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Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS

Posted by seumasach on October 3, 2014

Biden spins a likely tale but sometimes, for example, when you’re completely reversing your foreign policy, some rewriting of history is necessary

RT

3rd October, 2014

US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria.

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Germany and France reject Syrian airstrikes

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2014

First Germany, Now France Folds On Syrian Airstrikes

Zero Hedge

22nd September, 2014

In yet another rather embarrassing event for The White House, just days after President Obama praised the French for helping in the fight against ISIS, and General martin Dempsey noted “the French were our very first ally and they’re with us again now,” French officials have, according to Reuters, ruled out participation in airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. With the fall of France (and Germany already saying “nein”), it appears the broad coalition is now a “coalition of none,” as Obama has stated the US would not go it alone…

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Assad: end support for terrorism

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

President al-Assad: Combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations

Syria Online

17th September, 2014

Damascus,  President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received Faleh al-Fayyad, the Iraqi National Security Advisor and envoy of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Fayyad briefed President al-Assad on the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts exerted by the Iraqi government and people to confront terrorists, with emphasis during the meeting on the need to bolster cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the field of combating the terrorism which is affecting Syria and Iraq and which poses a threat to the region and the world.

President al-Assad said that combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq and that are now claiming to combat terrorism.

The President expressed satisfaction over the level of the standing cooperation with the Iraqi leaderships in terms of confronting terrorist organizations, noting that this cooperation has produced positive results for the two countries and the region.

For his part, al-Fayyad asserted the strength of the relations between Syria and Iraq and the need to remove any obstacle that hinders counterterrorism in order for security and stability to prevail in the region.

The meeting was attended by Syria’s Ambassador to Iraq Sattam Jada’an al-Dandah.

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‘Free Syrian Army no longer exists’

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

CNSNews

17th September, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”

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Saudi Arabia grants Lebanon’s army $1 bln in aid

Posted by seumasach on August 6, 2014

This appears to confirm a major shift in Saudi policy away from support for Islamist groups

Trust.org

6th August, 2014

RIYADH, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has granted $1 billion in aid to Lebanese armed forces, state news agency SPA said, as they battle Islamist militants who seized a border town in the worst spillover yet from Syria’s three-year-old civil war.

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Bashar al-Assad is west’s ally against Isis extremists, says Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2014

The West’s problems in Syria lie, as in Libya and Ukraine, with the criminal folly of their engagement. Here the Syrians are offering them a diplomatic way out. However, Western policy is probably too divided and incoherent for them to be able to accept it. The enemies of our enemies will continue to be our enemies.

Guardian

14th July, 2014

Syria is determined to “eliminate” the Sunni extremist group Isis, according to a senior minister, who urged western countries to recognise “new realities” by joining the battle against terrorism and ending their support for rebels trying to overthrow president Bashar al-Assad.

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Did Turkish army change its strategy?

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Voltairenet

17th June, 2014

The Syrian Arab army has taken back the town of Kassab, which was occupied by mercenaries attached to the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda) and the Army of Islam (pro-Saudi).

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Obama abandons notion of moderate rebels in Syria

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

He said there was no “ready-made moderate Syrian force that was able to defeat Assad”.

Obama: US arms could help defeat Assad is ‘fantasy’

BBC

21st June, 2014

President Obama has dismissed the idea that supplying US arms to Syrian rebels would have toppled President Assad, calling it a “fantasy”.

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The Syrian people have spoken

Posted by seumasach on June 7, 2014

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

6th June, 2014

The Syrian presidential election surprised both Syrians and their allies and enemies. The poll, which everyone agrees was legitimate, mobilized 73.42% of the electorate, despite the inability of some people to get to the polls because of the occupation of part of the country by foreign mercenaries. Bashar al-Assad won 88.7% of the vote and his mandate has been extended for 7 more years.

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Tumult in Beirut for Syrian presidential election

Posted by seumasach on May 31, 2014

Voltairenet

30th May, 2014

Syrian refugees in Lebanon had the opportunity to cast their ballots in the Syrian presidential elections as early as Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 May 2014 at their country’s Embassy in Beirut.

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Momentous Russia-Syria agreement

Posted by seumasach on May 30, 2014

Voltairenet

28th May, 2014

A large Russian delegation arrived in Damascus last week. It was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and comprised Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak and Alexander Fomin, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

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