Syria: FSA spokesman admits they were desperate & israeli strikes were very helpful FSA/AlQaeda/Nusra = israHELL.
Syria: FSA spokesman admits they were desperate & israeli strikes were very helpful FSA/AlQaeda/Nusra = israHELL.
The situation in Syria has escalated lately since terror groups are trying to counter any negotiations that could lead to a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict, strategic expert Ameen Hutait told RT Arabic website.
In a new turn in the nearly two-year-old civil war, Syrian rebels warned the Lebanese Hezbollah to stop the shelling of Free Syrian Army-controlled territories in Syria or face consequences. The group posted its statement on its page on a popular social networking service and gave Hezbollah a 48-hour deadline to stop the attacks.
However, Beirut-based analyst Ameen Hutait believed these threats are not likely to be fulfilled and are rather linked to the events in neighboring Lebanon.
On the intense fighting in Damascus, bombing and casualties, Hutait stressed that “events in Damascus reflect clearly how desperate the terror groups are as they saw the peaceful solution to the crisis – which is led mainly by Russia, which is keen to achieve a peaceful solution – has started to move forward.”
“This is because these terrorists will not have a place in any future peaceful settlement,” he added.
“That’s why they (militant opposition groups) have carried out these desperate attacks on the capital Damascus, hoping to stop any possible negotiations that might lead to a peaceful solution for the crisis,” Hutait noted.
“Also they aimed at punishing the Syrian people for their steadfastness and for their rejection of any form of fighting and terrorism,” he further pointed out.
Answering a question about how serious are the threats by the so-called Free Syrian Army to target Hezbollah sites, Hutait stated that these threats are not linked at all to the Syrian crisis. Rather, “they are linked to the current events in Lebanon such as the elections law.” Continue reading
The armed militant groups in Syria say they have started to attack the positions of Hezbollah resistance movement in neighboring Lebanon since February 21.
The self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army said its militants launched the attack less than a day after they accused Hezbollah of shelling militant bases in Syria’s Homs province on February 20.
“We have bombed the territories of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. The Free Syrian Army will continue bombing these positions,” Hisam al-Avvak, a commander of the armed group, told Turkey’s Anatolia News Agency on Thursday.
The assaults took place while the militants had given Hezbollah 48 hours to halt the alleged shelling, threatening to attack after two days.
However, the Lebanese movement has rejected the accusations.
He also reiterated threats that the militants would target Hezbollah strongholds located south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
On February 18, Syria’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali said Hezbollah was not assisting the Syrian army in the fight against foreign-backed militants.
A recent UN report revealed that militants from nearly 30 countries have infiltrated into Syria to fight against the Syrian government.
An analyst says that the armed al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria are “defacto Israeli mercenaries”, trying to destabilize the country by “driving a wedge into the split” there in order to satisfy Israel’s regional interests.
In the latest development of the armed crisis in Syria, the Zionist regime’s fighter jets violated the Syrian airspace and bombarded a research center near the capital city of Damascus on Wednesday, January 30. Meanwhile the Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili condemned the raid saying that the Zionist regime of Tel Aviv will regret attacking Syria. Syria has been experiencing a foreign-sponsored armed rebellion since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the fighting. According to the Syrian government, the chaos is being orchestrated from outside of the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals belonging to the extremist and terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front backed by some regional and Western countries.
To discuss the issue at hand, Press TV has conducted an interview with Mr. Kevin Barrett, with the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance from the Iranian capital city of Tehran. He is joined by two additional guests on Press TV’s The Debate program: Eric Draitser, founder of stopimperialism.com from New York City and Richard Hellman, with the Middle East Research Center from Washington D.C. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Kevin Barrett, what does the Israeli intervention in Syria, basically, mean to you?
Some are saying that Israel is concerned, that President Assad is losing his grip on power, as a result on his country’s arsenal including the chemical weapons.
Again the concerns that have been raised on the issue of Syria’s weapons and how this is going to affect the region and this is pointed out, rather, as a major concern for Israel and the United States.
Barrett: Well, I think that that is nonsense. The chemical weapons issue is disinformation. We have caught these al-Qaeda, so-called Syrian rebel groups funded by the Zionists and by the Saudis, making plans for false flag attacks with chemical weapons to be blamed on the Syrian government. So I do not think that that is the reason at all.
I think that this is a last ditch desperate act because they are not making any progress. The insurgency in Syria which is really more of a destabilization effort directed by foreigners is bogged down and I think what this attack on Damascus really reveals, is an amazing convergence between Israel and al-Qaeda. They seem to be on the same side, all the time.
Israel is destabilizing Syria, al-Qaeda is destabilizing Syria; Israel wants to undermine Lebanon, al-Qaeda undermines Lebanon. You know, al-Qaeda runs around attacking Muslims all over the world and Israel runs around attacking Muslims all over the world and it makes me wonder whether maybe Israel is actually just another branch of al-Qaeda.
So I think that I am going to write a letter to President Obama and ask him to consider a drone strike against the chief of the al-Qaeda branch of occupied Palestine, whose name happens to be Benjamin Netanyahu.
Press TV: Let us just look at how the Syrian government has been responding to this Israeli strike.
We had the Syrian Defense Minister General Fahd Jassem al-Freij, I will put this question to Kevin Barrett; we had him saying that Israel attacked the research center because rebels were unable to capture it and he called the rebels, “Israel’s tools”.
Now Assad also said that the raid unmasked the true role that Israel is playing; he said, in collaboration with foreign enemy forces and their agents on Syrian soil
So would you say that as the government in Syria is saying that Israel was, from the beginning point, collaborating with the insurgents; though not directly?
Barrett: Well, absolutely. Israel has been trying to destabilize its neighboring countries for decades.
The Yinon plan, which was revealed back around, I believe 1970, set out the Israeli strategy for future decades and that strategy was based on balkanizing the Middle East; breaking up the nations around the region which could pose a strategic threat to Israel some day because the people of the region have no use for Israeli apartheid, so in order to deal with this unsustainable situation in this settler colony in Palestine, they have decided that they are going to have to break up the countries around them into the small and powerless units and to do that they are striking on the fault lines that already exist; the fault lines of the Sunni- Shiite divide; the fault lines between different ethnic groups, the Kurds, etc. the Alawites in Syria versus the Muslim Brotherhood.
La France a organisé l’Armée syrienne libre (ASL), allant même jusqu’à lui donner son drapeau, celui du mandat français sur la Syrie (1920-1946). Elle lui a officiellement fourni des armes et des fonds, en violation des Traités internationaux. Et elle l’a officieusement encadrée avec des officiers et des formateurs pour renverser le gouvernement légal et légitime. L’ASL a détruit les principales infrastructures du pays et livré des combats qui ont coûté la vie à près de 60 000 Syriens, mais elle n’est pas parvenue à s’emparer du pouvoir.
Constatant l’échec de sa guerre secrète et le soutien sans faille de la majorité de la population syrienne à son État, la France s’est désengagée de l’ASL au moment où elle se lançait dans une nouvelle aventure coloniale, au Mali.
Furieux de cet abandon, les mercenaires de l’ASL se sont retournés sans attendre contre leur allié d’hier. La vidéo que vous aller voir a été tournée dans la « zone libérée de Bansh », non loin de la frontière turque, le vendredi 18 janvier 2013.
À l’issue de deux ans de guerre secrète en Syrie, la France s’est coupée de la Syrie et est conspuée par l’ASL.
TEHRAN (FNA)- German journalist and magazine editor Manuel Ochsenreiter believes that the Western powers along with the regional countries are backing and financing terrorists and insurgents in Syria, because each of them have certain interests linked to the disintegration of the Syrian government and the removal from power of President Bashar Assad.
He also says that these countries are supporting such dangerous groups as Al-Qaeda to destabilize Syria and fight the Syrian army at the expense of the lives of innocent Syrian citizens whose only crime is supporting their government.
“These groups like Al-Qaeda, but also other armed militias that have infiltrated Syria during the course of the past year now fight the proxy war of the big powers. For Ankara, Riyadh, Washington or Doha it is much more convenient and also cheaper to use (or abuse) those insurgents instead of having a conventional war against Damascus. You have always a supply of men and arms. You just have to pay and to give support by means of intelligence, logistics and training,” said Ochsenreiter in an interview with Fars News Agency.
Manuel Ochsenreiter is the chief editor of the German monthly magazine ZUERST and contributes to other journals and magazines in Germany, as well. He spent a few weeks in Syria last year and dispatched special reports of the Battle of Damascus and other developments in the war-hit country. Continue reading
NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed Thursday. Meanwhile the group behind the kidnapping warned it would now target all Russians, Ukrainians and Iranians on Syrian soil.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about Kochneva’s life and urging the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to ensure that the journalist is safe and set free.
The groups also called on the French, British and US governments, as well as the European Union to work with the Syrian opposition to facilitate her release.
Kochneva, who has reported critically about the Syrian rebels for Russian and Ukrainian news outlets, was captured in the beginning of October near the restive city of Homs. The kidnappers, allegedly members of the Free Syrian Army, threatened to kill her on December 13 if a US$ 50 million ransom is not paid. Continue reading