Pentagon: America will be ready if needed in Syria:
Dempsey said if called upon, the military would be ready to act and the services are working on ways to try to halt the violence. "I think it's clear the only way the United States would get involved militarily is if there's a consensus in the international community to do something along those lines," Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee. "And then obviously ensure that the international community is able to get authorities required in order to make that happen."
Free Syrian Army calls for foreign military intervention:
The head of the Military Council Free Syrian Army, Colonel Mustafa al-Sheikh said the Annan plan accepted by Bashar al-Assad government does not work, and government forces continue to commit mass killing in many cities across the country.
FOREIGN TROOPS INSIDE SYRIA: Failed UN Brokered "Peace Plan" Sets the Stage for War
3/29/12 Michel Chossudovsky, http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30031
"The Kofi Annan Peace Plan"...the (US-NATO) Atlantic Alliance is not only behind the armed insurrection, it is providing support and training to Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist brigades. With Western forces and military advisers inside Syria, the " peace plan" has all the appearances of a staged event.
According to reports in the British Daily Star ... the supposed French captives were being held in a field hospital in Homs."(Report: 13 French officers captured in Syria - Israel News, Ynetnews ...
"As the unrest and killings escalate in the troubled Arab state, MI6 and CIA agents are already in Syria assessing the situation, a security official revealed. Special forces are talking to Syrian dissident soldiers. They want to know about weapons and communications kit rebel forces will need if the Government decides to help....“We have SAS and SBS not far away... " (Syria will be bloodiest yet , Daily Star).
The Elites Forces UK website acknowledges that:
"British Special forces have met with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)... The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the rebel forces' strength and to pave the way for any future training operations. ... More recent reports have stated that British and French Special Forces have been actively training members of the FSA, from a base in Turkey. Some reports indicate that training is also taking place in locations in Libya and Northern Lebanon. British MI6 operatives and UKSF (SAS/SBS) personnel have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare as well as supplying them with arms and equipment. US CIA operatives and special forces are believed to be providing communications assistance to the rebels." Elite Forces UK , January 5, 2012 (all emphases added)
US NATO Recruits Mujahideen Mercenaries
Mercenaries from Arab countries are operating within highly trained terrorist brigades financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Israeli intelligence sources (August 2011) point to the direct involvement of NATO in the recruitment of jihadist "Muslim Volunteers", in coordination with the Turkish military:
"Also discussed in Brussels and Ankara, our sources report, is a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels. The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria.,(http://www.debka.com/article/21255/ Debkafile, 8/31/11)
In Homs, the Al Qaeda Faruq Brigade which includes mercenaries from Libya and Iraq, involved in terrorizing the civilian population, "have succeeded in expelling most of the Christians in Homs and seized their homes by force". "Snipers were stationed in the street ... preventing people from leaving their homes for two months, targeting passers-by and cars and anything that moved in the streets... the terrorists also robbed houses, committed massacres, murders and kidnapping."
Imperialist think-tank strategists call the shots - and who will be the next executor - of the bipartisan US global national security agenda
For Obama, intervening in Syria would be good policy and good politics
By Danielle Pletka, American Enterprise Institute VP foreign and defense policy studies .
In the days after the massacre of more than 100 Syrians in the town of Houla — a killing spree by regime loyalists that left 34 women and 49 children under age 10 dead — Washington’s U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, reportedly told a closed-door Security Council meeting that “we’re just sitting here watching this movie in slow motion, and we all know what’s going to happen.”
President Obama has asserted that “Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way,” issuing a presidential directive underscoring that “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States.”...
As administration and military leaders constantly point out, Syria is no Libya. The opposition is divided, with al-Qaeda groups and Salafist Muslims among its ranks. The regime is well-armed, there have been few defections, and neither NATO nor the Security Council has the appetite to topple another Arab tyrant. All true, but mutable.
Obama could double down on the light arms that the Saudis and Qataris are supplying to the Free Syrian Army and transfer more substantial weaponry to groups reportedly in line to be vetted by the CIA ...effective weapons may finally give the edge to the opposition and coax more significant defections from the Syrian army....
Also the administration could work more closely with the Syrian political opposition to develop a blueprint for a transition. It’s true the opposition is divided... It requires a firm guiding hand on planning a transitional government, along with financial and technical support...The prospect of a U.S.-assisted democratic transition would assuage the concerns many in the West and in Syria have about a post-Assad government.
Another strategic political virtue is the impact intervention would have on Iran. Ousting Tehran’s last reliable satellite regime and replacing it with a Sunni, democratic government would reassure our friends in the region that Washington is determined to stand up to Iran when necessary. Even those who oppose involvement in the Syrian conflict allow that the loss of Assad would be a blow to the Islamic republic.
There is another strategic dimension to Assad’s ouster. Right now, the fighting in Syria risks spreading to the rest of the Middle East. Lebanon, intertwined with Syria for decades, has seen violence between pro- and anti-Assad factions. But Jordan and Iraq also risk being drawn in. Both governments rule fractious populations that could be moved to take on their U.S.-supported leaders.... facilitating a resolution in Syria would probably contain the fighting and undercut outside groups which look to take the battle to Syria’s neighbors. This is the kind of confrontation with “violent extremism in all of its forms that Obama promised in his 2009 speech in Cairo.
Word throughout the region is that Obama is comfortable subcontracting U.S. Middle East policy to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Both countries were deeply involved in Libya and Yemen, but both support versions of Islam in which extremists thrive. Political opponents say Obama has been uninterested in responding to the rise of Islamist groups in places such as Egypt; working to ensure that moderate secular and Islamist groups take the helm in Syria would take the steam out of those accusations.
None of these moves entail huge risks for the president. There are other steps he could take that would be more complex, including ordering the U.S. military to provide air cover for the opposition, perhaps with NATO backing; working with Turkey and the Arab League to establish safe corridors for refugees; or working with others to create Syrian safe cities. Those actions could help a desperate population but might carry greater political risk for the president. However, with Mitt Romney supporting stronger efforts to oust Assad Obama has more room to maneuver — if he wants it....Syria is proving unmanageable, and the stain of indifference to the death and brutality is spreading. Many have said that a policy pursuing Assad’s ouster is a rare confluence of strategic and moral imperatives. For Obama, it makes political sense as well.
US & 'al-qaeda' together again in Syria
the mujahideen. created by U.S. as 'freedom fighters in Afghanistan to defeat the Soviet Union, now "terrorists" as anti-US liberation fighters
The Imperialists and the Jihadis: The Evil Alliance Against Syria
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The afternoon airhead on CNN snarled her revulsion at the very idea that a commentary on Russia’s Pravda newspaper would conclude that Syrian rebels, or even American or British special forces, might be behind the killing of over 100 Syrian civilians, about half of them children, in the town of Houla. Her country and its Free Syrian Army allies would never do such a thing! But, of course, it goes without saying – and without the necessity of any proof whatsoever – that the Syrian government slits babies’ throats for breakfast. For CNN, the inherent goodness of the U.S. and whoever its allies of the moment might be, is a matter of faith.
Like her broadcast colleagues, the high-priced talking head had spent most of last year spreading fantastic lies about “imminent” massacres of civilians by Moamar Qaddafi’s government in Libya – massacres that never happened – and covering up the actual slaughter of black Libyan civilians at the hands of U.S.-backed forces. She and her fellow well-paid prevaricators reported as fact that Colonel Qaddafi’s soldiers used rape as a weapon of war, fueled by vast quantities of Viagra – a total fabrication. These same corporate media psychopaths pretended to believe, and tried to convince the whole world, that NATO’s 7-month bombing campaign against Libya had killed not a single civilian – or, well, maybe just a few.
Now a so-called Free Syrian Army – are the good guys, because the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon say so.
In Syria, as in Libya, the United States allies itself with al Qaida and forces politically like al Qaida. Hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S.-armed Libyan jihadis have relocated to Syria. The Saudis and Qataris have sent many thousands more Sunni religious fighters into Syria, where they wage holy war against the secular government. The terror bombings that have claimed hundreds of lives in Syrian cities over the past few months are classic al Qaida...And so are the killings in Houla....it is fundamentally against the Syria's interest for the conflict to devolve into sectarianism. And it makes absolutely no sense for the Syrian regime to allow the slitting of children’s throats while United Nations observers are stationed throughout the country. However, it does serve the interests of the rebels and their American and European backers – and, of course, the interests of Israel, which has long sought the dismantling of the Syria state.
As if the Syrian govt., defeating US and survived because of majority Syrian support in its fight for national survival, would attack its people...and when UN 'observers' were there
Syrian regime militias slaughter 88, including 35 children, in the town of Houla
Since the UN effort has shown no success in stopping regime atrocities, the Obama administration said it is preparing a plan to approve the transfer of arms from Arab allies to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Although the White House plan to approve the transfer of arms from Arab states to the FSA is a positive step, we believe it should be coupled with the establishment of safe zones to protect civilians from a genocide,” said SAC president Dr. Talal Sunbulli.
"British troops would be part of an international force including French and Turkish soldiers and possibly Americans"
SAS SET UP SAFE CAMPS IN SYRIA
"Safe havens would be an invasion of Syria but a chance to save lives" said a senior Whitehall source
BRITISH defence chiefs have drawn up secret plans to set up safe havens for Syrians fleeing President Assad’s killers. Special Forces will help protect the refugees in Syria along the borders.Last week as the president ignored an international ceasefire, plans were being finalised to rescue thousands of Syrians. SAS troops and MI6 agents are in the country ready to help rebels if civil war breaks out as expected this weekend.And if civil war breaks out the crack troops are on hand to help with fighting, said the insider.
Among the safe havens m is Krak des Chevaliers, a medieval castle about 25 miles west of Homs, close to the Lebanon border...also the safe haven of Sanliurfa in Turkey on the Syrian border. Another, As Suwayda, is near the border with Jordan and Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border.
Syrian Rebels Kill at Least 80 Assad Government Troops
Free Syrian Army fighters said they had killed "more than 100 soldiers" and "destroyed some tanks" in clashes across Syria, including Damascus and Idlib province in the northwest
AID WORKERS CLEARED TO ENTER SYRIA
The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the Syrian government agreed in writing to allow in aid workers and convoys with supplies to Daraa, Deir el-Zour, Homs and Idlib. Spokesman John Ging told reporters that Damascus and an ambassador in Geneva pledged to grant visas and clear up the other bureaucratic hurdles that have blocked help from being delivered by nine UN agencies and seven international non-governmental organisations... "whether this is a breakthrough or not will be measured in the coming weeks" by whether Syria makes good on its promise... he hopes to have workers and supplies entering within days, not weeks.
The move comes after rebel forces killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in the past few days. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with a network of sources on the ground, said 113 soldiers were killed in clashes with rebel forces across the country since Friday. The figure was impossible to confirm independently, but the Syrian government confirmed nearly 80 soldiers had been killed in the past three days.
Foreign interests fuelling Syria conflict: UN Observer Mission head
Major General Robert Moody, Head of the UN Observer Mission in Syria, said foreign interests are fuelling the conflict in Syria providing money and weapons... he would not say whether Western countries were involved.
THE HOULA MASSACRE: Opposition Terrorists "Killed Families Loyal to the Government"
Detailed Investigation by Marat Musin, Olga Kulygina, Al-Hula, Syria Original text / source: http://maramus.livejournal.com/86539.html
Russian Video ANNA NEWS (Original Russian) and syrianews.cc
Global Research Editor's Note:
This incisive report by independent Russian journalist Marat Musin dispels the lies and fabrications of the Western media. The report is based on a chronology of events as well as eyewitness accounts. Entire pro-government families in Houla were massacred. The terrorists integrated by professional mercenaries were not pro-government militia as conveyed in chorus by the mainstream media, they were in large part mercenaries and professional killers operating under the auspices of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army (FSA): "When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children. Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of the Abdul Razak. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range. Then they presented the murdered to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something not verified by any marks on their bodies."
We call on readers to forward this report far and wide. The massacre in Houla is being blamed on the Syrian government without a shred of evidence. The objective is not only to isolate Syria but to develop a pretext and a justification for waging an R2P humanitarian war on Syria.
It is essential to reverse the tide of war propaganda which uses civilian deaths as a pretext to wage war, when those civilians deaths were carried out not by the government but by professional terrorists operating under the helm of the US-NATO supported Free Syrian Army. Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, Montreal, June 1, 2012
In the weekend of May 25, 2012, at about 2 PM, big groups of fighters attacked and captured the town of Al – Hula of the Homs province. Al-Hula is made up of three regions: the village of Taldou, Kafr Laha and Taldahab, each of which had previously been home for 25-30 thousand people. The town was attacked from the north-east by groups of bandits and mercenaries, numbering up to 700 people. The militants came from Ar-Rastan (the Brigade of al-Farouk from the Free Syrian Army led by the terrorist Abdul Razak Tlass and numbering 250), from the village of Akraba (led by the terrorist Yahya Al-Yousef), from the village Farlaha, joined by local gangsters, and from Al Hula.
The city of Ar-Rastan has long been abandoned by most civilians. Now Wahhabis from Lebanon dominate the scene, fueled with money and weapons by one of the main orchestrators of international terrorism, Saad Hariri, who heads the anti-Syrian political movement “Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal” (“Future Movement”). The road from Ar-Rastan to Al-Hula runs through Bedouin areas that remain mostly out of control of government troops, which made the militant attacks on Al Hula a complete surprise for the Syrian authorities.
When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children. Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of the Abdul Razak. Many of those killed were “guilty” of the fact that they dared to change from Sunnis to Shiites. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range. Then they presented the murdered to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies.
The idea that the UN observers had heard artillery fire against Al-Houla in the Safir Hotel in Homs at night I consider nothing short of a bad joke. 50 kilometers lie between Homs and Al-Houla. What kind of tanks or guns has this range? Yes, there was intensive gunfire in Homs until 3 am, including heavy weapons. But, to give an example, on the night of Monday to Tuesday shooting was due to an attempt by law enforcement to regain control for a security corridor along the road to Damascus, Tarik Al-Sham.
After a visual inspection of Al Hula it is impossible to find traces of any of fresh destruction, bombing and shelling. During the day, several attacks by gunmen are made on the last remaining soldiers at the Taldou checkpoint. Militants used heavy weapons and snipers made up of professional mercenaries were active.
Note that once, the exactly same provocation failed at Shumar (Homs) and 49 militants and women and children were killed, when it was organized just before a visit of Kofi Annan. The last provocation was immediately exposed as soon as it became known that the bodies of the previously kidnapped belonged to Alawites. This provocation also contained serious inconsistencies – the names of those killed were from people loyal to the authorities, there were no traces of bombings, etc.
However, the provocation machine is running all the same. Today, the NATO countries directly threat to bomb Syria, and a simultaneous expulsion of Syrian diplomats has begun As of today, there are no troops within the city of Al Hula, but there are regularly heard bursts of automatic fire, nonetheless. Moreover, it is unclear whether the militants are fighting with each other, or whether supporters of Bashar al-Assad are being cleaned out.
Militants opened fire on virtually everyone who tried to get closer to the border town. Before us a UN convoy was fired upon and two armored jeeps of the UN observers were damaged, when they tried to drive up to an army checkpoint in Tal Dow. In the attack on the convoy a twenty-year-old terrorist was spotted. The fire was directed on the unprotected slopes of the first jeep, the back door of the second armored car was hooked by a fragment. There are wounded among those accompanying.
According to a wounded soldier:
“The next day, UN observers came to us at the checkpoint and as soon as they arrived, gunmen opened fire on them. And three of us were injured. One was wounded in the leg, the second – in the back, and I was hit in the hip. When the observers came, they could hear a woman who was standing next to them and cried, the woman stood and pleaded the observers’ help – to protect her from the bandits. When I was wounded, the observers watched as I fell, but none of them tried to help. Our checkpoint no longer exists. There are no civilians any longer in Taldou, only militants remain. Our relationship to the locals was excellent. They are very good to us; they called on the army to enter Taldou. We were attacked by snipers.”
Unfortunately, many of the militants are professional snipers. 100-200 meters from our group TV-crew, militants attacked a BMP that went to replace soldiers at the checkpoint. During this a soldier – draftee got a concussion and slight tangential wound in the head by a sniper bullet. Looking at the pierced Kevlar helmet, it seems he did not even realize that he survived by a miracle. Snipers kill up to 10 soldiers and policemen at checkpoints each day. It is true, that the daily casualties of law enforcement agencies in Homs were dozens of victims daily. But, unfortunately, at 10 am, six dead soldiers were taken to the morgue. Most were killed by a shot in the head. And the day had just begun
So, these are the names of those were killed by snipers in the early morning hours of May 29:
1. Sergeant Ibrahim Halyuf
2. Sergeant Salman Ibrahim
3. Policeman Mahmoud Danaver
4. Conscript Ali Daher
5. Sergeant Wisam Haidar
6. the dead soldier’s family name could not be clarified
The bandits even fired an automatic burst on our group of journalists, although it was clear that this is a normal filming crew, consisting of unarmed civilians.
HOW THE ATTACK BEGAN
After Friday prayers at about 2 PM on May, 25th a group from the Al Aksh clan started firing on a checkpoint of law enforcement officers from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Returning fire from a BRDM hit the mosque, and this was the very aim to lead to a bigger provocation.
Then, two groups of militants led by the terrorist Nidal Bakkour and Al-Hassan from the Al Hallak clan, supported by a unit of mercenaries, attacked the upper checkpoint on the eastern outskirts of the city. At 15.30 the upper checkpoint was taken, and all the prisoners executed: a Sunni conscript had his throat cut, while Abdullah Shaui (Bedouin) of Deir-Zor was burned alive.
During the attack on the upper checkpoint in the east the armed men lost 25 people, which were then submitted to the UN observers, together with the 108 dead civilians – “victims of the regime”, allegedly killed by bombing and shelling of the Syrian army. As for the remaining 83 bodies, including 38 young children, they were from the families that were executed by militants. These families were all loyal to the government of Syria.
with a law enforcement officer:
“My name is Al Khosam, I am a law enforcement officer. I served in the village of Taldou, the district of Al-Hula, a province of Homs. On Friday, our checkpoint was attacked by a large group of militants. There were thousands.
Q: How do you protect yourself?
Answer: A simple weapon. We had 20 people, we called support, and when they were coming for us, I was wounded, and regained consciousness in the hospital. The attackers were from Ar-Rastan and Al-Hula. Insurgents control Taldou. They burned houses and killed people by the families, because they were loyal to the government. Raped the women and killed the children.”
Interview with a wounded soldier:
“I am Ahmed Mahmoud al Khali. I’m from the city Manbej. Was wounded in Taldou. I come from a support group that came to the aid of our comrades, who were stationed at the checkpoint. Militants destroyed two infantry fighting vehicles and one BRDM standing at our checkpoint. We moved out to Taldou in a BMP, to pick up our wounded comrades from the checkpoint within the city. We drove them back in the BMP, and I filled in their place. And after a while the UN observers came. They came to us, we led them to the homes of families who were cut by thugs. I saw a family of three brothers and their father in the same room. In another room we found dead young children and their mother. And another one- an old man killed in this house. Only five men, women and children. The woman raped and shot in the head, I covered her with a blanket. And the commission had seen them all. They put them in the car and drove away. I do not know where they took them, probably for burial.”
A resident of Taldou on the roof of the police department:
“On Friday afternoon I was home. Hearing the shots, I came out to watch what was happening and saw that the fire came from the north side, towards the location of army checkpoint. As the army did not respond, they started to approach the homes, were subsequently the family was killed. When the army started to return fire, they used the women and children as human shields and continued firing at the checkpoint. When the army began answered, they fled. After that, the army took the surviving women and children and brought them into safety. At this time, Al Jazeera aired pictures and said the Army committed the massacre at Al Hula.
In fact, they killed the civilians and children in Al-Hula. The bandits did not allow anyone to carry out their work. They steal everything that they can get their hands on: wheat, flour, oil and gas. Most of the fighters are from the city of Ar Rastan.”
After they captured the city, they carried the bodies of their dead comrades, as well as the bodies of people and the children they killed to the mosque. They carried the bodies in KIA pickups. On May, 25th, at around 8 PM, the corpses were already in the mosque. The next day at 11 o’clock in the morning the UN observers arrived at the mosque.
To exert pressure on public opinion and change the positions of Russia and China, texts and subtitles in Russian and Chinese languages were prepared in advance, reading: “Syria – Homs – the city of Hula. A terrible massacre perpetrated by the armed forces of the Syrian regime against civilians in the town of Hula. Dozens of victims and their number is growing, mainly women and children, brutally killed by indiscriminate bombing of the CITY.”
Two days later, on May 27, after the residents’ stories and video recordings made showed that the facts do not support the allegation of shelling and bombing, the bandits’ videos had undergone significant changes. At the end of the text appeared this postscript: “And some were killed with knives.”
China and Russia: Keep the faith in Annan peace plan
BEIJING // The leaders of Russia and China urged the international community to keep faith in Kofi Annan's road map for peace in Syria. Russian president Vladimir Putin, arrived in Beijing today and held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao ahead of a regional summit. Mr Putin's three-day visit to Beijing comes after a weekend in which more than 80 Syrian army soldiers were reported to have been killed by rebels. Liu Weimin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told journalists yesterday that both China and Russia "oppose external intervention in Syria and oppose regime change by force. We believe the Syrian issue should be properly addressed through consultation among different parties in Syria. This is in the fundamental interests of the Syrian people. China and Russia have been playing, in their own way, a positive role in the Syrian issue."
Hillary Clinton to China, Russia: Syria Needs Regime Change
6/5 Macon Georgia, http://www.13wmaz.com/news/national/article/183987/28/Hillary-Clinton-to...
BATUMI, Georgia (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is inviting China and Russia to "be part of the solution in Syria" but says that must include a political transition from the Assad regime.... the transition "has to be the main focus of our diplomacy." She says violence over the last 10 days shows "peace and human dignity will not be possible in Syria without change." Clinton spoke to reporters Tuesday in Batumi, after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Tuesday both countries oppose "regime change by force."...
Global Powers Gather in China Leaving US Out
BEIJING — The Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin arrived in China Tuesday for meetings aimed at strengthening a partnership between the two countries and offsetting the influence of the United States. Mr. Putin discussed with President Hu Jintao their common approaches to Syria, according to state television. They appeared certain to deal with their mutual interests in Iran and their efforts to squeeze the United States out of Central Asia, Chinese and American analysts said. Both Beijing and Moscow also oppose the American plan for a missile-defense system in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe intended as protection against Iran. During Mr. Putin’s visit he will participate in a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security organization that includes Russia, China and former Soviet republics in Central Asia. This month, Russia is scheduled to host the next round of talks among world powers on the Iranian nuclear program.
AMERICA THREATENS CHINA: US moves its NATO global military machine into the Asia-Pacific
6/3/12 by Rick Rozoff, Stop Nato,