Obama Does Syriana
Stop the war in Syria –No intervention
The ominous signs of impending war with Syria are escalating. A nightmare is unfoldingacross the countryand has now reached the streetsof Damascusand Aleppo. As we are writing these lines, the Minister of Defence Dawoud Raha and Assad’s brother in-law Assef Shawkat have just been assassinated, supposedly by terrorist attack. And we all sense how the story will probably end: Thousands of soldiers and civilians killed, towns and families destroyed, and President Assad and his family beaten to death in a ditch.
NATO and the EU are backing Turkish support to the opposition, along with Saudi Arabian and Qatari millions and arms flowing into Syria from every corner. Any arms trade, by Western countries and their allies and by Russia, intensifies the civil war and conflict.Western media repeats arguments to justify foreign intervention.
The International Coordinating Committee of the Network No to War –No to NATO, opposes any military, economic, diplomatic, orcovert intervention aimed at controlling the internal affairs of Syria or any other country:
Sanctions harm the people of Syria causing food shortages, power outages, and block the distribution of goods.
Foreign intervention from all sides is contributing to the escalation of violence, the possibility of civil war, and total destabilization. This includes any interventions under the cover of “securing” against the possible use of chemical weapons. The people who always suffer the most are the peoplnot engaged directly in the armed conflict.
Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy
The West's real target here is not Assad's brutal regime but his ally, Iran, and its nuclear weapons
Syrian rebels near Aleppo: 'We are besieging Assad's army'
Luke Harding in Anadan, on the Aleppo frontline
Syria crisis: a captured Shabiha member in Aleppo speaks Link to this video
At that moment there was a percussive boom: a shell landing in the nearby hills. Syria's war has been going on for 16 long months – a brutal conflict fought between a well-armed military state and lightly-weaponed revolutionaries. This battle has raged across the country: in Homs, Hama and most recently Damascus.
Last week it arrived in Aleppo in northern Syria. It is the country's biggest city, home to 2.5 million people, inhabited since the second millennium BC, and situated on a historic trading route between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia. It is a microcosm of Syria's complex internal forces, religious and civic. A murderous storm now grips it.
"The bombing has been going on all night. And all morning," Abdul Sadiq, a Free Syrian Army commander, said indifferently. "The shelling is continuous." His militia volunteers seized the town of Anadan, 13km immediately north of Aleppo, a month ago. Groups of FSA fighters infiltrated south and east Aleppo on 20 July.
Many fundamentalist groups seeking to oust Syrian regime
Many Islamists, some linked to al-Qaeda, are involved in the Syrian conflict, writes MICHAEL JANSEN in Damascus
THE GRADUAL loss of control by Damascus of expanding enclaves of territory to rebels seeking the Syrian government’s overthrow has led to growing involvement of al-Qaeda and ultra-orthodox Sunni Salafi fighters in the 16-month conflict.
Al-Qaeda made its presence known last December with twin suicide bombings in Damascus that killed 44. Claims by affiliates were taken seriously by both the Syrian and US governments.
January and February suicide bombings, a hallmark of the Iraqi al-Qaeda franchise, were also sourced to al-Qaeda’s jihadis.
There were two developments in February that seem to have spurred al-Qaeda involvement – the release from prison in Aleppo of strategist Abu Musab al-Suri, and the call of the parent movement’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to Muslims in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to join the jihad against Syria’s “pernicious, cancerous regime”.
His appeal was echoed in a recent video featuring the “Soldiers of the Omar Farouq Brigade in Syria,” named after an al-Qaeda figure slain in Iraq in 2006. The video targeted potential Turkish recruits and depicted the training fighters undergo in Syria. Turks were said to be among those shown.
Jihadis or mujahideen see the struggle for Syria as a battle in the long drawn-out war for the restoration of the Islamic caliphate and the cleansing of Dar al-Islam, the Muslim world, of western political control and social and cultural influences.
A Syrian Bloodbath Revisited Searching for the Truth Behind the Houla Massacre
By Christoph Reuter and Abd al-Kadher Adhun
Initially, the United Nations was convinced that the Syrian government was behind the brutal Houla massacre. But then, some began to have doubts. SPIEGEL traveled to the town to interview survivors and witnesses -- and was able to reconstruct the horrifying slaughter.
It was a fatal miscalculation, as Colonel Sayyid was forced to realize during the last few minutes of his life. According to statements by his surviving wife and daughter, he was in his room on the second floor when he overheard the murderers in front of the house as they agreed bring out the women first and then kill everyone. He told his wife and children to run. "I'll try to stall them," he said. He succeeded, but paid for it with his life.
The Houla massacre at the end of May, which claimed the lives of 108 village residents, according to the United Nations, including 49 children and 34 women, most of them murdered with hatchets, knives and guns, shocked the world. UN observers were able to gain access to the site of the carnage, where they could see the bodies and independently confirm what had happened there. The Syrian ambassadors to the UN and 12 countries, including Germany, were expelled. On June 1, the UN Human Rights Council condemned the Syrian regime and its shabiha militias for the massacre, with Russia and China voting against the resolution. The government in Damascus, however, blamed the incident on "terrorists" and denounced what it called a "tsunami of lies" over the massacre.