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US State Dept’s Report Release: State Sponsors of Terrorism 2013

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment
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There is a contradiction in this report; we all know that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Qods Force) was designated as terrorist organization by the US State Department. The question is why in chapter 6 of State Department’s report on terrorism 2013, the name of the IRGC – Qods Force has been deleted from the list of the Foreign Terrorist Organizations!  Has IRGC-QF been delisted? ![DID]

On April 30, 2014, the State Department submitted Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 to the U.S. Congress as required by law. This report, available on www.state.gov/j/ct, provides the Department of State’s annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that occurred from January 1 to December 31, 2013. It includes a strategic assessment, country-by-country breakdowns of counter-terrorism efforts, and sections on state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist safe havens, and foreign terrorist organizations. …..

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Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

April 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances other than secret drone attacks or covert operations. The result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo.

Many argue that Obama’s climb-down from his threatened missile strikes against Syria last August emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea. But it is more likely that Putin acted for domestic reasons – to distract Russians’ attention from their country’s failing economy and to salve the humiliation of watching pro-European demonstrators oust the Ukrainian government he backed. Read more…

Is The Red Line Back?

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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A report alleges that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons again. Does the Obama Administration care that its threats and warnings mean so little in this ever-more chaotic world?

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) is reporting this morning a deadly government aerial attack using poison gas against rebel forces near Harasta, a far suburb northeast of Damascus, at a place (I never heard of) called the A-Kou’ front.  Here is the essence:

The Syrian regime used a missile loaded with poisonous substances that we couldn’t identify its type. However, we verified the killing of 7 people in addition to 30 people wounded at least; all of them were rebels. Dr. Hazem, head of the medical center in Harasta and the supervisor of the injured cases, offered us his testimony: Read more…

Town by Town, Assad’s Regime Retakes Southwestern Syria

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

 

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Not only Iranian Mullahs and Russia support Syria’s regime strategically and logistically but indirectly US also assists Assad to crack down on dissents by abandoning the Syrian Oppositions and refusing shipping them the crucial forceful weapons they need to fight against the Syrian army. In fact Obama’s support for the opposition doesn’t go beyond the so-called empty rhetoric. …… (editor’s view continues at the bottom of this article) [DID]

Hezbollah and the Syrian Army‘s five-month campaign to clear rebels from the strategic Qalamoun region is approaching its final stand, a regime victory that would afford it uninterrupted control of southwestern Syria.

The allies have seized one village and town after the other, gradually moving southward through the corridor between Damascus and Homs which links the Syrian capital to the Mediterranean coast.

According to Syrian state media, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters are set to launch an offensive against Rankous in central Qalamoun after seizing high ground overlooking the town and encircling it. Once Rankous is seized, only a tract of mountainous terrain stands in the way of the regime’s final objective: Zabadani, the last Read more…

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are Whipping Up the Sunni-Shia War

March 5, 2014 Leave a comment

The lure of sectarian war was initially put on the hook by the U.S. in the hope that the radical Islamic States take the bait, and they did! Like a pancreatic cancer this dogmatic conflict will spread all over the Middle East in no time. The step-stone for the roadmap of the future Middle East, design by Uncle Sam. [DID]sunni shia war

At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war – to one that portends to back the Syrian rebels and even provide them with arms through Riyadh.

The shift will have serious regional consequences as it has already deeply antagonised Iran, which supports the Syrian regime, and angered Pakistan’s large Shia community which could prompt further sectarian conflict. It is also bad news for Afghanistan, where Pakistan-Iran rivalry may restart once US troops leave that country.

Saudi Arabia is on a diplomatic offensive to woo all those Muslim states who have held a neutral position – to one where they fall in line with the Gulf Arab states that want an interim government in Damascus and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. All the Gulf States are petrified of Iran, fear its potential nuclear weapons capability and deeply distrust the Americans for their recent overtures to Tehran. Read more…

Iran’s Unwavering Support to Assad’s Syria

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Throughout the current war in Syria, Iran has remained a steadfast supporter of the Bashar al-Assad regime. The surprising endurance of the Iran-Syria alliance is made more striking by the fact that it111509974 is based on neither shared national interests nor religious values, but is rather a tactical-cum-strategic partnership between two authoritarian regimes. Mutual contempt for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq brought Syria and Iran together in 1980, and mutual fear and loathing of the United States and Israel has helped sustain their alliance.[1]

Iran initially supported the popular uprisings in the Middle East—calling them “Islamic awakenings”—when it appeared that only Western-allied Arab autocracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen were vulnerable to collapse. In Syria, however, Tehran has offered unwavering support to the embattled al-Assad regime and denounced the Syrian opposition as “terrorists” supported by a motley alliance of Gulf Arab states, Israel, and the United States. Read more…

A Cop Out in the Shape of a Cruise Missile

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

An aerial attack on Syria will only protract the Assad survival; it would be a pass for him to continue even more decisively slaughtering his own people. What is the difference if the people are killed by WMD or Conventional weapons? The goal of assault on Syria must have been based on humanitarian objectives that respect the lives of human beings, and not a reluctant response, just to do something, for silencing the national critics with respect to US feckless foreign policy. If so then Assad has to be arrested and put on trial for his crimes against humanity, nothing less should be the outcome of such raid on Syria. [DID] 
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After years of hectoring for American action against Assad, the prospect of American action against Assad makes me sad. Obama seems to be readying a strike of some kind against the author of the atrocity at East Ghouta, the suburb of Damascus whose name has entered the rolls of contemporary evil, alongside Halabja and Srebrenica and Rwanda. Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians—or more accurately, his latest use of chemical weapons against civilians: according to Dexter Filkins’s Syrian sources, he has used them 35 times—was one crime against humanity too many for the president. The administration is now speaking in somber hawkish tones and leaking to reporters various possibilities for the deployment of air power. There was some fussing about verifying that Assad was in fact responsible for the horrors, which reminded me of Clemenceau’s jibe about the complexity of the origins of World War I—that whoever started it, it wasn’t Belgium. Read more…

The Road to Damascus Starts in Tehran

August 26, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s Middle East Groundhog Day all over again.  The discussion of What To Do About Syria is a replay of What To Do About Saddam:  it’s all about the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time inendgame_nuclear_armageddon the wrong way. When the intel and military “experts” say, as they have been saying for many months, “there is no good outcome in Syria,” they’re talking about that war, the wrong war.

We invaded Iraq in the name of the War Against Terror, which President George W. Bush defined as a war against terrorist organizations and the states that supported them.  That should have made Iran the focus of our strategy, since Tehran was (and still is, now more than ever) the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.  Nothing would have so devastated the jihadis as the fall of the Iranian regime, which–then as now–funded, trained, armed and gave sanctuary to terrorist groups from al-Qaeda and Hezbollah to Islamic Jihad and Hamas.  Unless we defeated Iran, it would not be possible for Iraq to have decent security, no matter how total the defeat of Saddam and the Baathists, and how well-intentioned the successor government.  As you can plainly see. Read more…

The World Won’t Wait for Feckless Obama

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

The world woke on Wednesday to reports of a massive chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria. According to Syrian activists, hundreds of people—maybe even more than 1,000Bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region are seen in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus

have died, gassed in their beds while they slept. Since the attack allegedly occurred in the middle of the night, the dead included women, children, and infants. (Warning: These images are extremely graphic.) President Bashar al-Assad’s crimes against his people have been barbaric from the beginning. But if these reports prove true, Aug. 21 will surely be the worst single day in the slow-burning massacre of innocence that has marked the past two years in Syria.

That’s not because of the number of dead, or at least not because of the number alone. It is the way these people would have died—in precisely the manner the United States and the international community once claimed they could not allow. Read more…

Here’s a Roundup of the Latest Developments and analysis in Syria

March 5, 2013 Leave a comment

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• At least 40 Syrian soldiers, together with several Iraqis, have been killed in Iraq’s western Anbar province, in the most serious cross border spill over of the conflict to date.  The group were ambushed by unidentified gunmen as the Iraqi military were escorting them back to Syria in a bus convoy, the New York Times reports.

• The spillover into Iraq is an alarming development, warns Middle East analyst Juan Cole. In his latest blogpost he writes:

Shia-ruled Iraq faces an on-going guerrilla war from radical Sunnis, some of them apparently now fighting in Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria. In addition, the Sunni Arab population of the west and the north of the country, about a fifth of the population, has been demonstrating peacefully against the Maliki government, with large rallies, for several months. Maliki is afraid that if the Sunni radicals win Damascus, there will be severe effects on Mosul and Ramadi. Indeed, those effects may already have begun.

• Syrian rebels made a significant military gain when they seized the northern city of Raqqa, Read more…

No Red Lines in Syria

September 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Last week, Iran reportedly dispatched more of its Revolutionary Guard shock troops to Syria to prop up its ally. And with that the Obama administration lost another of its justifications for sitting by idly as Syrian president Bashar al-Assad runs his countrymen through a meat grinder. The death toll is approaching 25,000. The White House has feared arming the Syrian opposition would only make the conflict bloodier and give the Iranians cause to commit to force. Well, the civil war has grown bloodier, and the Iranians have joined in—not because of what Obama did but because of what he didn’t do.

For Tehran, Assad’s survival is a vital national interest. That in itself should be reason enough for the White House to seize an opportunity to weaken Iran by helping remove Assad. With the Assad regime’s troops steadily depleted by defections, the White House might have moved in for the kill. Instead, the Iranians are stepping in to protect Assad. Read more…

Iran flies thousands of pro-Palestinian activists to Syria

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Israel boosted its Syrian and Lebanese border units as special flights carrying thousands of pro-Palestinian activists from Tehran touched down in Damascus Tuesday, March

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27 for the international Global March to Jerusalem Friday, March 30. Before taking off, they were split into small groups and tutored by Iranian Al Qods Brigades officers in tactics for breaching Israeli border barriers, bursting through and challenging the Israeli military forces defending the border.

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