This is Part 1 of a post that got very long and cumbersome.
Click the link and read Pt 2- Libya: the deaths of Ambassador Stevens & Mr Shaaban, Seige of Bani Walid
Though you may not think so, these pieces are best read together, seriously.
Strangeness abounds around the Ambassador's death. And a meeting with a Turkish diplomat prior to the seige on 'compound'? Did the Ambassador meeting with the Turkish diplomat have something to do with Syria? Highly likely.
Part 2 now has an update of additional video showing Ambassador Stevens- ALIVE and being removed from the building the US security had locked him in.
Turkey warns Syria of “tougher response” on continued “shelling”
General Necdet Özel, the Turkish chief of staff:
“If this continues we will respond with greater force,” he said during a visit to Akçakale, a border town where five people were killed by a Syrian shell last week in the incident that pushed tensions to a new height.
Of course who exactly is undertaking the shelling of Turkey is still in question. Truth, however, doesn’t deter NATO media from selling war. If Turkey really wants this to stop, oh I don’t know, stop sending the mercs across the border? Turkey could also stop supplying the mercs with mortars to fire back at Turkey from Syria. Come on Turkish government, you can help your people. You can do it! (I mentioned the NATO supplied mortars in Monday's post)
The mortar used to attack the Turkish town of Akcakale is a design specific to NATO and was given to Syrian rebels by Ankara, according to Turkey’s Yurt newspaper. The mortar killed one adult and four children from the same family on Wednesday.
An article by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Merdan Yanardag, states that the newspaper received information from a reliable source, which claimed that Turkey itself sent the mortars to rebels in the so-called "free army."
Putin cancels his trip to Turkey-
He (General Necdet Özel) made his statement as news emerged that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, had postponed a visit to Turkey scheduled for next week – a trip the Turkish government had seen as an opportunity to talk Moscow out of its support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
What to make of that development? Is Russia giving Turkey the cold shoulder over it’s involvement in Syria? Time will tell. Curiously timed though, is a warning from Iraq, regarding NATO intervention in Syria?!?!
Iraq warns Turkey not to drag NATO into Syria
In the midst of a visit to Russia, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned Turkey not to blow-up its differences with Syria and drag NATO into the conflict.
Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s veiled support for the Syrian government came soon after Baghdad revived its military ties with Moscow. Mr. Maliki’s three-day visit to Russia was crowned on Tuesday with the announcement of a $4.2-billion weapons deal.
Was this warning via Mr Maliki really a warning from Putin?
An act of defiance on the part of Turkey?
Turkish F16s intercept Syrian civilian flight from Moscow to Damascus?
H/T to KenM
Turkish F16 fighter jets forced a Syrian airline passenger plane to land in Ankara. The Damascus-bound plane, which had departed from Moscow, is being inspected.
A preliminary passenger list is included with the RT article You know the whole suspicious cargo story is pure fabrication, right?
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said diplomats are already heading to the airport and sent an information request to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
“The preliminary information is that out of 35 passengers, there may be 17 Russians on board, children among them,” Maria Zakharova, the chief of the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, exclusively told RT. “This report is being checked.”
Jordan-It is hitting the news today that the US has, make that had as in previously, sent a team of advisors to Jordan. These advisors have been there for sometime now. The US is merely confirming this very old news- If you have been following along here you would have known special ops were present in Jordan in 2011. It was mentioned in this post - Dec 13/2011Syria: the beat goes on Part 3
Quoting from my previous post...
“USSF Soldiers were in Jordan as part of a Joint Combined Exchange Training exercise, or JCET, with Jordanian forces. These types of exercises are designed to provide training opportunities for American Special Forces in countries that the forces may one day have to operate in, as well as providing training opportunities for the armed forces of the host country.”Then again in May 2012 the special ops in Jordan are mentioned. Eager Lions
Here is the latest "news" that is not really all that new US Troops operating in Jordan near Syrian border
Except for the talk is of a “buffer zone”, but then if one is preparing for attack.......
“the possibility of a buffer zone in southern Syria, enforced by Jordanian troops with American logistical support, had also been discussed.”And-
US troops are operating in Jordan near the Syrian border in the biggest fixed deployment of American force in the region since the end of operations in Libya last year, officials have confirmed.
Speaking of the alleged attacks that took place in Damscus yesterday?????
Did this attack happen? Or did it not happen?
I am fence sitting on this one. The reporting around that story has some strange characteristics.
Demonstrated in this piece from the Telegraph, but, also apparent in other NATO media pieces.
First problem. The picture that accompanies this “news” is a photo allegedly from Aleppo.
Relatives wheel a injured boy outside a hospital following shelling in Aleppo
When was this photo taken in Aleppo? Was it actually taken in Aleppo? Why is a photo allegedly from Aleppo being used to bolster the story of an attack in Damascus?
The Independent story on the alleged Damascus bombing is even stranger
Here is the headline: Suicide bombers attack Air Force intelligence compound on edge of Damascus in the latest sign of Islamist influence
Despite the headline here is the first paragraph..
The Free Syrian Army today threatened to “teach a lesson” to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah by hitting targets in the Lebanese capital as two suicide bombers in vehicles laden with explosives struck a regime intelligence building in Damascus.
And more on Hezbollah-
“If Hezbollah do not stop helping the Assad regime, we will teach Hassan Nasrallah a big lesson inside his area in BeirutAnd on and on about Hezbollah and Lebanon. Then the piece moves on to Turkey/NATO and then almost as an afterthought the alleged Damascus bombing. No photo accompanying that article.
Mr Masri claims that the FSA has captured 13 Hezbollah fighters in the region of Homs over the past two weeks. ”
The Telegraph article mentions this, also interesting
“ Unusually for this type of rebel activity, it was not reported in state media.”Which is correct, there is no reporting of this alleged bombing taking place in Damascus. I checked today and nothing. You can check for yourself, SANA
The group that claimed they undertook the bombing in Damascus supposedly put video on line, but no NATO media outlets seems to have used the footage. Why? Was it simply non credible? Why has SANA not reported on this alleged bombing? Why is the NATO/western mainstream media covering the story in such a bizarre manner? Was the whole story a western media psyop? I just don’t know.