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The EU is engaged in humanitarian efforts and victim assistance concerning the Syrian crisis, Federica Mogherini’s spokesperson said.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The European Union is ready to play a key role in the political settlement of the Syrian crisis under the auspices of the United Nations, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

“The EU called again for renewed international effort led by the UN to bring an end to the war, and it confirmed that it is ready to put all its political weight to try and facilitate a solution to this conflict,” Catherine Ray told reporters.

Ray observed that the bloc is not involved militarily in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group, but is engaged in “complimentary” activities, including humanitarian efforts and victim assistance.

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Obama, Pope, UN: con artists together

And the other greater force

by Jon Rappoport

September 29, 2015

“In March, Mr. Obama submitted a plan to the United Nations detailing how the United States would meet its target [on reducing global warming]. It said it would do so chiefly through enactment of Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions from cars, trucks and power plants.” (New York Times, “Global Climate Pact Gains Momentum as China, U.S. and Brazil Detail Plans,” 6/30/15)

Translation of the above quote: Obama will bypass Congress and make global warming decisions for the future of America through executive fiat.

Poverty, hunger, climate change. Solving these problems is the announced objective, tying together Obama, the Pope, and the UN.

A moment’s reflection reveals the absurdity of their high-flying rhetoric.

Would you trust these three to reduce poverty in the world, when none of them can point to a single prior success in drastically reducing poverty in any nation in the world?

They want the population of planet Earth to submit to their strategies based on a zero track record.

This would be like the CEO of Ford telling a shareholders’ meeting, “Trust us, we’re going to build a billion little solar spaceships people can fly anywhere, and replace all our cars and trucks with them. Don’t worry, be happy.”

This is how conventional political leaders operate. They have no experience aside from initiating policies from a very high perch—and then they expect compliance from all “the little people.”

 

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UN Orders Syria Humanitarian Aid Access

The United Nations Security Council votes on resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York, Feb. 22, 2014.

The United Nations Security Council votes on resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York, Feb. 22, 2014.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria’s humanitarian crisis, demanding that both sides in the conflict provide immediate access to deliver essential aid to millions of people in desperate need.

The 15-member council united on Syria for the first time Saturday. Russia and China — which have shielded Syria’s government throughout the country’s three-year-long civil war — voted in favor of the resolution.

Saturday’s vote does not threaten sanctions. Russia insisted that this reference be dropped from the original Western- and Arab-backed text. But it does express the council’s intent to take “further steps” in the case of non-compliance.

The resolution demands immediate cross-border aid access and condemns rights abuses by the Syrian government and armed opposition groups.

It also insists that all parties immediately cease all attacks against civilians and stop the indiscriminate use of weapons in populated areas — including shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the council immediately after the vote that the resolution should not have been necessary, because “humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated; it is something to be allowed by virtue of international law.”

The U.N. chief said it is “profoundly shocking … that both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the newly adopted resolution could be “a “hinge-point in the tortured three years” of the crisis. He called it “a resolution of concrete steps to answer the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.”

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UN humanitarian chief demands Syria aid access by reuters
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos calls for unlimited aid access to Syria’s worst hit areas.

Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Amos said she had spoken to Syrian government representatives but they’d asked for more time.

SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF, VALERIE AMOS, SAYING:

“However,the government have agreed to a limited assessment exercise to be conducted by U.N. agencies and the Syrian authorities, which would give us some information about what is happening in the country.”

Meanwhile, amateur videos from Syria posted on to a social media website – which Reuters cannot independently verify – purportedly reveal fresh fighting amid reports that 31 people were killed.

This burning car is reportedly in the Asheera neighbourhood of Homs while this amateur Homs footage shows smoke billowing from buildings amid sounds of heavy gunfire.

This footage, apparently from Damascus, purports to show a group of protesters chanting anti-regime slogans outside the captal’s Russian embassy.

The resumption of the heavy shelling follows a few days of relative calm during which Amos visited Homs and said part of the city had been completely destroyed.

UN and Arab League evnoy Kofi Annan is due to arrive in Damascus on Saturday to try to calm the year-old conflict.

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Chemical disarmament inspectors cross into Syria

Published time: October 01, 2013 11:44
Edited time: October 01, 2013 18:45
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The team of some 20 international inspectors who have been issued the task to ensure that Syria chemical weapons are destroyed have crossed the border into the country.

On Monday, international chemical weapons inspectors completed investigations surrounding the alleged Sarin gas attacks in the country.

On the same day the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left the Netherlands to begin a complex mission of finding and dismantling an estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal, which includes sarin and mustard gas, scattered across some 45 different sites nationwide.

The mission follows a UN resolution which demanded that Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal be destroyed. The procedure to purge the country of chemical weapons stocks has a target finish date of mid-2014.

The OPCW group entered the country from Lebanon over the Masnaa border crossing in some 20 vehicles carrying equipment as well as security personnel.

The experts have set up a logistics base for its immediate work, the UN said in a statement.

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Syria disarmament countdown: UN inspectors to embark on most hazardous mission ever

Syria disarmament countdown: UN inspectors to embark on most hazardous mission ever

The most dangerous mission in the history of chemical warfare is to kick off in Syria on Monday, after the Assad government has indicated the whereabouts of each and every of its chemical arms caches. Now it is up to UN-mandated OPCW inspectors to oversee the destruction of stocked toxins. At times, they will have to wear layers of bio and bullet-proof protection suits and carry air tanks in 35-degree heat, media say.

According to the Guardian, a team of 20 international experts, including engineers, chemists and paramedics, will leave the Netherlands for Syria today in a bid to dismantle one of the world’s biggest chemical weapon stockpiles amid the ongoing civil war and accusations of gassing civilians.

Inspectors from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will sometimes have to wear body armor and helmets over their chemical protection suits or even carry air tanks on their backs in order to abide by a UN Security Council’s resolution to destroy about 1,000 tons of nerve agents, such as sarin, and other poisonous gases, like sulphur mustard.

The team drawn from all over the world is due to arrive in the Syrian capital of Damascus tomorrow, where they will be joined by more experts and liaison specialists. Within a few days, the reinforced UN contingent will be split into smaller field teams that will fan out to the Syrian weapons sites and labs. The exact number of these sites isn’t known, though media put it at 25 facilities. To cross the lines between antagonists in the civil war, inspectors will rely on UN officials based in Syria who have contacts with most parties in the conflict and are expected to negotiate safe passage.

Arms production sites are reported to stand high atop the list. The UN resolution envisages the elimination of all chemical production and mixing plants, including equipment used for filling shells with nerve agents or sulphur mustard gas, by November 1. The plan is to amass the Syrian arsenal in a couple of major locations where mobile chemical neutralization plants and incinerators can be used to decommission it.

Officials stress that everything will be done in conjunction with the Syrian government, which has already proven its willingness to cooperate with international monitors to relieve the world of its share of deadly chemical toxins. The deadline for destroying the whole arsenal has been set at mid-2014.

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The Voice of Russia

MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is ready to provide funds and personnel for future efforts to eliminate Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles, Russia’s top diplomat has said.

It reported over the weekend that a team of about a dozen of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will head to Syria on October 1 to take the stockpiles under control.

In an interview published by the Kommersant daily on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian experts were “ready to partake in all aspects of future activities – in inspections and in administrative structures that might be set up to coordinate activities between the UN and the OPCW on site, as well as in structures that would possibly be set up to provide [the inspectors’] security.”

He also vowed financial support to the future OPCW effort in Syria.

The Russian top diplomat said it was up to OPCW inspectors to decide what types of chemical weapons should be destroyed in Syria and what should be taken abroad.

“This is up to professionals to decide. They should see everything with their own eyes and determine what poisonous substances can be destroyed on site and what [facilities] are needed for this. Possibly, the Syrians have the required facilities, although I doubt it,” he said, adding that a part of the Syrian chemical stockpile can be destroyed with the help of mobile facilities that the United States and a group of other countries have.

Lavrov added that the recently adopted UN Security Council resolution on Syria permits taking chemical weapons out of the country – a practice not envisaged by the Chemical Weapons Convention. He described the resolution, adopted unanimously on Friday night, as a “generally positive” document intended to keeps the Syrian conflict settlement within the political dimension.

He said Russia would encourage the Syrian government to observe the schedule, agreed by the UN and the OPCW, but Western powers and their Arab allies supporting the Syrian opposition should “send a clear signal” to anti-government rebels, “so that they wouldn’t dare to undermine this process.”

The OPCW’s 41-nation executive council agreed on an accelerated program for Syria’s chemical stockpiles elimination on Friday night, stating that all chemical weapons should be destroyed by mid-2014. The decision requires inspections in Syria to start on October 1.

The Russian top diplomat said that Russia would press for an international conference to make Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction. The conference was agreed in 2010 and scheduled to take place last year, but preparations have stalled.

According to Lavrov, Russian President Vladimir Putin set a task to put all chemical stockpiles in the world under the international control after meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.

 

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Published on Aug 28, 2013

The British government is the most enthusiastic country in the entire international community to get involved in Syria, and the decision on intervention has already been made, believes leader of UK Independence Party Nigel Farage. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/l31y76

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UK govt keenest of all on Syria intervention, decision already made – Farage

Published time: August 27, 2013 17:58

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The British government is the most enthusiastic country in the entire international community to get involved in Syria, and the decision on intervention has already been made, believes leader of UK Independence Party Nigel Farage.

The UK Parliament is to be recalled on Thursday to discuss possible responses to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The country’s Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for “specific” military action against the country, adding that so far no decision has been made on possible responses. He also pointed out that the UK is not considering getting involved in a Middle East war.

However, as Nigel Farage told RT, the government has already made its decision. The reported build-up of warplanes in Cyprus proves that, he added.

RT: UK parliament has been recalled to discuss the response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. But why now, why not wait until the UN investigators – who are on a fact-finding mission in the country – finish their job? 

NF: From the very start it’s been the British Government, particularly William Hague and David Cameron, who throughout the entire international community, have been the keenest to get involved in Syria. You know, whether it’s arming the rebels or now, as we see today, the build-up of warplanes in Cyprus, preparations for cruise missile attacks. The British Government has been the keenest of anybody to intervene in Syria. So, that’s why they are not prepared to wait.

I also think that it’s unlikely that they will get a resolution passed through the United Nations Security Council.

RT: What will happen then? Some countries say that they do not need that mandate from the UN Security Council. Will they go ahead with a military action?

NF: Well, I mean that’s a national law, ideally, is something people would want to have before launching a military attack. And I’m sure that if we do go in for military action without UN Security Council approval, it will be a row that goes on for decades. But ultimately international law itself is not going to stop the British and the French and, perhaps, the Americans, if they choose to do something.

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Published on Sep 1, 2013

Welcome back to The Asia-Pacific Perspective, that monthly show where James Corbett of corbettreport.com and Broc West of apperspective.net break down all the latest news and headlines from the Asia-Pacific region. In this month’s conversation (recorded on the morning of August 31st):

STORY #1:
As Australia takes UN Security Council reins, not only Syria on the agenda
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Rudd suspends campaigning for national security briefing on Syria
http://ur1.ca/fauzy
Abbott wants to improve Israeli ties
http://ur1.ca/fav0c

STORY #2:
China Warns US Fed Reserve Over QE Tapering Threat to Emerging Economies
http://ur1.ca/fas18
BRICS, G20 linked in global affairs
http://ur1.ca/fav23
QE Taper May Trigger the Next Global Financial Crisis
http://ur1.ca/fav4b

STORY #3:
Australian spies in global deal to tap undersea cables
http://ur1.ca/fac7o
No charges laid over GCSB’s illegal spying of Dotcom
http://ur1.ca/fac7w
Strip searches approved in massive police powers boost for Brisbane G20
http://ur1.ca/fadjs

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Syria gas ‘kills hundreds,’ Security Council meets

Wed, Aug 21 2013

Girls who survived from what activists say is a gas attack rest inside a mosque in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. REUTERS-Mohamed Abdullah

A man, affected by what activists say is nerve gas, breathes through an oxygen mask in Damascus suburbs August 21, 2013 in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS-Fadi al-Dirani-Shaam News Network-Handout via Reuters
Survivors from what activists say is a gas attack rest inside a mosque in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. REUTERS-Bassam Khabieh

BEIRUT/AMMAN | Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:53am BST

(Reuters) – Syria‘s opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.

With the death toll estimated between 500 and 1,300, what would be the world’s most lethal chemical weapons attack since the 1980s prompted an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York.

The council did not explicitly demand a U.N. investigation of the incident, although it said “clarity” was needed and welcomed U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s calls for a prompt investigation by the U.N. inspection team in Syria, led by Ake Sellstrom.

An earlier Western-drafted statement submitted to the council, seen by Reuters, was not approved. The final version of the statement was watered down to accommodate objections from Russia and China, diplomats said. Moscow and Beijing have vetoed previous Western efforts to impose U.N. penalties on Assad.

Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi said the allegations were “illogical and fabricated”. President Bashar al-Assad’s officials have said they would never use poison gas against Syrians. The United States and European allies believe Assad’s forces have used small amounts of sarin before, hence the current U.N. visit.

Immediate international action is likely to be limited, with the divisions among major powers that have crippled efforts to quell 2 1/2 years of civil war still much in evidence.

Russia backed up Syrian government denials by saying it looked like a rebel “provocation” to discredit Assad.

Britain voiced the opposite view: “I hope this will wake up some who have supported the Assad regime to realise its murderous and barbaric nature,” Foreign Secretary William Hague said on a visit to Paris.

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Syria: UN Security Council wants ‘clarity’ over alleged chemical attack

The UN Security Council has said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday but stopped short of explicitly demanding a UN investigation after opposition from Russia and China.

“There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened and the situation must be followed closely,” Argentina’s UN ambassador, Maria Cristina Perceval, told reporters after a closed-door emergency meeting of the council.

While the council did not explicitly call for a UN investigation, it welcomed UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s calls for one.

“The members of the Security Council also welcomed the determination of the Secretary-General to ensure a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation,” said Perceval, who is president of the council this month.

Syria’s opposition accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of gassing many hundreds of people – by one report as many as 1,300 – in a pre-dawn attack on Wednesday. Mr Assad’s government denied using chemical weapons.

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Russia, China torpedo strong UN statement on Syria

Draft proposed by US, UK and France called on Syria to allow inspectors access to alleged attack in Damascus suburbs

August 22, 2013, 2:26 am Updated: August 22, 2013, 4:13 am
The chamber of the UN Security Council in New York City (photo credit: CC BY-SA Gruban/Flickr/File)

The chamber of the UN Security Council in New York City (photo credit: CC BY-SA Gruban/Flickr/File)

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council called Wednesday for “a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation” of the latest allegation of chemical weapons use in Syria.

The council backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s determination to ensure a “thorough investigation” of the alleged attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that killed at least 100 people.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said earlier that the secretary-general was “shocked” at Wednesday’s alleged use of chemical weapons and wants all reported incidents investigated.

During a two-hour closed-door meeting, diplomats said Russia and China, which support the Syrian government, blocked a stronger press statement supported by Britain, France, the United States and others.

But Russia and China agreed that the council president could sum up the session with “press elements” — close to the weakest response from the UN’s most powerful body, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

The proposed stronger statement, according to reports, would have called on Syria to allow UN inspectors to look into Wednesday’s alleged attack.

A Russian official called the alleged attack a “planned provocation on the part of the Syrian opposition.”

Argentina’s UN Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, the current council president, told reporters that there was “strong concern” about the latest allegations of alleged chemical weapons use “and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened.”

Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar Assad’s regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept. The government denied using chemical weapons.

Perceval said council members “welcomed the determination of the secretary-general to ensure a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.”

“All council members agreed that any use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances is a violation of international law,” she said. “There was also an agreement for a strong call for a cessation of hostilities and a cease-fire … (and) the need for immediate humanitarian assistance to the victims.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that if reports of the chemical attack are true, it is a “horrific crime.” She rejected, however, the idea that the EU should speed up military aid to the Syrian rebels.

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North Korea Declares State of War after US Simulated Nuclear Attack with B-2 Stealth Bomber

NSNBC International

B-2 Strategic Nuclear Long Distance Stealth BomberChristof Lehmann (nsnbc),- The Democratic Peoples´Republic Korea has declared a state of war with its southern neighbor. The North Korean leader Kim Yong-Un has signed a decree, putting the country´s strategic missile command on highest alert. The measures were taken after an unprecedented provocation by the USA, flying B-2 strategic, long-distance  stealth bombers over a distance of 10,000 Km, to practicing for a nuclear attack on the North. The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov addressed the USA, warning it to stop the provocations in a situation, which could easily get out of hand. Russia however, along with other Security Council members, fails to address the true reasons for the Korea Crisis.

Subsequent to the simulated nuclear attack by the US strategic bomber command, with a highly sophisticated B-2 strategic stealth bomber, the military high command of the Democratic Peoples´ Republic Korea, which has previously warned, that the ongoing, one months military exercises in the region may be a precursor and cover for mounting an actual attack on the country, has seen itself forced to put its strategic missile command on highest alert to counter the perceived and very real risk of a nuclear attack on North Korea.

However, the North Korean Statement, that North Korea has entered a “state of war” which almost all eastern and western mainstream media and top diplomats interpret as bellicose positioning by North Korea, is more an assessment of the actuality and the situation, as it is a bellicose threat.

With tensions between the USA, South Korea and the DPRK being high, and in a situation, in which the USA, South Korea and allied forces continue exercises, which the North Korean military leadership repeatedly has described as reckless and dangerous, it is principally just a recognition of the fact that the country is in a state of war. Rather than being a “declaration of war” it is a recognition of a fact.

According to the DPRK´s state news agency KCNA, a statement from the country´s military high command reads “From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering a state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly…. The situation in the Korean peninsula, which is neither peace nor war, has come to an end”.

The statement, as bellicose as it may sound when quoted out of context, is also a recognition of facts because the North and the South of Korea have technically been in a state of war since 1950. No peace treaty has been signed between the North and the South when armed hostilities ended in 1953. The only agreement signed was an armistice agreement, which both the Republic of South Korea and the USA have violated hundreds of times. The event that prompted the DPRK to declare the armistice agreement null and void earlier this year was the deployment of nuclear armed US aircraft carriers and nuclear armed submarines, with a strike capability of at least 100 nuclear weapons, into theater of the military exercises.

While reactions from the USA are ambiguous. A spokesperson of the US national security council, Caitlin Hayden stated on one hand that the DPRK has a long history of “bellicose rhetoric”, while she also stated, that the USA is taking the threats seriously.

Russia´s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, that the situation, with the DPRK´s ballistic missile forces on high alert, targeting American bases, could easily spiral out of control. Lavrov emphasized that the Russian position on the situation is, that both the USA and the DPRK bear responsibility for the recent, substantial escalation of tensions, and called on both sides to “stop flexing their military muscle”.

The Russian Foreign Minister referred to the recent round of sanctions against the DPRK, saying, “We are concerned that alongside the adequate, collective reaction of the UN Security Council, unilateral action is being taken around North Korea that is increasing military activity”. The unilateral action Sergei Lavrov has referred to, are US plans to upgrade its missile defense against the DPRK, the joint US-South Korean contingency plan in the event of an attack, as well as the recent and ongoing military exercises with unprecedented nuclear attack drills.

“The situation could simply get out of control” said Sergei Lavrov, when addressing journalists on Friday. Lavrov called for the resumption of the six-party discussion of North Korea´s nuclear arsenal within the framework of the country´s international obligations.

There are however, also problems with the Russian position. According international law, the DPRK is not prohibited from developing nuclear weapons capabilities. Likewise, it was perfectly legitimate for the DPRK to develop satellite technology and to launch a satellite. The problem with the Russian position is, that the rounds of sanctions against the DPRK, following the DPRK´s satellite launch and nuclear test are, although they have been approved of by the UN security Council, are illegal. The mere fact that the security council has adopted a resolution with the concurrent vote of all of its permanent members, does not imply, that the resolution has primacy over international law.

 

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International War Crime: Weapons Airlift From Croatia to Terrorists in Syria Backed by US and Britain

Patrick Henningsen
Activist Post

It’s well known by now that NATO and the Gulf States’ initial plans to overturn the sovereign state of Syria has been running behind schedule since their operation was launched two years ago. They had hoped for the sort of slam dunk which they enjoyed in overturning the country of Libya in late 2011.

This same formula could not be applied again, however, so Plan B, a ground war using proxies has meant a longer drawn-out conflict. It hasn’t been working fast enough in Syria, and Western-backed terrorist groups are still sustaining heavy losses in their fight to topple the Assad government on behalf of the NATO and its Gulf allies.

The main obstacle with Plan B is that the very idea of directly arming terrorists in Syria is not one which can be sold openly in either the US or Britain.

From the NATO Allied corner, something drastic needed to be done…

Whilst politicians in the West, namely those in Washington DC, London and parts of Europe, have been publicly denying that they were helping to organise running arms into Syria and issuing very public pleads for ‘humanitarian aid’ for those they identify as the Syrian Opposition,activity back stage has been furious. The debate in government and the media has been mere window dressing for the real operation being quietly carried out.

NATO Gun-running via Croatia

It can now be revealed that NATO allied nations were busy using proxy states to drive their war in Syria – putting together one of the biggest international black operation transfers of military supplies in recent history. So it’s official: large caches of hardware from the West have been transferred to the Syrian jihadist mercenary collective known as the ‘Free Syrian Army’ , ‘Syrian Rebels’, or ‘Syrian Opposition’ – depending on who you ask, a brash move which may be vehemently opposed by other UN Security Council members – namely Russia and China.

Multiple media sources reveal the details of this massive airlift comprised of 75 airplanes, and an estimated 3,000 tons of military weaponry on board has left Croatia and has already been delivered … to Syria.

It is also confirmed from these reports that Saudi Arabia has financed a large portion of this purchase secretly transported to al Qaeda and other FSA fighters – who are working with the support of the CIA, MI6 and others, along with other financial and material support of Qatar and Saudi, to further destabilise and overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

Croatia’s daily newspaper Jutarnji List reported:

From the start of November last year, till February this year, 75 planes flew out from Zagreb Airport with over 3,000 tons of weapons and ammunition bound for Syrian rebels…

The newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources, says that besides Croatian weapons the planes were full with weapons from other European countries including the UK. The weapons were organised by the United States of America.

Sources say that the first few flights to leave Croatia bound for Syria with weapons were operated by Turkish Cargo, which is owned by Turkish Airlines. After those flights, Jordanian International Air Cargo took over the flights. The deal to provide arms to the rebels was made between American officials and the Croatian Ambassador to the US.

In addition to this huge gun-running operation, Croatia also appears to be guilty of either having advanced knowledge, or possibly coordinating with Syrian terrorists as evidenced by their recently withdraw all of troops from the UN observer mission in Golan Heights, indicating that the recent kidnapping by Free Syrian Army Terrorists of at least 20 UNIFIL peacekeepers in the Golan Heights was known in advance by Croatia. The incident may have been designed to pull Syria’s southern neighbor, Israel, even closer to the conflict, a development which would almost surely prompt the UN to declare this as trigger to a regional crisis, followed by an authorized military intervention.

If it was known by Croatia, then one can only conclude that this was also known by US and British operatives as well. Both the US and Britain will naturally claim deniability as their legal out in this case, by deniability through the use of proxies makes no innocent parties when the prospect of a multi-regional war beckons as a result of the west’s financial, logistical, political, and now material involvement in the overthrow of a sovereign state and internationally recognised government.

US officials are on record as admitting to helping arrange the weapons airlift, as cited in this Feb 25, 2012 article in the New York Times:

An official in Washington said the possibility of the transfers from the Balkans was broached last summer, when a senior Croatian official visited Washington and suggested to American officials that Croatia had many weapons available should anyone be interested in moving them to Syria’s rebels.

Revelations are not limited to the Croatian news report, as we see the US and Europe’s mainstream media wall of silence has begun to crack, including here a recent report from London’s Daily Telegraph sent across Syria’s borders with Jordan and NATO-member Turkey. The article entitled, “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’“goes on to give further details of direct European involvement in illegal weapons running:

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday…

Decisions by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to provide non-lethal assistance and training, announced in the past week, were preceded by much greater though less direct Western involvement in the rebel cause, according to a Croat newspaper.

The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours.

…as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.

British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers…

… The weapons, including rocket launchers, recoil-less guns and the M79 anti-tank weapon, have been seen in rebel hands in numerous videos, and were first spotted by an arms expert Eliot Higgins, who blogs under the name Brown Moses. He traced them moving from Dera’a in the south, near the Jordanian border, to Aleppo and Idlib provinces in the north.”

Hague denies Britain’s involvement in gun running

It is also no big secret that Britain has deployed a significant contingent of troops and support personnel to Jordan at least as far back as Autumn 2012 as part of its ongoing ‘joint military exercises’ with the Jordan military, but this latest revelation puts into clearer perspective the overwhelming likelihood that high level British military operation have actually been involved in the transfer of arms from Jordan into the hands of the international terrorist confab of mostly foreign fighter running under the west’s media banner of “Syrian Rebels”.

Consequences for Croatia, and Britain

What Britain may be guilty of here, is cynically – and illegally, trying to side-step the EU embargo on arms into Syria by using the fledgling EU state of Croatia as their delivery mechanism, because Croatia does not officially join the EU until July 1, and has not implemented any binding EU legislation. This flagrant violation of both EU and international law should mean that Croatia’s entrance into the EU could be appealed by other members states willing to raise an objection, with what are now clear grounds to mount a legal challenge against Croatia.

Regardless of any EU outcomes however, Croatia at least – is guilty of international war crimes.

 

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Well it  looks like the  Russians  were right when  they  accused the  US of supplying weapons and forces to  the  Syrian  Rebels back in  2012……  Funny  how it is  quite alright for the  US to supply  the  Terrorists but not for Russia to  supply the  Government of  Syria. 

Hmmmm, Hypocritical  much ?

 

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Russia accuses US of arming Syrian rebels

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria’s rebels after Hillary Clinton said Moscow was supplying the Assad regime with “attack helicopters”.

 Russia accuses US of arming Syrian rebels

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  Photo: Reuters/Getty

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Russia was supplying “anti-air defence systems” to Damascus in a deal that “in no way violates international laws,” Lavrov told a news conference during a brief visit to Iran.

“That contrasts with what the United States is doing with the opposition, which is providing arms to the Syrian opposition which are being used against the Syrian government,” he said, in remarks translated from Russian into Farsi by an official interpreter.

It was the first time Moscow has directly pointed the finger at Washington. Previously, it had said unidentified “foreign powers” were arming Syria’s opposition.

Lavrov’s accusation followed a charge by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday that she had information Russia was sending to Syria “attack helicopters … which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically.”

Asked in Tehran about the helicopter allegation, Lavrov said only that Moscow was giving Damascus “conventional weapons” related to air defence and asserted that the deal complied with international law.

Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters last month that Moscow believed “it would be wrong to leave the Syrian government without the means for self-defence.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said at the same news conference with Lavrov that Tehran and Moscow were “very close” on the Syria issue.

Western and Arab nations, he said, “are sending weapons to Syria and forces to Syria, and are not allowing the reforms promised by the Syrian president to be applied.”

Reports in Iran allege that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States are arming Syria’s rebels – termed “terrorists” by Damascus – while US officials claim Iran is giving arms and military advisers to Syria’s regime.

Some observers fear the conflict, which the UN’s chief peacekeeper agrees now resembles a civil war, could blow up into a struggle between forces helped by outside nations.

“There is a real risk of it sliding into a proxy war as certain states support the regime or ‘the opposition’,” one Western diplomat told AFP, speaking on condition on anonymity.

“The conflict in Syria certainly appears to be getting more brutal – and not just on one side,” the diplomat warned.

 

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Russia: Syria rebels have US-made weapons

Rebel fighters fire from the rooftop of house against Syrian government forces in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo on 23 October 2012
The West has been reluctant to openly arm the rebels

A senior Russian general has said Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft weapons, including US-made Stingers.

Gen Nikolai Makarov was quoted by the Interfax news service as saying the origin of the surface-to-air missiles should be “cleared up”.

Russia is the biggest supplier of arms to its Syrian government ally.

Aerial bombardment of rebel-held towns continued on Wednesday, as the UN’s Syria envoy prepared to brief the Security Council on ceasefire efforts.

Lakhdar Brahimi has been trying to arrange a ceasefire between rebels and government forces over the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday.

Weapon supplies

“We have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA… it should be cleared up who delivered them,” Gen Makarov told journalists in Russia.

There have been earlier unconfirmed reports of the Syrian opposition having shoulder-mounted missiles, but the West has been reluctant to openly arm the rebels.

In August, Syrian rebels said they had shot down a fighter jet near the border with Iraq.

 

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UN resolution condemns third nuclear test ‘in the strongest possible terms’ and warns the North against further provocations

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UN ambassador Susan Rice votes at a security council meeting on imposing a fourth round of sanctions against North Korea. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The United Nations security council has voted unanimously to punish North Korea for last month’s nuclear test with a toughened sanctions regime, hours after Pyongyang threatened to unleash a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

Secretary general Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the resolution “sent an unequivocal message to [the North] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons“.

The decision by the 15-member council followed lengthy negotiations between the United States and China, the North’s main ally. Measures range from tightened financial restrictions to cargo inspections and an explicit ban on exports of yachts and racing cars to the North, but experts say the real issue is enforcement.

North Korea immediately rounded on the UN with more threats, saying it would cancel a non-aggression pact with the South and end other bilateral measures such as a hotline between Pyongyang and Seoul.

China’s UN ambassador Li Baodong said Beijing, Pyongyang’s main trading partner, wanted to see “full implementation” of the resolution.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, told reporters that the measures would “bite hard”. She added: “North Korea will achieve nothing by continued threats and provocations.”

A foreign ministry spokesman in Pyongyang had threatened to launch “pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors” because Washington was pushing to start a nuclear war against it, in a statement hours before the UN vote.

Experts do not believe the North has managed to produce a warhead small enough to be mounted on a missile that could reach the US. They also pointed out that the original Korean language version referred to “invaders” rather than merely the “aggressors” of the English translation.

Jennifer Lind, associate professor of government at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said that while the statement was disturbing, “North Korea has a long history of bluster and issuing threats that of course it does not carry out, [such as] its long term threats of turning Seoul into a sea of fire.”

Earlier this week the North threatened to cancel the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

Thursday’s resolution condemns the North’s third nuclear test “in the strongest possible terms” as a flagrant breach of previous resolutions, which bar it from testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology and importing or exporting material for the programs.

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North Korea cancels non-aggression pact with South

The Associated Press

Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:06 PM ET

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2013 2:42 AM ET

North Korea has cancelled its nonagression agreements with the South and cut off a direct hotline with as well Thursday. North Korea has cancelled its nonagression agreements with the South and cut off a direct hotline with as well Thursday. (Jon Chol Jin/AP)

North Korea is cancelling a hotline and a non-aggression pact with South Korea and reiterating past threats in anger over a UN Security Council vote to impose more sanctions on the North for its third nuclear test.

The statement the North issued Friday comes after the council leveled tough, new sanctions targeting the North’s economy and leadership. North Korea already has threatened of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

North Korea says it will retaliate with “crushing strikes” if enemies intrude into its territory. It also says it is voiding past nuclear disarmament statements between North and South Korea.

 

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North Korea Hit by New UN Sanctions After Test

PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's Day address in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea Threatens a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike on U.S.
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By EDITH M. LEDERER and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS March 7, 2013 (AP)

 

The U.N. Security Council responded swiftly to North Korea’s latest nuclear test by punishing the reclusive regime Thursday with tough, new sanctions targeting its economy and leadership, despite Pyongyang’s threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

The penalties came in a unanimous resolution drafted by the U.S. along with China, which is North Korea’s main benefactor. Beijing said the focus now should be to “defuse the tensions” by restarting negotiations.

The resolution sent a powerful message to North Korea’s new young leader, Kim Jong Un, that the international community condemns his defiance of Security Council bans on nuclear and ballistic tests and is prepared to take even tougher action if he continues flouting international obligations.

“Taken together, these sanctions will bite, and bite hard,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said. “They increase North Korea’s isolation and raise the cost to North Korea’s leaders of defying the international community.”

The new sanctions came in response to North Korea’s underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 and were the fourth set imposed by the U.N. since the country’s first test in 2006. They are aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development by requiring all countries to freeze financial transactions or services that could contribute to the programs.

North Korea kept up its warlike rhetoric Friday after the U.N. vote, issuing a statement saying it was canceling a hotline and a nonaggression pact with rival South Korea.

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, the country’s arm for dealing with cross-border affairs with Seoul, said it will retaliate with “crushing strikes” if enemies intrude into its territory “even an inch and fire even a single shell.” It also said it was voiding past nuclear disarmament agreements between North and South Korea.

South and North Korea agreed in a 1992 joint declaration not to produce, test or use nuclear weapons. North Korea has since conducted three nuclear tests.

The resolution also targets North Korea’s ruling elite by banning all nations from exporting expensive jewelry, yachts, luxury automobiles and race cars to the North. It also imposes new travel sanctions that would require countries to expel agents working for sanctioned North Korean companies.

The success of the sanctions could depend on how well they are enforced by China, where most of the companies and banks that North Korea is believed to work with are based.

 

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The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

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Pentagon Warns North Korea Against Further Provocations

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By Luis Ramirez

The Pentagon is warning North Korea to stop its provocative actions after Pyongyang threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States. Defense Department officials say that despite the North’s successful nuclear tests, they doubt it is able to deliver on its threats.

Bellicose threats from North Korea are nothing new, but this is the first time Pyongyang has threatened a direct nuclear hit on the United States.

The threat comes in response to new U. N. sanctions supported by the U.S., its allies and China — after Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test last month.

“The resolution tabled today will take the U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea to the next level, breaking new ground and imposing significant new legal obligations,” said U.S. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

It is also a reaction to U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises that the U.S. says are routine, but which the North claims are preparations for a U.S. nuclear attack.

 

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