This post finds me both angered and filled with sadness
Syria: joint OPCW-UN chemical weapons team reports visits to nearly all declared sites
23 October 2013 – The Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons programme reports that it has now visited 18 of the sites disclosed by Damascus, a spokesperson for the chemical watchdog said today.
“Interaction with UN remains excellent and cooperation from Syrian authorities complete,” said OPCW spokesperson Michael Luhan, telling reporters at a press conference in The Hague, that the weapons inspectors on the ground had visited 18 of the 23 sites declared by Syria and that the team is proceeding with “functional destruction” to ensure the sites are inoperable.
Specifically, he said the joint team is concentrating on destroying “what we call the critical equipment that is at the heart of the production facility, or that runs the mixing and filling units. That critical equipment will be destroyed, rendering the production facilities and equipment inoperable, unusable.”
He said that “low tech, quick and cheap” methods were being used, such as filling equipment with concrete or smashing it, sometimes using heavy vehicles.
With destruction activities now conducted at nearly all the relevant sites in Syria, he said: “It means that [Syria] will no longer have the capability to produce any more chemical weapons, and it will no longer have any working equipment to mix and to fill chemical weapons agent into munitions.”
With that being achieved, the OPCW expects to meet the 1 November deadline set by the agency, he said
The Regime Change Agenda- Never off the Table!- "MOVE TO OUST ASSAD"
LONDON - Western and Arab powers meeting Syrian opposition leaders in London have agreed that President Bashar al-Assad can play no role in any future government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
The so-called Friends of Syria leaders were meeting with rebel chiefs including the head of the Syrian National Coalition to persuade them to attend a major peace conference in Geneva next month.
Mr Hague told a press conference after Tuesday's meeting that they had agreed a "number of important steps", while urging the coalition to commit itself to the Geneva conference.
"First we agreed that we would put our united and collective weight behind the UN-led Geneva 2 process which must lead to establishing by mutual consent a transitional governing body with executive powers,"
Mr Hague said. "By definition mutual consent means it can only be agreed with the consent of the Syrian National Coalition — so Assad would play no role in that future government of Syria."
Of course the NATO mercs/hired killers are pushing the envelope.
Syria Rebel Attacks Cuts Power Across Country
|A fire close to the power station outside Damascus|
An attack by Syrian rebels outside Damascus has caused a power cut across the country, the electricity minister has claimed.The "large-scale operation" targeted a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south of the country leaving vast swathes of the country without electricity.
Power cuts were reported in the capital, as well as Aleppo in the north, and Homs in the centre of Syria.
A huge blaze could be seen near Damascus International Airport, which is located near to the affected power station.
It is the second attack on the power system in a month. In September a similar outage was caused after a high voltage power line was sabotaged.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said: "It is likely this was a large-scale operation planned well in advance."
Syria's electricity minister Emad Khamis said: "A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress."
All this as the ghoulish bunch meet in London.
So much for the spectacle of disagreement between Saudi Arabia and the US. Perception Management all the way..........US policy on Iran unites adversary Israel, Saudis
The nuclear talks also have spooked Saudi Arabia, spurring Kerry to meet with top officials from both Mideast nations about an issue that has unified the two longtime adversaries.Two longtime adversaries 'my foot'!
And isn't Netanyahu the bossy one? As he tells Kerry this and that.
"A partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal," Netanyahu told Kerry.
Netanyahu also said the U.S. should retain its harsh economic sanctions against Iran until it dismantles its nuclear program.
One last item. A news item I am familiar with but have not mentioned until today The friends of Kerry, Netanyahu, Harper, Hague and all the other NATO nations. The goons paid for with money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The 'freedom loving' rebels and more of their handiwork:
Media blackout: Syrian rebels gang raped, executed 15-year-old girl
Last month, Syriareport.net reported that a group of so-called 'Syrian rebels' kidnapped a Christian teenager in Al-Qusayr and repeatedly raped her for the next several days.
Elements of Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian Al Qaeda)al and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) reportedly took part in the atrocity.FSA, you know the moderate rebels?!?! The same ones that took part in the slaughter outside of Latakia?
Yeah, that FSA. General Idriss and company?
Once abducted, the girl identified only as "Miriam," was forced into a temporary marriage with the commander of Jabhat al-Nusra and raped. He then renounced their marriage, only to pass her onto another militant for the same treatment.I find myself completely disgusted now
One after another, a total of fifteen Islamist rebels "married" the young girl, raped her and renounced the marriage, a process which continued for more than two weeks.
After all had their way with her, the girl was executed.
Related Syria news from this week:
Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Is Seen Complicating the Drive for Peace in Syria
‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’: General Amine Hotait
230 Militants in one fell swoop: SAA gets the prize. Saudi Arabia & more