Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Is Seen Complicating the Drive for Peace in Syria

Oh it isn't just 'al  Qaeda' complicating the drive for peace. Pay attention to what John Kerry is saying.

By challenging moderate Syrian rebels,(? phony narrative, there are no moderates) the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has forced them to fight on two fronts and divert resources from their battle with the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the official said. 

And by presenting an extremist face to the world, the official said, the group is aiding Mr. Assad’s efforts to portray the conflict in Syria as a tug of war between the government and jihadists. 

“That has to give the regime comfort and confidence, and it will make the task of extracting concessions from the regime at the negotiating table more difficult,” said the official, who declined to be identified in keeping with the State Department’s protocol for briefing reporters on active diplomacy. 

Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Paris on Monday for the first of three days of Middle East diplomacy talks in European capitals, was scheduled to meet with diplomats from 10 nations in London on Tuesday to discuss preparations for a Syria peace conference. 

A principal goal of the peace conference, which is expected to be held next month in Geneva, although no date has been set, is the establishment of a transitional government “by mutual consent” of Syrians that would not include Mr. Assad. 

A date has been set. And the mutual consent of Syrians is not the reality of this situation. It never has been.
This has always been about regime change.

But the senior State Department official said fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known by its initials, ISIS, had hampered the flow of American and other foreign assistance to the moderate resistance inside Syria, diluting the effort to increase the leverage on the Syrian leader. “It has been very disruptive to our cross-border efforts — very disruptive,” the official said. ( bolstering the phony narrative of moderate vs other fighters)

As if to illustrate Mr. Assad’s determination to ignore the demands of the United States and other nations that he yield power, the Syrian president suggested in an interview with a Beirut television station that he could seek re-election next year. 

Why I thought this was about the consent of the Syrians? Therefore if Assad wants to run and the Syrians elect him..........
“Personally, I don’t see any obstacle to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections,” he said in the interview with the television station, Al Mayadeen.
Mr. Assad said that it was too soon to decide but that his choice would be based on “the will of the people.” Mr. Assad appeared to receive a lift on Monday when a prominent rebel leader in southern Syria who was among the first military officers to publicly defect from Mr. Assad’s forces was killed in battle with his former colleagues, antigovernment activists and state news media said.
The leader, Yasser al-Abboud, had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Syrian Army before joining the uprising against Mr. Assad in 2011 and leading a major rebel formation in the southern province of Dara’a.
Antigovernment activists posted videos of the funeral procession in Mr. Abboud’s home village, where dozens of rebels fired their guns in the air as a final salute.
Even as the Obama administration has pointed to the growing role of extremists in Syria, its policy has continued to be a target for critics, who complain that the United States has offered the moderate Syrian opposition too little, too late.
American officials have announced no major new efforts to provide arms or other military support to the moderate opposition that it hoped would help counter the extremists.
Last month, officials notified Congress that the Obama administration would provide an additional $100 million in nonlethal assistance to the moderate opposition as part of a $250 million package that had been announced.
At a news conference in Paris, Mr. Kerry acknowledged that the military situation in Syria had shifted somewhat in Mr. Assad’s favor since Mr. Kerry and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, announced plans in May for a Geneva peace conference. 
But Mr. Kerry insisted that the Syrian government’s military gains had not weakened the Obama administration’s diplomatic strategy to establish a transitional government in Syria that would not include Mr. Assad. 

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re up or whether you’re down on the battlefield, the object of Geneva 2 remains the same,” Mr. Kerry said of the conference. 

“If he thinks he’s going to solve problems by running for re-election I can say to him, I think, with certainty this war will not end as long as that’s the case or he is there,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to Mr. Assad.
Because the NATO/Israeli goal has always been regime change and placement of a puppet government, beneficial to Israel- And that can include so called terrorists. Since that type of 'government' allows Israel to up it's victim game
In addition to planning for the Geneva conference, officials at the Tuesday meeting in London hoped to consider ways to strengthen the moderate rebels, who were expected to be represented at the meeting by Ahmad Assi al-Jarba, the head of the political wing of the Syria opposition coalition. 

The other participants were to include senior diplomats from the “London 11” nations that have backed the moderate opposition: Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and United States.
The United States and five other world powers have been in talks with Iran on how to limit its nuclear program. 

But Mr. Kerry said there was little reason to think Iran could play a helpful role at a Syria peace conference because the Iranian government had not formally agreed that the goal should be a transitional government that excludes Mr. Assad. 

Russia has not agreed to that either.

Mr. Kerry noted that Iran had sent arms and personnel to Syria to assist Mr. Assad, as had Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group Iran supports. 

“Hezbollah and Iran represent the two only outside organized forces in Syria fighting on behalf” of Mr. Assad, Mr. Kerry said. “So I think it’s time for the United Nations and for others to consider the appropriateness of their activity.”

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  1. Russia and Iran decline to "formally" agree to cooperate with government destroyers. As if they would agree without saying so. Slippery character assassination by innuendo. Meanwhile our heroes, alert to the danger of people without nuclear weapons ( Iran ), continue to rape and pillage via mercenaries who are the supposed targets of drone strikes. I guess it's better than Libya, where NATO is thought to have used Depleted Uranium ( not really depleted that much ) bombs on water reservoirs.

  2. This is all about the perfidiousness of the US regime. Having agreed with Russia and Syria that the Geneva talks would not include the issue of Assad stepping down, they then present the talks to the rest of the world (and to the so-called rebels) as if this is the main issue of the talks.

    Thanks to Russia, the US cannot bomb Syria (unless they want WWIII). But they are doing everything they can to prolong the efforts of the NATO terrorists to destroy as much of Syria as possible before the Syrian Army kill or evict them all.

  3. hi folks,

    Been recharging batteries and DH was home for a few days which was a nice break while we go through this brief respite.
    My feelings of forebodding have not left, I can't shake them lose, knowing instinctfully that this is only a retack by the foul perpetrators of destruction.

    Ran across a couple of Docs on Syria by PressTV at Vimeo
    This one I"m watching now and I urge you all to take the time to see it. 54min I think

    The Everlasting Castle

    Here is the page I found originally from PressTV news sight. Their Docs don't play well for me over there for some reason. Seems no one else knows about this bunch of Docs and Videos they have at Vimeo.
    PressTV trailers and Docs

    This is the first one I watched. Documentary The Decisive Battle Lattika Very well done piece imho

    After skimming your post Penny, I remember that I have info for your and the readers here from a post at Boiling Frogs by Sibel Edmonds on Dem Now! and the absolutely obvious Russia bashing job they did on a recent "special broadcast".

    She really tears dem now apart and I love it. Never could stand amy goodman anyhow, just never knew how slippery she really is and damn, she's pulling in a MIL a year ! From Soros no less.
    I'll drop the link by tomarrow.

    They have regrouped, have a whole new strategy they have hammered out and today's meeting w/ all the usual suspects nails it. Plan B is officially being sold.

    That Lattika Doc has a short piece toward the end where they speak to a young guy from the village. He gives some interesting info ( horrid things they did ) that we need to get out and also, this is where they got those kids for the Ghouta chem weapon Op. Might be something in there we can use to prove that further. ?

    Grabbing at straws.

  4. new saudi dictator dirty tricks: dictating Lebanon
    'Saudi Arabia may reluctantly consent to supporting the Geneva II conference on Syria in November – but at a cost: Riyadh wants to impose a Lebanese government of its own liking in order to get Hezbollah out of Syria.'

    the concept of sovereignty seems foreign to saudi thinking as to western

  5. would any US regime agree with this : Those who topple govts should be punished’

  6. All one has to do is look at the USA's track record as being the 'honest broker' between Israel and what's left of Palestine to see where this effort is headed.

    Add in Saudi Arabia blowing up a few things on the way and the forecast isn't good.

  7. Made in america?
    Libi's Al Qaeda Manual looks very much like a blueprint for the Arab Spring http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/10/al-qaeda-manual-blueprint-arab-spring-abu-anas-al-libi.html it suggests that the US draws alqaeda's blue prints, since ten years ago we were led to believe their main goal was to destroy all US targets in the middle east. Now apparently its Syrian military targets that are Alqaeda's number one enemy.