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RE: Civil war in Syria
Can anyone find anything out about the satellite channel al-Ikhbaryia that was attack, which the government forces and rebels are blaming each other for? The only information I can find is about a Saudi channel with a similar/same name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Ekhbariya

If it is a Saudi Sunni TV station it would make sense for the government to attack it.

EDIT: Russia Today says it is pro-Government. So if it is it makes no sense for Assad's forces to attack it's own media mouthpiece.
2012 Jun 28 15:00
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RE: Civil war in Syria
(2012 Jun 28 15:00)Peasant Wrote:  EDIT: Russia Today says it is pro-Government. So if it is it makes no sense for Assad's forces to attack it's own media mouthpiece.

If its the one in Damascus, I think its been reported pretty consistently as a "rebel attack on government propaganda mouthpiece" in Finnish media.

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2012 Jun 28 15:30
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RE: Civil war in Syria
Sorry, its "armed men" instead of "rebels" this time. Facepalm

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2012 Jun 28 15:35
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Bashar al-Assad: we will 'annihilate terrorists' in Syria
Quote:His rare one-hour interview coincided with a sharp escalation of violence inside Syria and a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of a planned meeting in Geneva that will try to end the bloodshed.

Diplomats said the talks - involving UN Security Council members and key regional countries - would focus on a proposed transition plan to pave the way for a unity government.

"The responsibility of the Syrian government is to protect all of our residents. You have a responsibility to annihilate terrorists in any corner of the country," Mr Assad told Iranian state television.

"When you eliminate a terrorist, it's possible that you are saving the lives of tens, hundreds, or even thousands," he said, referring to last month's massacre in the village of Houla in which more than 100 people, including women and children, were killed.

Battling to crush a 16-month uprising against his rule, the 46-year-old Alawite leader demanded international observers speak out more about the "terrorist operations" they witnessed.

He also firmly rejected any solution imposed from outside the country, emphasising his own commitment to reform instead.

"We will not accept any non-Syrian, non-national model, whether it comes from big countries or friendly countries. No one knows how to solve Syria's problems as well as we do," he said.

"We are moving forward with political reforms. But for terrorists and the governments that support them, reforms have no meaning."

Mr Assad accused Syria's foes of trying to interfere in his country's internal affairs with UN resolutions and by bringing about the failure of Kofi Annan's peace plan.

But he said he did not believe the crisis would result in military action in Syria.

What happened in Libya was "not a solution to be copied because it took Libya from one situation into a much worse one. We all now see how the Libyan people are paying the price," he said.

He had harsh words too for Syria's neighbour Turkey, relations with which have worsened following the shooting down of one of its military planes by Syrian forces last Friday.

"The policies of the Turkish officials lead to the killing and bloodshed of the Syrian people," said Mr Assad.

While the United States and its allies have called for Mr Assad to step aside to help bring an end to the bloodshed, allies Iran and Russia have continued to support the Syrian leader and criticised what they say is foreign interference in the country.

In recent years, Iran's Shia theocracy has allied itself more closely with Syria's nationalist secular government to widen its opposition to Israel and to act as a counterweight against Sunni powers in the region such as Saudi Arabia.

Western diplomats say Tehran has boosted its support for Mr Assad in recent months, supplying training, weapons and communications expertise to assist his forces fight rebel groups.


However, Mr Assad was scornful on Thursday of reports that Iranian forces and fighters from Lebanon's militant Hezbollah resistance movement had been helping direct Syrian army operations.

"This is a joke that we hear many times in order to show that a rift has been created within the army and that therefore there is not an army," he said.

Thanking Iran for being such a loyal friend, he said Damascus would repay such loyalty. He said: "We are on the same front and the name of this front is being independent and making national decisions."

Iran has voiced its support for the Annan peace plan and has offered to participate in crisis talks, but Western diplomats say its motives are purely to safeguard its own interests.
Source - The Telegraph

God this Tory rag has some cheek. Escalation of violence, but instigated by which side? Very vague.

Assad's quote on the responsibility of annihilating terrorists within his own country is funny, since one of his main opponents, the US imperialists, attack terrorist groups outside of it's borders. Not to mention fund and train some of the Sunni ones within Iran's borders. I wouldn't be surprised if they are within Syria, if not their allies.

The media seem to still want to sit the fence on who perpetrated the Houla massacre despite weeks of putting out the rebel/terrorist version of events.

Assad's harsh words on Turkey? They where not harsh at all considering the actions of the Turks. The article fails to mention these and only talks about the shooting down of a Turkish jet.

Pot calling the kettle black here to. Talk of Iran's geopolitical interests and actions in aiding Assad whilst skipping over those of the West and their current allies in the Middle East.

Hezbollah seems to have got itself in a favourable light though. Not branded terrorists but a resistance movement. cool

This article ends with a truthful statement on the West's diplomatic meddling from Iran... but no mention of the West's want to exclude Iran from the UN talks.
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RE: Civil war in Syria
Quote:Turkish troops head to Syrian border

As several nations prepare for an emergency meeting of the Action Group for Syria, Turkey deploys troops to defend its border. The international community has so far been unable to come to consensus about next steps as the crisis continues.

Turkish troops and anti-aircraft batteries were headed toward the tense Turkish-Syrian border region Thursday amid reports that U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan was calling for a transitional “national unity” government as a potential solution to the crisis in Syria.

On the diplomatic front, published reports have indicated that a new “road map” from Annan envisions a transitional government in Syria that would include representatives of the opposition and possibly some members of the current government.

more here

'Defend its border' from whom?

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RE: Civil war in Syria
Since a fair few places are reporting CIA assistance to Syrian rebels and arms distribution in Turkey I am going to engage in an edit war to keep the US flag on the wikipedia page.

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Wikipedia sucks. Too many people there have emotional ties to 'their' articles. Keep up the good work. ;)

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Already reverted twice. Now to sign up and pull out the sources on them... Smile
2012 Jun 29 13:21
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Apparently a US official saying only 'non-lethal' support is happening is enough to dispel US military support and vetting the weapons does not count....anyway I saw this on the Guardian.

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RE: Civil war in Syria
Syria is turning out sort of like Iraq without direct US military involvement...

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