Thursday, November 21, 2013

Battlefield gains to boost Assad hand at Geneva talks to be held Dec 12

Yahoo UK
Divisions in rebel ranks and more committed loyalist fighters are helping the Syrian regime notch up military victories that would give it the upper hand at peace talks, analysts and rebels say.

The army's capture this week of the strategic town of Qara, north of Damascus, followed three days of fighting against Al-Nusra Front jihadists.
It comes after a series of government advances in Damascus province and southwest of Aleppo, in northern Syria.

Rebels 'totally demoralised' by US backtracking

International developments have also played a role in the rebels' losses.
A Syrian expert living in Damascus said "the United States turnaround ... totally demoralised the rebels."
Washington late this summer backtracked on threats to strike regime targets in Syria after striking a deal with Russia that would see Damascus hand over its massive chemical arsenal.
The rebels "had hoped such strikes would destroy the regime's military infrastructure and allow them to enter Damascus", said the expert.
Thomas Pierret, a Syria expert at Edinburgh University, said: "It is clear the current loyalist surge is linked to the prospect of Geneva II", a slated peace conference that would bring rebels and the regime to the negotiating table.
And yet the mercs aren't inspired by the peace talks to change the outcome? 
Being "Syrian rebels"... Key word  Syrians,  you would think the push would be on?(facetious)
Instead we are getting the loyalist surge?  Perhaps dedicated loyalists have the largest numbers?
"If the (opposition) National Coalition goes to the talks, it will be in a position of weakness, militarily and diplomatically," said Pierret, adding that the United States has in recent weeks downscaled its assistance to the opposition.
"In any case, Assad's departure is out of the question right now, because neither the Russians nor the Americans want it," he added.

Also this piece I had saved from earlier in the week- Regarding Geneva II

Russia steps up push for Syria peace talks

- Russia hosted Syrian and Iranian delegations for separate rounds of talks on Monday in a renewed diplomatic push for a Syrian peace conference in which Moscow says Tehran must play a role.

President Vladimir Putin, who has stepped up his personal involvement on the Syrian issue, also called Iran's president to discuss the conflict as well as efforts to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
Moscow wants to show it still has weight in the Middle East and has been emboldened by its success in helping to broker a deal under which Syria will destroy its chemical weapons, but Washington is wary of letting Iran join any peace conference.

"We regard Iran as a very important partner in all Middle Eastern affairs," Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov saying at the start of talks with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The meeting "will give us an opportunity to jointly look at how developments in and around Syria unfold," Bogdanov said.

In further evidence of Russia's diplomatic offensive, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition sources both confirmed that Bogdanov had recently held talks in Istanbul with leaders of the opposition National Coalition.
Russia, which strongly backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States announced back in May they would try to bring Syria's government and opposition together in such a conference, but a date has so far proved elusive.

Lavrov said it could happen before the end of the year.

 *Geneva peace talks on Syria set for December 12*

"(U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry and I promised to do all we can to make that happen," Lavrov told Russia's official gazette, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, on Monday, referring to a telephone conversation the two men had on Sunday.


 But Lavrov added that the timing of the conference would "depend on how well our Western partners do their homework of persuading the opposition to reject preconditions".


  1. canada the subversive : canadian hypocrisy on syria : no respect for syrian sovereignty

    1. Yup, brian, Canada is indeed a subversive nation
      No different then the US for scummy spying, corrupt political institutions and more

  2. fundamentalism at its most arrogant: the one true god brigade destroy tree as threat to their god

    - ISIS cuts off 150-year-old tree in Atmeh, claiming that people were worshippin the tree rather than "Allah."

    stuff 'allah' and stuff ISIS

  3. 'I have the honour of being the latest subject of a column by Louis Proyect, on his blog “The Unrepentant Marxist”, concerning my recent post criticising the decision of Jeremy Scahill and Owen Jones to bolt the upcoming Stop the War conference. I appreciate the mainly restrained tone in Proyect’s criticism, and wish to reciprocate in kind.
    Proyect, like other supporters of greater western military intervention in Syria who have written to me in the past few days, wants to accuse me of taking a side in the Syrian civil war. That is true: I am not taking their side. I am taking the side of the Syrian people, in so far as that can be discerned at this moment of profound crisis in all of their lives, whether they identify with the government or with the rebels.

    1. Jonathan Cook is again repeating the lie that Syria is engaged in a civil war. It is nothing of the sort. It is war between the Syria government and people on the one side and foreign invaders supported by Israel, US and NATO on the other side. The fact that there are some Syrian nationals amongst the invaders does not make it a civil war.

      Cook is very fond of repeating meme's that are helpful to the 'usual suspects' propaganda - This Is What Disinformation Looks Like.

    2. Cook labelled his article as "The false analogy of Syria and Palestine" when in fact the analogy put to him (and he addresses) was between Syria and Gaza. Palestine, as a whole, is under occupation, true, but Gaza is not. Gaza is under siege as is Syria.
      There is a lot more that is misleading in Cook's article.

    3. Hey all

      busy, busy, but will get back here asap
      james good points
      it looks as if Jeremy scahill is engaging in some very dishonest tactics as well
      On I notice the 'peace lovin' left ' is all about
      humanitarian war fare
      and james I put up an article you might find interesting
      the kitchen warriors continue :)
      onward drywall dust, soon to be priming

    4. its hardly a lie....lazy maybe

    5. what is 'hardly a lie' brian?
      I am unsure what you are referring to?

  4. if he had the courage of an Assad Gadafi or Chavez he'd not be in this mess