killed, and helped block three U.N. draft resolutions criticizing Assad’s crackdown on the mainly peaceful protests against him in 2011.

The Security Council has been considering a possible resolution on aid for Syria for several months and a shift in position by Moscow could alleviate this.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Moscow-based defense think tank CAST, said he had no direct knowledge of the offer, but he would not be surprised if a contract to supply Saudi Arabia with 150 Russian T-90 tanks were revived.

“There was an order of T-90s that was stopped for mysterious reasons, and if this is a resurrection of that order then we could suspect that the Saudis want something in return and that something could be linked to Syria,” said Pukhov, who is close to Russia’s Defense Ministry.

“If the Saudis want Moscow to outright drop Assad, they will refuse the deal, but they may have a more nuanced position, which they could possibly agree to.”

Russia and Saudi Arabia penned an arms contract in 2008 for 150 T-90s as well as more than 100 Mi-17 and Mi-35 attack helicopters as well as BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, but the contract has stalled for years.

Russian newspaper Kommersant reported at the time that the contract was concluded to persuade Moscow to curtail its ties with Iran, though the Kremlin denied that report.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Grove in Moscow; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Giles Elgood)

Alleged “Zawahiri Plot” Just More Fake News To Maintain the Ignorance of the American Masses

[Which is more ridiculous...The idea that the alleged leader of "al-CIA-da" would risk an international conference call, exposing all of his primary subordinates to tracing by agencies, or that any of these Al-Q affiliates had the ability to carry-out meaningful strikes in the US or Europe?  Did the omnipotent US intelligence agencies who monitored this fantastical call bother tracing any of them?  Forget about tracing, the "whereabouts" of some of those callers had to be known already, by someone.  Why weren't any of them arrested, to great media fanfarew?  What reason or right does the Western media invoke to justify turning implied threats to non-specific targets in the Middle East into some sort of "news" national emergency?  Zawahiri can't even control one leader of "al-qaeda in Iraq and Syria."  Why should anyone believe that he has operational control over all these national terrorist groups?  This is all Obama B.S., pure diversion, intended to distract us while Saudi Arabia regroups in Syria and Lebanon.]

Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

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Aug 7, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

It wasn’t just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report.

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.

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This file image from video the AP obtained Feb. 12, 2012, from the SITE Intel Group, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, shows al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a web posting by al-Qaeda’s media arm, as-Sahab.

The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia.

Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.

To be sure, the CIA had been tracking the threat posed by Wuhayshi for months. An earlier communication between Zawahiri and Wuhayshi delivered through a courier was picked up last month, according to three U.S. intelligence officials. But the conference call provided a new sense of urgency for the U.S. government, the sources said.

Al Qaeda members included representatives or leaders from Nigeria’s Boko Haram, the Pakistani Taliban, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and more obscure al Qaeda affiliates such as the Uzbekistan branch. Also on the call were representatives of aspiring al Qaeda affiliates such as al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The presence of aspiring al Qaeda affiliates operating in the Sinai was one reason the State Department closed the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to one U.S. intelligence official. “These guys already proved they could hit Eilat. It’s not out of the range of possibilities that they could hit us in Tel Aviv,” the official said.

Al Qaeda leaders had assumed the conference calls, which give Zawahiri the ability to manage his organization from a remote location, were secure. But leaks about the original intercepts have likely exposed the operation that allowed the U.S. intelligence community to listen in on the al Qaeda board meetings.

On Tuesday’s “Tonight Show,” President Obama addressed the al Qaeda terrorist threat, saying it is “significant enough that we’re taking every precaution.”

“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom.”

“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom,” one U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast, referring to the coalition of villains featured in the Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends. The official said Zawahiri announced to the broader organization during the meeting that Wuhayshi had been promoted to “Ma’sul al-Amm,” an Arabic term that roughly translates as “general manager.” The promotion effectively gave the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen operational control of al Qaeda’s many affiliates throughout the Muslim world, the official said, a key factor that led the State Department to close embassies, missions, and consulates throughout the region. “All you need to do is look at that list of places we shut down to get a sense of who was on the phone call,” the official said.

Also during the meeting, the various al Qaeda leaders discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack. For some leading members of Congress, the revelation that al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan is actively managing and directing the operations of several affiliates directly refutes the Obama administration’s repeated assertion that the leadership of the core of the group has been decimated by American drone strikes and special operations forces while the affiliate groups have been strengthened.

“This may punch a sizable hole in the theory that al Qaeda is on the run,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama often said that his administration’s actions put al Qaeda “on its heels,” although he later amended that claim to specify that he was referring to al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The administration continued to make that argument Monday.

“We’ve been clear that we have made a great deal of success against al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that we have taken a number of steps to really decimate that group’s leadership, including, of course, most importantly, Osama bin Laden,” said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday. “But at the same time, we’ve all made clear, from the president on down, that we remain very concerned about the affiliates, al Qaeda affiliates throughout the world. And in that—first on that list is always AQAP.”

McCain said not only are the affiliates gaining strength but also that the core al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan is showing resilience, as evidenced by this latest news.

“The core seems to be able to able to reconstitute itself. The core also seems to be able to coordinate and manage the affiliates,” he said. “There was a gross underestimation by this administration of al Qaeda’s overall ability to replenish itself.”

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Eli Lake is the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He previously covered national security and intelligence for The Washington Times. Lake has also been a contributing editor at The New Republic since 2008 and covered diplomacy, intelligence, and the military for the late New York Sun. He has lived in Cairo and traveled to war zones in Sudan, Iraq, and Gaza. He is one of the few journalists to report from all three members of President Bush’s axis of evil: Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.

Josh Rogin is senior correspondent for national security and politics for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He previously worked at Foreign Policy magazine, Congressional Quarterly, Federal Computer Week magazine, and Japan’s leading daily newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Pawning-Off Old Photos of 2008 Putin/Bandar Meeting As New—Is Bandar Disfigured?

[The past few days the Western media has been falling all over itself, trying to pass-off old 2008 photos of Putin and Bandar as genuine, trying to validate the claim that the Saudi spy lord really did visit Putin recently.  Despite Riyadh's claims that he has been jetting all over the world trying to make the Obama/Bush vision of a "greater Middle East" a reality, Prince Bandar has not been seen or photographed since his attempted assassination on 31 July, 2012.  If there were not some physical or psychological reason for hiding the face of this famous Kremlin visitor, then normal diplomatic protocol and the need to confirm to the world that the evil prince is still alive would create photo opportunities, just as in his earlier visits.  Does Bandar bin Sultan have all of his arms and legs?  Does he have both eyes?  Is his face disfigured?  Is he even alive? 

Even though this most recently purported visit to Moscow was reported by the Kremlin press, without any physical confirmation that he was there, there is no real reason to believe the Russian report either, without the documentation.  This would not be the first time that Putin has played along with Washington's schemes.  There was no apparent, logical reason for the Saudi troublemaker to go to Putin (SEE:  Is Bandar Bush In Moscow Trying To Sell Putin His Plan To Cannabalize the Syrian Resistance?), Bandar's plot revolves around bringing into Syria thousands of outsiders, and arming them to fight Al-Asad under the "al-Qaeda" banner, precisely the things that Putin is most set against.  If this event had not been staged for the benefit of the public, then it would have all taken place covertly, under the radar of Western popular opinion.  Both sides in this geopolitical tussle seem to want us to believe the report, along with its back story, that something big is in the works for both Syria and the region.  As usual, whatever it is, it will be something very bad.]

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File photo of  Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Secretary General of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council Prince Bandar Bin Sultan during their meeting  in Moscow, in August 2007.     AFP PHOTO

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Vladimir Putin meets with Bandar Al-Saud, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council, in Astrakhan

 #338027 Vladimir Putin (right) meets with Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council, in Astrakhan, September 4, 2008.

Vladimir Putin meets with Bandar Al-Saud, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council, in Astrakhan

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Jordanian King Pretends That He Will Fight “Judaization of Jerusalem”

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Jordanian King Abdullah II added fuel to the ongoing debate over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Sunday, when he told visiting Muslim and Christian dignitaries from Jerusalem that he will continue his efforts to “safeguard” Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city of Jerusalem from what he termed “Judaization.”

 

The Hashemite monarch also expressed his willingness to “support the steadfastness of Muslim and Christian Jerusalemites and to preserve their legitimate rights in the city,” according to a statement from the Royal Court, published Sunday in The Jordan Times.

 

According to the statement, Abdullah said that Jordan “will not spare any efforts, whether political, diplomatic or legal to protect the city, highlighting the Kingdom’s historic role in securing the holy sites.”

 

The Jordanian king also emphasized his country’s cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, in working to assert “Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites of Jerusalem and Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.”

 

Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Husseini reiterated the importance of an agreement to this effect signed by Abdullah and Abbas in March, noting that the accord “has given moral support to the people of Jerusalem and helped solve many of the outstanding problems they face.”

 

Husseini said the agreement had boosted Jordanian-PA coordination at local and international levels.

 

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal expressed appreciation for Abdullah’s efforts, stating that “despite challenges facing Jerusalem, the people of the holy city prove every day their persistence to cling to the city’s heritage and preserve its identity from Judaization.”

 

Sheikh Abdul Atheem Salhab, head of the Islamic Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, called Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque a “red line” for the Jordanian monarch.

 

He added that “attacks” against Al Aqsa had increased recently, “especially by settlers storming Al Aqsa under the protection of the Israeli forces” – a reference to ascents by Jewish pilgrims to the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.

 

He also cited “attempts by right-wing ministers in the Israeli government to legitimize Jewish prayers inside Al Aqsa,” and warned of an unspecified “era-bound and location-based” division plan of the mosque, to “eventually rebuild what they allege to be the Solomon’s Temple,” according to the Jordanian royal statement.

The Serious Insanity of the US Senate, With Republican Liars Pushing Poison As A Cure

[Professional Neocon Liars like McCain, Levin, Bush and Cheney like to strut about in the clothes of "senior statesmen," while they preen each other in bizarre homosexual rituals, pretending that they can see into the future.  Their favorite tactic is to warn us of the dangers that will arise from "inaction."  If we fail to jump out of our skins every time some creep like McCain or Levin struggles to frighten us into running, then, God forbid, the war might actually end.  Every single neocon has been dedicated to causing thermonuclear war in the Middle East since chief neocon creeps like Richard Perle and Douglas Feith wrote the "clean break" script for Netanyahu.  This has always been the neoconservative intention, to use American power to make the Middle East safe for Israeli expansion.  American traitors like McCain and Levin have deceived the American people into opening the gates of hell at the direction of Benjamin Netanyahu and that little piece of shit which he runs from the middle of the Middle Eastern "shit-storm."  

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Now these same lying Senators, who were key players in getting the world into this mess, are warning us of the dangers of trying to close their doorway into the abyss.  They mean to so destabilize the Middle East that the situation can only be brought under control, or pacified, through the "limited use" of nuclear weapons.  McCain and Levin are both lying their lawyerly asses off, so that the Zionist state can use their "ambiguous" nuclear weapons on their unambiguous neighbors.

In the same manner as the American traitors, the Saudis and the other terrified Arab dictators are making the destruction of millions of their own Arab citizens possible by the anti-Semitic Israelis, out of fear for their own thick, callous hides.  The Jews are driving the Muslim leaders mad by playing upon their greatest fear, the fear of irrelevancy or being relegated to the dustbin of obscurity.  Fear that the Shiites of Iran will dominate their Sunni brethren, if left to the course that history has planned for them, drives the various Middle Eastern "royals" to do the unthinkable---make Jewish dominance inevitable, as a fate preferrable to being dominated by Shiites.  Every Sunni believer in the will of Allah must be made aware of the treachery that their leaders have planned for them, before they are forced into exchanging their Qurans for Torahs.]

The Serious Flaws in the Argument for Syrian Intervention

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Sens. Carl Levin and Angus King make their pitch for intervention in Syria, and they issue the usual warnings of what “inaction” will mean:

Assad’s survival, with support from Iran and Hezbollah, would surely strengthen them, to our great detriment [bold mine-DL]. If Assad breaches the international consensus against the use of chemical weapons without repercussions, the United States — and every other nation — will be less secure.

These are common claims in pro-intervention arguments, but it can’t be emphasized enough that neither of them makes any sense. Assad’s survival won’t mean that Iran and Hizbullah have been strengthened, but only that they have not suffered an even larger reversal. If Assad survives, he will be in a much weaker position than he was two years ago, and his allies will be worse off than they once were. I don’t share the hawkish obsession with limiting Iranian influence, but it’s hard to see how this is to our detriment, much less “our great detriment.” If the positions were reversed, no one would claim that the U.S. had been strengthened by propping up a client government in the face of a major rebellion. The fact that the client ruler had merely survived the rebellion wouldn’t be taken as proof that the U.S. position was improving. This would be seen as an ongoing drain of American resources, and the client relationship itself would probably start to be perceived as being more trouble than it was worth.

Any use of chemical weapons is atrocious, but it’s far from clear that the U.S. and other states have been made less secure by the reported use of these weapons by regime forces in Syria. What would make many other nations less secure is the regime’s loss of control of its chemical arsenal, and that becomes more likely if the U.S. follows Levin and King’s recommendations and provides weapons to the rebels and starts bombing Syria. If the concern is to reduce the chances that terrorist organizations acquire chemical weapons, Levin and King’s proposed policy would do just the opposite. Since they specifically rule out ground forces in Syria under any circumstances, they aren’t proposing that the U.S. secure these weapons. The claim that their proposal has something to do with securing the U.S. and other countries against chemical weapons use falls apart under the least scrutiny.

The stability argument may be the least persuasive part of the pro-intervention case. Direct U.S. military action in a foreign conflict typically has destabilizing effects on the country in question and on its neighbors. Bombing targets in Syria will add to the civilian death toll, and it will cause people to flee from those areas that are coming under attack, which would further add to the numbers of the internally displaced and refugees. This would not lessen regional instability caused by the conflict, but would in all likelihood exacerbate it. If the U.S. is concerned most of all with the stability of Syria’s neighbors, it would be a terrible mistake to do what Levin and King recommend.

Only Israeli-Supplied “Evidence” Supports Claims Of Hezbollah Bombing of Bulgarian Bus

Bulgaria: No Conclusive Hezbollah Link for Burgas Bombing

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria: No Conclusive Hezbollah Link for Burgas Bombing
Bulgaria’s top diplomat Kristian Vigenin. Photo by BGNES

 

There is no conclusive evidence for the implication of Hezbollah in the July 2012 bombing in Bulgarian resort city of Burgas, stated new Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Vigenin.

This is a significant backstep from the February statement by ex Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who had said that investigations gave Bulgarian authorities sufficient reasons to believe that the attack was organized by “Hezbollah‘s military wing.”

“The evidence is not unequivocal, despite the fact that there are indirect indications about it,” the Foreign Minister stated for the Bulgarian National Radio Wednesday, adding that the authorities would continue to gather evidence.

Vigenin also informed that there was no final decision on the proposal to blacklist the militant wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The terror attack against a tourist bus at the Sarafovo airport in Burgas killed 7, including 5 Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver, and an alleged suicide bomber.

Stage-Managing A So-Called “Al-Qaeda Split” In Syria—(it worked so well in AfPak theater)

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[The letter from Al-Q chief Ayman Zawahiri to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was an order to disband the ISIL, dividing the Iraqi al-Qaeda from the Syrian Islamist forces of al-Nusra (SEE:  Translation of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s letter), with the Iraqi forces ordered to return to their own fight, back home. The so-called al-Qaeda split arises from Baghdadi's rejection of the order.   Shortly thereafter, "al-Qaeda" allegedly killed the leader of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Kamal Hamami.   Which "al-Qaeda" killed him, the one loyal to Zawahiri or the one allegedly created by the successor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?  Remember, that Zawahiri also tried to fire al-Zarqawi, the original leader of Al-Qaeda In Iraq, for exceeding his mandated authority in provoking Sunni-Shia conflict (SEE:  English Translation of Ayman al-Zawahiri's letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi).   It is all necessary to develop the story-line, while maintaining cover for the US "plausible deniability."  It is very likely that the original leader advertised as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was not the militant Jordanian leader, in the first place.  According to testimony from the legendary dead Chechen commander Ibn Khattab, the real Zarqawi died fighting Russians in Dagestan (SEE:  Profile: Ibn-ul-Khattab, Commander of the Foreign Mujahideen in the Caucasus). 

It seems apparent to me that all of this is intended to sow confusion in the minds of all of the anti-Syrian Islamists, in order to disrupt any future consolidation of Islamist power that Qatar had in the works.]

Special Report on the Power Struggle Between al-Qaeda Branches and Leadership

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By Rita Katz and Adam Raisman

The controversy between al-Qaeda’s branches in Iraq and Syria took an unexpected turn on the night of June 14, 2013, when an audio message surfaced from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)…

 

 

 

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The controversy between al-Qaeda’s branches in Iraq and Syria took an unexpected turn on the night of June 14, 2013, when an audio message surfaced from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), defying Ayman al-Zawahiri’s command that the group he created, the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), be cancelled. One week prior, on June 9, al-Jazeera had published a letter discovered in Syria from Zawahiri to Baghdadi and al-Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani resolving the issue and keeping both groups as separate entities. Then, on the morning of June 14, the Front’s al-Manara al-Baydha’ Media Foundation resumed its activity after being silent since the conflict began in April 2013.

 

One week prior, on June 9, al-Jazeera had published a letter discovered in Syria from Zawahiri to Baghdadi and al-Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani resolving the issue and keeping both groups as separate entities. Then, on the morning of June 14, the Front’s al-Manara al-Baydha’ Media Foundation resumed its activity after being silent since the conflict began in April 2013.

 

Jihadists’ hopes for the settling of the conflict vanished and they became confused, with many doubting the authenticity of Baghdadi’s message, as al-Fajr Media Center, the official online distributor of propaganda for the ISI and other al-Qaeda-affiliates, did not release it. Also, administrators of the top-tier jihadi forums al-Fida’ and Shumukh al-Islam deleted any post giving a link to download the audio or merely discussing its content. However, in the days after the release, with the administrators being unable to suppress the high-volume of posts about the subject, the consensus was that the audio is indeed real. The authenticity of the audios was ultimately confirmed by administrators of the Shumukh al-Islam forum in a statement posted five days later, on June 19, thus bringing to the forefront issues about al-Qaeda and leadership, jihad in Iraq versus Syria, and the current track of the global jihadi movement.

 

What exists in Iraq and Syria between leaders of the ISIL and the al-Nusra Front is a power struggle, with one side demanding control over al-Qaeda’s affairs in the two countries and keeping all the resources, and the other desiring independence from the Iraqi side and to report directly to al-Qaeda and Zawahiri. In the middle are jihadists who await Zawahiri not only to address the issue again, but to address them and speak to their concerns about the future of jihad in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

 

History of the ISI-al-Nusra Front Conflict

 

The ISI’s al-Furqan Media Foundation released an audio message from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on April 8, 2013, in which he identified the al-Nusra Front as its branch in Syria and that both groups will be rebranded as the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”. This speech, titled, “And Give Glad Tidings to the Believers,” was the first official confirmation of the relationship between the groups and that Abu Muhammad al-Julani was deputized to lead the al-Nusra Front. He stated:

 

“We laid for them the plans, and drew up for them the policy of work, and gave them what financial support we could every month, and supplied them with men who had known the battlefields of jihad, from the emigrants and the natives. They did well alongside their brothers from the sons of the Levant, and the influence of the Islamic State extended to the Levant. We did not declare this due to security reasons, and so that people see the truth of the State, far from the slander and falsehood of the media.”

 


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Baghdadi, taking command of both the ISI and the al-Nusra Front, declared that the names of both groups are cancelled and replaced with one title, the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”. This name, he argued, follows the path of unity that al-Qaeda in Iraq went upon when it became the Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC) and then the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), as other groups pledged to it and fell under its banner.

 

Two days later, on April 10, Julani replied with surprise to Baghdadi revealing the groups’ relationship, stating in an audio message that he was not consulted and he only found the news through the media. In particular, he found Baghdadi’s announcement premature and lacking a basis in Islamic Shariah, and saw the ISI leader’s mentioning of a new name as an “invitation,” not a command, and turned it down, while at the same time going over Baghdadi to pledge allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri directly. He said:

 

“Therefore, I respond to the invitation of al-Baghdadi, may Allah preserve him, to rise from the lowest to the highest, and I say: This is a pledge of allegiance from the sons of the al-Nusra Front and their supervisor general that we renew to the Sheikh of Jihad, Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, may Allah preserve him. We give a pledge of allegiance for obedience in good and bad, in emigration and jihad, and not to dispute with our superiors unless we see clear disbelief about which we have proof from Allah. The Front’s banner will remain as-is, without changing anything, despite our pride in the State’s banner and those who carried it and sacrificed their blood for it from among our brothers.”

 


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The issue of Julani rejecting the ISIL and asserting independence in managing the al-Nusra Front, and Baghdadi wishing to maintain control, exploded on jihadi forums and social networking websites. Jihadists found flaws in both men’s arguments and questioned the timing of Baghdadi’s revelation, and some, including prominent jihadists Abdullah bin Muhammad and Asad al-Jihad 2, believed that the ISI might have been infiltrated by enemy intelligence with the intention of destroying it from within. At the same time, releases from the ISI’s al-Furqan and the al-Nusra Front’s al-Manara a-Baydha’ ceased, with no communiqué, audio or video posted since April 10. Instead, videos appeared on YouTube from the ISIL showing military operations and public executions in Syria. These videos did not come from an official source, like al-Fajr or the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), nor were they produced by the media arm of either the ISI or the al-Nusra Front, leading jihadists to speculate about this “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” being the same announced by Baghdadi.

 

 

 

Zawahiri Seemingly Resolves the Dispute

 

Al-Jazeera posted a two-page letter from Ayman al-Zawahiri dated May 23, 2013, that it reported having obtained from “reliable sources in Syria,” in which the al-Qaeda leader seemingly resolved the dispute between the ISI and the al-Nusra Front. Zawahiri wrote that this was actually the second letter, as he wrote one the day after the release of Julani’s audio message, trying to “contain” the conflict. He said that Baghdadi was wrong to have unilaterally announced the ISIL without consulting or informing al-Qaeda Central, and that Julani was also in error to have publicly announced his rejection of the new name and revealing the al-Nusra Front’s relationship with al-Qaeda. While he cancelled the ISIL, Zawahiri also put both men on probation, stating:

 

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini is acknowledged as the Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq for one year from the date of this edict, after which the Shura Council of the Islamic State of Iraq sends a report to the General Command of al-Qaeda regarding the work, after which the general leadership decides on the continuation of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini in the leadership or the taking over by a new emir.

 

“Abu Muhammad al-Julani is acknowledged as the Emir of the al-Nusra Front for the People of the Levant for one year from the date of this edict, after which the Shura Council of the al-Nusra Front for the People of the Levant sends a report to the General Command of al-Qaeda regarding the work, after which the General Command decides on the continuation of Abu Muhammad al-Julani in the leadership or the taking over by a new emir.”

 
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Further, Zawahiri tasked an individual named Abu Khalid al-Suri with arbitrating any disagreement with his order, and named him as al-Qaeda’s representative in Syria. Abu Khalid is believed to be Muhammad Bahayah, who was a close associate of al-Qaeda strategist Abu Musab al-Suri AKA Mustafa Setmariam Nasser and a member of Usama bin Laden’s network in Europe.

 

Jihadists expressed their joy with the news of the letter and Zawahiri’s intervention, and one confirmed that the dispute had been resolved and the al-Nusra Front’s al-Manara al-Baydha’ Media Foundation would resume issuing communiqués during the week of June 10. Indeed, on June 14, al-Manara al-Baydha’ posted four communiqués reporting on some of the group’s military operations in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and Deir al-Zour province during March and April, 2013, and even joined the top-tier al-Fida’ forum. However, no release came from the ISI, and the al-Nusra Front did not comment on the letter or the dispute.

 

 

 

Baghdadi Defies Zawahiri

 
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An audio message attributed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi surfaced on Twitter on the night of June 14, titled, “Remaining in Iraq and the Levant,” in which the ISI leader defied Zawahiri’s command and refused to back down from adopting the name “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”. The voices of the al-Furqan representative and Baghdadi sound similar to those in prior releases, but the means of distribution, via sources other than al-Fajr Center and top-tier jihadi forums, led jihadists to doubt its authenticity. His message, however, is identical to that expounded upon in his speech from April 2013, that the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” is the next step in the growth of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

 

Baghdadi claimed in the speech that the dispute over the trajectory of jihad in Iraq and Syria is another “tragedy” for the fighters, but his group will not be broken. He stated:

 

“The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant remains as long as we have a pulse or an eye that blinks; it remains, and we will not bargain with it or back down from it until Allah the Almighty raises it above or we die without it. It is a state that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wanted and that mixed with the blood of our Sheikhs Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, and it will not go away from a spot that it has reached, nor will it become smaller after its growth, Allah the Almighty permitting and with His granting of success.”

 

Regarding the Zawahiri letter directly, Baghdadi found it has “several Shariah and method-based issues” and after consulting his Shura Council and Shariah Committee, he decided against following Zawahiri’s order to cancel the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” and keep the ISI and al-Nusra Front as separate organizations in Iraq and Syria, respectively.

 

Shortly after the release of the Baghdadi message, an audio message appeared from ISI spokesman Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani on social networking websites. ‘Adnani did not address the dispute between the groups and Zawahiri, or mention Baghdadi, or the ISIL; rather, he called for Sunnis in Iraq to take up arms and declare war on Shi’ites, claiming that fighting is the only way to protect their rights and their properties.

 

 

 

ISIL Spokesman Elaborates on Faults in Zawahiri Letter

 


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On June 19, a second audio message from ‘Adnani was released, titled, “So Leave Them Alone with their Fabrications,” in which he was identified as the ISIL – not ISI – spokesman – and spoke at length about the faults in the Zawahiri letter. In the introduction, ‘Adnani correctly determined that Baghdadi’s message would cause issues, and he then launched into a defense of his leader and his refusal to disengage from Syria. The issue, he argued, is twofold: voiding the ISIL and having both groups operate independently in Iraq and Syria means respecting the man-made borders that delineate the two countries and preventing fighters in one from doing jihad in the other, and also dividing after the Shariah-based obligation of unity had been achieved. He said, for example:

 

“Creating a rule that is only divided by the borders of Sykes-Picot that are imposed on our Ummah, is support to such ominous borders, which tore apart the body of the Ummah and divided its people and made them imagine that this geographical drawing is a revealed law from heaven from which no one can deviate. Islam doesn’t recognize drawn borders to be limited by, and Islam came to preach and spread. This is how this religion was throughout history.”

 

‘Adnani also took issue with Zawahiri reprimanding Baghdadi for prematurely revealing the relationship between the ISI and the al-Nusra Front and acting unilaterally in his decisions. The spokesman claimed that problems existed between the two prior to the release of the April 2013 message, and that the al-Nusra Front wished to have independence over its affairs and defect from the group, and Baghdadi issued his speech as a strategic move against them. He said:

 

“Everyone should know that the defection and disobedience came before the announcement of the state and has nothing to do with the announcement. However, the defectors took it as a pretext and declared the defection after the announcement of the state. They deluded the Ummah that the defection took place as a result of the announcement, but the issue is different from that, for the defection was one of the most important reasons that made the state hasten the announcement, and that was to deter the defection movement and close the gap. That is exactly what took place, praise be to Allah.”

 

 

 

Fallout from the Controversy

 

Shortly after the release of ‘Adnani’s second message on social networking website, administrators of the Shumukh al-Islam forum issued a statement on June 19 about what it described as “fitna,” meaning discord or sedition, between the ISIL and the al-Nusra Front, thus confirming the audios as authentic. They wrote:

 

“It is not a new phase to the monotheists; rather, what is happening today is a confirmation of the Sunnah [tradition] of hardship that Allah places upon His mujahideen worshipers so as to test their ranks, and purify their followers, and distinguish between the evil from the good and the honest from the liar. It is a cloud that we believe will pass, Allah permitting. This is what we think of our Lord and then of our leaders and emirs. This darkness will go, with Allah’s assistance, and the hardship will go, and with Allah’s assistance, the ranks will unify, the hearts will be friendlier and the efforts will combine, and this is not difficult for Allah.”

 

Both groups have demanded that the administrators delete from the forum all messages related to the other, and there is currently a power struggle, with each attacking the other’s supporters. The administrators also warned jihadists not to take sides in the issue, as their membership will be immediately suspended without notice.

 
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Indeed, some forum users have advocated that fellow jihadists not choose sides in the dispute, but to support both the ISIL and al-Nusra Front equally. One Shumukh user, Fati Muslim Mujahid, posted a message on June 16 from an alleged Saudi fighter in Syria that jihadi supporters should not view the groups as the “Barcelona” and “Real Madrid” football clubs, where they take sides and cheer one and not another. Another member, Abu Mahmoud al-Shami, posted his opinion on June 17 that jihadists should love both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abu Muhammad al-Julani and not display bias towards one or the other, because both are doing jihad against the enemy, but have different views about the right path. He wrote:

 

“Whoever loves al-Baghdadi and his soldiers more, then that shouldn’t decrease his love for al-Julani and his soldiers; and whoever loves al-Julani and his soldiers more, then that shouldn’t decrease his love for al-Baghdadi and his soldiers.

 

“So, Allah is my witness that I love all of them and I don’t differentiate between any of them and I publish all their publications and heroic acts and statements. The disputes must be put aside, because their goal is one, which is to build the Islamic State and raise the banner of tawhid [monotheism], and the joint enemy is one: the Crusaders and Iran and the Rafidahs [Shi'ites] and their expansion project.”

 

Jihadi ideologue Hussein bin Mahmoud replied to al-Shami’s post, writing that he is absolutely correct in his advice, and moreover, jihadists should see the jihad by both groups against the enemy as a competition, with each trying to outdo the other to win support:

 

“Make this disagreement a good thing and a competition between the brothers to harm the enemies, that whoever is more harmful to the enemy will be more accepted and closer to the hearts. Such a competition took place in the time of the Companions, and the Caliph of the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, ran it with wisdom, and there was one between Khalid bin al-Walid and al-Nu’man bin al-Muqrin in the Persian war, and there was competition in Jihad in the wars of apostasy and the Islamic conquests.”

 

Further, prominent jihadist Asad al-Jihad 2 opined on the issue and Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani’s speech from June 19 specifically in posts on his Twitter account later that day. He criticized ‘Adnani’s harsh tone towards Zawahiri and pointed out flaws in his argument about man-made borders, and unity and division, and other items in his “wave full of lies and falsehood”. Asad al-Jihad 2 then went on to engage with fellow Twitter users about problems with ‘Adnani’s message and that from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, holding both accountable for the problems.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The power struggle and subsequent splintering of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front has captivated jihadists as they seek answers about who to support in the dispute, either one side over the other or both equally. It also begs questions about the ISIL operating both in Iraq and Syria as a group competing with the al-Nusra Front or fighting it as it fought nationalist factions in Iraq (e.g. Islamic Army in Iraq) and fellow jihadist groups such as Ansar al-Islam. The group still enjoys admiration and respect from jihadists due to the legacy of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in founding its predecessor, Tawhid and Jihad Group, and then al-Qaeda in Iraq, but there is erosion in support, especially among prominent jihadists and others who see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as causing discord.

 

Baghdadi and ‘Adnani argue that the al-Nusra Front desires independence and to operate away from the ISIL’s influence and control. ‘Adnani specifically called the al-Nusra Front, “rebellious defectors,” and claimed it set the fire of sedition that the ISIL sought to extinguish by revealing their relationship and uniting them under one name. However, while the ISIL is criticizing the al-Nusra Front for desiring power and total control over its affairs, the ISIL and its predecessor, the ISI, has shown itself to be power hungry, trying to crush any and all competition for hearts, minds, men and money in Iraq. In fact, Ansar al-Islam had recently revealed that the ISIL views its group as something of a rival gang due to its fighting its men and threatening that they either join its ranks or be killed.

 

While the ISIL would view forcing acceptance on fighters as a way to unite for a greater purpose, the al-Nusra Front and Zawahiri saw otherwise, and the latter rebuked the group. Julani and the al-Nusra Front have not released a statement responding to the audio messages from Baghdadi and ‘Adnani, nor did they outline their reasons for rejecting the ISIL. Instead, other jihadi groups in Syria such as the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement spoke on the issue, criticizing Baghdadi and the ISIL for unilaterally declaring an “Islamic State” in Syria and potentially bringing new sides to the Syrian conflict by acknowledging the al-Nusra Front’s link to it and al-Qaeda.

 

Jihadists have various perspectives on the issue, with some supporting the ISIL, some supporting the al-Nusra Front, and others supporting both groups equally, for they each represent al-Qaeda and jihad against the enemy. However, those supporting the ISIL seem to be more vocal, as the group is forthcoming to the public about the problems. In the absence of the ISIL’s audio messages on top-tier forums al-Fida’ and Shumukh al-Islam, and the Ansar al-Mujahideen Arabic forum, the website of the al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network has filled the void by not only providing the messages, but putting a spotlight on them with colorful, animated banners, and Arabic transcripts for easy viewing. Also, some jihadists have spread the messages on their Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

Meanwhile, the al-Nusra Front has only released communiqués claiming military operations for March and April, 2013, and has not yet spoken publicly on the issue. Also, the Zawahiri letter has not appeared officially on the forums, nor has an update about the latest turn in the conflict, leading jihadists to speculate more about what is happening behind the scenes with the groups and their respective leaderships, and potentially change their allegiance for whom to support.

 

This conflict between al-Qaeda’s branches in Iraq and Syria and al-Qaeda leadership is the first of its kind and might lead to a new structure, with the possibility that the group in Iraq, the ISIL, will break from the organization and go on a separate path. Indeed, Baghdadi and ‘Adnani have each shown insubordination and rejected Zawahiri’s command to void the ISIL, and fighters active in Syria have used the ISIL banner since Baghdadi’s announcement in April 2013, and continue to do so, unhindered by the order from al-Qaeda’s leader.

Pakistani Taliban Fighting for Obama Against Bashar Assad Would Prove That Hakeemullah’s Master Is CIA

Pakistan Taliban ‘sets up a base in Syria’

BBC

By Ahmed Wali Mujeeb BBC Urdu

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The Pakistani Taliban sees itself as being ideologically opposed to President Assad’s rule

 

The Pakistani Taliban have visited Syria to set up a base and to assess “the needs of the jihad”, a Taliban official has told the BBC.

 

He said that the base was set up with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin who have moved to Syria in recent years.

 

At least 12 experts in warfare and information technology had gone to Syria in the last two months, he said.

 

Their presence in the country is likely to have a sectarian motive.

 

Taliban factions feel that Sunni Muslims, who constitute a majority in Syria, are being oppressed by Syria’s predominantly Shia rulers.

 

Thousands of people have died in the year-long armed conflict in Syria between loyalists of the ruling Baath Party and those who want to overthrow it.

 

The Pakistani government has not commented on the allegations.

‘Joint operations’

Mohammad Amin, a senior Taliban operative and “co-ordinator of the Syrian base”, told the BBC that the cell to monitor “the jihad” in Syria was set up six months ago.

He said that the cell has the approval of militant factions both within and outside of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of militant groups fighting the Pakistani forces.

The cell sends “information and feedback” on the conflict in Syria back to Pakistan, he said,

“They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan,” Mr Amin said.

Their job is to “assess the needs of the Jihad in Syria, and to work out joint operations with our Syrian friends”.

“There are dozens of Pakistani hopefuls in line to join the fighting against the Syrian army, but the advice we are getting at the moment is that there’s already enough manpower in Syria.”

In the past, militant fighters from Pakistan have often gone to fight in Central Asia and the Balkans.

In the 1990s, militant group Harkatul Mujahideen, was known to have sent a large number of men to fight in the Bosnian civil war of 1992-95.

Many Afghan and Pakistani fighters also fought on the side of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 1988-94.

A number of Taliban groups in Pakistan have sectarian leanings, and resent the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – having a Shia background – over Sunni Muslims who constitute about three-quarters of the Syrian population.

Sources say that anti-Shia groups in Pakistan have access to considerable charity funds raised in some Middle Eastern sheikhdoms that see their domestic Shia populations as a problem.

CIA Claims That 183 Waterboarding Sessions Inspired Khalid Sheikh To Design Vaccuum Cleaner

 

[Next the sadistic bastards will be trying to convince us that KSM invented the ultimate Toll House Cookie recipe, or that he took-up needlepoint between sessions, while the waterboarding experience elevated him to the tenth level of Nirvana.  There are some people who really believe that near-death experiences are good for the soul and that they would be glad to hold some unruly person under water (SEE: Pediatrician Waterboards Eleven-Year Old Daughter To Make Her A Better Person, By Simulating “Near Death Experience” ).]

CIA reportedly allowed 9/11 mastermind to design vacuum cleaner in custody

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“Sanctimonious” Guardian Report Distorts Chinese Editorial Slamming US Cyberwar

[In a subtle twisting of words, the Guardian reporter turns honest Chinese complaint about Snowden spying revelations, into mass of lies and distortions that resembles playground name-calling more than it does actual journalism (SEE:  China's state newspaper praises Edward Snowden for 'tearing off Washington's sanctimonious mask').]
“In a sense, the United States has gone from ‘human rights model’ transformed into personal privacy ‘eavesdropper’ Internet centralization ‘manipulators’ and for his country network crazy ‘invaders.’ World remember Edward Snowdon, it was his bravery, tore off Washington pious mask.”–“Prism” program who should express their dissatisfaction?, Wang Xinjun

” ‘In a sense, the United States has gone from a ‘model of human rights’ to ‘an eavesdropper on personal privacy’, the ‘manipulator’ of the centralised power over the international internet, and the mad ‘invader’ of other countries’ networks,’ the People’s Daily said.”–Guardian

 

 

Definition of SANCTIMONIOUS
1:  hypocritically pious or devout <a sanctimonious moralist>

Definition of PIOUS
1 a : marked by or showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship
b : marked by conspicuous religiosity <a hypocrite

“Prism” program who should express their dissatisfaction? 

Wang Xinjun

America ‘Prism’ program broke man Edward Snowden has itself left Hong Kong. Snowdon in handling the issue of the Hong Kong SAR Government’s approach is consistent with the relevant laws, and the Chinese central government has always respected the HKSAR Government law. Media reports, U.S. White House, Hong Kong and China expressed dissatisfaction with the government to allow Snowdon departure and ‘strongly disagree.’ This dissatisfaction and opposition, China can not accept it.

According to the U.S. foreign policy >> << sites and Snowdon revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency on the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, China’s networking and communications systems, carried out for 15 years organized and planned targeted intrusions, attacks, theft, monitoring and other actions. US authorities not only did not give an explanation and an apology, but instead run by the HKSAR things according to the law to express their dissatisfaction. Touliaodongxi was exposed, not only did not apologize for the robber, but also on stolen legitimate behavior expressed dissatisfaction (or even frame )(http://www.best-news.us/)(Technology News http://www.best-news.us/). This logic is probably not a big country with international principles to be followed by it?

For a long time, in its media, business representatives, academics, government officials, the mouth, the United States seems to network security, ‘the biggest victim.’ For this reason, today accused the country tomorrow, the United States condemned the organization became commonplace, especially for China aggressive accusations until this month, former U.S. National Security Agency employee Snowdon leaving Hong Kong, the United States was only laid bare the lies.

With the ‘prism’ insider gradually reveal more and more facts prove that: China is a great victim of cyber attacks a long time, people in the United States, although some knowledge of China’s Internet attacks, but never realized the situation so serious ! More intolerable is that the U.S. one face of China’s large-scale network intrusion, theft of political, economic, technological, military intelligence, the other side was frequently in the international community to take ‘Chinese hackers’ that matter, in the absence of empirical premise, slander the Chinese government and military, to discredit the image of China.

Strong technological advantages for the United States to provide the background cyber attacks its count on the core of computer hardware, operating systems, Internet technologies to develop standards and protocols such as the development of core intellectual property holds control over the well-known software vulnerabilities, network intrusion on other countries to launch and intelligence theft emboldened – seemed to another country it is difficult to seize evidence.

Human rights and freedoms ‘condescending moral sense’ for the United States to provide a coat. U.S. claim to want in the 21st century when the world leader in human rights and other aspects of the country accusing him, but did not think of taking the lead on action to maintain international security, the Internet, and its intelligence institutions and even set their constitutional and fundamental disregard of international law, not only to launch cyber attacks on other countries, but also for its own citizens but also for peeping phone and email, for allies citizen monitoring the implementation of telephone and e-mail.

In a sense, the United States has gone from ‘human rights model’ transformed into personal privacy ‘eavesdropper’ Internet centralization ‘manipulators’ and for his country network crazy ‘invaders.’ World remember Edward Snowdon, it was his bravery, tore off Washington pious mask.

As AP President Pruitt warned Americans that: ‘Faced with a too like to engage in covert action of government, we must remain vigilant.’ ‘Prism door’ also solemnly warn the people and the world: You must give up the fantasy, maintain long-term vigilance.

(The author is a researcher at Academy of Military Science Military Strategy)

Karzai Announced New Taliban Peace Talks At Noon—By 3:00 pm American Diplomats Had Undermined Them

[No sooner had Karzai announced the start of preliminary negotiations with Taliban, when American military spokesmen announced the opening of a Taliban office in Doha and the start of American negotiations with them in two days., before Karzai could set a firm date.  No big surprise, that the new office in the Qatari capital would be run by perrenial American favorite, Tayeb Agha, the substitute for the real Taliban negotiator, Mullah Baradar, since Pakistan placed him under arrest, out of Obama's reach.  There will be no "Peace" in Afghanistan, except on Obama's terms.  Only a fake treaty with fake Taliban can end a staged false flag war.]  

Afghan government to shun U.S. talks with Taliban

Reuters

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul June 18, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

By Hamid Shalizi

KABUL | Wed Jun 19, 2013

(Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday his government would not join U.S. peace talks with the Taliban until they were led by Afghans and would suspend negotiations with the United States on a troop pact.

U.S. officials have said talks with the Taliban would begin in Doha, capital of Qatar, on Thursday, raising hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.

Afghan to talk with Taliban in Qatar: Karzai

zee news

June 18, 2013

Kabul: Some members of Afghan High Peace Council will travel to the Gulf state of Qatar to hold formal peace talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.

“Members of peace council will go to Qatar to initiate peace talks with the Taliban,” Karzai told a joint press conference with the visiting NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Earlier on Tuesday, Afghan local media reported that the Taliban had opened a political office in Qatar earlier in the day.

“SHOW US THE MONEY,” SPY PRICKS—Name One Dozen Terror Attacks That You Guys Weren’t Behind

US spy chief: surveillance program thwarted attacks

News Asia

 

The US spy chief in charge of a leaked program to gather and analyse Internet and phone data defended the intelligence tactic Wednesday, insisting it had helped thwart dozens of terror attacks.

 

WASHINGTON: The US spy chief in charge of a leaked program to gather and analyse Internet and phone data defended the intelligence tactic Wednesday, insisting it had helped thwart dozens of terror attacks.

Facing sceptical questions from lawmakers after a rogue technician revealed the secret operation, National Security Agency chief General Keith Alexander insisted it operates under proper legislative and judicial oversight.

“It’s classified but it’s dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent,” he told the hearing, the first time he had been questioned in public since 29-year-old former contractor Edward Snowden spilled the beans.

“I want the American people to know that we’re being transparent in here,” he insisted, warning that “the trust of the American people” was a “sacred requirement” if his agency was to be able to do its job.

Asked if the light shone on the programs could help terrorists avoid surveillance, Alexander said: “They will get through, and Americans will die.”

“Great harm has already been done by opening this up. The consequence I believe is our security has been jeopardised,” he warned.

Snowden, a technician seconded by a private contractor to an NSA base in Hawaii, disappeared last month after downloading a cache of secret documents and surfaced over the weekend in Hong Kong to give media interviews.

He embarrassed and infuriated President Barack Obama’s administration by revealing that the NSA had gathered call log records for millions of American phone subscribers and targeted the Internet data of foreign Web users.

The leaks triggered a row over privacy and the limits of executive power in the digital age, as Snowden said had been his intention, but also calls for the leaker to be arrested and sent home to face trial.

Snowden told Hong Kong daily the South China Morning Post that he would resist any attempt to extradite him, and accused the NSA of carrying out tens of thousands of hacking attacks worldwide.

Chinese media had remained relatively quiet on the issue, but the China Daily said Thursday that news of the US program “is certain to stain Washington’s overseas image and test developing Sino-US ties.”

“How the case is handled could pose a challenge to the burgeoning goodwill between Beijing and Washington given that Snowden is in Chinese territory and the Sino-US relationship is constantly soured on cybersecurity,” the government-owned newspaper said.

Many people hail Snowden as a whistleblower who carried out an act of civil disobedience to expose US government overreach and defend the privacy of innocent Web users.

Others, including US spy chiefs and some senior lawmakers, say Snowden a traitor who sold out a system that serves to protect Americans.

Alexander said he had “grave concerns” about how Snowden was able to gain access to critical classified information with a limited education and not much work experience, noting: “We do have to go back and look at these processes.”

Several investigations are underway and the leaker may yet face criminal charges, but in the meantime, debate is raging about the legality and utility of the NSA’s broad-brush approach to sweeping up private data.

“How do we get from reasonable grounds… to all phone records, all the time, all locations?” asked Senator Jeff Merkley, a longtime opponent of giving the government broad secret surveillance powers.

Holding up his own phone, he asked Alexander: “What authority gave you the grounds for acquiring my cell phone data?”

Alexander repeated the administration’s defence that, while the NSA did gather large quantities of telephone metadata, it could not mine the logs to target a specific user without an order from a secret court.

“We do not see a trade-off between security and liberty,” he said, insisting that the NSA and US Cyber Command are “deeply committed to compliance with the law and the protection of privacy rights.”

“I do think what we’re doing does protect American civil liberties and privacy,” he protested, claiming he welcomed the “debate” sparked by the leaks.

Senator Mark Udall expressed scepticism at this nod to openness.

“It’s very, very difficult, I think, to have a transparent debate about a secret program written by a secret court, issuing secret court orders based on secret interpretations of the law,” he said.

In Hong Kong, Snowden was unrepentant.

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” he said.

Snowden told the South China Morning Post there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, targeting powerful “network backbones” that can yield access to hundreds of thousands of individual computers.

There were hundreds of targets in mainland China and Hong Kong, he was quoted as saying, alleging this exposed “the hypocrisy of the US government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure.”

Snowden accused the US government of “trying to bully” Hong Kong into expelling him before he can reveal details of alleged NSA snooping on communications inside the Chinese financial and trading hub.

But he pledged to resist any extradition attempt.

“I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the US government in the courts, because I have faith in HK’s rule of law,” he said, according to the paper.

Sec. State Kerry Acting Like Taliban’s Lawyer In Discussions with Pres. Karzai

[Karzai appears to be the only world leader who clearly sees the truth about the so-called "war against terror" (SEE:  Hamid Karzai says US, Taliban are colluding )  He understands that this has never been a real "war," it has always been a series of staged events, or "false flags," intended to create the appearance of a real war.  Kerry is squirming in his hot seat, struggling to negotiate a place at the Afghan table for the very terrorists that we have allegedly been fighting against.  The terror war has always been the greatest hoax in human history, intended to deceive the American people into willingly, passively embracing an American police state.  Perhaps the growing anti-Obama backlash against revelations of widespread govt. surveillance and the wholesale abuse of American Constitutional rights will expand to encompass outrage for "synthetic terror war" (SEE: 911 SYNTHETIC TERRORISM, MADE IN USA---By Webster Griffin Tarpley).  No matter what happens in Afghanistan, Americans must now seize their own destinies, or surrender them to a US dictatorship.]

Karzai, Kerry spar over peace drive

Pajhwok

By Pajhwok Report

KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry recently had testy exchanges on the issue of reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, an official said on Friday.

During an hour-long telephonic conversation with Kerry a week back, Karzai made clear the Afghans would never allow their country’s return to instability and anarchy.

While acknowledging the need for national reconciliation, Karzai said his nation’s genuine desire for peace should not be misused as a tool of promoting outsiders’ nefarious designs.

One senior official familiar with the unusually long phone conversation confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that the discussion hotted up when Kerry tended to intercede with the president on behalf of the Taliban.

He recalled the US had adopted a similar pro-Taliban stance at meetings in Washington, London and Brussels. The Americans were pushing for opening Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar on terms and conditions that would make the office look like a diplomatic mission, the official said.

Afghanistan would run the risk of sliding back into warlordism and lawlessness if the Taliban and US terms were accepted, warned the source, who alleged some foreigners literally acted like representatives of the insurgent movement.

“We have been sparring with Western officials, particularly with Americans, over the past six months on why they have been throwing their weight behind the fighters. This is a pretty bizarre situation,” the official remarked.

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Putin Tells One Lie Too Many—His Anti-Chinese Uyghur Terrorists Do NOT Target Moscow

[Putin has finally shown his true colors with this latest false flag incident.

THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT AN ANTI-CHINESE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WOULD ATTACK IN MOSCOW!!  WHAT WOULD BE THEIR OBJECTIVE?  RUSSIA CANNOT CREATE AN UYGHUR STATE FOR THEM.

And the overweight ringleader, who is in great distress, as he lies prostrate, being pinned to the ground, is obviously NOT CHINESE OR UYGHUR. Yulai Davletbaev

Putin is desperate to make his fight and Obama's fake fight into one great big happy terror war.  Russians should take this as a sign of deception and immediately get the "Russian Spring" back on track.  Putin is just another traitor to the human race, like Obama.]

FSB arrests mastermind of foiled Moscow bombing who ‘fought in Afghanistan’

Russia-Today

Federal Security Service agents apprehend Yulai Davletbaev suspected of preparing terror attacks in Moscow during a special operation outside Moscow.(RIA Novosti / National Anti-Terrorism Committe)

Federal Security Service agents apprehend Yulai Davletbaev suspected of preparing terror attacks in Moscow during a special operation outside Moscow.(RIA Novosti / National Anti-Terrorism Committe)

Russia’s FSB secret service has captured the suspected mastermind behind a foiled terror attack in Moscow. His group, which fought in Afghanistan against the ISAF forces, was uncovered and neutralized last month by police.

A man identified as Yulay Davletbayev headed the terror cell, which was plotting an attack in Moscow. Two of his accomplices were killed in a May 20 police operation, while a third was captured alive. The items seized by law enforcers at the time included half-completed suicide vests, detonators and metal shrapnel.

The FSB captured Davletbayev, who is in his early 40s, in a suburb of Moscow after weeks of searching, the committee said. “This job took considerable effort and cooperation from troops, national bodies and local authorities. Several regions of the Russian Federation conducted search and screening operations. This allowed identifying the location where the criminal was hiding.”

All of the militants were Russian citizens, Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee said Thursday. The group trained in combat and demolition along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, a region controlled by the Taliban.

They are also known to have fought against the US-led ISAF coalition deployed in Afghanistan, the committee reported.

The cell was sent to Moscow by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, [[WHAT THE F?]] also known as the Turkistan Islamic Party, a terrorist organization that seeks to establish an Islamic state inside the Chinese border province of Xinjiang. The organization has carried out attacks against US-related targets, and others.

 

Federal Security Service agents apprehend Yulai Davletbaev suspected of preparing terror attacks in Moscow during a special operation outside Moscow.(RIA Novosti / National Anti-Terrorism Committe)

Federal Security Service agents apprehend Yulai Davletbaev suspected of preparing terror attacks in Moscow during a special operation outside Moscow.(RIA Novosti / National Anti-Terrorism Committe)

The group’s goal was to organize a series of attack in the Russian capital during Victory Day celebrations on May 9. Davletbayev got a job as taxi driver to familiarize himself with the city and pick high-value targets for future attacks, the committee said.

“While navigating around the city in his taxi, he was selecting places most vulnerable for a terrorist attack, which would suffer most damage and cause greatest loss of life,” the committee said.

They failed to meet their timetable, and were ultimately exposed by the Russian security services. .

The arrest of the cell’s leader came after the arrested member, Robert Amerkhanov, decided to cooperate with investigators.

The group is suspected of committing several crimes in Russia’s southern regions before 2010, when they moved to Afghanistan.

The FSB also has information on Davletbayev’s links to another militant leader, who was responsible for bombing a natural gas pipeline and at least two attacks on Russian police officers; the leader was killed in 2010 by anti-terrorism forces.

The Russian capital has seen a number of deadly terror attacks in recent years. The most recent was in January 2011, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive device in the arrival zone of Domodedovo Airport, killing 36 people and injuring 180 others. In March 2010, bombings in the Moscow Metro killed 41 people and injured around 100.

“Only 10% Are Aligned with the Western-Supported ‘Rebels’.”

Meet the ‘Friends of Jihad’

Asia Times

By Pepe Escobar

Western politicos love to shed swamps of crocodile tears about “the Syrian people” and congratulate themselves within the “Friends of Syria” framework for defending them from “tyranny”.

Well, the “Syrian people” have spoken. Roughly 70% support the government of Bashar al-Assad. Another 20% are neutral. And only 10% are aligned with the Western-supported “rebels”, including those of the kidnapping, lung-eating, beheading jihadi kind.

The data was provided mostly by independent relief organizations working in Syria. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) received a detailed report in late May – but, predictably, was not too keen on releasing it.

As Asia Times Online has been stressing for months, the Sunni business classes in Damascus and Aleppo are either neutral or pro-Assad. And most Sunnis now regard the gangs of foreign mercenaries weaponized by Qatar and the House of Saud as way more repellent than Assad.

Meanwhile, in Britain – where David of Arabia Cameron remains gung ho on a no-fly zone to protect the “Syrian people” – only 24% of Britons are in favor of further weaponizing the “rebels” (although 58% support humanitarian aid).

And at a rally in Doha, perennial al-Jazeera star and Muslim Brotherhood icon Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi – now pontificating at Al-Azhar in Cairo – has called for a jihad of all Sunni Muslims against Damascus. As he also branded Hezbollah as “the party of Satan” and condemned Iran for “pushing forward arms and men to back the Syrian regime”. He has in fact condoned a jihad of Muslims against Muslims, even though he insisted his call to fight Hezbollah is “not against all Shi’ites”.

Still al-Qaradawi also said, “How could 100 million Shi’ites defeat 1.7 billion [Sunnis]?” Only because [Sunni] Muslims are weak”. It’s more than implied that Shi’ites are the enemy.

So who cares what the “Syrian people” might think? The Western “Friends of Syria” could not have found a more willing golden patsy to promote their usual, self-fulfilling Divide and Rule gambit – the Sunni-Shi’ite divide. It’s always handy to have dysfunctional GCC petro-monarchies posing as “liberators” so the West once again may conduct a proxy war “leading from behind”.

In other news, where’s Evelyn Waugh when you need him? It’s Scoop all over again, with Syria replacing a “promising” war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia and every hack in the Western world doing a remix of the Daily Beast, proclaiming Assad’s imminent demise because, well, we’re with the rebels and we have decided they are going to win.

Those infidel missiles
As it stands, the Geneva II negotiations promoted by Washington and Moscow seem to be as good as six feet under (although they are getting together today to define the framework).

The European Union has lifted its arms embargo on Syria – a move that was essentially a Franco-British delirium that went over the heads of reluctant EU members. It had to be Britain and France, of course, the two former imperial powers that almost a century ago carved up a line in the sand dividing the Levant and now want a redesign.

This would mean, in practice, that the EU has declared war on Damascus. Well, sort of. Under the EU agreement, no weaponizing will go on before autumn. And the belligerent Franco-British duo has to make sure any weapons are used only to protect civilians. Who will supervise this – a bunch of Brussels bureaucrats in army fatigues? Well, they can always revert to default – ask for American help. Every grain of sand in the Levant knows the CIA is “assisting” Qatar and Saudi Arabia to weaponize the “rebels”.

And then there’s the distinct possibility that Britain may have acted, once again, as an American Fifth Column inside the EU, paving the road for a possible Obama administration “all options are on the table” intervention.

Russian President Vladimir Putin checkmated the EU – and the US – in no time. Yes, those famous S-300 missile systems are coming to Damascus, and soon. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the missiles were a stabilizing factor in Syria that would dissuade schemes by “hotheads”. He also stressed – correctly – that the EU may just have bombed the planned Geneva talks.

Former Russian Air Force General Anatoliy Kornukov told Interfax-AVN Online that Damascus would need at least 10 battalions of S-300 air defense missile systems to fully protect its territory from a possible NATO attack. [1] In this case, there’s no way a no-fly zone – a Franco-British wet dream – can be imposed.

Each S-300 surface-to-air missile system consists of a radar-equipped command post and up to six 5Zh15 missiles. It would take only a month to train Syrians to operate them. Kornukov observed, “Our systems can be deployed within five minutes.” And they’re almost impossible to jam.

What are the “Friends of Syria” going to do about that? Call another meeting? Time for al-Qaradawi to go on al-Jazeera and upgrade his jihad to include Russian missiles (after all these are infidel weapons). Why not set an example and volunteer himself to the front line?

Note:
1. See here.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. He also wrote Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

Russia’s Iskander and S-300 Missile Systems Not Really for Sale—Used for Mind Games Only

Russian S-300 missiles a pawn in diplomatic game, Wikileaks show

Reuters

 

* Wikileaks cables show Russia said it would not sell S-300 to Syria

* Russia similarly “froze” S-300 sale to Iran

* But linked Iran sale to progress on missile defence in Europe

By Tom Miles

GENEVA, June 3 (Reuters) – Russia’s pledge to deliver anti-aircraft missiles to Damascus at a time when world powers are trying to end Syria’s civil war is consistent with a pattern of using the weapons system as a bargaining chip in its power struggle with the West.

Russia has said it is committed to sell the S-300 surface-to-air missiles as a deterrent against foreign military intervention, under a contract struck in 2010 with President Bashar al-Assad.

But Western powers who are trying, along with Russia, to organise an international conference to end the 26-month-old conflict say such a delivery would be hugely counter-productive.

“No one knows if this conference will become a success, but it is the wrong message which has been sent by Russia to the world and to the region by delivering S-300 or other weapons,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday.

Secret WikiLeaks cables show that Russia has played this game before, in particular with the long-range S-300 that Israel, for one, sees as a “red line” threat to its airspace.

Russia’s determination to supply Syria mirrors an earlier commitment to Iran, though it long assured diplomats it had no intention of sending S-300s to either country, the cables show.

Russia was well aware of the “destabilising” effect of supplying weapons like the S-300 to the Middle East, one September 2008 cable quoted Viktor Simakov, Counselor for Israel and Palestine in Russia’s Foreign Ministry, as saying.

“Simakov reiterated that Russia understood very well Israel’s concern about either Syria or Iran obtaining the Iskander or S-300 missile systems,” the cable said.

Syria had upset Russia by allowing an earlier delivery of anti-tank missiles to fall into the hands of militant Islamist group Hezbollah, and Russia promised tighter “end user controls” in future.

Syria tried to obtain missiles in 2008 by offering to host Russia’s own missile defences on its territory, matching U.S. missile defences in Europe that Russia objects to. Although Russia did sign a contract in 2010, it did not then agree; Israel’s promise not to sell arms to Georgia during the Georgia-Russia war that August may have outweighed Syria’s offer.

Speculation was mounting in late 2008 that Russia was planning to honour its 2005 contract to supply S-300s to Iran. But Russian officials assured the U.S. charge d’affaires in Moscow that the transfer would not be completed until Iran complied with its nuclear obligations, according to one cable.

But by early 2009, the sale looked like it was going to take place, and Washington asked six allied Middle Eastern countries to raise the issue immediately with Russia.

The move appeared to pay off, although then-U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle expected Russia to keep pressing the issue, for financial, political and foreign policy reasons.

The Iran sale was merely “frozen”, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told U.S. Senator Carl Levin in 2009, and hinted that Russia did not want to be challenged again.

“The less we hear from Washington about this, the better,” an April 2009 cable quoted Ryabkov as saying.

Russian officials told Amos Gilad, at that time head of the political-military bureau in Israel’s Ministry of Defence, that the missiles to Iran would not be delivered for political reasons.

“However, Gilad said the Russians would reassess this political calculation should the United States continue to pursue missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic,” said a cable dated July 30, 2009.

In the end, Russia scrapped the sale in 2010, and in what may have been a quid pro quo, the Israelis agreed to sell Russia surveillance drones that would narrow its technological military gap with Georgia.

“For better or for worse, the delivery of S-300’s have become a barometer of our bilateral relations,” Ambassador Beyrle wrote in 2009.

French Press Echoes the Theme of Military “Ineptitude,” Instead of PURE EVIL

[(SEE:  “Britain’s military judgment is no more coherent than its political.”)   The blossoming war between Shia and Sunni is just the latest and most complicated application of the British science of chaos and destabilization that has been perfected within Imperial colonies over many decades of field research (SEE:  Mi6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service).  MI6 honed their spycraft over many years, struggling to keep their divided Empire from exploding, going from 'extermination battalions' and 'pseudo gangs' to the black art of pseudo-leadership (SEE: Khomeini - British Agent).  Further refining the concept of leadership development (both pseudo and real leaders), the spooks were able to control both sides in any conflict through infiltration and subversion of any group.  American spies adapted the concept to the West's "terror war," rebranding it as "conflict management," enabling the CIA to market their skills worldwide, through a mixture of threats and bribery.  Smaller powers like Pakistan and India have copied the superpower's strategy in dividing and conquering their own tribal populations.  Variations of this theme have enabled "The Powers That Be" to take over every political party in the world, as well as all important Enterprise.  Blowing the lid off MI6 and the CIA's policies of purposely creating enemies for our military to fight is the only to end this war and set humanity on a sure path to survival.]

The Far-Reaching, Ever Fluid Shia v. Sunni Battle For The Soul Of Islam

LE MONDE

Mirroring the Catholic-Protestant battles of the past, intra-Islamic violence has global reverberations far beyond faith. Right now, it’s coming to a head in Syria.

The Far-Reaching, Ever Fluid Shia v. Sunni Battle For The Soul Of Islam
Praying in the night – (Muhammad Rehan)
By Christophe Ayad
LE MONDE/Worldcrunch

“By invading Iraq in 2003, and overthrowing the Arab ruler the most viscerally hostile to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United States has —

unwittingly

— re-activated the Shia-Sunni conflict in its modern form.”

Anatomy of An Arabian Tragedy—Slanted UN Human Rights Resolution On Al Qusayr

[The following documentation on the Qatari-crafted resolution  laid-out below (after very extensive searching) reveals a level of duplicity usually reserved for desert kingdom camel-trading, hardly something worthy of the adjective, statesmanship.---

FIRST, we have an intentionally slanted BBC article mentioning only Hezbollah, as a source of "foreign fighters" within Syria. 

NEXT, we have the poisonous UN Human Rights Council resolution, condemning ONLY the Syrian government.

Ms. Navi Pillay

LAST, is the original, balanced opening statement of Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She sought a statement calling for an end to ALL outside meddling in Syria and the supply of arms to both sides.  US Ambassador Rice is to blame for twisting this honest attempt at real diplomacy in the last refuge of human hope into a depraved instrument for an international invasion of Syria, exactly like the rape of Libya. 

Government such as this is criminal and must be brought to its knees. 

REVOLUTION NOW, for the sake of the entire human race.] 

 

UN human rights body condemns foreign fighters in Syria

Supporters of Hezbollah and relatives of Saleh Ahmed Sabagh, a Hezbollah member, gesture during his funeral
Funerals have been held in Lebanon for Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria

 

“The deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent killings in Al Qusayr”

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Human Rights Council’s resolution on Syria/ Qusayr

Human Rights Council
Twenty-third session
Agenda item 1
Organizational and procedural 
Qatar, Turkey*, United States of America: draft resolution
23/…  The deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab      Republic, and the recent killings in Al Qusayr
The Human Rights Council,
Guided by the Charter of the United Nations,
Having held an urgent debate to discuss the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent killings in Al Qusayr, which is currently under siege by the Syrian regime,
Recalling General Assembly resolutions 66/176 of 19 December 2011, 66/253 of 16 February 2012, 66/253B of 3 August 2012, 67/183 of 20 December 2012  and 67/262 of 15 May 2013, Human Rights Council resolutions S-16/1 of 29 April 2011, S-17/1 of 22 August 2011, S-18/1 of 2 December 2011, 19/1 of 1 March 2012, 19/22 of 23 March 2012, 20/22 of 6 July 2012, 21/26 of 28 September 2012 and 22/24 of 22 March 2013, and Security Council resolutions 2042 (2012) of 14 April 2012 and 2043 (2012) of 21 April 2012,
Recalling the press release by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 10 May 2013, in which she expressed alarm at reports of major military build-up around the western Syrian town of Al Qusayr, and stated that she feared further atrocities and increasing displacement of the local civilian population,
Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the principles of the Charter,
1. Strongly condemns all violations of international humanitarian law and the widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities and the Government-affiliated militias, such as those violations involving the regime’s use of ballistic missiles and other heavy weapons against civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic, including against the people of Al Qusayr;
 2. Condemns all violence in the Syrian Arab Republic, irrespective of where it comes from, and calls upon all parties to immediately put an end to all forms of violence, including terrorist acts and acts of violence or intimidation that may foment sectarian tensions, further condemns all human rights violations and abuses and calls upon all parties to comply strictly with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law;
3. Calls upon the Syrian authorities to meet their responsibility to protect the Syrian population and to put an immediate end to all attacks against the civilians of Al Qusayr;
4. Stresses the need to ensure accountability for those responsible for the massacre in Al Qusayr, and further stresses that those responsible for the serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Syrian Arab Republic must be held to account; reaffirms that the Syrian people, on the basis of broad, inclusive and credible consultations should determine, within the framework provided by international law, the process and mechanisms to achieve justice, reconciliation, truth and accountability for gross violations, as well as reparations and effective remedies for victims, while underlining the relevance of referrals to the appropriate international criminal justice mechanism under appropriate circumstances;
5. Condemns the intervention of foreign combatants fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime in Al Qusayr, and expresses deep concern that their involvement further exacerbates the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation, which has a serious negative impact on its region;
6. Demands that the Syrian authorities allow free and unimpeded access by the United Nations and humanitarian agencies to all civilians affected by the violence, especially in Al Qusayr, through all effective routes, including by providing authorization for cross-border humanitarian operations as an urgent priority; and urges all parties to protect medical personnel, facilities, and transport as such;
6. Requests the Commission of Inquiry to urgently conduct a comprehensive, independent and unfettered l inquiry into the events in Al Qusayr and also requests the Commission to include  the finding of the inquiry  in its report to the  Human Rights Council at its 24th session.
7. Decides to remain seized of the matter and to take further action on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic.
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Urgent debate on the human rights situation in Syria – Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 29 May 2013

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,

The situation in Syria reflects a colossal failure to protect civilians. Day after day, children, women and men suffer the brutality of unbridled violence and gross human rights violations by all parties. The increasing number of foreign fighters crossing Syria’s borders to support one side or the other, is further fueling the sectarian violence, and the situation is beginning to show worrying signs of destabilizing the region as a whole.

General situation

Credible reports from my monitoring teams indicate that government forces continue to carry out indiscriminate and disproportionate shelling and aerial attacks resulting in civilian deaths and injuries throughout the country, including in Al-Qusayr.

Government forces and affiliated militias have reportedly carried out acts of collective punishment against civilian populations perceived to be sympathetic to the opposition. The reported massacres in Al Bayda and Ras Al-Nabaa in Baniyas, following similar mass killings in other parts of Syria, show a pattern of extreme acts of collective punishment. Arbitrary arrests and detention, as well as torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial executions by Government forces have continued unabated.

The flagrant disregard of international law is not limited to the Government side. Many anti-Government armed groups are reportedly engaging in military operations within civilian-populated areas. Some of these groups continue to carry out executions of captured members of pro-Government forces and affiliated militias. The abduction of civilians by anti-Government armed groups, as well as killings, violence and threats of reprisals against civilian populations perceived to be supportive of the Government are also believed to be escalating.

Both parties to the conflict have targeted cultural property and places of worship, including mosques and churches, as part of a wider context of large-scale destruction of housing and other buildings and infrastructure throughout Syria.

Al-Qusayr

Since anti-Government armed groups took control of the city of Al-Qusayr and the surrounding area in 2012, a year-long Government-imposed siege, accompanied by frequent shelling, has resulted in a deteriorating humanitarian situation, with shortages of food, water, electricity, fuel and medical supplies. The situation has greatly worsened over the last month, as efforts to capture Al-Qusayr have intensified, with hundreds more desperate families fleeing the area.

I am deeply concerned about the safety of the civilians still trapped in and around Al-Qusayr. Intense shelling, and clashes between Government forces and supporting militias and anti-Government armed groups have reportedly resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths and injuries.

I am also concerned about reports suggesting that some anti-Government armed groups are operating in populated areas and have failed to clearly distinguish themselves from civilians in Al-Qusayr.

I urge both sides to protect civilians from the ongoing violence and to allow safe passage to those who wish to flee. Under international law, all parties are called upon to distinguish themselves from civilians during hostilities and to take all feasible precautions to limit their suffering.

International dimension

Mr. President, the conflict in Syria is spinning out of control.

Immediate action to stop further bloodshed and suffering is needed, and this urgent debate provides an opportunity for the international community to review its approach. It is also an opportunity for individual States and other actors to do some soul-searching. States with influence on both sides must pull together to stop this conflict, instead of pursuing opposing paths that have so far simply contributed to the spiraling devastation of Syria.

The solution must be political. It will not be military. Outside forces, including some States, are reported to be actively fueling the conflict by providing weapons and ammunition to one side or the other. This emboldens the belligerents.

Large-scale forced displacement, including across borders, on the basis of religious or other affiliations, is no longer a prospect we can ignore. If the current situation persists, or deteriorates further, increased inter-communal massacres are a certainty, rather than a risk. Recent virulent instances of incitement to violence on grounds of religion or ethnicity, and the increasing involvement of a variety of extremist foreign fighters, are ominous signs of more violence to come.

Syria has long had a reputation for tolerance, with Sunnis, Shia, Alawites, Christians, Kurds, Druze and many other communities living side-by-side in relative harmony.

The international community must drive home an uncompromising message that all Syrians are entitled to live in their own country, in safety and without fear, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.

Mr. President,

In the run-up to the proposed International Conference on Syria in Geneva, States — especially those with influence on the combatants — must act collectively to stop this dreadful conflict from getting even worse. The collapse of the State of Syria would have devastating consequences, not just for Syrians, but also for the region and the whole world.

The message from all of us should be the same: we will not support this conflict with arms, ammunition, politics or religion.

We must put our differences aside, and States with influence should use it to apply strong pressure to halt all further use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardment of civilian areas. States with influence must make it clear they are unified in not tolerating any further killings, destruction or sectarian incitement, by anti- or pro-Government elements.

States with influence must insist – and ensure – that the Government and opposition groups permit humanitarian agencies to operate without restrictions in order to provide the massive assistance that is so urgently needed across this devastated land.

Mr. President, the Syrian conflict will end one day, one way or another. We must plan for that ending in the hope that it is in a month, not in five, ten or twenty years.

There will be many daunting post-conflict challenges that need to be tackled, and which we need to start reflecting on now.

The urgent needs of Syrians for humanitarian relief and for economic and social reconstruction will require the maintenance or restoration and reform of functional State institutions, including the army, police, judiciary and civil administration.

We must also put our differences aside in respect of upholding international laws and standards. Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court to ensure accountability for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. War crimes and crimes against humanity are being routinely committed and the prevalent culture of impunity is helping to prolong the conflict.

A referral to the ICC is likely to have a deterrent effect that may help to protect lives. Would-be perpetrators should be under no illusion that they will escape justice.  Referral to the ICC will give an incentive to the many people on both sides, who are not responsible for serious crimes, to distance themselves from the extremists driving the country to destruction. It will demonstrate clearly that the only viable future is to hold discussions, seek reconciliation, find solutions and stop the carnage.

Proposed Geneva Conference
Mr President, for all the above reasons, I welcome the efforts to hold the long-awaited international conference in Geneva to find a political solution to the conflict. I call on all involved States to place respect for human rights firmly on its agenda.

This is an extremely important opportunity for States with influence to pull the parties back from the brink of catastrophe. Reflecting on the immense human and economic cost of previous protracted conflicts, we should do our utmost to avoid allowing another one to develop in the heart of such a particularly volatile region.

This Council should send a clear message to all parties to the conflict, and the external actors wittingly and unwittingly fuelling it: the conflict must cease, with an immediate cease-fire as a confidence-building measure leading up to the Geneva conference; the flow of arms must stop; and the process of national dialogue must begin now.

Thank you.

ENDS

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