Saqr is involved in the Syrian crisis to his core

 

 

 

Both media and judicial authorities wait Future MP Okab Saqr’s reaction to the holidays gift he received from the Syrian TV: new recordings that included no infant’s milk or blankets but rather new devices and military aids.

As both media and judicial authorities expect that Saqr will blatantly deny the accusations and claim that the new recordings are forged, they predict another party of insults and political obscenity similar to that that the public opinion witnessed in the 1st recordings.

Meanwhile, well-informed Syrian media sources look forward to Saqr’s response because according to them, the more he talks, the more he will fall.

“Saqr is involved in the Syrian crisis to his core,” the sources mentioned, and noted that “he leads the Syrian militants from Turkey under the commission of the head of the Future Party Saad Hariri.”

However, Turkey and Saudi Arabia Kingdom blamed Hariri over the new recordings, and asked him to contain the implications of what happened.

On the judicial level, al-Ahed news site learned that more than 85 lawyers working in the field of human rights are preparing for a complaint file supported by around 71 documents.

The lawyers attempt to sue MP Saqr before European courts, in addition to the lawsuits filed before Lebanese courts.

For his part, lawyer Rashad Salameh revealed that he was still waiting the Lebanese prosecutors decision.

He further reminded of the general prosecution’s decision to conduct technical analysis for both recordings: the ones aired by OTV channel and those provided by MP Saqr himself; if he had already provided them to the Lebanese judicial authority.

On the recent recordings published by Syrian TV ,Salameh noted that he quickly briefed those tapes through al-Akhbar Lebanese daily.

“If we find new evidences in this tapes, we have the right to submit a memorandum to the Public Prosecution, including all details that would enhance the filed complaint against Saqr,” he clarified.

It is worth mentioning that General Prosecutor Judge Hatem Madi will combine all lawsuits filed against MP Saqr, based on the criminal correlation rule.

Source: al-Ahed news

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia Funding Fugitive Iraqi VP against Maliki

 

 

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Doha and Riyadh are spending huge sums to bring back the country's fugitive vice-president, Tareq al-Hashemi, to the country in a bid to topple the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, informed sources said.   

Hashemi, a politician in the Iraqiya bloc, fled Baghdad in December days after al-Maliki's government sought his arrest on charges he ran a death squad.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani have provided Hashemi with extensive backup to fuel ethnic clashes in Iraq, informed sources revealed on Wednesday.

Meantime, Iraq's Al-Nakhil news agency quoted informed sources as saying today that Turkey has also provided Hashemi with a $4mln budget to stir unrests in Iraq's Western province of Anbar.

The sources noted that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have earmarked huge budgets for fueling ethnic strife in Anbar and Nineveh provinces.

Security forces revealed on Wednesday that several regional states, including Qatar, have paid $100 to each participant in this week's protest rallies in al-Anbar in support of Iraqi Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, whose bodyguards have been arrested on terrorism charges last month.

Al-Nakhil news agency quoted a security official as saying that after the arrest of Issawi's bodyguards, several groups affiliated to the regional states, specially Qatar, paid huge sums to their sympathizers in Anbar, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces to stage rallies against the Iraqi government.

Maliki on Wednesday called upon Anbar protesters to end their demonstrations that have led to several days of blockage of a major road in the Anbar province connecting Iraq to Syria and Jordan.

The Iraqi premier said the protesters should "end their strike before the state intervenes to end it." "I warn you against continuing (blocking the highway), because this is against the Iraqi constitution. We have been very patient with you," Almanar quoted Maliki as saying.

The protesters have blocked off the key trade highway since December 23, following the arrest of Issawi's bodyguards on terrorism charges.

The demonstrators allege that the arrests were made on sectarian grounds and demand the release of the detainees.

Maliki, however, says the bodyguards were arrested following an independent judicial inquiry based on the anti-terrorism law.

 

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Turkey Proved the falsity of its Islamic theories

Pirouz Mojtahed Zadeh :NATO has reportedly agreed to increase Israel’s participation in its activities in 2013 after Ankara eased its opposition to the move following the alliance’s approval of the deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey.

Regarding the recent position of Turkey, the political analyst, Pirouz Mojtahed Zadeh in an exclusive interview with Taqrib News Agency (TNA) delineated the issue.

“Turkey by committing such action proved the falsity of all its Islamic theories and proved that Turkey, no matter having Islamic or non-Islamic system, is the major basis of U.S for supporting the regime of Zionism in Middle East,” said the political analyst.

He went on, “Turkey’s officials showed their real nature of their policy in the Middle East

and proved this fact that they are the member of NATO regardless to their religion.”

The recent position of Ankara officials and their support of Israel and NATO members does not reveal anything except abiding by the rules of United State.

“So we concluded that from Jeo poletic and strategic perspective, Turkey with or without Islamic system, is the major basis of U.S for supporting the regime of Zionism in Middle East

“Turkey does not have any interest in Middle East, and after World War II the country cut its tie with countries in Middles except the regime of Israel,” the political commentator mentioned.

“Turkey through using such an alibi, that is the effect of chaos in Syria on the boarders of Turkey; tries to enter into the opposition phase with the system of Basshar Asad,” Mojtahed Zadeh pointed out.

“The Turkish officials actually claim that migrating Syrian refugees to Turkish remove security in this country,” he said.

“The bottom line is that these refugees also migrate to Iraq and Jordon, but no problem happened in those foresaid countries,” the political commentator mentioned.

Regarding Turkey’s Okay to approving of Israel’s status in NATO, and the potential peril threat other countries in the region such as Iran, the political analyst underscored, “ I do not observe any peril from Turkey, since the country is not in the position to enter into military operation against Iran.”

“Even If Turkey is after such aim, the U.S and NATO do not let this country to accomplish its goal,” he mentioned.

Mojtahed Zadeh went on,” from the other side if Israel wanted to attack Iran, the regime would do that before.”

“Attacking Iran questions the existence of Israel regime; so the regime of Zionism try to use different subterfuges to urge U.S attack on Iran, that all its attempts did not work considering up to here,” he mentioned.

The political commentator added, “Although the military power of Iran in this arena is considerable but we should not turn a blind eye to strategic and Geopolitics power of Iran.”

“The U.S when attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, faced fiasco; given that the country does not dare to attack Iran,” the political analyst mentioned.

“Deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey and on the Syria’s borders is nothing more than a show which held by the U.S under the title of Defense shield in Eastern Europe and around Israel,” he said.

“The silver point is that even these missiles showed before that they are not that much powerful; in as much as they could not stop launching Missiles by Saddam to Israel,” Mojtahed Zadeh said.

“In short, the military and defensive power of Iran and Turkey should not be compared with each other, since these two countries are each other’s neighbor and it is not expected that their defensive system faced the two countries with danger,” he concluded.

Source: Taqrib news agency

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Washington Post: Clinton will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi

The new year began not with a cannonball off the “fiscal cliff” but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism.

This time it’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi.

Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

An independent report published last month placed substantial responsibility for the deaths on the State Department. Not only was security at the Benghazi compound weak, relying heavily on local forces with conflicting loyalties, but requests for additional security apparently were ignored or denied.

The sentiment that Clinton might not wish to testify on the matter is not without reason. It is hard to imagine the agony of knowing that one’s lack of vigilance may have contributed to four deaths. But the attacks on Clinton during her illness, essentially attacks on her character, have been cruel and unfair. What must the world think of us?

Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion, after which a blood clot was discovered. She had to be hospitalized while blood-thinning medications were administered and monitored.

Although her critics backed off once the clot was reported, initial responses ranged from “She’s faking” to demands for proof of her concussion.

One writer demanded her medical records. John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations, called Clinton’s affliction a “diplomatic illness” to avoid testifying about Benghazi. Later he suggested that details were skimpy in an effort to protect her potential 2016 presidential run.

“I think it’s the too-cute-by-half approach that’s reflected in the absence of transparency that’s going to end up damaging her and damaging her credibility,” he said on Fox News.

 

Again, Clinton may well prefer to miss her day before the firing squad, but it is unlikely that doctors or a hospital would assist a secretary of state — or anyone — in concocting a fake affliction.

Besides, you can’t have it every which way. Immediately after the Benghazi attacks, Clinton took full responsibility for the events and was accused by Republicans of falling on her sword to protect President Obama. Now that she’s temporarily indisposed and unable to elaborate on her admitted responsibility, those same critics insist she’s trying to avoid taking personal responsibility.

The viciousness of the pundit class is disheartening and disgusting. And these days everyone’s a pundit. Got an opinion? Why, step right up to the microphone. If you’re “good TV,” you too can be a “contributor.”

Out in the hinterlands, where Americans consume “news” that suits their political proclivities, opinions are formed on the basis of what-he-said. Reputations and lives are ruined on the tines of pitchforks glimmering in the light of torch-bearing mobs. And those are just the “news” shows.

One doesn’t have to be a fan of Hillary Clinton, though a Bloomberg poll says that two-thirds of Americans are, to feel tainted by the relish with which she and many others have been attacked — unfairly and disproportionately. Susan Rice, who was Obama’s favorite to replace Clinton as secretary of state, comes to mind.

But this isn’t a problem only for women or Democrats. The rush to character assassination seems to be our only bipartisan imperative and is a blight on our political system. In this brooding age of superstition and portent, every misspoken word is a lie, every human error a hanging offense.

This is to suggest not that we be naive or credulous but that we seek some balance in our approach to discovery. At the moment, we seem to be ricocheting between hysteria and delusion.

Eventually, Clinton will have to step forward and take her medicine. She is slated to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in mid-January, though the date hasn’t been set. The nation clearly needs answers on what happened in Benghazi, and no doubt Clinton will provide them.

This is not blind faith in a favored politician but respect for a process that relies on accepted rules of order. We owe our representative to the world — which is to say, ourselves — at least this much.

By:Kathleen Parker

Compiled By:M.D

Political Analyst: Ankara, Riyadh Hatching New Plots to Topple Maliki Gov't

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Arab political analyst warned that the recent political turmoil in Iraq was the result of intensified attempts and new plots by Saudi Arabia and Turkey to overthrow the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Speaking to FNA in Baghdad on Saturday, Amir Mousavi said that countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even Jordan are in pursuit of toppling the Baghdad government.

"The current moves in Iraq had been plotted even before the case of former Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi in a bid to wreak havoc on the country," Mousavi said.

Mousavi noted that some regional countries are hoping to achieve their mischievous goals in Syria by creating a chaotic situation in Iraq's al-Anbar province.

In similar remarks last week, a senior Iraqi legislator also warned against the plots hatched by Ankara against Baghdad, and said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought assistance of some Iraqi tribal leaders to wreak havoc on Iraq.

Speaking to FNA in Baghdad, Shakir al-Daraji said that he has found access to "some secret information indicating that Erdogan has invited some tribal leaders from (Iraq's) al-Anbar province to direct Iraq's current crisis in Turkey's interest".

"Turkey is trying to make use of the crisis which started after the recent apprehension of the Iraqi Finance Minister's bodyguards in a bid to secure Turkey's political and economic interests," al-Daraji added.

The remarks came after Iraq, in a new upsurge of crisis, arrested the bodyguards of Iraq's Finance Minister Rafie al-Essawi for several terrorist operations.

Essawi, a prominent member of the al-Iraqiya political bloc, however, told a news conference on Thursday that about 150 of his bodyguards and staff members were arrested after security forces raided the ministry and his home "in an illegal act".

The head of the minister's protection force has reportedly confessed and admitted taking part in terrorist attacks, including bombings and assassinations.

Al-Daraji reiterated that the Turkish government's attempt is a serious threat to the security of Iraq and the region.

Earlier last week, another senior Iraqi legislator also warned against the plots hatched by Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia against his country, and called on his fellow citizens to be vigilant about such attempts.

 

Speaking to the Iraqi news website, al-Masalah, on Monday, Ezzat al-Shabandar called on the Iraqi government and the country's national political forces to be vigilant about a big plot paving its way to Iraq from the Turkish and Saudi borders.

Al-Shabandar also lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that Erdogan should not think that Iraq is the backyard of his armed forces because Iraqis can protect themselves well.

Erdogan, who acts in line with the US and Saudi interests in Syria, is trying to make Baghdad change its stance on Damascus through exerting pressures on the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and making provocative statements in this regard.

On Sunday, Erdogan told the media that he travels to the US not only for Syria, but also because he has Iraq on his agenda.

 

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The Independent, UK : “Washington hoped for a split in the Syrian elite”

 

 

 

Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, UK : “Washington wants Syrian government to fall, but is having difficulty riding revolutionary tiger. The Western powers have long hoped for a split in the Syrian elite, but so far there is little sign of this happening. “If you take defections as a measure of political cohesion, then there haven’t been any serious ones,” said a diplomat in Damascus.

Syria today resembles Iraq nine years ago in another disturbing respect. I have now been in Damascus for 10 days, and every day I am struck by the fact that the situation in areas of Syria I have visited is wholly different from the picture given to the world both by foreign leaders and by the foreign media. The last time I felt like this was in Baghdad in late 2003, when every Iraqi knew the US-led occupation was proving a disaster just as George W Bush, Tony Blair and much of the foreign media were painting a picture of progress towards stability and democracy under the wise tutelage of Washington and its carefully chosen Iraqi acolytes.

The picture of Syria most common believed abroad is of the ''rebels'' closing in on the capital as the Assad government faces defeat in weeks or, at most, a few months. The Secretary General of Nato, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said last week that the regime is “approaching collapse”. The foreign media consensus is that the rebels are making sweeping gains on all fronts and the end may be nigh. But when one reaches Damascus, it is to discover that the best informed Syrians and foreign diplomats say, on the contrary, that the most recent rebel attacks in the capital had been thrown back by a government counteroffensive. They say that the ''rebel'' territorial advances, which fuelled speculation abroad that the Syrian government might implode, are partly explained by a new Syrian army strategy to pull back from indefensible outposts and bases and concentrate troops in cities and towns.

At times, Damascus resounds with the boom of artillery fire and the occasional car bomb, but it is not besieged. I drove 160 kilometres north to Homs, Syria’s third largest city with a population of 2.3 million, without difficulty. Homs, once the heart of the uprising, is in the hands of the government, aside from the Old City, which is held by the FSA. Strongholds of the FSA in Damascus have been battered by shellfire and most of their inhabitants have fled to other parts of the capital. The director of the 1,000-bed Tishreen military hospital covering much of southern Syria told me that he received 15 to 20 soldiers wounded every day, of whom about 20 per cent died. This casualty rate indicates sniping, assassinations and small-scale ambushes, but not a fight to the finish.

This misperception of the reality on the ground in Syria is fuelled in part by propaganda, but more especially by inaccurate and misleading reporting by the media where bias towards the rebels and against the government is unsurpassed since the height of the Cold War. Exaggerated notions are given of rebel strength and popularity. The Syrian government is partially responsible for this. By excluding all but a few foreign journalists, the regime has created a vacuum of information that is naturally filled by its enemies. In the event, a basically false and propagandistic account of events in Syria has been created by a foreign media credulous in using pro-opposition sources as if they were objective reporting.

The execution video is a case in point (It shows two men being beheaded by Syrian ''rebels'', one of them by a child) . I have not met a Syrian in Damascus who has not seen it. It is having great influence on how Syrians judge their future, but the mainstream media outside Syria has scarcely mentioned it. Some may be repulsed by its casual savagery, but more probably it is not shown because it contradicts so much of what foreign leaders and reporters claim is happening here.”

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Algerian Army Monitors Tunisian Camps Training Terrorists to Fight in Syria

 

 

 

TRIPOLI, TUNISIA,(ST) _Investigations  conducted by the Algerian  army on military camps where  armed militias in Tunisia  are trained  revealed that these camps are training terrorists who seek to  join terrorist organizations fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The Algerian newspaper El Khabar (News)  reported that preliminary information confirms that supervisors  for the training centers came from Libya to Tunisia  to train the armed militias and then dispatch them to Syria.

The paper added  that when   authentic information were received on monitoring  three training centers for training armed groups in Jandouba area in Tunisia, 60 Km from the Algerian borders,  commander of the Algerian  gendarmerie ( police)   Maj. Gen. Ahmad Busteila met  with officials in charge to discuss the matter and avoid access of terrorists to Algeria or use the Algerian land  as a corridor to implement  their goals.

In this context , the paper said that the Algerian army killed al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan terrorist in the Islamic Maghreb  in  an operation in the East of the country where also three other gunmen  were arrested , whereas  one Algerian municipal guard was killed.

The newspaper reported that preliminary investigations by a special  army squad after the elimination of  several militants in  the recent military operation to the east of the country proved that one of the terrorists  is a 30-year old  man holds a Libyan nationality and was one of the  most dangerous terrorists in the area..

 

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