How to interpret these THREE news stories?
Is change in the air??
E.U. foreign ministers reject arming Syrian rebels
Rejecting a push by Britain, European governments on Monday decided against providing weapons to Syrian rebel forces, expressing fears that more arms would only lead to more bloodshed in a conflict that already has taken nearly 70,000 lives.
I see that the numbers provided by the Saudi’s to John Kerry are not used in this article. No surprise there.
A report issued Monday in Geneva by the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the Islamist fighters include foreigners — from Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt — drawn to the Syrian conflict
The number of such foreigners is a small proportion of the total uprising, according to news agency accounts of the report, (What about other accounts? Not news agency accounts. This claim bolsters the official narrative of a homegrown uprising, that has never been the case) but they are considered particularly important because of their experience in irregular warfare and use of homemade bombs. Nevertheless, the commission urged rebel leaders in the umbrella National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to dissociate themselves from the Islamic groups, which it said would make it easier for Europe, the United States and others to provide aid.
The alleged diverse ‘rebel’ groups cannot dissociate themselves from on another. They are different pieces of the same material. NATO material.
The European Union imposed an arms embargo against Syria in May 2011, covering the government as well as the rebels, but it was scheduled to expire March 1. Monday’s decision renewed the ban for three more months, but, in what was portrayed as a compromise, it contained a promise to alter the terms to permit the supply of more nonlethal equipment designed to save civilian lives.You can read the article entirely at the link
The ministers did not spell out what that meant in practical terms.
Now, let’s move on to this piece:
Revealed: Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria strategy Continuing sales to regime leave UK isolated over its strategy for SyriaYah gotta love the ‘Independent’ spin. Russia “double dealing”?
How about the US/UK/Israel/GCC double, triple and quadruple dealing
Playing it every which way they can....
Did the Independent get that headline from the NATO information awareness department?
Russia has been accused by Western diplomats of reneging on a pledge to stop supplying arms to the Syrian regime.
From all my reading, which has been plentiful on this subject, there never was a pledge from Russia to stop supplying arms. Russia has made the same statements, repeatedly. About fulfilling prior contracts.
The flow of arms has, however, continued unhindered with the Russians stressing that there was no United Nations prohibition on supplies and it was simply fulfilling its contractual obligations. As well as air- and naval-defence systems, the Kremlin may now be preparing to send Yak-130 jets which can be fitted with missiles to carry out ground attacks, according to American and European officials. Russia's state arms agency holds a $550m contract to supply 36 of the Yaks, which are trainers but can also be used on combat missions.
Russia has insisted that it is within its rights to keep arming the regime as there are no UN resolutions prohibiting this. Anatoly Isaikin, the director of Rosoboronexport, said: "In the absence of [UN] sanctions, we are continuing to fulfil our contract obligations. We are mostly shipping air-defence systems and repair equipment intended for various branches of the military."
However, it is the Syrian regime's air defences, overhauled and upgraded with Russian help, which have been a powerful deterrent against the West declaring a "no-fly zone" of the type which, after it became a bombing campaign, brought down Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.
Western officials also claim that Moscow has refused to provide full details of the contractual obligations they have to fulfil and there is also evidence that the regime is getting further Russian arms through third parties.
Moscow has no obligation to provide full details of any contractual obligations to the West.
The Russians, on the other hand, insist that their opposition to UN resolutions against the Assad regime, bitterly criticised by the US and Britain, has not stopped the building of growing links with the Syrian opposition.
Russia has been dealing with the internal Syrian opposition all along. The external one on occasion.
Then this interesting paragraph. A truthful admission. An admission of nefarious dealings on the part of the West. I am going to highlight it for you all
Ahmad al-Khatib, the head of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition Forces – set up at the instigation of the West to replace the Syrian National Council.
The instigation of the West. The instigation of the West. The instigation of the West.
Last news item: Mediator Brahimi seeks Syria-opposition talks at UN
International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi called on Sunday for talks between the Syrian opposition and an "acceptable delegation" from the Damascus government on a political solution to the country's 23-month-old civil war.
Which Syrian opposition will be at the talks? Internal? External?
Remember Khatib (external) offered to talk to the Assad government? Khatib’s offer to talk to the Assad government would indicate that representatives of the Assad government could form an acceptable delegation. However there was no agreement on the part of the Assad government to meet with Khatib. In fact the government of Syria may have sent a message via the media in Syria snubbing the NATO opposition. The opposition created at the instigation of the West.
Al-Watan newspaper described it as a political “manoeuvre” that comes two years too late.
A political manouevre that comes two years to late
UPDATED BREAKING NEWS: SYRIAN TROOPS POUR INTO ALEPPO
HUNDREDS of troops backed by military vehicles poured into the northern province of Aleppo following rebel advances
The reinforcements arrived at the town of Tal-Aran in the southeast of the province.
Tuesday's deployment follows unexpected advances by the rebels in their thrust to seize control of air bases in northern Syria and to capture Aleppo's international airport.
"A large number of troops are currently approaching Aleppo from the east, redeployed from central Syria, to keep the rebels from taking the country's second-biggest airport," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
"The army will not let Aleppo international airport go without a big fight." (The rebels do not have the airport, it appears that the Army will not let them take it)
On Monday, they made a brief incursion into the airport's (Aleppo International) fuel warehouse before the army pushed them out, a military source said.
The source also said the rebels had seized a building strategically located 200 metres from the airport.
Fighting between rebels and troops also erupted Tuesday in southern Damascus, where the army deployed reinforcements in a bid to drive insurgents out of belts surrounding the capital.
But in Damascus province, as in much of the rest of the country, rebels and the army have reached a military stalemate, said Abdel Rahman (Syrian Observatory)
"Across Syria today, there are hundreds of flashpoints. Both the army and the rebels are over-stretched," he said. (Is Abdel Rahman able to speak to the status of the army?)
"While the rebels have made significant advances in some areas such as Aleppo province, the army is not going to let any strategic area slide. So what we are looking at is a long-term war of attrition."