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FSA fighters and civilians at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey (file)
SMC fighters were reportedly “asked” to leave Bab al-Hawa by the Islamic Front

The US and UK have suspended all “non-lethal” support for rebels in northern Syria, but not humanitarian aid.

A US spokesman said it was concerned about reports that Islamist rebels had seized bases belonging to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Fighters from the Islamic Front, a new alliance of rebel groups, ousted FSA-aligned fighters from the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey last week.

The non-lethal aid includes medicine, vehicles and communications equipment.

The US and European countries have been reluctant to supply weapons and ammunition directly to rebel groups in Syria because of concerns that they might end up in the possession of jihadists affiliated to al-Qaeda.

However, they have reportedly facilitated secret arms shipments.

The US and the UK face a fundamental problem in Syria – how can they support the moderate Syrian opposition without also, indirectly, supporting the increasingly powerful Islamist opposition?

This year, the US promised to send $250m of non-lethal supplies to the moderates represented by the National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army. The aid is reported to include vehicles, communications equipment and night-vision goggles. This year, the UK has provided more than £20m of non-lethal aid – including communications and search and rescue equipment.

Crucially, some of these supplies may now be with the Islamists. Rebels from the newly formed Islamist Front have taken over warehouses in northern Syria belonging to the FSA. This takeover reflects the growing power of Islamist factions within the Syrian opposition movement.

For this reason, the US and the UK have suspended their delivery of aid. For the White House and for Downing Street, the idea of supporting the Syrian opposition is getting increasingly complicated.

‘Investigation’

White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed the US had “suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria” as a result of events at Bab al-Hawa.

But he stressed that humanitarian aid was not affected by the decision.

UK Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson told the BBC that “as far as we know at the moment” no British equipment had passed into the hands of Islamist militants, but he added: “It does make sense to suspend that aid until we know exactly what’s happened.”

The FSA said the suspension was a mistake. “We hope our friends will rethink and wait for a few days when things will be clearer,” spokesman Louay Meqdad was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

Last month, seven leading rebel groups – the Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham and the Kurdish Islamic Front – declared that they were forming the largest alliance yet in the 33-month conflict, with an estimated 45,000 fighters.

They said the new Islamic Front was an “independent political, military and social formation” that aimed to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s government and build an Islamic state.

The front does not include al-Qaeda affiliates like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the al-Nusra Front, but its charter welcomes “muhajirin”, or foreign fighters, as “brothers who supported us in jihad”, and suggests it is willing to co-operate with them.

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U.S. And U.K. Suspend Nonlethal Aid To Syrian Rebels

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US Suspends Non-lethal Aid to Syrian Rebels

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By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

 

According to the BBC, both the US and Britain have suspended “non-lethal” aid to northern Syria. The decision follows the seizure of Western-backed Free Syrian Army bases by Islamist rebels.

Last week, fighters from the Islamic Front ousted FSA-aligned fighters from the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. The Islamic Front is a new alliance of rebel fighters dedicated to creating an Islamic state in Syria. The front does not include al-Qaeda affiliates like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the al-Nusra Front, but its charter welcomes “muhajirin”, or foreign fighters and expresses willingness to co-operate with them.

During the raid, the Islamic Front took over FSA warehouses believed to contain vehicles, communications equipment, and night-vision goggles donated by the US and Britain.

In the past few months, the foreign fighters in ISIS have also been making news  by shooting and beheading FSA fighters and civilians linked to the Syrian opposition.

 

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How the Ancient & Mostly Christian Town of Maaloula was Invaded by al-Qaeda & the FSA

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Published on Sep 21, 2013

This video shows excerpts from the planned attack on September 4, 2013 by the foreign-backed insurgents led by al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) and assisted mainly by John McCain’s “moderate rebels” from the ‘Revolutionaries of Bab Amr’ Brigade of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) on the ancient and mostly Christian town of Maaloula, the only town in the world where Aramaic is still spoken by its inhabitants. The town retains a highly symbolic importance in Christendom not only due to “Jesus’s language” that is still spoken there but also due to its ancient Christian heritage and monasteries.

The invasion of the town was carried out by means of a suicide bomber with the alias of Abu Musaab, whose accent in Arabic indicates that he is most likely from Saudi Arabia, and who blew himself up at the checkpoint situated at the ancient town’s main gate. The rhetoric of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, as seen from this footage, reveals how their Saudi Wahhabi doctrine ingrains in them a deep hatred of anything that does not conform to their strict and narrow-minded way of life.

The last portion of the video is a report from Russia Today (RT) showing the suffering of the citizens of Maaloula at the hands of these militants who think that they are advancing a divine cause by killing people.

Sources: Abu Jihad al-Hamwi, RT

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Syrian Christian village in crossfire as govt forces try to squeeze out Al Nusra rebels

Published time: September 07, 2013 14:57
Edited time: September 07, 2013 20:15

A Syrian rebel fires a heavy machine gun mounted on the back of a vehicle in Maaloula, a suburb of Damascus, in this image taken from a September 4, 2013 video footage obtained from a social media website (Social media website via Reuters TV)

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Maria Finoshina @MFinoshina_RT

“Reinforcement” is 5 or 6 packed buses.Army officers say up to 300 rebels in Safir hotel + hundreds nearby pic.twitter.com/QBOYNuq4pK

Heavy fighting between rebels and regime forces continues in Syria’s predominately Christian village of Maaloula, which was earlier partially destroyed by Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels.

“There are clashes just inside the town in the western district between Popular Committees (militia) and rebel forces,” director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP.

“There are also clashes between soldiers backed by militias and rebel fighters around the area of one of the entrances to Maaloula,” he said.

State television citing a military source reports several rebels have been killed and their weapons destroyed as the army targeted a hotel and surrounding positions on the outskirts of Maaloula, north of Damascus, where a group of rebels were stationed.

Maaloula – a mountain village of 2,000 residents, 60km northeast of Damascus – is home to some of the most ancient Orthodox Christian relics and is a major pilgrimage destination. It’s also one of the very few places in the world where people still speak Aramaic, a biblical-era language that Jesus is believed to have spoken.

An RT news crew traveled to the site, but was not allowed to enter the city for safety reasons.

“The militants, around 300 people, hide [sic] in Safir hotel, there are ancient caves there under the village – they use them as well. They watch us – and we watch them, but if we start moving – they’ll attack us. But unlikely before the sunset,” a Syrian army soldier told RT’s Maria Finoshina.

However, the opposition Syrian National Coalition said members of the Free Syrian Army had withdrawn from Maaloula earlier this week, after destroying army posts at Maaloula.

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McCain had secret meetings with Al Nusra and AlQaeda fighters

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Published on Jun 1, 2013

McCain had secret meetings with Al Nusra and AlQaeda fighters

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McCain Travels to Syria to Meet With Rebel Forces

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has called for the United States to intervene militarily in Syria, traveled to Syria on Monday to meet with rebel forces fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a spokesman for Mr. McCain. It was the first time that a United States senator had gone to Syria to meet with the rebels since the conflict there began two years ago.

Mr. McCain entered Syria from southern Turkey, according to his spokesman, Brian Rogers, who added that the senator had been in the region to attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan over the weekend.

In 2011, Mr. McCain traveled to Libya to meet with rebel forces there while they were fighting Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and made similar calls for the United States to provide military aid to the rebels. The United States did ultimately provide military support, along with several European countries, and Colonel Qaddafi’s regime was toppled.

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McCain dismisses study that says Syria rebels are extremists

Senator John McCain (R- AZ.)

Senator John McCain (R- AZ.)
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:4AM GMT
 

Charles Lister names the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as the most “extreme” groups of the insurgency in Syria which together command an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 fighters, scattered in at least 11 of Syria’s 14 governorates.

Senator John McCain (R- AZ.), a staunch advocate of US military strikes on Syria, dismisses as “not true” a study that asserts “extremists” increasingly make up the opposition in the Arab country.

The study, released this week by defense consultancy IHS Jane’s, found that the insurgency fighting against the Syrian government is now “dominated” by extremist groups.

Speaking to an audience at The Council on Foreign Relations, McCain stated, “Not true, not true!”

“There’s about 70 percent still who are Free Syrian Army,” said McCain who has previously met with militant leaders in Syria.

The Jane’s study found that only around 30 percent of insurgents are not extremists.

In an article published by the Foreign Policy magazine early in September, Charles Lister, the study’s author, gave his assessment of the militant groups in Syria.

“Groups on the more extreme end of the spectrum, particularly those affiliated with al Qaeda, have proven remarkably adept at spreading their military resources across large swathes of territory, joining battles at the pivotal moment, and exploiting their superior organizational structures to establish political control and influence over territory.”

Lister named the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as the most “extreme” groups of the insurgency in Syria which together command an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 fighters, scattered in at least 11 of Syria’s 14 governorates.

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Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels force Christian to convert at gunpoint: ‘He’s one of ours now’

By Jessica Chasmar

The Washington Times

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels who seized the ancient regime-held Christian town of Maalula last week forced at least one person to convert to Islam at gunpoint and executed another one after he refused, residents said Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

“They arrived in our town at dawn on Wednesday and shouted ‘We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders,’” an Islamist term for Christians, a woman, who identified herself as Marie, told AFP in Damascus.  Thousands headed to the capital Wednesday to attend the burial of three Christians from the village who have been killed.

“Maalula is the wound of Christ,” mourners chanted as they marched through the streets, AFP said.

Clashes first erupted on Wednesday, when an al-Nusra fighter blew himself up at a regime checkpoint at the entrance to the village. The rebels eventually seized the checkpoint and disabled two tanks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

On Tuesday night, “the Free Syrian Army said rebels had withdrawn from Maalula to spare its people and heritage, but only on the condition that the regime kept its forces out as well,” AFP reported.

Recalling the events from last Wednesday, 62-year-old Adnan Nasrallah said he saw “people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses.”

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Published on Apr 4, 2013

After the horrendous attack on Aleppo University earlier this year by the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), there have been other attacks on universities that led to the death of students. This video has two parts. Part 1 shows the reaction from a university professor after her students were killed by the mortar attack of the FSA as she completely lets her anger loose on those who support this “revolution.” She defies them by proudly stating that she stands strongly behind President Bashar al-Assad.

Part 2 shows an interview of a kid – Ammar Baloush – brainwashed by the FSA to kill his fellow students based on sectarian affiliation, which apparently made them Shabbiha, because they support their government. He shows no remorse or regret for his crime. On the contrary, he feels bad he did not kill more. The interview is recent; however, the crime itself took place back in late 2011. Many in the Syrian opposition hailed him as a hero back then.

 

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Breaking: Radical Wahhabi Groups in Tripoli, Lebanon Attack & Burn Fuel Tanks Heading to Syria

Posted by: Arabi Souri March 14, 2013 in Syria

Herds of Wahhabi gangsters stopped, emptied and burnt 7 oil tankers in Bab Tebbanneh in Tripoli, north of Lebanon. The tankers with Syrian plate numbers carrying fuel from Lebanese private sector and heading to companies in Syria were stopped after some fanatic Wahhabi clerics called on their followers to stop the tankers before reaching the Syrian people.

Tanks%2Bburning 706135 Breaking: Radical Wahhabi Groups in Tripoli, Lebanon Attack & Burn Fuel Tanks Heading to Syria
Not the first time tankers heading from Lebanon to Syria were stopped but the first time their fuel were emptied into a river, Abu Ali river, and the tankers smashed then burnt. No casualties reported so far. The radicals wrote on the tankers ‘Jabhat Al Nusra’ (Al Nusra Front) aka Al Qaeda aka Free Syrian Army or FSA.


– The above information were posted by real Syrian activists from Syria & around the world, not by western intelligent post offices duped activists.

Food Safety

Health Advocates: Science on Antibiotic Resistance Is Clear

By Helena Bottemiller

Citing an increased incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, public health advocates are again ratcheting up pressure on Congress to limit routine, subtherapeutic antibiotic use in agriculture. At back to back briefings on Capitol Hill late last…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/health-advocates-science-on-antibiotic-resistance-is-clear/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

55 Congress Members Ask FDA to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

By James Andrews

On Monday, 45 U.S. representatives and 10 U.S. senators signed a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in support of a legal petition that asks the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.The petition, filed by…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/55-congress-members-ask-fda-to-label-genetically-engineered-foods/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

‘The Lunch Tray’ Responds to Beef Industry Defenses of ‘Pink Slime’

By Bettina Elias Siegel

Lunch Tray readers following the astonishing progress of the Change.org petition launched here last week to get “Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings” (BLBT) out of school food (175,000 at present count) will hardly be surprised that the beef industry has started…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/the-lunch-tray-responds-to-beef-industry-defenses-of-pink-slime/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

USDA to Meet on Ground Beef Safety for Nutrition Programs

By News Desk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) is set to hold a meeting via conference call to discuss food safety questions from the department’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/usda-to-meet-on-ground-beef-safety-for-nutrition-programs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

UK Food Standards Agency Considers Revising Raw Milk Rules

By Dan Flynn

Growing concern about the potential risk of Internet and vending machine sales of unpasteurized milk has the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) thinking about revising the rules.The FSA Board will decide March 20 whether the agency should review its…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/uk-food-standards-agency-asked-to-re-work-raw-milk-rules/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Health

 

CBO: Obama’s health law to cost less, cover fewer people than first thought

By Julian Pecquet

President Obama’s healthcare reform law coverage provisons will cost less but cover fewer people than first thought, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/215795-cbo-health-law-to-cost-less-cover-fewer-people-than-first-thought

 

New Finding: Consuming Trans Fats Linked To Aggression

In the first human study of its kind researchers have linked trans fatty acid consumption to increased aggression. Published in the Public Library of Science’s own journal, PLoS, March 5th 2012, researchers at the Dept. of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, reported: ?

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/new-finding-consuming-trans-fats-linked.html

 

Pennsylvania Lake Water Sickened 18 Last Summer

By News Desk

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 last August, traced to a lake at Cowan’s Gap State Park in Pennsylvania, sickened at least 18 people and may have sickened as many as 42, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports in the…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/pennsylvania-lake-water-sickened-18-last-summer/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Red meat is blamed for one in 10 early

The Department of Health was last night urged to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9138230/Red-meat-is-blamed-for-one-in-10-early-deaths.html

 

Holistic Health

 

The “Safe” Garden Product that Can Destroy Your DNA

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever used Roundup to kill weeds in your lawn or garden? As the most widely used herbicide in the United States, there’s a good chance you have.

In fact, millions of pounds are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and, extensively on farms growing genetically modified (GM) “Roundup Ready” crops.

You may forget about the herbicide soon after you spray it — and may never give it a second thought when consuming corn chips or countless processed foods that contain GM Roundup Ready corn and soy — but it doesn’t just magically disappear.

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Allergen Allerts

 

Allergen Alert: Sulfites in Macaroon Cookie Mix

By Julia Thomas

Farmer John’s Herbs is recalling its “Mud Pie” Macaroon Cookie Mix due to undeclared sulfite allergens.The recalled cookie mix was sold in 400 g packages labeled “Mud Pie” Macaroon Cookie Mix with UPC 7 73353 60077 6 in stores in Alberta,…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-sulfites-in-macaroon-cookie-mix/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Allergen Alert: Stew Seasoning Packaging Error

By Olivia Marler

McCormick & Company has notified Publix Super Markets that it is recalling a single lot code of Publix Beef Stew Seasoning Mix because it may have been packaged in error with brown gravy and may contain undeclared milk.People with an…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-beef-stew-seasoning-with-milk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313