One of the Anonymous commenters caught this news. Which was my post for today.I note the ending quotation from Ahmadinejad with interest- Conference taking place in Iran, today.
Iran wants to co-ordinate efforts among countries that don’t accept the Western and Saudi approach to Syria,” said Mohammad Marandi of Tehran University. “It’s a counter-force to the so-called Friends of Syria gathering.”
Digression: Interestingly or curiously I had just heard an interview with Mohammad Marandi the other day
Give it a listen.
Ending with: Ahmadinejad quoted as saying on Wednesday.
“I am certain they have plans for changes in Saudi Arabia as well they do not want Muslim countries to have power and in opposition we must stand together more than before,” he added.
Countries in attendance
Representatives of different world states, including Russia, China, Belarus, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Benin, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Oman, Venezuela, Tajikistan, India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine at the level of three foreign ministers, two acting deputy ministers, 7 deputy ministers, 15 ambassadors and also the UN envoy to Tehran are attending the meeting.News out of Syria still has the batte ongoing for Aleppo. Or not.
Syrian troops outside of the Citadel
Syrian rebel commanders say they have lost control of a strategic district in the northern city of Aleppo after a ferocious government offensive.
Salaheddine, a southern gateway to Aleppo, has been the focus of fighting between the army and the rebels for days.
Rebels say they have now been forced to fall back from some frontline positions.
However WSJ is reporting the rebels have a swathe of land north of Aleppo to Turkey. This is not good.
The Syrian border town of Azzaz, to Aleppo's north, fell to rebel fighters on July 21, rebels say, and much of the rest of the countryside north of Aleppo fell within days. About a week ago, rebel fighters-turned-bureaucrats took up posts at a pair of border crossings with Turkey, one near Azzaz and the other west of Aleppo. Crisply dressed rebels check passports of new arrivals, enter names into computers and extend a welcome hand to "Free Syria."I will assume this is why Syrian military is flying and striking north of Aleppo
From the ABC article:
Government attack jets have reportedly been in action outside Aleppo, repeatedly striking a village on the road between city and the Turkish border.Is it enough to create the no fly zone? The one that NATO needs to have in Syria to present this as a made in Syria war.
Perplexing update begins- Saudi-Iranian truce on Syria is welcome
This meeting is set to take place next week?
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz’s invitation to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend an emergency Islamic summit in Makkah later this month caught many observers by surprise. The invitation was extended at a time when relations between the two key Gulf powers have reached a new low over the very issue the summit is designed to deal with — Syria.
More surprising was Tehran’s response. Ahmadinejad is said to have accepted the invitation and is preparing to lead his country’s delegation to the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which will be held on August 15-16.
Iran holds a meeting today, on short notice and now Saudi Arabia is going to have one next week?
Top Iranian officials have on various occasions warned that they will not allow the Syrian regime to collapse. Given the polarisation between the Saudis and the Iranians, a few in fact would expect that the visit by Ahmadinejad to Makkah would produce any political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Give it a read and tell me what you all think!! I find this development a bit startling and haven't had time to really digest it.What the visit might do instead is to give the two sides a short respite to evaluate their strategies and prepare for the next round in their grand competition for supremacy in the region. It might also help mitigate the sectarian tension which reached a dangerous level in recent months.Right now Saudi Arabia and Iran are locked in a fierce conflict to reshape the balance of power in the Gulf and the Middle East. Neither side is likely to back off before achieving this objective in what appears to be a zero-sum game.