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Al Jazeera Fabricates News about Syria's Events

Al Jazeera Fabricates News about Syria's Events | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Terrorists received money from Al Jazeera news agency for fabricating false news of Syria’s event, spending the money for buying Weapons to attack security forces in Hama.

 

Terrorist Qusai Abdel-Razzaq Shaqfeh, from Hama, confessed he had fabricated false news and videos on events in Syria for al-Jazeera channel and cooperated with foreign agents to form armed gangs to attack the army and security forces and civilians. According to their statements, they used to participate on protests with the nickname of "a free Hama citizen", who phoned to TV channels as eyewitness, Sana reported.

According to the DP news, some Syrian citizens told the Syrian TV "All news broadcast by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya channels about protests in Jasim city on Monday, August 16th, is false." "Yesterday those channels broadcast a report claiming that 5 persons were killed in Jasim city, this report is also untrue and baseless." they added.

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US Syria mission still possible - but at what price?

US Syria mission still possible - but at what price? | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Top US military leaders are saying American forces will be ready if a decision is made on military action against Syria.

 

Nevertheless, they will think twice before “putting their sons and daughters in uniform.”


The Syrian crisis and the risks for US involvement were discussed on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, where US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.


Among the military options, Dempsey envisaged the enforcement of a no-fly zone and humanitarian relief. Panetta added that other non-lethal assistance was also being considered.


But Dempsey warned that a long-term air campaign would pose a challenge because Syrian air defense systems are a lot more advanced than those Libya had, and are mostly located in populated areas.
"They have approximately five times more sophisticated air defense systems than existed in Libya, covering one-fifth of the terrain," he said. "All of their air defenses are arrayed on their western border, which is their population center."


Suppressing such air defenses would take an extended period of time and a significant number of aircraft. An effort like this could only be led by the United States, Dempsey explained. And given the location of Syria’s air defenses, a potential military strike targeting them could mean scores of unintended deaths.


Another complication, Gen. Martin Dempsey went on to explain, would be Syria's “chemical and biological weapons stockpile,” which is “100 times larger than Libya's."

 

.................................Already there?


With all that, previous reports suggested that US forces had already landed on the Jordan-Syria border. A former translator with the FBI, Sibel Edmonds, wrote in December that American soldiers were among the NATO troops there training militants to overthrow the regime of President Assad. She also said that they were training Turkish troops as well, possibly to launch a strike from the north of Syria.


A hacked email from leading private US intelligence agency Stratfor also suggests that undercover NATO troops are already in Syria.


Moreover, a recent security operation in Homs revealed that Mossad, the CIA and Blackwater were involved in the military violence in this part of Syria.

 

Over 700 Arab and Western gunmen were detained in Baba Amr district, while Israeli, American and European-made weapons were confiscated.

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Belated reform

Belated reform | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Syria’s President Bashar Assad has signed into law a draft of the country’s new constitution after 90% of voters supported it during Sunday’s constitutional referendum.

 

Some 8.5 million people, more than a half of the country’s eligible voters, took part in the plebiscite. Despite the ongoing confrontation between government and opposition forces in a number of areas, no major incidents were registered during the vote.

 

The new constitution stipulates major political changes, including early parliamentary polls. At the same time, it allows the incumbent head of state to run for re-election. Bashar Assad, whose second term expires in 2014, may avail himself of this opportunity. Theoretically, he could stay at power until 2028.

 

Vladimir Akhmedov of the Institute of Oriental Studies doubts that this belated reform would cardinally change the situation.

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U.S. Calls on Russia, China to Help Ending Syria Violence

U.S. Calls on Russia, China to Help Ending Syria Violence | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The United States urge Russia and China to help convince the Syrian president of ending ongoing violence in the country, said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State.

 

“We are also reaching out to Russia, to China, to countries that are continuing to protect the Assad regime and encouraging them, even if they don’t agree with us on all of the steps for Syria’s transition, to nonetheless use the influence that they have to convince him to silence his guns, to allow the humanitarian in,” Nuland told a daily press briefing.

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Syria stalemate: Is Russia pushing Mideast into cold-war style conflict?

Syria stalemate: Is Russia pushing Mideast into cold-war style conflict? | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Russia is refusing to attend an Arab League-hosted meeting on Syria, and experts warn its stance could embolden Iran to stand firm against the West. The US meanwhile softened its stance on arming the opposition.

 

An extended and deteriorating conflict in Syria will in turn have almost certain repercussions in Iran, including increasing chances of an Iran-Israel military confrontation, regional experts say.

 

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a number of European foreign ministers set to attend the Arab League-hosted meeting in Tunis Friday, Russia’s and potentially China’s absence will make even more remote the possibility of any meaningful action on Syria in the Security Council.

Disunity at the international level will pave the way to more violence in Syria – and greater risks for the region, experts add.

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Asia’s Syria Shame

Asia’s Syria Shame | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Asia’s democracies have remained embarrassingly quiet over the atrocities being committed in Syria. If Asia wants to be taken seriously, it needs to step up.

 

The Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus is committing de facto genocide on his people as evinced by the brutal killing of civilians in the city of Homs and throughout Syria.

 

Just like his father the late dictator Hafez al-Assad, who killed as many as 40,000 people in Hamas in 1983, Assad is hanging onto power through the barrel of a gun. While the U.N. Security Council continues to be stymied by Russian and Chinese vetoes, a placard held up by a Syrian boy that pleaded “if you don't help us, we will all be killed” encapsulates the worsening Syrian nightmare that has already resulted in the deaths of at least 7,000 Syrians.

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Syria toll passes 7,500, UN says

Syria toll passes 7,500, UN says | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
More than 7,500 have died in Syria since a crackdown began last March, a senior UN official says, as three foreign journalists remain missing.
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Syria faces fresh ceasefire call- Who is Navi Pillay??

Syria faces fresh ceasefire call- Who is Navi Pillay?? | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The UN human rights commissioner demands an urgent ceasefire in Syria, accusing the military of atrocities against civilians, as wounded UK photographer Paul Conroy is brought to safety.

 

Syria's representative stormed out of the Human Rights Council session after the comments by Navi Pillay.

 

Security forces have intensified their attacks on opposition strongholds in the past few days, leaving scores more people dead and injured, activists say.

Injured UK journalist Paul Conroy has meanwhile been rescued from Homs.

 

The Sunday Times photographer is now in Lebanon after being evacuated from the Baba Amr district on Monday, the newspaper confirmed. The Syrian opposition and Free Syria Army fighters helped in the operation, diplomats told the BBC.

 

The whereabouts of French journalist Edith Bouvier, who has more serious injuries, remain unclear.

 

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva was called urgently amid the deepening humanitarian crisis. It is due to discuss a confidential report delivered by a UN panel of experts that lists Syrian army officers and government officials who could be investigated for crimes against humanity.

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Media Team- SASFOR: Who is Navi Pillay?

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"Ms Pillay said she had also received reports that "massive campaigns of arrests" by Syrian troops against rebels had deprived many civilians of food, water and medical supplies."

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Syrian General & Thousands of Troops Join Rebel Forces

Syrian General & Thousands of Troops Join Rebel Forces | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

A series of defections have occurred in Syria over the past two weeks that prove that the momentum is on the side of the Free Syria Army (the name of the rebel forces that are fighting to topple the terrorism-sponsoring Assad regime).

 

Last Saturday, opposition sources reported that 2,500 soldiers joined the Free Syria Army. This number is impossible to verify but it’s clear that this was the largest bulk defection to date. On Wednesday, an additional 200 soldiers defected in Idlib Province near Turkey, along with an unidentified brigadier-general.

 

The general’s defection is especially important if he is an Allawite. The regime’s top leaders come from this minority, which accounts for only 10-13% of the entire population. The regime’s vicious Shabbiha militia is entirely Allawite. This minority continues to support Assad, if only because it fears being massacred if he falls. If the rebels can add Allawites to its leadership and public face, it could make the minority feel more comfortable about a post-Assad Syria.

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Al Baraa Ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade forms in Syria - Threat Matrix

Al Baraa Ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade forms in Syria - Threat Matrix | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

A group calling itself the Al Baraa Ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade has formed in the Syrian town of Homs, and has said it will employ suicide bombers against Syrian security forces. From Jih@d, a website that tracks al Qaeda and other terror groups:

 

The footage seems oddly similar to what was released from Iraq in 2003 soon after the American invasion. Masked gunmen posing with their weapons in front of an Al-Qaida flag. But this is not the scene of a Iraqi Al-Qaida video - it is recent footage coming out of Syria.


A group of the so-called "Free Syrian Army" in the occupied city fo Homs has - according to the new video - formed a martyrdom battalion, a special unit committed to carry out suicide bombings in the country.

 

One Syrian militant explains that the "Al-Baraa Ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade" will fight the Assad regime and its military with all needs, especially suicide bombers.

 

Interestingly enough, a group called the Al Baraa bin Malik Brigade formed in in May 2005, and joined with al Qaeda in Iraq. 

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