12/12/12 "WMD" threat fails, US discovers "Syria Scud missiles fired at insurgents"

related:
12/6/12 Sudden, Desperate US Pretext to Escalate War on Syria, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/412
8/2/12 Syria: Stage Set for 'End of Diplomacy' and R2P Military Invasion http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/402

In 1919 before US-led imperialist world wars divided it, Syria included today's Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the areas that became 'israel' and what is now the southern Hatay province of Turkey on the Mediterranean

US NATO Turns Interceptor Missile Radar Toward Syria
10/12/12 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/10/nato-turns-radars-towar...
By Okan Muderrisoglu Translated by Timur Goksel Edited by RR
The missile shield project Turkey joined in 2011 was set up with American technical and military assistance...With the integrated radar missile shield system at Kurecik, Syria’s missile air-defense and offensive capacities are under NATO surveillance.. controlled from the NATO air base at Geilenkirchen, Germany, commanded from the NATO air base at Ramstein, Germany. A Turkish general and his team work in the German command center...Posted by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO website http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com

" the Obama admin. has yet to comment publicly on the missile attacks but a senior admin.official alluded to the development in a reporter briefing Tuesday"
WMD 'reports' didn't fly so US declares, anonymously as usual, a new pretext for its "insurgency" thugs to destroy another legitimate govt. guilty of defending the sovereign nation blocking its regional & global domination agenda.
USNATO has deployed Patriot missiles on Syria-Turkey border
Again, the NYT 'paper of record', dates this insider 'strategic information' a day ahead of today's date 12/12/12
Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/world/middleeast/syria-war-development...
Forces loyal to President Assad fired Soviet-era designed missiles in recent days, administration officials said... that represent a significant escalation in the fighting and suggests increased desperation on the part of the Assad government. One American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing classified information, said missiles had been fired from the Damascus area “The total is number is probably north of six now” the targets were in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army, the main armed insurgent group. US officials did not say how they monitored the missile firings, but American intelligence has been closely following developments through aerial surveillance and other methods, partly out of concern Mr. Assad may resort to the use of chemical weapons in the conflict...one expert said the government may have decided to use large missiles to wipe out military bases — and the arsenals they hold — taken over by the opposition. The Obama administration has yet to comment publicly on the missile attacks, but a senior administration official alluded to the development in a briefing for reporters on Tuesday. “The Syrian regime has used aircraft, It has used artillery, and it appears it has even used missile to attack the Syrian population and to attack what was a peaceful protest movement.”
There have been other indications of Syrian government use of missiles. The Local Coordinating Committees, an anti-government activist network in Syria, reported in an e-mail late Tuesday "Regime forces are firing land missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads." The group did not elaborate on what the missiles were or where the information came from.
The developments came as... President Obama formally acknowledged the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people in a TV interview Tuesday with ABC....But the coalition leader, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, took issue with an Obama administration decision to classify the militant Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign terrorist organization and urged the United States to review that decision...

Syria renews denunciation over West's provocative moves
2012-12-11 20:50:45, English.news.cn http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-12/11/c_132034455.htm
posted by Stop NATO http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/56765
DAMASCUS, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Syria renewed its denunciation of the West's latest tactics against the administration of President Bashar al-Assad, calling talks of Syria's chemical weapons and the NATO's deployment of Patriot missiles on the Turkish borders with Syria as "provocative" and " naive." Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said the U.S. and western talk of chemical weapons in Syria were caused by their inability to achieve progress on the ground, "Syria doesn't own any internationally- banned weapons, whether chemical, nuclear or biological...even if Syria possessed such weapons, it will not never use them for moral reasons. Statements on this topic resemble those issued against Iraq and other countries. We don't ignore any possibility, including an Iraq scenario. The world can't bear the consequences of such risk...western countries should realize Syria isn't a simple or easy country. it has friends and there are regional and international balances."... Another Syrian official was quoted by the al-Watan daily Tuesday as saying that NATO deployment of Patriot missiles on the Turkish borders with Syria is "an additional provocative attempt in the framework of the war against Syria and to support the armed groups that are suffering a collapse in morale." One of the reasons behind the missiles deployment, the official said, is to draw NATO in to militarily to support armed groups...NATO has recently agreed to deploy Patriot missiles along the Turkish borders with Syria under the pretext of protecting Turkey from a possible attack from Syria... al-Zoubi also lashed out at Turkey for missiles deployment and stressed..."Syria has never threatened, attacked or interfered in any neighboring countries' affairs," in an interview on the Lebanese al-Manar TV aired Monday evening. "Deployment of the Patriot missiles doesn't target Syria only; it is part of radars and early warning systems established by the U.S. with cooperation with the [Turkish] government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. These systems target Iran, Syria, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and other countries," he noted.

published 12/11, a day before 12/11 announcement 'US Will Grant Syrian Rebels Recognition'
whipping up patriot-military war cries, it deliberately blurs Syrian anti-US intervention and US 'opposition' thugs
Seeking Allies Among Syrian Rebels, U.S. Finds Hostility
12/12/12 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/world/middleeast/united-states-involve...
BEIRUT, Lebanon — As the United States tries attempts to rally international support for the Syrian rebellion, trying to herd the opposition into a shadow government that it can recognize and assist, on the ground in Syria it faces an entirely different problem: Much of the rebellion is hostile toward America....And seemingly everyone accuses the United States of hypocrisy for not putting a terrorist label on Mr. Assad, whose forces have killed far more civilians than any rebel group...Frustration mounted for months as the United States sat on the sidelines, and peaked this week when it blacklisted the Nusra Front, one of the uprising’s most effective fighting forces, calling it a terrorist organization...More than 100 antigovernment organizations and fighting battalions have called online for demonstrations Friday under the slogan, “No to American intervention — we are all Jabhet al-Nusra,” a reference to the group’s Arabic name... The dissatisfaction, over more than just the blacklisting, raises the possibility that now, just as the US is stepping up efforts to steer the outcome in Syria, it may already be too late.... Supporters of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, call the uprising a creation of the West and its allies. His opponents excoriate the US for failing to provide arms and leaving them to perish — and have begun to express a growing wariness of US involvement in Syria’s political future.
Criticizing America has become a favorite sideline of antigovernment activists. Some have even questioned the sincerity of President Obama’s recent warning that Mr. Assad would be crossing “a red line” if he used chemical weapons on Syrians. At a recent demonstration, solemn-eyed boys posed for a photograph that spread online with the title “Red line or green light?” They held a poster of a traffic light, emblazoned with an American flag, shining green for Mr. Assad as he drives a truck laden with chemical weapons. Demonstrators in Kafr Nabl, a northern Syrian town known lately for its witty antigovernment slogans, quickly mocked the blacklisting with a poster that showed a cartoonish Mr. Assad, with jutting ears, a diabolical grimace and a bloody dagger in each hand, standing over a pile of corpses. One of the dead held a black banner with an Islamic slogan as Mr. Obama, his back to the massacre, pointed at the banner and said, “Terrorist!”...

"we" will install another proxy...as long as it suits US
U.S. Will Grant Recognition to Syrian Rebels, Obama Says
12/11/12 BREAKING NEWS Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:33 PM EST
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/us/obama-says-us-will-recognize-syrian...
President Obama announced in a "20/20" interview with ABC News Barbara Walter, that the United States would formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as Syria's legitimate representative. Obama’s announcement, on the eve of a meeting in Morocco of Syrian opposition leaders and supporters... marks a new phase of US engagement in a bitter, nearly two-year-long conflict that has threatened to destabilize the region and defied all outside efforts to end it...[it] puts Washington’s political imprimatur on a once-disparate band of opposition groups, coalesced under pressure from the United States and allies, to develop what US officials say is a credible transitional plan to govern Syria if Mr. Assad is forced out...
“There are some I think have adopted an extremist agenda, an anti-U.S. agenda.” he said on the ABC program “20/20. But he praised the opposition, known formally as the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces...At this point we have a well-organized-enough coalition — opposition coalition that is representative — that we can recognize them as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” he said...the move does not go so far as to confer on the opposition the legal authority of a state. It does not, for example, recognize the opposition's right to gain access to Syrian government money, take over the Syrian Embassy in Washington or enter into binding diplomatic commitments. Andrew J. Tabler, a senior fellow and Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said: “The recognition is designed as a political shot in the arm for the opposition...happening in the context of resentment among the Syrian opposition of the lack of assistance during the Syrian people’s hour of need. This is especially true among armed groups.”

USAID buys poor-desperate-for-aid-proxy's soft power 'aid'
Syrian rebels to take step towards legitimacy with aid plan
Millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid to be moved rapidly into the most deprived areas, says Syrian National Coalition
12/11/12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/11/syrian-opposition-plans-huma...
Tuesday 11 December 2012 14.26 EST
An official from Barack Obama's administration, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the transition to a post-Assad government was gathering speed and the US did not want extremists dictating the shape of the transition. He said the al-Nusra Front for the People of the Levant rejected the mainstream Syrian opposition groups' vision... "It is an extremist organisation that has to be isolated," the official said....Abu Shahid, a fighter with the Tawhid brigade, was among several FSA fighters who reacted angrily to the US decision. "Jabhat al-Nusra are not terrorists. They are working hard for us. They are fighting with us, Jabhat al-Nusra has been helping Syria. The Americans by contrast have done nothing, now they call everyone with a beard a terrorist. Jabhat al-Nusra are brave. They give food and supplies to the people," he said. Shahid expressed provisional backing for Syria's new opposition coalition: "We like the coalition for now. But when the regime is finished, we will see. If we don't like it, we will make a new government."

UK Plans to support Syrian rebels
Cameron asks military chiefs to draw up plans for maritime or air support to rebels – but UK 'will act only if US does'
12/11/12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/11/british-forces-support-syria...
"We are a long way from doing anything" an official said "The US is leading the way. We are not there yet." British chiefs of staffs are seriously worried about the consequences of intervening in the Syrian crisis. Military sources have privately been expressing growing concern about pressure from Downing Street. Officials compared it to the pressure applied by Cameron before Britain and France took the lead in the campaign of air strikes on Libya early last year... Britain backed a NATO-implemented no-fly zone in Libya... heavily dependent on the US to supply the drone and aircraft support to make that possible....

Syrian rebels elect Islamist-dominated unified command
12/8/12 (Reuters) http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/8/worldupdates/2012-1...
Days before a Friends of Syria Conference of 30 countries which have mostly pledged non-military aid ...at talks attended by security officials from the US, UK, France, the Gulf and Jordan, Syrian rebel groups meeting in Turkey elected a 30-member command Friday ... many with Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists ties, but without the most senior officers they said had defected from President Bashar al-Assad's military. A delegate said two-thirds of the leadership had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood...resembling the civilian opposition leadership coalition created under Western and Arab auspices in Qatar last month...

Experts skeptical Syria is preparing to use its chemical arsenal
By Matt Schofield and Hannah Allam | McClatchy Newspapers
12/7/12 last updated: December 07, 2012 07:09:19 PM
With concern over the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons stockpile reaching a fever pitch this week, international experts are saying there’s no confirmation the Syrians are mixing weapons components or loading them into delivery systems, as some U.S. news organizations have reported...When asked about “growing concerns” surrounding Syria’s chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “Without commenting on specific intelligence we have with regards to chemical weapons, I think there is no question we remain very concerned, very concerned. That, as the opposition advances, in particular in Damascus, the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons.”But many who study the topic worry the hysteria has gone well beyond what the facts warrant, and concerns that the intelligence hasn’t shown much change in recent months.
Experts agreed that the greatest threat regarding Syria’s nuclear weapons comes not from the Assad regime but from the Islamist radicals, including some with alleged links to al Qaida, who are at the forefront of the rebel fighting force. The experts are urging U.S. officials to work closely with the rebels to ensure the security of chemical weapons depots in contested areas, recommending that the rebels make clear that Syrian soldiers charged with guarding those facilities be allowed to remain on duty with assurances that they won’t face retaliation and could be rewarded by a post-Assad government.
Leonard S. Spector, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, and Egle Murauskaite, a research associate at the center... warned however “The political reasons behind recent rebel rhetoric on chemical weapons must be acknowledged. Knowing that the international community regards the issue as a potential trigger for intervention, the rebels may be inclined to place particular emphasis on that issue in their rhetoric in the hopes of keeping international attention focused on their plight.”

US/Clinton & EU/ UN Foreign Ministers to meet imperialist 'Syrian opposition' agents in Morroco, probably anointing the al-Khatib-led gang “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, first step toward a proxy 'transitional government'.
Mouas al-Khatib: graduate of the Department of Applied Geophysics at Damascus University, also holds a Diploma in Political Science and International Relations. He worked at Syria’s al-Furat Petrolium Company 1985-1991...part owned by Shell Oil. 2003- 2004 returned to Syria as Shell Oil lobbyist when Bashir al Assad opened up foreign oil and gas concessions. Al-Khatib founded and is president of the Islamic Civilisation Society, a Member of the Board of Trustees of Sheikh Badr al-Din al-Hassani Institute for Islamic Studies. taught Sharia Law and Islamic studies in USA, UK, Syria, Nigeria, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Living in Qatar now, he's a regional Syria 'opposition' agent.
He returned to Syria in 2012...The Syria National Coalition stipulates "a peaceful settlement will not be pursued"...

Hillary Clinton's Middle East trip canceled due to ill health
12/10/12 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/1210/Hillary-Clinton...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled her trip to Morocco this week for a meeting on the future of Syria's opposition because of a stomach virus, the State Department said on Monday. .In her place, Deputy Secretary Burns will travel to Marrakech for the Friends of the Syrian People meeting. The Friends of Syria group is expected to focus on new moves to strengthen and legitimize the recently formed Syrian opposition coalition. Clinton had planned to continue from Morocco to Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

issues US threat
In Kuwait, Panetta Affirms U.S. Commitment to Middle East
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/world/middleeast/in-kuwait-panetta-aff...
“Our presence in Kuwait and throughout the gulf helps enhance the capabilities of partner nations, deters aggression and helps ensure that we’re better able to respond to crises in the region.”...deploys about 50,000 military personnel in the Persian Gulf region, aboard warships and at bases, with 13,500 here in Kuwait...Mr. Panetta acknowledged this regional security effort might require a more flexible approach to managing US warships, warplanes and personnel assigned to the Persian Gulf region.Despite Washington’s renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the US remains fully committed to deterring security threats in the Persian Gulf and across the Middle East, Defense Secretary Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route to Kuwait...Mr. Panetta also said there was no fresh intelligence indicating Syria was moving further ahead with preparations to use chemical weapons...“We haven’t seen anything indicating aggressive steps to move forward in that way. Our concern is that if they feel like the regime is threatened with collapse, they might resort to these kinds of weapons,”