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Old 2013-01-04, 07:55   Link #261
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Bored Japanese gets kicks from Syria war tourism
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Old 2013-01-15, 16:43   Link #262
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Explosions kill 83 at Syrian university as exams begin
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90E0V820130115
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Old 2013-01-16, 12:11   Link #263
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Syria Dropped Hallucinogen Weapon on Rebels, Secret Cable Says:

"The Syrian military used an exotic chemical weapon on rebels during an attack in
the city of Homs, some U.S. diplomats now believe.

That conclusion — first reported by Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin and laid out in a
secret cable from the U.S. consul general in Istanbul — contradicts preliminary
estimates made by American officials in the hours after the December 23 strike.
But after interviews with Syrian activists, doctors, and defectors, American
diplomats in Turkey have apparently rendered a different verdict. It’s important to
note, however, that this was the conclusion of a single consulate within the State
Department, and there is still wide disagreement within the U.S. government over
whether the Homs attack should be characterized as a chemical weapons incident.

“We can’t definitely say 100 percent, but Syrian contacts made a compelling case
that Agent 15 was used in Homs on Dec. 23,” an unnamed U.S. official tells Rogin."

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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/01/syria-agent-bz/
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Old 2013-01-17, 12:52   Link #264
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U.S. Shoots Down Secret Report That Syria Used a Hallucinogen Weapon:

"The State Department is publicly discounting claims made by its own diplomats
about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

On Tuesday, Foreign Policy detailed a secret and previously unknown cable from
the U.S. consulate in Istanbul which came to the explosive conclusion that Syrian
government forces dropped a hallucinogen known as “Agent 15″ on rebels in the
town of Homs on December 23.

But less than a day later, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has
denied the report, saying that the Foreign Policy story ”did not accurately convey
the anecdotal information that we had received from a third party regarding an
alleged incident in Syria in December.”

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Old 2013-01-26, 18:44   Link #265
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Assad and family said to be living on a warship:

"Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved with his family and a select
cadre of associates to a warship off Syria’s coast, where he is being guarded by
Russian naval forces, a Saudi daily reported on Monday.

The Russian protection effectively amounts to political asylum for the Syrian
president, unnamed intelligence sources told the Saudi daily al-Watan. Assad now
travels by helicopter to mainland Syria for official meetings in his presidential palace
in Damascus, having lost faith in his security detail, the report said."

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/assad-a...-on-a-warship/
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Old 2013-01-26, 21:14   Link #266
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Government....airships?
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Old 2013-01-26, 23:10   Link #267
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Assad and family said to be living on a warship:

"Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved with his family and a select
cadre of associates to a warship off Syria’s coast, where he is being guarded by
Russian naval forces, a Saudi daily reported on Monday.

The Russian protection effectively amounts to political asylum for the Syrian
president, unnamed intelligence sources told the Saudi daily al-Watan. Assad now
travels by helicopter to mainland Syria for official meetings in his presidential palace
in Damascus, having lost faith in his security detail, the report said."

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/assad-a...-on-a-warship/
Why russia is still protecting him so badly ?
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Old 2013-01-26, 23:28   Link #268
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I rather trust him than have unstable factions come to power in Syria.
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Old 2013-01-27, 00:50   Link #269
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I rather trust him than have unstable factions come to power in Syria.
Really, in the end it makes no difference which nation protects which ruler. Russian has her own interests to watch out for.

This is not about "stable factions". If "Stability" is all you want, that's a pretty low bar.

Assad literally can no longer hold power without Putin's aid. There is a price to pay for that; he needs to give Russia more and more power over Syria if he hopes to stay on the job.

I don't really have an opinion of whether Syria should or shouldn't have a new ruler; just want to point out that Russia is a foreign power, and that if you can't rule without outside help, you are not really the ruler any more.
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Old 2013-01-27, 15:03   Link #270
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Russia says Assad's prospects fading

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But he also warned of consequences if Assad is thrown out by force. He said: "Then the civil war will last for decades."
Translation : Let's play Vietnam and Afghanistan again! CIA vs SVR, Delta vs Spetznaz GRU. Cue the battle of the alpha males!
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Old 2013-01-27, 16:23   Link #271
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Russia says Assad's prospects fading



Translation : Let's play Vietnam and Afghanistan again! CIA vs SVR, Delta vs Spetznaz GRU. Cue the battle of the alpha males!
Not sure about GRU, but our "beloved friends" from Northern Caucasus are all there Well, not all of them, sadly, but some of them for sure. Youtube has enogh videos from Syria with russian speech in background.
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Old 2013-01-28, 11:15   Link #272
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Some tank footage from Darayya. Syrian army tanks and a BMP prowling the streets.
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Old 2013-01-28, 11:36   Link #273
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I am not pro Assad, but given the way things are shaping up, Christians may suffer AGAIN thanks to western "democracy" efforts.

SEE: IRAQ-During Saddam era, Christians had security and peace. After Saddam, suddenly Christians all getting murdered and their churches burned for heresy.

Prepare for Round II. I hope Obama has a better messenger from God than Bush did.
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Old 2013-01-28, 13:26   Link #274
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This is not about "stable factions". If "Stability" is all you want, that's a pretty low bar.
Here, look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war

Yes, yes, it's wikipedia -- but look at the list of "Belligerents" -- there's a reason why many of us don't care who "wins" in Syria.. and more that we just yearn for stability. Suddam was probably a terrible tyrant to his people, but he also managed to keep religious extremists bottled up, so ultimately who is better for whom and why? Who's fighting to overthrow whom?

There's also this: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world...ent-a-big-blow -- there's continued demonstrated failure for the "rebels" to form an organization that can be viewed to provide a stable power transition with the soldiers on the ground admiring the "battle hardened" fundamentalists and little enthusiasm to curb them. Here's a quote from the article:

"The rise of jihadist rebels in the last few months as a dominant force in the armed opposition, and the possibility of a backlash by the Sunni majority against Mr Al Assad's Alawite minority, has made international powers hold back from supporting the increasingly radicalised, mostly Sunni rebels."
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Old 2013-01-28, 14:44   Link #275
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Israel Girds for Attacks as Syria Falls Apart:

"At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed Sunday in
northern Israel amid reports of intense security consultations with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Syria and the possibility of chemical weapons
falling into the hands of Islamist rebels or being transferred to the militant group
Hezbollah.

Silvan Shalom, a vice prime minister, described the movement of such weapons as
a “red line” that could lead to Israeli military action."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/wo...yria.html?_r=0
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Old 2013-01-29, 05:30   Link #276
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Some tank footage from Darayya. Syrian army tanks and a BMP prowling the streets.
Air strike, you can see the bomb shell coming almost in his face:

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Old 2013-01-29, 16:59   Link #277
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Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo
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Old 2013-01-30, 18:16   Link #278
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Officials to AP: Israel hit SA-17 missiles shipment:

"News agency quotes US and regional security officials as saying Israel conducted
airstrike inside Syria hitting convoy of trucks; officials estimate target was SA-17
missiles which would be 'game-changing' in hands of Hezbollah"

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...339181,00.html
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Old 2013-01-30, 18:35   Link #279
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Officials to AP: Israel hit SA-17 missiles shipment:

"News agency quotes US and regional security officials as saying Israel conducted
airstrike inside Syria hitting convoy of trucks; officials estimate target was SA-17
missiles which would be 'game-changing' in hands of Hezbollah"

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...339181,00.html
I am not sure than it was such great idea to do that; who know that will be the impact of this one at long term.
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Old 2013-01-30, 19:16   Link #280
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I am not sure than it was such great idea to do that; who know that will be the impact of this one at long term.
SA-17 isn't just another shoulder-fired SAM. It's a big, vehicle-mounted system:

http://www.armyrecognition.com/russi..._pictures.html

that can engage targets at "an altitude of between 10 and 24,000 m out a
maximum range of 50 km in given conditions."

Which means it can take potshots well into Israeli airspace from Lebanon. It can
also reach higher than a shoulder-fired SAM.

There's no way the Israelis are going to let Hezbollah have something like that if
they can help it.

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