Syria Begins Decisive Military Showdown with America’s “Islamists”

Syria starts military showdown to end crisis

( Xinhua)

DAMASCUS – At a time when the international community is still unable to reach a consensus tobring about a favorable solution to the stand-off in Syria, the Syrian government seems to haveshelved all outside suggestions and chosen its own way: a military showdown to bring an end tothe intractable crisis once and for all.

Since the very beginning of the 16-month-old crisis, the Syrian government has repeatedlymade it clear that had it desired it would have settled the situation in a short time and got doneonce and for all with the anti-regime movement, which started in the form of peaceful protestsbut evolved later into a bloody armed insurgency.

The Syrian government argued that it kept down military options out of concerns for the lives ofcivilians as the alleged gunmen are reportedly hiding among civilians in residential areas ofrestive cities across the country, as well as in a bid to give a chance for a political settlement.

However, the escalation of violent acts and attempts by the so- called rebel Free Syrian Armyto take battles to President Bashar al-Assad’s main stronghold, the capital Damascus, haverepresented a milestone in the Syrian crisis.

The showdown was kicked off on Friday, when the fiercest battles erupted between the Syrianarmy and the rebels in some of the capital’s streets and its surroundings. The Syrian armyallegedly battled the Free Syrian Army’s fighters who had tried to launch simultaneous attacksagainst several army checkpoints in Damascus.

The next day, local media said the Syrian army “shook the ground underneath the gunmen’sfeet” and reported the killings of tens of the rebels, asserting that Damascus is immune to theattacks of gunmen.

The military showdown extended later to the restive northern parts of the country amid dailyofficial confirmations that those areas have been cleansed from “terrorists” one after anotherand the army has regained control of the areas from the hands of rebels.

In the latest “cleansing operation”, Syrian troops have succeeded in repelling armed rebelsfrom the mountainous town of Haffeh near the coastal city of Latakia after a week of intensefighting, state-run SANA news agency reported Wednesday.

The government troops have restored peace and tranquility to Haffeh, said SANA, adding thatthose armed groups had carried out acts of arson and sabotage to public and privateproperties as well as terrorizing local residents.

Large amounts of weapons were also confiscated during the clashes, said the report, addingthat the clashes have also claimed lives of an unspecified number of government soldiers.

On Tuesday, the Free Syrian Army reportedly announced its pull- back from Haffeh after aweek-long fighting. The rebels’ fighting in Haffeh came apparently in a bid to have a foothold ina certain area.

Also Tuesday, Syria’s mainstream media said the army regained full control of some rebel-heldneighborhoods in the battered central province of Homs, adding that operations are underwayto clean other areas in the restive province.

The escalation has drawn decries from the international community that voiced concerns aboutthe deteriorating humanitarian situation and the potential outbreak of a civil war. Some Westerncountries even said that Syria is already in a state of civil war.

The UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said Tuesday that the Syrian crisis has grown intoa “full-scale civil war.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused Russia of providing Syria with militaryhelicopters, saying that “the latest information we have (shows) that there are attackhelicopters on the way from Russia to Syria.”

She said the shipment “will escalate the conflict quite dramatically,” and warned that thesituation in Syria might get deadlier.

On his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied Clinton’s claims and accused theUnited States of supplying weapons to Syria’s rebels.

Russia was supplying “anti-air defense systems” to Damascus in a deal that “in no way violatesinternational laws,” Lavrov told a news conference during a brief visit to Iran.

Syria, meanwhile, has rejected any labeling of the ongoing conflict as a civil war, calling it”inconsistent with reality.”

“Talk of civil war in Syria is not compatible with reality… What is happening in Syria is a waragainst armed groups that choose terrorism,” Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a foreignministry statement as saying.

The Syrian government accused the West and the United States of aiding the gunmen, andsaid it is determined to eradicate “terrorism” and save its own people.

The military showdown was denounced by some parties and individuals in Syria, but observersbelieve that worries have also dramatically increase among Syrians following reports about theinfiltration of al-Qaida-linked Jihadists to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army and thepossibility of al-Qaida-style suicide bombings in the country.

As the situation on the ground places obstacles in the way of fully implementing the six-pointpeace plan proposed by UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, Syria stressedWednesday its commitment to the plan, but accused the armed groups of not abiding by it.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Wednesday that the international community shouldfully support Annan’s efforts on the Syria issue and adhere to the political path.

Yang reaffirmed China’s stance in a telephone conversation with Annan, who briefed Yangabout the idea of calling an international conference on the Syria issue and creating a “contactgroup.”

The move, said the envoy, is aimed at implementing related UN Security Council resolutionsand facilitating a political solution to the Syria crisis.

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India Has A Primative Infrastructure System, Yet It Has Advanced nuclear Research Labs

 The sewer divers of Mumbai

India has basically no infrastructure system, yet it has nuclear power, a nuclear arsenal and its own aircraft carrier.  

 the Vikramaditya

If the individuals within the Indian govt. had any concern at all for their countrymen, or their fellow man, then the common needs of the  people would outweigh nuclear expansion, as well as all plans to partner with the Americans in an expansion into Central Asia.  

No country that has an economy of a trillions of dollars per year would tolerate the idea that half of the country, or more, has to use the local railroad tracks as toilets    

Turkmenistan: Telecom Dysfunction Prompting Russian Provider’s Return?

The Lethal “Special Forces Syndrome”

[As I keep repeating here on this website, Special Forces training is a permanent danger to the men who receive it, but more importantly, it represents a lasting danger to the soldier’s family, friends and neighbors for the rest of their lives.  Training decent patriotic men the fine art of silent murder, compelling them to use those skills at “irregular warfare” in terroristic acts, and then just sending them home after futile, short-term attempts at deprogramming, is a certain way to cause traumatic stress-induced murders, like the one reported below.  Making them good murderers, then expecting them to be decent husbands and fathers, without first receiving years of professional help is both idiotic and dangerous.]  

Special Forces soldier and surgeon Timothy Jorden turned murderer

College News

Jorden shot and killed ex-girlfriend Jacqueline Wisniewski

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Lexi Elias
Jacqueline Wisniewski, 33, was found dead in the stairwell at Erie County Medical Center Wednesday morning after being shot multiple times in the head and chest by ex-boyfriend Dr. Timothy Jorden. According to Fox News, Jorden’s body was found Friday morning after days of searching for the Special Forces soldier-turned-trauma surgeon that killed his ex-girlfriend. According to Buffalo Police Department chief of detectives Dennis Richards, Jorden died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. His body was found close to his home near Lake Erie.

“It’s terrible,” said Tom Wrzosek, a neighbor. “It’s a tragic situation. Nobody wins in a situation like this.”

Jacqueline Wisniewski was mother of her young son and was training to be a nurse. In recent months, Jorden’s colleagues at Erie Country Medical Center stated that he had been acting strange and lost about 75 pounds.

Jacqueline Wisniewski has been living in fear as she was first in an abusive relationship with Jorden. Further, Jorden began stalking her after she ended the relationship. According to WIVB-TV, a close friend stated that Jorden had installed a GPS tracking device in her car and once [held] her captive in her home for about two days, wielding a knife.

According to the Buffalo News, Jacqueline Wisniewski’s friend Heather Shipley stated that Wisniewski knew [her life was in peril.]

“He threatened to kill her a couple of times,” Shipley added. “But I think in her mind she wouldn’t believe it would actually happen.”

Syria Will Not Be A “Cakewalk,” Because of Russian Air-Defense Technology

[The following report on Russian leaks is intended as a warning to Imperialistic powers seeking to test Putin’s will:  Russia is not just another defenseless country, standing in the way of world conquest.  Russian technology is specifically designed to overcome US military technology.  Any Nation, like Syria, which is well-trained in the use of that air-defense technology would present a formidable target, because of Russian advances in missile technology.]  

  

One anti-ship missile in particular, the Yakhont (dubbed “Sunburn” by the Pentagon), is nearly unstoppable by any technology.

FILE – In this May 3, 2012 file photo, Russian Pantsyr-S1 air defense launchers roll across Red Square in Moscow during a dress rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. Russia’s Rosoboronexport state arms trader has a contract to supply Pantsyr-S1 systems to Syria, beefing up its air defense capability despite international calls to halt arms deliveries to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia Sending Missile Systems to Shield Syria

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MOSCOW — Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syriathat could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try to intervene to halt the country’s spiral of violence.

FILE – In this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system is displayed at a military show at the international forum “Technologies in machine building 2010” in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Russia is reported to have recently shipped Buk-M2 missiles to Syria. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, file)

“I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defense, a reliable defense against attacks from the air or sea,” Anatoly P. Isaykin, the general director of the company, Rosoboronexport, said Friday in an interview. “This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think about this.”

As the weapons systems are not considered cutting edge, Mr. Isaykin’s disclosures carried greater symbolic import than military significance. They contributed to a cold war chill that has been settling over relations between Washington and Moscow ahead a meeting between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin, their first, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos next week.

Mr. Isaykin’s remarks come just days after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton raised diplomatic pressure on Russia, Syria’s patron, by criticizing the Kremlin for sending attack helicopters to Damascus, and amid reports that Moscow was preparing to send an amphibious landing vessel and a small company of marines to the Syrian port of Tartus, to provide security for military installations and infrastructure, if it becomes necessary.

George Little, a Defense Department spokesman, declined to comment on Mr. Isaykin’s remarks.

Aleksander Golts, an independent military analyst in Moscow, said the Russians’ discussion of defensive weapons shipments “undoubtedly” serves as a warning to Western countries contemplating an intervention.

“Russia uses these statements as a form of deterrence in Syria,” he said. “They show other countries that they are more likely to suffer losses.”

Throughout the Syrian crisis, Russia has insisted that all its arms sales to the isolated government of President Bashar al-Assad have been defensive in nature, and that the weapons were not being used in the Syrian leader’s violent campaign to suppress the opposition.

Mr. Isaykin underlined the point, but in a way that could also be interpreted as a warning to the West against undertaking military action of the sort that ousted Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power in Libya. Mr. Putin viewed that action as a breach of sovereignty that he does not want repeated.

Yet, as news reports of government massacres emerge almost daily from Syria, the prospect of the United States or NATO acting unilaterally has become a more frequently discussed option, particularly given Russia’s adamant refusal to authorize more aggressive United Nations action.

Mr. Isaykin, a powerful figure in Russia’s military industry, openly discussed the weapons being shipped to Syria: the Pantsyr-S1, a radar-guided missile and artillery system capable of hitting warplanes at altitudes well above those typically flown during bombing sorties, and up to 12 miles away; Buk-M2 antiaircraft missiles, capable of striking airplanes at even higher altitudes, up to 82,000 feet, and at longer ranges; and land-based Bastion antiship missiles that can fire at targets 180 miles from the coast.

Military analysts immediately questioned the effectiveness of the air defenses Russia has made available to nations in the Middle East, including Syria, none of which have offered even token resistance to Western forces.

Ruslan Aliyev, an authority on military affairs at the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said that statements by Mr. Isaykin and others were issued principally for political effect. Moscow has declined to supply Syria with its most lethal air defense, the S-300 long-range missile system.

“As far as I understand, Syria is not able to defend itself from NATO, just like it failed to defend its nuclear facility from Israel’s September 2007 airstrike,” Mr. Aliyev wrote in an e-mailed response to questions. “Russian armaments are unlikely to be significantly helpful, I’m afraid.”

Since Mrs. Clinton’s statement, both sides have sought to play down the helicopters’ significance, saying they were of marginal use militarily. A State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said Thursday that the secretary of state was referring to three helicopters that were returned recently to Syria after being refurbished in Russia.

In the interview, Mr. Isaykin said that the contract to overhaul the helicopters was signed in 2008, was never secret and had been reported to international organizations. “It was an absolutely routine contract,” he said.

Syria has spent about $500 million annually in recent years on Russian weaponry, Mr. Isaykin said in the interview, an order book that amounts to about 5 percent of Rosoboronexport’s business.

For nearly a decade, Mr. Isaykin said, Rosoboronexport has had no Syrian orders for rifles, ammunition, ground-to-ground rockets, helicopters and their onboard weapons or armored vehicles — the basic tools of a conflict that is escalating into civil war.

The Middle East, he said, is “flooded” with Soviet-style small arms, often made in knockoff versions by the Chinese or Eastern Europeans, elbowing Russia out of this market.

The Russian arms trade business with Syria has depended in recent years on large and complex antiaircraft systems. They violate no United Nations sanctions, he said, and cannot be used against civilians in a domestic conflict.

“We just send them to Syria,” he said. “Ask the Syrians where they put them.”

Ellen Barry contributed reporting.

Balochistan Set To Go The Way of Syria and Libya, As Pampered Expatriats Jump for Joy In Safety of US Arms

Baloch likely to distribute sweets to welcome USS Enterprise

Baltimore Foreign Policy Examiner
USS Enterprise

Though Pakistan is fuming, Baloch all over the world are joyous that the USS Enterpise is close to the territorial waters of Balochistan near the port city of Gwadar.

These Baloch are appealing to Balochistan leaders to come out openly and publicly in support of the U.S. carrier.

Most Baloch accuse Pakistan of ethnic cleansing and loot and plunder and say if they remain with Pakistan they will be big time losers and live in poverty even though Balochistan is as rich as Switzerland, according to Pakistan writer Fatima Bhutto, grand daughter of slain premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

The USS Enterprise moved close to Balochistan’s territorial waters — which Islamabad claims belongs to Pakistan, but the Baloch reject this as false — exactly one week after Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said U.S. patience with Pakistan is running out.

A U.S. team negotiating the restoring of NATO supply routes was also abruptly called back few days ago.

Most Baloch leaders, including Geneva-based Sardar Brahumdagh Bugti of the Baloch Repulican Party, are miffed why the U.S. is talking to Pakistan on these routes in stead of the Baloch.

The premier American Friends of Balochistan called upon its members and supporters in the U.S. and abroad to distribute sweets over the development– a traditional way of showing mass gratitude and happiness.

Pentagon Calls for Free Balochistan–Challenges Pakistani Sovereignty with Baloch Symposium

[With the USS Enterprise anchored off Gawadar and the Baloch insurgency being gathered together in Washington, the United States is coming out of the closet in favor of the dissection of Pakistan.  Nothing could be more clear–all of the “conspiracy theories” about US/India meddling in Balochistan are true.  Pakistan is on a countdown to invasion.]

Pentagon calls symposium on Balochistan

The Nation Newspaper Pakistan

LAHORE – The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a subsidiary of the Pentagon, is all set to convene a controversial symposium on Balochistan issue at Washington DC next week, it was reliably learnt on Friday.

Well-informed sources said that a two-day conference titled ‘Pakistan Symposium: 2014 and Beyond Draft Agenda’ is being organised on 19th and 20th of this month at Washington DC under the auspices of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Balochistan issue.

It will be the first time that a US Governmental organisation will be involved in projecting the point of view of dissident elements of Balochistan. Reportedly, the speakers also include Malik Siraj Akbar, Tareq Fatah and Waheed Baloch.

Pakistan had raised serious objections to hearing on ‘Balochistan’ by Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the United States House of Representative Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher on February 8 and subsequent tabling of bill in US Congress. However the matter was somehow censored by timely diplomatic interventions.

The impending event reflects on growing American interest in Balochistan. It will raise serious concerns in Pakistan and is likely to be construed as interference by Americans in the internal affairs of the country.

According to independent observers, the event can seriously undermine the sinking negotiations process between Pakistan and US and will widen the distrust between the two countries.

This so-called symposium will definitely lead to the deferment of normalcy of relations to the disadvantage of both the countries, otherwise ally in the war on terror.