US vows to back French military intervention in former colony Mali

The French Army has begun military operations against militant groups in Mali (file photo).

The US is looking into supporting French military intervention in its former African colony of Mali, by offering to provide “surveillance drones” as it has already declared its backing of moves against Malian militants.

US commanders were further considering other options such as “providing intelligence and aerial refueling tankers” as well as “logistical backup and boosting intelligence sharing,” involving its surveillance drones, AFP reported Friday, quoting an unnamed US official that spoke on condition of anonymity.

The report also quotes its anonymous source as saying that senior American officials held talks with their French counterparts as well as authorities from other European allies in Paris on “an action plan” against militants controlling a northern portion of the Muslim country.

The US military holds a network of major air bases in Italy, Spain and other western European countries and could back the French military intervention by providing it with refueling tankers and other logistical assistance.  Continue reading

Britain and US plan a Syrian revolution from an innocuous office block in Istanbul

 

[Editor’s note: We are not posting this article to spread western propaganda about how US-Britain are willing to help the Syrian opposition in their “legitimate fight” againt Bashar Al Assad. We perfectly know that what the West wants, is a splitted Syria. Hence, a weak Syria. Plus, as already reported, the SNC is not “legitimate” oppisition but a western backed opposition, with absolutely no legitimacy whatsoever.  We’re just posting this article to show, once more, that foreign meddling is blatant. In total violation of the UN Charter & International law. ]

An underground network of Syrian opposition activists is receiving training and supplies of vital equipment from a combined American and British effort to forge an effective alternative to the Damascus regime.

By , Istanbul

Dozens of dissidents have been ferried out of Syria to be vetted for foreign backing. Recipients of the aid are given satellite communications and computers so that they can act as a local “hub” linking local activists and the outside world.

The training takes place in an Istanbul district where handsome apartment blocks line the steep slopes and rooftop terraces boast views over the Golden Horn waterway. Continue reading

Syria: US, Turkey hold urgent meeting, Moscow relies on diplomacy

The Syrian army has almost regained control of the country’s largest city of Aleppo. Rebels of the Free Syrian Army are being ousted from the Damascus outskirts. The West, however, is seeking a regime change as the only possible scenario for Syria.
The issue was discussed during a special meeting between the U.S. and Turkey. Meanwhile, Moscow welcomed Syria’s deputy prime minister to focus on different matters.

The U.S. and Turkey have agreed that the time has come to call things by their name. The two countries` officials held their first ‘operational planning’ meeting on Thursday. Apart from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Deputy Under-Secretary HalitCevik and US ambassador Elisabeth Jones, the talks featured military officials on both sides. The outcome of the meeting was not disclosed. It is evident, however, that the agenda of the talks focused on coordinating military, intelligence and political responses to tensions in Syria. The fact that the two sides discussed the future of the post-Assad Syria could not but add just more fuel to the fire. Earlier this week President Barack Obama said that any Syrian effort to deploy its chemical or biological weapons would change the US position on military intervention.

SyrianForeign Minister spokesman Jihad Makdisi admitted his country possessing weapons of mass destruction, adding that Damascus could use it in case of foreign intervention. It should be mentioned that Syria did not sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Western countries rely on their own sources to learn what’s going on in Syria. During the meeting in Ankara the U.S. and Turkey agreed to create an ‘intelligence shield’ to prevent militants of the Kurdistan Workers` Party and Al-Qaida from entering the Turkish territory. This shield is going to be directed by C.I.A. agents.

Risks are quite high for the opposition forces to get access to chemical weapons. Besides, Israel fears that Hezbollah Islamists could also access the weapons of mass destruction. Syria has so far guaranteed that its arsenal of chemical weapons remains under strict control, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov told journalists…

“We have already discussed the issue with the Syrian officials to receive solid guarantees that its chemical weapons have not been moved anywhere and remain under strict control. It is necessary, however, to keep in mind that the situation in Syria is very tense. We all know that the opposition forces were joined Al-Qaida militants. If terrorists get access to chemical weapons, the consequences could be very grave.”

Moscow doubts that the U.S. has been watching the opposition forces enough to be 100% sure that they won’t be able to access the weapons of mass destruction. Although the U.S. indirectly backs the Syrian opposition, they also actively cooperate with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Russia believes that the Syrian nation should accept a different kind of support. Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil visited Moscow this week. The talks focused on the National Coordination Committee initiative on Syria, which suggests a full ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and hostages, free entry of humanitarian aid and peace talks between the government and all opposition groups. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists there is no other way to peace except national reconciliation…

“This fully meets the requirements outlined at the Action Group for Syriameeting in Geneva on June 30. We strongly believe that this agreement has not become outdated, and we appreciated the fact that the National Coordination Committee welcomes this initiative, increasing its chances to be eventually implemented.”

Most members of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria have left Syria this week after its mandate expired. The UN agreed to establish a civilian office in Damascus to oversee the situation and appointed Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as the new special envoy to Syria to replace Kofi Annan, who had to step down earlier this month due to the ongoing violence. Mr. Brahimi agreed to succeed Annan as international mediator on condition that he receives strong international support for his efforts to secure a negotiated peace.

Source: The Voice Of Russia

Paris Meeting to Raise Pressure on Syria, Ban Urges Expanded Observers Mission

Foreign ministers of 14 countries meet on Thursday in Paris in order to intensify the pressure on Syria, as the United Nations Chief calls for expanded UN ceasefire observation mission in the country.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 13 fellow foreign ministers are to hold Syria talks, which France says will send a “strong” call to the regime to abide by a peace plan.

Announcing the meeting, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the foreign ministers of the United States, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia would be among those taking part in the meeting
The assembled ministers would send Damascus “a message of firmness and support for Kofi Annan”, the joint UN-Arab League envoy pushing the peace plan in Syria, Juppe added.

“The obstacles to the UN observers’ mission that Damascus is putting in place and the Syrian regime’s continued repression, contrary to its commitments, calls for a strong reaction from the international community”.

Asked if Russia would attend, foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said the meeting “is not a substitute for the work of the (UN) Security Council”, so not all council members had been invited. Continue reading

Despite imperialists failure in Syria, now is not the time for complacency

By Basel Mohaisen and Lizzie Phelan
In the face of the failure of the Syrian “regime” change plan of the US, Europe, the zionists and their Arabian and so-called Syrian opposition (“Syrian National Council”) puppets, they are now embarking on a clear double game to try to cover their backs. It is also clear that none of their strategies are well intentioned or in the interests of democracy as they claim, and have no regard for the interests of the Syrian people.
Meanwhile as Russian Permanent Envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said, the Russian stance has not changed. Neither has the Chinese or the Syrian government’s, and that is the pursuit of a peaceful solution via dialogue.
Before the UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, had even got his mission off the ground, the Syrian National Council declared it a failureAs did CNN, despite that neither of them are qualified to make such grand declarations before Annan’s efforts had even begun in earnest. The credibility of both the CNN and SNC has been ridiculed repeatedly, with the tip of the iceberg for the SNC perhaps being the defection of three of its most senior members on the grounds that the body was incompetent and in effect non-existent, and for CNN being the leaking of videos via Addounia TV that not only show it has mislead viewers but also potentially implicate the channel in terrorist crimes committed on Syrian soil. Continue reading