The Western media has played a central role in obfuscating the nature of foreign interference in Syria including outside support to armed insurgents. In chorus they have described recent events in Syria as a “peaceful protest movement” directed against the government of Bashar Al Assad, when the evidence amply confirms that Islamic paramilitary groups have infiltrated the rallies.
Israel’s Debka Intelligence news, while avoiding the issue of an armed insurgency, tacitly acknowledges that Syrian forces are being confronted by an organized paramilitary:
“[Syrian forces] are now running into heavy resistance: Awaiting them are anti-tank traps and fortified barriers manned by protesters armed with heavy machine guns.” DEBKAfile,
Since when are peaceful civilian protesters armed with “heavy machine guns” and “anti-tank traps”?
Recent developments in Syria point to a full-fledged armed insurgency, integrated by Islamist “freedom fighters” covertly supported, trained and equipped by foreign powers. According to Israeli intelligence sources:
NATO headquarters in Brussels and the Turkish high command are meanwhile drawing up plans for their first military step in Syria, which is to arm the rebels with weapons for combating the tanks and helicopters spearheading the Assad regime’s crackdown on dissent. Instead of repeating the Libyan model of air strikes,NATO strategists are thinking more in terms of pouring large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns into the protest centers for beating back the government armored forces. (DEBKAfile, NATO to give rebels anti-tank weapons, August 14, 2011, emphasis added)
The delivery of weapons to the rebels is to be implemented “overland, namely through Turkey and under Turkish army protection….Alternatively, the arms would be trucked into Syria under Turkish military guard and transferred to rebel leaders at pre-arranged rendez-vous.” (Ibid, emphasis added)
According to Israeli sources, which remain to be verified, NATO and the Turkish High command, also contemplate the development of a “jihad” involving the recruitment of thousands of Islamist “freedom fighters”, reminiscent of the enlistment of Mujahideen to wage the CIA’s jihad (holy war) in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war:
Also discussed in Brussels and Ankara, our sources report, is a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels. The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria. (Ibid, emphasis added)
These various developments point towards the possible involvement of Turkish troops inside Syria, which could potentially lead to a broader military confrontation between Syria and Turkey as well as a full-fledged “humanitarian” military intervention by NATO.
In recent developments, Islamist death squads have penetrated the port city of Latakia’s Ramleh district, which includes a Palestinian refugee camp of some 10,000 residents. These armed gunmen which include rooftop snipers are terrorizing the local population.
In a cynical twist, the Western media has presented the Islamist paramilitary groups in Latakia as “Palestinian dissidents” and “activists” defending themselves against the Syrian armed forces. In this regard, the actions of armed gangs directed against the Palestinian community in Ramleh visibly seeks to foment political conflict between Palestine and Syria. Several Palestinian personalities have sided with the Syrian “protest movement”, while casually ignoring the fact that the “pro-democracy” death squads are covertly supported by Israel and Turkey.
At least 20 people were killed and 99 injured when warplanes bombed a market in the northern Syrian city of Azaz on January 13, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. Twenty of the wounded, all civilians, were treated in an MSF medical facility.
The attack in Azaz, a city near the border with Turkey, was particularly devastating. It followed earlier airstrikes that hit health facilities in the city, making it almost impossible for local medical staff to cope with the scale of the latest emergency. The injured were transported to medical facilities elsewhere in the region, including to an MSF field hospital in the Aleppo area.
“The cars and ambulances kept on coming and patients flooded the hospital,” said Adriana Ferracin, an MSF nurse in Syria. “We received many patients with limb amputations, head injuries, and bleeding eyes and ears.”
“Even after the airstrikes on medical facilities in the Aleppo region, local doctors and nurses remained committed to providing medical care, and they are doing their best to help the population,” said Shinjiro Murata, MSF head of mission in Syria.
MSF’s field hospital in the Aleppo region—one of three run by MSF in Syria—provides emergency, obstetric, and primary health care, focusing on pregnant women, children, and the most vulnerable.
Violence is hitting an already vulnerable population with limited access to medical care and food. Escalating prices of essential supplies, such as bread, wood, and clothing are further worsening the population’s living conditions. As in Azaz, many people prefer to seek medical care in clandestine structures for fear that hospitals will be targeted in airstrikes.
Iran ‘steps up military aid to Syria’
TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Even though Iran’s locked in a confrontation with the West in the Persian Gulf, it appears to be stepping up its military efforts to save its strategic Arab ally, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, as he battles an insurrection aimed at toppling his regime.
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, head of Israel’s Military Intelligence, claimed Wednesday Tehran’s main Arab proxy, Hezbollah in Lebanon, is also “providing Assad with intelligence, weapons and other means, recently with active involvement.”
On Tuesday, Turkish customs officials, acting on a tipoff, intercepted four trucks allegedly carrying “military equipment” from Iran to Syria on the Iranian border.
Turkey, one of Assad’s most prominent and vociferous critics, imposed economic sanctions on the Syrian regime in November, following the European Union and the 22-member Arab League.
Earlier Sunni-dominated Turkey imposed an arms embargo on Syria to protest the slaughter of anti-regime protesters across the country by Assad’s powerful security services and military forces.
By U.N. count, more than 5,000 people have been killed since the insurrection broke out March 15, 2011.
On Wednesday, a ship believed to be carrying tons of weapons to Syria was intercepted when it made an unscheduled stop at Limassol on the southern coast of Cyprus, 70 miles west of Syria, a day earlier.
Cyprus state radio reported the freighter, the Russian-owned St. Vincent-flagged Chariot, was seized by customs authorities after they found “tens of tons of munitions” aboard.
The ship was released after the Russian owners promised it would not go to Syria.
The Cypriots did not say where the Chariot was headed when it left Limassol Wednesday.
But security sources said it could well make a dash for the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russian navy has a base, or nearby Latakia.
Russia is Syria’s main arms supplier and has stood behind its former Cold War ally in the current crisis. A Russian navy flotilla led by Moscow’s only aircraft carrier recently visited Tartus in a show of solidarity with Assad.
Kochavi said Tehran and Hezbollah are determined to ensure the survival of Assad’s regime that’s dominated by minority Alawite Muslims.
Syria is Tehran’s gateway to the Levant, where it can directly confront Israel from Lebanon through Hezbollah.
The loss of Syria would be a major strategic setback for Tehran’s expansionist plans across the Arab world, which is dominated by the mainstream Sunni sect, and dramatically change the Middle East’s geopolitical landscape.
If Assad is overthrown, Syria’s Sunni majority, led by the radical Muslim Brotherhood, would likely take over.
“The radical axis is trying to retain its power and as time passes, Iran and Hezbollah increase their efforts to help the Assad regime survive,” Kochavi said.
Assad, who succeeded his late strongman father, Hafez al-Assad, in June 2000, vowed Sunday he will never step down and insisted, despite the carnage, he had the support of Syria’s people.
“We will declare victory very soon,” he declared in a rambling speech at Damascus University that frequently verged on the delusional as the uprising becomes increasingly violent with army defectors turning their weapons on the regime.
Assad’s speech, and his refusal to acknowledge the scale of the swelling opposition, domestic and international, to his regime after nearly a year of bloodshed reinforced observers’ suspicions he may not actually be in charge any longer.
He has displayed this apparent denial of the harsh realities surrounding his position in the three other public appearances he has made since the uprising began.
Assad, a self-effacing former eye doctor in London whose iron-fisted father chose him to take over after his eldest son and heir apparent, Bassil, was killed in a 1994 car crash, has appeared uncomfortable as president of one of the Arab world’s harshest dictatorships.
“Assad … never really wanted the presidency and has proved himself spectacularly ill-suited to it,” observed international affairs analyst Simon Tisdall in The Guardian daily of London.
“The Syrian leader’s state of mind is increasingly relevant as the … crisis deepens, with no sign yet of how or when it may be resolved.
“Critics say the president is isolated and out of touch with reality; others that he’s a pawn, or even a hostage, in the hands of more powerful relatives and military figures,” Tisdall observed.
“He certainly does not give the impression of being happy in his work.”
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- Russian opposition to anything that might lead to a U.S. or NATO military strike against the Assad regime, which provides Moscow with an important naval base at Latakia.
- Chinese opposition, which likely has more to do with not wanting a precedent for a military strike on Iran, a major oil supplier.
- American interest in cutting back military commitments and nervousness about precipitating a civil war in Syria, where the opposition to the regime is still not strong and united.
- European concerns of the same varieties, especially at a moment of great concern about budget deficits and the stability of the euro.
- Anxiety in the region and elsewhere that military action could have unintended, negative consequences for Turkey, Israel, Iraq and Lebanon.
Anonymous Takes On the Muslim Brotherhood (Video)
Anonymous targets Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt, claims Muslim Brotherhood is a threat to Egyptian revolution, plans a coordinated Distributed Denial of Service attack on Nov. 11. Those claiming to represent the nebulous and notorious international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous released a YouTube video announcing an operation directed at the Muslim Brotherhood.
Published on Oct 4, 2011 by Euronews
http://www.euronews.net/ In response to gas and oil drilling carried out by the Greek Cypriot government in the Mediterranean, Turkish Cypriots have started to conduct their own explorations, backed by Turkey. The island is divided between an internationally recognised Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, recognised only by Turkey.
Dutch integration exam “breaches EU law”
The Dutch government is not allowed to force people who qualify for family reunion to take the required integration exam in their country of origin, argues a lawyer representing a Turkish family in a case to be heard at a court in Rotterdam.
Doing so contravenes the European Guideline regarding family reunions, adopted in 2005, and the Turkish Association Treaty dating back to the 1960s, according to the lawyer, Ejder Köse. The trial is to begin on 20 September.
The Turkish couple Mr Köse is representing have been living apart since the mid-1990s, when the husband moved to the Netherlands. His wife now wants to move in with her husband in Holland but the Dutch authorities are requiring her first to take an integration exam at the Dutch embassy in Turkey. In a prior case Mr Köse succeeded in contesting the required integration of Turkish nationals who wish to live in the Netherlands.
That requirement was adopted in 2006 as part of the Foreign Integration Law. That law, Mr Köse maintains, violates the European Guideline regarding family reunions and the Turkish Association Treaty, both of which stipulate that family reunions should not be made harder by any additional requirements. (via Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
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The report, sent to Parliament by the Education Reform Initiative, or ERG, also noted problems with poor training for teachers and a lack of sufficient public spending on education.
Some 360,000 students dropped out of Turkey’s secondary schools in the 2008-2009 school year, while another 295,000 dropped out in the following term, according to ERG, which operates under Istanbul’s Sabancı University. This means an average of 2,000 students drop out each day during the school year.
The report also noted that 40 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither working nor studying. (via Hurriyet Daily News)
EU border police ‘turning blind eye’ to abuse of migrants in Greece
Europe’s fledgling border police force has been knowingly aiding and abetting the serial abuse of migrants during its first major deployment on EU frontiers, Human Rights Watch said.
In a 62-page report on conditions in Greek asylum and detention centres, widely known to be disastrously dysfunctional, the organisation on Wednesday accused Frontex, the EU’s external borders agency, of turning a blind eye to the torture, beating, and systematic degradation of illegal migrants detained after crossing the border from Turkey.
“Frontex has become a partner in exposing migrants to treatment that it knows is absolutely prohibited under human rights law,” said Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch’s refugee programme director.
The report highlighted appalling conditions in five detention centres in north-east Greece close to the border with Turkey, with males and females herded together in overcrowded cells, allegations of rape, unaccompanied minors also dumped in packed “cages” with adult males.
Beds were scarce, toilet and washing facilities almost nonexistent, medical help rare, and beatings common for protesters. (via The Guardian)