Syria warns NATO of conspiring against Damascus

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi

Syria has warned NATO against conspiring with Turkey against Damascus in their upcoming meeting on the shooting down by Syria of a Turkish jet fighter

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said on Monday that the Turkish F-4 jet had “violated Syrian sovereignty” and that the country’s military response was an act of self-defense. He also said that the plane failed to indentify itself.

”The Turkish warplane violated Syrian airspace, and in turn Syrian air defenses fired back and the plane crashed inside Syrian territorial waters,” Makdissi told a news conference in Damascus, adding that Syria is committed to good neighborly relations with Turkey and that the side which has damaged bilateral relations between the two countries is not Damascus.”

His remarks came as NATO ambassadors are due to discuss Continue reading

Putin: ‘No One Has Right to Decide Who Rules Syria’

Russian President Vladimir Putin stresses his country’s stance on Syria, saying no body has the right to interfere in other countries and decide who rules.

“We believe that nobody has the right to decide for other nations who should be in power and who should not,” Putin told reporters after a G20 summit in the Mexican beach resort of Los Cabos.

“It is not changing the regime that is important, but that after changing the regime, which should be done constitutionally, violence is stopped and peace comes to the country,” he said.
Putin said all sides should sit down and work things out beforehand.

As he affirmed his country’s opposing to international interference in Syria, the Russian leader criticized what has been coming on in Libya following the interference by NATO air forces.
“Unlike in some North African countries where violence goes on even after regime change,” Putin said.

Putin’s forthright remarks came the day after he joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an “immediate” end to the Syria conflict.
“In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence,” the two leaders said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s leading economies.

Source: Al Manar

New Pentagon Intelligence Agency to Spy on Iran, China

[ In a recent article ] The New York Times newspaper reported that the Pentagon is revamping its spy operations to focus on high-priority targets like Iran and China in a reorganization that reflects a shift away from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The new Defense Clandestine Service would make use of existing agents, authorities and assets and work closely with the Central Intelligence Agency to track ‘emerging threats’, the newspaper said late Monday.

“It will thicken our coverage across the board,” it quoted a senior defense department official as saying.

Case officers from the Defense Intelligence Agency already secretly gather intelligence outside of conventional battle zones, the Times said, and the latest move further cements cooperation between the military and the CIA.

The new intelligence service is expected to grow “from several hundred to several more hundred” agents in the coming years by shifting personnel and funding from existing assignments, the Times quoted the official as saying.

Source: Al Manar