‘Only Qatar wants to intervene in Syria, only Egypt can’

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AL Observer Mission Teams Continue Tours of Syrian Governorates, Observer Team in Homs Denies Reports of Coming Under Fire

GOVERNORATES/CAIRO, (SANA) – The Arab League monitor mission teams continued their tours of Syrian governorates and areas.

A team of observers visited Bab Hood neighborhood and al-Mazraa village in Homs and the town of Tadmur in Homs countryside.

In Hama, a team visited the National Hospital and Masyaf countryside, while another team visited Salkhad area and al-Karia village in Sweida and met with families of maryurs.

An observer team also toured the city of Banyas in Tartous and al-Bukamal town in Deir Ezzor, with one other team visiting the Railways General Establishment in Aleppo where they were briefed by its Director George Mukabari on the damages caused to the Establishment’s facilities, vehicles and railways by terrorist attacks.

In Raqqa city, a team of observers witnessed a mass rally in one of the city’s squares in which citizens expressed their unity and devotion to Syria.

Arab Observers Team in Homs Denies Reports of Coming Under Fire

The Arab League observer mission team in Homs on Sunday denied media reports that they came under fire.

A statement by the Arab League said that the team in Homs couldn’t reach a place where a car exploded at Bab Hood, leading to the burning of a number of shops and cars without casualties among civilians, and that the monitors couldn’t reach the place because of the crowds there.

The statement added that the observers tried to reach the scene of explosion later, but they heard random and sporadic shootings, so they didn’t go to the location.

By Mazen / H. Sabbagh

Source: SANA

‘West targeting AL Syria mission’ – Western countries are trying to discredit the head of the Arab League mission to Syria

Western countries are trying to discredit the head of the Arab League mission to Syria after he described the situation in the city of Homs as ”reassuring,” a political analyst said

Director of Center for Research on Globalization Professor Michel Chossudovsky told Press TV on Wednesday that the reason behind recent remarks by a number of Western states about not trusting the Arab League mission headed by Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi is that he did not report what they wanted.

He also said that a campaign is already under way to discredit General Dabi, with opposition group, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, accusing Dabi of giving President Bashar al-Assad cover for crackdown.

”First of all, the foreign based Syrian opposition group initially supported the Arab League mission and in fact, they were pushing for this Arab League mission and now because the Arab League mission with 150 observers and 20 people are going to stay on have come up with a much more sort of critical assessment of what is happening, they are now saying that they do not trust the Arab League mission and they say that [they are] deeply critical of the mission saying it will simply give al-Assad cover for his crackdown”, Chossudovsky said.

He also said that Dabi’s remarks have confirmed Damascus’ view that armed groups backed by foreign countries are responsible for months of unrest in Syria.

”I think that General Dabi’s statements confirm what many independent reports have been saying for months in that the situation is one of an armed insurrection and foreign interference in the affairs of a sovereign state namely Syria and that the situation on the ground which the mission has observed does not correspond to what the media has been feeding us in the last few months –I am talking about the Western media– largely based on information from the Syria observatory in London which we know is supported by the Western military alliance and which is in permanent .. with the US foreign office,” he added.

Chossudovsky also blamed Turkey and the NATO for fueling unrest in Syria by supporting and funding armed groups.

Source: PressTV

The March to War: Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria. The permanent NATO presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Syrian Accountability Act are part of this initiative. It appears that this roadmap is based on a 1996 Israeli document aimed at controlling Syria. The document’s name is A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.

The 1996 Israeli document, which included prominent U.S. policy figures as authors, calls for “rolling back Syria” in 2000 or afterward. The roadmap outlines pushing the Syrians out of Lebanon, diverting the attention of Damascus by using an anti-Syrian opposition in Lebanon, and then destabilizing Syria with the help of both Jordan and Turkey. This has all respectively occurred from 2005 to 2011. This is also why the anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) were created in Lebanon.

As a first step towards all this the 1996 document even calls for the removal of President Saddam Hussein from power in Baghdad and even alludes to the balkanization of Iraq and forging a strategic regional alliance against Damascus that includes a Sunni Muslim Arab “Central Iraq.” The sectarian nature of this project is very obvious as are its ties to opposing a so-called “Shiite Crescent.” The roadmap seeks to foment sectarian divisions as a means of conquering Syria and creating a Shiite-Sunni rift that will oppose Iran and keep the Arab monarchs in power. Continue reading

Ryabkov: Some Members of Syrian Opposition are Armed, We Know How They’re Supplied and Supported from Abroad

By H. Sabbagh from MOSCOW, (Source: SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia consider Syria’s signing of the Arab League observer mission protocol to be a very positive message, and that Russia believes in the need to continue moving towards dialogue and reconciliation.

In an interview with Russia Today TV, Ryabkov dismissed the idea that the Syrian opposition consists entirely of peaceful unarmed people, stressing that the opposite is true and that he has documented knowledge of how the opposition is being supplied and supported from abroad.

He also pointed out that achieving a settlement in Syria is still possible as the matter hasn’t reached the point of no return.

More than 30 Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombings

More than 30 were killed on Friday as suicide bombers hit two security service bases in Damascus.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad visited one of the bomb sites.

“More than 30 dead and more than 100 wounded in today’s two attacks,” he told reporters.

“On the first day after the arrival of the Arab observers, this is the gift we get from the terrorists and Al-Qaeda,” he added, referring to an Arab League mission intended to oversee a plan to end nine months of unrest in the country.

The explosions also caused heavy damages in the area.

Earlier, the state TV said that”several soldiers and a large number of civilians were killed in the two attacks carried out by suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives against bases of State Security and another branch of the security services”.

“Initial inquiries hold Al-Qaeda responsibility,” the television added.

Witnesses said the bombers struck in the Kfar Suseh neighborhood of the city. A car tried to ram its way into a State Security compound, while another car exploded in front of a security service building in the same area.

The blasts came as an advance team was in Damascus to prepare the logistics for an Arab League observer mission to oversee a plan to end nine months of unrest in the country.

Source: Al Manar

Syria Agrees to Monitors’ Protocol, Demands End to AL Decisions

By Batoul Wehbe

Damascus yesterday replied to the Arab League on the signing of monitor’s protocol, demanding an end to the league’s decisions against Syria immediately after signing the Protocol starting with suspension of Syria’s membership and ending with economic sanctions.

AL sources indicated that it expects that the Protocol would be signed today Monday in Cairo, after the league responded to a number of Syrian demands, including prior coordination on the observers’ task and informing Syria on the formation of the monitoring team, its background and experience, and the abandonment of a request to visit the refugee camps.

Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said late Sunday that messages are being exchanged between Syria and the AL “to reach a certain vision that would facilitate the mission of monitors in Syria while preserving Syrian interests and sovereignty …If there are good intentions, the road is open toward signing an agreement.” Continue reading

Russia Sends Warships, Aircraft Carrier to Syria, Izvestia Says

Russia will send three warships to its naval base in Syria next month, including the country’s only aircraft carrier, Izvestia reported, citing navy officials.

The vessels including the Admiral Kuznetsov, which will have eight Su-33 fighter aircraft, several new MiG-29K fighter jets and two Ka-27 naval helicopters on board, will arrive at the Mediterranean port of Tartous in the spring, the Moscow- based daily said.

Russia maintains a servicing point for naval vessels in Tartous, its only military facility outside the former Soviet republics. About 600 Russian Defense Ministry staff work at the base, Izvestia said.

The naval mission to Syria, which has been an ally since the Soviet era, will prevent NATO military involvement in the Middle Eastern country, the newspaper cited former Russian naval chief Victor Kravchenko as saying.

Source: Bloomberg

AL approves sudden Syria sanctions

The Arab League approved unprecedented sanctions against Syria over the months-long unrest in the country on November 27, 2011.

The Arab League has approved the imposition of unprecedented sanctions against Syria over the months-long unrest in the country.

On Sunday, Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim said in a press conference in the Egyptian capital of Cairo that 19 of the 22 member nations of the Arab organization were in favor of the sanctions, AP reported.

The approved sanctions against Syria include cutting off transactions with the Syrian Central Bank and an embargo on investments for projects in Syria.

The Qatari foreign minister added that Iraq abstained from the vote and would refuse to implement the sanctions, and Lebanon “disassociated itself” from the move.

Meanwhile, Damascus censured the Arab League decision, describing it as “a betrayal of Arab solidarity.”  Continue reading

Report: US & Arab States Set To Impose No Fly Zone Over Syria

Plan to cripple Assad’s military forces within 24 hours

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By Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Wedneday, November 23, 2011

Reports out of Kuwait suggest that Arab states are set to impose a no fly zone over Syria with US logistical support, advancing the prospect of a military assault to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under a “humanitarian” pretext.

“Senior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria’s skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision, under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians,” reports Albawaba, citing Kuwait’s al Rai daily.

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