Syria 101

Re: Syria 101

Postby deja vu on Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:52 pm

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Syrian Red Crescent officials have handed over the bodies of two foreign journalists who were killed in Syria to embassy officials. French ambassador Eric Chevalier received the body of French photographer Remi Ochlik, and a Polish diplomat received the remains of American Marie Colvin. U.S. interests in Syria are represented by Poland.

Both journalists died on Feb. 22 in shelling while trapped inside the besieged Baba Amr district of Homs. Red Crescent director in Syria Abdel-Rahman al-Attar says the two bodies were handed over Saturday and transported to the French hospital in Damascus ahead of their repatriation to their countries. It's unclear when they will be flown out of the country.


It's important to report what is happening there, but at what cost? It's open warfare and they are gunning for journalists. They don't want the news getting out so they are in extreme danger and no way to get out.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby yukon on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:38 pm

Canada has withdrawn its remaining diplomats from Syria and closed the embassy in Damascus. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the deteriorating security situation forced the pullout.

“Canada has maintained its diplomatic presence in Syria — despite the risks — to monitor developments on the ground and to deliver tough and frank messages to the Syrian authorities,” Baird said in a statement.


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/artic ... leave?bn=1


They didn't get the hint it was time to leave long ago? The writing was on the wall so why did they drag their heels past the due date? Unfortunately it wont make a difference. Syria just does not care what the world says or does.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby deja vu on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:05 pm

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It's about time they did something. She doesn't care about what is happening as long as she can spend her riches across the world, especially in Britain. She openly shopped on family/friends sites. She really is no better than other spouses of dictators. It's unfortunate that she could leave and travel to Britain without fear of being held.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby smitty on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:23 pm

I am pleased that Canada has withdrawen their diplomat to it will not have an embassay. I THINK the USA has done the same.

Still we have to remember that Turkey seems to want to have something to say about this mixed up country & remember Russia is eyeing it as well.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby Eureka on Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:23 pm

As Syrian forces shelled the battered city of Homs through Saturday morning, the United Nations Security Council authorized the deployment of 30 unarmed observers to the country.

The military observers have been tasked with monitoring a tenuous cease-fire that began three days ago. Syrian activists said the cease-fire, called for by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, was ignored by the Syrian military.


http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 ... syria?lite


Unarmed observers, are they joking? They might as well put a large bullseye on their backs, because the military is going to be targeting them. They need to be able to protect themselves on the streets.

I will be surprised if they make any progress since it's still open season in Homs and the military open fires on anything that moves. Hiding out is the only way to survive. They should be getting battle pay because this is beyond dangerous.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby CielOnTap on Sun May 27, 2012 9:46 pm

The deaths of Syrian citizens including children (30) who had close-range wounds is causing several countries to pressure Syria. The Syrian government is denying having anything to do with the deaths, which the UN Observers are investigating. There remain reports that snipers are on rooftops to shoot anyone in the vicinity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/world/middleeast/syria-denies-responsibility-in-brutal-attack.html?_r=1&hp

Russia has typically rejected any international effort to support the opposition in a way that might repeat the NATO military intervention in Libya, and despite strong statements, the West has avoided getting further embroiled in the Syria fighting out of fear of the long-term consequences.

On Sunday, the Council statement said that the “outrageous use of force” against civilians violated international law and commitments the Syrian government had made under the plan to stop using its heavy weapons in populated areas. It demanded that the Syrian government cease using heavy weapons immediately and pull its troops out of cities and towns. It also asked the United Nations observer mission in Syria to continue investigating the Houla attacks.

An earlier draft of the statement had more directly blamed the Syrian government for the massacre, but the Russians balked, saying they wanted to hear a closed briefing from the observers’ leader, Gen. Robert Mood, in Damascus. The Council statement emerged after that briefing.

In Damascus earlier, the Syrian government rejected any tie to the massacre. “We unequivocally deny the responsibility of government forces for the massacre,” Jihad Makdissi, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, told a news conference. He reiterated government claims that the killings were the result of a terrorist attack, and he regretted that the United Nations and other foreign governments seemed to have accepted the opposition’s version of events.

Amateur videos said to be taken in the aftermath showed row after row of victims, many of them small children with what appeared to be bullet holes in their temples or what the opposition said were stab wounds.



To what end are Syria's citizens being killed?
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Re: Syria 101

Postby smitty on Mon May 28, 2012 12:58 pm

Honestly it is hard to think we can understand some of the media information on so many of these countries when things are so mixed up.

Then again you have to wonder what OTHER country will reach the media with some strange goings on in the world.

Not necessarily Syria, but there is one of THEM that have been slaughtering even babies to very young children.

On a m/c board one of the members said his daughter was due to Afghanistan in a non military form. Still we did worry a bit, BUT just a few days ago she had completed her time AND all of us m/c riders, on that board, were thankfull she had been retuned & no suffering through possibly a bomb close to the office she was working in.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby soapy on Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:16 pm

Turkey has scrambled six F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country's army says. Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the statement said, adding that there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

Last month, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border area


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18666165


It was bound to happen. Syria will do anything to stop the uprising against the false government. If Turkish enters this bloodbath full time, it will be interesting to see what Russia and China will do next. Will Russia continue to arm Assad's men or back off instead of involving themselves even more?
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Re: Syria 101

Postby up-down on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:47 pm

Western powers have said the defection of Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab is a sign that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is crumbling. The White House said the momentum was now with the opposition, while France said the Assad government was "doomed".


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19156286


The media is jumping all over this.

Is he a real figure head or a puppet played by the puppet master Assad? I doubt they make any decisions without him, after all he is a brutal dictator. Do as your told even if your PM in name only.
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Re: Syria 101

Postby signs on Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:42 pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the British government of bullying and naivety in its approach to the conflict in his country. In an interview with the UK's Sunday Times newspaper, he said Britain was determined to militarise the situation. He repeated his conditional offer of talks with the opposition and dismissed suggestions that he might step down.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21646091


Really? Does he take the time to look in the mirror?

The only bully in Syria is him, thug through and through. An image says it all:

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