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Jihadist-backed rebels take Syrian army command post

Jihadist-backed rebels take Syrian army command post | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Syrian rebels backed by radical Islamists captured a northern regimental command center of President Bashar al-Assad's army, activists said on Sunday, as Russia dismissed speculation that it is preparing for its ally's possible exit from power.

 

'Rebels have made a series of advances in recent weeks, partly due to help from radicals such as Jabhat al-Nusra, a group linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq which has been excluded from a newly-formed rebel military command.'

 

[However] 'Rebels have been targeting Iranians in Syria, many of whom it accuses of belonging to Iranian security forces. Iran has been Assad's main bankroller and backer in the region. Rebels are also holding 48 Iranians which Tehran says were pilgrims.'

 

'Washington and its NATO allies, who have thrown their weight behind the opposition, are pressing for Assad's departure to end the conflict in Syria, which has taken more than 40,000 lives.'

 

'............Western officials have recently cited intelligence reports that Assad may turn to chemical weapons.'

 

'Russia and China have blocked U.N. resolutions against Assad, saying they oppose foreign intervention in the conflict.'

 

'Russia, Syria's main arms supplier, dismissed suggestions from observers that its support for Assad might be softening.'

 

 

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Former envoy talks Syria, chess game of diplomacy

Former envoy talks Syria, chess game of diplomacy | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of pundits and foreign policy experts who have offered opinions on the Syrian civil war, but few have spent as many years watching this geopolitical crossroads as closely as Edward Djerejian, a former ambassador to Syria and...

 

'I think that fundamentally what happened in Syria was the very same manifestation of what happened in Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and other Arab countries, which was a grass-roots protest movement, largely on the part of the youth of the country, who were reclaiming their individual rights: the right to a job, the opportunity to have an education, the right to housing, the right to participate in the structure of the state.'

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If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Charges against me were only dropped after Bob Carr intervened. It is sad the same support hasn't been extended to Julian Assange.

 

'When Carr really wanted a result, he took action himself rather than leaving it to consular staff, who toil admirably but lack the clout to get a result, even in a relatively minor case like mine.

 

If he really wants a result in the Assange case, he will do the same. It is unlikely he has the courage. The forces at play in Julian Assange's case are far greater than those which were at play in mine.'

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What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad? - CNN.com

What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad? - CNN.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Despite its own troubles, Iran may see that it has little choice but to step up support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

 

'The last thing Iran wants is a Sunni-dominated Syria that abandons the "axis" -- especially as the rebels' main supporters are Iran's Persian Gulf rivals: Qatar and Saudi Arabia.'

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