Syria insists on its ‘sovereignty’ in UN aid resolution

February 24, 2014 by  
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Syria insists on its ‘sovereignty’ in UN aid resolution (via AFP)

Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects “state sovereignty.” A Saudi source, meanwhile, said Riyadh is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft…

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Lebanon gets new government after 10-month deadlock

February 17, 2014 by  
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Lebanon gets new government after 10-month deadlock (via AFP)

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Saturday unveiled a compromise government, capping 10 months of political wrangling during which the war in neighbouring Syria exacerbated sectarian tensions. The 24-member government, including only one woman…

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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for Syria talks

February 17, 2014 by  
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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for Syria talks (via AFP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Abu Dhabi late Monday for talks on Syria and the Middle East hours after criticising Russia for “enabling” the Assad regime. Arriving from Jakarta on the sixth day of his latest diplomatic tour, Kerry began…

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February 15, 2014 by  
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Mortar shell lands near Chinese embassy in Syria

September 30, 2013 by  
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More attacks in Syria  the AP reports:

Syria’s state-run news agency says three mortar shells have hit the capital, Damascus, one of them landing near the Chinese embassy.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said the shell fell about 100 meters (yards) from the embassy, setting two cars on fire and damaging others.

The location was also close to the American Cultural Center, which has been closed for two years.

Monday’s shelling came days after shells hit the Iraqi and Russian missions in central Damascus.

On Thursday, a mortar shell slammed into the Iraqi consulate building, killing an Iraqi woman and wounding three. Days before, rebels fired mortars that landed on the grounds of the Russian embassy, wounding three workers.

The governments of China, Russia and Iraq are strong backers of President Bashar Assad’s government.

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Syria Islamist Rebel Groups Reject West-Backed Opposition

September 25, 2013 by  
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Syria rebel groups reject Western-backed opposition; UN team returns to  probe chemical arms

BEIRUT (AP) — Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful  al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the  Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country  to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.

In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front  slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer  represents their interests.

The statement reflects the lack of unity between the political opposition,  based in exile, and the disparate rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s  regime. Syria’s civil war has killed over 100,000 people so far.

The statement also called on all those trying to topple Assad’s government to  unite under a “clear Islamic framework” — an apparent reference to the al-Qaida  faction’s aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.

It said the rebels do “not recognize” any future government formed outside  Syria, insisting that forces fighting on the ground should be represented by  “those who suffered and took part in the sacrifices.”

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Rebels slam opposition; UN team returns to Syria

September 25, 2013 by  
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BEIRUT (AP) — Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.

In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents their interests.

The statement reflects the lack of unity between the political opposition, based in exile, and the disparate rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime. Syria’s civil war has killed over 100,000 people so far.

The statement also called on all those trying to topple Assad’s government to unite under a “clear Islamic framework” — an apparent reference to the al-Qaida faction’s aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.

It said the rebels do “not recognize” any future government formed outside Syria, insisting that forces fighting on the ground should be represented by “those who suffered and took part in the sacrifices.”

Meanwhile, a team of U.N. chemical weapons arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to continue investigating what officials from the world organization have described as “pending credible allegations” of the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.

The visit of the six-member team, led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, follows a report by the inspectors after their previous trip in September, which said nerve agent sarin was used in an Aug. 21, attack near the capital, Damascus.

The U.S. and its allies say Assad’s regime was behind the attack, and Washington said it killed 1,400 people. Syrian activist groups gave significantly lower death tolls, but still in the hundreds.

Damascus blames the rebels for the attack, and Russia, a close ally of Assad, said the U.N. report did not provide enough evidence to blame the Syrian government. It has also demanded that U.N. inspectors probe other attacks that allegedly included chemical agents.

The United States and Russia brokered an agreement for Syria to give up its chemical weapons but U.N. diplomats say they are at odds on details of a Security Council resolution spelling out how it should be done and the possible consequences if Syria doesn’t comply.

In a speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, President Barack Obama challenged the Security Council to hold Syria accountable if it fails to live up to its pledges.

“If we cannot agree even on this,” Obama said, “then it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.”

A statement by the U.N. on Tuesday said the inspectors will use their new visit to gather evidence from the alleged chemical weapons attack on March 19 on the village of Khan al Assal outside the city of Aleppo, which was captured by the rebels in July.

Wednesday’s rebel announcement, carried by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, came almost two weeks after the SNC, the main Western-backed opposition coalition, in Turkey elected Ahmad Saleh Touma as the opposition’s interim prime minister.

Syrian rebels have been deeply divided and clashes between rival groups over the past months left hundreds of people dead, mostly in northern and eastern Syria. Al-Qaida gunmen have been on the offensive against members of the more mainstream Free Syrian Army, though some of the groups that signed on to Wednesday’s statement also belong to the FSA umbrella.

Syria’s conflict has taken on increasingly sectarian tones in the past year, pitting predominantly Sunni Muslim rebels against members of Assad’s minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

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Syria: What are we missing?

September 20, 2013 by  
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Syria: What are we missing? (via GlobalPost)

Enlarge BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — The question of who was behind last month’s chemical weapons attacks in Syria is an emotional hot-button issue. Like evolution or global warming, no amount of scientific evidence will persuade those committed to a certain…

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Iran leader offers to broker Syria talks

September 20, 2013 by  
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Iran leader offers to broker Syria talks (via AFP)

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani offered to broker talks between the Syrian government and the opposition Thursday, as the United States called for a binding UN resolution on the regime’s chemical weapons. A “definitive” UN report has proved that the…

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us-to-test-nukes-on-nuke-disarmament-day

September 20, 2013 by  
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The US has scheduled two test launches for its nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) on September 22 and September 26.

The first nuclear missile will be launched one day after the International Day of Peace and the second one is expected to be launched on the same day the UN’s high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament will take place in New York.

“Instead of honoring the significance of these dates and working in good faith to achieve nuclear disarmament, the United States has chosen to schedule two tests of its Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on September 22 and September 26,” Rick Wayman of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation told the Daily Times.

“We are disappointed that a test launch is scheduled for the same day as the High-Level Meeting on nuclear disarmament at the UN in New York,” Wayman said.

“These missiles are designed to carry nuclear warheads capable of killing thousands of times more people than the chemical weapons used in Syria,” he pointed out.

Washington has accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons in an attack near capital Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has categorically rejected the allegations and even Obama’s top aide, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, admitted that Washington’s claims were based on a “common-sense test” not any “irrefutable” evidence.

Meanwhile, Russia has said it has evidence which shows militant groups operating in Syria staged the August 21 attack to incriminate the Syrian government.

As Washington plans to go ahead with its plans to test nuclear missiles next week, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq cited the UN Secretary General’s statement on the issue which said, “We should all remember the terrible toll of nuclear tests.”

The US is the only country in the world that has used atomic bombs in war. US atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in August 1945.

Last year in September, it was reported that the US government was planning to undertake the costliest modernization of its nuclear arsenal in history

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