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Tunisia Sending Terrorists to Syria via Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- An organized terrorist network in Tunisia recruits and dispatches young people to Syria via Turkey after training and mobilizing them, media reports disclosed on Wednesday, adding that the Tunisian government is fully aware of the crime.

According to a report by the internet-edition of Tunisian al-Jaridah daily, the family of Omayah bin Mohammad Noureddin, one of the Tunisian terrorists, have called the newspaper and revealed the details of the crime.

."It is a phenomenon which has extensively spread across Tunisia," Noureddin's family members said

They said their son, 25, and a junior of history at college left home on December 12, sent to Syria via Turkey and has not returned yet.

The report came after three Tunisian terrorists were arrested by the Syrian army in October. The three militants belong to a group of foreign terrorists supporting the so-called Free Syrian Army, dubbed 'Jibhat Nosrat El Shem.'

It is estimated that hundreds of Tunisian terrorists are currently fighting against forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as West-led foreign fighters who seek to destabilize the Arab country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.


British MPs write to William Hague over UK military action in Syria




British MPs have written to William Hague to express concern about possible UK military action in Syria and to seek information on the legal basis for it.

The Commons foreign affairs committee (FAC) has also asked the foreign secretary to consult parliament before providing any military support to the Syrian opposition, warning that the circumstances are different from the NATO  intervention in Libya last year.

Richard Ottaway, the FAC chairman, told Hague: “Grave concerns have been expressed by some members … about the value, legitimacy, and legality of western intervention in Syria.” The internal situation in Syria was complex and the international community divided, with Russia strongly opposed to western intervention. The background and circumstances were very different to those present before the 2011 coalition intervention in Libya, which had the backing of a UN resolution.

“At the time of our intervention in Libya, the government published a summary of the legal advice it had received, which concluded that UN resolutions provided a ‘clear and unequivocal’ legal basis for the deployment of UK forces and military assets to Libya,” Ottaway wrote. “Has the government sought legal advice on the lawfulness of, and international legal basis for, any form of additional UK intervention in Syria? If so, following the Libyan precedent, will it provide to the house a summary of this advice?”

Ottaway cited recent developments including Britain joining France, Turkey and the Gulf states in recognising the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people; reports that France and possibly the US, are providing arms to the opposition, and confirmation from David Cameron that the EU would be re-examinig its arms embargo on Syria. “We must now explore all options to help the opposition and to enable greater support for the protection of civilians,” the prime minister said.

by Ian Black, the Guardian





All the new Embassies, not Diplomats, they are actually Spy Centers




As part of his must-read expose of the runaway “secret” government, Tom Engelhart points out that all of the new “embassies” are really spying posts.

Just this month the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, originally a place for analysis and coordination, announced at a conference that his agency was going to expand into “humint” in a big way, filling embassies around the world with a new corps of clandestine operators who had diplomatic or other “cover.”  He was talking about fielding 1,600 “collectors” who would be “trained by the CIA and often work with the Joint Special Operations Command.”  Never, in other words, will a country have had so many “diplomats” who know absolutely nothing about diplomacy.

Now at least, it’s easier to understand why, from London to Baghdad to Islamabad, the U.S. has been building humongous embassies fortified like ancient castles and the size of imperial palaces for unparalleled staffs of “diplomats.”  These will now clearly include scads of CIA, DIA, and perhaps DCS agents, among others, under diplomatic “cover".





Man who left Ireland to fight with Syrian "rebels" dies in gunfight




A YOUNG man who left Ireland to fight against the regime in Syria has been shot dead during a skirmish.

Young entrepreneur Hudhaifa El Sayed (23) lived much of his life in Drogheda, having moved to Ireland with his surgeon father.

The family are originally from Egypt but Mr El Sayed was inspired to travel to Syria to try and help oust president Bashar al-Assad.

According to reports he was killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with regime forces in the north-western Idleb province.

There were heavy clashes in the area this week as armed forces pursued rebels, destroying armed vehicles and claiming several lives.

Before joining rebel forces, Mr El Sayed had been like many other Irish youngsters -- attending St Mary's school in Drogheda before holding down several jobs in Dublin. He had recently been involved in setting up his own company.

But he was one of a handful of men from Ireland who have headed to Syria in order to join the uprising.

Speaking to reporters in Syria before his death, he admitted his parents were concerned about his choice.

"They are still worried for my safety out here," he said. But he added that one of his goals in life was "defending the weak against injustice and the oppressors".

He felt strongly that the fight in Syria was justified and would build a better future for the troubled region.

He was well known in the Islamic community in Ireland and friends posted dozens of messages in tribute and sympathy last night.

One said: "This is such a great loss to the community and of course the family, my thoughts and prayers goes out to him and his family and friends."


Several friends and relatives changed their profile picture to that of Mr El Sayed in tribute.

Mourners gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh last night as news of Mr El Sayed's death filtered through.

It is understood that Mr El Sayed was killed as rebels pushed from the north of the country, aimed at pressurising al-Assad as insurgents closed on the capital from the south.

The United Nations yesterday launched what it said was its "largest short-term humanitarian appeal ever" for $1.5bn to help millions of Syrians suffering a "dramatically deteriorating" humanitarian situation.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is no prospect of an end to the 21-month conflict in Syria.

He said that the only way to stop the violence is a political settlement and he again urged the deeply divided UN Security Council to unite and "give a very strong political direction" to the two sides.

"Syria began the year in conflict, and ends the year in war," he said. "Day by day, the death toll has climbed. Month by month, the regional spillover has grown."


Irish Independent







Russian Security Chief-US seeks ‘world supremacy’ through advanced weapons




RT-The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia has provided his views on a number of national security issues, including the importance of preserving Russia’s nuclear arsenal against potential adversaries.

Nikolay Patrushev, commenting on how atomic weapons play more of a political role than a military one, said the consequences of even a “limited nuclear intervention” are so catastrophic that it makes the usage of such weapons absolutely impossible.

Nuclear arsenals therefore continue to serve as an effective deterrent against any possible large-scale war, Patrushev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in an interview.

Patrushev spoke candidly on the nature and source of threats to Russian security, and what those challenges mean for the country.

“We…understand that the atomic weapons of leading western counties are aimed mainly against Russia,” he said. “In these conditions – and given the insufficient strength of Russia’s conventional armed forces – the preservation of the nuclear potential is a priority task.”

While ruling out the possibility of total nuclear disarmament, Patrushev nevertheless explained that a new generation of weapon systems – including anti-ballistic missiles – is changing the nuclear calculus.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin spoke on the threat of mobile, naval-based elements of the US missile defense system “suddenly appearing” on Russia’s coastline. Such an event would trigger “the harshest reaction from Russia," he warned.

Rogozin said that Russia is now taking definite steps to counter US warships “equipped with the Aegis integrated naval weapons system.”

Moscow has frequently warned of “another arms race” unless a bilateral agreement is reached on NATO’s plans for missile defense near the Russian border.

Patrushev continued that theme in his interview, underlining the technological advances that have changed the face of war.

Not long ago, any state that possessed nuclear weapons was undoubtedly a “dominating force” in the international arena, he noted. However, in a clear reference to US plans for a naval-based missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, Patrushev mentioned that a new generation of weapons is being developed, and that “the United States has proven successful in this field of research.”

Patrushev explained that Russia, which has seen success in developing state-of-the-art technology, had not given enough attention to that field of research. As new weaponry appears, the US appears to be reconsidering the role of strategic nuclear arms in the fulfillment of a “geopolitical idea of world supremacy,” the security official added.

Political Challenges from the West

Unfortunately, as political events over the last year have proven, challenges to Russia from the West are not limited to the realm of military technologies.

“Last fall, Russia became (the target of) informational, organizational and other external leverages of interference into its internal affairs,” the Security Chief noted.

Patrushev talked about the mass protests that followed parliamentary elections last December and the presidential elections in March this year. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets amid allegations from the political opposition that the election results were fraudulent.

While acknowledging the “constitutional right” of the demonstrators to assemble and protest, the Security Chief said that such actions should be carried out within the framework of the law. Unfortunately, this was not always the case.

Some members of the opposition and radical groups attempted to use the street movement as an opportunity to“provoke mass disorder,” he noted.

In response to these activities both at home and abroad, the state was forced to take measures to maintain order and stability.

The Russian government adopted amendments to the legal code and “halted activities of a number of NGOs, some of which were directly financed by the US Department of State,” Patrushev said.

In September, for example, Russian officials informed USAID that their services were no longer required.

According to the Foreign Ministry, USAID was attempting to manipulate the political winds inside the country.

“The character of the agency's work…did not always comply with the declared aims of cooperation in bilateral humanitarian cooperation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. “We are talking about issuing grants in an attempt to affect the course of the political processes in the country, including elections at different levels and institutions in civil society."

Steps undertaken by the Russian government to offset the damage “proved to be efficient” and the law enforcement officials managed – in a legal manner – to provide for the safety of the population, he added.

Patrushev indicated the leaders of the protests and their foreign supporters will continue in their efforts to wreak havoc on the Russian people.

“The situation is absolutely clear,” he said. “The ‘directors’ and sponsors of the anti-government rallies are known and they are not going to drop their plans.”

Despite their efforts, there are no preconditions for a color revolution in Russia, Patrushev assured. National security“will remain stable” in 2013.







Islamofascist Killers Threaten Syria




 They’re merciless cutthroat murderers. They commit grotesque atrocities. Torture, beheadings, and other monstrous savagery are all in a day’s work.

They’re Washington favorites. They’re recruited, heavily armed, trained, funded and directed in all US regional wars. Ronald Reagan called earlier equivalents “freedom fighters.” Some got White House visits.

A March 1983 photo showed Afghan Mujahideen fighters there. Reagan called them “an inspiration to those who love freedom.”

He called Nicaraguan Contra killers “our brothers, these freedom fighters and we owe them our help. They are the moral equal of our founding fathers.

History doesn’t just rhyme. It repeats in horrifyingly disturbing ways.

Wherever America shows up, deaths, mass destruction, and brutal atrocities follow. Countries are ravaged one at a time or in multiples. Millions die. Appalling crimes are committed.

Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya tasted US-style liberation. Since winter 2011, Syria’s been systematically ravaged. No end of conflict appears near. Many dozens or hundreds die daily. The worst is yet to come.

On December 15, China’s Xinhau headlined “Growing Presence of Extremists Sends Chills Down Syrians’ Spines,” saying

Syrians now experience what’s happened regionally for years. Media scoundrels suppress it. They call mass slaughter and destruction liberation. They give short shrift to cutthroat mercenaries.

Syrians fear for their lives and country. They ask how things got this far. Many understand Washington’s responsibility. Complicit with key NATO partners, regional allies, and Israel, they’re systematically destroying Syria.

Many Syrians able to leave do so. Most end up in wretched refugee camps. More affluent ones find favorable safe havens. They’d rather be home. They leave to stay alive.

Forty-six year old engineer Maher perhaps spoke for others.

. “Why would I stay here now that I can afford living in a neighboring country,” he said. “I could save my family some avoidable consequences"

He hopes Syria won’t be another Afghanistan or Iraq. He prays for a miracle to save his country.

If President Assad is ousted, many Syrians worry what’s next. Potential Islamofascist governance assures continuation of what’s now ongoing

Raging Libyan violence reflects it. Syria’s turn perhaps is next. Washington bears full responsibility. It planned violent regime change years ago

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad’s recent comment offered hope, saying:

The government is strong. The Syrian army is strong, and the Syrian people are still rallying behind President Assad." That’s why President Assad and the political system are still surviving and they will still survive".

Hopefully the fullness of time will prove him right. Daily violence casts a pall over Syria’s future.

Iran and others warn that offensive Patriot missiles in Turkey on Syria’s border threaten possible global war. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cancelled a planned Ankara visit. He condemned a dangerous provocation.

Tehran’s armed forces chief of staff, General Hassan Firouzabadi, called each missile “a black dot on the map.” They head events toward global conflict.

 “This is very dangerous for everyone,” he stressed, “and even for the future of Europe.” They’ll be installed in January. Offensive provocations may follow.

On December 14, NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis accused Assad of firing scud missiles inside Syria. Several landed close to Turkey’s border, he claimed.

Damascus denounced alleged attacks as false. Syrian authorities called reports provocative and untrue.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited US forces at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. Washington shares it. He said Patriot batteries can shoot down aircraft and short-range missiles.

Deploying them, he claimed, will “help Turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very well need to deal with the threats coming out of Syria.”

None exist. He knows it. He’s fooling no one. Patriot batteries are provocative. Installing them is for offense, not defense. Doing so heightens risks. In place, they’ll likely be used. Full-scale intervention may follow.

Deputy NATO Secretary-General Jesper Vahr warned Syria that “messing with Turkey means messing with NATO.” He barely stopped short of declaring war. Doing it perhaps is imminent. Events bear close watching. Post-holiday season may prove most threatening.

Michel Chossudovsky suggests possible “military escalation” and “Russia-US confrontation.

What’s now ongoing is long-planned “US-NATO-Israeli led insurgency against Syria".

French, British, Turkish, Qatari, and very likely US Special Forces are involved. US and UK intelligence operatives have been all along. Perhaps French, Mossad, and other regional elements with them.

Washington plays hard ball for keeps. Ravaging Syria won’t stop until the entire country is destroyed or enough of it to matter.

Western and regional Special Forces “are ‘embedded’ within rebel ranks.” They’re training and directing them. They choose targets and coordinate what happens.

They operate “in liaison with NATO.” The North Atlantic Alliance is a longstanding imperial killing machine. Its mission is slaughter, mass destruction, and regime change.

Led by Washington, it’s systematically dismantling and ravaging Syria. It has other targets in mind. NATO killers never rest.

Ambitious goals drive them. Unchallenged global dominance is planned. Aims to achieve it perhaps involve laying waste to planet earth.

Proxy cutthroat killers commit daily terrorism. Patriot missiles plan their own version.

Preparing for what’s coming, Chossudovsky said “Russia delivered advanced Iskander missiles to Syria (and) Russian defense system Pechora 2M"

They’re fully operational. What’s next bears watching. January events may signal what follows.

Russian/US relations are at a “dangerous crossroads.” Russian citizens in Syria are targeted. So are foreign journalists.

In September, Press TV’s Maya Naser was murdered in cold blood. At the same time, its Damascus bureau chief Hosein Mortada was shot in the back and wounded. Both reporters were covering Damascus bomb blasts when targeted.

They and other independent journalists receive frequent death threats. They courageously stay and do their job. Some like Maya pay with their lives. Hosein was adopted to surgery.

Syria is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Those doing their job responsibly are most vulnerable. Cutthroat killers target them.

Washington decides which ones. NATO partners and Israel choose their favorites. Truth-tellers beware.

Since conflict erupted last year, around six dozen journalists died. Many independent ones succumbed. Major media ones included London Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and New York Times columnist Anthony Shadid. Officially an asthma attack took him. Death by drowning is more likely.

Many considered Assad loyalists are imperiled. Many bravely hold firm. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said residents of Aleppo’s al-Sabil neighborhood turned out in force.

A massive pro-Assad rally was held. Support was expressed for Syria’s army. Expelling foreign terrorists was urged. Syrians know who’s friend and foe. They stuck their necks out saying so.

Syria’s conflict indeed may be at a dangerous crossroads. What affects the Syrian government imperils the region. It can’t avoid what Washington plans. Nor can other nations if conditions escalate out of control. The possibility is real and ominous.

By Stephen Lendman

Global Research, December 17, 2012





Syrian ''rebels'' say Americans, Britons helped train them in Jordan




AMMAN, Jordan — Weeks before the Obama administration and other Western nations recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition as “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, Syrian ''rebels'' were receiving training in the use of light and heavy weapons with the backing of the Jordanian, British and U.S. governments, participants in the training have told McClatchy.

The training took place as far back as October and involved hundreds of ''rebels'', the participants said. In one case, the rebel participant said men he believed were American intelligence officers observed what was taking place. Another said he believed British officers were helping to organize the training. The training itself was handled by Jordanian military officers, the ''rebels'' said.

“We hoped there would be more training on larger weapons,” said Kamal al Zoubani, a fighter from the southern Syrian city of Daraa, which often is referred to as the birthplace of the ''uprising'' against President Bashar Assad, which began nearly 22 months ago. “But we were allowed to take light weapons back to Syria with us.”

By November, another rebel- terrorist- said, the training had expanded to anti-tank weapons and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

American officials, citing concerns that they didn’t know the political leanings of anti-Assad groups, have said repeatedly that they aren’t providing weapons to the ''rebels'', leaving that to countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

But there’s been little discussion of what role the United States might be playing in training rebel fighters, whose offensives against loyalist Assad forces have been gaining traction in recent months.

This week, the Obama administration recognized the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the likely successor to the Assad regime and urged countries to funnel aid through it for the ''rebels''. In tandem with that decision, the administration labeled a key rebel group, the Nusra Front, whose fighters have been at the front lines of many recent rebel victories, an offshoot of al Qaida in Iraq in hopes that Qatar and Saudi Arabia would stop assisting it.

Zoubani said the ''rebel'' military council in Daraa, a group associated with the secular Free Syrian Army, had selected him to receive the training and that at least three groups of 50 to 60 fighters were trained at a military base in southern Jordan in October. He said he didn’t know why he’d been chosen as opposed to other ''rebels'', only that leaders from the military council had contacted him and told him he’d receive the training.

He said uniformed Jordanian military officers were present at the training, as well as people he believed to be American intelligence officers.

The second ''fighter'', who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was uncertain whether he was authorized to reveal details, said the training had progressed by November to include anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and that the office of Sheikh Mouaz al Khatib, the Syrian cleric who heads the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, had selected fighters for the training. Khatib assumed his position Nov. 11, when the group was formed during meetings in Doha, Qatar.

The fighter said that more than 60 others had trained with him in an eight-day course at a military base near Amman. He said uniformed British and Jordanian military officers were present.

“They trained us to use LAU and Cobra anti-tank rockets and Stinger (anti-aircraft) missiles,” the ''fighter'' said.

The ''fighter'' said ''rebels'' also were trained to use anti-aircraft guns, which have been employed in past months to bring down Syrian government aircraft. The ''rebels'' have managed to buy and capture increasing numbers of anti-aircraft guns and have captured anti-aircraft missiles from Syrian government stocks. In November, video posted to YouTube appeared to confirm the first successful use of anti-aircraft rockets against government aircraft. ''rebels'' claimed that the weapons used in that incident came from captured stocks.

Jordan, which has become home to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees since the conflict began, has taken pains to appear neutral.

On Wednesday, Jordanian officials seemed to be supportive of the anti-Assad ''rebellion'' as they helped dozens of Syrians living in a refugee camp here to sneak back into Syria. Still, ''rebels'' said the Jordanian government, which maintains tight control of its border, continued to prevent heavy weapons from being smuggled into Syria.

The revelations of training in Jordan come as the ''rebels'' have made a series of military advances against the Assad regime and signs point to an increasingly beleaguered government. U.S. intelligence officials claimed this week that the Syrian military had fired SCUD missiles for the first time in the conflict, a development that may signal that the military is running low on more traditional weaponry.