German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria

By John Rosenthal

German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question.

In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted that the content of these reports was to remain classified “by reason of national interest”, Like many other Western governments, Germany expelled Syria’s ambassador in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, holding the Syrian government responsible for the violence.

Meanwhile, at least three major German newspapers – Die Welt, the FAZ, and the mass-market tabloid Bild – have published reports attributing responsibility for the massacre to anti-government rebel forces or treating this as the most probable scenario.  Continue reading

Kofi Annan is the “War-maker” in Syria

by Michel Chossudovsky at GlobalResearch.ca

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Interview with Professor Michel Chossudovsky,
Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
Excerpt from 30 minutes program Press TV program

“Kofi Annan is not a peacemaker, Kofi Annan is a war-maker. He has stated his position on numerous occasions, calling for the collaboration of the United Nations with NATO.”

Syria says that the terrorist activities of the armed groups in the country have increased despite a peace plan proposed by the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

Press TV has interviewed Professor Michel Chossudovsky, the director of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, who talks about the role of Annan as a “peacemaker” in Syria, the support the opposition receives from foreigners and the root of the country’s one-year old unrest.

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Syria, MISO (Military Information Support Operation) And Other Distasteful Spin

By Christof Lehmann for NSNBC – The proverb “the first victim of war is truth” has proven to be one of the most reliable constants of warfare. Deceit is another of the constants, and in the war on Syria both have proven their reliability. The extent, however, to which everything from strongly biased reporting, to plainly manufactured lies have been sold as truth by Western and Arab Media, including so called “progressive media” such as Democracy Now or Al Jazeera, is astounding, and has endowed the proverb the first victim or war being the truth, and the strategy of war by deceit with a new dimension of mass manipulation.

If one is asking the question if the US Military made the decision to re-define PSYOP, orPsychological Operations as MISO, Military Information Support Operation in 2011 because Western Main Stream Media had been catching up with Western Civilian and Military Intelligence Services and Armed Forces Propaganda, one may risk to intellectually give the impression of being the proverbial dog that is trying to catch his own tail.

The saddening truth is, that even most of the so called progressive media, humanist media, and by what other name they sale themselves to a public that is willing to look beyond the obvious propaganda, have been co-opted, reigned in, and become part and parcel with NATO´s war´s under the pretense of  being humanitarian, of supporting a legitimate opposition that is being brutally oppressed by the dictator Assad.

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New Alleged Hezbollah-Iran Joint Terror Operations in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan claims it has ‘again’ busted another Iranian terror cell, but is refusing to provide any evidence or details. According to the report by the country’s state-run AZTV, on February 21 a terrorist cell operated by Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had been discovered and dismantled. Allegedly the busted group, with guns and explosives, were planning attacks on ‘unspecified’ foreign nationals.

Despite reporters’ attempts the Azeri government refrained from providing any additional information:

Speaking to EurasiaNet.org, a spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security refused either to confirm or to deny the station’s report. Strangely, pro-government and state-run news sites have proven similarly skittish about delving into the AzTV report; no news about the arrests could be found on any of these websites on the morning of February 22.

Strangely enough, to back up the story AZTV aired footage of terrorist arrests from an incident that occurred in 2008! This new development appears to follow the very same pattern as Azerbaijan’s claim on the ‘alleged’ assassination plot against Israeli officials in Azerbaijan by an Iran-Sponsored terrorist group last month.

Earlier today APA news agency reported new details about this latest alleged Iranian terror operation. Supposedly, the terrorist group operated under two ringleaders – “Hamid” for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and “Haji Abbas” for an armed wing of Hezbollah, Mugavimat. This is supposed to establish the collaborative effort between the Iranian government and Hezbollah:

Azerbaijani Ministry of National Security disarmed the terrorist group of Iranian intelligence agency “Sepah” and “Hezbollah” in Azerbaijan.

The group members gathered material reconnaissance materials. The illegally acquired many weapons, ammunitions, explosives and explosive devices and began preparations to commit a terror act.A group of persons were detained in Azerbaijan over the last several days. Member of Nardaran Sanhedrin Karbalai Natig Karimov told APA that the majority of detained as a result of operative measures taken by the National Security Ministry and law-enforcement bodes were the residents of Baku villages, especially Nardaran. They are accused of establishing armed unit, illegal keeping of weapon, betrayal of motherland and drug trafficking.

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UK in anti-Syrian conspiracy

Britain has been openly calling for intervention in Syria based on allegations that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is suppressing the “people” whom Prime Minister David Cameron wishes to see as the absolute majority calling for Assad’s ouster.

Cameron said last week “we need to take all the action we can” to “get rid of this brutal dictator [Assad].”

However, a closer look at the situation in Syria and the poll results on Assad’s popularity clearly suggest Cameron and his cohort are hatching a carefully calculated plot to streamline foreign intervention in Syria through a media war based on the totally fabricated concept that Assad’s government is discredited and needs to go.

It is worth mentioning here that a YouGov Siraj poll commissioned by The Doha Debates and funded by the Qatar Foundation found last month that 55 percent of Syrians support Assad’s government.

By those standards, Cameron rather than Assad is a despotic minority ruler holding a tight grip on “the people.”

A Guardian/ICM poll showed in December that Cameron’s government is supported by only 39 percent of the population with his personal approval rating standing at just around 48 percent.

What is more is that those involved in armed clashes with Assad’s forces are not exactly “the people.”

Earlier this month British troops were revealed to be directing ammunition deliveries and tactical support to armed terrorist groups in Syria.

All doubts about Assad administration fighting armed terror groups rather than democracy-seeking members of the population ended last week when the CIA director James Clapper said in a report that Christmas bombings in the Syrian capital “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda attack.”

The Syrian government had announced at the time that al-Qaeda was behind the two car bombings that killed nearly 50 people but the west were quick to challenge the announcement as false.

Clapper added in his report that “al-Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria.”

It is public knowledge that Saudi Arabia, which is considered the closest ally of Britain and for that matter the US in the Middle East, provides arms and financial support to Salafi movements across the region of which al-Qaeda is a prime example.

Saudi Arabia also sent troops to Bahrain to help the monarchy suppress popular protests calling for a democratically elected government and, guess what, Britain has kept supporting both the Bahraini crackdown and the Saudi deployment.

Against that backdrop, it is easy to see Cameron’s talk of supporting “the people” against Assad’s “dictatorship” is nothing more than a campaign of lies to — as he said – “get rid of” Assad’s government, which is represents one of the only Arab governments, which has resisted the west’s efforts to turn it into a puppet.

Source: PressTV